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THE LESSON WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THE NORWAY SHOOTINGS

Every time there’s a mass shooting, whether it takes place in the United States or in a foreign country, like the one at Norway’s Utøya youth camp, it sparks a debate among Americans over guns and the Second Amendment. Gun-control advocates’ principal argument is a familiar one. Shooters access to and use of firearms are prima facie evidence of the need for stricter gun-control laws. The lesson we should learn from the Norway shootings, however, is not that more gun control would make us safer—Norway has very strict gun-control laws—but that strict gun-control laws are more likely to result in higher death tolls in mass shootings.  (More)

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DISSING THE TEA PARTY: DEMOCRATS NEVER LEARN

Once again Democrats and a few Republicans like John McCain and editorial writers at the Wall Street Journal, are dissing the Tea Party. The fight over raising the debt ceiling has led Democratic Party leaders in Congress and liberal pundits on TV to call Tea Partiers and members of Congress elected by them every name in the book. They’ve been called terrorists, extremists, and compared to Hezbollah. Senator McCain, never a favorite of the Tea Party, quoting an editorial in the Wall Street Journal compared them to Hobbits from the movie Lord of the Rings. 

Have Tea Party critics all forgotten what happened in the 2008 election? Tea Partiers went to the polls in droves and gave the Republicans a historical victory in the House of Representatives and in the states. They were motivated in large measure by the dismissive and demeaning attitudes Democrats displayed toward them and what they believed in.

Keep it up Democrats; keep disparaging a growing and important part of the American electorate. Let us know on November 4, 2012, how that worked out for you.

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SHOWDOWN AT THE DEFAULT CORRAL

Washington, D.C., these days is a lot like Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. Two headstrong groups that deeply distrust each other are engaged in a conflict for power and influence that inevitably will result in a historic showdown. That showdown may or may not come on August 2, 2011, when Congress must raise the debt ceiling. More likely, it will come on Election Day 2012. But as sure as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral determined the future of Tombstone, the showdown at the default corral will determine the future of the United States of America.  (More)

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NEWS OF THE WORLD SCANDAL

After watching the live broadcast of the British Parliament’s committee hearings investigating this scandal, I am amazed at how devoid they are of the kind of political grandstanding we see when these kinds of hearings are held by committee’s of the U.S. Congress. If the time comes when Rupert and James Murdoch are called before a hearing in the U.S. Congress we can expect that Democrats in particular, who would love to discredit the Murdoch News Corp. empire, will behave with far less civility and interest in uncovering the facts. Can you imagine someone arrested and the subject of a criminal investigation like Rebekah Brooks coming before a committee of the U.S. congress and testifying so openly. If nothing else, the live broadcast of these hearings in the UK are immensely educational.

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RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

If you are even a little bit confused about what’s truth, what’s political propaganda, and who’s winning the argument in the debate over raising the national debt limit, you’re not alone. The facts that most everyone can agree on are that the national debt is over $14 trillion. Given current trends, spending will exceed 25 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year and will hover around 22.5 percent for the next five years. The spending spree began under President George W. Bush and got much worse under President Barack Obama. That’s where the consensus ends.  (More)

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HOLDER DETERMINED TO PROSECUTE UNLAWFUL ENEMY COMBATANTS IN U.S. FEDERAL COURTS

Eric Holder, Attorney General Nominee

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Attorney General Eric Holder is determined to prosecute unlawful enemy combatants (UECs) captured overseas in U.S. federal courts. And he has decided to do so with Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali national accused of terrorism captured in the Persian Gulf region in April and detained aboard a U.S. Navy ship. Bipartisan action in Congress prevented the Obama administration from trying terrorists held at Guantanamo in U.S. federal courts. Now Congress must close the loophole in the law to prevent Holder from trying UECs held on U.S. Navy ships in federal court.   (More)

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WARNING TO DEMOCRATS: AVOID FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

Independence Day!

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Every Fourth of July American patriots celebrate much more than Independence Day. We celebrate our political heritage, our freedom, and American Exceptionalism. This year, however, if the findings of a new Harvard University study are true, Democrats may wish to avoid the parades and fireworks displays. According to the study; “Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party.” I’m a conservative Republican, but I am compelled to rise in defense of Democrats. (More)

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