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San Francisco Too Expensive for Socialists to Live There

Socialism right for you

Leftists have been so successful at turning San Francisco into a “social justice” paradise that it’s getting harder for the rank–and–file cultural socialist to afford to live there. Statists who are already residents are being squeezed by higher property taxes and rising rent, while lefties who make their own Hajj to Bagdad–on–the–Bay and want to remain in the city can’t ...

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Robot Cars: The Return of the Sunday Driver

self driving car license

Perceptive conservatives have long been suspicious of ‘mass transit’ because of the term’s Karl Marxian connotations. For the left that’s a selling point because wedging the masses into mass transit allows ‘experts’ to decide where we will work and where we will live. The only roadblock, so to speak, is the automobile. People like cars because personal vehicles embody individual ...

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Why Mr. Ed Gives Better Lifestyle Advice than the Media

Mr Ed Gives Advice

Paraphrasing William F. Buckley, I’d rather take lifestyle direction from 200 randomly selected people in the phone book than follow the advice found in the 200 most prominent media outlets. Reporters are fad–conscious professionals at the expense of common sense. If they can identify a trend first, they become media experts and their journalistic prestige — if there is such ...

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Turning the Tables on Verizon & Other Cable Buccaneers

Cable guy

Charles Murray’s new book — BY THE PEOPLE: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission —urges conservatives to embrace civil disobedience, but with a difference: We won’t loot CVS stores. In the face of all–pervasive government demanding we obey picayune regulations, Murray urges us to: “…withhold that compliance through systematic civil disobedience. Not for all regulations, but for the pointless, stupid and tyrannical ...

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Kevin McCarthy, Message Wizard, Replaces Former Wizard Boehner

Obama So Sue Me

It is axiomatic in politics that you can’t beat someone with no one. It’s a lesson one would think House Republican conservatives are well aware of, but I’m beginning to think that is not the case. As an outsider who has been active in politics for decades, I assumed that the effort to oust John Boehner as speaker included a ...

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Donald Trump: Mane Man in the Values Den

Trump GOP Logo

Donald Trump — America’s loveable Boor in a China Shop — was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings hundreds of evangelical activists to the nation’s capital. Think of Values Voter as the Christian answer to Burning Man, without the gratuitous sex, drug use and an important reversal in which the goal is ...

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Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green Could Profit from Kim Davis’ Example

Find the Christian building in this picture.

After today this column will be a Kim–Davis–free zone, but first lets look at one more facet of the controversy. Although I admire Davis’ courage, I disagree with her refusal as a government official to follow the law. Civil disobedience is confined to civilians. If Davis’ strong Christian faith prevented her from issuing homosexual marriage licenses then she should have ...

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Kim Davis’ Problems Are Just Beginning. Wait Until She Tries to Buy Flowers

Kim Davis Mug Shot

Last week’s column concerning Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis did generate a strong response from readers and much of it, as predicted, was negative. The majority felt Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples because it violated God’s law was a principled exercise of civil disobedience. Unfortunately the definition of civil disobedience does not support the argument. Civil ...

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EPA Discovers Water Flows Downhill


Only the Obama administration, with it’s special kind of incompetence, could turn a mine that’s been closed for 92 years into an environmental disaster today. That’s exactly what happened when the Keystone Regulators at the Environmental “Protection” Agency decided to dig into a dam holding back dangerously polluted water at the Gold King mine. According to the incomparable Paul Driessen, ...

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Meet Mom & Dad the Libido Extinguishers

Dad asks, "Who's your new friend, Sonny?"

Displaying that tone of pretentious concern that its made famous, the New York Times writes that as of 2014 the US birthrate has declined for the sixth consecutive year. One would think the Times, of all papers, would be overjoyed by this development since the decline means a reduction in number of little carbon producers in the future. Although it’s ...

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Obama’s Unilateral Surrender Foreign Policy


It’s not always necessary for a nation to wave the white flag for its enemies to know it has surrendered. Sometimes a leak from an administration official will do just fine without requiring all the logistics of a formal surrender ceremony. The Washington Post lays the latest Obama capitulation out in detail: “Months after the discovery of a massive breach ...

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Obama Internet Giveaway May Open Pandora’s Box of Porn

Porn hook

President Obama has a new administration initiative, supported by tax dollars, to close the Internet pornography gap. The divide is caused by ill–gotten gains that give too many Americans fast, broadband access to the booming porn industry; while other Americans are reduced to lurking in seedy newsstands, sneaking peeks between the pages of lurid magazines and hoping the clerk doesn’t ...

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New York City & the Powder Room Police

Traditional American outhouse.

My father grew up in rural Texas during the 1930s. His childhood featured dirt roads, a hand–crank telephone and outhouses. Most, if not all, of the bathrooms the Shannons constructed were what is termed a “one–holer.” Meaning the board that kept you from falling into a pit of (you–know–what) had a single hole carved in it, usually smack dab in the ...

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How Apple Computer Delivered Gen. Jubal Early’s Last Defeat

Censorship graphic

This is what happens when people who lack common sense or even a sense of proportion try to stay current with the latest PC hysteria. The cultural surfers at Apple were having trouble catching a wave in the wake of the cowardly shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. There was no obvious alternative lifestyle angle, ...

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