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Time for Virginia’s GOP Governor to Resign

Time for Virginia’s GOP Governor to Resign

Virginia Gov. Bob ‘I want my Boost for breakfast’ McDonnell’s slide down the slope to complete disgrace continues. When we last wrote about Gov. Boost in mid–June, he was under fire for billing Virginia taxpayers for body wash, sunscreen, dog vitamins, colon blow, breakfast Boost, dry cleaning, shoe repairs and dog food — all because […]

Science Proves Leftists Are Wimpy

Science Proves Leftists Are Wimpy

Sometimes a story just sounds too good to be true. A study published in Psychological Science has found that girly–men are more likely to support a cradle–to–grave welfare state and “share–the–wealth” economic policy than more robust male specimens. This sounds reasonable to me and the fact it appears the research wasn’t paid for by tax […]

Evangelicals Swing Both Ways on Social Issues

Evangelicals Swing Both Ways on Social Issues

A significant proportion of the US population feels marginalized and suffers from perceived widespread disrespect. Their desires are discounted and in some instances actively discouraged by state, federal and local government. Families are either split or prevented from coming together, which results in children who are denied the benefits of a two–parent family. Circumstances beyond […]

There’s No Such Thing as a Slight Sense of Entitlement

There’s No Such Thing as a Slight Sense of Entitlement

We’ve all seen photos of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Particularly last year when he was being mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick on the Romney ticket. He would be beaming, with a large, toothy smile, looking well groomed and squeaky clean. And no wonder, this wholesome image was the product of a group effort, […]

What If They Held a Primary and Nobody Came?

What If They Held a Primary and Nobody Came?

The Washington Post finally got its primary and in typical leftist fashion, they approved of the candidate selection method that was both inefficient and cost taxpayers the most. Earlier this year the Posties criticized Republicans for using the convention method to choose their nominees — even though Lincoln was chosen by a convention and the […]

Why ‘Government’ & ‘Creative’ Aren’t Usually Found in the Same Sentence

Why ‘Government’ & ‘Creative’ Aren’t Usually Found in the Same Sentence

Prince William County, VA — where I live — has an official seal that’s been in use since 1854. But that seal — or logo, to use up–to–date terminology — just wasn’t happenin’ for the county staff. Staff evidently felt a balance scale held over a bunch of tobacco leaves just screams 19th century. Plus the […]

Searching for the ‘Moderate’ Christian

Searching for the ‘Moderate’ Christian

I enjoy reading the letters sent to advice columnists. It’s a handy, anecdotal way to chart the decline of modern culture. There’s actually a book in this; comparing the difference in questions during the early 60’s with what we have today. But I fear I’m too lazy to do the research. On the other hand, […]

What Is It About ‘Stereotype’ that the Tea Party Doesn’t Understand?

What Is It About ‘Stereotype’ that the Tea Party Doesn’t Understand?

Too bad Tea party types are such ingrates. Now that the mainstream media (MSM) is finally starting to cover the IRS political scandal, you’d think the Tea party would go out of its way to reward the media for emerging from its Obama–induced coma. Consider what would have happened if there had been four deaths […]

The Bugs are Back

The Bugs are Back

People in the Washington, DC area like to worry. Part of it’s because leftists are required to show “concern” about the darnedest things and part of it is because a large government workforce has to discover something to do or at least find a way to look busy. For example, the National Weather Service suffered […]

Senate GOP Supports Remote Control Taxation

Senate GOP Supports Remote Control Taxation

The next time you see any of the following Senate Republicans: Lamar Alexander (TN), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Richard Burr (NC), Saxby Chambliss (GA), Dan Coats (IN), Thad Cochran (MS), Susan Collins (ME), Bob Corker (TN), Mike Enzi (WY), Deb Fischer (NE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Chuck Grassley (IA), John Hoeven (ND), Johnny Isakson […]

It’s Always Christmas If You’re a Politician

It’s Always Christmas If You’re a Politician

What is it about an elected official that compels rich people to want to give him gifts? Do they look needy? Hungry? Depressed? Is there a secret gift registry of which I’m unaware? Could it be a mentoring program where plutocrats adopt a middle–class governor or attorney general and show them how capitalism has paid […]

Marco Rubio and the Magic Beans

Marco Rubio and the Magic Beans

Shortly after last year’s presidential defeat and at the beginning of the Great Republican Panic of 2013, I wrote here about what a bad idea morally and legally amnesty for illegal aliens is. Guess what? It still is. In a sane universe “immigration reform” would be specifically designed to benefit the citizens of the nation […]

The Interview: Terry McAuliffe & the Boston Attack

The Interview: Terry McAuliffe & the Boston Attack

This post is intended as satire, any likeness to real or imagined people is unintended. This is a work of fiction (A source within the McAuliffe for Governor campaign leaked a copy of this transcript from an interview with a New York Times Sunday Magazine reporter. I felt I owed it to my readers to […]

Umbrella Organizations Always Leave Taxpayers Wet

Umbrella Organizations Always Leave Taxpayers Wet

Sen. Tom Coburn (R–OK), a truly great American, has released his annual report on waste, duplication and redundancy in federal programs. Evidently inspecting catfish is both a vital and difficult task, because it currently takes three different federal agencies to do the job. And as soon as someone can reliably map the location of catfish […]

A Voter in the Hand Is Worth Two in the Focus Group

A Voter in the Hand Is Worth Two in the Focus Group

It’s remarkable that the political party allegedly joined at the hip with Big Business has such an incredible problem with a basic operational task like marketing. Somehow when it came time to divvy up the commercial sector, the Republicans got all the boring accountants, while the Democrats scooped up all the cool art directors. Confining […]