Ben Carson vows to make term limits for Congress a reality

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has pledged support of a constitutional amendment to impose congressional term limits, saying the move will “create more opportunities for fresh ideas” in the nation’s halls of power.

“We must encourage innovation and ingenuity to improve the state of our nation,” said Carson, as he signed the United States Term Limits Amendment Pledge.

U.S. Term Limits (USTL) President Philip Blumel applauded Carson’s decision to make supporting term limits a key part of his campaign.

“In making the transition from medicine to politics, Dr. Carson knows firsthand the need for new insights and perspectives in Washington,” Blumel said. “He agrees with three-quarters of Americans that Congress now lacks the common sense principles citizen legislators can deliver.”

Amendments to create congressional term limits have been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA.) and the House of Representatives by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.).

Hillary admits her biggest flaw: Getting mad at people who don’t understand her genius

Before committing suicide, Nero is fabled to have said (except in immaculate Latin): “What an artist the world is losing!”

Hillary Clinton’s global lingua franca is money English, so when she expresses her frustration at being underappreciated, it doesn’t have quite the same mellifluous sound as Nero’s Latin. But, judging by her words, the meaning is much the same.

In an interview with theSkimm, a blog run by two women with just the right amount of hipster/mainstream media street cred, Hillary was asked what she felt her greatest weakness to be.

Her answer? Mastering her intolerance for people who don’t get how profoundly right she is:

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?

How much time do we have? I am impatient and I sometimes come across as impatient, which is not always attractive, and [I] get really frustrated with people who don’t understand what I think it’s going to take to make our country great tomorrow just like we were yesterday.

Are dead people voting in this Mississippi county?

The Election Commission of Clarke County, Mississippi, has been handed a lawsuit for allegedly preserving more voters on its rolls than there are real, live people in the county.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a nonprofit elections watchdog, filed suit against the commission in federal court this week for maintaining “implausible” voter rolls.

According to the complaint, there were nearly 100 more voters on the county’s rolls than there are eligible, voting-age, living people in the county. That doesn’t even factor in the actual number of eligible people who have actually registered to vote.

“Voter rolls maintained by the Defendant for Clarke County contain more voters registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote. In March 2015 … Clarke County, Mississippi had 12,646 registered voters, despite having a voting age population of only 12,549 according to the United States Census. More than 100 percent of living citizens old enough to vote were registered to vote in Clarke County in 2015,” the complaint reads.

Who are you supporting in the current crop of would-be GOP tyrants?

Natural rights are everlasting and belong to everyone. They do not change or end on the whim of a tyrant or a group of tyrants.

Many who wear the mantle “Republican” or consider themselves “conservative” have no real understanding of natural rights. Proof of this is found in the Republican Party’s worship of Abraham Lincoln and support for his war to prevent secession, also known as the War of Northern Aggression or, in its sanitized-for-mass-consumption-and-mass-indoctrination term, the Civil War.

In “The Rights of the Colonists: The Report of the Committee of Correspondence to the Boston Town Meeting,” Samuel Adams wrote:

Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.

Ted Cruz calls Mitch McConnell a liar

Forget about the fireworks on the campaign trail. This past week, things were more incendiary — and more interesting — in Washington, D.C.

The fireworks began when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced plans to call for a vote on resurrecting the Export-Import Bank. Previous efforts to extend this New Deal-era subsidy program for big business had failed, and the agency’s authorization expired on June 30.

But as Ronald Reagan pointed out, the closest thing to eternal life is a government program. Rather than let the Ex-Im Bank stay dead, McConnell said he would call an unusual Sunday session to vote on resurrecting it.

That was all it took for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to go ballistic. He didn’t mince words. He took to the Senate floor on Friday and blasted McConnell:

Donald Trump’s mouth is a nuclear weapon

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty®. The biased, clueless liberal mainstream media are in shock and awe. They have no idea why so many Americans love Donald Trump. But the answer is so simple and clear. Just ask any conservative. Trump is a breath of fresh air. Trump is the answer to what ails America, simply because he kills two birds with one stone.

America has two big problems. America is under attack by a vicious one-two combination. America has been ruined by two parties. And Trump’s mouth solves both problems. Trump’s mouth is a nuclear weapon.

Democrats clearly hate American exceptionalism, capitalism, entrepreneurship and Judeo-Christian values. They hate business owners (see “You didn’t build that”) and blame American patriotism, white people, business owners and Christians for every problem in the world today.

The Democratic Party is riddled with socialists, Marxists and communists hell-bent on “fundamentally changing America.” The Democratic Party is filled with:

Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt ‘Is A Necessity In Their Lives’

Debt Slave Debt Slavery Debt Bondage Debt Chains - Public DomainCould you live without debt?  Most Americans say that they cannot.  According to a brand new Pew survey, approximately 7 out of every 10 Americans believe that “debt is a necessity in their lives”, and approximately 8 out of every 10 Americans actually have debt right now.  Most of us like to think that “someday” we will get out of the hole and quit being debt slaves, but very few of us ever actually accomplish this.  That is because the entire system is designed to trap us in debt before we even get out into the “real world” and keep us in debt until we die.  Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize what is being done to them.

