Right Pundits is a political gossip and news organization focusing on election information and editorial opinion, but you will see entertainment, sports, and general interest topics thrown in according to the interests of writers and the standards of our editorial board.
RightPundits.com started in 2006. The RightPundits.com site is independent of political parties and philosophically representative of a wide variety of primarily conservative viewpoints. The publisher himself is a libertarian while most of our writers and editors represent a conflicting variety of conservative perspectives. What we ideally hope to achieve through “blogger diversification” is a broad enough cross-section of ideas to make the website a worthy read. If we provoke you to thought at least some of the time, we are probably doing our jobs well.
Ideas for news articles are always welcome.
Patrick McCain – Editor In Chief
Patrick McCain holds advanced degrees in Business and Economics from the University of California. He is a published author and historian. McCain serves on corporate boards and is active in the non-profit sector and the Catholic church. He is 44 years old and currently resides near San Francisco.
McCain has been described on another blog as a “somewhat mysterious, but very talented blogger known only as “McCain,” while an incensed commenter described a wire service article as “…. another daily fix of nonsense straight from the parallel universe courtesy of MCCAIN.”
His political philosophy is that of a libertarian in the tradition of John Stewart Mills, or more recently Barry Goldwater. His economics are quite libertarian. He is also a conservationist who is active in local environmental groups.
Contact: publisher at rightpundits dot com
Shannon is a 37 year old husband and father of two beautiful children. He currently lives in the southeast, the most beautiful part of the country, because it’s still mostly red. Shannon has been married to his best friend for eleven years now.
Shannon feels the moral decline of this country can be directly tied to the advance of liberalism and the decline of God in the public arena starting in the 60’s.
He lives by strong Christian conservative values, and feels that this country still has it’s best days ahead of it, if we could just get the government and political correctness out of the way and get God back into his rightful place.
Contact: admonitionblog at gmail dot com
Ryan Petersen is a graduate of The University of Tulsa College of Law. While in Law School his article “Be Our Guest, But Please Don’t Stay: A Comparison of U.S. and German Immigration Policies and Guest Worker Programs” was published by the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law. Currently, Ryan is an attorney trying to build his family law practice in Provo, Utah.
Ryan received his BA in Political Science, with a Certificate in International Relations, from the University of Utah. Ryan has always loved discussing politics and the PolySci degree was perfectly suited for his interests. He was known as the “token realist” in all of his International Relations classes.
Ryan has followed politics for as long as he can remember and lives by the motto “If you don’t vote you can’t complain about the country.” He considers himself conservative and bores his poor wife and two sons to tears with all of his talk of politics. He also recently obtained his concealed carry permit and a fun Glock 23 to justify the permit.
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The very sassy, energetic and opinionated Greta Perry, is the product of a Mass. Jewish liberal upbringing and somehow broke free from the cycle. She escaped from MA in 86 and evolved in her political beliefs. Her current political leanings are described as “Conservatarian.”
After attending the University of Maine, she headed to the University of Florida where she fell in love with her military husband (now retired). It was a romance of rugby games and Mad Dog, a winning combination (and he also happened to be a Masshole). After many moves, 3 kids and a military retirement in 2006, her family landed in the greater New Orleans area as one of those crazy post-Katrina transplants (where she learned the meaning of the term carpetbagger). She quickly fell in love with New Orleans, dove into local politics and became “The Princess of Positive” on NOLA.com, her personal blog and on the local radio airwaves.
She is on to bigger and better things but still maintains her 2 very popular blogs/Milblogs Hooah Wife and Kiss My Gumbo. Greta is extremely active in the military and veterans community both on and off-line and was even the co-creator of #militarymon on Twitter with Carson Daily. In 2010, Greta launched Yatmedia LLC, “Social media run by grown-ups.” She finally wanted to cash in on her “mad skills” and was tired of going for interviews where they did not want her to be political or try and achieve new media world domination.
You can always find her on Twitter, Facebook or heck … just Google her!
Contact: gretaperry at gmail dot com
John Smith – Editorial Consultant and Television Editor
John Smith joined the Right Celebrity family in May of 2009. He was awarded an undergraduate degree in English / Creative Writing in the summer of 2004. Writing has always been his primary creative outlet, followed closely by drumming. He revels in the satisfaction of composing a flawless piece, and enjoys the freedom of expression that blogging provides. Finding humor and absurdity in the lives of celebrities is something he has grown to love. His work can mostly be found on Right Celebrity, Right TV, and Right Fashions. In January 2010, he was promoted to Television Editor.
