Culling the Republican Presidential Herd

    With the first Republican presidential debate scheduled for August 6, the great sorting is about to begin. The Republican National Committee set the schedule at 12 sanctioned debates (as opposed to 27 various forums for 2012), leaving it to the media sponsors to determine how many candidates to invite. The first sponsor, Fox News, will thankfully take a step toward cutting the mushrooming field in | Read More »

    City Hall Attacking Freedom Of Press In Bloomington, IL(Update)

    An extremely troubling assault on the Freedom of the Press is taking place in Bloomington, IL with Mayor Tari Renner at the center of an attempt to silence a local talk radio station and its morning show for having the tenacity to question a plan to have the city of Bloomington use some $8 million in taxpayer money to help finance the purchase of a | Read More »

    Stephanopoulos is a Stain on Journalism

    Stephanopoulos is a Stain on Journalism

    Be kind to your local newspaper, because it’s not easy turning blank newsprint into journalism.  These days, ink-stained fingers and paperboys are mostly artifacts of a past time, although some idioms remain in use. “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel,” was one of Mark Twain’s favorite warnings, admonishing people to steer clear of verbal assaults on newspaper publishers and | Read More »

    Dumb. DUMB!! If Republicans think that Hillary’s finances are a scandal, just wait until we get a look at Trump’s.

    Follow the money. Always. Follow the money. It holds true for the Clintons, Boeing, FIFA, and also, especially so, for Donald Trump. The GOP is about to shoot itself in the foot yet again by confusing name recognition with popularity, and give Donald Trump a slot on stage for the first debate, on FOX, while likely excluding a Carly Fiorina, a Bobby Jindal, and a | Read More »

    Follow the Money: Boeing

    Follow the Money: Boeing

    Some companies create such a successful business model that they are able to develop financing arms dedicated to creating more opportunities to bring their product to market.  However, some companies have the good fortune of having a dedicated bank backed by the full faith and credit of the American taxpayer. There has been much in the news about the Export-Import bank in recent months, and | Read More »

    Jesus: Political Prisoner?

    Sean Illing, according to Salon, teaches political theory at Louisiana State University, but a quick look at the LSU website fails to turn up his name.  Maybe he is just a student there which, whether a student or teacher at LSU, a recent article titled “Jesus is a Political Prisoner” leaves much to be desired.  If this is the work of a “scholar” then higher education | Read More »

    Carly Fiorina

    The Presidential elections that have just barely begun, according to the left leaning media has already claimed its first victims.  Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson need not apply for the position.  The reason according to the NewYorker magazine is that they are not old white men. The real question is whether the conservatives from Red State will exclude them?  It seems to be a habit | Read More »

    That’s a sneaky one, Unions. Using the Minimum Wage hike that way.

    Premise 1: Unions are all about helping workers. Premise 2: The minimum wage should be raised a whole lot to help workers. Recent headline: Unions want companies who employ union workers to be exempted from minimum wage hike laws. Given these three items, one of these conclusions is true: A) unions are not interested in helping workers; or B) the minimum wage hike will not actually | Read More »

    2008 Repeat? Fraudulent Hillary Uses Fake Southern Accent Again

    2008 Repeat? Fraudulent Hillary Uses Fake Southern Accent Again

    During the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton (born and raised in Illinois) attempted to pander in one of the worst ways: changing her accent to match the home crowd: Fast-forward to today, and Hillary has once again changed her accent, this time speaking to a white audience in South Carolina: It is hard to describe how despicable the lengths Hillary is willing to go to | Read More »

    A Poll For Conservatives, By Conservatives

    EVERYBODY should be checking out what’s happening in Ohio. They have developed a strategy for liberty groups across the state to have an ongoing dialogue about their presidential preferences – a dialogue that will continue until Ohio’s March 15 primary. If grassroot conservatives are split, they lose. If the grassroots unify, they will be able to beat whichever establishment candidate remains standing. Check out Ohio | Read More »

    The Unpatriotic “PATRIOT” Act

    This coming Sunday, the Senate will meet to have one final discussion regarding the status of the so-called PATIOT Act (so-called, because nothing is patriotic about it). As rare as a Sunday session is, the act is set to expire at midnight Monday, meaning that the Senators will only have a few hours at most to hash out a plan to reauthorize the act as-is; | Read More »

    What if Obama decides to ignore the courts, and move ahead on amnesty?

