Ferguson, Missouri and Race

    I have been loathe to comment on the recent racial disturbances in Ferguson, Missouri prompted by the death of Michael Brown.  The reasons are simple: we have witnessed this scene before and we are likely to witness it again.  The thing that most aggravates me is the rush to judgment on both sides.  The African-American community views this differently than some in the white community. | Read More »

    The experiment: how much tax do we really pay?

    I decided to find out exactly what we pay in taxes. So for the month of September, I am going to track taxes in my budget software. Every single penny. That means the tax on groceries, restaurant taxes, ad valorem taxes, withholding from my gross pay, and even the gas tax per gallon when we fill up. I’ve heard it said that we work at least one day a week just to pay the government. I want to see if that holds true, or are paying more?

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    US Christian leaders must compel president to act on genocide in Iraq

    Where are America’s moral clarity and outrage? Where is the shock and awe that will compel President Barack Obama to react to the Christian genocide in Iraq? U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., understands how desperate this situation is. He spoke three times on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week calling the situation a genocide and demanding action. Two weeks ago, he | Read More »

    Mitch McConnell’s promises in the dark

    There’s an old adage in the world of politics that says you can always tell when a politician is lying simply by checking to see if his (or her) lips are moving. One of their favorite forms of lying, particularly in an election year, is to make promises that they may or may not keep. Well, get ready America! Mitch McConnell’s (R-ino KY) lips are | Read More »

    What Do Conservative Girls Want In A Man?

    Being the man means being the bore, the protector, the solid, the cornerstone, the weight-bearing load, the steady.

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    The Truth Behind Gov. Perry’s Trumped Up Indictment

    Steven Hotze, MD President, Conservative Republicans of Texas August 21, 2014 Rosemary Lehmberg, District Attorney of Travis County Texas and head of the Public Integrity Unit in Texas, was arrested for drunk driving in April, 2013. See the police video on YouTube. Lehmberg initially claimed that she had been drinking at a friend’s house just before her arrest, but later claimed that she had just | Read More »

    Governors: The Republican Farm Team

    More and more, one hears the acknowledgement that Barack Obama was not prepared to be president. For a liberal, that is a way of avoiding discussion about his failures being due to his basic qualifications or his policies, but it is a large truth that deserves some examination. What is it that Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton learned as governors? Let’s look at a few dimensions | Read More »

    Illinois Superintendent Writes Scathing Letter Critical Of Common Core Testing

    With a new school year upon us the Superintendent of the Peru(IL) Elementary School District 124, Mark Cross, has penned a scathing letter to parents explaining his opposition to Common Core aligned standardized testing that all school districts in Illinois are required to take part in this school year. The full letter from Superintendent Cross via the districts Facebook page: Dear Parents, Today is the | Read More »

    Darkness and light

    Try as I might, I can’t look at yellow and see purple. Light and darkness can’t both occupy the same space at the same time, and President Obama’s pre-golf remarks about ISIL can’t occupy the truth in the world in which we live.

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    Kentucky’s “Halbig” cases advance

    The Kentucky Court of Appeals will hear two cases challenging Gov. Steve Beshear’s unilateral implementation of the “Affordable Care Act” in Kentucky. “Our system of government is on trial here,” said David Adams, plaintiff in both cases. “Governor Beshear has created a mess by violating state law to force Kentucky into ObamaCare without required legislative approval. If Kentucky’s judicial branch won’t stop him in this | Read More »

    Ferguson residents: I feel your pain

    Dear Ferguson residents, I sympathize with you. I know what you’re going through, and it makes me sick inside.

    I hate protests. I hate them with a visceral, sickening enmity. All the protests and violence won’t bring Michael Brown back, and those seeking justice really don’t mean justice: they mean revenge.

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    More Hand-Wringing and Apologies

    “We tortured some people.”  Of all the words uttered by Obama these past few years, these are perhaps his most dangerous.  Surely, our Constitutional-Scholar-in Chief understands that these words open CIA and Bush administration officials to prosecution in foreign courts for alleged “war crimes.” All hindsight is 20/20 and it is easy for the Senate and armchair liberals to sit about today and criticize actions | Read More »

    Presidential response to ISIS – “fooooooore!”

