Whose Looks Will Help, Whose Will Hurt?

    Whose Looks Will Help, Whose Will Hurt?

    Since the JFK-Nixon election, the better looking candidate is 5-0 in elections featuring non-incumbents (Nixon/Humphrey is kind of a toss up, but I’m giving the edge to him: JFK (’60), Nixon (’68), GHWB (’88), GWB (’00), and Obama (’08) all were better looking than their opponents.  One can’t deny that we live in a superficial society, and looks do help or hurt candidates in elections, | Read More »

    There ARE Two Americas: Want To Keep Them For 8 More Years?

    There ARE Two Americas: Want To Keep Them For 8 More Years?

    Democrats have always lived in Two Americas; and as long as BO and Joey are around they always will. First, there’s Big Guy’s fairy tale America (no offense to fairies): “There is no economic measure by which we are not better off” than when he took office, he said, and Democrats must tell that story. And then there’s Joey’s America: “To state the obvious, the | Read More »

    The Shape of Chris Christie

    Chris Christie is not a favorite of conservatives and certainly not a favorite of many here at Redstate.  His recent appearance at the Iowa Freedom Summit is instructive and illustrative of why we should not necessarily discount Chris Christie as a candidate in 2016.  This is certainly NOT(!) an endorsement towards those ends, but more a warning that “dead man walking” may very much be | Read More »

    The Taking of MH 370

    Author’s note: I wrote this as an outline for a book. If I can find a publisher that is interested, I intend to flesh it out, add dialog and sub stories and additional characters. The fleshed out story might also make a good movie.  This is a work of fiction based upon a real happening. The names used herein are fictitious and do not represent | Read More »

    Where Do The 2016 Candidates Stand On Common Core?

    Where Do The 2016 Candidates Stand On Common Core?

    This past December, The Federalist published an excellent article entitled: 7 Things Slick Politicians Will Say To Make You Think They Oppose Common Core Among those slick politicians are potential 2016 contenders: Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Bobby Jindal. Among those, I am only willing to give Jindal a pass, and only because he has been fighting | Read More »

    Obama’s Government Takeover of WiFi

    At every turn, it seems like the Obama administration has found a new way to insert itself into our everyday lives. And, the administration’s most recent encroachment could impact our quality for years to come. The rapid technological improvements we’ve seen over the last few decades could slow or even stop if the administration and its band of cronies have their way. The prevalence of | Read More »

    Stated reason for refusing to meet with Netanyahu just another lie

    invited Benjamin Netanyahu to address congress regarding the threats that terrorists, including the government of Iran, pose to the middle east and the entire world, and Mr. Obama predictably announced that he would not be meeting the Israeli Prime Minister during his visit.  His reason?  At the time of Netanyahu’s visit Israel will be within two weeks of national elections, and Mr. Obama doesn’t want | Read More »

    Who Are Terrorists Targeting? The Left

    The recent terrorist attacks in Paris once again pose a question that seldom gets discussed. To whom are these attacks aimed? Is it Christians? Jews? Non-Muslims in general? Could it be Western democracies or Western society as a whole? As media pundits shed their crocodile tears and two-faced politicians dramatize their insincere outrage, every Islamic terrorist since 9-11 knows very well who their targets are. | Read More »

    Only one Kentucky candidate to reverse ObamaCare

    Kentucky must shut down its ObamaCare exchange and GOP gubernatorial candidate Will T. Scott will do that on his first day in office, making him the only candidate holding this position. “The only thing we get out of surrendering on ObamaCare is Barack Obama’s appreciation,” Scott said. “My primary opponents already gave up that fight last summer telling the Chamber of Commerce what they wanted to hear. I | Read More »

    States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    State lawmakers will surely haggle over education policy this legislative session, but hopefully they will remember the purpose of any education system during their battle over budgets: excellence in education and an equal opportunity for every child to succeed. The term “education reform” has taken on many meanings since its inception, but its foundations are based on educational freedom: Freedom for parents to determine their | Read More »

