The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

Contributors

J.E. Dyer is a retired US Naval intelligence officer who served around the world, afloat and ashore, from 1983 to 2004. Her last operations in the Navy were Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in 2003. She lives in the “Inland Empire” of southern California now, and struggles daily against inertia and the small stuff, to research and write a book on the Cold War, and work on small home-business projects. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard online. Her home blog is The Optimistic Conservative. She is a co-founder of Liberty Unyielding.

Howard Portnoy is a co-founder of Liberty Unyielding. His political commentaries have appeared in print at HotAir, NewsBusters, Examiner.com, Conservative Firing Line, and RedCounty, and on the air as a guest at Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, and The George Espenlaub Show. He has also written for New York’s Daily News and has one published novel to his credit, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). Howard is a native of Pittsburgh and holds a master’s degree and A.B.D. in linguistics from New York University.

Libby Sternberg is an Edgar-nominated novelist whose works include humorous women’s fiction, young adult fiction, and historical fiction. When she lived in Vermont, she was an education reform advocate, supporting school choice, and authored a paper for the Cato Institute on the 150-year-old voucher system in the Green Mountain State. While there, she also was appointed by the Vermont Speaker of the House to the Vermont Commission on Women. She has had opinion articles published in the Weekly Standard, Insight, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and more. She currently resides with her husband in Pennsylvania, the proud mother of a journalist, a publishing director of marketing, and an Air Force pilot. She is a co-founder of Liberty Unyielding. Her website is at www.LibbySternberg.com.

Fausta Wertz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She blogs at Fausta s blog on American and Latin American politics, news, current events and culture and is a co-founder of Liberty Unyielding. She also writes on Latin America at Real Clear World and has been a featured blogger at the Star Ledger NJ Voices, LadyBlog, and Pajamas Media. She had blogged at the Forbes business and finance network, has been a panelist at BlogHer 08 and BlogHer09, Pajamas TV, the Fox News Strategy Room, and CNN Live’s  Bloggers Bunch.


Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, The Daily Caller, RedState and as a co-writer The Daily Beast. Myra’s web site, TheJesusStore.com, contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams.

Mike Antonucci is director of the Education Intelligence Agency. He has written for “The Wall Street Journal,” “Forbes,” “Investor’s Business Daily,” and “The American Enterprise” and has appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” He collaborated with U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo and Joseph Farah on the critically acclaimed book “This Land Is Our Land: How to Win the War Against Private Property” and conducted research for Daniel Pipes for his book “The Hidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy,” published by St. Martin’s Press in 1996. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mike logged more than 2,200 flying hours as an instructor navigator of C-130 transport aircraft and T-43 training aircraft.

Hans Bader is Counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. Has also writes for CNS News and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

John T. Bennett is a contributing author at Liberty Unyielding and WND. A former Army officer with tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti, Africa, he holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. John’s articles have also appeared in the American Thinker, the Chicago Tribune, Townhall.com, Accuracy in Media, and FrontPage Magazine.

Mike DeVine, presently with the Ruf Law Firm in Metro Atlanta, is a contributing editor at LU; managing editor of HillbillyPolitics and PoliticalDaily; Atlanta Law and Politics columnist for Examiner.com; and regular blogger at Unified Patriots and Redstate.com. His work at Redstate was featured in a PBS Special on conservative bloggers which led to a stint as the conservative op-ed voice of the Charlotte Observer and regular appearances in The New York Times, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other major print and online publications. DeVine’s writing career was launched soon after his Summer of 2001 move to Atlanta and “conservative epiphany”. While the legal editor for The (Decatur, Ga.) Champion he wrote the first post-9/11 column published in the United States suggesting that captured terrorists would not be entitled to POW rights. Previously DeVine had been an active Democratic Party county chairman, convention delegate and campaign manager in S.C. He matriculated at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College, where he earned Phi Bet Kappa honors and taught Business Law.

Jeff Dunetz is Editor/Publisher of the Political Blog, The Lid, and a weekly political columnist for the Jewish Star. He has also contributed to Breitbart.com, Hot Air, and PJM’s Tattler.

