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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: Ross Marchand, Director of Policy at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance: U.S. Postal Service;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Associate Editor of the Washington Examiner and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political Process: the Decline of the Humanities and the Rise of Prejudices;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Ashton Hayward, III, President of Andrews Research & Education Foundation: AREF's Mission and Projects;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Myron Ebell, Director…[more]

February 18, 2019 • 07:26 pm

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On the 2018 Mid-terms and GOP Unity:

"Just in time for the last lap of the 2018 midterm elections, the Kavanaugh fiasco has united the post-Trump Republican Party like nothing before it.

"Suddenly, President Trump and former President George W. Bush were pulling for the same candidate. Suddenly, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, and Jeff Flake of Arizona are conservative heroes, having proven themselves friends in need.

"Suddenly, long-term 'Never Trumpers,' to their surprise and astonishment, have a strange new respect for their commander in chief. 'For the first time since Donald Trump entered the political fray, I find myself grateful that he's in it,' Bret Stephens wrote in the New York Times on Oct. 4. 'I'm reluctant to admit it and astonished to say it. ... I'm grateful because Trump has not backed down in the face of the slipperiness, hypocrisy and dangerous standard-setting deployed by the opponents of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination ... I'm grateful because he's a big fat hammer fending off a razor-sharp dagger ... I'm grateful because ferocious and even crass obstinacy has its uses in life.' ...

"In 2016, we were warned that if Trump was elected, it would be the end of civility. They were right, but it was coming from the resistance to Trump, not from the White House."

— Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner
— Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner
Posted October 09, 2018 • 08:14 am
On the Brett Kavanaugh Fight and the Mid-Terms:

"Democrats may plunge the nation into any number of constitutional crises to satisfy a liberal base that has never accepted that elections have consequences. Their Trump-era overreaches have been muted because they are the minority party in Congress. Put them in charge, however, and there's nothing stopping liberal Democrats from using their power to destroy any American that stands between them and their political goals.

"Winston Churchill once said, 'Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.' The narrowly won 50-48 Kavanaugh fight has injected energy and camaraderie into a GOP suffering from complacency and internal discord. Rejuvenated conservatives have been reminded about what's at stake, and to what depraved depths the liberal mob will sink to win."

— Scott Jennings, RunSwitch Public Relations Partner, Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Former Campaign Adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
— Scott Jennings, RunSwitch Public Relations Partner, Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Former Campaign Adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Posted October 08, 2018 • 08:03 am
On Confirming Judge Kavanaugh:

"Having demanded an FBI investigation, Democrats rejected the findings once the probe was complete. Their latest flimsy objection is that the FBI didn't interview Ford's friends whom she told about the incident in recent years. Those aren't witnesses. All they have is hearsay from the accuser. Real or potential witnesses have refuted or refused to corroborate her charge.

"We now have as much evidence as we are going to get. Throughout the process, we withheld our judgment on Ford's accusations and Kavanaugh's denial. Despite the clear bad faith in which Democrats acted -- and we count Ford's attorneys here -- we said that senators should keep an open mind and review all the evidence.

"Now, in line with that consistent approach, we urge the Senate to confirm an excellent nominee."

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted October 05, 2018 • 08:19 am
On the Democrats’ Complaints About the FBI Investigation of Judge Kavanaugh:

"The Delay, Delay, Delay strategy to stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court is taking the predictable course. Once they got Republicans to agree to the one-week delay, Democrats immediately started complaining that the time limit was arbitrary -- that the FBI should have whatever time is necessary 'to get the job done.'

"Therein lies the issue, which Democrats have obfuscated from the start. 'The job' is not the FBI's job, it is the Senate's; and the job is not to conduct a criminal investigation, it is to develop enough information that the Senate can responsibly exercise its constitutional advice-and-consent duty.

"Thus understood, 'the job' is already done. The Senate has more information about this nominee than it has had about any judicial nominee in history. It has vetted him before, approving his nomination to the prestigious D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the ensuing dozen years, Kavanaugh has issued hundreds of opinions, many of which are influential in the Supreme Court and the lower courts. He has, moreover, interacted with colleagues and litigants who give him high grades for collegiality and temperament. He has hired and mentored an impressive and diverse stable of law clerks, who think the world of him and are coveted for distinguished positions in the legal profession, including Supreme Court clerkships.

