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When Freedoms Collide: Colorado’s Civil-Rights Commission Supremely Spanked

When Freedoms Collide: Colorado’s Civil-Rights Commission Supremely Spanked

by Phil Erwin “Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker…”! So read the headline on FOX News’ website, announcing the Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case Technically, the headline is accurate. But not very. The Supremes didn’t actually “side” with anyone. What they did was determine that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commissioners, in finding against […]

Sparks in the Divine Tragi-Comedy

Sparks in the Divine Tragi-Comedy

by Phil Erwin Last week’s most outrageous political conflict revolved around Trumpian remarks taken from a meeting the President had with a group of California lawmakers and law-enforcers, who met with Trump to discuss the difficulties of discharging their professional responsibilities under California’s so-called “sanctuary state” law. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims explained how “sanctuary” […]

Wading Hip-Deep In the Swamp

Wading Hip-Deep In the Swamp

by Phil Erwin Last week’s big news-media scuffle was centered around the very vocal entry of “America’s Mayor” Rudi Giulanni onto President Trump’s legal team – just in time to join endless media coverage of the legal back-and-forth between the President’s camp and “actress” (porn star) Stormy Daniels, as stoked by her obligingly gabby “lawyer” […]

Serving Up Stupidity With the Morning Coffee

Serving Up Stupidity With the Morning Coffee

by Phil Erwin It used to be common in sunny Southern California for restaurants to post a simple decency rule: No Shoes, No Shirt – NO SERVICE! That was back when people thought that cut-offs, tattoos and thongs – on the feet or elsewhere – should be viewed at the beach, not at the dinner […]

Tariffs: Scary? Or Sensible?

Tariffs: Scary? Or Sensible?

by Phil Erwin Well, the President’s made good on another campaign promise. Or more accurately, he’s threatened to make good on imposing tariffs on “cheatin’ China” (he didn’t coin that phrase, but he could have.) The Constitution puts tariffs squarely in the Congressional bailiwick. So when a President threatens tariffs, it could be more a […]

Deep State: The Mask is Slipping

Deep State: The Mask is Slipping

by Phil Erwin The namesake host of FOX’s The Story with Martha McCallum made an interesting observation: Two years ago, when candidate Trump was ten primaries up on his way to the Republican nomination, he was so unpopular, even so hated among rank-and-file Conservatives, he could not even show up at the annual Conservative Political […]

Gun Control: The Solution? Or a Distraction?

Gun Control: The Solution? Or a Distraction?

by Phil Erwin   The latest gun assault against unarmed Americans has triggered a new wrinkle in the age-wrinkled debate over gun rights. Over the weekend, student-survivors of the Parkland, Florida school attack showed up on camera proclaiming that Something’s got to be done! And “they” (or someone who knows how to use “they” as […]

Memo to Mueller: Time To Go!

Memo to Mueller: Time To Go!

by Phil Erwin Well, “The Memo” has been released, and everybody in newshound-land is chattering incessantly about what it “means.” Republicans are convinced it “proves” that Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into “collusion” between Russia and the Trump team is a bogus political witch hunt. Democrats are equally convinced it “proves” that Republicans are Hell-bent on […]

To Wall, or Not To Wall? That is NOT the Question!

To Wall, or Not To Wall?  That is NOT the Question!

by Phil Erwin The decades-long debate over how we should, as a nation, manage immigration across any of our borders is really about how to augment our existing population, and how – and whether – to share our resources with people from elsewhere. I wrote that sentence with care to highlight what the concept of […]

“Russia-gate”: Worse than Watergate? Oh, you betcha!

“Russia-gate”: Worse than Watergate? Oh, you betcha!

by Phil Erwin Watergate is just a dim memory of endless political blather for many who lived through that contentious era. Without the “gate” suffix, younger Americans wouldn’t even recognize it as political scandal, even though Watergate actually started the “gate”-as-scandal convention. But last week’s news that there is a momentous “memo” hiding in Washington’s […]

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