Defending Our Republic: Reforming Our Universities


David Horowitz’s latest book, Reforming Our Universities, is above all a clarion call to action on the part of all who believe in the founding principles of the United States of America and wish to preserve it as founded.  That is to say that there are forces intent on transforming the U.S. into a European [...]

Hot Post: 7 Reasons Why Conservatives Should Embrace Lady Gaga.


Editor’s note: This was the Hot Post for The Concession Stand this week. Much has been written of late concerning pop star Lady Gaga and her political statements.  The criticism she’s received from many quarters has in my view been excessive and has completely missed the fact that on balance Gaga is using her fame [...]

7 Reasons Why Conservatives Should Embrace Lady Gaga.


Much has been written of late concerning pop star Lady Gaga and her political statements.  The criticism she’s received from many quarters has in my view been excessive and has completely missed the fact that on balance Gaga is using her fame in a positive way to promote what are often essentially conservative ideas – [...]

8/28 “Restoring Honor” Rally Emblematic of Ideological Divide


The “Restoring Honor” rally this past Saturday on the National Mall, organized by Fox News host Glenn Beck, confounded critics even as it uplifted and inspired its participants.  I was among those attending the event, part of a truly massive crowd estimated conservatively (based upon aerial photographs) at somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000.  Despite the attempts [...]

Andrew Sullivan’s Moral Cowardice


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A sad stance on the mosque at Ground Zero.

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Andrew Sullivan: “Useful Homo”


Andrew Sullivan’s recent expression of support for President Obama’s absurd statement defending the backers of the mosque at Ground Zero reveals staggering ignorance at best, and at worst contemptible moral cowardice in the face of a clearly anti-homosexual, anti-Semitic, misogynistic and brutally repressive ideology. From his blog The Daily Dish on Saturday, August 14, 2010: [...]

Strange Bedfellows?: Prop. 8 Battle Illustrates Folly of “Conventional Wisdom.”


The back story of the federal court challenge to California’s Proposition 8, set forth in this recent Hollywood Reporter article, underscores the importance of avoiding easy generalizations and narrative templates.  It is in fact a case study in how reality often defies the neat categories into which we are all sometimes tempted to place people [...]

Conservatives: Time To Get Aboard The “Gay Civil Union” Train


There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth within conservative circles following Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision this past week to strike down California’s Proposition 8, which had amended the state constitution to define marriage as being solely between one man and one woman.  Several of my fellow NewsReal bloggers have weighed in on this, [...]

CPAC 2010 – Final Day


The final day of CPAC 2010 (Saturday 2-20) did not disappoint.  An array of conservative heavy-hitters, panel discussions and film offerings kept things interesting and conference attendees engaged.  The exchange of ideas and the inherently intellectual exercise that is conservatism was fully in evidence.
Things got off to a rousing start with a short but passionate [...]

CPAC Day 2 – Jihad: The Political Third Rail


(All photos provided courtesy of Pamela Geller – see her coverage of this event here)
While the agenda for day 2 of the CPAC conference featured a long list of additional conservative speakers and panel discussions, I will be focusing here on what I believe to be the single most important event of this three-day conference. [...]