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Merkel Backs Crackdown on Free Speech On Social Media Sites

One of the things I have noticed in the last few months, as a percentage, people other than Americans and British (especially Niederlanders) have increased rather dramatically. That pleases me, and I hope they are finding what they want. Since, as far as I know, none of them have commented, I just assume that they […]

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Politically correct Stanford University bans Western Civilization

You probably heard about the vote by students at Stanford University a couple of weeks ago, but similar event occurs nearly every day on some college campus near you. Political correctness is alive and flourishing on the majority of campuses, and…

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On Campaign Finance, Bernie and Hillary Put the Cart before the Horse

Once again, I threw myself on a proverbial grenade. Yes, that means I watched politicians last night as part of the Cato Institute’s live-tweeting about issues that were raised (or not raised) in the CNN Townhall featuring Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Although painful, this exercise enabled me to share my thoughts on topics such […]

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Conservative Comedy 12/11/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Earlier this week,…

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Conservative Comedy 12/4/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Many on the…

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Forgiveness for Communist Butchers, Not for Confederate Flag

Dissent is never more courageous or more dangerous than when the lynch mob is at your door. Patriots, look out your window. The liberal media is our new lynch mob and they are on the march. If you think they are coming for your neighbor but not you, wake up and smell the ashes of the First Amendment. If you ever owned a confederate flag or graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Virginia, Pennsylvania or Kalamazoo, watch out. They know that in your heart – in your DNA, to use our Dear Leader’s terminology — you are a racist, and you must pay – not for your sins, but the sins of your ancestors, which are after all, your crimes, too. Again, remember: it’s in your DNA. You can see the mob coming, but there is really nowhere to hide. Their target is not your home, it’s your country, America. The mob has judged America racist, and the mob, Obama’s transformative, robotic mob, will not be satisfied until the America you and your ancestors knew is destroyed. Yes, it’s the confederate flag today, but it will be the American flag tomorrow. That is already happening on college campuses, […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage: A Natural Right Deemed Fundamental over Opposing Ideology

On the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex-marriage decision, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton lamented that “the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist. In so doing, the court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live.”[1] Is it not self-evident, however, that deniers of a right newly recognized would view it as manufactured in the sense of being artificial? Presumably the right of free speech is not artificial, even though it is laid out on parchment rather than a natural right sans governmental recognition. In recognizing same-sex marriage as a right under the U.S. Constitution, the high court followed in the tradition wherein rights presuppose government. Even so, the Court’s justification arguably implies that the right is natural in the fullest sense—that is, being valid even in the state of nature even if political, moral, or religious ideology objects under juridical garb.


The full essay is at “Gay Marriage Decision.”



1. Ken Paxton, Opinion No. KP-0025, June 28, 2015.

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Speak Free or Die

Mostly, as you all know, I do reasoned argument here. It’s what I’m best at, and above all, I believe in a rational society, where we take our differences and reason out to a rational conclusion, somewhere in the middle. But there is a point where that stops. That stops where one side or the […]

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California Assembly wants to kill more unborn babies

Pro-abortion liberals like to use the word “choice” when defending their support for murdering the unborn, but in reality their position has nothing to do with a woman’s right to choose. Instead, it has everything to do with the “death culture” so common with the liberal left. And if you’re a part of the abortion mill known as Planned Parenthood, you also favor the millions of dollars to be made–usually at taxpayer’s expense–with each murdered child. A new bill passed by the California Assembly proves my point. Across America, thousands of pregnancy centers have served as an alternative to abortion by providing women with tangible help and real alternatives. But pregnancy centers in California may soon find themselves forced to endorse and support abortions under legislation pending in the California legislature. The state Assembly has passed AB 775, the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, which would require all pregnancy centers to promote abortions to their clients. There is no “conscience clause” or “opt out” for centers that provide pregnant women a non-abortion alternative. Failure to comply carries heavy fines. As stated by Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), the bill is clearly unconstitutional while ignoring science: “This bill […]

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1.6 million letters tell Congress to stop ObamaNet

About a month ago, George Soro’s financially backed plan to see government control of the internet became a reality when the FCC announced its Net Neutrality regulations. These new rules altered the Title II of the Communications Act and created an environment that makes it possible for the government to regulate our computers in the same way it regulates utility and phone companies. Following this extreme power grab, the free-market advocacy group American Commitment mobilized over 500,000 concerned citizens to send letters to Congress expressing their concerns about the rise of “ObamaNet.” The total number of letters sent was over 1.6 million. Each constituent sent three letters—one to their House representative and one to each Senator. “I think they’re starting to feel some pressure up on Capitol Hill,” said Phil Kerpen, the president of American Commitment. Evidence would appear to support Mr. Kerpen’s statement. Last week, G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, became the first Democrat to announce support for Congress to stop the new regulations. Kerpen went on to say that he wasn’t surprised by the backlash considering the possible consequences of the law, pointing to a Rasmussen poll conducted last year that showed 68% of respondents concerned that FCC regulation […]

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Pope Francis, Hypocrite

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Pope Francis made the news today with an interesting statement on freedom of speech.

The Pope, while en route to the Philippines decided to weigh in on the Charlie Hebdo controversy.

Pope Francis described freedom of speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good. But…there were limits:

By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasbarri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

“If my good friend Dr. Gasbarri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said half-jokingly, throwing a mock punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

Now the Pope of course condemned the killings, saying such horrific violence in God’s name couldn’t be justified and was an “aberration.” But he said a reaction of some sort was to be expected.

“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasbarri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”

I have to admit I find his use of the word “aberration” to describe what happened in Paris astonishing. Has he been living in a bubble? Christians are being murdered all over the Middle East and in Africa by Muslims, and terrorism in the name of Islam has been epidemic. An aberration? Really?

