Neil Gorsuch is promoting his new book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It, and is doing media interviews hither and yon, even with news personalities who detest his judicial philosophy. These interviews, even the hostile ones, reveal insights into his view of the Constitution. These glimpses should exhilarate anyone who loves the Constitution and the Founders who crafted it for us.
For too long, we have been governed not by the Constitution the Founders gave us but by the one mangled beyond recognition by an activist Supreme Court, with all its penumbras and emanations and such. If we can take Gorsuch at his word, those days are over. We are headed into the sunlit uplands of a jurisprudence that would make the Founders stand up and cheer.
Antonin Scalia had been the keeper of the flame until he died. He was a towering intellect and an unapologetic originalist. His like may not come again for a long time, but it looks as though Gorsuch may fill his shoes quite nicely in the interim. Continue reading
The 2020 election is upon us. Candidate filing for offices on the May 19, 2020 Primary Election opened today. We will be voting for President, US Senator, and US Representative. Oregon offices up for a vote include Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and Attorney General. Sixteen of Oregon’s thirty State Senator seats will be on the ballot and all sixty State Representative seats will be up for election. We will also vote on members of the Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Circuit Court. Twenty-one county District Attorney positions will also be voted upon. There will also be local offices and measures that will appear on your ballot. For a full list of offices that will be voted on in 2020 visit https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/open-offices.pdf
Unfortunately, recent elections have not had very many people run which means voters have not had much to choose from. In the 2018 Continue reading
National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day in the United States—this year that will be September 10th.
Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.
The official flower to commemorate this day is the “forget-me-not.” Continue reading
Early in His ministry, Jesus attended a wedding. Jewish weddings in those days were very different than most weddings in our country today. The wedding usually lasted five to seven days. The bride and groom were paraded through the village, so the wedding was often a joyous village-wide event.
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus performed His first miracle at this wedding? I assume He wanted to show that He celebrated marriage (since He instituted it). The wine had run out, which would have been a huge embarrassment to either the groom or his parents. Jesus’ mother, Mary, was the first to notice the potential fiasco. She asked Jesus to do something about it. At first Jesus hesitated, probably waiting for instructions from His heavenly Father. Continue reading
The blue bowl sat on a small table under the mail slot. This was when the neighborhood mailman walked a route and delivered to each and every house. Hopefully, there would be a card or a paper treat of some sort. There were never pieces of “junk mail.” No – the incoming mail was definitely important.
At holidays, the blue bowl would fill to overflowing with cards and invitations. The bowl would become a purveyor of love and good wishes. It was not unlike a friend, one you could talk with, laugh with, and cry with. When my mother passed away, many years later than my father, my sister and I held an estate sale. All I wanted was the blue bowl.
I have at times found a friend who seemed to me to be a version of the blue bowl. That friend was one who welcomed me warmly, loved me unconditionally, and was always there. I have always been so careful with the blue bowl. I have tried to be that careful with friends, and yet sometimes they slip through a person’s hands. Whereas the bowl is glass and obviously, if in careless hands, breakable – so also are friendships. It is equally difficult to mend a friendship. The blue glass bowl would not be the same with a repair. Neither I have found are friendships. Continue reading
In choosing the headline for this essay, I realized that it peripherally applied to me. I hope that I am still relevant in a world gone crazy with endless nonsense conjured up by those seeking absolute power. Revolutions purporting to establish a Utopian society to solve all perceived problems, likely solve none of them. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” was a ruse that led to great dictatorships and great misery. Every student of 20th century history has to completely oppose all who would lead us down that path.
No one did that better than the great writer George Orwell, whose novel about a dystopian future, “1984,” so starkly portrayed the problems with dangerous mind-bending ideologies that it is still relevant today. Published in June 1949 just a year before Orwell’s death, the prophetic novel concerns an individual, Winston Smith, living in a mythical society called Oceania, where the Party run by Big Brother controls everyone through their Thought Police who prosecute Thought Crimes. Orwell talked about Newspeak where language was manipulated to suit the needs of the Party and Doublethink where contradictory beliefs were simultaneously accepted as correct. Continue reading
Climate models predict disaster – but real world evidence shows no such thing
Speaking at the 13th International Conference on Climate Change, held July 25 in Washington, DC, Dr. Roy W. Spencer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville said: “There is no climate crisis. Even if all the warming we’ve seen in any observational dataset is due to increasing CO2 (carbon dioxide), which I don’t believe it is, it’s probably too small for any person to feel in their lifetime.”
And yet, that same month, Democrat Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Earl Blumenauer and Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a non-binding resolution that demands a “national, social, industrial and economic mobilization” – to “halt, reverse, mitigate and prepare for the consequences of the climate Continue reading
For years, even as it has been more than obvious they exist just a bit to the left of Trotsky, CNN has claimed that it is a legitimate and objective news source. Even as the public became more aware of the agendized propaganda spewing forth from Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Christiane Amanpour, and even as CNN uploaded partisans like David Axelrod and Van Jones, some still labored under the illusion CNN somehow was a legitimate news source. But this newest firing needs to serve as proof positive CNN has completed its transformation from news to opinion-propaganda.
CNN vice president and spokesperson Matt Dornic took to Twitter to explain why their network executives made the decision to fire on-air contributor Eliana Johnson. Johnson is leaving her position as White House correspondent for Politico to take on the job of editor-in-chief at The Washington Free Beacon. While CNN categorizes Politico as a legitimate news source, they label The Beacon as a “conservative” publication. Continue reading
The media is understandably preoccupied with Hurricane Dorian and its immense strength. Meteorologists and citizens alike are absorbed in forecasts of the hurricane’s track, and whether it will hit Florida broadside or work its way up the eastern seaboard.
And as anyone could predict, the Whackadoodle Caucus is in full throat, blaming mythical global warming for an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes. They are dead wrong on all counts.
First, in order to have global warming be the cause of anything, it has to be happening. But it’s not. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – not part of the vast rightwing conspiracy – there has been no U.S. warming at all since 2005. Yes, you read that right. No warming, period. Nada, zip, zilch, bupkis. Continue reading
The myth that Thomas Jefferson edited down the Bible in order to remove the miraculous resurfaces once in a while. He supposedly did this because he was essentially an unbeliever who thought that religion had no place in the public square.
A couple of years ago, I teamed up with a pastor from Jefferson’s home town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Mark Beliles, to write a book on the faith of our third president. The book is Doubting Thomas: The Religious Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (MorganJames, 2014).
There are two main points to our book: Continue reading