by Barrett Tillman – Thursday, February 23, 2017
John M. Browning was a historic figure whose guns started the first World War and helped end the second. In 1914, Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip used a Browning-designed FN Model 1910 to assassinate Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, inciting the Great War. And though Browning died in 1926, he provided his nation with nearly all its World War II machine guns, its automatic rifle and its foremost sidearm. But he did something even grander. Browning’s magnificent M2 machine gun—chambered in the .50 Browning Machine Gun (BMG) cartridge—gave America and her allies the priceless gift of global air superiority. Nothing else came close.
People frequently write about academic political bias but rarely about the degradation of academic scientific capacities. Nevertheless, the signs of this degradation are everywhere. One example is embracing the pseudo-science of climate alarmism. The degree of enthusiasm has varied from Caltech’s tacit approval to the full-throat fervor of Harvard University president Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust. Another sign is a chronic failure of the $300 billion-dollar-a-year post-secondary educational system to produce enough computer specialists. Lastly, there’s the academia’s failure to distance itself from the Union of Concerned Scientists (Disclosure: the author has a pending lawsuit against the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Ford Foundation and other defendants.) and the ongoing “Bill Nye the Science Guy” media hoax.
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 2, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.
The astonishing political campaign of 2016 involved much debate about whether Donald Trump is a conservative. He was not always facile with the lingo of conservatism, and he pointed out once that he was seeking the nomination of the Republican, not the conservative party. Yet there is a lot we can learn from him about conservatism.
What is conservatism? It is a derivative term: it refers to something outside itself. We cannot conserve the present or the future, and the past being full of contradiction, we cannot conserve it entire. In the past one finds heroism and villainy; justice and injustice; freedom and slavery. Things in the past are like things in the present: they must be judged. Conservative people know this if they have any sense.
What then makes them conservative?
Texas Election Integrity at Risk
Early Voting Must Be Backed-up with Paper Tapes
Call to Action
Texans Demand Paper Backup Records for Early Voting
Austin, Texas – October 24, 2016 – Early Voting results in Texas are at risk. Texas laws require Early Voting paper backup records to prevent electronic hacking of elections. To the surprise of Texans, a bureaucrat in the Texas Secretary of State’s office has issued instructions to counties to ignore state election laws that require the printing of paper backup records for Early Voting.
Proactively Ensuring Election Integrity in Texas
Austin, Texas – October 18, 2016 – There are serious election concerns in Texas related to the Texas Secretary of State’s office issuing numerous 2016 administrative waivers which encourage counties to ignore state election laws related to paper backup records and audits for counties utilizing both paper ballots and direct recording electronic voting machines (DRE’s). These waivers place the integrity of the November elections at risk.
Parker County Conservatives
Tuesday October 18 Meeting
6:00-6:45 PM Social
6:45-8:15 PM Meeting
Parker County Cowboy Church
5050 FM5, Aledo, TX 76008