That aside, I find I agree with some of what he said. People whom deliberately insult someone’s religion – as opposed to being critical of its practices and ideology, which ought to be fair game – should expect a reaction.

So…where was this Pope’s reaction to the deliberate insults and canards thrown at Christianity by the rabidly secular Left since he put on the Papal Mitre? Asleep in that same bubble?

And what about Jews? The most hideous libels and slanders are thrown at Jews and Judaism every day in Europe and the Middle East. Mainstream articles in ME papers repeatedly use cartoons Der Stürmer would have been proud to print, Hitler’s Mein Kampf in Arabic is a bestseller and many Muslim imams demonize Jews and call for their death and destruction on a regular basis in their Friday sermons.

 

Meanwhile, Israeli flags with a Mogen Dovid, a Jewish religious symbol on them are burned every day in Europe and in the Arab World. The Pope has said nothing about any of this. In fact, he’s actually criticized Israel for its ‘reactions’ to this insult to their religion.

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Yet, all of a sudden, this Pontiff is already jumping in and making excuses for the violent  Muslim reaction to cartoons in Charlie Hebdo. When Muslims do it, of course it’s wrong but you have to understand their justified rage.

This sort of anal hypocrisy is indefensible in someone who seeks to be a moral arbiter and the leader of the Catholic Faith. Or is it just naked cowardice, as it was with his predecessor Benedict?

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Free speech banned in public schools

When conservatives point out the obvious liberal bent in public education, along with the absence of teaching anything dealing with morality, we are often treated to a chorus of politically correct excuses for their behavior; sprinkled with a good dose of “we don’t want to offend ‘x’ group,” and topped off with a reminder that the Constitution requires a separation of Church and State—which of course, it doesn’t. Still, recent actions by school districts across the nation remind us how important it is to take back our public education system from the liberals and their high-priced teacher’s unions. For instance, school officials at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas demanded that a 13-year-old girl remove her  T-shirt that read: “Virginity Rocks.” The reason? “They said the shirt could cause a classroom disruption and contained sexual content. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity.” Sexually transmitted diseases. Teenage pregnancy. Thousands of teenage abortions. And the geniuses at Ramay Jr. High School are worried about the word “virginity?” Would the word “abstinence” be OK? Wait a minute. What am I thinking? You aren’t allowed to teach abstinence in schools because it’s “religious,” even though it is the only 100% effective method to avoid the […]

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Chuck Schumer wants to kill free speech, but he’s not alone

The Democrats have now suffered two consecutive free speech defeats before the Supreme Court. In both cases, liberals wanted to control the money individuals (McCutcheon vs. FEC) and corporations (Citizens United vs. FEC) could contribute to political campaigns; and as we all know, nothing upsets a Democrat more than too much money for an election—unless it’s coming from George Soros. You would think that politicians on both sides of the aisle would embrace the court’s commitment to protect the Constitution, but you would be wrong. Senate Democrats plan to vote this year on a constitutional amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would overturn these two court cases. Free speech be damned! “The Supreme Court is trying to take this country back to the days of the robber barons, allowing dark money to flood our elections. That needs to stop, and it needs to stop now,” said Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who announced the plan. The only way to undo the damage the court has done is to pass Senator Udall’s amendment to the Constitution, and Senate Democrats are going to try to do that,” he said. Liberals won’t even consider a balanced budget amendment, but if […]

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Big Government Is the Disease that Enables Corruption, Campaign Contriibutions Are Merely a Possible Symptom

When I write about the importance of understanding the difference between a disease and its symptoms, I’m almost always seeking to help people understand why it’s important to focus on the problem of government spending rather than the side-effect of government borrowing. But the same analogy is useful when looking at issues such as lobbying […] . . . → Read More: Big Government Is the Disease that Enables Corruption, Campaign Contriibutions Are Merely a Possible Symptom . . . → Read More: Big Government Is the Disease that Enables Corruption, Campaign Contriibutions Are Merely a Possible Symptom

Obama’s political IRS, free speech targeting and campaign finance

That the treatment of so many tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax exempt status by the Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service has been a scandal is not dependent on evidence of specific direction from the White House nor even that only the 501(c)(4) applications of Republican opponents were delayed; inside-the-beltway conventional wisdom to the contrary. But that such political targeting had taken | Read More » . . . → Read More: Obama’s political IRS, free speech targeting and campaign finance . . . → Read More: Obama’s political IRS, free speech targeting and campaign finance

Fanning the spark into flame

At yesterday’s Congressional Hearing on IRS targeting of Conservative Groups, Tea Party leader Karen Kenney gave this moving testimony, which every citizen should read or watch. Every day, we get more and more evidence that the IRS has engaged in a campaign of suppression, harassment, and intimidation of conservative groups. They mostly targeted small groups […] . . . → Read More: Fanning the spark into flame . . . → Read More: Fanning the spark into flame

The pendelum swings both ways

When I was in high school and college, I had a number of teachers and professors who loved Voltaire’s* famous quote, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!” (Always stated in grand tones, sweeping gestures.) That’s been replaced with the pithier: “Faster pussycat, kill, […] . . . → Read More: The pendelum swings both ways . . . → Read More: The pendelum swings both ways

My big news

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Freedom Works’ BlogCon. (A huge thank you to Kristina Ribali and all the wonderful people at Freedom Works for putting on an excellent and informative conference.) I learned a lot and met some great people including Tiffany Madison, who encouraged me to apply to write for The Washington Times […] . . . → Read More: My big news . . . → Read More: My big news