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David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here


Should Gays Be a Part of the Conservative Movement? Part III: Why I’m Banning Ryan Sorba From NewsReal Blog and Why All Respectable Conservative Publications Should Do the Same

2011 January 26

Burrowing into the Conservative Movement to subvert from within.

Editor’s Note: This is part III of a three-part debate on whether homosexuality is compatible with political conservatism. Part 1 can be read here and part 2 is available here.

My debating partner Ryan Sorba first rose to prominence after a notorious speech he gave last year at CPAC in which he condemned the conservative gathering from the podium.

After the speech Sorba had an encounter with someone whose name should be familiar to regular NewsReal Blog readers: Alex Knepper.

The original post of the back and forth is no longer online, but a large excerpt is still up at Andrew Sullivan’s blog here.  The two didn’t really get along for obvious reasons. Knepper called Sorba “intrinsically evil” to his face (a harsher condemnation than he gave the North American Man-Boy Love Association.) Correction: this “intrinsically evil” line was from Sorba to Knepper after Knepper refused to shake Sorba’s hand. And Sorba allegedly said that he wanted to physically fight Knepper. read more…

Douglas Rushkoff’s “Life Inc.” Now in Paperback: Capitalism Yes, Corporations No

2011 January 17

Author note: This review was first published here in July of 2009 at FrontPage when Life Inc. was released in hardback. (Incidentally it was my last piece as a freelance contributor to FrontPage before I started full time at the Freedom Center in August of 2009.) Life Inc. is now out in paperback with additional material and can be purchased here.

It’s hard to imagine any conservative ever picking up media theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s newest book.

They’ll see the title and immediately walk the other way: Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back.

And they would not be doing so without due cause.

Since the formation of the New Left in the ‘60s the attack on the corporation has been a staple of the radical assault on freedom. “Muckraking” journalists make their living going after corporate scandals and corporate evils, always while demanding one solution: more and more government regulation to come crashing down on these enemies of the people, these greedy “fat cat” CEOs. read more…

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Dick Morris’s Dangerous Illusion: Obama’s Going to Be Like Clinton and Move to the Center to Get Reelected

2011 January 17

Certainly not identical political animals.

Silly Question of the Day: do you ever expect President Barack Obama to have an affair with a beret-wearing intern?

In a fake victory for “civility” it’s a safe wager that both Right and Left can agree that the answer to this question is “no.”

Why is that? Because Obama and Bill Clinton are fundamentally different in who they are as people and political actors. They have different philosophies, personalities, and objectives.

Apparently Dick Morris missed the memo on this.

From Morris and Eileen McGann’s most recent column:

For the past three years, the left and Obama have been indistinguishable, joined at the hip in a marriage of ideology and, where that failed, of convenience. Now the marriage is on the rocks and some see a divorce in the offing. read more…

Rats on a Hot Plate Looking For a Scapegoat, Unable to Accept the Evil That REALLY Causes Tragedies like the Arizona Shooting

2011 January 16

This popular post was originally published January 12, 2011.

I went on my first real date in seventh grade in 1997. She was a friend from school named Holly and we went to see the R-rated, slasher movie “Scream 2.” We were both 13 or 14 or so but there was no controversy in two junior high kids going and seeing a bloody horror movie about a masked killer. We bought our tickets without incident and enjoyed the picture.

Three years later the movie theatre experience at Regal Cinemas was very different. My best friend Jon McDermid and I went to see “Scary Movie,” the goofy R-rated parody of the late ’90s new wave of knife-wielding maniac movies. Now we needed a parent to sign our ticket in order for us to be admitted and the theatre had assigned ushers to make sure that no one under 17 got into an R-rated movie.

What happened in those three years between “Scream 2” and “Scary Movie”? One of the defining cultural experiences of Generation Y: the Columbine Shooting. read more…

Rats on a Hot Plate Looking For a Scapegoat, Unable to Accept the Evil That REALLY Causes Tragedies like the Arizona Shooting

2011 January 12

I went on my first real date in seventh grade in 1997. She was a friend from school named Holly and we went to see the R-rated, slasher movie “Scream 2.” We were both 13 or 14 or so but there was no controversy in two junior high kids going and seeing a bloody horror movie about a masked killer. We bought our tickets without incident and enjoyed the picture.

