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Baby it’s Cold Outside

Dec 8, 2018 — Guest Column

This entire time wasting, headline grabbing, pure nonsense faux indignation about the song, “Baby it’s Cold Outside” has got to stop.
And any other ridiculous things like banning Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Regarding the aforementioned song, talk to me when you are done cleaning up and banning the disgusting filth, by Eminem and many others, that passes for rap music these days. I tried to find some that could illustrate my point. None were printable.

Dr. Willie Soon versus the Climate Apocalypse

Dec 1, 2018 — Guest Column

Dr. Willie Soon versus the Climate Apocalypse
“What can I do to correct these crazy, super wrong errors?” Willie Soon asked plaintively in a recent e-chat. “What errors, Willie?” I asked.

“Errors in Total Solar Irradiance,” he replied. “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change keeps using the wrong numbers! It’s making me feel sick to keep seeing this error. I keep telling them – but they keep ignoring their mistake.”

Astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon really does get sick when he sees scientists veering off their mission: to discover the truth. I’ve seen his face flush with shock and shame for science when scientists cherry-pick data. It ruins his appetite – a real downer for someone who loves his food as much as Willie does.

America controls our oil industry - SHAME!

Nov 14, 2018 — Guest Column

News confirms that Big Business in USA is manipulating the resistance to Canada’s pipeline to devalue and control Canada’s oil resource. We all know that Canada is losing billions of revenue each week due to the cancellation of pipelines to outside markets. These projects were critical to get our oil to other markets other than the USA. Reports confirming that cheap Canadian oil is subsidizing the American public is sickening.

It is time for our PM to get both east and west pipelines going ‘as a national ‘ issue. IS our country so meek that we let outside interests stop our industries from making a decent profit? Do Canadians not ‘get’ that money from oil is needed to develop new technology by funding ‘research and development’ of sustainable energy?

Although I am NOT an NDP supporter but I am also tired of people blaming Notely for this mess.  It is clearly our Federal government that has not “ponied’ up to the reality that it is CANADA that is being hoodwinked by American businesses. If that is not enough to stoke some NATIONAL action and get those pipelines done, I don’t know what will.

President Trump “setting the tone” for our nation

Nov 5, 2018 — Guest Column

I hear and read a lot about President Trump “setting the tone” for our nation. But I wonder, since we are a nation of, by and for the people, should we not set the tone and then demand it from our leaders? President Trump was elected by an angry and determined middle class that had been used, abused and forgotten. We wanted and needed a fighter, someone who liked and respected us and who knew how to fix things. We chose him, understanding his imperfections as well as his strengths. We are the backbone of America. The early to rise, late to bed, hardworking, family people. We take care of our own business and often suffer in silence. For the first time in many years we saw a leader who would represent us.

There is enough incivility to go around and it didn’t start, nor will it end with one person or one party. Both sides can point a finger at numerous examples of poorly chosen or downright nasty remarks. You and I can only control ourselves, so that is what we should do. Don’t rise to the bait at email postings. Don’t engage in arguments, political or otherwise with family and friends. Listen to others. Listening doesn’t constitute agreement and often is all that is needed.

We can also exercise our vote to bring people on board who play well with others. United we stand, divided we fall. Those are not just words, they are a philosophy to which we should all aspire.

Bernie Sanders opened the door that empowered people to embrace socialism

Nov 5, 2018 — Guest Column

I am a grandparent who had an epiphany today when reading a piece about how Bernie Sanders open the door that empowered people to embrace socialism. My awaking was a sucker punch to the gut-this is my fault and that of many grandparents. Let me explain.

As a child, I knew without a doubt that money didn’t grow on trees and that anything but food and shelter was a luxury. Charity and sharing were part of our everyday life but we knew it was limited by our income and would require sacrifice. I knew that the only way to have food and shelter was to work hard. Things like dental braces, name brand clothing, and college were not part of our necessities.

I wanted better for my children. I wanted them to be free of financial worries in their youth. I wanted them to have an easier life. As a result their children have no concept of how the bicycle, school pictures, extravagant birthday parties, baseball equipment, or annual vacation are paid for. They take them for granted. So the idea of socialism has no meaning to young people who have no understanding of the rewards of work, saving, sacrificing and budgeting.