In America today, debt is considered to be just part of normal life.  We go into debt to go to college, we go into debt to buy a vehicle, we go into debt to buy a home, and we are constantly using our credit cards to buy the things that we think we need.

The South American Financial Crisis Of 2015

South America - Public DomainMost nations in South America are either already experiencing an economic recession or are right on the verge of one.  In general, South American economies are very heavily dependent on exports, and right now they are being absolutely shredded by the twin blades of a commodity price collapse and a skyrocketing U.S. dollar.  During the boom times in South America, governments and businesses loaded up on tremendous amounts of debt.  Since much of that debt was denominated in U.S. dollars, South American borrowers are now finding that it takes much more of their own local currencies to service and pay back those debts.  At the same time, there is much less demand for commodities being produced by South American nations in the international marketplace.  As a result, South America is heading into a full-blown financial crisis which will cause years of pain for the entire continent.

It cost taxpayers millions to send Obama to Kenya

President Obama’s flight to Kenya and Ethiopia cost U.S. taxpayers $6 million, according to an analysis of the president’s prolific globe-trotting. But the total cost of the trip is much higher.

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation analysis “Still Up in the Air: The Uncertain Costs of Presidential Travel Abroad” said that Air Force One logged a total flight time of 29 hours during the president’s trip to Africa.

The Air Force says it costs about $206,337 to keep the presidential plane in the sky for one hour, meaning Obama’s flight from Joint Base Andrews to Nairobi, then to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and home cost taxpayers $5,983,773.

The final travel figure, however, is probably much higher, according to National Taxpayers Union’s Douglas Kellogg.

Bernie Sanders: Open-border policy is a right-wing idea

In a recent interview with Vox founder Ezra Klein, Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said that the open-border immigration policies often championed would make all but the wealthiest Americans poorer.

Sander’s remarks came after his interviewer invited him to jump on the open-border bandwagon.

From the conversation:

Ezra Klein: You said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered out of political bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders. About sharply increasing …

Bernie Sanders: Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal.

Ezra Klein: Really?

Bernie Sanders: Of course. That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States. …

Ezra Klein: But it would make …

Is the ‘gig economy’ a myth?

Uber has pretty much single-handedly introduced the phrase “gig economy” into the national pop lexicon. It’s the thing that Hillary Clinton wants to squelch, and it’s the thing that soft libertarians like Rand Paul want to see more of.

Uber, if you haven’t heard of it, is a ride-sharing service that allows anyone with a smartphone and the Uber app to summon a private Uber contractor for a ride to somewhere else. It accomplishes much the same thing as a taxi service, except it has the advantages of (often) costing less, providing better accommodations (drivers’ personal vehicles, one of many quality measurables for which Uber riders can rate their drivers) and the immediacy of convenience that’s well-suited to a supply-demand relationship (you don’t “hail” an Uber ride; you summon a driver from your phone, and a ride appears.)

The guy behind the Transformers movies is making a major Benghazi film

Director Michael Bay is sort of the Double Down sandwich of the filmmaking world. He doesn’t know how to not go big. His movies are excessive, frenetic and unapologetically preposterous in their outsized scaling of cinematic action. You have to consume them in big, indulgent bites.

If you’re unfamiliar with Bay’s films (which is unlikely), here’s a montage.

Now he’s making a film about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It’s called “13 Hours” and it’s set to be released mid-January.

That date roughly coincides with last year’s wide release of “American Sniper,” a film that hit upon an oft-ignored demographic: traditional-values, American moviegoers, who unleashed their untapped and voracious appetite for a refreshingly respectful treatment of U.S.-themed military drama. That film’s to-date box office is enormous, having amassed more than half a billion dollars worldwide and $350 million in the U.S.

Did Hillary Clinton, middle-class champion, just get a $1,200 hairdo?

Hillary Clinton is a champion of the middle class. That’s because she knows how tough it is to earn a modest wage in an era when a simple haircut costs $600. Wait, what?

Clinton and her entourage recently took a break from trying to convince America she’s just an average gal and shut down a portion of the luxury Manhattan-based department store Bergdorf Goodman so the candidate could get a haircut.

An unnamed source told the New York Post: “Staff closed off one side of Bergdorf’s so Hillary could come in privately to get her hair done. An elevator bank was shut down so she could ride up alone, and then she was styled in a private area of the salon. Other customers didn’t get a glimpse. Hillary was later seen with a new feathered hairdo.”

The Post reported of Clinton’s visit to the posh John Barret Salon:

Don’t say ‘American’ at the University of New Hampshire

If you want to walk the true path to enlightenment and blissful, inoffensive peace at the University of New Hampshire, un-learn the word “American.”

At this institution of higher learning, that’s just one of many words you’ll be un-learning if you have the chauvinistic goal of reaching down to be everybody’s friend. You’ll also need to mind-wipe words like “homosexual,” “foreigners” and “fathering.” That is, except for those occasions when you must retrieve these kinds of Luddite cultural relics in order to chastise educate someone who’s been blithely using them.

