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Can a state government decide what law it will and will not uphold? In Pennsylvania, the state Attorney General has promoted herself to state Supreme Court Justice by refusing to defend a state law’s constitutionality because of her own personal opinion of the law. So then, do we need to keep two sets of laws for the state; one with a Democrat as the AG and one when it’s a Republican? When the US Supreme Court said that the people of California didn’t have standing to try to keep their own constitutional amendment in force, they opened the door to this.

The Left’s “Birthers”: 26% of Obama voters think the Tea Party is a larger terror threat than radical Muslims. Yes, really.

The trial of George Zimmerman riveted the nation’s media attention for weeks, which is understandable when the charges are 4 counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of 3rd degree murder. OK, I’m playing with you there. It was just 1 count of 2nd degree murder that was on the line for George Zimmerman. Those other charges were against Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor, who was ultimately convicted of 3 of the 4 murder 1 counts, and the murder 3 count was reduced to involuntary manslaughter. So how did the coverage compare?

And all the while, in that shining beacon of gun-control, Chicago, hundreds of people, many of them Trayvon Martin’s age and race, are shot dead every year. They don’t get media coverage, or marches, or Attorney General Eric Holder’s attention, or a moment of silence at a Beyonce concert.

Mentioned links:

Pa. attorney general says she won’t defend state’s gay marriage ban

26% of Obama Supporters View Tea Party as Nation’s Top Terror Threat

Fred Thompson’s tweet

Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell convicted of first-degree murder

Top Media in 1st Week of Trials: Gosnell, 5 Stories; Zimmerman, 203 Stories

Trayvon Martin, one year later: When will black-on-black slayings get the attention they deserve?

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Filed under: AbortionGovernmentLaw EnforcementMarriageMediaPartisanshipRace IssuesSame-sex Marriage

I’m a little under the weather this episode, and my voice reflects that. But I’m here anyway to bring you conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less.

This time around, I’m taking a look at 3 landmark rulings from the Supreme Court last week; striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and telling California voters that they can’t defend their own constitutional amendment if their politicians won’t do it themselves.

Is 50-year-old data better than current information when trying to determine who should come under the Voting Rights Act? Have we learned nothing from the mistakes of the past? The four liberal Supreme Court justices, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama would answer No to both those questions, at least based on the outrage they feigned over the ruling. They can’t seem to bring themselves to believe that progress has actually occurred. Or they’re pandering to their base. Either way, to call requiring these stats to be updated “turning back the clock” is cognitive dissonance of the highest order. The request is that the clock be turned forward, and Democrats are against it. Or they are pretending to be against it, and hoping that their base isn’t paying attention.

Regarding DOMA: Basically, now that states decide what marriage is, the logical end of this is that marriage will mean what anyone wants it to mean, which means it will be meaningless. Since states were redefining an already well-defined term, it fell to the federal government to bring a little order and common sense to this chaos. I didn’t like it, but didn’t see any other good way out of it.

Regarding Prop 8: While I’m against true direct democracy (the ol’ “two lions and a sheep voting on dinner” analogy), the proposition feature of California law has a high enough bar to clear to get something on the ballot to safeguard that. But now the people’s will can be simply ignored, with the ruling of a single judge, and we, the people, have no standing to challenge it at the Supreme Court. Wow.

Mentioned links:

Supremes to Congress: Update the Voting Rights Act

Voting Rights Progress

Three at Last: What almost everyone is missing about the Voting Rights Act decision

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN PORTION OF DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT, THROWS OUT PROP 8 APPEAL

Thoughts on DOMA and a Reaction Roundup!

Behold: The Democratic Process

Episode 38: What Marriage Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It [Consider This podcast]

California ballot proposition

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Filed under: ElectionsJudiciaryMarriageRace IssuesSame-sex Marriage

How could conservative groups be targeted for unfair treatment at the Environmental Protection Agency? I couldn’t quite understand that when I first heard of it, but indeed the EPA was able to do just that.

Liberals have been lifted by the news that groups with the words “progressive” or “occupy” were also targeted at the IRS. However, the level of scrutiny they received was an order of magnitude easier than it was for conservative groups. Listen in to see…er…hear the difference.

With all the scandals going on these days, the cable news networks have seen some changes in their viewership numbers. But for one network, that’s not good news. Care to guess which one?

