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Archive for January 22nd, 2018

Monday’s video: “Roe v Wade” 45 years later

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January 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm

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The challenges to American hegemony in the age of Trump with Barry Jacobsen

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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger……….we will discuss the national security challenges facing President Trump……plus a look at the US as a super power in a world of terrorism and an expanding China……plus other stories………….

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Source: The challenges to American hegemony in the age of Trump with Barry Jacobsen 01/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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January 22, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Abortion and more unintended consequences

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My opposition to abortion is twofold:

First, abortion is the taking of a human life.   In 1973, the US Supreme Court legalized abortion in the US.   It is estimated that 45 millions abortions have taken place since Roe v. Wade!   It would be the largest state in the union!

Second, I do not agree with the Roe v Wade rationale.   I do not believe that a right of privacy supports abortion.   

Furthermore, abortion laws should be decided by citizens in their respective states. Let Texans, rather than federal judges, decide on abortion.

Beyond morality and federalism, we are painfully learning and suffering the growing consequences of abortion as John Lott wrote years ago:

“In the United States from the early 1970s, when abortion was liberalized, through the late 1980s, there was a tremendous increase in the rate of out-of-wedlock births, rising from an average of 5% of all births in 1965-69 to more than 16% two decades later (1985-1989).

For blacks, the numbers soared from 35% to 62%.

While not all of this rise can be attributed to liberalized abortion rules, it was nevertheless a key contributing factor.” (It’s Not Enough to Be ‘Wanted by John Lott’)

Abortion is bad for society and specially children!   It’s time to overturn “Roe v Wade” and let voters decide what they want to do.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm

It’s really spending

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Here is a fascinating report:    

“The federal government collected record total tax revenues of $443,715,000,000 in the first two months of fiscal 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through the end of November), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.
Despite these record tax revenues, the federal government still ran a deficit of $201,761,000,000 for those same two months.
That is because the government spent $645,476,000,000 in October and November.”

So it’s all about spending.   We are spending too much money!

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.


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January 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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1973: Another awful anniversary of “Roe v Wade” and abortion in the US

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It was on this day in 1973 that the Supreme Court made the awful Roe v Wade decision:

“In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Roe v. Wade that women, as part of their constitutional right to privacy, can terminate a pregnancy during its first two trimesters. Only during the last trimester, when the fetus can survive outside the womb, would states be permitted to regulate abortion of a healthy pregnancy.”

“Roe v Wade” was wrong on two counts:

First, abortion is the termination of a life.   I understand that some play word games but it is what it is, or the termination of a timeline that puts a little creature in a mother’s arms.

Second, “Roe v Wade” did not settle anything.  It made abortion legal but the issue continues to divide the country.  It will continue to be a divisive issue until voters, not 5 Justices in the Supreme Court, decide it in the ballot box.

A very sad anniversary!    

Roe v Wade has also poisoned the well, as we saw with the attacks on Judge Bork when he was selected to The Supreme Court in 1987.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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January 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm

“Roe v Wade” (the abortion decision) poisoned our judicial confirmations!

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Some of us are old enough to remember Travolta’s “Saturday Night Fever” and “the pre-Bork days” when judicial confirmations were easy and rather elegant.

They are not anymore and you can blame “Roe v Wade”, or the decision that legalized abortion in the the US.

Before “Roe v Wade”, abortion was a state matter. It was decided by voters and legislatures. 
Therefore, abortions were allowed in those places where voters decided to make it legal.

In 1973, The Supreme Court “found” a right to an abortion and we’ve been in a fist fight ever since.

Wouldn’t it be nice if judicial nominations were serious and without controversy?

It’d be nice but it won’t happen anytime soon!

 David Brooks wrote something about this in 2006:

“The fact is, the entire country is trapped.
Harry Blackmun and his colleagues suppressed that democratic abortion debate the nation needs to have.
The poisons have been building ever since.
You can complain about the incivility of politics, but you can’t stop the escalation of conflict in the middle.
You have to kill it at the root.
Unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, politics will never get better.”

Yes, overturn Roe v Wade and let the states decide and get all of this poison out of judicial nominations.
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January 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Don’t look now but even The Washington Post is warning Democrats……

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As I said before, I couldn’t believe that the Democrats would shut down the government over DACA.   It was insane because DACA is not a political plus in every region of the country.

Well, look what The Washington Post is posting today:    

A super PAC allied with Senate Democrats commissioned a poll in 12 battleground states in early December 2017, and it found that in more conservative states, blame for a shutdown would be split between Trump and Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

But when interviewers asked respondents about a shutdown that might be tied to the legal status of dreamers, Democrats absorbed more blame.

As someone who supports a resolution to help some of the “dreamers”, I find it hard to believe that Democrats shut down the government over the issue.   

My guess is that Democrats are feeling the pressure and will vote to open the government very quickly.

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January 22, 2018 at 11:30 am