Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NFL Throws Flag on Dallas Decal

NFL Throws Flag on Dallas Decal
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 16, 2016

A simple, yet meaningful gesture by the Dallas Cowboys to place a decal on their football helmets honoring the Dallas police force, most specifically the memories of the five slaughtered officers, has been sacked by the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The decal, barely larger than the NFL logo decal on the backs of the helmets, which has been worn by the Cowboys since training camp opened July 30, is circular, reading “Arm in Arm,” and features the Texas Lone Star. Calling the requested decal a violation of standard uniform policy, the NFL is acting in a cowardly manner, hiding behind a rule that is not written in stone, when clearly it has been violated numerous times in the past. (http://www.gridiron-uniforms.com/GUD/decals.shtml) The list is not as comprehensive as it leads readers to believe.

In 2007, the Green Bay Packers donned a helmet decal commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field.

Each October since 2009 not only does the NFL mandate breast cancer awareness decals, but various uniform accoutrements are pink – a clear violation of uniform policy.

In 2011 the New England Patriots adorned helmet decals in memory of Myra Kraft, wife of team owner Robert Kraft. Three years later, the Detroit Lions did likewise in memory of their team owner William Clay Ford.

Both the New York Giants and Jets wore “SHES” decals on their helmets in memory of those murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The above references are a sampling of those which did not appear on the provided link, save for the cancer awareness item. Clearly there is precedence for uniform amendments and a decal is a slight augmentation, yet significant in perception. Take for example the 2012 decal worn by the Denver Broncos that read “Victims of gun violence and wild fires.” If those victims could be memorialized, why not the slaughtered Dallas police officers?

Conservative radio host Mark Levin called the NFL’s decision to reject the Dallas decal “embarrassing and disgraceful.”

It is an act of cowardice because it would demonstrate that the NFL, with a recent history of thuggish behavior by far too many players involved with violence toward women and a gun culture, is hypocritical in supporting police when it can barely police its own players. Instead, by not allowing the decal, it is tantamount to a lack of support of the law enforcement community – the same community that keeps millions of fans safe and secure while spending millions of dollars to attend NFL games in 32 stadiums around the nation.

The decal, a display of unity with the Dallas police, was the brainchild of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. On the advent of Cowboys training camp July 30, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, as well as relatives of the slain officers were present as several of the Dallas players took the field arm in arm with decals adorning the helmets of the entire team. Clearly an emotional moment for those involved.

Yet Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw was not moved, supporting the NFL’s decision. Without naming any, Cowlishaw wrote there are ways to honor police without “opening this political door.”

When did the slaughter of police officers become political? Perhaps when the NFL opted to deny the Cowboys their simple request because Goodell might have feared backlash and recriminations from the violent, anarchistic Black Lives Matter movement.

It is not political when five Dallas police officers are mercilessly slaughtered and several others wounded in an act of violence that endangers entire communities. Nobody asked the politics of the police officers who were murdered on July 7. They were the antithesis of the NFL’s cowardice by making the ultimate sacrifice during a Black Lives Matter protest rally only a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Lorne Aherns, 48, was a 14 year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.

Michael Krol, 40, was an eight year veteran with the Dallas Police Department.

Michael J. Smith, 55, a 27 year veteran of the police force, is survived by his wife of 17 years, Heidi, as well as two daughters, 14 and nine. Smith was also an Army Ranger.

Brent Thompson, 43, was a seven year veteran of the Transit Police who previously served in Iraq. He is survived by his wife of two weeks, a fellow transit police officer.

Patrick Zamarripa, 32, was a police officer and father of two children who survived three tours in Iraq only to be gunned down on the job at home in Dallas.

Somehow politics was probably the last thing on anyone’s minds when these five heroes were laid to rest. May their memories be for a Blessing. As for the NFL, contact Commissioner Goodell at 212-450-2000 or via e-mail at officeofcommissioner@nfl.com to politely lodge outrage as this deleterious decision. Perhaps save a small fortune and watch the games from the comforts of home. As John Belushi said in Animal House, “don’t cost nothin’.”

