Economy & Investments, States

Winning: TX Is World’s 3rd Biggest Oil Producer

According to a report this week, Texas is on pace soon to become the world’s third largest oil producer, edging out all other countries except Russia and Saudi Arabia. It’s a massive endorsement for free market principles. Especially given that it marks an historic turnaround from the oil glut and resultant plunge in prices just a few years ago. It’s also a reminder of what can be accomplished when the federal government gets out of the way of private industry.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

America is a powerhouse and I mean that literally as well as figuratively. CNN Money reported Wednesday that Texas is set to become the world’s number three oil producer thanks to a boom in production:

Plunging drilling costs have sparked an explosion of production out of the Permian Basin of West Texas. In fact, Texas is pumping so much oil that it will surpass OPEC members Iran and Iraq next year, HSBC predicted in a recent report.

If it were a country, Texas would be the world’s No. 3 oil producer, behind only Russia and Saudi Arabia, the investment bank said.

“It’s remarkable. The Permian is nothing less than a blessing for the global economy,” said Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy Group, a consulting firm…

“The industry cracked the code on fracking,” said McNally.

Texas is producing so much oil that it will soon be bumping up against pipeline capacity. Some producers are already selling at a discount because of the limitations. Another problem is a shortage of labor, though that will likely be good news for the state and for people moving to Texas to find work.

The boom in Texas is one reason the U.S. is set to become the world’s number one oil producer. Last week, U.S. production reached an all-time high of 11 million barrels per day.

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Big govt, States

University Settles Lawsuit After Discriminating Against Republicans

More news from the Left Coast Ivory Tower this week after a Republican campus group will receive a windfall settlement of well over six figures from the University of Washington.

Not wanting to risk a clearly losing battle in court, the U of W is writing a check to the local student Republican group to cover legal fees and return the dubious charges imposed on them by the administration as ‘security fees’.

It seems the new strategy by wayward lefties on campus is to impose exorbitant fees as a bludgeon to keep conservative groups from organizing.

Nice try. Better luck next time.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

A Washington university is shelling out big bucks to settle a dispute with a Republican student group that filed a lawsuit alleging the school discriminated against it by charging exorbitant security fees for speaker events.

The University of Washington settled with the university’s College Republicans Monday, agreeing to pay $122,500 to make the lawsuit go away. The settlement comes after the campus group filed a lawsuit claiming that UW’s speaker policies “unconstitutionally infringed upon the [University of Washington College Republicans’] First Amendment freedom of speech by making it unaffordable and therefore impractical to host events likely to invite violent protests,” Campus Reform reported.

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Issues, States, Uncategorized

Starbucks to Close Stores in Minimum Wage Hike Areas

Looks like the leftist notion of minimum wage hikes and overregulation are forcing Starbucks’ corporate decision makers to close approximately 150 locations.

Despite the big PR bias-training maneuver, the over-saturated coffee chain is now focusing on moving its development to rural and suburban areas closing locations often found in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are hurting the bottom line, according to CEO Kevin Johnson.

“Now, in a lot of ways, it’s middle America and the South that presents an opportunity.” It’s funny how that works.

Perhaps they’ll find some prime real estate…just next door to Chick Fil A.

Here’s more from Hotair…

A ubiquitous as Starbucks appears to be, their growth has begun slowing of late, and not just because of public-relations disasters like the one that took place in Philadelphia. Existing-store sales have been declining over the past several years and especially over the last two, Bloomberg reports, prompting CEO Kevin Johnson to start shutting down some stores while looking for greener pastures elsewhere. And guess what one key criterion for these closures might be?

Although business abroad has been booming and the chain has been opening more and more cafes, U.S. sales growth has stalled for the company that brought espresso to the masses. With about 14,000 stores domestically, Starbucks is now pumping the brakes on licensed and company-operated locations, with a renewed focus on rural and suburban areas—not over-caffeinated urban neighborhoods where locals already joke that the next Starbucks will open inside an existing store.

The closing stores are often in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are making them unprofitable, Johnson said. “Now, in a lot of ways, it’s middle America and the South that presents an opportunity.”

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Issues, Politics, States

Illinois Town to Order Residents to Hand Over Guns

The NRA is going to war over Second Amendment rights against a town which will soon implement a requirement that residents turn over all their semi-automatic weapons.

