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Some real misunderstanding regarding paid, professional players and their right to protest

Oct 8, 2017 — Guest Column

I feel like there is some real misunderstanding regarding paid, professional players (of any and all sports) and their right to protest. It is a matter of when and where. It is certainly their right but not when they are on the clock. Just like a MacDonald’s employee could not expect to be paid if they sat out front of the store during his shift and held a protest sign.

One sign at a Kansas City Chiefs/Washington Redskins game said, “Protest on your own time”. That summed up nicely the crux of the matter in my mind.

Papal adviser: We can no longer ‘judge people’ based on moral norms

Oct 7, 2017 — Guest Column

BOSTON, Massachusetts, October 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews)—Jesuit priest and papal confidant Father Anthony Spadaro said that Pope Francis holds that the Catholic Church can no longer set down general norms that apply to entire groups of people.

Spadaro, editor of the Italian magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, made the comment today at a conference at Boston College where liberal Cardinals met with dissident theologians to discuss strategies for implementing Pope Francis’ controversial teachings on marriage and family in dioceses across the United States.—More…

Hypocritical to expect safety while not even providing necessities to do so

Oct 7, 2017 — Guest Column

I see people writing about the responsibilities of government, one being to keep us safe and I agree. What has me scratching my head is that those same people fight tooth and nail against some of the measures that would keep us safe. There seems to be an attitude that government must do its job unless I don’t like it, then I can riot and protest and say nasty things.

We expect police to know when and where crimes will be committed but we deny them the information of who is in our country. We cry about the scourge of drugs and the resulting crime, yet we won’t close the border through which most drugs enter our country. We bemoan the gang related deaths in large cities like Chicago, yet we won’t do the most important thing we could do-enforce our immigration and drug laws for citizen and deport noncitizens arrested for those crimes.

It seems hypocritical to expect safety while not even providing government with the basic necessities to do so.

Selective respect for diversity

Oct 7, 2017 — Guest Column

One of Justin Trudeau’s favorite and oft repeated rhetorical falsities is a so called Liberal respect for diversity and differences of opinion in Parliament. 

He clearly demonstrated just how much he really respects diversity and differences of opinion when his government with the cooperation of the NDP contemptuously ousted Conservative MP Rachel Harder as chair of the status of women committee because of her “pro-life” convictions.

Today is not a good day for Canada

Oct 6, 2017 — Guest Column

Today is not a good day for Canada. It is not a good day for the federation. It is a very bad day for the west.

TransCanada made the decision to cancel Energy East – but make no mistake, the reasons for it fall at the feet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government. They have been, at best, ambivalent about the project and then moved the goalposts at the last moment by asking the regulator to consider the impact of upstream greenhouse gas emissions.

Country Lives Matter.

Oct 4, 2017 — Guest Column

In light of the events in Las Vegas, I believe we need a CLM movement, Country Lives Matter. We need to bring to the attention of the United States, the bias against Country folk. I expect that the United States Congress will call for equality for Country Lives. I expect celebrities of every color, political affiliation, religion, and musical taste will demand protection and equality for Country Lives.

The fact that country folk are treated with derision, portrayed as not too bright because they like BBQ, fly the American and Confederate flag, drive trucks, and might down a beer every now and then must stop. We can no longer ignore the bias and prejudice against Country Lives.

We must organize, trash our own neighborhoods, thwart law enforcement, and do everything possible to call attention to our plight. CLM members unite.
Oh, wait, that’s not how CLM operates. We help one another, support our families, hold down a job and mind our own business. We take care of each other and don’t ask for much.

CLM is a different kind of movement, even under the worst attack on American soil, those folks acted with bravery, compassion, common sense, and selflessness. CLM is the kind of movement that actually brings change. I am so proud to say I am country and Country Lives DO Matter.

Celebrities and Democrats follow the example of their “chosen one” Barack Obama

Oct 3, 2017 — Guest Column

It seems celebrities and Democrats, in far greater numbers than any other group, follow the example of their “chosen one” Barack Obama, in issuing proclamations and opinions about a situation before all the facts are in. It may make good sound bites and eye catching tweets but otherwise it is just noise. It serves no useful purpose.

We have a crisis on our hands, that is obvious. What isn’t clear is the cause. And even more unclear is the solution. Are people radicalized, mentally ill, angry, despondent, attention seeking? All of those require different responses. And as a country, we sure don’t agree on the solutions.

Everyone, for the most part, agrees that automatic and semi automatic rifles are not something that citizens need to possess. But, you certainly won’t get anywhere with trying to take them away while still allowing gangs and drug dealers free access to our country because they have those weapons. As long as there is no solution to disarming the criminals, I would suggest that there is every reason to allow law abiding citizens to have equal fire power.