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Monday, August 1, 2016

From Convention Bounce to Air Ball

From Convention Bounce to Air Ball
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 1, 2016

I have been a Republican since before I was old enough to vote. I volunteered for Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980 and was privileged enough to cast my first presidential ballot for him in 1984, to ensure economic prosperity would continue in our “shining city upon a hill.” (John Winthrop)

George W. Bush was the right man at the right time dealing with the horrors of September 11, 2001 with strength and aplomb, but the continuing spiral downward of weak-kneed candidates and an ever increasingly politically correct nation we are subjected to, has given us Donald Trump.

For all his bluster, bravado, and boastfulness, Trump has been a breath of fresh air, has no problem making the voters aware of Hillary Clinton’s peccadilloes, but make no mistake, he is not a conservative. I am now a Constitutional Conservative, because the Republican Party has lost its way and is practically a mirror image of the Democrat Party. But I have reminded so many, it is vital to play the cards we are dealt and not kvetch about the cards we were not dealt.

Donald Trump was not my first choice among the cavalcade of GOP candidates. In fact he ranked down around 13th, just above Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, and New York Governor George Pataki. I had hoped with all hope the GOP standard bearer would be Ambassador John Bolton, and I told him as much last January when I met him in Des Moines, at the Iowa Freedom Fest. Sadly, his candidacy did not come to fruition, and I turned to Texas Governor Rick Perry who was out almost as fast as he was in. Throughout the remainder of the primary season I fervently supported Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

While I agree with what Cruz said at the Republican convention, he did himself a great disservice, not Trump. His lack of an endorsement only united the GOP in its animus of Cruz, which could come back to haunt him in 2018 when he seeks reelection to the Senate or in 2020 should he make another White House run.

Donald Trump’s biggest foe is not Ted Cruz. It’s not Hillary Clinton. It’s not even the decidedly biased media. No; Donald Trump’s biggest foe is Donald Trump. All Clinton need do is run commercials of Trump’s own words in his own voice about women, Mexicans, Muslims, and his latest faux pas, his current war of words with the parents of a killed in action Muslim soldier.

Captain Humayun Khan, who served in the United States Army, was killed in action in 2004 by a homicide bomber in Baghdad, Iraq. Ironically, the American soldier, who was Muslim, was killed by another Muslim – a radical Islamist terrorist, the likes of which have been at war with not just the United States, but the whole of Western Civilization for centuries – yes, centuries – dating back to the Barbary Pirates. The fact remains that Captain Khan was killed wearing the uniform of the United States Army.

For whatever the reasons, personal, political, religious, Khan’s parents appeared at the Democratic National Convention and his father, Khizr Khan, spoke, emotionally, and justifiably so, about the ultimate sacrifice made by his son. That alone tugged at the heartstrings of the rank and file in attendance at the DNC.

However, the elder Khan, born in Pakistan, studied law, moved to the United States in 1980 and became a citizen in 1986, took his grief to another level and lectured Trump.
“Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” said Khan in a very powerful moment to the thunderous applause of the convention hall.

Trump being Trump, hit back in a manner unbefitting a presidential candidate. The Jekyll and Hyde candidate – one day he appears presidential, the next he’s shooting from the hip, where he is not always hip when he shoots. Trump described the sacrifices he has made in the form of creating thousands of jobs; tens of thousands of jobs. Job creation is not a sacrifice, Mr. Trump. It is an investment in your own company – something I would hope you would do as a successful businessman. Trump did not serve in the armed forces. His children have not served in the armed forces. Trump did not lose a child to war – thank G-d. His comparison was an insult to the Khan family, and demonstrably obtuse.

Trump then doubled down by making an unnecessary and insensitive comment about Captain Khan’s mother Ghazala, who remained silent while on stage with her husband during the DNC. Trump suggested she wasn’t permitted to speak. When she did speak out, it was through her grief that she penned a column appearing in The Washington Post. She said she was afraid she would lose her composure if she spoke at the DNC and that her husband represented them both. My condolences go out to the Khans, Gold Star parents, on the loss of their soldier son.

Now, to be fair to Trump, he later said “Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe.” Too little, too late. The criticisms were front and center – page one, top of the fold, as we say in the newspaper business. His backtracking is akin to the newspaper printing the correction or retraction on page 800 – nobody sees it or gets the full story.

