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Explosion at state-run Amuay refinery in Venezuela, nationalized in 1976
  25 Aug 2012     1:00 pm

In the United States, we’ve been seeing some efforts by the Marxist Obama administration to nationalize the auto industry and health care, too. This is what communists favor as the alternative to the free-market system. It makes sense, then, to look at how well the nationalization of assets, especially those owned by private companies, works out in the real world.
Let’s see:
The Creole Petroleum Corporation was an American oil company, formed in 1920 to produce fields on Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela.[1] The company was acquired by Standard Oil of New Jerseyin 1928. Until 1951 Creole Petroleum was the …

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NHS horror story: neglected patient calls police for water, dies of thirst
  3 Jul 2012     4:00 pm

I spotted this UK Daily Mail story on my FB feed from bioethicist Wesley J. Smith.
A young patient who died of dehydration at a leading teaching hospital phoned police from his bed because he was so thirsty, an inquest heard yesterday.
Officers arrived at Kane Gorny’s bedside, but were told by nurses that he was in a confused state and were sent away.
The keen footballer and runner, 22, died of dehydration a few hours later.
A coroner had such grave concerns about the case that she referred it to police.
Yesterday an inquest was told how …

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What causes tuition to be so high? Who is going to get stuck with the bill?
  2 Jul 2012     3:00 am

First, from Yahoo News, some anecdotes to help everyone understand what faces young people trying to get an education and find a job. (H/T Captain Capitalism)

We asked Yahoo News readers to tell us their experiences with student loan debt. Over 600 graduates (and not-quite graduates) of all ages emailed to share their stories. We’ll be sharing more of their stories in the next week over at our Tumblr.
Overwhelmingly, Yahoo News readers told us they felt burdened by their debt. “We do not like debt,” wrote Katelyn Fagan, who graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011. …

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China confirms that photo of forced late-term abortion is authentic
  22 Jun 2012     3:00 am

From AFP:

Chinese authorities confirmed Thursday that a woman was forced to abort seven months into her pregnancy, several days after her plight came to light when images of her baby’s corpse were posted online.
Rights groups have blamed authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province for forcing Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy because she failed to pay a hefty fine for exceeding China’s strict “one-child” population control policy.
The Shaanxi provincial government said in a statement that a preliminary probe had confirmed the case was “basically true”, and the investigators have recommended …

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Mark Steyn reflects on the restoration of free speech in Canada
  22 Jun 2012     3:00 am

Kathy Shaidle at Five Feet of Fury linked to this editorial which explains how the battle for free speech was won up in the frozen North.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson had voiced support for the legislation. So had the Prime Minister. The result, then, was never in doubt: at 9:35 p.m. on June 6, by a vote of 153-136,  Parliament got Canada’s human rights bureaucrats out of the business of policing speech on the Internet. There was a scattering of applause, and handshakes for Storseth (the bill requires the rubber stamp of Senate approval). “To be honest, …

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Hawaii Planned Parenthood caught advising sex-selection abortions
  15 Jun 2012     3:00 am

From Life News.
Live Action released new undercover footage today showing two Planned Parenthood clinics, in Maui and Honolulu, advising undercover investigators on how to procure a sex-selective abortion of her baby girl because she wants a boy instead. Officials with the group say Planned Parenthood claims publicly to condemn sex-selective abortion but continues to provide them to women who request them.
The Planned Parenthood Maui Clinic worker counsels Live Action’s undercover journalist to wait for a late-term abortion to double-check that the baby is actually a girl before killing her. Then, another …

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Christian philosopher Doug Groothuis explains why conservatives should support Romney
  15 Jun 2012     12:02 am

From Patheos, a post from evangelical Christian philosopher Dr. Douglas Groothuis of Denver Seminary.
Many conservatives (Christian or otherwise), me included, are disappointed that Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate for President. They lament that a more principled conservative (such as Michele Bachmann, or, to a lesser degree, Rick Santorum) was not selected. Perhaps they stand for the libertarian principles of Ron Paul. Whatever the case, many will be tempted to not vote at all or to cast a protest vote. This is a deep mistake, based on faulty ideas about politics …

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Canadian Conservative Party passes bill to repeal law banning offensive speech
  8 Jun 2012     9:16 am

It’s the end of the Canadian speech code, and their Human Rights Commissions (censorship panels) will be curtailed, too.
The federal Conservatives voted late Wednesday to repeal controversial sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act banning hate speech on the Internet, backing a bill they say promotes freedom of expression and would have the courts play a larger role in handling hate-crime cases.
In a free vote of 153 to 136, the Tory caucus supported a private member’s bill from Alberta Conservative MP Brian Storseth that would scrap Section 13 of the human …

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Ten ways that the Obama administration can lower gas prices
  5 Jun 2012     3:00 am

From the Heritage Foundation.
Here’s the list:

Lift offshore and onshore exploration and drilling bans
Approve Keystone XL
Require timely environmental review
Permitting process
Issue leases on time
Allow development of oil shale
Stop the land grab
Implement 50/50 revenue sharing
Prohibit greenhouse gas and Tier 3 gas regulations
Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Here’s the detail on #3 and #6 and #9:

3. Require timely environmental review: Environmental review requirements for oil and gas projects to commence on federal lands under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) take too long. Congress should place a reasonable 270-day time limit on NEPA reviews.

