Category Archives: PND Opinion

The Castile Doctrine: Cops without consequences

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On June 16, a jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges in the 2016 killing of motorist Philando Castile. That acquittal was, in a sense, also a death sentence — not for Yanez, but for future motorists unfortunate enough to encounter cops like him.” (06/22/17)

“Stingy” Jeff Bezos

Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Thursday, right before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he’d acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, he tweeted a ‘request for ideas for ‘philanthropy strategy’: ‘If you have suggestions re ‘”helping people in the here and now … reply to this tweet.” Here’s my reply: Don’t do it, Jeff! I understand why you asked. Giving well isn’t easy. Charities often squander donations. Cancer Fund of America gave less than 5 percent of donations to charity. When I confronted its owner, James Reynolds, he blithely said, ‘True, if they give it to the telemarketer, they get 85-90 percent.’ Charity-rating services try to separate good charities from bad, but they get conned, too. Measuring ‘charitable work’ is hard. How should the CEO’s first-class hotel expenses be classified? Some charities perpetuate dependency — rewarding passivity rather than effort. Some perpetuate poverty — destroying local businesses by forcing them to compete with ‘free.’ Still, Jeff Bezos, you have $80 freakin’ billion. Isn’t it your moral duty to give more? No.” (06/21/17)

Why the new healthcare bill will be a loser

Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“People accuse me of imagining that everything President Trump does is brilliant (persuasion-wise) no matter what he does. But I expect the next version of the Republican healthcare bill to be a complete failure. That’s because Republicans seem deeply committed to a losing path, thanks to what might be called the Contrast Problem. Contrast is the driving principle behind all decisions. … Everyone knew Obamacare would need future tuning to get it right. That gave us mental permission to focus on the good parts we understood (the greater coverage) and hope the other details would get worked out later. … During the campaign, candidate Trump made some references to taking care of everyone. It sounded like universal coverage, but no one thought he meant it. He did mean it. He meant it because he understands the contrast problem. Any Obamacare replacement needs to cover more people than Obamacare, or else it is dead on arrival. Any skilled persuader would see that. Paul Ryan doesn’t see the Contrast Problem as important, evidently.” [editor’s note: Read on; Adams also lists 5 very interesting ideas for a viable “healthcare reform” bill – SAT] (6/21/17)

Will Mueller & Comey use a false case of obstruction to trigger impeachment?

Fox News Forum
by Gregg Jarrett

“The Department of Justice has long held that it would be unconstitutional to criminally charge and prosecute a sitting president. The Constitution itself expressly states that ‘indictment, trial, judgment and punishment’ can occur only after a president is convicted upon impeachment (Article 1, Section 3). However, there is nothing to prevent a special counsel from investigating a president and leveling an accusation with no formal charge. The accusation could be completely manufactured and meritless. Proving it in a court of law would be irrelevant because impeachment is a political act, not a legal one.” (06/22/17)

The dangers of putting Putin under pressure

Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

How will Vladimir Putin respond to the growing challenges against him? The Russian president, who turns 65 in October, might presently look unassailable — but maintaining that grip will get harder every year. Compared to British Prime Minister Theresa May or U.S. President Donald Trump, the Russian president faces scant internal opposition. Recent anti-corruption protests, however, provided him a reminder that no leader can remain in power forever. Putin will almost certainly win the March presidential elections. His poll ratings remain high, and Russians have little appetite for the chaos that his fall might bring. But that doesn’t mean there are no rivals waiting for him to stumble. Most obvious for now is opposition Progress Party leader Alexei Navalny, whose success in getting thousands of demonstrators out on the streets concerns Putin and those around him.” (06/22/17)

Will Pelosi be next casualty of Dems’ virulent anti-Trump fever?

Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“It has been amusing to watch Democrats twist themselves into pretzels trying to explain away their loss in the special election in Georgia, after spending months promising it would be a referendum on President Trump. Will the party learn anything from this costly mistake? Democrats convinced themselves that neophyte politician Jon Ossoff had a chance to win in Georgia’s 6th District, which would have seriously hampered Trump’s agenda, and so they dumped an unbelievable amount of money into the race — nearly enough to buy every Ossoff voter an Apple Watch. But instead of proving how unpopular Trump is, Democrats managed only to show why the public is right to hold establishment ‘experts’ in such disdain. For months the pundits, media experts, Democrats and never-Trump Republicans declared that the race was neck-and-neck, and that the mere fact that Ossoff was competitive in a supposedly deep-red district was a huge indicator of the anti-Trump wave sweeping the country. The media showered Ossoff with positive press. Money and celebrity endorsements poured in from around the country. Almost every poll showed Ossoff winning the election. It’s hard to see how the ‘experts’ could have been more wrong.” (06/21/17)

Trump resistance will never be a Tea Party for Democrats

Source: USA Today
Taylor Budowich

“After failing in dramatic fashion at the ballot box last year, Democrats have clung to the hope that the vague anti-Trump ‘resistance’ may be their saving grace — a supposed organic political movement that would do for them what the Tea Party did for the Republicans. However, after four straight special-election defeats — capped off this week in Georgia when Democrats directed tens of millions of dollars only to lose — it’s clear the resistance is just another political paper tiger, not the party’s salvation. Since the Women’s March following President Trump’s inauguration, the mainstream media has attempted to draw parallels between the resistance and the Tea Party. Unsurprisingly, the comparison revolved around tactics. The Tea Party and the resistance both protested their respective Administrations, they both brought energy, and they both raised concerns at town halls.” (06/22/17)

Do the Democrats know how to win anymore?

Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“Rahm Emanuel has a battle plan for Democrats, and it looks mighty familiar. On Tuesday, just hours before two special congressional elections were called for Republican candidates, the mayor of Chicago and political operative Bruce Reed published a piece in The Atlantic on ‘How the Democrats Can Take Back Congress.’ As architects of the party’s midterm strategy in 2006, when Republicans lost control of both the House and Senate, they argued that ‘Donald Trump came to Washington to make waves — and he may deliver a wave election powerful enough to sweep his party out of control of Congress.’ But, they added, ‘Waves don’t happen on their own: Democrats need a strategy, an argument, and a plan for what they’ll do if they win.'” [editor’s note: On some levels this is also good advice for the Libertarians – SAT] (06/22/17)

How the Pill made the American economy great

Source: The New Republic
by Bryce Covert

“While congressional Republicans are busy working on their secret health care bill, President Donald Trump is already undoing pieces of Obamacare on his own. He pledged during the campaign that he would roll back a regulation issued as part of the Affordable Care Act that requires contraception to be covered without co-pay in insurance plans. The rule had angered religious employers, who objected to, they say, being complicit in providing birth control to their employees. Despite numerous workarounds offered by the Obama administration, the Trump administration is reportedly undertaking a sweeping change that will allow virtually any employer to wriggle out of the mandate. There would be no requirement that they find another way to provide contraception, such as through a third party. Trump’s reversal would thus risk any employee’s free coverage and potentially put them back on the hook for hundreds of dollars a year. Before the ACA, 85 percent of large employers’ plans covered birth control, but most required a co-pay and deductibles. Without the mandate, thousands of employers could quickly rescind the benefit.” (06/21/17)

Conservatives hate the truth about the troops

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[N]either the Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaeda, or anyone else in Afghanistan or Iraq is invading our country and trying to take away our freedom. Such being the case, how can it be said that the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are defending our country and protecting our rights and freedoms? According to conservatives, we are just not supposed to point out that obvious truism. Uttering that truth makes conservatives and other statists really angry and upset. They want to continue believing that the troops are killing because they are defending America and protecting our freedoms, and they want everyone else to believe it too, even though it’s manifestly false. Conservatives want to live the life of the lie and they want everyone else to live it too. And they hate people who refuse to do so.” (06/22/17)