You can reach John via email: editors at rightpundits dot com
Beth Shaw holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from a Southern University. Beth is married and has two children and two step-children. All of her children are grown and are strewn out all over the world. Beth was born, raised and is living in Georgia. She has lived in many other areas of the country, but still hasn’t found anywhere better than Georgia. She comes from a long line of Georgians, knows that the South is one of the best kept secrets in the country and hopes it stays that way!
Beth started blogging in 2005 with the plan to use the blog as an outlet for the stress of having a son deployed in the Global War on Terrorism. Her blogging quickly transformed into a broader range of topics including issues having to do with the Global War on Terrorism, terrorism, military issues, politics, cultural issues and anything else that draws her interest. She owns Blue Star Chronicles, Thursday Thirteen and co-owns McCain Blogs. She guests blogs at times on several other blogs. During her time blogging she has been called ‘a dedicated advocate of our military’, ‘intellectual and passionate’ as well as a ‘dangerous hate-filled lunatic’.
Beth is politically conservative. She is more interested in the issues than being aligned with any particular movement or political party.
Contact: bluestarchronicles at gmail dot com
JoAnne Thomas was raised as a Navy brat and moved so many times that its hard for her to say where she’s from. She spent most of her youth in the deep south and is the oldest of eight children. She was the proudest Brownie and Girl Scout ever put on the planet in Key West from the mid 1950’s through 1961.
She attended Davenport College and Grand Valley State College in Michigan (now known as Grand Valley State University).
JoAnne has been married, divorced and widowed a few times. She has three wonderful children, two are Alex P. Keatons and the other is a clone of their mother from her rebellious youth and looks like Elizabeth Hasselbeck with brunette hair. She has grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 24. JoAnne loves the fact that her children have old fashioned values, great morals and feels they are true blessings in her life.
She’s 61 years old and has had a great life. She’s done it all. She has done everything from being a car hop on skates to being a go-go dancer in the 60s. She’s been a mental health advocate and an office manager in an accounting firm. She’s been a bartender and a waitress when times were hard and never asked for a hand out. She’s caused herself a multitude of life’s problems due to stubborn-ness and made a mistake or three along the way.
Through it all, she’s still got her spunk, attitude and darn great legs.
Contact: note4jo at gmail dot com
Bryan McAffee (BTM)
Bryan McAffee graduated from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, where he also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Family Studies.
Bryan practiced law in Nevada before going to work full-time in the legal publishing industry. Bryan is also the father of 3 daughters and spends most of his time fighting for a spot in the bathroom He is also an amateur author of fiction and enjoys playing the guitar in his spare time.
You will also find Bryan at Right Juris.
Contact: bmcaffee at yahoo dot com
Frank Smith has been a math teacher for 36 years in Connecticut. He is happily married with two children, one who just graduated from college with a degree in psychology, and the other an arts major in New York.
Frank has been involved with creating statewide testing for NCLB and has been analyzing districts math results for 10 years. Has has worked on a panel for AIR (American Institute of Research) that dealt with the “Nation’s Report Card”, the NAAP test.
Now you know why Frank is our go-to man for analysis of poll data.
Contact: editors at rightpundits dot com
Suzanne Venker – aka “No Bull Mom” — is an author, blogger, and former middle school teacher. In addition to blogging for Right Pundits, Suzanne is a featured writer for a sub-blog of David Horowitz’s NewsReal called “In the Family Way,” where she writes about issues related to families, parenting, and children.
Suzanne’s writing tends toward the provocative – as evidenced by her first book, 7 Myths of Working Mothers: Why Children and (Most) Careers Just Don’t Mix (Spence Publishing, 2004), which argues that young children and demanding careers are incompatible. Her book is a Main Selection of Bookspan’s American Compass Book Club and is listed on Jeff Rubin’s Guide to Best Conservative Books. It was also endorsed by Dr. Laura Schlessinger and featured in Human Events, American Enterprise, Townhall.com, National Review, and Glamour. In 2007, 7 Myths became available in Europe.
Suzanne has appeared on CNN, FOX, C-Span, PAX, and EWTN – as well as hundreds of radio shows throughout the country. In 2006 she was featured in Kate O’Beirne’s Women Who Make the World Worse. Thankfully, Suzanne was not among the list of women noted for “making the world worse.” Her work has appeared in Human Events, National Review, World Net Daily, and The Wall Street Journal.
Suzanne graduated from Boston University in 1990 and now lives in St. Louis, MO — her hometown — with her husband and two children. She is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled What Conservative Women Know: A Commonsense Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Balance — which will be published in early 2011.
