The New York Times editorial board shocked respectable writers everywhere, insisting “when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs” (NY Times). From the Washington Examiner: There is no proof that the Tucson shooting was inspired by the crosshairs map. There’s no evidence Loughner ever saw the map or even followed Palin. The shooter reportedly didn’t watch television, he didn’t read the news and he didn’t listen to talk radio. “He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the Left. He wasn’t on the Right,” said Loughner’s high school friend Zach Osle (Washington Examiner). From Ross Douthat, written right after the Gabby Giffords shooting (NY Times). A look at how the left reacted to the Giffords shooting in 2011 and is reacting quite differently today (Hot Air).Read More »
As Americans, we are drawn together by so much more than what divides us. We have a common sense of purpose and destiny. And we wake up each day knowing how blessed we are to live in this remarkable country.
Even as we are saddened by news of the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others, including two Capitol Police officers who were wounded while doing their jobs, we recognize that we, as Americans, must be about so much more than what separates us.
We come together to celebrate the bravery of our first responders and marvel at those who place their lives on the line each day to protect the things we hold dear. And we come together, in spite of the pettiness and politics, to honor those who serve the public each day, selflessly and courageously.
Now is a time for us to rise above our differences. Now is a time to elevate the tone of our public discussions—and to remember that our fates are tied together, as Americans.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/328061433″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Read More »
The California State Senate recently passed legislation creating a government-run, single-payer health care system in the Golden State. The idea is so bad that even Governor Jerry Brown has expressed concerns about it.
What’s wrong with the idea?
It replaces the existing, largely private-sector system and will force people out of the health care plans they currently have. It will lead to the rationing of care and give to government the most intimate and sacred of our health care decisions. And left-wing lawmakers in California want to pay for their socialized health care system with mammoth tax increases, because the cost of their program is estimated to be more than the entirety of the state’s current budget.
Public opinion polls reveal that most Californians are actually opposed to a single-payer health system. Yet, some politicians are following the lead of left-wing demagogues like Bernie Sanders, and pursuing policies that will literally bankrupt the state. Ultimately, California’s voters are the ones who have to say that enough is enough.
Here’s to hoping that they do.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/328023744″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Read More »
Law professor John Eastman joined the Larry Elder Show to discuss the hearings involving Russia, former FBI Director James Comey, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He argues that Trump did not obstruct justice when he expressed his view to Comey that he hoped the investigation into Michael Flynn would not have to continue, but that Lynch obstructed justice when she demanded that Comey refer to the Hillary Clinton investigation as a “matter.”[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/327902730″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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This month—June 2017—marks the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem as the undivided, eternal capital of the Jewish people. What was the city’s status before Israeli victory in 1967’s Six Day War? At that time, Eastern Jerusalem and the Old City were occupied by Jordan; all Jewish residents had been either killed or driven out, and even Jewish tourists were banned from ancient holy places like the Western Wall.
The UN Partition Plan of 1947 had called for international status for all of Jerusalem, but the Arabs rejected the plan and destroyed 58 synagogues in the ancient Jewish Quarter. UN control of Jerusalem was supposed to last only 10 years, when residents would vote to decide the city’s permanent status. Since Jerusalem’s population was two-thirds Jewish in 1947, and remains so today, the Holy City would have ended up as the undivided capital of the Jewish state of Israel, even under the UN’s original plans.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/327762751″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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We have just recently marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most significant events in all of naval history: the Battle of Midway.
What’s most important about this battle is that it came just six months after the Japanese sneak attack upon Pearl Harbor. The United States Navy largely defeated the Japanese Navy by turning the tables, and the fact that it did so within just six months is one of the most amazing stories of military history.
U.S. Naval intelligence, having intercepted and broken the Japanese code, knew where the Japanese Navy was headed and knew that they were trying to lure the Americans into a trap. The U.S. Navy took decisive action, and rather than the Japanese surprising the American Navy, it was the U.S. Navy that surprised the Imperial Japanese forces.
Fewer and fewer of those battle veterans are alive today, but our indebtedness still goes to the United States Navy and what took place in the Battle of Midway 75 years ago.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/327322186″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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Former FBI director Robert Mueller enjoys deep and wide respect inside and outside of the Beltway, among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
Of course: Now he’s Special Counsel with unique independence in addition to his formal authority that comes from the Department of Justice’s regulations.
For purposes of the investigation into Russia’s attack on our elections in 2016, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the Acting Attorney General and technically Mueller’s supervisor. But it’s almost impossible to imagine circumstances in which Mr. Rosenstein would attempt to guide or influence Mr. Mueller.
Both men are long serving public servants and career prosecutors. Both deserve the respect they have earned and Mueller especially needs time to get his investigation staffed and grounded.
When it’s all over Mueller will have an overwhelming presumption of integrity on his side whether his findings hurt Republicans or Democrats.
Pundits especially should be very leery of rushing to judgment about anything connected to the Russia investigation. Wait upon the facts and Mr Mueller.
Wait upon the facts.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/327164265″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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