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Phil Robertson: American Hero

By 12.31.13

Well, that only took decades.

Who knew that the Leftist Playbook would finally get seriously winged by a duck caller?

By now, as even we holiday partiers have learned, the A&E network has sheepishly backpedaled. In direct response to a fierce public outcry the network un-suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the wildly popular Duck Dynasty series. Robertson had been temporarily banned after an interview in GQ in which he colorfully pronounced his religious views on gays and Jim Crow laws, instantly launching demands from the left-wing Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD) and others that he be canned on the spot.

Huffed GLAAD to Fox News:

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Obamacare Versus Rule of Law

By From the December 2013 issue

The botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act offers a stunning example of President Obama’s unrelenting attempts to expand executive power—his power—beyond what the Constitution allows. On November 14, the president announced that he was dispensing with a key provision of the law, Section 2702, for a year. That section states that beginning on January 1, 2014, every policy sold in individual and small group markets must include 10 so-called essential benefits.Leave it to the “Washington knows best crowd” to dictate what Americans’ health insurance must cover. The assumption is that we are too stupid to choose insurance for ourselves. It’s like passing a law that the only cars we can buy are four-door sedans. No hatchbacks and no convertibles, because we won’t know when to put the top up.
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The God of No God

By 12.24.13

It’s Christmas. Our atheist friends are out there doing their thing. No to a crèche here, take down that cross over there, absolutely not to the Ten Commandments display somewhere else. And, of course, as the folks at GLAAD have just recently reminded us in the Duck Dynasty contretemps, there’s nothing like being out of the closet as Christophobes.

Christophobes being defined here as those with fear or contempt of Christians or those who believe in God, not to mention those who exhibit behavior based on that feeling of fear and contempt for Christians and believing in God.

It’s time.

Time to recognize that contrary to all the endless PR, atheists and Christophobes in fact have a God. It’s time to demand formal recognition of atheism and Christophobes for what they really are: followers of the religion that worships The God of No God.

As with the Judeo-Christian and Islamic gods, The God of No God is everywhere — both visible and invisible. He — and while The God of No God could be called She or even It, we will settle here for the irritating He — appears in a limitless number of ways.

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Why I Prefer to Say Merry Christmas

By 12.23.13

While the likes of Jon Stewart and others in the liberal intelligentsia might dismiss the idea there is a War on Christmas, the truth of the matter is that with every passing year people are more and more reluctant to wish one another a Merry Christmas. At times, people are expressly forbidden from saying Merry Christmas, as was the case this year at an elementary school deep in the heart of Texas. This is no accident and we are the poorer for it.

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We Feel Your Pain

By 12.17.13

For you young conservatives, the first five years of the Obama presidency must have seemed like a lifetime, with the prospect of three more a thought almost too awful to bear. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s not just the lies behind Obamacare that rankle, but his broken promises of good-paying jobs and a stronger and more peaceful America that has the respect of other nations around the world, which must daily drive you crazy.

And then there’s the shame and embarrassment you must feel when you realize that it is largely your generation who has embraced and emboldened the reign of Barack Obama; how it seems that while you spend most of your time worrying about our country’s future, your friends spend theirs idly pursuing the latest video game or iPhone rollout. How you must cringe at the sound of the president’s egotistical, teleprompted speeches and recoil at the news of his latest socialist fiats.

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Progressives Took Our Booze

By 12.5.13

My name is Upton, and I’m a prohibitionist.” Muckraking novelist Upton Sinclair had hoped to do to drink in The Wet Parade what he had done to food in The Jungle. “Maggie May had the overwhelming impulse to save other people from the consequences of their ignorance and folly,” Sinclair writes of the book’s crusading heroine. “She was sure that they were wrong, and that she was right, and so was entirely unchecked by fears as to their ‘personal liberty.’”

Alcohol’s a helluva drug, even (especially?) for those who don’t imbibe.

Rather than spoil the public’s unquenchable thirst for intoxicating drink, The Wet Parade un-whetted their appetite for Upton Sinclair. Henry Luce’s Time ridiculed the prohibitionist novel as a “sloppy tract.” The socialist scribe wasn’t just wrong; he was late. By The Wet Parade’s 1931 publication date, prohibition was a progressive cause better left in the past if progressives desired a political future.  

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Why America Can’t Keep Its Own Secrets

By From the November 2013 issue

AMERICA'S DEFENSE AND intelligence communities have gotten into a bad habit of late. We’ve been trusting some of the most untrustworthy people with our nation’s most closely guarded secrets.

We’re not talking about real spies, recruited to betray their country, trained in their tradecraft, successful at hiding within our system for years. Edward Snowden isn’t Aldrich Ames or John Walker. He was a low-level functionary who nevertheless managed to steal and reveal massive amounts of secret information. His leaks caused enormous damage to national security, unveiling in great detail some of the methods and means by which the National Security Agency gathers intelligence.

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Random Thoughts

By 11.26.13

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Many people take pride in defying the conventions of society. Those conventions of society are also known as civilization. Defying them wholesale means going back to barbarism. Barbarians with electronic devices are still barbarians.

After the government shutdown crisis, the one thing that Congressional Democrats and Republicans finally agreed on was to kick the can down the road a few more months, so that we can go through all this again -- and perhaps again after that.

One of the best peace speeches I ever read was one delivered back in the 1930s -- by Adolf Hitler! He knew that peace speeches would keep the Western democracies from matching his military buildup with their own, or attacking him to prevent his buildup from continuing. Peace speeches by Iran today serve the same purpose of buying time -- until they can create a nuclear bomb.

President Obama really has a way with words, such as calling the problems that millions of people have had trying to sign up for ObamaCare "glitches." When the Titanic sank, was that a "glitch"?

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