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Introducing the #FRN Resource List

At Free Radical Network, we read and share a lot of articles and videos each week, but some things we refer back to time and again.  Inevitably, we got tired of trying (and sometimes failing) to keep them all in our heads, so we’re launching our recommended reading list.  Here we…

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What San Antonio Democrats Are Telling Hispanic Voters

The Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans posted a video on Facebook today, showing an ad from Bexar County (Texas) Democrats with the following translation: These two flags represent friendship, liberty, opportunity and justice. This flag is very dangerous, it is the flag of Tea Party Republicans. They are radical terrorists…

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Rorschach Republicans

If you come across the word ‘liberty’ and instantly equate that with ‘Ron Paul Nutter’, you might be a Rorschach Republican. If you see a picture of Chris Christie featured in an article and immediately spew reasons he should not be president without reading the article, you might be a…

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The Hand Up

  I’ve been thinking a lot about poverty lately.  Maybe it was Kevin Williamson’s piece on poverty in Appalachia, or The AEI video series on Social Justice as envisioned from a conservative viewpoint.  I was thinking about it long before the latest piece on poverty I shared, one with the…

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Farewell to an Old Friend

  I don’t want to think about Robin Williams’ death.  I don’t want to talk about it.  I don’t want to read the eleventy other opinions out there on the Twitters and the blogs.  I don’t want to look at all the ‘life in pictures’ articles.  I lost a friend…

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Spoiler Alert

In his latest piece at TownHall, Tony Katz makes the case that the U.S. is in a de facto war with Mexico.  I don’t think I disagree about that.  I’m a huge fan of Tony’s, and I’m not trying to bash him or contradict what he’s saying.  I’m just curious about the things…

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The Dexter Defense

I don’t get in many fights on the internet.  You’d think that I would, being a conservative and a tea party founder and internet addict.  But really, I don’t enjoy getting into the name-calling and troll-fighting that occurs so often in the political sphere.  I learned from a master that there are…

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TXGOP Breaks Out

The TXGOP Convention earlier this month produced much more than a controversial platform and mass criticism.  It also introduced breakout sessions into the agenda, something I’ve never seen in all the years I’ve been attending conventions.  The party offered multiple opportunities for attendees to learn about issues, legislation, parliamentary procedure, and urban engagement, among other…

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Walk the Plank

At the RPT Convention this week, much of the focus was on some controversial platform planks surrounding immigration, medical marijuana, and gay issues.  There were plenty of other resolutions available for discussion in the platform, but none of them made it to the floor for debate.  By the time a…

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Favorite Quotes from #TXOnline

One of my favorite parts of political conferences is getting down good quotes from the speakers; the thoughts and ideas I’ll chew on for weeks afterwards.  It’s frustrating, though.  Scribbling one quote means I’ll miss the next, and I miss so much.  There were a hundred more great statements I…