Homosexual students are protesting (based on slender threads, in my view) and seeking to force the University of Rhode Island to answer their demands. Aren't there better lessons they could be learning/
Europe is interfering with American efforts to collect travel data critical to thwarting terrorist plots.
Why does there seem to be little excitement surrounding this year's election cycle in Rhode Island? Matt Allen and I discuss.
Changes in legal thought, relevant to federalism, illustrate how political groupings shift over time.
Even as the substantive arguments against same-sex marriage go without response from SSM advocates and the American judiciary, alike, the next phases of the deterioration of the institution of marriage arrive.
Without yet having reported on testimony that Obama's Department of Justice enforces the law with a racially tinged eye, the Providence Journal makes crystal clear its institutional political preferences.
President Obama deployed diversity-speak against a lying tyrant, when what he ought to have done was call into question the legitimacy of an international organization that gives tyrants a respected platform.
The Providence Journal was quick to report on mock Congressional testimony by Stephen Colbert, but has yet to cover testimony that Obama's Department of Justice has a racial litmus test.
Would-be totalitarians have learned that they do best, in our society, to encourage enough leash in personal indulgence so as to distract from the fact that they own the leash.
It may not mean anything, but Republicans are clearly the enthusiasm leaders in the East Bay yard sign area.
Carpenters like to convey their wisdom in principled "must do" rules, but when it comes to tools, much depends on the kind of carpenter one wishes to be.
"Revelations" about ObamaCare aren't so much new information as outcomes that many of us expected.
Most of America's recent debt reduction has come in the form of defaults, but when coming up with a narrative of the recession, one should keep in mind that it takes many people reducing debt by the healthier means of paying it down to equal the same reduction as a single default.
NJ Governor Chris Christie has succeeded in cutting off funding for abortions, making him a hero to conservatives of the social, as well as economic, sort.
A small-scale wind farm planned for one Rhode Island facility illustrates that, whatever their environmental benefits, windfarms aren't money savers.
Andrew Morse explains what Anchor Rising does to help voters remember why they're unhappy with their elected representatives.
With the primaries over, General Treasurer Frank Caprio appears to be moving from previous associations toward the unions.
The number of issues that can pile into a defense policy bill (which includes raises for the troops) is evidence that government should be kept small and narrow in its authority.
Amidst controversy about a particular (and generally inconsequential) public office, it's worth remembering that the laudable message of the Clean Slate initiative is independence.
England's historical experience with union domination ought to be a warning to us in the U.S.A. and, especially, Rhode Island.
The controversy over the withdrawal of the RIGOP's lieutenant candidate in support of an independent candidate who wants to abolish the office continues and deepens.
Reporter Scott MacKay faults business leaders for not keeping up with unions in the campaign game, but the reason that they can't is precisely the unfairness of the system.
The Obama administration may be attempting to hinder thorough and objective efforts to examine what happened to all of the oil from the BP spill.
Right in the midst of the continuing decline of the state, Speaker of the RI House Gordon Fox has the audacity to declare that "people are doing well." Worse still, his spin finds support in PR by the Republican governor.
If the Providence Journal's Truth-O-Meter is going to gauge context and speculation when it comes to offshore wind farms, it ought to do so thoroughly.
Democrats in Congress are looking to impose yet another burden on small businesses, this time requiring landlords to treat all tradesmen and other workers whom they hire as if they were subcontractors, with the requisite forms and information collection.
Do you suppose there will be any high-profile transreligion press conferences to decry the threat to kill a cartoonist? Not until those threats are made in the name of a religion other than Islam.
Thinking on the psychological and biological foundations of homosexuality appear to be moving in the direction that I've long thought to be true.
How is it that an unsigned editorial can be so saturated with partisan talking points?
Unbelievably, the RIGOP has chosen, during a year in which an angry electorate wants honesty and common sense above all, to manipulate primary voters in the lieutenant governor race.
Government programs, while they proclaim to provide security, actually make it more difficult for society to plan and adjust.
When government controls healthcare, government will determine what is and isn't available, usually at the urging of powerful entities pursuing their own interests.
Raymond Palmieri, of Warren, makes a similar point to that which I've argued before: Love of unions based on the history of the labor movement ignores the fact that circumstances, power, and motivations, change.
Doesn't it seem as if "interfaith community" statements always tend to take the Muslim side?
