Political virtue-signaling

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On Sunday, the San Luis Obispo Tribune published my latest column on the Democrats vying to replace retiring Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) this fall. In the proposed headline and text of the originally submitted column, I used the phrase “political virtue-signaling.” My use doesn’t quite match the urban dictionary definition, instead I would define it […]

The Cutting Room Floor

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So, here’s some thoughts on Donald Trump’s that ended up on the cutting room floor from my weekend column. Trump’s Identity Trump also lies about who he is. Trump claims that “nobody reads the Bible more than me,” and then turns around and quotes “Two Corinthians,” rather than “Second Corinthians” and tries to put money […]

Coming this weekend

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I just hit “send” on the email containing this weekend’s column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The subject is faux Republican Donald Trump and why conservatives shouldn’t vote for him. Writing the column late last night there were quite a few paragraphs that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor. I’ll craft those into […]

Latest column

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My latest column in Sunday’s San Luis Obispo Tribune is available here. It deals with public financing of municipal elections. This bad idea was proposed by the same group fronted by anti-First Amendment crusader William Ostrander, who’s apparently running to replace the retiring Rep. Lois Capps this fall. In the past couple of days there have hilariously […]

Politics and Religion

Religion and Politics

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I’m generally not enthusiastic about politicians invoking their religion as either a sword or a shield in election battles. Most of the time it’s unseemly, and, considering what one generally has to do to make the national stage as a politician, it’s largely a façade. In the 2004 Democratic primary, former New Hampshire Gov. Howard […]

Sacramento goes on an anti-gun crusade

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In case you missed it, my weekend column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune is available here. The column focuses on many of the new anti-gun laws currently making their way through the California legislature and notes one thing they have in common: none of them would’ve stopped last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino. I […]

The Gun Laws We Have

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Yesterday, former Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee was sentenced to five years in prison on public corruption charges. (Media bias note: The Associated Press story does not identify Yee as a Democrat.) Yee made a name for himself as a legislator in a couple of ways. Video gaming sites noted that the legislator gained some notoriety […]

Expansion of the Hoystory media empire

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The local newspaper, the San Luis Obispo Tribune, has “hired” me as their conservative columnist in an expansion of the Hoystory media empire. Hired in the “you’re doing this for free” sense of the word. I’m normally opposed to working for free because that devalues my work product. (I don’t want to think about how this blog […]

No longer conservative

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The San Diego Union-Tribune has been a “conservative” newspaper for just about all of my life. That construction isn’t really accurate. The Union-Tribune editorial page has been conservative for all my life. The newsroom, like just about every American newsroom was overwhelmingly liberal. That run has ended. The paper is no longer conservative. When the Opinion Page […]