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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:


4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT:  Kay S. Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute - An Epidemic of Loneliness;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Ross Marchand, Director of Policy for Taxpayers Protection Alliance - Unwarranted Carcinogenic Classifications and How the US Government is About to Drive Up the Cost of Videogames;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste - 2019 Congressional Pig Book;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Marlo Lewis…[more]

June 17, 2019 • 12:48 pm

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Notable Quotes
On Learning from Socialism:

"It is critical that current generations look back at what socialism produced in the last 70 years. Where is there one successful socialist system? For a time, Scandinavian countries were able to use the production from a successful capitalist system to support a new socialistic system, but that experiment has ended because it proved to be unsustainable. Other so-called socialist systems, such as those in Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela, provide nothing but hunger and misery to their citizens, while their 'visionary' leaders live lives of luxury. Once the richest country in South America, Venezuela under socialism has become one of the poorest. ...

"The loss of individual freedoms to unnecessary government intrusion and its control over all aspects of peoples' lives is at stake. Socialism really means control over all means of production and the redistribution of wealth by the government. The reality is that no socialist country has been able to sustain its lofty promises. As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pointed out, 'the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money.'

"Many wise voices have cautioned, 'Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it'. Today, there are ominous signs that we may be heading toward repeating past failures, instead of learning from them. We must prevent a repeat of history's failures. If we do not, we will doom our children and grandchildren to a bleak future."

Read entire article here.

— Eugene Megyesy, Escaped from Hungary in 1956, served in Vietnam, practiced law in Denver, and was Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary
— Eugene Megyesy, Escaped from Hungary in 1956, served in Vietnam, practiced law in Denver, and was Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary
Posted April 08, 2019 • 08:01 am
On the Southern Poverty Law Center's Tax-Exempt Status:

"As the Southern Poverty Law Center implodes over accusations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, its legion of critics wants answers and a swift burial of the embattled organization's status as the nation's judge and jury on hate.

"Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, took the lead with a letter to the Internal Revenue Service requesting an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the incongruously wealthy nonprofit group, which he blasted as a 'racist and sexist slush fund devoted to defamation.'

"'I've long been troubled by the Southern Poverty Law Center's activities, which are centered on serial defamation of its opponents, not on civil rights litigation, as its founding charter says,' Mr. Cotton told The Washington Times.

"'Obviously, the revelations that the Southern Poverty Law Center has engaged in systematic racial discrimination and sexual harassment at the highest levels is very troubling as well,' he said. 'I think it bears on whether they should have tax-exempt status under our laws and benefit from the taxpayer subsidy.'"

Read entire article here.

— Valerie Richards, The Washington Times
— Valerie Richards, The Washington Times
Posted April 05, 2019 • 07:30 am
On Senate Move to Confirm President Trump's Judges:

"Senate Republicans deployed the 'nuclear option' on Wednesday to drastically reduce the time it takes to confirm hundreds of President Trump's nominees.

"In back-to-back votes, Republicans changed the rules for the amount of time it takes to confirm most executive nominees and district judges -- marking the second and third time Republicans have used the hardball tactic since taking over in 2015.

"The combined actions will result in most nominations that require Senate confirmation needing only two hours of debate after they've defeated a filibuster that shows they have the votes to ultimately be confirmed. Before Wednesday's rules change, they faced up to an additional 30 hours of debate.

"Supreme Court picks, appeals court judges and Cabinet nominees will not be affected by the change and could still face the lengthier Senate floor debate.

"But the move will let Republicans hit the gas on confirming nominations, a top priority in an era of divided government that has left lawmakers without big-ticket legislative agenda items.

"Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argued shortly before triggering the hardball procedural tactic that the Senate needed to go back to a 'more normal and reasonable process' for confirming nominations."

Read entire article here.

— Jordain Carney, The Hill
— Jordain Carney, The Hill
Posted April 04, 2019 • 11:45 am
On Understanding the Basic Tenets of Western Civilization:

"Biden's characterization of 'English jurisprudential culture' as 'white man's culture' is profoundly disturbing. English jurisprudential culture is rooted in the belief in the rule of law, due process of law, equal rights under law; English jurisprudential culture is responsible for preserving the natural rights we hold dear, rights which were imperfectly but increasingly extended over time to more and more human beings, particularly minorities. No less a leftist figure than Barack Obama explained just that in 2009, saying he sought a system at Guantanamo Bay that 'adheres to the rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo-American legal system.'

"Protection of individual rights -- and in particular, minority rights -- lies at the heart of English jurisprudence. Yet Biden boiled down those rights to racial privilege. And the attempt to reduce the fundamental principles of our civilization to a mask for racial hierarchical power is both false and frightening. It suggests that those principles ought to be undermined for purposes of disestablishing that supposed hierarchy. Get rid of English jurisprudential law, presumably, in order to fight racism. ...

"But that's not what Western civilization is about at all. Western civilization was built on Judeo-Christian values and Greek reason, culminating in a perspective on natural rights that is preserved by institutions like English jurisprudence. It is thanks to those philosophical principles that free markets, free speech and free association have grown and flourished. Only if we re-enshrine those principles, rather than undermine them, will our prosperity and freedoms be preserved."

Read entire article here.

— Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire
— Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire
Posted April 03, 2019 • 08:01 am
On Border Control Dereliction of Duty:

"It's not that border control has been tried and failed; it hasn't been tried. Thanks to court decrees and congressional enactments, we don't permit ourselves to quickly return minors from Central American countries, or to detain them for any significant period of time. They get released, along with the adults accompanying them.

"The asylum process is broken. The initial so-called credible-fear interview to determine whether asylum-seekers get to the next step of the process approves almost all of them, even if they are unlikely ultimately to win asylum. In the meantime, they are waved into the country and probably never removed.

