Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Pouting toward an imperial presidency

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From page A8 | July 07, 2014 |

Is it starting to get a little boring to you too? It seems I write most of my columns refuting false, overblown partisan claims emanating from the far-right fringe of American politics. It’s an endless task, for sure, and we’re in a rut, trudging through the same mud, again and again.

Sometimes, I wish the conservative propaganda factories would invent some totally new manufactured controversy to talk about. Good, bad, or ugly, I prefer the truth, but I’ll admit, I’m always amused, watching the Fox entertainers lie to me and tell me to follow mankind’s basest prejudices.

But propagandists don’t have to lie to send a false message.

Take John Takeuchi’s June 30 Daily Republic column, “How important is liberty to you?”

In that column, instead of simply listing the usual Fox talking points, which have been widely discussed and repudiated, he simply recaps them in a series of questions that presuppose they are all true, and then asks, “Are you OK with a Congress that will not hold the president accountable for such behavior?”

The obvious answer is, “No!” but I wonder which president is he talking about.

Let’s look at John’s first questions, “Are you OK with a president who ignores his oath to faithfully execute the laws? How about picking and choosing which laws to implement?”

He, of course, is pulling out the old Fox canard that Obama is an “imperial president,” dictating his own laws. As “proof,” they cite the fact that he has used executive orders to get some things done as Congress has proven inert. Just a few days ago, President Obama said, “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing. . . . and in this situation, the failure of the House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”

The Republicans in Congress responded, not by doing their job, but by childishly threatening to sue the president for making them look bad by doing their job for them.  It seems that with each passing year of the Obama presidency, Congress breaks its previous records of immaturity and inactivity.

So, how many executive orders has our “imperial” president issued? The answer of 183 may seem like a lot, until you compare that to George W. Bush’s 291 and Ronald Reagan’s 381.

But while the conservative propaganda factories focus on President Obama’s use of executive orders, probably because that term sounds so imperial, there is another tool in the box that allows a president to alter bills passed by Congress. In addition to an outright veto, the president can use a “signing statement” to reject or alter parts of a bill. George W. Bush used signing statements to defy, redefine or contort about 1,200 provisions in 161 laws he signed, twice as many as all his predecessors combined, while “imperial” President Obama has only 27 signing statements.

When George W. Bush wrote his signing statements and executive orders, the Democrats couldn’t stop him. Now that President Obama is doing it, Republicans are left crying in the corner. Bit by bit, year by year, more and more power collects in the hands of the president, but “imperial” Obama is not to blame.

We are not yet at the point of Richard Nixon’s “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal,” but, because of the spoiled-child hubris when the Republicans are in power, and stubborn, sulking lack of compromise when out, we edge ever closer to that Constitutional cliff.

It’s time for Congress to grow up.

Mike Kirchubel grew up in Fairfield and is the author of “Vile Acts of Evil – Banking in America.” He can be reached at mikirch@comcast.net.

 

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  • TJ BairdJuly 07, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Mike, I could not agree more with your statement, "Its time for Congress to grow up." However, I do hope that when you are referring to Congress, you have both the Senate and House of Representatives in mind. As for President Obama, he too must "grow up" and realize that legislating is not as much fun or as easy as politicking. It seems that the design of our system is for it to be challenging to get laws passed as a part of the checks and balances baked into way things Constitutionally ought to be done in this country. The President is not the first, nor will he be the last POTUS to use and mis-use the executive order, but at some point I would guess most of us would like for the system (as designed) to begin to correctly function again. One way that it might begin to work again is for the four leaders of Congress to sit down with the President weekly and begin by talking to one another, instead of just talking at each other (which has become like a grade school playground fight). Let that become the new pattern of Washington. It seems that in past Administrations and past Congresses it has worked and for the most part worked well.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 9:04 am

    TJ, i thought long and hard about saying "Congress" as opposed to "the republicans in Congress."

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  • JagJuly 07, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Hey Mike, So your thoughts include the house and the senate or just the house?

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 10:10 am

    It's Congress as a whole, but don't think for a minute that i would agree that the right wing budgets or defunding Obamacare should have been put to a vote in the Senate. That would have given them more credibility than they deserved.

