The Right Stuff Articles

 Sept 13

The Right Stuff: What leadership qualities are necessary for our leaders?

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Many principles are required of leaders and all must be learned by academics or experience or both; none are inherited. Positions of responsibility in business and government are often occupied by individuals of limited leadership ability who survive with little damage by listening to subordinates and superiors. It behooves business owners and voters to be[…Read More]

 Sept 06

The Right Stuff: Crisis, chaos from Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal

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Why did President Joe Biden announce to our enemies his plan to withdraw all Americans and allies from Afghanistan by Aug. 31, 2021? Is it good military strategy to tell your enemies what you plan to do and to remove your military forces before all American citizens and allies are evacuated and arms and equipment[…Read More]

 Aug 30

The Right Stuff: Diplomacy’s role on the world stage, Part 4

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This fourth column of The Right Stuff series will review the failed diplomatic actions in the wars of Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Three mandatory rules are mandatory to have victory in war and to achieve peace. The only strategy is to totally destroy the enemy’s capability to wage war. Combat tactics should be determined by[…Read More]

 Aug 23 

The Right Stuff: Why should we recall the governor?

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Gavin Newsom, 54, had an unremarkable education. Newsom began developing successful businesses in wineries, restaurants and hotels in 1991 with the assistance of Gordon Getty of Getty Fortune fame. He began his political career in 1996 when San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed him to his city staff and then to the Board of Supervisors.[…Read More]

 Aug 16 

The Right Stuff: Diplomacy’s role on the world stage: Part 3

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In this third in the series, the Right Stuff column will review the loss of Vietnam. Again, I present the three mandatory rules to have victory in war and peace. The only strategy is to totally destroy the enemy’s capability to wage war. Combat tactics should be determined by professional military officers. After cessation of[…Read More]

 Aug 9 

The Right Stuff: Diplomacy’s role on the world stage: Part 2

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The Right Stuff, on July 26, identified diplomacy successes to avoid war. Justification to commence war is variable. • When attacked, the justification is logically self-defense, such as when seceding South Carolina fired on federal troops, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, on 9/11 and when attacked by religious fanatics. • When treaty and other obligations[…Read More]

Aug  2 

The Right Stuff: Biden a chameleon on race

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A chameleon seeks camouflage when threatened or for tactical advantage. Many politicians and President Joe Biden fit the bill. Biden’s speech and actions over decades document behavior that starkly contradicts his image now as an anti-racist beacon of light. As former Vice President Al Gore said, “Facts are inconvenient truths.” What follows are well-documented facts.[…Read More]

July 26 

The Right Stuff: Diplomacy’s role on world stage: Part 1

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No one will disagree that diplomacy is one of the more important functions of government. Nations maintain at the highest government level a cadre of specially trained individuals to negotiate competitive differences of national interests. Diplomacy has had significant successes and significant failures. The ending of the Cold War with the Soviet Union was the […Read More]

July 19 

The Right Stuff: What we get for what we pay: Part 4

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This part is where we, the employers, get to make an evaluation of our employee’s performance. I have chosen one each from Congress and the Executive branch. I chose Rep. John Garamendi, the 3rd Congressional District representative, and Vice President Kamala Harris, both of California. I chose them because they are career politicians who’ve served[…Read More]

July 12 

The Right Stuff: What we get for what we pay: Part 3

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I have written for the past two weeks about our 537 elected federal employees’ salaries and benefits so we, their employers, understand their compensation. So, let’s look at the qualifications, the duties (job description) and responsibilities stated in the U.S. Constitution. The overall intent and purpose of the Constitution of 1787 was to replace the[…Read More]

July 5  

The Right Stuff: What we get for what we pay: Part 2

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Let’s look at benefits. Many people earn some kind of retirement benefit from our jobs generally called our “nest egg” or a pension plan of some sort. However, we have seen the traditional private sector “pension plans” rapidly disappearing. Retirement in the private sector is self-funded. It’s usually some combination of 401(k), life insurance, IRA, […Read More]

June 28

The Right Stuff: What we pay for vs. what we get

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What gives employees their value? How do we employers decide their worth? We’ll look in this first of a two-part series into the wages and benefits of our most important federal employees our congressional representatives, senators, vice president and president. Do we get what we pay for? I asked several people what they thought our […Read More]

June 21

The Right Stuff: Solutions to control climate change present daunting challenges

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The Right Stuff columns of Jan. 4 and Feb. 15 explained that Earth’s climate has cycled from hot to cold periods each 500 to 600 years while atmospheric measurements have indicated that the CO2 level has remained constant between 0.02% 0.03% throughout the many cycles. Earth is currently in a warming cycle that commenced in […Read More]

June 14

The Right Stuff: Time to vote out Emperor Newsom

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While serving as San Francisco Mayor in 2007, Gavin Newsom confessed to infidelity with a staffer who was the wife of his closest friend and chief of staff. Newsom said that he as “deeply sorry” four times. That he was caught? How does this reflect on his moral character and leadership? It foreshadows doing anything […Read More]

June 7

The Right Stuff: US Supreme Court at risk of becoming political football

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Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a bill to add four more Justices to the Supreme Court, bringing the total number of justices to 13. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not bring this to a vote. They propose amending Section 1, Title 28 of the U.S. Code, changing “a Chief Justice and eight Associate[…Read More]

May 31

The Right Stuff: China a wide awake crouching tiger

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The People’s Republic of China, the crouching tiger of communism, wears, as needed, capitalist clothes. The tiger is always on the prowl, making its ever-increasing presence felt. It pounces on the weaknesses of those who foolishly underestimate both its resolve and purpose. This is not new: It’s China’s 5,000 years history. Today is just the[…Read More]

May 24

The Right Stuff: Political scapegoating begins for 2022

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A front-page article May 14 in the Daily Republic details how the state’s newly appointed attorney general, Rob Bonta, a Democrat Assemblyman from Oakland and former deputy city attorney in San Francisco, made serious accusations against Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams, questioning her integrity and professional competency. The issue is the unfortunate Sean Monterrosa[…Read More]

May 17

The Right Stuff: Are Americans systemic racists?

