Catch Me at Jackson Hole Summit!

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Back to the Wild West I go? Looks like it!

I’ve been invited to blog/write about the Jackson Hole Summit, an event hosted by American Principles Project, Heritage Foundation, Atlas Network, Young America’s Foundation, and other organizations. It’ll be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from August 27-29, 2015.

Event organizer Steve Lonegan, Director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles Project, says the goal of the event is to draw attention to the problem of central banking in the current day: “The policies of the Federal Reserve are undermining economic growth. Under Obama’s Fed, income inequality has increased dramatically. Our conference serves to highlight conservative, limited government solutions that will allow every American to prosper—not just the wealthy and powerful.”

Policy experts will discuss the need to reform monetary policy among many things.  I’ll blog about monetary policy and how it’ll effect Millennials for Counter Cultured and for Townhall.com.

This will be my second time in the “Equality State,” having gone with family nearly 10 years ago on vacation. Can’t wait to soak in some gorgeous views of the Grand Tetons once again!

LIKE Jackson Hole Summit on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Hope to see you in Jackson Hole, WY in a week and a half!

Cheers to Three Years at Leadership Institute!

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Today marks three years since I started my job at Leadership Institute as its Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.

Wow, time flies when you’re busy training, hiring, and empowering conservative activists to change their campuses and their communities!

What can I say on this anniversary? I’m still grateful for gainful employment and having a platform to communicate my conservative views. Thank you, Morton, and everyone else for taking a chance on me. Thank you to my family, friends, and coworkers  for your support and constant encouragement! Grateful for you believing in me and motivating me to be my best.

Cheers to three years, Leadership Institute!  Here’s to seeing where this journey goes to next.

New Townhall Article: PP Lives for Corporate Welfare, Not Women’s Healthcare

I’ve penned a new column up at Townhall.com after several months of a hiatus. Below is an excerpt:

At a recent donor retreat in Southern California, libertarian billionaire Charles Koch derided corporate welfare by saying, “Business leaders (must) recognize that their behavior is suicide, that it is suicide long term. To survive, long-term, they have to start opposing, rather than promoting, corporate welfare…This means stopping the subsidies, mandates and special privileges for business that enriches the haves at the expense of the have-nots.”

Mr. Koch’s call to end corporate welfare rings true for Planned Parenthood, the “family planning” corporation that received $528.4 million in federal funds according to its most recent annual report.

Planned Parenthood has been caught, yet again, engaging in ghastly acts as documented in a series of investigative videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). As a result of CMP’s videos, elected officials from across the country have vowed to investigate and/or strip Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars. This led to the U.S. Senate holding a vote to defund Planned Parenthood last week –only to fail as Republicans couldn’t garner the 60-vote threshold to make it a reality. Previously, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood back in 2011.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

New Counter Cultured Article: Gun Owner Donates Proceeds from Gun Sales to KS Girl Battling Cancer

I’ve penned a new article up at Counter Cultured on a New Jersey gun manufacturing helping a Kansas girl, aged 4, battle cancer. It’s really quite the heartwarming story! Check out an excerpt below:

Gun manufacturers are evil, we’re told. All of them are blood-thristy, dangerous, and racist, right? Nope–those are criminals who disobey gun laws!

Contrary to popular belief, the gun industry is quite charitable and awesome. Whether it’s a firearm instructor or gun manufacturer, individuals comprising the industry generally have a heart of gold and give back to their communities.

For example, one gun manufacturer has decided to help a Kansas girl named Grayson Sutton, 4, battling terminal cancer.  Here’s more about this uplifting story from the Wichita Eagle:

Continue read up at Counter Cultured.

Congress Will Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood Today

The United States Congress is expected to hear a vote on defunding abortion giant Planned Parenthood today. Here’s more context behind this vote from Fox News:

The Republican-controlled Senate is set to vote Monday on halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a fast response to the series of unsettling videos exposing the group’s little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.

The measure is not expected to pass because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the other 53 Republican senators will need support from several Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold, with some moderates on both sides still apparently undecided.

However, the effort appears to be another step in the effort by pro-life groups and others to restrict abortions and undermine Planned Parenthood, which provides health services, family planning and abortions in clinics across the country.

As a result of the ongoing investigations into Planned Parenthood and this forthcoming vote to defund Planned Parenthood, my sister and I compiled a video up at Counter Cultured several days ago spotlighting Millennial support to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding. Below is the video:

It’s already been featured on American Mirror, RedState, Hayride, Right Wing News, Red Alert Politics, while being mentioned by Susan B. Anthony List and March for Life.

