Obama, executive orders….excuse me…”unsigned” memoranda, and razor blades

    Those of us of a certain age recall that once upon a time shaving was almost always accomplished with a Gillette safety razor, using double edged blades. (Though for a while, Schick was the choice of conservatives….as they advertised in “National Review.”) In those antediluvian times, before ATRAs and other disposables, regardless of which brand you chose, you were faced with the problem of what | Read More »

    Obama’s Year-Ending Presser…But I’m Not Done Yet!

    Obama's Year-Ending Presser…But I’m Not Done Yet!

    We must have let the rest of the White House staff go on “Winter Holiday Break” early too, because as of this morning, still no transcript from yesterday’s presser. I gotta run, I’ve got a flight to catch. See you next year. Although there was this posted yesterday on the Big White site: DECLARACIONES DEL PRESIDENTE SOBRE CAMBIOS EN LA POLÍTICA CON CUBA. No English | Read More »

    This is why I might have a problem voting for Rand Paul

    Before I explain the title of this entry, first let me clarify a few things.  On policy, I agree with Rand Paul on 99% of the issues. In fact, I think I agree with him on policy more than any other candidate, with his stance on Cuba being an exception.  So this isn’t about policy.  This is about what it takes to be president and | Read More »

    Demographic Fallacies

    The New York Times had an article entitled “The Growing Blue-State Diaspora.”  In that article, the authors make a claim that as blue state residents move to traditionally red or swing states, they are changing the political ideological tendencies of their new home states.  It is not until almost the end of the article that the authors acknowledge that just because the person comes from | Read More »

    Actually, Rand Paul Knows Exactly What He Is Talking About

    Actually, Rand Paul Knows Exactly What He Is Talking About

    Appearing with Megyn Kelly to discuss the Cuba situation last night, discussed the policy change toward Cuba. and his comments were brought up. stated that doesn’t know what he is talking about. A social media battle ensued. After Rand came out in support of opening relations with Cuba, many of the reactions were typical. I can’t count how many times I saw people accuse Rand | Read More »

    Did North Korea Really Hack Sony?

    IP addresses were hard-coded into the software. This is never, ever done by any reputable programmer. Unless the North Koreans were blatantly advertising their actions — not at all out of the question — there is no reason to do this. But it makes me suspect that perhaps someone else did the hack and used this to point toward North Korea.

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    A Candidate Who Can Win

    It was a Tuesday night on November 3, 1964.  In a humiliating defeat of Republican Barry Goldwater, Lyndon Johnson won the presidential election in an historic landslide.  After all the votes were counted and the dust settled, Johnson took away 44 states and Goldwater carried a paltry number of 6. A few months prior in San Francisco, the Republican convention was one of the most | Read More »

    Everything You Need To Know About Sony, Cuba and North Korea

    It’s all in this one infographic.

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    “I’m Too Spooky for My Soul; Too Sexy, In My Soul”

    “I’m Too Spooky for My Soul; Too Sexy, In My Soul”

      BO is the reason for the season – regardless of which “season” you’re celebrating: Cat Walkin’ our way through the “Holiday” Season: “I’m too sexy for my house…” For Hanukkah, Big Guy, widely described by pro-Israel groups as the U.S. president “least friendly to the Jewish state since its founding,” believes that he is Jewish in his “soul.”   “I am, in my soul.”  | Read More »

    Blaming the Victim and the “Rape Culture”

    A supposed comedy called “The Interview”, about the assassination of North Korea’s still-living (as far as we know) man-child, monstrous dictator Kim Jong Un, was set to be released on Christmas Day. The film’s distributor, Sony, had its computer systems hacked by, according to our illustrious federal government, those attached to the North Korean regime run by Kim. The hacking revealed some emails between the | Read More »

    Some Thoughts on Cuba

    The history of US-Cuban relations is rife with exploitation before Castro and deep mistrust between the nations after Castro.  Much of that mistrust is justifiable on the US end of things given Castro’s rise to power and resulting placement in the Soviet Communist orbit culminating in the Cuban missile crisis and subsequent actions taken on both sides.  Make no mistake- the Castro brothers are brutal | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: How It’s Done in the South Bronx

    If the name of my chosen home raises only distant memories of Dresdenized rubble, or–perhaps worse to many–the specter of the soulless hive, I accept your hesitation to read on and commit you to more authoritative words than I can conjure. But if you have ever wondered–I shall be blunt–what the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ might look like in action in | Read More »

    Obama Declares War on the Republic

    If government of the people, by the people and for the people should perish from the Earth, its demise will have started with this president’s relentless, Chavez-like power grabbing—and the failure of craven Republicans to resist it. Be not deceived: this is a direct assault on our way of life and on our freedoms. If this assault is not halted, one day America will no | Read More »

    Mean Christians

    ….Bear in mind, many Christians are already facing enormous challenges–anything from being the target of a smear campaign to being imprisoned and tortured for refusing to submit to another religion. Online, Christians are faced with verbal abuse from people….

