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    Rush Limbaugh and the College Coed

    The popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh issued an apology on Saturday for his scathing, humorous and correct denunciation of self-described contraception activist (no, really) Sandra Fluke. In a congressional hearing arranged by Democratic lawmakers, Ms....
  • The Devil You Say

    By Mr. Curmudgeon In the great crime thriller The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey’s character says, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” And nothing quite ties our confused culture and its leaders in a knot like discussions of...
  • Leap of Faith to the White House (Part II: Truth Matters)

    *also see Part I: Leap of Faith  I am decidedly persuaded that truth matters. I am decidedly convinced that a property of truth is that it adheres fully only to true things, which is to say that truth does not adhere to things that are false. The more truth we know, the...
  • Gyno-Crats

    By Mr. Curmudgeon It was only a matter of time. After all, President Obama promised he would “fundamentally transform America.” Entitlement-addled Americans were told they would get a shiny new health-care freebee more expansive than Medicare – now heading for...
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    Appealing to the Lowest Common Denominator

    By Mr. Curmudgeon In a recent column appearing in the Daily Beast, radio talk-show host Michael Medved weighed in on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s lack of support among the GOP’s conservative base. “Mitt’s precise problem came into focus for me with an email...
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26 Mar. 2012 Posted by Mr. Curmudgeon in Mr. Curmudgeon

ObamaCare: A House Divided

“I hate it,” said Abraham Lincoln, “because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world – enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites – causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty – criticizing the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest.”

24 Mar. 2012 Posted by The Angry Man in Podcast: ITPS Weekly

Weekly ITPS: False Paradigms and the Welfare State

Listen in as the In the Public Square team discusses two recent subjects in the news cycle.  First, Mr. Curmudgeon notes the transparent media bias in the reporting of the murder in Toulouse, France of several French soldiers and a Jewish family by a “lone wolf” Muslim terrorist.  Authorities and news agencies first speculated that the murderer was probably a “right wing” neo Nazi.  Conservatives, of course are outraged.

22 Mar. 2012 Posted by Mr. Curmudgeon in Mr. Curmudgeon

The Etch A Sketch Republican

“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstorm to CNN. Romney’s front-man was explaining how his boss, the man who believes in everything and nothing, will move away from conservatism (?) so as to appeal to the nation’s soft, gooey center. “Everything changes,” continued Fehrnstorm, “It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again. But I will say, if you look at the exit polling data in Illinois, you'll see that Mitt Romney is broadly acceptable to most of the factions in the party. You have to do that in order to become the nominee …”

21 Mar. 2012 Posted by John Snyder in Through a Glass Darkly

Romney and Mormonism Part III

This is Part III in a continuing series on Romney and Mormonism. Part I, Part II

In the disposition of our character, we are either moving closer to truth or we are moving away from it.  The mind holds no static relationship to the verities.  Men are either pulling closer to the eternal, good, true and beautiful or they are flying deeper into absurdity, like planets wandering out of orbit into a void.  

20 Mar. 2012 Posted by Mr. Curmudgeon in Mr. Curmudgeon

Why GOP Elites Fear a Brokered Convention

Armies of GOP establishment-friendly commentators tell us the Republican primary process is ugly and self-destructive. Further, they insist should Romney prove incapable of gathering the necessary delegates to secure a first-ballot nomination, horror of horrors, it will result in a tumultuous brokered convention.

“The big change in American politics over the past two decades has been the decline of followership,” writes David Frum, the voice of the Republican establishment at “Party members expect the party to serve them – one major reason that both parties have drifted to the ideological extremes since the 1970s.