“‘American,’ ‘illegal alien,’ ‘foreigners,’ ‘mothering,’ and ‘fathering’ are just a handful of words deemed ‘problematic’ by the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide,” Campus Reform reported Tuesday.

“… The guide notes that ‘American’ is problematic because it ‘assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].’ (The guide doesn’t address whether or not the terms ‘Canadians’ and ‘Mexicans’ should be abandoned in favor of ‘Residents of Canada’ and ‘Residents of Mexico,’ respectively.)”

Democrats go after guns by going straight to the dealers

Anti-gun Democrats in the U.S. Senate are hoping their direct appeal to firearms dealers will help enlist an unlikely partner in the never-ending war on the 2nd Amendment.

Progressive lawmakers have tried repeatedly to bring about federal legislation to close the so-called “gun show loophole,” which they believe allows would-be criminals or unstable people to buy weapons without waiting through an FBI-conducted background check.

Amazingly, a lot of the nation’s major retailers are listening.

“Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dunham Sports, Academy Sports & Outdoors, and Big 5 Sporting Goods, for instance, only sells guns to people after the FBI has completed their background check and approved the sale, according to Everytown [for Gun Safety],” The Hill reports.

That’s a change from many stores’ standing policy of giving the FBI the legally required three days for the background check to go through — and then selling the firearm after that period, even if the check never comes across.

An Expert That Correctly Called The Last Two Stock Market Crashes Is Now Predicting Another One

Hussman ChartWhat I am about to share with you is quite stunning.  A well-respected financial expert that correctly predicted the last two stock market crashes is now warning that we are right on the verge of the next one.  John Hussman is a former professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan, and the information in his latest weekly market comment is staggering.  Since 1970, there have only been a handful of times when a combination of market signals that Hussman uses have indicated that a major market peak has been reached.  In 1972, 2000 and 2007 each of those peaks was followed by a dramatic stock market crash.  Now, for the first time since the last financial crisis, all four of those signals appeared once again during the week of July 17th.  If Hussman’s analysis is correct, this could very well mean that the next great stock market crash in the United States is imminent.

An Expert That Correctly Called The Last Two Stock Market Crashes Is Now Predicting Another One

Hussman ChartWhat I am about to share with you is quite stunning.  A well-respected financial expert that correctly predicted the last two stock market crashes is now warning that we are right on the verge of the next one.  John Hussman is a former professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan, and the information in his latest weekly market comment is staggering.  Since 1970, there have only been a handful of times when a combination of market signals that Hussman uses have indicated that a major market peak has been reached.  In 1972, 2000 and 2007 each of those peaks was followed by a dramatic stock market crash.  Now, for the first time since the last financial crisis, all four of those signals appeared once again during the week of July 17th.  If Hussman’s analysis is correct, this could very well mean that the next great stock market crash in the United States is imminent.

If The American Dream Is To Own A Home, Then It Is In The Worst Shape Since 1967

Home House For Sale Mortgage MortgagesThanks to the “Obama recovery”, the rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 48 years.  The percentage of Americans that own a home is widely considered to be a key indicator of the health of the middle class, and we have just learned that during the second quarter of 2015 that number dropped from 63.7 percent to 63.4 percent.  It is now the lowest that it has been since 1967.  Unlike a lot of other government economic statistics, this one is fairly difficult to manipulate.  Either someone owns a home or they do not.  And what the homeownership rate is telling us is that the percentage of Americans that can qualify for a mortgage has been falling dramatically.  Just take a look at the following chart.  This is not just a decline – this is a complete and utter collapse…

Homeownership Rate 2015

IRS barely looked for Lois Lerner’s missing emails

There were six different places the Internal Revenue Service could have searched for Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails. But a House of Representative watchdog committee says the agency only ever tried to search one of them.

The IRS’s failure of self-scrutiny and due diligence came via a new report from the House Oversight Committee Monday, which calls on President Barack Obama to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen accountable for the lapse.

“Throughout his tenure, Commissioner Koskinen has obstructed the Congressional investigations” into the IRS’ political discrimination against conservative nonprofit groups, the Committee wrote. “… We ask that you exercise your authority … to remove John Koskinen as Commissioner of the IRS.”

As Americans for Tax Reform wrote Tuesday, the IRS neglected to seek out the possible locations of Lerner’s 24,000 emails — save for the hard drive, perhaps. But even that isn’t a certainty.

Intelligence officials use ‘lone wolf’ terrorists to justify calls for more spying power

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday that Americans should be more worried about “lone wolf” extremists in the homeland than organized terror as he called for changes that would make it easier for the government to keep tabs on individuals.

Clapper told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that intelligence officials are having a tough time detecting radicalization in individuals throughout the country because of “declining” effectiveness of the tools they use to ferret out possible lone wolf threats.

“This is a very serious problem for us, particularly in light of the growing use of encryption,” Clapper said. “When an overseas recruiter gets a promising prospect here in the United States on the line and then directs them to go to an encryption system, and then we kind of lose the continuity.”

Clapper’s remarks are the latest in a growing government campaign to encourage tech companies to provide backdoors in their data encryption for use by U.S. law enforcement.