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Undeniably Right

Mike Mustang

I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.

Mike Rowse

A Congressional committee began hearings regarding forming a committee to conduct a study to conclude that America must pay the descendants of black slaves reparations. Which essentially means every black person is entitled to a payment the amount and type of which is yet to be determined.

There were the typical liberal star witnesses, like Danny Glover, who testified about racism, poverty, the inability of black people to succeed in America. The liberals love to trot out celebrities with the hopes of not only getting some more publicity for their 'cause' but also the idea that they get to rub elbows with the famous.

The USA women’s soccer team opened play in the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday with a decisive victory over Thailand, 13-0. Their actions in that dominating win and prior to the game have fueled the controversy that has surrounded the team for the last several months. This comes at a time when they are the favorites to defend their World Cup championship that should be galvanizing interest not only in the team but also in women’s soccer in general. Instead, their actions and statements are turning many away from watching them.

The fallacy of increasing the minimum wage to help low wage workers has been proven to be just that, a fallacy, time and time again. Yet more and more governmental bodies at every level continue to push for an increased minimum wage, even though they realize it is actually hurting the very people they want to help.

Seattle was not the first city to implement such a plan but they may be one of the first to release the results of a comprehensive survey into the results. The analysis of the data and the city administration's reaction tell us everything we need to know about minimum wage laws and politicians.

This week it was difficult to decide what to write about in the column. It's not like there's a shortage of topics to discuss: maybe Robert Mueller's self-serving statement, James Comey's fictional op-ed, the privately built border wall in Santa Teresa, immigration, or you get the idea. It just seems that I'd be repeating the same themes over and over again.

Maybe I could remind people to listen to My World on KSCQ 92.9 FM each Saturday at 9:00 a.m. We'll be talking about many of those topics plus the stupid criminals and Darwin award nominees that inhabit our planet. Or my new radio venture that will begin Tuesday on KNFT 102.9 FM. A Piece of My World debuts at 7:00 a.m. but will be a bit different from the show or this column.

Where is the best place to hide a body? Page 2 of the Google search results. No one ever goes beyond the first page of the search results. Most people don't even get beyond the featured results. Google execs know this, which is why the results of new study are even more telling and disturbing.

Before we delve into that study, one of the undeniable truths of life is that every hard news story you read, watch,, or listen to is biased. Traditional print and broadcast media have limited space or time. Even a reporter with good intentions must decide which facts to omit or include in the story. We already know that many 'reporters' will also write stories with a specific intention or goal in mind and it is not to accurately inform the consumer. Which is why outlets such as our own Grant County Beat are so important, those traditional space limitations don't apply here.

That's right, I said it. The 2nd Amendment does not apply to semi-automatic weapons. In fact it doesn't apply to any specific type of firearm. Any type of arms are essentially irrelevant when we discuss the 2nd Amendment. No, I have not been smoking the ganja and gone over to the dark side.

One of the undeniable truths of life is that we want to believe people, no matter what they are telling us; no matter that we might know they are lying to our faces. This is especially true of people that we perceive to be in positions of authority or to have more knowledge about a topic than we might have. It's because we are inherently good people and want to believe that everyone around us is inherently good. 

It's this belief that has given us career politicians, despite the fact that most of us do not trust members of Congress. We have had some direct access to our elected officials and we trust them because they said things we liked and they seemed sincere when they said those things. Heck, even their explanations for not keeping their promises sound plausible and sincere, so we give them the benefit of the doubt and send them back to 'do our bidding'. 

Throughout our lives there are so many times that we ask 'Why?' When we are young, we are ignorant and the world is new to us, so we ask the question, usually to figure out why we can't have something or can't do something. As we get older, the level of our ignorance decreases, in theory, and our 'Why?' questions change a bit, often to 'why do I have to do that?' type question. Then the progression eventually goes from 'Why?' to 'WTF?' But 'why' is always there in some form.

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