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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter More

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The battleship Texas is one of my favorite things. I love visiting it, I love its history, and I love exploring it. I recently wrote a book about the Battleship Texas. It was released in September. As a result I get to do book signings.  More

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Wolfcamp shale formation in western Texas, the largest continuous oil accumulation in the United States ever found: 20 billion barrels of oil 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids Drill, baby, drill! More

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City Journal editor Brian Anderson and Manhattan Institute senior fellow Aaron Renn discuss how four big metros—Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio—power the Texas economy. From City Journal’s special issue, Texas Rising.

City Journal is a magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute.

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I am not saying this is my own tale, much less a tale I that happened to me. I cannot say this happened to me, because it didn’t. I heard it from someone else. But it is a true tale, I am told, and I believe it to be true, because it took place in […]

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http://city-journal.org/html/lone-star-quartet-14727.html There is a great piece today in the City Journal written by Aaron Renn entitled “Lone Star Quartet” (link provided). It takes a look at the successes and shortcomings of the four major metropolitan areas in Texas: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Aside from being an interesting read in general, this piece is […]

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. . . and if you did, what did you replace it with, and why? What is a cover photo you ask? It is the banner across the top of your page. This thing: More

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In which we will be discussing All Things Texas: history, geography, politics, travel, sports, food, whatever. Join us. More

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So, this is bleed over from another thread but I can’t resist. We were being nattering nabobs of negativity concerning Texit (yeah, that’s now a thing . . . sorta). My bottom line? The chance of Texas seceding is so small it’s not measurable.  More

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You might have noticed in the news today, there is a unanimous decision coming out of SCOTUS. Big deal cases do not often turn out that way, unless of course SCOTUS is throwing out some crazy administration power grab. We are conservatives, & as such assume that defeated power grabs are the least measure of success–we […]

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I heard this story on NPR this morning (yes, I know!!!) As many abortion clinics close throughout Texas, it’s becoming difficult to train new OB/GYNs in the technique. Who will carry on this important work in the future? A few years ago, 48 doctors in Texas did abortions, but a recent study shows it’s now down […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Criminal Justice Reform Is Necessary

 

Jails-620x394My friend Sean Kennedy asserts in a column at Real Clear Policy that the “Bipartisan Push for Criminal Justice Reform Is Misguided.” I respectfully disagree. On the contrary, criminal justice reform is a conservative effort that is necessary to restrain government that has grown too large, powerful, and costly.

Criminal justice reform, or CJR for short, is a broad-based movement made up of numerous policy reforms taking place mostly at the state level. Texas has pioneered many of the reforms and has inspired a growing number of states to follow suit which has led to, among other beneficial results, reduced recidivism rates and lower prison costs.

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Democrats are trending Socialist – Bernie Sanders supporters are their future. Republicans have turned populist (at best). More

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Because I was in the right place at the right time a few weeks ago, I got to attend a taping of the “Uncommon Knowledge” Podcast Monday night. The invitation didn’t specify a dress code, but I asked ahead and found out a suit and tie was expected, which meant my normal evening attire wouldn’t cut it. After work […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Notes from the Lone Star State

 

IMG_1044-853x640Since I’ve been in Texas for 18 hours now, and have already jogged from my hotel to the Capitol (see the photograph — and please accept my promise that in real life the dome is bigger than my nose and not the other way around), I am, you will agree, an expert. What strikes me so far:

Item: People in service positions — the staff at the rental car agency, the waiters at restaurants — somehow carry themselves with a certain relaxed and unself-conscious pride. Like equals. Like people who are doing things and going places. When I asked directions to the rental car garage at the airport late last night, the young janitor did a well-spoken job of giving them to me, responding to my thanks by looking me in the eye and saying, “You’re welcome, Sir.”

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