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Update in War on Patents  
Our patent system has given America the greatest prosperity in the history of the world, fostering "Yankee ingenuity" and rewarding it handsomely. An inventor obtains exclusive rights over his patented invention for 20 years, thanks to the United States Constitution.  10-18-14
Public Unions Barely Survive Court Test  
The Supreme Court came tantalizingly close to ending forced membership dues in public sector unions, such as the liberal Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Public sector employees work for government, which is accountable to voters and prohibited by numerous laws from engaging in unfair labor practices. As a practical matter, public sector unions such as teachers' unions advance their own liberal political agendas.  09-29-14
Supreme Court Held that Obama Violated Constitution  
A unanimous Supreme Court held that Obama violated Article Art. II, §2, cl. 3, of the Constitution by making appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) without Senate approval, during a brief three-day break in the Senate. Obama claimed that an adjournment of merely three days in the Senate constituted a "recess" which justified Obama sneaking "recess appointments" through without Senate confirmation.   09-25-14
Victory for Religious Liberty!  
It was a long wait, until the very last day of the Supreme Court's term, but the wait was worth it. On June 30th, the U.S. Supreme Court established a right of religious liberty for the Hobby Lobby corporation not to be required to pay for contraceptives that cause abortion.  08-31-14
Common Core Strikes Out in Oklahoma  
Common Core is widely opposed for how it deprives parents of local control over education. But parents in Oklahoma have one less thing to worry about when they send their children back to school this fall, thanks to action taken by the Oklahoma legislature which was then successfully defended before the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  08-21-14
Setback for Vaccine Police  
A groundbreaking decision by a New Jersey appellate court just established that the State cannot endorse a religious exemption from vaccination -- as nearly every state allows -- without also endorsing a philosophical (non-religious) exemption.  08-16-14
Icing on the Cake  
Like most states, Colorado defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but that did not stop two Colorado men from traveling to Massachusetts to be married, and then demanding that a baker in Colorado provide a wedding cake for them with two men atop the cake.  07-30-14
Setback for Federal Power  
An abuse of federal prosecutorial power, based on an international chemical weapons treaty, resulted in a woman's six-year prison sentence for merely causing a small skin burn on another woman's thumb. A purely domestic dispute that had nothing to do with war or foreign policy became a massive "federal case" illustrative of federal overreaching and the misuse of treaties.  06-29-14
Prayer Wins Big 5-4 Decision  
For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Supreme Court considered and then upheld the practice of allowing public prayer at the start of a governmental meeting. This is an enormous triumph against current efforts to censor religion from the public square.  06-12-14
Parents Finally Win One  
Media from around the world descended upon a small New Jersey courthouse to cover a lawsuit filed by an 18-year-old high school girl against her own parents for a weekly allowance of more than $600, private school tuition of thousands of dollars, future college costs and even attorneys' fees. Her best friend's father, a millionaire attorney who once held a powerful political office in the county, filed the lawsuit for her.  05-26-14
Another Win for Property Owners  
A bright spot among Supreme Court rulings in recent years has been the strengthening of private property rights. An 8-1 ruling by the high court in favor of Western landowners continues this trend by rejecting a claim by the United States to thousands of miles of trails in Western lands.  05-13-14
Proposed Offshore Wind Farm Spins in Court  
The United States has avoided the blight of offshore wind farms that have been wasteful boondoggles for liberal countries. The small country of Scotland, for example, has wasted nearly $3 billion in subsidies for 2,400 turbines littered about its countryside in 219 wind farms. Each turbine cost the Scottish taxpayers more than $1 million.  04-21-14
Kobach: "A Really Big Victory"  
In a stunning conservative victory, a federal judge upheld the power of states to force a federal agency to include a proof-of-citizenship requirement on its voter registration forms.  04-13-14
Border Searches Upheld by Court  
On the last day of 2013 a federal judge in Brooklyn, who is himself the son of immigrants, ruled in favor of the sovereign power of the United States to search the possessions of those entering our country, without a warrant or even probable cause of wrongdoing.   04-02-14
Court Revives "Relic of Barbarism"  
The Republican Party was founded on the goal of abolishing barbarism in territories of the United States as Americans migrated westward. The first national platform of the Republican Party, in 1856, declared that "it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism -- Polygamy, and Slavery."  03-28-14
Sherlock Holmes Loses His Copyright  
Sherlock Holmes, the clever detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has undergone a revival in literary works, television shows, and movies long after Doyle passed away in 1930. The heirs of Holmes' creator want a piece of the pie, and the Conan Doyle estate invokes copyright law to prevent unauthorized uses of Holmes and his famous sidekick, Dr. Watson.  03-18-14
Judicial Supremacy Smacks Pennsylvania  
Pennsylvania is a "Rust Belt" state that suffered enormously from the loss of manufacturing jobs. But recently it found a new source of jobs with development of the Marcellus Shale, a vast deposit of natural gas underneath the closed factories and farmland that speckle her landscape.  03-10-14
Third Circuit Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking  
The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has stood up for the Fourth Amendment rights of citizens. On October 22, 2013, the Court ruled that evidence obtained from a GPS device that police secretly placed on a suspect's van was not admissible, because the warrantless tracking violated the suspect's constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.  02-26-14
Vermont Supreme Court Forces Church Camp to Pay Taxes  
The Vermont Supreme Court has forced a church camp to pay property taxes. This decision is the latest example of government intrusion on religious freedom, and puts many church projects at risk of being destroyed by taxation.  02-03-14
Victory for Companies Objecting to an Obamacare Mandate  
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has delivered a stunning ruling in favor of business owners who object to the Obamacare mandate requiring them to provide abortifacients and contraceptives for employees. The D.C. Circuit even observed that some contraceptives are considered to be carcinogenic by the World Health Organization, and thus can be detrimental to women's health.  01-25-14
