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Paul Jenkins

It did not take long. The battle is under way in Chicago over "reasonable" gun control, a loophole left as the Supreme Court scrapped that city's onerous handgun ban and ruled the Second Amendment does -- surprise! -- bind cities and states.

The ink barely was dry on the court's June 28 decision when Chicago's Democrat-controlled Assembly stampeded to again shield the city from the Constitution with yet another imbecilic gun control law. This one, among other things, restricts handgun possession to inside the home, mandates firearms training and imposes permits. It also limits possession of long guns to places of business...

Paul Jenkins

Sean Parnell is not the guy. Not for governor. Not now. Not in these iffy economic times. At best, he is Palin-lite; at worst, he's a big spender who parses the constitution to bend the rules. Alaska needs somebody steady at the helm, unafraid to rock the boat to get the ship of state back on course. Sean Parnell is not the guy.

Most clearly disagree with me. Recent polls show Parnell racking up 60 percent to 70 percent approval ratings in Alaska, give or take. Those will drop, but a snapshot survey in early May by Rasmussen Reports shows he handily would cream any of the Democrats running for the state's top elected office, and he is the early runaway favorite in the GOP primary...

Paul Jenkins

Here's something odd: Gov. Sean Parnell's administration is chomping at the bit to hire a $2 million consultant quickly -- very, very quickly -- to take a peek at any proposals from the oil industry or lawmakers to change Alaska's oil and gas taxes to promote construction of a gas pipeline. Did I mention the state guys want the consultant very quickly?...

Paul Jenkins

It's déjà vu all over again. A guy minding his own business gets smacked around by a brown bear likely defending its cub...

Paul Jenkins

You know what's wrong with this country? Really wrong? Forget President Obama. Forget Harry Reid, or spandex on the mirror-challenged, or nosy do-gooders or even cell phone users yakking in the fast lane. Forget all that.

It's lawyers. There are too many; too many who went to Ivy League schools; and, way too many who went to Ivy League schools and ended up on the Supreme Court so they can plague us for the rest of our lives -- and theirs.

Not everybody is happy about that. There is simmering agreement between Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capital that the next court vacancy should be filled by someone sans an Ivy League education...

Paul Jenkins

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

-- First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will take up a Kansas case this fall certain to test Americans' dedication to the Constitution and the depth of our humanity; a case that could allow the worst among us to continue wrapping themselves in the law of the land to torment the grieving among us. Or it could silence them at great peril to our freedom...

Paul Jenkins

Our government is broken, perhaps beyond repair. It spends too much. It taxes too much. It is too much involved in the minutiae of our lives. It is not so much about governing; it is about paying off friends, destroying enemies and staying in power.

It is, on its best day, a narcissistic monster pampered by powerful unions and fed by insane deficit spending. It offers something for everyone and now has half of the nation leeching off the other half. "Here's something for you, pal, vote for me."...

Paul Jenkins

A U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing mentally ill, "sexually dangerous" inmates to be held on a federal court's civil commitment after completing their prison sentences is one of the court's worst decisions in recent memory.

Those inmates now can be held perhaps forever by a civil commitment, perhaps for reasons having nothing to do with their crime, and all of that should make the rest of us uneasy. It mocks what we believe is right.

Don't get me wrong. Sexual predators are a waste of oxygen. I've seen what they do. If it were up to me, there would be a lot more oxygen for the rest of us.

But what is almost as troublesome is a legal system that has become, in too many ways, a crapshoot...

Paul Jenkins

Here's a lousy idea: Let's lock up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's 1.5 million-acre coastal plain as a wilderness so the evil oil industry can never search for the estimated 11 billion barrels of recoverable oil believed pooled there.

After all, the Energy Information Administration says this nation only imports 9.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, up more than a half-million barrels daily over the same period last year. About 5.9 million barrels come from our good friends at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Our oil hunger is 57 percent fed by imports. During the Arab oil embargo it was 36 percent.

With all that, who really needs to find and produce new oil? That's easy. We do...

Paul Jenkins

It gets me all warm and fuzzy when President Barack Obama steals a moment from his busy golf schedule to counsel Americans on hate speech and to urge that we tone down our heated, anti-government rhetoric. It seems the left, ever wrapped in its cozy mantle of hypocrisy, is intent on stifling criticism, especially of Obama or the government.

The president even chided in a speech at the University of Michigan that inflammatory rhetoric endangers our "democracy designed by Jefferson and the other founders. ..." (We live in a constitutional republic, but how is a Harvard scholar to know?) "At its worst," Obama said of the rhetoric, "it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our society that perhaps violence is a justifiable response."...

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