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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 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: James Bacchus, Former U.S. Representative, Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Central Florida, and Adjunct Scholar at Cato Institute: Free Trade and Destiny;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Hannah, Senior Counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US-China Relations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributor to the Washington Examiner and Author: Happenings Inside the Beltway;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, First Ladies Man and Author: The Legacy…[more]

December 10, 2018 • 03:51 pm

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On the Ford-Kavanaugh Senate Hearing:
 
 

"In the 1992 movie 'A Few Good Men,' Jack Nicholson's character, a military commander, unloads on the lower ranking Tom Cruise character with the memorable phrase, 'You can't handle the truth!'

"After the appalling hearing in the Senate, Americans can only wish they had the option of handling the truth. They certainly didn't get that chance Thursday.

"GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in one of the long day's most dramatic moments, scorched the rancid air by pointing at Democrats and calling their conduct 'the most unethical sham since I've been in politics.'

"Both Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, deserved better. To be pitted like two beasts in a caged fight to the death reduced them to political bloodsport.

"Both talked of the terrible toll the showdown is taking on them and their families. Both fought back tears in testimony that was painful to watch -- and that resolved nothing."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 28, 2018 • 08:09 am
 
 
On Mis-Identification of Brett Kavanaugh:
 
 

"Senate Judiciary Committee staffers have spoken to two men who separately claim they could be the one described by Christine Blasey Ford, not Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Aides to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, met with the one of the men Monday after he sent them a written statement asserting he 'had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982,' according to a summary of the panel's efforts to investigate Ford's allegation. They then interviewed the unidentified man a second time before obtaining a more in-depth written account from him on Wednesday.

"The committee's investigative staff on Wednesday additionally spoke on the telephone with another man claiming he was the man described by Ford, Grassley's summary continued. ...

"The claims of the two unnamed men echo suggestions that Ford is mistaken about the identity of her alleged attacker."

 
 
— Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner
— Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner
Posted September 27, 2018 • 08:31 am
 
 
On President Trump and the Brett Kavanaugh Allegations:
 
 

"With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, 'If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs ...' you are Donald Trump. At least that was the case Tuesday.

"With Democrats going mad, Republicans going wobbly and the media mob acting like a lynching party, it was left to the president to call bulls-t on the Brett Kavanaugh allegations -- and remind the nation of the enormous stakes involved. ...

"Trump made no mention of fellow Republicans, but didn't need to. His aggressive and at times angry pushback amounted to a certain trumpet call for GOP senators to stiffen their spines and stop the hand-wringing.

"Yet the larger significance of Trump's comments was not about the hazy claims of the two accusers or counting votes in the Senate. This was at heart a plea for simple decency at a moment when it appears headed for extinction. ...

"This is about whether there are any boundaries left in our politics. Or whether this is a war where anything goes and the goal is the total annihilation of the other side. ...

"What country are we in? What country are we becoming?"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 26, 2018 • 08:01 am
 
 
On the Smear Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh:
 
 

"Democratic senators announced at the outset of the Kavanaugh nomination that they would do what it took to stop him. They have held to their word, believing that any means necessary is morally defensible.

"Republican senators, however, seem to lack the discernment to understand when they're getting played by people who hate them and want them destroyed.

"It's not just that they're losing a political battle, but that they're allowing Democrats and the media to destroy a man and his family for political gain. There is no virtue in allowing a man to be smeared without evidence."

 
 
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
Posted September 25, 2018 • 08:16 am
 
 
On the President's Rosenstein Dilemma:
 
 

"Damned if you do. Damned if you don't.

"That is the dilemma President Donald Trump faces as he decides whether to fire Rod Rosenstein following revelations that the deputy attorney general allegedly talked about taping the president and rounding up Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment.

"There were several people present at this meeting in the aftermath of the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Despite the fact that Rosenstein wrote the key memo trashing Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, he reportedly was angry and uncertain after the president actually did it, using his memo as a justification.

"The prime source for this information appears to be none other than fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who faces investigation by a grand jury and whose memos are being declassified. McCabe appears to be even angrier at the Department of Justice (DOJ) brass who fired and humiliated him just for leaking and lying when he may have far worse on his comrades.

"This is the deep state unraveling.

"People bristle when I sometimes adopt and use that term: 'deep state.' But as an outside observer, watching the unmasking of the actions of one official after another at the FBI, CIA and DOJ, I have come to accept that an unelected group of well-educated, experienced individuals running these departments became inebriated with their own power during the last election campaign and apparently came to believe they were on a mission to stop, defeat or remove President Trump and his associates for crimes they would find or, if necessary, manufacture."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Mark Penn, Chairman of Harris Poll and author of “Microtrends Squared”
— Mark Penn, Chairman of Harris Poll and author of “Microtrends Squared”
Posted September 24, 2018 • 07:51 am
 
 
On Truth and the Media's Political Bias:
 
 

"When the New York Times launched an ad campaign after Trump's inauguration proclaiming truth is 'more important now than ever,' we rolled our eyes. The truth is always important. No White House resident changes that.

"But with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court on the line and allegations of sexual assault rattling the nation's capital, the truth really is more important now than on many other occasions. ...

"A substantial number of major news outlets are not rising to the occasion. Under pressure from not least the opposed forces of their ideological agenda on the one hand and the importance of the nomination on the other, they are losing their cool, abandoning standards, and showing bias more than usual.

