Utah may be the first state to select a state gun. Lawmakers are considering a bill to designate the Browning M1911 the official sidearm. But, according to The Star, Jan. 26, protests have already arisen, making the debate not about honoring Browning, but about gun rights because of recent mass shootings.

free speechIt took only a matter of hours after the Arizona shooting — amidst the leftist media war cry for government controls against animated political speech — for those calls to be translated into federal legislation. CNN reported January 9 that “Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, said he will introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.”

A handful of Democratic state senators in Hawaii have quietly defied a decision by their legislative body to abandon opening prayers. On January 26, a week after the 25-member senate caved in to threats by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force a halt to the prayers, the nine Democrats "held hands, bowed their heads, and sought God's blessing, signaling that they'll still pray despite last week's vote abandoning official invocations," reported onenewsnow.com.

The State of Virginia -- home of George Washington, Patrick Henry, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe -- was once an indispensable part of the American Republic.  Although the nation might have grown and flourished if Rhode Island or Georgia had not ratified the Constitution, there is little doubt that if Virginia had stayed separate from these United States -- recalling that Virginia then was also West Virginia, Kentucky and much of the frontier -- America might well have dissolved into several smaller nations.

oil wellMany conservatives holding their breath during the 2010 lame duck session were relieved that the progressives didn't pass as much damaging legislation as feared. Unfortunately, they celebrated too quickly. Just as everyone was settling down for Christmas, all those unaccountable Obama Czars were finally able to do what they were hired to do; implement regulations that Congress could never pass as legislation. These regulations are no longer just strangling our economy. They are destroying it.