Past and Current Chairman of DNC Make News for Controversial Statements

Former Chairman of the Democratic Party Howard Dean and current Chairman Tom Perez both were in the news last week.  In one case, we got a full assault on free speech and in the other, a comment that people with anti-abortion beliefs were simply not welcome in the Democratic Party under any circumstances, as if reinforcing the assault on free speech.

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Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean

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Quick Takes on a Friday

The craziness at America’s higher education institutions continues to amaze….

A student group at Duquesne University fears that a Chick-fil-A will endanger their ‘safe spaces’ and is asking the University to ban them from campus.  The fear of the chicken sandwich is apparently real.


After reports that former UN Ambassador and National Security chief Susan Rice submitted a number of special requests to go around procedures to keep secret the names of US citizens that intelligence agencies had inadvertently spied upon (see my earlier blog post from Tuesday, April 11), the House Intelligence Committee is formally looking into the matter and questioning if Rice used her government position for political purposes since most of the names she requested were Trump campaign officials.


And finally, President Trump yesterday signed a bill that would allow states to spend federal grants the way that they wish, and overturned an Obama-era mandate that they not be able to restrict those government funds from going to Planned Parenthood.   The measure does not change funding but lifts the restrictions the federal government had previously placed on the states.


California in the News

Two news items this week give a glimpse of life in ultra-liberal California.

The first is that, despite already having the highest taxes in the country, Governor Jerry Brown has decided that isn’t enough and wants more.  He has proposed a 12 cents a gallon increase on gas and a roughly 15% increase on vehicle fees.  This, he said, is needed to pay for road repairs and for the underfunded state pensions and comes after other tax increases when he first came to office. With the free spending style of California government, there will never be enough taxpayer money to go around and it will be a short time before there is another tax increase after this one.

The other news is that the California Attorney General announced he will file felony charges against two conservative activists who secretly filmed conversations with Planned Parenthood employees about buying body parts from aborted fetuses.

Isn’t it the ultimate sense of how far pro-abortion backers will go to defend even the most extreme outrage? To be sure, filming without obtaining someone’s permission is illegal. But it’s not often enforced, just ask all of the celebrities in Hollywood and Los Angeles, California. And aside from that, California is prosecuting two people who filmed conversations but are taking no action on those who offered to sell human body parts! These two were filming potentially illegal activity, but the illegal activity is ignored. Why? Because abortion must be protected at all costs, in the minds of the California Attorney General. Even if that means locking up a whistleblower.

On Cabinet and SCOTUS Nominations…

With the election of a new President, we have the nomination for new members of the Cabinet. And with a current vacancy on the Supreme Court, President Trump has also nominated someone to fill the spot created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. All of these require the approval of the Senate.

The Cabinet nominations have been opposed fiercely by Democrats in the Senate, and they promise to do so when the nomination for the next justice of the Supreme Court is considered. With just two exceptions, a majority of Senate Democrats have voted against every nominee.   And the process is taking longer than it ever has, in part because Democratic opposition has been so fierce that, in a couple of cases, every Democratic Senator has simply got up and walked out of the hearings. As recently as earlier, the vote on the nominee to lead the Dept. of Health and Human Services went past 2 AM because of the long debate. Continue reading “On Cabinet and SCOTUS Nominations…”