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Friday’s Show: Preston Maddock of American Bridge, Chuck Todd, Mike Allen and Dr. Larry Arnn on “Churchill’s Trial”

Friday, October 2, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Friday’s show from D.C. where I will stay until Sunday evening given the hurricane’s grudging decision to spare us the drama, features regulars Chuck Todd of Meet the Press and Politico’s Mike Allen, as well as the press spokesman for American Bridge, a lefty Super Pac –Preston Maddock.  Mr. Maddock decided to engage me on Twitter last night over my criticisms of the president’s remarks yesterday about the Oregon massacre, so I invited him to spend the first hour with me and he accepted.  Should be interesting, and Chuck and Mike always are.

Hour three will be the second in a series of Hillsdale Dialogues with Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, about his new book: Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.  Pre-order the book today to stay with us chapter by chapter through the next 10 weeks:


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Obama and Umpqua

Friday, October 2, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Obama’s reaction to yesterday’s horrific and tragic events was predictable and banal.  He said, “And each time this happens I’m going to bring this up.” And so, each time this happens he forces the rest of us to make the same tired responses.  Let’s discuss four characteristics of his response.

Obama’s response to Umpqua myopic.  All Obama sees in these events is the gun or guns.  He pays lip service to other things, but all he sees is the gun.  This speech was made before the victims or the shooter was identified; he could not possible see them.  Therefore, he could not see the individual circumstances of those most directly affected by these heinous events.  All he saw was the gun.

Obama’s response to Umpqua fails to grieve.  He says, “We’ve become numb to this.”  Well, clearly he is numb since it took him but minutes to make his speech, no grief, no sorrow, only his political point.  The rest of us need some time to grapple with the emotional consequences of something this ugly.  We need time to grieve.

Obama’s response to Umpqua is egocentric.  He presumes that his numbness is our numbness.  But more, his failure to vary his response even slightly to the now fifteen such instances during his administration indicates a presumption on his part that he is infallibly correct.  He complains that he cannot get a gun law through Congress, but fails to realize that there might be other things he can do.  He is obsessed with his failure to pass a gun law; he does not care about actually doing something that matters.

Which brings me to the fourth characteristic of Obama’s response to Umpqua – the one that is most disheartening of all. Continue Reading

Dr. Ben Carson On The Oregon Shooting And The Article VI Test For Muslim Nominees

Thursday, October 1, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The transcript:

HH: There are multiple fatalities at a rural community college in Oregon, at Umpqua Community College. At least seven are dead, perhaps many more. We do not know. We’ll follow that story throughout the day. It’s breaking news, so I will bring you the details as they come. I begin the show with Dr. Ben Carson, candidate for president of the United States. Dr. Carson, sorry to talk to you on such a terrible day. We’ve become too used to such things in America.

BC: Yeah, it is really quite unfortunately common now, and you know, not only in America, but horrible things are occurring all over the world.

HH: Do you have any reaction on terms of what gun control matters will inevitably be discussed in the aftermath of this?

BC: Well, obviously, there are going to be those who are going to be calling for gun control. But you know, that happens every time we have one of these incidents. Obviously, that’s not the issue. The issue is the mentality of these people. And we need to be looking at the mentality of these individuals and seeing if there are any early warning clues that we can gather that will help us as a society to be able to identify these people ahead of time. Continue Reading

Bobby Jindal On The Oregon Shooting, Hurricane Preparedness, and Judicial Confirmations

Thursday, October 1, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: Terrible story out of Oregon at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. At least 13 people have been killed, at least 20 other people were wounded by a shooter who is now dead. We will bring you updates as we learn of them. I am joined by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also a candidate for president. Governor Jindal, I do not believe you’ve had a mass shooting in Louisiana of this sort during your time as governor, have you?

BJ: No, Hugh, but we did have the tragic shooting at the Lafayette movie theater, but not on this magnitude. Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, the parents. This is just an awful, awful day. I know the details are still trickling in. We did have that incident in the Lafayette theater, but not of this magnitude. But again, our thoughts and prayers are with those families in Oregon.

HH: Some of the early reports have the shooter asking about people’s religion. That doesn’t tell us much, and it’s always, I don’t like to speculate, because the story is always wrong at the beginning. But it seems as though the killers fall into two groups – ideological and just plain schizophrenic crazy. On either case, what is your response as a presidential candidate? In the second debate I saw you at two weeks ago tonight, on the second debate, I asked Jeb Bush what he meant when he said we have to get into the mental backgrounds of people when they have guns. And then Ted Cruz talked about that. What’s Bobby Jindal think about this issue?

BJ: So first off, thank you for moderating that debate. There was such a rush afterwards, I didn’t get a chance to come and personally thank you. I think you all did a great job, and I enjoyed being in the debate at the Reagan Library. A couple of things, and in general, and I want to be very careful. I mean, obviously, there will be a time to talk politics and talk about what happened with the shooting. In general, I’ll tell you what I think about what should be done with mental health records and the issues of gun ownership and gun laws. But I do want to give space and respect to the families that are grieving in Oregon. But in general, this is what I believe. Look, I’m not for additional restrictions on law abiding citizens. What we’ve done in Louisiana, and this is endorsed by the NRA, we passed a law a few years ago that made sure that the mental health records of those that for example have been forcefully admitted into a mental hospital, those that have been through a process, whether it’s a judicial process or another process, that those records are entered into their national background check system, because there are folks that are, under our current laws, you know, if they didn’t do that process, if a court has decided that they’re not supposed to have guns, they’re not allowed to buy those guns. And we did that law to make sure those records were entered into the system. What I’m not for, too many times politicians try to use these tragic events as an excuse to pursue their agendas when it comes to gun control. I’m not for restrictions on law abiding Americans’ right to have guns. I think we’ve got to be very careful. There needs to be a due process. There needs to be, and in this case, there is. We passed a law to make sure those records would be entered into the national background check system. Continue Reading

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