Can This Possibly Be True?

    I received this email from a church member a few minutes ago to send out to our prayer chain. This prayer chain is quite active and am sure after reading this email they will sit shocked and unable to comprehend. The reality of what ISIS is doing is far beyond anything a civilized person, be he Liberal or Conservative can fathom. This fanaticism must be | Read More »

    Did Obama Start His War to Save His Presidency?

    Because let’s face it, he was dragged kicking and screaming into this war against his stated will. We’re witnessing the equivalent of the People were the cart while the president was the horse, to use his idiom. Many a president are flagging at this point in their second term. Some have been saved by their hawkish resolve and others have cemented their legacy with diplomatic achievements late in their | Read More »

    The Not-So-Common Core

    The Not-So-Common Core

    By now, most Americans who have school aged children have heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. If you aren’t aware of this program, the Common Core program is billed by the progressive base as the program that will revive education and establish one set of standards nationwide, enabling generations in the future to be more globally competitive. As always, the devil is in | Read More »

    Arrest of Detroit Man has City Talking about the Second Amendment

    The recent arrest of a Detroit man has the city talking about the Second Amendment. Elijah Woody is a 24 year-old Detroit man and member of Hell’s Saints, an open carry activist organization. On September 13, he was standing on a sidewalk talking with friends, a Glock 40  tucked into his waistband. As it is illegal to carry concealed, he had his jacket tucked behind | Read More »

    The Complicated Senate Scene

    Sabato’s Crystal Ball had an interesting article about the Senate elections this year and the possibility that we may not really have a clear indication of control of the Senate come Election Day.  As they note, there are five races where the average poll results between the Republican and Democrat are less than three percentage points at this stage in the game-  Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, | Read More »

    War on Obesity?

    Has the White House given up on its war on obesity?  In a recent speech, President Obama said, “America will not hesitate to step up to the plate.” Sounds like a concession to me.

    Whoa!! Ezekiel Emanuel has just euthanized ALL the 2016 Democrat presidential candidates

    A short while back I posted a somewhat tongue-in-cheek diary: “The AVERAGE age of Democrat presidential candidates is (GASP) 70!!!” But is seems that the architect of Obamacare, Ezekiel Emanuel, has just decided to wipe out all the Democrats running for the White House. According to ole Zeke, 75 is the perfect age to commence pushing up daisies: We know that liberals tend | Read More »

    New Inversion Rules Seek to Punish Businesses, Not Raise Revenue

    The Department of the Treasury announced last night that it has implemented new rules aimed at making it more difficult for U.S. companies to move their headquarters abroad, which is known as an “inversion”. The rules take immediate effect. Interestingly enough, when Obama began his crusade against inversions earlier this summer, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew was adamant enough that rules changes must originate | Read More »

    I Teach Gender Roles To My Kids and I’m Good With That

    Boys are not innately gifted with the knowledge not to hit girls. Practically everything that we consider to be civil behavior is learned. The womb and DNA only go so far, and the rest is gained through careful observation and imitation.

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    The Obama Family Is Not From Chicago

    I’ve lived in big cities, including a few fairly low-rent neighborhoods. And the second rule you learn is to lock the !@#$%^ doors of the house, apartment, or mobile home! (The first rule is to always — always — lock your car’s doors.)

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    Why Aren’t You Entitled To Know The Background Character Of A Potential Mate?

    A pastor remarked that, in a dating relationship, it is not your business if the person is a virgin. However, if a relationship begins to progress beyond the stages of merely going out casually, especially if the person claims to never have been married before, aren’t you entitled to know more about this aspect of an individual’s character? Why shouldn’t someone that has lived a | Read More »

    Hillary had better hope her campaign fares better, and lasts longer, than “Madame Secretary.”

    Imagine if a junior high school creative writing class were asked to emulate “The West Wing,” and produce a script about life , sex, and politics inside the Beltway.  “Madame Secretary,” which premiered last night (twice) is actually far worse than that. The show is obviously intended to be a prime time free political advertisement for Hillary’s upcoming White House run. With friends like these | Read More »

    Secession, Revolution… are they the end game of a deck stacked against freedom?