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  • TJ BairdJuly 07, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Mike, I think that legislative bills need to flow freely from one part of Congress to the other. The main reason is for there to be a legitimate record of how all vote. This idea of hiding behind no action is really the M.O. of cowards, i.e. politicians. Stand up and be counted then face the voters, that's what real statesmen and stateswomen do. Those who will stand up and be counted ultimately care more about the good of the country then their re-election prospects.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 11:08 am

    So you would want to waste even more time with these. B.S. bills than was already wasted? What about doing the business of the country? I have a real problem with all the bills that are presented just for show, rather than to accomplish anything. Everbody knows Obama isn't going to sign a bill that defunds Obamacare. It's just a massive joke that suckers in the low information public. Do you agree?

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  • TJ BairdJuly 07, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    Mike, Time is all that they have. I agree that many of the bills that are authored are stupid. But let them come to light and let the voting public see the stupidity. Let the President not sign laws, that is fine, but to not vote on them in their respective houses is to hide from making tough decisions. Let their records stand for themselves.

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  • rlw895July 07, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    All we need is one moderate leader from each party in each house to buck their leadership. It can't be unilateral.

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  • Larry WJuly 07, 2014 - 6:57 am

    Mike. I don't understand why you are so upset over Fox News. The Left media is very well represented in the print media as well as the mainstream TV news. I do happen to enjoy watching opposing views debated on TV and I think that this is a very informative way to get ideas that I might not have thought of. I would argue that many employed in the news business share many of your viewpoints and I think that it is healthy and important to bring diverse perspectives out to the public. So, rather than calling them names, be thankful that not all the news comes from people like you.

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  • Salty DogJuly 07, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Larry what you might not realize about mike is that when ever their is something or someone that does not agree with his preconceived views he takes offense to it. Fox news is about the only mainstream media news that rebuts the liberal left and he does not like it. He may try to continue to tell us all that he is an independent but he is a liberal that wants the government to tell us what to do and when to do it and provide every thing for us with out working for it and have us live on the government plantation.

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  • DanielJuly 07, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Just like the rest of the overwhelmingly liberal lame stream, Mike is conveniently censoring a few facts that would damage his case of his unwavering defense of Obama. First of all, the GOP-led House has passed dozens upon dozens of bills that were blocked by Reid with Obama's encouragement, Obama is not enforcing the existing laws nor the spirit of the laws like postponing the ACA and immigration (the laws were not meant to have open borders nor have our border patrol acting as 2nd coyotes instead of securing the borders) and lastly, it doesn't matter if Congress passed legislation or not. The President's main duty is to enforce the existing federal laws and the spirit of the law and not play political games, Obama can't legally use that excuse not to enforce laws nor to unilaterally legislate his own laws.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 9:01 am

    You guys are either very funny or tragically misled. Hard to tell.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 10:18 am

    So i guess you guys think that factual news coverage is, somehow, a liberal bias. Is that correct, or can you explain your liberal media theory to someone who is not in your bubble?

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  • Larry WJuly 07, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Mike. I am a union member and My bubble includes people of every background and belief system. When I look at many in the press I have seen many working for Democrats. There is nothing wrong with this but it is fair to say they might have a bias. The polls that I have seen tend to support this.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 11:11 am

    What polls and do they include just the street reporters or also the owners and editors of the media?

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 11:14 am

    What about this paper? Progressive or right wing or fair and balanced?

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  • Larry WJuly 07, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Mike. I actually like this paper. They bring in all sides of the political spectrum and that is healthy and needed if this country is to continue to exist. Imagine a newsroom where the viewpoint is the same. It does not matter if it is conservative or liberal. People are just less inclined to investigate people with whom they agree with. You should celebrate the diversity of thought, not condemn it.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    It is not diversity of thought i condemn. It is the lies.

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  • Larry WJuly 07, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    Mike, I would wish that you would go after the liberal lies with equal zeal. That is unless you believe that the left does not lie. Why do I only hear about the misery index when a conservative is in power?

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  • Mike KirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    The band or the economic index? The and sucks but the economic index is still high from the Bush-banker Recession/Depression, but it's getting better every year.

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  • Just Checkin'July 07, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    How about: "If you like your health plan you can keep it"?

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  • rlw895July 09, 2014 - 1:40 am

    JC: No question that was wrong. But it takes more than that to be a lie.

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  • Dr. Ed FullJuly 07, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    I think this column is awfully slanted to the left as usual.... it is just......

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    I think it's hilarious that you find the truth and facts slanted to the left. You need to move your seat. You'll get a better view of what's going on.

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  • Larry WJuly 07, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Mike, where would I see things accurately. North Korea maybe. I here that their press is in agreement there.