    There was much discussion, and a good deal of disappointment expressed about the president’s reaction to the murder of journalist Jim Foley by ISIS terrorists, and all I could do was wonder where these people have been.  What were people expecting?  In truth I was a bit surprised that Obama took time away from his golf game to address it at all, though his comments | Read More »

    Obviously, no one inside the Obama White House has ever heard of “Operation Eagle Claw”

    Ah, the plight of all those oh-not-so-smart people inside the Obama White House. The ones in charge of our national security. The ones who write, and then redact, emails and talking points. The types whose qualifications include an  MFA in creative writing ( which is in and of itself a sad comment) Seems the WH felt, in light of the release of the horrific video | Read More »

    Rand Paul: A Modern Day Jack Kemp

    On Monday, Michael Gerson wrote a column in the Washington Post entitled “Rand Paul is no Jack Kemp.” Gerson drew comparisons between Paul and the late Kemp on the issue of minority outreach, ultimately deeming Paul unworthy due to his employing a former shock jock who used to criticize Lincoln, as well as the fact that Paul and his father have criticized Title II of | Read More »

    As ISIS threat grows, Intelligence Must Improve

    Highlighting a summer of excuses and inaction as a new caliphate consumed key territory in the Middle East, President Obama says the terrorist army’s advance is more “rapid than the intelligence estimates.” That might make a great excuse for reactionary airstrikes in Iraq, but it has nothing to do with reality. The damage ISIS is causing outpaces the President’s ability to understand intelligence, because its organizational foundation is a maze, not a chain of command. The Commander-in-Chief has access to the work product of thousands | Read More »

    Open Thread: Obama on ISIS Beheading. No Questions Please…It’s My Tee Time!

    In case you missed the brief statement by the president on the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, by the evil doers ISIS, here is a recap: He had all the furor of losing a golf game, as in not much but a stern face, rather than a president that wants payback for an American that was butchered by the same militant terrorist group that he | Read More »

    Gun-Free Zones are Killing Us

    Kennesaw, GA recently became the surprising setting for a shooting rampage that occurred at the local FedEx facility. Kennesaw, the state’s 4th safest city, gained notoriety in 1982 for being the first US town to require all heads of household to own a firearm. Before gun prohibitionists rejoice, this shooting actually occurred in a gun-free zone where law abiding citizens are often left defenseless and | Read More »

    I Smell a Rat

    The recent bogus indictment against Rick Perry is the third in a series of recent charges against potential 2016 Republican presidential aspirants in less than a year.  It is starting to be less coincidence and looks more like a concerted effort to tarnish the reputations of potential 2016 Republicans. The first incident and one that is continuing at great cost to the state and an | Read More »

    It’s Time to Pay Attention to Kansas

    While it is far too early to write an obituary in Topeka, conservatives must acknowledge the reality that Governor Sam Brownback is fighting for his political life right now in Kansas.  The RCP average has him trailing by 2.8%, with even GOP-leaning polling firm Rasmussen Reports showing Brownback down 10 points earlier this month.  Considering Kansas’s reputation as a bastion of cultural conservatism and a | Read More »

    Common Core has Lt. Governor Calley fighting to keep his job

    The Michigan Republican State Convention is this weekend. The big story leading up the event is whether Brian Calley will retain his position as the Lt. Governor.  Delegates to the convention choose the Lt. Governor and Common Core may be the deciding factor in whether he gets the votes he needs to keep his job.   But that is where the problem begins to emerge,  where | Read More »

    Local Choice Proposal for Partial Á La Carte Is Irreconcilable with the Ideals of Constitutional Government

    I’m starting to get worried that the partial à la carte mandate in the decidedly Orwellian “Local Choice” proposal wasn’t merely an August reverie. The leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, which floated the proposal to the press, have neither disavowed it nor introduced an alternative. Could the Committee actually be serious about a proposal that is so flatly irreconcilable with the ideals of constitutional government? | Read More »

    Net Neutrality: Title II Forbearance Is a Pig in a Poke

    This is the third post in the CBIT net neutrality series. Previous posts in the series are available HERE and HERE. The previous post in this series concluded that the gatekeeper theory of net neutrality regulation is radically over-broad under Title II and inconsistent with the competition theory of communications regulation set forth by Congress in the Communications Act. The proponents of Title II reclassification are trying to sell the FCC on | Read More »

    Net Neutrality: FCC Gatekeeper Theory Applies to Google, Apple, and Netflix

    This is the second post in a series addressing fundamental questions presented by the prospect of applying per se net neutrality rules under Title II. The first post is available HERE. The first post in this series concluded that the logic of the gatekeeper theory the FCC used to justify the imposition of per se net neutrality rules extends to any Internet intermediary that is capable of blocking, degrading, or favoring particular Internet | Read More »

    Did anyone read Holder’s statement on Ferguson?

    The one he issued Monday is mind-boggling to me. Here is it in its entirety with some comments from here in the cheap seats. Attorney General Statement on Latest Developments in Federal Civil Rights Investigation in Ferguson, MO As I informed the President this afternoon, the full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our federal civil rights investigation into the death | Read More »

    UPDATE 2: Infant Stem Cell Research and the Bucket Challenge

    Are any pro lifers bothered that the (for the moment) incredibly popular ALS Association embraces research using fetal stem cells? Here’s something fascinating to me—and a little mysterious. Yesterday, I found a page at ALS Association explaining their support of stem cell research, including fetal stem cells. I read the whole thing before sending the link to Carol. This morning I tried to share the | Read More »

    American Journalist James Foley Beheaded by ISIS

    James Foley – a freelance war correspondent from New Hampshire – was allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State militant group ISIS. The terror group later distributed a video that said the killing was in retaliation for recent US airstrikes in Iraq.