Contact: suzannevenker at yahoo dot com
Ignatius Reilly is the pen name of a 33-year-old attorney and published author who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lived in New York City for most of his life, before moving to California two years ago with his wife.
He spent many years actively working on liberal causes during college in New York City, until he began to recognize the enormous benefits of conservative economic and crime policies during the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.
Since then, he has been politically independent, tending to be conservative on issues like energy, crime prevention and the war on terror, while he leans liberal on social issues and health care.
Contact: editors at rightpundits dot com
She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Communications and her work can be found on Right Juris, Right Pundits, and Right Fielders.
She has recently moved with her husband to England, where she enjoys working from home, and getting out and about in the historic towns and great shops and restaurants.
Contact: slb2911 at aol dot com
Dave is a 24-year-old native of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He holds a master’s degree in Peace Operations from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and publishes regularly on matters of national security and military history. Joining RP in late 2010, he summarizes and comments on policy reports released by think tanks and academia. His current research focus is on enhancing cross-agency communication as it pertains to civ-mil policy. In his free time, he produces instrumentals for underground/independent hip-hop artists. He is the author of the forthcoming booklet Ascension Island and the Second World War.
Contact: dfmitchell330 at gmail dot com
Andrew Zarowny was born in Detroit, Michigan to a staunchly union-Democrat household. Since birth, Andy has gone through nearly the full spectrum of politics. From Democrat to Republican to Libertarian, back to Republican, then back to somewhere in between that in Libertarian. Officially, he calls himself a ‘Capitalist’.
While majoring in math and physics at Wayne State University, Andy was introduced to the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the Austrian school of economics. Always a history buff, Andy’s ambitions wandered from the world of science as a result of this new direction.
In 1994, Andy published a newsletter, “SERF’S UP!: Common Sense for the Common Peasant”, doing interviews and essays on politics, economics and providing a historic context for the state of the world. R. Seth Friedman, publisher of ‘Fact Sheet Five’ reviewed Andy’s newsletter, saying “When it comes to politics, Andy’s pen is sharp and filled with poisoned ink.”
With the Internet, Andy has written for several sites, such as Townhall.com and others. With the 2008 elections, he was an early critic of the Obama campaign, posting opposition articles in 2007 against the Democrat agenda. He has also been very focused on the economic situation since well before the meltdown in 2008. While generally critical of decisions made by our political leadership, Andy sees genuine hope for America, especially now with the rise of the Tea Party movement.
Contact: andy dot zarowny at gmail dot com
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, RightPundits.com among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
Mr. Huston has appeared in person or had his articles read on such national radio programs as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Neil Bortz, Michael Savage and others. He has also appeared on Fox News and CNN.
He has written for Liberty Ink Magazine, Camp Chase Gazette, the Civil War News, Human Events and has essays in two college textbooks as well as the book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture.”
Contact: igcolonel at hotmail dot com
Arriba has a PhD in Political Science from an otherwise reputable university in the Northeast. He has done extensive academic research in many different areas of political institutions and public policy in the United States. He is currently in the process of co-authoring a book that examines American ideological regional differentiation. He has taught graduate classes at universities in the East and the West Coast; for over the last decade, he has taught graduate classes at a university on the Gulf Coast. Generally, he teaches classes in public policy, rational choice, and methodological modeling.
He has been married for over 40 years to a lovely woman who is also much more intelligent than Arriba ever was. Since Hurricane Katrina, he has rescued dogs, primarily Aussies, and transported them throughout this region of the nation to loving homes. Arriba is a sabrmetrician, and believes that baseball explains most of the mysteries of life. He also avidly follows the Pittsburgh Steelers and plays golf and camps in his spare time. He remains blissfully oblivious to pop culture.
Arriba is very pleased to write for Right Pundits. He is a paleo-conservative, which basically means that he believes market solutions are usually the best, that government intervention rarely works, and that our nation must stop being so interventionist; that we only should engage in wars when attacked, or when we are affected existentially, and then just war theory should apply, if possible.
Contact: editors at rightpundits dot com
Ryan Kane is an avid follower of politics and is proud to be a high school aged Republican. Ryan loves politics, sports, and school. He is a member of the executive board of the North Carolina Teenage Republicans, and was the treasurer of his local Teenage Republicans club. Ryan also just finished an internship with the North Carolina Republican Party, where he worked canvassing voters and coordinating volunteers for Governor Mitt Romney and several other Republican candidates. Ryan’s blog can be found here.
Contact: editors at rightpundits dot com