…read this piece from Robert Stacy McCain about the fear of the cops in his “teenage dopehead” days:

Even when I was a teenage dopehead criminal, I never lost my fear of the police. In Douglas County, Georgia, 40 years ago, Sheriff Earl Lee had a tough, no-nonsense reputation. Teenage dopeheads had to be careful not to push their luck too far in Douglas County. Quite a few of my dope buddies learned that lesson the hard way, trust me.

It was fear of the police that played a prominent place in this story:

my buddy was in such bad shape he couldn’t figure out how to start the car and, in a wild fit of drug-induced paranoid rage, he threw open the door of the car and went rampaging across the parking lot.

He ran toward the apartment building where he began banging on windows and yelling. Holy crap, I thought, somebody’s gonna call the cops. However much I feared the police, my even greater fear was that I would be arrested while driving Dad’s car in Mableton, after I’d borrowed the car by telling Mom a ridiculous made-up story about needing to drive my buddy to his house for some reason. So when my buddy went on his manic rampage — people coming out on their apartment balconies to see what all the commotion was about — this brought me out of my own head-spinning trip. This was an emergency and I had to deal with it. I got out of the car and ran over to grab him, where he was crashing through the shrubbery next to the apartment.

“Hey, man, we gotta get out of here. Somebody’s gonna call the cops.”

The word “cops” seemed to pierce his bubble of insanity. No teenage dopehead ever wants to encounter the police, and so next thing I can remember — these scenes are just crazy fragments of memory, as I say — we were back in the car, this time with me at the wheel, trying to get it to crank and when it finally started, we cruised out of there as rapidly as possible without attracting unnecessary attention.

Take a look at that story again and ask yourself two questions:

“How does that story end if neither of those two young idiots there is no fear of the police?”

How does that play out in the 21st century with drugs much more powerful available?

I’ll tell you how it doesn’t play out with a guy straightening himself out, finding a good wife and end up with six good kids including a ranger and a pair of grand children.

Think about it.


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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Governor-elect John Bel Edwards is settling into his new transition digs at Kirby Smith Hall on the campus of LSU and facing some realities about at least one of his campaign promises.

Edwards promised to expand the Medicaid rolls in Louisiana on “day one” which would add some 300,000 people to the program.  Governor Jindal long rejected this expansion as too expensive and unsustainable.  As Edwards is now discovering, promising and doing are not always one in the same.  Of course, the skeptic in me believes he always new he couldn’t do that on day one; it just sounded good enough to get him a few votes.  But that’s just me.  He still plans to expand the Medicaid rolls, but first must overcome some legal hurdles.  As it turns out, it’s not as easy as just signing an Executive Order.

That’s all part of the game and to be expected.  He will likely still keep his promise, just not on Day One.

Meanwhile, Edwards is busy creating his transition team which includes a fairly diverse group of business owners and politicians.  His chief of staff, Senator Ben Nevers, has served in political office for seventeen years and is the owner of a small electrical contracting company.  Another interesting figure on the team is Baton Rouge businessman Richard Lipsey who is the owner of a wholesale firearms distributorship.  Lipsey initially supported Republican Jay Dardenne in the primary but subsequently endorsed Edwards in the run-off.  The rest of the team is outlined here.

The pundits and opinion writers seem to be taking a wait and see attitude with Edwards, and I am aware that my friend DaTechGuy is pleased with Mr. Edwards; it is true that Edwards has a horrific mess to clean up after Governor Jindal.  One local pundit, Jeff Sadow, notes the long history of populism in Louisiana politics and how Edwards was able to capitalize on that:

Earlier this year, many Republican legislators and Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal joined with Edwards and his fellow Democrats to foist indiscriminate tax exemption reductions on business, eschewing any real attempt to downsize government or to make such changes on the basis of fiscal effectiveness. Basically, as businesses pass these levies along, attentive citizens realized that they suffered a tax increase sanctioned by the GOP.

In defining these breaks as unfair privileges enjoyed by business that required curtailment in the interest of the people, Republicans fell into the populist trap by accepting its liberal premise. Worse, GOP gubernatorial candidates validated the approach by adopting similar rhetoric, sounding like Edwards on this subject. Hearing few ideological choices and mostly echoes, voters had little incentive to choose half-hearted populist appeals from Republicans over the full-throated version delivered by Edwards.

