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Marita Noon: Shouldn’t we be fighting a war on terrorism not on fossil fuels?

By Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

It's not just a war on coal, the Obama Administration is gunning for oil & gas too

“You are responsible for President Obama’s re-election,” I told 150 folks from the oil and gas industry —most of whom were conservative Republicans. I spoke to them on October 15 in San Angelo, TX. A reporter covering the event wrote that I “stunned the crowd by telling them they were largely responsible for getting the president re-elected, and asking them if they knew how they had helped.” He continued: “The room was very quiet for several moments as Noon waited to see if anyone would volunteer an answer.”

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Nuclear Negotiations with Iran are Kabuki Theater

Charles V. Pena
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Defense & Foreign Policy

With a November deadline looming, Iran recently offered up a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks that has been dismissed by Western negotiators as nothing new. In other words, it’s business as usual. Iran continues to try and buy time. The U.S. and Europeans continue to believe they can put an end to Iran’s nuclear program. The latter is just wishful thinking. The reality is that Iran has every incentive to pursue a nuclear program that leads to eventual weaponization and is not likely to give up its quest for nukes, regardless of how much we try to bring them to their knees with sanctions.

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Immigration Bolsters American Freedom

By Alex Nowrasteh - Library of Law and Liberty

There is much to agree with in Richard Samuelson’s essay. My disagreement arises from three main sources. First, Samuelson undervalues how important relatively freer immigration is for maintaining American values and institutions. Second, his view of the country’s past assimilation of immigrants is too rosy. Third, his pessimism concerning the assimilation of current immigrants is largely unfounded.

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The Military vs. Weather

By Paul Jacob - Common Sense with Paul Jacob
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Liberty Coalition Partners

The purpose of a military — unless invading places for the hell of it — is to wield violence against violent threats to your country. What else are all the tanks and guns for?

The putative threats haven’t normally included . . . the weather.

But that’s been changing.

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Pandemics: A Networked Approach to Crisis Management Needed

By Grant Mincy - Center for a Stateless Society
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

In recent weeks the Ebola virus has dominated media headlines. Fueling global interest, the AP reports a nurse in Spain is the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. The nurse treated two missionaries who traveled to the plagued region and contracted the virus.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of October 3, a documented 3,439 deaths have struck West Africa. There are currently 4,792 known infected individuals in the region. Specific to the United States, reports note possible infections in Texas and Washington DC. For this reason, Ebola has ignited interest in pandemic management.

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Here's The Thing #1: Transparency

By: Ralph F. Weber
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Health Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CNN Receives Fire For Ignoring Libertarian Wyllie

By Evan Mulch - BenSwann.com

A meme the was shown by CNN on the internet recently came under fire when Florida Libertarian Governor Adrian Wyllie supporters voiced their opinion about its content.

As BenSwann.com reported a few days ago, Wyllie recently polled 13 percent which may be a big reason why he was not asked to participate in CNN’s upcoming Florida Governor’s Race debate on Tuesday, October 21st.

 

 

 

 

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A cure for the common queue at the airport

By James Bovard - The Washington Times

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is legendary for not giving a hoot about the convenience or dignity of travelers who must pass through its airport gantlets. TSA is trying to improve its image by offering $15,000 in prizes for the best suggestions on how to provide better service to premium passengers. Regardless of its resorting to crowdsourcing ideas, there is no sign that TSA could soon succumb to common sense.

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Marita Noon: Regcession—why Americans aren’t feeling Obama’s “vigorous recovery”

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

Regulations are causing more world-wide pollution, destroying American jobs, and putting America at risk. President Obama is trying, according to CNN, to “convince voters of a vigorous recovery that a majority still doubts.” Describing comments the president made on October 2 at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, CNN calls his attempt, the “political problem inherent in having to describe an economic recovery that many Americans still aren’t feeling.”

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Ebola, Justice, and Health Care

By Earl L. Grinols
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Health Care

Sometimes an event foreshadows a feature of our lives so well that we must stop to notice it.  This is true regarding the incident of America’s first Ebola patient, an episode that speaks volumes about our health care and the path to health care justice. 

Josephus Weeks is the nephew of Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola in Dallas, Texas on October 8, 2014.  It has been reported that even though doctors spent enormous effort on Duncan’s behalf, Josephus complained that the the treatment his uncle received was inadequate and discriminatory.  His uncle was black and died.  Aid workers who contracted Ebola abroad and were brought to America were white and lived.  Duncan should have been transported to Emory hospital; he should have been given a transfusion of blood from an Ebola survivor; he should have been admitted to the hospital sooner, and on. 

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