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  1. Political Spectrum: A View from the Right — Does the financial industry need more government regulation?

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    May 24, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    When I was a kid there was a newspaper cartoon by Harry Shorten and Al Fagaly  featuring ongoing scenarios about people doing the kinds of obnoxious things that get under our skin. The cartoon was “There Oughta Be A Law.” I guess the cartoons were funny then.  Today, that title turns me off. Because when crooks break laws, government responds by developing new ones. Take for example Enron.  It crashes, people are ruined. There oughta be a law!  So legislators pass new laws to ensure another Enron cannot occur and in the course of it hamper the abilities of honest companies to conduct their business.  Never mind that masterminds who created the Enron collapse went to jail under laws already on the books.

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  2. Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Left

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    April 23, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    There is a wonderful scene in “The Manchurian Candidate” (the original and still the best version with Frank Sinatra) in which the character played by James Gregory can’t quite figure out how many Communists there are in the State Department. After all, he has to give a speech that day, “proving” that there are, after all. As his wife Angela Lansbury (in a magnificent role so far removed from her bland “Murder She Wrote” character) harries him, his eye falls upon the Heinz Ketchup, advertising its “57 Varieties” on the bottle. “There are 57 Communists in the State Department!” he cries aloud later that day, waving a piece of paper before TV cameras, thus becoming just one more player in Angela Lansbury’s communist plot. Yes, there were communists; he just didn’t know where to look. Today, of course, the number has jumped from 57 to 80, and they are not in the State Department but in Congress, and Ted Nugent defender Florida Congressman Allen West is the only man brave enough to speak truth-to-power. Clarifying his remarks, the good senator said he meant the folks in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Progressives, Communists, it’s all the same, isn’t it? Really? After …

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  3. Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Right

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    April 23, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    I collect quotes. Every once in awhile I’ll lift something from online or copy something from a book or magazine and put it in my file of quotes. But the files are getting full and need exposure to daylight. I’m going to clean them out. Want to join me in taking a look at the following? “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” — Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels. “Literally millions of Americans have had enough. They’re organizing, they’re studying the Constitution and the Federalis Papers, they’re reading history and case law, they’re showing up at rallies and meetings, and a slew of conservative candidates are throwing their hats into the ring.” — Garry Hubbell, Aspen Weekly Times. “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.” — Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Berea. “I love Arkansas. It’s the backbone of the nation, and it all starts with letting people be who they are.” — Ben Stein. “While it is the view of many scientists, including this one, that research behind the global warming scare has and continues to suffer from a lack of integrity, it is nonetheless true that think tanks, …

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  4. Political Spectrum: A View from the Right — Talk radio’s ‘cooling effect’?

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    March 26, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Question: The brouhaha over conservative talk radio star Rush Linbaugh’s incendiary remarks on contraception has intensified and more advertisers have withdrawn their support. Will this have a “cooling effect” on talk radio in general? Should conservatives be concerned? Rush Limbaugh made a statement that he admits was over the top. In the ongoing effort to do what Limbaugh calls “Hush Rush,” this was about as juicy as it gets. Limbaugh made what was termed a vicious, unwarranted attack on an innocent young woman, implying she was a prostitute for wanting funding of contraception, although his language was not so discreet. The resulting uproar caused some national advertisers to pull sponsorships. There were news reports that anywhere from two dozen to forty advertisers were bailing. Unlike probably most of the people offended by the Limbaugh statement, I heard it live on the radio. I thought it was silly. I had earlier seen the televised testimony of the woman in question, Sandra Fluke. I thought what she said was silly, too. Then Limbaugh apologized. As a more than two-decade listener to the Rush Limbaugh Show and being some- what familiar with the characteristics of its host, I thought the apology was sincere. …

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  5. Political Spectrum: A View from the Right — Birth Control

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    March 15, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Question: Why is the national political debate so preoccupied with the topic of birth control? On a scale of 0-to-10, the political relevance of recent discussions of contraception is about minus-3. It’s not an issue, but rather is a link to other issues of varied importance. Some history: at one time, access to means of contraception was illegal in the United States. Eventually such laws went away. As a result, contraception is no longer a political issue. But a major religious organization, the Roman Catholic Church, has opposed all means of contraception. Despite the reported practice of contraception by the majority of American — and probably the developed world’s — Catholics, the church’s official doctrinal position is that such behavior is wrong. That is the church’s belief. Whether or not you or I agree with it or whether or not the Catholic laity adheres to it, such belief remains a sincerely held religious conviction protected under the First Amendment. Comes now the Obama administration to say: “Too bad about your beliefs on contraception, Church, but our secu- lar beliefs on contraception (and about abortion) trump your beliefs. Therefore you WILL pay for the contraception and abortions of your employees, under- …

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  6. A View From the Right: Who’s Winning the Republican Nomination Race?

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    February 24, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Candidates in the Republican Primary are described at various times with such terms as surging, withdrawing, forging ahead or making a comeback, in a chaotic race to the convention. What’s going on? Whose on first? Romney? Bachmann? Perry? Cain? Gingrich? Santorum? What’s been happening? Just a Republican primary doing what it’s supposed to do: vet the candidates and find the one most desired to go up against the incumbent President. True, it’s been a convoluted one. But that’s due to four forces using the Re- publican primary race to duke it out. The first major force is the GOP establishment. Romney’s their guy: a former governor, successful in business, good family, telegenic. Had “The West Wing” been a conservative show, Mitt Romney would have been cast as President Josiah Bartlet. And while Establishment Republicans like to throw out a lot of conservative language, on their laptops they spell the names of guys like Romney as m-o-d-e-r-a-t-e. Pleasant, respectable, unlikely to scare the horses. Sort of like Bob Dole with an MBA. Establishment Republicans tend to fear the second major force: the news media, also known as the Democratic Ministry of Propaganda (DEM-OP). DEM-OP’s role in this fight has been to …

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  7. A View from the Right: Are Our Days as a Superpower over?

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    February 13, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    Numerous national political commentators such as Zakaria Fareed, Tim Rutten and Mortimer Zuckerman have suggested that the United States’ reign as the world’s number one superpower is coming to a close. Do you agree? What will America’s role be in this century? One can view the health of America as a glass half empty or a glass half full. The glass half empty is that America’s role on the world stage is over. Consider the venality of our leaders in politics, media, and business; the unbridled hedonism of consumers; the ignorance of the bread-and-circuses masses; a Republican President saying we need- ed to destroy capitalism to save it; the mistaking of the last presidential election for an episode of American Idol. The can-do American spirit is declining, we think. The America that provided moral, economic, and military leader- ship for decades is collapsing under its own obese, self-centered success. Many in the world are becoming afraid, thinking “If America declines, what happens to us? Who protects us from the growing strength of China, or the stifling repression of jihad?” Mindless bureaucracies running our schools are assaulting our children for the most minor infractions in the name of “zero tolerance.” The …

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