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Lioness of the Senate

Lioness of the Senate

By Phil Erwin In his later years, Ted Kennedy was known as the “Liberal Lion of the Senate.” He didn’t exactly live up to the respectability implied by that moniker. But Democrats so revered the Kennedys, they forgave Ted his disgraceful behavior at Chappaquiddick and kept right on re-electing him despite his well-known moral failings. […]

Kavanaugh Hearing: Job Interview, or Kangaroo Court?

Kavanaugh Hearing: Job Interview, or Kangaroo Court?

by Phil Erwin God, don’t you hate these Congressional hearings? First of all, much of the time, you can’t hear anything, because everybody’s interrupting everybody else! Completed sentences are pretty rare, outside of the reading of opening statements. And of course, it’s the interruptions that the Senators are mostly after. Because that’s how they turn […]

The Press: Friend or Foe of Freedom?

The Press:  Friend or Foe of Freedom?

  by Phil Erwin This Thursday, The Boston Globe has called upon all American newspapers to offer up editorials excoriating President Trump for his “attack on” their profession – specifically, his suggestion they may be an “enemy of the American people.” The Globe decries what they say is Trump’s “dirty war against the freedom of […]

Border Showdown | Save the Kids, or Save the Country?

Border Showdown | Save the Kids, or Save the Country?

by Phil Erwin The hot topic this week is the cold-hearted treatment of illegal-immigrant kids by the Trump administration. “Babies… torn from their parents’ arms!” was the oft-repeated TV-host phrase. And… “That is inconsistent with our our American values!” is the ubiquitous on-camera indictment by Democrats – all occasioned by furiously-shared photos of “kid in […]

When Freedoms Collide: Colorado’s Civil-Rights Commission Supremely Spanked

When Freedoms Collide: Colorado’s Civil-Rights Commission Supremely Spanked

by Phil Erwin “Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker…”! So read the headline on FOX News’ website, announcing the Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case Technically, the headline is accurate. But not very. The Supremes didn’t actually “side” with anyone. What they did was determine that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commissioners, in finding against […]

Sparks in the Divine Tragi-Comedy

Sparks in the Divine Tragi-Comedy

by Phil Erwin Last week’s most outrageous political conflict revolved around Trumpian remarks taken from a meeting the President had with a group of California lawmakers and law-enforcers, who met with Trump to discuss the difficulties of discharging their professional responsibilities under California’s so-called “sanctuary state” law. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims explained how “sanctuary” […]

Wading Hip-Deep In the Swamp

Wading Hip-Deep In the Swamp

by Phil Erwin Last week’s big news-media scuffle was centered around the very vocal entry of “America’s Mayor” Rudi Giulanni onto President Trump’s legal team – just in time to join endless media coverage of the legal back-and-forth between the President’s camp and “actress” (porn star) Stormy Daniels, as stoked by her obligingly gabby “lawyer” […]

Serving Up Stupidity With the Morning Coffee

Serving Up Stupidity With the Morning Coffee

by Phil Erwin It used to be common in sunny Southern California for restaurants to post a simple decency rule: No Shoes, No Shirt – NO SERVICE! That was back when people thought that cut-offs, tattoos and thongs – on the feet or elsewhere – should be viewed at the beach, not at the dinner […]

Tariffs: Scary? Or Sensible?

Tariffs: Scary? Or Sensible?

by Phil Erwin Well, the President’s made good on another campaign promise. Or more accurately, he’s threatened to make good on imposing tariffs on “cheatin’ China” (he didn’t coin that phrase, but he could have.) The Constitution puts tariffs squarely in the Congressional bailiwick. So when a President threatens tariffs, it could be more a […]

Deep State: The Mask is Slipping

Deep State: The Mask is Slipping

by Phil Erwin The namesake host of FOX’s The Story with Martha McCallum made an interesting observation: Two years ago, when candidate Trump was ten primaries up on his way to the Republican nomination, he was so unpopular, even so hated among rank-and-file Conservatives, he could not even show up at the annual Conservative Political […]

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