    Success in politics, as in war and chess, requires the ability to plan several moves ahead. As Obama awaits court decisions on several of his key policy initiatives, it’s surprising that there has been little or no speculation as to just what exactly was he thinking? 22 times previously Obama, that noted constitutional layer, said that he lacked the authority to take the very actions | Read More »

    Yet Another Terrible Idea: States Consider Combining Their Failed ObamaCare Exchanges

    ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster. A total, miserable failure. Everything President Barack Obama and his Democrats promised it would do? Obama Promises ObamaCare Won’t Add ‘One Dime To The Deficit’ 36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan Obama Montage: If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year Obama: | Read More »

    The Coming Police State

    The end goal of every Progressive regime is a police state.  Progressives may never publically state that objective because it is so controversial, but it is the logical culmination of their policies and desires.  At the heart of Progressivism is the desire to use centralized planning to manage a society.  To put it in its simplest terms it is a small group of people telling | Read More »

    Strike Two For Obama’s DAPA Amnesty Program at Fifth Circuit

    “We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the president’s attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked again today.” – Texas Governor Greg Abbott

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    Four things you didn’t know about the TPP… or is it the TPA?

    Four things you didn't know about the TPP... or is it the TPA?

    The Far Left and the Far Right finally have something to agree on: opposition to the package of legislative endeavors leading up to what has been dubbed “Obamatrade”. The issue has given rise to the most bizarre coalitions, with Sens. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% joining Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 0% and [mc_name name=’Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Read More »

    Steyer’s Inane Proposal to Slam California’s Drivers

    Californians pay the highest gas prices in the nation with the price of regular gasoline often tops $4 per gallon. The reasons are simple.  The state’s gas tax is almost 40 cents per gallon.  Only New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians pay more.  The state imposes a 2.25% sales tax on top of that.  The brain trust running the state thought they could stop “global warming” by passing | Read More »

    Sunset the Tax Code

    We now have six announced Republican candidates for the 2016 campaign. We will soon begin hearing an endless stream of campaign plans and promises, from repealing Obamacare to securing our borders, to simplifying our tax code and yes, even abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. A lot of these proposals sound great on paper. Yet, when it comes to talking about abolishing the IRS, candidates risk | Read More »

    The Left is Frothing, Raving and Losing Its Mind Over the Fall of House Duggar

    The Left is Frothing, Raving and Losing Its Mind Over the Fall of House Duggar

    Promoted from the diaries – Aaron Nothing causes the lunatic Left to froth and rave and lose its mind like Christianity in action. Whenever something awful happens and Christians do what Christians are commanded to do: forgive, the left simply draws a blank.  That’s just a place in their brains where the door is permanently locked (even those on the left who call themsevles Christian). As | Read More »

    Rather Than Make a Bad Bill Look More Like a Good Bill – Just Pass the Good Bill

    Some in government are yet again using a tiny private sector problem to allegedly justify a massive government private sector invasion. Proposed is a huge government hammer. To obliterate – a gnat.   The gnat in question is the “patent troll” – a term the Theft Coalition loves (and likely coined). Theft Coalition? These are people who steal intellectual property – and are now looking | Read More »

    What if, for 50 years AFTER Columbus discovered America, there had been no more expeditions to the New World?

