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The Week From Hell

Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. Brent Thompson. Patrick Zamarripa. Michael Krol. Lorne Ahrens. Michael Smith.   I have zero smart things to say about the events of the week.  I have zero interest in who is to blame right now.  Too many people are dead who should not be.  What I have done is read about their…

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Before The Horse

Inspiration sometimes comes from the strangest places. Someone casually shared the image above, and I snagged it and posted it on Facebook. It started quite a nice little discussion about our individual cart ethics, and joking about whether we could get grant money to study people and their shopping cart…

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Everything Is Political…

A few days ago on Facebook, in a thread about (what else) politics that I can’t find again, someone was lamenting the fact that everything is political anymore.  His point was that everyone in the political arena is more concerned with leveraging the proper angle for their own agenda, rather…

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…And Justice Reform For All

I didn’t think much about the criminal justice system until a few years ago.  I had very few encounters with the law, or with people who had been in the system.  I mean, the neighbor with whom I watched events unfold on 9/11 was a huge adorable former felon out…

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Becoming a National Republican Delegate from Texas

The Republican National Convention has held few surprises in recent years.  By the time the convention occurred, the candidate has garnered enough delegates to win the nomination long before, and the delegate voting on the floor of the convention hasn’t mattered much beyond being a formality.  Delegates assemble at the…

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Convention Basics for Texas

This election year is starting out with a crowded Republican field and a lot of first-time primary voters.  It’s wonderful to see new faces in the political process, and folks like me who have been around the block a few times should try to help those people understand as much…

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The Trump Nomination

Megan McArdle posed this challenge on Twitter today: Reminder: Republicans who will stay home or vote for another party for 1st time if it’s Trump, I want your stories! mmcardle3@bloomberg.net — Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) February 28, 2016 I felt I had to try to answer it. Megan, I’m an eighteen…

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Je Suis Establishment

These days, whenever certain people on the rightward end of the spectrum disagree with me, I’m called a RINO or part of the Establishment.  And you know what? They’re damned right I’m part of the Establishment. I started getting involved in my mid-twenties.  I attended one meeting at church on…

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Oh, You’re Sorry, Are You?

My friend Brittany Pounders has a scathing ‘task-taking-to’ for some of the ‘leaders’ of conservatism posted at Liberty Juice today.  It’s a really solid narration of some of the debates, arguments, and abuse she (and others like her, including myself) have been engaged in or subject to in this election…

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Love your Enemy

My friend Toby Marie Walker asked an interesting question on Facebook recently: Do you think God counts hating the IRS as a sin? Now  I DO hate the IRS as an instrument of corruption and tyranny, and equate it in my religious thinking to the jackwagons in the temple whose…