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Systemic racism: Prejudice or discrimination based on race and affecting the entire society. What is the history of racism in America? Slavery meets the definition of racism. The first example recorded is Aug. 9, 1526, when a Spanish ship delivered 600 colonists and a small number of enslaved Africans in Georgia. One hundred years later[…Read More]

May 10

The Right Stuff: Police are not our problem

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The police are not the problem. The problem is teenage girls who think it’s OK to stab other teenage girls over cleaning their house. The problem is teenage girls who kill an Uber driver because he asked them to wear face masks in his car. In large part, the problem is the breakdown of the […Read More]

May 3

The Right Stuff: DC statehood plan a blatant power grab

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, granting Washington, D.C. admission to the union as a state, making it the country’s first and only city-state. This is a blatant attempt to seize control of the U.S. Government as Washington, D.C. votes approximately 95% Democrat and this would tilt the balance […Read More]

Apr 26

The Right Stuff: Where is truth in our politics

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Truth, for those who have forgotten, is defined as conformity to fact or actuality. There is logic in assuming the definition is forgotten considering the current acceptance by the general population of so much that is untrue. Consider the following common or destructive untruths. Perhaps the most common untruths are the campaign promises, “I promise […Read More]

Apr 19

The Right Stuff: Biden’s infrastructure bill mostly smoke and mirrors

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The $2.5 trillion infrastructure bill proposed by President Joe Biden has little infrastructure, more tax hikes and funding for Green New Deal, social welfare and government support of private enterprise research and development. It is like putting frosting on stale bread and calling it cake, just like the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill. Approximately $631 […Read More]

Apr 12

The Right Stuff: We need to remove our blinders

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Have you ever wondered why it seems so easy for us to go through life with blinders on? It seems as a species we have the uncanny ability to absorb only that which we want to see, hear and feel while blocking out everything contradictory. The result is we all get played, to one extent […Read More]

Apr 05

The Right Stuff: HR 1 not a home run

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It is obvious that the authors of House Resolution 1 are severely lacking in the knowledge and wisdom of the Founding Fathers as discussed in Federalist Papers Nos. 59-60. The consistent basic philosophy of the Founders was that government must be as close to the people as possible and therefore all powers of government are […Read More]

Mar 29

The Right Stuff: Citizenship must be earned

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Barack Obama created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, without legislation to prevent deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought into this country illegally by their parents when they were younger than 16. Approximately 650,000 are enrolled in the program, which protects them from deportation and allows them to work and pay taxes. About another 690,000 […Read More]

Mar 22

The Right Stuff: HR 1 not really for the people

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While many state legislatures are currently strengthening their election laws in the wake of last November’s election chaos, Congress is on track to nullify those safeguards and open the floodgates to fraud in future elections nationally. House Resolution 1, the “For the People Act,” is a 791-page bill that has already passed in the House […Read More]

Mar 15

The Right Stuff: Remember when Congress was respected?

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Many Americans well remember when elected politicians spoke of one another as ladies and gentlemen. The common description of a political opponent was, “My esteemed colleague.” The embodiment of this relationship was President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, and Speaker of House Tip O’Neill, a Democrat. They served as models for how political leaders can differ […Read More]

Mar 8

The Right Stuff: Cancel culture attempts to destroy America’s heritage

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I was dismayed to see the San Francisco school board was going to remove Abraham Lincoln’s name, along with Washington and Jefferson, from their schools. Who are these people and what is their motive? Are they going to replace those names with Marx, Lenin, Stalin or Castro? Are they trying to destroy American heritage as […Read More]

Mar 1

The Right Stuff: Reports reveal Capitol riot planning

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Many events leading to the Capitol riots Jan. 6 are well known but let’s start at the beginning of the preplanned demonstration that turned riot because the media has scarcely covered it. The FBI reported social message traffic that was intercepted more than two days in advance that identified plans for the riot. Furthermore, Rep. […Read More]

Feb 24

The Right Stuff: Kiss your vote goodbye?

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California is a signatory of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It is an agreement among 15 states and Washington, D.C. to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall vote. If the compact is agreed to by a number of states representing 270 electoral votes, you can kiss your vote […Read More]

Feb 15

The Right Stuff: Cost high to re-enter Paris climate change agreement

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The Right Stuff column of Dec. 28 presented arguments for and against the United Nations Climate Change agenda developed in 2005 in Paris. Our Jan. 4 column provided the history of climate change, identifying hot and cold cycles for the past 4,000 years. Some climatologists believe the world is now 170 years into a warm […Read More]

 

Feb 8

The Right Stuff: Don’t try to hide peanuts from elephants

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My wisest mentor in the military once dressed down a major who was taking liberties with the truth while blaming everyone else. The sage warrior asked the quivering major, “Son, why in God’s name are you trying to hide a peanut from an elephant . . . and this blaming everybody else, well son, that’s […Read More]

 

Feb 1

The Right Stuff: Bipartisanship or partisanship – taking bets?

