Hugh Hewitt: At Last A Push for 350-Ship Navy

President Trump has put a big number on a big board: 355 ships on the American fleet.It’s a big jump from the 280 or so presently afloat. The president doubled down at the graduation of Annapolis Midshipmen last week promising 355 ships soon, as he did on the deck of the carrier Ford in 2017:as he did at the Philadelphia Shipyard in 2016

This is a promise three times repeated, 350 ships. The Italians will build at least two of these powerful parts of the fleet in Wisconsin, as soon as the Pentagon says proceed to them or to somebody else. That’s what the Pentagon needs to do right now. The president has made it his word. He has promised. It can be done. But OMB and the Pentagon now need to recognize who is the president and to follow his wishes.

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Michael Medved: Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom From Consequences

When ABC canceled its top-rated Roseanne revival, Americans received another reminder that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences.

No, the government can’t stop you from saying stupid things but a private business can terminate your employment if your offensive words damage that company’s image or bottom line. Kathy Griffin saw her career go up in flames when she appeared with a bloody replica of President Trump’s severed head, and NFL players will no longer be able to damage their league’s ratings by demonstrating against the national anthem.

Conservatives shouldn’t rush to Roseanne Barr’s defense: she’s a long-time leftist and conspiracy nut, who ran for the Green Party presidential nomination. Her recent embrace of Trump always seemed to be more a commercial strategy than a matter of conviction.


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Jerry Bowyer: Amazon Puts Activists Over Owners and Customers

Amazon has dropped ADF—the Alliance Defending Freedom—from their “Smile” charity program. They did so because the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the a group who are leading defenders of the the First Amendment and religious liberty as a hate group. The Smile program permits customers to donate part of their Amazon purchases to the charity of their choice.

Of course, ADF is no hate group, but that doesn’t matter to the SPLC. Their M.O. is to label mainstream conservative groups as hate-groups.

So why should the rest of us care?

Citizens should care because labeling everything the left doesn’t like as racist polarizes society and degrades civility. It’s long past time for Amazon to put its owners and its customers interests ahead of activists and the personal political biases of management.

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Albert Mohler: “Are My Friends Really My Friends?”

“Are My Friends Really My Friends?”

That’s the title of recent article in The New York Times. Teddy Wayne writes, “In the age of digital media, do we have more friends? We are certainly connected to many people who we identify as friends, but are they really friends?”

The bottom line—surprise—is many of the people in the digital world we identify as friends really aren’t friends.

But I was fascinated to see the citation of research by Oxford Professor of Evolutionary Psychology Robin Dunbar.

Working down from the larger circles of acquaintances, he says most people only have five confidants and only 1.5 people in the innermost circle.

I think he’s pessimistic on the innermost circle.

But: You might just want to put the smart phone down and take that up in conversation with your friend and a half.


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Jerry Bowyer: In the Laboratory of Democracy, New Jersey Is Failing

My clients are fleeing New Jersey like it’s on fire,” that’s what a financial consultant to wealthy individuals just told James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal. What is the fire driving them out? It’s the class warfare as expressed in the worst business taxes in America, and a left-wing governor who wants to hike them again. The accelerant is that—under the new Trump tax plan—the rest of us will be doing less of the bailing through the tax code.

My new piece on Townhall Finance shows how New Jersey was already was on shaky grounds in terms of being able to attract enough high earning talent to keep its real estate market intact.

I hate to see these states implode, but that’s how the Founders designed our system of federalism: Each state a laboratory of democracy.

In this lab, some experiments are clearly failing.

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