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phoenix-1440452_960_7201Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the blog of the Conservative Union has risen again. We got wiped out a while back, and I’ve postponed rebuilding because WordPress is just so very much not fun, but everything is now restored.

There may be some issues with layout or images on the older restored posts, and if you find some of that, please let me know.

 

 

Backup Plans, we all need them

business-1370952_960_7201It’s good to have multiple options, that goes for sharing political opinion as well as anything else.

It’s far too easy for trolls and mischief makers to get people’s account suspended or shut down. It’s far too easy for them to get entire blogs wiped out. They’ve figured out that just ganging up on one profile or site and complaining to the owner can get voices shut down.

I fully expect the bullying and the restrictions on free speech to get worse, pehaps much worse. We all need to be planning alternate routes, alternate means to connect, have a backup plan.

If you only get your message out via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube or any of the other social media outlets – you’re vulnerable.

You should publish your work in multiple places, and at least one of those places should be relatively independent.

This blog is NOT hosted by WordPress or Google. It’s not AS vulnerable. It’s backed up offsite.

If you’re interested in publishing here, just as an alternate to your primary blog, or as a place to post something that you’d want to share to multiple social media networks, get in touch.

In the meantime, I’ll be cross-posting stuff here, just in case.

Conservatives – We’re a Family, Not a Collective

Today’s Democrat Party is the Borg – remember when they were first introduced? The big bad. There was simply no way to stop them. But of course, the Federation won. More than that, the crew of the Enterprise won – because they behaved like the family that they are.

The power of a family to stop a collective is well known – even to the statists that created the Star Trek world.

We have to realize that we’re a family, and define ourselves clearly, as we really are, and use that power to win. It’s not easy, of course, but it is possible.

We discuss all of that, with geekiness and humor.

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

http://www.thepartyofchoice.com/articles1/family-versus-collective-by-andy-peth

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420055/conservatism-definition-difficult-produce

Seven Liberal Pieties That Only the Right Still Believes

Liberals Outraged At Mike Rowe Again. His Best Response Ever…

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The Conservative Ghetto

Lefty writers and bloggers and experts are just quoted as writers, bloggers, or experts. Conservatives are ALWAYS given the adjective “conservative consultant” or “ultra-conservative blog”. We sometimes do the same – describing our products as “the conservative daily show” or whatever. The media separates us out, otherizing us. Why do we have to do the same? And is it sometimes helpful? We had a good discussion about the good and bad of that. It all depends on context.

Then we had a rather interesting discussion about music and whether or not you can keep listening to an artist after you know they have crazy politics.

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Lewis ‘s The Conservative Ghetto – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/06/10/opinion-conservative-journalists-should-get-out-of-the-ghetto/

Ace Response – http://minx.cc:1080/?post=357278

Jazz shaw at Hot Air – http://hotair.com/archives/2015/06/11/welcome-to-the-conservative-ghetto/

COGOP – http://coloradopols.com/diary/72373/the-strange-story-of-the-coup-attempt-within-the-colo-republican-party#sthash.ytulqDSN.TlZ0rFrc.dpbs

Peart Discussion – https://www.facebook.com/bryden3/posts/10204533065153201?comment_id=10204533313279404&offset=0&total_comments=16&notif_t=feed_comment

Firing Lines – Selling the Second Amendment – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/firing-lines/

Airport Open Carry Stunt Leads to Predictable Gun Ban Legislation – http://bearingarms.com/airport-open-carry-stunt-leads-predictable-gun-ban-legislation/

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Authenticity and Integrity Matter

This week’s theme was authenticity and integrity – and the ways that they matter to the conservative movement, and the culture in general.

The Red Cross came under fire for their lack of integrity in handling the massive amount of funds they got for Haiti. Some college students lack the integrity to pay back the loans that they knowingly took. 

There’s a lack of authenticity and integrity in the left’s argument against over the counter birth control, against the words that we use in our everyday lives, and in their criticism of Marco Rubio – for being an everyday kind of guy.

It’s just all kinds of crazy, so we talked about it.

