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TCR Curated List 2016-06-24

DisneyPrincessesReviewing the top thoughtful conservative comments and news items of the day:

After the massacre in Orlando, it’s finally time for a defenseless community to arm itself.  And the help that the LGBT community is getting makes you wonder why so many idiots on the left just automatically bark that conservatives, especially conservative Christians “hate” the community.  It is an unfair generalization, as proved by the story above and an earlier one regarding an Orlando Chick-fil-a that opened uncharacteristically on Sunday to feed blood donors supporting those injured in the shooting.

Related to Orlando, Iowa’s Shane Vander Hart nails it again by calmly explaining to the US Attorney General that she is, well, at best an unconvincing tool, at worst, a lying snake.…


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A Little Sanity?

Recommended ReadingAs I was perusing various conservative writers this evening, this commentary from Gracy Olmstead  at The American Conservative really connected with me.  Try to look past Gracy’s perspective on the presidential candidates comments and consider the overriding message of this piece found in the latter part of the post… I think it is worth the read.…


Happy Memorial Day?

Memorial DayI don’t know why we offer a wish of Happiness on Memorial Day, unless it is to balance out the despair we should feel over the loss of our friends and family over the years on the field of battle.  I don’t mean to sound morose, but it seems like a day like today should be entered into with quiet respect for the sacrifices of the dead and the living, both those who served and their families.

Many of us, I believe, do not spend this day contemplating the things that this day is meant to make us think about.  For most of us, this is a day off of work, an opportunity to spend time with our families, to hold a picnic or just …


Marriage?

 

First,  let me say that the USSC’s recent (non-)decision was the correct and logical one, if the only issue was the law and the wording within the Constitution. The choice, you see,  was made the moment government made being married a legal matter, hundreds of years ago. That said, however, there are larger things at work, here.

One of the advantages of having a huge library of previous writings on file, is the ability to refer back to those writings and those positions. Saves much in the way of repetitive writing and also, gives you a checkpoint on your own consistency. Back in 2004, I wrote a comment over at Dan Drezner’s place, which addresses some of the issues aside from the law, …


Detroit: Coming Your Way

Detroit BankruptSunday potluck with the extended family. It turns out I am the ‘Detroit’ of the family; the lost age of promise still lingers in the wreckage.

Detroit was the place that epitomized the whole “American Dream” sales pitch, where anybody could scrape up a second chance and win a decent living for yourself and your family. The landless, the uneducated, the minor hooligans, and even people so stupid that they wasted their youthful years chasing graduate degrees could get a fresh start in work that mattered and be rewarded their efforts. Detroit got there first.

It ended long ago, but a car can still roll on for a while after engine cuts out. It is now grinding to a halt; the final halt.

All the


David Stockman is Right, and We Should Probably Be Afraid

Iowa Politics Money Chess TaxesFormer Michigan Congressman and Reagan Budget Director David Stockman’s new book “The Great Deformation” provoked a flurry of insult and ridicule when it first came out back in April. I’m late to the party because as a law school graduate I spend all of my spare cash on liquor; in fact, I have not yet read the book. Fortunately for me, book tour promotional speeches are readily available on Youtube, and Stockman has no instinct for holding back.

Here is the gist; the Bretton Woods Conference made the dollar the reserve currency of the world, it was gold-based until 1971 when Nixon decided to let it float free, allowing the US to run endless trade deficits with mercantilist, export-led industrializing countries in East Asia. Along …


Independence… An Illusion?

independence day celebration july 4 1776 AmericaI bring you Independence Day greetings, intentionally a day late. I hope that your celebration yesterday was everything you hoped it would be!

I say intentional because I didn’t want to spoil yesterday’s festivities with the rant you are about to endure.

For over two hundred years we have celebrated the day that the Second Continental Congress finally agreed to tell King George that enough was enough, and that we (the 13 British colonies in North America) were ready to form an independent government and discontinue the disproportionate transfer of resources back to the motherland.

This came from men who were themselves fiercely independent. They could not have imagined running their businesses, their homes, their very lives under the direction and scrutiny of anyone other …


South Carolina Republicans Embarrass GOP

sanford 2Last Week Steven Colbert said the results of Tuesday’s special election to fill a South Carolina House seat ‘scared him to his core’—I couldn’t agree more.

Of course he was referring to disgraced Republican Governor Mark Sanford completing his political comeback by beating Colbert’s sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch (54% to 45%) on Tuesday night.  Sanford’s victory came despite him being less than four years removed from weaving a web of lies that included cheating on his wife and leaving the country during his term as governor to be with his mistress.

What were they thinking?

The only justification for voting en mass for such a man was that palmetto Republicans didn’t at all like Ms. Colbert Bush.  I’m not saying I blame them since even …


The Conflict of the Generations

gen gap cartoonA recent story from CNBC is claiming that young job seekers are flunking job interviews because they don’t know enough to avoid sending text messages during the actual interview.

Personally I think that the story was largely propaganda to cover up the dreadful employment prospects of recent college graduates, but for the sake of argument let us assume that it is true.

Let us say that we take children from their parents at the age of four or five, lock them up for thirteen years in K-12 public school, sucker them into blowing another half-decade under the instruction of college professors, and when they can’t find jobs when they graduate it is because they don’t know how to act, and that it is their fault.…


Die Law Schools, Die!

law schools 2Law school applications are declining sharply according to the New York Times, which is reporting a projected 38 percent decline from 2010 application levels.

When they failed to find jobs, law graduates took to the internet in droves to spread the word about their predicament, and finally the American Bar Association demanded more employment information from law schools. Before that, schools could count a graduate working part-time as a janitor as “employed,” and could thus report a 91 percent employment rate for their law school graduates.

No longer. The ABA now demands information regarding the type of employment; full-time or part-time, practicing law or not, law-related or not, and the numbers are terrible.

In response, law schools have shown about as much sympathy as one …