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Senator Paul not afraid of Blacks

There is no white Republican elected official today who is coming close to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s effort to reach out to black voters.

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Posted: aug. 01, 2014 12:55 a.m. | | Senator Paul not afraid of Blacks Comments 0 Comments

Obama: Blame Bush, then Congress

In June, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority “to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”

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Posted: aug. 01, 2014 12:54 a.m. | | Obama: Blame Bush, then Congress Comments 0 Comments

Father of Obamacare

Last week, by 2-1 vote, a Washington, D.C., appellate panel ruled that the Obama administration unlawfully changed Obamacare. Meanwhile, on the same day, on the same question, a panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the other way. This issue is headed for the Supreme Court.

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Posted: jul. 31, 2014 12:09 a.m. | | Father of Obamacare  Comments 0 Comments

The Indian mascot killers

Anyone who thinks the cultural left is going to stop its political correctness with the Washington Redskins isn’t reading USA Today. On the top of their Sports front page on July 22, the paper reported on activists taking a stand against “redface,” championing a group called Eradicating Offensive Indian Mascotry.

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Pot prohibition doesn’t work

The New York Times has seen the light. On Sunday, the paper editorialized in favor of an end to the federal ban on marijuana. According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, The Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana. 

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Posted: jul. 29, 2014 1:43 a.m. | | Pot prohibition doesn’t work Comments 0 Comments

Congress hides its debt to lobbyists

When I heard our Congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: gratitude and anger.

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 12:24 a.m. | | Congress hides its debt to lobbyists Comments 0 Comments

FBI: Gone fishin’ in SF

The FBI’s motto is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.” But given the FBI sting against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow — a convicted felon who was freed from prison in 2003 because the feds got him to testify against a confederate — I suspect that a more apt motto might be “Fuggedaboutit.”

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Israel wasn’t the aggressor

The “crossfire” mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest between the extremists who generate passion and ratings, and rarely reflecting the views of the majority in the middle. I’ve been saying for years that it might be just as entertaining, and certainly more productive, to see where ideological opposites find common ground. But until someone actually attempts it, we will keep spiraling down into extremism and incivility. 

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Prostitution & the Internet

The news that Google executive Forrest Hayes died on a yacht after being injected with heroin by a “date” he met on a website that connects “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies” has prompted not only charges against the woman, 26-year-old Alix Tichelman, and an investigation of a similar death (ruled accidental) involving Ms. Tichelman in 2013, but also questions about the website that brought the dead husband and father into contact with the woman who literally killed him. 

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 11:53 p.m. | | Prostitution & the Internet Comments 0 Comments

Hillary’s bullying the media

Hillary Clinton’s $35 doorstop of a memoir is a flop. It was a best-seller to hard-core Democrats, but her advance is estimated at $14 million, which means Simon & Schuster is taking a bath in the hopes of a publishing a future president. 

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The Day of the Hawk

The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan’s raid on Tripoli in 1986.

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Bracing for an attack by veterans

From 1776 forward, Americans have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil. But in recent years, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition.

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Disinvestment of fossil fuels

A group called Fossil Free UC wants regents to divest the University of California’s endowment fund of all fossil fuel holdings. “As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change,” Fossil Free UC explains on its website.

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Cargill’s integrity-free soybean oil

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

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Triumph of dubious appeals

A — all bow — federal judge has ruled that California’s death penalty is unconstitutional because the state’s “dysfunctional administration” has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on “only 13” since 1978. That’s too arbitrary, wrote U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney of Santa Ana. Besides, “the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after (killer Ernest Dewayne Jones) was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 12:45 a.m. | | Triumph of dubious appeals Comments 0 Comments

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