October 12, 2016
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On his way out the door, former Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Chief Richard Cordray signed off on a shockingly corrupt settlement agreement that could have widespread negative consequences for student loan borrowers (and more broadly for consumer finance) across the economy.
There’s a crisis of integrity at the Arizona Corporation Commission and it’s time to elect commissioners who are willing to put ratepayers first!
I actually miss the old days of selecting a movie at the local video store. At least there, your feet eventually got so tired from browsing that you were willing to settle for Howard the Duck – again.
The ties that have historically bound Republicans and Democrats to their respective parties have frayed badly and, in some cases, unraveled altogether, replaced by a strategy rooted in personality and style.
The year started off with a new County Recorder; Kristi Blair. Right out of the gate we decided to work together to bring customer service into the Lake Havasu and Bullhead areas.
President Trump won the election as a populist
Don’t believe that any of this has to do with conviction and repentance, folks.
As the drumbeat to oust President Trump reaches near fever pitch, it is important for all fair-minded Americans to understand if that happens, America as we know it is finished ... done.
Once upon a time, praising the essence of what is America was a good thing. Normal even.
On April 1, 2015 U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and codefendant Salomon Melgen were indicted on 22 felony counts of fraud, bribery and related offenses.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf hit the nail on the head last week when he refused to play along with the Trump administration’s invasive and unwarranted request for unfettered access to his state’s voter rolls.
Dear Noble Rustics...
Should conservatives shut up about Nancy Pelosi or keep her in their public spotlight?
In the course of human events, it is necessary to renew our commitment to the principles and practices that made our country great in the first place.
“Where have all the graveyards gone? Gone to flowers every one. Oh, when will they ever learn?” – Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson.
Normally, the most notable part of a Supreme Court decision is not the dissent.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court rightly agreed to review lower court rulings on President Trump’s travel ban and partially stayed injunctions imposed by leftist judges...
According to a recent Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit, the labor market includes a shocking 1.4 million employed illegal aliens...
Dear Mom and Dad...
Of all the rationales available to interpret President Donald Trump’s private conversation with former FBI director James Comey...
This month was supposed to be the month my 13-year-old son Gideon went to Washington on a youth tour.
Although longtime Democrat voter and Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson is the one who pulled the trigger at the GOP batting practice in Alexandria, Va. on June 14, the Democratic Party and its leftist media sidekicks should take a long look in the mirror.
Even though getting tough on immigration was candidate Donald Trump’s signature issue, and more than any other policy position put him in the White House, he’s still struggling to keep his promises.
We dwellers of the desert love the clear limitless vistas, and the sweet dry air of our chosen homeland.
On June 15 the House Judiciary Committee under the leadership of Virginia GOP Congressman Bob Goodlatte will be holding a hearing, “Data Stored Abroad: Ensuring Lawful Access and Privacy Protection in the Digital Era.” Hopefully, he and others in attendance will come away from it with an understanding of the need to update current law to respect individual privacy.
“There’s no need to fear – underboob is here!”
With the media devoting nonstop attention to alleged Russian hacking in the presidential election, President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, zero attention has been given to developments in the White House that could help American workers.
If you’re a white woman selling burritos, the culture cops will shut you down for “appropriating the culture” of Mexicans who have been oppressed by the white man.
George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
The recently released U.S. Census Bureau data on 2016 population growth in cities and their outlying areas arrives at one inescapable conclusion...
President Donald Trump possesses a style described by friends as virile and intuitive, and by foes as oafish and oblivious.
Michelle Obama was a very good first lady.
Until very recently, medical tourism was traveling from your home to find less expensive medical care, usually overseas.
I’ve always chafed at the term “love child” being reserved for the product of an illicit affair, thus implying that children born into a stable, committed home are merely property or tax deductions.
Which is worse, President Trump allegedly sharing a piece of classified intel with the Russian ambassador or insider bureaucrats leaking classified information to journalists, all hell-bent on unseating a president they just don’t like?
She was a virgin when he raped her, impregnated her, and then beat her. She miscarried.
Last time they were in charge, Democrats created the dumpster fire we know as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, which is nothing more than a failed wealth redistribution experiment.
On his way to the White House, President Donald Trump forgot all he knows about negotiating.
