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  • gcnewton: H3: 08/27/15: Mark Steyn, Prof. John Eastman, Josh Kraushaar

    Terrific show. Good and intelligent guests. I have a question. Does Hugh ever read these posts? One of the things I like best about the show is that generally Hugh is talking to someone who knows something. The best part of Rush's show is his monologues. And of course he is good with callers, but most of the time most of the callers show listen and not call. But that means it is hard to call Hugh's show, which is mostly good. I am also a lawyer so I appreciate Hugh's knowledge and experience as a lawyer that allows him to engage legal topics on a much higher lever than anyone except Mark Levin. However, I do think Hugh is wrong about birthright citizenship. Professor Eastman had the much better of the argument this hour. To me this would be like the voting rights act: Congress needs to make findings that (i) as Eastman said and Hugh agreed, the drafters of the 14th Amendment did not intend the result of birthright citizenship, and (ii) illegal immigration has become a profound national problem, so Congress is removing the possibility of birthright citizenship. I think the Supreme Court would agree to that. But I think Hugh is missing the big link between all of the hot topics: Why is Trump so popular, why does birthright citizenship stir so much opposition, why are so many people angry at Obama. There is an answer that ties it all together: the rule of law. That is what we have and all of central and south America don't have, at least in the same way. And that is we (the American people generally) are a law abiding people and expect that the laws will be faithfully executed after having been duly enacted. And people who don't follow the laws get very little sympathy. It is because this is in our bones that our country has been as successful as it has been. Whether you think birthright citizenship is required by the 14th Amendment or not, you have to admit that it creates moral hazard: it is an incentive to get around the law. And that makes people mad. At the very bottom, Americans do not dislike immigrants. Legal immigrants. But they despise illegal immigrants. Not because they are mostly hispanic, or some other ethnicity. Rather it is because they are law breakers! They are here to rip off some of the bounty that we have all created in large part because we do in fact observe the law. Remember that bribery and corruption and who you know all count for more than merit and the law every where south of the US border. Really think about that. Same thing about Obama. He is clearly a law breaker. And a liar too (very much related to the rule of law). A number of years ago there was an article in the Wall Street Journal about what it actually takes to set up a business in some South American country. I can't remember, I think it was Peru. But the article said it required something over 50 different permits that one could only acquire in a certain order and that would take something more than 7 years and cost something over $50,000. So what really happens there? Answer: almost none of the businesses are legal. As a result no sensible financing source would put capital in the business. Which means it can never really grow. Which means it will never really build wealth or create jobs. What is also means is that most of the businesses end up having to bribe many local officials. We don't have that here! Or at least when it does occur then it often gets reported and people go to jail! We are not kidding about this. I look forward to hearing your response....

  • kerryedavis: H2: 08/26/15: Carly Fiorina, Rep. Mike Pompeo, Philip Bump

    As opposed to who, President Hillary? President Barry? President Joe?...

  • plane_5: H2: 08/26/15: Carly Fiorina, Rep. Mike Pompeo, Philip Bump

    I think there was another trained media professional who ran for the White House before Trump. Are people really thinking of putting Trump in charge of nuclear weapons?...

  • abderecho: H2: 08/26/15: Carly Fiorina, Rep. Mike Pompeo, Philip Bump

    Very interesting Hugh to hear Trump and Fiorina on the same show: Trump's self-confidence and fearlessness, and Fiorina's self-confidence, fearlessness, poise, clairity, breadth ; and detailed knowledge of corporate law and international relations, lucidity regarding her presidential competition, manners, like ability, depth and toughness and did I mention likeability.....I guess I did. Hummmm, Carly's list is longer. Are we listening ?...

  • smaginas: H2: 08/25/15: Donald Trump vs. Jorge Ramos Audio, Calls, Larry Keane

    I have heard no discussion, from Hugh or others, about Trump's 2011 book on politics: Time to Get Tough----Making America #1 Again. Apparently written to help defeat Obama in 2012, and it starts with criticism of China that mirrors his recent comments. I just started it. It should be fruitful for discerning the consistency of his policy positions, and whether Trump is a "real conservative."...

