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Saloon Series — Gin and Regulation: A Lesson in a Bottle

By on 10.29.15 | 8:34AM

There is a bottle that sits on my desk which serves as irrefutable proof that less regulation is better than more. 

Pull the stopper top and a remarkable aroma plumes forth. “I’d wear this as cologne,” a colleague remarked. He’s a clean-cut fellow, mind you, not a gutter dipsomaniac. “That’s really nice,” exclaimed another.

This 90-proof liquor’s scents come from juniper, cucumber, lemon, sage, lavender, black pepper, red bell peppers and pimento. It is Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin, made by 35 Maple Street Spirits in Sonoma, Calif.

Gin, you ask? Is that not the water-clear hooch from the United Kingdom that smells like pine needles? Yes, often gins are made in the London Dry style (think Beefeater). But gin need not ooze juniper.

Democrats Receive Over 99% of Professorial Support at Elite Liberal Arts Academies

By on 10.27.15 | 5:58PM

The stats are in, and, man, are they predictable.

FEC released a report this month revealing the giving of professors, from the 50 top-rated liberal arts colleges, to current presidential campaigns. As one would aptly surmise, the stereotype of liberal academia proves true. Campaign donations from the professors of these 50 institutions flow overwhelmingly into the coffers of Democratic frontrunners--Bernie Sanders. and Hillary Clinton .. 99.51% to be exact, with only 1 out of 47 donating professors even funding a Republican campaign.

Robert Paquette, Professor of History at Hamilton College, was the lone conservative in this study having donated $150 to Carly Fiorina’s . campaign. This is only a miniscule fragment when compared to the amounts surrendered over to the Democratic contenders by the other profs: $8,417 to Sanders and $20,875 to Clinton.

Boo! Are You a Xenophobe for Halloween?

By on 10.20.15 | 6:53PM

Halloween.

A time for macabre decorations, apprehensively watching horror flicks with your hands covering your eyes, singing the creepy yet catchy tunes from Tim Burton's movies, and indulging in overly-sweet treats (and drinks). Even a holy period to reflect on and commemorate the lives of Christian saints and, if you’re so inclined, the Reformation of Christendom. This season is also an unavoidable opportunity to dress, and even act, like another person, or animal, or monstrous creature. 

But, in case you are a student and planning on having a lot of fun with choosing your costume, here is progressive academia to deny you your costume-donning liberty. 

Valdosta State University has come to crash its students' next Halloween party with the spiked, red Kool-Aid of Political Correctness to prevent indecent exposure to 'Indians', 'Geishas', and especially 'Hillbillies'. 

UPenn Professor Anthea Butler Tweets Anti-Carson Hate Speech

By on 10.13.15 | 5:15PM

Apparently, it's not enough that liberal academicians revise history to support their political agenda and ostracize any student who dares to voice a conservative opinion, then go on to tout these crimes-against-intellect as true social justice. Now we have a progressive professor spewing racist comments, with her most recent directed against presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson.

According to a Twitter sighting reported by Campus Reform, @AntheaButler tweeted, "If only there was a 'coon of the year' award," as a vindictive rebuttal to Carson who defended individuals' right to brandish the Confederate flag on private lands. Campus Reform explains that "Butler’s tweet insinuated that Carson is a metaphorical slave who belongs in a wooden shed."

ABC’s Quantico Uses Timothy McVeigh to Smear American Veterans

By on 10.12.15 | 12:40PM

Coming this fall, tune in to watch a few shows critical of middle America and the US military.

At the National Press Club, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson pointed out that the entire media business – especially the press (and the entertainment industry to a great extent) – used to be on the side of the people, but now they are only catering to a few affluent urban liberals. Isn’t that swell? The very media that’s supposed to be catering to the majority of Americans is now critical of the very audience they’re supposed to cater to. Just take a look at the SNL skit that took a cheap shot at Fox News last week.

Twitter Lights Up Over Mag Declaring Kardashians the “First Family”

By on 10.6.15 | 2:07PM

Cosmopolitan is not the world's foremost political magazine, not by a long shot. Occasionally, yes, it tries to take itself more seriously than it has any right to do, launching "voter drives" and "information campaigns" encouraging college-aged women to vote, but such efforts always seem to vastly underestimate women's intelligence, either by insisting that women vote in lock-step and often with nothing other than their ladyparts in mind, or by simply insulting women outright.

If the "bus full of male models" stunt doesn't fully inform you of Cosmo's seriousness on the issue, perhaps this video will help enlighten you.

My 2015 MLB Post-Season Predictions

By on 10.5.15 | 4:41PM

The 2015 MLB post-season begins tomorrow night with the AL Wild Card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. Here are my predictions for that game and the rest of the 2015 post-season

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AL Wild Card Game - Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

Winner: New York Yankees

 

American League Division Series #1 (Best 3 out of 5): New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals

Winner: Yankees in four

 

American League Division Series #2 (Best 3 out of 5): Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Winner: Rangers in five

 

American League Championship Series (Best 4 out of 7): New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers

Winner: Rangers in six

ALCS MVP: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

NL Wild Card Game - Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Winner: Chicago Cubs

 

Now That The Washington Nationals Have Fired Matt Williams as Manager, They Should Also Fire GM Mike Rizzo

By on 10.5.15 | 3:13PM

To the surprise of no one, the Washington Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams.

Widely expected not only to run away with the NL East, but a favorite to win the World Series, the Nationals went 83-79 in 2015 finishing 7 games back of the New York Mets.

After winning NL Manager of the Year in 2014, Williams began to come under fire for his use of the bullpen in the 2014 NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. He did not learn from those mistakes this season, was ineffective in communicating with his players and did not see reliever Jonathan Papelbon try to choke likely NL MVP Bryce Harper in the dugout just over a week ago.

Pope Francis Met With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

By on 9.30.15 | 3:54PM

I haven't quite figured this Pope out yet, and that's probably a good thing. You're supposed to feel that way about a religious leader who challenges you to think differently about the way you operate. And this Pope in particular, in turns surprises and shocks me. 

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