The flipside of the Khans is Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the Foreign Service officer who was murdered in Benghazi, under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s irresponsible watch, spoke at the RNC.

“I blame Hillary Clinton for my son’s death at Benghazi,” said a tearful Smith during the RNC, to a non-prime time audience, not televised by the major networks. There is an important point here – that the media is complicit in its attempts to shine positive rays of light on Clinton, while calling Trump’s speech and the RNC as a whole, “dark.”

In fact, not only was Patricia Smith not applauded by the media, she was condemned by Chris Matthews of MSNBC that Smith ruined the night and should not have brought up Benghazi. Talk about being in the tank for Hillary; but then that was MSNBC in its quintessential form. Adding insult to Smith’s injury, was Hillary Clinton telling the media,  that Mrs. Smith lied when claiming Clinton told Smith her son’s death was the result of a video, which has been categorically proven to be false.

Clinton lies and the media swears to it. Trump will get no relief from the media, and it is not their jobs to give him any. But it is also not their jobs to be in the tank for Clinton, and they are deep into it.

What Trump needs to do, if he is to have any chance of victory come November 8, is focus on the economy, repealing Obamacare, making strong conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, painting the picture of Hillary Clinton as the ultra-liberal, anti-Israel, pro-abortion on demand, anti-gun, insider, opportunist, and serial liar that she is, has been for decades, and will continue to be for years to come. Trump must take the high road and stop engaging in fruitless pissing matches that continue to deflect attention from what is important and make him look like a petulant third grader.

Mr. Trump, your only response to the Khan family should have been to express condolences to them on the loss of their son. Perhaps ask to meet with them privately without the cameras rolling – don’t be the opportunist everyone knows Hillary to be. The sacrifice of the Khan family is what the voters will remember in November, along with your pettiness.

I never considered voting for Hillary Clinton – her crimes, her indiscretions, her lies, her anti-Israel, abortion on demand without restriction stances are abhorrent to me. I keep reminding people that we are not voting for Miss Congeniality, so some of Trump’s caustic demeanor should be dismissed. We are voting for a leader who will stand up to our enemies, not take foreign money with one hand and wag the finger of condemnation at those very countries with the other, not take Wall Street money at private fundraisers then condemn Wall Street publicly.

Mr. Trump, you have not shied away from expressing your thoughts, but not every thought that enters your head need be uttered. Part of your problem Mr. Trump is that you are surrounded by fawning sycophantic yes-men telling you your flatulence smells like homemade apple pie and that your burps sound like Mozart. You need someone to tell you what you need to know with no fear of hearing you say, “You’re fired.” Please give me a call.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Corruption with a Capital C-linton

Corruption with a Capital C-linton
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 6, 2016

After the dog and pony show trotted out by FBI Director James Comey, Federal Bureau of Investigations can now officially be amended to Failed Basic Intelligence.

On the day after Independence Day there is no doubt the Founding Fathers are rolling over in their collective graves knowing that justice has been both perverted and subverted in the name of Clinton – both Hillary and Bill. Justice may not be blind, but it most certainly has been hoodwinked.

Once again, the rules don’t seem to apply to the Clintons. I initially began this column with the intent of calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from any continued investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s computer and e-mail peccadillos due to Lynch’s ex-parte communication with the former president on an airport tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. (This was no chance meeting.)

Clearly that is merely a symptom of the bigger disease of corruption involving the Clintons. There is little question that Lynch and Bill Clinton spent their half hour conversation discussing more than grandchildren and golf. Even if the subject of Hillary’s investigation was not broached, and I have a hard time believing that it wasn’t, the mere appearance of the two speaking with one another is completely inappropriate. Lynch didn’t earn her position of AG by being a doormat, thus she could have asked Mr. Clinton to excuse himself from her government plane. Then, days later, Mrs. Clinton announces she will consider keeping Lynch on as AG should Clinton ascend to the White House. (Assuming Lynch could pass muster before the Senate, whose job it is to advise and consent regarding cabinet nominations.)

