I'm a married grad student. I run a website and blog at I'm a William F. Buckley, Jr. aficionado, and my idea of fun is to dine with friends, read, and watch old Firing Line episodes. Needless to say, my wife has a grossly different conception of fun.


    Why the Living Hell of White House Life is Not Just Michelle Obama’s

    The amphetamine was administered intravenously.  Responding to his brother’s criticisms about such medication, he responded, “I don’t care if it’s horse piss.  It works.”  Indeed, JFK did make ample use of controlled substances, be it speed or procaine.  Yet when you consider that JFK dealt perpetually with everything from a nerve-racking nuclear showdown, to civil unrest in the southern U.S., as well as debilitating back | Read More »

    Andrew Breitbart: The New Media’s Conservative Visionary

    When William F. Buckley and his magazine National Review appeared on the political scene in the 1950s, it emerged against the cultural backdrop of entrenched New Deal liberalism, and a one-sided press.  Indeed, post-WWII America was just beginning to get its bearings after the Great Depression, and liberal ideas were all it knew.  Buckley’s publication served as a conduit for a fragmented and muffled conservative | Read More »

    The District of Contempt: Let Them Eat Ice Cream

    “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”  The aspiring small business owner had successfully snagged a moment of Barack Obama’s time, and received an extensive response–reassuring hand on the shoulder included.  Thus began the legend of Joe the Plumber. That exchange occurred several weeks prior to the general election.  Fast forward to mid-2010. “What do we owe you?” asked Vice | Read More »

    Cap-and-trade: A Cash Cow of Corporatism

    A history of backdoor political lobbying.  Questionable influence on national energy policy.  A betrayal of those who trusted them with their savings.  A profit-driven desire to see cap-and-trade  implemented.  Surprising as it may be, these descriptors apply to both Enron and Goldman Sachs. Yes, strange parallels indeed, particularly the push for cap-and-trade.  Few would think that Enron—an energy company now synonymous with “free markets run | Read More »

    Information Management for Dummies?

    Once again, the Left betrays a lack of faith in the individual’s ability to discern between the good and the bad, the healthy and the unhealthy, the wise and the foolish.  During a commencement address at Hampton University about a week ago, President Obama blamed the Information Age for a proliferation of pettiness, falsehoods, and lies, telling the crowd that because of the abundance of | Read More »

    Keep Your Eyes on the Megaphone

    On March 14, 2010,  a Wal-Mart customer used the corporation’s paging system and—with an air of formality—politely asked all blacks to leave the premises.  This set off a firestorm of criticism for the retailer, and even led to arrests.  As a former employer of Wal-Mart, I have always been amused by the accessibility of the paging system.  The system is ubiquitous, as the paging phones | Read More »

    Russia: Is Obama Masking Free Market Idealism with Disarmament?

    The Obama administration is not exactly a well-spring of free market rhetoric.  Whether President Obama is endorsing  cap-and-trade, increasing corporate taxes, or demarcating between Wall Street and Main Street, one thing is for sure—Obama is not an outright free market aficionado.  The president has overtly positioned himself as an antagonist to Big Business.  Admittedly, Obama is a corporatist—and a rather selective one at that.  For | Read More »