The “Consider This Podcast”: Hamas v Israel, and Gays in America

    From episode 84 of the Consider This Podcast; conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. The state of the conflict between Hamas and Israel was well-described over half a century ago, and it still rings true. Rather than being simplistic descriptions of what might be a complex problem, I think that it’s tough to deny the truth of those sayings. It’s worth considering. The US now | Read More »

    A Hobbit’s brush with Death

    “Well, what can I tell you? Life in the wide world goes on much as it has this past Age, full of its own comings and goings, scarcely aware of the existence of Hobbits, for which I am very thankful.”
    Gandalf only said this in the movie version of Lord of the Rings, which for the purist like me, means he never said it at all. But the quote applies to me in the last five days as much as any Hobbit in the Shire. In my brush with Death, I found myself totally disconnected from the news cycle, not writing or reading anything. And the world went on, scarcely aware of my absence. And I am thankful of that.

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    Contradictory Choices in the Middle East [Part I]

    Introduction and Historical Retrospective   Western policymakers and media talking-heads like to believe that the answer to the wider Middle East’s problems lies in a single, coherent regional strategy. In other words, a sufficient balance of military force and support for the proper state players will yield lasting calm and neutralize emerging ideological threats. Not only does this view starkly contrast with the approach taken | Read More »

    VIDEO: When Bureaucrats Determine Their Own Limits – There Are No Limits

    As the great P.J. O’Rourke said: “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” We have to give the Feds some – the Constitution requires it. But in 1984 the Supreme Court threw wide open the doors to every liquor store and vehicle in the nation. Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. was a | Read More »

    Who is Abigail Disney and Why Is She So Stupid?

    As the last name suggests, Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of Roy Disney who, along with his more famous brother, Walt, formed Disney Studios.  In her own right, Abigail is a documentary film maker who focuses her movies on social themes, particularly the plight of women in foreign countries.  She sits on the board of directors of several women’s rights groups including the White House | Read More »

    New Testament Bible Reading (in 6 Months) Catch-up

    Health has improved enough to get back to what matters – here are the weeks I missed posting. As it is basically 2 chapters a day you are probably very close to being on track. I like this program a bunch. As my grandson says, easy-peasy. God Bless You.  If you have any questions my email is elainethefair7@gmail.   Week 6 August Monday 11 Luke | Read More »

    Are You Ready For Some Terrorism?

    As the 13th anniversary of September 11th approaches, nearly every news cycle has alarming reports warning Americans that a domestic terrorist attack is on the horizon. But unlike the surprise attacks of September 11, 2001, or the April, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, it appears that the next round of terrorist attacks is expected. Expected? Stop right there and think about that concept. How the heck | Read More »

    Chronological Bible Reading – Weeks 32 – 35

    Hi Bible readers, have been quite ill and on top of dealing with that my sciatica went berserk and I’ve been flat in bed for a couple of weeks. Starting to move around again, ginerely and wanted to get the scriptures posted for those of you who are reading along. Sorry to be behind. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue posting the rest on time. | Read More »

    Lipinski Votes No to Protect the Borders and Support Our Border Troops

    On the week of 8/1/14, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement after voting AGAINST The Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act.  This Appropriations Act allocated $694-Million for increasing the security of the US-Mexico Border.  Lipinski’s statement was as follows: “Following approval of the House Republicans’ border bill tonight, they approved a related piece of legislation, H.R. 5272, designed to keep the President from | Read More »

    Thank You from Richard DeNapoli

    Dear Friends, We came up short on election day but ran the best campaign we could. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way during the campaign – whether you’ve donated, volunteered, sent prayers my way, or helped in any way whatsoever, I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I know that we all worked the hardest we could and | Read More »

    Labor Day OPEN THREAD- Obama’s Problems on ISIS Crisis: Analysis Paralysis, Decidophobia and Pivot Bigot

    Maybe Lucy is right about Obama at the 1:33 mark, maybe he as Pantiphobia: The Fear of Everything! Clearly everyone was anxiously awaiting to hear what the president’s plan to defeat ISIS was in his presser on Thursday. What we didn’t expect to hear were his now-famous six words that were heard around the world in less than 60 seconds: “We don’t have a strategy yet”. | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Mr. President, what about a campaign-style push to talk up America?

    Mr. President, could you just try to use the bully pulpit to talk up America? This really is a great place. We have more developed natural resources than any other country. Could we please expand them, promote them, and sell them? Like Perry’s plan, “a campaign-style push” in countries like Germany might just work—and save American jobs and reduce the trade deficit in the process.

