Supreme Court Rules For Hobby Lobby
Jun30

Supreme Court Rules For Hobby Lobby

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in favor of Hobby Lobby and their objections to the birth control mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. The opinion appears to be narrowly drawn with applies to “closely held” companies. In other words in the case of Hobby Lobby the company is family owned and thus there is a small group with a clear religious point of view. The ruling is based on the RFRA (Religious Freedom...

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Howard Baker Dies
Jun26

Howard Baker Dies

Word breaking this morning that former Senator Howard Baker has died Baker first came to public attention during the Watergate scandal when he served on the Senate investigation committee. He is best know there for coining the phrase “What did the President know and when did he know it” After serving 3 terms in the Senate he went on to help restore balance to the Reagan White House during the Iran Contra scandal. He was a...

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US Advances To Next Round Of World Cup
Jun26

US Advances To Next Round Of World Cup

The United States will advance to the “knockout round” (final 16) of the World Cup. Few commentators expected this before the games began as the US was in what many called the “group of death”. Odds are that the US will play Belgium and while I am no expert most of those who are suggest that we have a very good chance of beating them, though that does not make it...

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Night Of The Incumbents
Jun25

Night Of The Incumbents

Last night was a good night for incumbents. Thad Cochran, widely written off as doomed, managed to beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. His victory was partly attributed to cross over support from black voters but he also benefited from higher turnout among his supporters. Some of McDaniel’s supporters aren’t giving up so easily though. I don’t expect McDaniel to run because he knows it would doom his future in...

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What A Wonderful World
Jun19

What A Wonderful World

A little pick me up for the afternoon I hope we can enjoy it without politics...

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Heroism Of Kyle Carpenter
Jun18

Heroism Of Kyle Carpenter

He will be awarded the Medal of Honor Thursday morning and the story of his heroism in combat is well known. But I think his recovery is just as...

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Abusing The ADA
Jun16

Abusing The ADA

Over the weekend I had the happy and sad duty to eat dinner at a nearby eatery called the Barnwood. The story behind the Barnwood is one of those fun local stories as the building was literally constructed of old barn wood and it has been a favorite in the town of Ripon California for over 30 years. I worked in Ripon during college and it was always a special treat for this minimum wager to get lunch at the Barnwood with Dad. Sadly...

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IRS Lost Emails ?
Jun16

IRS Lost Emails ?

A story that broke over the weekend is the fact that the IRS has “lost” 2 years of Lois Lerner emails. Really ? Lost them ? Don’t most businesses have servers to back up emails ? Didn’t the IRS testify they had such a system ? I’m still not sure whether serious misconduct occurred in the original events but these kinds of stories don’t help I am noticing a lot of silence from the left on this...

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Eric Cantor Loses Primary
Jun10

Eric Cantor Loses Primary

UPDATE: AP has called the race for the challenger With 86% of the vote in he is still down 56-44 and would need over 85% of the remaining vote to win A world in which Cantor is too liberal really throws me It is looking increasingly likely that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is going to lose his primary race against a Tea Party candidate. With 75% of the vote in he trails by 6,500 votes (56-44) so unless the last 25% of the...

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Ann. B. Davis Dies at 88
Jun01

Ann. B. Davis Dies at 88

Ann B. Davis, known to millions as Alice Nelson on the Brady Bunch, has died at the age of 88 Feel free to share your favorite Brady...

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Bowe Bergdahl Released After Five Years
May31

Bowe Bergdahl Released After Five Years

The only US prisoner in Afghanistan has been released after 5 years in captivity. Good news for this Saturday and good job to all involved, including President...

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James O’Keefe Strikes Again
May27

James O’Keefe Strikes Again

This time he got some Hollywood celebrities to agree to take funding from an oil sheik to fund an anti fracking movie. I’m sure there are two sides to the story but this video is pretty...

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Google Doodle Memorial Day Controversy
May27

Google Doodle Memorial Day Controversy

I am not as freaked out as others about the lack of a Memorial Day Google Doodle but I do think the critics have a reasonable point. Yes Memorial Day is primarily a holiday in the United States but Google has done doodles for a variety of nation specific doodles and honoring those who have died in service of their country seems a thing most people can get behind. But beyond that I am intrigued by the lack of PR savvy in this incident....

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A Lovely Summer Day
May17

A Lovely Summer Day

A bit of wisdom from Zachary and...

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Charlie Rangel’s Phone Call Debate
May16

Charlie Rangel’s Phone Call Debate

He may be a corrupt crook but he’s got an odd kind of style. During a debate with two primary opponents Rangel used his opening statement to stage a fake phone call in which he trashed his opponents without actually directly addressing them. In other fun election news, Congressman John Conyers of Michigan (who has been in office for 50 years) failed to qualify for the primary because of insufficient signatures on his petition....

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Kim Jong Putin Lives
May13

Kim Jong Putin Lives

The video alone is worth watching for a laugh It seems President Putin has learned to play hockey and in a game with a bunch of 20 year olds the 65 year old Putin managed 6 goals and 5 assists. Of course when your opponents want to avoid polonium in their morning coffee it is easier to...

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A Bit Of Walton Wisdom
May08

A Bit Of Walton Wisdom

It is interesting where you sometimes will pick up a bit of wisdom. Today I got a little while watching an old episode of The Waltons. Those who watched the show may remember the character of Cora Beth Godsey. She was often a source of bemusement for the others as she tried to live the life of the sophisticate in the backwoods of Virginia. While they were polite to her face they would often snicker behind her back But in this...

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What Happened To Free Speech ?
May05

What Happened To Free Speech ?

A couple of recent stories have set me to pondering if people in the US today truly understand the idea of free speech. Last month a series of protests in Oklahoma forced Attorney General Eric Holder to cancel a planned speech to the graduation class of the Oklahoma City police academy. The protesters objected to Holder because of his views on gun control, his perceived lack of cooperation with Congress in the investigation of the...

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Supreme Court Upholds Prayer At Public Meetings
May05

Supreme Court Upholds Prayer At Public Meetings

The US Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to uphold prayer at public meetings. The case stemmed from the town of Greece, New York (details here) and their practice of having a brief prayer before each town council meeting. The majority cited precedent which stated that because prayer before government meetings has been a tradition since before the Revolution it was acceptable. The dissent wanted to reverse those prior rulings. Writing for...

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Z Is For Zoom
Apr30

Z Is For Zoom

I know this is a bit of a stretch but I wanted to retell this story and I had a long day at work. So Z is for zooming in to see the real sotry Check out this cool link During World War 2 they wanted to hide an aircraft factory in Burbank because they were afraid of Japanese air raids. So they disguised it as a housing development. The pictures are...

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