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 Stinking 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 | 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 »

    The EPA is Turning Water on Farms Into a Weapon Against Farmers

    We have noted time and again how government – in the name of helping the Little Guy – eviscerates the Little Guy. Claude Louis Hector de Villars – the great early 18th Century French general (back when France had them) – rightly observed: God save me from my friends. I can protect myself from my enemies. The late, inordinately great United States President Ronald Reagan | Read More »

    Rolling Stone UVa Rape Story Continues to Unravel

    This story has kind of slipped off the radar recently, but this development is worth noting. Three friends of the alleged University of Virginia rape victim are growing more skeptical about her account, saying they have doubts about information she gave them and why she belatedly tried to get herself deleted from the Rolling Stone article that engulfed their campus in controversy. The friends say | Read More »

    Our Elves Are Watching U

    Our Elves Are Watching U

    Oh sure, they look cute and innocent. Butt look closer, they may be government agents: Or possibly even double agents. You simply can’t trust them. They may all be working for the NSA for all we know. WASHINGTON — Internal documents from the National Security Agency show that its intelligence-gathering reached far deeper into Santa Claus’s annual toy-distribution operations than acknowledged. Sources close to the agency | Read More »

    Liberals In Neverland

    Winston Churchill apocryphally said “if you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” Of course, he didn’t say it. But if you choose to believe that anyway, you’d have a lot of support from young liberals.

    There’s something wrong with liberals—an immaturity of thought and a wonton ignorance of sometimes-hard truths. The reason that quote is so popular is simple: youth is full of exuberance and impulsiveness, but lacking in wisdom. World peace, Kumbaya, and Star Trek are banging around in young people’s otherwise idle minds, and totally they buy it.

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    Christie, Taxes and the Presidency

    The New Jersey transportation is almost empty.  The roads and bridges need to be fixed.  New Jersey has the second lowest gasoline tax in the United States.  Chris Christie may run for President.  Christie is opposed to tax increases.  What is a poor Governor to do? If you are Chris Christie in New Jersey, you appoint a Democrat to run your state’s transportation department and | Read More »

    Was It Sin Not To Know Jesus Was In The Nativity At That Time If Only A Few Were Told?

    In a sermon on the humility of the First Advent, a pastor observed that the only ones in the world that commemorated the birth of Christ other than His earthly parents were outcast shepherds and Persian Zoroastrian astrologers. However, should a sermon be formulated in such a way to rhetorically insinuate that everyone else had done something profoundly wrong if God concealed this event from | Read More »

    A Radical Concept of God-Given Rights – Long Live the Bill of Rights

    It is definitely time for those who love God, who love this nation as it was created by the Founders, to re-examine their fundamental beliefs. It is the time for all good men and women to look deeply within themselves, and to decide whether they are willing to stand by and make feeble and inconsequential gestures about losing their freedoms, or whether they will take a stand to genuinely express their belief in these God-given rights. It is time to re-affirm our willingness to sacrifice for the gifts of freedom and defend these precious rights. It is time to be radical!

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    The National Mood – Malaise 1; Optimism 0

    Pew Research and USA Today’s most recent survey on the national mood shows the malaise that people feel about their government working anytime soon in the near future.  Deep political divisions within Congress, exacerbated by six years of the Obama Administration, have turned a normally optimistic public into the Scrooge-aholics. If the recent narrow passage of the cromnibus bill is any indication, it will be business | Read More »

    Is Kwanzaa kaput?

    Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and Christmas is ten days away. But as I was out and about this past weekend doing some holiday shopping, I suddenly realized..whoa…there’s no Kwanzaa anymore. It’s like…gone… I looked… No signs anywhere. In any stores.. I mean, I couldn’t even find a “Happy Kwanzaa” card at WalMart ( and they’re out even out of stock  at WalMart.com….and they have EVERYTHING) Plug | Read More »

    Think Three Unelected Bureaucrats Should Raise Taxes Whenever They Want?