  • fooslick: H3: 08/19/15: Carly Fiorina, Robert Graham, John Eastman, Erwin Chemerinsky

    Hugh loves to dodge tough issues and bail out by simply stating that precedent rules. He has been shutting down people for years to avoid going into the weeds....Which on a talk show is probably necessary. Overall, John Eastman pulled down Hugh and Comrade Chemerinsky's pants....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/18/15: Calls, Dennis Prager

    COULD CHOOSE TO grant tax exemptions, without violating the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, and hence be subject to lawsuits etc for doing so. Not that they MUST exempt churches etc from taxation....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/18/15: Calls, Dennis Prager

    Sorry I didn't see this before, hughniverse.com doesn't send an email notification of a reply/response the way other sites do. Aside from the birthright-citizenship issue which is still being discussed, Hugh's "interpretation" of the Walz case decision by the Supreme Court is simply out to lunch or something. Comments have been posted on that before, I didn't feel like it required a rehash of the whole thing here. While talking with writer Mark Oppenheimer on July 30, Hugh claimed that the Walz decision by the Supreme Court (Walz v. Tax Commission of the City of New York 397 U.S. 664 (1970) ) meant that the state and federal governments COULD NOT tax churches/religions/etc, that it was flat out UNCONSTITUTIONAL. But that is just wrong. The decision said that states and the federal government COULD grant tax-exempt status to churches etc, without violating the Establishment clause of the First Amendment. That's a pretty different thing. It's perhaps fortunate for Hugh that Oppenheimer didn't realize how wrong Hugh was. The immediate backlash would have been embarrassing. And if Hugh were to do a "course" for Prager University in which he repeated that mistake, among others, I view it as a problem....

  • kerryedavis: H2: 08/21/15: Chuck Todd, Brian Wesbury, Jon Allen, Tarzana Joe

    Mark Levin, for one, has pointed out that statutes which mention "gross negligence" do not require deliberate intent to be violated, nor is lack of such intent a valid defense. Does Hugh not know that either?...

  • sai111: H2: 08/20/15: Gov. Chris Christie, Calls, James Lileks

    In regards to Hewitt's belief that McConnell is a great senate leader, McConnell has utterly failed to rally senators to vote against the deal with Iran. He has instead conceded that "Obama has a great likelihood of success" of having the deal upheld....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/11/15: Jake Tapper, Calls, Audio, Ann Coulter

    Listening again, it sounds like Hugh plans/planned to actually put the question that way at the debate next month. I hope not, it would be embarrassing for our side to have everyone there laughing at Hugh's bad math....

  • kerryedavis: H2: 08/20/15: Gov. Chris Christie, Calls, James Lileks

    I think Lileks overestimates the general public. I've known a lot of people who even believed that their voice mail messages were stored ON THEIR CELLPHONE....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/20/15: Mark Steyn, Gov. Rick Perry, Bill Dyer, David Drucker

    At the start of the hour, Hugh states that he saw "The Man From UNCLE" and wishes that he hadn't. Nearly an hour (real time) later, we find out that his big problem was actually with the theater chain, Regal Theaters, not the movie. I'm sure the promoters/distributors/etc of the movie would like to express their gratitude to Mr Hewitt for his support. Is this kind of thing somehow of a piece with mischaracterizing Wilz and the 14th Amendment?...

  • kerryedavis: H3: 08/19/15: Carly Fiorina, Robert Graham, John Eastman, Erwin Chemerinsky

    I would also recommend reading through this statement that John Eastman gave to a House committee just this past April. I found it linked from his Chapman University faculty page. Hugh should read it too, and if he still doesn't understand after doing so, he's probably just a hopeless case. Or he's being deliberately obtuse to avoid offending his Hispanic audience or something. http://www.judiciary.house.gov/_cache/files/733d09b5-0fe7-46c7-ab6c-352b7e21bc21/dr.-eastman-testimony.pdf And this all further serves to reinforce my attitude that Erwin should not be a dean of anything, anywhere. I'm really sorry for anyone who goes to, or sends their kid to, UCI law school....

  • kerryedavis: H3: 08/19/15: Carly Fiorina, Robert Graham, John Eastman, Erwin Chemerinsky

    That bothers me too. Combined with Hugh's recent mischaracterization of the Walz decision, makes me wonder how seriously I can take him in the future. It seems like a waste of time listening to someone who I then have to go do research on everything they say to find out if what they said is right. Especially when I occasionally find out it wasn't. John Eastman allowed as to how the 14th Amendment might very well have been misinterpreted for a lot of years and maybe people - including lawyers who should know better - have gotten more used to it than they should have. But that doesn't make them right, and Eastman wrong. For that matter, I could even accept grandfathering in people who were assumed to be citizens under that misinterpretation - including even Hugh if necessary, if his ACTUAL grandfather has to be "grandfathered in!" - but it should be limited to those born within, say, the past EIGHT months in order to avoid an "anchor baby boom."...

