I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.
"Longmire" Jumps the Shark
To say that last week's episode of "Longmire" (A&E) jumped the shark would be an understatement. Beyond over-the-top violence and a cooked-up office romance, "Population 25" featured a cult-like group of survivalists living in the woods who kidnap and torture our Sheriff Department heroes in the name of--wait for it--anti-government ideology. And in case viewers weren't sufficiently convinced that those who believe in limited government are psychos, the writers threw in a murdered census agent in the freezer.
This reviewer obviously found all this appealing, noting gleefully that, in the final confrontation scene, "Longmire . . . tosses out a Thomas Jefferson quote that he knows will appeal to the nutcase." The Jefferson quote in question is the famous "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants," except that Longmire conveniently left out "tyrants." After all, only a "nutcase" would believe in fighting tyranny.
Tech Entrepreneurs and Libertarians 'Strange Bedfellows'?
According to this article, Republican (libertarian) Senator Rand Paul was surprisingly well-received during a recent visit to Silicon Valley. But this doesn't surprise me for they're not really "strange bedfellows" (per the title) at all. There is a growing schism between young tech entrepreneurs and the liberal political establishment in cities like San Francisco and Manhattan, where the state is attempting to control burgeoning app businesses such as Uber and Lyft with regulation, taxation, and protectionism. I expect this trend to continue.