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Freelance Work Sept. 2014- Jan. 2015

In Domestic Policy, Foreign Affairs, Industry on January 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Since LIGNET was closed down in October I have been tutoring and looking for steady work. However, I have done some freelance writing for StrategyPage and VR World.

Jan 13, 2015 – ISIS Ally Hacks US Military’s Central Command Social Media Accounts
http://www.vrworld.com/2015/01/14/isis-hack-centcom/

Jan 11, 2015 – Sony Freezes Planned Chinese Release of PlayStation 4
http://www.vrworld.com/2015/01/11/sony-china-playstation-4/

Jan 8, 2015 – US Moving Closer to Using Commercial ‘Space Taxis’
http://www.vrworld.com/2015/01/08/us-space-taxis/

Jan 5, 2015 – Israeli Startups Warily Seek Opportunities In Chinese Investment
http://www.vrworld.com/2015/01/05/israeli-startups-chinese-investment/

Sept 28, 2014 – Counter-Terrorism: ISIL Seeks Some Action In Australia
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20140928.aspx

Archive of My Clips on Newsmax’s The Wire 3/1-4/30/13

In Domestic Policy on April 30, 2013 at 11:11 am

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax’s, The Wire from March 1 – April 30. It was an extremely slow two months.

April 24 – Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Surveillance Cameras in Public Places
http://www.newsmax.com/US/surveillance-cameras-public-places/2013/04/24/id/501218

April 2 – Jeff Flake: Guest Worker Program Critical to Border Security
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeff-flake-border-security/2013/04/02/id/497488

April 2 – California Dems Propose New Regs and Taxes on Ammo
http://www.newsmax.com/US/california-gun-laws-taxes/2013/04/02/id/497480

March 12 – Anti-Islam Ads Draw Condemnation in San Francisco
http://www.newsmax.com/US/islam-bus-ads-california/2013/03/12/id/494298

March 12 – Court Upholds Ariz. Law Banning Ethnic Studies Classes
http://www.newsmax.com/US/arizona-ethnic-course-cancelled/2013/03/12/id/494297

March 7 – Rand Paul Finds Unusual Allies for Filibuster
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/paul-filibuster-liberal-support/2013/03/07/id/493667

March 5 – Brewer: Obama Punishing Arizona for Hard-Line Immigration Stance
http://www.newsmax.com/US/brewer-obama-immigration-arizona/2013/03/05/id/493196

Archive of My Clips on Newsmax’s The Wire 2/1-2/28/13

In Domestic Policy on February 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax’s, The Wire from February 1 – February 28.

February 28 – Oil Expert: Energy Price, Not Source, Is America’s Biggest Problem
http://www.newsmax.com/US/hollander-energy-policy-us/2013/02/28/id/492500

February 28 – California GOP Divided on Immigration Solutions
http://www.newsmax.com/US/California-GOP-immigration-solutions/2013/02/28/id/492496

February 25 – Federal Stimulus Fails to Resolve Gaps in Internet Access
http://www.newsmax.com/SciTech/internet-stimulus-rural-communities/2013/02/25/id/491857

February 21 – Seattle Residents Criticize Surveillance Cameras
http://www.newsmax.com/US/seattle-police-city-cameras/2013/02/21/id/491398

February 21 – Oregon Lawmakers Compromise on Gun Control
http://www.newsmax.com/US/Oregon-gun-control-handguns/2013/02/21/id/491385

February 20 – Gay Marriage Coalition Launching New Ad Blitz
http://www.newsmax.com/US/gay-marriage-campaign-ad/2013/02/20/id/491205

February 20 – Stanford University Raises Record $1 Billion
http://www.newsmax.com/US/stanford-fundraising-record-college/2013/02/20/id/491194

February 20 – McCain Draws Angry Response to Immigration Overhaul
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/McCain-immigration-town-hall/2013/02/20/id/491179

February 13 – Texas Democrats Embrace GOP Proposals on Immigration
http://www.newsmax.com/US/texas-immigration-reform-republican/2013/02/13/id/490234

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Archive of My Clips on Newsmax’s The Wire 1/1-1/31/13

In Domestic Policy on January 31, 2013 at 11:44 am

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax’s, The Wire from January 1 – January 31.

January 30 – NM Considers Dueling Bills on Same-Sex Marriage
http://www.newsmax.com/US/gay-marriage-new-mexico/2013/01/30/id/488130

January 30 – Calif. Struggling With a Backlog of Illegal Guns
http://www.newsmax.com/US/california-illegal-gun-backlog/2013/01/30/id/488123

January 29 – Divorce Case of First ‘Pregnant Man’ Thomas Beatie Is, Well, Strange
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/first-pregnant-man-thomas-beatie/2013/01/29/id/487932

January 24 – Texas Bill to Sidestep Federal Gun Rules May Draw Court Challenge
http://www.newsmax.com/US/texas-gun-bill-constitution/2013/01/24/id/472815

January 23 – New Mexico Pushes to Give Driving Permits to Illegals
http://www.newsmax.com/US/new-mexico-licenses-illegals/2013/01/23/id/472639