Then comes the announcement by Comey, where he spent the first 10 minutes of a roughly 15 minute monologue reading a litany of Mrs. Clinton’s wrongdoings, if not actual offenses and crimes, only to pull her head out of the noose. “We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” said Comey, after a buildup where all roads seemed to have Mrs. Clinton wearing an orange jumpsuit. Instead, she is free to don an orange pantsuit as she continues laughing her way down the campaign trail. “Cannot find a case?” You don’t have to look very far or very hard, Mr. Comey.

If this is not demonstrative of the fix being in, or as presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to aver, that “the system is rigged,” there never will be such a case. This is yet another example of a corrupt system helping to drive the United States into Third World status. The people cannot have faith or put their trust in a system that has one set of rules for them, and another set of rules for the powerful – that leads to a totalitarian state – the very monarchy from which we the people declared our independence 240 years ago this week. A monarchy against which the American patriots fought a war (1775-83) and where more than 4,400 Americans died in battle for the cause of liberty and freedom. With Hillary Clinton and her career of scandals, lies, and corruption, the United States is taking a giant leap backwards.

During Comey’s speech he asserted how Mrs. Clinton’s behavior was “extremely careless” in using personal computer servers. The mere utilization of non-governmental servers lacks transparency, something on which the Obama administration claims to pride itself. “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” said Comey, also calling for transparency.

Furthermore, Comey unearthed factual data that Mrs. Clinton lied under oath and lied to the American people when she said “I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. There is no classified material…” on March 10, 2015 as well as in other words on numerous additional dates.

“Seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails,” said Comey.

For those who think this e-mail situation is much ado about nothing, this is really about national security and how someone who is running for the highest office in the land, to represent the United States on the global stage, to be Commander in Chief of the American armed forces it is unconscionable, yet sadly, not surprising how blithely Mrs. Clinton has treated this investigation. Perhaps she knew all along a recommendation to not prosecute or indict was coming down the pike. Her actions and lies are reprehensible. Clinton’s opponents this fall should use her words on the television screen alongside those of Comey to prove to the American people what a dishonest, disreputable individual she has been and continues to be.

Yet, Comey continued to lambaste Clinton on her irresponsible behavior. “Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” stated Comey, making a grand assumption that Clinton is a reasonable person.

Perhaps it is Comey that lacks reasonableness. When it appeared Comey would seek indictment against the presumptive Democrat nominee for president, he concluded his remarks saying that “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also a former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1983-89), was flabbergasted by Comey’s remarks. “No reasonable prosecutor would not bring a case against” Hillary Clinton, said Giuliani, adding that Comey’s words “was almost an abdication of duty.”

Giuliani, among many others, noted that the words “extremely careless” are akin to “gross negligence,” the language used in 18 U.S.C. 793(f), which states:

Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
Indictment does not require intent, admitted Comey, which makes his statement about not prosecuting the case even more incomprehensible, barring a fix, a rigging, or a quid pro quo. (Comey, uncharacteristically, failed to answer questions following his announcement.)

Comey’s “tell” might have been in his preface by stating he had not discussed his remarks in advance with anyone, and that he had “no outside influence of any kind.” Less than three hours following Comey’s live broadcast of his remarks, Barack Obama appeared on the campaign trail for the first time with Clinton in Charlotte, NC. Obama had to know Comey was not recommending prosecution of Clinton otherwise he would not have made the trip. Imagine the visual of Obama singing Hillary’s praises just hours after it was recommended she be prosecuted for numerous violations of federal law. Which, according to the statute above, Clinton should be under indictment. But for Obama it is all about his image and his legacy.

While on the discussion of legacy, KT McFarland, a Fox News contributor who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan indicated that Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974 for lesser offenses. General David Petraeus stepped down as director of the CIA and ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information, yet for worse behavior, Clinton lives to lie another day.

What should also be disconcerting to all discerning American voters, is that once Clinton becomes the official nominee of the Democrats, she (as will her GOP opponent) will be provided full deep classified information as part of a national ticket, according to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). Ryan, speaking with personal authority as the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate, added that Mrs. Clinton should be denied such access for her clear and demonstrative recklessness with information related to national security.

Lack of the appropriate clearance should disqualify Clinton from serving as president, and perhaps such thoughts were on the mind of Comey. Were Comey to have called for the prosecution of Clinton it would have had a deleterious effect on the electoral process. But this investigation should be above politics and above reproach, for no candidate or elected official is above the law – just ask the ghost of Richard M. Nixon. But Comey put politics above the rule of law and for that; he should resign as director of the FBI.

