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More gun control laws won’t stop Las Vegas type massacres

Oct 16, 2017 — Guest Column

OAKLAND, California—To minimize the chances of another horrific massacre like that in Las Vegas, ever-more imaginative risk assessments must be made and acted on by ordinary citizens, organizations that sponsor events and state and local authorities.

The most ineffective, irrelevant reaction would be for Congress to enact yet more gun control legislation.

While the federal Gun Control Act is as complex as antitrust law, it did nothing to prevent the murder of 58 innocents.

Alleged sex crimes: Trial of public opinion takes away the benefit of presumed innocence

Oct 16, 2017 — Guest Column

Any allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct make me angry. It is never OK for people in power to use that power to abuse others,  Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, or Harvey Weinstein.  But we are still a country of laws and principles, one is that you are innocent until proven guilty. It seems that when it comes to alleged sex crimes, the trial of public opinion takes away the benefit afforded by law, that of presumed innocence.

American Pravda, NYT: Slanting the News and a Bizarre Comey Connection

Oct 10, 2017 — Guest Column

Nick Dudich, Audience Strategy Editor for NYT Video, Says the Times Slants Anti-Trump News to the Front Page, “Oh, we always do.”

Claims to Be “Gatekeeper” for New York Times Videos: “My imprint is on every video we do.”

Worked for Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Campaigns—More…

Project Veritas’ latest installment in the American Pravda series takes aim at The New York Times, the supposed “paper of record.” In the first part of this series, Nicholas Dudich, Audience Strategy Editor for the Times’ extensive video library speaks candidly about how his left political bias

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?