Prayers for my mom

Last Thursday, my mom collapsed at home and was taken by ambulance to Barnes West with a fever and racing heartbeat. She had a rough few days in the step-down ICU while doctors worked to bring her temperature down and normalize her heart rate.  She seemed to be getting stronger, but on Saturday night her oxygen levels dropped and an x-ray Sunday showed she had contracted pneumonia.  She was placed on oxygen and antibiotics to fight that complication.  At her last scan, approximately five weeks ago, her doctor saw nodules on her lungs.  Although he agreed the spots could indicate her cancer has metastasized to her lungs, he was hopeful the spots would disappear by the next scan.  Worryingly, in the course of scanning her for the pneumonia this week, we found out that the spots are still on her lungs and that they have grown.  Today, Mom will undergo a biopsy to determine whether or not the spots are cancer. It has been a long week of ups and downs—please pray for her today. We continue to trust in the Blessed Mother’s intercession and God’s loving Providence.
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Vindman Testimony Reveals Crisis of Deep State Control

This is an excellent article from Jim Hanson via The Federalist. It provides a simple and clear definition of “the Deep State,” which a lot of people seem to struggle defining, and it explains why–whatever Vindman’s service might have been and without questioning his patriotism–his testimony was inappropriate and his understanding of his authority and that of his colleagues is contrary to the Constitution.

War Room: Impeachment Radio/Podcast

Steve Bannon, Raheem Kassam, and Jason Miller have launched a daily radio hour called “War Room: Impeachment.” The three share news and provide analysis on the ongoing push by Democrats to undo the 2016 election. I cannot recommend this radio show/podcast enough. It is a great resource to stay up-to-speed on the twists and turns of this impeachment, and it energizes the base to critical action. In one of the earliest episodes, Bannon made the point that Republicans are not taking impeachment seriously enough. He is absolutely right.

Currently, both the majority of the Republican leadership and most Republican voters lack the zeal and drive to mount an aggressive defense of Trump. The reasons the two groups are detached are quite different.

For two years, we (the base) have watched the Democrats try to undo our electoral victory by pushing the Russian collusion narrative. Now that Mueller has killed that play (in more than one way), Democrats have turned to the next strategy–impeachment. The mood seems to be that this assault was inevitable, is ludicrous, and ultimately is something we just have to endure.

Republican leadership is quiet for a more troubling reason, primarily because they are more concerned about conserving their own power and reputations than defending the people’s choice for President. Donald Trump was not the Republican leadership favorite–you could say he hijacked the Party–and he is the most embattled President in U.S. history. It takes guts and real confidence in the clarity of one’s convictions to stand near that kind of lightning rod.

It really is up to the American people–those who elected Trump, new supporters converted by his successful record, and Americans who simply believe in self-government and fundamental American principles like due process and deference to the Constitution, to get involved. In tonight’s episode (ep. 23), Bannon, Raheem, and Miller name members of Congress who are bold–“killers” as they call them–and who need to join Jim Jordan on the House Intel Committee for the public hearings. These three members are Mark Meadows, Lee Zeldin, and Matt Gaetz. The action item from War Room tonight is to call Kevin McCarthy’s office (202-225-3121) and ask that these three members be placed on the committee.

Give War Room a listen, because it is time to kick into action.

Patent Lunch with USPTO Director Andrei Iancu

Last Monday I was in St. Louis for a lunch with several members of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organization and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and two of his staff. I was there at the invitation of PSE President Ed Martin, who has made championing Phyllis’s legacy as a defender of patents one of his cornerstone initiatives.

It was exciting for me to meet Director Iancu, because IP law has always been a particular area of interest to me. When I was a 1L and still had no idea what type of law I wanted to practice, I was told that only students with an engineering background could pursue IP law. Even though I didn’t make IP my focus, I did take a trademark and copyright class one semester. It was fascinating. IP law really provides the bedrock of the American dream.

Phyllis Schlafly was passionate about patents. She believed it was the strength of our patent protections that provided a key foundation of America’s incredible success. Certainly there are brilliant people in every nation, but in America we rewarded hard work and creativity by protecting an individual’s work and the fruits of his or her labor. Director Iancu is of the same mind, pointing out over lunch that although encouraging “innovation” is a popular aspiration for businesses today, innovation can only be achieved with a strong patent system.

Sadly, our system has been weakened, and American patents no longer protect the creativity and hard work of America’s innovators. We need to make our patent system strong again to fire American creativity and to compete against global rivals. Director Iancu is committed to that goal, as is the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organization–it was an encouraging lunch!

Phyllis produced (and narrated!) the below documentary in 1990. The Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution recognized it “to be of exceptional merit with national significance, and substantial educational and historical value.” Just the usual work product of Phyllis Schlafly. ;). It is worth a watch:

Photo of USPTO Director Andrei Iancu from the World Intellectual Property Organization via Flickr