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November 16, 2018

Lack Of Intelligence A Bipartisan Affair

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly has granted CNN's request for a temporary restraining order reinstating Jim Acosta's White House press pass.

After a ruling that said Acosta was entitled to due process if the White House wanted to revoke his access to the White House, one wonders how a judge like Kelly ever got a license to practice law, much less an appointment (by President Trump no less) to a district court judgeship.

Regardless of a ruling by another district court judge in 1977 that said the White House must give the reporter notice and the right to rebut a formal written notice, Judge Kelly should have denied the claim that this revocation would infringe on Acosta's freedom of speech rights. Television and radio stations abound, newspapers print daily and weekly editions, and websites and podcasts all provide free speech outlets for anyone inclined to speak their mind. The decision to revoke Acosta's pass didn't limit his access to any of the millions of the aforementioned outlets. Acosta had proven to be a 'bad actor' in and around the White House and his reprehensible performance at the press conference where he refused to surrender the microphone was the final straw that broke the proverbial camel' back. He deserved to have his press pass revoked.

Posted by Rick | November 16, 2018 09:30 AM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

November 12, 2018

Macron Needs A History Lesson

It was rich that French President Macron lectured us and the rest of the world during the 100th anniversary celebration of the end of World War I about patriotism and nationalism.

In World War I France had over 4 million casualties and over 1 million deaths. By 1917 thousands of French soldiers were deserting and the French offensives against Germany had basically come to a halt while waiting for American and British troops to come save their bacon.

When Germany invaded France in World War II, the French armed forces folded like a cheap suit in less than a week. Romantic stories about the French underground to the contrary, if it wasn’t for our blood and treasure President Macron would be speaking German, drinking beer, and eating brats.

Posted by Rick | November 12, 2018 05:14 PM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

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