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    Repeal and Replace- The Tax Code

    Incoming Senate Finance Committee Chairman (R-UT) released a 350-page primer on tax reform – individual and corporate – outlining the issues lawmakers will have to tackle in an effort to reform our tax code.  As the committee noted in an accompanying press release, “At over 70,000 pages in length, the U.S. tax laws are a labyrinth of red tape. The current tax system is anti-competitive, complicated, unfair, and | Read More »

    U Michigan Is A Bastion Of Free Speech, But Only For Liberals

    The University of Michigan is a bastion of free speech, according to its own public affairs department. But only if you’re a liberal.

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    Unlike in 2012, the Establishment Will Not Coalesce Behind One Candidate in 2016

    In 2012, Texas did not hold its primary until May 29. In 2016, Texas joins Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Vermont (listed in order of population) in holding its primary election on Super Tuesday, March 1. This represents 25% of the population of the United States, so it is safe to assume there will still be at least two competitive potential Republican nominees | Read More »

    Groundhog Murderer DeBlasio Named PETA Person of the Year

    Groundhog Murderer DeBlasio Named PETA Person of the Year

    Yes, you read that correctly.  New York city mayor Bill DeBlasio has just been named person of the year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  PETA granted this honor because, according to the New York Daily News, Mayor de Blasio’s mission to corral the city’s horse-carriage industry has helped him score the title of Person of the Year from advocacy group People for | Read More »

    How to Lose a Cyberwar with North Korea

    In the past twenty-four hours, United States intelligence officials definitively confirmed that the recent cyberattacks against Sony Pictures Studios and the concomitant threats to terrorize movie theaters showing its film, “The Interview,” are indeed the work of North Korean state actors.  Sony, of course, canceled the global release of “The Interview,” which threatens to ex ante effectuate some of the most outright perverse incentives in geopolitics that we’ve | Read More »

    CRomnibus: Republican Betrayal on Amnesty

    President Obama gets substantially closer to his amnesty while Republicans, such as Boehner and others, effectively satisfy their corporate donors on Wall Street while carefully shielding themselves from Main Street behind the robes of the Supreme Court.

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    I Love Santa

    What is this idea that Santa Claus somehow detracts from celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ? I grew up in a Christian household that loved Santa and, as pretty much anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter can attest, I still really like Jesus. Believing in Santa Claus and loving Jesus are hardly mutually exclusive.

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    Multi-Ethnic not Multi-Cultural

    We are a multi-ethnic country not, as so often stated, multi-cultural.  We have one culture — the American culture — emphasizing personal freedom, self-reliance, work, education — in short, The American Dream.  It’s what draws so many people to this country and leaving behind the culture that kept them from being the best they could be.  Don’t people realize that it was those “cultures” that created the | Read More »

    Erick is half right…..

    Erick penned a superb, powerful diary the other day: House Conservatives have the power, and should depose Speaker . He points out, correctly, that it will take only 30 conservative House members to deny Boehner the 218 votes he will need in the next Congress to be elected Speaker. He makes the case that by in effect vetoing Boehner, conservatives will throw the election back to | Read More »

    One Old Guy Against the Emperor

      I am an older guy, knocking on the door of 70. Over the years I’ve seen a gradual erosion of personal freedom and a growing disrespect for others and the rule of law. Disrespect and lawlessness now reach all the way to the Attorney General and the President. The President has become de facto emperor, his unpopular edicts constantly delayed past the next election. | Read More »

    “I’ve been mistaken for a valet” and Other Tales of the Dark Side

    “I’ve been mistaken for a valet” and Other Tales of the Dark Side

    It’s worse than we thought; even the Wons are frequent victims of racial injustice according to People magazine – The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences. In the article, Big Guy claims he’s been mistaken for a valet and Lady M said he has also been mistaken for a waiter. Some say he’s been mistaken for a President: Rock star? President? Whatever. | Read More »

    Gov. Shumlin Admits High Taxes Hurts Businesses, Families, and the Economy

    Peter Shumlin, a Democrat governor from one of the most liberal states, made a jaw-dropping admission when he released his much-awaited plan for a single payer health system in Vermont. Shumlin’s proposal called for massive tax increases to pay for the system, which Shumlin himself called “detrimental to Vermonters”. Shumlin stated, “These are simply not tax rates that I can responsibly support or urge the | Read More »

