Marine General: Standards Are Going to Be Lowered

I wrote in December about how the Marines are actively pushing back against the political forces that are trying to get them to lower their standards. But they weren’t yet (as far as I know) speaking out against it. Now, that seems to have changed. According to CNS News: “General Warns: Military Will Face ‘Great Pressure’ to Lower Standards for Women in Combat to Please ‘Agenda-Driven’ in D.C.” Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, said at a Pentagon press briefing Read more […]

Donald Trump Says Merry Christmas

I don’t know how sincere Donald Trump is being when he says this kind of thing, but the point is he says it: From the CNS News blog: “Trump: ‘We Are Going to Start Saying Merry Christmas Again … That’s The Way It Should Be’” Real estate mogul and best-selling author Donald Trump, echoing remarks he made in September about the importance of saying “Merry Christmas,” told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that when you go to stores today, you rarely see the word “Christmas,” Read more […]

Trump Still Popular Despite (or because of) Immigration Remarks

While it looks like Ted Cruz may be pulling ahead in Iowa, it is important to realize that Donald Trump’s suggestion that we pause Muslim immigration until we figure out a process for filtering out terrorist has not cost him in the polls. Reuters reports, “Exclusive: Trump lead among Republicans undiminished in first poll after Muslim comments.” Donald Trump held onto his commanding lead in the Republican race for the White House after his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States Read more […]

Councilwoman Resigns because of Christmas Tree

As far as I can tell, Charlene Storey had no objection to the ceremonial lighting of a large evergreen tree that was decorated with many ornaments. But when the city council called it a Christmas Tree, she flipped out. NJ.com reports, “Roselle Park councilwoman quits over ‘Christmas’ tree lighting.” Minutes after the council voted 4-2 Thursday night to change the name of the ceremony from A Tree Lighting to A Christmas Tree Lighting, the councilwoman-at-large, left the meeting. She later submitted Read more […]

Republicans Don’t Play Identity Politics

Conservatives have many reasons to be disappointed with the GOP. But here is something they’re mostly getting right. In the Washington Post we read, “The GOP’s identity-politics crisis: Holding race-card aces but loath to play them.” Juan Rodriguez, a Colombian immigrant and Republican businessman in Des Moines, is on a mission to persuade his employees, nearly all Hispanic Democrats, to elect a president from what they think of as the party of white guys. This year, with three minorities among Read more […]

The Drive for Ethnic Diversity Takes a Wrong Turn

For the most part, the lack of ethnic diversity  at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and in the surrounding area doesn’t matter too much.  But earlier this month, it became the cause of disappointment to a group of students there and a source of economic trial to the University itself. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that the theatre department of the University was forced to cancel its fall play.  From the Gazette: Student actors and the stage crew at Clarion University arrived Tuesday Read more […]