    Why Conservatives Might Consider Voting For Hillary (Edited for clarity)

    [Editor's update: No. ] Hillary Clinton’s policies are as big-government and socialist as any Democrat considering a run for the White House in 2016, but conservatives might want to consider voting for her.  She’s got a lot to answer for concerning American deaths in Benghazi and other scandals she refuses to talk about, but Hillary may be just the President conservatives need to save the | Read More »

    How To Flip The Left’s Script on “Climate Change”

    the percentage of the change in climate that is based solely on human activity is widely disputed. That percentage could as low as 2% or as high as 25%, or anywhere in between

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    Union Leader: Rauner Right-To-Work Zones “Attack On Workers Rights”

    Following Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s announcement Tuesday during a speech in Decatur that he plans to make Right-to-work zones a priority for his first year in office Illinois union leaders, who desperately didn’t want to see Rauner elected, are gearing up to fight Rauner’s proposal tooth and nail.  During the GOP primary Illinois unions backed then state Dillard, and reluctantly supported Gov. Quinn in November | Read More »

    Thoughts on Romney not running

    It is important to keep in mind that Romney had almost no chance of being the nominee in 2016.  So in a way his decision to not run doesn’t change anything.   If he had run it would have been on the hope that other candidates would implode and that he could pick off their support when they did.  So the front runners remain pretty much who they were even with Romney | Read More »

    If we say goodbye to Mitt Romney, will we be saying hello to President Hillary?

    In the 2016 political game where truth doesn’t matter anymore and substance is replaced by sound bytes here is something that does matter. Mitt Romney can win. If we lose Mitt Romney now it’s pretty simple and it’s simply this, if we say goodbye to Mitt, are we saying hello to President Hilliary? Let’s be honest about something here folks and can the happy talk. | Read More »

    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANTI-SEMITIC?

    A number of my friends claim the Obama Administration is acting anti-Semitic. They feel that many in politics, the press and media are deliberately standing mute and ignoring the way Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are treated by Barack Obama. One wonders whether his own words provide a clue to his present actions and sympathies concerning the Jewish State? In his book, “Dreams from My | Read More »

    Accountability: It’s What Made America Great

    Accountability: It’s What Made America Great

    Good news: the first black president has been ousted due to to poor performance. Bad news: it’s McDonald’s president, not ours. Donald Thomas: out Apparently Mickey D thinks the CEO is where you look for accountability if things continue to decline: Same Store Sales, red arrow designates point at which Mr. Thompson took over Butt that’s not the worst part: Not only did McDonald’s fire | Read More »

    Texas GOP Chair Announces Resignation Timing

    Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Steve Munisteri announced his irrevocable resignation, effective 1pm on Saturday March 7. The campaign also announced that Chairman Munisteri will be serving as an advisor to them.   The resignation was expected by SREC members, though none knew until today when it would occur. Since it was expected, announced candidates for the RPT chair thus far include: Robin L. Armstrong, Wade | Read More »

    UPDATE: Goodbye Romney. Fivethirtyeight Has Some Interesting Statistics on the GOP Field

    UPDATE: Goodbye Romney. Fivethirtyeight Has Some Interesting Statistics on the GOP Field

    *** UPDATE:  Romney will not seek the nomination for 2016.  This changes…umm…nothing.  But it’s good to know. “Exposing the obvious using statistics” may be the new slogan over at fivethirtyeight.com.  Harry Enten has written two pieces based on his analysis of Republican presidential hopefuls name recognition vs their favorability.  His conclusion?  That Chris Christie and Sarah Palin likely have no chance at the nomination.  Duh.  | Read More »

    Environmentalists discover biofuels are a bad idea

    Looks like at least some environmentalists finally realized that people have to eat, Turning plant matter into liquid fuel or electricity is so inefficient that the approach is unlikely ever to supply a substantial fraction of global energy demand, the report found. It added that continuing to pursue this strategy — which has already led to billions of dollars of investment — is likely to | Read More »

