txo

You Shoulda Been There – #TXOnline

So this weekend I attended #TXOnline in The Woodlands, an Americans for Prosperity Texas conference for conservative activists.  I could tell you about the panels, but Jim Geraghty already did that pretty well.  I could tell you about the Twitter-as-it-happened reactions, but Bryan Preston caught a lot of the best ones.  I could shock you with Dana Loesch’s statement…

The Muppet Movement

It’s time to play the music It’s time to light the lights… In case you haven’t learned this about me yet, I’m a pretty big fan of puppetry.  I became a puppeteer years ago; first out of necessity for work with kids at my church, and then out of love…

tea-politician

Tea Party – Five Years Old Today

Five years ago today, I was scrambling to get downtown before lunch, my van full of signs and paper and supplies, hoping the rally we had planned to coincide with others in around 50 other cities (with only six days to prepare) would start people talking about fiscal responsibility.  Five…

debt-clock

The Hard Right

Something I heard at a candidate forum tonight has been drilling through my brain, and won’t quit.  It concerns Texas politics, but it’s applicable in any legislative venue, especially in Washington D.C. “We passed a lot of good conservative legislation out of the House this past session.” And in Texas,…

2014-elections-345

Priorities, Partnerships

So here’s how it happened… Julie Borowski  of Freedom Works was asking questions on her Facebook page about what the priorities ought to be for the loosely-defined but self-identified Liberty Movement.  Some of the answers were, um… well… less than substantive. FRN’s own @NJ_libertarian witnessed this, and got pretty frustrated, and so he talked on his…

anniv

Happy Anniversary, Free Radical Network

When one reaches a milestone, it’s difficult to avoid marking it with some reflection.  As Editor of Free Radical Network for a year (A YEAR!) I couldn’t let the milestone pass without an attempt to review the past year and what we’ve accomplished. We launched FRN January 10th, 2013 with…

santa-greenpeace

Santa Threatens to Cancel Christmas

There’s always someone who tries to ruin Christmas, isn’t there?  Whether it’s the people pushing the politically correct ‘Holiday Tree’, or the endless stories of Black Friday mayhem, or the jerks who steal from Salvation Army kettles, or just that one relative who bah-humbugs the joy out of every get-together;…

walk-gum

Walk and Chew Gum

A while back I posted here to caution the right-leaning activists about navigating the Obamacare minefield.  Days later, and here we are, taking the first steps.  Today the House passed the Upton “Keep Your Health Plan” bill, which the president has alreadythreatened to veto.  He might not have to follow through on that threat,…

I-voted-2

Who Runs Your Elections?

A lot of people aren’t familiar with all that it takes to make an election happen.  Here’s just a little bit from my day as an election judge… I got up at 4:45 on Tuesday morning, after less than four hours of sleep.  I left the house by 5:30 to…

got-healthcare

Defeating the Apostles of ObamaCare

Yesterday the president went on television from the Rose Garden, flanked by supporters who would supposedly benefit from the Affordable Care Act, to answer for the miserable failure that the Healthcare.gov site launch has become.  It isn’t worth going into what he said, other than to report that the impression of…