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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 Wages, The Real Economic Indicator:

"Over the eight years of the Obama presidency, the stock market climbed, corporate profits climbed, and the economy grew. But for most of those eight years, wages were stagnant.

"That's finally changing. We've hit full employment, and working Americans are finally seeing their wages increase.

"Median household income hit $61,400 last year, according to Census Bureau figures announced Wednesday. That's the highest level ever. Put another way, wages have finally gotten back to (and just beyond) where they were before the financial crisis. ...

"It's easy for folks who watch the economy to look at the headline numbers of GDP and the stock market. But for real people, wages are what matter. Those are still climbing, and climbing to record levels. That's real economic success."

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted September 14, 2018 • 08:38 am
On California's Ban on Handgun Advertising:

"A federal judge ruled Tuesday that California's ban on handgun advertising is unconstitutional.

"Judge Troy Nunley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, an Obama appointee, ruled California could no longer enforce Section 26820 of the California Penal Code, which dates back to 1923. That law banned gun stores from displaying signs promoting the sale of handguns. California argued the ban was necessary to prevent suicides and murders but Judge Nunley said it violates constitutional protections on free speech.

"'California may not accomplish its goals by violating the First Amendment,' Nunley wrote in his ruling. 'Accordingly, [the law] is unconstitutional on its face.'"

— Stephen Gutowski, Washington Free Beacon
— Stephen Gutowski, Washington Free Beacon
Posted September 13, 2018 • 08:07 am
On Weaving a 'Blue Wave' From Impeachment Fantasies:

"Democrats are convinced that the 'blue wave' they've been counting on to set the stage for President Donald Trump's impeachment in a House of Representatives they control is out there and building. They continue to enjoy a four to six point 'generic' advantage in the polls, and there is evidence that their voters are more anxious to turn out and vote than their Republican counterparts -- two indicators that combine with the media's continuing effort to demonize Mr. Trump to give them more than a fighting chance to take the House. ...

"Victory is far from guaranteed, however, because many of today's Democratic leaders are staking out positions so extreme that they are risking driving away some of the voters they can usually count on. Republicans faced a similar problem when purely ideological candidates who split rather than united Republican voters allowed Democrats to hold onto seats they might otherwise have lost in 2014.

"Rhetorical over-reach can be a real problem in a campaign and that is exactly what we're witnessing today as Democratic candidates and their fellow-travelling pundits tout 'socialism,' declare their desire to impeach a president, raise taxes and continue to attack not the candidates with whom they disagree, but the voters who support them."

— David Keene, Former American Conservative Union Chairman and Editor-at-Large for The Washington Times
— David Keene, Former American Conservative Union Chairman and Editor-at-Large for The Washington Times
Posted September 12, 2018 • 08:08 am
On September 11th:

"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children."

— Former President George W. Bush
— Former President George W. Bush
Posted September 11, 2018 • 08:00 am
On Obama's Return to the Political Scrum:

"With Hillary Clinton already part of the midterm scrum, Barack Obama's entry last Friday shows the old band is getting back together again. So far, the music is uninspiring.

"Clinton, as usual, is all about the money. Her latest slush fund, Operation Together, sent an e-mail offering donors a 'Resist' sticker if they send her $5. I was able to resist the offer.

"Obama, meanwhile, gave his first campaign speech since leaving the White House and his media handmaidens instantly swooned like giddy teenagers. ...

"Trump claimed he fell asleep during Obama's speech, but now that Obama and Clinton are active again, the president better wake up to seize advantage of the ripe target they present.

"If so, he will finally start releasing the files that chronicle the effort by the Obama White House, FBI, Justice Department, State Department and the CIA to help Clinton and stop him in 2016. The already-revealed misconduct at the top levels of the FBI amounts to a scandal of historic proportions -- and it is almost certainly the tip of the iceberg."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 10, 2018 • 08:06 am
On American Energy Independence:

"There is one issue that unites America like no other: the pursuit of genuine energy independence. Our national security demands it. Our national economy demands it. It is technically possible, legally feasible, and necessary to protect hardworking taxpayers. ...