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    AS THE WORLD BURNS Episode 3

    Used with Permission www.jonmcnaughton.com   While Obama fundraised this Labor Day weekend after announcing to the world, “We don’t have a strategy…” the Prime Minister of Great Britain–the US equivalent to a President–announced a multi-decade and generational war strategy against Islamic terrorism. The President promptly responded to being upstaged by Prime Minister Cameron by taking a break from holiday fundraising trips to attend the wedding | Read More »

    Time To Rethink Our Policy Towards Cuba

    Sitting a mere 90 miles off the southern tip of the United States, Cuba is perhaps the one area for foreign policy many politicians ignore unless you are from Florida.  This writer is of the opinion that greater exposure to American products would enhance the United States in international affairs.  A 50 year history of trade embargoes against Cuba have done little to change that | Read More »

    Constituents To Rep. Adam Kinzinger(RINO-IL): #NoAmnesty And #SecureTheBorder

    Residents of Illinois’ 16th congressional district have a message for Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger, stop supporting amnesty and work to secure the border. That was the overwhelming thought behind Saturday’s immigration town hall meeting at the Ottawa American Legion hall. Before the start of the August recess Kinzinger was one of eleven GOP lawmakers to vote against a bill put forth by Tennessee congresswoman Marsha | Read More »

    Death to “Slaves of the Cross” Funded by American Taxpayers, Courtesy of the Obama Administration

    Four years after the Arab Spring, taxpaying Americans continue to fund ethnic and religious cleansing throughout the Middle East, thanks to President Obama’s subversive strategy to spread Islam. The Eastern Mediterranean region, known as the Levant, was the birthplace of Christianity. Initially, Christ followers called themselves “The Way” (in Arabic “Ahl-Al-Deen”) before they were known as Christians (John 14; Acts 9, 14, 24). Alexandria, Antioch, | Read More »

    Liberals Want to Export Ideology

    When discussing free trade, it becomes obvious how a liberal mind sometimes works- weird.  One needs to look at their reasons against expanding free trade.  On their side, they have many think tanks and they come armed with statistics which infer a series of negative outcomes for the United States.  Of course, we on the right have our think tanks and statistics that prove the | Read More »

    Is there any reason why Boehner should not allow the House to debate a bill giving Obama authority for military action against ISIS?

    I’ve tried to live my life by adhering to a few simple rules:  to love God, always tell the truth, be polite to women. These last few years, I’ve added one more: Anything that Nancy Pelosi is for, I’m against. You really can’t go wrong following that maxim.  However, this might just qualify under the “even the broken clock is correct twice a day” exception: | Read More »

    ISIS Gains while DoD diddles

    The A-10 Warthog is the solution to ISIS, but the Air Force won’t support it.

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    Conservative Senate Candidates Outperformed Expectations In 2014

    The media has constantly proclaimed that “The Tea Party is dead” due to the fact that no clear cut constitutional conservative won a Republican Senate primary this year. While this is true, it doesn’t mean the Tea Party is dead. It just means the Tea Party was outspent. Polling indicates that on a per-dollar basis, constitutional conservatives running for the Senate fared far better than | Read More »

    Call to KY Conservatives, Libertarians & Tea Partyers (CLT group)

    KY – you have a golden opportunity to change the future of this country!  I see that KY senate race is getting closer every day —this is the opportunity that every Conservative, Libertarian or Tea Partyer wish he or she had! Do Not vote for Head of the Republican Liberal movement – McConnell!  Let us start a new future for this country.  This will send | Read More »

    United States Jacks Up Exit Fee For Those Renouncing Citizenship

    Just like the recent rise of business inversions — moving business HQ abroad — the United States has seen an uptick (up 221%) in Americans renouncing their citizenship. The elephant in the room in both these cases is taxes: both high taxes and burdensome tax compliance in foreign jurisdictions. Instead of facing the problems directly, the Obama Administration has resorted to punitive measures. The shame | Read More »

    The Status Quo is Hardly Ideal

    Portland Press Herald/Washington Post (August 27, 2014) Reports: “The annual national deficit is now a “projected $506 billion in the fiscal year that ends in September, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday.  The overall national debt has continued to swell, with the portion held by outside investors growing to 74 percent of the economy – the biggest debt burden since 1950.  CBO has also lowered its 10-year deficit forecast, predicting | Read More »

    A Lesson from Ralphie for Obama

    Justifiably, President Obama is being heavily criticized for lacking a strategy to deal with the menacing reality represented by ISIL. Certainly, a thorough and well thought out strategy is needed to address this overwhelmingly daunting and extremely complex challenge. However, the sorely needed first step in this process is a very simple one that most learn in grade school – i.e. The only way to effectively cope with a bully is to confront him head on.