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Red Cross – Half a Billion Dollars and 6 Homes – https://www.propublica.org/article/how-the-red-cross-raised-half-a-billion-dollars-for-haiti-and-built-6-homes

Why NPR and Pro Publica Look into Red Cross – http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/06/05/412071811/behind-the-story-what-made-npr-look-into-red-cross-efforts-in-haiti

Corruption Index – http://www.transparency.org/cpi2014/results

Nine Reasons why Corruption is a Destroyer of Human Prosperity – http://blogs.worldbank.org/futuredevelopment/nine-reasons-why-corruption-destroyer-human-prosperity

Slate Protests Student Loan Default Op Ed – http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2015/06/08/lee_siegel_new_york_times_op_ed_is_this_the_worst_op_ed_ever_written_about.html

Original Default Article – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/opinion/sunday/why-i-defaulted-on-my-student-loans.html?_r=1

Kevin Williamson – Student-Loan Deadbeats: Fashionable Theft –
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419492/student-loan-deadbeats-fashionable-theft-kevin-d-williamson

Free Beacon Calls Siegel a Sociopath – http://freebeacon.com/blog/sociopath-explains-why-hes-above-paying-off-his-debts/

How One Family Avoided Debt – http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/01/how-my-family-escaped-the-college-rat-race/

War on Women Update at Think Progress – http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/06/06/3664772/well-talk-war-women-2016/

OTC Birth Control Blocked by Democrats – http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/244448-senate-dems-rebuke-gops-over-the-counter-birth-control-bill

Bloody Awful – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/bloody-awful/

The Real Reason Planned Parenthood Trashes OTC Birth Control – http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/10/the-real-reason-planned-parenthood-trashes-otc-birth-control/

Sommers on the Wage Gap – http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/01/no-women-don-t-make-less-money-than-men.html

Study finds, surprisingly, that women are favored for jobs in STEM – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/14/study-finds-surprisingly-that-women-are-favored-for-jobs-in-stem/

Banned Words for Social Justice Warriors – http://mashable.com/2015/06/04/ally-vocabulary-banned-words/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfazBxeXM0dzZ3Y2huMHF5eiJ9

Jon Gabriel – The Progressive Comedy Pause – https://ricochet.com/jerry-seinfeld-and-the-progressive-comedy-pause/

Rubio the Scofflaw – http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/06/09/nyt-the-rubios-were-totally-broke-when-they-were-younger-guys-n2010147

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Feminism goes crazy, apparently so does everyone – except Hillary fans

Feminist on feminist violence – no it’s not a porn movie, it might be the beginning of a return to normality – maybe, perhaps. We discuss the concept of transgenders and the newest “don’t call it a disability” transableism. How can we think and speak about these things with compassion and understanding – that doesn’t pretend there’s nothing wrong here? There IS a right and wrong, enabling mental illness isn’t the way, but we have to be careful to recognize what is and isn’t illness and to be compassionate with all sufferers. 

There was some action on the Patriot Act / Freedom Act – and a politician went overboard in his rhetoric. Nothing unusual, but when that politician is also in the middle of a campaign for President, overheated rhetoric and getting carried away takes on additional meaning. We discuss Rand Paul.

And for our moment of schadenfreude – Hillary scheduled a speech to women, about women’s issues. Couldn’t sell enough tickets so had to invite men. Her campaign is just blazing a path across the land. Can you FEEL the excitement?

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe – http://chronicle.com/article/Sexual-Paranoia/190351/

Feminist Professor Hit with Title IX Suit – http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/29/laura_kipnis_title_ix_investigation_feminism_political_correctness_controversy.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=556a202204d301414d000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Beginning of the End of PC – http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419163/laura-kipniss-incredible-ordeal-and-beginning-end-pc-david-french

I’m a Liberal Professor and My Liberal Students Terrify Me – http://www.vox.com/2015/6/3/8706323/college-professor-afraid
Media Matters hits AP on Treatment of Jenner – http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/06/01/associated-press-violates-its-own-transgender-g/203829

Milo Yiannopoulos on Steven Crowder – http://louderwithcrowder.com/milo-yiannopoulos-educates-crowder-on-gamergate-and-feminism/

JD’s article ‘On Privilege’ – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/on-privilege-2/

Milo’s ‘Trans-Black’ video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXvYlD7Gkew

Choosing to be Disabled – http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/becoming-disabled-by-choice-not-chance-transabled-people-feel-like-impostors-in-their-fully-working-bodies

Transabled – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/chloe-jennings-white_n_3625033.html