"Furthermore, this nomination is the occasion for the seventh FBI background check of Kavanaugh's career. The number is high because he has held positions of high responsibility, including national-security duties. Consequently, he has been carefully examined and found fit for access to the nation's most closely held defense secrets.

"Beyond that, Kavanaugh attended private meetings with 65 senators, gave 31 hours of testimony at the initial round of hearings, and responded to over 1,200 written questions -- more post-hearing questions than all prior Supreme Court nominees combined. When Christine Blasey Ford's uncorroborated, highly dubious claim of a 36-year-old sexual assault arose, he provided hours more of compelling testimony, denying the allegations and masterfully marshaling the evidence that demonstrates the incredibility of Ford's allegation."

Read entire article here.

— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
Posted October 04, 2018 • 08:05 am
On Poison Letters Posted to Pentagon:

"Two envelopes addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson have initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin at the Pentagon's mail facility, according to a report.

"The packages, which were delivered Monday, were intercepted before making it into the sprawling headquarters of the Defense Department in Virginia near Washington, DC, spokesman Chris Sherwood said Tuesday.

"They triggered alarms as they underwent a security screening at the off-site mail processing center, according to the Military Times. ...

"Ricin, a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans, has been used in terror plots and is lethal in tiny doses if swallowed, inhaled or injected. It is 6,000 times more potent than cyanide.

"If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system."

— Yaron Steinbuch, New York Post
— Yaron Steinbuch, New York Post
Posted October 03, 2018 • 08:01 am
On Opening the Door to Dangerous Accusations:

"It doesn't matter where you stand on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. In the larger picture, our politicians have set a precedent that only promises to deliver much more tumult to our future political landscape: Any sexual-misconduct accuser must receive a congressional hearing upon demand, no matter when the allegation is raised, how long ago the alleged incident occurred, or whether it's supported by evidence. In fact, the hearing and an FBI investigation must occur even if crucial details are missing and if named witnesses deny the event or have no recollection. Although the charges may allege criminal conduct, the bar for having them pursued is far lower than what's required in a court of law.

"There will be divided opinions as to whether this is just.

"Many advocates will say this is as it should be, that sexual abuse survivors cannot be hemmed in by artificial boundaries or deadlines established for the convenience of our political governance. Whenever they may feel strong or motivated enough to come forward, even if it seems to be the most inconvenient time, it's the right time for them. These advocates also will say accusers must be afforded every benefit of doubt, assumed to be telling the truth and questioned gingerly (if at all) lest they and other alleged victims be intimidated into silence.

"Many others will point to a long record of false accusations. False accusations can be so damaging that the presumption of innocence for the criminally charged is a sacred principle of the American criminal justice system. They will say that failing to treat unproven charges with appropriate skeptical uncertainty is unfair to the accused who may, in fact, be perfectly innocent. They also will claim this encourages the weaponization of sexual-misconduct charges by dishonest people for political or other nefarious purposes. ...

"Fasten your seat belts."

Read entire article here.

— Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Journalist, Author and Television Host
— Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Journalist, Author and Television Host
Posted October 02, 2018 • 08:08 am
On Delaying the Kavanaugh Vote for an FBI Investigation:

"Judiciary Committee Democrats do not want an FBI investigation of allegations against Judge Kavanaugh because they think it will be especially illuminating or reliable. They want it because it will result in delay, giving them the breathing room necessary to come up with more reasons for delay.

"So, naturally, Republicans are giving them their FBI investigation, and more delay.

"Observing that the GOP majority is giving Democrats exactly what they want does not adequately convey how incompetently Republicans have performed. In announcing that the floor vote on Kavanaugh's nomination will be delayed, the Senate Judiciary Committee, under Republican control, issued a press release Friday afternoon, which states (my italics): 'The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee.' But there are no credible allegations against Kavanaugh; there are incredible allegations that stand uncorroborated and convincingly denied."

Read entire article here.

— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute Senior Fellow and Former Federal Prosecutor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute Senior Fellow and Former Federal Prosecutor
Posted October 01, 2018 • 08:04 am
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
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Which one of the following has the sole power of impeachment under the U.S. Constitution?
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—Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
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