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    Why Worry When You Can Pray

    I am often asked, “How can you stay focused so intently upon the situations and circumstances surrounding America’s current condition of managed decline without succumbing to the mind-chilling depression it warrants?” How can I watch with the contextual awareness of an Historian the seemingly unstoppable advance of the progressives in their quest to re-build America in their own image without falling victim to the lure | Read More »

    Ron Paul – Rhetoric sure doesn’t match action

    When I saw this http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/27/former-iowa-state-senator-pleads-guilty-accepting-/  a few days ago, I was not shocked in the least.  There is no doubt in my mind that the candidate would have knowingly approved if not actually have been involved. This is why just about everything about Ron Paul sure seems fraudulent to me.  First, my profession, Industrial plant dismantling, demolition and sales of surplus plant equipment since the | Read More »

    Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL) Attacks GOP Opponent For Supporting Same Visa Program She Does

    Illinois Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos has been having a rough time of it lately. As Leon Wolf points out at RedState Bustos has been caught reneging on a promise to give up 10 percent of her congressional pay. And now her campaign has plenty of egg on its face after they launched an attack on her opponent former congressman Bobby Schilling over his support of | Read More »

    A Race Story not About Ferguson

    This week there was a video posted to live leak showing a man arrested across the street from a Hot Spot gas station for not cooperating with police. I’ve been past that gas station. It’s at the border between the nice part of town and the not so nice part. If the guy goes straight, instead of being pulled over, there’s a nice homey antique | Read More »

    The Equal Protection Clause Versus What SCOTUS Says It Means

    I’m pleased to say that I have an article forthcoming in the Southern University Law Review.   The article is titled “The Substantive Role of Congress Under the Equal Protection Clause,” and it is already online at this link to SSRN.   Here is the abstract: The authors of the Fourteenth Amendment deliberately wrote that no state can deny the equal protection “of the laws” rather | Read More »

    Will @GovernorPerry #RememberMississippi and Stand with us? #mssen

    Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. That’s exactly what Rick Perry did with his partnerships with Henry Barbour and Steve Schmidt. Rick Perry’s stance on illegal immigration against the Obama Administration in my mind, completely redeemed him from his flailing campaign in 2012 with those infamous words, “I don’t think you have a heart” line in defending signing a 2001 Texas law granting in-state tuition rates | Read More »

    The “Consider This Podcast”: “Name That Quote”, and Modifying Climate Reality Instead Of Models

    From episode 83 of the Consider This Podcast; conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. It’s that time once again where I read a quote and you try to figure out who said it. This time out, it’s from a document, so there’s not so much a “who” said it as it is what document it’s from. It’s an important document, so I’ll give you that | Read More »

    Tennant Shows Democrat Party Has Lost the Support of WV

    For West Virginia Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Natalie Tennant, you couldn’t ask for a worse week.

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    Read my lips: We don’t have a strategy yet….

    **Promoted from the diaries. – Aaron** There are misspeaks…there are gaffes..there are cases of political foot-in-mouth disease, and then there are monumentally self-destructive comments like Obama uttered yesterday: “We don’t have a strategy yet….” for dealing with ISIS The WH scrambled to try and dismiss this as just a verbal gaffe…Obama paying an “aw shucks” homage to  Harry Reid. Maybe they should invoke Joe Biden instead, | Read More »

    Proud to Be “Anti-Choice”

    The pro-choice crowd has adopted the phrase “anti-choice” to refer to us people formerly known (to them) as pro-life.  In essence, these fine folks are defining the issue as they see it, but their choice and use of words is telling.  By denying the label “pro-life,” they show their true colors- their total ignorance of innocent human life.  To them, this has nothing whatsoever to | Read More »

    Common Core Takes Revenge on Oklahoma

    Today, Oklahoma had the No Child Left Behind waiver revoked because our governor grew a pair and signed legislation to dump common core, in no small part due to the strong voices of the public. As well, she’s up for reelection in November and I’m sure that played a part in her decision. Now, thanks to the revenge takers, nearly every public school is on | Read More »

    Crist vs. Scott Cannot Be a One-Issue Election

    I posted a link to Rick Wilson’s awesome Ricochet article “The Risk of Crist” on my Facebook page yesterday, and boy did that stir up some drama! My intention was to keep some of my friends from becoming one-issue voters. As a retired cop who is married to a cop, many of my friends are cops. And overall, law enforcement officers in Florida aren’t too keen | Read More »

    President Obama’s “Peace For Our Time” Moment

    For those who have studied the history of the 20th Century, 2014 is feeling a lot like 1938, when Neville Chamberlain returned to London from Munich waving a treaty he signed with Hitler ceding Czechoslovakia to Germany, and declared “Peace for Our Time“.  That was 13 years after the publication of Hitler’s plan for Europe in Mein Kampf, two weeks before the Kristillnacht rampage against Jewish synagogues | Read More »