    The Watercooler ~ RedSection

    Thought it was time to stop by RedState and let you know what mischief I have gotten myself into. In the past, I have agonized regarding feeling stuck in a state that has politically fallen completely off the deep end. For a person such as myself, whom I sometimes describe as being “born conservative,” watching the gradual demise and takeover of California by the wretched | Read More »

    Winning Hearts and Changing Minds [PODCAST]

    Winning Hearts and Changing Minds [PODCAST]

    Ronald Reagan said: “This country was founded and built by people with great dreams and the courage to take great risks.” People throughout time have risked their lives for the great cause of America. And it’s about time we start protecting what makes America great. And it starts with winning hearts and changing minds. had some great ideas that he discussed at the Iowa Freedom | Read More »

    Revisiting Hobby Lobby

    Other than perhaps the Citizens United decision, no other recent Supreme Court opinion so upsets the Left than the Hobby Lobby decision.  A year later, we are still hearing the rants.  One can expect that the Democratic minority in the House and/or Senate will attempt some legislative “fix to this injustice.”  Don’t hold your breath!  To understand the stupidity of the Left’s argument, we need to step | Read More »

    Regulating the Internet: Herding Cats

    Politicians often deride comments and opinions they don’t like as “laughable,” but in the case of Free Press’ “Net Neutral-i-Kitty” campaign to promote Net Neutrality through Title II regulation, “laughable” is indeed the appropriate term. Videos of costumed Free Press demonstrators at the FCC this morning are a sad reminder of just how comically terrible Title II is. They may have had 400 cat pictures, | Read More »

    These Are the Republicans We Thought They Were

    Admit it.  Even as you watched the election results roll in last November, you had mixed emotions.  You wondered if it would have been better to have seen establishment Republicans like get defeated rather than see their power increase and worse yet watch them try to claim a mandate for their squishy brand of leadership.  But then you imagined another 2 years of as majority | Read More »

    The Crusades: Today’s Fictions vs. Yesterday’s Facts

    Some members have requested that I compose an essay on the Crusades.  I have been reluctant because of the size of such a subject, and for other reasons. Today, since I had some time, and because a few good people have asked, I have written the following. The History of the Crusades cannot possibly be addressed properly in an essay for a website.  The purpose here | Read More »

    Campaign 2016:The Domestic Theme

    It is not clear where the decision is made – in David Axelrod’s Chicago apartment, in the editorial room of the New York Times, in the Harvard faculty lounge, or at a George Soros-funded think tank, but it has definitely been decided. It has made its way into the State of the Union; it is undoubtedly on some liberal ListServ telling journalists what to write | Read More »

    Of Herds and Harlots, Measles is Back

    Of Herds and Harlots, Measles is Back

    Come, let us reason together.  Mark Twain famously quoted British PM Benjamin Disraeli, “there are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  Generally, this is true, but sometimes statistics don’t lie.  In the case of measles, the statistics speak truth. The measles vaccine was developed in 1963, and combined with the mumps and rubella vaccines in 1971, known as the MMR vaccine.  Children are given the | Read More »

    Will Obama’s Middle Class Economic Plan Include Closing the SBA?

