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Putting Frosting On Free Speech

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens” — Thomas Jefferson. Consider a scenario. Imagine me entering a cake shop and asking the proprietor to prepare a sheet cake with the text of the Second Amendment printed on a background of the U.S. flag. Put the National Rifle Association emblem in one corner for emphasis. If the cakemaker refused to make the cake on the basis that it offended his leftwing “morals,” what should I do? A civil man would take his order to another cake maker. That's what civility looks like. But too often, civility has been supplanted by incivility manifested as the brass knuckles of law. And when law relieves certain people of the responsibility of civility, many behave uncivilly. Witness the experience of a cake maker in Colorado who declined to create a cake with a pro-gay marriage message requested by a gay couple preparing to take their vows. Rather than take their business in elsewhere, they sued and the courts forced the cakemaker to do the couple's bidding/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Thoughts?

Costello: Fake Racism Satiates Left

If racism didn't exist, then liberals would have to invent it. And because genuine instances are so rare, liberals do just that. I have plenty of Democrat friends who, even though they know that their party's economic programs create misery, still vote straight Democratic tickets because they're convinced that only Democrats can solve racism. But if racism is so rampant, then why do Democrats have to make it up? Evidence of racism was so scarce in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin affair that they had to fabricate it. NBC News doctored Zimmerman's call to the police to make it sound as if it were Martin's skin color that raised his suspicions. Martin's hooded sweatshirt became a symbol of racism only because of an idiotic, irrelevant off-hand comment by Geraldo Rivera. And, of course, it was Barack Obama who put this all into motion by noting that, if he had a son, that son would look like Trayvon Martin. I'm just wondering: If Obama had twin sons, would they look anything like the two thugs accused of beating an 88-year-old World War II veteran to death in Spokane? Would they resemble the creeps in Oklahoma who murdered an Australian baseball player because they were bored?/Mike Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Agree/disagree with Michael Costello?

Op-Ed: Anti-Gun Lobby’s Trojan Horse

Troy fell for it. Why not Washington? The gun control lobby has introduced what is heralded as a “sensible” initiative that even gun owners should approve of. The problem is that it imposes a sneaky gun registration without keeping guns out of the wrong hands as it claims. The initiative's goals are concealed under the squid's ink of expanded background checks. We are told that these enhanced background checks will prevent criminals and the mentally insane from acquiring and using firearms. That's silly. What it will do is create a gun registry that will allow government to track legally owned firearms. The latest push for expanded background checks began immediately after the tragic mass killing of school children in Sandy Hook, Conn. The gun controllers always have legislation stored in the top drawers of their desks, just waiting for a tragedy to exploit/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you trust any form of gun registration?

Costello: Weiner Folos Familiar Script

Well, I've got to hand it to Anthony Weiner, aka “Carlos Danger.” While the consensus of opinion holds that Weiner is an undisciplined, narcissistic, megalomaniacal fool, I'm thinking that he might be the Democratic Party's preeminent political genius. After all, we're talking about the Democratic Party. That's an alternate universe that normal people don't understand. The Democratic Party is the party of dysfunction. The party panders to dysfunctional people and the party is strengthened as more and more Americans embrace dysfunction/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Can Weiner survive this latest bout with sexting?

Costello: Evergreen, Gender Neutral

Surely you will be as relieved as I was to learn that the term “manhole cover” survived the purge. Try as they might, the finest left-wing minds in the business could not concoct a suitable, gender neutral, non-oppressive replacement for those two words. Although I have no doubt that, somewhere, a state employed drone is toiling away somewhere still trying to crack that stubborn nut. For the past six years, the state of Washington has been cleansing its books of 40,000 offensive, sexist terms that have kept women's studies majors from enjoying a good night's sleep. As the drones uncovered intolerable sexist language such as “freshman” or “fisherman,” the laws of the state were rewritten and re-passed by the Legislature for the governor's signature. This year the final result was signed into law by Gov.Jay Inslee, and, as you read this, Washington has been transformed into a dominion of gender-neutrality/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More below.

