He Said, She Said Movie Review: Veronica Mars


Joseph and Palmer were supporters of the Veronica Mars movie from its KickStarter's early beginnings. Now that the movie has come out, Joseph and Palmer give their reviews of the feature length reunion of one of the first shows they watched together as a married couple. Joseph: In its first weekend Read more

Bitten by the Green-Eyed Monster


We all fall victim to the green-eyed monster. It has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first reference the green-eyed monster dates back hundreds of years to Shakespeare's Othello. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd Read more

My Weekend at The Masters: Bubba, History, and How It's Supposed to Be


It was clear on Saturday night how things were going to go, if you looked at Twitter, watched the Golf Channel, and listened to the pundits. On Sunday, here's how it was supposed to be… - Bubba Watson had only won 1 out of 14 tournaments that he had led Read more

Feeny Friday: First Girl Meets World Teaser Trailer


Happy Feeny Friday, you Feeny Fanatics! Today's post is as simple as it is wonderful - the first Girl Meets World teaser trailer is here. We are also getting more GMW cast photos, as well as confirmations that Feeny will be back for the pilot (premiering sometime this summer), Minkus will be back Read more

The Wise Guise Discuss Colbert Replacing Letterman


The news broke earlier today that Stephen Colbert would be replacing David Letterman on CBS's The Late Show.  The Wise Guise discussed it via our normal means - e-mail, text message, and Gchat. While some websites share celebrities' thoughts, we thought you'd be craving our thoughts, so fear not. Here Read more

Warner's WrestleMania Weekend: A Retrospective on an Amazing Event


It’s tough to sum up my feelings around my first WrestleMania weekend after hearing of the Ultimate Warrior’s death late last night. He was one in a million, a superhero to millions of kids in the early 90s, but most importantly, after hearing him speak at the WWE Hall Read more

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Political Passport: 2016 Polling Update on Presidential Contenders

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Jeb Bush fist pump Political Passport: 2016 Polling Update on Presidential Contenders

The second year of President Obama’s second term has only just begun, marked by his 2014 State of the Union Address last week. But as I’ve discussed before on this blog, the jockeying to become the 45th President of the United States began the day after the 2012 election. And, in actuality, many Republicans and Democrats made decisions between 2008 and 2012 that began to set them up for potential runs in 2016.

While it is far too early to make any legitimate predictions about 2016, there are some recent developments and recent polls that can give us a big-picture overview of who could be the 45th President of the United States and next leader of the free world. There are also some recent political developments that could impact the 2014 mid-term elections and the 2016 presidential primary and general elections. I will discuss many of these details more in-depth as 2014 progresses, from gubernatorial races and immigration reform status in Congress to scandals and GOP efforts to claim a majority in the Senate.

For now, though, we look to 2016. One recent development is the Republican Party’s shrewd move to hold their 2016 Convention MUCH earlier than they have been held in the last few presidential election cycles. In order to avoid a long, drawn-out primary in which candidates beat up on each other and the eventual nominee, they are limiting the number of debates and ensuring their presidential ticket is set in stone heading into the dog days of summer. This is wise. Assuming Hillary is the eventual Democratic nominee without much legitimate competition, the GOP needs to rally around the eventual nominee with months to go before the general election. With the GOP having a mostly health internal battle for the future of the party, this early convention and conclusion to the primary is even more important.

So how much of a front-runner is Hillary right now? If not Hillary, then who? In the wide-open and very full GOP race, is anyone a clear front-runner? Two new polls out this week give us clues to answering these questions.

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Everything You Need to Know About 2014 State of the Union Speeches

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SOTUCongress Everything You Need to Know About 2014 State of the Union Speeches

In this post, I share with you the highlights of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, along with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’, Sen. Mike Lee’s, and Sen. Rand Paul’s official responses. I present these excerpts pulled out because I feel that it’s really all you need to know about each one. I’m also providing the full video of each address in case you want to watch/hear the entire thing as it was delivered.

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25th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address to the Nation

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reagan 25th Anniversary of Ronald Reagans Farewell Address to the Nation

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address to the Nation. A friend reminded me of this fact this week. Although I’d read most of the speech in excerpts before, I’d never watched President Reagan, “The Great Communicator” himself, deliver the speech. I’d read the words, recited some of them even… but I’d never heard him deliver them as he prepared to leave office.