    That’s what Title II Reclassification of the Internet means. And that’s what President Barack Obama wants – so as to then impose Network Neutrality. Last month, President Obama said: I believe the (Federal Communications Commission) FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act…. Let’s ignore for a moment the fact that the FCC is supposed to be an independent agency | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Germany’s “energy transformation” — unsustainable subsidies and an unstable system

    What should the U.S., and other countries, learn from Germany’s generous subsidy programs and rapid, large-scale deployment and integration of renewable energy into the power system? These are the questions U.S. legislators should be asking themselves as they argue over a tax extender package that includes a retroactive extension for the now-expired Production Tax Credit for wind energy.

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    Politically Incorrect Christmas Penguins

    Politically Incorrect Christmas Penguins

    Since it’s Monday, the week before Christmas, this is my annual  Christmas/Hanukah/Festivus recipes/traditions/stories sharing post. As I’ve obviously excluded Muslims from my annual Christian/Jewish/Secularist event, I would like to apologize upfront to anyone who is going to be offended by this intentional slight. In preparation for this day of fun and diversion I watched no news yesterday or today so I know nuth-ink’ about the | Read More »

    ABC, CBS, CNN Spin ISIS Terror Attack in Sydney

    The media spin is evident even on a breaking, and horrible terrorist situation in Sydney, Australia.  CNN, ABC, and CBS are twisting themselves into pretzels trying to avoid calling it what it is:  Islamic terrorism. A armed man is holding a number of people hostage in a Lindt chocolate cafe.  He is using the hostages for cover, and has displayed the black Islamic flag used | Read More »

    Getting Real About Campaign Finance Reform

    The recently passed $1.1 trillion spending bill has upset both the Left and the Right for differing reasons.  This article focuses on the campaign spending limit changes attached as a rider to that bill.  It is also an area of interest to this writer as I have tracked this issue over several cycles and come to some very real conclusions. The main thrust behind campaign | Read More »

    CROmnibus Passed and These are specific Senators we hold responsible

    streiff provided some detail on those Senators who voted for the CROmnibus cloture here CRomnibus passes because of GOP support. Let’s take this egregious offense to its logical next step. We identify those Senators who are due for re-election and voted in favor of this $1.1 trillion spending mess. Then we ramp up our opposition now for the primary, and begin the first stage of their | Read More »

    Obama’s contempt for America is torture to me

    I think it’s entirely clear that all of the attention directed toward methods of the CIA of late demonstrate further the contempt that Obama and others on the left have for this country.  It does seem that the only conceivable reason to produce, and then make public, a “report” of this nature is to bolster Obama’s position that America is one of the greatest sources | Read More »

    Deflation World

    A world where prices drop every year. This sounds like good news to a gold bug. They love the idea and are appalled that a dollar of yesteryear buys what 13 cents did at the time. (Or was it .03.  Doesn’t matter. They’d be appalled by either one.) So I imagined the opposite scenario and was a bit surprised to find out that the result wasn’t | Read More »

    Now More than Ever We Need a Convention of the States

    Well it appears my last article caused a bit of a stir.  I would like to thank everyone for their comments.  Whether you agreed or disagreed with my thoughts on the future of the Republican Party the responses were thoughtful with many good points made on both sides.  That article has been removed because I violated Red State’s rule regarding third party advocacy.  I apologize | Read More »

    Exodus: Moses the Rejected Deliverer

    If I were to make an Exodus movie, I’d take a different tack than everyone else. Everyone from DeMille to Disney to Scott has focused on Moses’ relationship with Rameses. I wouldn’t.

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    So What Am I, Chopped Liver?

    So What Am I, Chopped Liver?

    If you are a woman, it’s a pretty seductive argument : “Research shows men really are more stupid than women.” However, when your entire research universe is drawn from a self-selecting pool of low IQ specimens – – it’s hard to give the conclusion too much weight: Study Abstract: Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. However, little | Read More »

    The 2014 College Censorship Hall of Shame

    Every year, we are treated in the spring to a spate of commencement speakers at college campuses having their invitations to speak revoked or having them succumb to pressure from liberal groups on campus whose little feelings may be hurt by what the speaker has to say, or has said in the past.  This year was no different and come May 2015 we will be | Read More »