"The one thing these reports and misleading tweets all have in common is that they cast Kavanaugh in a bad light. This is the greatest indicator yet that many in news media are less interested in facts and more interested in achieving a political end.

"Curious, considering the truth is supposed to be more important now than ever."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted September 21, 2018 • 08:09 am
 
 
On Senator Feinstein’s Handling of the Kavanaugh Accusation:
 
 

"The only thing I am sure of now is that Senator Dianne Feinstein has behaved outrageously. Because no matter what you choose to believe, she waited too long to reveal the accusation.

"Feinstein knew about these allegations in July. She made no attempt to ask Kavanaugh about them, even in closed session. If she believed the allegations were true or credible, she should have acted on them. If she didn't -- as has been reported -- going public as a desperate ploy to derail or delay his confirmation is an act of grotesque cynicism, particularly when she had no idea whether Kavanaugh's accuser would come forward.

"Feinstein's gambit may pay off. Republicans are understandably wary of cross-examining an alleged victim of sexual assault, particularly ahead of the midterms, given that the GOP is bleeding support among moderate female voters.

"But the conservative base also remembers the slander of Judge Robert Bork and has no appetite to surrender to such tactics ever again. If the White House or Senate Republicans do surrender, the populist rage from the right will be terrifying.

"So congratulations, Senator Feinstein, you've done the unimaginable: You've made our politics even uglier."

 
 
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review Senior Editor
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review Senior Editor
Posted September 20, 2018 • 08:09 am
 
 
On the Brett Kavanaugh Accusations:
 
 

"Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer has announced that Ms. Ford will not testify until the FBI completes yet another investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh that everyone knows will never happen.

"It was already highly unlikely she was ever going to testify; this is a convenient excuse, a stalling game. But it is more than the usual cheap political stunt. It's vicious, ugly, and more than slightly sadistic. In regards to Judge Kavanaugh, Democrats are channeling Comrade Beria's famous dictum: 'Show me the man and I'll show you the crime.'

"Not only are they despicable to Kavanaugh -- a man with an impeccable reputation as far as women are concerned -- and his family, but in using the hapless Ms. Ford as a pawn, they are making a mockery of the #MeToo movement, increasing suspicion of women (and men) who come forward in cases of sexual abuse where there is genuine proof and corroboration, not, as in this situation, an amorphous memory without time, place, witness, or remotely contemporary report.

"Even Ford's sponsor, Dianne Feinstein, admitted in a rare moment of candor -- or was it guilty conscience -- that she wasn't sure of the accuser's veracity. Feinstein, a coward terrified of her left flank, walked it back quickly. The California senator has much to answer for, not just the unconscionable sandbagging of Judge Kavanaugh, but also the extraordinary enrichment of her family by the Chinese at the very time she was being chauffeured by one of the communists' spies."

 
 
— Roger L. Simon, PJ Media Co-Founder and CEO Emeritus
— Roger L. Simon, PJ Media Co-Founder and CEO Emeritus
Posted September 19, 2018 • 07:55 am
 
 
On Allegations Against SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh:
 
 

"If Franz Kafka had written about confirmation hearings, he couldn't have come up with a better scenario than the one now unfolding in the US Senate.

"Brett Kavanaugh, who the day before yesterday was an unimpeachable pillar of the legal establishment, stands accused of a heinous offense that it is almost impossible to definitively rebut.

"Even if he is completely innocent of the charge that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at a high-school party 35 years ago, he will be forever considered guilty of it by some portion of the public. This is not due process, or any kind of decent process at all, but how the Senate conducts its business, especially if you are a conservative jurist on the cusp of confirmation to the Supreme Court. ...

"The confirmation process for the Supreme Court has long been badly broken, a forum for sheer bloodsport. If, based on what we know now, and this accusation keeps Kavanaugh from the court, it will be a new low. The Senate will have embraced a new world where the existence of an allegation, regardless of whether it can be proven, is enough to stop a nominee and destroy his good name."

 
 
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor and Syndicated Columnist
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor and Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 18, 2018 • 08:03 am
 
 
On Attacking Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh:
 
 

"I fear we are about to relive at least part of the national psychodrama over Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. That ideological maelstrom transfixed the country and divided it into bitter warring camps of Thomas supporters and Hill sympathizers. And that was when there was just one 24-hour cable news channel and no Internet or social media.

"As we enter what's likely to be another sad episode in the borking of Supreme Court nominees, we'd do well to remember that after the American people heard both sides in the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill slugfest, they believed Thomas by a two-to-one margin. Something similar may happen again, but if liberals fail to derail Kavanaugh, they will still try for a consolation prize.

"After Clarence Thomas was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 48 in 1991, we had a drumbeat of books, articles, and conferences all dedicated to rewriting the history of the incident. Two years later, a Newsweek poll showed that most of those surveyed believed Hill, even though no new evidence had been uncovered.

"So even if Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat on the Supreme Court, liberals will have extracted a pound of flesh. Just as with the Florida recount of 2000 and the Trump election of 2016, any confirmation will be branded as suspect and accomplished only through brutish tactics and the wholesale disregard for the truth. The effort to sink Kavanaugh is not just a naked attempt to change a confirmation vote but to forever brand him as illegitimate."

 
 
— John Fund, National Review
— John Fund, National Review
Posted September 17, 2018 • 08:29 am
 
Question of the Week   
The son of which one of the following U.S. politicians currently serves as a Marine aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush?
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"The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting…[more]
 
 
—John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
 
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