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Commentary:
Supreme Court Declares the Constitution Unconstitutional

ONE THING was made crystal clear in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare today (June 28, 2011), if it had not been clear already:  The U.S. Supreme Court, as presently constituted, cannot be relied upon to do the right thing, not even when the very efficacy of the U.S. Constitution itself hangs in the balance. What is not only stunning but staggering is that it was not the ambivalent Justice David Kennedy who sided with the Obama Administration in what is widely regarded as the most consequential case to come before the court in generations. No, this time, David Kennedy voted to uphold the Constitution. Rather, it was the "reliably" conservative Justice John Roberts whose vote tilted the court's decision to the left, upholding Obamacare in its entirety and effectively declaring the United States Constitution unconstitutional.

OPINION:
Only one person has what it takes to beat Obama: YOU!


YOU, MY FRIEND, are an American patriot. You love this country, its freedoms, its founding principles. You recognize that the direction Barak Obama and Company are taking this country is the wrong direction, that it has lead to the nation's economic decline and, of even greater concern, to a loss of liberty under an ever larger, ever more controlling and more intrusive government. You know that four more years of Obama and Company will almost certainly have disastrous consequences for the future of the United States and that turning Obama and his cronies out of office, including all those in Congress who support his Progressive Socialist agenda, must be the first order of business.

American Legion National Commander Honored by American Medal of Freedom Foundation

To win in 2012, Conservatives
must play chess, not checkers



Checkmate"IT'S TIME," wrote Dr. Milton R. Wolf in a New York Post column Dec. 7, 2011, "for conservatives to quit playing checkers and start playing chess. Stop sabotaging our own candidates and instead create a path that rewards conservatism no matter who our nominee is." Otherwise put, if Republicans are to have any hope of victory in the 2012 Presidential election, they need a winning strategy, and that means they need to think strategically, rather than just focusing on jumping all over each other.

Palin, by Comparison
A Three-Part Review of Frank Aquila's new book,
SARAH PALIN OUT OF NOWHERE


Book: Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere, by Frank AquilaPart One: The Making
of a Grassroots Activist

SARAH LOUISE PALIN, former governor of the State of Alaska and Republican nominee for vice president in 2008 is NOT running for president in 2012. But that does not lessen the significance of a new book entitled Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere, partly because Sarah Palin is not going away (as much as some people would like to think she is), but mostly because the book is about much more than just Sarah Palin.

As much as anything, Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere is the story of the grassroots activism of its author, an ordinary American, who, himself, because of his concern about the country going in the wrong direction, came out of nowhere to exert a significant influence on the political process. Going back even further, it is the story of the author's personal journey of discovery, in which he both found himself and came to an understanding of the greatness of the American Idea.

 

Calling the Kettle Black
Who is to blame for the U.S. credit downgrade?


Cover of Fortune magazine, SEpt. 5, 2011 issueIF YOU ARE a fiscal conservative, Fortune magazine has just called you hate-filled knuckle-headed idiot from the hinterlands! The RINO editor-at-large of Fortune failed to look in the mirror when he called conservatives "American Idiots."

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We Will Never Forget!
Speech delivered at Memorial Day Service at Liberty Veterans Cemetery, Fresno, California


Rand GreenTHE NUMBERS of courageous young Americans who have lost their lives in defense of liberty, from the time of the American Revolution to the present day, are almost beyond comprehension. The numbers of those lost, sometimes, in a single battle stagger the imagination. Many others were wounded, or suffered as prisoners of war, or endured great hardships — and all, as President Reagan said, because "they loved America very much."

Yet as every one of you here today know all too well, it is not the numbers that matter, but the individuals. Their lives. Their hopes. Their dreams. Their courage and valor. Their personal sacrifice. We remember, and we honor, and we grieve for each one individually. And each one has his own story.

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Trumping Donald
Abuse of Eminent Domain Is Not
a Conservative Value



Donald TrumpCONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST Michelle Malkin, in a piece in published in National Review Online and elsewhere, played a trump card against Republican potential presidential candidate Donald Trump who is trying, these days, to sound very conservative, when she pointed out that Trump has frequently sought to aggrandize his personal fortune through inducing local governments to exercise the power of eminent domain on his behalf.

Islamist Propaganda Warfare
The latest CAIR propaganda video demonstrates why we've got to be smarter than our enemies


THE GREATER Los Angeles Area office of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) on March 2 released a 5 minute, 52-second video entitled "Hate Comes to Orange County" which purports to depict "a rally organized by anti-Muslim bigots" to protest what purported to be "a fundraising event held by an American Muslim relief group for relief work and charity in the U.S." Both assertions are erroneous. Put bluntly, resistance to efforts by Islamist extremists within the United States to destroy the United States does not constitute bigotry against Muslims who do not fit that description!

Tea Party Groups Condemn
Tucson Rampage Shooting,
Pray for Victims



A FEDERAL JUDGE and five other victims are dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is reported in critical condition after a gunman went on a shooting rampage in a Safeway supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, Saturday, Jan. 8, where the Democratic congresswoman was holding an event for constituents.

Grammar and Word Usage
Refudiating [sic] LSSU's List
of "Banished" Words



Yesterday, Lake Superior State University in the beautiful, if somewhat nippy, community of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, published its "36th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness." Among the entries topping this year's list are: viral, epic, fail, a-ha moment, back story, man up, refudiate, mama grizzlies, the American people, I'm just sayin', Google (as a verb), and live life to the fullest.

