Saturday, January 14, 2017



Here is your weekly update on the politics and policies affecting our liberties.
The noise about gun "silencers"
Response Action Network The possibility that suppressors might -- possibly -- become more readily available to gun owners has the anti-gun crowd in a tizzy. This tool will make criminals more dangerous, threaten the lives of countless people, and, very likely, cause apples to stop growing on trees. The problem with this nonsense it that it is devoid of . . .
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Tom Cotton's proposal to cut immigration
Response Action Network Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton is taking up the fight to limit immigration -- both legal and illegal. Writing in the New York Times, Cotton says his approach is actually good for everyone concerned: Our country, like any country, needs borders and must decide who and how many can cross those borders. We must make this . . .
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Feds grab for control over state elections
Response Action Network On its way out the door, the Obama administration has decided that state election systems are part of the nation's critical infrastructure, and thus, need to be protected as if they were a power plant, or an international airport. This move has not sat well with state officials who are in charge of elections: On Monday, the National . . .
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The feds spend your money studying...monkey drool?
Response Action Network Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has released his collection of wasteful government spending programs, and it makes for infuriating reading: Sen. Jeff Flake's Wastebook: PORKémon Go highlighted "50 examples of outrageous and wasteful federal spending amounting to more than $5 billion." Science agencies again figured heavily . . .
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The Trump dossier and the "deep state"
Response Action Network The big story roiling the media and political world late in the week is the publication of a so-called dossier on Donald Trump. The document allegedly describe how Rusian intelligence had compromised the president-elect -- professionally, and personally. And the press ran with it as far and as fast as they could. But at . . .
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The media's Obama amnesia
Response Action Network The press is in a snit (still) over Donald Trump's press conference. Trump took exception to, and had a verbal altercation with, CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Trump called CNN fake news." Acosta took offense, and loudly demanded an opportunity to reply. Trump shut him down. Like clockwork, the press went bonkers, saying the . . .
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Book Review: The Right Stuff
Response Action Network Alan Shepard, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton. These are the Mercury Seven. Tom Wolfe chronicles the meteoric rise of these legendary pioneers of the Space Age in his 1979 classic The Right Stuff . On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully propelled . . .
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