How many would be sold on the notion if they knew that it would mean a lower standard of living for them? Even those of us who get it and who could deal with going without really don’t want to anymore. It isn’t glamorous. But much of this generation has no idea in the world how to live without frills, much less actual necessities. We have to do better.

Maga Bomber

Nov 5, 2018 — Guest Column

Here in the states, many of us are not buying the story that this was of his doing and by himself..  Other things are, how is it someone like him knew the personal address of Soros or Clintons?  That isn’t public info.  Or how did he hand deliver these pkgs to some of these victims,  in NY state like Soros, while he was still in FL?  Or reported that he was broke and living in his van, yet, had the means and money to send these pkgs, without so much as a USPO cancellation on such?  Which adds to your report pristine decals on a van? These don’t look like ordinary decals, more like a custom job.  Nope.  Whole thing smells fishy.  Sounds like an inside job from the Democrats.  Maybe Hillary had her groupies make these party favors and deliver them personally.  She is Soros neighbor!

This smells like another false attempt by the Democrats to play the victim card, by finding a nobody who wants to be somebody and take the rap.  As you know latest, accusers on Kavanagh have now confessed to lying…No surprise there! 

Hope you keep reporting on this big lie, as it unravels it will lead back to the deep state people still hiding in the FBI and Clintons and Soros, not to mention some Senators that need to be held accountable also.  Hope we see them in orange jumpsuits in Gitmo someday…

A Montana Resident

I don’t care, and I doubt few Americans do care, what Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ethnicity is

Oct 17, 2018 — Guest Column

I don’t care, and I doubt few Americans do care, what Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ethnicity is. But I do care and am troubled by her
rabid need to be Native American. Why is this so important to her that she would make the outrageous claims she has made? It has been
often noted that probably most Americans have a drop or two of American Indian blood. Even a cursory knowledge of American history would
lend credibility to that claim.

Tribal registration requires proof that one has at least 25% blood of that tribe. No less. So while Ms. Warren may have a drop of Native American
blood, big deal. Is that all she has on which to hang her political future?

Being a true member of an native tribe holds special significance that should not be belittled or diminished. We have taken everything they had.
Do we really need to steal their heritage? That feels to me like the final insult.

Cast your vote accordingly. It will have a long term effect.

Oct 16, 2018 — Guest Column

Typically, midterm elections are low turn out and give an edge to the party that is out of power. Presidential elections draw many more people.
This November that may not be true. The deep philosophical differences and the success of the Trump administration coupled with the rancor over the Kavanaugh decision seems to have fired up voters on both sides. In Florida, the voting is also spurred by ecological and natural disasters. Participation is good. Ill informed, party line participation is not.

In our Governor’s race, look at who has a record of accomplishment, who has demonstrated an ability to work well with others, who has a plan of how to solve problems going forward, and who has an understanding of the challenges facing the people of Florida. Ron DeSantis doesn’t believe that socialism solves problem, Gillum does. Cast your vote accordingly. It will have a long term effect.

CNN Claims Mob Harassment is First Amendment Right

Oct 11, 2018 — Guest Column

Re today’s GOPSUSA article “CNN Claims Mob Harassment is First Amendment Right”, check this out from the Daily Signal’s J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer, asserting that the threats and interruptions of Senate business amount to a federal crime.

“These are not protesters. It’s a crime to disrupt the U.S. Senate,” Adams told The Daily Signal. “The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu, needs to start enforcing criminal law.”

“If the law isn’t enforced, it’s going to keep happening and get worse. It won’t stop at the Senate; they’ll disrupt the Supreme Court, too,” Adams said.

Such behavior is punishable upon conviction by a maximum of six months in prison, he said.

Adams referred to U.S. Code 4, Section 5104, which says in part:

Violent entry and disorderly conduct.—An individual or group of individuals may not willfully and knowingly … enter or remain in the gallery of either House of Congress in violation of rules governing admission to the gallery adopted by that House or pursuant to an authorization given by that House … with the intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business … utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress[.]