I presume none of that is intended to be taken too seriously, so it is in the spirit of good clean fun that I undertake to refudiate the list and counter a few of the corny, confused, contrived, or catty comments made by some of those who nominated the entries.

Mitt Romney Is Right about
Freedom of Religion



LET ME PUT THIS as delicately as I can: Anyone who values religious liberty, anyone who is alarmed at the secular assault on religion in the United States, would be foolish not to give former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney serious consideration as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency simply because of his Mormon religion.

Sikh Awareness Month/
Frequently the Victims of Mistaken Identity, California Sikhs Work to Build Greater Public Awareness of Their Love for America


Sikh Awareness Month event in Selma, CaliforniaIN THEATRICAL productions, mistaken identity is a device often used to create comedy. But in real life, mistaken identity can lead to unfortunate and sometimes tragic consequences. That has often been the case with members of the Sikh religion in the United States. Because many of them wear turbans, they have often been mistaken -- by uninformed individuals -- for Islamist terrorists or terrorist sympathizers. Yet in reality, they are as different from the terrorists as a loyal sheepdog is from a predatory wolf.

Election 2010:
Republican Tsunami Couldn't Splash Over the Sierras



THE 2010 ELECTION was a great day for America in many ways, but it was a victory in which the Left Coast chose not to participate, and that misfortune − that poor judgment on the part of a majority of California voters − does not bode well for the future of the Golden State.

China in the Chips
Is a corresponding continued decline
of the United States inevitable?



NEW YORK TIMES, today, announced that a Chinese research center has built the world's fastest super-computer, giving China "bragging rights as a technology superpower."

That's a notable achievement any way you slice it, but to keep it in some perspective, China's new warp-speed Tianhe-1A computer, which has military as well as commercial applications (and implications), was built with computer chips made by U.S. companies.

More importantly, although not mentioned in the Times article, just as China's rapid rise as an economic power has been possible only because of U.S. consumerism, China's rapid progress in computer technology has been possible only because of technology transfers from the United States.

Harvesting fruitMedia False Witness in the
Ag Labor Debate



As a passionate advocate for the inclusion of an assortment of fruits and vegetables in the diet in generous portions as part of a healthy lifestyle, and as a strong supporter of the agricultural sector in the United States, I was as appalled as any fruit and vegetable farmer might be (and many were) upon reading an unsigned editorial in the Los Angeles Times dated October 11, 2010. The editorial alleged that a U.S. congressman from Iowa, in a House subcommittee hearing on farm labor, suggested that Americans could do without undocumented workers if we just stopped eating fruits and vegetables. It was, indeed, a ludicrous thing for a congressman to say.

The only problem is -- the congressman didn't say that.

Myths and Realities in the Immigration Debate


AT THE TOP of the agenda right now for the Democratic entrenchment in the United States Government is to do whatever is necessary to keep themselves in power in perpetuity as the ruling class. One of the chief strategies they look to for achieving that goal is the wholesale purchase of Hispanic votes by granting amnesty and fast-track citizenship to as many as possible of the 12 to 20 million predominantly Hispanic illegal aliens presently in the country – and to encourage the continuing influx across our borders of more of the same.

The leftist-dominated major media in the United States, who had much to do with putting radical leftist Democrats in power in the White House and Congress in the 2008 election, want in the worst way to make people believe that the Hispanics who are legally in the United States – including the many whose families have been U.S. citizens for generations – are unanimous in their support for amnesty and open borders. But that is a myth.

Obama − a Christian or a
Muslim − and Does It Matter?

OBAMA and all other politicians who pursue an agenda with the intent to dismantle the Constitution and our traditional American institutions and values must be held accountable based on those actions, not based on the religion they profess.

You can't express your opposition to the building of an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero in NYC because to do so is a violation of Shari'ah Law!

LAST EVENING, Friday, Aug. 6, I received an email from Act! for America, under the heading UNBELIEVABLE CENSORSHIP!, forwarding to me a shocking communication from Pamela Geller of Stop Islamisation of America. Ms. Geller and Robert Spencer, also of SIOA, have filed a lawsuit against New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority for censoring their freedom of speech speech – out of deference to Shari'ah law! I felt that the email, including Ms. Geller's complete communication, were important enough to reproduce in their entirety here. A statement from the law firm that filed the suit follows. You think Shari'ah law won't come to America? It's here, my friends! Read on, and you'll see.

Happy 234th Birthday, America
Let's Go for 468!

ON THIS FOURTH OF JULY, while celebrating 234 years of American freedom and American, as we know it and as its founders envisioned it, survive for another 234 years? Will the principles so powerfully expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights endure for another two and one-third centuries? If George Washington and Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson could see what the United States of America will look like in 2244, would they be proud of where the intervening generations have taken the country?


FEATURED FEATURE
from our archives

The Last Letter Home

Ralph Campbell A story of faith,
courage and heroism during World War II
as a young American pilot,
Lt. Charles
Ralph Campbell
of Rupert, Idaho, makes the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom when his
B-24 Liberator bomber is
shot down over  Vienna, Austria
on December 11, 1944

We who breathe free air today owe an eternal debt to Lt. Charles Ralph Campbell and his crew, and to all other Allied military personnel who fought and died in World War II, as well as all other conflicts in our nation's history from the American Revolution to the present day. We can repay that debt only by remembering, and by doing all within our own power to safeguard our freedoms for generations yet to come.

Rand's Rants & Raves

The Pledge Every GOP Candidate
Should Make

The Pledge all GOP Candidates Should Make

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~ Rand Green, editor and publisher, PerspicacityPress.com.