    I’ve argued for many years that the United States is the greatest nation in the history of the world. From driving prosperity to winning two world wars to putting a man on the moon to ensuring individual liberty the United States is unlike any other country in history. And it has nothing to do with DNA. Indeed, some of America’s greatest men came from elsewhere… | Read More »

    Marita Noon: “We can do it better”—Scotland and The West Parallels

    While many are reporting on the Scotland vote as a warning for Europe and lessons for separatists, there are important parallels—and encouragement—with the American West’s rebellion over excessive federal control of land and resources (which was at the core of the Bundy Ranch stand-off). In the West, the federal government regulates more of the land than the states or private citizens do. Those lands are generally rich in natural resources. Yet, the federal government makes decisions far way, in Washington, DC, that hold back economic potential, which would benefit the states if they were allowed to be creating jobs and new wealth—resulting in an increased tax base.

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    Lipinski Continues His Misinformation Campaign Regarding Obamacare and Abortions

    Source: 16, 2014: Dan Lipinski: “Today, we learned that the GAO has identified 1,036 plans that pay for abortions and do not have a separate fund free of taxpayer dollars, making it absolutely clear that taxpayer funds are being used to pay for abortions under the ACA. This suggests the Administration is allowing health insurance companies to even ignore the accounting gimmick that they put into the | Read More »

    Ten Years at Redstate

    My morning routine used to be coffee, bagel and a newspaper. When the scandal called Rathergate broke, the phrase "fake but accurate" jarred my brain. I fired most mainstream media in September 2004. That’s when I joined Redstate. As Vladimir, I lurked at Redstate for a while before contributing a few throwaway diaries. But I found my blogging voice when I realized that my petroleum | Read More »

    More Abject Failure from Koskinen’s IRS

    John Koskinen has failed the IRS and the American people. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified last week about the missing emails lost forever due to computer failures. When questioned about any more crashes or computer issues recently, Koskinen told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak.” Can someone please buy the IRS reliable computers and a backup | Read More »

    Lisa Ross (R) for State Representative (WA 49)

    The most perplexing instance I’ve seen of an elected representative whose views don’t match up with the views of their electorate is one I’ve watched for quite some time in my own backyard. It’s Jim Moeller (D), State Representative in Washington’s 49th Legislative District. Making this even more perturbing is that Moeller has been elected to this post six times, after sitting on the Vancouver | Read More »

    A Pragmatic Case Against Ethanol

    Scientists can determine in a laboratory that one gallon of gasoline has one-and-a-half times the energy measured in BTU’s as one gallon of Ethanol. (British Thermal Units – the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.) Put another way, one would have to burn 1.5 gallons of ethanol to get the same amount of “work” as | Read More »

    “GOP Leadership Considering Rules To Punish Party Disloyalty” –

    I am Not gloating but I predicted this a month ago in my diary!  I said KY conservatives & Tea Partyers should NOT vote for McConnell & take the opportunity to send a message to Republican Liberals. More importantly, I pointed out that by electing McConnell, we are emboldening Republican Liberals & middle of the roaders will join them & make sure the conservatives in the Senate & House | Read More »

    Weekend Open Thread- Get Ready to Rumble in Texas: Greg Abbott vs. Wendy Davis

    Get your popcorn ready for the first gubernatorial debate between Greg Abbott in one corner and Wendy Davis in the other corner. They will square off at 6-7 CDT in the Rio Grande Valley and it will be aired at 10:00pm EDT on C-SPAN for the country’s entertainment enjoyment. It seems that Abbott should tie one hand behind his back to make the debate fair but remarkably, he’s only | Read More »

    Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    Last night, the Senate approved a bill to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them. I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this. It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you.

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    A Message For The 2014 Election

    Hello everyone. I like many of you have been watching the polls and I have not been liking what I’ve been seeing. This is the third straight election in a row that the GOP is being given to; really if this is a battle of negative ads, then all they have to do is look pretty and get aggressive by making their opponents own the | Read More »

    A Step Forward for Privacy, Technology, and Law Enforcement

    Americans were rightfully shocked last June when news broke in The Guardian that the National Security Agency was collecting vast swaths of private information from U.S. citizens, ranging from phone call metadata to personal emails. The situation became much more dire when it was revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice was wiretapping journalists and seizing their emails. Under the weight of public pressure and Congressional Oversight hearings, President Obama pledged to dial back his Administration’s surveillance policies, but the damage was already done – and any facade of trust between government, the media, and the American public was shattered.

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    ISIS: The Three Questions

    To understand the war against ISIS, it is best to separate the discussion into three parts: 1. Is President Obama’s strategy logical? 2. Can Team Obama execute the strategy? 3. Can the American political class provide the long term support necessary? 1. Is President Obama’s strategy logical?     In a nutshell, the strategy is to engage a broad coalition, rely primarily on indigenous ground forces in Iraq and | Read More »

    John Foust is that all you Got?