    In his State Of The Union Address President Obama gave a great deal of lip service to “middle class economics.” He said we need to find “more ways to help families get ahead” and make sure “everyone gets a fair shot.” I think Obama’s talk of middle class economics is just that, all talk. I predict he is going to continue to turn his back | Read More »

    No caucasians need apply! Blacks are over-represented in the Democrat party

    The House of Representatives is often referred to as the “People’s House.” The Framers designed it to be the most democratic body of the government, as responsive as possible to the popular will. That is why members have shorter terms and represent smaller numbers of voters than the Senate. There are now 188 Democrats in the new Congress; the smallest number since, well, Christ was | Read More »

    American Sniper and How Does it Relate to the 3rd Congressional District

    American Sniper and How Does it Relate to the 3rd Congressional District

    I pick and choose the movies that I attend with great thought because I am well aware of the very wealthy liberals that produce movies and then support “democrats” like Barack Hussein Obama, , and, of course, my very favorite, Dan Lipinski. As far back as I can remember, I have refused to line those movie producing liberals’ pockets with my hard earned cash in | Read More »

    Michelle Obama, Headscarves & Hippos. In The Soup.

    Michelle Obama, Headscarves & Hippos. In The Soup.

    Well here’s the verdict from the Newspaper of record, it’s another case of much ado about nothing: Michelle Obama Praised for Bold Stand She Didn’t Take in Saudi Arabia. So we’re officially bored with the story now that archival evidence has emerged of not just former Secretaries of State, Madeline Albright and Condoleezza Rice meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia sans headscarf, butt – | Read More »

    A Primer on Filing Taxes, Obamacare, and Related Forms

    This year, taxes will get extra tricky, because filers will be required to account for their health insurance on their forms. There are four ways to do so: 1) For taxpayers who do not have Obamacare, the process is simple: check a box indicating you have insurance. This is U.S. Individual Income Tax Return for 2014, line 61 2) If a person opted not to | Read More »

    Going Nuclear: The Radioactive Senate needs to step up

    With our new Senate in office less that 20 days the prospects of getting things done looms large. Despite the fact that the majority of Americans would prefer that Congress undo the damage that they’ve done (i.e. Obama-care etc.) we can think of a number of legislative actions that would be beneficial. There are few bills that are more important than the authorization to move | Read More »

    The Truth Hurts and Jindal Hit a Nerve

    A recent article in Politico magazine illustrates the utter stupidity of the Left.  Entitled “Bobby Jindal’s Muslim Problem,” the article is basically a politically correct screed that attempts to paint Jindal as a cheap politician pandering to the evangelical base of the Republican Party by perpetuating the now-familiar warnings against Islamaphobia.  At issue is Jindal’s recent remarks in Great Britain describing so-called “no go zones” in | Read More »

    An open letter to a patriot lady

    Dear Erin, I am writing this to you, but I think that the message I want to convey is more than to you.  I hope you will forgive me for doing this without permission, but I found that what you said in this final exchange really struck a chord. A couple of exchanges you and I had are below: Ohio Historian Define “warmongering” if you | Read More »

    Boehner leads the way in cave on executive amnesty

    Do you remember when Gutless On Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame members and capitulated in the budget battle just after the November election? Sure you do. That’s when he led the way in passing the CROmnibus with a promise to exercise the “power of the purse” to shut down Homeland Security if Obama refused change his plans for illegals. Well, Obama hasn’t changed his plans, | Read More »

    Nazi Holocaust: Incomparable to Muhammad’s Plan for Jews

    Commemorating the anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation is important. But remembering without action is irrelevant. The reality is that in America more hate crimes are committed against Jews than all other groups combined, according to a recently released FBI report. Internationally, eradicating Jews and Israel is integral to Islam. Muslims believe, according to the Qur’an that worldwide Islamic rule will only occur once Israel is destroyed | Read More »

    A Tale of Two City Protests: Sharia in Dallas vs. Christian Prayer in Baton Rouge

    On January 17th Sound Vision Foundation, a Chicago-based 501 (C) 3 organization held a “Stand with the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas, a suburb outside of Dallas, at the Curtis Culwell Center on Independent School District property. The event, permitted by the Superintendent of Public Schools, launched a Strategic Communication Center for Muslims to advocate censoring and criminalizing non-Muslim speech. Sound Vision asks: “Frustrated with | Read More »

    What the effort to “dump Boehner” means for 2016

    Republicans can win the White House in 2016, but not with middle-of-the-road tactics and platitudes. Ronald Reagan won the presidency twice precisely because he offered a substantive, conservative vision for the country. He didn’t waffle or try to appease all sides.

