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Rest in Peace: Antonin Scalia

Posted by Warren Porter on February 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM

A truly amazing American passed away last night. Antonin Scalia transformed judicial thought by breaking with tradition and introducing his philosophy of originalism. As much as I enjoyed disagreeing with some of his opinions, I could always recognize their author as a true intellectual heavyweight. While Scalia held many antiquated views regarding society and morality, he represented the views of many Americans. It is for this reason that I am proud that Ronald Reagan nominated him to the court 30 years ago. I am a firm believer in the strength of diversity and conservatism definitely deserved a juggernaut to represent their views. Losing Scalia will greatly impair the Supreme Court and he will be sorely missed.

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Untrue Patriots

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 20, 2016 at 7:20 PM

See what you folks have encouraged? FOXNews lionizes these people, and all of a sudden, they think they can pull stunts like this. It's not a coincidence. It's consequence.

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Happy Holidays: Straight Talk On the Anti-Political Correctness Movement

Posted by TreyL on December 24, 2015 at 10:29 PM

It's Christmas Eve as I write this, and I accept in advance that some will not like what I have to say. However, it's that time of year again when, like clockwork, the religious right screams and cries about their imaginary "war on Christmas." Today, after putting in a work-intensive morning and afternoon preparing Christmas dinner for the family, I ran out to a Chinese restaurant for the work-free Christmas Eve dinner that quite a few families enjoy, and witnessed a grown man throwing a temper tantrum because the cashier had dared wish him a happy holiday instead of a merry Christmas. It's a smaller, and less dangerous example of how the anti-PC movement is nothing more than when bigots realize that their bigotry is no longer socially acceptable.

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The Courage to Face the Light

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on December 8, 2015 at 3:22 PM

The world is not a place built to soothe our anxieties. Something is always going wrong. If we wait for the world to quiet, for people to be good, and our enemies not to threaten us to live up to our ideals, we'll never realize the true vision of our framers, or go beyond it to even more exceptional heights of glory.

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Dystopias are the Utopias of the Few

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on December 4, 2015 at 10:57 AM

It is easy to think almost any system works, if you live at the top, if you're in the top one percent. You take your hits, you absorb your damage, you get your friends in authority to fix things up for you, and then you're good. If you're part of some political party dominating things, and you're seeing your agenda pushed everywhere, you might think that you're in the best of all possible worlds. The world often ensures that the last people to know something is wrong, are the ones who lead and dominate.

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The World Gathers in Le Bourget

Posted by Warren Porter on November 30, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Today marks the beginning of COP21, the 21st annual Conference of the Parties on Climate Change. Personally, I am not terribly optimistic about these types of meetings. Politicization easily intrudes, which prevents meaningful action. I am not the only one concerned with the direction negotiations seem to be taking.

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Terror Strikes Paris

Posted by Warren Porter on November 13, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Dozens are dead in Paris as a result of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks. Unsubstantiated rumors indicate that the perpetrators utilized Kalashnikov rifles and suicide bombs. Many suspect this is the work of Islamism.

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Republican Tax Plans in the Spotlight

Posted by Warren Porter on November 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Tonight, the Republican candidates for President will gather once again for a debate. This time, moderated by Fox Business Channel. While Fox is traditionally favorable to conservative viewpoints, the earlier debate by the primary Fox News Channel proved that Fox is perfectly able to run a tough debate.

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Liars & Truth Tellers

Posted by Warren Porter on November 6, 2015 at 6:04 PM

Over the last few months, movement conservatives have adopted a few memes that they hoped would guide them in the 2016 Presidential race. Namely, that Hillary R. Clinton is a liar and that outsider Republicans are truth-tellers. This week's Friday News Dump contains astounding revelations regarding both.

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Paul Ryan's Speakership Will Be Yet Another Farce

Posted by TreyL on October 29, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Between the years of 1931 and 1995, there was only one Republican to hold the position of Speaker of the House. Can you guess who he was without cheating? It was Joseph William Martin Jr. who served until Democrats took over the House in 1954. He's also the last GOP speaker whose tenure wasn't riddled with complete insanity and scandal after scandal. I can assure you that Paul Ryan's tenure will not end that streak.

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Unclear on the Concept

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on October 25, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Mr. Carson, if you are ever elected President, This won't be your job.

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Clinton's two Miracles: Benghazi & the Debt Ceiling

Posted by Warren Porter on October 15, 2015 at 10:08 AM

After so much fervor over the past 3 years regarding her actions on 9/11/12, Hillary Clinton finally returns to the House Select Committee on Benghazi to offer her testimony.