On January 11, 1989, President Reagan delivered this speech from the Oval Office. It exemplifies so much of what made him such a popular President, invoked today by Republicans and President Obama alike. He’s become one of those iconic Presidents that members of both parties invoke for political gain. While he’s not the mythical hero that some have made him to be, watching, listening, or reading this speech will remind you of what made him such a transformative leader.

Some of the highlights from this speech:

And in all that time I won a nickname – “The Great Communicator.” But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference – it was the content. I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation – from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries.

We’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important: Why the pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, four years ago, on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did. Well, let’s help her keep her word.

If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I am warning of an eradication of that – of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.

Let’s start with some basics – more attention to American history and a greater emphasis of civic ritual. And let me offer lesson No. 1 about America : All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.

That’s how I saw it, and see it still. How Stands the City?

And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that: after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm.

And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the Pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.

Here’s the full video of the farewell address.

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Jon Stewart Takes On the ObamaCare Launch

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Screen Shot 2013 10 22 at 8.37.33 AM Jon Stewart Takes On the ObamaCare Launch

When he’s good, he’s good. Jon Stewart has made two things clear during his long and hilarious run as host of The Daily Show:

(1) He leans left and is more sympathetic to liberal causes and the Democratic Party.

(2) He takes no prisoners and will call a spade a spade, hilariously attacking incompetence from politicians and policies across the political spectrum and from both parties.

Combined together, this means he often reserves some of his most scathing critiques for failures coming from liberals and the Democratic Party.

And the failed launch of the ObamaCare website is no exception. His takedown last night had me laughing until I cried. Enjoy!

Someone to Second My Motion for a Permanent Government Shutdown?

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photo e1381769775171 Someone to Second My Motion for a Permanent Government Shutdown?I got in my car Thursday morning and headed to work like I normally do–with a few, slight changes to my regular route. In looking at the map to your right, I live at the purple dot and I work at the red dot. However, this morning I would end up at the blue dot. Yes, it was way out of my way, and it made me late to work; however, I could not bear to pull into my office and get out of my car. In fact, I drove past my office twice before heading to the blue dot. But let’s start at the beginning of my journey. Read more

Top 20 Things Learned from New York Magazine’s Interview w/ Justice Scalia

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scalia Top 20 Things Learned from New York Magazines Interview w/ Justice Scalia

In an era of social media and 24-hour news cycles, people disagree often. Whether it’s Miley Cyrus, the government shutdown, award shows, or football games, people disagree vehemently always and often. In this era, there is arguably no one who invokes more ardent loyalty or utter disgust than Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Some view him as the lone voice of reason in the wilderness standing for what is right in America, while others think he hates minorities of every kind and is terrible for America. Most admit that he is one of the smartest and wittiest minds in the legal field today, although people debate to what extent he uses his legal powers for good or evil.

Regardless, Scalia is a fascinating figure and has had a front-seat to U.S. legal, political, and cultural shifts since the mid-1970s. So it was refreshing recently when New York Magazine interviewed Scalia in a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred interview. While there is a lot of insight for legal nerds of all ideologies, there was a lot revealed in the interview that should be interesting to all Americans. What does Scalia think about Facebook, Seinfeld, different media outlets, the current state of political gridlock, Pope Francis, poker, heaven, hell, the Devil, and his place in history?

Well, here’s the Top 20 things we learned. Enjoy! To read the entire interview (which is well worth doing especially if you want to understand how he thinks about legal matters), click here.

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Why Conservatives Should Support Common Core

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Tennessee Department of Education logo Why Conservatives Should Support Common Core

As a conservative Republican, there are many complaints I have against President Obama’s leadership and our expanding federal government. Whether it is the Internal Revenue Service’s unconstitutional targeting of conservative groups, more tax hikes than spending cuts, or rising health care costs even after the passing of ObamaCare, the federal government under President Obama has been expanding, with very little to show for it.

But I’m saddened when some fellow conservatives criticize Common Core State Standards as another example of the centralized federal government taking over education.

There are many ways in which the federal government is infringing upon our freedoms. Common Core State Standards are not one of them.

As a former 11th and 12th grade social studies teacher at Whites Creek High School in Nashville, TN, I experienced firsthand how the educational policies and standards of the past two decades have made equality of opportunity a myth for far too many of our children. I also learned what an educational standard is and is not.  Standards are the goals that we set for our students. Curriculum is the path we navigate to get them to those goals. The Common Core State Standards are not a dictation on how we should teach. They are meant to raise the bar to make our students nationally and internationally competitive with higher order thinking and problem solving skills needed to meet the needs of the future.

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