“Civility can start again when Democrats take control of the House and/or Senate”—Hillary Clinton

Oct 11, 2018 — Guest Column

“Civility can start again when Democrats take control of the House and/or Senate”  says Hillary Clinton .That leaves me wondering what sort of a party the Dems have become. I guess a party that will be civil only if the get their way, like a petulant 3 year old.  In the meantime, they can disrupt Senate hearings, storm the steps of the Supreme Court, lay down in the street with tape over their mouths, accost government members or employees when they are in public, suggest violence, and the list goes on.

Civility is one of the foundations of our nation. It should not and must not be a tool to only be used to gain something. It should be used routinely, as a matter of common conduct and courtesy.  To suggest that one will only be civil if one has power is very troubling. It sounds like blackmail. I’ll be nice if you let me win? Is this what Democrats really believe? If not, maybe it is time to speak out against the behavior of some of your leaders.

I am troubled by the way we, as a country, are viewing Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski

Oct 8, 2018 — Guest Column

I am troubled by the way we, as a country, are viewing Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski. Democrats decry Manchin and applaud Murkowski while Republicans do just the opposite. I’m a conservative who was very pleased that Joe Manchin voted yes on the Kavanaugh nomination. I was also disappointed with Murkowski. But in all fairness, they both were doing the same thing, voting their conscience. It will be up to the voters of West Virginia and Alaska to decide the political futures of these two individuals.

What I hate seeing is the chest pounding and bloviations of some high profile Conservatives threatening to cost Murkowski her career. I don’t think she is a good Republican. I doubt her vote represented her constituents. I think she relishes the attention that being the deciding vote affords her. But, she doesn’t represent me. She represents the people of Alaska. Her reelection rests on them. Will I support her opponent? It depends on who it is. Sometimes the devil you know is better that the one you do not.

I am an advocate of taking the high road. I hope Conservative leaders and pundits will not abandon the high road in this instance. We have too much more to accomplish.

It is time to collectively take a deep breath and calm down.

Oct 8, 2018 — Guest Column

It is time to collectively take a deep breath and calm down. It is over. The seat on the Supreme Court is filled. Time to move on to other pressing issues. If there was ever an example of a tempest in a teapot this confirmation process was it.

It really stinks to lose. And Democrats are still licking their wounds from the loss of Merrick Garland as a Justice. Republicans are celebrating the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh. Frankly, filling that seat was a driving issue in the 2016 election.

We will probably never know and never agree on the Blasey- Ford allegations. That is all they were.

But guess what, when these two men served together on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, they joined together on opinions 93% of the time. 93%. So, can we look at this rationally and realize things will be OK? And can we acknowledge that some behaviors were really silly? Whipped up frenzy without a solid basis. We should learn from this ugly mess.

The battle for the soul of a once great nation

Oct 3, 2018 — Guest Column

If you have been following the Brett Kavanaugh saga you get the feeling there is more to this than just a “he said - she said” thing. You get the feeling you are witnessing the struggle for the soul of a nation. For America it is the both the best and worst of times. The blessing of a booming economy and a nation presently at peace around the globe is offset by a deadly threat to the cherished values of a free nation and even democracy itself.

The Brett Kavanaugh story is a symptom of a sad disease that is infecting our country

Sep 25, 2018 — Guest Column

The Brett Kavanaugh story is a symptom of a sad disease that is infecting our country.  The emasculation and disrespect of our men - our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons and even military and law enforcement.  We have allowed them to be put in the untenable position that all allegations of sexual impropriety are believed.  We have done this as a reaction to the horrible treatment of women victims in the past.

Cool heads will always prevail

Sep 11, 2018 — Guest Column

Growing up, and later in the workforce, it was impressed on me that raising my voice gave the other guy the upper hand. It was an indication that I had lost control of the situation. Cool heads will always prevail.

Judging for the behavior of protesters in the Kavanaugh hearings they either weren’t taught this life lesson, they were out of control, or they subscribe to the Alinsky rules for radicals-or all three. It was an embarrassment to watch important hearings to select someone who will have a serious and major impact on our country for years to come turn into a media circus.

If there was evidence that this sort of disruptive protesting yielded results it would be easier to understand. If the cameras were to ignore anything but the exchange between the questioner and the person being interviewed, I’ll bet the incidences of protest would drop. These are people who don’t have a clue as to how to effect change without behaving badly. Don’t give them there 15 seconds of fame.

