President Trump Proves There are Two Sets of Laws

This poster, showing Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona well illustrates the matter of what to do when law enforcement engages in civil disobedience. Should they be treated as any other citizen? Or should there be a higher standard? Image credit: Arizona New Times

Remember when Bill Clinton lied in Federal Court and everyone was in an uproar about it? That was wrong as wrong can be. It is called perjury. In fact, in a court of law, there is really only one other Read More …

Should Confederate Monuments be Removed from Public Spaces?

image of Nazi flag superimposed over Confederate Flag. Caption reads, What does it say about so-called American's who fly the flags of vanquished enemies?

Opinion by C J Oakes The recent tragedy in Charlottesville has raised the issue of Confederate monuments in public spaces again. This has been an issue for decades, but after a petition to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert Read More …

Charlottesville Aftermath: When Does Hate Become Criminal?

image of fist with H A T E tatooed on fingers with police banner Hate Crime Do Not Cross shown over. caption reads, At what point does hate become a crime? When the leadership fails to take a definitive stance to oppose hatred.

Opinion by C J Oakes For those who have been in hiding the last few days, hate is making headlines in the United States perhaps more than ever before in our history. The news includes North Korea planning a possible Read More …

All in All it’s Just a Wall…A Crafty Solution for President Nieto

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is faced with a decision. Cow to President Donald J. Trumps trumped up idea to make Mexico pay for his promised border wall or fight back. Trump laid down a gauntlet recently by telling President Nieto Read More …

POTUS Comments Beg: Has Trump Even Read the Constitution?

President Trump speaks to a crowd of police officers n New York, telling them to ignore the Constitution. Shameful. Has he even read it? Image source: ABC News.

Opinion by C J Oakes Before taking office, the President-Elect of the United States of America swears the following oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and Read More …

ObamaCare Kind of Sucks…And Here’s Why I Now Support It

Image of football wide receiver saying "I'm Open. Throw it to Me!" with image below of receiver fumbling the ball. Caption reads, 115th Congress wants the ball, but cannot seem to do anything but fumble...except when it comes to protecting their own health coverage...they got THAT covered...by FOUR committees even.

One of the most divisive laws to ever pass in the United States is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as ObamaCare. Of course, this law did not originate with former President Barak Obama — some date it to Read More …

Are Texas Lawmakers Blowing it with Blue Lives Matter Law?

Image of U.S. Map split in the middle with words in blue "Lives" on the west half, "Matter" on the east half and "Divides" below aver the divide. Caption reads, The "Lives Matter" movements are divisive, so it is very strange that some states are now promoting and passing so-called Blue Lives Matter laws at a time when unity in America is at an all-time low.

I am all for protecting the men and women in uniform who protect us. Law Enforcement should NEVER be targeted for violence. Doing so is tantamount to an act of war against police everywhere. Yet, a recent movement for so-called Read More …

The Wisdom of Firing FBI Director James Comey?

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Just three days ago, FBI Director James Comey was fired by the Whitehouse. The dismissal of Director Comey came amid current testimony into the possible connection between members of Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. One reason was given by Read More …

Are Executive Orders Legal? Constitutional? Criminal?

Black Script text "By Order of..." against white background.

Every President issues executive orders and with each there are those who decry the use as criminal, illegal. Keeping to his campaign promises, President Donald J. Trump has been firing off executive orders like a 30s gangster with a Tommy Read More …

Doing Business Overseas: Increased National Security Risk?

Employees comprise the greatest threat to systems security, yet many American corporations with defense contracts choose to locate overseas. Why? Image Source: BetaNews.com

Does doing business overseas create an added security risk for major corporations which also hold U.S. Defense contracts? Op-ed by C J Oakes, December 2, 2016 President-Elect Donald Trump succeeded in efforts to protect the Carrier jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More …