Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 13, 2014

In the short run, Biden might well keep his promise that Iran won’t get nukes

Playing charades. Kerry, Ashton, and Zarif meet for coffee in Muscat, Oman on 10 Nov. (Image: Reuters/Nicholas Kamm via Al-Monitor)

Playing charades. Kerry, Ashton, and Zarif meet for coffee in Muscat, Oman on 10 Nov. (Image: Reuters/Nicholas Kamm via Al-Monitor)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 12, 2014

Simon: The most decorated military cat in history

Simon with the crew of HMS Amethyst (held by man standing in third row).

Simon with the crew of HMS Amethyst (held by man standing in third row).

You know about the dogs, the horses, even the pigeons.  But do you know about the military cats — and the most decorated one of all?  New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 12, 2014

Ninety-six years

Armistice Day, 11 November, 1918, on Wall Street. (Image: Wikipedia)

Armistice Day, 11 November, 1918, on Wall Street. (Image: Wikipedia)

This post, an annual tradition for Veterans Day at The Optimistic Conservative since 2009, is now an annual tradition at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Protester in Ferguson tosses a flash grenade back at police, 13 August. (Twitter image)

Protester in Ferguson tosses a flash grenade back at police, 13 August. (Twitter image)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 10, 2014

One guitar: 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Germans tear down the Berlin Wall, November 1989. (Image via REMC.org)

Germans tear down the Berlin Wall, November 1989. (Image via REMC.org)

What does the rock group Foreigner have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall?  New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 6, 2014

Football Follies 2014 – NCAA Week 11

Golden Gopher RB David Cobb (1131 yards on the season) tramples the Western Illinois defense. (Image via Gold & Gopher)

Golden Gopher RB David Cobb (1131 yards on the season) tramples the Western Illinois defense. (Image via Gold & Gopher)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 6, 2014

Watchmen on the walls

The watchmen wait for morning.

The watchmen wait for morning.

Conservatism and liberty after the 2014 midterms.  New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 4, 2014

Russia: Bad art (Putin spanks Obama)

Is that "Jesus" on the donkey, or is the artist alluding to the Democratic Party? (Image: Andrei Makhonin via Gazeta.ru)

Is that “Jesus” on the donkey, or is the artist alluding to the Democratic Party? (Image: Andrei Makhonin via Gazeta.ru)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 3, 2014

A guide to the 2014 California propositions

California flagThe Optimistic Conservative is back for another tour of state ballot initiatives in California, this time the ones voters will be considering on Tuesday, 4 November.

In this election cycle, there will be six statewide ballot initiatives before the voters.  I’ll take them in order by proposition number, starting with the observation that, on the whole, they seem to have made little impact on voters’ consciousness, other than the ones Jerry Brown has been plumping for (Props 1 and 2).

Optimistic Conservative recommendations in bold.

Proposition 1.  This is being called the “Water bond,” and is described by its chief proponent, Governor Jerry Brown, as a means of “saving water.”  With California in a years-long drought, voters want to hear that the state is doing something about the water situation, and Prop 1 seems, superficially, to fill that bill.

But the devil is in the details.  What does it mean, exactly, to “do something” about California’s water situation?  If you imagine that Prop 1 funds the expansion or updating of the state’s water distribution system – its infrastructure for capturing, storing, and distributing water – you’re wrong. Read More…

Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | November 2, 2014

Britain: Sad art

"A Real Birmingham Family." Gillian Wearing, 2014. (Image via Breitbart London)

“A Real Birmingham Family.” Gillian Wearing, 2014. (Image via Breitbart London)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

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