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Lifelong Health, Organic Farming, and Sustainability

Posted by Magnolia on December 5, 2019 at 10:57 AM

With so many buzzwords out there, it can be difficult to determine which ones to pay attention to. But when it comes to your health, "organic" and "sustainable" are two words you may want to integrate into your life. Organic, sustainably grown foods may become a big part of your diet as well.

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GPS Technology, Privacy, and Police States: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Posted by jhamilton on December 4, 2019 at 7:19 PM

Since entering the mainstream in the 1990s, GPS technology has arguably changed modern life for the better. After all, GPS can help us to receive real-time updates of adverse weather conditions, track down lost pets, and drive cross-country without asking for directions. We can even organize protests and meet-ups, such as teacher strikes, with ease thanks to modern tracking tech.

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Health Care Costs in the U.S.: Will They Ever Improve?

Posted by Magnolia on November 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Spending on health care in the U.S. is projected to continue to grow 5.6% per year between now and 2025, and by the time 2025 rolls around, health spending will make up 19.9% of the total GDP.

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How Does Mental Health Affect Voter Turnout?

Posted by jhamilton on November 25, 2019 at 7:03 PM

We have a tendency in the US to treat mental illness with a great deal of unnecessary suspicion and fear. Unfortunately, this response has historically led to us making rash, ill-considered, damaging decisions. Our continued widespread refusal to rationally address the issue means that we continue to fail to make progress on providing sufficient support for those experiencing psychological difficulties. This is a baffling stance to take, given that one in four of us will be confronted with mental illness at some point in our lives.

Prejudice often results in impaired access to vital services, leading to serious disenfranchisement of those with mental or emotional difficulty. This extends to political and legislative arenas. The narrative on violence and gun control has utilized mentally illness as a scapegoat. While mental health reform is long overdue, it is misleading to suggest mass shootings are caused by mental illness. Such narratives serve to fuel stigma, and alienate those who need close community support.

Negative bias affects the ability of patients to vote. This is in effect a form of voter suppression, which must be addressed. Studies have shown that those with mental illnesses are more likely to make informed political decisions, and tend to vote for left-wing parties. We live in a time of great political uncertainty, and every vote is vital. We must examine how mental health can affect voter numbers, and what we can do to empower this demographic.

Legislative Stigma

Mental health stigma is informed by erroneous stereotypes of those who experience psychological illnesses. Despite a rise in campaigns to present a more accurate view, these inaccuracies perpetuate. This damaging approach has an insidious impact throughout our culture, from the mentally ill being demonized in horror movies to scapegoating when it comes to violent crime. But how does popular public opinion translate into an impact on voting?

Part of the issue is that stigma can affect the translation of mental competency. Decisions are made using the most extreme definitions of mental illness, rather than a more balanced approach. There are 39 states that have legislation in place restricting those with psychological conditions from voting if they are ruled to be mentally incompetent. Some states even still utilize stigmatizing language in this legislature, such as "idiots", or "insane persons." At times, people who are otherwise able to make well considered decisions are found to be mentally incapable of voting.

While stigma itself will not improve until the wider public becomes more educated on the subject, we can push for assessment standardization of mental capacity to vote. Such as those currently in place in California and Maryland. The criteria, promoted by the Bazelon Center and the American Bar Association, is straightforward. It asks simply whether the person is able to communicate a desire to vote. This provides equality with every other US citizen; if you can make a choice, you can vote.

Hospitalization

Mental illness can present in a wide variety of forms, with each disorder involving symptoms of variable severity. Each individual tends to experience illness through a very personal lens, which is why treatment is nuanced by necessity. Some find psychiatric medication helpful, while others use alternative remedies such as CBD oil as part of their therapy. In serious cases, a period of hospitalization may be required in order to provide structured care. It is unfortunately the case that becoming an inpatient can have a detrimental affect voting.

Particularly in the case of unexpected hospitalization, the logistical processes to enable inpatients to vote can be complex. This can vary from state to state, but usually involves applying for an emergency ballot, a physician's confirmation of the patient's inability to attend the polls, this must then be notarized and approved by the city. Only then can the patient vote in absentia. Even for long-term patients, keeping up to date with voter registration and polling dates and may not be considered a priority during this difficult time in their lives.

