Tag Archives: Town Hall

Gold is Still the “Star” of the Commodity Universe

Despite falling to support levels Monday morning, gold is still up during 2017, which is more than you can say for crude oil or most other commodities.  Crude oil is officially in a bear market – defined as a 20% correction from its most recent high.  Looking at the overall commodity universe, the CRB Commodity Read More…

Words from Our Nation’s Founders on God and Government

Barely a week goes by without some challenge to our nation’s Judeo-Christian roots in the name of the separation of church and state. But as another Fourth of July is upon us, it’s interesting to note what the founders said in their own words. Consider the following sampling: Thomas Jefferson, author of the first draft Read More…

News, Information and Infotainment

Watching today’s constant battle between the White House and the press is tiresome for spectators and probably even more exhausting for those who are involved in the day to day back and forth. While it might drive ratings, it might not be of much use to anyone other than the advertisers and the networks. During Read More…

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone

Societal changes take place so slowly that we rarely see them unfold on a day-to-day basis. Our culture and lifestyles adapt so quickly to new technology that we soon can’t remember life without the latest innovation. But when we look back over any significant period of time, the scale of change is truly breathtaking. Today, Read More…

Trump, Immigration and the Supreme Court

Earlier this week, after nearly uniform rejections by judges all across the country, President Donald Trump achieved a court victory in the persistent challenges to his most recent executive order restricting the immigration of people into the United States from six predominately Muslim countries. Lower federal courts had consistently ruled that the president’s behavior was Read More…

Freeing Us From the Islamic State Group and Sharia

Do I detect a note of desperation in some of my fellow Americans’ discussions on how to treat terrorism, specifically the terrorist group the Islamic State? IS has grown from a small group of brutes committing various heinous crimes back in President Barack Obama’s time into a small army consisting of a few thousand, perhaps Read More…

Glorifying Suicide

Last week, Michelle Carter was convicted in a Bristol County Massachusetts juvenile court of involuntary manslaughter in the suicide death of her boyfriend, Carter Roy III. Roy suffocated himself to death with carbon monoxide in his truck, during which time Carter urged him on through multiple texts, introduced into evidence by the prosecution. One has Read More…

The Progressive Boomerang

The progressive strategy of investigating President Donald Trump nonstop for Russian collusion or obstruction of justice or witness tampering so far has produced no substantial evidence of wrongdoing. The alternate strategy of derailing the new administration before it really gets started hasn’t succeeded either, despite serial efforts to sue over election results, alter the Electoral Read More…

Two Wins for Trump

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied entry into the U.S. The ban targets those from six Read More…

Governing For The Lowest Common Denominator

Well, the Congressional Budget Office score for the Senate health care bill is out, and it’s pretty much what was expected – not all that different from the House bill. It’s not all that different from Obamacare, either, which also was not unexpected. In essence, we’re now living in a country where the federal government Read More…

The Left's Health Care Rhetoric Is Unhinged

Remember how liberal politicians promised to tone down the partisan rhetoric after a heavily armed Bernie Sanders fan opened fire on GOP lawmakers taking batting practice on June 14? Remember how they signed on to a “pledge of civility?” Remember how they said they would use the near-massacre as a jolt that “brings us together“? You don’t Read More…

Even Trump Can't Make Goldman Sachs Popular

Having pulled off the monumental achievement of getting elected with zero help from Wall Street, President Trump is at risk of throwing it all away. He seems to be turning his White House over not only to liberal Democrats, but to the very type of liberal Democrats he railed against on the campaign trail.   It’s Read More…

The Low-Intensity Cyber War Just Got Worse

The international barrage of cyber attacks should be recognized for what it is – a global, low-intensity conflict. The evidence points to a convoluted web of state operators, associates and opportunists who share, steal and develop malware within an increasingly integrated dark web.  The current state of information warfare is not just juvenile delinquents joyriding Read More…

Hate Crime! Vile Thug Destroys Ten Commandments Monument

A Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol has been destroyed less than 24 hours after it was erected. Police say Michael Tate Reed was taken into custody after he plowed his vehicle into the $26,000 monument – toppling the historical and moral foundation of American law. Reed was also arrested Read More…

It’s Time to Pull the Plug on August Recess

The United States Senate has just 35 working days until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that’s assuming Mondays and Fridays are indeed used for deliberation. One thing is totally clear: There isn’t time to deal with the issues that demand immediate attention. The only appropriate response is to cancel, or heavily Read More…

Rhetoric Boils Over in Health-Care Debate

Even by Washington standards, this is a particularly dumb political moment. Earlier this month a political zealot went to a baseball practice intending to kill as many Republican congressmen as he could. As often happens after such horrible events, various politicians and media figures suggested that we should tone down the rhetoric and not paint Read More…

Show Me The Man And I'll Find You The Crime

The “Sorkinization” of American politics; a cultural phenomenon engendered by the works of Hollywood director Aaron Sorkin — in which Washingtonian politics is romanticized as some grandiose theatrical production, in which the protagonist (normally a liberal archetype) wins against his unscrupulous foe (usually a conservative stereotype) by simply giving a rousing speech or clever rhetorical Read More…

But Reality Isn't Fair

In 2014, I debated Seattle City Council member and avowed socialist Kshama Sawant. Sawant was one of the chief proponents of a city ordinance that would create a $15 minimum wage. Eventually, the city adopted a three-phase transition plan that would push minimum wage to $11 per hour, then $13 per hour, then $15 per Read More…