The Re-Education of Artie Shaw

84 years ago famed songwriter Cole Porter took a south Pacific cruise to Fiji to do a little work. If you’re under the age of 50, you might not know who Cole Porter is. But if you’ve ever heard Frank Sinatra, you’ve definitely heard Cole Porter; half of Sinatra’s repertoire was probably written by the…

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How to Say “F You” Like a British Aristocrat

A letter dated August 1812 from the Duke of Wellington Sir Arthur Wellesley, to the British War Office during the Peninsular War against Napoleon: ——————————————————- Gentlemen: Whilst marching to Portugal to a position which commands the approach to Madrid and the French forces, my officers have been diligently complying with your request which has been…

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The Real House of Cards

Last night’s State of the Union address was fascinating and provocative on many levels. I’ve been contemplating it ever since, and it’s been interesting to see people’s reactions. On the Right, a common reoccurring theme has been “this is the best SOTU I’ve seen since Reagan!” Many have even gone so far as to call…

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Gun Safety Classes Save Lives

This is the full version of an op-ed I wrote, published in the Des Moines Register on December 27, 2018. Click here to read the published version. Within moments of the announcement that two rural northern Iowa school districts would be offering optional firearms safety classes to their students, the diminutive and perpetually cranky anti-freedom…

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Hold the High Ground

To my Republican and conservative friends, These past few days have seen a lot of conjecture regarding the motives, checkered past, and political agenda of Cesar Sayoc, the Florida mail bomber. And while I’ll admit to engaging in some unserious conspiracy theory speculation for amusement among friends, events like this serve as a good time…

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Not Just a Good Movie

25 years ago today these two men, Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart, were killed in action during the Battle of Mogadishu after willingly and knowingly dropping in via helicopter to protect downed Black Hawk pilot Michael Durant, who survived and is alive and well today. If you’ve never read “Black Hawk Down” or attended one…

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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. “Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of…

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