  • sai111: H3: 08/19/15: Carly Fiorina, Robert Graham, John Eastman, Erwin Chemerinsky

    John Eastman's contention that birthright citizenship is not de jure, supported by the 14th Amendment is clearly correct. I , not an attorney, understand it completely and I am shocked that Hugh Hewitt cannot....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/11/15: Jake Tapper, Calls, Audio, Ann Coulter

    And finally, 31,000 emails at 20 seconds each - 3 per minute - is a little over 10,000 minutes, not 18,000 as Hugh claimed. And it's not within the margin of error - or perhaps it should be "margin of lawyer" in Hugh's case - since he didn't specify + or - 3dB. Maybe there should be a new Mattel doll, the Hugh Hewitt doll, and they can re-use some of the past Barbie lines that are no longer being used due to political correctness, just re-do them with a male voice. "Math class is tough!"...

  • kerryedavis: H2: 08/19/15: Frank Gaffney, Calls, Trump Audio

    Why would anyone pay for American citizenship like on a market price basis or something, if all they have to do is come in on an airline for a "vacation" or whatever, and just drop a baby while here, perhaps by cesarean section if necessary?...

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/19/15: Erwin Chemerinsky, John Eastman, Jennifer Rubin, Josh Kraushaar, Calls

    I would be willing to grant amnesty to illegal immigrant Hugh Hewitt. That is, so long as he promises to behave. :-) But Jennifer Rubin does herself - and us - a disservice, even as a "recovering lawyer," by claiming that the 14th Amendment says ONLY that "if you're born here, you're a citizen." And Hugh remains incredibly naïve if he really thinks that any number of "regularized" illegals would be allowed to remain in some kind of non-voting status. The Democrats are too desperate for voters, to allow that. Further, the premise that "the vast majority of legal authority" etc is on the side of birthright citizenship, can be dismissed just because that's the interpretation of the law they've been working under for however many years, so what would you EXPECT them to believe? That seems akin to pointing out that the vast majority of electricians say that wall outlets are/should be 110 volts. SO WHAT? And "anchor baby" is just a commonly used term that people understand without having to explain the details EVERY. SINGLE. TIME....

  • edisonparks: H1: 08/18/15: Calls, Dennis Prager

    Everyone knows Dennis and Hugh are on the Right and each of them make every effort to inform their listener/reader that they approach issues with a Conservative world view. The entire point of Prager University is to offer a Conservative's alternative view to what is being offered at most universities, which is more often than not from a very far left worldview. When you claim Hugh is wrong about whatever, it would be most effective if you provide an example, rather than simply claiming Hugh was wrong somewhere in the comments at some point of the history of the many iterations of Hugh's websites over the years....

  • sai111: H3: 08/18/15: Calls, Eliana Johnson, Sen. Jim Talent, Dennis Prager

    No Hugh, an amendment is not required to end birthright citizenship. Article 1, Section 8 Clause 4 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization....

  • kerryedavis: H2: 08/18/15: Guy Benson, Hillary Audio, Robert Costa, David Drucker

    It's beginning to look as if Hillary would have had less cause for concern if she had physically destroyed the server. Even the FBI can't recover data from drives that have been smashed by a large hammer, and/or melted by a torch....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/18/15: Calls, Dennis Prager

    Regarding the Prager University stuff, I have to wonder, if Hugh does create a "course" in which he again promulgates material that it's been shown in these very comments that he is wrong about, what does that say about the rest of his course? Or other courses too, if similar problems can be identified? It might open Prager University to charges of political agenda and bias similar to what Dennis Prager said today on the show about existing "mainstream" - i.e., leftist - universities....

  • kerryedavis: H2: 08/17/15: Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kristin MacDermott, Steve Robinson (Reimagine.me)

    It seems like another good change to make, before seriously running for president, would be to stop going by "Bobby."...