Question: What do you think of Washington's move to cleanse “offensive, sexist terms” from its books?

Costello: Obama Fears Obamacare

Could it possibly be a coincidence that Barack Obama has illegally postponed the imposition of Obamacare until after the next round of congressional elections? Even though the execrable Nancy Pelosi tried to make the case that we should celebrate Obamacare on the Fourth of July (Dependence Day?), congressional Democrats (other than Pelosi) understand full well that the implementation of Obamacare will cost many of them their jobs. The damage that just the anticipation of Obamacare has already done to the economy is easily quantified. Many employers have elected to reduce the hours that their employees may work to below 30 hours per week to escape the mandatory coverage provisions for full-time employees. Other small businesses have laid off employees or refused to grow beyond 49 workers to escape the mandate/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why do you think President Obama postponed imposition of a key provision of Obamacare for a year?

Costello: Wolves At Obama’s Door

A week ago, the Washington Post editorial board felt compelled to remind its readers that “the press must have the ability to ask questions.” That editorial was in reaction to two known occasions when the Department of Justice accessed the phone records and emails of journalists who did dare to ask questions. The Post was defending the constitutional right of journalists to conduct investigative journalism, even if it causes discomfort to the most powerful man on Earth. Of course, if the Post and its liberal news media brethren hadn't allowed this right to atrophy over the last five years, then its editors wouldn't have had to remind people that freedom of the press still exists. Press harassment was just one of myriad scandals that have erupted in recent weeks. In the meantime, Barack Obama sandwiched Scandalpalooza with two speeches in which he argued for Americans yielding ever more control of their lives to an all-powerful federal government whose benevolence should not be questioned/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How long will the scandals now dogging the Obama administration hinder its effectiveness? Or have the scandals hindered it at all?

Costello: Media In Bed With Obama

What does it say about the mainstream news media culture when a multiple award-winning journalist like Sharyl Attkisson, who has spent the last seven months as a voice in the wilderness, finds herself in peril of losing her job? According to Politico, Attkisson's bosses at CBS have decided to terminate her contract with the network. Her crime was her dogged pursuit and exposure of the Obama administration's flagrant lies regarding the terrorist attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Before that, she was nearly alone in her reporting of the Obama administration's Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.The Benghazi smoke hadn't even cleared before she caught the scent of rats. But even though she documented a clumsy coverup originating from the highest levels of the U.S. government, few mainstream journalists showed even a flicker of curiosity. Her network broadcasted little of her work and relegated her reporting to its website/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with premise of Costello column that the nation's media are linked too closely with President Obama?

Costello: Media Rushed To Judgment

Do not jump to conclusions. That's the predictable advice that the mainstream news media dispenses after any terrorist attack. Translation: Don't assume that this is yet another in a long line of hateful, cowardly attacks against innocent, unsuspecting civilians committed by Islamic extremists. But, while they were telling us not to rush to politically incorrect judgments, the news media themselves and much of the left had the Boston Marathon bombing solved almost immediately. Within minutes, MSNBC's Chris Matthews pointed his finger at conservatives. So did NBC's Luke Russert. Obama's political adviser, David Axelrod, had it nailed too. CNN's Wolf Blitzer saw things the same way. They all cited the calendar. It was April 15/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: I figured that the terrorists were either neo-Nazi/militia or Islamic extremists, when I first heard about the bombings. Dunno if that's a rush to judgment. Rather, I view it as fingering the usual suspects from both extremes. How about you?

Costello: Media Ignores Abortion Trial

Newspeak is here. And it works. And thanks to Newspeak, one of the most horrific trials in American history is proceeding with little press attention. You probably don't know who Kermit Gosnell is. What should be the trial of the century has been mostly blacked out by the mainstream media. There are a number of reasons for their negligence. One reason is that the vocabulary adopted by the elites makes the precise description of Gosnell's alleged crimes impossible. It's similar to the Associated Press' deletion of the accurate term “illegal alien” from their stylebook. I still remember how to speak English. Gosnell is accused of performing seven illegal, late-term, partial-birth abortions. In the course of these abortions, he delivered living, breathing, crying babies whom he then executed by severing their spinal cords.He decorated his office with jars containing the preserved feet of his tiny victims. They were his trophies/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: We have also discussed this one before. Any further thoughts?

