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Sarah Palin, Clement Clarke Moore, and the Villainous Hordes of Thuggish Carolers: The Story of the Real War on Christmas

The War on Christmas in American was very real, and was won decisively in the 19th century. Tod Kelly explains why everything you think you know about Christmas is wrong.

A Bloggy Puttanesca: Now with Government Shutdowns, Tea Parties, Trucker Protests and Confederate Flags!

Quick thoughts on the continued government shutdown, this weekend’s Trucker Protest and Veteran’s March, the Washington Redskins, the Confederate flag, and the true meaning of populism.

Some thoughts on Obama’s memorial service remarks

About halfway through Obama’s speech on Wednesday – I think it was just after he used the phrase “moral imagination” – I turned to my fiancé and said, “You think Palin is thinking, ‘wow, this is what I should have said.’”  In truth, probably not.  For such a thought to cross her mind, she would…

Happy Meal Conservatism

This is an appropriate time to turn back, once again, to one of my favorite John Derbyshire pieces published waybackwhen in The American Conservative: How Radio Wrecks the Right. A long excerpt: Taking the conservative project as a whole—limited government, fiscal prudence, equality under law, personal liberty, patriotism, realism abroad—has talk radio helped or hurt?…

Julian Assange: bank account closed, prepares to meet with police, face talking-point wrath of GOP hopefuls

“In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.” Ron Paul To illustrate the divide between Ron Paul and the likely field of GOP presidential contenders, we shall turn to Daniel McCarthy: Sarah Palin: “He is an anti-American operative with blood…

Personal Politics

Since the wattage of Palin-mania is currently at full blast, causing rolling blog brown outs, I think it’s worth stepping back for a second and discussing what is and isn’t valuable information when studying a politician’s personal life/biography. So here’s my running theory on politicians.  And here I’m thinking high-level ones.  e.g. Someone willing to…

The Iron Binary and Reagan’s Succession Crisis

By Kyle (of Vogue Republic) In the grand discussion of where should Conservative leaders lead and where do they go, it’s important to get a good lay of the land, a solid bearing of where Republicans and Conservatives are, and an accurate reading of where the competition is. Building off of Mark’s exploration of the…

Begetting Worse Politicians

Responding to Scott’s argument (with which I agree almost entirely) that Andrew Sullivan’s obsession with Sarah Palin is counterproductive to good politics, Jaybird commented: As someone who was temporarily under the impression that Sarah Palin was not “just another” and who has come to find that, no, she is “just another”, I find the opposition…

a quote for the afternoon

“Dudes and Dudettes, … it’s July 2009. You are all taking this wayyyy too seriously. I wish I thought it was all only about grabbing Palin traffic, but I fear it’s worse that that. The woman is starting to make the Right appear as unhinged as the Left. Chill out.” ~ Dan Riehl on the abundance…

Sarah Sarah Quite Contraire

This explanation of Gov. Palin’s resignation seems to me to make the most sense (h/t Sam Stein): [See Updates Below for counter explanation] The head of the Republican Governor’s Association said on Friday that in emails sent to him moments before she announced her resignation as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin discussed expanding the role…

In defense of snark

I have to disagree with many of the recent responses to Freddie’s attack on Robert Stacy McCain, namely his use of snark and less than kind words on the subject of Palin-worship, the recent rise in faux-populism, etc. that is ransacking the Republican Party and poisoning modern movement conservatism from within.  Since when are conservatives…