The Three Pillars Towards Fiscal Sanity
Recently, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)- a collection of economic analysts- released a report showing that the national debt stands at 74% of GDP whereas the average over the past five decades was 39%. The report received no mention in the media. This almost doubling of the debt is solely attributable to Barack Obama. Even during the Great Depression, that ratio never exceeded 45%. The all-time record is | Read More »
Halbig vs. Burwell- What It Means
There has been much commentary on the recent decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the tax subsidies for policies purchased on the federal exchange. These subsidies are the financial underpinning that is the grease in the engine of Obamacare. Absent these subsidies, many of those who purchased insurance on the healthcare.gov website would not be able to afford the premiums on the | Read More »
First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People?!
THEIR ULTIMATE GOAL Recently, in a Fox News Special Report All-Star panel discussion I heard a panelist use the phrase “First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People”. That discussion focused on the persecution Christians are experiencing in a part of Iraq now under the control of the jihadist group knows as ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – a/k/a ISIS). Specifically, | Read More »
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Marriage Equality: Florida Congressman David Jolly supports same-sex marriage
Less than five months after he beat former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in a special election, Jolly has publically endorsed same-sex marriage despite being a member of the Republican Party – a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to anything but traditional marriage.
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Australia Taking Delivery of F-35; Plans to Buy 72
An Australian defense spokesperson has confirmed that the country will accept delivery of its first F-35 Lightning II fighter on Thursday. Australia plans to purchase 72 F-35s, joining the United Kingdom, Japan, and six other nations partnered with the U.S. in the production of the fifth-generation fighter program. The purchase of the F-35, according to Australia’s defense force statement, will complement the Royal Air Force’s | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Evening Open Thread
I made it pretty clear when I agreed to do these Watercooler open threads that I would publish a variety of diaries along the way. Anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows that I have a less serious side to my writing that I resort to quite often. That means that I am subject to break out in biblical prose, publish | Read More »
I must be dreaming…..
Will someone please pinch me? I’ve got to be dreaming. As I sit here, taking in my daily dose of news and the lack there of, I can’t help but think that this can’t be real. We are in the midst of an all out world crisis. War in Israel, Russia/Ukraine shooting down commercial airliners , rampant illegal immigration, and all the white house and | Read More »
Three Questions for Hamas Terrorist Apologists
Over the last few weeks, Hamas terrorists have renewed their terrorist tactics against Israeli civilians, firing thousands of rockets into the civilian population and even using secret tunnels in an attempt to invade and unleash deadly terrorist attacks in Israel itself.
As this conflict erupted, Hamas terrorist apologists have come out of the woodwork, some Anti-Semitic as we have seen in violent protests in Europe and some woefully naïve, manipulated by less than accurate and honest media coverage or the lack thereof.
Most of us who understand Israel is under attack and has a right to defend itself as a nation have run into these Hamas apologists among acquaintances or on social media. Here are three simple questions you can pose to cut through the disinformation.
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Ron Fournier hopes for a left-right populist fusion. Can he have it?
My friend*, Ron Fournier, longs for a new wave of populism and finds in me a sympathizer, if not yet an ally. The Establishment won Tues night and will win again, but barring big change, the future belongs to the Populists: http://t.co/7eZxU7tU2E — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) June 25, 2014 @ron_fournier Just as long as you remember: @EWErickson and I re not going to get | Read More »
The winners and losers in Obamacare
With two Appeals Court decisions coming in yesterday on the legality of some Obamacare subsidies, the birth control mandate decisions and many others still to be adjudicated, I thought it would be prudent to compile a list of the winners and losers of this administration’s crowning achievement so far. Winner – Hobby Lobby and advocates for religious freedom. This one is obvious so I’m not | Read More »
The Problem with Executive “Interpretation”
So Obama has now rewritten the Affordable (HA!) Care Act multiple times with his pen and his phone (and lots of selfies along the way). Now the push is to allow the courts to decide whether the plain language can be interpreted willy-nilly along the whims of whoever is in charge no matter what the thing said. Hard to determine what the congressional intent was | Read More »
Answering the Warren Manifesto
Other than the assertion that water has become a human right, the next biggest splash (excuse the pun) was a rousing speech by the newest darling of the Left, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Look out, Schrillary- you have rumblings on your left flank. To reiterate, this is the gist of Warren’s manifesto: 1. Tougher rules and regulations for Wall Street. Basically, “blah, blah” populist sloganeering. | Read More »
The tragedy of apathy
That was the question in my mind when I saw the Georgia Senate results last night. I had convinced myself that David Perdue was going to lose, and lose decisively to Jack Kingston. The power of the mind to color reality is pretty obvious right now in my case.