    An Act of Kindness

    Let me ask you something: do you think it’s strange  for a stranger to knock on your door and inform you of anything? No I’m not talking about solicitors nor volunteers, I’m talking about someone who notices something is wrong on your property and tells you. I will admit I do, but let me explain; I had just finished making a delivery and noticed the headlights | Read More »

    Fourth Marking Period Senate Report Card

    These are the grades for Republican members of the United States Senate for the 4th marking period of the 113th Congress and their final grades are in parentheses.  Receiving an A+ this period: Mike Crapo of Idaho (A), Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma (A), of Utah (A+), of Idaho (A+) Receiving an A: of Wyoming (A), of Oklahoma (A), of Texas (A), Mike Enzi of Wyoming | Read More »

    Mourning Outburst Not Necessarily A Repudiation Of Faith

    In a sermon, a congregation was encouraged to have a faith fixed like the astronomical phenomena described in Matthew 2 commonly referred to as the Christmas star. As a counterexample, the illustration was provided of a pastor that, upon hearing of the unexpected tragic death of family members questioned, why and where was God. However, apart from an admonition not to let one’s faith waiver | Read More »

    North Korea Attacks America’s Moral Cowardice

    North Korea Attacks America's Moral Cowardice

    A rogue nation targeted a multinational corporation and won.  North Korea has almost certainly ordered the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, stealing and publicly dumping enough data to make a dent in the company’s stock price. North Korea cannot challenge the United States militarily, despite what movies have portrayed.  Regardless of their saber-rattling, and America’s reduced presence on the Korean peninsula, a real attack of any substance against our ally | Read More »

    Sebelius Blames $400M in Anti-Obamacare Ads For Its Unpopularity — Except That the Admin Spent $700M To Tout Obamacare

    Last week, Kathleen Sebelius peddled the idea that Obamacare is merely “a very bad brand” and blamed misinformation via “a lot of paid advertising” for it; she also calculated spending on anti-Obamcare ads to be around $400 million: “So Obamacare no question has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and by a lot of paid advertising and | Read More »

    I AM leaving the Republicans. Mark Levin is right. But I’m not an inch away from leaving. I am GONE.

    Mark Levin is right. The elected Republican party has betrayed us. And it’s time to leave. There was a time when being a Republican meant something and stood for something. A time when they stood for better things than the Democrat party. Common sense things. American things. The Constitution and Freedom. They fought for the American people – not for their own jobs, power and | Read More »

    Our Christmas Wish For You and Yours

    This column first appeared in the December issue of Townhall Magazine. As the year winds down and our thoughts turn toward time with family and friends, our thoughts at RedState are on you, our readers. Whether we reach you through this magazine, online at redstate.com, via the Erick’s ubiquitous Morning Briefing, or on our twitter feed or Facebook page, we value you and your interaction | Read More »

    A Classic Tale of Good vs Evil: Six Devils in the San Fernando Valley

    A Classic Tale of Good vs Evil: Six Devils in the San Fernando Valley

    C.S. Lewis once said “The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” I don’t know about you, but I feel that way about conservative books, too, on a regular basis. One can tell a compelling story with latent values without ramming those values down the reader’s throat at the expense of the story. That’s why it | Read More »

    Follow the Money: Christmas Shopping 2014

    Follow the Money: Christmas Shopping 2014

    It’s one week out from Christmas and, if you’re a taxpayer, your year end push to finish 2014 strong may have delayed your shopping plans and now it’s time to get it all in. There’s a few more days left and here’s your chance to make sure those last-minute shopping dollars aren’t funding the liberal agenda. THURSDAY: Travel plans still in flux? Search for the | Read More »

    Colorado Governor Says You Can’t Educate Children Well Yourself

    This will come as a surprise to the thousands of homeschool and school choice families across the state.