Comey did say the result of this investigation is not an exoneration of Mrs. Clinton, however. But with no charges to be levied, and to borrow a phrase, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Hillary Clinton is free to continue lying to the government, and more importantly, lying to the American people. She can continue to huckster her way through the campaign smiling on the outside while having complete disregard for the American people – as was on full display in West Virginia. Clinton spoke with a coal miner who was frank with the Democratic hopeful about the dire straits he, his family, and many other coal miners are currently enmeshed. After baring his soul, Clinton’s response was so disconnected, basically telling the emotional miner that she knows earning his vote would be difficult while never addressing his concerns. She was disengaged, as though she was participating in an entirely different conversation.

Clinton, riddled with scandal and corruption for decades, both with her husband and on her own accord, will tell the people what they want to hear, a la Barack Obama, and taking a page from his playbook, Clinton has also learned at the knee of the master radical, Saul Alinsky.

Hillary Clinton is as corrupt as Eva Peron, when we need the statesman-like leadership of Margaret Thatcher.

The 2016 presidential election is perhaps the most pivotal since 1860. May G-d help us, and may G-d save the Union.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Witness for all the Victims - Rape at Stanford

Witness for all the Victims – Rape at Stanford
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
June 8, 2016

If ever there was a time to reach into the screen – either the computer where you are reading this column, or the television where you get most of your news, to grab hold of a trio of smarmy, maladjusted cretins and pound their idiotic faces into hash, this is certainly that time.

There is something afoul within the justice system of the United States – so disgraceful and repugnant that all Americans must take notice and act – if not on their own behalf, then on behalf of the decent law abiding people who may one day become victims or have their lives affected by their association with victims.

Two people’s lives have been inalterably affected by the actions of one – one person made a choice, the other a victim of that choice. Victim and perpetrator will be inexorably linked in perpetuity. In January 2015 Brock Allen Turner, then a freshman attending Stanford University, sexually assaulted an unconscious, half-naked 23 year old woman. The crime was discovered and the woman rescued by two bicycling graduate students. Both victim and attacker had been drinking – and yes, that matters.

But for now, what matters most is that on Thursday, June 2, the judge, Stanford alumnus Aaron Persky, sentenced Turner, now 20, to a mere six months in county jail followed by probation instead of a maximum of 14 years in state prison for being found guilty of three felonious counts of sexual assault. The jury was unanimous in their January 2016 verdict regarding Turner’s sexual assault and bodily violation of an unconscious woman. Even 14 years is far too minimal a sentence for the heinousness of the crime in question.

I am not going to waste time condemning the defense team for zealously defending their client – that is what they get paid handsomely for in the first place. They played it smart by going after the victim, who admitted her memory was faulty for overindulging in alcohol.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge, the not so honorable Aaron Persky, opined in his pathetic ruling that a longer sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner, a champion swimmer with Olympic aspirations. “Severe impact?” Isn’t that the purpose of punishment? Shouldn’t the reparations with which Turner is saddled have a severe impact? This isn’t swim camp after all, this is prison for violating an innocent woman. Making matters worse, is that Turner showed no remorse for his crime, and instead blamed it on the alcohol. If alcohol is to be a collaborator in Turner’s heinous act, then should not alcohol be rendered illegal?

And what about the severe impact Turner’s crime has on the victim? Not had, as in past tense, has, as she must live with the emotional and physical scars for the rest of her days. The victim’s impact statement, while lengthy, roughly 7,200 words, is absolutely worth reading. Hers is an anguish that will undoubtedly outlast the six month gift of a sentence handed to Turner. (https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra?utm_term=.mqNnAkrvD#.rt8OgQzK3)

Adding insult to injury, Turner’s father, Dan Turner, is exhibit “A” why his son demonstrated no remorse for his crime. Dan Turner said of his son’s life, “it will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.”