January 22 – Texas Lawmakers Push Marijuana Decriminalization
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/texas-marijuana-legalize-law/2013/01/22/id/472439

January 18 – Texas Revives Debate on Concealed Firearms on Campus
http://www.newsmax.com/US/concealed-firearms-colleges/2013/01/18/id/472091

January 15 – Oakland Rejects Emergency Declaration in Wake of Violence
http://www.newsmax.com/US/emergency-declaration-gangs-oakland/2013/01/15/id/471517

January 14 – Texas Showdown Brewing Over Gun Shows
http://www.newsmax.com/US/guns-shows-ban/2013/01/14/id/471326

January 11 – NM Bill Would Ban Sex Offenders from Social Media
http://www.newsmax.com/US/sex-offenders-websites-ban/2013/01/11/id/471043

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Archive of My Clips on Newsmax’s The Wire 12/1-12/31/12

In Domestic Policy on December 31, 2012 at 7:47 am

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax’s, The Wire from December 1 – December 31.

December 21 – San Francisco to Crack Down on Big Ammo Buys
http://www.newsmax.com/US/ammunition-bullets-gun-control/2012/12/21/id/468735

December 20 – Texas Lawmaker Unveils Controversial School Choice Proposal
http://www.newsmax.com/US/education-charter-schools-testing/2012/12/20/id/468570

December 20 – California Considers More Gun Control
http://www.newsmax.com/US/gun-control-california-permits/2012/12/20/id/468569

December 20 – Ariz. GOP Chairman Resigns After ‘Birther’ Comments
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/birther-morrissey-resigns/2012/12/20/id/468566

December 18 – Martinez Pushes Tougher DWI Laws in NM
http://www.newsmax.com/US/dwi-drunk-driving-/2012/12/18/id/468198

December 18 – Wash. GOP Rejects Split Majority Rule
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/washington-coalition-majority-agreement/2012/12/18/id/468206

December 18 – Drones May Be Used to Fight Crime in Calif.
http://www.newsmax.com/US/drones-berkeley-police-/2012/12/18/id/468203

December 12 – Calif. Audit Reveals Theft of Public Funds
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/audit-corruption-schemes/2012/12/12/id/467457

December 11 – Power-Sharing Deal Shakes Up Wash. Senate
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/power-sharing-coalition-washington-gridlock/2012/12/11/id/467289

December 10 – Texas Conservatives Plan More Anti-Abortion Legislation
http://www.newsmax.com/US/abortion-laws-texas-/2012/12/10/id/467104

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Archive of My Clips on Newsmax’s The Wire 11/1-11/30/12

In Domestic Policy on December 1, 2012 at 2:04 am

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax’s, The Wire from November 1 – November 30.

November 29 – Gingrich: ‘Fiscal Cliff is a Fantasy’
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/gingrich-fantasy-fiscal-cliff/2012/11/29/id/465864

November 27 – Liberals Demand Action From Calif. Supermajority
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/supermajority-california-liberals/2012/11/27/id/465534

November 27 – Texas Bill Revives Gambling Debate
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/gambling-texas-legalize/2012/11/27/id/465525

November 21 – Pastors Defy IRS Rule on Church and Politics
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/church-state-religious-irs/2012/11/21/id/465042

November 20 – Calif.’s First Cap-and-Trade Auction Declared a Success
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/carbon-emissions-auction/2012/11/20/id/464880

November 19 – Ariz. Medical Marijuana, DUI Laws Could Clash
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/marijuana-medical-DUI/2012/11/19/id/464731

November 19 – GOP ‘Young Gun’ Recruitment Effort Failed in Calif.
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/young-recruitment-mccarthy-candidates/2012/11/19/id/464735

November 19 – San Francisco Considers Ban on Publlic Nudity
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/nudity-ban-naturists/2012/11/19/id/464743

November 15 – Texas Gov. Perry Wants to Tighten Spending Cap
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/spending-cap-budget-texas/2012/11/15/id/464274

November 15 – Calif. Democrats Achieve Supermajority in Legislature
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/supermajority-legislature-california/2012/11/15/id/464269

November 15 – Calif. Fiscal Outlook Marks “Dramatic Turnaround”
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/budget-surplus-projections-deficits/2012/11/15/id/464261

November 14 – L.A. School Board Implements Food Policy Reforms
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/schools-food-produce-/2012/11/14/id/464117

November 14 – NM Gun Range Resumes Online Concealed Permit Class
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/guns-concealed-permits/2012/11/14/id/464113

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Archive of My Clips on Newsmax’s The Wire 10/1-10/31/12

In Domestic Policy on October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax’s, The Wire from October 2 – October 31.

