It seems we have been talking about mask mandates non-stop for so long now. For nearly a year and a half the old saying of “letting the mask slip” has played out in real life, revealing quite a bit about many folks beyond the face coverings of the moment and the varying mask mandate rules of our Covid times.
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a piece for Arc Digital about masks that still, to this day, is the most read piece I’ve ever done on any platform on any subject:
Though not specifically enumerated in the Bill of…
I read, and reread several times with interest, a piece in National Review by Isaac Schorr entitled “ A Wake-Up Call for Conservatives “ and subtitled “Millennials and Generation Z show no sign of growing more conservative over time like the Boomers did. We must address the age gap.” After citing statistics to the point, he lays out two conclusions:
These results should lead the conservatives interpreting them to two distressing, but hopefully motivating, conclusions.
The first conclusion is an obvious one: A college education is a not-so-golden ticket to a worldview that embraces the premises of the Left. This…
There is nothing new under the sun, sayeth the preacher. Surely he must have been talking of politics and unworthy schemers, for it is doubly true then. Understanding such folks to be “ apostles of greed and racial arrogancies “ and the truth becomes even more self-evident.
Excuse me, should have said demographics; that’s the more socially lubricated word for sliding racial issues into the discourse at present.
A certain host on a certain show has once again got folks talking about demographics, specifically immigration demographics. The point by point is out there if you so wish to know it…
We’ve heard it before, throughout three different administrations, but this time President Biden says he really means it: America is getting out of Afghanistan:
President Biden has watched a parade of presidents set sweeping goals for the United States overseas, only to become entangled in long-running, slow-bleeding problems. Now that he has the job himself, Biden is determined to avoid the same fate.
His pledge to end the two-decade U.S. war in Afghanistan is the best example so far.
Biden sees the war against the Taliban as a drag on the need to deal with bigger threats like China, climate…
Though not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights, some folks treasure the right to be epically offended by the minor inconveniences of life. Wielding the rhetoric of freedom like William Wallace’s great sword, they see themselves as hunting down liberty infringements. What is important is fiercely resisting any and all external impositions, no matter how beneficial they are to the collective good.
The opposing forces are equally committed, championing the doctrine of one-size-fits-all administered by the shoehorn of expert opinion. …
Fresh off the heels of the Liz Cheney drama that was ostensibly about not talking about the past, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23) surprised no one by coming out against the proposed “January 6th commission.”
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he was opposed to a bipartisan agreement struck last week that would create an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
McCarthy’s opposition comes ahead of a vote this week that House Democrats have scheduled to pass legislation to create the panel modeled after the 9/11 Commission that would be tasked with investigating…
I was wrong.
I thought I’d heard every West Virginia joke there is.
There is of course the fact that we hillbillies invented the toothbrush, evidenced by the fact that had anyone else invented it the branding would have been teethbrush.
There’s the dead give away of matrimonial bliss, which is shown by the fact that the spit tobacco stains are down both sides of the truck.
Of course, there is the long running debate about whether if you get divorced, are you still cousins, or if your parents divorce are they still brother and sister?
Understand, we only go…
Some news stories just hit close to home. This news story on the opioid crisis is about my home.
For West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Emily Allen contrasted two different legal proceedings in two different courtrooms in West Virginia. In Federal Court in the state capital of Charleston, Big Pharma is on trial for their part in the opioid epidemic that has deluged the mountain state for years now. An hour and a half away in the center of the state, the Nicholas County Courthouse saw a much different proceeding:
Nicholas County Circuit Judge Steve Callaghan oversees the local family treatment…
President Biden has his much discussed “100 Days” landing just about as well as he could have hoped. On Wednesday, the 46th president will deliver a “not the State of the Union” address to a joint session of congress. Thursday is the actual date for the much ado “First 100 days” and will see the President travel to the politically Hotlanta in Georgia, a makeup trip that was cancelled earlier by a mass shooting. And to kick off such a busy week for the Biden Administration, good news in the approval polling department.
According to the poll, 53 percent of…
With West Virginia having gone from leading the nation to lagging behind, Governor Jim Justice is getting creative and incentivizing Covid vaccinations.
In order to help get over the wall of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and help incentivize eligible teenagers and young adults, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that the state could give out savings bonds in exchange for shots in arms.
During his Monday COVID-19 briefing at the State Capitol Building, Justice offered state residents between the ages of 16 and 35 a $100 U.S. Savings bond once they get vaccinated.
“In trying to come up with a way that…
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