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Are You Smarter Than a Supreme Court Judge?

April was not a good month for Americans that still believe the Supreme Court is a font of legal wisdom. Former Justice John Paul Stevens authored an Op–Ed in the WaPost proving you can be ignorant of history, blinded by ideology and confused regarding the plain meaning of words and still get to wear the black robe. Stevens’ essay was ...

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Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line

This December it will be 42 years since the last male was drafted into combat, but it looks like the fun is just starting for women. Not that they will be going to the post office to register anytime soon. Instead woman already in the military — who thought they were being all they can be by typing 130 WPM ...

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Flavor Is a Human Right, Too.

The biggest problem Christians and conservatives have in making the case for marriage to the younger generation is we don’t speak the same language, and I’m not referring to the number of ‘likes’ inserted into each sentence that replace thought. Our frame of reference has only a tangential connection with that of the younger generation. The default authority for Christians ...

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World Vision’s Secular Myopia

Maybe it was a Mexican divorce. Last Monday World Vision President Richard Stearns walks hand–in–hand down the aisle pledging fealty to homosexual marriage until death do they part. This is big news, because World Vision is a Christian charity and the nation’s 10th largest. Then, only 48 hours later, the happy couple is fighting over who gets to keep the ...

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Ukraine Sanctions With Teeth Instead of Gums Are Still Possible

For a very brief moment it looked like the White House and I were finally going to be in agreement on the topic of misrule in the United States. Obama’s White House Press Office released a statement with harsh criticism of government actions that threaten “peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets.” ...

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How CPAC Stacked the Deck on the Amnesty Panel

Here’s a handy rule of thumb: If two of the four members of an immigration panel have Hispanic surnames you can bet it’s an amnesty panel in disguise. That was certainly the case at CPAC’s ‘Can There Be Meaningful Immigration Reform Without Citizenship?’ (This phenomenon is evidently peculiar to Hispanics. If two people named Schmidt and Kruger were on a ...

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Perry, Paul & Huckabee at CPAC 2014

Gen. Robert E. Lee used Texas infantry as his reliable shock troops during the Civil War. If Hood’s division couldn’t drive the Yankees from a position, then no troops could. Evidently CPAC schedulers are of the same opinion. On both of the first two days of the conservative conference Texas speakers were used to soften up the crowd for all ...

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CPAC Day One Part 2

The Curious Case of the Leaf Blower that Didn’t Roar Sen. Marco Rubio walked on stage and contrary to rumor, he wasn’t wearing a sombrero. In fact he gave what could be called a surgical speech, because he completely buried any reference to his amnesty mistake late last year. In fact he talked about almost everyone’s border but that of ...

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CPAC 2014 AS IT HAPPENS

  CPAC begins in less than an hour. I’ll be covering the speeches that matter (as least to me) and the panels that are relevant (see previous). Since I’m a one–man news team, I can’t make everything, but I’ll do my best to be your eyes & ears. (Sorry for the delay. The CPAC/Gaylord WiFi is pathetic. Impossible to if ...

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Bob McDonnell Discovers He’s Past the Sell–By Date

If you need additional proof that taking handouts creates dependency, look no further than the sad fate of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell is currently under federal indictment and accused of trading government favors for money, loans and gifts from former Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Williams is one of those ‘good friends’ politicians seem to ...

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Conservatives Ready for Sexual Cowardice

When does doing something — other than charging a machine gun nest — that has been done countless times previously stop being ‘courageous?’ Sally Jenkins of the WaPost has ruled that football player Michael Sam’s advice to people interested in dating him is a monumental story: “There are great courageous sports stories being played on the international stage at the ...

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John Boehner’s Incremental Amnesty Surrender Strategy

Mathematicians have long contended that if you give a million monkeys a million typewriters and an infinite amount of time, eventually the simians will produce the King James Bible. Maybe so, but why inflict such a difficult challenge from the get–go? It could severely damage monkey morale. I suggest assigning monkey scribes the task of producing the House GOP leadership’s ...

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Obama’s Trickle–Down Lawlessness

What Sen. Ted Cruz (R–TX) refers to as Obama’s “pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat” has trickled down to the new Democrat administration in Virginia. On Saturday, January 11th Democrat Mark Herring was sworn in as attorney general of the Commonwealth. During the ceremony Herring recited his ...

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TX Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis’ Slip Is Showing

Wendy Davis is not the first Democrat to use a fetus pile as a stepping–stone to higher office. She’s only the latest. But Wendy is in such a hurry to run for governor of Texas that she’s left a lot of inconvenient facts behind. Davis first came to prominence when she lead a filibuster on the floor of the Texas ...

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Amnesty: The Next GOP Leadership Betrayal

House Republican leadership is preparing to betray the base. Again. To illustrate the magnitude of the sellout I was going to use a hypothetical analogy with Democrats and their base. Initially I was going to posit that Sen. Tim Kaine (D–Secular) had changed his mind about abortion. For years Kaine has said that although he’s personally opposed to abortion, he ...

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