Three Democrats Get It Right,
Criticize Obama, on Keystone Pipeline

Pipeline constructionJan. 20, 2012 — THE CURRENT CROP of Democrats in the House and Senate are rarely right on any issue, but when they are (even if their reason for being right is suspect), I'll be the first to say so and to commend them for taking the right stance. As conservative columnist Michelle Malkin noted in a column today, three House and Senate Democrats got it right on the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline which would bring crude oil from Ottawa, Canada's oil sands fields, where it is abundant, to Texas for refining, instantly creating thousands of real jobs and, over the longer term, enormously reducing America's dependence on Middle-Eastern oil while significantly reducing energy costs to U.S. consumers, truckers, farmers and businesses....    CONTINUE

More Liberal Media Math: An Increase Is a Decrease in Health Care Spending

Medical CostsJan. 10, 2012 — HERE WE GO AGAIN. According to certain of the Liberal Media, if the Americans spend more on health care in a given year than they did the year before, but not as much more as usual, then they actually spent less.... CONTINUE

The Flip Side of Flop

Flip-flopsNov. 30, 2011 — I'D LIKE TO INJECT a little bit of verbal clarity (or perspicacity, if you will) into the rhetoric swirling around the candidates in the current Republican presidential primaries campaigns. It has to do with the widespread use (and frequent misuse) of the expression "flip-flop," which has been slung like swamp mud at nearly every candidate in the race, albeit at some more than others.... MORE

Using "budget cuts" as an excuse for letting criminals go loose is reckless endangerment

Car burglaryOct. 22, 2011 — Fresno, California, which has the dubious honor of being the car theft capital of the world, the police have been working hard to identify, capture, put out of business and bring to justice the career criminals responsible for most of the car thefts, and they have been having considerable success. With the arrest Thursday, Oct. 20, of a man who admits to being responsible for more than 1,000 vehicle thefts in the Fresno area, three of the top five "most wanted" car thieves on the police department's list are now "behind bars," according to the Fresno Bee.

"But there is no guarantee he will stay there for long," the Bee reported Oct. 22. "Because of county budget cuts, Sheriff Margaret Mims has opted to close jail floors, which reduces the jail's capacity. When the number of inmates hits capacity, the jail must begin releasing inmates." And in fact, "early releases may begin once the capacity hits 90 percent," the Bee story said....   MORE

Freedom Leads to Prosperity

Oct. 18, 2011 — "THE FREE MARKET has provided more wealth and spurred more innovation than any other system in history," wrote Mike Brownfield, editor of The Heritage Foundation's email newsletter, Morning Bell, today. That astute observation echoes the profound words of William McGurn, vice president of News Corporation, in a March 3, 2011, speech delivered at Hillsdale College. Said McGurn: "The Almighty who created us in His image also bequeathed to us a world where we are most prosperous when we are most free."  MORE

1,000 countries, Ms. Sawyer?
Which planet are you on?

Planet PlutoOct. 17, 2011 — WE THOUGHT it was a laughable gaffe when President Obama made his now-famous remark about having travelled to all but one of the 57 states. But ABC's Diane Sawyer doesn't seem to have a clue how many countries there are in the world. Effusing on ABC's World News, October 10, 2011, over the spread of the communist "Occupation" demonstrations that had started on Wall Street nearly a month earlier, she became was so wrapped up in hyperbole that she said, “We thought we’d bring you up to date on those protesters, the Occupy Wall Street movement. As of tonight, it has spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries — every continent but Antarctica.” ...  MORE

The respect accorded Osama's corpse
is an outrage!

Osama Bin LadenON THE EVENING of Monday, May 2, 2011, for one fleeting moment, I was proud of my president.

I know it will shock some people to hear me say that, because in the 28 months since his inauguration as president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has done almost nothing that I have not regarded as shameful. But on the rare occasion when I think he does get something right, even if it is for the wrong reasons, I am not beneath saying so.

Whatever his motives, I believe Obama made the right decision in approving a boots-on-the ground operation to take out Osama bin Laden, rather than bombing his compound from 30,000 feet as I would have expected from this commander-in-chief or simply letting the opportunity slide. We got Bin Laden, and that is good. The real credit goes to the Navy Seals, to George W. Bush, and to many others; very little of it to Obama. But he did approve the order, and for that I give him credit.

 Moreover, I found surprisingly little to criticize in Obama’s May 2nd address to the nation announcing the death of Bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces. I know a lot of people have read a lot of sinister things into the president's speech, and I could pick it apart with the best of them. But in truth, most of it sounded as though it had been written by Bush speech writers. I don't doubt it was almost wholly disingenuous, but at least Obama was, for the most part, saying the right things. At least, for once, he wasn’t apologizing to the world for what he regards as the evils America has inflicted on humankind.

It didn't take long, however, for Obama to turn a victory into a mockery. Burial at sea for Osama's corpse made sense, but why the haste? Why the meticulous adherence to Muslims law if killing him was, as Obama said, a great thing not only for America but for the Muslim world? Why the respect accorded Osama's remains, the ceremonial cleansing, the 40-minute religious service in tradition ordinarily reserved in the Muslim faith for highly esteemed religious leaders, including prayers that he be taken into the bosom of Allah, if Osama was such an evil man that he deserved to be assassinated, deserved to be shot in the eye and have half his face blown away? All of this is in abject contradiction to Obama's claim the prior day that Osama was not a Muslim leader and, by implication, not a true Muslim (since real Muslims, he contends, don't commit the kinds of atrocities Osama did).

