2016: The Economy Factor

    The financial pages are full of discussion about the first half of the year – how the different stock, bond, and real estate markets are doing; whether the economy is strong enough for the Fed to move toward a more normal interest rate environment; how world events are impacting the economy.  Let’s put the discussion in the context of the 2016 presidential election. First, some | Read More »

    IRAQ The Final Cut For A Country Created By “Cut and Paste”

    A long term solution for Iraq that will finally be workable.

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    THE PIED PIPER OF PUNITIVE POLICIES AND THE “STUPIDS”

    Hillary Clinton and how she will punish Americans

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    The New York Times Celebrates Its Declaration of Surrender

    The New York Times Celebrates Its Declaration of Surrender

    The New York Times has published their own ode to Independence Day—a Declaration of Surrender to Islamic terror—while freely offending a billion Catholics who don’t shoot journalists for publishing offensive art. Roundly criticized for publishing a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made entirely of 17,000 colored (non-lubricated) condoms after refusing to publish the cartoon from the cover of Charlie Hebdo last January, the Times standards editor Philip B. | Read More »

    Donald Trump May Be the Great White Hope the GOP Needs

    Donald Trump May Be the Great White Hope the GOP Needs

    The mainstream media is descending on The Donald like buzzards on carrion—and their instincts for a fresh kill are rarely wrong.  But don’t discount Donald Trump. Erick Erickson offered sage advice for the tempestuous-tempered billionaire-cum-politician to stay on offense, but I expect that Trump will rebound very soon. The “stay on offense” advice works best for politicians, but Donald Trump isn’t one.  He’s a unique | Read More »

    EXCLUSIVE: The Hillary Diaries- June 2015

    As long as she continues to use an unsecure private e-mail server, this writer will continue these monthly entries. June 1: Dear diary… heard the news of Beau Biden’s death.  Simply tragic.  Poor Joe…he’s my good friend.  Someone’s death hasn’t shaken me this much since Vince Foster’s.  What else?  Oh yeah- Martin O’Malarkey Malley entered the race.  Geez!  When MSNBC pans your announcement, you know you are | Read More »

    To win the hearts and souls of the uninformed populace, polygamy would not be my play

    Polygamy, as known to the masses, leaves a bad taste in the mouth (no pun intended, ok maybe a little one). Polygamy is associated with stories from the Old Testament and with the early days of Mormonism. It is associated with male dominance and female subjugation. Take a poll and most Americans would overwhelmingly be against polygamy. There would be bipartisan agreement against polygamy as | Read More »

    Rep. Kinzinger(RINO-IL): Gay Marriage Is The Law Of The Land, Get Used To It

    [mc_name name='Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)' chamber='house' mcid='K000378' ](R-IL) Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger finally broke his silence on the Supreme Courts ruling last Friday that nationalized same sex marriage, telling 1440 WROK Wednesday morning that “Gay marriage is the law of the land” and that it is something people will just have to get used to. In typical establishment RINO fashion Kinzinger also | Read More »

    Off to a Bad Start: START-UP NY Spends $45 Million and Only Creates 76 Jobs

    Off to a Bad Start: START-UP NY Spends $45 Million and Only Creates 76 Jobs

    “Move here, expand here or start a new business here and pay no taxes for 10 years.” If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is – and that goes for Governor Cuomo’s tax carve-out program, START-UP NY. New York State Comptroller Thomas Napoli recently revealed that START-UP NY spent $45 million to advertise the program, but created only 76 jobs. The | Read More »

    Marita Noon: The SCOTUS/EPA decision, while not all positive, is worthy of celebration

    The big lesson for the Obama Administration should be read between the lines. They may be, in some back room at the White House, rubbing their hands in glee over the SCOTUS/EPA decision. The Administration can introduce all kinds of controversial and unreasonable rules and regulations that crush growth, kill jobs, and favor its friends and ideology—and even if it, ultimately, gets shot down, it will be too late; the impact will already be felt.

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    “Tail Gunner Trump”

    Sen. Joe McCarthy is best known for attempting to make the case that the US government was riddled with Soviet spies and Communist sympathizers. McCarthy was of course, correct,  ( just Google “Verona Project”) but was unable to successfully make his case to the American people, in part because of his tactics and his temperament  ( no doubt  fueled by his alcoholism) The left reacted | Read More »

    I’ve Made My 2016 Decision

    I've Made My 2016 Decision

    This Presidential election is shaping up to be so much fun. Not only do we have high-quality field of Republican candidates, but each one of those candidates can run against the destructive liberal policies of President Barack Obama. Knowing all of the statistics about how hard it is for the same party to win three consecutive Presidential elections, I’m convinced the GOP has a very | Read More »