  • abderecho: H2: 08/17/15: Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kristin MacDermott, Steve Robinson (Reimagine.me)

    I am a fan of Mr. Jindal. I admire his energy, brain power, service and obvious love for his country. All that said, I hope he listens to this interview. I hope he can identify the essential flaw in his response. It is the flaw many of us are less and less patient with. Many are simply exhausted by and now dismissive of those who ask for our vote, but refuse to speak plainly, and answer the question. Godspeed to you sir, but answer the question as would Mr. Washington, with directness and brevity. Please, It is afterall the quintessential American thing to do....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/11/15: Jake Tapper, Calls, Audio, Ann Coulter

    To put it another way, each of these new things seems to be harder and harder to stop, and if Hugh keeps yelping about the latest "the next 60 days!" fire to be put out, while Ted Kennedy smiles in his grave over the long-term demographic shifts resulting from the changes in immigration policy he brought about, eventually it may be that Hugh - and the rest of us - start losing EVERY. SINGLE. TIME....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/11/15: Jake Tapper, Calls, Audio, Ann Coulter

    I really wonder why Hugh either doesn't see, or chooses to ignore, some of these big-picture issues. If Hugh is going to proceed as if the immigration situation since the late 60s/early 70s is "the new normal" and changing it is either not possible or - for some unfathomable reason - not DESIRABLE, then he needs to get used to the idea that even if the current "this is the next 60 days!" issue of the Iran Deal can be overcome, the NEXT one or the one AFTER THAT will NOT be. Simply because the Democrats will have imported enough compliant voters to let them do whatever they want, even if it's damaging or perhaps even catastrophic to those who voted for them. Because that apparently won't stop them from voting Democrat, not if 90+% of blacks still vote Democrat every time, after all the damage the Democrats have inflicted on them. Hugh seems to be the proverbial frog in the pot of water that is slowly being "heated" by a steady influx of often non-productive LEGAL immigrants who are also VOTING in non-productive ways....

  • abderecho: H1: 08/14/15: Gov. Jeb Bush, Calls, Sen. Lindsey Graham

    Hugh offered Mr. Bush a big fat, arching slow ball over middle of the plate: did Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton loose the peace (in Iraq)? He didn't even swing at it. What is he waiting for. Does he not understand there are many who respect him, but simply cannot vote for someone unable or unwilling to call it like it is?...

  • Worst in Popular Music: H3: 08/13/15: Mark Steyn, Philip Rucker, Chris Cillizza

    Is Hugh feeling alright? He broadcasts from San Diego on the way to a concert by Jackson Browne and in two shows (pre and post concert) doesn't make one Mark Larson joke (I was waiting for him to say that Larson gave him the tickets because Browne is too right wing for Mark). Something is clearly wrong....

  • sai111: H1: 08/13/15: Mark Steyn, Terry Botwick, David Drucker, Calls

    Which is it Hugh, is Hillary going to get away with it (violating Espionage Act) because she's a Clinton or will she be indicted? Pick just one....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/11/15: Jake Tapper, Calls, Audio, Ann Coulter

    Also, if Hugh did actually "reserve" those domains for Trump The Musical, there would be no reason for Trump to pay for them. Especially considering the discussion on the radio show, Hugh would be considered to be a "squatter" and Trump himself or any organization set up to actually produce such a show, would have an easy time getting the domains away from Hugh without having to pay Hugh anything beyond perhaps a token....

  • kerryedavis: H1: 08/11/15: Jake Tapper, Calls, Audio, Ann Coulter

    Ann Coulter makes an important point, which Hugh and people like him ignore at their - and our - peril. Continuing to focus on the latest "symptom of the week" as Hugh does, while ignoring the underlying problems and their causes going back over decades of deliberately changed immigration policy, means that at some point soon it will be impossible to do anything about these "symptom of the week" cases, if that isn't ALREADY the case....

  • eminentlaw: H2: 08/11/15: Gov. John Kasich, Trump Audio, David Drucker, Calls

    Even though he was one of the last candidates to join the race, Gov. Kasich sounds as though he has already lost his patience with the process. In my view, his refusal to talk about Hillary is a big strike against him. We don't care who he beat in the 1982 election, but we care a lot about how our candidate is going to respond to questions about Hillary's lies, misrepresentations and record. One of the principal reasons that Carly Fiorina has risen in the polls is because she is unabashed in her criticism of Hillary. The Governor needs to understand that the only thing that matters in this election is winning. With the likely appointments of 3 -4 Supreme Court Justices hanging in the balance, the Republican must nominate a candidate who can and does clearly articulate both a vision for the future and explain the differences between the Conservative philosophy of government and the policies of the liberal establishment represented by Hillary. We know who you are Governor; what we want to know is how you are going to win the election....

  • dpatterson: H3: 08/07/15: Dr. Larry Arnn

    please send an email to support@hughniverse.com. I know that box is checked all the time, and they should be fairly responsive to you. Thanks....

  • kerryedavis: H3: 08/07/15: Dr. Larry Arnn

    You should probably send a message directly to customer service, if you haven't already done so, rather than just posting it here. I wouldn't be surprised if nobody ever reads these comments, especially with Duane currently away....