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President-elect Bide appropriately announced the immediate goals for America – restore bipartisanship to government and overcome the effects of Covid-19. Was anybody listening? The precedence of bipartisanship was exhibited when the Senate, by President Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Day, had approved all but three cabinet nominees, including a proven tax dodger to become Secretary of […Read More]

 

Jan 25

The Right Stuff: A word for Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Trump

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Timeless truths are strong ligaments; sticky stuff connecting us in a living web. Trying to escape them only tightens their grasp. In a time before the lockdown, I was shopping for a DVD on Abraham Lincoln for a hard-charging nephew who I thought could learn the “word” from the greatest of all presidents. As I […Read More]

 

Jan 18

The Right Stuff: Numbers don’t lie, but need context

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Each morning the San Francisco Chronicle lists, in bold red, the number of cases of Covid-19 and the number of deaths in the Bay Area, the state and the country. These numbers are accompanied with dire headlines such as “Most in a day” or “Huge surge.” This is all to make you feel that, indeed, […Read More]

Jan 11

The Right Stuff: Study past if you would divine future

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I have had time now to reflect on the recent election and have noted some interesting things. We Solano County Republicans ran 41 candidates countywide and elected 15. Locally we got good coverage for our races with little propaganda. However, where President Donald Trump and, by extension, all Republican candidates were concerned, Republicans were portrayed […Read More]

Jan 4

The Right Stuff: Why is Earth’s climate changing?

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Last week’s The Right Stuff column summarized The Paris Climate Agreement with general arguments for and against. Let us now look at historic facts related to climate change. Archaeological history confirms that Earth has forever cycled between warm and cold periods. Current causative factors have been primarily identified by Climatologist Cliff Harris and Meteorologist Randy […Read More]

Dec 28

The Right Stuff: Paris Climate Agreement lacks accountability

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Carbon is essential to all life on Earth. It is part of the fats and carbohydrates of our foods and the DNA, carbohydrates, fats and proteins of our bodies. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is in the air we breathe. Plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and as part of their life cycle emit oxygen. There were […Read More]

Dec 21

The Right Stuff: A Christmas gift to give ones(elf)

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I want to be Santa for Christmas. Plump my rump, whip me up a hoary head and white whiskers, bedeck my body in red and white and tickle my tummy for a hearty Ho Ho Ho! Give me the gift of gift giving. I know my first gift and I’d fly into it like down […Read More]

Dec 14

The Right Stuff: Voting needs to be secure, verifiable

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Voting is arguably our most precious right. Voting gives we the people the ultimate check and balance in our republic. It allows us to hold accountable those in power. Thus, reaffirming the citizens’ authority over governance. From the first recorded democratic elections in ancient Greece, people have interfered in elections to suit their interests. This […Read More]

Dec 7

The Right Stuff: A SENSIBLE AND COMPASSIONATE COVID STRATEGY 

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I am triple board certified in Hematology, Oncology and Internal medicine with significant post-doctoral training in Public Health and epidemiology (experts that deal with incidence, distribution and control of disease). I am also a Professor of Medicine Emeritus. Three epidemiologists and public health experts, Dr Guota of Oxford, Dr […Read More]

 

Nov 30

The Right Stuff: Strange days now in America

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What does that mean? America hasn’t seen an election like this since Richard M. Nixon-John F. Kennedy in 1960. For those of you not alive or old enough to remember the controversy surrounding that election, here’s a broad outline. The election was hotly contested and resulted in a large turnout. The results were very close […Read More]

Nov 23

The Right Stuff: Founders saw wisdom of Electoral College

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The 2020 election campaign is finished except for U.S. senators in Georgia. An attempt may arise to severely alter future elections. To avoid that attempt, I suggest Solano County voters consider ramifications. The subject will be the Electoral College method of determining the presidential elections as required by Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution. As[…Read More]

Nov 16

The Right Stuff: Honor veterans and other good Americans

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This was written on Nov. 10, the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. I had the pleasure of calling Marine friends today to give greetings as I and they do every year. One was retired Gunnery Sgt. Lloyd Dashner, a combat veteran who is one of my personal heroes. He is a man […Read More]

Nov 9

The Right Stuff: Let’s consider neighborhood councils

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The notion of politicians vs. statesmen has been debated among society since the beginning of time; it is no different from wants vs. needs. What do I mean? In politics, we see two types of public servants: a politician and the other is called a statesman. Each one is an official sworn to serve the […Read More]
Nov 2

The Right Stuff: So, who am I?

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I used to think I was pretty much just regular people, but I was born white, into a two-parent household along with many siblings and lived in a small A-frame house with one bathroom. Now, whether I like it or not, that makes me privileged, racist and responsible for slavery. I am a fiscal and moral […Read More]

Oct 26

The Right Stuff: Do we vote for politicians or statesmen?

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May we agree, sadly, that many politicians are not truthful? Politicians act according to personal interest with their finger in the wind of the latest poll. Statesmen act according to law and the state’s future. I have observed, with limited time in New York City, residents in the city exaggerate often in daily speech. Perhaps […Read More]

Oct 19

The Right Stuff: Why are we, as Americans, so politically divided?

