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Detroit Goes Bankrupt

July 19, 2013

The city of Detroit will file for bankruptcy, the largest American city to ever do so.  If this filing is approved, the city will liquidate what it needs to in order to pay off its debts, meaning that public employees (and their unions) will face a serious crunch. Detroit’s been in trouble since even before [...]

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George Zimmerman Acquitted

July 14, 2013

Last evening the six-member jury deliberating the guilt of George Zimmerman found him not guilty, acquitting him for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  The Blaze has great coverage of the last 24 hours, as this story keeps developing. Having been on a million juries (that’s what I get for voting in every election!), [...]

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Happy Independence Day!!!

July 4, 2013

Happy 237th birthday America!  Hope everyone has a great day celebrating America’s heritage of independence and liberty.

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Egypt’s Revolution Turns Again

July 1, 2013

The Arab Spring, which is still bloodying the Mideast, continues in Egypt.  In early 2011, the Mubarak regime capitulated to angry crowds (and Washington pressure) with relatively little blood as the military took over to maintain stability.  After initial passions subsided, the military yielded to popular elections, which brought the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to power, [...]

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Elbert Guillory’s Party Switch

June 23, 2013

I know the story of Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory’s transition from the Democrat “plantation” to the Republican Party is old news this week, but I still wanted to add it to the echo chamber: Unfortunately, the GOP Establishment wants to get in the Democrat demographic dependency game and open its own ill-fated “plantation” with [...]

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Talking with Taliban and Syrian Rebels Evoke Shades of the Cold War

June 18, 2013

In our not-too-distant past, America clearly stood for freedom and free markets around the world, as those concepts were in our best political and economic interests. Then the Cold War came and we had to do business with sketchy people in order to out-maneuver even more sketchy people bent on world domination.  Yet, we promoted [...]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead, those who gave that “last full measure of devotion,” as well as their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Iraq:  (2003-2011) a total of 4,486 Americans were lost with 32,223 wounded. [...]

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Movie Review — The Great Gatsby (2013)

May 12, 2013

With the opening of Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby, nearly every high school student in the nation has an opportunity not to read F. Scott Fitzgerald period classic!  At least that’s the buzz at the high school where I teach.  Fitzgerald’s 1925 work more or less describes the pitfalls of combining American excess with [...]

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“Fabian” Socialism

March 28, 2013

Since 2009, I’ve heard the term “Fabian socialist” thrown around now and then, but wasn’t too sure who they were.  What makes them “fabian” and not regular socialists? Well, I looked it up.  In the Second Punic War (218-202 BC), there was a Roman general (and brief dictator) named Quintus Fabius Maximus, commonly known as [...]

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The Iraq War 10 Years Later

March 20, 2013

On March 20, 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom began.  The United States and Coalition forces sought to remove Saddam Hussein from power for (among other things) being in material breech of UN Security Council Resolution 1441.  Twenty-one days later Baghdad was taken and the regime was on the run.  Approximately eight years, eight months and three [...]

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Angelo Codevilla Takes on the Republican Establishment

February 23, 2013

On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, Mark read from an article by Angelo Codevilla during most of his first hour.  The article’s title,”As Country Club Republicans Link Up with the Democratic Ruling Class, Millions of Voters are Orphaned,” only hits the surface of the message Codevilla is trying to convey.  For those who don’t remember, Codevilla [...]

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President’s Day

February 18, 2013

Today we honor the 43 men who have been Presidents of the United States of America.  It wasn’t always this way.  Originally “Washington’s Birthday,” President’s Day has only recently referred to all presidents — a move primarily promoted by businesses looking to stoke patriotism as a way to sell more goods. Quite frankly, some of [...]

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Hagel Hearing Debacle

January 31, 2013

In the spirit of full disclosure, we here at AOR have a history of not liking Chuck Hagel.  Mike even wrote this in September 2007: As Chris Wallace once pointed out, the man’s [Hagel] worldview on national security was closer to John Kerry’s than to the mainstream of the Republican Party. That was then.  In [...]

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Rand Paul’s Great Week

January 26, 2013

Rand Paul had two opportunities this week to shine and did so brilliantly.  Here was Senator Rand Paul taking it to Hillary Clinton and the administration on Benghazi: Here’s Rand Paul the next day asking John Kerry (who wants to be Secretary of State) to reconcile his support of Obama’s constitutionally suspect actions in Libya, [...]

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40 Years of Roe

January 22, 2013

January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, 7-2, with only Justices White and Rehnquist dissenting.  Since then an estimated 50-54 million babies’ lives have been ended as a result.  Today, issues of religious freedom, sex-selective abortions (aka gendercide), paying for other people’s abortions, and a seriously pro-abortion President in [...]