The solution to this issue is usually one of providing patients with sufficient support and education. Provide them with guidance and information on how and where to register to vote in their local area. Make them aware of resources they can use to do so, such as free internet access in libraries. Initiatives like the Penn Votes Project can be effective, wherein medical students take responsibility to work with patients to ensure they are assisted through voting processes.

Living with Mental Illness

Simply navigating your daily tasks while experiencing symptoms of mental illness is difficult, and can take a lot of time to get used to -- if it happens at all. Many patients are able to manage their mental health very well overall. However, there may be periods of unexpected crisis, followed by treatment, changes in prescription medication, and recovery. This can be exhausting, and overwhelming. It cannot be understated how mental illness can have a disruptive influence upon daily life. It should be no surprise that this can also affect the tendency to get out and vote.

A variety of illnesses, particularly mood disorders such as depression, negatively affect self-esteem and espouse a sense of apathy. This can affect patient's ability to see how their actions can make a difference. Juggling between their symptoms and their daily duties, there's often little motivation to vote. Yet, voting is considered a valuable action in recovery from mental illness. Helping patients engage with their citizenship and shape their communities is a vital tool in their ongoing treatment.

Having a personal connection in the support network can often be valuable in helping patients feel confident and empowered to make a difference. Family members of older adults with depression can check in regularly, offering support for day-to-day tasks that can become challenging. This simple act of compassion can be especially helpful on polling days, either by assisting them in getting to the booths, or even helping register for and mail in absentee ballots. By opening a dialogue, and providing encouragement, they may be more likely to enter into this holistically valuable mode of citizenship.

Conclusion

Voting is a key right, and one that those with mental illnesses are too often denied. Widespread stigma, inconsistency of assessments, and lack of information provision are all factors affecting voter numbers among the mentally ill. We must make concerted efforts to reassess our approach to legislation and support structures in order to make sure that experiencing an illness is no longer a barrier to asserting political will.

Financially Navigating the U.S. Healthcare System

Posted by Magnolia on November 21, 2019 at 4:12 PM

The U.S. healthcare system has come a long way since medical insurance was first introduced in 1929. Healthcare costs have skyrocketed in the last 90 years, and the majority of contemporary Americans hold insurance policies through their employer. Yet there's often a considerable out-of-pocket cost that accompanies modern insurance policies.

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Can Digitization Democratize Healthcare?: Telemedicine and the Future of Aging

Posted by Magnolia on November 19, 2019 at 10:06 AM

The population is growing older, and this graying of the United States is bringing with it a lot of difficult choices and a cascade of painful sacrifices. Everyday in America, another 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age. By 2030, nearly 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 years old or older. As the population grows older, younger generations find themselves torn between the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent and raising their own children.

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Could Improved Smart Car Technology Speed EV Adoption?

Posted by Magnolia on November 12, 2019 at 11:34 AM

While electric vehicles (EVs) are starting to become a more prominent sight on our roads, we are still some way off from their market dominance. Despite the fact that we are teetering on the edge of irreversible climate crisis, we remain dependent on our fossil fuel vehicles. Our hesitation about crossing over to the fully electric method of transport can be linked to a number of reasons.

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What Will Retirement Be Like for the Next Generation?

Posted by jhamilton on November 5, 2019 at 12:01 AM

The millennial generation and Generation Z are facing down a multitude of crises ranging from another impending financial disaster to the ever-present threat of climate change. What's more, millennials have entered the workforce en masse over the last decade and have found that it is far less hospitable to their generation than it was to the baby boomers or Gen X. While retirement has been the ultimate goal for generations past, millennials and Generation Z are finding that the very idea of retirement might be out of reach for many of them.

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How Can Public Health Officials Combat Misinformation?

Posted by Magnolia on October 3, 2019 at 11:54 AM

The internet has helped expand our world on an exponential level, as we can freely share information with a global audience. Unfortunately, that immense amount of information is also a double-edged sword, especially when it comes to misinformation. Fake news outlets are rampant, and misinformation is widely shared across social media and via word-of-mouth.

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Why Students Need to Be Aware of their Legal Rights on Campus

Posted by Magnolia on October 2, 2019 at 8:52 AM

Human rights have long been an important part of cultural discussion. As we see the demand for diversity grow among millennials and Gen Zers, however, the topic is peaking in public conversation. Many in these generations are students, whether as undergrads or clear into their doctorate programs, and thus are addressing their human rights in educational environments. The subject can be tricky to address, but proponents insist that it's necessary to talk about now.

