Ted Cruz Throws His Hat in the Ring

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Monday’s address by Senator Ted Cruz at Liberty University was a breath of fresh air on the political scene. It was something that has been missing for decades. It was, in a word, Reaganesque.”Ted-Cruz”

Jihad and Historic Revisionism

Some time ago I was out with a client here in Houston to rent their property. There were a couple of prospective tenants to visit the house that day. As it happened, the first was a woman of African background wearing robes and a veil. The client, from southeast Asia was not familiar with this […]

Forward to the Past

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Mike Shedlock had an intriguing column this last weekend about Detroit (and other major cities) installing streetcar systems, at seriously high costs, while technology marches forward, toward, he suggests, to driverless automobiles which may be the rapid transit of the future.

 

Whether or not such […]

Boehner Caves Again – Predictably

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Back in December 2014 this write penned two pieces regarding the status of the Republican Party. The first predicted a possible cave-in and the second, the beginning of one. Now, the situation is, for all practical purposes, complete. It was, capped […]

The Last American President

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It is a historical reality that successful societies, nations and the like eventually reach a point of maturity, and then proceed to transition into something else, burn out, or become the victims of conquest. It is this premise that lies behind Richard Engle’s new book, The Last […]

The Reappearance of Secession

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Back in 2009 the author published critique of the Supreme Court case of Texas v. White. This case was a Reconstruction Era matter, which Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon Chase manufactured into an excuse for declaring that the states of the union had no right to leave it once they had joined. Despite this, there […]

American Dreams – Marco Rubio Gets it – Almost

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Several years ago I was privileged to review Senator Rubio’s first book, An American Son. It was, while tedious at times, an excellent and inspiring chronicle of an immigrant family achieving the American Dream. I came away from it liking Senator Rubio a lot, but […]

The Present U.S. Stance on Islamist Terrorism

In the wake of this week’s State of the Union speech, there were numerous comments by various groups and individuals commenting on the wide range of inaccuracies and outright lies that the speech contained. But one of the most important points was a failure to address the issue of Islamist Terrorism. In fact, signs of […]

The Texas Open Carry Controversy

Texas Map gun Texas is a state with a unique image in many ways. This unique quality can be illustrated by the adventure a former colleague had on a visit to Germany during the 1980’s. A German woman, asked […]

The Truth and Charlie Hebdo

charlie-hebdo-mahomet_2_There is an old adage that good humor contains at least a grain of truth. This is particularly true in the case of political humor, much of which is based on satire, and the magazine Charlie Hebdo was the French king of political satire. Nothing was safe from […]

Setting the Stage for the Modern Feudal State

feudalism_then_now_2Study human history sufficiently and you will soon see that the majority of governing entities have been what could be called autocracies, monarchies or oligarchies, with many, if not most exhibiting authoritarian characteristics. Early “governments” probably depended heavily on “might makes right” unless based on purported religious authority. […]

Stay Out Of The Bushes!

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It isn’t that I don’t like Jeb Bush. In fact, I have never met him or his famous ex-president relatives. But I don’t like dynasties in the American political scene, whether it is in the White House, the Senate, or the House. We […]

The Real Cowardice

 

In the wake of the continued drumbeat over “racism” as supposedly evidenced by recent incidents, including the Ferguson, MO shooting of Michael Brown is a marked failure in the so-called mainstream media for an accounting of what is really going on. Only a few dare […]

The Cave In Begins

In our last episode yours truly suggested that Republican Party “leadership” might be set to betray the electorate and cave in to pressure from the left and the media, which would lead to essentially zero pushback against the present administration, despite candidate promises to the contrary. With the House of Representative’s approval of the so-called […]

A Republican Cave-In?

 

 

The results of the November 2014 elections were predicated on a series of promises made by Republican candidates, billed as conservatives; promises to work against the objectives of the Obama administration and particularly the executive action to not enforce the borders and effectively grand amnesty to illegal aliens. Now, it appears that despite […]

Race and Justice in Ferguson Missouri

 

As expected, the lack of an indictment in the matter of the death of Michael Brown has sparked riots, violence, looting, and according to some reports at least one death. The purported reason, or more accurately, excuse for all this is outrage over the shooting of an unarmed youth by a police officer; a […]

Book Review - America in Retreat

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Recently there have been a number of books published on America’s role in world events and what the world would be like absent such participation. Mark Steyn published After America in 2011. Earlier this year Dinesh D’Souza gave us America: Imagine a World Without […]

Reflections on Lawlessness in Government

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The American system, famously, was established on the idea of the rule of law. Rule of law, as opposed to the rule of man, means that everyone is subject to the law, regardless of who they are, where they reside, how much money they make, […]

What Next for the Republican Majority

 

The 2014 midterm elections are behind us and the Republican Party has picked up more seats in the House of Representatives than they have held since 1946. They have also captured a majority in the Senate. The stage is now set for several confrontations. Central to this is the following scenario: The small neighborhood […]

Book Review - Neither Here Nor There

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Frans Jager presents the views of a first generation immigrant on American Exceptionalism.

 

 

 

We are constantly being reminded, “America is a nation of immigrants.” This is true, in a much as everyone who lives here today, except for the descendants of […]

Civilian Warriors – The Blackwater Story

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Ever since America’s involvement in Iraq and the war on terrorism began, one name has been central to the controversies connected with that involvement. That name is Blackwater.

What is Blackwater? In simplest terms it began as a training facility and expanded into a company that provides […]

Devvy Kidd is At It Again

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It was back about 15 or 20 years ago, more or less, that Devvy Kidd was making headlines along with one Joe Banister in challenging the federal income tax. The matter interested me because I was practicing income tax law, and would have liked nothing better […]

AIDS, Ebola and Politics

EbolaI was living back in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1980s when AIDS first became a major news story and a horrible problem for many people. In 1991 I went to work for a major San Francisco law firm and soon after people began disappearing from […]

Political Chicanery in the City of Houston

About 10 years ago when yours truly left California for Texas the Golden State was recovering from the administration of Gray Davis, who had been labeled in some media as the state’s first coin operated governor. Texas, at the time, didn’t seem much better. A major issue at the time was property taxes, which many […]

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

Adam Smith002I first encountered Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments years ago on the recommendation of my economics professor who was, as I liked to say in jest, a power mad Libertarian. It was his opinion that this book was at least as important as The […]








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