    The Supreme Court Clubs our Civil Liberties with 14th Amendment

    In a very strange short story by author Kurt Vonnegut, the concept of equality is parodied.  Harrison Bergeron is the story of a person living in the utopian world of the future, a world where everyone is truly and finally equal under the guidance of the government.  Anyone who knows the story knows that the “solution” is a colossal failure.  Anyone who knows the story | Read More »

    Words have (double) meanings

    John Roberts, in his now infamous second decision to re-write SCOTUScare (I defer to the dissents and note that this is probably a more accurate name at this point) to save it from legislative ineptitude has given the Right the weapon needed to fight in the judicial wars that have now been unleashed thanks to a congress that would rather hide behind the skirts of | Read More »

    Yes, I Am One of the Pod People

    Yes, I Am One of the Pod People

    Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance: the five stages of grief.  As a Christian, I’ve gone through these over the last few years, and now I’ve arrived at acceptance. I denied that God could remove His hand from our blessed country, America; that divorce among Christians was just as prevalent as the non-religious.  I denied that our youth were ever more questioning Christian teaching and doctrine, and | Read More »

    With Friends Like These: Minyon Moore

    In the drama that is Hillary Clinton, the build-up to her announced candidacy pitted different loyalists against one another and at the center of the “resolution” is Minyon Moore.  Hailing from Chicago, she has deep roots in Democratic Party politics starting in 1984 when she became a volunteer in Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition eventually working her way up to deputy political director.  In Jackson’s | Read More »

    Establishment challenge to Boehner opponent in NC fizzles out

      ”The Republican establishment is ready to take another crack at unseating Rep. Walter Jones” the article in National Journal earlier this month began.  A similar trial balloon was raised in the Raleigh, NC News and Observer at the same time. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) 87%, one of the stalwarts who voted for a GOP alternative to [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ | Read More »

    Walker’s Proposed Amendment – Failure Theater edition

    So Scott Walker has called for a constitutional amendment that will specifically delegate to the states the authority to decide the definition of marriage.  As the governor of Wisconsin he has the authority to call for a special session of the legislature with the specific purpose of considering a formal request to amend the constitution.  Yet… nothing. Here we have a “leader” pandering to the | Read More »

    Why is the Government Regulating Marriage?

    In America the state, not the Bible, not the church, regulates, defines, and redefines marriage. Americans cannot be legally married without complying with and gaining the government’s permission. Yet prior to the 16th century this was not the case. No government regulated marriage, only churches and synagogues recorded and regulated birth, marriage, sex, and death. In fact, the overwhelming misunderstanding of the First Amendment and the concept of “separation of | Read More »

    Why Is There A Civil War In The GOP Over Marriage?

    Maybe it’s just me but, I don’t understand the whole civil war over marriage thing going on in the Republican Party. I mean if you support same sex marriage fine, if you oppose it great. Why does the entire party have to shift their view on the matter namely those who still oppose the idea of two people of the same sex getting married. I | Read More »

    A Bad Bill + Crony Socialism = An Even Worse Bill

    The Barack Obama Administration is – even more than any of its predecessors – the Crony Socialism Administration. No prior presidency has used and abused government to do more for its friends – and more to its friends’ competitors – than has this one. When Private Companies Beg for Government Favors – It’s Crony Socialism Crony Socialism: When Private Sector Losers Turn to Big Government | Read More »

    The Unbearable LightHeadedness of John Roberts

    America’s Chief Justice has a problem. Twice wobbled by seizures, his brain has gone wobbly. To confirm, we may have to wait for this once brilliant man to die, well after all the damage has been done. Or we could soon learn a secret only his honest doctor knows for sure: is John Roberts on medications to help prevent seizures? If so, what are the | Read More »

    If you let the fire burn, you and America may be burned beyond recognition.

    If you let the fire burn, you and America may be burned beyond recognition. Erick Erickson’s article The Wildfire Burns suggests retreating to your “monastery” is a practically viable and morally acceptable strategy. If you wait for the fire to burn itself out, you may not like the result. As an extreme example, when the fires of the Russian and Chinese revolutions burned themselves out, | Read More »

    The 2014-2015 Supreme Court Term in Review- Part 1

    As usual, the Supreme Court’s recent term ended with a bang with decisions on Obamacare subsidies and gay marriage.  I suppose, considering we are entering a presidential election year, the GOP should thank the Supreme Court.  With Obamacare, which remains unpopular according to most polls, the GOP can now make a more forceful argument that the only way to rid us of it is through | Read More »

    The link between climate and poverty

    “It is more a gale than a fresh breeze,” Pope exclaimed, “when the most ground-breaking pope since John XXIII links poverty and climate.” In his post titled “How Pope Francis’s Climate Encyclical is Disrupting American Politics,” Pope pronounces: “Something fundamental is shifting this summer in political and cultural attitudes around the climate.”

