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Marriage Longevity Requires Good Humor

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Balanced Budget Requirements Don’t Work as Well as Spending Limits

When I first came to Washington back in the 1980s, there was near-universal support and enthusiasm for a balanced budget amendment among advocates of limited government. The support is still there, I’m guessing, but the enthusiasm is not nearly as intense. There are three reasons for this drop. Political reality – There is zero chance […]

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Memorial Day 2015

Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost […]

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Memorial Day 2015 – Greater love hath no man

While it’s always appropriate to show honor and appreciation to members of the military, I want to provide this reminder to my readers: today is not Veteran’s Day. It is the one day each year that we come together in reverence to commemorate the Honored Dead. We commiserate with the Gold Star families, old and new, who have paid the ultimate price to ensure that the United States of America will endure. As Americans, it’s important to acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform that died to defend her. Civil society only survives in a world of violence and tyranny if there are rough men ready to do violence on our behalf. In his 1982 Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, President Ronald Reagan reminds us of the ultimate cost of freedom: “Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice. Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States […]

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The Right Mics Radio Show – 5.22.15

By Michael Hausam If you missed the show: If you’re on between 11 and 1 PM Pacific, listen live here: Show Topics: #MarieHarfHistoricalFacts was the funniest thing on Twitter Thursday. Hilarious: Democrats in …read more Via:: The Right Mics Radio Show – 5.22.15       

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Will Gov. Dayton shut gov’t down again?

One of the questions that people are asking is whether Gov. Dayton will shut government down again. Based on what Tom Dennis wrote in this Our View Editorial, I’m betting Gov. Dayton will shut government down because he isn’t willing to accept a superior policy to his universal pre-K initiative: Gov. Dayton, you should have […]

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SUNDAY WALK

It’s Sunday morning and I have a few minutes before we leave for church. Just time for a few words from the old judge.

So far today I have finished my daily mile and a half walk and my ten laps in the pool. Feeling pretty well. I shot 88 on Friday and I’ll be 86 on Wednesday. Close enough to boast about.

Maybe there are some folks who would like to know what an 86 year old man thinks about when he is walking and swimming in the morning.

Not many, but some. A few perhaps? I’m sure nobody under the age of 40 would give a hoot in hell what I was thinking about. But maybe their parents might.

Anyway, I think about death. Not in a frightened or worrisome way. More a matter of curiosity. It’s hard to imagine a world without being in it. Sort of like New York or Los Angeles. A lot of people doing a lot of things, but I’m not part of it.

My faith tells me there is a hereafter, and that’s a comfort. Exactly what that hereafter will be like, I don’t know. Nobody does. The only course I ever failed was a speculative elective at the University of Detroit taught by a Jesuit named Father Magget. I didn’t need the credit to get into law school and I couldn’t get into wondering about how many choirs of angels there are.

What I do wonder about these days is the next hundred years. I see pictures on the Internet of masked ISIS gunmen ceremoniously beheading 21 Coptic Christians and I read that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States, and I wonder.

Then I think about Nidal Hasan. Again. I have written a couple of blogs about him over the years. In 2009 he slaughtered 13 innocent Americans at Fort Hood, Texas. In 2013 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. That sentence has not been carried out.

Now I see that Hasan wants to be a member of ISIS. He wrote a letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghadadi, leader of the Islamic State. Here is what he had to say:

“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.”

Isn’t that just dandy? The U.S. Army provided the man with stationery and postage to give aid and comfort to our enemy. That would be treason, I should think. Maybe the crowd who think that Hasan was a victim of work place overload will now urge that he be transferred to Gitmo as an ‘enemy combatant.’ Sick.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Polly and I will raise a glass to toast her brother, Emmanuel Weinberger, a paratrooper who was killed on the beach of Salerno in 1943. E.J. died in the Great War, fighting for our freedom.

We’ll also salute the thousands of brave and decent young Americans who have died on the sands and stones of Iraq and Afghanistan in a war that wasn’t declared by Congress as required by our Constitution. They died in a war that all the talking heads and the intelligentsia are now telling us was a mistake. No wonder so many of them have post traumatic problems. No wonder eighteen of them commit suicide every day.