Pundit Sam Hanna notes that Edwards must still deal with a Republican legislature; “Thank God for John Alario,” his headline reads.  John Alario is the president of the State Senate, but is about as conservative as Barack Obama.  Alario is a career politician whose professed goal was to be president of both the state House and Senate regardless of what party he had to be in to achieve that.  He’s been both Democrat and Republican, served in the House until he was term-limited out, so he jumped the aisle to the Senate.  He’s been in Baton Rouge since 1972.  If he’s our best shot at circumvented liberal jags by Edwards we are screwed.

So, we will wait and see how this all turns out.

I remain skeptical.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Oddball: for 1.6 million dollars, we could become heroes for three days.

Kelly’s Heroes 1970

Otto Ludwig Piffl: Is Everybody in the whole world Corrupt?

Peripetchikoff: I don’t know everybody

One Two Three 1963

Max Bialystock:  I want that money!

The Producers 1967

We’re written before about how various “fill in the blank” studies majors discover in the real world their degrees are as likely to lead to gainful employment as the Cubs are to win three World Series in the next ten years:

“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“

As a general rule there is never a bad time to mock radical feminism but when I woke up Saturday after a horrible Friday and saw the Instalanche on her cry of desperation another emotion hit me.


Not because she’s been teased, but because she’s been taken.

So if you are a person who has foolishly decided to invest a $40K plus a year is a gender studies, black studies, LBGT studies or extraterrestrial tri sexual studies, how are you going to find someone to provide gainful employment?

Why you deploy the for race hustlers on campus

Peter Salovey, the president of Yale, apologized to protesters (“we failed you”) and wrote a campus-wide letter promising to create a new “university center” for the study of “race ethnicity, and other aspects of social identity.” He also pledged to double the budget for the African American, Native American, Asian American, and Hispanic cultural centers, and to devote new resources to “educating our community about race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusion.”
Not to be outdone, Brown University President Christina Paxson has answered protests by unveiling a $100 million program for creating “a just and inclusive campus community.” Among the budget items: “expand mentoring resources for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first generation college students”; create “workshops” to “foster greater awareness and sensitivity on issues of race,

Colleges, particularly elite colleges have millions upon millions of dollars in endowments and if you are a race hustler in a bad economy YOU WANT THAT MONEY!  And thanks those most useful young student idiots the hustlers are going to get it.

What makes me the most angry about this is that every intelligent person should be able to recognize this “social justice” hustle for the phony scam it so obviously is. Anyone who has read Tom Wolfe’s 1970 classic Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers understands how this bogus game operates and, as Friedrich Hayek so eloquently explained, “social justice” is a mirage. There is no such thing as “social justice,” which is why SJWs Always Lie.

The politics of “Equality” is fundamentally dishonest, because human beings have never been equal at any time in the past, nor is it possible that we will be equal at any time in the future. Activists and politicians who promise to bring about “equality” through social-engineering schemes and so-called “progressive” economic policies are engaging in deceit that begins with the false assumption that every kind of inequality is evidence of injustice.

Now the irony of course is that it’s not the wide eyed sophomores who are going to be told they are making a difference that are going to see this money.  It’s the professional hustlers, the organized “diversity” industry and a few departments that will get their share while they tell those useful idiots how proud they are of them.

If you don’t believe me, then ask yourself how Ferguson “Junk Bond” Missouri is doing these days.


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…all you need to read is this paragraph from the Spectator

There’s no way I would have done this if I hadn’t been a tenured professor, fairly near the end of my career. If I were seeking a new job in the US academy, I’d be pretty much unemployable. I can still publish in the peer-reviewed journals. But there’s no way I could get a government research grant to do the research I want to do. Since then, I’ve stopped judging my career by these metrics. I’m doing what I do to stand up for science and to do the right thing.’

So what is this horrible risky thing that Judith Curry did that others dare not

She began to be reviled after the 2009 ‘Climategate’ scandal, when leaked emails revealed that some scientists were fighting to suppress sceptical views. ‘I started saying that scientists should be more accountable, and I began to engage with sceptic bloggers.

Now this would on its face seem a sensible thing, after all if the science is with you engaging other people is the thing to do, as Yul Brenner said in the movie the Buccaneer: If you’re offer is good it will stand up under fire. and if the science is with you there is certainly no problem with someone looking over the data.

