November 11, 2016
Election aftermath

Before Tuesday night's election, the worry among many in the media was how Donald Trump supporters would respond once Hillary Clinton's victory was official. This wasn't necessarily a hollow concern; in the election aftermath some Trump supporters had vowed to protest and a handful had even suggested the need to resort to violence if the […]

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November 9, 2016
President-elect Trump

So, Donald Trump is president-elect. For the first time in about 20 years I spent election night on a date with my wife and enjoyed a movie (Doctor Strange—Very fun.) instead of glued to the TV and internet watching as returns rolled in. I entered last night knowing that no matter who won I wouldn't […]

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October 31, 2016
Libertarian Party prognosis

For my Sunday column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, I interviewed local Libertarian Party president and perennial U.S. Senate candidate Gail Lightfoot. My talk with Lightfoot lasted for just over an hour and, while there are some things upon which we disagree, our areas of agreement are broader than those I would have with the […]

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October 17, 2016
My weekend column and other thoughts

My weekend column for the local media outlet, the San Luis Obispo Tribune is available and it focuses on the contempt too many politicians—both left and right—have for our constitution. I think we'd have a much less divided and contentious nation if there was less government meddling in places where it has no constitutional sanction. The […]

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September 22, 2016
Debate moderators should facilitate, not fact-check

The inclusion of “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace as one of the moderators for this fall’s presidential debates sparked a firestorm when he told colleague and media reporter Howard Kurtz that it wasn’t his job as a moderator to fact-check the candidates during the actual debate. I do not believe that it is my […]

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April 18, 2016
The Cutting Room Floor

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 […]

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April 14, 2016
Coming this weekend

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 […]

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March 27, 2016
Religion and Politics

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 […]

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February 16, 2016
No longer conservative

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 […]

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January 20, 2016
SMOD 2016

The 2016 presidential race has finally reached the point where I am hoping and praying for SMOD 2016 to win the election. For those of you unfamiliar with SMOD, it's the Sweet Meteor of Death, a meteor of extinction level power that would spell the end of every life on earth. It's the candidate we […]

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I'll take a look at dude's new book, but this tweet isn't promising. Watts is a self-aggrandizing extremist whose easily debunked smears have done a lot of damage to her own cause. Also, within pro-gun-control circles everyone knows she's toxic, & Busse surely knows this. https://twitter.com/ryandbusse/status/1450623648067248128

Ryan Busse@ryandbusse

It’s time for reasonable gun owners to cry bullshit on those who demonize good people like @shannonrwatts who are just fighting to make the world better. As Shannon says…it’s also time to buy this book. http://www.ryanbusseauthor.com

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