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This article was copied from the KOMO Web Site.  It describes three miscreants crossing Washington State.  Wait for the punch line at the end BELLEVUE, Wash. – Three …[criminals] are under arrest after a crime spree that left a long trail of victims across Washington state before officers finally nabbed the trio as they were […]

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I think it’s time for us to take a stand against the glaring inequality that has crept into our society and is destroying the fabric of our very democracy. Social Media Inequality. AOC has 6.2 Million followers on social media MEANWHILE 391 million Twitter accounts don’t have a single follower. Think about that people is […]

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The Roth Effect: We Need to Be Better


U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG) burn black water aboard Taqaddum, Iraq, September 22, 2008. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jason W. Fudge.)

You all know I loves me some Marines. Even if you’ve been a civilian your entire life, once your son or daughter joins the Corps you become a member of the extended family. If every Marine is your child’s brother and sister, then all of those Marines become your sons and your daughters. And when they put themselves on the line and leave their health on the battlefield it is up to us, the people that they fought for, to demand the government not abandon them once they leave the service – and this true for all the services, not just the Corps.

The guest on this week’s Roth Effect podcast, Matthew Betley, is a ten-year veteran of the Marines who was exposed to open burn pits in Iraq. Simply put, the Marines were disposing of waste by burning it and it included everything from chemicals to human waste. The smoke hung over our Marines in a toxic cloud almost every day. In time Betley would be separated from the Corps and return home to battle a new foe: the Veterans Administration. Because he was a successful author and columnist, he was better equipped to battle the VA’s bureaucracy than most. That’s not the case for everyone.

Anita Hill, John Bolton, and the Whig Party


With the unveiling of the latest “bombshell” to extend and draw out the sham impeachment of Donald Trump, some have compared the perfected timed leak from John Bolton’s book to the final stages of the Kavanaugh hearings. The whole thing is in effect over, with the left seeming to hold a losing hand. Then suddenly here comes a “new source” who can turn the tide. It is a false claim but it does its job of delaying and also adding to the smear which will remain as a stain on its subject. In Justice Kavanaugh’s case, it was an easily proven false claim from long ago. But the leftist tactic goes back deeper into history than that.

It was almost exactly the method used on probably one of the top five Justices we have ever had on the Supreme Court (I would say top three), Clarence Thomas. Thomas had already worked his way through the briar-patch of the hearings proving to all that the leftists led by a younger but just as corrupt Joe Biden was no match on subjects such as the Constitution. But the hearings were reopened when the “surprise” accusation from Anita Hill was sprung.

In a Reagan-like moment, Thomas discarded advice about not challenging the integrity of the Senators and confronted them face-to-face with his “lynching” reply. It is a moment worth reviewing in this age of easily found video. Justice Thomas is face-to-face with Joe Biden and delivers a message that is not just timeless but is an exact fit for us right now. If one wants to compare the quality of either man, watch that video.

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Gary Robbins and I are planning to meet in Scottsdale (the one in Arizona) this Saturday, Feb. 1, to watch the new documentary movie about Clarence Thomas.  The movie is titled Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. The movie starts at 12:55 pm, at the Harkins Shea 14 theater, located in a shopping center […]

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Quote of the Day: How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!


He has many friends, lay men and clerical,
Old Foss is the name of his cat;
His body is perfectly spherical,
He weareth a runcible hat.

One of the dearest friends of my childhood, Edward Lear, passed away 132 years ago today, on January 29, 1888. Perhaps it’s because of him that I formed the love affair with words I’ve enjoyed for almost every single one of my sixty-five years. (I told you to believe people who tell you that I’m an old hag. Even if everything else they say about me is Learworthy nonsense.) Perhaps it was through Edward Lear that I found my voice. My sense of humor. My love of nature. And my foundational belief that truth, decency, and kindness are the most important values with which we should treat each other, and which we should pass on to future generations.

Edward Lear is best known as the man who popularized the limerick, although Lear’s limericks were nothing like the bawdy, double-entendre efforts that the genre has come to be known for more recently. (“A pansy who lived in Khartoum,” etc.) Lear’s limericks appealed to the sweet, the kind, and the gentle, and were always contra the ugly “they” who sometimes appeared to wreck his lovely world. Thus:

Trump’s Counsel Calls Bolton Testimony ‘Inadmissible’


Jay Sekulow, legal counsel for President Trump, has dismissed John Bolton’s possible appearance as a witness as “inadmissible.” Sekulow said, “To have a removal of a president based on a policy dispute? That’s not what the framers intended,” Sekulow continued.

