Embrace goods made by inmates

By |November 19th, 2015|

A hand-braided black, white and red bridle with tassels and glass rosettes was one of my dad’s favorite antiques, both for its artistry and its history. Sometime in the early 20th century, an inmate in a Colorado penitentiary in Cañon City worked strands of stiff horsehair into a work of art.


Let freedom ring: words from the #WCS14

By |July 20th, 2014|

Saturday night marks the midpoint of the 2014 Western Conservative Summit, and attendees from all backgrounds and generations react to speakers throughout the weekend so far:


Jay Ambrose: When Obama does it, does that make it legal?

By |July 3rd, 2014|

President Barack Obama, whose power abuses have played a role in the imperilment of tens of thousands of children and earned him slaps by the U.S. Supreme Court and the threat of a lawsuit by House Republicans, has promised more of the same. […]

Think Again: It’s right versus wrong, not left versus right

By |July 3rd, 2014|

Imagine a July 4th tradition like Hollywood’s where each year the Oscars pay homage to fallen stars. Liberty-loving Americans would fete public servants who’ve honored Thomas Jefferson’s rule to “leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.” […]

Jay Ambrose: Immigration cruelties of the ‘compassionate’ sort

By |June 11th, 2014|

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children are streaming across our border with Mexico to escape horrors at home and finding new troubles here. These may be far less heinous than what they fled, but many have endured something akin to torture on the journey, will mostly have to return home anyway and meanwhile have a president of the United States to thank for their predicament. […]

Sturm: Universities and bureaucracies: close-minded havens

By |June 7th, 2014|

“I’m not young enough to know everything,” Oscar Wilde observed, as if reflecting on the Great Commencement Speaker Flap of 2014. However, Jimi Hendrix was young when he offered advice that today’s college students should […]

The political climate needs a change

By |June 7th, 2014|

Food stamps have never been more popular, economic growth is in the doldrums, average household income remains in a slump, the work force is still shrinking, a third of everyone between 18 and 34 is living with parents, often as a means of rent rescue, and President Barack Obama wants to make things worse. […]

Think Again: Women: Looking for love in all the wrong places?

By |February 15th, 2014|

“Life’s greatest happiness,” Victor Hugo wrote, “is to be convinced we are loved.” As most experienced couples know, love-induced happiness is a year-round triumph, not the outcome of a singular, mass-marketed Valentine’s celebration — the one Jay Leno calls “Extortion Day.” […]

How Obama could rescue millions from poverty

By |February 7th, 2014|

Getting people to quit cigarettes and saving families with children from destitution have nothing in common, right? I think they do, and I think it could be President Obama’s single most significant legacy if he would sponsor something comparable to a surgeon general’s 1964 report on smoking killing people. […]

The state of Barack Obama’s presidency is pretty bad

By |February 3rd, 2014|

Suppose you are president, you’ve stumbled, fumbled, slipped and crashed, it’s time to give a State of the Union speech and millions will be watching. What do you do – say you are sorry and will try harder or take credit for good things you did not do, blame the bad things you did do on others and propose solutions that sound good to the gullible even though they will make things worse? […]