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This question must be on many minds. Let’s examine it. In any investigation, regardless of purpose, you want to know the following: Who, what, when, where, why and how did something occur? The who, I believe, is the Democratic Party which, more than two years ago, I dubbed the Democrat Progressive Socialist People’s Party. The […Read More]

Oct 12

The Right Stuff: A watershed moment for America

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A watershed moment has a momentous effect. American voters in 2016 decided it was time for significant change. Thus, in classic organizational development terms, America needed a “change agent” – Donald Trump. For four years we have watched him turn Washington, D.C., on its ear. Change agents are brought in to shake up lackluster, poorly  […Read More]

Oct 5

The Right Stuff: Deeds, not words, matter in politics

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I was privileged to spend three years in the 60th Aerial Port Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. The squadron motto is “Deeds Not Words.” The airman and the civilian employees proudly honored that motto. Compare that motto to the unfulfilled political promises we are given. Should not voters in America judge their electoral candidates […Read More]

Sep 28

The Right Stuff: False promise of green energy: Part 2

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Green energy has had some big failures. Let’s look critically at Solyndra. The plant for this expansion in solar power was right along Interstate 880. As part of the 2009 Recovery Act passed by Obama’s administration, Solyndra was given a $535 million loan by the Department of Energy. Solyndra was trying to build an expensive […Read More]

Sep 23

The Right Stuff: False promise of green energy

By Diane Curtis-Page

Congratulations Californians, you are currently reaping the rewards of the false promise of green energy. Every one of you who voted for and cheered the programs for renewable energy, enjoy your rolling blackouts and get ready for more. During the last round of them, most of the state was closed. Just think how it will […Read More]

Sep 14

The Right Stuff: Is the Democratic Party truly racist?

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Is this a fair question or just so much campaign rhetoric? As regular readers of mine know, I recently wrote a four-part series identifying both Democrat and Republican presidents and Supreme Court justices who were segregationists responsible for the rise of the terrible “Jim Crow” laws. Now, let’s move on to the “New Deal” of […Read More]

Sep 7

The Right Stuff: Covid-19 response stronger than Dems will credit

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The Democratic National Convention confirmed their primary campaign issue will be that President Donald Trump’s administration has failed completely to recognize and treat the novel coronavirus, thereby failing to protect American citizens. That decision is expected as pollsters report 70% of potential voters opposing him state their reason is the administration’s failure to appropriately combat […Read More]

Aug 31

The Right Stuff: Police there to protect, serve community

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Heretofore I have tried to keep a wrap on the infamous Ryan Rap Sheet but current events tell me it is time to come clean about the “Amazing Flying Ryanoni,” daredevil par excellence. It was a blustery New England fall morning; mighty oaks bent reluctantly to another Nor’easter. Having dreamt daring dreams, I fashioned myself […Read More]

Aug 24

The Right Stuff: Why believe leaders who recite obvious lies?

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Unless a storyteller is known to be truthful, why do people often accept a story from anyone else, particularly chronic liars? Sadly, that term applies to many current politicians. Political progressives today make many generic allegations. e.g. “President Trump violates laws every day.” But what laws? The special cpunsel and impeachment found none. I received […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Kudos to Victoria Lawson, the republic

By Colleen Britton

Thanks to The Right Stuff for sharing today’s column with Constitution Literacy Advocates. We recently honored 2020 Armijo High School graduate Victoria Lawson, the recipient of the grand prize in Solano County’s Constitution Essay Contest for three consecutive years – a truly remarkable feat with an average of nearly 200 entries submitted each year. It […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: We live in difficult times

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We have seen a remarkable amount of poison rhetoric in our political discourse since President Donald Trump declared his run for the presidency in 2016, mainly from the Democrat Socialists Progressive Peoples Party (DSPPP). Now, for the past number of months, we have experienced increasing vitriol in the halls of Congress resulting in a failed […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Common sense, common courtesy no longer prevail

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Two men, Englishman John Trenchard and Scotsman Thomas Gordon, wrote the original Cato’s Letters in the 1720s postulating how an open society with a republican constitution could flourish. Daniel Hannan, a British writer and politician, wrote: “They postulated how an open society with a republican constitution could flourish. And incredibly, against all odds, providentially we […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Watch the media, Solano school boards

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Last week’s column reviewed the difficulty of identifying truth from lies. Experience demonstrates that a person who lies once will continue to lie. Telling a truth but not telling the whole truth to deceive is also defined as lying. A current ACLU poll provides a perfect example of the polling author determining the outcome. Here’s […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: It’s critical to identify truthfulness

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How do you know the person speaking to you has spoken only the truth and the whole truth? Having worked 30 years where a person’s word is his bond, I normally assume the message is truthful. However, after a speaker has lied one time about anything then the receiver must logically verify elsewhere before acting […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Facts demonstrate positive change continues

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Thorough out history, slavery was and is economic. See the United Nation’s 2017 report: It takes different forms but approximately 40 million enslaved people exists around the world today. From time immemorial, it’s part of human nature to conquer and dominate. In 1833, Britain had 800,000 slaves primarily in the Caribbean sugar plantations. Their value […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Separate but not equal

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In my two previous columns, I have shown a brief history of the legal basis for “Jim Crow” in the Plessy V. Ferguson 1896 Supreme Court decision (SCOTUS). The impact was devastating to blacks. However, the nation as a whole suffered as it set back race relations for another 58 years. In Plessy, one of […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Is racism systemic in humans? Part 2

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Last week I referenced U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and its impacts on our nation and the legal status of the District of Columbia. As a federal entity, no state laws were legally applicable yet “Jim Crow” existed. How was that possible? From 1865 to 1913 D.C. was socially segregated but its […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Is racism systemic in humans? Part 1

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Perhaps it’s a part of the human condition to have bias for one’s own tribe. People are partial toward one body type or another, skin tone, gender(s), etc. Apparently, we are biased toward or against different things. It’s seemingly learned behavior. I was born in 1946 and raised in Washington, D.C., when it was legally  […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Let’s contrast precinct voting, vote-by-mail options

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Why fear vote-by-mail? Hopefully, you will understand after comparing the VBM processes with precinct-voting processes developed to protect each voter’s intent. Each and every precinct ballot is accountable at all times. Inventory is taken in the beginning of the day and after voting closes to match against the ballots submitted. Voters are required to mark […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Where are truth, ethics?

