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Why wasn't this bigger news?

Why wasn’t this bigger news?

Why do Democrats continue to push for economic policies that have failed in the past (and the very recent past at that)? Well, I will say that it does play well on the campaign trail. It just doesn’t work in real life.

The Republican’s front runner for President says outlandish things. The Democrat’s front runner is under investigation by the FBI. Your choice. Choose well.

My question to any of you that wanted to just bring in Syrian refugees without doing what is normally done, and vet them before they come to our country, are you prepared for a situation like they just experienced in Cologne, Germany? Do you know what happened? Germany tried to cover it up or minimize it, so it’s understandable that you wouldn’t know.

Mentioned links:

Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition

Forty-Nine of 50 States Will See Premium Hikes in 2016

Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear

Cologne, Germany: Hundreds of sexual assault charges from New Year’s Eve

Cologne mayor’s ‘arm’s length’ advice to avoid sex attacks draws ridicule

SEX CRIMES ACROSS GERMANY: THE COVERUP UNRAVELS

‘We told you so,’ Eastern Europe tells Germany

Mass shooting stopped by responsible gun owners in Iowa

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Thoughts on the 2015 Election Results

No podcast episode coming out  regarding this, but I did want to weigh in.

Not a huge number of results, but some results were huge in this off-year election day.

The “hugest” could be considered the election of a Republican Tea Partier as governor of Kentucky.

Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday and swept fellow Republicans into statewide office with him. The stunning victory heralds a new era in a state where Democrats have held the governor’s mansion for all but four of the last 44 years.

In beating his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, by almost nine percentage points, Mr. Bevin, 48, shocked people in his own party, who believed that the climate in Kentucky was ripe for a Republican but feared that Mr. Bevin, a charismatic conservative with a go-it-alone style, was too far out of the mainstream and too inexperienced to win.

A few things about this. First, I have noted before that when Democrats get to run places like the big cities of Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore for decades, with few to no Republicans in that time, and when we see these cities crumbling when they have this free hand, it’s hard to understand why the voters in those cities keep electing folks from the same party over and over. It’s like they think that the same guys who got them into this hole can now dig them out of it using the same shovels. I’m hoping that this signals a change in the voters of Kentucky; that they’ve finally said, “Enough is enough.”

Bevin, as noted above in the NY Times article, was a Tea-Party-type. The Republican establishment was concerned that he was too conservative, or “too far out of the mainstream” to win. It appears that perhaps the “mainstream” isn’t necessarily where those pundits think it is. It may be running more to the political Right.

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Irony, or ignorance?

Irony, or ignorance?

There is no religious test to hold governmental office in Colorado, but the Denver City Council wants to institute one for business owners. If you don’t have the right beliefs, they don’t want your jobs.

A study has pointed out just what caused the housing market crash and recession, which hurt the poor so much. Of course, it’s a government program that was supposed to help the poor. Unintended consequences, indeed.

And another drive-by graphic, proving how little Democrats really understand the ideas they say they are against.

Mentioned links:

Chick-fil-A location at DIA paused after Denver Council cites chain’s LGBT stances

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Robin Kniech (Denver City Council)

New study confirms economy was destroyed by Democrat policies

“Consider This!” Facebook page for the “Drive-by Graphic”

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Sandblast it?

Sandblast it?

This episode’s topics were chosen by listener feedback. You do have a voice on the podcast!

Mike was wondering about whether history is going to be erased after (what amounts to) a “Robert E. Lee slept here” plaque was removed because it was allegedly a Confederate “symbol”.

And Barb weighed in with her opinion of whether or not Whataburger can choose who it serves. Can they decide that they won’t let in anyone openly carrying a gun?

You, too, can get your voice heard on the Facebook or Google+ pages, by tweeting me, by e-mail, or by phone by calling 267-CALL-CT-0 (267-225-5280). And there’s a comment section below where you can make your voice heard as well, and discuss with other listeners.

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Sorry, Charlie.

Sorry, Charlie.

Is it legal to refuse service to someone at a food establishment? Can a business decide who it will and won’t serve? Yes it is. If you are openly carrying a firearm, the Whataburger chain in Texas will kick you out, even though open-carry is legal in that state. That’s their right. Wonder how that  would apply in other cases.

Juan Williams is somehow amazed that black Americans would want to protect their vote. Well, that’s not exactly how he put it, but that’s how it turns out. And that method of protection is supported by 3/4ths of the country. See, we can agree on some things!

