John Ransom - Watch Out Below for Falling GDP
Posted: 2/27/2015 11:37:00 AM EST
The revised estimate for GDP growth in the fourth quarter came out before the market open today. Almost a half a percentage point was shaved off of the original estimate of 2.6% annual growth, down to 2.2%. Lower spending on residential construction was offset partly by higher government spending.

The revision was in line with what analyst expected. Coming off big gains in the third quarter, analyst originally expected GDP to come in around 3%. That means economists were off by about a third in their original predictions. As the Federal Reserve has indicated an eventual return to higher interest rates, GDP growth will be more closely watched for: 1) market valuations and 2) interest rate hikes.This economy is slowing.

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Michael Schaus - In Other News: George Soros Funds Net Neutrality from Secret Volcano Lair
Posted: 2/26/2015 12:28:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

John Kerry said that Bibi Netanyahu cannot be trusted on Iran because the Israeli prime minister was stupid enough to support the invasion of Iraq under George Bush…Maybe Johnny forgot that he voted for the war, before he was against it...

(The Daily Beast)

Iran has a secret nuclear weapon facility… And John Kerry says we know about it. In a world ruled by common sense, this would be what they call a “deal breaker”.

(Free Beacon)

Remember that DHS report that said “right wing” groups were more of a domestic threat than ISIS? Well, it turns out that is not what the report said… That’s what CNN said the report said. I feel like Brian Williams might have been doing some free-lance work while on suspension.

(Reason)

George Soros and the Ford Foundation have dumped nearly $200 million into supporting net-neutrality… Doesn’t George Soros have a lair deep inside of a volcano somewhere, or something?

(Washington Examiner)

It turns out that many taxpayers who owe the Obamacare tax are deciding not to pay it. Consider it self-implemented exemptions to the individual mandate… See, Mr. President: We have our own pens and phones.

(Washington Times)

An MSNBC host feels sorry for the guy who was found guilty of murdering American sniper Chris Kyle because now “his life is ruined”. Sometimes the stupid hurts.

(Daily Caller)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Calls Illegal Immigrants “Americans in Waiting”
Posted: 2/25/2015 12:39:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Following a terror threat, the Mall of America has reposted signs reminding patrons of their “no gun” policy. (Yeah… the Mall of America is a gun-free-zone.) They should forget about the gun ban, and just replace the signs with “no murder” signage… That should do the trick.

(Fox News)

The White House is calling illegal immigrants “Americans-in-waiting”… I guess it was a little too obvious to call them “Democrat-voters-in-waiting”. (Also, it would have been inaccurate. In Chicago, they’re probably already voting Democrat multiple times each election.)

(Truth Revolt)

Republicans are once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Despite having a majority in both houses of congress, the GOP is too busy fighting among themselves to mount a reasonable defense against Obama’s executive amnesty. I say we just hide Boehner’s Camel non-filters, and tell him he doesn’t get them back until he starts acting like a Republican.

(Politico)

“Progressive” UCLA students objected to the appointment of an undergrad to a student-governing body, because the undergrad was a Jew… The “tolerance” of the Left is, once again, put on display.

(Daily Bruin)

A Vanderbilt law professor says he hates Israel because he respects universal human rights and “social justice”… Which is why he’s pressuring the Mayor to shut down a pro-Israel rally. (Because freedom of speech isn’t really considered a “human right”… Right?)

(Campus Reform)

A Texas Jury has found a former Marine guilty in the murder of American sniper Chris Kyle and another man, Chad Littlefield. He has received an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole… Personally, I think he should be used as target practice for the next graduating class of US Marine snipers.

(Associated Press)

The FCC chairman refuses to speak with Congress ahead of the agency’s possible adoption of Obama’s secret 300 page “Net-Neutrality” proposal. I guess answering questions would be too closely related to transparency for an Agency that has adopted the Nancy Pelosi method for learning the details.

(National Review)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: NYPD Told to Close Their Eyes and Count to Ten When Stopping Crime
Posted: 2/24/2015 12:28:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

A textbook on “activism” at the University of Michigan teaches students that capitalism is imperialistic, and must be overthrown. The publishers of the textbook should be careful, otherwise the DNC might sue them for plagiarism pretty soon.

(The College Fix)

Ezra Klein’s “news” outlet Vox, is arguing that sugar should be treated like a controlled substance… It’s going to be a weird world when you have to go into the alleyway between the liquor store and the marijuana dispensary just to buy some SweeTarts on the black market.

(Vox)

As part of Bill De Blasio’s new training program for the NYPD, officers are being told to close their eyes, take a deep breath, and/or count to ten when confronted by angry or confrontational people. They could also go find a grown up, and let them know what happened.

