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More Misguided Spending Won’t Deter ISIS

| September 29, 2014
More Misguided Spending Won’t Deter ISIS

Our famously detached president has recently decided to become very hands-on in the application of air power. Obama, like LBJ in Vietnam, is personally choosing the targets where he will employ U.S. aircraft. The first display of Air Force One might that we have the figures on was a $700,000 close-support effort in Denver for […]

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NIH Makes Monkey’s Uncles Out of Taxpayers

| September 22, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has billions of tax dollars to give away each year in the form of research grants. I’m sure that senior bureaucrats have the really famous diseases and maladies already booked up. That means the newbies have to identify their own causes and studies to make sure that every last penny […]

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Bob McDonnell Gives Ingratitude a Bad Name

| August 22, 2014
Bob McDonnell Gives Ingratitude a Bad Name

The Bob & Maureen McDonnell corruption trial is not proving to be the unmitigated disaster for the McDonnell family that I first assumed. As the trial continues Maureen is looking more and more like her official portrait, currently on display at the Richmond Salvation Army Store. She can’t do anything about the age difference — […]

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Peer Pressure Crushes Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

| August 5, 2014
Peer Pressure Crushes Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

Anne Wojcicki is one of those Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that started a “disruptive” company aiming to change how we view an established industry. But she’s not one of those brain–rich, resource–poor visionaries passing the hat among bored World of Warcraft players window–shopping on Kickstarter.com. No, she and her partners, Lucy Page and Laura Arrillaga–Andreessen — […]

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No Longer the World’s Policeman, We’re Now the World’s Social Worker

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s 9AM late July and already the day is shot to hell. The temperature is over 80 and the humidity would wilt a Puritan’s collar. You’re supposed to be taking Migra, your Mexican Water Spaniel, on a 400–hundred-mile car trip. The dog’s 14–years–old if he’s a day, and who knows if he’ll live long enough […]

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Government Motors & Close Enough for Government Work

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

 Times have been tough at Government Motors. For a while there it looked like both Osama and GM were going to be dead after encountering the Obama regime. Just recently GM announced the recall of 8,200,000 vehicles over problems with faulty ignition switches. When added to earlier North American recalls, the total for 2014 is […]

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The Call of the RINO in Virginia and Mississippi

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

  It would be a lot easier for conservatives to tolerate the sanctimony of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) if they weren’t so hypocritical — or in the case of Mississippi RINOs — despicably hypocritical. ‘Moderate’ Republicans never tire of telling us conservative extremists how they are inclusive and ready to reach across the aisle […]

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Only Obama Staffers Believe IRS ‘Lost’ Email

| June 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’ve been skeptical about the IRS’ explanation that Lois Lerner’s email disappeared during a World of Warcraft online game that got out of control, I have good news. Particularly since you’ve also probably been a little reluctant to express that thought. No one wants to be called a racist in the latte line at […]

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Eric Cantor Picked the Wrong Base

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s no mystery why Eric Cantor lost his primary last Tuesday. He simply failed to turn out his new Hispanic base. And Cantor is not completely to blame for this failure, because events outside his control were also working against him. On the day of the vote many members of his new voting block, Futuro […]

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Creating Democrats One Squirrel at a Time

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

A lack of affordable housing forced me to move 24 miles south of the Fort Hunt area in Fairfax County, VA. I couldn’t find an affordable house that had a view of the Potomac River. We had been renting a home there for five years and each winter, after the leaves fell from the trees […]

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