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Has Trump's Presidency Led to More Hate Crimes? New Studies Say Yes

Posted by jhamilton on September 25, 2019 at 4:40 PM

It's been quite the presidency for Donald Trump. He has made headlines with multiple bouts of insensitive language that have earned him accusations of racism, misogyny, and other types of bigotry. Additionally, his policies have been brought under scrutiny for their resemblance to far-right extremism and anti-immigrant rhetoric.


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A Few Reasons Federal Legalization Makes A Lot of Sense

Posted by Magnolia on September 25, 2019 at 9:13 AM

With the passage of the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana was regaled to the most restrictive class, Schedule 1, alongside heroin, ecstasy, and LSD. Substances with a Schedule 1 designation are those with "no currently accepted medical use," per the FDA, and that have a high potential for abuse. Over the years, however, legislators, presidential candidates, and advocacy groups alike have called for the reclassification of marijuana, for a number of reasons.

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STDs and the Homeless: What Can Government Officials Do To Help?

Posted by jhamilton on September 4, 2019 at 2:22 PM


In 2013, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS named the homeless community as one of the 12 populations being left behind in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This hasn't changed much in the last six years. Multiple studies have recently noted the correlation between homelessness and at-risk behavior. Unfortunately, the correlation can also be applied to other STDs and STIs.

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Which 2020 Election Candidate Is Best for LGBTQ Rights?

Posted by Magnolia on September 4, 2019 at 1:48 PM

As we inch closer to 2020, all eyes are on the potential Democratic candidates who may be able to put an end to the Trump administration. In the wake of the recent mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, gun control stands out as a hotly debated issue. But Democratic hopefuls have also been sharing their overall platforms to a large-scale audience, which include issues such as the taxation of rich Americans and marijuana legalization. Of particular interest to a wide range of voters is each candidate's stance on LGBTQ rights.

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The Unique Ways That U.S. Immigration Laws Affect Migrant Women

Posted by jhamilton on August 19, 2019 at 7:12 PM

The traditional conservative argument against illegal immigration has always been laden with hints of racist rhetoric. Here and there you would find an unnatural fear of cultural erasure for whites, yet this extremism was somewhat kept under the surface. With the President using terms like "rapists," "murderers," and "invaders" to describe Mexican immigrants, conservatives have become more blatantly radicalized. Many agreed that the El Paso shooting earlier this month exemplified that radical white supremacists now feel emboldened to act due to hateful words espoused by President Trump.

This brings us to the topic of border detainment for those trying to enter America without the proper paperwork. Members of congress such as Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez have spoken out about the nature of border detainment centers and referred to them as "concentration camps." Public figures like Stephen Colbert and Joe Rogan have spoken up about the immoral nature of separating children from parents. Yet despite these examples, there is an aspect of the situation not being addressed by the mainstream media: the unique way in which U.S. immigration laws and the current work of ICE is affecting migrant women.

Conversations around the importance of immigration may have suppressed the story, but the truth is brutal. If we want to understand the far-reaching consequences of the GOP's immigration policies, we can start by understanding its effects on women.

Proper Treatment Within Facilities

Public outrage is not impactful on situations within detainment centers. This could be due to growing paranoia that Democrats are using illegal immigration to grow their voter numbers. This talking point suppresses outrage and contributes to polarization. Those who speak up may be written off as merely part of the "extreme left."

Yet prior to the ICE crackdowns, there were provisions in which non-citizen immigrants could seek healthcare. Their lives still seemed to matter, especially the lives of migrant women. As explained by Fiscal Tiger, "undocumented immigrants can be eligible for emergency Medicaid as well as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs. There are also state-level programs that undocumented immigrants might be eligible for."

While these provisions are still in effect, it does not seem that they are being carried out or offered to those within detainment centers. With the recent deaths of two Salvadorians within the border detainment facilities (one of which was a transgender migrant woman), we see this empathy gone. ICE has never been completely truthful about the amount of people dying within their detainment centers. However, these recent examples may be representative of the attitude held by our government right now.

Wrestling With Abuse

Associate UCLA Professor Randall Akee wrote a troubling piece this last June concerning the effects of ICE's actions on migrant women who experienced abuse. Pulling from a study by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Esther Arenas-Arroyo, Akee discussed the importance of a clause in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which allowed undocumented immigrant victims of abuse to be protected. But the study revealed that the number of women reporting abuse had diminished.