“Action?” What a piece of work this father is. No doubt he is up for father of the year. Turner sounds like a four year old who doesn’t understand right from wrong, and is calling his son’s sexually assaulting an unconscious woman “20 minutes of action.” Should James Holmes’ shooting and murder barrage in an Aurora, CO movie theater in 2012 be called five minutes of action and summarily dismissed? Is the amount of time it took to commit the crime actually relevant when determining the sentence?

And what about the dreams of the victim? They are shattered – even if temporarily, when they should not have been at all. She is now living a life of fear, trepidation, loathing, sleepless nights, and with a lack of trust – none of which is by her own choosing. Those 20 minutes manifestly changed her life.

Dan Turner also reported that his precious, privileged, progeny hasn’t been able to eat and enjoy his rib eye steaks the way he used to. No doubt the victim is not enjoying her meals or her life as she once did, but hey, Brock Turner’s ability to enjoy his steaks is what matters. Both Dan and Brock Turner are a pair of obsequious weasels.

One might suggest were it not for the alcohol there might not be a victim or a perpetrator. That might be true. Perhaps a conscious potential victim could have fought off her attacker. Perhaps the attacker might not have sought to violate an unconscious woman had he not been under the influence. But how inebriated does one need be to sexually assault an unconscious woman and still maintain the faculties necessary to perform in such a manner? Yes, Turner was drunk. But the victim was unconscious and unable to grant consent to anything. If Turner was able to violate her person, he was capable of making a decision – he chose wrongly and for that, should spend more time in jail than a mere six months. Turner must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Perhaps one day when women refuse his requests for dates because he is a vicious sex offender will Turner understand what the words personal responsibility mean, but from the excuses offered for his actions, don’t hold your breath.

As for the dishonorable Judge Persky, he was up for reelection on Tuesday, June 7, but did not appear on the ballot for his six year term as he faced no opposition. Perhaps smugness led him to make such a disastrous ruling. Recall efforts are in effect. An on-line petition at www.change.org has garnered more than 600,000 signatures – mine will be one of them – demanding Persky’s removal from the bench. A formal printed petition requiring roughly 70,000 signatures would place Persky’s name on the November ballot for recall.

Persky’s decision is an ignominy, a mockery of the judicial system, and an insult to every victim of rape and sexual assault. Clearly the blindfold was stripped off of Lady Justice. Persky is a capricious worm who should be removed from the bench and disbarred. Hold Aaron Persky accountable for not holding Brock Allen Turner accountable.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Send VA's McDonald on Permanent Vacation

Send VA’s McDonald on Permanent Vacation
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 26, 2016

Comparing the wait time for medical services at VA facilities to that of the lengthy lines at Disneyland is both insensitive and disrespectful to those who put their lives on the line defending the freedoms of this great nation. For his derisive and dismissive remarks, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald should be dismissed and sent on a permanent vacation.

Thousands of American veterans, service men and women who signed a blank check for up to and including the ultimate sacrifice have actually died waiting for the medical services they have earned. Additionally, thousands of veterans have been declared deceased by the VA, thus costing them their benefits, and ultimately sending them on a trail of red tape in the attempts to reinstate both their status and those much needed benefits.

McDonald, who has oft-claimed his hands are tied and unable to fire personnel at the VA, is simply a symptom of a greater ill. That ill is governmental bureaucracy – a bureaucracy that has prevented veterans from obtaining the necessary care they earned that will improve their lives. Veterans are typically placed on lengthy waiting lists – sometimes months long for appointments. That would be unheard of in the private sector, and thanks to competition, patients are free to seek medical care elsewhere.

To that end, privatization of the medical aspect of the Veterans Administration, in a capitalist society will be the veterans’ salvation. Far too many veterans are chained to the VA for their medical care, treatment, and prescription medications. Were the VA forced to compete on the open market and patients given viable alternatives within their financial restraints, veterans could put the VA behind them. Offer tax incentives to doctors to add new veteran patients to their practices.

Illegal aliens seem to have better medical options than do veterans. Many veterans have limited incomes, which is another disgrace for another column. Veterans should be able to visit any doctor of their choosing. (Quite frankly, so should all Americans – thus the dire need to obliterate Obamacare.) Illegals get free medical care, paid for by Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer – including taxes extracted from veterans.

