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Chipotle’s Wisdom

David John Marotta

The marketing people at Chipotle Mexican Grill have a new promotional idea called "cultivating thought." They invited selected authors to write something designed to be read in two minutes. These pieces are printed on the sides of Chipotle takeout bags as well as drink cups.

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The Narrow Way (Ode to Pilgrim)

A.J. Castellitto

He will tell you there's no danger, He will tempt you on the way, He will seem the kindest stranger, He will be your hell to pay, He will lull you into slumber...

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A Faithful Report

A.J. Castellitto

The reports are often skewed, and produce reactionary and hostile responses. And so the cycle goes on, and will continue until some sort of crisis or distraction unfolds (most likely staged or fabricated) that enables the people to rally together in unity against a common threat (perceived or otherwise).

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If You Refuse to Get Married, You Can’t Call Your Relationship ‘Marriage’

Bob Ellis

I've seen few if any conservatives who can stay on point and stay on issue like Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation in this video. In a forum, a homosexual man asks Anderson why he and his partner shouldn't be able to file a joint tax return like married couples can. Anderson doesn't get distracted, but goes straight to the principle of the issue and stays there.

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Rand Paul vs. Rick Perry on Foreign Policy: A 2016 Preview

Steve Deace

There is no debate we’re a country in transition. In the political arena, nowhere will this attempted paradigm shift be more apparent than the foreign policy debate that could very well define the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Recently, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry gave us a preview.

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Give low income Americans exit option from Social Security

Star Parker

When Social Security was enacted in the 1930’s it seemed like a good idea. Everyone working would pay a small tax and those revenues could be used to pay a retirement stipend to retirees. But then there were 45 Americans working for every retiree. Because of longer life spans and shrinking families, this ratio is down to three to one today. This makes it impossible for this system to work. CBO projects that in 20 years there will be no funds to pay one third of the benefits of retirees.

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No, Ann Coulter, it’s not about Blacks Voting in the MS GOP Run-Off

Gina Miller

This election has shown the people of Mississippi and the rest of America the dirty underside of a “Republican” political establishment that intends to win at any cost, and we want the truth to be exposed. As it stands, Friends of Barbour-Cochran in positions of authority across the state are doing all they can to prevent the truth from coming out and those responsible being held accountable.

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In Praise of the Republican Party Establishment

Steve Deace

Friends, Americans, patriots — lend me your ears. For once I come not to bury the Republican Party Establishment but to praise it. That’s right, it is I, a man who has been excommunicated so many times by the GOP establishment I’ve lost count, who is now here to tell of their mighty deeds. Just as “only Nixon could go to China,” so must the waxing poetic of the GOP’s “heroic” exploits come from a malcontent like me.

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Further Expansion of Eminent Domain

Robert Romano

At issue is a proposal by the city of Richmond to seize securities backing mortgage loans that are worth less than homes were purchased for under eminent domain, and then rework the loan to the homeowner secured via separate, private financing. Bondholders would take significant losses on the mortgages, being unable to recover the original principal of the loans.

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Pro-Israel Groups Also Targeted by Obama IRS

Rick Manning

Not only did the IRS target politically conservative groups, they also sought to deny tax exempt authorizations to groups who, quoting the Wall Street Journal, “whose missions might conflict with Administration policies. The IRS’s ‘Be on the Lookout’ list that November [2010] also included red flags for groups referring to ‘disputed territories.’”

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GOP Leadership: Afraid of Its Own Shadow

Bob Ellis

Erick Erickson at RedState points out some interesting truths about the political situation in 2014, especially when compared to that of 1998. Some (including Byron York) are wringing their hands that (gasp) the GOP might actually make the 2014 midterm election a referendum on President Obama. And of course, since Barack Obama has done so many things worthy of impeachment, the spectre of impeaching President Obama comes up in the conversation also.

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What Makes You an American?

Michael Peroutka

Are you an American? If you are, can I ask you a question? In your way of thinking, what makes you an American? Is it where you were born? Is it because of where you presently live? Does a SSN make you an American? Or a passport or driver’s License?

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"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964