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Dr. Brian Russell’s Analysis of the National Conventions

If you’re unfamiliar with Dr. Brian Russell, I suggest you check out his blog.  Here’s what he had to say following two weeks of speeches. “After enduring two weeks in a row of them and being asked to provide my overall comparative analysis, here it is, in terms of “Party A” and “Party B”: The […]


Very recently, the President said the following: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business, […]

Will the Real Barack Obama Please Stand Up?

Many years ago, there was a television program called “To Tell the Truth.” Three challengers were introduced, all claiming to be the central character. The announcer typically asked the challengers, who stood side by side, “What is your name, please?” Each challenger then stated, “My name is [central character’s name].” The host then read aloud […]


I recently read a article by Marcia Pally, author of The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good,” in which she discussed abortion and politics.  Although she opines that evangelical opposition to abortion is firm, the evangelical vote is not fixed and many evangelicals were happy with Democrat wins.  Since the mid-term elections, […]

Sound Familiar?

I’ve said it more than once – personal behavior has consequences on professional decisions. Here’s a perfect example.  Sunland Park, New Mexico, Mayor Martin Resendiz, says he was drunk when he signed not one, not two, not three, but nine contracts with California architectural firm, Synthesis.  In a $1 million lawsuit (monies I’m sure the […]


Conversation which took place over twenty years ago: Colleague:   “Heard you were getting married; do I know him?” Me:  “Salazar, in Department 404.” Colleague:  “He’s marrying you?  But, he’s so nice…” Me:  (Puzzled look) Colleague:  “….oh, I mean, it’s not that you’re not nice, uh, you’re just different.” In my professional life, I was viewed […]


Minnesota, like so many states, is facing a harsh reality.  On July 1st, the government shut down and each side began blaming the other for failing to pass a budget that would solve the $5 billion deficit. What caught my attention was the story of Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight children – six […]

Can You Spell C-A-R-P-E-T-B-A-G-G-E-R?

With my liberal U.S. Representative Jay Inslee running for Governor of the state of Washington, it shouldn’t surprise me that uber-liberal Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has already visited the island and is making yet another visit to Seattle to scope out his opportunities. Apparently, his district may be eliminated by re-districting and he has to […]


I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but I just can’t help myself. I run a law office which operates in Washington and California.  I keep calendars, meet deadlines, know in which court my husband is expected to be, and do tons of paperwork.  When I order supplies, I know exactly what I’m buying […]

Thaddeus McCotter enters Presidential Race

Articulate, pro-life Republican Congressman from Michigan, Thaddeus McCotter, has entered the Presidential race.   I’d love to watch a debate between him and President Obama.   McCotter can run circles around the POTUS when it comes to eloquent speaking.  (I don’t know about you, but I find Obama extremely painful to watch when he’s not […]