Sunday, May 20, 2012

This Week With Alan Caruba

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Just think; now they call him 'Crazy Al", and
he just missed being President by a hair!
Imagine that! 
 

Let's Start with Alan's cartoon picks. Cartoon Round Up

Can We Avoid "Taxmageddon" in 2013?
In 1959, during an interview with the late Mike Wallace, Ayn Rand, the author of “Atlas Shrugged”, said “A free market will not break down. All depressions are caused by government interference and the cure that is always offered is more of the same poisons that caused the disaster.”

After the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929, the government’s solution to the crisis was to raise the top tax rate from 25% to 63%. Successively this was increased to 79% and then to 94%, effectively choking off capital formation, investment, and the incentive to start new businesses.

Not until World War Two broke out in Europe in 1939 and threatened the security of the United States and its allies did Franklin D. Roosevelt reverse his failed policies that had stretched out the Depression, turning to private enterprise to build the airplanes, tanks, and guns that would be needed to defeat the Axis powers and, in 1941, the Empire of Japan. Capitalism saved America.

The Modern Face of War
Saturday, May 19th is Armed Forces Day. I was eight years old when World War II ended. After that I lived through 46 years of the Cold War era until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. For a while, from February 5, 1960 until April 6, 1962, I proudly wore the uniform of the U.S. Army. It never occurred to me or everyone else of my generation that the nation did not need a powerful military capability. As the ancient Romans put it, “Si via pacem, para bellum.” If you want peace, plan for war. Time has not altered that wisdom.

Warning Signs passed 1.5 million page views this week.
Out of billions of blogs on the Internet, that is a show of strength for the individual views of one commentator that is exhilarating and a call to ensure that “facts not fantasy”, the URL of the blog, prevail over the torrent of lies to which people are subjected every day. Facts about the environment. Facts about the economy. Facts about energy. Facts about the political realities and choices facing the nation. Facts about the real science of beneficial chemicals that improve and enhance our lives. Facts about a complex and often dangerous world. This is why Warning Signs commentaries are rarely challenged and why the work of research continues relentlessly to bring facts to readers. Your donations play an essential role in that effort and, large or small, are deeply appreciated.

Now, on to two million page views and more to come!

Climate Nazis
What is it with the “warmists”, Al Gore and his clones who keep insisting the Earth is warming, that too much carbon dioxide (CO2) will be the death of us, and that we have to immediately stop burning “fossil fuels” if we are to save the planet? They are the most relentless liars on the face of the planet. They want us to cover the surface of the U.S. with solar panels and the mountains with wind turbines to generate the energy needed for everything we do. These Green energy alternatives are so wonderful they are producing a mere three percent of our current needs, require government subsidies and loan guarantees to exist, and tend not to be all that great when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.

Caruba Quoted in Mother Jones and Business Week
I occasionally get quoted in the mainstream media and when a Mother Jones reporter asked my opinion of the effort to declare the diamond back rattlesnake on the endangered list, I told him that it was absurd. He had found me via my recent blog post on the Endangered Species Act. The Mother Jones reporter asked if there was a connection between the rattlesnake and the Tea Party use of the famed "Don't Tread on Me" flag from the days of the Revolution. I shot that down! Well, a reporter at Business Week picked up on the Mother Jones article and quoted yours truly in his own. This is why I continue to ask for donations because Warning Signs is getting noticed in the mainstream media and I do a fair amount of radio interviews as well. It gets the conservative message out there and God knows it's hard to break through the liberal blather served up as news.

The Middle East Mess
I have a novel idea. Let’s just let the Middle East stew in its own Islamic juices. Along with the Maghreb, the northern tier nations of Africa, down into Nigeria, wherever you find an Islamic regime, you find millions of very unhappy people. I am not the only one who feels that way, a Monday, May 14 Rasmussen Reports poll found that 63% “believe there is a conflict in the world today between Western civilization and Islamic nations, but most also think the United States should leave the Islamic world alone.”


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