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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Confederate States of America: A Model of Jeffersonian Democracy

DID YOU KNOW that the Confederate States of America was an economic powerhouse before Lincoln's lawless and needlessly ruinous slash & burn invasion?
By a huge margin, Per Capita income in EVERY southern state exceeded that of every state in the North, and economic historians described the CSA economy in 1861 as the 4th most powerful in the world. (So, it wasn't a backward, poor and medieval swamp deserving of invasion.) Man, have we been sold a bill of goods all these years by Lincoln apologists passing themselves off as objective American historians.
And just how Jeffersonian vs Hamiltonian/Lincolnian was the CSA governmental structure? Intended to inhibit federal overreach/tyranny/corruption/crony capitalism, here's just a sampling of the restraints incorporated in the CSA Constitution:
1. To restrain general gov't spending, thus containing the growth and corruption of that gov't, the CSA Constitution required a 2/3 vote in each legislative chamber just to INTRODUCE a spending bill !!!!!
2. Bills were clean, i.e. no tack-ons unrelated to the bill under consideration = no pork, no 3,000 page indecipherable omnibus bills catering to an army of lobbyists.
3. Spending for Internal improvements, aka infrastructure, had to be financed by the States and/or private sector--NOT the central government !!! (This is also a requirement in our Constitution though you wouldn't know it. Trump, take careful note !!!)
4. The one 6-yr term President possessed the line-item veto
***5. By a 2/3 vote in each chamber any State in the confederacy was empowered to impeach ANY federal officer operating in that State's territory requiring a timely trial of that offending officer by the national Senate. (You can be sure that reduced federal abuse, overreach at the State level, huh?)
6. Only 3 States (roughly 25% of the States) were needed to propose amendments to the Constitution, and 2/3 of all States were required to ratify same. (Our Constitution under Art V requires 2/3 of States to propose amendments and 3/4 to ratify.)
7. For new States to be admitted into the confederacy, a 2/3 vote in both the House & Senate was required. (Currently, our Constitution requires but a simple majority in both houses of Congress to admit a new State.)
This is just a sampling of the enlightened Jeffersonian provisions contained in the CSA Constitution, some or all of which today's Convention of State advocates should seriously take a look at. (We should carefully consider these provisions for incorporation in our our own US Constitution.)
The more I read about the REAL Confederate States of America the more I come to realize how painfully misinformed we have all been regarding the prosperity, productivity and educational level of the CSA (1 in 248 Southerners were college educated vs 1 in 780 in the North). And BOTH whites and blacks shared in this prosperity. (There's a good reason why so many 'slaves' gallantly fought on the side of the Confederacy.)
Over the years, self-serving revisionist historians hellbent on rendering the North--and Czar Lincoln in particular--the "good guys" have sold us a pack a lies. After all, it is the victor who writes the history, inclusive of all the misinformation and spin, of course. (If you get a chance, for starters check out Donald Livingston's videoed historical commentaries about all aspects of that otherwise terrible and deliberately mischaracterized period in our history. Very enlightening, educational. Might even piss ya' off when you realize how hood-winked we've been all this time.)
For some time now, I have understood that the South can take justifiable pride in its illustrious history and the statuary honoring its heroes, the latter which the crazed Fascist Left revisionists have been intent on destroying these last several years.
Oh, and why did the South lose its War for Independence? Very simply, it was badly out-gunned and terribly out-numbered. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Alternative to a Union on Life Support?

