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Stories by Conor Higgins

Conor Higgins has a BA from Catholic University in DC and an MA form George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, both in history. When he not getting his hands dirty in 2nd Amendment and firearms news he is doing his best to take a crack at some drive-by political analysis. And every now and then he may or may not review a low end bourbon for the tax write off. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Back Porch Politics.

Whiskey Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2014 — Cruising the liquor store aisles thinking that perhaps I should purchase something that I would not mind critiquing, translates into Conor- speech to mean “If I buy that bottle I bet I could write about it”, I picked up a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage. First of all, shut ...

France: Recolonizing Africa in the name of counter-terrorism

Corporations have raided Africa before, of course. Diamonds, gold, and oil are all in abundance there. But so many African nations are unstable due to civil war and insurgency. Fix the insurgency, Africa becomes a more stable market. A more stable market means steady growth.

Defense of NSA spy programs: Comply or terrorists will win

In his speech, the President of the United States does his best to convince the people that we are under the constant threat of terrorism. That without these measures that the President and others have taken we would see bomb, after bomb, after bomb go off in our streets. Give us just a little bit more of your privacy rights, American People, and we can make you that much safer.

Obama’s NSA speech: Reading between the lines

Furthermore, to suggest that the current President of the United States shares one bit of ideological or political philosophy with the founding fathers is ludicrous. It is even more ludicrous, when the President is using the Founding Fathers and all of those who contributed to the war effort as a means to defend his gross and overly unconstitutional abuse of power.

Christie creates position for Wildstein; the media are shocked

WASHINGTON, January 17, 2014 — There are two scenes from “Tombstone,” one of the best westerns in the last thirty years, where Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) comes to terms with just how much irony and hypocrisy he can bear in his life. In the first, he is offered a badge by Wyatt Earp when the ...

Knob Creek Maple Bourbon: A drink to keep warm this winter

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014 — This is my first whiskey review, and despite the name of this particular column I am not a snob about whiskey. I am a bourbon drinker first, an Irish drinker second, and a beer drinker third. Everything else may as well not exist to me, except tequila which is acceptable under ...

Ryse: Son of Rome for Xbox One falls short of expectations

By Conor Higgins ROCKVILLE, MD January 8, 2014 — Xbox One is out, and with it a few games. One would think that with such a momentous and highly competitive launch in conjunction with Playstation 4, it would be in their best interest to have more than ten or twelve games lined up for players. ...

Infighting among Syrian opposition gives opportunity for all

By Conor Higgins WASHINGTON, January 15, 2014 — Breitbart.com reported Monday that al-Qaeda allied forces have managed to seize control of several cities in Syria. Considering that al-Qaeda has received a large part of a $1 billion river of foreign aid money in order to fight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United States should pay ...

Christie and Obama scandals show media objectivity is dead

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014 — Two weeks ago we heard that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have organized the lane closures on the GWB as a form of political retribution against the Mayor of Ft. Lee. He apologized, and people were fired. Then last week we heard that Chris Christie may have embezzled money ...

Chris Christie, BridgeGate and SandyGate

WASHINGTON, January 13, 2014 — Last week the story broke that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may, or may not, have been involved in the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in order to punish a local Democratic mayor for refusing to support him. Now, we are hearing that the embattled Garden State ...

Bridgegate, Hurricane Sandy and Christie: How bad are his scandals?

WASHINGTON, January 13, 2014 — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in trouble. Members of the governor’s staff used bully tactics to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who refused to support the governor’s reelection bid. Now it seems that presidential hopeful Christie may have misused Hurricane Sandy relief money to pay for a tourism commercial ...

The hypocrisy of the latest Christie Scandal

WASHINGTON, January 13, 2014 — Presidential hopeful and governor of New Jersey Chris Christie is in trouble. Last week it was revealed that members of his staff engaged in petty, bully tactics in retaliation against a mayor who refused to support the governor in his reelection bid. Now it seems that the governor may have ...

Chris Christie and the problem with “anointed” leaders

After Christie’s nearly two-hour presser today, the news coverage from left- and right-leaning media has been one-part investigative reporting, one-part gossip, and two-parts opinion. Some outlets are already saying Christie’s presidential aspirations (which he denies) are all but finished.