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    Reflections on James Foley, Daniel Pearl, Lee Rigby, Theo van Gogh, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, and the next person to call for closing Gitmo

    Upon reading of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, I immediately thought of Daniel Pearl, the WSJ reporter killed in the same horrific manner in 2002. Yet curiously, in all the coverage about Foley, I didn’t see one reference to Pearl. We forget. Sometimes we choose to forget; other times we do so purposely, because the truth is far to painful to contemplate. And | Read More »

    Savings, Working, and Retiring Today

    A study was released this week that showed more than a third of Americans, (36%)a have saved nothing for retirement. That got me thinking about the idea of retirement and the state of retiring in this country. Everyone thinks they can retire at age 65. It’s an American ideal born in the last century with the rise of unions, the defined benefit plan, and generous | Read More »

    Isn’t this beheading BHO’s fault?

    It appears that the Islamist group ISIS has beheaded James Foley, an American journalist who has been missing since late 2012, and I can’t help but wonder whether the left in this country will attribute this murder to the sins of America.  I mean, is this not just another example of America’s chickens coming home to roost? Similar heinous acts were committed against Americans and | Read More »

    Let’s take a moment to contemplate the exquisitely delicious tableaux that will be the 2016 Democrat convention.

    Remember how Bubba upstaged Gore’s moment in 2000..that excruciatingly long walk through the bowels of the Staples Center….the entire stroll aired on national TV….Clinton’s monumental ego on display… Here’s a brief clip ( scroll down the page) http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2012/09/04/revisiting-bill-clintons-classic-walk-to-the-podium-at-the-2000-dnc-in-la#.U_R5GRtOMt4 Let’s assume that in the summer of 2016, Hillary has secured the Democrat nomination, and Obama has continued to plummet in the polls, as the situations at | Read More »

    Vermont 2014 GOP Primary “Endorsements”

    Let us make no bones about it: Vermont is a lost cause in 2014 for the Republican Party.  This is a state that has proudly moved to a single-payer health care system (socialism), that regularly elects an avowed socialist to the Senate (Bernie Sanders), whose other Senator (Pat Leahy) is not far behind and whose congressman Peter Welch is also up there on the socialist | Read More »

    Phil Simms and Tony Dungy Join the Caucus of The Men Who Pee Sitting Down

    Erick has previously noted the existence of a caucus of The Men Who Pee Sitting Down — basically, a bunch of aggrieved white left-wing culture warriors hellbent on utilizing a select few usefully militant American Indians toward the common goal of shaming a proud and iconic American football franchise into abdicating its traditional name for the sake of “tolerance.”  With the 2014 NFL season about to kick | Read More »

    John Wayne Gacy was a Chicago Machine Democrat. Oh, and so is Barack Obama

    John Wayne Gacy was one of the most foul, ghastly, human monsters to ever slither across this earthly firmament. The depths of his rotted, fetid soul was an infinite cesspool of the most repugnant man-scented nightmares. He was the absolute embodiment of undiluted Evil. The hand seen shaking Roslyn Carter’s  is the same hand that snuffed the life out of some 4o young men for | Read More »

    Rick Perry’s Rocket Fuel

    A Tale of Two Mugshots Earlier this afternoon Texas Governor Rick Perry had his mugshot taken. The person he’s accused of illegally threatening had hers taken earlier. So who do you like? This morning Perry’s people sent out this video: Which  leads me to ask this question: When they started this foofaw, did Dems not realize they were providing rocket fuel to Perry’s campaign? I | Read More »

    A Letter to “Black America”

    In 1984, Saturday Night Live aired a skit titled, “White Like Me,” a mirrored parody of the classic book, “Black Like Me”, which used to be required reading in many psychology classes. The skit featured Eddie Murphy, who as a black man in America, decided that he’d like to find out what it was like being white. He goes to a make-up artist and is | Read More »

    A post from a disappointed law enforcement officer

    I have been a law enforcement officer for 28 years. I have dedicated my adult life to serve and protect the communities in which I’ve lived. Every day, good decent men and women like me, put their lives on the line to serve and protect people that they mostly don’t even know. We realize that it is a thankless job. We know that most people | Read More »

    What Happens When you Ignore Genocidal Jihadists?

    What Happens When you Ignore Genocidal Jihadists?

