About CH 2.0


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The Conservative Hideout was started to  be a great place for Conservatives to gather and discuss the issues of the day…as a forum.  I was tired of trolls, either leftists or posing as Conservatives, disrupting any attempt to have an idea, let again forward it.  The forum is still here, forlorn and mostly unused, so you can imagine that my original plan was somewhat unfulfilled.

I started the blog to keep myself busy while the forum grew.  I initially spent several months venting my anger about  the direction of the country via sarcasm.  Since then, blogging has become the focus of the site, and far more rewarding than I ever thought.  I guess things happen for a reason.  I decided to take a more serious direction.  And since October 2009, other contributors have joined the site. Don, Ken, AG, John, Conservative Teacher, Manhattan Infidel, Jim, Right Hand Man, and occasionally the “Master of Snark” Snarky Basterd, have brought other perspectives and great content to the site.

I am determined to bring great content to the readers, help other bloggers get their message out, and be as biased as humanly possible.  However, unlike the MSM, we are at least honest about it.  We’re for freedom here.  If you don’t like that, go to any of the liberal blogs and sites and whine about it there.

Thanks for reading and  commenting!


Here are some Bios on the staff here at the “Hideout:”


Your humble administrator

MattI’m in my early 40’s, with a  child.  I became a Conservative in the early 90’s when I finally figured out that all the socialism that I was taught in college didn’t seem to work in reality.  Once the Kool-Aid wore off, I started learning, and I still am to this day.  I work in a liberally dominated profession, but I maintain a “wall of separation” between my work and politics (Note that this is the only appropriate use for that phrase, unless you want to take Jefferson out of context yet again)

I believe that future generations should have the same opportunities that myself, and those that came before me, had.  My parents taught me that I could do anything I wanted to do.  I don’t want to have to tell my daughter, “You can do whatever the government tells you to do.”  We are at a crossroads in this country; are we going to be free, or are we going to be slaves to the nanny state.  I choose freedom.

I’m just one guy that posts his opinions about life, the world, and everything, on a blog.

I’m also semi-retired from blogging to handle my career and contribute more in terms of my faith.  See below for the current “brains behind the operation.”



Managing Editor

Don Comes to us from Present Discontent.

Don King
Don King, Managing Editor CH2.0

When I was a young man in my ’20s and early ’30s I took very little to no interest in the everyday workings of politics. With Ronald Reagan in office, I was secure in the blessings of liberty and didn’t even know it; now sadly that is not the case. I am teaching my kids that they don’t have the option of blissful ignorance. That is why I became a Conservative Activist on the internet and gravitated to CH 2.0!

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan


John Carey

JohnCareyAvatar_zps05dae405John comes to us from The Sentry Journal.

I have been blessed my entire life with good friends, loving parents, and a supportive wife. I have a profound love for America, our Constitution, and free market system. I believe that the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not granted by the government, but protected and secured by a limited government with limited powers. It was the states that created the federal government, not the federal government that created the states.


Manhattan Infidel

Yankees-293x300 manhattan infidelManhattan Infidel Comes to us from Manhattan Infidel.

The Manhattan Infidel lives and works on the Island of Manhattan. In his spare time he enjoys curling up in a fetal position contemplating the wreck of a once promising career.



Jim Gourdie

jim-gourdieJim comes to us from Conservatives on Fire.

A native of Michigan and a Metallurgical Engineer I spent more than 30 years in the mining industry. My career allowed me see much of the world and eventually brought me to Venezuela 18 years ago. It was my work that brought me here but it is my Venezuelan family that keeps me here. So, although I no longer live in America, I still love my country and I will do whatever I can to stand-up for her, protect her and defend her from the insipid socialists that plague her.



Snarky Basterd

Snarky comes to us from Feed Your ADHD.

Snarky BastardA Note from Matt: Snarky is a shadowy figure.   I know who he is, and you don’t, which is actually the whole point of the exercise.  Snarky believes in using Saul Alinksy’s Rule Number 5 against  liberals.  He does this with great skill, so I refer to him as the “master of snark.”  I believe it to be a well-earned moniker.  He also moonlights as the “voice” of the Gulf Oil Spill.

Snarky has “retired” from blogging to run a farm.  We wish him the best of luck, and periodically will note his progress via his farm, Dazi Acres.





bob mackBob Mack comes to us from Be Sure You’re Right, Then Go Ahead

Bob has a colorful and storied past-from surviving Tet, to painting the word “war” on his VW bus, Bob has seen and done quite a bit.  Head over to his “about” page to see more.



Teresa Rice

teresamericaTeresa comes to us from TeresAmerica.  She also blogs at Catholibertarian.

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I am a married, Catholic,Conservative woman who has studied sociology and theology in college, loves everything related to politics, and who is also trying to return to college to finish my bachelors degree in journalism and sociology.


Ken Minor

ken minorKen comes to us from One Conservative Estimate.


I am husband, father, and grandfather and consider myself to be greatly blessed. My education was in philosophy and for 40+ years I have looked for spirituality and understanding. Politics have only recently become of interest to me as I now feel a real urgency to be involved. Like so many bloggers I am not a writer nor a journalist though I did have some illusions when I was young. Words are interesting tools and I use them to get “it” off my chest and hopefully encourage or empower someone else. My favorite saying, “Take my advice. I am not using it.” Sadly, too true.

Note that Ken Minor passed away on November 30, 2010.  He will be missed.



Chris Wysocki

chris wysockiChris comes to us from WyBlog.

He describes himself as:

Blogger. Dad. Curmudgeon. Long suffering Jets fan. Reagan acolyte. Conservative Catholic.

Someone once said to me, “you’re pretty fly for a Jersey guy.” Probably in jest. But it’s a better name for a blog than WyBlog1.

Who knows, if this thing takes off I might just wean myself off of Bloxsom too.

Until then, my main blog is still WyBlog.us.




L.D. Jackson

ldjacksonL.D. comes to us from ldjackson.net.

Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on my blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.






just a conservative girl

kim jossfolkKim comes to us from Potluck.

A first generation American who was raised to love her country and the opportunity that it offers to all that are willing to work for it. I love to bake and to blog. I care more about principle than party. My main goal is fight the apathy that most voters have towards our government and what they are doing to future generations.







maggieMaggie comes to us from Maggie’s Notebook.

The 2012 election has come and gone. If we cannot take the Senate in 2014 and strengthen the House, I’m not optimistic that the country I grew up in will survive. I cannot blame only the Obama administration. Some of this has been coming for a very long time. Decades ago Congress began ignoring the Constitution. Most of us, you and I, didn’t notice. We weren’t paying attention. Now we have a club of backslappers on Capitol Hill rather than an august body soberly weighing the constitutionality of law.

While I hope we survive the current acceleration of Marxism, I’m doubtful – so I pray you go to the polls in 2014 and put Republicans in the U.S. Senate. If 2014 favors Republicans we may draw back, but it will be no more than a punt if we don’t choose the right candidates.


There you have it.  Our humble team.  If you have questions, or want to join us, email Matt at conservativehideout@gmail.com!