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The debate over voting by mail has reached a high crescendo thanks to Present Donald Trump’s tweet and Twitter’s “Fact Checked” response. President Trump: “There is no way that mail-in-ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mailboxes will be robbed, ballots . . . forged . . . and fraudulently signed... […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: ‘By any means necessary’

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I am sure most people have heard the term “by any means necessary,” but may not know where it comes from or what it really means to those who use it. The term is often referring to the concept of political power. From antiquity’s chieftains to kings to our modern political states, humans have engaged  […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Republic form of government: Defend it or lose it

By Michele Guerra

Special to the Daily Republic Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” January 2020, China announced a new disease […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: The difficult decision: Lives or livelihood

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Some people are reluctant to make decisions, some make hasty decisions and some wait for facts before unhesitatingly making sound decisions. Today, Americans are awaiting controversial decisions for restoring normal life to America. Unfortunately, there are many unanswered questions. Facts we have: • Dec. 31: China advised the World Health Organization of “strange pneumonia” in […Read More]

The Right Stuff: US wanders from Founders’ plans

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This column is a continuation of our discussion of the intent of our Founding Fathers and how we have wandered from that intent. Form of Government: The republican form of representative democracy has been weakened by two actions. The 17th Amendment, as explained last week, was a significant progressive victory to convert our republican government […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Is this America today? What happened?

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Last week we reviewed the primary concepts that America’s Founders developed in writing the Constitution. This week we’ll review changed concepts and resulting effects made since the Constitution was ratified. 13th Amendment-Slavery Abolition: The first change was good. Some yet condemn the Founders for not abolishing slavery. The Founders took pragmatically available action toward limiting […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: What are America’s constitutional rights?

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As we witness America’s most divisive political environment in our lifetimes, including those living in the Great Depression, let us review America’s founding principles. When America in 1795 appropriated funds for the first Navy warships that eventually led to the termination of the Barbary Pirates in 1830, it set the example for leadership to the […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Citizenship in a republic requires action

I recently read another letter against President Donald Trump written, in the Daily Republic (DR), by a frequent chronic complainer. Again, storming over Trump’s handling of the real Covid-19 crisis the nation is in. This is just the latest made-up nonsense inflicted upon us for more than three years by the omnipresent Democrat Socialists Progressive […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: There is a sucker born every minute

I worked years ago in Bridgeport Connecticut. For those who don’t know, the city is the home of the P.T. Barnum Museum. Mr. Barnum is credited with being the greatest showman in circus history and coined the phrase “The Greatest Show on Earth.” He was the city’s mayor for several years in the 1800s and […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: ‘Resistance’ response the wrong one

The Right stuff column of last week examined the lack of principles in Democratic Party leadership. Since the Democratic Party declared their “Resistance” in November 2016, a massive change has occurred. Two offenses primarily generate a “Resistance” response – any position in opposition to a progressive objective or every action planned by President Donald Trump.  […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Does your political representative have principles?

The Right Stuff columns are written almost exclusively with facts. Of the 300 published columns, only one erroneous statement was made because I accepted a city staff employee’s legal interpretation; a correction was printed the next week. This column will deviate from policy by presenting questions with the hope of receiving truthful answers. Everyone is […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Socialism a seductive, dangerous, big lie

By Kevin Ryan Socialism is a fundamental issue in the coming presidential election. In socialism, the means of production are owned and managed by the state. Private ownership is not allowed and social gains are primary with little regard for personal interest. All of the fabric and foundations of society are owned and maintained by […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: It’s silly season, election time in America

Here we are in the midst of the silly season, or election time. So, because it’s that time, I’m reminded of some quotes by H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), the so-called Sage of Baltimore, who wrote a political column in the Old Baltimore Sun along with 30 books on various subjects from art to music to politics.

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The Right Stuff: How not to remove an elected president: Part II

The March 2 column defined constitutional authority of Congress to remove federal elected officers, explained the special counsel’s findings, and identified the never-before applied House impeachment proceedings. The House is constitutionally designated the sole power to commence the impeachment process by alleging evidence of misdoing, similar to a grand jury indictment. The Senate is granted

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The Right Stuff: How not to remove elected president: Part 1

Article II of the Constitution identifies that “. . . all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” These limits were heavily discussed by the Founders and malfeasance was specifically excluded because of the potential for political

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The Right Stuff: Use vote to toss out brass donkeys

We have all seen the three brass monkey sculpture: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. The reference has been used often to describe a person who is willfully deaf, dumb and blind. Well, I propose a variation I call three brass donkeys: See no good, hear no good and speak no good

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The Right Stuff: Now for the rest of the story . . .