    June 3rd is the 50th anniversary of Ed White’s space walk during Gemini 4. White, who was tragically killed a few  years later during an Apollo training exercise, along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, became the first American to perform an EVA. If you’ve forgotten, or weren’t born then, enjoy the video: A few years later, we landed on the moon.  The entire | Read More »

    DACA: Obama’s Political Legacy

    In June 2012, the Obama administration announced a change to existing immigration policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the country before age 16 and June 2007 to receive work permits and exempted them from deportation.  These are the people who who are frequently referred to as “dreamers” although the “dream” was usually that of the adult illegally | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Another domino falls in the anti-fossil fuel movement’s crusade

    This inaccurate definition allows for the recent spate of minor tremors to be blamed on “fracking,” when, in fact, if they are the result of oil-and-gas activity, they are reportedly caused by injection wells—which “inject” water that comes up as part of the drilling process, into wells miles below the surface. Injection wells, which may be far from the drilling site, can be used whether or not the well is stimulated using hydraulic fracturing. The U.S. Geological Survey study states: “Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as ‘fracking,’ does not appear to be linked to the increased rate of magnitude 3 and larger earthquakes.” Yet, anti-fossil fuel groups continue to scare the public with such claims.

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    The Strange Affinity of the Political Left for Islam

    . . . why are many liberals and other Leftists either sympathetic to Islam (especially the militant kind) or at least in favor of appeasement? There seems to be little or no similarity between Islamic beliefs and the beliefs of most people on the Left. Perhaps it is because of the old adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

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    Memorial Day, 2015

    Like many others, I’ve been reflecting this Memorial Day weekend on the countless men and women who have given their lives for this country and the ideals upon which it was founded.  I have thought about so many brave Americans who didn’t hesitate to throw themselves into harms way when called, and who breathed their last breath in lands far from home.   I’ve thought much | Read More »

    Is the NSA Really “Spying” On Us?

    There is a huge hullabaloo brewing over the Patriot Act, specifically Section 215, and its reauthorization.  The program of collecting metadata from Internet and other communication sources is set to expire on May 31st and Congress must make a decision soon about whether to continue, cease, or alter the program.  First made public by Edward Snowden, this is an NSA program that collects bulk data | Read More »

    Is Rush Limbaugh a RINO?

    In this writer’s view, the biggest problem conservative voters face is betrayal by candidates who lie about what they will do if elected, those who promise sunshine but deliver moonshine. Because the United States leans conservative, RINO conservative poseurs have the greatest need to lie in order to win elections. But many do not seem to agree. On April 14, Rush Limbaugh effusively praised an egregious phony, | Read More »

    It’s Not Kosher: Z Street vs the IRS

    The recent Z Street Case against the IRS before the D.C. Court of Appeals is a notable example of egregious behavior by IRS employees. Z Street is a group that was created in order to educate “the public about Zionism; about the facts relating to the Middle East and to the existence of Israel as a Jewish State; and about Israel’s right to refuse to | Read More »

    The Battle of Ramadi

    The Battle of Ramadi

    In April and May 2004, the 4th Marines—the very same units that stormed the beach at Iwo Jima—took heavy losses while engaging insurgents loyal to Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party in heavy fighting for the city of Ramadi. USA Today posted this report, On April 6, Lance Cpl. Deshon Otey, 24, of Hardin, Ky., was the sole survivor of an attack on his Humvee that killed seven | Read More »

    It’s Time to Re-Evaluate the “Patriot Act”

    On February 28, 1933, in the aftermath of the burning of the Reichstag, Paul Von Hindenburg, President of the Weimar Republic, signed a decree “for the protection of the people and the State.” It stated: “Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of | Read More »

    If Monopolies are Bad, Why are Unions Good?

