When Monday’s announcement occurred regarding the grand jury’s decision in the case of Officer Darren Wilson shooting and killing 18-year old Michael Brown this past August, many media outlets framed the story in the same tone they breathlessly opined on it the past few months. A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation.

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When you’ve lost SNL…..

If you grew up in the 1970s like myself, you undoubtedly recall television’s attempts to educate kids while they were entranced by their Saturday morning cartoons. In particular, ABC TV’s Schoolhouse Rock! was not only informative but also somewhat fun. In fact, it was where I received my first insight into how a law is made, thanks to the mid-70s TV tutorial “I’m Just a Bill.”

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Welcome to our monarchy

Without ever having to have his name appear on a ballot again, President Barack Obama really is risking nothing politically with his Executive Order to halt deportations of some 4.7 million illegal aliens. The question now is what kind of tone will Congressional Republicans use in responding? It’s quite clear Obama cares little about the Constitution, Separation of Powers, etc., so it’ll be interesting to see how the GOP approaches this. It’s possible that Obama is taking this action in the hope that House Republicans, who last year did not bring up for a vote a Senate passed immigration bill, will scramble to the the table and cobble together some immigration reform legislation. It has also been suggested that this decree is a smokescreen to distract from what is sure to be the Obama administration’s appeasement of Iran regarding its nuclear program.

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