Been giving some thought to how best to solve our country's slide into self-induced oblivion. With that in mind, I posted this on Real Conservatives and other sites. What's your take?
Alternative to a Union on Life Support?
Bearing in mind that the founders were very careful not to include the word "perpetual" to describe the union of States the Constitution fashioned, and understanding that history dictates that no nation is immutable, then why not a purposeful re-organization of this system to better ensure its stability and adherence to republicanism and constitutional order?
What has been proposed in the past is the political break-up of the union into 4-5 Administrative Regions, each comprised of legislative representatives based upon the 1:30,000 ratio rule suggested by our founders. (Today's unmanageable ratio is 1:730,000), Each of those Regions would also elect a Regional Governor. Those Regions would be essentially self-governing except in those areas which have already been specifically delegated by the States to the general gov't. (Think Swiss cantons, the purist federal system existing in the world today.) And as the 1:30,000 ratio is exceeded, a Region is duly downsized by the creation of additional Regions as needed. What matters is the retention of a manageable ratio of reps-to-constituents, this to ensure a genuine representative republic.
In turn, these Regions would appoint an equal number of Regional "delegates" to the general government, the latter which would pretty much look like it does today, except that the national legislature would be unicameral. All three federal branches would remain, but the Regions would have considerably greater latitude in striking down/nullifying federal executive and judicial edicts as well as administrative regulations.
Short of this remedy, the ONLY peaceful founder-sanctioned remedy is recision/withdrawal/secession by the various States followed by the formation of various independent confederacies which may well opt for a close economic/political/military alliance among themselves. Populated by people with differing cultural outlooks, each confederacy would be republican in nature and would act in its own interest and with its own peculiar ideological biases incorporated into its manner of governing. Those citizens with a more traditional, conservative bias and those with a more utopian/socialist outlook would naturally gravitate toward like minded regions, a reordering which would reduce the current level of cultural/political/ideological turmoil, thus obviating the need for full-on secession.
Whichever remedy works best works for me. Either remedy would be lawful and go a long way to arresting our national suicide. But I hope one or the other occurs SOON!!! Expecting fleeting kumbaya moments of faux unity and the occasional short-lived tamping down of inflammatory rhetoric to solve the fundamental breakdown in constitutional order and the abysmally deep cultural/ideological divide existing today is nothing short of delusional.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trump Tries to Rein in Federal Domestic Imperialism

As I mentioned previously, the Enclave Clause (Art 1 Sec 8 of the Constitution) specifically limits federal land ownership/control "over all places purchased by consent of the [State} legislature...for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards and other needful buildings." THAT'S IT! No other purposes! Thus, if the feds want to expand that list to other objects, then the Constitution needs to be amended. Neither Congress nor the President is empowered to issue edicts or to pass laws in this regard which do not comport with the Constitution, the supreme law of the land.
So, while I'm pleased Trump and Zinke are trying to administratively reduce Obama's and his predecessors' obscenely greedy land grabs within various State territories, my advice to the Administration is to consult the Constitution and fulfill your Constitutional obligations. Respect and uphold Art I Sec 8 of the Constitution.
Let there be no mistake, folks. The blame for this federal imperialism falls squarely on the feckless, spineless States themselves. Their lack of principle, their ignorance of their constitutional authority in such matters, and their greedy acceptance of massive federal handouts over the years (bribes) have enslaved them and their citizens. And now they whine and look to their enslavers, the feds, to bail them out of a situation they themselves created by permitting this lawless federal land grab in the first place. Jerks!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Here We Go Again: Another Subversive Lib Assault on Trump's Legitimacy

As part of the Liberals' orchestrated assault upon the legitimacy of Trump's presidency, and on the basis of their shoddy understanding of the Constitution's "emoluments clause", two Liberal Attorney Generals (Maryland & DC) have recently sued Trump for earning income from his properties while he is President. Unsurprisingly, their contention is utterly without foundation. To counter idiotic leftist arguments in this regard, it is important you arm yourself with facts. Don't permit lawyerly spinmeistering to dictate your viewpoint. When in doubt, ALWAYS consult the Constitution. Here are the facts:
An “emolument” is a perk attached to an office. See Webster’s 1828 dictionary which is more contemporaneous to our founding period
See also the 12 Federalist Papers which mention the term “emoluments”
"Emoluments” are mentioned at Art. I, Sec. 9, last clause, and at Art. II, Sec. 1, next to last clause.
Art. I, Sec. 9, last clause, prohibits any federal officer from accepting (without the consent of Congress), any present, Emolument, Office, or Title from any foreign State.
Art. II, Sec. 1, next to last clause, prohibits the President from receiving additional Emoluments from the United States or from any State.
The Emoluments now attached to the office of Presidency include living in the White House, with a full staff, Air Force One, security protection, and similarly relevant perks. Those perks can’t be increased or decreased by the United States or any of the 50 States. And Trump can’t get a job lobbying for any foreign State while he is President.
But this has nothing to do with Trump’s private businesses!
George Washington’s Mount Vernon was a large business enterprise selling whiskey, flour, among other produce. When Washington’s farm sold its produce, the proceeds weren’t “emoluments” within the meaning of the Constitution – they were the income from his farm.
It has been so long since we had a President who did something besides live off the taxpayers while in public office, that we have forgotten that real men can have successful businesses BEFORE they run for office. In fact, it was the purpose of the founders to send "citizen representatives" to Washington for short periods of time who would, after performing their civic responsibilities as stewards of their country, return to their regular vocations/businesses. The founders did not intend that income earned from their private enterprises automatically be denied these citizen representatives while they were fulfilling their civic responsibilities in Washington. Today, of course, most representatives to Washington become careerists and blood-suckers who haven't a clue as to the original meaning and intent of a Constitution most of whom have never even read - NOT what our founders anticipated or intended.
Why do these AGs do this? Recall the Democrat Goal: RULE OR RUIN

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


In TIGHTROPE, Jim Delaney candidly chronicles his unique professional challenges and personal trials as director of a humanitarian operation in Laos before, during and after the Communist takeover there in 1975. Available at "CreateSpace Store".