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    Euromaidanpr Page Unpublished by Facebook

    Thanks to everyone who helped.  As of 2 pm west coast time, the Euromaidanpr page has been restored by Facebook!

    Next President should sit on Reagan’s Stool

    The President has quite a bit of authority that can be used to push a conservative agenda.  Conservatism as broadly defined has three legs: Religious/Social conservatives National Security conservatives Economic conservatives (including the libertarian wing) While the president does not legislate he does have broad authority that can be exercised in these areas.  Let’s consider the most pressing issues in each of the three areas: | Read More »

    Follow the Money: Center for American Progress

    Follow the Money: Center for American Progress

    The last time you filled up your cart at Walmart or checked your balance with your account at Bank of America you were likely making a decision based on the cost benefits and convenience of doing business.  You probably weren’t thinking, “I’m supporting the ‘official Hillary Clinton think tank’ today,” but you were. These companies are just two of many that you’ll likely recognize which | Read More »

    Finally Someone on the Left Gets It: It’s Not “Violent Extremism,” It’s Radical Islam

    Finally, someone on the Left gets it.

    You won’t hear me say that often, but when someone is right, they’re right.

    Iraq War veteran and current Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) didn’t mince words in explaining how she feels about the Obama Administration’s insistence that we only refer to terrorists as “violent extremists” and not radical Islamists.

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    HILLARY CLINTON

          Are democrats and liberals favoring Hillary Clinton for President simply because she is a woman? Is the Mainstream Press and Media, who feel the same way, ignoring her lack of genuine accomplishments and serious failures while Secretary of State? The potential danger to our Nation from increasingly belligerent radical Islamists requires a unique type of future leader. He or she must be | Read More »

    Obama and Historic Snow Jobs

    Obama and Historic Snow Jobs

    What can I say; sometimes the predictions are just wrong. That doesn’t always stop us from pretending that our prediction was more accurate than it really was: It appears that the model used to forecast New York’s  Snowmageddon II was just wrong. A National Weather Service official says the agency will evaluate its storm modeling after a storm that was predicted to dump a foot | Read More »

    Consumer asks Indiana not to prohibit Legal Funding

    Today a hearing will take place in the basement of the Indiana State Capitol.  The subject matter will be a bill to prohibit Indiana consumer’s access to legal funding, a product that allows them an alternative when faced with financial pressures and an uncooperative defendant insurance company.  This is a repeat of a bill that Indiana Representative Matt Lehman introduced last year that was promoted | Read More »

    Obama’s Policy Proposals Are the Opposite of “Tax Reform”

    Obama has consistently talked about how he is for “tax reform” all during his presidency. But clearly, he has no idea what that even means. True tax reform is a mechanism that produces a cleaner and clearer tax code. A great example of this was the 1986 IRC reform, where Reagan set the highest rate at 28% in exchange for eliminating massive amounts of tax | Read More »

    Call It What It Is

    A lot has been written and mentioned lately about Obama’s reluctance to refer to recent terrorist acts as “Islamic terrorism.”  Valerie Jarrett (the real president) said on television- in a classic case of not answering a question with an answer- that Obama’s number one priority is keeping all Americans safe from all acts of terrorism.  In the mind of a Leftist, however, a peaceful demonstration | Read More »

    Scott Walker: Go Big, Go Bold or Go Bust?

    CRUZ VERSUS JEB WALKER-BEE We heard an incredible speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit from Scott Walker about his fight over Public Unions in Wisconsin.  As Scott Walker put it, he went “Big and he went Bold”.  Despite people on the ground and Iowa media saying TC  ran away with this event, Fox News’ immediate headline was that Scott Walker took Iowa by Storm.  After inital | Read More »