And finally, we have a follow-up on the fall-out from the show of support of Charlie Hebdo. Free speech won! Well, for a little while, but, with a whimper, it gives up.

Mentioned links:

Whataburger takes stand against new open carry firearms law in Texas

Indiana pizza shop that won’t cater gay weddings to close

Juan Williams: Dems should not be losing voting-rights fight

Charlie Hebdo waves the white flag

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Not that states actually matters much...

Not that states actually matter much…

In June of 2013, the Supreme Court’s liberals declared that the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton, was unconstitutional, because, as they said, the power of the individual state in defining marriage is “of central relevance”, and the decision to grant same-sex couples the right to marry is “of immense import.” Basically, it’s the state, and not the federal government, which should determine what marriage is and license accordingly.

Two years to the day later, those same liberals overrode those immensely important marriage laws in 14 states and proclaimed same-sex marriage from the federal bench.

If you celebrate these rulings, and if you’ve ever been a proponent of power to the people, or you’ve ever put forth the idea that every vote should count, you either have not been paying attention, or have no idea at all what those phrases even mean.

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Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

HIGH COURT FINDS GAY COUPLES HAVE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO MARRY

The Supremes Decide

“The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me,” says Justice Scalia…

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy, Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.

Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

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Can you live with this?

Can you live with this?

The Supreme Court case, King v Burwell, was essentially a question of whether the ObamaCare law would be interpreted as written, or as it was meant to be written, as best as the justices could divine the intent of Congress. The particular issue was whether the IRS could provide subsidies to those who needed them in states where they had their own health insurance exchanges, or in all states, even if they didn’t have an exchange.

What the law said was that the IRS would administer those subsidies through the exchanges “established by the states”. However, what the IRS did was to funnel them through state and federal exchanges, which is not what the law, y’know, actually said. They essentially reinterpreted the law to mean that exchanges not established by the states qualified as exchanges established by the states.

How this was decided was as much an issue as the outcome itself. Hope you can live with this power that Washington has over you.

Mentioned links:

In 2012, Obamacare’s Architect Agreed With ‘Right-Wing’ Strategy To ‘Gut’ Obamacare

On Obamacare, John Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution

The Supreme Court forgets about Jonathan Gruber, completely botches the Obamacare case

Explainer: What You Should Know About the Obamacare Ruling (King v. Burwell)

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If Jeb knew then what he knows now...

If Jeb knew then what he knows now…

A number of Republican candidates for President are being asked a question that I’d like to pose to you. This is a hypothetical that is really trying to “Monday morning quarterback” decisions from the past, but let’s try this exercise. I’ll pose the same hypothetical question to you. Or will I?

And once again, it’s time to Name That Quote! Can you guess the person before I reveal it (or before you read it below in the show transcript)?

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United States military casualties of war [Wikipedia]

Singling Stephanopoulos out misses the point

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How much news is really opinion?

How much news is really opinion?

Another media reporter, Lisa Meyers, has spoken out on the problem she sees in her former profession; journalism. While she may not have al the same issues as Sharyl Attkisson had, her concern is very similar. The media are taking sides.

Some might consider that Fox News is the major culprit, but Sharyl was from CBS and Lisa is from NBC, and both speak primarily to what they experienced themselves. And if you’re peeved at how Fox does news, there’s a way to fix that, which involves building a better “fox-trap”.

I discussed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act last time, but this time I have a great example of what RFRA is not going to protect. Actual discrimination against people is not covered. Refusal to participate in an event might still be. Two very different things.

Mentioned links:

Lisa Myers: TV journalism deteriorating

Fox News is the most trusted national news channel. And it’s not that close.

Michigan Auto Shop Owner Faces Backlash After Declaring He Won’t Serve Gays

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Once hailed, RFRA now considered bigoted.

Once hailed, RFRA now considered bigoted.

Indiana has come under intense fire from the Left for passing a law just like one that Bill Clinton signed in 1993, and was supported by conservative Christian groups, the ACLU, and People for the American Way, among other unlikely allies. More interestingly, it was supported in a huge way by Democrats.

That was then, this is now. What happened in the intervening decades? I explain it in this episode, as well as what RFRA really means. (Hint: it is not open season on gays.)

Mentioned links:

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Explained

Remember When Democrats Used To Support Religious Freedom?

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACTS

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