The President of the United States hasn’t the slightest idea about how to deal with ISIS. He talks about “degrade and (ultimately) destroy.” That’s a bumper sticker foreign policy that basically means we’re going to bomb them a lot and hope they give up.

The Islamic State is based on an extremist version of Islam, in which the killing of innocent non believers is expected and rewarded. They will not quit. They will not surrender. Religious fervor is their motivation. They will kill for it. They will die for it.

My great grandson, E. Henry Richardson, will be my age in the year 2100. I wonder what his world will look like.

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SUNDAY WALK

It’s Sunday morning and I have a few minutes before we leave for church. Just time for a few words from the old judge.

So far today I have finished my daily mile and a half walk and my ten laps in the pool. Feeling pretty well. I shot 88 on Friday and I’ll be 86 on Wednesday. Close enough to boast about.

Maybe there are some folks who would like to know what an 86 year old man thinks about when he is walking and swimming in the morning.

Not many, but some. A few perhaps? I’m sure nobody under the age of 40 would give a hoot in hell what I was thinking about. But maybe their parents might.

Anyway, I think about death. Not in a frightened or worrisome way. More a matter of curiosity. It’s hard to imagine a world without being in it. Sort of like New York or Los Angeles. A lot of people doing a lot of things, but I’m not part of it.

My faith tells me there is a hereafter, and that’s a comfort. Exactly what that hereafter will be like, I don’t know. Nobody does. The only course I ever failed was a speculative elective at the University of Detroit taught by a Jesuit named Father Magget. I didn’t need the credit to get into law school and I couldn’t get into wondering about how many choirs of angels there are.

What I do wonder about these days is the next hundred years. I see pictures on the Internet of masked ISIS gunmen ceremoniously beheading 21 Coptic Christians and I read that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States, and I wonder.

Then I think about Nidal Hasan. Again. I have written a couple of blogs about him over the years. In 2009 he slaughtered 13 innocent Americans at Fort Hood, Texas. In 2013 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. That sentence has not been carried out.

Now I see that Hasan wants to be a member of ISIS. He wrote a letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghadadi, leader of the Islamic State. Here is what he had to say:

“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.”

Isn’t that just dandy? The U.S. Army provided the man with stationery and postage to give aid and comfort to our enemy. That would be treason, I should think. Maybe the crowd who think that Hasan was a victim of work place overload will now urge that he be transferred to Gitmo as an ‘enemy combatant.’ Sick.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Polly and I will raise a glass to toast her brother, Emmanuel Weinberger, a paratrooper who was killed on the beach of Salerno in 1943. E.J. died in the Great War, fighting for our freedom.

We’ll also salute the thousands of brave and decent young Americans who have died on the sands and stones of Iraq and Afghanistan in a war that wasn’t declared by Congress as required by our Constitution. They died in a war that all the talking heads and the intelligentsia are now telling us was a mistake. No wonder so many of them have post traumatic problems. No wonder eighteen of them commit suicide every day.

The President of the United States hasn’t the slightest idea about how to deal with ISIS. He talks about “degrade and (ultimately) destroy.” That’s a bumper sticker foreign policy that basically means we’re going to bomb them a lot and hope they give up.

The Islamic State is based on an extremist version of Islam, in which the killing of innocent non believers is expected and rewarded. They will not quit. They will not surrender. Religious fervor is their motivation. They will kill for it. They will die for it.

My great grandson, E. Henry Richardson, will be my age in the year 2100. I wonder what his world will look like.

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Just a thought.