Previously, undocumented women and their children were also able to seek permanent resident status through the VAWA provision. This helped them get legal coverage and protection against their abusers. However, the study in question pointed to migrant women being fearful of applying for green cards and correlated this to recent detainments and deportations.

Summarizing the research, Akee wrote, "In effect, victims of domestic violence are fearful of speaking up or seeking relief from their abusers; they are condemned to endure their abuse for fear of deportation or detention." According to his research, it doesn't seem that there is another reason for the numbers of green card petitioners to decrease.

These impacts can lead to increased rates of homelessness for undocumented immigrants, which carries its own risks. In addition to leaving women open to violence and abuse, inadequate resources and stigmatization often lead to mental illness, imposing yet greater burdens on those affected.

The Oppression of Mothers

Despite the many statistics and success stories that prove immigrants are actually good for the economy, the United States has recently been denying more asylum claims. In addition to this, they ended the DACA, which allowed permits for children of undocumented immigrants to be able to stay in the country. Separating children from their families has had particularly devastating consequences.

Activist Michelle Angela Ortiz recently created the documentary entitled "Las Madres de Berks," about four undocumented mothers who were all once detained at Berks County Residential Center in Philadelphia. The jail held the mothers and their children for different amounts of time respectfully. Ortiz described them to news sources as "heroines."

The Inquirer, upon reporting on the documentary, offered a spoiler that showed the severe effect of these detainments.

"How do the [four] mothers' stories end?," the author posited. "One was deported. One is dead, fleeing violence in her homeland only to find it in her home in this country, stabbed to death last year at age 25 in a family dispute. Two have been released and live freely, fulfilling mandatory check-ins with ICE as their legal cases go forward."

The way that immigration laws are affecting women must be taken into account to understand the consequences of GOP policies. With the facts showing that immigrants are not taking jobs but rather propelling the economy forward, inhumane policies are not quantifiable and should not be justified. Considering the amount of people dying or suffering at the hands of these immigration laws, a more humanist approach is necessary.

Lots of political action this week

Posted by Roy Ellis on December 8, 2019 at 8:35 PM

Potentially a big week coming up. Kim Jung needs some attention, House impeachment hearings reach a climax and, and, and, the FISA report hits the street.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Posted by Weary_Willie on November 27, 2019 at 8:12 PM

What have you gained this year that you are thankful for?



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Solutions for More Efficient and Affordable Healthcare

Posted by d.a.n on November 23, 2019 at 2:52 PM

Free markets (with some regulation to avoid monopolies and abuses due to unchecked greed) offer products and services more affordably than the government can (especially in large countries, and especially in countries with near-open-borders and Democrats who are using massive illegal immigration, more sanctuary cities and states to acquire more electoral votes, money, control, and power).

IF it were not for the fact that such an experiment would be costly to prove that government-run anything is usually a bad idea, it would be interesting to see government-run healthcare and private-run healthcare systems go head-to-head, and see which offers the best healthcare for the least cost.

For some clues about the probable outcome, consider the following government-run systems . . .

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Time To Send In The Troops Mr. President

Posted by Roy Ellis on November 21, 2019 at 8:39 PM

So, the dims will impeach the President, give themselves a nice xmas present. The Senate will take up the case in January and will likely drag it out so they can bring in all the issues involving the conspiracy.

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The Drinking Game

Posted by Weary_Willie on November 19, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Just like in college, we can sit around and take a shot for every time a specified occurrence happens

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Most Heinous Act In US History And - nuthin . . .

Posted by Roy Ellis on November 11, 2019 at 6:08 PM

A fellow wrote in a local (left leaning) newspaper that he's seen them come and go and people are now to divisive, less willing to compromise, unity has no appeal, and so on. . . Says this is dangerous for democracy. Like, he relates that a number of persons have been elected to office running on gun control, confiscation, etc. but we still have our guns. That we've lived under abortion and anti-abortion rules and regardless of the rules abortion will go on forever.

