To Be Absolutely Frank

To Be Absolutely Frank

Dear Mr. Speaker

By 9.29.15

Three years ago, in November of 2012, it was suggested here in this space that Speaker John Boehner be replaced. (Note: The article was re-run as a Flasback yesterday.) The suggestion was to replace him with an “outsider” as the Speaker of the House does not have to be a sitting member of the House. The outsider suggested was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The main point, however, was well beyond Speaker Boehner. The point, to quote again, was that too many Republicans are Fords (as in Gerald, a Boehner predecessor as House GOP Leader) and not Reagans.

Over the weekend, the Speaker took to the airwaves of CBS and decried what he called “false prophets” in the GOP, including, presumably, his own caucus. He alluded to his recent speech in which he called Senator Ted Cruz a “jackass.” CNN reported his Face the Nation interview this way (bold print for emphasis supplied):

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NBC Fires Trump, Keeps Sharpton

By 7.2.15

First there was Univision. Then there was NBC. Now here comes Macy’s.

Donald Trump’s willingness to discuss the truth on illegal immigration has drawn a haughty — not to mention bigoted — response from these three American institutions. Trump is happily responding to Univision’s breaking his contract with the network to air the Miss Universe pageant with a $500 million lawsuit. He’s kissed NBC and Macy’s — the latter the outlet that was carrying those famous Trump ties — goodbye. And as a result Trump’s poll numbers are surging.

Not to be cute? Well… duh. How dumb are these executives to not understand that not only are they setting themselves up for massive bad publicity and financial loss, they look like fools — bigoted fools — in the bargain. Brazenly denying simple facts of the illegal immigration mess that have been repeatedly reported by… just to pick one media outlet not-so-at-random… NBC. So let’s focus on NBC. Whence comes this statement from NBC/Universal:

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Do What the Cops Tell You: It Isn’t Rocket Science

By 12.2.14

It was shortly before Christmas in Washington, D.C., a Saturday night In the early 2000s. I had been invited to a neighborhood Christmas party on my Capitol Hill street. As it happened, afterward I was scheduled to go out to dinner with a neighbor and her two house guests, a couple visiting from Chicago, at a downtown restaurant. Shortly before the party was to begin I received a phone call from the clearly anxious party hostess. She had ordered liquor from a store on the other side of the Hill and the store had just called to say their delivery man was ill and she would have to pick it up herself. Alas, the hostess did not have a car. So she asked if I would go pick up the liquor, already paid for. 

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Ten Points About Islamic Jihad in America

By 10.1.14

Let’s see if we can all agree on a few points:

1. Whether our leaders wish to accept it or not, it is a fact that throughout America’s history, including current times, there have been and are people who do not subscribe to our way of life and wish to destroy us. Such people have been adherents to any number of noxious ideologies. In the past, they’ve been secessionists, anarchists, Bolsheviks, Nazis, black separatists, among other things.

2. Today, the most prominent and worrisome group is Islamists — more precisely, Muslim adherents to the doctrine of Sharia.

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Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Obama Is Just a Feint

By 6.27.14

So what’s with John Boehner’s newfound love of litigation? The speaker announced yesterday that he will ask the House to initiate a lawsuit against the president over his refusal to enforce the laws Congress has passed. That’s something the Wall Street Journal and George Will have both suggested, and it’s not a crazy idea.

First, the House likely has standing to bring an action. In 1990 a federal court held that a group of congressmen could not bring an action over George H.W. Bush’s failure to comply with the 1974 War Powers Resolution, but left open whether the House as a whole had standing. More recently, the House litigated the Defense of Marriage Act after the Obama administration declined to defend — and it would almost certainly have standing to litigate the president’s right to disregard litigation.

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Freedom Is Not Free

By 3.4.14

There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years.

The Federal Communications Commission's recent plan to have a "study" of how editorial decisions are made in the media, placing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices across the country, was one of the boldest assaults on freedom of the press. Fortunately, there was enough backlash to force the FCC to back off.

With all the sweeping powers available to government, displeasing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices could have brought on armies of "safety" inspectors from OSHA, audits from the Internal Revenue Service and many other harassments from many other government agencies.

Such tactics have become especially common in this administration, which has the morals of thugs and the agenda of totalitarians. They may not be consciously aiming at creating a totalitarian state, but shameless use of government power to crush those who get in their way can produce totalitarian end results.

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Goodbye 2013, We Won’t Miss You

By 12.26.13

If 2013 were a beauty pageant, it would be the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. If it were a movie, it would be “Titanic.” If it were a song, it would be “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.

Obamacare is its defining story and should be. Learning that the foundational promises of Obamacare – if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor and if you can’t afford care, you will be able to – were colossal lies from the beginning and would have been enough to ruin 2013 for people either stuck with significantly higher health insurance bills or faced with losing life saving care no longer covered under the new legally compliant plans.

But it is as if it were one long stream of bizarre, sometimes life threatening, other times life-diminishing spectacle, like a play co-written and performed by al-Qaida and Lady Gaga.

It is the year Americans found out that some of us were more deserving of Internal Revenue Service scrutiny than others and the year that Edward Snowden revealed every American’s rights are equally violated by the National Security Agency.

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Down with Disease

By 11.28.13

And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
—William Shakespeare, King John

How fortuitous we North Americans are. On the same day that Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor said he was “finished” with alcohol, we learned that Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) was arrested last month for buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover cop.

“I have no excuse for what I’ve done,” Radel said at a press conference last week. But he does have something else. Radel said he suffers from “the disease of alcoholism,” which “led to an extremely irresponsible choice.” Alcoholism may be the only disease whose symptoms include buying cocaine.

Rather than resigning, as Florida Democrats demanded, Radel is taking a leave of absence “to seek treatment and counseling,” he said. “I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

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Oprah’s Offensive Opinion

By 11.25.13

Since Oprah Winfrey was in London to promote "The Butler," a movie which depicts its subjects so dishonestly on the subject of race that Michael Reagan — who personally knew the film's key protagonists — called it "The Butler from Another Planet," it's not surprising that she would sputter more falsehoods about "racist" America in an attempt to stay in the public eye.

In an interview with the BBC, the self-made billionaire and long-time Obama supporter said that “disrespect for the office (of the president)…occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he is African American.”