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    HOW SHOULD A GREAT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BE CHOSEN?

    Over the course of my life as a business person and stock holder I have always been drawn to watching shows about business. My favorite episodes were always the ones featuring highly successful business people like Jack Welch, Steve Jobs and others in the hope of learning a smidgen of the knowledge they have developed in their campaign lifetime.

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    The Most Dangerous Man in America

    In an interview with talk-show host Mark Levin on May 5th, presidential candidate Ben Carson answered this question: “If you were president today, what are three of the things you might want to accomplish quickly?” His answer began with a sentence unique among the 2016 hopefuls, to this writer’s knowledge: Carson replied, “Well, I want to look at the things that are likely to destroy | Read More »

    Supreme Court Aligns with the Left in Assault on First Amendment Religious Rights

    USA Today calls Friday’s legalizing of gay marriage by the Supreme Court “A victory for America.” It is in fact an attack on America, in its very fiber, by the American Left. Consider Obama’s damaging of the Constitution’s balance of powers by repeated (unopposed) intrusions into Congress’s domain; his dismantling of border enforcement and legalization of millions unlawfully in America—financed by Congress; his incitement of | Read More »

    Yanked Around By Marionette Strings…

    Fourteen months ago I posted this on my old, rarely updated blog: “… we are on very dangerous ground right now. On a global/government-led scale, it showed itself with the NSA and IRS scandals. On a societal/mob-mentality level, it showed itself with Chick-fil-A, Elaine Huguenin, Brendan Eich, George Zimmerman, Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, etc. (and all the hypocritical double-standards that are in stark contrast). You play with fire, | Read More »

    Adios America: Review of Coulter’s New Book

    Goodbye to the prosperous country founded by overwhelmingly Protestant colonists in the 18thcentury. Hello to the third-world multicultural mélange with a distinctly Mexican accent, appalling cultural norms, and a clearly leftist political orientation. Such is the vision of the United States given by no-holds-barred pundit Ann Coulter in her latest book, Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole. | Read More »

    The 2016 GOP presidential field needs a “rabbit.”

    Most people can correctly identify Roger Bannister  as the man who first ran a mile in under 4 minutes, in 1954. I expect  nobody can recognize the names Chris Bracher and Chris Chataway. The two served as pacemakers, or “rabbits” for Banister’s accomplishment. They set the pace in the early laps, allowing Bannister to focus early on just the mechanics of running free and easy, | Read More »

    Thank You Ted Cruz

    So, apparently the Constitution affirms the right for any two people to apply for and receive a marriage license from the state regardless of little things like whether it is possible for the relationship by nature to produce citizenry (the entire reason for recognizing and privileging marriage in the first place).  Thus we have in 11 years turned the entirety of human civilization on its | Read More »

    Jesus never taught “tolerance” – A look back

    Jesus never taught "tolerance" - A look back

    It was just a little over two years ago that Jason Collins, a washed-up NBA player nearing the end of his career and looking for some cheap publicity, announced to the world in a Sports Illustrated interview that he was “a 34-year-old NBA center” who was “black” and “gay.” In the interview, as he tried to justify his sexually deviant lifestyle, he reflected on the | Read More »

    The Question Before Religious Organizations: God or Mammon?

    “No one can be the slave of two masters; such a slave will hate one and love the other or will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13 The ruling by the SCOTUS on Friday will undoubtedly result in an assault on religious freedom in this country. This is not speculation or hysteria. The possibility | Read More »

    Marriage Policies in America Similar to Communist China

    It’s astounding to review the requirements to be legally married in America. Even more astounding is the reality that Americans, and especially Christians, comply with them. Worse still— Christians continue to demand that the government regulate a predominantly Christian practice. (Monogamous heterosexual marriage is a unique New Testament Christian concept. Nearly all non-Christian faiths advocate polygamy and pedophilia as part of acceptable social marriage norms.) | Read More »

    Let’s Make All Non-Political Giving Tax-Deductible

    Let's Make All Non-Political Giving Tax-Deductible

    Time Magazine wasted no time in calling for the end of tax exemptions for religious institutions, with writer Mark Oppenheimer firing the initial salvo.  Oppenheimer writes the “beliefs” column for The New York Times, in which he studies religious matters with the alacrity of a medical examiner performing an autopsy: God is dead, let’s find out what killed Him. I have a different view on the | Read More »

    Aren’t We Yet Tired of the Feds Being Totally Wrong – Or Lying to Us?