6. Allow development of oil …

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A quick introduction to the Wisconsin recall election, and the latest polls
  5 Jun 2012     3:00 am

A couple of articles to get you situated, in case you haven’t been following the recall election.
Here’s George Will in the liberal Washington Post:
On Tuesday, in this year’s second-most important election, voters will judge the attempt by a populism of the privileged — white-collar labor unions whose members live comfortably above the American median — to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
[...]Wisconsin, normally a paragon of Midwestern neighborliness, has been riven by furious attempts to punish Walker for keeping his campaign promise to change the state’s unsustainable fiscal trajectory driven by the perquisites of government …

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Eric Holder meets with black pastors regarding 2012 election
  1 Jun 2012     10:47 am

From the Blaze.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri revealed on MSNBC Tuesday that lawyers from the ACLU, IRS administrators, and even Attorney General Eric Holder will soon be speaking with hundreds of pastors in the African-American community on how they can best comport themselves throughout the 2012 election.
“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people,” he said, “and we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say …

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Adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells: which one works?
  23 May 2012     12:00 am

There are two kinds of stem-cell research. The first kind is called embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR). This kind is opposed by pro-lifers because it kills unborn persons by extracting their stem cells for use in medical research. The second kind is called adult stem-cell research (ASCR). This kind is supported by pro-lifers.
Which kind produces more scientific discoveries and new treatments?
Well, consider this article from Yahoo News which describes a new treatment made possible by ethical adult stem cell research.
Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming …

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CIA and MI6 furious that Obama administration blew British agent’s cover
  16 May 2012     12:00 am

From Investors Business Daily.
Here’s a disturbing update to last week’s amazing story about the U.S. mole who infiltrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and thwarted an airliner attack with a more sophisticated underwear bomb.
Someone in Washington whose boss stood to gain from an election year story about alert intelligence operatives successfully protecting American voters at great personal risk leaked the heroic story to the Associated Press. The AP held the story until Obama administration sources said the CIA operative was safe.
But, it turns out, the mole was not a CIA operative. The Obama …

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A look at the costs of public sector pensions at home and abroad
  11 May 2012     12:03 am

From the UK Telegraph.
People retiring from the private sector need to save £250,000 to buy pension income equal to the national minimum wage – currently, £12,646 a year – or a total of £518,000 for a pension equal to national average earnings of £25,900.
These are among many eye-stretching facts in a new analysis of how unfunded promises to pay index-linked pensions to public sector workers are way beyond what most private sector savers can hope to achieve – and how these debts will burden children who have not yet left school.
The Intergenerational …

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Obama administration abandons Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng
  4 May 2012     12:49 pm

Life Site News writes about a pro-life activist in communist China who asked for help from the American government and was betrayed by them.
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who has suffered years of imprisonment and beatings for objecting to forced abortions and sterilizations in his native country, thought he could find shelter and friendship in the United States embassy following his recent escape from house arrest. He is now learning the hard way that the pro-abortion Obama administration, which helps to finance the same “one-child policy” that Chen is fighting, would rather see …

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Gay rights group claims responsibility for vandalism of Mars Hill church
  27 Apr 2012     9:38 pm

From the Washington Post.
A satellite church affiliated with controversial Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll was vandalized early Tuesday (April 24) and a group calling itself the “Angry Queers” has reportedly taken responsibility.
Stained glass and other windows were broken at the Mars Hill Church, according to a post on the Facebook page of Pastor Tim Smith.
“Neighbors of the church reported seeing several young adults in black masks throwing large rocks into the windows,” a church news release said. “Police stated that a bank in the area was also vandalized in the same …

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Concealed carry permitholder stops stabbing rampage in Utah
  27 Apr 2012     7:17 pm

Here’s a story from KSL TV, in Utah. (H/T All American Blogger)
A man stabbed two people at the Smith’s Marketplace grocery store in downtown Salt Lake City before being subdued by a bystander.
The attack took place around 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the store at 455 South and 500 East. According to a witness, it appears one man was stabbed in the side of the head and another was stabbed in the stomach. The exact condition of the victims is unknown, but police believe the injuries are very serious and …

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Green firm that got $1.46 billion in bailouts announces 2000 layoffs
  18 Apr 2012     12:00 am

Doug Ross linked to this Washington Examiner article about First Solar.
First Solar, a solar energy company that received a $1.46 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, announced today that it will layoff 2,000 workers in the United States and world-wide.
The company will  “indefinitely idle” four production lines in Malaysia and shutter a plant in Germany. “These actions, combined with other personnel reductions in Europe and the U.S., will reduce First Solar’s global workforce by approximately 2,000 positions, about 30 percent of the total,” First Solar announced today.
“After a thorough analysis, it …

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Governor Bobby Jindal delivers effective education reform in Louisiana
  18 Apr 2012     12:00 am

Republican governor Bobby Jindal’s education reforms got national attention in the Wall Street Journal.
Governors of both parties have promoted education reform, but so far no one has delivered more than Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal. This week he’ll sign two bills that offer a national model for competition and parental choice.
Louisiana’s new laws will essentially give all parents an average of $8,500 to use for their child’s education as they see fit. They can keep their child in their local public school, but they can also try to get Johnny into a more …

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Would the Buffett Tax “stabilize our debt and deficits”?
  10 Apr 2012     12:00 am

The Wall Street Journal assesses Obama’s claims about the Buffett Tax.
Forget Warren Buffett, or whatever other political prop the White House wants to use for its tax agenda. This week the Administration officially endorsed what in essence is the Obama Rule: Taxes must be high simply to spread the wealth, never mind the impact on the economy or government revenue. It’s all about “fairness,” baby.
This was long apparent to those fated to closely watch the 2008 campaign, but some voters might have missed the point amid the gauzy rhetoric about …

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