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I’m back!

It’s been a few months, but I’m back. And it’s good to be back.

So, anything happen while I was gone? Yeah, one or two things. I’ll hit a few highlights in this episode to catch up on some of the stories that happened during the hiatus. Some you might not have even heard of.

Mentioned links:

Dismantling False Assumptions on ISPs and Net Neutrality

Bella Hadid joins Jerusalem demonstration in London after fury at Trump embassy move

Another U.K. Hospital: NO to Baby Transfer + End Life Support

Who is Alfie Evans, what do we know about his mystery illness and what did the High Court say about life support?

As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale

The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can’t be sure if parts of it are true

Argus Hamilton

And here’s the deceptive Burger King Net Neutrality video I mention in the show.

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The artist with his work

May a dress designer refuse to do business with Melania Trump? May a baker refuse to create a cake with a racist message? May that same baker also refuse to create a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage?

The answers, in the liberal culture of the day, are inconsistent. Apparently, the government forcing you to violate your conscience is appropriate when the Left deems it so. Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop has been taken to court over that last question, and his case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court. Arguments will be heard on December 5th.

In this episode, I give the background of this case, and explain how the framing of this issue by the ACLU and the Left is completely dishonest (and why we should all hope Jack wins).

Mentioned links:

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission [Alliance Defending Freedom]

Why I’m asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect artistic freedom

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Case Is One Piece of a Much Larger Attack on LGBTQ Lives

Episode 171: How Free Are You to Run Your Business?

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It’s episode 200!

It’s here; episode 200! And what an extravaganza it is.

I have an interview with D. J. McGuire. He’s a co-host of The More Perfect Union podcast, one of my favorites. I wanted to speak with D. J. because he has moved from being a conservative Republican to a conservative Democrat. Contradiction in terms, you say? It didn’t used to be. When I moved to Georgia, Sam Nunn was one such animal. In today’s political climate, however, it’s certainly an endangered specie. I talked with him about his conservative bona fides, why he switched, whether his views have changed, and what would cause him to switch back. It’s a fascinating discussion.

And I have feedback from 5 listeners, including a voice mail. (See, it really does work!) I’ll be answering their questions as part of this episode.

So thanks for joining me for the longest episode ever (over 56 minutes!) of one of the shortest political podcasts out there. I hope it gets you to consider this.

Mentioned links:

The Conservative Zone

Black Lives Matter: 28% of Abortions Done on Black Babies But Blacks Just 12% of Population

Birthright citizenship in the United States [Wikipedia]

Podcasts mentioned:

The More Perfect Union Podcast

The Ben Shapiro Show

Challenging Opinions

GetReligion

Observations

The Ricochet Podcast

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (including “Let My People Think”)

BreakPoint

Radio Free Acton

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The worst-kept secret in Hollywood

Hollywood was shaken up with allegations of the sexual harassment of Harvey Weinstein. Well, they knew about it, for years, so it doesn’t seem like it was shaken all that much. Stirred, perhaps. Maybe he could have learned something from Mike Pence.

The UK medical system had a crisis of care this summer, but it’s a crisis that it usually sees in winter. If they are this bad off already this year, will they be able to survive the winter? And yet, it’s a crisis coming to a country near you (i.e. the USA) if we don’t get out from under our attempt at socialized medicine.

Mentioned links:

Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood

How Did NBC Miss Out on a Harvey Weinstein Exposé?

NHS ‘sleepwalking into winter crisis’ as waiting times soar to nine-year high

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Is this the way to protest?

The right of Americans to have free speech has been debated recently. Some have been arguing that this right is inviolate and has no boundaries. But even in places where it can be exercised, are there times and places and even methods of speech that are inappropriate? Can expressing yourself wind up being counter-productive to your reason for speaking?

Somehow, someway, I take on this subject by bringing up the Westboro Baptist Church, HGTV almost-hosts Jason and David Benham, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, and football. Yes, they all have something in common; the First Amendment.

Mentioned links:

Westboro Baptist Church [Wikipedia]

Snyder v. Phelps [Wikipedia]

Episode 76: Brendan and the Benhams; The Intolerant “Tolerance Police” Claim Their Next Victim

2 Killed, 29 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings

Oh, and I dare you to try not to stand for this:

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Are Democrats aware of this?

I have yet another example (well, 2, actually) of Democrats trying to apply a religious test to someone trying to work in government. More and more Democrats are getting comfortable with this.

Bernie Sanders has decided to introduce a bill to create Medicaid for all. Because a system that is losing money hand over fist, pays  out less than private insurance, and is losing doctors all the time is just what we need to “fix” the health care system.

Or not.

And you can still donate to The Salvation Army for hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Details here.

