Monthly Archives: May 2019

Thomas vs. Abortion

60c46804-94a2-4465-bc37-e291b47d6b50“As many as 160 million ‘missing’ women—more than the entire female population of the United States, notes Justice Thomas, have been targeted through abortion because of the mere fact of being female.”  Mario Diaz

Clarence Thomas Speaks the Truth for SCOTUS on Abortion

Mario Diaz, American Thinker, May 29, 2019

In today’s concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Justice Clarence Thomas dared speak the truth about the abortion industry in an area of law and policy infested with euphemisms, deception, and distortion.  That “the Constitution itself is silent on abortion,” for example, is a most obvious observation that anyone old enough to read can confirm.  But to write it plainly in a Supreme Court opinion, as he did, is nothing short of an act of courage in today’s day and age, when the darkness of abortion has such a firm grip on our political, legal, and cultural environments.

The case dealt with an Indiana law that contained two provisions.  The first dealt with the “disposition of fetal remains by abortion providers,” and the second barred “sex-, race-, or disability-selective abortions by abortion providers.”  In a Per Curiam opinion (meaning it comes from the Court as a whole and not signed by any particular justice) the Court granted cert. on the first question and reversed the lower-court ruling that had invalidated the law.  But it denied hearing on the second question, leaving in place the lower court’s ruling that invalidated it.

On the first question, dealing with the disposition of fetal remains, the Court said, “The Seventh Circuit clearly erred” in saying the state’s interest in the proper disposal of fetal remains is not legitimate.  Justice Thomas said the lower court’s decision was “manifestly inconsistent with our precedent.”  He is right.  The Court had already said in Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health that “a State has a ‘legitimate interest in proper disposal of fetal remains.'” Continue reading

Fixing Inequality

dilbert-income-inequality-and-fairness“There is a solution to income inequality, but it is not income redistribution.” Jeffrey Folks

Fixing Income Inequality

By Jeffrey Folks, American Thinker, May 27, 2019

In a recent op-ed in Barron’s (April 18, 2019), Professor Michael Pettis of Peking University points out the dangers of income inequality, comparing our situation today with that of the late 1920s.  This comparison is commonplace among progressives, who seem to think that the mere mention of “late 1920s” is enough to stampede the public into demanding progressive government interventions.  In this case, it amounts to extortion: share the wealth, or we’ll have another Great Depression.  But if you share the wealth, both poor and rich will thrive.  “The benefits would eventually trickle up — even to the rich,” Pettis writes.

Who could argue against making everyone rich?  The problem is how to do it.

Pettis claims that “if income were more widely distributed, the U.S. economy would grow faster” due to increased spending and demand.  But neither Pettis, with his demand-side economics, nor many of the other advocates of income equality specify just how income is to be “more widely distributed.”  (Give Elizabeth Warren credit on this point: by her own admission, her solution is not at all different from Lenin’s: steal it.) Continue reading

Red Cocaine

1“Panamanian authorities intercepted 46 suitcases containing an estimated $90 million in illegal drugs on a cargo ship that arrived from a Cuban port and was en route to Istanbul, Turkey.”  Monica Showalter

Editor’s Note:  Cuba and Cocaine have always gone together like Mary and her lamb!  In 1990 Dr. Joseph Douglass, Jr. wrote a book entitled Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America. Cuba was at the center of the cocaine traffic.

“Cuba moved rapidly to establish narcotics operations in Mexico and Colombia.  The Cuban drug operation set up in Colombia was manned by Colombians but directed by Cubans.” Pg. 26

“The Cubans were very effective in establishing operations throughout Latin America.  Both Fidel and Raul Castro were enthusiastic and pushed hard to have the operation expanded faster than the Soviets deemed prudent.” P. 27

“American youth were the primary target for the drugs.” Ibid

With open borders, Cuba goes back into the drug-dealing business

By Monica Showalter, American Thinker, May 20, 2019

In a disturbing report out of Panama, Panamanian authorities have made a new bust linked to Cuba, intercepting a huge shipment of cocaine worth $90 million at the canal, bound for Turkey.

Babalu has a report, based on a news item spotted in CiberCuba:

Panamanian authorities on Saturday intercepted 46 suitcases containing an estimated $90 million in illegal drugs on a cargo ship that arrived from a Cuban port and was en route to Istanbul, Turkey. The suitcases contained 1,517 packages of drugs hidden in a container declared as containing charcoal.

Authorities are still investigating and no arrests have been made. There has been no confirmation the drugs originated in Cuba, but the Turkish government has close ties to the Castro dictatorship. Moreover, the Castro dictatorship has a long history of drug trafficking in partnerships with drug cartels and the Colombian narco-terrorist organization, FARC. Continue reading