As for the non-medical aspects of the Department of Veterans Affairs, fire the dead weight, incompetents, and the malingerers. Replace them with veterans qualified to do those jobs. US Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), herself a veteran, are both calling for the dismissal of McDonald for his egregious and irresponsible Disneyland comments as well as the overall disastrous manner in which the Department is being managed.

Free the veterans from the government yoke and get them the medical care they need and deserve. They gave this country their all, it’s the very least that should be done for them.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Potty Politics Plagues Public Schools

Potty Politics Plagues Public Schools
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 13, 2016

In the United States majority rule, minority rights has typically been the unwritten rule. Not according to the Obama administration who is attempting to micromanage the lives of all Americans by inflicting minority rule, majority irrelevance; and to make matters worse, he is impinging upon the public school children of this nation.

The Obama administration is doubling down on its lawsuit against the state of North Carolina by threatening the public school systems across the entire country, and thus foisting an immoral agenda on the children of this nation allowing the feelings of one child to trump the comfort of all others. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2016/05/his-hers-potty-politics.html)

At the risk of losing federal funding, Obama’s toilet fetish would require public schools to permit any child the use of any bathroom facility and locker room based simply on how that child identifies, not based upon the realities of biology. According to the Obama administration, which is attempting to make this a civil rights issue, the so-called rights of a self-identifying child based upon feelings and not G-d-given biology actually must supersede those of the overwhelming majority. (See the column linked above for discussion of the Constitutional issue.)

In addition to threatening to eliminate federal funding for schools that refuse to succumb to his demented notion of equality, Obama is planning to take food out of the mouths of needy children. Such fiscal losses would include federal funding for breakfast and lunch programs designed to aid at-risk students. This feckless administration is willing to deprive or hold hostage already downtrodden children the basics in nutrition simply to acquiesce to the demands of a tiny minority; a tiny minority that is endeavoring to coerce and shame multi-national corporations into falling in line with these same demands at the risk of boycotts.

This is nothing more than politically correct intimidation by an obsequious weasel who, in 2008, promised to “fundamentally transform America.” North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was prophetic when he said the bathroom bill battle in his state is “no longer just a North Carolina issue.” This is now a federal mandate that undoubtedly will find both wide scale objections by parents and non-parents alike that fear for the safety of children in public schools, as well as degenerates seeking to push the envelope of public decency and morality.

A high school student, a teenager, not attempting to transcend boundaries and defy authority is as rare as a kosher ham. John wakes up one morning decides he is Jane and wants to shower in the girl’s locker room at school after gym class. By the political machinations of Obama, this biological male now will be afforded the right to do just that, despite the complaints, objections, and protestations of all those biological females who use the girl’s locker room as a matter of course.

Moms? Dads? Do you want the above scenario unfolding in your public school? The public school you support with your property taxes? Call me old fashioned, but I am concerned for the safety of my wife and daughters, as well as their ability to use a public restroom and gym locker room unimpeded by a man who may or may not be a lurking pervert intent on committing some form of harassment or a heinous sex crime.

The time is nigh for people to stand up for what is right, moral, and decent in American society. The vast majority should not have to surrender their right to attend public school or use a public restroom or locker room because a handful of people wish to defy the natural order of biology. This is not an issue of fair and equitable use of public accommodations, as no one is being denied their use. All that is being requested is that biology be adhered to and those who have successfully completed gender reassignment surgery not be discriminated against based upon their new gender. Gender identity is an entirely different notion when a person decides not to act within the confines of their biology.

And what of the precedent this will set regarding Title IX and women’s athletics? Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX never mentions transgender or transsexual individuals. If a male identifying as a female is permitted use of the girl’s bathroom and locker room, the next step is the ball field. This will become a breeding ground for all forms of shenanigans and chicanery. To deny the self-identifying female, yet biological male, a place on the girls’ soccer team, basketball team, softball team, volleyball team, track team, swim team, or any other female team sport will invite lawsuit after lawsuit. This is the United States – one of the most litigious societies on the planet. Will the United States be banned from the Olympics if the other countries don’t follow suit? (Former Bulgarian, East German and Soviet gymnasts notwithstanding.) The Title IX scenario is demonstrative of how out of control the entire premise of identity gender politics is and will ultimately become.