Every time a picture of America’s Coolest Prez Ever gets posted on social media, the internet lights up like a Christmas tree.
Each year, Earth Day is accompanied by predictions of doom.
Most Americans think that their government is corrupt.
Too many times we read in the news, “Accidental discharge happens to gun owner.”
Sometime this month I hope our rabid anti-Trump media find a little time to cover a subject that has been very important to me since I was eight – child sexual abuse.
The average American has little knowledge of the extent to which our institutions of higher learning have been infected with a spreading cancer.
Last month’s “60 Minutes” feature on the H-1B employment-based visa brought back into national awareness the outrage about displacing U.S. workers with foreign-born labor and, at the risk of losing their severance, forcing Americans to train their overseas replacements.
Last week, the news was dominated by the debate about the American Health Care Act.
It has been assailed as the end of democracy.
I know an 8-year-old boy who likes all sorts of reptiles.
Ratholes. Both parties in Washington can’t stop going down their favorite rathole.
Governments and legislative bodies often do profoundly stupid things. But lately, it seems like we’ve been living through a veritable bumper crop of dumb.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised the American people over and over that if elected, he was going to be the one who would finally “get tough” with China.
Owning a firearm for self-defense is not for everybody.
Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have proven the ability to disrupt millions of lives with the stroke of a pen.
“Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.”
Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS.
Please don’t tell us conservatives that we need to find common ground with the left during this era of Trump.
In Blake Boggess’s opinion piece that evolution is false he made several mistakes, assumptions, and plainly misinformed the public.
I am not sure everyone understands the impact on our local economy illegals have on our construction workers.
This year, however, Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, both R-Ariz., see the possibility of success.
Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016?
America, being so sadly divided right now, really needs to find a way to reunite and become one again.
This past weekend, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country.
Each year dedicated volunteers across America put on a fundraising event known as “Relay For Life.” It is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
Evolution, or the so called theory of evolution, is a fraud. The idea that life comes from nothing is nonsense.
From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Donald Trump proclaimed in his inaugural address. As has been his habit, he added to the prepared text the word “only” and employed the rhetorical device of repetition by repeating “America first.”
Government failures come in two basic forms. The first kind is not achieving the intended result – say job training that leads to no jobs or a Marine recruiting campaign that gets few takers.
Since the 1990s, China has insistently waged a slow and deliberate imperial war of territorial expansion in the South China Sea.
Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions have been anything but consistent.
This week Kosovo accused Serbia of preparing to emulate “the Crimea model” and annex a predominantly ethnic Serb enclave within Kosovo. The accusation reflected a surge of nationalist anger in both countries and stirred legitimate fear of rekindled war.
This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years.
A new presidency looms – U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia notwithstanding.
The victim of the depraved crime captured in a Facebook Live video this month, a mentally disabled 18-year-old bound and gagged by tape, seemed confused and terrified as his assailants, at least one of whom he regarded as a friend, gleefully humiliated and tortured him.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump came out swinging – against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community.
On President Ronald Reagan’s desk in the Oval Office was a small plaque bearing the inscription, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”
In a move that stunned many Arizonans, it has been reported that the staff of current President Barack Obama has sent word that he will not move forward in designating the area in and around the Grand Canyon as a national monument.
The secular-left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that “’Religious Freedom’ legislation will be everywhere in 2017.”
As the U.S. mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia’s supposed “hacking” of the U.S. elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar.
Populism took the elites by surprise in 2016, so a review of this year’s cultural winners and losers must begin with a very long list of arrogant entertainers who thought it was completely impossible for the American people to descend into a pit of despair and ignorance and elect Donald Trump.
The new year is a time to make resolutions to improve your life over the next 12 months. This time around, there’s a new boss in the White House and the Republicans have control of Congress.
The playbook is always the same. Establish an orthodoxy – could be evolution or the environment or even abortion.
Hillary Clinton blames FBI Director James Comey for her humiliating loss in last month’s presidential election.
President Barack Obama likes to see himself as a moral leader.
Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop.
In the spirit of New Year’s, here are four resolutions for president-elect Trump and Congress that will enable them to really make America great again:
In the presidential campaign, no issue separated Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton more starkly than abortion.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, encouraged his followers to “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can... As long as ever you can.”