Colin Flaherty is the author of “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it” — a #1 Amazon Best Seller with positive reviews from Thomas Sowell, National Review, and others. He is also the recipient of more than 50 journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations. His story detailing how he got an innocent black man out of prison by showing he was unjustly convicted of trying to kill his white girl friend was featured in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and Court TV. Colin also writes for FrontPage Magazine and WND.

Leslie S. Lebl is a Fellow of the American Center for Democracy and Principal of Lebl Associates. A writer, lecturer, and consultant on political and security matters, she is a former Foreign Service Officer with particular expertise in European political and defense issues, radical Islam in Europe, Balkan peacekeeping and Russian politics and economy. She is writing a book on the European Union, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and  has written for City Journal, Human Events, and American Thinker. Her website is at www.leslielebl.com.

Amy Lutz is a student at Saint Louis University and Assistant Editor for Social Media and Outreach for TheCollegeConservative. She has served as the Chair of the Saint Louis University College Republicans, Vice-Chair of the Missouri College Republicans, a policy intern at the Show-Me Institute, and as an intern at the Dana Loesch Show. Amy grew up in the small town of Atchison, Kansas, but has followed current events most of her life, especially those revolving around illegal immigration and the Constitution. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Fox News and following politics, reading, baking, watching movies with friends, playing piano, and obsessing over the New Orleans Saints. Amy can be followed on Twitter at @amylutz4.

Victor Medina is a freelance writer based in Dallas. The former association executive is the editor of WhenLiberalsAttack.com, and he also writes for Examiner.com and Yahoo News. His writing credits include The Dallas Morning News, SportsIllustrated.com, and a number of publications and websites. He has served as an election judge in Dallas County and on the board of directors for the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Renee Nal is a former Glenn Beck intern and a founding member of TavernKeepers.com, a political news website that highlights stories not covered in the mainstream media. Renee has her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is taking a hiatus from her PhD work to focus on exposing stories that go unnoticed in the mainstream media. She also writes for the ExaminerGather and the Shire Blog. Renee has lived and traveled around the world, having a special place in her heart for Africa and the Italian Lakes. Follow Renee on Twitter and Facebook.

Joe Newby is an IT professional who writes as a conservative columnist for Examiner.com covering politics, crime, elections, military history, and social issues. He also writes for NewsBusters and Spokane Faith and Values and offers hard-hitting commentary at his own blog, the Conservative Firing Line. He has been involved in conservative politics for years, having run for office in Riverside, Calif., and has served as campaign manager for other candidates. He currently lives in north Idaho with his bride of 26 years.

Matt Vespa was the Executive Director for the Dauphin County Republican Committee in Harrisburg. He has interned with various political organziations, including the Pennsylvania Republican Party last summer where he participated in a massive five day GOTV effort for Republican Bob Turner in the NY-9 special election. In addition to contributing for Liberty Unyielding, Matt is a blogger/contributor for Misfit Politics, The Young Cons, Right Wing News, NewsBusters and Conservative Daily News. You can reach him at mattvsp@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @mvespa1.

Kenric Ward is a national correspondent and chief of the Virginia Bureau for Watchdog.org. Formerly a reporter and editor at two Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, Kenric has won dozens of state and national news awards for investigative articles ranging from business to education to politics. Kenric’s most recent book is “Saints in Babylon: Mormons and Las Vegas.”

David Weinberger previously worked in communications at The Heritage Foundation. He is now a freelance writer.

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. Raised worldwide via the US Navy, Kevin calls San Diego, California home. An engineer by trade in the Corps, Kevin also served in The Gulf War, one tour on Drill Instructor Duty at Parris Island, SC, and two separate tours of duty on Nuclear Security Duty with the Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion. Married and the father of one, he enjoys retirement by attending the traditional Latin Mass, recreational marksmanship, reciting the Rosary, and irritating liberals whenever possible. Kevin also blogs at Examiner.com.