Book signings at Alpha & Omega Bookstores: July 8 (Noon-2) Penfield store; July 15 (3-5) Greece store.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

British Dingbattery

Dingbattery! There's gotta' be a psychological term for delusional folks like the Manchester Mayor and other Islamic terrorist apologists. Cognitive Dissonance? Dissociative Disorder? And on a macro societal level, such disorders are, of course, suicidal? The Mayor's PC shamelessly dishonors the victims of the terrorist attack.
The mayor of Manchester says that Salman Abedi, the son of Libyan migrants who killed 22 people including children in the name of Allah, was actually not a Muslim.

How Best to Protect Refugees and Our Children

No terrorist attacks in Japan, Poland, Slovenia and Hungary. NONE! And I wonder why. Simple really. Because these countries which value the security of their children utterly reject PC strong arming to resettle refugees from Muslim countries. DUH!
Of course, needy, persecuted Muslim refugees deserve protection, but NOT resettlement. It's well past time to seriously establish well-protected and well-provisioned "safe zones" overseas. But, since such a remedy is commonsense and workable, those in the suicidal globalist Leftist circles will continue to reject such a sensible proposal. They're insane.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Exposure of Democrat Party Perfidy Inescapable

LIKE MANY OF YOU, I'm sure, I too have been carefully reading many reports of late which strongly suggest that the insidious Democrat Party apparatchiks--the Clintons, the DNC, and their unprincipled political cronies and allies--are, quite literally, awash in heinous scandals which, up to now, have been either fairly well concealed or conveniently ignored.

That said, however, I'm increasingly encouraged that the full scope of their corruption and perfidy is finally seeping through their well-crafted web of lies, deceit and disinformation. And as proof of their misdeeds are exposed to public scrutiny, the breadth of their criminality will become harder and harder to hide and cronies within will begin to crack and scurry for cover.
So, take heart, folks, I honestly believe that it's only a matter of time when the on-going investigative efforts--by both private and public entities--will converge and, in turn, lead to full and painful exposure of the Democrat Party's AWFUL lawlessness and subversion. It's not going to be pretty. It will be painful for a nation already racked by division and conflict. The exposure will likely turn the DC political world upside down. But, the sooner all the terrible truth is fully exposed the sooner we can bind our wounds and move on as a nation where Rule of Law is once again fully honored.
Our job, of course, is to remain vigilant, engaged, informed and, yes, appropriately angry. Like Gingrich recently counseled, to save America we must all "FIGHT!"

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In the Battle for America's Soul, Who Will Win?

In the face of an unrelenting blitzkrieg of debilitating Lefty attacks on this Administration, Newt Gingrich offers up some timely and sobering advice to the SPINELESS GOP: “Further surrendering will destroy America as we know it. Far from making America great again, we will have yielded our country to left-wing THUGS, LIARS and INTIMIDATORS. Those of us who truly want to make America great again have one choice: Fight!”
Folks, we really are at a crossroads. Leftist tyranny and thuggery are manifestly out of control--and they're winning!
Take the time to at least telephone Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to get off their unprincipled duffs by leading a powerful resistance against Leftist subversion of both the Administration and the Republic. Tell them to fight as if the survival of our country depended upon it--because it does!
In this toxic ideological battle for our souls, the silent and the meek will be crushed.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich didn't hold anything back... but will enough Americans listen?

Leftist Hypocrisy in a Nutshell

This sums it up very nicely.
Some words were cropped out of the Ass's comment. It should read "That just means we should keep investigating."
If this doesn't validate why Trump and the GOP must engage in TOTAL POLITICAL WAR against the Liberal weasels, nothing will. It's well past time to throttle the unprincipled, shameless Left. And while you're at it, TAKE NO PRISONERS!!!!! Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's time to pull all stops and begin intensive investigations in the Left's corruption and subversion.

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What Voter Fraud and Irregularities?

