Evan McMullin for President of the United States

I am supporting Evan McMullin for President of the United States. Who? Evan McMullin is the #NeverTrump alternative for Conservatives of conscience.  Evan stepped up in August, to provide a positive choice in the 2016 Presidential election.  He was born in Utah, grew up in Washington state, and went to school at BYU and the […]

Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream

Love him or hate him, you don’t know Barack Obama.  Analyst Dinesh D’Souza, an immigrant from India and contemporary of the President, has taken the time to examine Obama as a person, his background and his ideology, in his new book, Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream.  A documentary movie based on the book, 2016, […]

Remarks for Memorial Day

Remarks for Slayton, Minnesota, Memorial Day Service 2012 -John C. Shepard     Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.   President Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in the Autumn of 1863, […]

Convention Call: The World is Run by Those Who Show Up

Some 80 odd citizens of Southwest Minnesota gathered tonight from across nine counties  all or part of Minnesota’s Senate District 22 for the local GOP legislative endorsing convention at the Fulda American Legion Hall.  This is grassroots politics nitty-gritty.  The flash of the Presidential beauty race at the February Caucus is long gone.  Even the […]

A Planner’s Guide to The Hunger Games

A good story sets the scene as a supporting character, as much as a necessary backdrop.  Few stories are good stories.  Most stories—like many of our modern lives—could take place anywhere, anytime.  There is no ‘there’ there. The Hunger Games, which reached the big screen in the U.S. this week, is a good story.  Its […]

My Blog is About to Sue Me For Abandonement

Blame reading The Hunger Games series ahead of the movie release.  So I’ll repost this from my Scouting blog: SM Minute—Your Hunger Games Many of you have read, or may have seen the new movie based on the teen novel, Hunger Games. Not to give away the end of the story, but the trilogy follows […]

The Laborer’s Ends: Not a Hardship but a Pastime

Henry David Thoreau, comments in Walden, on the laborer’s ends: As I preferred some things to others, and especially valued my freedom, as I could fare hard and yet succeed well, I did not wish to spend my time in earning rich carpets or other fine furniture, or delicate cookery, or a house in the […]

Texas Declaration of Independence 1836

Unanimous Declaration of Independence made by the Delegates of the People of Texas in General Convention at the town of Washington [on-the-Brazos] on the 2nd day of March 1836. When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement […]

A Reagan 100

Back in college, I found a lot of good resources for Conservative students from the Young America’s Foundation.  This year, YAF is participating in celebrations of President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday.  I noticed this announcement for the college crowd, and any of us alumni who might still live close to campus: To celebrate the 100thanniversary […]