Haute This Issue Op/Ed, Legal Commentary

The Problem with Saying "Merica"

"Merica." No, that's not a misspelling. In recent years, we've all heard someone say the name of our nation in this ironic manner. I'd be lying if I told you I've never uttered it myself jokingly.

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Justice Antonin Scalia: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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The recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a historically conservative firebrand on the Supreme Court, sent shockwaves through the political world. In the middle of a hectic and noisy presidential primary, the Republican candidates shared a moment of silence during their ninth debate — and then dove into a conversation about whether President Barack Obama should nominate a successor.

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Op/Ed: There’s More To Black History Than Slavery

Black History month is a time to celebrate Americans, past and present, whose accomplishments are sometimes overshadowed by the eye-catching negative news stories which contribute to the general dissolution of race relations in contemporary culture.

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Op/Ed: Create Your Own Healthcare "System"

Kudos to the folks in D.C. who are advancing alternatives to the Affordable Care Act's over-regulated and expensive health insurance policies. Small business association health plans and expanding health savings accounts (HSAs) are among several tools to increase health care choices.

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Op/Ed SCOTUS Hearings: Judge Kavanaugh’s Character Assassins Could Be Controlling Your Medical Care

Our elected legislators have been at their worst during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. What a shameful display: condescending, arrogant show-boating senators questioning him in a manner reminiscent of the Grand Inquisitor.

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Op/Ed: Bernie’s Jewish Complex

With Senator Bernie Sanders leaping ahead of the pack in the Democratic Party, chances have greatly increased that he will become the first Jewish nominee to reach the general election for President of the United States.

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Op/Ed: Medicare for All - No Care for You

Democrat presidential candidates are sparring over how much to expand Medicare. Should it be Medicare for all, for people over 50, for children, for "all who want it"? Does this include those who entered the country illegally?

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Op/Ed: The REAL Fake News

Today, the term 'Fake News' is firmly entrenched in our lexicon. It seems everyone from Trumpite retirees, to neo-political millennials, freely toss around the phrase. The term was even recognized as, "The Word of the Year" by UK-based Collins Dictionary.

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Op/Ed: The Children, the Caravan, and Health

Recent border clashes produced shocking images that triggered condemnation from many who failed to realized there are three aspects to the caravan: what is shown by the media; what is there to be seen; and what is unseen.

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Op/Ed - Free, Black and Twenty-one

I ran into a 20-something fellow wearing a T-shirt that said "I love being black." I had a wave of fond nostalgia remembering how my mother began our outings with "I'm free, black, and 21 – let's do it!"

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Op/Ed - SOTU 2019 and American Medicine

While President Trump called for unity and cooperation in his 2019 State of the Union address, the views of the audience showed a sharp and bitter divide, especially on issues affecting the health and medical care of Americans.

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Op/Ed: Russia, Racists, and Ridiculousness

Now that the Russian collusion story has lost its captivating and enticing glow, the left's narrative du jour is that anyone expressing a contrary opinion is a racist. It is so exhausting! What is a racist, anyway?

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Op/Ed - Eugenics, Euthanasia, Infanticide, and Religion

New York's Catholic Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo had the World Trade Center in lights to celebrate its recently enacted abortion-on-demand-until-the-day-of-birth law. This law was framed, and sold to legislators, as empowering women through guaranteeing "Reproductive Health."

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Op/Ed: Halloween’s Over: Take off the Masks

At a graduation of a family friend, out of the blue, one in our group began lamenting that progressives tended to live in cities. She proposed that progressives should move to rural areas and "purge [such areas] of those awful conservatives."

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Op/Ed: Money Can’t Buy You Health

"Healthcare" is supposed to be a big election issue: politicians promise universal and equal "healthcare," or prevent it from being taken away. Everyone wants to be healthy, and a $3 trillion industry wants to keep the money flowing.

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The Power of Sports Metaphors in Politics: Trump vs. Clinton as The Main Event

Gender norms influence not just what we think, but how. Consider the presence of sports metaphors in American politics. Metaphors are not merely figures of speech. According to the cognitive scientists and philosophers George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (1980), human thought processes are largely metaphorical.