Responding to criticism over the fawning respect accorded Osama's corpse, Obama said it was done so as not to provoke retaliation from Muslims. But wait, Mr. President. Do you mean to say that real Muslims, peaceful Muslims, who don't regard Osama as a true Muslim and who abhor the way he has hijacked their religion of peace and given it a bad rap, and who you suggest are giving us a standing ovation for capping the guy, would turn violent and retaliate if we just dumped Osama's body to the sharks without it being first blessed and anointed? Hogwash, Barack. Sorry, but I have to ask: Did they teach you to use those kinds of syllogistic absurdities at Harvard, or do you just come by them naturally?  — Perspicaciously Yours, Rand Green, Editor/Publisher, PerspicacityPress.com
Source: www.PerspicacityPress.com  © 2011 Rand Green Communications.

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Investigate Who?

High gas prices at the pumpApril 29, 2011 —With prices at the pump in the United States climbing over $4, President Barak Obama has called for an investigation into the causes of higher gas prices, targeting oil companies for price gouging and possible price manipulation and also speculators for profiteering.

You can be sure that the real purpose of the investigation is not to uncover the truth. With this administration, the conclusions are the starting point, and the purpose of the investigation will be to reinforce the Leftist preconceptions that capitalists and big corporations are evil by nature and must be subjected to ever-more government control. Do not be surprised if the notion of a government take-over of Big Oil, floated a while back by Sen. Barbara Boxer, does not emerge again out of all this.

I am not suggesting that capitalists and corporations are never guilty of wrongdoing. But violations of the law should be evenly enforced, and that includes violations of the public trust. What really ought to be investigated but of course will not be by this administration is the role that wrong-headed public policy, driven by the environmental agenda, has had on gas prices.

It is grossly hypocritical and deeply disingenuous for Obama to even pretend to care about rising gas prices when he, himself, has taken the position that gas prices ought to be higher than they are to discourage carbon-based fuel consumption and a number of his colleagues in Congress have opined that gas prices here ought to be at least as high as they are in Europe.

What ought also to be investigated is the role George Soros has played in manipulating energy markets. But Soros, although a capitalist and a speculator, is Obama’s puppet master and no investigation undertaken by the Obama administration will implicate Soros in any impropriety.

Obama’s role in all of this ought to be investigated as well. Among the questions that need to be asked are: Why does he place a moratorium on offshore drilling by U.S. companies in the Gulf of Mexico and restrict drilling in ANWAR and elsewhere and then give Brazil’s Petrobra several billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to drill off the coast of Brazil? Could the fact that his buddy Soros is heavily invested in Petrobra and stands to profit both from the massive cash infusion and from reduced competition from the United States, have anything to do with it? I see means, motive and opportunity. — Perspicaciously Yours, Rand Green, Editor/Publisher, PerspicacityPress.com
Source: www.PerspicacityPress.com  © 2011 Rand Green Communications.

Vehicle Misidentified in Political Cartoon

Overturned carApril 4, 2011 — Political cartoonists can be extremely clever. They can also, at times, be completely out of touch with reality — or deliberately distort reality and hope their readers are sufficiently out of touch to buy into a message unsupported by reality. Such is the case with a recent Clay Bennett cartoon from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. We won't reproduce the copyrighted cartoon here, but it depicts an automobile that has overturned after a "hard right turn," and the automobile is labeled "Congress." Humorous, but misleading.

Reality would have been better served with a cartoon depicting a "Highway to Socialism," a barricade on the highway with a sign reading "Road Closed. All Traffic Must Turn Right," directing traffic onto a right fork labeled "Return to Constitutional Government," and a speeding car labeled "Congressional Democrats' Agenda" that rolled over after failing to negotiate [pardon the pun] the turn. — Perspicaciously Yours, Rand Green, Editor/Publisher, PerspicacityPress.com
Source: www.PerspicacityPress.com  © 2011 Rand Green Communications.

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Rusting equipment in dry field

Ag Water: Is 70% the new 100%?

March 21, 2011 — "It's raining and we've had a lot a rain and snow for the last two years," states a March 20 email newsletter from Families Protecting the Valley, an organization working to "ensure an adequate and affordable water supply" for the people of California's San Joaquin Valley.  "It would appear that despite all the rain, the days of 100% allocations for farmers are gone. Reservoirs are so full they're having to release water to make room for more. Nevertheless, the Department of Water Resources has announced State Water Project allocations of only 70%. Is 70% the new 100%? Is it the best we can get even after two good rain years and all the flooding?"

The problem, according to the newsletter, "is no longer the amount of water, but the ability to move it around. As long as there are pumping restrictions, it won't matter how much water is in the system because we can't move it out of the Delta." The State of California is facing a serious financial crisis which the "shrinking ag base" resulting from the water restrictions will only "make worse." We concur. If the governor of California and the state legislature really cared about jobs and improving the state's economy and the state government's fiscal situation (and ditto their counterparts on the federal level), one simple thing they could do that would quickly create jobs and give the economy a boost would be to give farmers full water allotments in these wet years, rather than allowing flood waters to run off into the ocean where they do no good for anyone or anything, not even the "environment." — Perspicaciously Yours, Rand Green, Editor/Publisher, PerspicacityPress.com
Source: www.PerspicacityPress.com  © 2011 Rand Green Communications.

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Activist Judges Are At It Again!

GavelMarch 19, 2011 — The unconstitutional arrogation by activist judges in county, state and federal courts of the power to legislate from the bench, overruling acts of legislative bodies and the executive branch without sound constitutional justification, or creating new law out of thin air, and thumbing their noses at the wishes of the people, has become so prevalent that it would take a sizeable research staff just to keep on top of all instances of this type of official judicial misconduct. It seems to have become the norm for judges to throw out legislation or create their own based on nothing more than what they think the law ought to be.

