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Not So Free Speech

Feb 5, 2013 10:00 AM PT

With all the talk surrounding the attacks on the Second Amendment, little attention is being paid to the First. 

Former "Teacher of the Year," and Alabama high school football coach, Bob Grisham, has been suspended for ten days without pay for calling First Lady Michelle Obama a "big fat Gorilla." Grisham also said that he doesn't "like queers." and said that what they do is an "abomination against God." 

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Black Caucus Compares Immigration to Civil Rights Movement

Feb 5, 2013 8:16 AM PT

Blacks brought to America as slaves against their will does not equate to illegal aliens who came here of their own will (minors brought here by their parents fall into this category).

Rep. Steve Horsford (D-NV 4) makes the ridiculous argument. What's worse, his statement, or the fact that there are empty seats all around him? Where are our representatives who should be doing the people's business?

Chris Christie's national future

Feb 5, 2013 7:49 AM PT

New Jersey governor Chris Christie showed up on Letterman last night, and had people rolling in the aisles with fat jokes, including a hilarious gag with a donut.  

He's dead to some conservatives because of his eleventh-hour embrace of Obama following Hurricane Sandy, and there have been more than a few grumbles about his lackluster Republican National Convention appearance - which he claimed to have been working on feverishly right up until the hour of his appearance, but which was curiously light on negative references to Barack Obama, or even positive mention of Mitt Romney.  We all know Christie is much too politically savvy to have any illusions about the devastating political effect of Romney's top surrogate filling the airwaves with tearful praise of Obama's magnificent leadership just a few days before the election.  There's not much question he was abandoning ship; the only real question is how much he was ever on board.

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A modest proposal: trade background checks for Fast and Furious disclosure

Feb 5, 2013 7:15 AM PT

The Obama administration and the gun control caucus in Congress will likely fail to enact any new legislation--except, perhaps, for a law to provide for "universal" background checks for gun purchases (i.e. covering private sales or transfers in addition to already existing checks for gun purchases from licensed dealers).

The chances of passage are still in doubt. However, they could be improved with a little horse-trading. Allow me to suggest that the Obama administration offer its own "universal" disclosure on guns--i.e. release the bogus executive privilege exerted by the president to cover up documents relating to Fast and Furious. Let the public know how the Obama administration orchestrated illegal, cross-border gun transfers to criminals.

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