The Broken California GOP

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My weekend column for the San Luis Obispo Tribune can be found here and if features a discussion with San Luis Obispo County Republican chairman Al Fonzi on the broken California GOP and the realization that having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket will do nothing to help heal it. Fonzi is one of those […]

VA Hospitals aren’t Disneyland

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Today, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald uttered what may be the dumbest words said by someone in the federal government until the next time Vice President Joe Biden steps in front of a camera. At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, McDonald said: “When you got to Disney, do they measure the number […]

War on the 2nd Amendment

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While guns sales have soared over the past two decades, violent crime has gone down. Not that most Americans know that, or are being told that by Democrats who reflexively talk about a “gun violence epidemic” that isn’t actually happening. This is their War on the 2nd Amendment. While much of the country has come […]

Common sense prohibited

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The San Luis Obispo Tribune has published my latest column on school administrators and their unthinking adherence to “the rules.” The long and short of it: When this kid wants to go to prom, you find a way to make it happen. The community has rallied to put on a special prom for Jared Springer, and he […]

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 […]