The War of 1812

There’s a remarkable thing that happens when old friends meet up for the first time in decades. The reunion isn’t until tomorrow, but three of us sat down on Saturday afternoon at a local watering hole and it was almost like we’d just gotten off duty 31 years ago. well, except for the part where I didn’t actually know what was actually in the bottles of Listerine back then… More than three decades ago, our ship helped to change the world. Our presence, our mission, or accomplishment was seen in the fall of the Berlin wall and the Soviet Union. We were a part of that. The amazing thing to me is that all these years later, our beloved Michigan was once again, part of changing the world for the better.

We live in a world of instate gratification. whether you talk about the “Marshmallow Test” or the way we watch television, we have to have it and we have to have it RIGHT NOW! Nowhere is this more apparent than in our “debate” – which it isn’t – over our immigration system. It’s degenerated into nothing more than a pointless argument. Both sides are entrenched and will not budge on any point, no matter how trivial.


FBI Friday

The recent FBI report on the Clinton eMail investigation is… well.. since both sides are claiming “victory” in it, you know that it is most assuredly not victorious for either side. What is it? At the end of the day, it’s a graywash that in no way, shape or form addresses the real issue.

Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled that the State of Ohio could go ahead with it’s purge of Voter rolls, as it did not violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. This, naturally, has set off a firestorm of accusations that “Republicans are suppressing the vote!” and screeching that the Trump Supreme Court is dangerously (politically) right and therefore he should be impeached or unelected or catch the Ebola. Anything.

The resulting ruling in the case gives us a great view of the political influences at work on the Court. You might think that the Court can easily answer a question, “Is this legal under this law or not?” The problem comes in when two things happen. First, Congress writes a law is that both mandates that something be done, and at the same time makes exceptions to that mandate (think the Affordable Care Act). Second, when the policy question of “Why did Congress make this law?” enters into the discussion. Once the Court is debating policy, it’s open season on the whole enterprise.

Flag Me!

It’s Flag Day on the show.

We start with a re-look at the California Ballot initiative to split into three States. It’s actually quite remarkable what the Initiative is attempting to do, which is turn this issue into a direct-democracy instead of a republican form of government and force Congress to accept the vote as the actions of the State Legislature. Of bigger concern is what would a Flag look like is it had 52 stars instead of 50?

The Pledge of allegiance to the Flag of The United States has caused a good deal of debate and argument through the history of the Country.

And the SCOTUS decides that Minnesota’s ban on “political” buttons, shirts and insignias is unconstitutional, mainly because nobody has any real idea of how vast the definition of “political” can be…

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