Urge your Congressmen and Senators to vote to defund Planned Parenthood by tweeting #DefundPP, #DefundPlannedParenthood, and #PPSellsBabyParts. Although it’s not expected to pass, let’s pray and hope Congress does something right for once–despite reluctant Democrats and feckless Republicans.

Get Nautical at Blackwall Hitch’s Happy Hour

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Check out my review of Blackwall Hitch up at A Taste of Patriarchy!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Ahoy, foodies and culinary connoisseurs!

Looking for a spiffy new restaurant to try out here in the nation’s capital–especially one that won’t break the bank? Check out the newly-opened Blackwall Hitch situated in Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront.

Blackwall Hitch opened its Alexandria, VA location last month in the vacated Torpedo Factory Food Pavilion. It’s an offshoot of the original Annapolis, MD restaurant. Here’s more about the concept behind Blackwall Hitch: 

In 1862 the shipping industry was strong in London’s Blackwall Port and ships were in and out in quick order. Many families left their farms and machine posts to engage in an adventure that would not only change their world, but the world we enjoy today. The ships set sail and docked at the sandy coasts of Maryland and Virginia and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. The strong hooks attached to the docks were the only connection the…

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NOVA Firearms Won’t Open Arlington Shop Due to Bullying From Anti-Gunners

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News broke yesterday that McLean-based NOVA Firearms, which was slated to open its second shop in Arlington next month, canceled plans altogether following harassment from Michael Bloomberg and other anti-gun activists. I wrote about the gun shop back in May and supported their efforts to open the Arlington shop.

James “JB” Gates of NOVA Firearms emailed me the following update regarding this development:

As of July 20, 2015, Nova Firearms has canceled its plans to open an additional location in Arlington, Virginia. We wish to thank our many friends, customers, and supporters who have stood by us during our recent attempt to expand our business. We now plan to explore better opportunities in the area to expand our business so that we can continue to serve our customers, including those in Arlington.

For the record, our interest in Arlington began only when a representative of the Arlington landlord asked us to consider leasing the space in question. We invited the landlord to our current location in nearby McLean, Virginia so we could get acquainted. We’ll never forget his words of encouragement and toleration to us while standing in our gun shop: “I don’t tell the florist what kind of flowers to sell, and I won’t let them tell you how to run your business.” Thus we signed a lease for the explicit purpose of selling firearms. Later the landlord complemented our work to prepare the space for our business.

When news of our planned location in Arlington became public, there were some local critics; however they enjoyed outsized influence when anti-civil rights campaigns backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg picked up their cause.

Make no mistake, whether it is billionaire Michael Bloomberg or a few local critics, an attack on a gun dealer like ourselves is an attack on the Second Amendment. Those who wish to ban gun shops also wish to ban private ownership of firearms. When the opponents of gun ownership fail at the ballot box, they resort to social pressure and interference with the private business of others.

Nova Firearms will continue to grow, and we will continue to serve residents of Arlington and beyond. To our friends across America, take note of our location. We are on the front lines of the Second Amendment, along the banks of the Potomac River across from Washington, DC. Just as free speech is the great bulwark of liberty, so shall Nova Firearms serve as the foxhole of the Second Amendment in the backyard of the nation’s capital.

ARLNow.com offered more context behind this:

The gun store had leased a space at 2105 N. Pollard Street, causing outcry from members of the community. However, the store’s would-be landlord said today that he has reached an agreement with NOVA Firearms to cancel the lease.

The debate over the gun store heated quickly with County Board candidates speaking out against it and the National Rifle Association coming out in support. Petitions were launched for and against the store, accumulating thousands of signatures. Conservative media outlets ran articles in support of James Gates, the Marine Corps veteran who co-owns the store, drawing national attention.

Community members — and owners of businesses in and around the small shopping center the gun store was to open — took their concerns directly to landlord Kostas Kapasouris.

Kapasouris was open to those concerns, said Bill Hamrock, the co-owner of Bistro 29, which would have been across the street from the gun store. (The restaurant is co-owned by Kapasouris.)

This is truly a sad state of affairs. Small business – especially of the firearm variety – bolsters local economies. Why should a gun shop be treated differently than other small businesses? They also pay taxes, shift through paperwork, employ people, and pump money back into the economy. Targeting gun stores has morphed into harassment and must be quashed.  No gun store should fear retribution for existing and promoting true gun safety.

Let’s offer NOVA Firearms are continued support and hope that they open sister shops elsewhere in the Northern Virginia area.