Time to rely on private insurance after hurricanes spotlight NFIP faults

Oct 2, 2017 — Guest Column

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 50 years ago, Congress made big promises when it established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

With this year’s bad hurricane season sending the already indebted program deeper into the red, it’s clear those promises haven’t been kept. 
The NFIP has proven an ineffective way to protect U.S. residents from flood losses.  It’s high time to reevaluate the policy.

To give credit where credit is due, the initial concept of the program made some sense.

A ‘soft-response’ to North Korean threats

Oct 2, 2017 — Guest Column

As North Korea ramps up its ballistic missile saber rattling, America should take a page from the teachings of the early 19th century military thinker Carl von Clausewitz who tells us, “The probability of direct confrontation increases with the aggressiveness of the enemy. So, rather than try to outbid the enemy with complicated schemes, one should, on the contrary, try to outbid him in simplicity.”

“It’s a jungle out there. Disorder and confusion everywhere. No one seems to care.”

Sep 30, 2017 — Guest Column

The lyrics from a Randy Newman song begins: “It’s a jungle out there. Disorder and confusion everywhere. No one seems to care.” 

Well I do. Hey, who’s in charge here?” That’s all I can think when I watch the United States Congress in action. The icing on their dysfunctional cake is when they play it out in front of the whole world such as in the latest Healthcare Repeal or Replace fiasco. It’s almost like they can’t stop embarrassing themselves. If and when they ever get their act together on healthcare, I certainly hope they do their homework and have the votes for passage before it gets paraded out in front of the media and the American people. 

At a 13% approval rating, Congress should have gotten the message long ago, we are not happy with them.


Hurricanes not the result of climate change

Sep 29, 2017 — Guest Column

A view of His Majesty’s Ship Thisbe, Charles Dudley Parker Esq. Commander at sea in a Hurricane on the 23rd August 1798 in Latitude 44: 00 N & Longd 44: 00 West, by A. Hodge Second Lieutenant

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Thursday shows that 55% of Americans think that the severity of recent hurricanes is most likely “the result of global climate change.” That people believe this is not surprising—we are told over and over: man-made global warming has made the Gulf of Mexico warmer and the air more humid thereby making tropical cyclones—called hurricanes in the North Atlantic—more frequent and more intense. ‘We must reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to lessen the increasing hurricane threat,’ they claim.

But this is completely wrong. Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville explains that “major hurricanes don’t really care whether the Gulf [of Mexico] is above average or below average in temperature.” Similarly, M. Mohapatra and V. Vijay Kumar of the India Meteorological Department state in their March 2017 research paper, “there is a decreasing trend in the tropical cyclone number over the North Indian Ocean in recent years, though there is an increasing trend in the sea surface temperature…”

The NFL “Rule Book” does not address behavior during the playing of the National Anthem

Sep 28, 2017 — Guest Column

The NFL “Rule Book” does not address behavior during the playing of the National Anthem. The “Operations Manual” does address the issue saying the player will stand, face the flag, hold their helmet in their left hand and refrain from talking.

The operations manual is distributed to the team officials-owners, managers, coaches by the league. That being said, it would appear that team officials can choose whether or not to enforce the manual. The “Rule Book” would carry league sanctions.

However, in the “Rule Book” under the “General Rules” a player may not “wear or display or otherwise convey messages in writing or by illustration”.  It would seem the situation is clear, but the debate rages on.

In other professions, the violation of the company handbook and policies is grounds for discipline and or dismissal.

The fact remains, does the public care enough about the issue to exercise their freedom by turning off the TV?

Government agencies are stretch to the breaking point

Sep 28, 2017 — Guest Column

Houston, Florida, and now Puerto Rico all needing FEMA, emergency electrical linemen, food, water, and shelter- just to begin the recovery. Government agencies are stretch to the breaking point. The military has been called in to fly humanitarian supplies to Puerto Rico. It is 1036 miles OVER WATER from Miami to San Juan. All aid is dependent on aircraft which in turn are dependent on communications being restored to airfields. Linemen from anywhere in the continental United States can reach the Houston and Florida via highways in their equipment trucks. Aid that must be flown in is quite another matter.

We can see and hear the devastation, despair and anger. There is no doubt that those people need help.
The fact that the island was on the verge of bankruptcy, that it is 1000 miles away and it has repeatedly rejected the opportunity for statehood must be acknowledged as not the fault of the United States. Now may not be the time to address these issues but they need to be addressed.

I’m listening to Geraldo Rivera telling about the dire situation. He does not seem to grasp the challenge for those providing the aid.  Nobody in power wants another Katrina crisis. They are doing the best they can. It should be noted that the Puerto Rican leaders are all praising the President. Some things simply can’t have instant fixes.

False “friends of the people”

Sep 20, 2017 — Guest Column

Watching the Democrat Party and their fellow traveler liberals, socialists, and progressives fight each other for seats aboard the latest PC bandwagon, I am reminded of a young Foreign Service Officer named George Kennan, who was posted to Moscow in the immediate post-WWII years. Receiving a request from his Foggy Bottom superiors for a short explanation as to what in the heck the Soviet Union was doing and why it was behaving in such a hostile manner, he rapidly crafted a classified cable in response, but upon further reflection began flushing it out in greater detail. His highly-classified missive came to be known in government circles as “The Long Telegram.” It shaped America’s foreign policy for four decades.

