Author: David Giffin

Sorry, Twitchy, You Jumped The Shark

Conservative website Twitchy has made a name for itself as a clearinghouse of snark.  It pokes fun at liberals on Twitter, rouge journalists, and current events in a very lighthearted format.  However, despite my enjoyment of Twitchy and my respect for Michelle Malkin, its original founder, they sometimes go a bit overboard. Twitchy’s recent story on the Russian Flag guy at CPAC was one that went overboard. So What Actually Happened? Hadn’t heard of the CPAC Russian Flag incident?  That’s ok: it just happened today, and the Twitchy story does recap many facts fairly well. Peter Hamby, the director of news from...

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SLU Fights West Over On-Campus Speech

In a rapidly evolving chain of events, administrators at Saint Louis University have made repeated attempts to modify, censor, and disparage the content of retired Lt. Col. Allen West’s forthcoming speech on their campus. West had planned to spend part of his presentation discussing his experiences as a veteran in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and discuss the negative effects of radical Islam.  However, according to YAF, an administrator at SLU barred the SLU College Republicans chapter from using the phrase “radical Islam” on advertising related to the event.  The same administrator claimed that West did not...

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Pence’s NC Appearance Lacked Punch

Indiana Governor Mike Pence spoke at a rally in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Tuesday night.  A crowd of a few hundred gathered to hear the Republican Party’s nominee for Vice President drum up support for the party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump. However, the speech–which, oddly, started fifteen minutes before its scheduled time–had largely predictable content. What Pence Said The policy portions of Pence’s speech focused on contrasting Hillary Clinton’s record with Trump’s policy proposals.  He highlighted Hillary’s dishonest conduct with her email server, along with her mixed record as Secretary of State.  Pence then focused on how Trump’s policies would improve America’s security and economic standing...

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Is The Gadsen Flag Actually Racist?

A government agency is now investigating claims that the Gadsen Flag is inherently racist.  But is that claim actually true? According to constitutional law professor and legal expert Eugene Volokh, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission first decided to investigate these racism claims two months ago.  The original case, Shelton D. [pseudonym] v. Brennan, opened when a federal worker lodged a “hostile work environment” complaint. The worker, “Shelton,” argued that a coworker created a racially insensitive environment by wearing a Gadsen Flag hat. Why was wearing a Gadsen Flag hat insensitive, you ask?  Because the Gadsen Flag is a “historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the...

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Why Didn’t The FBI Recommend Charges Against Hillary?

In a press conference at 11:00 AM EST on Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not be recommending that the Department of Justice press charges against former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. This is surprising for some, especially considering that Comey confirmed during the press conference that, despite Clinton’s repeated claims otherwise, she had in fact used her personal email system to transmit classified information across unsecured networks–including “top secret” information, the highest level of classification.  According to Comey “none of those emails should have been on any unclassified system,” regardless of...

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