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RAMclr-090115-mtdebt-IBD-COLOR-FINAL-FINAL.gif.cms_As a prelude to his “historic”–if you don’t believe it, ask the media–trip to Alaska, Mr. Obama, by executive fiat, renamed Mt. McKinley. Mr. Obama has as little lawful authority to do that as he had in issuing most of his lawless executive orders, as The New York Sun observes: 

It’s a mystery to us where President Obama or his interior secretary, Sally Jewell, gets the authority to rename in Alaska a mountain whose name was ratified by Congress a century ago as McKinley. We can understand the Democratic Party’s interest, in that McKinley, a Republican, was a particularly fine President. He was, moreover, one of four presidents felled by an assassin. We can understand, too, the sentiments of Alaska, whose legislature has wanted to change the name. Where, though, does the president come off doing this by fiat?

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High(er) Education

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Well, this would certainly explain a great deal…

Reuters) – The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Nearly 6 percent of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5 percent in 2007 but less than the 7.2 percent recorded in 1980, the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study found.

Less frequent pot smoking was also on the rise, according to the study, although not as sharply.

‘It’s clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an increase in marijuana use among the nation’s college students,’ said Lloyd Johnston, the study’s principal author. ‘And this largely parallels an increase we have been seeing among high school seniors.

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The Freddie Gray Case, Update 20: Profiling The Police

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The Baltimore Sun is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a conservative-leaning media outlet. That its coverage of the Freddie Gray case has been, for the most part less than helpful for the prosecution and the social justice narrative is not an indication that The Sun is striving to be balanced and professional, but that there is no actual known evidence against the officers. There is nothing to spin.

It is in editorials that The Sun reveals its real political leanings, and tries mightily to uphold the progressive, social justice as in this example: 

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Hubris and The Reality of Nature

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The Mission SanMiguel credit: aukeuisser.nl

The Mission SanMiguel
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Man, proud man. Dress’d in a little brief authority.

Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare

This is fascinating. Via Fox News:

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii –  Researchers made a surprising find when diving in the waters off Hawaii: a large US naval tanker that had been sitting unseen in 80 feet of water for nearly 60 years.

‘I turn around, and this giant, looming structure, so eerie,’ Melissa Price, a maritime archaeologist, told Hawaii News Now.

Price was one of three divers to discover the Mission San Miguel on Aug. 3 off the coast of Hawaii. During 1957 trip from Seattle to Guam, it hit a reef in the area and sank.

The crew was able to escape, but the ship went down.

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EPA Cockroaches v. Wyoming Welder, Part 3

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The Johnson family, environmental criminals
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On August 24, 2014, I asked these questions:

Imagine there was a federal government agency that could make up its own rules as it went along. Imagine that it could declare crimes, making previously lawful practices and benign daily actions illegal, independent of any congressional legislation. Imagine that it could deny those accused of violating its regulations and pseudo-laws due process and assess fines beyond the ability of any but the obscenely wealthy to pay. Imagine that it could seize lands and buildings whenever it chose. Imagine further that it could, without due process of law, garnish the wages of people it accuses of violating its whims.

I was speaking, of course, of the Environment Protection Agency, one of the most unaccountable, corrupt, arrogant and anti-American wings of the Progressive movement.

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Shameless Automotive Pandering

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2014 Ford Focus

2014 Ford Focus

Okay. I’m finally going to do it. I’ve avoided such pedestrian “what’s the best” arguments, but as she often does, my pal Bookworm, has inspired a brief article. I say brief, because I intend to state my preference and flee for the exits as from a pestilence before those with a differing opinion can get out of the starting blocks. I refer, of course, to my current preference for Ford vehicles.

Bookworm’s article is about the fact that electric cars really aren’t good for the environment, nor do they save the vast amounts of money their proponents claim. The SMM electric vehicle archive is available here.  Bookworm, however, drank at least a little of the Koolaid: 

And just a random aside:  We ended up getting Ford’s Focus electric car and it is a delight.  The downside is that it has a really big turning radius and has a low driving range for an electric car (about 70 miles).  The upside is that it is an absolute delight to drive.  Not only does it handle well, the interior is so well designed, and the electronic interface so much fun, that I get a kick every time I’m in the car.  Moreover, when we went on vacation back East, our rental car was a Ford sedan — a nice one, since my husband has car rental membership perks.  It was just as delightful to drive and sit in as the Focus.  Next time I’m in the market for a new car, I’m going to give Ford cars a very close look.

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The 14th Amendment: National Suicide?

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Among the issues stirred by by Donald Trump is that of birthright citizenship, the idea held as a virtual sacrament by amnesty and open borders cracktivists, that when a baby exits the birth canal and breathes its first breath, it is, so long as it breathes on American soil, by means of the 14th Amendment https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv  (ratified in 1868) an American citizen. The contemporary term of art is “anchor baby,” because that infant’s supposed citizenship also confers innumerable benefits on his parent, siblings, extended family, relatives, etc. forever after, amen. The child’s anchor sunk deep in the Constitution and American soil, the boat to which it is attached, regardless if it is full of the virtuous or vicious criminals, is virtually impossible to compel to sail for the waters of parental citizenship.

That’s all the nautical metaphors I can stand. Whew.

The portion of the 14th Amendment that relates to this issue is section 1, and particularly the first sentence:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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Soft Tyranny Times 2

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It’s the beginning of the second week of the 2015-2016 school year. What better time to examine two trends in K-12 education that do not bode well for the future, unless Americans once again take control of their laws and their schools? First, from Fox News, the Left’s continuing attempt to drive any mention of the influence of faith from our public schools, and one community’s bravery in fighting back: 

There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched.

The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.

‘The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,’ the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper.

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