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President Trump Calling Out Democrats For Attempting A Coup Designed To Remove Him From Office

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 2, 2019 at 5:06 PM

From Widipedia
""A coup d'état (/ˌkuː deɪˈtɑː/ ( listen); French: [ku deta]), also known as a putsch(German:/pʊtʃ/), a golpe de estado (Spanish/Portuguese), or simply as a coup, means the overthrow of an existing government; typically, this refers to an illegal, unconstitutional seizure of power by a dictator, the military, or a political faction.
Use of the phrase[edit]

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Judge Walton Moves To Force AG To Take A Position On McCabe

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 1, 2019 at 8:45 PM

Heard Rush Limbaugh today saying that the reason the GOP is not going on the offensive against the dim shenanigans is that, historically, the GOP has taken a defeatist attitude in their political relations with the dims. Rush says the GOP likes to play it safe, not have to work on offensive tasks as the dims shenanigans most often are harmless anyway.

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'Impeachment' Gives Trump Rights To Whomp gop Trump haters And dims

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 25, 2019 at 6:48 PM

Starting from 2017 politics has become a most popular sport. Difference is that nobody gets bruised or hurt in the political sport. A license might be lost, some money, position, or assets might be forfeited, some might get embarrassed and so on . .

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What's Good For The Goose...

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 21, 2019 at 8:54 AM


History of Blackface
Let's get ready, Folks! If we're going back into history to condemn people for this, it's going to get good!

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The People Want The Conspirator's Tried For Treason

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 18, 2019 at 6:50 PM

From the recent IG Horowitz hearing before congress we received some information re the IG's report on Russia, Russia, Russia.'

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Cruz Meeting with Milano

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM

https://youtu.be/3uImC8_ssIk

There were actually four people in the debate but one man wasn't even introduced. I have yet read an article that identifies the fourth person. I think he was the father of a first response person. He was given the opportunity to speak but often chose not to.

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Where Does President Trump Stand On Justice For The Conspirators?

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 7, 2019 at 8:47 PM

More and more conservative pundits and media reps are speculating that President Trump will take a 'light justice', (my words), approach towards Hillary and the conspiracy. Also, getting vibes that Trump won't build all the wall, just enough to get him thru the next election.

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Making America Great Again ! ! !

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 28, 2019 at 8:06 PM

Folks we are on a roll. So many good things happening. One wants to feel that justice is just around the corner,.

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Big Plan To Get Obama Admin Off The Hook

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 23, 2019 at 3:06 PM

Here it comes . . . big plan to take the heat off the Obama admin and stick it to the rank and file workerbees.

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Ben Domenech's Crusade & My Cowardice

Posted by Keeley on June 3, 2019 at 1:49 PM

I'm a bit of a coward. I remember a scuffle, not really a full brawl, breaking out in the stairwell as me and 2 or 3 friends sat upstairs in an establishment. I felt trapped because the staircase was the only way out. The fight was quickly broken up, however, and when we hurriedly and discretely left, at least one of the battlers was outside in the alleyway, handing his wallet to his partner as she yelled at him to just leave it be. But he seemed ready for round 2 so to speak.

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Robert Mueller's 13 Weasel Words

Posted by Keeley on May 30, 2019 at 9:59 PM

Mueller's probe has been a destructive mess from the start, and with 13 weasel words, during his brief, prepared testimony this week, Bob Mueller ensured the mess would remain for some time after he's stepped down.


"Charging the President with a crime was not an option we could consider."

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Don McGahn & Congressional Guardians of the Reign of Process

Posted by Keeley on May 23, 2019 at 10:21 PM

Don McGahn is a star. If you're a Democrat Member of Congress looking to drag out the post-Mueller hearings and try to take up the dubious baton that Robert Mueller left at a dead drop in a parking lot somewhere in Fairfax or Quantico. And the White House is having none of it, demanding that McGahn not respond to House Judiciary Committee subpoenas that he testify.

This is about competing narratives, but it's also about far more than that.

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Iran - Avoiding Crossed Signals in a Rusty Echo Chamber

Posted by Keeley on May 22, 2019 at 5:31 PM

When the generally pro-Trump Washington Times runs a Bolton-is-dragging-USA-into-war-with-Iran story, you know that the Ben Rhodes echo chamber is back at work, trying to pressure the White House to save what's left of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran Deal, lest Iran begin producing nuclear warheads (or would that be adding to their stock?). Unfortunately, the stakes are high because it involves Iran and the country its theocracy has sworn to destroy, Israel.

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Roe v. Wade Challenges - Is Chief Justice Roberts the New Swing Vote?

Posted by Keeley on May 21, 2019 at 4:43 PM

Do you remember Chief Justice Roberts' confirmation hearings about 15 years ago? How bright and bushy-tailed and darned affable he was? Treating each senator's question as if it was a profound truth uttered during a fascinating conversation?

