The Wednesday Read: State of the Union

This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. – President Donald J. Trump 02/05/19

President Donald J. Trump gave his State of the Union (SOTU) address last night. The speech lasted 1:22:25 making it the third-longest SOTU speech in history.

Here are some of my thoughts about his speech.

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The Sunday Message

I’m against abortion. On the other hand, I believe in a woman’s choice. – Nancy Reagan

Many people felt that Nancy Reagan was trying to be on both sides of the abortion issue by what she said in that quote.

That seems to be the answer some people have these days – it’s kind of like “walk a mile in her shoes” before you judge.

One of the quotes that I like most that deals with abortion came from former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming:

I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I don’t believe male legislators should even vote on the issue.

With the process of appointing a new member to the U.S. Supreme Court beginning this week, Gallup Polling released the results of a poll about Roe v. Wade:

As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the public is strongly opposed to any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Currently, 64% of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, while 28% would like to see it overturned.

It’s not like the Justices of the Supreme Court check the polls before deciding a case.

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Caught My Eye…

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. – John D. Rockefeller

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include the first debate, National Pro-Life Alliance, BigMike Lenahan, SCOTUS & Obama & Immigration, McConnell Kills Gun Bill, Britain to Leave EU, Any Given Wednesday, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. That means tomorrow is Friday.

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about the 2016 presidential election, abortions, networks/cable news and the State of the Union (SOTU) speech, Tweets during the SOTU, unemployment, jury duty in Aurora, Roe vs. Wade, public school dropout age, deflated footballs, minimum wage, lowest average gas prices, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…

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40 Years…

Did you attend any of the festivities marking the 40th anniversary on Tuesday?

Some readers are probably wondering what anniversary I’m talking about. I am talking about the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Yes, that one.

I saw a few e-mails and Tweets yesterday with numbers – both sides of the issue like to spew numbers out to help their cause – faceless numbers. According to a story from The Weekly Standard, “The National Right to Life Committee estimates that, in that time period (since 1973), there have been 54,559,615 abortions in America.”

The 54,559,615 people who had these abortions all have personal stories – many of these personal stories may break your heart, just as many of them may regret their decision.   Continue reading