October 31 – L.A. Considers Sales Tax Increase
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/taxes-sales-increases-california/2012/10/31/id/462241

October 31 – Perry Pushes Texas as Leader of Stem-Cell Research
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/stem-cell-perry-research-therapy/2012/10/31/id/462239

October 29 – GOP Spending Narrows Wash. Race
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/attorneys-rslc-spending-rove/2012/10/29/id/461900

October 26 – Texas Gets OK to Defund Planned Parenthood
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/abortion-planned-parenthood-defund/2012/10/26/id/461640

October 25 – Support Erodes for Calif. Tax Measure
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/brown-taxes-proposition-/2012/10/25/id/461500

October 25 – Wash. County Agrees to Accommodate Muslim Inmates
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/muslim-prison-lawsuit-settlement/2012/10/25/id/461502

October 25 – Gov. Brewer Releases Ariz. PAC Money
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/pac-brewer-flake-election/2012/10/25/id/461498

October 24 – GOP Drops Millions into Flake Race
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/flake-carmona-contributions-nrsc/2012/10/24/id/461318

October 24 – Anti-Obama Film Draws Protests in Texas
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/galveston-film-socialist-clark/2012/10/24/id/461330

October 23 – Silicon Valley Residents More Optimistic About Economy
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/silicon-recovery-poll/2012/10/23/id/461145

October 23 – GOP Conservatives Seek Removal of Ariz. Justice
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/justice-removal-primary-/2012/10/23/id/461140

October 19 – Oregon Measure Treats Marijuana Like Alcohol
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/marijuana-ballot-drugs-oregon/2012/10/19/id/460697

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Archive of My Clips on Newsmax’s The Wire 8/7-9/27/12

In Domestic Policy on September 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax’s, The Wire in August & September 2012.

September 27 – Arpaio Raises Dramatically More Funds Than Competition
http://www.newsmax.com/US/arpaio-more-fundraising-competition/2012/09/27/id/457829

September 27 – Ariz. Initiative Would Prohibit Criminals From Suing
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/arizona-ballot-criminal-lawsuit/2012/09/27/id/457827

September 25 – Fewer Ex-Cons Returning to Texas Prisons
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/convicts-recidivism-rehabilitation-prison/2012/09/25/id/457505

September 25 – ‘Birth Tourism’ On Rise in Calif.
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/immigration-pregnant-birth-tourism/2012/09/25/id/457494

September 20 – Perry: Obama Engaging in ‘Spiritual Warfare’
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/perry-spiritual-warfare-evangelicals/2012/09/20/id/456951

September 20 – Calif. Launches Online Voter Registration
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/voter-registration-online-california/2012/09/20/id/456945

September 20 – Flake Behind in Ariz. Senate Race
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/flake-carmona-arizona-senate/2012/09/20/id/456940

September 19 – Calif. Reforms Workers Comp Program
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/workers-compensation-bipartisan-insurance/2012/09/19/id/456787

September 19 – Texas Public Employees Subsidize Lawmaker Pensions
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/pensions-texas-subsidize/2012/09/19/id/456785

September 18 – Calif. Says Prisoner Release Plan Unsafe
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/prisons-california-overcrowding-/2012/09/18/id/456625

September 18 – Calif. Restricts Funeral Protests
http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/military-funerals-protests-westboro/2012/09/18/id/456618

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Brief Thoughts on the OWS Movement

In Domestic Policy on October 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Republished from my piece published today on the Young Americans for Liberty blog.

The frustration of the “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) movement in their call to end corporate corruption and societal inequality is valid. Sadly, several solutions to the problem that have been presented are disastrous because they ask the wrong question. Instead of asking if big businesses and the Federal Reserve have screwed the American people (the answer to which is undoubtably yes, as Glen Greenwald of Salon outlines), they should probe deeper.

A better question to ask would be:  How did big businesses, the Federal Reserve, and the federal government cause the financial crisis, and how can it be kept from happening again? Some in the OWS movement will place the blame on capitalism and free enterprise. Yet these activists will miss the mark.

The culprit of this crisis is big government regulations, which no longer act as an impartial referee and permit some big businesses to succeed while others fail. The culprit is a distorted tax code, which enables certain companies to evade taxes. The culprit is departments and agencies that are not transparent and accountable to the people.

These big government policies caused the financial crisis.  Tim Carney, the senior political columnist of the Washington Examiner, has written extensively on the mechanisms that big government employs to assist its favored corporations. Solving the mess requires a government restrained and unable to create loopholes. Only then can the government respect the individual, the world’s smallest minority, to ensure equal treatment under the law.

Ten Years Later: Students Remember 9/11

In Domestic Policy on September 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I recently participated in a video for some friends who were interns with the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, a project of PBS. The video was intended to discover out how “college and university students recall 9/11 and reflect on how growing up in its shadow affected their spiritual lives.”

I was twelve when 9/11 happened and I remember waking up in Los Angeles as the first tower was falling in New York. I could not fully comprehend what had happened. I went to school that day and as a seventh grader I did not know how to make of the tension, confusion, hurt and anger that we felt going to class that day.

I revisited Ground Zero with my brother last summer and was able to look down on the site of what had been the Twin Towers. It was a sobering moment to really grasp the enormity of the terrorist attack on 9/11.

Ground Zero - July 2010

To watch the video, click here