Mentioned links:

TVTalk show for “Under the Dome”

EPA stonewalled records requests by Republican-led states

Twelve different IRS units nationwide targeted conservatives

‘Lookout List’ Not Much Broader Than Originally Thought, Contrary to Reports

TV Ratings: MSNBC Falls Below HLN in May, Rachel Maddow Hits Lows

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Filed under: Benghazi AttackEconomics & TaxesGovernmentMediaPartisanship

Would you support a baker who refused to bake a cake with a Swastika on it celebrating a pair of loving neo-Nazis who were getting married? Would the ACLU come down on the side of the baker, or the couple? Now, listen as I make one small change to the situation and see if all of a sudden, things change drastically.

Would you believe that there is media bias in how the same-sex marriage issue is portrayed and reported? Well, a Pew Research study proves it, and the NY Times reports it as actual news. (Which it is, but it may really be news to NY Times readers.)

George W. Bush, far from being the anti-science neanderthal he was portrayed as, believed science could research its way out of the ethical dilemma of using already-frozen embryonic cells as a source for stem cells. Now we’re producing embryonic cells from skin.

Mentioned links:

TVTalk – Under the Dome

Colo. gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake

Florist sued again for refusing to provide flowers for gay wedding

Christian Photographer Who Refused Gay Wedding Lost Lawsuit

Study Finds Supportive Tilt to Gay Marriage Coverage

Researchers make embryonic stem cells from skin

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Filed under: MarriageMediaSame-sex MarriageScienceStem Cells

It’s the one-year anniversary of Consider This! Just seems like yesterday it was getting off the ground. They grow up so fast. And since it’s a special occasion, I hope you won’t mind that my usual 10-minute-or-less podcast nearly hit 13 minutes!

Edward Snowden, via Glenn Greenwald, brought a few things about the US government to the attention of the world. I’m of two minds on these revelations, and I’ll explain both those “minds”.

But this reveals much more about some of the more foundational ideas about government. Conservatives have been beating the “smaller government” drum for a very long time, and this shows one of the problems big government brings. It also goes to the issue of trust. If you don’t trust your government (and Lord Acton may suggest that you shouldn’t), why do we keep giving it more and more power? What kind of people and government does our Constitution work best for? John Adams has an idea about that.

Mentioned links:

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

Author of Patriot Act says NSA phone records collection ‘never the intent’ of law

THE NSA AND SILLY OUTRAGE ABOUT “PHONE DATA”

John Adams – Our Constitution Was Made Only For A Moral And Religious People

Power Corrupts [Acton Institute]

John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton [Wikipedia]

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Filed under: GovernmentSmaller GovernmentSurveillance

Did you know that the Boy Scouts recently allowed alcoholic boys to join? After all, there is a genetic component to alcoholism, and certainly you can’t discriminate against someone like that if they were born that way, right?

No, just kidding, but only a little. Turns out that it was homosexuality is the allegedly genetic behavior that the Scouts were discriminating against. All of a sudden, it turns the whole story upside down. Hmm, why is that?

In order to avail yourself of ObamaCare(tm), it will require you to use an ID card. Is that racist? If not, why is a voter ID racist?

Mentioned links:

“Under the Dome Radio” podcast

Churches split on Scouts’ welcoming of gay youth

The Genetics of Alcoholism

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use and Abuse [Boy Scouts of America official site]

Boy Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan and the Outdoor Code

What’s in Obamacare, part 7: The National Health ID Card

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Filed under: GovernmentHealth CareHomosexualityHuman SexualityVoter ID

The root of the issue with IRS scandal is the size of government. Yes, this happens under any administration, because the government is too big, and things can go on without the proper people being aware of it. Yes, man is sinful and all Presidents fail in this respect, but a big government puts massive power, especially the power to destroy, in the hands of people who, just like you and me, are tempted by power. This is not a failure of the system; this is the system, and it’s out of control. The solution is not more money for a bigger IRS as some officials are asking for. The solution is smaller government.

I asked for examples of what I call “drive-by graphics” in the last episode. These are pictures that attempt a quick rebuttal of political or social issues that completely miss the point. They argue against something folks aren’t arguing for. Those that note that Republicans didn’t get as outraged with the many deaths at embassy attacks under Bush as they are under Obama was my example of that. That’s not the issue. Well, I have another example of a drive-by graphic, this time by conservatives.