Motivation to support Maxime Bernier goes far beyond Liberals vs Conservatives

Aug 27, 2018 — Guest Column

My motivation to support Maxime Bernier goes far beyond Liberals versus Conservatives and a desire to unseat Justin Trudeau. Our political parties have all been in multicultural lockstep since the immigration floodgates were opened some 50 years ago, and hate crime laws and human rights commissions have been put in place to punish and deter any criticism. By expressing his concern that excessive multiculturalism will divide Canadians into squabbling “tribes,” Bernier offers hope that those who created this country will once again have a say in their future. But with Andrew Scheer or Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, both firmly committed to ongoing, massive immigration, our fate will be sealed. I believe there is a very real possibility that a Bernier-led party could easily hold the balance of power after the 2019 elections, the important thing being for Bernier to distinguish his movement from the established parties in terms of “multiculturalism” and our future. I am expecting massive support to materialize for the new party.

Andrew Scheer deserves to be our next Prime Minister

Aug 26, 2018 — Guest Column

Andrew Scheer delivered what was undoubtedly his most important Speech as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada to a crowd of 3000 very enthusiastic delegates in Halifax on Friday and they have every reason to be enthusiastic. He showed himself to be bright, articulate, genuine and humble, all excellent qualities for any aspiring leader. For fifty-five minutes he was able to keep the interest of the crowd with a well thought out speech covering key issues of concern to Canadians such as the infamous carbon tax, immigration, the endless degradation of our rich Canadian heritage and tax relief for the working Canadian. At the same time we got a little better insight into the man himself, his roots and his vision for the country. It was a brilliant, well focused address.

He was able to clearly contrast himself from Justin Trudeau as someone better able to relate to the daily pressures of the ordinary working Canadian by sharing his humble roots growing up in a large family. This is not a man with an “entitlement” mentality. Justin Trudeau has done nothing to distinguish himself from the diminished view most Canadians have of the Senate and their “entitlement” mentality. The Dawson report revealed that Trudeau broke federal ethics law in at lest four different ways in his famous holiday at the Aga Khan’s Bahamian retreat.
The recent election of Doug Ford in Ontario, expected election this Spring of Jason Kenny in Alberta, Conservative governments already in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, successful Conservative by-elections in Quebec and expected gains in Atlantic Canada have to be giving Liberals a few sleepless nights. In 2019 Canadians will have the opportunity to remove a Liberal government that has chosen a highly ideological path at the expense of ordinary Canadians and our economy. Look no further than the total rejection of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals in Ontario The “real change” JustinTrudeau promised never happened.

An Open Letter to Admiral William McRaven

Aug 22, 2018 — Guest Column

Dear Admiral McRaven:

Your recent OPED, which was picked up by every liberal media outlet in the country, was sadly indicative of the current state of mind of many of our nation’s recently retired and active duty senior military leaders.

You stated that former CIA director John Brennan, “is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.”

Open Letter to Ontario, Canada’s Premier Doug Ford

Aug 1, 2018 — Guest Column

Hydro One buying Avista
Dear Premier Ford,

I am one of the many Americans who wish you well in your new charge as Premier of Ontario. I must say your outspokenness and the challenges you are undertaking in ‘Liberaldom’ Ontario seems very Trumpian, so a slogan like Make Ontario Great Again (MOGA) seems in order.

My point in writing this is to open your eyes to what has been going on with this Hydro One debacle that intends to spend nearly $7 billion dollars of Ontario’s borrowed money to venture into another sovereign nation’s affairs to buy Avista, a perfectly healthy electric utility company that doesn’t need any help nor extra money that does business in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Alaska.

We must stop suffering fools

Jul 17, 2018 — Guest Column

We must stop suffering fools
An old adage says we should “gladly suffer fools.” The opposing view is that we should “stop doing stupid.” Either way, the key concern is the direct impact that not confronting stupid or shortsighted actions has on morale and the long-term effectiveness of any decision-making/leadership process.

Whether it is managing people, business processes, visionary leadership or important innovation efforts, the need to mitigate stupid, wasteful directives, interjections and interruptions has become an essential requirement if we are to grow socially and economically.