Despite her competent leadership on the day the Benghazi annex was attacked, Republican accusations of mismanagement have kept this "scandal" from withering away. Clinton has alleged a partisan motive from the beginning and recently, she has been vindicated. Clearly, the Republican vendetta against Clinton is collapsing upon itself. Such is the nature of a structure built on such a lousy foundation. Now, with the allegations posed by Bradley Podliska, the whole paper castle is tumbling down.

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Boehner Calls it quits

Posted by Warren Porter on September 26, 2015 at 2:39 PM

After privately meeting with Pope Francis last Thursday, Speaker Boehner has announced that he will resign his seat at the end of October.

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Walker & Perry call it quits

Posted by Warren Porter on September 21, 2015 at 7:29 PM

In the past month, Rick Perry and Scott Walker have dropped out of the Presidential race. Personally, I am breathing a sigh of relief. These two men were the ones that kept me up at night. Not because they were the strongest general election candidates, but these were the guys with both the mainstream credibility to eek through a general election as well as the backbones they would need to stand up to moderates and liberals in Congress.

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A Birthright Wasted On Some...

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on August 19, 2015 at 9:06 PM

In the Dred Scott Case, the judge infamously held that the slave who was its subject had no rights which had to be respected. Though born an American, he could be treated like trash because of who he was born to, and what his skin color was. It tells us something about the power of the Birthright citizenship in the 14th Amendment, that the extreme hypocrisy of Separate But Equal had to be invented in order to justify the dehumanizing laws of Jim Crow. They had to pretend, on a legal level, that segregation didn't betray that birthright!

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Will More Civility Help The Political Process?

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 10, 2016 at 5:16 PM

The Middle Column must seem somewhat vindicated by the Trump and Sanders win in NH. Brings into clear focus that the folks 'ain't going to take it anymore'.

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The Last Standing Honest Man in Washington

Posted by AllardK on February 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM

The FBI has not publicly identified the specific focus, the scope, or potential targets of their ongoing investigation on Hillary Clinton's private email server. All this was laid out in a formal letter sent to State. And Director Comey will not be influenced by the election campaign currently under way. The process is ongoing and will not stop until the FBI - and likely the Justice Department - brings it to a close.

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Bernie and the Big Dem Tent

Posted by AllardK on February 4, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Yes Bernie Sanders will almost certainly win New Hampshire. But what about Nevada and especially South Carolina, with their Black and Latino voters presenting a far different environment for the Vermont Socialist? In other words, how can Bernie convince the non-white vote that he would be a better choice than Hillary?

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Trump Needs to Get His Supporters to Put Their Winter Boots on.

Posted by AllardK on February 3, 2016 at 7:13 AM

With apps courtesy of Microsoft running smoothly (unlike ORCA) and polling numbers parsing caucus voters practically down to hair color and favorite sports teams, it's easy to get caught up in the tech-heavy post-game analysis of the surprising results in Iowa. Especially how wrong the polls were about both Trump and Rubio (who gained 8% more votes than the Des Moines Register poll predicted - exactly as Nate Sliver suggested could happen).

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After Iowa, How Long Will the Elites Wait?

Posted by AllardK on February 1, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Remember Tom Harkin? Iowa certainly knows and cares for their now-retired, long-serving Senator. And all that affection spilled over wonderfully in the Iowa Presidential Caucus back in 1992, with the senator garnishing just over three quarters of the vote. By March 8, his rumored withdrawal was being confirmed and so he did. By then Clinton had over 3 times the delegates and was the front runner.

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O'Riley Couldn't Do It For FOX

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 28, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Interesting to see the difference between a pol with his own money and a pol who has to 'dial for dollars' 3/4's of their time.

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Texas Holdem in the Frozen Corn Fields of Iowa

Posted by AllardK on January 26, 2016 at 7:28 PM

This is getting fun. Ted really aimed at one of Trump's biggest assets - his proudly cherished ability to make a deal. Like two B-rate actors in a straight-to-video action flick, they're busting each other up in the frozen corn fields of Iowa. And Ted Cruz is now using Trump's deal-making as a club to try and beat the billionaire with.

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Is It the Establishment Lane or the Establishment Bus?

Posted by AllardK on January 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM

The GOP Establishment Lane is an interesting metaphor. It seems to imply special rules of transit for certain candidates who have the endorsements and funding from powerful Republican groups. Groups whose political power at least, is recently coming under a certain amount of doubt.

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Sanders, Clinton and the Single-Payer Debate

Posted by AllardK on January 19, 2016 at 9:56 PM

While Hillary and Bernie in the Dems debate tried to push each other off the healthcare pedastal and raise their respective banners with shirt sleeves rolled up like a socialist realism sculpture, the fact is there is no utopia when it comes to health care. Only uncomfortable choices: economically and politically

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Post Debate Trump Likely To Go Up 10 Points

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 14, 2016 at 11:31 PM

As I see it the debate centered around Trump, Cruz and Rubio with Kasich and Carson scoring a few points.