A recent and flagrant example is the decision on Friday, March 18, by Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi to issue a temporary restraining order halting implementation of a law recently passed by the Wisconsin legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker on March 11 that would put limits on the power of public employee unions. The law, which had previously approved by the state Senate, passed the Assembly on March 10 by vote of 53-42.

As in many other states and in the federal government, public employee unions have used their unchecked power to extort from the public treasury (meaning from taxpayers) salary and benefit packages well above the average compensations for their private-sector counterparts, and at levels that are economically unsustainable. They are a major cause of the financial crisis that the federal government and many state governments are currently facing.

Ruling on a complaint filed March 16 by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat, Judge Sumi ordered the state not to publish the new law until she ruled on an injunction and then stated, before there has even been a hearing, that she expected that ruling to come down in Ozanne's favor.

Reuters quoted Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, as saying that "the Legislature and the Governor, not a single Dane County Circuit Court Judge, are responsible for the enactment of laws." Van Hollen is right, and We, the People, must take the necessary action to put these power-crazed judges back in their place and restore the Constitutional separation of powers that is essential to the preservation of our freedoms. As with legislators mayors, governors and presidents, judges also need to be reminded that they are the servants and not the rulers of the people. If they refuse to remember, they need to be removed from office. — Perspicaciously Yours, Rand Green, Editor/Publisher, PerspicacityPress.com
Source: www.PerspicacityPress.com  © 2011 Rand Green Communications.

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About those overworked, underpaid profs

March 18, 2011 — "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average college teacher spends 12 to 16 hours per week in the classroom, plus another three to six hours in the office to meet with students. According to a 2008-2009 survey by the American Association of University Professors, the average salary for full-time faculty was $79,439 — and most teachers have three months off in the summer," writes Linda Chavez in a Creators Syndicate article appearing today on GOPUSA.com.

No wonder these poor overworked, underpaid faculty members at public colleges and universities balked when John Kasich, recently elected Republican governor of Ohio, in an effort to curb rising education costs, asked them to teach one more class every other year.

More to the point, no wonder getting a college education is becoming so expensive. It's not the only reason, of course, but it is certainly one that needs to be addressed, and Gov. Kasich should be commended for the position he is taking on this issue.

Oh, I know. Professors have lots to do besides stand in front of a class and teach. Preparations and all that. Grading papers and all that. (Wait, don't TA's do a lot of the paper grading these days?) And, of course, research and publishing and all that. But teaching should still be their primary responsibility, and asking a college teacher to spend as many hours in the classroom as, let us say, a full-time student carrying a full load is not really asking too much. — Perspicaciously Yours, Rand Green, Editor/Publisher, PerspicacityPress.com
Source: www.PerspicacityPress.com  © 2011 Rand Green Communications.

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What does an assassination in Pakistan have to do with a court ruling in San Francisco?

January 5, 2011 —  In a misguided, if not deliberately seditious, misinterpretation of the First Amendment, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has once again struck a blow at the United States Constitution the judges are sworn to defend, by ruling yesterday that the very presence of a cross at a war memorial on public land on Mt. Soledad in San Diego is unconstitutional. The cross was erected in 1954, replacing others dating back to 1913. The court challenge has been ongoing since 1989.

The judges of the Ninth Circuit, long the most liberal federal court in the land, have taken the arrogant and presumptuous posture that it is within their prerogative to interpret the Constitution to mean whatever they think it ought to mean, and that the original intent of the Constitution's framers is irrelevant, as are more than two centuries of legal precedent. The court, in its Jan. 4, 2011 ruling, is using its own interpretation of the First Amendment, which was intended to protect freedom of religion, to abridge that very freedom, ludicrously claiming that the mere presence of the cross on public land constitutes a government endorsement and, therefore, state establishment, of a particular religion, infringing on the supposed right of non-Christians to not be offended by seeing a Christian religious symbol.

Interestingly, however, the Ninth Circuit saw things quite differently when it ruled in an earlier case that it's okay for public schools to teach non-Muslim children about Islam by asking them to role-play, pretend to be Muslims for three weeks, recite Muslim prayers, memorize the Muslim profession of faith, chant "Praise be to Allah," profess as "true" the Muslim belief that "The Holy Quran is God's word," and take an Arabic name. All of that, said the Ninth Circuit, is protected, not prohibited, by the First Amendment. In the court's view, only Christianity, it seems, is restricted by the Constitution.

Already in some places in the United States, people are facing criminal prosecution under hate speech laws for quoting the Bible. What's next? Enforcement by the Ninth Circuit of shariah (Islamic law) anti-blasphemy laws, which invoke the death penalty for those criticizing Islam?

Islamists in the United States, masquerading as "moderate" Muslims while engaging in stealth jihad, have been successful in increasingly insinuating shariah, which is in direct conflict with the Constitution, into the fabric of American society. As an indication of where that can lead (and where radical Islamists are trying to take it), on the same day that the Ninth Circuit declared a Christian symbol on public property to be unconstitutional, Talman Taseer, the governor of the province of Punjab, Pakistan, was assassinated. An outspoken critic of religious extremism, he was shot by one of his own body guards who, according to Bee News Services, "authorities said was angry about [Taseer's] opposition to blasphemy laws carrying the death sentence for insulting the Muslim faith…. Taseer publicly vented his opposition to Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws introduced in the 1980s."