Monique Chartier took Wednesday's slot on the Matt Allen show to discuss the state's primary results.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming to RI to stump for Lincoln Chafee in his candidacy for governor. We can only hope that he brings neither bedbugs nor nanny state policies with him.
We must stop the government education monopoly.
The lesson of the Tea Party threat to not-conservative-enough Republicans is that Americans have figured out that the GOP won't halt the growth of government, just advance it more slowly.
The problem with arguments against "nation building" is that they inherently ignore the necessity of following war with reconstruction.
It's a bit unreasonable to expect candidates for governor to know the nuances of federal healthcare legislation if we don't expect legislators to know them before making such regulations the law of the land.
Travis Rowley's pamphlet, The Rhode Island Republican, offers a reminder of what we face at the ballot box, this year.
I concur with Jonah Goldberg that conservatives have the opportunity to benefit more than liberals from the college experience... and it's not just because I've got an essay in the book that he's starting to promote.
It's odd to see a candidate who argues that he'll work with his political opposition if elected to office devolve to sniping meanness over intellectual questions in the primaries.
We tend to be impressed by fame, but if we look to our families, we find that even the ordinary played roles in history.
We certainly should know our history, but we should also remember that things change in ways crosswise to our chosen identity groups.
Parricide is becoming a too-familiar event in my East Bay community. Should we start looking for a cause?
Maybe modern Christians' difficulty is not so much with the tenets of their faith, but with the consequences of failing to live up to them.
At least in the Northeast, I suspect we're all personally connected to 9/11, even if we don't know it. And there are lessons that we shouldn't forget.
Tax collections are up in Rhode Island, and some folks think it's a sign that the economy is improving, but I'm not so sure.
I won a new tool, the other day, and I'm loving it.
There are foundational reasons that libertarians seem often to resemble dictators in their attitude toward others.
Avoiding political unrest appears to be the latest excuse to continue with wealth redistribution at the expense of the economy. Of course, it also shifts power to a different uberclass.
It may be that the critical component in our successful counterinsurgency in Iraq now absent, for Afghanistan is the enemy's understanding that America's commander in chief was strong and serious about his mission.
Like targeted government giveaways (mostly to government entities), targeted and temporary tax credits have not stimulated the economy. It's no surprise.
For my call-in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, the main topic was Rhode Island's brand of corruption.
Liveblogging from an instructional presentation on carpentry, I note that we all strive for craftsmanship, but a continual flow of business can overwhelm the desire.
The latest findings are that the BP oil spill was not quite the great disaster that it was touted to be, and we should have known that all along.
Rhode Island is exactly in the middle of the pack for student performance, according to one measure, but is right out front when it comes to per-pupil expenditures.
An artistic representation of what the U.S. presidents of the past would think of Barack Obama's performance.
When a quarter of a district's student body is "special needs," it just might indicate a problem of inflation.
The "silent majority," by definition, is not partisan.
In a democratic society, the availability of status to all can distract from deeper meaning. The question is how we free ourselves from that difficulty without destroying the motivational fuel by which our society advances.
Pace the Providence Journal, private-sector workers aren't usually motivated by fear, when they put in extra effort, but ambition.
It does seem that environmentalist terrorism doesn't rank as high, for the mainstream media, as right-wing indiscretions.
Do tax cuts inspire huge economic growth? The Providence Journal's fact-checking team says "no." I say they're not heeding their own evidence.
Watching The Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, leaves me wondering whether the author was more concerned about the end of nature as we know it than of human nature as we know it.
I've finally found another song for the political album I've been building on my MP3 player.
Ted Nesi continues to argue that "conduit debt" isn't a frightening beast, and I continue to disagree.
On the one hand, it's disappointing to hear how very narrow the range of opinions in the Democrat mainstream is; on the other, it's disappointing to hear even debate moderators ask Democrat centrists why they're Democrats at all.
Whether somebody else is promising to pay back the loan or not, Rhode Islanders are "on the hook" for all of the debt undertaken by their government.
Rhode Island politicians are taking credit for an apparent $17 million surplus, while not mentioning hundreds of millions in federal gifts.
Anchor Rising's Andrew Morse called in to the Matt Allen Show to discuss conservatism, bonds, and morality.
The government bans chemicals that helped to make bedbugs seem like a thing of the past, and now people are resorting to even more dangerous methods as protection against a resurgence of the bugs.