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  • Kay and Wally MartJuly 07, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    We think you are off Target as usual Mike, definitely not a "Best Buy" as to being fully informed....

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  • CD BrooksJuly 07, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    Kay and Wally mart, you're so lucky! You found a safeway to gives us your dollar's worth! Sort of Lowe budget but it's your home depot.

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  • Denny i. HopJuly 07, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Very funny CD, but you need to wake up and smell the coffee, you have egg on your face and are not playing with a full stack.....AND...... stop trying to butter me up!

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  • Build me up Buttercup ( NOT)July 08, 2014 - 9:23 am

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  • Sugar Pie?..... Honey Brunch?July 08, 2014 - 9:27 am

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 07, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Mike is upset that Fox News exists because it serves as a daily reminder that the Left is losing, or in danger of losing, the national debate. All that remains for folks like Mike is to stop the debate altogether by silencing the other side (e.g., Fox and us Foxophiles) This is evidence of a totalitarian mind set. Left of left, if you will. Right here in River City.

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  • Mike KirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    Mr. S, what part of my column is not factual ... or are you one of those who think that the facts are all skewed to the left... but haven't been able to figure out why?

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 07, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Mike: This was more about an answer to Larry W., who wondered why you have such a problem with Fox News. If you had actually read my post, you probably would have figured that out. Or did you not read Larry W's post, either?

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  • Mike KirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    So, I'm guessing you find the column to be factual.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 07, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    Care to address MY post? Or is this all about you? Come to think of it, my post was all about you, too. You and your fixation on Fox. Some might say, Foxophobia. To which you are entitled, of course. Helps me make my point, though.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 07, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Looks like the fun is over tonite, folks. The Paraphrasing Pismire has left the building, having gotten his glutes soundly kicked by conservative posters. Oh, well. Tomorrow is another day.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    So, mr. S, you sound a lot like crutchfield.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 08, 2014 - 6:58 am

    Kind of like a utility infielder.

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  • rlw895July 09, 2014 - 1:43 am

    Mr.S: Exactly how is Mike silencing the debate? Seems to me like he stimulates it.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 09, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Maybe it would help if you thought of me as if i were a corporation.

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  • Ray Price Heartaches by the NumberJuly 09, 2014 - 12:38 pm

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  • I insult you in a Shakespearean manner ( you probably wrote the Twlight books also )July 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 07, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    The current assault on our southern border has the potential to turn into a small war. A war brought about by Obama's mismanagement and perennial lack of concern for ALL Americans. Instead, he is fund-raising in Texas right now while the situation reaches a dangerous level of animosity. Not even so much as a beer/cervesa summit to cool things down. If this gets out of hand and even one person from either side is killed or injured as a result, this president should be impeached. Perhaps that will get his attention.

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  • SalJuly 07, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    What about the war waged by Bush and Cheney which cost us trillions and which was based on a lie? You don't seem upset about that. Oh wait, that one wasn't started by a black guy, it was good ol white boys club from the GOP and that makes it all ok. Right Rednecks of FF?

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  • Salty DogJuly 07, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Sal your comments sound a little bit on the racist side or is it ok when liberals like your self make statements like that its ok but if a conservative were to say any thing close to that you would you be ok with that. I for one don't think so you would be shouting from the rooftops calling for their heads

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  • rlw895July 09, 2014 - 1:53 am

    SD: A lot of the irrational opposition to Obama is due to racism. Are we supposed to ignore it? Mr.S seems so concerned about Mike "silencing the debate" by criticizing FOX--though it's hard to understand how that silences anything--but mention race, and we are shushed down but fast. We need a good debate about race and racism in America and how it has affected the country and the administration of our first black president. But it seems like a taboo subject on your side.

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  • DanielJuly 07, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    Salty man their play book is boring, try to talk about why their deity Obama is spending all his time fundraising instead of at least pretending to be concerned in the slightest with his "Katrina" catastrophe and they play the same old worn out Cheney/Bush card diversionary defense. If I was a lib I go shoot myself due to boredom and lack of substance and integrity.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 07, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Daniel, why wait? Do us a favor...

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  • Mr. PracticalJuly 07, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Mike, you've always been boring to me.

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  • Mike KirchubelJuly 07, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Mr. P, thank you! I'll take that as a compliment.

