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We Interrupt This Program . . .

I am scaling back my blogging. I spend about 1-2 hours on most posts. That’s writing, researching, photo editing, etc. It’s time consuming. It’s also worth the effort. Blogging is an opportunity cost, too. Every hour I spend blogging is an hour I’m not doing anything else. The things I’m not doing include: admiring my wife…

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My Biggest Regret of the Tea Party Movement

It was 2010. St. Louis was the epicenter of the Tea Party movement. Tea Party Patriots picked St. Louis to host the Gateway to November rally under the Arch. Unlike our rag-tag events, this one would be professional all the way: live music with Sounding Fathers, speakers you heard of before the movement began in February…

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Just Which Freedoms Are We Losing?

I confess. When I write about freedoms lost, I don’t itemize the freedoms. I don’t feel too bad, though, because almost no one does. Itemizing sucks. First, it’s hard work. “Losing freedom,” takes about three seconds to type and less time to read. Listing freedoms,on the other hand, takes that much time just to highlight…

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It Wasn’t Reagan’s 11th Commandment, and He Didn’t Obey It Anyway

When a Republican invokes “Reagan’s Sacred and Holy and Inviolable Eleventh Commandment,” (in nomine Patris et Filii et Spritus Sancti, Amen), you can rest assured you’re witnessing a frightened establishment type trying get himself out of trouble. It’s actually comical to watch these guys: shaking with rage, forcing one of those pained, contraindicative grins as they…

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When Did It Get So Late?

I knew it was getting late. I was leaving work, walking to my car, when I got a text message. My nephew scored two tickets to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.I texted my son, Patrick, to see if he was home. I planned to fly home, put on my Blues sweater, grab Patrick, and…

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Why I Cried and Made My Bed

I cried this morning. At work. Tears of shame. Every day when I get to work, I go through a thirty-minute routine. I write down the 3 things I want to accomplish that day. I write down my appointments. I write down a one-sentence prayer. I copy a quote to guide me. With the time…

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Celebrate Jim Hoft’s Recovery on February 22 **Free Tickets Are Limited**

St. Louis’s number one political blogger is better, and he’s having a party to celebrate. Jim went through a frightening, life-threatening, and debilitating illness last year. But he’s back and blogging on TheGatewayPundit.com. To celebrate his recovery, Jim’s throwing a party. Jim Hoft LIVE! Free Tickets! Holiday Inn St Louis Sw – Route 66 10709 Watson…

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This Is What It’s Like To Take Ownership Of Your Own Life

Imagine that you’re in a large field. Dust swirls around your ankles. Only an occasional weed interrupts the rocks and sands. Every step threatens to sprain your ankle. Rocky hills surround you on three sides. And these hills have eyes. You slowly look around the desert and white shards of light catch your eye. Reflections…

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Why Being Wrong Can Be The Best Policy

I think I coined a phrase a couple of years ago: affinity bubbles. (Image clipped from http://www.despair.com/idiocy.html. I love their stuff.) Affinity bubbles are the cocoons we build to protect us from challenges to our beliefs. They’re confirmation bias on steroids. And search engines and social networks help us build them. Sure, the sounds of…

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The Don Draper Approach To Sequester

A reporter once informed Cary Grant, the legendary leading man, that a Time Magazine poll found him the man most American men wanted to be. Was Grant surprised? “No,” he said. “Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. I want to be Cary Grant.” Don Draper is the new Cary Grant Who doesn’t want to be…