What does it say about climate cabal that this is considered such unacceptable behavior that no person without tenure would date to say it and be able to hold a job?

If you want to know where the special snowflakes on campus these days get it from , now you know.

Ford Field
Ford Field, site of the Quick Lane Bowl

By John Ruberry

One has to wonder if college football is headed to an every-participant-gets-a-ribbon level of competition. Not including the NCAA championship face-off, there will be a record 40 college bowl games this season, which means 63 percent of FBS programs will play in a bowl contest. And despite some of these teams fattening up against next-level-down teams in non-conference games, for instance Illinois clobbered Western Illinois 44-0, there aren’t enough teams with 6-6 records or better to fill all of these bowl slots.

Which means some 5-7 FBS teams–Illinois could be one of those squads–may still be graced with a bowl entry. At least two losers–and as many as five–will be bowl invitation winners. But another 5-7 Big 10 team, Nebraska, may have a leg up. The NCAA has a loser contingency plan–I’m sure they call it something more palatable–which rewards schools with the highest Academic Progress Rate. The Cornkuskers have the highest APR among the 5-7s.

Hey, studying finally counts for something in college sports! That’s an improvement. On the other hand, Nebraska’s fans are intensely loyal and even a Cornhusker team with a losing record makes them an attraction for a low-level bowl. Follow the money.

And what about the games themselves? Let’s take a look at Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl, which will be played at Ford Field on December 28. It has tie-ins with the Big 10 and the Atlantic Coast Conference. But because there are not enough B1G or ACC bowl-eligible teams, Campus Insiders projects that another Big 10 loser, Minnesota. will face off against Central Michigan of the Mid American Conference. The Chippewas are 7-5–good for them.

NCAA football: Where you can be a winner and a loser at the same time.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

At the Synod of the family we heard a lot about how Pope Francis. From the MSM we heard that he was doing his best to try to change how Gay Marriage and Divorce were viewed by the church and on the right we heard he was conspiring with German Cardinals to change church teaching on confession and communion.

Well this week he met with German Bishops and delivered a dramatic critique of the German church:

He called on the bishops to use the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy to revive the Church through rediscovering “the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist” in the face of a collapse in sacramental participation in the country.
But in his morning homily, too, the Pope appeared to speak to the German hierarchy, warning against the temptation to ecclesiastical “worldliness”, and urging those present not to become “dominated by money and power.”
This is an underlying problem frequently attributed to the German church, most notably by Benedict XVI in his “enweltlichung” speech during his visit to Germany in 2011.

He further talked about the sacraments

He told the bishops to highlight the importance of Confession during the Year of Mercy, which can help “reform the Church”, and to stress the “intimate connection” between the Eucharist and the priesthood. The “precious collaboration” of the laity cannot be a “surrogate” for the priesthood. “If there is not priest, there is no Eucharist,” the Pope said.
On the theme of evangelization, he said it is “essential” that the bishop “conscientiously perceives his task as teacher of the faith, of the traditional and lived faith in the living community of the universal Church.” The Pope also stressed that “fidelity to the Church and to the Magisterium does not contradict academic freedom, but it requires an attitude of willingness to serve in relation to the gifts of God.”
The Pope further reminded the bishops that the Church must “never get tired of being the advocate of life, and should never step back from proclaiming that human life must be protected unconditionally from conception to natural death.”

Now given all we’ve heard this must have been a media sensation in the Catholic Press, right?

Switching web pages we immediately find editorials at the Fishwrap (National Schismatic Reporter) applauding the Pope’s words about confession and abjuring their heretical notions about the ordination of women, which Pope Francis at other times has said is impossible.

Oooops… no! Wait. I had a monsignor moment there. Scratch that last part. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see there any report on the Pope’s stern speech to their German episcopal Liebchen.

What the Fishwrapers want is what the Germans have been up to for years. And now even Francis has called the German Church to wake up.

Because if there is one thing that isn’t news, it’s the Pope being Catholic, like the revival of the Church in France by orthodox Catholics, it’s just not newsworthy.

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In panning Ta-Nehisi Coates’ open letter to his 15-year-old son, Between the World and Me, Randall Kennedy expresses something which every thinking black American has considered, even those who call themselves liberals.