I noticed that I’ve got another user review on iTunes! Thanks so much, “Circlemage”! You, too, can rate the show (1-5 stars) and, if you want, you can also leave a review. Gets my show higher up in the rankings, and can create a larger listener base for feedback. (Did I mention I love feedback?)

Mentioned links:

A Crisis of Authority: The deeper meaning of the Obama scandals.

Why Did Lois Lerner Take the Fifth?: Perhaps to protect herself from Obama.

REPORT: NO IRS WORKERS HAVE BEEN DISCIPLINED & UNION SAYS IT HASN’T BEEN CONTACTED ON PERSONNEL

IRS official who oversaw unit targeting Tea Party now heads ObamaCare office

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Filed under: Drive-by GraphicsEconomics & TaxesGovernmentSmaller Government

The New Yorker magazine said this recently about the Benghazi issue: ““For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it.” No, there was always something to it. It’s just now been demonstrated to the media. Those hearings that were supposedly a waste of time have had certain educational benefits, not the least of which was the allegedly independent and adversarial press that’s supposed to look into these things themselves.

But now, liberal pundits are trying to minimize the damage by painting opposition as purely partisan. They’ve come up with what I call “drive-by graphics” that draw totally unrelated parallels and ask why Republicans weren’t outraged over them. Apple, meet orange.

The IRS got caught giving extra scrutiny to conservative groups, from Tea Partiers to Billy Graham to pro-lifers. But the internal investigation was a sham, and, while the IRS has apologized, just try doing that to get out of your next audit.

And finally, I give a few thoughts worth considering about the Kermit Gosnell trial’s guilty verdicts.

Mentioned links:

The Damning Dozen: Twelve Revelations from the Benghazi Hearings

7 Things We Learned from the Benghazi Whistleblower Hearing

The IRS admits to ‘targeting’ conservative groups, but were they also ‘leaking’?

Inspector General finds a confused, mismanaged IRS

Last Year, Media Ridiculed Claims IRS Targeted Conservatives

IRS DEMANDED TEA PARTY READING LISTS, FACEBOOK POSTS

Tea Party Patriots, others still waiting for IRS tax-exempt decision

IRS APOLOGIZES FOR TARGETING TEA PARTY GROUPS

CLAIM: OBAMA CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR ATTACKED ROMNEY WITH LEAKED IRS DOCS

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Filed under: AbortionBenghazi AttackDrive-by GraphicsEconomics & Taxes

I got our first e-mail listener feedback from what I talked about last episode, regarding whether or not legalizing same-sex marriage necessarily leads to polygamy. I thought it had to, but one listener took on my challenge to come up with a scenario where it didn’t have to happen. We had an e-mail conversation, and I’m highlighting that this time.

And remember, you, too, can have your feedback on the show. Let’s make this more of a conversation.

The media weren’t the only ones ignoring the Kermit Gosnell abortion doctor story. For years before he got caught, many, many other people ignored him as well, even though they knew what he was doing.

Mentioned links:

FDA Approves Plan B One-Step for Girls 15 and Older Without Prescription

PLANNED PARENTHOOD KEPT SILENT ABOUT GOSNELL BUTCHERY

PENNSYLVANIA GOVT. DID NOT INSPECT GOSNELL CLINIC FOR 17 YEARS

Filed under: AbortionMarriagePolygamy

The housing bubble, anyone remember it? That’s when people who would not have otherwise been able to get credit to buy a house were given it anyway because the government pressured banks to do it. Everybody gets a home, and if you’re against this policy, you clearly hate the poor. Then the bubble burst, defaults were rampant, the economy tanked, and more government programs had to be thought up to save us from the previous government programs. So what does Obama want to do now?

Conservatives who made the case that polygamy would follow same-sex marriage used to be ridiculed. Now, it’s liberals making the case. Question: Do you think that same-sex marriage won’t lead to legalized polygamy? If so, I’d like to hear from you, but you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Mentioned links:

Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit

Study: Government policy primarily the reason for sub-prime mortgage meltdown

Legalize Polygamy! No. I am not kidding.

Man Gets 7 Years for Stealing Obama’s Teleprompter

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesMarriagePolygamySame-sex Marriage

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