John C. Seiler, Jr.

John C. Seiler, Jr., writes from California.

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  • CPAC Moves to Rockford?
    May 2014

    CPAC Moves to Rockford?

    Conservatives flock from around the country to CPAC, expecting to advance the movement and gain some insight into what’s going on with “our” government.

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  • March 31, 2014

    President Meets Pope

    When President Obama met with Pope Francis, I was expecting a Walk to Canossa. It turned out the latest in a long line of reactionary disappointments.

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  • March 25, 2014

    Ex-Democracy in America

    Let’s skip worrying about democracy in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia for a few minutes. And concentrate on democracy right here in America. Yet another federal judge overturned state laws banning the absurdity of same-sex “marriage,” in this case in Michigan.

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  • March 11, 2014

    CPAC moves to Rockford?

    Here’s how you’ll know the conservative movement means something again: When the Conservative Political Action Conference, which just held its annual meeting, moves from Washington, D.C. to Rockford. Or Dubuque. Or Peoria. Or Helena. Or San Antonio. Or Bakersfield.

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  • March 4, 2014

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ukraine

    “Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?” is a line from the bad guy, played by John Travolta, in the 1996 action flick “Broken Arrow.” Not a great addition to our national culture, but slightly enjoyable at the time.

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  • California Surfs Toward Bankruptcy
    April 2014

    California Surfs Toward Bankruptcy

    Beach Blanket Bankruptcy would be a great name for a 1960’s-style surf movie about California’s state and local finances. Alas, although Frankie Avalon still is with us, the beauteous Annette has gone the way of fiscal solvency.

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  • Bathroom Break

    Bathroom Break

    On January 1, the state imposed on children Assembly Bill 1266, mandating that all bathrooms, gym showers, and sports teams in public schools be open to everyone, regardless of sex. The bill’s official title is the School Success and Opportunity Act.

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  • February 24, 2014

    Six Californias?

    California is a preposterously large state, with 38 million dwellers stretching toward 138 million. So it’s not surprising a new idea to split it into six states has gurgled up from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who’s holding a press conference today, Feb. 24, at 6 pm EST.

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  • February 17, 2014

    Stop Clowning Around

    Seriously, if possible, the NY Daily News reports: “Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.”

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  • February 12, 2014

    Russkies Jibe at American Loss of Freedoms

    A great way to attack somebody is to mock hypocrisy over a perceived strength. During the Cold War, anti-communist writers like yours truly would scribble something like this about the Soviet Union: “In the workers’ paradise, only the bosses have cars and a washing machine is your babushka (grandmother).” Payback time.

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  • Suicide State
    March 2014

    Suicide State

    “We don’t divorce our men; we bury them,” instructs Stella Bernard, played by a loony Ruth Gordon, in Lord Love a Duck (1966). That’s certainly better social policy than America has pursued since 1970, with no-fault divorce shattering families.

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  • Joking Through the Apocalypse
    August 2013

    Joking Through the Apocalypse

    Mark Steyn is the only neoconservative who can still make you laugh.

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  • Cigarette Holders, Nicotine Gum
    July 2013

    Cigarette Holders, Nicotine Gum

    Is President Obama a “change agent” on the level of Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a New New Deal comparable to FDR’s New Deal?

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  • The Rise and Death of the Disinformation Media
    March 2013

    The Rise and Death of the Disinformation Media

    Americans can now pick from a welter of news outlets on the internet and from such independent sources as this magazine. Yet most Americans still get their news from the usual disinformation sources: the major newspapers and broadcast and cable TV.

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  • February 2013

    The United States of Surveillance

    Big Brother is watching you; he’s also listening, sniffing, recording, and analyzing. His private little brothers—everyone from major corporations to your doctor and your local grocer—are also snooping on you nonstop.

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  • Institutionalizing Compassion
    February 2013

    Institutionalizing Compassion

    Writing in the mid-1980’s, Forrest McDonald observed that America’s founders would have recognized their handiwork as late as the early 1960’s, but not after. Despite technological changes, the Civil War, the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and two world wars, the governments most Americans dealt with were state and local.

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  • The Folly of Propositional Democracy
    January 2013

    The Folly of Propositional Democracy

    California continues its essential role as the proving ground for bad ideas. The latest is the demolition of “popular” initiatives to decide important issues.

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  • October 2012

    Something's Gotta Give

    The Golden State is now the Bankruptcy State. In late July and early August, California suffered a cluster of bankruptcies in three cities: Stockton, San Bernardino, and Mammoth Lakes. In 2008, Vallejo declared bankruptcy.

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  • See the USA in Your Chevrolet in 1964
    August 2012

    See the USA in Your Chevrolet in 1964

    Pop pulled the sky-blue 1963 Chevy Impala out of the driveway in Wayne, Michigan.

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  • July 2012

    The Soros Left Guns for ALEC

    Vote for Chicagoland politics, get Chicagoland politics. Inspired by President Obama’s slash-and-burn tactics on his opponents, Democrats, radical labor, and left-liberal activists have begun full Saul Alinsky-Bill Ayres-style assaults on conservative and libertarian groups.

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