Interesting to see Rubio and Cruz slug it out as to who is the most anti-immigrant. Diversity in politics can be stranger than fiction.

As usual, during the silly season there were those that recommended a flat tax or similar.

Listen up pilgrim, it will be a cold day in hell when the corpocracy gives up their microdial on the peoples money. Ain't never, never, ever going to happen - - - short of a new 3rd party w/a/dif/pol/att - - -

A fairly good exchange, primarily because of the flavor, demeanor brought to the debates by Trump.

Trump has forced the GOP to change the face shown to the public during silley season. Not a small contribution, IMO.

Otherwise - - -

Heavy Water in Flint

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

People in Flint, Michigan have been getting sick from lead poisoning from water they have been drinking for about a year.

If it is determined that elected officials knew of contaminated water they should be removed from office through impeachment or the next election cycle.

A Mi. US senator was blustering this morning that he wanted accountability for those involved. Can anyone imagine how this US senator wouldn't know of the water quality? A federal agency had published a report declaring that the water contained unsafe lead levels.

Run, Trump, Run = = =

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Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party's Ship of State

Posted by AllardK on January 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

What if Bernie Sanders wins in New Hampshire? Despite a Clinton win in Iowa, which looks like a reasonable prediction at this point, could Sanders upset Clinton's growing sense of inevitability?

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A Couple of Questions for the GOP in 2016

Posted by AllardK on January 7, 2016 at 6:55 PM

The problem isn't Trump. In terms of the GOP, that is. And especially in terms of voters who describe themselves as Republicans. That's the thing that seems to be distracting the party's establishment. They can't believe that Donald Trump is still leading the polls (or near the top) now in early January, just weeks from Iowa and New Hampshire. And some are still certain that Trump will not - cannot, shall not - be the party's nominee for President of the United States of America.

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Ship Of State Listing - Ship Of Fools, As Trump Would Say

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 3, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Harold Meyerson wrote his last oped for the WP at the end of Dec. His article takes a swing at inequality as he touts, "the evisceration of the American middle class at the hands of the American rich." As a 3rd party wannabe his article hit home with me.

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Trey Says Rubio Is Rock Solid

Posted by AllardK on December 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Rubio is a rock-solid conservative, according to Trey Gowdy. Trey Gowdy's handling of the Benghazi hearings was a disaster, according to Trump. Because it allowed Hillary to "get away with murder", Trump was careful to add, of course. Not because the idea of holding the former Secretary of State accountable for her and for State's actions - or lack of - in relation to the attack in Benghazi is a bad thing.

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Life is mostly good despite what you hear

Posted by Christine & John on February 12, 2016 at 9:36 AM

One of the problems with elections is that candidates need to trash each other and explain how terrible conditions are today so that they can promise to improve them tomorrow. There are indeed challenges. But generally life is good and improving. Decade by decade, the lives of most Americans improve. Politicians try to convince us that we are wimps and victims and that they need to fight for us or save us. I just hate wimps and victims and politicians who say that I am one or the other can go to hell.

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How Hillary Will Keep Bernie From Turning America Into Sweden

Posted by Keeley on February 11, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Had Bernie Sanders' father made the short journey across the Baltic Sea from Poland to Sweden, rather than the longer crossing to the promised land of America, his children would have been more likely to skate rather than shoot hoops. And while Bernie has likely strapped on skates more than few times up in Vermont, even he is proud to acknowledge the greatness of his country. Even as he viscerally recalled his mother's unfulfilled dreams in his post-primary speech.

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What the Dixville Notch Vote Tells Us About Kasich

Posted by Keeley on February 9, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Dixville Notch, NH has spoken. What are the 9 souls who have now famously made their choices telling America?

In the first place, small statistical samples are used all the time in assesing, for example, traffic at your website. And while voter behavior across a state - even a small one - or much less across an entire primary, is not quite the same proposition as visitor behavior at a site selling woodstoves; Dixiville Notch has run up (I did not say notched, ok?) quite a record since the 1968 election. At least as far as the GOP is concerned.

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Rand Paul and That Angry Fractured Electorate

Posted by Keeley on February 5, 2016 at 4:43 PM

While analyzing why Rand Paul's campaign collapsed after seeming to be in a relatively strong position a year or so ago, there is a simple possibility that might help explain why. The three R's: Rand, Ron, and Ross have - over the years starting with Perot - finally galvanized a significant portion of the electorate who are fed up with mainstream politics. No kidding. But the next step in that chain of logic is: it has encouraged the veritable wave of very successful insurgency campaigns like Sanders on the left and Carson on the evangelical and conservative side, and Ted Cruz.

