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Bonnen’s perfidy has cost conservatives much

There is not much funny or joyful about how Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Dennis Bonnen self-immolated his political career through actions born of conceit, … [Read More...]

Texana 10/22/2019

Astros are heaviest World Series favorite in 12 years against Nationals, per oddsmakers Austin's El Arroyo trolls New York Yankees with sign about Houston Astros winning ALCS … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 10/22/2019

Bonnen’s perfidy has cost conservatives much Speaker Dennis Bonnen won't seek reelection after recording scandal, more House Speaker Dennis Bonnen buckles, won’t run for … [Read More...]

Local tax and spend officials fail to extort State; private sector comes through

A better headline for this story would be: “Local tax and spend officials fail to extort State; private sector comes through” read a message I received from a listener. The story … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 10/21/2019

Texas House Republican Caucus Condemns GOP Speaker - could have called for resignation or commitment not to seek re-election. House GOP Condemns Bonnen’s Language, Falls Short … [Read More...]

Study: Austin media members donate to Democrats frequently, not to Republicans at all

“Austin-based journalists working in television, radio, and print overwhelmingly favor Democratic candidates for public office, according to a review of campaign finance data from … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 10/18/2019

Bonnen, not Sullivan, pushed the meeting scandal to public disclosure Tilove: I was a 'useful idiot' for Dennis Bonnen Yo’ Dennis Bonnen! Stick a fork in it, you’re toast! … [Read More...]

Mills: Exploration slows as financial situation tightens

By Alex Mills The financial community has developed a negative opinion about the profitability of oil and gas wildcatters who primarily operate as producers of oil and natural … [Read More...]

Bonnen, not Sullivan, pushed the meeting scandal to public disclosure

In his Dallas Morning News story “Why Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s troubles could be just beginning,” Robert Garrett posited the idea that Bonnen’s self-inflicted scandal … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 10/17/2019

Texas Cities and Counties Scramble to Increase Property Taxes Before New Law Takes Effect San Antonio, Bexar County officials fire back at House Speaker Bonnen over secret … [Read More...]

DMN column by Joshua Whitfield on Beto a gem

Good headline writing is the first order of business in the world of news publishing on the Internet, it’s the headline that brings the clicks. So when I saw this headline on the … [Read More...]

Texana 10/16/2019

Herman: Texas State Cemetery filling up? Maybe you should check in sooner than later Mass Barbecue is the Invasive Species of Our Culinary Times Monument to commemorate Jimmy … [Read More...]

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On Virtue & the Republic

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them. -- Edwin Meese III

On Political Pessimism

Defeatist cynicism is an arrogance that we too know an outcome – we do not. Our Creator expects us to fight for good until He ends the game, not us. -- Robert W. Pratt, Pratt on Texas

On Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart

On Right

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. -- Nicolás Gómez Dávila

On Political Correctness

Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense. -- Milo Yiannopoulos

On pessimism and difficulty

When you encounter difficulties, you need to be optimistic. The pessimists tend to die. --Zhou Youguang

On American Liberals

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. -- William F. Buckley, Jr.

On universities

Universities have become a place to provide economic and political protection for those who hold economically and politically unpalatable ideas. — Robert Pratt

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