The Kansas-run interstate voter registration crosscheck program recently discovered the following discrepancies:
At least 7.2 million registrations appeared in two states at once, according to the data.
Georgia (660,708), North Carolina (561,811), and Illinois (542,065) lead the 28 states studied in potential duplicated voter registrations across state lines.
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More than 7 million voter registrations appear to be registered in two states simultaneously, according to data obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

California: A Profile in Progressive Insanity

Too often we scrape the surface of problems and merely deal with the symptoms of our political, cultural, economic ills. In this brief and brilliant post, Prof. Victor Davis Hanson, a California resident, offers up a chillingly concise analysis of the perils of Modern Liberalism/Progressivism by profiling the insanity of political and PC-dominated Progressive policies in that State. Take a few minutes to READ IT. Compelling and instructive.
Prof. Hanson's post underscores why...
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by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review Instead of overcoming challenges, progressive politicians exploit them to expand government. Shortly after the 2008 election, President Obama’s soon-to-be c…

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Unexplained Murder of a Wikileaks Mole in the DNC

THIS IS NOT A NEW STORY. In a previous post, I mentioned the unexplained murder of a DNC staffer in DC shortly after a trove of incriminating DNC emails was made public by Wikileaks last year.
Both the FBI and the DC police have access to the emails which Seth Rich, a Sanders supporter working for the DNC, had passed on to Wikileaks.
Some time ago, Wikileaks put up a $20K reward for info leading to the identification and arrest of Mr. Rich's killer. So far, defeaning silence from the Democrats and from both the DC police and the FBI. Gee, ya' don't think there's a cover-up going on, do you? Nah. Not the DC elite. They would never do anything like that, would they?
Wiki long ago pooh-poohed the Demoncrat narrative that Russia was the sole source of the DNC emails leaked to Wiki. There were also two British ambassadors who asserted that Russia was not the source of the DNC emails exposed by Wikileaks, and that they knew the DNC person actually leaking the emails to Wikileaks. Seth Rich? (Of course, there could have been other Wiki DNC moles as well.)
Where there's smoke, there's almost invariably fire, folks. And this is why the DemocRATS are doing their best to befuddle, divert our attention, obfuscate and cover up the truth.
As the article points out, this could one of the biggest political cover-ups in US history.
Something must be done to investigate this "unexplained murder" with every asset available to the DOJ and Congress. We must all push for it--including the President!
If we permit this scandal to be ignored as well, we as a nation are committing suicide and no amount of double-talk can conceal the awful reality that Rule of Law is, indeed, dead and buried.
And while we're at it, the DOJ must be COMPELLED to immediately launch a full scale investigation of the Clinton Foundation, the Hillary email scandal, the felonious leaks and unmasking, Hillary's corrupt uranium deal with Russia, and last but by no means least, the preventable Benghazi deaths. These scandals are not the creations of simple-minded conspiracists or are they politically motivated speculative theories. They are painfully real and dangerous threats to the security and welfare of this country.
Somebody in DC with spine, principle and authority must finally get off his/her dead ass and get all this done.
Left-wing media outlets including New York Times and CNN have so far failed to cover a FOX News report concerning Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Imperial Federal Land Seizures Continue

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the federal land grab over the years has been nothing short of breathtakingly unconstitutional! This usurpation is in direct conflict with the Constitution's "Enclave Clause".
But it doesn't stop there. For some time now, presidents have been relying on the Antiquities Act of 1906 to condone the seizure of vast amounts of sovereign State territory for the purpose of establishing "national monuments" which has the effect of denying access to and use of millions of acres of State land irrespective of the seizure's local economic impact.
The Antiquities Act specifies that designated areas must cover “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” The first monument created under the Antiquities Act, Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming, covers 1,347 acres, less than 3 square miles. The monument covers the Devil’s Tower itself — nothing more.
But, give the feds the authority and they will surely exceed all commonsense and statutory restraints--AND with barely a hint of resistance from our spineless States, which have morphed into mere vassals of our federal lord and master.
For example, Obama designated Bears Ears Nat'l Monument which encompasses 1.35m acres (2100 sq miles!). Clinton designated the Grand Staircase Escalante Nat'l Monument, a 1.9m grab encompassing nearly 3,000 sq miles!
And nary a peep of protest from our hat-in-hand, submissive States which continue to bow and scrape before Leviathan. Sickening.
Why do I bother?

(Megan Hansen and Camille Harmer, InsideSources) Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that tasks the Interior Department with investigating 24 of the…

Friday, May 5, 2017

America Headed for Single-Payer Health Care.