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In homage to the great broadcaster Paul Harvey, I’m responding to the column from my colleague Jack Batson concerning the 5th District Board of Supervisors election. Paul Harvey would open the broadcast with a topic then he would say to his listeners – “And now the rest of the story!” We were told biographical data

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The Right Stuff: Evidence of king, queen of wishful thinking


We seem to be living the old curse attributed to the Chinese: “May you live in interesting times.” We have fake news, real news and opinions and delusions all wrapped up in a ball that we consumers are left to guess whether it is fact or biased fiction. How do we, regardless of political affiliation

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The Right Stuff: Perspective, content critical elements in society

Presidential impeachment is serious and daunting. The Democrat/Socialists/Progressive Party officials say Donald Trump has committed high crimes (felonies) and misdemeanors. What has President Trump done? Nothing that constitutes anything remotely approaching a crime. It’s political hocus-pocus. I have alluded, in recent columns, to the biased press coverage of Trump his family and to the connected

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The Right Stuff: Democrats employ rules to misinform the uninformed

The Founding Fathers knew the importance of public education to maintain the Republic. Since 1965 the federal government commenced exerting considerable influence over the states, wresting away much of prior state and local control over education. Subsequently, the world ranking of American education has fallen from the top one-third to bottom one-third. The typical citizen

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The Right Stuff: America experiences ‘Rashomon’ moment

The great Japanese film director Akiri Kurosawa’s film “Rashomon” has as its theme the loss of faith in the nature of man and indeed the human soul. The story is told through the lens of the character’s perspective. We see a similar theme in William Faulkner’s great Southern classic “Absalom, Absalom!,” showing the universality of

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The Right Stuff: Executive privilege well-defined, justified, historic

The Right Stuff policy is to print facts, rarely an opinion, and ignore deniers. A local Letter to Editor from Dec. 28, quoting the Democratic-Socialist party line, necessitates a truthful correction. I appreciate that the columnist did not challenge The Right Stuff description of the impeachment process as being “half-truths, lies and innuendo presented as

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The Right Stuff: Take steps to protect your vote

Take steps to “protect your vote in the March 3 Primary. Verify the accuracy of your voter registration information. Why? Thousands of registered voters recently discovered their party affiliation was changed without their knowledge or consent to “No Party Preference (NPP)”. Many of these changes were automatic due to “glitches” in the DMV voter registration

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The Right Stuff: Wage stagnation, income inequality root causes of socialism’s rise in US

When wondering why a thing is the way it is or why something happened, I found the best way to determine this: Find the root cause. OK, what’s that and how do you find it? It’s the initiating cause of a chain of events or outcomes. Well, many people, me included, wonder why millennials are

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The Right Stuff: Is president entitled to due process?

Much has been said by both political parties about the impeachment inquiry but let us review some points of law that have not received substantial consideration: • The Fifth Amendment. “No person shall be held to answer . . . nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law . .

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The Right Stuff: Half the truth is a full lie

The Ten Commandments are part of our national fabric whether some like that or not. If you read both the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, it’s apparent. Without an understanding of our history and the struggle for freedom and justice throughout all the ages, one cannot understand the primal place moral fabric and common

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The Right Stuff: What have we done to our kids?

American poet, essayist, educator and abolitionists Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.” Emerson lived from 1803 to 1882, seeing three seminal events in his life. The War of 1812 which, in significant ways, was

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The Right Stuff: We need to restore states’ powers

The Right Stuff Columns of Nov. 11 and 18 reviewed changes to the Constitution that affected culture of America. Amendments are authorized and approved reflecting changing needs with the nation’s growth. However, the Founders’ concepts in the Constitution are based on human nature which never changes.  The Founders had intense knowledge of governing successes and

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The Right Stuff: Ship of Fools on display

One of my favorite Roman writers is Marcus Tullius Cicero. I assume Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was fond of him, too, or perhaps it’s just common sense. I read a fellow Daily Republic writer’s column Nov. 18 and, as usual, I marvel at how wrongheaded someone who seems smart can be by staying with

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The Right Stuff: More damage to America’s culture

The concepts that established America’s culture, as previously explained, remained stable for 150 years. The grand experiment of government by the people produced phenomenal growth of the nation. Following quotations indicate the Founders’ guiding beliefs and wisdom. Then consider the altered concepts. • “Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force!

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The Right Stuff: Some see changes to America’s culture as damaging

The primary vision of the Pilgrims in 1620 was to escape religious persecution in England. The leaders of American colonies in 1776 cited 27 oppressions by the king of England and declared the colonies “to be free and independent states absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and . . . the state of

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The Right Stuff: Let’s smarten up, America

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Mark Twain said, “Don’t let your learning get in the way of your education.” Twain was a great wit and folksy philosopher, but he forgot to finish the sentiment. How about adding, “And don’t let your ignorance and lack of mental/emotional training weigh down yourself, your loved ones and all of society.” The lack of […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Impeachment idiocy a political passion play

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Widening conflict between the Democratic-led House of Representatives and the Trump administration could alter the balance of power between Congress, the presidency and politics. The nation’s three previous presidential impeachment efforts reshaped and redistributed institutional power in Washington, D.C. even if they didn’t force a president from office. If history is any guide, the looming clash[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: States seen as laboratories of democracy: Part 2

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Last week’s column reviewed concepts applied in preparing the United States Constitution. The objective was maximum individual freedom, which they knew required government of limited size and authority. Those concepts were unchallenged until early 20th century and the nation prospered exceptionally. What’s happened since? The first deviation from founders concepts was Amendment XVII that transferred[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: States seen as laboratories of democracy: Part 1

