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Watch Nigel’s performance on the BBC in an open panel town hall and tell me that he doesn’t do Newt better than Newt. Its possible to challenge the premises of the question without setting the voters teeth on edge. I’m beginning to think a constitutional amendment to allow Nigel and Mark Steyn to run for […]

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Mr Schwimmer recently had a post that said, among other points, we should acknowledge the reality of global warming. I’m a fan of the liberal Australian sci-fi writer John Birmingham who has a column called ‘Blunt Instrument’ at the Brisbane Times web site. He also has a blog called ‘Cheeseburgergothic.com,’ which was my source for […]

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If you are a postal worker, that would be online bill pay. If you used to work at a photo processing shop, that would be the digital camera and Facebook. If you prepare taxes, Mint.com will make you obsolete for most of America in ten years, and if you are a real estate agent, watch […]

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My sister has three children, one of whom is school aged, and all of whom will be home-schooled. Whatever you may think about topics such as evolution, homosexuality, global warming, history, or literature, her family lives in California and, considering their views on the above topics, it is understandable that she and her husband should […]

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A recently published book, “The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture” by Yoram Hazony, presents what seems to be a novel approach to reading and understanding the Old Testament/Tanakh. I have added the word “Tanakh” because the author of the book is writing from the background of an orthodox Jew, and yet he intends the book to […]

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Throughout history almost every major civilization has understood that murder is wrong. Whether this comes from religious foundations, or from an intuitive piece of our human understanding, most societies have their own version of “thou shall not kill“. How this actually plays out is a different matter, as in many ways, the story of human […]

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Good riddance, 2012! Hello, Conservative Future! The most wonderful time of the year… a time to gather the family, drop Christmas book hints, and ask them to leave so you can plan your 2013 reading list. More

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From CNBC: French Socialist in Mittal Row: We’re Just Doing What Obama Does More

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Uber-consultant Mike Murphy believes that the way forward for the Republican Party is to ditch conservatism, particularly its social variety; stop doing campaigns the way they were done 25 years ago; and push back against the Jim DeMints of the world, who recruit “unelectable” candidates.

This is a teachable moment for the GOP, and I’m glad Murphy is publicly making this argument, given that it is a good encapsulation of the message he’s been advancing for a quarter century or so. It provides an opportunity for Republicans to decide who really represents the anachronism in the room and to engage in some creative destruction likely necessary to adapt to the future.

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NitWitMN and I are looking to meet with the Ricochetti somewhere in Minneapolis-St. Paul on an evening between December 3rd and 8th. NitWitMN is local while I will be in town for Reserve courses. I’d enjoy learning others’ takes on the world situation and enjoy telling yarns about my experience as a conservative public schoolteacher […]

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I actively supported Ted Cruz for Senate and since the election he has only confirmed that my time and money were both well spent. From the American Principles Project dinner in DC regarding why republicans took such a beating last month: More

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I’ve been thinking that we need better checks on the growing federal power. I think the founding fathers might have supported this simple idea. Proposed constitutional admendment: Any federal law or regulation could be nullified by 2/3 of the states voting to ‘veto’ the bill, either through their legislature or by state referendum? Congressional action […]

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Around here, it’s beautiful this season. Every day we drive pass this calming and alluring lake.  More

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In this article Digital Devil’s Dictionary by Ross C. Reeves at American Thinker, the theme is the debasement of the English language in the post modern world. Over the past 100 years, Mephistopheles has been busy enough sowing confusion in all the languages of the world, but especially English. “The English tongue went viral right after […]

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It’s all about the spending. There is no way that the Republicans should agree to a tax increase that addresses about 1/15th of the deficit and involves no cuts in the spending that is causing the trouble, i.e., the entitlements. Ace of Spades discusses the “over the cliff” scenario. http://ace.mu.nu/archives/335314.php He makes the excellent point […]

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The United States has a large number of men and women in the military. Is this good for the American economy?On the one hand, these men and women are earning a paycheck and protecting the avenues of trade. On the other hand, none of them are producing an item of manufacture or providing a service […]

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Please allow me to be a Texan and still live next to Lake Michigan? Since we live in this global village and free market society. Lets really prove it. I think the following is doable now. How crazy is this idea? More

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We live in a time in which our guards are up. Pedophilia is a horrible crime in which an adult preys on innocent children — often the children, grandchildren, or other relatives of the perpetrator. There’s a reason other criminals look at them with disdain. I have five children and eight grandchildren. My children are grown […]

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Academics at our nation’s journalism schools should be ashamed when they witness the journalistic malpractice perpetrated by their graduates and other practitioners of their profession on a daily basis in magazines, newspapers, and news programs. This malpractice is frequently in evidence when reporters attempt to present information about “climate change,” and it is the result […]

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Someone I used to be friends with (I ended my involvement with the parish and activities that gave us reason to be in any kind of real proximity with them and have not made any real effort – although more because the parish became Faithless in my eyes and the activities strayed from their purpose) […]

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