Supreme Court begins to bring back sanity

Posted by Christine & John on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

John F. Kennedy said: "Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races and national origins contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial discrimination." The Supreme Court in a 6-2 decision, the Court has affirmed the right of the people to reject racial preference. About time.

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Senator McCain and the Ukraine: Overenthusiasm

Posted by SPBrooker on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

In response the Russian actions against the Ukraine, the U.S. along with many of its allies have responded with economic sanctions. There are those though who are calling for the level of support to transcend to the next level with the shipment of lethal arms. Among them is Arizona Senator John McCain (R). While his ideas are certainly noble, his plan is entirely unworkable, flawed, and dangerous.

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Teethering on the Brink: Eastern Ukraine

Posted by SPBrooker on April 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Last Tuesday, Ukrainian forces began an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pro-Russian separatists in the largely Russian eastern part of the country. This follows recent seizures of government buildings by protestors and separatists a month after Crimea fell to Russian forces. Make no mistake, the Ukraine must act but this situation is far more dangerous than the Crimea crisis and Kiev must be very careful with how it proceeds.

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Obama's war on reason

Posted by Christine & John on April 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

President Obama is working hard to show us that he either did not learn statistics in college or is lying to America in an attempt create hate and rancor between the genders. The idea that women making 77 cents for every dollar a man makes is simply ludicrous. Even liberal commentators are taking him to the cleaners on this. Speaking of being taken to the cleaners, Obama accused dry cleaners of discriminating against women. The Dry Cleaners ridiculed Obama.

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How privileged are you?

Posted by Christine & John on April 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I recently took an online test about "how privileged are you." It was clearly designed to be PC, so I was astonished and vaguely insulted to find out I was not privileged. I think the reason is that the test was set up for young people today and lots of things of the "old days" are now considered unprivileged. In college, for example, I used to skip meals to save money and go to bed hungry sometimes. Everybody did that sometimes. I admit that I often skipped meals one day in order to save money for beer the next, but I answered the question truthfully. I also did not have a car in college because almost nobody did and didn't have cable all my life because it wasn't invented. Maybe people in the past were mostly all underprivileged.

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School's "Zero Tolerance" Does "Zero Good"

Posted by TimBean on April 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

If there's anything the Virginia Tech massacre and Sandy Hook school shooting taught us, it is is that crazed killers will kill no matter what restrictions we put on weapons. If they want a gun, they'll get a gun. And if they don't want to use a gun, then they'll get two kitchen knives, as we saw in Wednesday's stabbings in a Pittsburgh-area high school.

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Iran's UN Appointment: Deserving of a Measured Response

Posted by SPBrooker on April 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Often our elected officials will release statements or appear on television railing against some innocuous foreign affairs issue or one which only matters to a few campaign contributors. Unfortunately, recently an issue has emerged that deserves far more attention and scrutiny than what it is receiving. By the same token, it requires true objectivity. This would be the appointment by Iran of Hamid Aboutalebi as its representative in the UN. Aboutalebi is a seasoned diplomat, having previously represented Iran in the EU, and Australia among other nations. What's disconcerting is that he played a role in the 1979 hostage crisis and while his exact role is still a mystery his appointment to such a diplomatic post is troubling. His role must be further ascertained but in responding to it, U.S. policy makers need to be objective.

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Cutting the Tomahawk Missile: Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish

Posted by SPBrooker on April 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

When the Pentagon announced last week that it would cease purchasing Tomahawk cruise missiles in 2016, it was for the most part ignored by the press. In no way did it garner the same attention that the much more expansive cuts declared in February had. Despite this, the value of the Tomahawk missile far exceeds what the casual observer might believe. If citizens are up in arms over troop cuts, imagine how they would view the cutting of a weapon that has at multiple times achieved military objectives and allowed troops to stay out of combat.

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What do we "owe" society

Posted by Christine & John on April 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I hate it when people use the term "giving back." Don't get me wrong. I believe in charity and helping others. But giving back implies you have taken more than your share. Some people have indeed done this, but I expect they are less likely to give. In my life, I figure that I have a net positive balance. I have taken a lot, but contributed too. We all stand on the shoulders of previous generations and we can argue that we can never pay them back. This may be true in the theoretical sense, but has no practical value. After all, you cannot "pay back" dead generations.

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Obamacare: April Fool's Joke is On America

Posted by bigtex on April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Possibly the biggest prank in April Fool's history. Last night, the clock ticked over the deadline to sign up for some level of health care. Today, Obama is giving high fives all around for "reaching the goal" for the number of people signed up for the health care. 7.1 million people signed up for "Obamacare."

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The death of common sense

Posted by Christine & John on March 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The mark of even basic intelligence is the ability to make reasonable distinctions. When we enact "zero tolerance" rules, it shows our collective lack of intelligence and our abdication - maybe even dislike - of reasonable judgement. You may recall the 7-year-old who was expelled for chewing his pop-tart into the shape of a pistol and we have all sorts of non-violent offenders in jail for possessing drugs, which harm only themselves and maybe nobody at all. As a society we just need to lighten up. Not everything is a Federal case.

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The culture of poverty

Posted by Christine & John on March 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

"Cultural problems" is a loaded term. But it is abundantly clear that poverty is created and maintained by a cluster of behaviors, attitudes and habits that we can generally identify. That is why just giving people money doesn't help everybody, why poor lottery winners often end up worse off after a few years. I recall an old saying that some people are rich and others just have money. I suppose the reverse is also true, i.e. some people are poor and others just don't have money.

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Koch brothers: liberals current straw men

Posted by Christine & John on March 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Our liberal friends like to attack the Koch brothers. I am not particularly interested in the Koch brothers, but I am interested in propaganda and how partisans choose targets, demonize them and then damn others by association, however tenuous. It is a technique used since we have historical records. Nazis and communists used it; Saul Alinsky famously listed the step in his "Rule for Radicals." The Koch brothers are the current liberal target. Most of what liberals say about the subject are lies or misinformation.

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Lower long-term prospects

Posted by Christine & John on March 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

If fewer people do productive work, less gets done. It is a fact so obvious that we sometimes overlook it. According the article, by far the largest thing pulling down potential growth is the smaller size of the potential labor force and those still in the workforce choosing to work fewer hours. So we have high unemployment AND fewer people wanting work.

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The Obama chronic fatigue syndrome economy

Posted by Christine & John on March 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The latest job figures are more of the same, underwhelming. Groundhog Day. Don't you just hate this "new normal?" Will we never get back to an economy where unemployment drops because more Americans are finding work, instead of more of us just giving up?

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