Three years later the movie theatre experience at Regal Cinemas was very different. My best friend Jon McDermid and I went to see “Scary Movie,” the goofy R-rated parody of the late ’90s new wave of knife-wielding maniac movies. Now we needed a parent to sign our ticket in order for us to be admitted and the theatre had assigned ushers to make sure that no one under 17 got into an R-rated movie.

What happened in those three years between “Scream 2” and “Scary Movie”? One of the defining cultural experiences of Generation Y: the Columbine Shooting. read more…

Cowardly Liar David Frum Exploits Shooting To Urge People to Think About His Pet Subject That had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the Tragedy

2011 January 10

Noted liar, ex-conservative, and pedophile-apologist David Frum on what we should be thinking about right now as six people lie dead:

Again: this talk did not cause this crime. But this crime should summon us to some reflection on this talk. Better: This crime should summon us to a quiet collective resolution to cease this kind of talk and to cease to indulge those who engage in it.

How about this crime should summon us to some reflection on whether the Rolling Stones were better than the Beatles. Or how about whether it’s better to eat one’s eggs scrambled or over easy?

Or how about I just shut my mouth and stop making offensive, meaningless statements which trivialize a tragedy and reveal yet again the great vacuum that sits in place of my moral compass? read more…

The Left Continues To Smear Glenn Beck & the Tea Party with its Skousen Shellgame

2011 January 9

Editor’s note: This popular post was first published on January 3 here.

I’d hope that by now everyone understands how a shell game works.

The charlatan has three shells and a pea. He hides the pea under a shell and invites his mark to keep an eye on it. Then he shifts around the shells slowly in a way in which it’s easy to keep track of the shell that supposedly hides the pea. His innocent Mark points to the shell only to be stunned when the pea isn’t there.

How does it work? Easily: the charlatan palms the pea when his mark isn’t looking. Then he’s able to stick it underneath another shell to make it impossible for his mark to win the bet.

And of course leftists engage in shell games on a mass scale in our culture today. And unfortunately there’s a vast mass of uneducated, good-intentioned, barely-paying-attention “independents” and “centrists” who get taken in all too often by by their cons. read more…

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The Left Continues To Smear Glenn Beck & the Tea Party with its Skousen Shellgame

2011 January 3

I’d hope that by now everyone understands how a shell game works.

The charlatan has three shells and a pea. He hides the pea under a shell and invites his mark to keep an eye on it. Then he shifts around the shells slowly in a way in which it’s easy to keep track of the shell that supposedly hides the pea. His innocent Mark points to the shell only to be stunned when the pea isn’t there.

How does it work? Easily: the charlatan palms the pea when his mark isn’t looking. Then he’s able to stick it underneath another shell to make it impossible for his mark to win the bet.

And of course leftists engage in shell games on a mass scale in our culture today. And unfortunately there’s a vast mass of uneducated, good-intentioned, barely-paying-attention “independents” and “centrists” who get taken in all too often by by their cons. read more…

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The Top 10 Top 10s

2010 December 31

In August of this year we began a new ritual at NewsRealBlog: the daily list post. Since then it’s become our most popular feature, albeit not without a dash of controversy. read more…

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Sometimes an Argument Can Be Correct And Still Not Be the Best Argument to Make

2010 December 30

We have to know how to fire our weapons correctly if we're going to win this Political War.

Note to self: Read Zombie at Pajamas Media more regularly.

Yesterday Zombie published a must-read post titled The Five Best Arguments Against Sharia in the United States.

There’s truth in advertising in that headline. Zombie really does nail it. read more…

Tucker Carlson is Correct. Animal Cruelty Should be an Execution-Worthy Offense

2010 December 29

That hat is photoshopped on, btw.

That’s Maura, the third member of the Swindle-Bey household. She brings nothing to the table except unconditional love and affection. That’s what dogs do. We take care of them, and they take care of us. They are the most innocent, pure, selfless spirits to emerge since the Dawn of Time.

What kind of person would want to brutally torture to death such embodiments of goodness?

Michael Vick. read more…

Our Greatest Hits

2010 December 27

It was a great year for us at NewsReal Blog. The publication grew steadily, new features emerged, exciting writers joined the team, and we even had some big stories. As 2010 comes to a close it’s worth looking back at some of NRB‘s most significant hits. read more…

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