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  • Carol and Bob L. LingJuly 08, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Yes, with Mike it is the same old song, over and over.... with CD joining in the chorus and nodding along.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 08, 2014 - 7:57 am

    Carol and Bob L. Ling, Of course I support Mike. I support the truth... in context. Have anything else?

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  • Horace FethersJuly 08, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Marx my words, it is all just....

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    Lyin' on the floor and through your teeth...... Tell me where you've gone, speak softly...... Crawlin' from the dark up to your feet....... Tell me where you've gone, speak gently......................... Crawlin' from the dark up to your feet....... Tell me where you've gone, speak softly....... Tell me where you've gone, and what you've done....... A fever keeps on comin', I want none................................ Are you true to me?...... Are these vows we say profane?...... Are you true to me?...... Are these vows we make obscene?................................... Heathens kiss softly....... From their mouthes there's nothing....... They cruelly come gently....... With violent lips smashing............................. Heathens kiss softly.

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  • Poetry Corner...... Walt WhitmanJuly 08, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    O to die advancing on!..... Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come?..... Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill'd, Pioneers! O pioneers………………………… All the hapless silent lovers,….. All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,….. All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying, Pioneers! Oh pioneers!..................... I too with my soul and body,….. We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way, ….. Through these shores, amid the shadows, with the apparitions pressing, Pioneers! O pioneers!.......................... Has the night descended?..... Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged, nodding on our way?..... Yet a passing hour I yield you, in your tracks to pause oblivious, Pioneers! O pioneers!.................. Till with sound of trumpet,….. Far, far off the day-break call—hark! how loud and clear I hear it wind;….. Swift! to the head of the army!—swift! spring to your places, Pioneers! O pioneers........OK I am done now..... Remember to Read Revelation in the Bible......

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  • It's the same old song.....July 08, 2014 - 9:32 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS2nWLz-AbE

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 08, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Looks like StR is back!

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  • No not really I am gone againJuly 08, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Internal Central control has me under death threat again, can't seem to shake this, very annoying... so this is all folks. Plus just cause I did this another copter has circled over the house 4 times, this morning, and we have moved since last time I was here. It is very difficult being a TI, you guys win... I quit

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  • rlw895July 09, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    yeah, right

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  • Sarah Blasko - We Won't Run Bye U should just tell me Good Bye Honey BunchJuly 09, 2014 - 9:27 pm

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 08, 2014 - 11:45 am

    My thoughts exactly, Mr. S.

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  • SalJuly 07, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    To find Mike interesting you have to have an IQ of over 80, best of luck finding that in these neck of the woods, ya all!

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 08, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    When will our Imperial President pick up his pen and his phone to (A) change the rules for deporting Central American children immediately as we do for Mexican children--now! and (B) getting our United States Marine out of that stinking Mexican prison--now! The crisis at the border is directly related to Obama's boneheaded policies, followed by his once again being asleep at the switch while this human tsunami was building in Central America. Where was the president's genius-in-residence Valerie Jarret? As for our Marine--Obama simply has not had the stones (or the interest) to confront the so-called Mexican government. Impeach him now. Tell Boehner to drop the panty-waist lawsuit and throw down articles of impeachment! It won't be successful, but at least it is better than Boehner's stupid stunt. I would like to hear Obama say, "So impeach me."

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 08, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    Under this Imperial Presidency, thousands of illegal aliens (many disease-ridden) are welcomed into our country, while one United States Marine languishes in a filthy Mexican prison for 100 days for accidentally crossing the border into Mexico. What has The-Man-With-The-Pen-And-A-Phone done about either problem? That's right. NOTHING! And on top of that, he caused the current border invasion. He can't afford to visit the Texas border while he is in that state, because the "optics" would be wrong. He would have to "own" the crisis at that point. What's the problem, Mr. president? It's really Bush's fault, right? Just throw a few billion taxpayer dollars at the problem, but don't do squat about securing the border permanently. Oh, and good move to include a few million dollars for combatting wildfires into your multi-billion dollar border border crisis bandaid request to congress.

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  • rlw895July 09, 2014 - 2:02 am

    Mr.S: Is this marine a POW? What did he do to get imprisoned? And it looks like we are going to deport most of the children. But we're going to give them due process to show if they are entitled to stay under our current laws. What's wrong with that?

