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I recently acquired a Yamaha keyboard and began searching through my bookshelves for music to play. From a dark corner I retrieved a book of folk songs collected by Theodore Bikel, and a Mormon hymnnal (contributed by my Aunt Eva). Songs of Zion (New York, 1942) offers such exciting melodies as “Home at last in […]

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While the last few weeks has brought good news for defenders of religious liberty and freedoms of speech and association, civil rights have not been doing as well in Canada. Trinity Western University in Bristish Columbia was looking to found a law school. But since it is a Christian institution, teaching conservative Biblical principles of […]

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Day Four: A Tour of the DMZ

 

Yesterday (Wednesday) was an incredible day touring the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with a tour group. It was a surreal experience: we were on a tour bus, driving past a Popeyes rest stop and an amusement park, right at the most fortified military area in the world. When we arrived at the DMZ, we changed buses and South Korean military police climbed aboard our bus to check our passports before we took off.

Be Still My Beating Heart…

 

The White House has released a plan that details some pretty sweeping changes to the Executive Branch of our government. I have not yet had a chance to read the entire document from the OMB, but included are the following major changes:

  1. Combine the Departments of Education and Labor streamlining the bureaucracy and eliminating many redundancies.
  2. Consolidate the many different Food Safety agencies into one department into the USDA eliminating the FDA and HHS oversight of these areas — again eliminating many redundancies and reducing the bureaucracy.
  3. Divest and privatize the energy transmission GSAs in the Department of Energy such as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Western Area Power Administration eliminating federal involvement in owning and operating energy transmission assets.
  4. Privatize the Postal Service.
  5. Ending the conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie and reducing their overall impact on the mortgage and housing market

There are more. Mostly small-ball stuff compared to these five rather major changes (unless I’m misreading; again I haven’t read through the entire document) but I have to say: Wow! Be still my beating heart. This is the kind of conservative reform we should all get behind, and kudos to POTUS and the rest of his staff for proposing these kinds of reforms.

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I’m happy about the decision in Hawaii v. TRump, upholding the immigration ban. I wish Trump’s first order had been taken up to the high Court–I’m pretty sure, based on this opinion, that he’da won.  The order under review bears NO ressemblance to the Japanese internment during WW II. It’s enough that Trump’s order does […]

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During the 2016 election, my conservative county and specifically, my neighborhood, sported a few Hillary signs, but more noticeably were the Bernie Sanders signs. One neighbor is a young couple with little children, self-employed, successful and Bernie was gracing their driveway. That gave me pause. At one point, he was almost neck and neck with […]

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I, like many around the nation, have been wringing my hands over the state of things in light of the recent harassment of Sarah Sanders and other public officials. Are we really witnessing the death of the Republic? When did we come to hate each other so much? I have no answer either, but after […]

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I know how important the Red Hen is, but there is something far more important going on in Iran right now. The Israelis are pounding Iranian forces in Syria with a series of airstrikes. The Russians and their most excellent AS 400 anti-aircraft missiles are helpless. The EU is upset because they want to make […]

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Ricochet Goes Country!

 

Or more precisely, went country some two decades ago. *record scratch*

Twenty years ago?! Before the website even existed, were Peter, Rob, and James singing to the sound of fiddles and Fender Guitars? No. Back in the mid-to-late ’90s, there was a country band named Ricochet that had a few chart-topping hits, one of which was “He Left a Lot to be Desired” off of their 1997 album Blink of an Eye:

Leftist Cowards

 

Was watching the Ingraham Angle, and Mike Huckabee pointed out something that had escaped my notice: most of the people recently targeted by mobs for harassment have been women. Pam Bondi described two very big men getting in her face, at the same time. Were they both afraid to insult her by themselves?

When the targets are men, the mobs are still cowards: they aren’t willing to risk a fight on their own, they want to gang up on an unsuspecting individual, but the fact that most of the targets are women makes it even more disgusting.

Day Three from South Korea: Briefings and the Artist Sun Mu

 

A belated good morning from Wednesday morning in South Korea. (This post should have gone up Tuesday night Eastern Time. — Ed.) Today we are headed to the DMZ for a tour; sadly not the JSA because it’s closed for further talks after the Trump-Kim summit.

Yesterday we had all day meetings at the Liberty in North Korea headquarters about the summit we’ll be attending later this week between North Korean, South Korean and international students. I’m tagging along on a student-oriented trip and doing my best impersonation of a college student, but I’ve still somehow acquired the nickname “Mom.”

The Democrat Party: A Nest of Socialist Cranks and Multi-Millionaire Hypocrites

 

Ever since election night 2016, the Democrat Party — I won’t deign to call something that elitist “democratic” — has been in full-on meltdown mode. Denuded of power at the state and local level, the last bastion of their hopes for political relevance was retaining the Presidency, which was denied them by Donald Trump. We’ve all seen the depths of the psychopathology which have been on display in the wake of that defeat.

However, electoral consequences of that mass-freakout hadn’t had the chance to come to fruition until last night. Primary Season is Crazy Season, and for Democrats, it’s a chance for their assorted nuts and flakes to strut their stuff. Witness the defeat of the number-four-ranking House Democrat, Rep. Joe Crowley, by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a self-described “Democratic-Socialist” in the Bernie Sanders mold. Here’s her platform:

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There are a number of books out there about visiting the 50 states. (Though you should begin with the book my wife and I just released, Cheers and Amen: A Year Long, 50 State Adventure.) We’ve read a number of them, but today I thought I’d share about one that came out in 2010 that kind […]

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Anthony Kennedy Retiring

 

Winning!

All hail Trump and McConnell! Yes, it’s really happening! Whatever else President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have done for us or to us, they will soon give us a conservative Supreme Court majority that could last for a generation. Kennedy is retiring, and thanks to Trump and McConnell, his replacement will be a Constitutional conservative.

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One of my early childhood memories was going to bed in early summer with the windows open and hearing other children playing until it was very dark. Other than a complete set of World Book Encyclopedias, we had few children books, but one was Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, with the cover […]

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…or Augsburg, or Berlin, or Aachen or Hamburg for that matter. Tony Kroos has struck out. So has Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng and most of all Joachim Löw who may now  be out of a job as the  coach of the German national Fuß…er soccer team. It was a historic defeat for the German team, […]

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