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There is much talk of yet another Government shutdown, and if you listen to the usual Talking Heads they’ll tell you about the “Wall,” the Mueller investigation and such other things that this fight is “all about.” The problem is that it’s not just “The Wall.” It’s over 25% of the entire $1.24 TRILLION Budget, the so-called “Discretionary Budget.” And as you can imagine, it’s a morass of political favors and politicians paying back their benefactors.

Many people are seeing the announcement of the GM Plant closings as an indicator of an impending recession. Frankly, there are a number of people who are hoping that is what it means. But what if the real reason the plants are shutting down has little to do with the short term economic policies of the country and more to do with the long-term trends in automobile mercantilism?

Oh, and what do these plant closings and Constitution Thursday have to do with each other? You’ll have to tune in to Constitution Thursday this week to find out!

Among my favorite movies is the 1997 SciFi drama, Gattaca. NASA staff voted it “the most scientifically accurate” film ever. It dealt with the idea that there would be a time when genetic engineering would be so common that people could literally choose what characteristics their children would engineered and born with. And, as usual, what was once Science Fiction has become reality. This past week a Chinese scientist announced that he had used a process known as CRISPR Cas9, to engineer the genetics of two baby girls to be HIV resistant. The children were born this past week. Now ethical questions are swirling. What are the implications of a totalitarian government having a scientist genetically engineer children, is just a start…


The First Duty of Government

“The first duty of government is to protect its citizens.”

Those are not my words, and frankly, I am not sure that I even believe that, but it is pretty much a universal belief among politicians and the political class. So as we watch another hurricane slosh ashore, we are inundated with news about how people are suffering and in danger because of… ?

Hurricane Florence has sloshed ashore. A day or two ago we were told that this would be the worst storm in all of human history. It’s not even close, probably not even in the Top 10, but that hasn’t stopped the whole idea that the first duty of government is to protect us from being inflicted.

Protect us from what, exactly?

Maybe from drunk drivers?

What happens when those politicians who have told me to my face that they believe that the first duty of government is to protect us are the very ones who are endangering us? They should resign. But instead, we get excuses and clarifications, not “protection” from these dangerous people…

Sinking Ships

Welcome to 2018!

(00:00) It seems like a tradition, every New Years we end up going over all the “new” laws that go into effect with the new year. It’s almost as if we never ask the question, “Why?” Seriously, what is so screwed up that we need as may as 900 new laws every single year?

Looking at some of the newest laws makes me wonder what it is that is really trying to be accomplished. Even some of the laws that didn’t pass seem oriented at the same goal, which is the same idea I’ve had – and many of you have had – for a long time. Even the legalization of Marijuana accomplishes the same end goal.

(31:27) Last year, a jury in Oregon acquitted seven of the Bundy defenders in assault on the Malheur Wildlife Sanctuary in Oregon. I said at the time that this was a good thing, not because the Bundy attackers were right, but because it would demonstrate the power of the Jury to nullify the Government.

I also said at the time that those who were celebrating weren’t really paying attention. It was never “all” of the Bundy defendants acquitted, it was seven. Others took deals, and others still awaited trial.

Now, while the next jury has deadlocked and a mistrial has been declared (which should cause the Prosecution to reconsider, but won’t), you should take the time to consider one of the defendants story.

I have said from the beginning that the Bundy’s are frauds and manipulative of people. They play on passions and errors in understanding. The worst part of what the Bundy’s did was that some of the people they led down the path of evil once were – and are trying to be again – good people.

(43:16) I love being a dad. I guess you know that. It’s the primary reason that I left terrestrial radio and moved to the PACNORWEST. I love playing air hockey and Sorry! with Ben (couple of his Christmas gifts). But there was a time when I didn’t think that I would ever become a dad.

In November of 2009, Cami and I headed down to Santa Monica for what I assumed would be a final visit with my baby sister. She wasn’t supposed to make it, but of course, by the time we got there it was obvious that she would. So the trip became a mini-vacation for the two of us, kind of a short, second honeymoon.

One evening we walked the Promenade, and playing on the sidewalk was an absolutely fascinating band. They had an accordion, trombone, tuba, clarinet and a tapan (a manual drum system) that each of them would take turns playing with their feet. One of the songs they played caught my attention, as it was about the singers wish for his son to live a good life and overcome obstacles life might put in his way. I was enthralled by the song, and I ended up paying $5 for a self-produced and burned CD that they were selling which had the song on it. The song appealed to me, and even though I had no expectation to be a dad, it sort of made me hopeful that I might have the same advice for my step-daughters.

What I didn’t know, and what Cami did already know, was that Ben was already on the way…

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