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    Obama Seeks to “Normalize” Relations with Cuba

    Fresh from The Hill: President Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. is beginning talks with Havana to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba following the release of a U.S. prisoner jailed for five years by the country. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a press released hailed the decision to seek a normalization of relations with Cuba, while the Associated Press reported the U.S. would | Read More »

    The Guardians of Peace and Christian Persecution

    The Guardians of Peace is an anonymous criminal organization that is ostensibly engaging in various criminal acts, including threats of terrorism, in order to suppress the release of a single motion picture.  The organization has issued written protests concerning the depiction of the assassination of the current leader of North Korea.  Whether in defense of North Korea or acting out of some other motivation, the group | Read More »

    My Advice to Aaron Sorkin: “Take the Cannoli”

    My Advice to Aaron Sorkin: “Take the Cannoli”

    Aaron Sorkin is disillusioned; he’s left to wonder if there is any “such thing as privacy anymore.” Sorkin, famous Hollywood screenwriter who wrote The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing, also wrote a New York Times editorial, sharing his views on the Sony hack of Hollywood emails: If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the | Read More »

    The Real Reason you should not vote for Jeb Bush

    Since when did selling socks become a substitute for defeating liberalism? George Herbert Walker Bush was a Lieutenant (junior) in the U.S. Navy. On August 1, 1944, the San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. Bush piloted one of four Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft from VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chichijima (Wikipedia, Retrived 2014). After completing his mission his plane | Read More »

    Our apologetic president has a problem

    It seems to me that Obama and the rest of the trash-America-first crowd have a problem.  We’ve all been witness to our own president apologizing for America to Europeans, to Muslims, to Latin Americans, for American arrogance, for “going off track” in the war on terror, for being dictatorial in relations with other countries, etc., etc.  We’ve seen him recoil at the mere mention of | Read More »

    We Tortured Some People and So What?

    First, let’s dispense with the semantic games over “torture” or “enhanced interrogations.”  Torture is defined as the “infliction of severe physical pain or anguish as a means of punishment or coercion.”  The 119 individuals swept up in the CIA’s program in the wake of 9/11 were not “punished.” The purpose of the techniques used was to coerce information out of the subjects.  It was “torture.” | Read More »

    15 Reasons You Should Click Web Links at The Bottom of The Page

    This has little to do with politics, but I can’t help poke a stick in the eye of Israel haters and supporters of BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions against Israel).

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    O Little Town of Bethlehem – The Persecution of Christians In The Modern-Day City of Jesus’ Birth

    …Christians in Bethlehem have been suffering from human rights abuses and economic hardships for years. But some are trying to bring a message of hope into their lives.

    It could be described as a modern day exodus: Christians are leaving Palestinian Arab-controlled areas like Bethlehem in great numbers.

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    Schoolhouse Rock, Ronald Reagan and messaging to save the country

    I was in elementary school during the country’s Bicentennial celebration. From Bicentennial quarters and the new $2 bills to plays about our founding fathers to the most spectacular fireworks I’d ever seen, 1976 was a yearlong celebration of American history, and living in the DC area I felt like I had a front row seat to the entire experience. Coming of age at that time | Read More »

    2016: Presidential Chaos… Shooting ourselves in the foot… Again…

    In 2012, conservative infighting (between conservatives, not between conservatives and moderates) handed Mitt Romney the nomination ‘by default’… He went on to lose. Badly. And from the looks of it, we are gearing up to do the same thing again…. RealClearPolitics’ poll of likely Presidential contenders breaks out as follows: Bush 14 Ryan 11 Christie 7 Paul 10 Huckabee 7 Carson 8 Walker 7 Cruz | Read More »

    Jeb Bush sets his sights on the Oval Office

    At the end of the day though – what should be the Silver bullet against any realistic chance Bush has at claiming the nomination – is his insistence on promoting amnesty, despite the clear evidence that the election we just had in November was a repudiation of ‘immigration reform’.

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    Report: Automated manufacturing could drive $125 million from cost of F-35 canopies

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has developed a method to build canopies for the F-35 Lightning II that could reduce the costs of the Joint Strike Fighter program by as much as $125 million. ONR has found a way to automate the manufacturing process for the canopies (which consist of the transparent portion of the cockpit) that is both safer and more cost effective, | Read More »

    Boo Hoo: Virginia Dems Who Refused to Compromise on Abortion Clinic Regulations Now Crying Foul

    No matter how many common sense pro-life bills Ken Cuccinelli introduced in the Virginia State Senate, he found absolutely no compromise from his Democratic colleagues. Year after year, liberal legislators routinely rejected bills that would have ensured necessary regulations in the state’s abortion clinics. Now, they are left with what they call an ‘extreme’ law named TRAP, the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. I spoke | Read More »

    A Reminder: It is UNCONSTITUTIONAL for the Federal Government to be ‘funded by the states’ (ala ‘Fair Tax’).

    Among opponents of the 16th Amendment, a common sentiment is that it should be repealed & replaced by a scheme wherein the federal government collects no taxes, but rather subsists on monies provided by the individual states. The so-called ‘Fair Tax’ (which isn’t at all ‘fair’ – but that’s a whole ‘nother diary) among various other schemes relies on this idea. That said, if you take | Read More »