[Coates] insists that behind apparent black racial pathology is the omnipresent reality of white domination—in this instance an act of white supremacy carried out by a black marionette. “To yell ‘black on black crime,’” he contends, “is to shoot a man and then shame him for bleeding.”

A difficulty with attributing this much influence to white folks is that doing so negates the will of black folks. This brings to mind Ralph Ellison’s critique of Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma. Myrdal averred that “the Negro’s entire life and, consequently, also his opinions … are, in the main, to be considered as secondary reactions to more primary pressures from the side of the dominant white majority.” Objecting to this formulation, Ellison asked:

Can a people … live and develop for over three hundred years simply by reacting? Are American Negroes simply the creation of white men, or have they at least helped to create themselves out of what they found around them? Men have made a way of life in caves and upon cliffs; why cannot Negroes have made a life upon the horns of the white men’s dilemma?

(All emphasis mine.)

In 1970s, when Affirmative Action became all the rage, one of the few overtly political statements issuing forth from my parents that I can recall is their fervent opposition to it. Simply put, they viewed the policy as an official assertion of the innate inferiority of blacks. They still do.

Professional Black Leftists (PBLs) like Coates, et al. sometimes claim that we black conservatives are “showing off for the white man’s approval” when we put forth conservative opinions in public. It’s a bemusing accusation, since it seems to me that professional black Leftists are inordinately concerned with what white people as a group think of blacks, as if white America were an audience, black liberals were putting on some kind of Broadway show, and black conservatives were the competing show across the street.

Mr.Kennedy’s review calls forth a realization that has brewed in the back of my mind for quite some time: PBLs actually believe that the majority of black people are inferior to other races.

Oh, not themselves, of course. But, all of their bluster toward conservatives of all hues, and even their attempts to turn their mommy/daddy issues into a field of scholarship are defense mechanisms against saying this outright or even admitting it to themselves. And they get angry when you, white person, refuse to see “our inferiority” and to give us our collective wheelchairs. (I have another theory about black failure. It does not involve eugenics or IQ comparisons.)

Of course it would take a great deal of effort to undo the real problem; not inferiority, but the tree which LBJ planted all those years ago, the fruit of which is this. And thisAnd this. Rotten fruit.

LBJ demonstrated that a culture can be changed on purpose for the worse. (That’s what European leaders are trying to do now, by the way.) PBLs cannot grasp this particular pattern. Believing in the inferiority of other blacks is easier.

And for those of us who are at a loss as to how to make things better, repentance–making an 180-degree turn–begins in the house of the Lord. Action follows therefrom.

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Today’s Saturday Night Sherlock is Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes & Watson in the 1943 picture Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

I always found this title redundant, when does Sherlock Holmes not face death?

You might notice actor Milburn Stone in this movie who toiled unnoticed in B films until 1955 brought him the role of Doc Adams in Gunsmoke that would over the next two decades make him known to all.

Yesterday I varied my routine and instead of staying up till noon or 1 then going to bed for work, I hit the sack as soon as I got home from after work mass and got up at 3 pm in time to catch the drama of the Colorado shootings alternating from the coverage of the story and Ken Burns Baseball.

When my wife saw on facebook that there was an “active shooter” at a planned parenthood in Colorado Springs I sighed. Mortal Sin is not the way to answer mortal sin, murder is not the answer to murder and I would no more advocate the violent murder of an abortionist than I would have advocated a lynch mob stringing up Tsarnaev if he had been acquitted.

I do not hold it against people making the initial assumption that the shooting had something to do with Planned Parenthood any more than I would critique anyone initially assuming that an attack on a Jewish center involved Islamic or Palestinian terror.

As of this writing I’ve heard conflicting news reports concerning if the planned parenthood was targeted. For example:

12:54 p.m.:

At least three officers are injured, as well as multiple others. There are no estimates of the number injured or whether there are fatalities.

The shooter is “contained,” according to Lt. Kirk Wilson, a Colorado Springs police spokesman. Officers are working to “extricate” an officer who is at the scene, but police could not immediately reach him.

1:34 p.m.:

The shooting situation remains active and the shooter is not contained. Colorado Springs police says there is no connection to Planned Parenthood and shooting victims are getting treatment.

At one point Allahpundit finally declared:

I’m so thoroughly confused at this point, I think maybe it’s best not to update any further.