Mentioned links:

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Episode 181: Cuts to Sex-Ed in Schools, and A New Religious Test for Government Work [previous episode of “Consider This!”]

Did Durbin and Feinstein Impose a Religious Test for Office?

Feinstein w/Barrett; 9-7-2017 [Video of questioning]

Dick Durbin Appears to Illegally Grill Trump Judicial Nominee Over Her Religion [Video of questioning]

Sanders Wants ‘Medicare For All.’ Here Are 8 Reasons That’s Dumb.

Medicare for All is becoming the new litmus test for Democratic presidential hopefuls.

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Has someone taken Pat’s place?

Pat Robertson has suggested that some natural disasters are God’s wrath for various sins. Well, with the arrival of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, he’s making those pronouncements again.

Or is he? Listen and see if you recognize who it is.

James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton of any prosecution over her private email server.  But was the fix in months before the press conference when he officially announced that? Yup.

To donate to hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief, click here to find out how to donate to the Salvation Army disaster services, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Mentioned links:

Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump

Comey Decided He Wasn’t Going to Refer Hillary For Prosecution Long Before FBI Investigation Was Over

It Wasn’t Comey’s Decision to Exonerate Hillary – It Was Obama’s

Episode 147: The Law Is Dead. Long Live The King.

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The economics of FirstNet

While I highlight your feedback to me on this show, this time I’m highlighting my feedback to another podcast.

This is my feedback to an episode of Congressional Dish, hosted by Jennifer Briney. Jennifer does the work of finding out what bills are going through Congress and brings you the “in a nutshell” versions of them to you, so you can find out what they’re doing for you, or to you. Her recent episode was about a project called FirstNet, a program designed to create a new nationwide wireless network just for first responders, so they aren’t blocked during emergencies because of everyone using their phones to find out if loved ones are OK.

This project was started in the wake of 9/11, and may come to fruition soon. She was glad to hear this was happening, but was concerned over the corruption that was part of the beginning of this process, and that the for-profit corporation AT&T was getting the contract, because, as she put it, AT&T puts profit first, and customers (in this case first responders) down on the list.

This is my response, mostly to the economic aspects of her concern, and how the free market has not been allowed to work properly, and the result is that we’re in monopolistic mess. I greatly encourage you to listen to her episode for the context of this feedback, and subscribe to her podcast.

(Jennifer never guarantees that she’ll use feedback that she gets in her show, and this bit of audio is 7 minutes 38 seconds, quite an imposition to her and her audience. So if she doesn’t use it, I’d absolutely understand.

Also, below is an extended transcript, more than what I said in my audio feedback. I got on a roll and couldn’t stop writing. I pared it back for the audio feedback, but this is everything I wanted to say.)

Mentioned links:

Congressional Dish, episode 155: FirstNet Empowers AT&T

Why Can’t The Market for Medical Care Work Like Cosmetic Surgery?

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Uninvited, deplatformed, and shunned

Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech movement in the 1960s, has been censoring conservative voices of late. But their latest “deplatforming” is someone who you’d never think in a million years would be the target of their ire.

Richard Dawkins. Yes, that Richard Dawkins.

But the thing is, while they might agree with him on that vast majority of the positions he takes — both spiritually and politically — there’s one particular position that was apparently a bridge too far.

What that position is, and how it exposes their other hypocrisies, is in this episode.

Mentioned links:

Anti-Free Speech Left Cancels Another Speaker at Berkeley…But This One May Surprise You

Bernie Sanders Makes Rare Appeal to Evangelicals at Liberty University

Atheist Richard Dawkins’ ‘abusive’ Islam statements lead Berkeley radio station to cancel his event

Uproar over Trump-themed ‘Julius Caesar,’ but none for Obama version at Guthrie 5 years ago

The Many Differences Between ‘Obama-Caesar’ and ‘Trump-Caesar’

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Red state, blue state, solvent state, broke state

George Clooney called Donald Trump a xenophobic fascist, and said his immigration policies were idiotic and intolerant. But when George, who wants to bring in as many unvetted immigrants as possible, gets a wake-up call as terrorism rings throughout the UK, where does he take refuge? Yeah, you guessed it.

And I’ll take about a surprising trend in state solvency. Which states, run by which political parties, are better off financially? Well, if you’re a regular listener to this podcast, you won’t be so surprised.

Mentioned links:

George Clooney interview: ‘Donald Trump is a xenophobic fascist’

How Ironic: George Clooney Moving Family Out of England For ‘Security Reasons’

George Clooney Plans to Move Amal and Twins Back to LA for Security Reason

Best-Run States Are Low-Tax Republican, Worst-Run Are High-Tax Democratic, Study Finds

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