    One of the biggest suggestions by those on the Left for decreasing income inequality and “restoring the middle class” is increased unionization of the workforce.  Bernie Sanders has made this an important cog of his campaign and others on the Left are writing articles which show that income inequality increased in America as the power of unions declined.  In 1973, almost 25% of the private | Read More »

    Jeb’s Iraq Fumble

    Jeb Bush’s recent fumble of Meghan Kelly’s query of whether, “knowing what was known at the time, would you have invaded Iraq” was discouraging for the content – “yes”,  “I didn’t understand the question”, “I love my brother” – but more for his failure to preempt the obvious line of eventual Democratic attack with a concise, but complete policy statement. What would that look like? | Read More »

    Outrageous Assault On Freedom Of Press Taking Place In Bloomington, IL

    Nora Dukowitz On Friday Nora Dukowitz, the Communications Director for the city of Bloomington, IL had a local talk radio reporter Josh “Fistbump” Schmidgall served with a Restraining Order and is attempting to keep him and his employer The Cities 92.9 FM from asking questions of Ms. Dukowitz and the city. Schimdgall and The Cities 92.9 have been attempting to get Ms. Dukowitz | Read More »

    America’s Need for Political Intervention

    America’s Need for Political Intervention

    Political dishonesty is all the rage among incumbent politicians and candidates seeking office today.  Perhaps we should just call it dishonesty since the lines distinguishing politicians, special interest groups, and the media are difficult to discern.  In this fast-paced age of media sound bytes, it is tough for Americans to separate fact from fiction based upon political rhetoric and biased media reporting. It is no | Read More »

    How Your U.S. Senator Voted on Fast-Tracking ObamaTrade

    How Your U.S. Senator Voted on Fast-Tracking ObamaTrade

    Yesterday, the Senate granted TPA (trade promotion authority, also known as “fast-track”) to President Obama in order to negotiate the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). The TPP has been dubbed in conservative circles as “ObamaTrade,” due to the nature of how the final deal will come about. The parameters of the deal have been secret so far. Maybe there are provisions they don’t want the public to see? | Read More »

    American Political Dynasties: A (Somewhat) Humorous Look

    For a country that broke free of the British Empire ruled over by despotic kings and queens based on ancestry, we sure do love political dynasties in this country.  Follow me on this mythical political trek into the future. In 2016, in an election where the people were asked to decide between the lesser of two evils, Hillary Clinton narrowly defeats former Florida Governor Jeb | Read More »

    Let’s All Cast The First Stone

    Let's All Cast The First Stone

    I wrote a post about Josh Duggar on my personal blog, which seems to have gone viral.  I didn’t post it on RedState because the topic wasn’t really something that RS’ers deal with.  But this post is more about our culture and Christianity.  So here it is. It is dismaying and disturbing how many Christians are crying for Josh Duggar’s scalp. I can understand non-Christians craving | Read More »

    Obama Sabotages Border Enforcement; May Plan to Create “Country within a Country”

    Tuesday night on Fox News’s “Hannity,” the host interviewed conservative author Ann Coulter, who has a new book coming out, in June. The title itself confirms the fears of many Americans familiar with the Obama administration’s apparent quest to push, squeeze, and thrust illegals into American society by the millions. The title of Ann’s new book is: Adios, America: the Left’s Plan to Turn America | Read More »

    Louisiana Senator Vitter To Expose Obama Anti-Small Business Policies

    Senate Small Business Committee Chairman, David Vitter, is taking a stand to end the Obama Administration’s rampant anti-small business policies. On May 19, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 91% sent a letter to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet asking for a complete list of all the firms the SBA reported as small businesses in fiscal year 2014. He also asked for the volume of | Read More »

    Consumers Benefit from Open Skies

    Crony capitalism comes in many forms but one of the most pernicious is protectionism.  Corporations and their political allies in the government will stack the deck making it difficult, if not impossible, for competition to take place.  In the short-run, companies that push protectionist policies benefit while consumers are harmed by a lack of choices and often-higher prices than those produced by a free market. Politicians | Read More »

    The Watercooler ~ He Is Able

    I was able recently to join a bunch of like-minded Christians to seriously pray for America. For an extended length of time. It was so refreshing and encouraging to be with others who see all the same discouraging and destructive forces that we all see and battle every day. Forces that seem to be overwhelming and suffocating our nation. Don’t forget the power that is | Read More »