It worked. He got the job.

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A Reasonable Plan with Little Chance of Becoming Law

Posted by Keeley on May 20, 2019 at 3:44 PM

Liberals are dismissing Trump's proposed immigration plan because it doesn't prioritize family reunion which apparently now should be the guiding light of America's and any humane nation's immigration policy.

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Josh Hawley Has Our Attention - Can He Sustain it?

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2019 at 1:45 PM

He doesn't have Beto's Kennedyish toothy, fleeting glamour, or Pete Buttigieg's too-smooth-by-half comebacks, but Missouri GOP frosh senator Josh Hawley is the real thing. What do I mean by that? His ambition, which is overwhelmingly evident in the dizzying pace of his climb to Senator at 39 years old, is actually backed up by policy smarts and not just platitudes. Whether you agree or not with his bold but considered populism.

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Trump and China - What Should America Do?

Posted by Keeley on May 16, 2019 at 2:29 PM

How does America deal with China? It depends on how you perceive the country. Or on how you chose to portray the country, whatever your actual views on the politically communist and economically mercantilist state might be. Both Victor Davis Hanson and Jim Geraghty at National Review had a few thoughts on this over this past week. They're worth considering.

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Is Trump Pushing Back Too Hard Against Subpoenas?

Posted by Keeley on May 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM

One suspects that Philip Klein - editor at the Washington Examiner - is not a big fan of Trump but he's nowhere near as explicit or vicious as a Rick Wilson. Call him an elegantly moderate Republican with a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia and a fair bit of experience in conservative media. Phil is worried about the White House's assertion of executive privilege with regard to both the unredacted Mueller report and to any other documents, like Trump's tax returns, that Democrats are demanding and seemingly willing to subpoena people to obtain them.

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Two Clowns & a Booming Economy

Posted by Keeley on May 10, 2019 at 2:05 PM

First the two clowns: Burkman & Wohl. Yes, they're the same ones who tried to concoct sexual assault allegations against Robert Mueller last year as if that would be helpful to then-Supreme-Court-nominee Kavanaugh. Their press conference back then was a pathetic slice of theatre of the absurd. You really couldn't make that stuff up. They should have slunk back to their other jobs: Burkman as a rather strange GOP lobbyist and Wohl as a wannabe financial scam artist who managed to get himself banned from National Futures Association as a teenager for apparently diverting money from an investor's account into his mother's investment account.

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Will Putin Help Turn Venezuela into Another Syria?

Posted by Keeley on May 8, 2019 at 5:08 PM

After a series of bombings in Russian apartment complexes in several cities in September of 1999 - ones in which around 300 people died and about a thousand Russians were wounded - Vladmir Putin began his final ascent to the Presidency of Russia.

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Mueller's Letter - The Civil War Continues

Posted by Keeley on May 3, 2019 at 11:58 AM

They say there is nothing uglier than civil war. Consider Rick Wilson, a political consultant who worked for both Bush 41 and Rudy Giuliani during the 90's and into the first years of this century. He apparently was on Jeb Bush's side in the 2016 primaries and the Florida native has a visceral hatred of Trump that goes beyond what even an Adam Schiff reveals to the public. Although one can be sure that Representative Schiff harbors a whole lotta ill will towards the President as well.

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Uncle Joe Biden - King of Hutzpah

Posted by Keeley on April 30, 2019 at 12:21 PM

Almost 4 years ago, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July of 2016, then Vice President Joe Biden leaned into the microphone with conspiratorial relish and avuncular wisdom and said, "Now I want you to listen closely because this is NOT political."

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Islamic Terror - And Now Sri Lanka

Posted by Keeley on April 24, 2019 at 4:23 PM

In Sri Lanka it has been a couple of days since the horrifying bombings of Churches and hotels that have resulted in a death toll of around 300 so far. That it occurred on Easter Sunday and was almost certainly a suicide attack, has led authorities to single out a radical Islamic group, NTJ, which splintered off some time ago from another group SLTJ - an Islamist organization.

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Mueller - A Noble Public Servant or A Sleaze Job Report-Maker?

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2019 at 2:35 PM

As legal experts like Andrew McCarthy at National Review and former law clerk and professor Margo Cleveland at The Federalist have pointed out over the last year or two, there is a special procedure with rules and regulations governing a special counsel like Mueller and key to those rules and regulations is this:

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