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Nothing Unpatriotic About Taking Advantage Of Tax Code Loopholes
The cover story of the July 2014 issue of Fortune Magazine is titled “Positively Un-American: Bigtime Companies Moving Their Headquarters Overseas To Dodge Billions In Taxes”. Technically, if this is taking advantage of a loophole or provision of of the legal code, is it really un-American? To many of this perspective, the issue is not so much about exhibiting a love of country as it | Read More »
The Myth of Abortion Recipe in the Bible
All too often the Bible is twisted to suit anyone’s political or religious belief, no matter how outlandish it is. In the battle on abortion, many activists on the Left are quick to point out that the Bible condones abortion even as on the other side many Christians are quick to counter with the Bible to condemn abortion and support the sanctity of life as | Read More »
OK…where are all the so-called “moderate Muslims” denouncing the persecution of Christians in Iraq? How about just one?? Anybody?
Well, we’ve heard for years how Islam is the religion of peace, and that it’s only a few “bad Muslims” committing all these bad acts..that they’ve perverted their faith. OK then..so where are the “moderate Muslims”..the so-called “good guys”..why aren’t they denouncing what is happening to Christians today in Iraq…they are being forced to flee their homes..forfeit everything..or get martyred..simply because of their faith. The | Read More »
(Still) Another False Equivalency Embarrassment
Enter the Mental Midget How do people like Sally Kohn get a platform? She’s a ventriloquist’s dummy mouthing words she probably doesn’t understand. Like today: How can same people who believe Hamas violence justifies Israeli violence then disagree that Israeli violence justifies Hamas violence? — Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 22, 2014 It’s simple, really, Sally @sallykohn @guypbenson Because if Hamas leaves Israel alone, Hamas | Read More »
What the Establishment Fears
In a political season filled with twists and turns and surprises, the most significant changes are not the ones which have taken place or which will occur shortly. They are the ones which are signaled for the future by this year’s development. As shocking as the Eric Cantor loss was, it was not the most important development in GOP politics. The fact that ensconced and | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Obama home shopping and campaigning while world crumbles around him
Rumors continue to swirl that the Obamas are purchasing a home in Rancho Mirage in an affluent gated community known as Thunderbird Heights near Palm Springs, California. The rumors began last month when it was reported in June that the Obamas were staying in the home of a homosexual couple living in the same Thunderbird Heights neighborhood on their last trip to California: The Obama | Read More »
The “Bloomberg Chronicles”
It is simply a fact that gun owners face a formidable array of committed opponents among those on the Left. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is merely the latest in a long line of gun control “jihadists.” Teachers routinely dispense anti-2nd Amendment propaganda in schools. Numerous mainstream news media talking heads dutifully regurgitate bogus anti-gun “studies” without any real vetting. Hollywood has used movies | Read More »
Remember when we were told by the Left told us the Affordable Care Act was the law? That they won and we lost? That the law was here to stay? We’ve now gone from “It’s the law” to “It’s a drafting error that shouldn’t be taken into consideration.” I’m referring to, as you’ve no doubt heard by now, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gutting | Read More »
Federal Subsidies For Obamacare Ruled Illegal — What Now?
A federal appeals panel handed down a ruling this morning that could be problematic for Obamacare. As just reported, “A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov.” You can read the | Read More »
While the World Burns, America’s Demise Accelerates
While Barack Obama flies off to scheduled fundraising events, golf outings with his staff, and phone calls to gay athletes, there are immediate crises like Gaza and the Ukraine. Then there are the smoldering ones- 160,000 dead in Syria, ISIS in Iraq, Iran and the nuclear bomb. The international scene is bad enough, but our “secure borders” have been crossed by over 50,000 illegal aliens | Read More »
To Protect (and Create) American Jobs, We Need Less Government
Who says bipartisanship is dead? We recently had 57 Senators and 152 House members – (obviously) culled from both Parties – sign letters to Barack Obama Administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. In which they expressed concern about inexpensive Korean steel being in mass quantities imported here. Interestingly, they express this concern within the context of their appreciation of the greatness and import of…fracking. The | Read More »
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Kerry promises $47M to Gaza: insanity defined
Israel buried her war dead while continuing the grim task of destroying Hamas tunnel network. Meanwhile, the ever flaccid John Kerry, after griping about Israel on a hot mic in a Fox News studio “We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight,” announced $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza.
