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PRODUCERS NOTE: We could spend a whole lot of time speculating about the SCOTUS pick by President Trump, but since this show is listened to by many people who are operating in “ketchup later” mode, it doesn’t make much sense to do so. We’ll wait until tomorrow when we actually have the pick in hand.

Sometimes taking a few days off seems like it is longer than taking a month off! So much happens. So many things I want to talk about. So little time when I get back in front of the microphone. On Independence Day, I found myself feeling a bit down. Why? Because Ben was finally doing things that I was pretty sure he’d never do on his own. And I realized that when he graduates from High School, I will be 64 years old, the same age at which Ed Shultz passed away last week. I was really having a hard time dealing with that until I read an article about Johnny Bench. Yes, THAT Johnny Bench. One of the men who inspired me to play behind the plate in baseball all those years ago.

Mexico has a new President who is shaking things up by doing some…. well… strange things already…

In Japan last week, six people were very quietly executed by hanging. Most people have no recollection of the terrorist attack that occurred more than a generation ago that finally lead to the executions. Now, on the one hand, it is interesting because there has been virtually no outcry for mercy or commutation of the death sentence in a very civilized country. On the other hand, the attack is another data point in the idea that most terrorist activity is driven more by religious fervor than political ideology.

Is Hillary Clinton planning to run again in 2020? The idea seems… crazy. At least on the surface. But what if…?


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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.


The Message



I have informed you thusly of this over the past weeks. Nothing happens in a vacuum. So when the Colorado State Civil rights Commissars let the cat out of the bag and told the entire world that they are anti-religious bigots, savvy people immediately understood that the Supremes smackdown of their “despicable” actions was intended to send a message.

So… what was the message and for whom was intended? That’s actually pretty easy to answer.

Facebook is under fire again for sharing your data with pretty much anybody and everybody who said they had at least an idea of a reason why they should have it. Much pontificating has taken place, with bloviating politicians explaining to us that they “really mean to do something” about this.

Please… that is exactly what Facebook wants…

The Sailor convicted of taking classified pictures aboard a US Navy nuclear-powered submarine was pardoned by President Trump. He says that it is his intention to sue President Obama. His argument will be the traditional “That person did it too and you didn’t punish them, so why did you punish me?” argument. The whole thing disgusts me. Just go away and enjoy your freedom.


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