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Local radio host Dori Monson spoke with a gentleman, father of two, who will be leaving Seattle for Tennessee.  The last straw was the summer swim league new rules.  They allow so-called “trans girls” (what we know as boys posing as girls) into the girls’ locker rooms at swim clubs all over Seattle, including the […]

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No, this isn’t about the hot chick conductor. She is too young and tall for me anyway.  The last thing I listen to on Utube after checking in with you folks before hitting the sack.  After I start with Bo Diddley. What talent.  Only Mormon TB Choir close.  Would like to meet one of those […]

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Another example of real police work in Washinton County, OR. The Beaverton Police Department arrested 14 individuals involved in a catalytic converter theft ring. It took about a year to finally catch up to the thieves. They were involved in thefts that took place in six Oregon counties, and six states. Preview Open

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More than a million migrants have been apprehended and released into the United States under the Biden administration. If got-aways – migrants who successfully evaded Border Patrol – and unaccompanied minors are added, the total is nearly two million. In today’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy, experts discuss solutions to ending the border crisis and executing an effective interior enforcement plan.

Dan Vara, a former District/Chief Legal Counsel for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Miami Division and a Center board member, shares his experiences with past operations that successfully dealt with mass migration situations, including the record breaking mass exodus of Nicaraguans from their home country to the United States in 1988 and 1989.

The 4th Amendment and the Raid

 

The Fourth Amendment states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

We love our listeners and we love hearing from you! So we decided to ask what questions you’d like us to address.  Today we start with a great hypothetical. If conservatives won control of the House, Senate, and White House (with a supermajority in the Senate), which president from the past 100 years would we want setting the agenda and what would we want him to focus on. Then they take on a question asking what margin Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needs to win re-election by to have real momentum for a 2024 presidential bad – and how damaging would it be for him if Sen. Marco Rubio wins by a wider margin?  Finally, they tackle a Terminator-themed political question in a crazy but intriguing final martini.

This week on JobMakers, host Denzil Mohammed talks with Josh Smith, research manager at The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, about his work to demonstrate the outsized impact immigrants have on the economy and our culture. Josh describes some of the the negative narratives and the “othering” of immigrants, even though they’re part of our communities. Despite repeated fears that each new migrant group would never assimilate, America remains a “nation of immigrants,” and this is its not-so-secret sauce – as you’ll learn in this week’s JobMakers.

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Sleepy Joe Biden Is Crushing Workers’ Wages

 

When you look at real wages of workers, you will see that real wage growth was terrific under Trump 45, probably the best in the history of the world. I call it the MAGA-zone. The economy was in the MAGA-zone. Contrast that with Sleepy Joe Biden, who has crushed the real wages of working Americans. He is the worst president ever and a total disaster.

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Building Back Badly

 

On Sunday, August 7, along strictly partisan lines, the Senate passed the Biden administration’s misnamed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote. The bill avoided a filibuster after the Senate parliamentarian held that the energy and drug provisions were budgetary matters that satisfied the reconciliation procedure under the Byrd Rule. Some strategic concessions won over the two Democrat holdouts, senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. As matters now stand, the IRA cobbles together a number of disparate programs whose common thread is taxing a wide range of activities to supply handsome subsidies, largely for health care ($64 billion) and climate and renewable energy programs ($369 billion).

The overall legislation is notable for its relentless ad hoc–ery and last-minute amendments. On the taxation side, there is a 15 percent book minimum tax, that is, income that companies report to their investors, free of the odd quirks found in the Internal Revenue Code. The IRA now tinkers with the carried-interest exception by extending the long-term capital gain treatment waiting period from three to five years, but only for people whose adjusted gross income exceeds $400,000. In the IRA, there is also a stiff excise tax on drug manufacturers and drug companies with the temerity to refuse supplying the government with prescription drugs at bargain prices under Medicare Part D. And the ARA allocates $80 billion to increased IRS enforcement over the next ten years. In its most recent analysis, published on August 2, the Tax Foundation concluded that the bill is much ado about nothing, estimating that it will generate about $304 billion over the next ten years, with only tiny changes in both GDP growth wages of -0.1 percent, and a loss of some 30,000 jobs over that period. Following Senator Sinema’s changes, at least one Democratic official maintained the IRA would still generate close to $300 billion.

From the Police Blotter: Real Police Work

 

Doing real police work is not as glamorous as executing a search warrant on a former President’s residence. It is not as dramatic as lying to a judge to obtain a FISA warrant. It is more dramatic than patrolling acres on Capitol Hill or enduring one day of rioting compared to Portland police officers who endured more than 150 nights of rioting.