"In the quarter-century I have polled American priorities and policies, never have I encountered an issue that has such universal support. Fully 92 percent of the country supports a specific effort and priority to: 'Make America energy dominant by using more American-made energy, including American natural gas and biofuels like ethanol, and purchasing less foreign oil.'

"This isn't my language. This is President Trump's language and President Trump's policy -- and it has greater support than any other issue he has raised or supported since his election. As we approach the 2018 midterm congressional elections, the data teach us a powerful lesson: fully 99 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of independents and 87 percent of Democrats support an energy dominance policy that promotes American energy resources and reduces our purchasing of foreign oil. No other issue or proposal comes close."

— Frank Luntz, Author, Pollster, Corporate Communications Adviser
— Frank Luntz, Author, Pollster, Corporate Communications Adviser
Posted September 07, 2018 • 08:10 am
On Legal Liberal Icon's Endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh:

"Self-described 'liberal, feminist lawyer' Lisa Blatt, who voted for Hillary Clinton and is an advocate of Roe v. Wade, sat before the Senate Judiciary Tuesday and gave a more powerful and full-throated endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh than anyone else the entire day.

"Lisa Blatt -- an attorney and Supreme Court veteran who has argued cases before the court more than any other woman, winning 32 of 35 cases -- fully endorsed the Trump nominee, even though she has filed cases against the Trump administration.

"In her surprising remarks, Blatt introduced herself as 'a liberal Democrat and an unapologetic defender of a woman's right to choose' and called liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg her 'hero,' and said she voted for Hillary and Obama.

"'I'm here today to introduce Judge Kavanaugh and urge the Senate to confirm him as a next associate justice of the Supreme Court,' Blatt said after the previewing of her liberal credentials, saying she received hate from her own party for supporting Trump's pick. 'Judge Kavanaugh is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.'"

Read entire article here.

— Benny Johnson, The Daily Caller
— Benny Johnson, The Daily Caller
Posted September 06, 2018 • 08:08 am
On Indoctrination Saturation:

"A definition of totalitarianism might be the saturation of every facet of daily life by political agendas and social-justice messaging.

"At the present rate, America will soon resemble the dystopias of novels such as 1984 and Brave New World in which all aspects of life are warped by an all-encompassing ideology of coerced sameness. Or rather, the prevailing orthodoxy in America is the omnipresent attempt of an elite -- exempt from the consequences of its own ideology thanks to its supposed superior virtue and intelligence -- to mandate an equality of result. ...

"This new politicized borg ferrets out every aspect of our lives. Nothing is safe, nothing sacred. Dead or alive, the relentless social-justice messaging continues. Like some sort of time machine, we go back in time to alter history as if a few corrections and adjustments will change and thus improve the entire present.

"Progressive politics seeks to connect and energize us as millions of shared malignant cells inside a metastasizing tumor -- or to destroy us in the attempt."

Read entire article here.

— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 05, 2018 • 08:00 am
On The NYT's Failure to Acknowledge the Crises of Public Confidence:

"Test your knowledge of current events by answering this question: Which organization remains stuck in deep cover-up mode?

A) The FBI
B) The Roman Catholic Church
C) Both of the above
D) Neither of the above

"If you get your news only from The New York Times, you believe the correct answer is D, neither of the above. Other people know the correct answer is C because they see the leaders of both organizations acting as if the public can't handle the truth.

"It is not my intent to suggest the FBI and the Vatican are in all ways comparable. Far from it.

"Yet they are in similar straits because each faces a crisis of public confidence. Those crises are severe because of internal decisions to parse, obscure and withhold important facts.

"While a desire to protect historically valuable institutions from external harm is understandable, the goal cannot come at the expense of honesty and truth. When it does, the damage grows."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 04, 2018 • 08:19 am
On Labor Day:

"A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving."

— Albert Einstein
— Albert Einstein
Posted September 03, 2018 • 08:20 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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