Not about the Rebel Yell

Fellow blogger Snaggle-Tooth Jones has leveled a misguided attack:This here's a YouTube video showin' a 1938 reunion of Confederate and Yankee soldiers on the field of Gettysburg: Now, here's a litte question for Ben DeGrow and the othah no-account neocons (and damn fool libruls) who 'r vexed over All Things Confederate: why do ye suppose these men cud get together in such a spirit of civility, if not chivalry? I'd like to hear from ye in my commints box, Ben DeGrow. Why d' ye 'spose U.S. Grant happily tolerated the playin' of "Dixie" at this here event? Or why do ye 'spose that Grant was so magnanimous at Lee's surrender at Appomattox? Or why Lee defended Grant when one of his … [Read more...]

Rebutting Huckabee Redux

Rossputin has reposted a comment I left in response to some incoherent pro-Huckabee remarks made on his site. Here's how I concluded:I'm writing to implore GOP primary voters to think seriously about their decisions. If you're going to support Huckabee, fine, but only if you at least got there by coming to grips with his record and having given some thought to a couple broad questions: 1) What would his foreign and domestic policy prescriptions really mean for our country? and 2) What are the odds he could actually win a general election? Writing as a Baptist born-again Christian, let me remind you we are electing a President, not a pastor. Go ahead, and read the whole thing. … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas: 1Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because … [Read more...]

A Crack Opens in the Education Reform Floodgates

With the Denver Public Schools board's unanimous approval last night of the Bruce Randolph School's request for autonomy from district red tape and union work rules, we may see a crack opening in the floodgates of education reform. Word is that a dozen other DPS schools are ready to follow in Randolph's footsteps. But everyone is awaiting the union's official response:The autonomy agreement must still be approved by the 22-member governing board of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, expected to vote Jan. 8. DCTA President Kim Ursetta did not mention the proposal in brief remarks to the board. She has repeatedly said the union has some questions about the plan and is working with Bruce Randolph staff to get answers."Working with … [Read more...]

Tancredo’s Romney Endorsement Suggests Future Political Plans

As expected, Rep. Tancredo officially has bowed out of the presidential race, and is endorsing not Fred Thompson but Mitt Romney. Since Romney is favored by many of the state's leading Republicans, this tells me that Tancredo has his eye on running for office again in 2010. Conventional wisdom is that he will plan to take on Senator Ken Salazar. How far Tancredo's endorsement of Romney will go in corralling the necessary support for a Senate campaign remains to be seen. But it certainly cannot hurt. … [Read more...]

Whom Will Tancredo Endorse?

Having fostered strong support for greater border security among the field of Republican presidential candidates but long having trailed in the back of the pack, Colorado's own Rep. Tom Tancredo is expected to announce today that he will bow out of the race for the White House. I think it's pretty clear that the Congressman's next political focus is on a 2010 U.S. Senate matchup against Ken Salazar, but what about the 2008 race before us? One big question remains: Whom will Tancredo endorse a mere two weeks out of the Iowa caucuses? My two cents worth to Tancredo, the former president of the Independence Institute: Why not give the nod to Fred Thompson, a strong and optimistic conservative leader in the mold of Ronald Reagan who … [Read more...]

Not-so-shocking News: Union Lawyers Caught Lying

Update: More on this story in today's Rocky Mountain News ... Here's the "dog bites man" story of the day: lawyers for the Colorado Education Association are caught telling a series of lies to stop teachers and leaders at Denver's Bruce Randolph School from obtaining autonomy from restrictive district red tape and union-negotiated work rules. Still, unsurprising as the news may be, it can be thoroughly instructive to read the actual memos and see just how far the union's legal team will go to mislead its own members. … [Read more...]

Relief in Iowa: Huck Slipping, Fred Poised for Successful Showing

Good news in the Republican presidential race out of Iowa: the Huckster is fading, and the expectations game keeps Fred at a low enough profile to gear up for a strong third-place finish in the Hawkeye State:On the Republican side, among (833) likely voters, here are the numbers: Huckabee 28, Romney 25, Thompson 10, McCain 9, Paul 6, Giuliani 6. Among (418) highly likely voters, Romney leads with 28%, then Huckabee 25, Thompson 11, McCain 7, Paul 6, Giuliani 5, Tancredo 4. Plus there appear to be true signs of Fred-mentum (and here I thought I'd coined the phrase) after all. … [Read more...]

Another Big Thumbs Up to Fred

Pejman Yousefzadeh (PJ, for short) over at Red State writes an eloquent endorsement for Fred Thompson to be our next President (H/T El Presidente). Let me officially second his statement:Many writers, in praising Thompson, have indicated that one of the more laudable things about his candidacy is that he is more interested in doing something than he is in being somebody. This is true. Ambition is a good thing to have but far too many politicians make ambition an end in and of itself. For Thompson, ambition is a means to an end--a means to implementing the policy positions he and other Reagan Republicans care about so deeply. That having been written, Thompson owes it to his supporters to vigorously campaign for the Presidency of the United … [Read more...]

New Football Coach Allows Maize & Blue Faithful to Rest Easy

A lot of space has been taken up in the Michigan (land of my upbringing) media detailing the University of Michigan's search for a head football coach after Lloyd Carr retired. Today we learn that all the rumors come to an end as West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has agreed to take the helm in Ann Arbor. One might be forgiven if he came to the conclusion that the Mountaineers' program was the Wolverines' coaching farm system. After all, Michigan hired John Beilein directly from West Virginia this past April to coach their men's basketball program. Now the football team. A direct line from Morgantown to Ann Arbor? Perhaps. Regardless, let me assure you that fans of the illustrious University of Michigan football program - which has … [Read more...]