Kennan unknowingly knocked it out of the park, on where the Democrat Party was headed, even way back then; and just how far they would go to achieve their goals. In his now declassified reply to his State Department superiors via the then War Department, you can find the following insight: “Among negative elements of bourgeois-capitalist society, most dangerous of all are those whom Lenin called false friends of the people, namely moderate-socialist or social-democratic leaders. These are more dangerous than out-and-out reactionaries, for latter at least march under their true colors, whereas moderate left-wing leaders confuse people by employing devices of socialism to serve interests of reactionary capital.”

Very astute young man, that Kennan lad.

Canadian Secuirty

Sep 15, 2017 — Guest Column

Is there anyone at least half as embarrassed as I am of our ‘security’ level in Canada? Is there ANY Canadian surprised that our previous governments have decimated our armed forces ‘assuming’ the mighty USA has our back?  And when the H of C committee was told that the USA would NOT stop a missile headed for Canada – led to ‘surprise’. REALLY!?

Over the past couple decades our elected Canadian federal governments have made a ‘mockery’ of our brave men and women in the armed forces. Just off the top of my head I can list some of the most ridiculous decisions made by our Feds. Sent our troops to a desert area in the Middle East with GREEN attire.

Don’t let the FBI get away with it!

Sep 6, 2017 — Guest Column

(Editor’s Note: Texan Art Bedford has posted a petition online at  He is asking Americans who believe in equal justice to sign it, telling the FBI to “hold Hillary accountable.)

As an Air Force retiree with over 30 years Military and Civil service as a communications intelligence collector,analyst and specialist, I routinely handled top secret sensitive compartmentalized information. If I had done anything near what Hillary Clinton and her staff had done, I would have been imprisoned regardless of my intent.

Rebuttal to diatribe on Trump’s insanity.

Sep 5, 2017 — Guest Column

Columbus, Galileo. the Wright Brothers, to name a few, were considered incompetent, dreamers, unrealistic, etc..Churchill was scorned initially,Yet all went on to outstanding accomplishments,and made fools of those who belittled them.. Granted, President Trump is certainly different from all his predecessors.

THANK GOD! He is fulfilling his campaign agenda,to re establish the basis of our Constitution. The vows he promised the majority who elected him, and. in making America great again. Anger, discontentment, bitterness,and hatred have been spewed by the unjust, slanted, bigoted media and the Soros backed Communist agenda under the guise of Trump being unfit and incompetent.

Rest assured Trump has the intellect, fortitude, perseverance in leadership in DC. The swamp must be drained and the march toward toward communism halted Only Trump can accomplish that at this time in US history. Triumph Trump !

The Deep State and End of America

Sep 3, 2017 — Guest Column

If your report is true regarding the Deep State and its desire to take down Donald Trump by fomenting rebellion in the streets, what is the end game?  What exactly does the Antifa, Deep State, and George Soros hope to accomplish if the government of the United States were to collapse or another civil war were to break out?  What do they want this nation to look like when the dust settles and the United States of America is no longer united or a federation of states?  What do they hope to replace it with?

If 94% of voters in a poll believe that we should learn from the past,  then who are the 6% rioting?

Aug 28, 2017 — Guest Column

If 94% of voters in a Rasmussen poll believe that we should learn from the past rather than erase it, then who are the other 6% that are rioting, vandalizing and grabbing headlines? They are the young, ill-informed, angry, hopeless and increasingly violent young people. That hurts my heart. At a time in their lives when they should be settling into the responsibilities of adulthood, building careers, raising families, and preparing a nest egg for retirement, they are seeking something that 95% of them cannot articulate. Sad for them, sad for us, sad for our country.

Sustainable Beef - pilot aimed at combating criticism

Aug 17, 2017 — Guest Column

I applaud the “beef” industry for its first attempt to take a long hard look at how badly their industry has become. The greed and ignorance of meat producers has created ‘tainted beef’. And over the past decades this has created an attitude of ‘acceptance’ of poor practice and diminishing quality.

I recently watched the documentary “What the Health.” I now avoid not only beef, but all meat products. I refuse to eat chemical laden meat.  The callous treatment of animals and the greed to pump up profits by using chemicals that are potentially carcinogenic has turned me off.

But my ‘beef’ is also with Health Canada. Under their watch little has been done to educate the consumer of the dangers of consuming the additives in ‘meat’.  Agricultural Ministers have turned a blind eye to the conditions the animals have had to endure before being slaughtered in some of the most inhumane methods possible. Again for ‘profit’ not conscious.

Start to push the meat industry to change – our health depends on it as do the animals subjected to pain and suffering their entire lives. 

Really.  Do humans have NO ability to be better stewards?