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Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

January 21, 2013

President Obama gave his second inaugural address today — I only saw the last ten minutes of it.  Due to all the missed school days from Superstorm Sandy, I had work today. Ten minutes was enough.  Soaring, airy rhetoric, to be sure.  Delivered well, but the same ol’ horse manure.  In the mere ten minutes [...]

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The Obama Nation, Take 2

January 20, 2013

Today around noon President Obama will be sworn in for a second term as our President, while Joe Biden already took his oath this morning.  Tomorrow, the big party takes place — constitutionally, the official swearing in must take place on January 20, but given that today is Sunday the public ceremony has been moved [...]

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Republican Buzz — Adjusting the Electoral College

January 19, 2013

While I am a defender of the Electoral College, there is no denying that most Americans don’t like the system.   However, alternative national popular vote schemes are unconstitutional on many levels.  Seizing on this, some Republican-dominated state legislatures and governors in blue states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, among others, want to alter the EC [...]

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Movie Review — Zero Dark Thirty

January 12, 2013

The highly anticipated film about the search and eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, opened on screens across the country yesterday.  Here’s the trailer: As you may know, this movie is controversial for some on both sides of the aisle.  Some Democrats (and John McCain, of course) don’t like the “torture” scenes [...]

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Unemployment Steady at 7.8%

January 4, 2013

Unemployment remained at 7.8% in December along with the U6 figure, which also stayed put at 14.4%.  I find it interesting that November’s number was initially 7.7%, but got revised up to 7.8%.  Funny how that happened with relative quiet. Although we added 155,000 jobs last month, we need 250,000 to keep pace with population [...]

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On the Eve of 2013, Two Contrasting Views of America

December 31, 2012

While going through my routine Internet rounds this morning I needed only go to Hot Air to find two articles which so perfectly contrast the main philosophical struggle in America today. Here’s a New York Times editorial simply titled “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution.”  It is modern progressivism in its essence. This article contains [...]

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Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

December 28, 2012

Commanding General of Operation Desert Storm Norman Schwarzkopf died yesterday in Tampa due to complications from pneumonia.  He was 78 years old. “Stormin’ Norman’s” leadership produced a quick and decisive victory pushing back Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.  After bombing for a month and with about 100 hours on the ground, the Gulf War [...]

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Ready or Not — Apocalypse Friday!

December 20, 2012

So, the end of the ancient Mayan calender is finally here — December 21, 2012 (yes, I dignified the date with a Wikipedia link)!  Well, doomsday may go a little unnoticed as it strikes at approximately 6:12am EST (11:12 am GMT) when the Winter Solstice officially happens.  I’ll be up, but if your alarm startles [...]

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Movie Review — Lincoln

November 18, 2012

Steven Spielberg’s latest historical endeavor, Lincoln, hit theaters nationally this weekend.  Here’s the trailer: This movie was based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book Team of Rivals, and focuses on Lincoln’s attempt to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.  The film doesn’t attempt to cover Lincoln’s whole life, [...]

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Some in China Begin to Confront Its Dark Shadows

November 16, 2012

This article from Foreign Policy reinforces an idea that China’s “state capitalism” is really just the old “national socialism” and that China needs to move quickly to avoid the mistakes of the past.  The article chronicles the stories and insights of former UBS banker He Di.  He Di paints parallels between the days of national [...]

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A Century of Presidential Elections

November 13, 2012

I found this on the Blaze today:  112 Presidential elections county by county since 1900 in a 3-minute clip!  It’s amazing to see how much has changed in our politics over the last century — and how geographically red the country remains.

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Petraeus Resigns Over Affair

November 9, 2012

Earlier today, CIA director General David Petraeus resigned his post because of an extra-marital affair with his biographer which was uncovered by the FBI.  Such a revelation becomes a national security threat since foreign nations or internal malcontents could use such information to blackmail the CIA chief.  The affair is unacceptable and deplorable behavior on [...]

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Ryan’s 2012 Election Prediction

November 5, 2012

It’s almost go-time America!  Tomorrow, there’s a major fork in the road staring at us all.  Neither direction fully solves our problems, but one leads us to the abyss a lot faster.  A President Romney will try to take on the big issues and maybe get us pushed in the right direction.  A re-elected President [...]

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George Will on the Perils of Our Entitlement Culture

October 29, 2012

Occasionally, staunch Republican establishment-types like George Will get it right.  In his latest OpEd, Will makes the case that our entitlement culture is out of control because it is essentially “mugging” our descendants to pay for the debts we compile now.  In fact, he blames both parties, particularly those Republican administrations after the Great Society [...]

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Happy 225th Constitution!

September 17, 2012

It was 225 years ago today September 17, 1787, that the Constitution was ready to be delivered to the states for ratification.  Our Constitution is the most brilliant and unique governing document ever written.  It is a document designed to create a limited government with checks and balances, enumerated powers, and a federal structure which [...]

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