    Working in NOVA I get to see some pretty interesting ads during the political season. John Faust wasted no time in bringing up the war on women in his latest ad against Barbara Comstock. Personally I believe the ad is lame on so many points. One – no one elected to congress is going to overturn Roe v. Wade. The courts have decided and it | Read More »

    Michelle Nunn’s Hoodwink Georgia Campaign

    Beginning with her first campaign commercial, Michelle Nunn has been attempting to convince voters she is not a liberal, and perhaps not even a Democrat. Prior to her campaign commercials becoming standard-fare attack pieces that play fast and loose with the facts, the message they contained was clearly focused on hoodwinking Georgians into believing she is politically conservative. Her campaign web site continues that theme. | Read More »

    “We the People” is an Everyday Celebration of Liberty

    No one sentence could better sum up the American spirit than the opening line of our Constitution. For 227 years these words have served not just as a set of guiding principles for our nation, but as the building blocks for the greatest democracy the world has ever known.

    But let me ask you a simple question. Have you ever read the Constitution?

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    Educational Choice is Good Policy

    Educational Choice is Good Policy

    Teachers unions campaign for local taxes because they believe higher taxes help students, even though research has shown very little correlation between per pupil spending and student achievement. Teachers even threaten to strike for smaller classes or fewer school days because, you guessed it, it’s for the children. For decades, however, these same teachers unions have attempted to block the very policy that is first | Read More »

    Harf v Timpf

    Has anyone ever seen these two women together at the same time?

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    What Defines a Woman’s Worth?

    What determines a woman’s worth within an organization? Is it her experience, ability and performance or is it her “lady parts”? Are all women created with equal talents and abilities? Are all contributions to an organization to be considered equally important, but women’s contributions are considered more worthy? If a woman is the CEO of a company, is that company better than a company with | Read More »

    New Air Force Oath of Office: So Help Me, Me

    So help me, me.

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    Ray Rice, Shaneen Allen and Chris Christie

    Generally, I would not dedicate a whole diary entry to another person’s entry, but since I (for whatever reason) cannot seem to comment, I feel this is a necessary follow up.  To recap, everyone is now aware of the Ray Rice situation and his violent assault on his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino.  Everyone should also be aware of the situation of Shaneen Allen, | Read More »

    Bashar Assad: Our new BFF?

    There is only one disciplined, well-trained military force in the Middle East that is willing and capable of fighting and defeating ISIS.  No, it isn’t the “Free Syrian Army” (whoever that is), the Iraqui Army or the Kurds.  It is the Syrian Army of Bashar Assad, which is already engaged in fighting ISIS, with some limited success.  If we don’t want to put American boots | Read More »

    Analysts Rush To Defense Of NFL Player Accused Of Child Abuse

    Charles Barkley insists that the beating of children by athletes should be overlooked because that form of discipline is a “Southern Black thing”. Will he be suspended from his broadcasting duties like the correspondent that simply asked why Janay Rice would deliberately marry a known domestic abuser? Will Black media personalities insisting that the beating of their youth by parents is just the way things | Read More »

    President Obama’s 9/10 Strategy in a 9/11 World

    The sad irony of President Obama’s September 10th address to the nation on ISIS is that he laid out a 9/10 strategy in a 9/11 world.

    Thirteen years ago, we awoke on 9/11 and the world had changed. We awoke to the reality of radical Islamic jihad and its commitment to destroy America. Now we face an even greater jihadist threat. Have we forgotten so quickly as a nation?

    President Obama unabashedly asserted that ISIS isn’t Islamic. Yet it’s Islamic to its core, establishing a caliphate – an Islamic State – across large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

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    There’s a Movement (again) to Dismantle ATF.

    The backstory here is  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)  introduced a bill today which, in effect, gets rid of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms).  Woohoo, right? Its not the first time this issue has been thrown around and if it doesn’t make it then it probably won’t be the last. Even Reagan wanted to hand over ATF duties to the Secret Service. So, is it a good, bad or | Read More »



    Bloggers, In Liberally Expressing Opinion, Are Often Met At the Gate of Truth by the Darlings of the Present Fact and Evolving Lie. These Servants of State and Fortifications of Resistance to Any Opposition, bland or Colorful, Mark Their Territory by Criticizing That One’s Opinion is “Over the Top”, “Irreverent to the Office of the President” and “Not Expressive of Any Present Truth”. Moderates Eat | Read More »