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“I believe we must stand up and be heard or watch our constitutionally protected rights disappear. As a former member of the State House for 2011 and 2012, I have been heard, standing up to protect your rights. That fight continues. ” Education Excellence, Clean Air and Water, Your Rights, and a Stable and Growing Economy Education Excellence As a taxpayer and architect, I see | Read More »
A Simple Question About Mitch McConnell
In 2010, as many of you know, Mitch McConnell said, “[t]he single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President.” By his own admission, Senator McConnell failed to achieve his single most important goal. In light of this failure, why did he keep the office of Minority Leader for even one second past the moment of Romney’s | Read More »
Veteran Denied Access To Shaheen Event…
From Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire (July 14, 2014) – This morning, Senator Jeanne Shaheen held an event at the Concord City Auditorium. It was, according to her press release, to “discuss the difference she makes for veterans” and “call for passage of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act.” However, when Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire’s Executive Director, | Read More »
The Modern Ethical Corruption of Morality
Allow me to preface my first diary entry with a confession. As a younger man I was most certainly “liberal” and “progressive”. I applauded Roe versus Wade and viewed William O. Douglas as my favorite Supreme Court justice. At the same time, I felt fervently anti-communist and could not for the life of me understand anyone’s belief that Che Guevara was admirable in any way, | Read More »
The Right To Discriminate
Lately, there have been several high profile instances of Christians being attacked for discriminating against vices such as homosexuality and abortion. There was the baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding. And of course, there was Hobby Lobby’s opposition to paying for abortion-inducing birth control. In both of these instances, as well as others, the common defense by conservatives has been | Read More »
IRS: Maybe Lois Lerner Emails Aren’t So “Lost” After All, Oh, And We Lost a Few More Too
The IRS just can’t get anything straight. The Obama IRS appears to now be backtracking on just how “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails are.
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Majority Leader McCarthy Walking Back Opposition To Ex-Im Bank
Days after being named the new House majority leader congressman Kevin McCarthy(R-CA) went on Fox News Sunday and was asked about the upcoming(Sept) deadline to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, something seen by most critics as a textbook example of crony capitalism. McCarthy told Chris Wallace that he did support allowing the Ex-Im Bank’s authorization to expire. From FNS’s transcript: WALLACE: Authority for the Export-Import Bank, | Read More »
Governor Nathan Deal needs a “Scott Walker moment”
The latest polling shows the Governor’s race in Georgia has Governor Deal trailing Jason Carter by 8 points. A few days ago Erick Erickson had Governor Nathan Deal on his show in Atlanta to discuss the latest attacks on him regarding Ethics investigations. You get the sense that the Deal campaign believes that attacks on him in regard to ethics investigations are keeping him behind in the | Read More »
John Feehery to GOP: Stop Opposing Crony Capitalism
John Feehery call your office. It appears someone has signed into your computer and is emailing columns out under your name that make you look like a simpleton. The Wall Street Journal has fallen for the ruse. They just published a column under your name lamenting conservative opposition to crony capitalism. Feehery is everything that is wrong with the modern day GOP. With his phone | Read More »
Ga Dems with nothing better to do slander young conservatives
You’ve got to hand it to some folks – takes real chutzpah to ridicule someone on the internets. Down in coastal Georgia, some Democrats are apparently aiding one of the longshot candidates (Amy Tavio) of their party in the congressional race to succeed Rep. Jack Kingston in Congress. Given the district’s Republican bent, the odds of it going blue aren’t overwhelming. So maybe that explains | Read More »
NH Democrat Governor Embraces Fracking?
New Hampshire’s Democrat governor, Maggie Hassan, violated her own ban on travel to take a trade mission to Turkey. She justified this, according to many, by pointing to a reported 22% increase in exports From New Hampshire. That might make some sense if it were true. Last week, Business NH Magazine pointed out that of the 22% increase in “exports”( that Governor Hassan’s administration was | Read More »
Marita Noon: Australia shoots down climate lobby’s scare mongering
Australia’s carbon tax proponents treated people with contempt and vilified anyone who dared question their vision. Now, they have been shamed as the people have been heard and the carbon tax has been repealed in a move that worries greens around the globe.