Whether prohibited by Executive Privilege or by the fact that the House already failed in being aware of this potential testimony and choosing not to fight to obtain it before finalizing their articles of impeachment sent to the Senate, the counsel for the President is correct that this 11th-hour, Hail-Mary, Blasey-Ford fiasco is not admissible for any number of reasons.

This has prompted many GOP Senators, and former Fox News colleagues, to plead with Big John to put an end to this speculation and this delay to the Senate’s work in ending this impeachment madness.

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I find Tom Steyer to be boring, but I find people like Tom Steyer to be fascinating.  I strongly suspect that if I found myself having dinner with Mr. Steyer, I’d find him so insufferably tedious (tediously insufferable?) that I would find some way to escape before the appetizers arrived, possibly by faking a choking […]

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It’s Not All That Clever, Kent


I’ve known people whose assessment of their abilities was, let’s say, somewhat imperfect. I once knew a professor, for instance, who thought she was the Second Coming of Maria Montessori, and she told us so, every week or so, in the departmental coffee room. In reality, she was one of the worst teachers I’ve ever known. I would pass by her classroom and she would be on a tirade about something or another, way off the topic. She would berate her students regularly, and her voice was a screech.

There is sometimes a downside to poor self knowledge. When I was a young man, I knew a pool player who vastly overestimated his skill. I was managing a pool hall at the time, and I watched this poor sap get taken to the cleaners regularly by pool players he shouldn’t have been gambling with. The guy would lose most of his paycheck the first of every month.

One-Way Fact Checking


After seeing another “fact-check” story about all the lies the Trump defense team was putting forward I thought I’d Google to see if the House Counsel received any supervision whatsoever and imagine that… it doesn’t. Fact-checking is a sham, just like 99% of journalism

“Let’s call the whole thing off”


Things have come to a pretty pass
Our romance is growing flat
For you like this and the other
While I go for this and that
Goodness knows what the end will be;
Oh, I don’t know where I’m at…
It looks as if we two will never be one
Something must be done

You say either and I say eyether
You say neither and I say nyther;
Either, eyether, neither, nyther
Let’s call the whole thing off!

Don Lemon’s Apology Proves How Little He Thinks of Us


After the President tweeted the video of Don Lemon and his guests laughing and mocking Trump supporters, the CNN anchor was forced to address the controversy and did so last night on air:

How to Judge an “Interesting Weekend”


I had an interesting weekend last week.

First off, I woke up Saturday at 3:00 am and could not get back to sleep. What made it worse I had to give a talk about one of my books at Baytown, 30 miles from my house, at 10:00 am. That is a long drive when you’re exhausted. On top of that I got lost looking for the place (Baytown apparently has a West Main Street and a North Main Street. They do not connect. The first exit named “Main Street” when you are coming from the west is West Main. It took me an hour to find the right Main and get to the venue.)

Word of the Year


I don’t know if this is a specifically Christian practice or if people who aren’t Christians do something similar, too, but it’s become a Thing in my church community to choose a “word” for the year. This is usually an area where we want to see God grow us, something to pray about and focus on as the months continue. Now, I realize that the way I’ve written this paragraph kind of sounds like I’m being critical about having a prayer word (as some call it, including myself), but I actually love the idea.

This year isn’t the first time I’ve had a prayer word. Last year my word started out as “maturity,” but then about a month in, it changed to “abide” and remained that way for the rest of the year. I had a Scripture passage to go with it (John 15:1-11), which I memorized and reviewed once a week. It was the right word for me for that time, and I did, praise Jesus, see some growth in my abiding in Christ.

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As of yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that there have been five diagnosed cases of the new coronavirus in the United States. The CDC has already completely sequenced and uploaded to a research database the genetic information for each of the five cases. I remember when sequencing genes was a big […]

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Trump’s Peace Plan


For the first time, an actual proposed map has been published by a player in the Israeli-Arab negotiations. It is truly fair to both sides. And it includes this wonderful gem:

“People of every faith should be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, in a manner that is fully respectful to their religion, taking into account the times of each religion’s prayers and holidays, as well as other religious factors.”