Is this kind of religious oppression coming soon to a theater near you? It may be, if we continue to allow federal judges who detest the very principles on which our nation was founded to rewrite the Constitution in their own image. — Perspicaciously Yours, Rand Green, Editor/Publisher, PerspicacityPress.com
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AP's Liberal Bias Blares from Page One Story

Jan. 2, 2011 — The home page of thousands of internet news sites yesterday and the front page of hundreds of newspapers across the country today carried an Associated Press story on the looming showdown on spending in the new 112th Congress that convenes Wednesday, January 5. The AP's liberal bias blares from these page-one placements of what purports to be a "news" story, with a prejudicial remark in the first sentence .... MORE

Snoop on your cheating spouse, go to jail

Dec. 28, 2010 — It's an upside-down world when adultery in marriage is considered acceptable but a suspicious spouse can be charged with a felony and potentially be imprisoned for reading his unfaithful wife's correspondence....   MORE

Obama 'Most Admired?'
78% of Americans don't agree!

Dec. 28, 2010 — If Gallup had taken a popularity poll in Stalinist Russia in 1930 or in Nazi Germany in 1942 or in Red China in 1950, should I be surprised if the respective heads of state were named "the most admired man" by just over one-fifth of the population? ....  MORE

Obama 's new trucker rules will be
yet another blow to economy

Dec. 24, 2010 — The Obama Administration wants to cut back the number of hours long-haul truckers can drive consecutively to just 10 hours. The current limit is 11 hours...   MORE 

Jobs lag as economy "grows"

Dec. 24, 2010 — Members of the Progressivism propaganda corps known as the Associated Press either don't realize how stupid they sound or they believe that the rest of us are just too stupid to notice....   MORE

Sanctions on Iran, but
exemptions for the privileged

Dec. 24, 2010 — The United States has imposed sanctions and trade embargoes on Iran, supposedly prohibiting U.S. firms from doing business with that country. But, as The New York Times reported today, there are exceptions.....    MORE

Is the Bar Too High for Schools?

Nov. 26, 2010 — The 2002 "No Child Left Behind" legislation, essentially a cooperative effort between President George W. Bush and Sen. Ted Kennedy, has been under fire for several years for failing to live up to its promise. The question is asked repeatedly, as it was again in a Fresno Bee article today: Has the bar been set too high? While the implication of the question is that it has, the correct answer is both yes and no. And that is not an equivocation, because the program sets the bar at different levels for different target dates....    MORE

Napolitano shouldn't use words she
doesn't understand — like "risk"

Nov. 24, 2010 — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims that current Transportation Security Administration airport security protocols are "risk-based," but she ought to quit using words she doesn't understand.... For her to call the current airport protocols "risk-based" is at once absurd and insulting....   MORE

Objecting to Having Your Child Publicly
Molested Can Cost You $11,000!

Nov. 23, 2010 — Arrogant and drunk with power, the Department of Homeland Security under the Barack Hussein Obama Administration is doing precious little to protect Americans against Islamic terrorism. They can't even bring themselves to say the words. But they are subjecting hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans who would not in the slightest way fit the profile of an Islamic terrorist to intrusive and humiliating invasion of privacy and sexual molestation before boarding an airplane.... MORE

Congressman thinks taking home pork
is his only job

Nov. 22, 2010 —  Is this guy for real? U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W. Va.) can't understand why the newly elected Republican majority wants to ban earmarks. According to a Nov. 22, 2010, article in the Washington Examiner, Rahall actually said, "What's the role of a member of Congress then? Should we just go home after we cast the vote for speaker?"....    MORE

Which Path Will We Choose?

Oct. 28, 2010 — The people of the United States can compete successfully with anyone anywhere, anytime, and in almost any field of endeavor, if we are not excessively constrained by government regulations....  MORE

Wishful Thinking

Oct. 28, 2010 — With the mid-term election just five days away and the momentum clearly not in its favor, the Left is in panic mode. The Democrat entrenchment and the liberal propaganda machine which euphemistically calls itself the "mainstream" press (but which, in fact, is far out of the mainstream) are desperate. They'll try anything. Even a tea party-style "grassroots" rally.... MORE

Clear Thinking

Oct.. 18, 2010 — BAFFLED by the lack of popular support for his programs, Barak Obama, in his arrogance, has declared that the American people are "not thinking clearly." ....  MORE

Forked-Tongue-in-Cheek

Oct. 9, 2010 — PAGE ONE HEADLINE in today's Fresno Bee: "Zoo adds reptile charm." Story: The zoo will spend half a million smackers to expand "its lineup of dangerous snakes," together with renovations to the structure in which the reptiles are housed, so that each species is seen in a "realistic" habitat.... MORE

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George Washington“Providence, to whom we are infinitely more indebted than we are to our own wisdom, or our own exertions, has always displayed its power and goodness, when clouds and thick darkness seemed ready to overwhelm us. The hour is now come when we stand much in need of another manifestation of its bounty however little we deserve it.”
George Washington (Letter to Lund Washington, May 19, 1780)
 

GUEST COMMENTARIES

Dan DannerTrain Wreck for Economy?
Not if Congress Follows
Small-Business Model


President & CEO, National Federation of Independent Business

THE VERY PEOPLE who could make significant contributions to restoring our economy —small-business owners — are hog-tied by their own government. They could be growing their businesses, creating jobs and building an economic firewall to insulate America from the inferno being fueled all across Europe. Instead, the Obama administration, as it has since taking office, consistently blocks Main Street with more complex regulations, loads of paperwork and cunning legal maneuvers designed to kill tax incentives essential to growth.

