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All the Clowns Aren’t in the Circus (Some are on the Bench)

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When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed on Sunday it marked the end of an era.  But never fear, those ever-popular clowns are still with us.  They lack the grease paint, rubber noses, and orange hair that made us laugh.  In fact, these clowns aren’t funny at all.  They sit on the federal courts at virtually every level.

Perhaps the best known are the clowns on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who refused to overturn a federal clown in Seattle who barred President Trump’s travel ban and are now wrestling with essentially the same issue from a clown on the bench in Hawaii involving travel ban number 2.

After hearing arguments, they are currently preforming twists and turns, like those high-flying circus trapeze artists that entertained us under the Big Top for more than 146 years, sans the tight sequined outfits.   Read the rest of this entry »

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May 24th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Flynn’s Dismissal Highlights the Difference Between Obama and Trump

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Donald Trump lost a valuable member of his team when Michael Flynn was forced to fall on his sword and resign as his national security advisor.  Flynn’s crime had nothing to do with the Russians, but his failure to tell the truth about his December conversation with Sergey Kislyak.

One can appreciate Flynn’s hesitancy to tell (then) Vice-president Elect Mike Pence that he had discussed the sanctions Obama had recently imposed on Russia with the Kremlin Ambassador.  It wasn’t illegal.  In fact, it was to be expected that Flynn would be laying the groundwork for what lies ahead.   However, in light of all the accusations about Russia’s attempt to skew our election in favor of Trump, Flynn probably wanted to avoid throwing unnecessary fuel on that media-fanned fire.

Does anyone remember that cosy little conversation Barack Obama had in March of 2012 with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the global nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea?  Obama was caught on tape asking Medvedev to ask his successor, Vladimir Putin, to give hims “space” until after the November election when he would have more flexibility to deal with thorny issues like missile defense.   Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

The State of the Family

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In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama, once again, told us that “the state of the union is strong.”  Our citizens know differently.  Here’s what Obama didn’t tell you:

  • The unemployment rate may be down, but the labor participation rate is a paltry 62.6 percent. It is still stuck at a 38 year low.
  • The average hourly pay also is stuck, sliding one cent last month to $25.24. That left the growth of average pay at 2.5 percent for the year, well below the 3.5 percent economists consider healthy.
  • The same goes for health care.  The percentage of adults without coverage remains at around 12%.  Meanwhile, Obamacare premiums skyrocketed an average of 7.5%.
  • The Dow Jones industrial average, faded by 2.2 percent, its first down year since 2008.

Armed with this knowledge, I was much more interested in Monday night’s report on the “State of the Family” delivered by Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council Read the rest of this entry »

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January 13th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

The “Injustice” Department

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There was a time, when the United States of America was respected for its justice system.  No more!   In fact, things have deteriorated so much under the current administration, the Justice Department headed by Attorney General Eric Holder is a national disgrace.  Terrorists and those out to undermine our borders and trample our laws are laughing at us!

Monday’s ruling, blocking a Texas law requiring voters to show a photo ID, should be the last in a very large pile of “last straws.”  A few months ago, the same Holder Injustice Department blocked a similar requirement in the state of South Carolina.

Why?  Injustice says this requirement places an undue burden on minorities.  How so?  Read the rest of this entry »

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March 14th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

In Search of Justice

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Last Friday, President Obama made an unscheduled appearance during the daily White House press briefing to say that he had spoken with David Souter and announced to those assembled that the Supreme Court justice would retire this year.  Reporters interrupted their presidential swoon to feign surprise. What a spontaneous moment!  The president quickly whipped out a carefully crafted speech designed to fool us, again, and read it word for word. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 7th, 2009 at 12:00 am

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