Low Popahirum, National Edition (6-20-14)

“Maybe going on strike wasn’t the best way for London taxi drivers to protest Uber, the Internet-based car service invading from Silicon Valley. When riders couldn’t get cabs last week, the number signing up for Uber soared to more than eight times the normal rate.” – WSJ

“As we arrive fully in the world Gertrude Himmelfarb warned us of — a world where our sexual orientation is chosen for us, but we can choose our own gender — there are fewer and fewer voices willing to be heard in the wilderness of secular insanity that envelopes us.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaeda in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office.” – Charles Krauthammer/National Review

“A conservative think tank’s panel on the Benghazi attack of 2012 erupted into applause this week when one of its members fielded a question from a Muslim law student with a scathing shredding of politically correct blindness.” – BizPAC Review

Is the wealth of America based on theft? This allegation lies at the heart of modern progressivism, and provides the justification for government seizure and government redistribution, not only within America but also from America to the rest of the world.” – Dinesh D’Souza

“House conservatives constantly complain to grassroots conservatives about how their efforts to advance a conservative agenda are being thwarted by leaders loyal to the GOP establishment – yet time and again, they fail to mount a serious challenge to change leadership. The cynical view is that the failure of House conservatives to mount a serious leadership challenge shows that they don’t really want to lead, because the current dynamic serves their purposes a lot better.” – Washington Examiner

“The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s arrival in Texas is being met with mixed feelings by some law enforcement officials along the border. Don Reay, the Executive Director of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition, says a visit by Johnson may have had more of an impact before plans were put into effect to transport and house the thousands of unaccompanied minors that have come into Texas through Mexico illegally.” – CBS Dallas

“The idea of economic tradeoffs is strangely difficult to grasp for policymakers and the public alike. Rising home prices are frequently treated as though they were an unmitigated good, which they are — if you already own a home. If you’re looking to buy a home, rising home prices are an expense. But homeowners — older, wealthier, more likely to vote — are politically more powerful than prospective buyers, who are generally younger, less wealthy, and less likely to vote. If you hew to the conventional wisdom that dominates policy thinking at the Fed and elsewhere, a little inflation in the economy, or even more than a little, is an excellent thing, a contributor to growth. Even assuming that that is the case (the contrary view is a distinctly minority inclination), inflation still imposes real costs on consumers.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

Two in three Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new Gallup poll.” – POLITICO

“President Obama surprised a few people during a news conference Thursday by claiming that the 2011 decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq, a politically popular move on the eve of an election year, was made entirely by his Iraqi counterpart. The implication ran counter to a number of claims that Obama has made in the past, most notably during a tight campaign season two years ago, when he suggested that it was his decision to leave Iraq and end an unpopular war.” – Washington Post

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