Your budget is much lower than the Capitol Hill Police even though patrolling sqaure miles gives you far more experience than being an armed tour guide or protecting an elected official who is sleeping with a Page, or Fang-Fang.

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This is not a fully formed thought, but given recent developments, I wonder if a former president can ever be prosecuted for merely retaining his papers.  Specifically, 44 U.S.C. § 2205 states that, “[n]otwithstanding any restrictions on access imposed pursuant to [other provisions of the Presidential Records Act] … the Presidential records of a former […]

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This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Cara Candal and Gerard Robinson talk with Dr. Charles Hobson, a retired resident scholar at the William & Mary Law School, 26-year editor of The Papers of John Marshall, and author of The Great Chief Justice: John Marshall and the Rule of Law. Dr. Hobson shares what students should know about the longest-serving, most important chief justice in the history of the Supreme Court, and his influence on our understanding of the U.S. Constitution. He reviews some of the most important Court decisions in American history. He also describes Marshall’s relationship with President Thomas Jefferson and their divergent views on the authority of the Court; as well as Marshall’s paradoxical position on African-American slavery. They explore the “Marshall Trilogy” of foundational Court decisions about Native Americans; and Chief Justice Marshall’s role and legacy of using the Court to safeguard the rule of law under the Constitution.

Stories of the Week: In Arizona, 40 students enrolled in the Applied Career Exploration in STEM (ACES) Camp engaged in immersive, hands-on activities and explored a wide variety of STEM careers. All 50 U.S. governors have agreed to expand K-12 computer science education in their states, prompted by a letter from 500+ business, education and nonprofit leaders urging an update.

Jim and Greg continue their week of special podcasts by focusing on the critical 2022 midterm elections.  They start by looking at the most competitive U.S. Senate races and come to different conclusions about which party is likely to be in control of the Senate next year. They also look at the race for the House, which is likely to swing back to GOP control, but is it a lock and how big of a GOP majority is reasonable to expect?  Finally, they examine the highest profile governor races, which may produce presidential contenders before too long.

Join Jim and Greg as they continue their week of special podcasts. Today, they take a grim look back at August 2021 and the disgraceful, chaotic, and deadly U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. They walk through the Biden administration’s missteps before, during, and after the Taliban took control of Kabul. They also recognize the heroism of U.S. veterans who refused to leave their Afghan friends to the brutality of the Taliban and worked feverishly to get them out of the country. And they examine the ways that America’s perceived weakness around the world has impacted events throughout the world.

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Dr. Bill Smith, Director of Pioneer Institute’s Life Sciences Initiative, about the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on long-term health costs. They discuss the bill’s unintended consequences, potential effect on the region’s vibrant pharmaceutical research and development sector, and what citizens can do about it.

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In this episode of Take Back Our Schools, Beth and Andrew welcome back former math teacher, journalist and educational hero, Paul Rossi. Paul discusses his seven week purgatory from Twitter for exposing videos of toxic racial literacy curriculum that has infiltrated private schools across the country. Paul also talks about his recent expose of his former school, Grace Church, where a drag queen was invited to perform in bi-weekly chapel, and students were pressured to dance along. We also discuss how identity politics in schools has shifted from race to gender and sexual orientation, and Paul shares his own experiences as a teacher witnessing this transition. 

Paul Rossi is a mathematics teacher, writer, and whistleblower who disclosed the impact of CRT at Grace Church School, where he taught from 2012 to 2021. He is currently a Senior Education Analyst writing for LegalInsurrection.com, and an advisor to the Educational Liberty Alliance.

Jim and Greg are both on vacation but they put together a full week of brand new content for you. Today, they preview Jim’s soon-to-be-released novel, “Gathering Five Storms.” It’s the third installment in his “Dangerous Clique” series. Today, Jim offers a refresher on the premise for the series and what readers can expect in this latest novel. He also has a related e-book short story entitled “Saving the Devil” so you can get a flavor for the novel for just 99 cents. Finally, they discuss how real world events and ideas greatly influence the plot in his novels.

Chips—semiconductors—are a critical part of our modern economy (read all about that in Mark’s book). So, where they’re manufactured matters. It’s good that Congress finally noticed.  But there’s far more to the story, and more to be done, much of it differently, to reignite American “soft” power in the “hard” industries of manufacturing.

For historical perspective see “How America Can Create Jobs,” by Andy Grove, in Bloomberg, July 1, 2010.

Polio Is Back

 

Polio is back, despite being nearly eradicated since a safe effective vaccine was developed in the 1950s and been given to school children ever since.

New York state health officials have found indications of additional cases of polio virus in wastewater samples from two different counties, leading them to warn that hundreds of people may be infected with the potentially serious virus.