As said before, to make sense of DC machinations I try to evaluate those political developments through a constitutional lens. For me, doing so simplifies and clarifies.
To wit, the provision of health care is within the Constitutional province of the States alone--NOT the federal government. (See Art 1 Sec 8 and 10th Amendment.) But, the Constitution is irrelevant these days. So, to keep their campaign pledge to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, Republicans in the House have, by the thinnest of margins, approved what is, in effect, Obamacare Lite.
Just to be clear, Obamacare was NOT "repealed" by the House. It wasn't really "replaced" either. It was tinkered with and rewritten to reduce costs and to improve upon patient centered health care.
Yes, it's an improvement over the costly, ham-handed, authoritarian Obamacare abomination, but any reasonable person must see that the age-old Progressive goal of government control of health care is fast becoming an acceptable goal on both sides of the aisle. (And unless we're VERY careful, it's only a matter of time before healthcare, education AND the right to self-defense are ceded by the People to our federal masters. And once surrendered, only revolution can restore them to the People.)
The people have drunk the kool-aid and don't want to surrender it. Bread and circuses are seductive and difficult to resist. Human nature.
Those of you who are familiar with the Hegelian Dialectic understand that the GOP health care bill is but a historical compromise with big government Liberal dogma. Long-term winners: Progressivism and Socialism. Oh, the Libs will whine over and lament this watered down version of Obamacare, but the hardcore ideologues among them are quietly licking their chops. The House has unwittingly vindicated the Left's Progressive agenda.
For some time now, this country has clearly been on a socialist, top-to-bottom glide path because the People, with the help of years of slick and relentless Progressive propaganda, have bought into the notion that big government is the answer. In the end, history's lessons will be ignored and Socialism will prevail until it collapses yet again.
We can hope that more thoughtful constitution-minded heads in the Senate will give this bill a harder look and render it more palatable. But I'm not counting on it.
On the bright side: Planned Parenthood has been defunded for a year. (Gee, what will those researchers out there do without PP-supplied baby parts? Curses!)
House Republicans say their bill repeals the ACA. Instead, it leaves the essential structure of that law in place.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

How's Trump Doing on Refugee Admissions Pledge?

SO HOW'S MR. TRUMP DOING ON HIS REFUGEE ADMISSIONS SLOWDOWN? And I don't want to hear defenders saying he was undermined by renegade judges--which, of course, he was, but that's only part of the story.
The point is HE NEVER HAD TO PLACE A REFUGEE SLOWDOWN/A REDUCED CAP IN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER! Which begs the question, did he and/or his advisors knows this, but not wanting to offend the powerful "resettlement industry", included the annual cap reduction in the EO anyway? Incompetence or an intentional ruse to placate the obscenely self-serving resettlement industry?
The Refugee Act of 1980 gives the President enormous powers to unilaterally cap resettlement and to slow down the processing of refugees by simply imposing more stringent vetting requirements. In short, he didn't and doesn't need an EO to do this!!!!!! And as for the renegade judges, he should at least promptly call for their impeachment!!!!!! (That said, he is also constitutionally empowered to nullify those ridiculous rulings.)
Since Inauguration Day, 12,218 "refugees", many from Somalia and Syria, have been resettled in the United States. This puts the number for this fiscal year at 42,235. At this rate, Trump's FY'17 "cap" of 50,000 will be exceeded by over 10,000!!!! Not pretty.
Mr. Trump was either hoodwinked by his advisors when crafting the EO or he knowingly played a part of this ruse.
The lawless judges will surely have blood on their hands, but we can't excuse executive "incompetence" either, should this influx lead to more otherwise preventable terrorist bloodshed in the homeland.
Sorry, but I'm calling it as I see it. And this from a retired private sector refugee resettlement manager and immigration counselor. So, no, I am in no way a xenophobe. Quite the contrary. Just a commonsense patriot.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Draining the Swamp" of Pedophiles