    Gassy assertions by government officials are, of course, a given. Very few groups of people are more wrong, more consistently – yet with more confidence – than the people who lord over us. There are only two possible explanations. They are either really, really ill informed and naive. Or they know they’re wrong – and they are each respectively lying both of their faces off. | Read More »

    Obamacare, Gay Marriage and Disparate Impact – 25 Hours Which Will Live in Infamy

    When historians look back on the collapse of the United States and seek to pinpoint the beginning of the end, they will no doubt look to the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. If they want to narrow the focus they will point to the period of his reign between 10:00 AM June 25th and 11:00 AM June 26th. [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ | Read More »

    Battle for the House 2016: The June Edition

    AK-at large: Rep. Don Young (R-AK) 49% has not had a serious challenger in a primary since 2008, but that may change and it would be to his advantage.  With both Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller considering a primary run, state senator Pruitt is making noise and may enter the fray.  With a crowded field with so many big name items, a split | Read More »

    LGBT Trump Card

    Donald Trump was asked about his three traditional marriages. It is a great example of how Conservatives have failed.

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    Churches aren’t next

    Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all three hold that marriage is only between a man and a woman.  For practitioners of any of these faiths, when approached with the request to marry two men or two women, there can be only one answer: “No.”  Fortunately, for now, as long as performing a marriage ceremony remains a matter of personal choice, pastors, rabbis and religious leaders | Read More »

    Western Conservative Summit

    This weekend I attended most of the 2015 Western Conservative Summit Denver and heard six of our GOP candidates speak.  Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Scott Walker (undeclared) and Ben Carson all spoke to the Summit attendees hoping to convince us that they have what it takes to lead the USA out of the dire straits that we are in.  In general, | Read More »

    Social Security: To Draw or Not to Draw? That is the Question

    I have just turned 66.  All my friends, family, colloquies, and people in line at Walmart tell me I should apply for benefits since now I can draw “Full” benefits and keep working which is the boomer generations equivalent of having a Winnebago and being a Snowbird. First a word about “Full” benefits; every once in a while, on a seemingly random basis I receive | Read More »

    NYC about to Flush Common Sense down the Toilet

    One of the first things we learn in Kindergarten is that boys and girls do not share a bathroom.  There are some essential reasons for this.  First, we are told that boys and girls are different in what anatomical parts we have.  Second, we learn that boys and girls do not want to share their actions in going to the bathroom with each other.  Third, | Read More »

    Response to Erick’s Thoughts on the Confederate Flag

    Response to Erick's Thoughts on the Confederate Flag

    Erick Erickson wrote a very logical and reasonable approach for a Christian to the Confederate battle flag issue, but he is barking up the wrong tree. In essence, Erickson said we should not fly that flag out of politeness, and politeness is a virtue.  Were there an award for politeness, I believe Erick would receive honorable mention, if not first place (that doesn’t always apply | Read More »

    The Silver Lining: Republicans can Call Marriage Equality a Non-Issue

    The Silver Lining: Republicans can Call Marriage Equality a Non-Issue

    It doesn’t matter what the Supreme Court ruled. We can expect mainstream media to ask the question of every GOP candidate whenever they get the chance. Whether it’s about the ruling, gay marriage in general, or what a candidate would do about marriage equality if they’re elected, they have an optional out. “The law of the land has been set and as President, I cannot | Read More »

    Education: The School as Social Engineer

    Politicians on the Left and the Right regularly talk about one’s home life and the societal conditions that make learning difficult.  To those union voices, the cause of failing schools is not the teachers per se, but society as a whole.  It is actually a circular problem.  Without an adequate education, “graduates” are doomed to a life of low-paying jobs which only perpetuates a cycle | Read More »

    The U.S. Department of Education endorses homosexual marriage

    The U.S. Department of Education endorses homosexual marriage

    The U.S. Department of Education, which is gaining increasing input in what our children are learning, is now embracing homosexual marriage. Just take a look at their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ED.gov Screenshots: A quick look at some of the other federal departments revealed that they did NOT change their profile pictures in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage. The implication is very clear: that the | Read More »

    This Generation’s Bonhoeffer is Among Us… Tragically

      It started with his opening homily before a “marriage” ceremony… “I would like to welcome you all to New Life Harvest Church. We have all come to witness the union between Michelle and Tiffany. “I yearn to say we ‘celebrate’ this union, but, as the Pastor, and founding member of this Church, I cannot celebrate something that is an affront to almost all of | Read More »

    When SCOTUS Becomes A “Threat To Democracy” The Cure Is Article V And The #LibertyAmendments

    Justices of the Supreme Court In the span of two days the Supreme Court of these United States became a “threat to demomcracy” as the great Justice Antino Scalia wrote in one of his dissents.  In the Courts three rulings King v Burwel upholding Obamacare subsides for the federal exchange, Texas Housing v Inclusive Communities which found that discrimination in housing can happen simply | Read More »