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 09, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Rlw: The law protecting these central American children came about in an effort to stem the human trafficking specifically from that region, that is why Mexican children were not included in the prolonged procees to return be returned to their home country, etc. This debacle was not caused by a sudden uptic in human trafficking, it was caused by our president in a fit of pique. Obama could use his pen to change the law to be the same as the one that applies to Mexican children--that is, no prolonged hearings, etc. They are subject to instant return. But he must be out of ink. Do you really believe these new invaders will show up for their deportation hearings? Also, you seem to imply that maybe the Marine deserves the treatment he has received so far, and the refusal by Obama to intervene in the slightest way? Anything but be critical of Obama, eh, rlw?

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  • rlw895July 09, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Mr.S: No, as I've demonstrated before, I'm willing to be critical of Obama when it's warranted. I could turn that around on you and say you use anything to be critical of Obama. What I'm asking you for is an explanation of you criticism. You're refusing to do that for the imprisoned Marine. As for the Central American children, it seems to me there is a fundamental difference between them an Mexican children in that they are not from a neighboring country where I imagine we have established procedures for returning them humanely.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 09, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Rlw: I told you specifically what the legal difference is between these children and children from Mexico vis-a-vis illegal immigration. And what Obama could do with his mighty pen and phone to ease the situation. You ignored it in your post.

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  • rlw895July 10, 2014 - 2:28 am

    Mr.S: OK, I see. But there is still a difference. Obama is not likely to take unilateral action when the problem is so huge. Like it or not, congress is going to have to act.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

    My understanding, as a TV watcher, not a researcher, is that illegal immigrants from Mexico and Canada, with whom we share a border, we simply ship them back across the line. For those from other countries, private transportation arrangements must be made. One of the undiscussed costs of privatizing government.

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  • Dread Zeppelin Tortelvis My WayJuly 15, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIbBWyUTUrg

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  • The EnforcerJuly 15, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Wrong.

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  • ? Dread Zeppelin Feel Like Makin LoveJuly 16, 2014 - 6:01 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWT1KkDpG74

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYYTLJ8YHi4July 16, 2014 - 6:29 am

    ? Rolling Stones.... Under my Thumb

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCORVaYpAW0July 16, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Gary Moore - You Upset Me Baby

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  • I see a bad moon arisinJuly 16, 2014 - 12:13 pm

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  • Long as I can see The Light.....July 16, 2014 - 12:18 pm

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  • StRJuly 19, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Mike I am in town till Monday morning….want to do Breakfast tomorrow morning?

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  • rlw895July 19, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    Oh, can't we ALL come? Please? Please?

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 20, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Can't make it. I've been ill. Sorry, i enjoyed the last one.

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Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

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Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

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Man charged in teen’s 9-month disappearance

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Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17B

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Suspect dead, 2 marshals and cop wounded in NYC

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New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

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In Iraq’s Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

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Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

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Witnesses: Thunderstorm hit beach without warning

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Suspect’s mom also charged in Long Beach burglary

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City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

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Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires 3

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Additional charge filed in California wildfire

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California governor takes dig at Texas guard plan

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Opinion

Editorial cartoons for July 29, 2014

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Living

Horoscopes for July 29, 2014

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Today in History for July 29, 2014

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I don’t want to have intimate contact since learning I had a STD

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Community Calendar: July 29, 2014

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Entertainment

Kevin Bacon brings his ‘Six Degrees’ to Comic-Con

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Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

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‘Sharknado’ sequel has bite and lots of laughs

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TVGrid July 29

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Sports

Giants lose 5th straight, 5-0 to Pirates

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Lakers finally confirm Byron Scott is new coach

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Raiders relying on healthy Watson to solidify line

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This date in sports history for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel’s day at Browns camp

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Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

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Humphrey to savor Hall of Fame day with ‘wingman’

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Rays’ Archer: ‘Never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

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Reed HOF induction gives Bills cause to celebrate

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In the Pits: Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win

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Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024

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Sailors to navigate dirty water in 1st Rio test

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Manningham back with Giants, with no guarantees

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Business

Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

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FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

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Stocks pause as traders await key economic news

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Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

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Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

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Comics

B.C. July 29

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Get Fuzzy July 29

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Baldo July 29

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Baby Blues July 29

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Rose is Rose July 29

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Zits July 29

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Crossword July 29

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Garfield July 29

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Pickles July 29

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Beetle Bailey July 29

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Frank and Ernest July 29

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Word Sleuth July 29

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Peanuts July 29

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Cryptoquote July 29

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For Better or Worse July 29

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Bridge July 29

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Wizard of Id July 29

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Dilbert July 29

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Sally Forth July 29

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Blondie July 29

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Sudoku July 29

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