As I type the the suspect has just been taking in custody the Lt. Catherine Buckley has just said this:

“To even speculate on a motive would not be reasonable.”

and Eric Boehlert of all people brought up a fact I wasn’t aware of

I’ve seen nothing on the fact that this was the 2nd shooting of the type in the city in under 30 days, a fact that would be a vast improvement for Chicago but is unthinkable for a place like Colorado springs.

By the time you read this Saturday morning of course we may in fact know if this was an attack targeted at planned parenthood or if the shooter just ended up there, but what struck me immediately was the difference in how the media looked at this event vs Islamic Terror.

In almost every single incident involving Islamic terror the media is scrupulous to do two things

1.   Not declare it Islamic Terror

2.  Disassociate Islam in General from the attack

This has taken place even though the people in question declare themselves muslim, have associated themselves with muslims such as ISIS (the first I standing for Islamic) and it take no effort to find islamic clerics around the world calling for the very terrorist acts.


Now let’s consider the shootings in Colorado.  Everything I’ve seen on CNN so far (excluding the police press conferences) has been all about planned parenthood, claiming the videos were “heavily edited” and playing the narrative.

Planned Parenthood fundraising off the shooting  and declarations of Christian terror on twitter notwithstanding, you will not be able to find an actual ordained Catholic Priest a Catholic Bishop or a Catholic Cardinal in communion with Rome endorsing the shooting or murder of an abortionist.  You won’t find such a thing in writing or on youtube.

This should be no surprise as the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very specific on the matter as I mentioned at the time of the Murder of George Tiller six years ago.

1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it. (emphasis mine)

Now granted it’s very hard to predict things, particularly about the future but I’m going to make a few predictions.

Even before this post goes up you will be seeing people blaming pro-life christian activists for these events.

Even though you will not, as I’ve already noted, find a member of the Catholic Clergy endorse violence, you will see media talking heads blaming the church’s position on abortion for radicalizing people. 

You will see the same people who will tell you that Islam is a religion of peace although people are murdered in its name on a daily basis, will be insisting that this event six years after the murder of George Tiller is a sign of continual christian terrorism.

All the Democrat candidates will be pushing this line if they haven’t already started already.

Many on the left who were attacking police in Chicago will suddenly pivot to praise the police in Colorado Springs although you will find a few outliers on twitter hitting them.

The worst part of all of this, if it turns out that Planned Parenthood was not targeted here it will be a great disappointment not for the Christians who correctly call what’s goes on their murder, but among the left who will be delighted to use the deaths of Colorado Springs for their political purposes.

The left will see this as a chance to change the topic from ISIS (who are likely very jealous of the coverage of this story)

Update: Instalanche, thanks Sarah. Also my spell checker turned “abortionist” into “abolitionist” & I didn’t catch it. Considering that I often compare abortion to slavery it’s doubly wrong.


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In the United States, our established practices of life and living – customs if you will – began during the early “Colonial Period” of our nation’s history.  This would be the first 50 to 100 years of the great migration of English men and women during the early part of the 17th century (1607 to 1661).

Our English forebears came to this country in search of two things:  “religious freedom” and a better “material way of life.

When one surveys the early literature of the American colonies, one can only be struck with a sense of awe on how the early colonists felt that they were led by “The Hand of Divine Providence” to emigrate to America.

I have been recently surveying some of the early writings by two of the American Colonies earliest luminaries:  William Bradford (1500-1657) and John Winthrop (1588-1649).  Both of these men were two of the early Governors of what was known as the “Plymouth Bay Colony” (eventually renamed the Massachusetts Bay Colony).

Both Governors Bradford and Winthrop wrote two wonderful key manuscripts that were in essence their personal journals that have survived over the last several centuries.  Mr. Bradford wrote “From Of Plymouth Plantation” and Mr. Winthrop wrote “A Model of Christian Charity.

When you read these books you are immediately struck with the fact that “The Holy Bible” (most likely the Protestant Geneva Bible) was continually cited and referenced to throughout their writings.

What many Americans today fail to remember is that the early colonists were direct descendants of an earthshaking revolution known as “The Protestant Reformation.

A slight digression is in order here:  This writer would highly commend to your reading one of the historian Jacques Barzun’s magisterial works entitled, “From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present- 500 Years of Western Cultural Life” (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York, 828 pages, 2000).