Deerfield, Illinois, town board voted unanimously back in April to confiscate weapons. Should a citizen refuse, the town will impose a fine of a grand every day.

It’s yet another non compos mentis move by radical leftists who think that disarming law-abiding citizens will end gun crime.

Of course, we need look no further than to Chicago, Illinois — where gun regs are among the most onerous in the nation — easily the top of the list of metro areas for violent gun crimes.

When guns are outlawed only outlaws have guns.

Here’s more from Fox News…

An Illinois town will soon implement an ordinance directing residents to hand in their semi-automatic firearms or face heavy fines.

The Deerfield Village Board voted unanimously in April in favor of an amendment to its gun ordinance to restrict some semi-automatic firearms.

Residents could face fines of up to $1,000 per day if they do not comply with the ordinance.

Current or retired law enforcement personnel are exempt from the law.

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson explained on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that the town wants to ban firearms such as the AR-15 rifle and other high-capacity magazines.

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Courts, Issues, Politics, States

Liberty Wins: SCOTUS Sides With Colorado Cake Baker

Yet another surprise decision from the Supreme Court yesterday with a 7-2 ruling — yes, two liberals joined the conservative camp — in favor of Colorado cake baker, Jack Phillips.

First, let’s get the facts straight since the left has told a few fibs.

Phillips was not refusing to bake a cake for a customer who happened to be gay. Rather, he refused to take part in a gay wedding, which violated his religious conviction about marriage.

He was otherwise perfectly fine with baking a cake for anyone, regardless of their orientation.

But the left is never content with ‘live and let live’; liberal orthodoxy maintains that we all must agree AND comply…or else.

Thankfully the Supremes disagreed and ruled that toleration is a two-way street.

Folks, we can’t over-estimate how huge this is for religious liberty.

But the fight continues…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, in one of the most closely watched cases of the term.

In a 7-2 decision, the justices set aside a Colorado court ruling against the baker — while stopping short of deciding the broader issue of whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people. The opinion was penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the swing justice in tight cases.

The narrow ruling here focused on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips.

“The Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion,” Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion.

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Culture, Politics, States

Harvard to Award Hillary Medal for ‘Transformative Impact’

We’re reminded yet again why ivy-lined ivory towers on the Left Coast and the Blue Coast, respectively, have earned such scorn from the rest of America in fly-over country.

In addition to being the paragons of the leftward march into abject cultural oblivion, they also don’t mind thumbing their noses at the rest of us who recognize the hypocrisy of the socialist elites.

Enter Harvard which will reportedly award Hillary on Friday the ‘prestigious’ Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society.”

And they’re absolutely correct.

Hillary has done more in the last 25 years to polarize American voters against the Democrat Party than any other political figure.

We’ll raise a glass to that. Cheers!

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hillary Clinton will receive Harvard’s prestigious Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society,” according to the Ivy League university.

She will receive the award Friday as part of the school’s graduation-week activities.

Clinton is a former first lady, New York senator, secretary of State and two-time Democratic presidential candidate. Her 2016 White House bid was damaged severely by an FBI investigation into her use of private email servers to send and receive classified information while at the State Department.

Organizers at Harvard say Clinton was chosen for the award because she’s a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator” and “an advocate of American leadership” on the world stage.

 

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Issues, States

NRA Already Being Blamed for TX School Shooting

Another school shooting — this one among the worst in Texas history — and anti-gun lefties are already blaming the NRA for the death of at least 8 people at Santa Fe High School.

Members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence posted on their website the members of Congress who have accepted contributions from the NRA.

There’s just one problem: the crazed young man in custody for the shooting had obtained the weapons illegally.

In other words, gun laws can’t stop those with criminal intent from breaking laws. There’s one thing that WILL stop them: guns in the hands of not-crazy people.

Plus, as a result of all the noise the gun-grabbers have been making, gun sales and the membership rolls of the NRA have been exploding.

Note to the left: you’re doing it wrong.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Roughly an hour after at least eight people died in a high school shooting in Texas, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) implicated the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the tragedy.

The CSGV tweeted out a list lawmakers in Texas’ Congressional delegation who have accepted contributions from the NRA, along with “#SantaFeHighSchool.”

Authorities responded to a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, at roughly 8 a.m. Friday morning. One male suspect is in custody while another male has been detained as a person of interest. Both are students enrolled in the school, according to authorities.