    ISIS, the largest, most well funded and armed jihadist army we have ever seen, was very clear about their mission. They gave Iraq’s Christians until July to convert or die.  Then they began slaughtering them en masse. Now they have a message for America, you’re next. As The Daily Caller reports: The terror group — which changed its name simply to the Islamic State since | Read More »

    Conservatives Underestimate Themselves

    How many times have we heard CEO’s of companies we know and love taking positions that issues unfavorable to our political cause? How many times have leftists mocked conservatives for simply saying “I won’t patron there anymore” and we hear the usual scoffing that we should boycott Microsoft, Apple, HP, and so on(by the way leftists, stop using the internet! JavaScript was created by a man who supports Traditional Marriage).

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    Suspension of reality-Ferguson

    How much suspension of disbelief does it take to buy into the version of events proffered by Michael Brown’s friend?  Let’s begin earlier that day when police officer Darren Wilson wearily arose to carry out another shift in the dreamland that is Ferguson, MO.  Officer Wilson, by all reports, was an outstanding officer: quiet, competent, efficient.  Not showy or given to much brio or braggadocio. | Read More »

    Sketchy media coverage on Rick Perry exposes bias

    If there were a law against biased “journalism”, there’s enough evidence to convict the mainstream media of it just by looking at their coverage of Rick Perry. I thought they had it in for Scott Walker, but that was mostly the communists over at MSNBC, and nobody watches MSNBC anyway. The MSM has carpet-bombed coverage of Perry’s indictment for ‘abuse of power’, devoting 25 minutes of airtime in two days, all of it breathless speculation that this could “end any chance of a White House run in 2016” or some derivation thereof.

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    a community agitator, but certainly no leader

    Leadership is something this president has absolutely no intention of demonstrating, in any issue, anywhere. During his press conference yesterday he opened with comments about events in Iraq and Ferguson, MO.  He was then asked whether he agreed with Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s decision to deploy the National Guard to deal with the thuggish rabble that is using the tragic death of a young man | Read More »

    Gelding The Leviathan

    Two of the most important concepts enshrined in the Constitution of these United States include self-governance by an intelligent and involved population, and a federal bureaucracy limited in its ability to encroach on the rights and responsibilities of its states and citizens.  The last one hundred years have seen exponential growth in the abusive power of the government across many sectors; from a previously unconstitutional | Read More »

    A Little Class on Criminal Law

    This diary is based on general principles of criminal law, the sort of principles tested on a bar exam. If someone enters my store and tries to leave without paying for a store item, I have no right to shoot him. If someone enters my store, roughs me up, and takes from the store a store item without paying for it, I have no right | Read More »

    Save the Postal Service from the Government

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced a loss of 2 billion dollars for the 3rd quarter of 2014 alone. This is an improvement upon the 15.9 billion it lost in fiscal year (FY) 2012, but it’s not enough. After years of failing to become solvent, it’s time to have an honest discussion about the realities of ending the government-run legal monopoly of the postal | Read More »

    The Drunk Driver DA who hates Gov. Rick Perry

    The Drunk Driver DA who hates Gov. Rick Perry

    I am not a fan of hypocritical Democrats who have been caught drunk driving.  I also do not approve of Democrats who use their position and connections to wiggle out of the charges they face and get off free.  And to add to that, I am outraged when connected Democrats threaten law enforcement and victims when law enforcement catch them while they’re drunk driving. Coming | Read More »

    The Hell That is the Obama White House

    The Hell That is the Obama White House

    Note from Erick: Please welcome to our front page the always awesome David Horowitz. Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet. Every sentient human being whose brain isn’t stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from | Read More »

    The Rick Perry Veto and Ferguson: Holding the Police State Accountable

    The Rick Perry Veto and Ferguson: Holding the Police State Accountable

    There is no obvious connection between the juxtaposed headlines about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment for demanding the resignation of a district attorney with statewide responsibility for prosecuting political corruption and the police violence in Ferguson, Missouri. But it’s there, stark and unyielding, in the video of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s booking the night she was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol | Read More »

    Ferguson Injustices Will not Create Justice

    Ferguson Injustices Will not Create Justice

    If you were to ask any young boy what they wanted to be when they grew up, a very common answer you would probably receive is “police officer.” It’s a common trait to find in young men. Protecting the innocent, having the authority, and being the hero. For me it wasn’t any different. I wanted to put on a uniform and a badge, and go protect | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Climate Change~a symbolic battle against an unpleasant, toxic way of life

    The “political back-and-forth has become less productive,” which is why we see a switching of sides. Democrats, like Senator Joe Manchin (D-VA), are defending coal. “Full-throated green-energy champions,” like Mark Udall, are supporting fracking. At risk of alienating environmental groups, those who just two years ago voted to restrict oil-and-gas exports, like Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), are now voting to speed up the government’s reviews of applications to export natural gas, which the Wall Street Journal calls: “a move long sought by energy companies.”

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