    Another Dubious Obama Legacy: No experience needed to be president

    Re-posted from National Review Online Both parties are succumbing to the new normal in the age of Obama. Recently a spate of articles have unleashed the rumor that if crowned the Democratic party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton is likely to select Julian Castro, the secretary of housing and urban development (HUD), as her running mate. Keep in mind, Castro has been HUD secretary only | Read More »

    I’m Standing With Pat

    I am proud to say I have been a viewer, reader, and supporter of Pat Buchanan for decades.  I have watched all the different shows that he has either participated in or founded.  His career as a commentator has stretched from the 1970’s with his radio program the Buchanan – Barden Program and his commentaries for NBC.  His work in television has helped shape a | Read More »

    Canadian Jeweler Imbues Wedding Ring with Gay Hate Cooties

    Canadian Jeweler Imbues Wedding Ring with Gay Hate Cooties

    It appears that Sauron is living in Toronto, where he eeks out a meager living as a jeweler.  Making rings of power has always been his speciality, and imbuing them with subtle yet powerful evil is his passion. So when a lesbian couple entered his store and ordered custom wedding rings, they had no idea they were dealing with the Lord of Darkness. Nicole White | Read More »

    Higher Electricity/Heating Bills Coming Soon

    On June 1st, the EPA is expected to publish their final rule implementing Obama’s executive order to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% of 2005 levels by 2030.  This executive order was issued last June.  It was a behemoth of an executive order coming in at 645 pages (which may be a record).  The President has the authority under the Clean Air Act of 1970. | Read More »

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL) Wants US To Go To War With Syria’s Assad

    One of the two leading warhawks in the House of Representatives, Illinois congressman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) 50%(with Rep. Peter King (R-NY) 50% of New York the other) took to the House floor on Wednesday to give a short speech on the problem of ISIS, who captured Ramadi, Iraq over the weekend and the Syrian civil war that partially | Read More »

    The USPS is in desperate need of reform

    The United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) is in desperate need of reform. Once a revered pillar of our country, they have lost sight of their core mission and it is costing taxpayers greatly. Instead of focusing on mail delivery, the U.S.P.S. has shifted towards services like the delivery of flowers and groceries, which are losing money. It is not surprising that they announced they suffered | Read More »

    Vanita Gupta loves her some black people

    But perhaps the most interesting thing about Gupta, is that like almost every single “progressive” in the news (including those who work in the media), who almost all live in Chevy Chase (Chris Matthews) or Bethesda (Cokie Roberts) in suburban Maryland, or in DC neighborhoods like Kent or Berkeley (Andrea Mitchell, Jay Carney) that are so wealthy most long term DC residents have never heard of them, Gupta has demonstrated preferences in her residential real estate choices. She didn’t buy a house in up-and-coming LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale, Trinidad, or Anacostia, and send her child to a charter school with an African American majority or large minority. She bought a $1.4 million home on Clarendon’s Highland Street in zip code 20001, where her neighbors include Chuck Todd (in the minimally more diverse zipcode adjacent, 22203), and, as virtually her only black neighbors, MSNBC regular/Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson’s family.

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    Follow the Money: Export-Import Bank

    Follow the Money: Export-Import Bank

    “There are two types of businesses: successful ones that don’t need financial assistance from the government, and unsuccessful ones that don’t deserve it.” This line from Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint in a recent column perfectly underscores the reason for principled opposition to the Export-Import Bank by conservatives. Unfortunately, a major entity in the business world with whom conservatives often find common political ground is | Read More »

    UPDATED: A suggestion for the 6-10 Republicans who are about to be excluded from the FOX debate: hold you own debate the next day

    Note: Jay Cost at The Weekly Standard as a column out today, 5/23, “Ten is too few” which discusses many of the points I raised below. Well worth reading.  And note his comments about the recent epic fails of polls. We’re just getting reports about how FOX, which is hosting the first GOP presidential debate, is going to handle the “problem” of having too many candidates. | Read More »