(NY Post)

A Saudi man has been sentenced to death for renouncing his Muslim faith… Keeping in the tradition of “Moderate” Muslims (like ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Iran), Saudi Arabia plans on publicly beheading him for his apostasy.

(Telegraph)

I know this is going to come as a shock, but Janet Yellen opposes congressional efforts to audit the Fed. Now she knows how the rest of the industry feels when Fed officials show up on the steps of a local bank.

(CNBC)

When the Mayor of Jerusalem saw a Palestinian terrorist stab a Jew on the street, he took matters into his own hands and tackled the terrorist… by himself. Bill de Blasio would have just closed his eyes and counted to ten.

(Breitbart)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Wasserman-Schultz Planned Attack on "Sexist" Obama for Considering New DNC Chair
Posted: 2/23/2015 12:17:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Apparently Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (the “gem” who runs the DNC) was prepared to aggressively portray Obama as anti-woman and anti-Semitic if he had dared to replace her as DNC chairwoman… Now that would have been a fun fight to watch.

(Fox News)

The Obamacare tax on “Cadillac” healthcare plans is at the heart of the first nationwide oil refinery strike in 35 years. I guess the United Steele Workers are finding out that progressive policies really only seem appealing when someone else pays for them.

(Breitbart)

Another leftist California city is (quickly) going broke. I guess San Jose, CA is starting to figure out what Margaret Thatcher meant when she said socialists would eventually run out of other people’s money.

(Breitbart)

Hollywood spent Sunday night patting themselves on the back with this year’s Academy Awards celebration. Leftists are upset because it was “too white”, conservatives are upset because of liberal acceptance speeches, and the rest of us are upset because this is all we’re going to hear about for the next week.

(Huffington Post)

On the bright side: Birdman won the award for Best Picture. Now maybe someone will actually want to watch it.

(Fox News)

Do we really have to keep naming winter storms? Winter Storm “Quantum” is bringing record colds across the country… Which is obviously very strange for the month of February.

(Weather.com)

A couple in England were denied the opportunity to adopt a child after government workers witnessed the would-be-father puffing on an electronic cigarette… A public flogging will likely also be held for him in coming weeks.

(Daily Mail)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Admin Focuses on “Right-Wing” Extremism
Posted: 2/20/2015 12:42:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Four cities have set all time record temperature lows, with a number of others reaching previous lows… Al Gore was unavailable for comment.

(Weather.com)

The Department of Homeland Security has “leaked” (read: “spoon-fed to willing leftist media”) a report that alleges domestic terrorism from right-wing groups is as big a threat as radical Islam… I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before the GOP is listed as an official terrorist organization.

(CNN)

It turns out that the Cold War isn’t really over. Russia has confirmed joint military operations with Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Someone’s going to have to get out the Ouija board and get in touch with JFK if Putin decides to park some nukes in the Caribbean.

(Free Beacon)

Healthcare.gov has confirmed that they sent out incorrect tax information to roughly 800,000 customers. And so, once again the government proves that it is fully capable of complicating people’s lives.

(Fox News)

Ezra Klein’s Vox “news” outlet says that women shouldn’t carry guns on a college campus because most rapes and sexual assaults happen “without physical force”. In other words: Because some women will be drugged before they get raped, all the other women shouldn’t be able to defend themselves from a violent attacker… Only a liberal would think this makes sense.

(Vox)

Having full control over your healthcare is, apparently, not enough nannyism for this government. The Feds also want to tax sweets, encourage vegetarianism, and electronically track the time you spend watching TV… I suddenly have the urge to sit down with a Lucky Strike and a hamburger for a “Walking Dead” marathon.

(Free Beacon)

If I remember my history correctly, the colonists got a little uppity when King George ignored their impromptu tea party in the Boston Harbor. Washington, DC should probably try to keep that in mind before writing off the impromptu tea party that Rick Santelli sparked – on the floor of the CME in Chicago – six years ago.

(Breitbart)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Claims Islam Has Been Part of America Since Founding
Posted: 2/19/2015 12:39:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

ISIS held a military parade in Libya in an effort to prove that their Caliphate is growing. The Obama administration was quick to remind us that parades have nothing to do with the religion of Islam.

(Weasel Zippers)

An Obama Administration official has said that we must “give voice” to the plight of Muslims… No word yet on who will speak for those 21 dead Coptic Christians.

(Real Clear Politics)

Iran’s top negotiator was ordered by the Supreme Leader to stop yelling at John Kerry so much. Kerry has since considered bringing James Taylor with him to the next meeting so everyone can make-up with a nice Carol King song.

(Free Beacon)

President Obama said that “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.”… Does he mean before or after the US declared war on the Muslim pirates from the Barbary States?