  • bdidier: H3: 08/07/15: Dr. Larry Arnn

    I tried to update my credit card info so I would not have a break in service in October when my membership is due. That happened last year when the credit card number had changed. So this time, again due to a stolen card number, I tried to update the info, but the only thing I could do was extend membership (not like BB Morning in America where it was easy). I just saw however, that ya'll extended it from August instead of October, when it was due! Is that fair? I've been a member for a long time! Please fix! Thanks! Barbara Didier...

  • mflixx: H4: 08/06/15: SRN GOP Debate Special: Carly Fiorina, Fred Barnes, James Hohmann, Calls

    Seriously, who wants Jeb Bush to run (and lose) for President? He would probably lose against Joe Biden!...

  • mflixx: H4: 08/06/15: SRN GOP Debate Special: Carly Fiorina, Fred Barnes, James Hohmann, Calls

    After watching the debates, 1st tier: Ben Carson, John Kasich, Marco Rubio 2nd Tier: Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Scott Walker 3rd Tier Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee. Go home and never come back: Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina would be in the 1st or 2nd tier. She's got a puncher's chance!...

  • lizwolff: H4: 08/06/15: SRN GOP Debate Special: Carly Fiorina, Fred Barnes, James Hohmann, Calls

    I disagree with Fred Barnes -- his main opposition with Trd Cruz in the debate was that Cruz was not likable. Obama was certainly elected because people liked him and liked the idea of him becoming president. Likability IS important and although we do not want a president who is unlikable (eg Hillary Clinton), it must be a secondary objective. It is more important to understand a candidate's accomplishments, policy goals, and character. It is difficult to get this sort of information from a debate in this format....

  • kerryedavis: H3: 07/30/15: Mark Oppenheimer

    Perhaps more importantly, I wonder if Mark Oppenheimer has read up on it before his return....

  • kerryedavis: H3: 07/30/15: Mark Oppenheimer

    I skip a lot of Hugh's hours because they're so repetitious, like he's still telling people why they shouldn't vote for Hillary. I don't need to be told that even ONCE, let alone EVERY DAY. So, I don't know if he's addressed the issue from this comment. But if he has, I'd like to hear it. And if he hasn't, well, that's interesting too....

  • noevalley: H1: 07/31/15: Gov. Chris Christie, Jackie Calmes

    Jackie Calmes, difficult to have her on for two hours. She says so many ah's and um's made the interview difficult to digest. Brings up an interesting topic. I think Liberals tend to say more filler words, AH' and UM's . Fred Barnes is the worst of the regular Hugh Hewitt lineup ....

  • eminentlaw: H3: 07/30/15: Mark Oppenheimer

    Hugh's "reading" of the Walz opinion is wrong and misleading. The opinion does not say it is unconstitutional to tax churches or church property. Rather, it merely upholds a state's policy choice to grant churches an exemption from taxation. The difference is fundamental. The Court confirmed that religious organization exemptions from taxation do not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. The Court did not interpret either the establishment or the free exercise clause so as to preclude states or the federal government from taxing religious organizations....

  • Worst in Popular Music: H4: 07/30/15 The Aftershow w/Generalissimo Duane

    There are no side deals, they aren't secret, and anyway we briefed Congress first....

  • beth01: H2: 7/29/15 Jim DeMint, Lila Rose

    It was a bit disconcerting to go from Jim DeMint to Ed saying he just talked to Lila Rose. I thought I had lost a whole segment of time. :)...

  • kerryedavis: H2: 07/30/15: John Dickerson, Calls, David Drucker, James Lileks

    Most of the planned parenthood discussion seems to be in the Aftershow. There was the Lila Rose interview on Wednesday, but for reasons still unknown that segment is missing from the podcast....

  • bookending: H2: 07/30/15: John Dickerson, Calls, David Drucker, James Lileks

    Haven't listen to all segments recently, but haven't heard much if any on the Planned Parenthood issue. Why?...

  • kerryedavis: H2: 7/29/15 Jim DeMint, Lila Rose

    Indeed. H2 is 8 minutes and 20 seconds shorter than H1 or H3....

  • Worst in Popular Music: H2: 7/29/15 Jim DeMint, Lila Rose

    Segment 2 (the Lila Rose interview) seems to be missing....

  • dbsnyder: H4: 07/28/15: The Aftershow w/Generalissimo Duane

    Its ussually best to keep your hands to yourself....