The Vine

    The Vine

    “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford. Scott, an enslaved African American man, was suing for his freedom. The court decided that African Americans weren’t | Read More »

    “Hate Speech” is not “Any Speech You Hate”

    "Hate Speech" is not "Any Speech You Hate"

    Last week, Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain wrote an op-ed in the Nashville Tennessean about the Charlie Hedbo attacks. The basic thesis of Professor Swain’s article, which was published in a non-Vanderbilt sanctioned publication and written on her own time, is that present-day Islam is incompatible with Western values like free speech and religious pluralism. The most inflammatory portion of Prof. Swain’s article is doubtless | Read More »

    The Obamacare Penalty could be Bigger than Many People are Expecting

    The Obamacare Penalty could be Bigger than Many People are Expecting

    Back in December, I wrote about the upcoming deadline on February 15th to purchase insurance or face the Obamacare penalty doled out by the IRS. It should come as little surprise with all the confusion and misinformation about the ACA that many people still seem to be ignorant of just how much they might have to pay if they refuse or forget to sign up for a | Read More »

    Fiorina 2016: A Campaign Without a Raison D’être

    Fiorina 2016: A Campaign Without a Raison D'être

    In a year in which the GOP promises to field its strongest field of qualified and experienced candidates in a generation, and in which there promises to be a veritable buffet of viable options for establishment and movement conservatives alike, for some reason the existence of Carly Fiorina’s bizarrely pointless 2016 campaign continues to be a story worth reporting on for the political media. The usual | Read More »

    The Street Sweeper

    The Street Sweeper

    August 28, 2013, was the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It is a very good speech. But it is not my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. speech. My favorite is little known and even less remembered. It is a speech no leader in America on a stage such as he commanded would ever think to give. It is | Read More »

    Daughter to marry Dad, moves to New Jersey

    I suppose this was inevitable. Once the Supreme Court decided that the state had no right to regulate sexual behavior in Lawrence v. Texas, there was really no logical way for any permutation of orifices, persons, beasts, and instruments to be denied recognition as a legitimate expression of sexuality. Via Fox News (I’m quoting the whole article because there is nothing in here I can | Read More »

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    GOP easily counters Barack Obama’s unconvincing, pro-forma rhetoric on tax hikes.

    GOP easily counters Barack Obama's unconvincing, pro-forma rhetoric on tax hikes.

    I said on Twitter the other day that Barack Obama’s new tax hike proposals weren’t designed to pass, or even embarrass the Right (they won’t): he made them in order to keep the Left off of his back.  Alas, nobody noticed or cared enough to push back; but if somebody had done so I would have noted that ‘higher taxes’ is the Democrats’ great white | Read More »

    The Daily Devotionals

    I’ve discovered that a lot of you want the devotionals I’m writing in your inbox. So I am making that possible. If you want my daily devotional to show up in your inbox, instead of having to remember to go to the website, go here now. I’ll have them emailed to you on a daily basis.

    Brokeback Selma

    Last night, I did a mashup of the Selma and Brokeback Mountain trailers. Had Oprah made that movie, not only would Brokeback Selma sweep this year’s Academy Awards, but the Academy would force all prior winners to hand over their awards. I think I win the argument.

    Remember convicted sex fiend Del. Joe Morrissey (D, VA)? Guess what they didn’t tell you!

    Remember convicted sex fiend Del. Joe Morrissey (D, VA)? Guess what they didn't tell you!

    I was going along, minding my own business: just trying to get my coffee in on an up-too-early Saturday morning.  Then I hit this sentence about the problems the Democratic caucus in the Virginia legislature is having with one of its members having been convicted of sleeping with his 17 year old receptionist (bolding mine): “There was a racial undercurrent to some of the arguments made | Read More »

    Tech at Night: The Net Neutrality bill gives them all they’ve asked for

    Tech at Night: The Net Neutrality bill gives them all they've asked for

    So it’s really all about Net Neutrality right now. In case you missed it, I gave a summary of the events earlier this week. I can add to that this further update: all information I have with respect to the bill says it’s a good one. I said before this isn’t about winning. This is about not losing. But the Thune/Upton bill is probably going | Read More »

    Another Example of Why Global Warming Zealots Are a Bag of Crap

    DOOM! people. Doom. It is the hottest it has ever been!!!!! Unless you use satellite based temperature measurements, which the global warming crowd loved until those measurements stopped scaring people. So it is back to DOOM. 2014 was the hottest year ever. In fact, it was so hot the Times won’t even tell you what it was. Nope. In the whole article it never tells | Read More »

    Topic for discussion: was Prohibition the Progressive movement’s *greatest* disaster?

    Topic for discussion: was Prohibition the Progressive movement's *greatest* disaster?

    Having been reminded that today (January 16th) is the anniversary of one of the greatest social policy disasters (if not the absolute worst) in American history: This day in 1918, America did a very terrible thing: we voluntarily outlawed booze. http://t.co/nE1lJAQQnj — Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) January 16, 2015 …I am left to wonder: was it also the greatest policy disaster of the Progressive movement? Because, | Read More »

    Renee Ellmers is Basically a Liar

    Congresswoman is a lying waste of oxygen. First, she campaigned aggressively in 2014 against amnesty, executive overreach, etc. Then she promptly got back to Washington and reversed herself on everything she had campaigned on. Now, her knickers are in knots over pro-life legislation. Just as the GOP has decided to stand firm on a piece of legislation supported by +60% of the nation, she’s scared | Read More »

    Governor Throne of Skulls (Scott Walker) Telegraphs 2016 Bid

    Governor Throne of Skulls (Scott Walker) Telegraphs 2016 Bid

    With the three establishment-favored Governors (Jeb, Christie, Romney) having already all but declared, the time has come for other contenders to telegraph their intentions or face being left behind in the fundraising/operations cycle. One of my two favorite candidates for 2016 has always been Scott Walker, but the looming question has always been whether Walker would run at all given that a campaign would interfere | Read More »