Rand and the Division in the GOP – http://ace.mu.nu/archives/357054.php

Democrats Fundraising Trouble – http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/us/politics/democrats-seek-a-richer-roster-to-match-gop-in-2016-election.html?referrer=&_r=0

Hillary’s Female Fundraiser Flops – http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/01/hillary-clinton-opens-women-only-fundraiser-to-men-after-nobody-buys-tickets/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

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Equality, Charity, and Caring

A new wrinkle in the LGBT “equality” movement, the latest Clinton Foundation mess, government mandated “charity”, and whether or not Social Justice Warriors care about REAL people,

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

LGBT Jeweler Refund Story – http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418801/tolerant-jeweler-who-harbored-impure-opinion-same-sex-marriage-charles-c-w-cooke

Singapore: A Fascinating Alternative To The Welfare State – http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2015/03/31/singapore-a-fascinating-alternative-to-the-welfare-state/

Welfare Reform, Look to Singapore – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/welfare-messaging-look-to-singapore/

French Supermarkets Forced to Donate Unsold Food – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3092932/Supermarkets-forced-unsold-food-charities-news-laws-aimed-reducing-waste-France.html

At Sea in an Alien Culture – http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418830/sea-alien-culture-where-normal-defined-deviant-quin-hillyer?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5563b12f04d301152b000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

The Party of Choice Tomorrowland Review – http://www.thepartyofchoice.com/movie-reviews/choice-movie-reviews-tomorrowland-by-andy-peth

Clinton Foundation and Arms Dealing – http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2015/05/26/clintons-state-department-approved-weapons-deals-to-governments-who-made-donations-to-their-foundation-n2003917

A Stark Contrast – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/a-stark-contrast/

Pantsuit t and pillow @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/603236232026546176

Bimbo repellant @TheMOrningSpew https://twitter.com/TheMorningSpew/status/603219184512737280

Advanced fighter jets @JackieKPGH https://twitter.com/JackieKPGH/status/603231768704090112

Support ho’s – @brakinggnus https://twitter.com/brakinggnus/status/603243488168255489

Electromagnet – @andrewpcurrier https://twitter.com/andrewpcurrier/status/603245911796494336

Exterior paint – @Imaumbn https://twitter.com/Imaumbn/status/603261361355763712

Mao jackets @pRESIDENT_ALIEN https://twitter.com/pRESIDENT_ALIEN/status/603264155324407809

Uranium one stock – @gamurgis https://twitter.com/gamurgis/status/603273008355094528

Uranium mine @CrankyGordon https://twitter.com/CrankyGordon/status/603202165973360640

Money out of politics t – @JackieKPGH https://twitter.com/JackieKPGH/status/603203851055955968

Wh china set @dbright21 https://twitter.com/Dbright21/status/603210529948106752

Discount integrity @airess https://twitter.com/Airess/status/603211146225582080

Bosnian sniper Halloween costume @histreader https://twitter.com/HistReader/status/603216521721155585

Blame game @ag_texas https://twitter.com/ag_texas/status/603199831037771776

 

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Amtrak, Nail Salons, Unions

Not every disaster or problem can be solved with more Federal dollars. That’s a message our brethren on the left haven’t learned, and one that we have to keep teaching the public at large. The Amtrak derailment was not a result of cuts in infrastructure spending.

Not every abused population can be saved with more government regulation. That’s a message our brethren on the left haven’t learned, and one that we have to keep teaching the public at large. Human rights abuses of illegal (and legal) Vietnamese immigrants in the nail salon industry are not a result of too few laws covering estheticians. More stringent cosmetology licenses aren’t the answer.

Again, and still, with the minimum wage discussion. We have to keep reminding ourselves and the public that it’s about Unions getting more money and power for themselves. Higher minimum wage makes finding a job harder for those entering the labor force. The first rung on the wage ladder is removed. Minimum wage employees suffer the most when minimum wage is raised.