Owing to years of rampant political corruption and faithlessness to the Constitution on the part of so many of our political leaders, I am, admittedly, an unrepentant cynic of the first order. Yet despite that hard-boiled cynicism, for years now even I have given scant credence to the relentless rumors of pedophile rings in DC. Not even I could believe it. Well, was I ever wrong!
Enter Rep. Trey Gowdy, arguably the finest, most principled political leader on Capitol Hill today.
Apparently, these rings are more than the stuff of rumor. Nearly in tears, and after viewing evidence of child sexual predation, he is spearheading congressional hearings on this egregious criminal enterprise. And isn't it interesting that it is the hypocritical Left--which forever uses children to advance its self-serving progressive agenda--which appears to be the principal source of this gruesome behavior. Why am I not surprised.
South Carolina should be enormously proud of Representative Gowdy. He's an honorable and decent man who really does care. He deserves our fullest support. Let's hope heads roll--and soon.
A country which kills its own children and sexually assaults them as well cannot endure.
(Angry Patriot) – Surprise, patriots. There are some decent politicians out there. Trey Gowdy’s returned to Congress, and he’s ready to help drain the swamp by putting…

Monday, April 17, 2017

Immigration: Trump Must Exercise His Constitutional Authority

Yes, Mr. Trump has the legal authority to stop processing refugees with or without a formal moratorium. But, more to the point, he has the constitutional authority and DUTY–that’s DUTY– to ignore the renegade judges who lawlessly “ruled” against his congressionally-sanctioned Executive Order.
The judiciary is populated by faithless, black-robed, arrogant, agenda-driven and unaccountable oligarchs. And that’s the awfully painful truth of the matter. We have invested far more power in the judiciary than our Founders ever intended, so I’m not surprised we find ourselves in this lawless quagmire. Ignoring the judges’ vile, lawless rulings would have ended this alien invasion and would have restored at least a semblance of constitutional order. But, when not even Mr. Trump’s advisors understand the Constitution--much less read it--I’m not surprised that Mr. Trump has been reduced to constitutional irrelevance.
The pervasive ignorance of the Constitution which plagues this once venerable republic will be our undoing. Frankly, for a political leader to exercise both constitutional restraint AND authority these days requires an incredible level of courage, spine, clear-thinking, and principle, all of which have been in dangerously short supply for dedades.
And so it goes with this once great constitutional republic. Our being added to the ash heap of history appears to be our destiny.
It has been 4 weeks since President Trump announced his 120-day “moratorium” on refugee resettlement as…

"Moderate Muslims" v "Radical Muslims" ?

This brief and pithy article persuasively contends that the West's differentiating between "Radical Muslim" and "Moderate Muslim" is delusional. And while it is objectively difficult to argue with that premise when all professed Muslims adhere to the same basic teachings, my own view is that not unlike the reformation which occurred in Christianity hundreds of years ago, is it really that intellectually difficult to believe that some Muslims--most particularly those who have been exposed to Western values and culture--have, indeed, moderated their INTERPRETATION of basic Koranic beliefs?
To wit, though all Christians believe in the Bible, does it necessarily follow that their interpretation of the Bible is the same? Obviously not.
Historically, and as the article points out, even Muhammed was angered by "moderates" (spouting what wasn't in their hearts) within his ranks. And the fact that extremists like Pres. Erdogen of Turkey, among other Islamists in the world today, are so incensed with the notion of "moderate Muslims" tells me that some moderate Muslims must exist. Otherwise these rigidly doctrinaire Islamists wouldn't be so fired up. And, of course, there's Dr. Jasser, American citizen, former US Navy Cmdr, who is often interviewed by FOX and who is a very vocal opponent of Jihadism/Islamism. To me, a hard-boiled cynic who understands that one of the teachings of militant Islam is Taqqia (lying to mislead), Dr. Jasser and others like him in the US simply do not strike me as congenital liars and disinformation campaigners for Jihadis. They strike me as genuine moderates. Of course, the challenge for us is to accurately differentiate moderate and extremist, and I'm not sure we're there yet. Am I naive?
What do you think?
Most non-Muslims have little actual knowledge of Islam. They have never read the Koran, hadith reports, or books on sharia, Islamic law. Thus, their knowledge of Islam comes primarily from the half-truths and lies provided by the mainstream media…

Marijuana Regulation Vested in States--NOT the Federal Government

I'm no fan of marijuana, but I am greatly impressed that a presidential advisor actually understands that marijuana laws fall within the purview of the States--NOT the imperial federal government--this per the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution. 
AG Sessions should understand this, but like so many well-intentioned, emotion-driven politicians and appointed federal officers today precious few consult the Constitution before endorsing federal actions which would clearly violate the Law of the Land.
My hat's off to Roger Stone for drawing the President's and the Attorney General's attention to their pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. We need a LOT more of this before we can ever hope to restore constitutional order.

Roger Stone says the president should reject his attorney general's "outmoded thinking on marijuana."