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CPAC: This Ain't Your Daddy's "Conservative" Movement No More

Perhaps another hopeful sign that conservatives, especially young ones, have increasingly had it with pseudo-moral social crusading bigots masquerading their prejudicial ideologies as conservatism: CPAC crowd boos homophobe off stage WASHINGTON -- Turns out CPAC isn't quite the place for insane jeremiads against homosexuality. During a lightning round of two-minute speeches by young activists, Ryan Sorba, of the Young Conservatives of California , decided to bash CPAC organizers for inviting GOProud (a gay Republican group that's splintered from the Log Cabin Republicans) to have a booth at the event. His rant began: I'd like to condemn CPAC for bringing GOPride [sic] to this event. Civil rights are grounded in natural rights. Natural rights are grounded in human nature. Human nature is a rational substance in relationship to the intelligible end of the reproductive act of reproduction. Do you understand that? But t

CPAC Surprise: Ron Paul Wins Presidential Straw Poll

Ron Paul Wins Presidential Straw Poll at CPAC Ron Paul has ended Mitt Romney's three-year run as conservatives' favorite for president, taking 31 percent of the vote in the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual straw poll. Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas known for his libertarian views, ran for president in 2008 but was never a serious contender for the GOP nomination. Romney, former Massachusetts governor and also a 2008 GOP candidate, has won the last three presidential straw polls at the annual conference. This year, he came in second, with 22 percent. Sarah Palin, who didn't attend the conference, was a distant third in the straw poll, with 7 percent, followed by Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor, and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana. Perhaps it's not such a surprise since Congressman Paul represents the type of consistent constitutional conservatism that opposes over-reaching invasive government as much as a tool of religious

News Roundup on the Decline of Union Muscle and the Rise of Its Wreckage

The poor downtrodden unions just can't seem to catch that next break to further burrow themselves into an inordinate undeserved place at the top of the workforce heap, with no other justification than their use of raw political muscle and patronage. Boo. Hoo. Now that "card-check" is thankfully a fading memory from early 2009 Democrat unitary government over-reach, the defeat of the union shill Craig Becker to head up the NLRB pretty much closes their backdoor route to this and other power grabs afoot from the union bosses. Senate stops Craig Becker nomination Labor lawyer Craig Becker's nomination for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board failed on Tuesday afternoon, as a few Senate Democrats joined a unified Republican front to block a key Obama White House nomination. The vote was 52-33 — 60 votes were required to proceed on the nomination. The stalled nomination is a blow to labor unions and showed fractures in the Senate Democratic Caucus, which

Liberal Condescension? Whatever couldst though mean??

In the Washington Post Professor Gerard Alexander of the University of Virginia handily breaks down the near-universal phenomenon of liberal condescension and contempt for anyone daring oppose their premises, presumptions, and/or grand designs for us all. Why Are Liberals So Condescending? By Gerard Alexander Sunday, February 7, 2010; B01 Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration. Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension. It's an odd time for liberals to feel smug. But even

Happy Hour With Mike Castle

The campaign for U.S. Senate is now joined. New Castle County Executive Chris Coons has decided to take on Congressman Mike Castle. As an alumnus of Tower Hill School, it is nice to know the Senate seat will go either way to a Hiller. I believe it will be Castle ('57) rather than Coons ('80). I will be giving every effort I can to the Castle Campaign, which was the first campaign for which I volunteered as a very young person in 1984. Castle's record of service to Delaware is simply unparalleled. For those who would attempt to make an issue of age or health in this race, think again. Mike Castle is as mentally sharp and physically spry as I have ever seen him. He is in excellent physical health and, from all I can see, truly fired up for this challenge. He's also only 4 years older than our esteemed Vice-President. But don't believe me. See for yourself.....please join us in the Young Republicans of Delaware this Friday evening from 6-8 pm at Dead President&

Obama/Biden's Big Government Crony Capitalism

All those evil capitalists! Except of course for the special ones in the back pocket of Obama and big government Democrats, all giving each other financial back rubs...of course paid for by the public. John Stossel's got the goods on these self-dealers, hiding behind a masquerade of public interest: Big Government's Cronies by John Stossel Many window-making companies struggle because of the recession's effect on home building. But one little window company, Serious Materials, is "booming," says Fortune. "On a roll," according to Inc. magazine, which put Serious' CEO on its cover, with a story titled : "How to Build a Great Company". The Minnesota Freedom Foundation tells me that this same little window company also gets serious attention from the most visible people in America. Vice President Joe Biden appeared at the opening of one of its plants. CEO Kevin Surace thanked him for his "unwavering support." "Without

I Knew Obama Had at Least One "Jobs Program" That Works

The untold story of this is the excessive Cadillac gorging-at-the-trough-for-life benefits that public employees unions have managed to impose on governments from local to federal. They are bankrupting California as we speak. The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history. The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that "the era of big government is over" and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force. Most of the increases are on the civilian side, which will grow by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010. The expansion could provide more ammunition to those arguing that the government is trying to do too much under President Obama. ..... Mr. Obama says the civilian work force will drop by 80,000 next ye