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Before proceeding with discussion about altered governing principles, let’s review the nation’s Founders’ intentions as recorded in the Constitution. The first two surviving colonies in America were Jamestown, May 1607, and Plymouth Rock, 1620. Jamestown colonists were primarily looking for gold and were not well led. Plymouth Rock colonists were Pilgrims, primarily protestant Congregationalists escaping […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Price of socialism is not right

By Kevin P. Ryan

Do you know who owns the vast wealth of our nation? Households headed by people older than 55 own 73 percent of the value of domestically owned stocks and the same percent of America’s total wealth with average household net worth of $1,066,000. Those between ages 35 and 44 are worth less than a third. […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Same stuff, different day

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Well, here we are folks, after another remarkably predictable boring performance by mostly current or former elected Democratic/Socialists/Progressive Party politicians. They do seem to embrace – indeed embody – ignorance of what the consequences of their false promises will do to America, let alone how to pay for it. Anyway, I have recovered from the […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Dems, media gnaw on Kavanaugh

By Kevin P. Ryan

It was Yale in the 1980s. Supposedly, at a drunken party, then-student and now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh dropped his pants and waved his genitals in a female student’s face. The claim comes from a book on the alleged incident written by two New York Times reporters, and is similat […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Delayed arrival of 1984 fulfills prophecies

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George Orwell published a book in 1949 depicting “The Party” taking control of much of the world population by 1984. Though written as fiction to warn about tendencies within liberal democracies, it was banned by Soviet Russia until 1990. Too much like home? The setting (1984) has passed more than three decades, but many aspects […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Mental heath illness lives in our community

By Lisa Romero

In Part 1 of this two-part series we discussed the scope and breadth of mental health illness. In this part we put a face on it. One may not share their mental health illness because there is a stigma associated with it. Stigma can lead to discrimination. Mental health illness does not […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Beware the socialists’ premise

A premise is a pronouncement from which another is inferred or follows as the conclusion to base an argument, theory or understanding. An argument is supported by a main premise, an assumption of something, usually a statement or position that forms the basis of a theory. In logic, the premise is the basic statement upon[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: What have we learned about humanity?

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A quote I’ve always liked from the novel “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren says, “And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but good and bad and that the good comes out of the bad[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Scope of Mental Health Services in Solano County – Part 1

By Lisa Romero

As children and teens are headed back to school and we continue our relationships with friends, families and colleagues and in our community, it is important for us to be able to identify mental health resources available in Solano County. I have been a nurse for 29 years and am passionate about[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Events do not provide foundation for special counsel investigation

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Donald Trump’s supporters and haters expected that the special counsel’s report would resolve the issues, but the losing side did not accept the answer so let’s review chronologically significant associated events. The first notable event leading to the special counsel investigation is the email communications between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. In a[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Dems ID Trump as scapegoat, Azazel

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A ritual documented in Leviticus 16.8 reveals during the Days of Atonement (Yom Kippur) two goats were chosen by the high priest for sacrifice, one was pure and called God’s sacrifice and the other was the Azazel or scapegoat. The Azazel was ritually burdened with the sins of the people, and driven out. The quote […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: America boasts assimilation then, diversity now

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America’s de facto motto has been “E Pluribus Unum” (“Out of many, one”) since it was placed on the Great Seal of the United States in 1792, although, “In God We Trust” was officially adopted in 1956. America’s unique national strength has resulted from this assimilation concept as it has accepted immigrants from the entire […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: What will the Democrats run on?

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I, like many, watched the Democratic Party’s two-day traveling road show billed as debate. There is a reason Broadway shows have trial runs before hitting Broadway. Well, after the painful experience of watching “#MeToo” and socialist/progressive economic nonsense plus character assassination, I am reminded of the Old West snake oil salesman – Dr. Feel Good’s […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Rule of law requires census citizenship question

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Of the numerous statements of wisdom recorded by the nation’s founders, this James Madison jewel portrays a current problem: “It will be of little avail to the people [who] the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Fellow columnist akin to ‘king of wishful thinking’

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I read the column of another columnist last Monday. We are polar opposites in most things political and certainly on the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Now, as I have said about another leftist writer, the columnist in question mirrors to a degree a quote I attributed to a fellow Southerner, former President Bill[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Democratic Party the party of disappointment

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Our American legal system created, in the main, by our founding documents the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were written by well-educated men who could actually read Greek, Latin, had studied mathematics, history, geography, philosophy and law. Men who, because of their education, were familiar with important concepts. Components of our legal system[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Caring for aging population everyone’s responsibility

By Lisa Romero EdD (c), MS, RN 

 Supporting our aging population in Solano County is all of society’s business. It’s about as bipartisan as one can have. We are on the same journey from birth to death; it’s how we treat each other along the way that defines us as a people. In light of these[…Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Where is California today?

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I just came back from my eldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in Southern California. This was quite an experience. Leaving at 7 a.m., the trip to Riverside took 9 1/2 hours. The 75 miles took 4 1/2 hours. I returned Saturday in 7 1/2 hours. OK, so what? For many years what took 6 1/2 […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Is there a swamp to be drained?

