The overarching theme of President Barack Obama's Tuesday State of the Union Address was that his first six years as president have been a success. Do his claims match reality?
The White House intentionally asked that the address take place on January 20 so it would mark the six-year anniversary of his first State of the Union. Obama then began the speech with a remark that recalled that address. more >>
The Imitation Game, like all historical movies, has little relation to actual history and is primarily a fictional interpretation of the brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing who helped break the German military code during World War II.
Accepting that the film does not convey reality in specifics, and that it somewhat extols Turing as a gay martyr in sync with Hollywood p.c., it still entertainingly captures some larger realities about the ethics of global statecraft.
British code breakers at the now legendary Bletchley Park at the war's start struggled mightily to surmount Germany's encoding Enigma machine, a version of which had been smuggled to the British by Polish intelligence. Although unreferenced in the film, the heroic Polish agents were captured and tortured by the Germans but reportedly never surrendered their secret. more >>
President Barack Obama was the first president to mention lesbian, bisexual and transgender people during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, when he commented on the persecution of minority groups throughout the world, but he's not the first president to reference the gay community in America during the national address.
"As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened, which is why I've prohibited torture and worked to make sure our use of technology, like drones, is properly constrained. That's why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer," Obama said.
Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in California, praised the president's acknowledgment of the LGBT community. more >>
It's Roe v. Wade all over again, as the Supreme Court is poised to invent a new right to same-sex marriage found nowhere in the four corners of the Constitution. Fortunately, the Founders gave us checks and balances against this overreaching in power.
The Framers understood the tendency of a branch of government to expand, and they empowered both Congress and the States with the legislative tools necessary to avert the encroachment. A branch of government will transgress its boundaries until the other branches exercise their authority to restrain the breach.
When the Supreme Court ruled that the State of Georgia should give land back to an Indian tribe, President Andrew Jackson reportedly responded by saying, Chief Justice "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it." Both Georgia and Jackson then ignored and declined to enforce that act of judicial supremacy. more >>
In the State of the Union last night, the president talked a lot about the challenges we face as a country, and I appreciate that he finally acknowledges that the middle class is being squeezed.
But unfortunately, he has chosen to double down on the failed policies that have prevented so many Utahns and hardworking Americans from getting ahead in the first place.
We know these are not serious proposals because the president is not serious about getting them through Congress. For him, it's all 2016 partisan politics now, and Republicans shouldn't waste time debating the merits of the president's political talking points. more >>
There was sad news in the breeding world last week. Toystory, the bull that set the world record for producing offspring, died.
The Wall Street Journal did a fascinating front-page story on this randy beast saying "Rare is the bull with the genes and testicular fortitude to sell a million units of semen."
In the cutting edge world of cow insemination and reproduction, Toystory was a legend. He sired offspring in 50 different countries. He was the Bill Clinton of international relations. more >>