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The Supreme Court, clubs and discrimination

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“I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”

That familiar one-liner has been attributed over the years to the late Groucho Marx, but in light of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision [last] week in the case of Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (UC Hastings), the sentiment it contains may have some contemporary legal relevance. Read More»

Loose lips sink generals — and wars

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The World War II slogan “Loose Lips Sink Ships,” which was intended to encourage Americans to keep quiet about any information pertaining to that war, could also apply to modern generals and their staffs. Read More»

Obama’s Cairo speech, 1 year later: Middle East worse

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One year ago this month, President Obama addressed the “Muslim world” from Cairo, Egypt. Some saw that speech as unnecessary groveling.

Critics — and I am among them — think such displays communicate weakness and only encourage those who wish to damage our economy and kill our people.

Supporters of the president’s speech think he did the right thing and that his attempt to reduce tensions between the U.S. and Muslim world can only bring positive results. Read More»

GOP ‘listening tour’: Listen to this

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Hillary Clinton did it and it worked for her when she ran for the Senate in New York, so now Republicans will give it a go. It’s the listening tour, except unlike Hillary, who traveled from town to town, Republicans plan to stay in one place and invite you to come to them.

House Republicans announced last week a new website (www.americaspeakingout.com). It invites people to submit their ideas in five categories: American prosperity, fiscal accountability, American values, national security and an “open mic” section on which you can recommend anything not covered by the other four. Read More»

To the Class of 2010: Some thoughts from a conservative

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Looking at the list of commencement speakers this year, one finds them predictably liberal. Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University, but that’s a conservative school. Read More»

Sounds of insecurity

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In a TV commercial about buying gold, former Watergate figure and current radio talk show host Gordon Liddy transfers several coins from one hand to the other and says, “That’s the sound of security; that’s the sound of gold!”

After the events of last week, somehow gold doesn’t seem to offer the kind of security we need. Read More»

The state and the National Day of Prayer

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If one tries hard enough and is clever enough, one can find a federal judge to rule on just about anything.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics based in Madison, Wis., filed a lawsuit asking Judge Barbara Crabb to order the government to cease from its annual National Day of Prayer proclamation. Last month, Judge Crabb ruled in the group’s favor.

Congress established the day of prayer in 1952 and reaffirmed it in 1988. It occurs on the first Thursday of May [May 6, this week]. Read More»

Arizona takes off its ‘rainbow shades’ and faces border reality

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Arizona has decided that if the federal government will not live up to its responsibility to control the border, it will.

Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed a bill that allows police officers to inquire about a person’s immigration status if there is reason to suspect that individual might be an illegal immigrant.

The governor correctly noted that the new law “represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix.” Read More»

Columnist Cal Thomas interviews Newt Gingrich: 'What would Newt do?'

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Sitting in his spacious Washington, D.C., office on K Street, the leader of the last Republican revolution, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, ponders the future and likes what he sees. The intensity and commitment by the tea partiers to “throw the bums” out, seems to him as strong as the 1994 revolution that swept Democrats from power and gave Republicans an opportunity Gingrich readily admits they squandered. Read More»

Going private in New Jersey

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New Jersey’s new Republican governor, Chris Christie, is creating a commission that will recommend what state government functions could be done better — and cheaper — by the private sector. Read More»

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