Author: Michael R. Shannon

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May 30, 2012

Nine out of ten journalists say, “Guilty!”

Good news for Neighborhood Watch celebrity, George Zimmerman. The Associated Press reports that in 23 years only 2,000 people have been exonerated after being wrongly convicted of a serious felony.

Each year there are nearly one million felony convictions, over 10,000 …

May 22, 2012

Two Grooms Does Not a Marriage Make

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 22 May 2012

John Hawkins, proprietor of Right Wing News, recently selected his favorite quotes from C. S. Lewis. One has a great deal of relevance with regard to President Obama’s recent embrace of homosexual marriage.

May 16, 2012

Clogged traffic arteries are genetic

Filed under: Politics In General - 16 May 2012

Police in Prince William County, VA just released a list of the most dangerous intersections and I discovered that on a single trip to Chantilly I managed to drive through the most dangerous intersection in Manassas, the most hazardous in …

May 8, 2012

Obama’s end zone dance

Filed under: Politics In General,War On Terror - 08 May 2012

It’s not often I agree with Sen. John McCain (R–Ego), but his description of Obama’s Osama commercial is apt. “No one disputes that the president deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the …

May 1, 2012

Is this house big enough to hold my ego?

Filed under: Featured Conservative,In The News - 01 May 2012

Michael R. Shannon

Even a property–rights conservative must admit it’s always an ominous sign when a prospective neighbor decides to give his soon–to–be–constructed house a name. There’s nothing that screams “Arriviste!” like a billboard in the front yard trumpeting the …

April 24, 2012

Next Stop: The White Elephant’s Graveyard

Filed under: Featured Conservative,The Democrats - 24 Apr 2012

Virginia just avoided a state–sized version of the popular “government shutdown” crisis. Democrats had twice defeated the budget in Senate votes and it looked like the usual hostages — children, teachers, social workers, grief counselors, underwater mortgage holders, illegals, addicts, …

April 18, 2012

Mike Wallace in the hot seat

Filed under: Academia, Media & Hollywood,History - 18 Apr 2012

The journalism establishment exemplified, by the MSM (mainstream media), does not believe in American exceptionalism. That’s reserved for the rubes in flyover country. Their admiration is reserved for themselves and the lofty position the “4th Estate” holds in contemporary society. …

April 13, 2012

Teachers suffering from paycheck ADHD

There’s been a great deal of upheaval involving teacher’s unions over the last year. There was and is great drama in Wisconsin where teacher’s and their Democrat lackeys in the legislature went hands on with Gov. Scott Walker to fight …

April 1, 2012

The only thing George Zimmerman didn’t do is play lacrosse

Neighborhood Watch celebrity George Zimmerman graduated from a high school not too far from where I live in Virginia. I certainly hope he made it to the 10–year reunion of the Osbourn Park Class of 2001, because it doesn’t look …

March 27, 2012

Preacher Goes Wild in Virginia Beach

Filed under: Politics In General - 27 Mar 2012

Periodically there’s an eruption in Virginia Beach that catches us off guard. Much like a dormant volcano will occasionally demand attention, Pat Robertson grabs headlines by making an off–the–wall comment.

March 19, 2012

Teachers Suffering from Memory Loss

It’s been a busy week on the education front in Virginia. The General Assembly, concerned about academics and discipline, defeated the “Tebow” bill that would have allowed homeschoolers to try out for high school athletic teams.

March 13, 2012

Democrats vote to keep a minority in the shadows

Filed under: Politics In General - 13 Mar 2012

There is an underground society in today’s America. These invisible people pay taxes just like the rest of us, but are ostracized because of their background. The promise of America is denied them. Instead they lead a clannish, insular …

March 6, 2012

Smile, you’re on vaginal camera

Virginia Senate Democrats are still complaining about their loss of power after last year’s election resulted in a 20 to 20 tie. This gave control to Republicans since Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling casts the tie–breaking vote.

February 29, 2012

Republicans: still searching for a fight they can win.

Filed under: The Republicans - 29 Feb 2012

Rep. Frank Wolf (R–VA) and I disagree on term limits. I’m a firm believer in 12 years and you’re out — while Wolf is an advocate of the 30 years and counting philosophy. (Unless Frank doesn’t have any other options, …

February 20, 2012

Judging Presidential Timber at CPAC

Filed under: Conservatism & Libertarianism - 20 Feb 2012

Friday’s session of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was crucial for Republican presidential candidates, but it started with an audition for Vice President.

Our own Gov. Bob McDonnell proved once again if you want a VP candidate who is not …

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