    Obama Orchestrating Regime Change in Israel

    Obama Orchestrating Regime Change in Israel

    President Obama’s toxic foreign policy consists mainly of placating America’s adversaries and manipulating our friends (that and combatting the imminent threat of global warming with a one-sided American policy of economic seppuku).  Now we are learning of Obama’s latest reach into what has always been the ken of agencies like the CIA:  regime change.  Only this isn’t to topple Communism in Central America or extremists | Read More »

    The Establishment Mantra : The Enemy (Democrat) of My Enemy (Conservative) is My Friend

    Nobody can argue the fact the CRomnibus which passed the Republican led House 219-206 would not have been possible without the aid of Dem-friends  and an equally chummy Dem-President.   When  bits of the funding bill started leaking out it was clear there would be defections from conservatives, enough to stop the bill in its tracks. At that point, Conservatives were solidified as the enemy as far as establishment was concerned. It wasn’t | Read More »

    The Devotion of Black Americans

    The authors of “all men are created equal,” were slave owners governed by Plato’s philosophy that it was right for the ‘better’ to rule over the ‘inferior.’ Neither the Emancipation Proclamation nor defeat in a bloody Civil War that caused more American casualties than all other conflicts combined changed slave owners’ moral convictions.

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    The CIA “Torture Report”: Playing Politics or Giving Aid and Comfort?

    Two things to remember about every single act of the Democrats: 1. It’s the antithesis of what any sane American would agree with; and 2. It’s something that harms America. Sen.  Dianne Feinstein’s release of the CIA “torture report” is both. On December 9th, Sen. Feinstein, Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the 528-page Summary of the Committee’s study of President Bush’s post-9/11 CIA | Read More »

    Is this it?

    “As Good As It Gets” is one of my all time favorite movies.  Crisp writing, wonderfully flawed characters with redeeming attributes and a somewhat happy ending — not to mention terrific acting performances.  I  don’t expect (or necessarily want) life to be anything like the movies, but after this weeks vote in the House on the Omnibus Bill, imagine my surprise when I find myself asking that very same question….. is this as good | Read More »

    Death and Life with Hillary Clinton

    What do reports of the United Nations secretly sterilizing women in Kenya have to do with Hillary Clinton? All twenty-seven Catholic bishops in Kenya have reported that United Nations agencies are conducting a “disguised population control program” that administers laced tetanus vaccines to young women in order to make them infertile. Hillary Clinton hasn’t been implicated directly in such villainous deception – yet – but | Read More »

    One million Kentucky Baptists right to do this

    Kentucky is about to become a testing ground for a revolutionary approach to reporting news that does not bode well for Obamacrats or the mainstream media. A former long-time Frankfort reporter will head up a statewide newspaper without advertising, subscriptions or left-wing biased reporting. Roger Alford, communications director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, will be the paper’s editor and publication will begin on an undetermined date | Read More »

    Al Sharpton – No Fleece, No Justice

    Al Sharpton - No Fleece, No Justice

    Washington remains on hold while the Senate continues to grapple with the trillion dollar CROmnibus bill which passed – or more accurately, was punted – by the Republican held House: “…you punt on fourth down, not first down. And right now, the House leadership, for whatever reason, thinks it’s best to punt without running a play.” – Rep. (R-Ala.) note: this is a must-read In | Read More »

    The Little Case That Could

    An overlooked case was heard before the United States Supreme Court yesterday that could have implications beyond that specific case.  At issue was the minute details of a law, jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and something called “equitable tolling.”  This case originated out of a car accident where the victim’s car hit a cable median divider on the highway that government officials knew to be deficient in | Read More »

    Obama Turns Blind Eye to Medicare Fraud

    In what appears to be a direct quid pro quo with hospitals for their support of ObamaCare, the White House has suspended a critical anti-fraud program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that has found billions in mistaken and illegal payments since the program was created.  Hospitals appears to have been overpaid billions of dollars by Medicare and faced with the threat | Read More »

    Why Social Security Hurts Society and Isn’t Secure

    The concept of a social safety net is well accepted throughout the Western World.  The idea that some provision should be made for those who through no fault of their own are unable to provide for themselves first appeared as a state policy in Germany in the 19th century as the Iron Chancellor, Bismarck, sought to coopt the popular appeal of socialism and strengthen the | Read More »