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Is *every* Republican a Nazi? Really?

I’m back to 3 topics this episode, and all, in some way, semi-sorta-related to the recent, peaceful transfer of power in the United States. I talk about the Left running out of adjectives for Donald Trump, given how they’ve misused those adjectives over the decades. I talk about how the outgoing President Obama commuted the sentence of someone who gave Wikileaks a huge treasure trove. And I talk about the closing of a prominent charity, and why it might be closing.

And don’t forget, I want to hear you talk about what you think. Comment here, or look at the sidebar for other ways to get in touch.

Mentioned links:

Attacked by Trump, Lewis acknowledges he boycotted Bush inauguration, too

Episode 160: Relief and Concern Over President-Elect Trump

Tapper Notes How White House Used to Be ‘Angry’ and Outraged’ by Manning Crimes

Silence From Networks as Clinton Global Initiative Shuts Down

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Does it have to be this way?

Does it have to be this way?

It’s a question I’ve heard before; would a change of political parties in our cities and states really make that big a difference? It’s a fair question. As I’ve noted here on previous episodes, Democrats have had a lock on many local elections, and our big cities are in decline where that happens. But would it be any different with a Republican at the helm?

I’ll talk about this, with a few examples, even one involving another game of Name That Quote!

Mentioned links:

The tweet used for Name That Quote

Five Years Later, Scott Walker’s Reforms Have Saved Taxpayers Billions

New evidence suggests that Seattle’s ‘radical experiment’ might be a model for the rest of the nation not to follow

Seattle City Council [Wikipedia]

Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year

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The Blame Game is on tap

The Blame Game is on tap

When the problem with the Flint, Michigan drinking water was discovered, the blame game got started. It is fair to just blame on person for all of this, or are there others who need to be held accountable? And isn’t it interesting that political party seems to play a role in deciding who to blame?

Caitlyn Jenner is getting a lot of “flak” for coming out, but coming out as what and getting flak from whom might surprise you. I come to Jenner’s defense in this episode.

Mentioned links:

Flint Is Not a Republican Scandal

List of mayors of Flint, Michigan

Darnell Earley

Flint City Council Members

Flint, Michigan City, Elects 2 Felons To City Council, Including A Convicted Murderer

Caitlyn Jenner: I get more ‘flak’ for being a Republican than being a transgender woman

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Fox News is mean to me

Fox News is mean to me

Diversity! That’s the call of the progressive Left, as they seek to bring in people of all races and creeds into their circles. But here’s the thing they won’t admit to; their view of diversity is only skin deep.

The CNBC moderators of the recent GOP Presidential debate made themselves more the news story than the debate itself. “Gotcha questions” were the order of the … evening. But the candidates gave as good as they got. President Obama tried to take a pot shot at their umbrage, but his joke fell really flat.

Mentioned links:

Academia’s Rejection of Diversity

Obama mocks GOP hopefuls for CNBC snit

Donald Trump’s first debate question: ‘Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?’

Obama To O’Reilly: ‘Of Course’ Fox News Is Unfair To Me

Thank You, CNBC

Police: Concealed carry license holder kills armed gunman

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The Nobel ... Encouragement?

The Nobel … Encouragement?

Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, after barely warming the seat in the Oval Office. The intent was to encourage him to be a peace-maker, but is that what the award is for? The committee is now having regrets over politicizing the prize. Yeah, they ought to.

An Office Depot site turned down business , of a religious nature, because of a corporate policy. Is this any different than doing so for religious reasons? No, it isn’t, although certainly the response to that has been quite different (i.e. virtually ignored).  Wonder why?

Mentioned links:

Newsmax’s Top 50 Conservative Podcasts

Obama’s Nobel peace prize didn’t have the desired effect, former Nobel official reveals

List of Nobel laureates

Office Depot Refuses Pro-Life Woman’s Print Order Because It “Persecutes” Pro-Abortion People

IS THE LEFT LOSING THEIR HOLD ON POP CULTURE?

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Who did this?

Who did this?