(CNS News)

Nancy Pelosi must have been in charge of organizing the FCC’s attempt to regulate the internet… No one can see the regulations until after they are adopted. Oh, and you’ll be able to keep your internet if you like your internet.

(Weekly Standard)

The east coast is expecting low daily temperatures not seen since the 1800’s. It’s nice to see all those global warming theories really shaping up, right?

(Accuweather)

The bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (AKA: The Bureau of All Things Fun) has decided to ban a type of ammunition popular among AR-15 enthusiasts. Apparently possession of this particular ammo turns ordinary gun-owning citizens in homicidal maniacs… Thank heavens we have the Feds to keep us all safe.

(Free Beacon)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Super Genius, Wile E Coyote, Directing Obama’s Anti-Terror Strategy
Posted: 2/18/2015 1:11:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

David Axelrod said he is very proud that the Obama Administration has never had a major scandal. Satirical newspapers around the country are mulling the idea of suing him for stealing their joke.

(Fox News)

The Obama Administration is partnering with a Mosque that has former ties to terrorism as part of its attempt to counter “violent extremism”… Why does it feel like Obama’s anti-terror strategy was crafted by Wile E. Coyote?

(Washington Times)

The military may soon have to accommodate transgender individuals, with civilian officials overseeing the military’s acceptance of LGBT groups. Why? Well, because having a uniformed and cohesive military unit is not nearly as important as being fabulous.

(Stripes)

Doesn’t it bother anyone that the official PR team for the state department seems to have an intellectual ignorance of the world that only a fast-tracked poli-sci degree can fetch? They remind me of nursing students talking about brain surgery.

(National Review)

The Islamic State is planning on using Libya as a launching pad for European terrorist operations… Yeah, I’m talking about the same Libya that Obama initially claimed was a beacon of hope in the early days of the “Arab Spring.” It appears that we’ve been Benghazied.

(Telegraph)

An anti-gun activist and lawyer has been arrested for illegally carrying a gun in the Cleveland airport. His defense at this point seems pretty simple: He intended for all those anti-gun laws to be enforced on other people.

(Guns.com)

Nancy Pelosi led a delegation of Democrats on a pilgrimage to the worker’s paradise of Cuba this week. I can only hope she falls in love with the wannabe Stalinist state, and declares it the Promise Land for Democrats.

(Breitbart)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: The Second Amendment Does Not Apply to Flintlock Pistols in New Jersey
Posted: 2/17/2015 12:26:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf told Chris Matthews that we cannot win this war with ISIS by killing them… After all, wars are traditionally won by sending fruit baskets and Hallmark cards, right?

(The Right Scoop)

Wait, Scott Walker doesn’t have a college degree? So in other words, he’s more like the average American than an over-privileged Community Organizer who went to Columbia, Harvard, and Occidental College. Right?

(National Review)

A 72 year old retired teacher is facing a 10 year prison sentence for possession of an antique flintlock pistol in his vehicle. The 1700’s antique was both unloaded, and out of reach… But it was in New Jersey, where the Constitution and sensibility are suspended for the sake of “common sense” gun control.

(Breitbart)

The President’s executive amnesty has been put on hold by a Federal Judge in Texas. For the time being, Democrats are just going to have to be happy with the voters they already have…

(Fox News)

There are reports that the Obama Administration has refused to share intelligence with Jordanian and Egyptian military command in the fight against ISIS. In all fairness, he thought they were talking about his golf game when they asked him to share his strategy.

(Weasel Zippers)

A Saudi Cleric has shown up on video “debunking” the fact that the earth rotates around the sun. Coincidentally these remarks occurred on the birthday of Galileo Galilei. It looks like some corners of the world have progressed very little in those 451 years.

(Al Arabiya)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Orders Marines to Train for Retreat
Posted: 2/16/2015 12:36:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

It’s beginning to look like Boston could use a little more global warming.

(CBS)

The height of the Washington Monument has been officially revised downward. Kinda like GDP and unemployment rates, all government numbers apparently get changed eventually.

(Fox News)

A 20 year old American is recovering in the intensive care unit of a hospital in western Salamanca, Spain. He had to undergo a 3 hour surgery after being gored by a bull during a bull-fighting festival. Unfortunately, doctors were unable to reverse his stupidity.

(Fox News)

It’s generally not a good sign when a nation’s elite military units begin practicing the evacuation of its embassies. #ILoveObama

(Breitbart)

New Yorkers managed to go an entire 12 days without anyone killing one another. For being such a gun-free zone, there sure seems to be a lot of lethal gun shots. Maybe the city needs bigger “no gun” signs.

(New York Times)

The White House failed to mention or even reference the faith of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were executed by ISIS militants. But they did find time to remind the world that the Islamic State is not Islamic.

(Breitbart)