It should come as no surprise that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed credit for the Dec. 19 Berlin terror attack that killed 12 people and left another 48 injured, many critically.
It’s a shame that Michelle Obama says she’s feeling hopeless this Christmas, especially after all the wonderful opportunities she’s had as America’s first lady.
Over the past week, eastern Aleppo was completely brought back under control of the Syrian government. The population began to return to its homes, many of which were abandoned when al-Qaeda-linked rebels took over in 2012.
Judging from the reaction to some of Donald Trump’s Cabinet choices, there are two types of businesspeople Democrats distrust: those who behave as you would expect businesspeople to behave and those who don’t.
What is President-elect Donald Trump up to on foreign policy? It’s a question with no clear answer.
The latest intelligence revelations about Russia’s cyberpush for Donald Trump are so persuasive that even congressional Republican leaders have been compelled to take notice. There will indeed be investigations and hearings, in both chambers.
It’s time, if you please, just to get on with the Trump administration.
It’s been a tough decade for the political left.
I’ll bet you a can of Who Hash that you didn’t realize the classic holiday special “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (based on the 1957 book) celebrates its 50th anniversary on Dec. 18.
There is now a bustling industry of websites and Twitter accounts whose chief product is fiction masquerading as fact.
When President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, said he was ending diplomatic relations with the Nationalist Chinese government in Taiwan, The Dallas Morning News, a journal widely admired at the time for its robustly conservative viewpoint, called the administration’s action “shameful.”
Would any Republican besides Donald Trump have beaten Hillary Clinton and been elected the 45th president?
If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson
That the United States is not a direct democracy where decisions are decided by popular vote is a dilemma for Democrats unhinged over Donald Trump’s Electoral College win, who are now calling for a recount in some states.
On the same day Donald Trump was elected president, four states legalized marijuana for recreational use, while four others legalized or expanded access to medical marijuana.
Was this a “change election”? Donald Trump’s victory is widely attributed to the public’s thirst for something new, which he represented and Hillary Clinton didn’t.
The KDM published a couple great letters in a recent edition, particularly that of Bob Morrow. He was concise and clear and as far as I know, accurate.
What follows here is remarkably similar to what I had planned to write after an expected and prayed-for Hillary Clinton victory: Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics.
Terry Brown is a 55-year-old plumber in Stanley, North Carolina, a small town that is 90 percent white and whose motto is “Jesus Saves.” He is the sort of person media elites and coastal liberals allegedly overlooked or scorned before Donald Trump’s surprise victory.
Anthony Weiner is a pervert.
Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal, where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed “town hall” questions to Hillary Clinton.
We knew there could be a big October surprise before this bizarre and unpopular election finally came to an end.
Since I retired from teaching, my colleagues tell me it has gone from bad to worse because over-tested, bored students are no longer receiving the discipline necessary to ensure a safe learning environment.
But it’s not exactly safe to entrust your copy of the Constitution to Hillary Clinton, either.
This is an open letter to all those who think it is “cute” and “a statement of one’s high minded principles” to kneel or to sit or to turn their back, or to otherwise intentionally demean and insult the flag of this country when they are asked to rise and pledge their allegiance to the flag that represents all the good that this country has been and still is.
John Perazzo, writing for Front Page Mag, has put together all of the reasons why Hillary Clinton is the most unfit and undeserving individual to ever seek the office of the American presidency.
In the aftermath of the final presidential debate, some pundits were struck dead that Donald Trump would be so rude as to describe Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman.”
I had misquoted what a politician said in 1992, and a co-worker noticed the discrepancy.
On October 16, the Iraqi government officially declared that offensive operations to retake the city of Mosul have officially begun.
The divisiveness, bitterness and even nuttiness of the 2016 campaign is on full display in Arizona.
There are many good conservatives who are Never-Trumpers, and there are many good conservatives who will vote for Donald Trump.
It’s been roughly a week since the Access Hollywood tape helped to persuade key parts of the nation that Donald Trump might have a character problem.
We live in the information age, which is called that for the same reason the ice age got its name: an overwhelming proliferation of the stuff. We automatically assume that more information is better than less.
We have a really big problem where we live here in Mohave County. It’s called water. No water, no life. Pretty simple and not hard to understand.