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President Donald Trump wants to “Drain the Swamp.” Is there a swamp to be drained? The first step for solving a problem is to define the problem. One scandal in American history (1922) has sent a senior federal official, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall, to jail. Two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: California experience not a good path forward

The noted, controversial, Democrat/Socialist/Progressive, author and feminist, transgender professor Camille Paglia wrote: “Society is an artificial construction, a defense against nature’s power.” I concur. To quote a fellow Southerner, former President Bill Clinton: “Even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while.” I am not completely certain whether Paglia was referring to […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: Let’s compare Trump’s, Obama’s accomplishments

As an afterthought recently to reporting President Donald Trump administration’s accomplishments for his first 18 months, it seemed logical to compare the first 18 months of his predecessor, President Barack Obama. It was a pleasant surprise to find a similar first-year report of Obama’s administration. Had Hillary Clinton been elected, remember her campaign platform was […Read More]

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The Right Stuff: A silver lining? Well, sort of

I have a friend named Tony who was born in Communist Yugoslavia. His parent fled with he and his siblings to Sweden, a Socialists nation, where he was raised. As an adult he chose America and capitalism. He became an American citizen. His son just finished Marine Corps basic training and he is really proud[…Read More]

The Right Stuff: There’s a difference between political correctness, truth

The Right Stuff policy is to print only positive facts (exceptions are identified as opinion) and avoid criticizing someone’s opinion. However, a regular columnist provided numerous examples of echoing party line fiction as fact. Direct quotations printed below are disproved by easily verified comments […Read More]

The Right Stuff: Actions, reactions on display in Latin America

I was out of the country in Costa Rica for most of April. I had little exposure to “news” and the internet. I got to speak and do business literally with real people who are affected by America’s colossal economic power in the world. I must say it was illuminating. The thing I always find […Read More]

The Right Stuff: Walk Away Part 3: Trump keeps campaign promises

It’s considered unwise to engage a stranger with discussion of politics or religion. I broke that rule recently after seeing a man with a sign stating Trump should be in prison. I had to ask, “What law did the president violate since no one has proven a violation?” I did not expect conversation, but only […Read More]

The Right Stuff: Walk Away Part 2: Separate fact from fiction

This column continues the Walk Away concerns of last week to encourage voters to make an effort to learn the full story of our government’s programs. With a record-setting number of presidential candidates for 2020, it is apparent that each is trying to convince voters that he/she will obtain more “free” support to all. Remember […Read More]

The Right Stuff: Separate fact from fiction; #Walk-Away

This is addressed to all citizens – left, center and right. Are you satisfied with our government’s actions and policies? Are you confident that your elected representatives are courageous enough to vote for the betterment of the state even though it is damaging to their political careers? A well-known axiom is that a democracy can […Read More]

The Right Stuff: Abuse of First Amendment has grown

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.” In their wisdom, the nation’s founders placed this as the First Amendment. […Read More]

The Right Stuff: Time to weed out wickedness in high places

America has been blessed in avoiding major government corruption until recently. The nation’s fathers well-considered human nature faults and established the famous checks and balances that contributed to this success. A major contributor also is that American citizens have elected leaders who understood leadership. Significant failings, however, occurred soon after the presidential election of 1920. […Read More]

The Right Stuff: California boasts interesting history

I thought about writing the usual kind of political column this week but by chance I ran across some interesting facts that seem to explain a lot about us. First, however, I want to confess I, too, am an immigrant to California. I didn’t need a visa, although at times I have indeed felt like […read more]

The Right Stuff: Where are we headed as a nation?

First, some good news. Our booming economy reaching 3 percent GNP credited to removal of 30,000 pages of federal regulations and income tax reform (after assurances from the previous administration that 2 percent was the new norm). As promised, taxes for middle-income residents was reduced 14 to 18 percent, compared to 9 percent for the […read more]

The Right Stuff: Emergency or hate? You decide

I believe anyone living in America for the past two-plus years well knows the progressive/socialists Democratic Party has relentlessly attacked President Donald Trump, his family and people who support him. They have personally attacked him for everything from his haircut to real or imagined behavior before the election, which is not impeachable for all you […read more]

The Right Stuff: Party of old white men? Not really

As most readers know, I have been an official of the California State Republican Party for some number of years now, at both the county and state levels. However, before that I was just a Republican voter fortunate enough to have been born and raised in Washington, D.C., where politics is the all-consuming business of […read more]

 

The Right Stuff: Where is the truth in politics?

The value of truthfulness was taught to me early. A farm neighbor was friendly and well-liked by all, but everyone knew he was a pathological liar and to never react to anything he said. At that early age I recognized that after an adult lies once, it is foolish, without verification, to believe another word […read more

The Right Stuff: Redress of grievance pays off for citizens

The First Amendment triumphed Tuesday night in Vacaville. Citizens affected by a proposed government policy came forward exercising their First Amendment right to petition their government for a redress of grievance. The issue before the City Council was the so-called Tiny Shelter Project championed by Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson, his wife Gail and the […read more]

The Right Stuff: Pros of tiny shelters to help homeless in Vacaville

Solano County cities, specifically Vallejo, Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville, each have their own homeless problems. These people may be destitute, jobless or mentally challenged. While the rest of the population would like to see them disappear, simply asking them to leave for other areas of the state does not solve the problem.

Counties are obligated to serve the homeless for health and social services, but not housing. However, homeless presence creates significant financial and moral costs.

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The Right Stuff: Give credit where credit due

A recent letter to the editor from “Progressive” Democrat Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown concerning her vote on an Association of Bay Area Governments tax is something I agree with. What? Yeah, but there’s a catch.

Brown voted against a regional housing compact titled CASA supported by the Association of Bay Area Governments, a subset of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, on whose executive board she serves. Brown asserts she could not support a tax where Solano County gets no benefit. She sited Solano County’s 70 percent vote against Regional Measure 3 that raised bridge tolls. Political cover? Yeah, certainly!

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