Category Archives: Columns

Did Trickle-down Complacency Lead to the White House Breach?

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Last week, there was a troubling incident at the White House when a man with a knife (later identified as Omar J. Gonzalez) climbed the fence and actually made his way inside the presidential residence before he was apprehended by the Secret Service. The news generated a plethora of jokes from late-night comedians and people…

Careful About What You Say: The Speech Police Are Listening

You may have heard about the radio play-by-play man for the San Francisco 49ers who got into trouble for saying things you’re apparently not allowed to say. The broadcaster, Ted Robinson, was a guest on a radio show and uttered these words about football player Ray Rice’s then fiancée (and now wife), who by now…

Hicken-Weasel: Why Colorado’s Gutless Gov Is in Trouble

D.C. journalists called the latest Quinnipiac University poll results in Colorado’s tight gubernatorial race a “shocker.” But it’s a surprise only if you’ve been hopelessly trapped in a Beltway echo chamber. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is down 10 points against former GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez among all likely voters. The Q poll also shows him…

Worn Out by Sayings?

Clichés can be so cliché, and worn-out sayings (“neat as a pin,” etc.) have worn out their welcome. Every time I hear one I start to get this, well, urge. A strange, powerful urge. Ever since adolescence, an almost unbearable, uncontrollable urge…to take all those trite phrases and give them a lil’ treatment: Next time…

‘Not Islamic’?

President Obama declared in his recent address to the nation that “ISIL is not Islamic.” But how does he know? On what basis did the president of the United States declare the a group of Muslims that calls itself “Islamic State” “not Islamic”? Has he studied Islam and Islamic history and concluded that ISIL, Boko…

The Case For Negative Campaigning

Next to having pundits and politicians urging uninformed, uninterested, couch potatoes to get out and vote, nothing during election years ticks me off quite as much as listening to birdbrains groan on about negative campaigning. I have no idea how it got started or who started it, but I suspect it was some political weasel…

Ninth Circuit’s Decision About the Flag – Rule of Law or Mob Rule?

The uber-liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with a lower district court and three appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The Ninth Circuit denied an en banc hearing on the matter and ordered no further petitions will be permitted.  (Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District.) I will go…

Anything Can Happen Between Now and Election Day — and Probably Will

All the polls say it’s going to be a good November for the Republicans. They say the GOP has a better than even chance to take control of the Senate. Some pundits are going even further, looking into their crystal balls and declaring it could be a wave election, a GOP tsunami. If you’re a…