If ever there is a slippery slope, this is it. Granting Obama’s demands is the continuance of the demise of decent, moral, Judeo-Christian society. On the other hand, this could be the clarion call that is needed to wake up American society to the need for increased charter schools, parochial schools, religious schools, and home schooling. Perhaps the time has come for a tax revolution to stop funding public schools until they cease serving as a tool of the corrupt teachers’ unions (of which I was a one-time member), the Democrat Party, and an enslaver of the poor who have no alternative and become tools themselves of the Democrat Party and dependent on their lifelong largess.

Until that time, it is up to heroes like Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) to stand up to Obama and the federal government and protect the safety of all the children in the Lone Star State. He rightfully called it blackmail and is defying Obama. Let him set the standard that other governors will follow and stop the potty political insanity.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

His, Hers, & Potty Politics

His, Hers, & Potty Politics
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 11, 2016

The Obama administration, via Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is once again attempting to micromanage the lives of all Americans through ridiculous lawsuits pertaining to potty politics.

This need not be a lengthy screed, but as is typical of the Obama administration, they are literally making this a federal case by suing the state of North Carolina, thus forcing the Tar Heel State to countersue the federal government. Deigning to compare the current kerfuffle of alleged discriminatory practices in North Carolina pertaining to proper bathroom choices to the Civil Rights Movement and Jim Crow Laws is an insult to all who paid the ultimate price fighting for the rights and dignity of G-d given equality.

To tell biological males that they must use the men’s room; and to tell biological females they must use the women’s room is not subverting any of their civil rights. They are not being denied accommodations the way blacks were denied seats at lunch counters, lodging in hotels, housing opportunities in certain neighborhoods, jobs, equality on the ball field, battlefield, or in the classroom.

If Phil wants to jump into a dress and slap on some lipstick and call himself Phyllis, that’s his business. But when he decides to sashay into the ladies room to do his business, then it becomes all of our business. To reference a House episode where the good doctor divided two groups of potential team members into “danglers” and “non-danglers,” so too should our bathroom facilities remain divided. Just because a man isn’t feeling particularly manly today doesn’t give him the right to use the women’s room and make others feel uncomfortable and revert back to the men’s room the next day. Those men and women who complete gender reassignment surgery should be permitted use of the facilities of their new gender.

A reasonable, not necessarily simple, solution is to have a men’s room, a women’s room, and a single stall facility for those unable to figure out whether they are in Column A or Column B. Many large shopping facilities, malls and factory outlets, for example, already offer a third option called a family changing room designed for parents changing babies. This is a single stall option that can be utilized by anyone – one at a time. While this is clearly a reasonable solution, it may not be simple. Smaller businesses and service establishments such as restaurants or offices may not be spatially equipped to expand and install a third bathroom option. In those cases, danglers must use the men’s room and non-danglers must use the women’s room. This is a matter of biology, not feelings. Biology and gender are not debatable. We are as G-d created us.

The more prickly concern are the locker room and shower situations, which are larger more unwieldy spaces in businesses such as gyms and schools. A separate changing facility can be provided, but a private shower becomes infinitely challenging, thus the dangler/non-dangler proposition. There is a genuine concern about opposite genders simultaneously sharing shower facilities, especially in schools, where this has already become an issue. Shockingly there are actually people supporting the right of a student who merely identifies as the opposite sex to be permitted use of the shower of his/her choice. It is this brand of laissez-faire permissiveness lending itself to inappropriate interlopers taking advantage of a situation by committing exploitive acts against the unsuspecting and naïve. There is something extremely wrong here as it speaks to the continuing decay of the moral fabric of American society as well as the shrinking acceptance of Judeo-Christian values in this country.

The bigger picture is the legal overreach by the Obama administration as it seeks to usurp state law thus ignoring and bypassing the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Each state should have the right to determine its own policies. This should not be made a 14th Amendment case either, as this is not an equal protection issue. (“…nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.) No one is being denied bathroom facilities.

While potty politics has become Obama’s latest fascination and priority, infinitely more paramount issues such as illegal immigration, securing the border, sanctuary cities, defeating ISIS, a growing heroine epidemic, and a failing public school system are relegated to the back burner. It’s time for Obama to get off the pot and concern himself with something important, like where he put his putter.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.