How We Could Stop Telemarketers

June 11, 2016

Despite being on the national Do Not Call list, I still get calls from telemarketers, as do most Americans. Many of these companies are located abroad and violate American law with impunity. But there may be a way to stop them:

Perhaps capitalism has the answer. Our time resource is both valuable and limited. Allow us to charge for it. The charge need not be excessive in order to produce the desired result. Currently, robocalling a dozen different phone numbers costs the caller in the vicinity of 1¢. Suppose we decided to value our time at the currently bandied-about proposed minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. That would allow a charge of at least 25¢ per minute per call. It stands to reason that a change in the cost to place a nuisance call from less than a tenth of a cent to 25¢ or more would discourage all but the most determined of scammers from intruding into our lives.

How could it work? Ring-ring. (Since you now have a reason to answer, almost every call will be answered by a live person if one is present.) “Hello, this is Rachel with….” Hang up. Count to three, lift the receiver and dial or punch *00 (or some other simple code established by the phone companies for this purpose) to tell the phone company to charge the caller. If Cousin Sue calls or your auto mechanic calls to tell you your car is ready for pick up, you don’t enter the *00 code.

The phone company then charges the caller the 25¢. Why should they do this? Because they get to keep 10¢ of it for doing the bookkeeping and collecting the fee. The other 15¢ gets credited to your phone bill.

Some Good News For a Change…

June 10, 2016

ISIS’ days are numbered: Two years after the ultra-hardline group proclaimed its caliphate to rule over all Muslims from swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, its many foes are advancing on a number of fronts in both countries, with the aim of closing in on its two capitals, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul...

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June 10, 2016

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How I Will Vote in 2016

June 9, 2016

Back in 2008, I found myself having to choose between two major-party candidates who would amnesty illegal aliens. So I voted for Libertarian candidate Bob Barr.

Well, this year, I’ll write in the name of the person I think would make the best president, Ted Cruz.

Cruz is pro-borders, anti-establishment, and conservative across the board. His integrity is impeccable, and he’s as smart as they get. To seal the deal, this year Bob Barr is a convention delegate for… Ted Cruz.

Trump’s Greatest Fear

June 9, 2016

Is being exposed as a low-rent con artist:

Why is the Trump University one so important? Because it shows Trump to be not a captain of industry but a small-time con man. He’s putting his name on a scheme to get desperate people to come to hotel conference rooms and max out their credit cards, for a few hundred dollars here and a few thousand dollars there. According to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Trump’s entire profit on Trump University was $5 million, which for a guy who claims to be worth $10 billion ought to be pocket change. So why does he do it? Why would a guy who’s supposedly so rich be so desperate to grab such small sums, trying to hock steaks and vodka and water? Why start a pyramid scheme selling vitamins? Trump’s entire brand is built on the idea of his enormous wealth and success. If everyone concludes that he’s just a low-rent con artist, then the entire edifice crumbles — both the business and the candidacy.

Quote of the Day

June 8, 2016

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), explaining why he’s withdrawing his earlier support for Donald Trump:

Given my military experience, Donald Trump does not have the temperament to command our military or our nuclear arsenal.

The Election to Watch Today

June 7, 2016

BUMP: Ellmers lost! Add one more to the list of politicians whose careers ended because they supported amnesty for illegal aliens. Original post below.

Back in 2010, ultra-liberal Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) was exposed as an ultra-liberal. He reacted like this:

Republican Renee Ellmers was elected in his place, in part by bashing the Ground Zero Mosque:

But Ellmers has turned into a squish. She actually supports amnesty for illegal aliens now, along with a host of other ultra-liberal positions.

As a result, she has attracted tougher and tougher primary challengers over the years. But no matter; Donald Trump has endorsed her this year.

It would be a very useful warning for Ellmers to be defeated in today’s Republican primaries. Let’s see if that happens.

The Problem With Trump’s Bashing the Judge…

June 7, 2016

…Is not just race, although that’s offensive enough.

And it’s not that Trump “University” typifies Trump the Conman, and we may have a president embroiled in scandal at the very outset of his presidency.


If he threatens judges and businessmen now, when he hasn’t even been formally nominated, how badly would he abuse his power if he were, say, in the eighth year of his presidency?

I checked my imagination. It boggles.

Jay Nordlinger Leaves the Republican Party

June 7, 2016

And explains why:

At the beginning of his campaign, [Donald Trump] said that McCain was “not a war hero” because he was captured. “I like people who weren’t captured.” True, McCain was shot down — on his 23rd bombing raid over North Vietnam. Then he endured five and a half years of torture. He refused early release, offered because his dad, Admiral McCain, was head of the Pacific Command.

Trump, meanwhile, received four student deferments. Many young men received deferments. But do they slam the service of McCain, of all people?

In 1997, Trump was talking with Howard Stern on the radio — about sleeping around, and the perils of doing so, given venereal disease. “I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world,” he said. “It is a dangerous world out there — it’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.” People joke on the radio. I’m all for joking. I’m also for, “Lighten up, Francis.” But this sort of talk in light of Trump’s condemnation of John McCain … it’s hard to take.


Then, overshadowing everything, there is the issue of character. Trump mocks the handicapped — physically mocks them — for the enjoyment of his audience. He insults women on the basis of their looks. He brags of the women he has bedded, including “seemingly very happily married” ones. He mocks the religions of others. (Distinctly un-American.) He implied that Ted Cruz’s father had a link to the Kennedy assassination. And on and on.

By nominating him, the Republican party has disfigured itself, morally. Democrats won’t like to hear this, but for all those years, I thought the Republican party had the high ground, morally. I feel that this ground has collapsed beneath me. That is one of the painful aspects of this moment.

I know exactly how he feels.

Make no mistake: Trump is the choice of most Republicans. In the later primaries, he comfortably out-polled his Republican rivals, combined.

A party that would elect a would-be-tyrant president is not my party. A party that wants the White House occupied by a vulgar conman, a man rank with hatred and ego and deceit and bluster, cannot be my party.

Turkey Goes Full Islamist

June 7, 2016

The Hagia Sophia was the world’s greatest church for centuries. After the Turks took Constantinople in 1453, they turned the church into a mosque, and the architecture of the church influenced many major mosques all over the world.

However, when Turkey went secularist after World War I, the church was converted into a museum, and so it has remained since 1935.

Well, all that is changing. Turkey’s Islamist government is broadcasting Ramadan prayers from the church this year. This highly symbolic act has a couple of implications:

  1. It symbolizes that the secularist tradition in Turkey was merely an interlude, and that Islamism is back in Turkey.
  2. It symbolizes Islam’s continuing desire to subjugate and stamp out other religions.

Few people in the US will notice, but Turkey and the world just took a fateful turn for the worse.

Bonus Quote of the Day

June 5, 2016

Trump “supporter” Newt Gingrich:

“I don’t know what Trump’s reasoning was, and I don’t care. His description of the judge in terms of his parentage is completely unacceptable.”

Quote of the Day

June 5, 2016

Hillary Clinton (whom I can’t believe I’m quoting):

I found this so disturbing. If our president doesn’t believe in the rule of law, doesn’t believe in our Constitution, with the separation of powers and an independent judiciary, that is one of the most dangerous signals that we are dealing with somebody who is a demagogue, who would rip up our most valued beliefs.

It makes no sense to me. The judge was born in Indiana; yes, he’s of Mexican heritage! Donald Trump is apparently of German heritage. What does that mean? We’re all Americans.

And, when I think of everybody that he has attacked — he would try to disqualify any woman who is a judge because he has said terrible things about women? Any Muslim American who is a judge anywhere — you can go down the list of who he insulted.