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Decent result in Iowa

Posted by Christine & John on February 1, 2016 at 10:48 PM

I am not a fan of Trump or Cruz, the two top winners. But it is good that Trump did not come in first; Cruz didn't win big and Rubio came close. Maybe Cruz and Trump will smash each other leaving Rubio. Rubio is not my first choice. I think he has the capacity to be a great president, but he is too young and inexperienced. We don't want another Obama. But when I compare him to Trump, Cruz or (heaven forfend) Hillary, Rubio looks good.

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How to fight Obama overreach

Posted by Christine & John on January 30, 2016 at 12:08 AM

Obama now wants firms to report on race and gender and salaries with an eye toward harassing firms toward what he considers equality. Let's just say no. I am determined to supply false data whenever I can get away with it. I am a person of white, but when asked about it, what if I randomly choose my race. I check anything except white. After all, who knows? I don't know my ancestry farther back than my grandparents. Let's just assume that there is a lot of diversity there.

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Sweden and Certitudes on Illegal Immigration

Posted by Keeley on January 29, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Sweden's left-wing government has announced it will deport about 45% of the 160 thousand refugees who poured into the country last year - many as a result of the Syrian Civil War. That means up to 80 thousand refugees deported on flights out of Sweden.

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The Fox, the Manhattan Mammal, and the Wolves: a Fable

Posted by Keeley on January 27, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Manhattan, the Island of many hills, once upon a time had a varied bunch of mammals roaming it's woodsy, swampy, stream-filled ecosystems, according to a project to unearth what Manhattan was like before the Dutch and then everyone else came, at Welikia.org. You had black bears, mountain lions, bog turtles and timber rattlesnakes, for example.

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Hello Joe

Posted by Christine & John on January 25, 2016 at 12:01 PM

My bold prediction is that Hillary will not be the nominee. She is too poor a candidate with too much baggage. She certainly acted unethically with her email and the Clinton Foundation and maybe illegally. She cannot get out from under her behavior. My forecast is that she will develop a "health problem" sometime between March and June and be unable to continue. This health problem may have real roots, since she is old and tired compared to younger candidates and even compared to Bernie. So what's next?

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There ain't enough beer in the world to make that woman look good

Posted by Christine & John on January 19, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Watching Sara Palin live endorse Donald Trump. She is like the crazy woman at the bar, they one whose eye contact you try to avoid. Even Trump must be embarrassed. OMG. FUBAR. In a rational and just world, this "endorsement" would finish anybody's candidacy. I guess I am an angry old guy, angry at the stupidity of Sara Palin, angry that intelligence takes a back seat to retard passion. It leads me to the wisdom of my youth - "There ain't enough beer in the world to make that woman look good."

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When young people who want to get rich think of ways to do it, politics should not be among the top choices.

Posted by Christine & John on January 16, 2016 at 1:09 PM

I just read a story about Chelsea Clinton buying a $10 million apartment in NYC. She seems a nice and smart woman, but with a history degree it would seem to be hard to make those bucks at her young age. It is a sad commentary on our times. One should not be able to amass a multi-million dollar fortune based on involvement in politics alone. It is part of the crony-capitalism that has developed as government has grown.

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The Moment Ted Cruz Looked Like a Frat Boy

Posted by Keeley on January 15, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Does the GOP want Ted Cruz as its nominee for President of the USA? It's still an open question of course, but perhaps the exchange with Trump on New York values illustrates the difference between what appear to be the top two GOP choices going into Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Obama's Last Address and the Standard Social Science Model

Posted by Keeley on January 14, 2016 at 8:54 PM

President Obama's State of the Union address was precisely what you would expect from him in his last year of office: a call to protect his perceived legacy. And it in fact is not his legacy really, but a larger concept that exists under the progressive world view. And facts that don't fit into that world view are downplayed or ignored.

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Is Gun Violence Really a Pathology?

Posted by Keeley on January 8, 2016 at 7:57 PM

According to the Prevention Institute, gun violence is literally an epidemic and we need to "unshackle" the CDC to study and regulate the pathologies of violence related to guns. Similar to tainted spinach and influenza. This overlaps slightly with those who say that recent shootings might have been prevented had authorities the power to lock up mentally unstable citizens who have not committed a crime.

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Geopolitics ain't what it used to be thanks to fracking

Posted by Christine & John on January 6, 2016 at 11:24 AM

I read today that the price of oil has plummeted. This would be unsurprising given the lethargic state of the economy, except that this news sits next to stories telling of extreme tension between Iran & Saudi Arabia, with Gulf States taking sides, and continuing unrest in Iraq. In other words, everybody in the area of the world's leading producer of hydrocarbons is for a very rough patch and the price of oil FALLS.

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