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Amtrak – http://thefederalist.com/2015/05/13/amtrak-derailment-highlights-lefts-theodicy-of-federal-government/

Nails – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/nyregion/at-nail-salons-in-nyc-manicurists-are-underpaid-and-unprotected.html?referrer=

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/05/05/tippi-hedren-vietnamese-refugees-nail-industry

Labor Unions and Minimum Wage – http://watchdog.org/218719/union-kill-jobs/

Obama Talks about Poverty – http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/051315-752527-obama-poverty-speech-attacks-wealthy.htm

https://www.aim.org/on-target-blog/watch-obama-blames-fox-news-not-his-policies-for-poverty/

Game of Thrones – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2015/05/19/game-of-thrones-has-always-been-a-show-about-rape/?postshare=6441432076026476

http://freebeacon.com/blog/breaking-westeros-is-a-terrible-place-video-at-9-pm-on-sunday/

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121790/life-triggering-best-literature-should-be-too

Jim Gaffigan http://www.jimgaffigan.com/

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Racist Journalists, Minimum Wage, and Civil Asset Forfeiture

Mark Halperin used to be a respected journalist, or at least he pretended to be. But his interview with Ted Cruz was a deplorable bit of racism and hackery – he basically challenged Cruz to prove that he was genuinely Cuban. Really really disgusting and further proof that when we take old media seriously, we give THEM credit that they no longer deserve.

The great news is that Ted Cruz handled it quite well, and our team seems to really be handling the opposition media much better this go round than last.

We also discussed James Franco’s article about the positive influence that working at McDonald’s was in his life, and how we must focus on talking about “starting points”  and the first rung of the ladder.

Then we shared some stories about the horrors of civil asset forfeiture. This is a topic that needs to be addressed, by government, and that we can reach beyond our traditional groups to bring in allies. We should all learn more about it.

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Halperin’s Racist Interview of Cruz – http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/05/11/3657223/prize-racist-interview-2016-candidate-goes-bloombergs-mark-halperin/

Halperin ‘Apology’ – http://www.scribd.com/doc/264961797/Statement-From-Mark-Halperin

Franco Criticized on Support of McDonalds – http://freebeacon.com/blog/james-franco-reveals-the-dirty-little-secret-of-fast-food-labor-its-not-worth-15-per-hour/

Franco – McDonalds Was There for Me – http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/05/07/mcdonalds-was-there-for-me-when-no-one-else-was/?tid=sm_tw

The Next Labor Fight Is over When You Work – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/08/the-next-labor-fight-is-over-when-you-work-not-how-much-you-make/

HuffPo on Amtrak Passenger DEA Cash Seizure http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/07/dea-asset-forfeiture-joseph-rivers_n_7231744.html

Young Black Man Cash Seized by DEA – http://freebeacon.com/issues/dea-seizes-amtrak-passengers-life-savings-without-charging-him-with-crime/

Nebraska Veteran’s Cash Seized – http://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2015/04/16/veteran-forfeiture-nebraska/

Veteran’s $63k Seized Because He kept It in Grocery Bags – http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/police-seize-63530-from-veteran-because-he-kept-it-in-grocery-bags/

IRS Seizes Convenience Store Owner’s Life Savings – http://personalliberty.com/irs-seizes-rural-convenience-store-owners-career-savings-in-another-horrible-abuse-of-civil-forfeiture/

Vox on IRS Asset Forfeiture – http://www.vox.com/2015/5/2/8528845/irs-structuring-civil-forfeiture

John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

The 7 Most Egregious Examples Of Civil Asset Forfeiture – http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/30/the-7-most-egregious-examples-of-civil-asset-forfeiture/

The Civil Asset Forfeiture Racket – http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/24/the-civil-asset-forfeiture-racket

Leslie’s Share of Jeb Bush on Religious Freedom – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LeslieP/posts/UW6UpDr83HR 

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Conservative Small Talk

How to use Conservative Small Talk to your advantage, the First and Second Amendments & Liberal Bias in College Classrooms, discuss whether or not the Bill Of Rights would be able to pass in our current political climate

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Why the Bill of Rights Would Never Pass Today – http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417828/why-bill-rights-would-never-pass-today-charles-c-w-cooke

Feeding Ordinance Ft. Lauderdale – 90 Year Old – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/04/0-year-old-among-first-charged-under-fort-lauderdale-strict-rules-against/

Chef ticketed, facing $2,000 fine for feeding homeless in San Antonio – http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Chef-ticketed-facing-2-000-fine-for-feeding-6198766.php

Health Dept Tells Church Trying To Feed The Needy: Not So Fast – http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/31/health-dept-tells-church-trying-to-feed-the-needy-not-so-fast/

The Second Protects the Rest – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/the-second-protects-the-rest/

How To Win A Debate With An Anti-Gunner – http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2015/4/15/how-to-win-a-debate-with-an-anti-gunner/ 

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