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Haute Tease

  • Election 2020: Bernie Sanders to Return to California Ahead of Super Tuesday

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    Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to California on Sunday, March 1st, for rallies in San Jose and Los Angeles ahead of Super Tuesday. Bernie 2020 staffers will be on hand at both rallies to collect vote-by-mail ballots.  

  • Love & Friendship Review - Beautifully Done, An Unconventional, Winning, Comedy

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    Love & Friendship, from Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions, present a beautifully crafted charmingly manipulative, visually creative experience, based on Jane Austen’s comedic novella, Lady Susan, depicting the manner in which society looks upon women of determination and freedom.

     
  • Money News: DOW, NASDAQ, S&P and Top Ten World Markets Close Up

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    The DOW Jones Industrial continued to keep the bull market running as the world markets kept pace with the New York Stock Exchange managing to close with impressive rallies for the third straight week.

     
  • Chinese, Australia Officials Confirm Black Box Pings

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    Chinese and Australian authorities have both confirmed to the media picking up "pings" associated with what they cautiously hope is from the back box of missing Malaysian Airliner MH370 that disappeared one month ago.

     
  • Le Réseau du Plus Fort

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    Des Gilets Jaunes à Bilal Hassani, les réseaux sociaux ont démontré toute leur puissance en relayant sans délai et dans l'anonymat le plus complet le message d'internautes soucieux de donner corps à leur voix.

     
  • Jealousy (La Jalousie) Review – Potential Passion Falls Flat

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    Jealousy "La Jalousie," from Distrib Films and Director Philippe Garrel,  presents a self congratulatory look back at the power men have over the women who adore him and finally in full circle understands the all consuming power of the lover who leaves.

     
  • Father’s Day Gift Guide - Fail-Safe Ideas for Dad

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    With Father’s Day looming, many are still frenetically searching for that perfect item to please and appease the Dads in their life. Last year, U.S. consumers across key categories, reportedly spending .83 billion dollars on tools and appliances, alone.

     
  • The Ekster Parliament 2.0 Review - The Newest Men’s Smart Wallet is this Season’s Hottest Gift Idea

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    In the world of Men's accessories one of the newest and quickly rising must have's is the RFID protected secret wallet, and one of the leaders in this new market is the fast rising crowdfunded European company Ekster.

     
  • Mezé Greek Fusion Review - Flying High in Downtown San Diego

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    Just a few short years ago, GBOD Hospitality, helmed by brothers Raymond and Patrick Davoudi, debuted Mezé Greek Fusion in the heart of downtown San Diego bringing a fabulous new flare to the city's famed Gaslamp Quarter.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Shifts on Putin; ISIS/Boko Haram Update; Oklahoma City Bombing; NH Politics

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    President Obama has maintained a strong conviction to hold Russian President Putin responsible for violating the territorial sovereignty of neighboring Ukraine more than a year ago as sectorial sanctions have driven the Russian economy downward the beleaguered soviet leader wants equality and unity restored.

     
  • THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN - A Heartwarming Magical Love Story

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    THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, from Walt Disney Pictures, presents an enchanting colorful journey of discovery, of hope, love and recognizing the future when it arrives.

     
  • DEA SCAM ALERT -- Extortion Scheme

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    The Drug Enforcement Administration continues to warn the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel. This criminal activity continues to occur, despite significant public attention to the illicit scheme. DEA offices nationwide regularly receive telephone calls from concerned citizens who are the victims of this extortion effort.

     
  • The Rider Review - Stunning; A Heartfelt Story of Loss and New Beginnings

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    The Rider, from Sony Pictures Classic, presents the story of a rising rodeo star on the South Dakota circuit facing a career breakdown after an injury leaves him facing life on the opposite side of the ring.

     
  • Adventures on the Queen Mary Review - Stunning, Beautiful, A Must Have

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    Adventures on the Queen Mary, by Dave Wooders with James Radford, a book for those who have dreamed of traveling the high seas, in all the style of a bygone era and the opulence of the Queens luxury.

     
  • DETROIT Review - Emotionally Riveting, Shocking, An Early Oscar Favorite

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    DETROIT, from Annapurna Pictures, presents the story of the 1967 Detroit Riots, one night, three rouge cops, a city out of control, and an horrific encounter at the Algiers Hotel, which would end with three dead, others, the survivors, incapacitated.