According to Barzun, there are two key components to every revolution and they are the transfer of both (1.) Power and (2.) Property within a nation or society.

Mr. Barzun states that over the last 500 years (1500 to 2000) that the Protestant Reformation was the equivalent of a “seismic earthquake” that tore Europe asunder and laid the groundwork / framework of the modern world.

The Protestant Reformation was really a series of schisms & transformations within Christendom that upended and destroyed the dominant Religious Hegemony of the Roman Catholic Church (up until Luther nailed his 95 theses on the Church at Wittenberg in 1517, Western Europe was thoroughly Roman Catholic).

The Protestant Reformation produced a Roman Catholic Counter-Revolution known as “The Council of Trent” (the theological writings of this council produced the Roman Catholic Tridentine Church 1546 to 1965).

Martin Luther followed on the tails of the great Roman Catholic Man of Letters, Theologian, and “Humanist” Thomas Erasmus.

Erasmus and Luther were two clerics who upended Europe of the early 1500s by their writings and incessant questioning of what was the proper role of The Church with regards to mediating Christ’s Saving Work to Christian believers.

The early “pilgrims” and “emigrates” to the American Colonists were men and women whose lives had been radically transformed by the ongoing metamorphous being produced by the aftershocks of the ministries of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Saint Ignatius of Loyola (the founder of the Society of Jesus or “The Jesuits”); Henry VIII (The founder of The Anglican Communion or The Church of England); the Anabaptists (re-baptizers); and the emigration of the Puritans (or Separatists, men and women who wished to reform The Church of England) to America.

Bradford and Winthrop would be considered to be Pilgrims or Separatists

Today, modern “Conservatism” is thought of being (1.) Judeo-Christian; (2.) Free Market liberalism (Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations 1776); (3.) Constitutional Governance (The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of The United States; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1776); and (4.) Strong Military Defense (America’s Global role since the end of World War II).

It is important to ask a person who claims that they are a “Conservative” to explain which of the four brands of Conservative thought that they embrace.

  • Are they Social (Judeo-Christian) conservatives?
  • Are they Free Market (Laissez-Faire) conservatives?
  • Or, are they a Limited Government (Libertarian?) conservatives who believe that “the Government that Governs least governs best?
  • Strong Military (Robust Defense) conservative?

William F. “Bill” Buckley, Jr. was known as the foremost exponent of modern day “Conservative Thought” in America in the Post World War II (1951 to 2008) era.

Mr. Buckley is best known as the founder of National Review (1955) and as the creator of the popular T.V. News Magazine known as Firing Line (1966 to 1999).

Bill Buckley embraced a view of Conservatism that he called “Fusionism.”

Buckley attempted to join or “fuse” Social (Judeo-Christian); Free Market (Economic Libertarian); and Strong Defense (Robust military preparedness) conservatism into one unified movement.

As I continue this survey on Conservative thought over the next few weeks and how it applies to our current political landscape, I would like to make a final digression to offer a prayer of “Thanksgiving” to The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who has given us our precious liberties:

Dear LORD and Precious Heavenly Father, On this Thanksgiving Day Holiday week, it is essential that we take time to say “Thank Your O LORD” for the brilliant men and women who preceded us who have bequeathed unto to us a beautiful legacy of Faith, Freedom, Stability, and Wonderful God-given opportunities.

LORD Adonai, We Thank You for watching over us and for also allowing men and women of color who were not part of America’s original vision and promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to join their brothers and sisters in creating a wonderful nation that is still growing in reconciliation and harmony and beauty.

Heavenly Father, we Ask You to forgive us for not being as thankful as we should for the magnificent blessings that you continually bestow upon our nation and upon our children.

LORD, we ask You for Your Guidance and Help as we seek to navigate an uncertain path in the midst of turbulent times and a tumultuous future.

Finally, LORD, Your Holy Word promises us that if we will “humble ourselves and pray; and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways (Pride and Hubris) that You will Hear from Heaven and Forgive us of our sins and Heal our Land” (2 Chronicles 7.14).

We ask that You Remember Your Promise to us as expressed in 2 Chronicles 7.14.

LORD, we Praise and we Worship You!

It is in JESUS Name that we pray…  AMEN!