Just a thought on Memorial Day greetings Please, do not say “Happy Memorial Day”. Memorial Day isn’t a day to be “happy”. It is not “celebrated”, it is observed. It is a day to be reflective, to remember the men and women that have sacrificed and gave all defending the … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit’s Mighty Work–Pentecost 2015

Pentecost St. Peter Lutheran Church St. John 14:23-31 May 24, 2015 “The Holy Spirit’s Mighty Work” Iesu Iuva But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to remembrance all that I have said to you. St. John 14:26   Christians aren’t […]

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Gov. Dayton’s nasty temper

When I wrote this post, I said that “Dayton has jumped across the line from being critical to being unhinged to the point of being totally disrespectful.” I’m not the only one who noticed. Joe Soucheray noticed, too: The governor seems to have drifted off, to where we don’t exactly know, but wherever he is, […]

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Government-Subsidized Third-Party Payer Is a Great Recipe to Make a Sector of the Economy More Expensive and Less Efficient

What’s the most effective way of screwing up a sector of the economy? Since I’m a fiscal policy economist, I’m tempted to say that bad tax policy is the fastest way of causing damage. And France might be my top example. But other forms of government intervention also can have a poisonous effect. Regulation, for […]

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What Is Rape Culture?

By beautiflywings According to America’s social media accounts is this: Never mind that school is to equip teens for the real working world where there are strictly enforced dress codes. “I need …read more Via:: What Is Rape Culture?       

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Asphalt vs. duct tape, rails

Since the end of Minnesota’s legislative session, Move MN has campaigned across the state. Their message is deliberately intended to misrepresent their agenda. Here’s an example of Move MN’s deception: Move MN was joined at Thursday’s event by representatives of labor and local business and civic leaders. A long-term funding bill “creates jobs in all […]

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Dayton, Smith fight for EdMinn

There’s no question that Mark Dayton and Tina Smith are fighters. It’s unfortunate that they’re fighting for the DFL’s most entrenched special interest group, aka Education Minnesota. Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith have sent the unmistakable message that their highest priority is fulfilling Education Minnesota’s wish list: Here’s the Dayton-Smith-DFL propaganda: Today, Governor […]

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Saturday Night Cigar Lounge – Patriot Act, Justice Reform, Jason Pye

By Taylor Millard Saturday Night Cigar Lounge returns LIVE at 9pE/8pC here on Vigilant Liberty Radio with Jason Pye joining Taylor Millard HOUR ONE: Jason and Taylor will talk about the bipartisan coalition which …read more Via:: Saturday Night Cigar Lounge – Patriot Act, Justice Reform, Jason Pye       

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Which States Are Most Drunk on Beer Taxes?

Two years ago, I shared a map looking at how heavily wine was taxed in different states. What is showed was that you shouldn’t sip your Chardonnay or guzzle your Merlot in Kentucky. Unless, of course, you wanted to give politicians a lot more money to spend (or you slip across the border like Michael […]

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Planetary Soldiers

The phrase comes from Robert Leckie’s The Wars of America and has been apt since the Spanish-American War. American Forces have fought just about everywhere and in just about every climate, in defense of freedom. And so this weekend, from Fort MacPherson, Nebraska, to Manila, The Philippines, to Luxembourg, to Cambridge, England and on Robert […]

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Democrats: Rubio isn’t Hispanic enough

The Democratic playbook on Marco Rubio is thin. Their best argument against Sen. Rubio is that he isn’t Hispanic enough: So far, Democrats who have combed over Mr. Rubio’s voting record in the Senate have seized on his opposition to legislation raising the minimum wage and to expanding college loan refinancing, trying to cast him […]

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The Conservative Feminist Show – Sex, Drugs, & Rock’n’Roll

By Moriah So I was talking to a new reader of mine last night (a libertarian, BTW) who likes badass women. Am I sensing a trend here, libertarian dudes ♥ badass women? …read more Via:: The Conservative Feminist Show – Sex, Drugs, & Rock’n’Roll       

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  • SUNDAY WALK: It’s Sunday morning and I have a few minutes before we leave for church. Just time for a few w...
    SUNDAY WALK: It’s Sunday morning and I have a few minutes before we leave for church. Just time for a few w...
    CIVIL WAR!!!: Eleven score and six years ago, our Fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived i...
    CIVIL WAR!!!: Eleven score and six years ago, our Fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived i...
    Greenies, you can now hold a funeral for your failed “movement”: Featured image from Biopact.com I was so busy reading about the Baltimore riots, the death of an imp...