What would one-party rule look like? If a single political party could run things for at least a generation, could we then look at the results after that time and determine how good or bad those policies were?

With respect to the Presidency of the United States, it’s hard to do that. The party in power changes so often. However, for many large cities, the party in power has been there for 50 years or more (with the occasional 1-term opposition party exception). It’s much easier to make a determination in these cases. And even with a state governor of the opposite party, mayors do have enough power to minimize the governor’s influence.

So who’s been in charge, and how has it worked out? Listen in, and leave your own feedback!

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Moody’s downgrades Chicago debt to ‘junk’ with negative outlook

Following City, Chicago Public Schools Credit Rating Junked

Mayor of Chicago [Wikipedia]

List of mayors of Detroit [Wikipedia]

List of mayors of Baltimore [Wikipedia]

Los Angeles homelessness rises 12 percent amid slow economic recovery

Mayor of Los Angeles [Wikipedia]

Hogan funds pensions, but nothing more for schools

Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law

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Getting it wrong

Getting it wrong

The recent election results in the UK have called into question the accuracy of opinion polling, especially since the polling got the election results so wrong. Is polling a legitimate science, or just some black art? Do people often say one thing and do another? How does the enforcement of politically correct speech skew polling, and why does it always seem to be skewed in one direction?

You’ll hear my thoughts, but don’t forget to let me know your thoughts.

Mentioned links:

Conservative Voters Give Pollsters Politically Correct Answers . . . and Then They Vote

Massive NBC Prediction Fail: Network Wrong as Conservatives Surge to Power

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We need to get specific on "violent extremism".

We need to get specific on “violent extremism”.

The Right got upset when the summit was called “Countering Violent Extremism”, not mentioning the very real, global threat we face today; Islamic extremism. What’s in a name? Well, if you won’t call it by name, you run the risk of ignoring the main threat and inflating other, smaller ones. The Administration has done just that.

Do you want a President who didn’t finish his last semester of college, or one that turned a state’s economy around? You can have both, actually.

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DHS Reports: Greatest Threat Is Domestic Right-Wing Extremism, Not ISIS

DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat

Scott Walker, college drop-out or kicked-out?

Howard Dean calls Scott Walker “unknowledgeable” over college degree question

Gov. Scott Walker reveals the secrets to Wisconsin’s $1 billion surplus

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A do-nothing House?

A do-nothing House?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans in the House of Representatives of obstruction by not passing bills. What he’s not saying (and what you’re not hearing, depending on your source of news) is that there are hundreds of bills they’ve passed that are sitting on Reid’s desk waiting for a vote in the Senate. How many and how many pass unanimously? Well, you’ll have to listen in.

Leon Panetta, who was head of the CIA and later the Pentagon, during the time of our fight with an ascendant al Qaeda and with Iraq, has written a book, “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace”. In it, he’s brutally honest as to his assessment of the Obama administration’s war policies. Some of his observations about them coincide with what conservatives have been saying.

And a Name That Quote segment that could be Name That Column (but isn’t; I only have 10 minutes or less).

Mentioned links:

 ‘Do Nothing Congress?’ House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk, Says Congresswoman

A slapdash Secret Service detail isn’t what’s wrong with the White House – the real scandal is a President who is so complacent about protecting Americans

Panetta: ’30-year war’ and a leadership test for Obama

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Episode 88: Conservatives, Pick Your Battles!

Bigger battles

Bigger battles

This time around, I spend a little time chiding those who are my ideological compatriots. So often I see in blogs, on Twitter and Facebook, such petty attacks against liberal targets that I think it diminishes our impact. In this episode, I note a couple of those that I’ve seen a lot of lately, and hopefully demonstrate that we have much bigger fish to fry.

Mentioned links:

Why You Need to Read and Care About the Name of the Al-Qaeda Group That Just Gained Strength in Iraq

Why Obama’s use of the term ISIL instead of ISIS is actually really important

Levant [Wikipedia]

Conservative Media Freaks Out Over Obama’s ‘Latte Salute’

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