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Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook is a former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma. Listen to Ernest's broadcasts online at Washington Times Radio. Subscribe to his daily podcasts on iTunes: Get Ernest's free email newsletter by signing up here.  

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In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. Same-sex weddings could come to a halt in many states, depending on a confusing mix of lower-court decisions and the sometimes-contradictory views of state and local officials. Among the 36 states in which same-sex couples can now marry are 20 in which federal judges invoked the Constitution to strike down marriage bans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Same-sex court decision destroys the democratic process

The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision destroys the democratic process. Instead of acting only with clear Constitutional authority, the justices give themselves power over the people by claiming their decision ‘interprets’ the Constitution rather than making new law.

Dirty Dishes, from Wikimedia Commons

Plan to wash dishes by hand

Add another $99 to the price of home dishwashers as the Department of Energy enacts new “energy-saving” regulations to comply with President Obama’s agenda. It’s on top of a $44 price increase from another set of dishwasher regulations in 2012.

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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, a student uses an Apple MacBook laptop in his class in Palo Alto, Calif. New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers and other devices using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Anarchy, bullying and extortion on Obama’s Internet

President Obama's two big decisions on the Internet are poles apart. In 2009, his Department of Commerce relinquished big chunks of America's control over the Internet to ICANN. Six years later, Mr. Obama's Federal Communications Commission now wants to dictate "fairness" by imposing so-called "net neutrality."