    A Millennials Take on Marriage

    The debate over same-sex “marriage” has been thrust onto the national in 2008 when California voted to affirm their DOMA law into their Constitution. Until 2013, people who supported the male/female definition seemed to have little to worry about because well, the only way to really get rid of an amendment is to re-amend the constitution via the democratic process; such is the beauty of our | Read More »

    Grade inflation and what it says about our culture

    ‘You can’t fade my swag.’ ‘Don’t sweat my swag.’ If you are not familiar with these lines, or something similar, you do not get around young people often. Swag is a term used to define one’s bravado, that is, one’s swagger. That’s right, young people now find it appealing to brag about bragging. The comical irony is that if one did have any sort of | Read More »

    The “Consider This Podcast”: Seeing What Works and What Doesn’t – State Economies, Gun Control, and Health Care

    From episode 81 of the Consider This Podcast: What do the top 10 states that had the largest GDP growth in 2013 have in common? And once you know that, will knowing what works affect your vote? (Clearly, it doesn’t affect people all the same way. Just look at those who are ignoring what works.) If you stop a policy that was taking guns off | Read More »

    Thune’s Slippery Slope Toward Susan Crawford’s Dumb-Pipe Dream

    Senator Thune, the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, is crusading to force TV stations to offer their channels directly to pay-TV customers on an individual, ‘á la carte’ basis. Thune bills his ‘Local Choice’ proposal as a ‘new’ idea, but there is nothing new about government meddling in the relationships between cable networks and content providers. The intellectual basis for Thune’s á la | Read More »

    Climate Change cult believes they rule the world

    Rule of law? Constitution? What’s that?

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    The 12/35/50 Solution

    In previous articles here at Redstate and elsewhere, I have argued that winning the Hispanic or black vote outright is not necessary to win the Presidency.  Instead, the preferred strategy should be to weaken the Democratic hold on black, Hispanic and female voters.  Furthermore, because a President is decided through the electoral vote count, the GOP need not even target the overall black or Hispanic | Read More »

    Liberal SuperPAC Uses Animal Farm Logic to Attack Koch Bros, Defend Soros

    This would be really funny if it wasn’t so sad. Brad Woodhouse is President of American Bridge 21st Century, a SuperPAC that “monitors what Republican politicians say and fights back when their rhetoric doesn’t match their records.” This is a PAC well known to be funded by billionaire George Soros. So when Mr. Woodhouse pushed out a news story entitled, “GOP Senate Candidates Bow at | Read More »

    Pastor Would Make Church Membership More Like Prison Sentence

    According to Pastor Corey Dyksta in a sermon posted at SermonAudio.com on the topic of church membership and separation, a Christian is only allowed to withdraw membership from a congregation over profound doctrinal disagreement or error. But what if an individual can find a church of comparable teaching that is a better subjective or existential fit? Why should someone in the name of an outdated | Read More »

    We are so Misinformed

    I’m watching a movie when they start talking about right wing Nazi’s. Yeah, I’ve been sucked into this too; however, the truth is the Nazi’s were left wing socialists. What’s happened, over time is that Nazi and right wing have been wrongly associated together and, if you ask the dumb masses, they will tell you conservatives are Nazis. It’s a schema burned into their brains | Read More »

    Congressional Black Caucus wants Obama to create new Gestapo

    Yeah, I know what you’re thinking; there goes the Strident Conservative again on another one of his anti-Obama conspiracy theories. Well hang on to your Constitutions folks, because the flying fecal matter could be just about to hit the fan. Do you remember all the way back in 2008 when Barack Obama said this? Almost sounds like a national police force, doesn’t it? Of course, | Read More »

    #FLGov: These Primary Numbers Look Awful

    Despite what you might think, Charlie Crist had an awful day yesterday. Oh sure he won, but praimies are always a good sample of what the general will look like in close races. And it looks like the enthusiasm gap is held by Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) right now. Let’s break down the statewide numbers (rounding up to the nearest 1,000 mark due to | Read More »

    Warren Buffett Knows Less Government Means More Economic Activity

    Remember the “Buffet Rule?” The Buffett Rule is part of a tax plan proposed by President Barack Obama in 2011.  The tax plan would apply a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on individuals making more than a million dollars a year. Remember for whom it’s named? The Buffett Rule is named after American investor Warren Buffett, who publicly stated in early 2011 that he | Read More »

    Obama wants to unilaterally allow Hawaii to secede

    Hail King Kamehameha-Obama.

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