Costello: 1 Boom Obama Can’t Stop

Our economy isn't entirely dead in the water. Sure, the last quarter for which we have data came in at essentially zero. But there are parts of the nation where the economy is clicking along and jobs are being created. But that economic activity is occurring not because of Barack Obama, but in spite of Barack Obama. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama promised to make energy from fossil fuels unaffordable so that we would all be forced to purchase ridiculously overpriced “green” energy from his best friends and most generous campaign contributors. He also promised to put 5 million electric cars on the road. It was all part of healing the planet and lowering sea levels. That all flopped. The green energy companies that he subsidized have been failing at an alarming rate, assuming that you believe in unicorns and are easily alarmed/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you believe, as columnist Michael Costello does, that President Obama has declared war on fossil fuels?

Republicans, To The Right March

As predictable as Al Gore blaming a Hurricane Sandy on global warming, the Republican establishment is blaming the party's losses in the last election on conservatives. And that is nonsense. A quick examination of the last three general elections disproves the theory that Republican moderation is the path to the party's resurgence. In 2008 and 2012, the GOP establishment had their man at the top of the ticket. John McCain and Mitt Romney were precisely the sorts of candidates that the establishment told us that we needed to win. Both were moderate. Both had a reputation for “reaching across the aisle.” Ronald Reagan's Commerce secretary, Malcolm Baldridge, once characterized such men as the type who, if Democrats introduced legislation mandating that Washington, D.C., be burned to the ground, would offer a compromise that would phase it in over three years. Not only did they lose, but both pulled down the party in both houses of Congress/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Michael Costello that Republicans can gain nationally only if they embrace true conservatism?

Costello: Media Distrust Rather High

Here's something I'll bet you didn't know. More than 70 percent of all U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan have been suffered since President Barack Obama took office. But when was the last time that you heard a somber-faced evening news anchor memorialize a “grim milestone?” Not since Jan. 20, 2009. That should give you a sense of why, according to a Gallup poll released Sept. 20, 60 percent of Americans no longer trust the news media. That level of distrust was the highest ever recorded in the history of the Gallup Poll. The NFL replacement referees might poll higher in Green Bay, Wis. And if anyone cares to understand the roots of the public's distrust, one needs look no further than the week of exceptionally dishonest reporting prior to the poll's release/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why don't you trust the media?

Costello: Zimmerman Is Media’s Victim

Do you smell black churches burning? I do. Back in 1996 the Democrat/media complex created a false narrative about a wave of black church arsons. Then President Bill Clinton eloquently recalled how a strikingly similar epidemic in his home state of Arkansas had touched his heart when he was a child. Everyone swooned. It was a remarkably Clintonian feat of memory, because those church burnings that were seared into his memory didn't happen either. But the purpose of the fabricated narrative was to cement the re-election of Bill Clinton, who was portrayed as the only man capable of healing the racial rift that these burning churches represented. And it was all a fraud. USA Today strayed off the reservation, committed an act of investigative journalism and proved that the wave of black church arsons was wholly apocryphal.The mainstream news media was exposed for making it all up. They used to have a word for fake, inflammatory journalism. It was called “yellow journalism.” Today, it's called journalism. Democrats seized upon the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida as an opportunity to reprise their 1996 role as racial conciliators. And the media played along. But they've blown it mightily/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

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Idaho’s Ultrasound Mandate Has Limits

As did Virginia's Legislature last month, Idaho's Legislature is wading into controversial territory with a new law that, if enacted, would require that abortion providers administer an ultrasound test and share the results with women seeking abortions before the baby is destroyed. The unproven theory behind such laws is that once a woman sees her baby or hears its heartbeat, her maternal instincts will be activated and she'll change her mind, sparing the child's life. Naturally, the left is portraying this as the highest order of extremism. If there is any evidence that such information ever changes a woman's mind, I have not seen it. Pro-life activists believe it would, but they are already predisposed to loving their children, born or unborn/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Anything left to be said on this controversial issue?

