FEC Chair warns of efforts to regulate conservative media outlets.

From the Washington Examiner:

Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight.

“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.

 

If the government suppresses the right to express ideas peacefully, then they should expect less peaceful means of expression.

Via Instapundit

Think the failure of Democrat policies will cause Americans to reject them? Think again.

You might have heard some say things like – “If we just allow the Dems to win and really mess things up, the people will vote them out and us in.”  One of the problems with such a plan is that it too often does not work.  -Take the case of Venezuela.

Venezuelan society is falling apart, yet many are still true believers in leftist ideology.  Venezuelans suffer from terrible increases in crime, failure of utilities, a crumbling economy, shortages of basic food items, etc. and many still firmly believe their leftist policies are proper.  Oh yes, there have been protests against president Nicolás Maduro, but whom do you think they will replace him with?  A free market libertarian or yet another leftist authoritarian?  I wager the latter.  They will blame their problems on individuals like Maduro, or on foreign capitalist bogeyman, or on hoarders and wreckers, but not their own policies.  Heck, if the global collapse of communism hasn’t already shaken their belief in such things, then nothing will.

Do not sit back and allow bad things to happen because you think people will recognize the folly of their ways.  Just because the left’s policies and ideas are failures doesn’t mean people will abandon them.  Other means must be used in order to open minds to new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Update:  I was just reading the comments section at the Guardian concerning the food shortage/ID card issue and have found that many there, not surprisingly, are also not shaken in their beliefs by the failure of Venezuela.  No matter how many nations fail, no matter how many people suffer and die, they will not change their minds.  Perhaps it is because they value the idea of “equality of outcome” more than life itself?  Death is, after all, the great equalizer.

A Nuclear Iran – I believe nations are already preparing on the assumption Iran will obtain nuclear weapons.

Since it has become apparent that no one, save for possibly Israel, will do much to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, I believe other nations are already acting on that premise.  They, nations like Saudi Arabia, are already moving towards developing their own nuclear devices.

Those in the executive branch seem to either have an abundance of faith in their diplomatic abilities or are already resigned to a nuclear Iran – thinking such an eventuality as manageable.  They will discover, as will we all, that dealing with a nuclear Iran is a very bad thing – far worse than the current situation.  Or, they might hold out hope Israel will solve their problem for them.

When nations can no longer depend on the US to keep the peace, they must take action to protect themselves and nuclear weapons can go a long way towards ensuring their survival.  Diplomatic efforts to prevent Saudi Arabia from obtaining such devices will fail for precisely the same reason they are currently failing with Iran… What Saudi Arabia has to gain from such devices far outweigh any sticks or carrots the US holds out.

CNN thinks Hiccup Girl more interesting than a government offical allegedly involved in weapons trafficking, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, etc…

As of today, a young girl with hiccups has gotten more coverage at CNN than disgraced California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee.  lol  – I’ve found zero stories about Lee’s weapons trafficking (which included shoulder fired missiles) and eight for Hiccup Girl.  – If stories about Lee are there, they haven’t been indexed yet.

You might remember Hiccup Girl, a young lady that had the hiccups continuously for sixty days who later went on to be involved in a murder.  I suppose that is interesting in a sideshow kind of way, but not terribly important.  Hiccup girl held no office, had no legal powers over others.  She was a common criminal known for having hiccups… that’s it.  But, CNN has a great deal more coverage of her than they do of Leland Lee, an elected government official exhibiting some of the most extreme hypocrisy and law-breaking in the history of American elected office.  Derp!

So remember folks, CNN is where you go for news about crazy hiccup girls.  For news about corrupt government officials, you will have to look elsewhere.  Considering their ratings, I suspect many already have.  (CNN was ranked #22 as compared to #1 ranked Fox News)

Everyone, including those at CNN, know precisely why they haven’t covered Lee’s alleged transgressions.  They aren’t fooling anyone.

More about CNN’s lack of coverage at Breitbart and Instapundit.

California Democratic State Senator Leland Lee accused of gun running, among other things.

One way to square the contradiction of California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee’s desire for strict gun control laws while simultaneously trafficking illegal arms is to conclude he was simply trying to drive up the price!  Heh heh  Just kidding!  Who knows what he was actually thinking?

- From Forbes.com:

California Democratic State Senator and candidate for California Secretary of State, Leland Yee, a gun control advocate, has been charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption.  The charges are part of a 26 person criminal complaint and a major FBI sting operation.  The full criminal complaint is a massive 137 pages that tells the story of Yee’s involvement with a broad ranging conspiracy that includes firearms trafficking, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, money laundering, and honest services fraud.

Lest you think he was just going to deal in a few handguns… From NYDailyNews.com:

Yee discussed helping the undercover FBI agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles, and showed the agent the entire process of how to get those weapons from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines into the United States, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

Wow, I’m surprised this isn’t bigger news.  After all, he sounds like a movie villain.  Yikes!

In the end, he turns out to be like many gun control advocates in that he really isn’t against guns (or missile launchers) per se.  He is for controlling who gets the guns.

Sadness – Study: Blacks with white friends are ‘less black’

From the Washington Examiner:

Blacks don’t like it when other blacks associate with whites, to the point of refusing help to an African-American experiencing “a run of bad luck” — just because they have white friends.

The study in the April edition of the authoritative journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found the so-called “black code” alive and kicking, prompting blacks far more than whites to frown on one of their own if they associate with the other race.

It’s sad, but not unexpected to anyone paying attention.