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A Cautionary Tale: The Story Behind My Twitter Rant

By on Mar 24, 2015 | 11 comments

** Editors Note: I asked Rick if he would publish this story here. The reason being, I was a victim of one of this woman’s scams. In the story you’ll see a reference to a political consulting firm. That’s me and another friend – a real friend. The con artist used to be affiliated with this site, but no longer. – Jay Caruso ** —– This is a cautionary social media tale and the story of a long con, executed over months and years.  It was a con pulled on a network of smart, capable people with good hearts, with us at its center. I’ll let you look up this con artist’s name if you want to know it.  By now, if you’re following this story, you’ll already know it or could find her with a Google search. She was active in Florida politics and conservative Twitter. She would impress anyone as intelligent, kind, funny, always...

Three Reasons Why Ted Cruz’s Presidential Announcement is Good for All GOPers

By on Mar 23, 2015 | 2 comments

Senator Ted Cruz is running for President — and whether you support him, if you’re a conservative, this is good news. From Yahoo!: Sen. Ted Cruz showed he was a candidate in a hurry early Monday morning, announcing his presidential candidacy on Twitter just after midnight, several hours before the official launch at the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Monday morning. The Texas Republican’s choice of Liberty University for Monday’s speech indicates he plans an aggressive courtship of cultural conservatives and young voters. Cruz became the first high-profile Republican to officially enter the 2016 contest even though, like others, he has been campaigning in all but name for many months. Ahead of his speech, Cruz turned to social media and tweeted: “I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” Ted Cruz rose to...

Ben Carson, Meet Mike Rowe

By on Mar 19, 2015 | 1 comment

It happens over and over again. Someone stands up and says something wise and true about the state of our country – in policy, politics or culture. Their voice is clear and refreshing. Conservatives stand and applaud, as we should. Then we try to ruin a good thing. This newfound social commentator is invited to speak at partisan events. He is given space to write in ideological magazines. Right-leaning people ponder aloud about the possibility of his running for president. In other words, conservatives get really un-conservative. It has never been a part of conservative thought that politicizing issues makes them better. Nor have conservatives traditionally looked to one man – not even the president; perhaps especially not the president – to solve the nation’s problems. At least, not until recently. The latest to go from common sense social commentator to partisan savior of America is...

Walker’s Business Decision On Liz Mair: A Bad One

By on Mar 18, 2015 | 2 comments

I think a stronger word is more applicable but I didn’t want to be so gauche. It’s no secret that people are aware of my affinity for Scott Walker. What he’s been able to do in the blue state of Wisconsin has been remarkable and his ability to fend off the silliest of Democratic attacks has been admirable. That said, he has stumbled a bit out of the gate which is to be expected. We live in a world of news that is updated by the second. Something happens in the world and we know about it right away. As such, candidate missteps are going to face far more scrutiny than they ever have before. That’s just how the game is played these days. However, it also means that such missteps will barely be remembered within weeks, sometimes days. The news cycle moves so fast, so many things simply do no matter after some time. Anybody remember how badly Steve Scalise’s...

Virginia Takes First Step to Expand School Choice

By on Mar 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Some happy news for advocates of school choice in Virginia: before concluding its session in early March, the General Assembly passed a resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that would potentially make it easier to establish charter schools in the Commonwealth. This is a crucial first step in the process of empowering parents and students to chart the course of their own education. Introduced by Senator Mark Obenshain, Senate Joint Resolution 256 would empower the Virginia Board of Education to authorize charter schools directly. This is in contrast to the current arrangement, wherein charters must be authorized by the public school division. Those who follow the issue of school choice will no doubt understand the reluctance of these public school divisions to establish competition for themselves. As Obenshain explains, in Virginia there is a need for this...

School Choice And Family Autonomy

By on Mar 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Passions ooze out of everyone who participates in the abortion discussion. Or maybe I should say the “Right to Life” debate.  The “Reproductive Rights” debate?  The “Abortion” debate? Maybe something like the “Woman’s Autonomy” debate? The topic is so loaded that even calling it something reveals your position. We see a similar phenomenon with the gay rights debate: Is it the “Marriage Rights” debate? The “Human Rights” debate? The “Same-Sex Marriage” debate? It seems as if everyone feels they have a stake in if and how others exist, and the options available for their bodies. This is not simply a left vs. right battle, either. The issues are not simply about  what others should (be permitted to) do, but also how policy should be directed how they do it Really though, it’s not like any of this is news. While we are all passionately discussing what people are and what they do with...

Does Obama Love America?

By on Mar 5, 2015 | 0 comments

I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America…. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country. Harsh words from former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Red meat for donors? After his remarks at a New York fundraiser were roundly denounced by liberals, Giuliani walked back, contextualized and really reworded his statement so as to be less a criticism of Obama’s heart than of his effects. “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance,” he wrote. Maybe. It really does raise the question, however, of whether Obama really does love America. To some, the answer seems obvious, the First Lady herself,...