Judicial Arrogance And Educational Negligence: Enablers Of Bad Behavior In Children

Cinco de Mayo, the American Flag and “Adults Gone Wild”

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Tad Armstrong

The events of May 5, 2010, at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, caused outrage around the nation when three students were disciplined for wearing shirts displaying an American flag on Cinco de Mayo, a day set aside by many to celebrate Mexican heritage. The students sought to remedy what they perceived to be violations of their freedom of speech by filing suit in Federal District Court. They lost. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard their arguments on appeal pitting the duty of public schools to prevent violence against the “rights” of students to express themselves. The outcome is difficult to predict for reasons described, below, but a detour is necessary before taking a look at Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District.

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President Obama’s Thirst For Unlimited Power Has Transformed America

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Tad Armstrong

 

The President’s promise to transform America is one of the few he has kept – perhaps the only one. I don’t like his work product in the least, yet in spite of the known record of the President and the Democratic party leaders (Harry Reid, for example) to foment nonsensical hatred towards constitutional conservatives with descriptions like “anarchists,” “terrorists,” “haters of government,” and the like, I will attempt to avoid pejorative language while explaining the conclusion implicit in my headline.

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It Won’t Happen Again. We Promise. ‘Signed: Barack, Hillary, Susan, Steven, Lois, Eric…and Adam’

Look to the Framers for wisdom in these corrupt times.

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Tad Armstrong

Yes, I believe I was a target of the Internal Revenue Service. Can I prove it? Only by every trial lawyer’s trusted friend, Mr. Circumstantial Evidence. I mean, I can’t get into the heads of those two loose canons in Cincy. I suppose the only other way to prove it would be to seize the telephone records and e-mails of the United States Treasury Department. Oops! I forgot. Only the head of the Department of “Justice” has that much power. Guess I will have to rely on C.E., after all.

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Crises Management

When Americans realize that Democrats only manage disaster, they’ll reconsider their votes.

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Tad Armstrong

If Democrats were moved by principle and reason, instead of crisis, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would be their chosen candidate for President in November.

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Missouri’s Prayer Amendment: A Bad Idea That Must Be Passed

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Tad Armstrong

Must the perceived cure for what legislators believe ails society always be the enactment of yet another law? The notion that more laws are needed to save us from ourselves is more alarming when the proposed laws are ill-conceived amendments to a constitution.

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Freedom: It’s Never More Than One Generation Away From Extinction

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Tad Armstrong

Our national anthem touts our nation as the “land of the free” and politicians define us as “freedom-loving.” Indeed, the term “freedom” most aptly describes who we claim to be, doesn’t it? It would seem, then, that Americans should be the experts on this topic. Not a week goes by that we don’t hear someone praising those who lost their lives to preserve the freedoms we are told we cherish. But, do we? I challenge you to turn to your coffee klatch buddies and seriously discuss what it means to you. You may find the answer more elusive than you think.

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Forget Independents – President Obama Is Counting On “Ignorents” To Put Him Over The Top

Tad Armstrong

Most pundits suggest that the party who garners the votes of Independents will win the White House come this November. I respectfully disagree.

I cannot believe a so-called Independent could possibly vote for a man who has unashamedly set out to make us all more dependent on government for “every breath we take” (Obamacare), “every move we make and every step we take” (massive over-regulation) – yes, and “every word we say” (the fairness doctrine). Pardon the play on words of the 1983 hit by The Police, but merging the first line of the Star-Spangled Banner with the beginning of the third stanza is a real hoot, to wit: “Oh Say Can’t You See, You Belong to Me.” Oh, c’mon, a little humor doesn’t hurt all that much, does it? If only their name had been “The Police State,” the spoof would have been complete.

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The Line-Item Veto: Much Ado About Almost Nothing

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Tad Armstrong

If you care to educate yourself on the concept of the line-item veto, I invite you to follow the bouncing ball as I try to make sense of the recent bill co-sponsored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and fellow Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). It passed the House last month by a vote of 254-173. I can’t imagine why the vote was not unanimous. But, then again, I can’t imagine why any adult would spend any time enacting a proposal that is fundamentally meaningless. Perhaps it is because they know Americans are asleep at the wheel and actually believe Congress has finally done something on a bi-partisan basis that is good for the country.

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We Must Reclaim Our Distinctly American Values This November

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Tad Armstrong

On November 6, 2012, Americans will decide whether they want a dictator to remain as the head of state or whether they want to return to a constitutional republic. On January 22, 1973, in an unquestionable act of judicial legislation, a sizeable majority (7-2) of the United States Supreme Court placed pleasure ahead of innocent human life with its decision in Roe v. Wade. On Friday, January 27, 2012, the Obama administration, through its Secretary of Health and Human Services (Kathleen Sebelius), announced its decision to give Catholic employers (and others of similar belief) a year to get used to the idea of violating their conscience by either participating in what they believe to be an act of murder or risking going out of business or being fined for dropping insurance coverage that pays for abortion-inducing drugs. The ruling does not apply to churches, but does apply to religious-affiliated hospitals, colleges and social service agencies.

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Lady Justice Isn’t Smiling!

But don’t pin this one on the Madison County judiciary.

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Tad Armstrong

In the wake of the recent argle-bargle over lawyers’ contributions to Judge Barbara Crowder’s judicial campaign in Madison County, Illinois, I’m not sure it’s possible to hold an adult, objective and honest conversation on the topic without slipping into a medieval suit of armor, especially when it is a Madison County attorney initiating the discourse. Oh, well, here goes.

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