"The migrants coming in increasing numbers realize we are helpless to exclude them, and indeed, surrender to border-patrol agents when they get here.

"Congress could fix all this in an afternoon, with a few key changes in the law. ...

"In a more rational world, Congress would take seriously the spectacle of US officials -- and humanitarian organizations -- scrambling to handle a flood of humanity showing up every day, and give them the legal authorities and resources to get the situation under control. That it won't is a dereliction of duty of the highest order."

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted April 02, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Jump-Starting the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"President Trump on Friday signed a presidential permit to jump-start construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with a facility in Montana, a move seen as a way to circumvent previous court orders halting development.

"The permit authorizes energy company TransCanada Corp. to 'construct, connect, operate, and maintain' pipeline facilities between the U.S. and Canada.

"The permit also allows for the maintenance of a pipeline facility at Phillips County, Montana, for importation of the oil to the U.S.

"The order supersedes a March 2017 order. That permit was invalidated by a Montana federal judge in November. The ruling is being appealed in the 9th Circuit. Separately, a December lawsuit placed an injunction on most pre-construction activities.

"'For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby revoke that March 23, 2017, permit,' Trump wrote in Friday's order.

"A White House spokesperson told The Hill that the new permit 'dispels any uncertainty.' ...

"The pipeline has been a lightning rod in national energy policy for much of a decade since its proposal by TransCanada."

Read entire article here.

— Miranda Green, The Hill
— Miranda Green, The Hill
Posted April 01, 2019 • 08:21 am
On Chicago Demanding Payment From Smollett:

"The city of Chicago threatened Jussie Smollett on Thursday with a new charge if he doesn't pay $130,000 to cover overtime costs incurred by police during their investigation into a hate crime the actor allegedly staged against himself in January.

"In a letter sent to Smollett's attorneys, the Chicago Corporation Counsel requested that Smollett pay up within seven days, noting that the 'Empire' actor could face a new charge for making a false statement if he doesn't pay in a 'timely' manner.

"'[Y]ou made a police report in which you falsely claimed that two men had attacked you while yelling racial and homophobic slurs. The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report,' the letter stated, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. 'Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating the false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours.'

"'In an attempt to resolve this matter without further legal action, the City requires immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter,' the letter stated. 'If the amount is not timely paid, the Department of Law may prosecute you for making a false statement to the City under section 1-21-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago.'"

Read entire article here.

— Andrew Kerr, The Daily Caller
— Andrew Kerr, The Daily Caller
Posted March 29, 2019 • 07:30 am
On Promoting 'Collusiongate':

"On Collusiongate, the CIA and the FBI were acting contrary to their usual rule of refraining from interference in domestic politics. Instead, as has become clear thanks largely to former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., they were relying heavily on a document bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee, to the point of presenting it as evidence to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court without identifying its provenance. ...

"I've written that the Democrats have been over-invested in Collusiongate and would be wiser to concentrate on other, forward-looking issues. Some Democrats are now urging just that. Put aside the dog-eared copies of the Steele dossier and safely dispose of the Robert Mueller votive candles. Everyone makes mistakes.

"But the government officials who promoted Collusiongate should not get off so easily. I'm biased, in favor of respecting elections, and I think that a CIA or FBI director who tries to tilt them his own way should be held morally accountable. Anyone disagree?"

— Michael Barone, Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst and Co-Author of The Almanac of American Politics
— Michael Barone, Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst and Co-Author of The Almanac of American Politics
Posted March 28, 2019 • 07:55 am
On Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Charges Being Dropped:

"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his city's police force Tuesday afternoon, denouncing prosecutors for dropping charges against 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett and slamming the episode as a 'whitewash of justice.'

"Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Emanuel said they were not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday's surprise hearing but also blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials only learning Smollett wouldn't face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out.

"'Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have -- because of a person's position -- one set of rules applies to them and another set of rules apply to everyone else,' Emanuel said. 'Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud...It's not just the officers' work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented]. Because of the judge's decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public.'

"Meantime, First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats told reporters he still believed Smollett filed a false police report. He said prosecutors "stand behind the investigation and the facts," adding, 'this was not an exoneration.'"

— Jessica Sager, Fox News
— Jessica Sager, Fox News
Posted March 27, 2019 • 08:02 am
On the Mueller Report and American Trust in Media:

"In the last two years, half of Americans say their trust in the media has decreased, while only 8 percent report increasing trust. By a margin of 69 to 29, Americans agree that the media are more interested in advancing their point of view than reporting all the facts. Three-fifths agree that the media covers matters in order 'to delegitimize the views held by President Trump and his supporters.' Sixty percent of independents and 93 percent of Republicans agreed with that last item. The media have become an amen chorus of liberals chanting liberal refrains to liberals. The signature phrase of our moment is Fake News. And the Hindenburg of Fake News just went up in flames."

— Kyle Smith, National Review Critic-at-Large
— Kyle Smith, National Review Critic-at-Large
Posted March 26, 2019 • 08:03 am
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Prior to 2016, what was the last Presidential election year in which the candidate who won had never before held elected public office?
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"[T]he public fretting about launching a war with Iran ignores the fact that Iran has waged its own war against the U.S. and its allies for decades. It has supplied insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan with the roadside bombs that maimed and killed U.S. soldiers. It tried to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. More recently, Iran's diplomats and operatives were tied to terror plots in Western…[more]
—Eli Lake, Bloomberg Opinion National Security and Foreign Policy Correspondent
— Eli Lake, Bloomberg Opinion National Security and Foreign Policy Correspondent
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