Paul MarshallBlasphemy and Free Speech

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

A GROWING THREAT to our freedom of speech is the attempt to stifle religious discussion in the name of preventing “defamation of” or “insults to” religion, especially Islam. Resulting restrictions represent, in effect, a revival of blasphemy laws.

William McGurnWhat Public Employee Unions Are Doing to Our Country

Vice President, News Corporation

MANY SCHOLARS ARE better versed on the history of public employee unions than I am, but there is one credential I can claim that they cannot: I am a taxpayer in the People’s Republic of New Jerseystan. That makes me an authority on how public sector unions—especially at the state and local level—are thwarting economic growth, strangling the middle class, and generally hijacking the democratic process to serve their own ends rather than the public.

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintockWe've Heard This Song Before
A Response to Pres. Barak Obama's
State of the Union Address



[Obama's] fourth State of the Union Address was indistinguishable from the three before it — the same big government bromides that have utterly failed to revive the economy while squandering trillions of dollars of the nation's wealth.

Rev. Rusty Lee ThomasThe Source and Authority of Law

Elija Ministries

TRULY, ONLY ONE NATION under God can balance the delicate tension between authority and liberty. Only One Nation under God can secure a just, social order on the one hand and maximum individual freedom on the other.

U.S. Needs Reality-Based
Energy Policy


President, National Petrochemical & Refiners Association

Charles DrevnaJUST ABOUT EVERYONE agrees that America needs more jobs, more domestic manufacturing and greater energy security. We can have all these things if the Obama administration works with Congress in 2012 to pursue policies that take advantage of America’s tremendous energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

Reagan's Moral Courage

Author and Historian

Ronald Reagan"THE DEFINING FEATURE of Ronald Reagan was his moral courage. It takes tremendous moral courage to resist the overwhelming tide of received opinion and so-called expert wisdom and to say and do exactly the opposite. It could not have been pleasant for Reagan to be denounced as an ignorant cowboy, an extremist, a warmonger, a fascist, or worse by people who thought themselves intellectually superior to him. Yet Reagan responded to those brickbats with the cheery resolve that characterized not only the man, but his entire career. What is more, he proceeded during his two terms as president to prove his critics completely wrong."

Governments Gone Wild
California: A Mortality Tale in Three Parts


"In the span of a single generation, the most prosperous and golden state in the nation became an economic basket case.... What has happened to California and now is threatening our country is the inevitable consequence of bad policy, bad process and bad politics – and the good news is, that’s all within our power as a people to change."

The Constitution and Limited Government


"The advent of the administrative state poses the greatest challenge to limited government, because it elevates the welfare of the community—whether real or imagined—over the rights and liberties of individuals. The task today is to confine the federal government to its delegated powers. The minions of the administrative state seek to destroy constitutional boundaries in their desire to replace politics with administration. This is tantamount to denying that legitimate government derives from the consent of the governed, or that limited government rests on the sovereignty of the people."

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Dissecting the So-Called
"Budget Control Act of 2011"



THE “BUDGET CONTROL ACT of 2011” increases the debt limit by between $2.1 and $2.4 trillion, the biggest explosion of debt in American history. It allows the government to avoid spending reductions for the next two years while squandering our last best hope of averting a sovereign debt crisis.

The Crisis of the European Union: Causes and Significance
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President, Czech Republic

"Europeans today prefer leisure to performance, security to risk-taking, paternalism to free markets, collectivism and group entitlements to individualism. They have always been more risk-averse than Americans, but the difference continues to grow. Economic freedom has a very low priority here. It seems that Europeans are not interested in capitalism and free markets and do not understand that their current behavior undermines the very institutions that made their past success possible. ....  Maybe seeing Europe’s crisis today will at least help you in America turn back toward freedom."

The Right to Work: A Fundamental Freedom

President, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

"It cannot be overemphasized that compulsory unionism violates the first principle of the original labor union movement in America."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses joint session of Congress
A Complete Transcript

Benjamin Netanyahu"Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism.... In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American. "

Reasserting Federalism
in Defense of Liberty


Attorney General of Virginia /span>

Ken Cuccinelli, attorney general of Virginia"SOME FAVORITE VIRGINIANS OF MINE who inspired and crafted our federal Constitution—Mason, Madison, Jefferson, and Henry—also drafted the Constitution of Virginia. And in the latter, they included a critical statement that said, 'No free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved . . . but by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.'”

Tom McClintock's Opening Statement at House Water Hearings in Fresno

Chairman of the House Water & Power Subcommittee

"FOR TOO LONG, our government policies have been misguided by politically motivated junk science instead of the sober, dispassionate and accurate application of real science. For too long, our government policies have focused on rationing of shortages rather than on providing abundance."

It's Never Just
"the Economy, Stupid"


President, The Claremont Institute

Brian T. KennedyWE ARE OFTEN told that we possess the most powerful military in the world and that we will face no serious threat for some time to come. We are comforted with three reassurances aimed at deflecting any serious discussion of national security: (1) that Islam is a religion of peace; (2) that we will never go to war with China because our economic interests are intertwined; and (3) that America won the Cold War and Russia is no longer our enemy. But these reassurances are myths, propagated on the right and left alike. We believe them at our peril, because serious threats are already upon us.

The Not So Dismal Science: Humanitarians v. Economists

Vice President, News Corporation

"THIS EVENING I PROPOSE to take on one of the greatest libels in the English language: the description of economics as “the dismal science.” I hold a different view—that when it comes to seeing the potential in even the most desperate citizens of this earth, our economists, business leaders, and champions of a commercial republic are often far ahead of our progressives, artists, and humanitarians. And therein lies my tale."