MC: Pestocrats Won One More Round

This dismantling of two cranes in Lewiston last week and the dismantling of jobs make a fine metaphor for the state of the economy in the Age of Obama. Megaload opponents celebrated a victory last week, which is anotherway of saying that the local economy lost. The last megaload heading up U.S. Highway 95 passed through Moscow Tuesday. And environmentalist puritans were celebrating. Not so long ago, the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley was eagerly looking forward to handling hundreds of “megaloads,” that would be shipped up the Snake River, unloaded at the Port of Lewiston and transported over Lolo Pass on U.S. Highway 12. Today they're hoping for six. Regardless of what route the megaloads take, the ultimate destination of all this oil extraction equipment will be the Canadian tar sands. But who needs oil?/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you glad/mad the megaloads have stopped for now?

Costello: Gays Didn’t Weakened Marriage

No, my fellow conservatives, the world as we know it did not end Monday when Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed gay marriage into law. For that matter, her signature did not even do significant harm to the institution of marriage. After this last week's assault on religious liberty by the Obama regime, small government conservatives should be particularly sensitive when government tramples upon issues of faith. And when government intrudes upon the religious institution of marriage, it does harm both to the church that yields government sovereignty over marriage and to marriage itself. Gays cannot possibly do more damage to marriage than heterosexuals have already done through its secularization/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What has damagd the institution of marriage most during your time on Earth?

Costello: Komen Pays Extortion Money

So now we celebrate bullies? I can't tell you how many “news” articles I've read in the last week that speculated on whether or not the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be able to repair its reputation after attempting to withdraw $650,000 worth of annual funding that it currently sends to that billion dollar per year abortion mill, the ironically misnamed Planned Parenthood. Considering the heavy handed thuggery that Planned Parenthood and its allies used to reclaim that tiny sliver of their revenue stream, I have to wonder why it is that Planned Parenthood doesn't have a reputation that is in need of restoration. When Susan G. Komen's new leadership decided that it could do more to fight breast cancer with that money than Planned Parenthood could, Planned Parenthood turned its mighty guns on the Komen Foundation and painted its leadership as a cabal of religious extremists. The mainstream news media actually took the lead on this assault/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Will Komen Foundation fund-raising efforts be hurt in the near future by the way it handled this controversy, from beginning to end?

Costello: No Sacrifice In Public Service

In his Saturday column, conservative columnist Michael Costello, writing for the Lewiston Tribune, said he'd give this address if asked to speak at the Washington State graduation exercises: “First of all, I would like to pronounce nonsense upon the most common theme running through most commencement addresses. Most speakers will come to the microphone and extoll the virtues of public service, which, in their world, means working for the government in some capacity. Typically, the speaker will shower himself with praise for the sacrifice he or she made by choosing public service. In truth, the public employee earns far more than his private-sector equivalent and will rarely experience the job insecurity of the private-sector worker. There is no sacrifice in government employment. And the truth is that the private sector is where real public service is performed and where it is actually rewarded.” More here.

Question: Which provides the greatest degree of public service — private sector or government employment?

A Different Breed Of Man

Fishing is a profession that attracts a different breed of men from those who grow up aspiring to careers as accountants, lawyers or physicians. The men who make their living on crab boats have more in common with U.S. Army Rangers, Marines and Navy SEALs than they do with college professors. I was not always the suave, sophisticated, erudite man of letters who stands before you today. I came into this world descended from a long line of hard-rock miners who clawed out a living by busting rocks deep beneath the Earth's surface or in Arizona's open-pit copper mines. They were all hard men. And although early on in my life I decided that I did not wish to follow generations of Costellos into the mine shafts, it never occurred to me that my life would be as anything other than a hard man. The hard man works hard and relaxes hard. Hard men often live lives that are cut short by the intensity of the lives they lead/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (AP file photo from 'Deadliest Catch' TV show)

Question: Are you a rugged man?

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