Judicial Supremacists Impose Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey  
The New Jersey Supreme Court has overturned the will of the people by forcing the State to issue same sex marriage licenses, even though the Governor and legislature never authorized this redefinition of marriage. Making matters worse, the Court used flawed arguments to trample on actual legislation, resorting instead to emotional appeals and specious reasoning. This decision illustrates the dangers of oppressive decrees by unelected judges.  01-14-14

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Things That Matter   
Political science student, turned psychiatrist, turned Mondale speech writer, Charles Krauthammer became a journalist at The New Republic on the same day Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President. Things That Matter is a compilation of columns and magazine articles he's written over the ensuing decades.  10-03-14
One Nation   
Ever since famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson gave his gutsy keynote speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, many have encouraged him to run for public office. Carson believes that the public really wants not so much him, but "the return of common sense and intelligible speech to solve our ever-increasing problems."  09-24-14
Big Tent   
Big Tent evolved from the editor's "Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America" course for Citadel students. It is an examination of the basic principles of Conservatism from the point of view of fifteen of the great minds that drove the movement.  08-27-14
Arab Winter Comes to America 
There is a "jihad against talking about jihad" in America, according to author Robert Spencer, who for years gave briefings on Islam to the FBI and various military and intelligence communities. He no longer offers them his expertise since the nation has been conditioned to demonize and marginalize those who voice resistance to Islamic encroachment.  08-10-14
Living on Fire   
In 1960, many would have been stunned to learn that Barry Goldwater did not write his bestseller, The Conscience of a Conservative. It was ghostwritten by his speechwriter, L. Brent Bozell Jr. According to Living on Fire author Daniel Kelly, Goldwater had little involvement in the writing process and the book reflects the views of Bozell.  07-09-14
Guardian of the Republic   
Black conservatives are routinely and ferociously targeted by liberals; just ask Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, and Allen West. In Guardian of the Republic, West criticizes African-American voters' tendency to favor those who repeatedly let them down. West states that "impractical, politically motivated programs have irreparably damaged the fabric of our black society and community."  06-22-14
Abuse of Discretion   
How did America become one of only four nations (along with Canada, China, and North Korea) that allow abortions for any reason, at any time during pregnancy? Why do laws regulating other surgical procedures not protect women when they get an abortion? Why does "unborn human life" have status in tort, criminal, and property law cases, yet a woman and her abortionist can decide to kill a baby?  06-01-14
Humility focuses on five historical figures who remained humble, although they had every reason to become arrogant. The author, David J. Bobb, is the Director of Hillsdale College's Kirby Center of Constitutional Study and Citizenship. He contrasts the humility possessed by great American individuals with the empty arrogance or "pride devoid of merit," which he suggests is rampant and even rewarded in society today.  05-19-14
The Story-Killers   
There is a new education fad now being implemented in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Common Core is a top-down scheme hatched by two Washington, D.C. lobbying organizations, promoted by wealthy philanthropists and utopian dreamers, and pushed by the federal government. These uniform standards will eventually result in a national curriculum as teachers align to required tests.  04-27-14
America's Way Back   
With the words, "We have a responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to do more," former President George H.W. Bush effectively ended the Reagan era. His son left office with a $1 trillion deficit, much of which was entitlement spending.  04-05-14
Why does a self-proclaimed "financial terrorist" want to destroy an industry that loans money to low income citizens that lets them make emergency car repairs so they can get to work? How did a couple that practically invented adjustable rate mortgages come out of the housing crisis unscathed by the media while other less culpable individuals were put through the ringer?  04-01-14
When officials at the Department of Agriculture were concerned about the welfare of the dozens of six-toed cats that roam the grounds and interior of the Hemingway House Museum in Key West, Florida, they sent an animal behavior expert to do an exhaustive study, dispatched "agents to spy on the cats' treatment," then sent a PETA representative who reported the cats were doing fine, but that wasn't enough. A federal judge along with federal marshals made a field trip to the grounds.  03-26-14
I Had a Vision, God Had a Plan   
Not until he was 39 years old did Don Wildmon begin to build the American Family Association (AFA). He felt "constrained" as a Methodist pastor, certain that God had other plans for him. AFA is a front-line network created to fight the "culture wars" before most even knew a battle was looming. AFA consists of a monthly journal, hundreds of radio stations, a news service,, and more.  03-08-14
Worshipping the State   
"Secular liberalism should be litigated against as a violation of the First Amendment" because it is a religion, according to the author of Worshipping the State. When Christianity is removed from public discourse, a state develops that leaves no room "for the worship of anything but itself."  02-23-14
Knowledge and Power   
"In an economy, everything useful or interesting depends on agents of change called entrepreneurs," according to George Gilder. Entrepreneurs create "surprises" that move the economy forward.  01-23-14

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September / October 2014  
Imperial President Promises 'Executive Amnesty'
The strategists who base their political advice on public opinion polls have just had a surprise. A new poll reports that the American people are now more likely to trust Republicans to handle immigration and less likely to trust Democrats who want to offer illegals a path to citizenship (a.k.a. amnesty). Many people have believed this for some time. But it is now confirmed in a poll taken by the pro-amnesty Wall Street Journal, so it must be so. The new survey is decisive; 35% say the Republican Party would do a better job on immigration while only 27 % say the Democrats would. That's a dramatic reversal from the previous year.  Click here for the full story.
Update on Illegal Entry by Chinese
The Border Patrol on the U.S. Mexican border is increasingly posting signs written in Chinese. This is because of the booming human smugĀ­gling trade as illegal aliens from China flood into the U.S.  Click here for the full story.
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