The Floating Dollar as a
Threat to Property Rights


Founding Editor, New York Sun

Floating dollar."The question I invite you to consider for a moment is what would happen if we just let the kilogram float? This is a question that was posed in an editorial last week in the New York Sun. After all, the editorial said, we let the dollar float. The creation of dollars, and the status of the dollar as legal tender, is a matter of fiat. Its value is adjusted by the mandarins at the Federal Reserve, depending on variables they only sometimes share with the rest of the world. This would have floored the Framers of our Constitution, who granted Congress the power to coin money and regulate its value in the same sentence in which they gave it the power to fix the standard of weights and measures—like, say, the aforementioned kilogram."

Keeping the Peace:
America in Korea,
1950-2010


The Fletcher School, Tufts University

"The great and noble efforts of Americans in the Korean War, the legacy of a 60-year friendship between the U.S. and South Korea, and U.S. strategic interests should not now be sacrificed on the altar of diplomatic peace."

The Prosperity Congress
Delivered in the House Chamber


"I rise to express the hope that historians will look back on the 112th Congress as the session that restored American prosperity – and to express my strong agreement with the new leaders of this House who have declared that every action of this body must be measured against this goal."

Phyllis  SchlaflyReevaluating "Free Trade" with China

President, Eagle Forum

THE VOTERS who elected the new Congress expect it to cast off unconstitutional and discredited policies such as Keynesian big-spending and judicial grabbing of legislative prerogatives. We also hope Congress will shake itself loose from the dishonest, anti-American trade policies of other countries, especially Communist China.

Outline of a Platform
for Constitutional Government


President, Hillsdale College

THERE IS ONLY one way to return to living under the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the institutions of the Constitution. We must come to love those things again. And if we love them, then we will serve them. But we cannot love them until we understand them. And we cannot understand them until we know them.

Mike PenceThe
Presidency
and the
Constitution



THE PRESIDENCY is the most visible thread that runs through the tapestry of the American government. More often than not, for good or for ill, it sets the tone for the other branches and spurs the expectations of the people. Its powers are vast and consequential, its requirements impossible for mortals to fulfill without humility and insistent attention to its purpose as set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Isn’t it amazing, given the great and momentous nature of the office, that those who seek it seldom pause to consider what they are seeking? Rather, unconstrained by principle or reflection, there is a mad rush toward something that, once its powers are seized, the new president can wield as an instrument with which to transform the nation and the people according to his highest aspirations.

Tax Increase Would Kill Economic Growth, Jobs

American Heritage Institute

A STEADY STREAM of disappointing economic numbers indicates that the nation may be on the cusp of yet another job-destroying recession that could put more Ohio workers out of a job. It is in this troubled economic environment that President Barack Obama and his allies are pressing ahead with plans to raise taxes. Higher taxes always mean slower economic growth and fewer jobs.

The Folly of Stimulation

Chairman, Americans for Limited  Government 

NO PUBLIC OFFICIAL has been more integrally involved in the federal government's "Great Intervention" than U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Over the course of three years (and two administrations), Bernanke has aggressively and successfully lobbied for trillions of dollars in government bailouts, deficit spending, loan guarantees and "quantitative easing." From his perch at the secretive Fed, Bernanke has also kept interest rates artificially low by investing heavily in treasuries – although these low borrowing costs have chiefly benefited the government, not the American people.

Reaping What You Sow

President of Tailwind Capital

THE ECONOMIC POLICIES that the Obama Administration has implemented through legislation, and countenanced by appointing Timothy “Weak Dollar” Geithner to the position of Treasury Secretary, and re-appointing as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben “I’m printing Money til it hurts” Bernanke are having the opposite effect of what this administration and all of their reputable economists had assured would now be happening , and it’s not good. What is true in farming is also true in economics: You reap what you sow! When you plant lima beans all the backyard town-halls and campus rallies in the world will not produce a crop of beautiful beefsteak tomatoes. You can blame it on the weather and the soil, you can even blame the Republicans, but come harvest time you are going to be stuck eating lima beans and your words. The stagnant economy that we endure today is what you reap when you have sown an economic policy mix that gets it totally wrong.

What’s the Problem with Lobbyists?

Liberty Features Syndicate

With Democratic prospects for the mid-terms growing dimmer by the day, tying Republicans to lobbyists seems to be the defensive weapon of choice.

The "Toxic" Truth About TARP
Chairman, Americans for Limited  Government 

Economists in their taxpayer-funded ivory towers will no doubt continue to do battle over hypothetical contingencies, but that doesn't change the fact that 8 million [private sector] jobs vanished in just over a year's time – and those jobs aren't coming back anytime soon. Meanwhile, none of the TARP money that's been repaid to the U.S. government thus far is actually being returned to taxpayers. Nor is it being used to pay down America's ballooning debt. Instead, it's being spent on new bailouts, more borrowing and additional deficit spending.

The Rules of the Game and Economic Recovery

Senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations

If the experience of the Great Depression teaches anything, it is that property rights must be firmly established or else we will not have the kind of economic activity that leads to strong recovery.

Education:
“Superman” and Silver Bullets
Chairman, Americans for Limited  Government 

There may be no such thing as a silver bullet in public policy, but universal parental choice is the closest thing we have to one — assuming our politicians summon the courage to run with it. And based on the current trajectory of academic achievement in America, it is clear this courage needs to be summoned immediately.

Permaquote

Winston  Churchill“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
        —
Sir Winston Churchill

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