The CSGV is “dedicated to taking on the NRA and their toxic agenda. We were the first gun violence prevention group to use the term ‘insurrectionism’ to describe the NRA’s dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment,” according to the group’s website.

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Culture, Issues, States

Judge Strikes Down California Assisted-Suicide Law

California’s insistence on allowing doctors to send patients to a premature death has hit a brick wall this week after a state judge struck down the state’s 2016 End of Life Option Act.

California was among latest (very blue) states to jump onto the bandwagon in deciding when a sick or elderly person’s life is no longer ‘quality’ and therefore worthy of ‘death with dignity’.

But the dark underside of the policy stinks of the sort of euthanasia policies that aren’t too far removed from the Third Reich.

Insurance agencies have routinely offered to pay for cheap assisted suicide pills instead of costly life-saving surgery.

And it’s been demonstrated already that folks without insurance or with mental disability are routinely coaxed into ‘no longer being a burden’ to family and friends.

Assisted suicide is really nothing more than soft-eugenics, and it’s high time we send the policy to an untimely death, across the board.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

A California state judge struck down a law allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill adult patients Tuesday, ending the state’s 2016 attempt to legalize euthanasia.

California’s End of Life Option Act passed the legislature in 2016 amid fierce backlash from those claiming it was immoral, CNN reported Wednesday. Judge Daniel Ottolia’s ruling did not pertain to the content of the law, however. He instead ruled in unconstitutional on a procedural basis because it was passed during a special session convened by Gov. Jerry Brown. The ruling comes less than a month after the U.K. ordered the death of toddler Alfie Evans in April, shocking the world.

Adult, terminally ill patients should have the right to decide their life is no longer worth living and “die with dignity,” proponents of assisted suicide argue. The laws force doctors to harm their patients and can make patients feel pressured to commit suicide to cut costs for their families, critics counter.

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Issues, Politics, States

Redstate GOP Governor Vetoes Constitutional Carry

Despite that the NRA’s membership rolls have exploded on the heels of the left’s hit-job after the Parkland shooting, it’s not all guns and roses.

On Friday, Second Amendment supporters saw a massive setback when deep-redstate Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma vetoed a constitutional carry measure that would have made the state the thirteenth to allow gun owners the right to carry without the need for a permit.

Fallin cited the benefits of the existing permitting process along with the training requirement as necessary for public safety.

But the NRA blasted her as anti-Second Amendment and vowed to take up the bill again next year under a “genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.”

The question no one is asking is obvious: where are all the mass shootings in the states that have already instituted constitutional carry?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed legislation Friday that would’ve allowed anyone in the state to carry firearms without a permit, claiming the current barriers to getting a gun are “few and reasonable.”

Fallin stressed that she is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and owns firearms herself, but she claimed removing the permit requirement would have an adverse effect on policing.

“SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not,” Fallin said in a statement. “Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves. I believe the firearms requirement we currently have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearm in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.”

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Culture, Politics, States

Connecticut Votes to Eliminate Electoral College

The American kulturkampf between constitutional conservatism and the coastal forces of the party of ‘whatever’ came to loggerheads this week in Connecticut.

After slim margins, both the state’s House and Senate voted to adopt what’s become known as the National Popular Vote movement, which allows the state to order its electors to the Electoral College to cast votes for the presidential candidate who won the popular vote across the nation.

It’s an idea advocated alternately by those on the right and the left who are reacting to the most recently elected president.

But since Americans’ notion of history generally only goes back to yesterday’s lunch, useful idiots in favor of the idea have forgotten entirely why the Founding Fathers established the Electoral College in the first place.

And it’s the smaller states like Connecticut who will pay the price for that electoral amnesia.

National Popular Vote is proof that stupid is as stupid does.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Connecticut voted over the weekend to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which in theory would pool its Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

If Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signs the legislation, Connecticut would be the 12th jurisdiction to enter the compact.

The legislation passed the Connecticut Senate 21-14 and the House 73-71.

The compact seeks to make the Electoral College obsolete by having states vow to cast all EC votes to the winner of the popular vote in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The compact could impact presidential elections if it is able to sway 270 EC voters, the threshold to win the presidency, to cast ballots for the popular vote winner. However, the compact has only 172 EC votes, including the seven added by Connecticut’s participation in the pact.

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