    Obama plays politics – no boots on the ground in “war” against ISIS

    One day after Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested that US ground troops might be necessary to defeat ISIS, President Obama hurriedly reconfirmed to service members at an appearance at McDill Air Force Base that “I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq.”  The President further | Read More »

    Educational Success for Connecticut Family

    Educational Success for Connecticut Family

    “I realized Julia has has very little instruction in science, history, geography and writing when compared to my boys education in our school system.” After their four sons graduated from public school in small-town Connecticut, Ray and Kathleen were happy with the education they had received. Ranging in age from 21-29, all had done well and gone out into the workforce. However, last year, Kathleen | Read More »

    (Update) Obama to Iraq: No US Aid Until an Inclusive Government. Does Iran Count?

    (picture of Iran’s Quds Force courtesy of AP via Free Beacon) The president was insistent that the newly formed Iraqi government be an inclusive one to include Sunnis and Kurds before he would start an air campaign to degrade ISIS. That was part of the reason for his dithering while ISIS was charging towards Baghdad. On a side note, did Obama insist the new government had Christian | Read More »

    Nana-Nana-Boo-Boo Parent Commissars Get Off Adrian Peterson

    To those vicarious helicopter parents looking over my shoulder: you better get off me, or I might have to pick out a switch—for you. Same goes for Adrian Peterson. I believe him when he says he is not a child abuser. I think he’s just a dad.

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    The “Consider This” Podcast: Going Back to Iraq

    Episode 87 of the Consider This Podcast has been released; conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. The President has, in the past, said some things about the situation in Iraq and some of the players that he’s had to take back recently (or at least ignore). Now, we all know that Presidents can’t be perfect prognosticators. They have aids that specialize in different areas who try to | Read More »

    Volunteer for Rahall Campaign Shows Support for Hamas

    For a campaign already in trouble, having photos of this staffer’s love of Hamas is a huge blow. Voters need to ask themselves if they should continue to send Rahall back to Congress.

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    New STELA Bill, Still Not Clean

    Recent news reports indicate that the Senate Commerce Committee has dropped the à la carte and Internet provisions in its STELA reauthorization bill (called STAVRA). But the bill is still not ‘clean’. It appears that the bill still contains a provision codifying the FCC’s decision to prohibit independent TV stations from jointly negotiating retransmission consent agreements. Like the FCC rule, this prohibition would apply in all TV markets, including | Read More »

    The Road to Six: Your Help Is Needed

    As Red State readers know, six is the key number in the battle for control of the Senate. In addition to holding all the seats currently held by Republicans, we have to flip six Democrat-held seats. As I wrote earlier this week in a memo to the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, the good news is that we have multiple paths to get | Read More »

    U.S. Ranks 32 out of 34 Countries In New Global Tax Index

    The Tax Foundation released its first global stat called the “International Tax Competitiveness Index”. This index aims to measure two criteria, competitiveness and neutrality, by examining “the extent to which a country’s tax system adheres to”, these “two important principles of tax policy”. The index accounted for more than 40 tax positions and policies. In their analysis, two of the most damning reasons for ranking | Read More »

    Burning Down the Gun Nut Straw Man

    Amanda Gailey, English professor and mouthpiece for Nebraskans Against Gun Violence (NAGV), is an amateur trying to be an expert at building straw men and burning them down. Her post on Salon could have been titled by Josh Earnest: “Wretched, disgusting commie leftists”: My nightmare fighting gun nuts in a red state. In one sentence, she managed to tie the words “nightmare”, “gun nuts” and “red state” together. I love it. By love, I mean it’s an elegant way to prop up the blood libel that midwest Republicans are gun-crazed, hate-spewing, Bible-thumping rednecks.

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    Feds Say Cannabis Is Not Medicine While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine

    I know this video will be controversial here, and as a veteran and North Florida Bubba, I didn’t think I’d ever be on this side of the fence on this issue, and I don’t think Ben Swann (the former Fox affiliate anchor in the video) ever thought he would be either.  We’re both Christian (he’s also a youth minister) and both conservative, and wow it’s | Read More »

    My Email Response to NRSC “Slipping Away.‏”

    So, I get this email from the NRSC: Friend, After months of predicting GOP victory, the Washington Post’s statistical model now shows a 51 percent chance that the Democrats hang on. Why? The answer is simple – the Democrats are spending over $40 million more than the Republicans in battleground races. For weeks, our candidates have been holding on, despite a relentless barrage of negative | Read More »