Author Archives: Jon N. Hall

Europe Cannot Begin Again

Eurabiaby Jon N. Hall    11/10/15
Some of Europe’s current invaders drop by the Greek island of Lesbos before continuing on to Germany and Sweden, where the welfare benefits are more to their liking. But where the heck is Lesbos? More » • (903 views)

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Amending the Constitution to Defend Citizenship

WeThePeopleby Jon N. Hall    11/4/15
Politicians across the political spectrum want to amend the Constitution. Donald Trump wants an amendment to clarify the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment. Hillary Clinton wants an amendment to override the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. More » • (951 views)

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Are We Stuck with ObamaCare?

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall    10/26/15
On September 15, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke in Kansas City at the annual luncheon of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (website). The speech didn’t seem to get much attention, so I called the CEO of the foundation for a transcript or video More » • (902 views)

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Is Ryan Right for the Speakership?

by Jon N. Hall10/25/15

Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appears poised to become the next speaker of the U.S. House; an election is expected this coming week. I’ve always liked Paul Ryan and dutifully voted for him in 2012, but I’ve been reading some disquieting articles about him lately. More » • (535 views)

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Nonsense ‘Carries Through’ the Anglophonic World

Languageby Jon N. Hall10/17/15
Many native speakers of the English language, even the highly educated, regularly misuse the word “or” and don’t even realize it. Quite a claim; we Anglophones can’t even use a common two-letter conjunction correctly. More » • (1457 views)

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Prices, Schizoid Americans, and the ‘Knowledge Problem’

Priceby Jon N. Hall10/14/15
In Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle (1993), 8-year-old Jonah Baldwin is considering taking a commercial flight from Seattle to New York and asks his girlfriend Jessica: “How much would it cost to go?” Jessica answers: “No one knows. It changes practically every day.” More » • (845 views)

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The ‘Growth Fairy’ and the Federal Deficit

FederalDeficitby Jon N. Hall9/28/15
In August, the Congressional Budget Office projected a $426B federal deficit for fiscal 2015, which ends on September 30. Since the record deficit of $1,412B in 2009, there’s been about a trillion dollars of improvement on the budget More » • (863 views)

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‘Undocumented Americans’ and the Nation’s Data

ObamaIllegalAlienCrossingby Jon N. Hall9/11/15
What does becoming an American citizen entail? One thing it entails is getting a social security card. But a “regular” American — one born to another American — might find it difficult to get that document if she were born at home or in the back of a Dodge van More » • (758 views)

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Anchor This!

IllegalAlienby Jon N. Hall9/3/15
Becoming an American is a bit like becoming a vampire; new vampires are created by old vampires. As with vampires, American citizenship requires an infusion of blood, but not from a bite — from an umbilical cord. There are exceptions to this rule, however. More » • (661 views)

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Not Your Father’s 14th Amendment

AnchorBabyby Jon N. Hall8/24/15
On August 19, two excellent, must-read articles ran on the Net that are sorely needed correctives to a common misunderstanding about the 14th Amendment. Unfortunately, this mistake is even made by certain legal professionals who should know better. More » • (1042 views)

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Why We Watch the Movies

TheMoviesby Jon N. Hall    8/11/15
If you’re like most people, you’ve had a strong opinion about something that was not shared by those whom you respect. What’s wrong with them, you wonder; why can’t they see what I see; why do they hate what I love? More » • (972 views)

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Selecting a Nominee: Why Not Laura?

Lauraby Jon N. Hall    8/3/15
Democrats are obsessed with firsts, as in first African-American president, first female president, first gay president, first transgendered president, etc. How about first non-American president? How about a foreigner like the U.K.’s Daniel Hannan or Nigel Farage for president? More » • (1434 views)

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