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Reflections on 13 dead Israeli soldiers; and understanding the meaning of the threat Israel faces ( and how the MSM ignores it)
Israel suffered 13 dead soldiers in one day’s operation in Gaza this weekend. The cumulative loss to the IDF is higher, and sadly, will grow even more before operations against Hamas are concluded. Based upon population size, Israel’s loss of 13 troops in one day is the equivalent of the US losing 500 soldiers. That is a full Batallion being wiped out in one day. The US | Read More »
More Anti-Religion Crap from the Left
Amanda Marcotte is a feminist blogger and “journalist” best known for her feminist/Leftist views. She was a very vocal voice during the Duke lacrosse team controversy and allegations of rape. Even though the charges were dropped and the prosecutor eventually disbarred, in the mind of Marcotte the lacrosse players were still guilty. Illustrative of the hypocritical and bizarre mind of the Leftist, while decrying this | Read More »
Israel kills a few Palestinians – the whole world wails! Muslims kill 200,000 Syrians – the whole world yawns
First, let’s be clear about one thing; I’m not trying to be flippant about the horrific civilian death tolls all across the middle east. But it’s interesting, and well, obvious to note the…. shall we say “discrepancy” in how the MSM deals with the two body counts. Israel has started an operation in Gaza to degrade Hamas. The terrorists are launching thousands of rockets into | Read More »
Obama to non-profits: celebrate LGBT or else
If you are involved with a religious charity that accepts any kind of federal money, get ready. Overt persecution is about to become the norm.
As Erick has said many times, you will be made to care.
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Chronological Bible Reading – Week 29, New Testatment – Week 3
Week 29 – 2014 July Monday 21 Isaiah 31-35 Tuesday 22 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chron. 29-31 Wednesday 23 2 Kings 17; 18:9-37; 2 Chron. 32:1-19; Isaiah 36 Thursday 24 2 Kings 19; 2 Chron. 32:20-23; Isaiah 37 Friday 25 2 Kings 20; 2 Chron. 32:24-33; Isaiah 38-39 Saturday 26 2 Kings 21:1-18; 2 Chron. 33:1-20; Isaiah 40 Sunday 27 Isaiah 41-43 | Read More »
Anti-Israel protests in Chicago while IDF marches into hell
Israeli soldiers continued their march into Hell, getting closer and closer to Gaza City, the epicenter of Hamas’ intractable rocket campaign against Israeli civilians. Meanwhile, marchers gather in Chicago in support of the Palestinians, and against Israel.
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What 3% can do
Throughout the history of the US, there has always been a small minority of people stepping up to right the wrongs bestowed up on them by some far away power. In most cases the stand was appropriate and the temporary violence justified the end means. In some cases the government did the wrong thing and helped to ensure a future of the overbearing government we | Read More »
Majority Leader McCarthy: House Will Secure Border And Reunite Families
At a press conference in Peoria, IL for former congressman Bobby Schilling, new House majority leader Kevin McCarthy stated that the House of Representatives will pass measures in the coming days and weeks that will help secure the southern border with Mexico and that the thousands of illegal immigrant families will be reunited. Estimates are that 57,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have entered the US | Read More »
The ongoing debacle at the border — the Administration knew it was coming for two years
No less than the mainstay of the liberal media, The Washington Post, in this morning’s edition delivered a blistering article, “Obama’s aides were warned of brewing border crisis” about the ongoing debacle at the border. There’s no reading between the lines in this article, because the incompetence of this Administration and the placing of politics and political goals ahead of the lives of children can’t | Read More »
The Land of Opportunity Lost
From near and far, we have come to America seeking a better life but now the definition of a better life is in dispute. In the beginning, the first settlements in this new land went horribly wrong as individuals were expected to give and receive to the common store, indentured servitude to a form of government or from each according to his ability, to each | Read More »
Today, we Conservatives face a real dilemma. If we vote for the squishy RINOs that the establishment by hook and crook puts before us on the ballot, we perpetuate their belief that we are not serious. They believe that we have no choice but to vote for their tards. They believe that in the end we will show up in November. They believe that we will accept that the Senate is too important to vote against McConnell and Cochran. They believe that Cantor was just a one-time thing, and that they can recruit blacks to destroy quality Tea-Party candidates.
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The Watercooler ~ The Awesomeness of Salvation
Our pseudo-Christian president, as well as the Democrat Party whose base is now primarily comprised of progressives, hate God. They would vehemently deny such statements, but those of us who know and love Him can say it boldly because we feel and witness daily how their deeds and their belief system betray His true nature. After suffering now for nearly six years under the leadership | Read More »
How Conservatives can get the RNC to address the MS “Establishment problem” right now.
Much has already been written about what Republican “Establishment” people did in the Mississippi primary run-off election on behalf of incumbent Thad Cochran. Some have written a letter to Republican Party National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to “investigate” the “potentially illegal” activities of these ”Establishment” people. Chairman Priebus might acquiesce to these demands, but I doubt it. Why do I doubt it? Because, looking at the names of | Read More »