A History Of Democratic Opposition To The Nuclear Option

    In light of the irresponsible power grab made on behalf of Senate Democrats, let’s take a trip down memory lane.  Ben Howe also has a good post detailing Harry Reid’s hypocrisy on nuking the filibuster from last July. In 2005, Then-Sen. Barack Obama Called For His Colleagues Considering The Nuclear Option To Think About “Protecting Free And Democratic Debate.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA: “Mr. President, I rise | Read More »

    The Democrat’s Double-Edged Nuke

    By now, everyone’s heard that the Democrats, led by Harry Reid (who as noted was against this just eight years ago), have pulled the trigger on the so-called “nuclear option,” which is a re-write of Senate rules that allows for judicial (non-SCOTUS) nominees to be passed through the Senate by a simple majority. Republican (and even some Democrats) are outraged, but I see it as | Read More »

    Obamacare’s Political Impact: 2014 and Beyond

    Between now and the 2014 elections some of the problems with Obamacare will be corrected, some will persist, and some will grow in the public’s awareness. The good news for Republicans is that the real problems are not solvable and that they are concretely affecting millions of Americans. More or less in order of fundamental importance: 1. The challenge to the consitution. (Most important, but | Read More »

    The Governor Has no Coattails: GOP Fails to Gain a Single Seat in NJ Senate

    Chris Christie routed his Democratic opponent by more than 22 points on election night two weeks ago. In a state with a Democratic net 7 point advantage, Christie outperformed the generic party divide by a colossal 29 points. As a result of Christie’s electoral domination, a growing chorus within the media and GOP Establishment expresses confidence that Christie could lead the Republican Party to national | Read More »

    Janet Yellen And Her Beliefs Should Be Rejected

    There has been some news lately about moderate resistance from Republicans to Federal Reserve Chairwoman nominee Janet Yellen, who is likely to be easily confirmed. Yellen predictably opposes Senator Rand Paul’s Audit the Fed bill, which currently has 27 co-sponsors. Opponents of the bill insist that enough auditing of lending practices and deliberations is done already. The reality is that the opponents of the bill | Read More »

    Guess what state just came into play for Senate control next year?

    Dirty Harry has curbed the filibustering powers of the minority on a number of judicial appointments. It still remains very much intact for legislation and Supreme Court nominees, but it’s more limited now. My advice to Dirty Harry is enjoy this new power while you can cause you’re time is ever more so limited in your current post. As we know Dems have a very | Read More »

    With the nuclear option invoked, if the Democrats win the WH in 2016, conservatives can kiss the Supreme Court goodbye for the next 20 years.

    There are two key immediate implications from Reid’s decision to go nuclear and end the filibuster: 1. Democrats figure they will lose the Senate in 2014, so they will try to push through as much “hope and change” as they can in the next year. 2. Justice Ginsburg is now a lock to retire before the  end of the current term. Her announcement will come | Read More »

    The Incredible Audacity of Arne Duncan

    Amid the turmoil of the Obamacare debacle, a recent story has largely been overlooked by the media. In a recent meeting with a board of public school superintendents, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the push back against implementation of the Common Core State Standards as “white suburban moms who, all of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and | Read More »

    Thanksgiving dinner with your liberal relatives

    I got this idea from a comment on my yesterday’s diary, from a poster who made the point that not only are liberals your supposed friends, often times they are your relatives. They are also the ones you run into at Thanksgiving gatherings. They are the ones who make snide political comments about Republicans and conservatism. Again, they are loud, bombastic and they have no filter. To make matters | Read More »

    The Nature of Things

    When my grandmother was born a horse was the normal means of transport.  When my granddaughter was born the International Space Striation was the brightest light in the night’s sky. In other words, things change.   When I sat on the couch and watched the first man walk on the moon with my grandmother she didn’t believe it was real.  When I tell my low information | Read More »

    Leadership Through Disingenuity

    Mr. Obama and his administration are so smart, so clever, so incapable of being honest or sincere, and only pretending to be. The evidence of this is in their semantics. Their use of words to persuade is replete with inaccuracies, untruths, incompleteness, and guile. A few examples: The most famous is “If you like your plan you can keep your plan, period” repeated at least | Read More »

    Video: Inside F-35 Country

    “Just north of the white sandy beaches of the Emerald Coast of Florida’s panhandle, a group of Sailors are working hand-in-hand with technical expert civilians to bring the Navy’s fifth-generation fighter to the fleet.” Read the full story here, and learn more about the F-35 Lightning II program at F35.com.

    in Utah 5 reasons not to sign their petition

    1. The “bill” Count My Vote, or proposed law is flawed, terribly so. Even some of the strongest supporters admit the legislature will have to fix it if this mess passes. We tell public officials to kill these kind of errors in committee, not skip the public hearing, not read the bill and vote to send it to the floor of the legislature to decide | Read More »

    Obama’s Direct Enrollment “Fix” is Likely Illegal

    The Administration is on the verge of allowing federal subsidies for policies purchased directly from health insurance companies: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/us/politics/administration-open-to-direct-insurance-company-signups.html?_r=0 Note that this proposed “fix” runs explicitly counter to the text of the legislation, which stipulates that federal subsidies will only be provided for people who obtain their health insurance on exchanges ”established by the state.” There seems to be no way, given both the text of | Read More »

    Standing up to liberals

    I am continuing on with my series about how to effectively deal with liberals.  This is a companion post to the one I posted yesterday in that it deals with what to do when you are unprepared or caught off guard by a loud mouth Democrat. As I stated yesterday, in a lot of cases you are not always going to be equipped to have | Read More »

    An Open Letter to Arne Duncan from Your Boss

    Written in response to Secretary of Education Duncan’s thoughts regarding mothers who oppose the Common Core. Dear Secretary of Education Duncan: Thank you for apologizing for insulting “white suburban moms.” However, your apology did not go far enough.  You failed to apologize for Common Core, an insult to our entire nation. Mr. Duncan, you may control the purse strings but WE (moms of every color | Read More »

    Who Will Buy A Pig-in-a-Poke and Does It Matter?

    Obamacare’s choices: You are 25 years old, healthy, single, self employed, and have annual income of $35,000. Consider this 2014 choice. You can buy Obamacare health insurance for 2014 for $2,545 that has an annual out of pocket maximum of $6,350. So, if you have need for serious medical care you will have maximum costs of $8,895. Because you did not buy Obamacare health insurance | Read More »

    An Open Letter to Arne Duncan from a “White, Suburban Mom”

    Secretary Duncan, Given your recent comments, it should come as no surprise to you that someone like me, a “white suburban mom,” would be opposed to Common Core. Every parent has the right – the duty – to be responsible for their child’s education, and to raise concerns when they feel the system does not meet their needs. This is not political silliness. This is | Read More »

    Cuba, New Mexico High School Student Forced to Choose Between Graduation and God

    Liberty Confronted by Injustice in Cuba Public School Meet Liberty Thompson, an 18-year-old who is a Senior at Cuba High School in the small village of Cuba, New Mexico. Liberty is on track to be the valedictorian of her class and by graduation will have earned enough college credits to form an associate degree– the first ever in her high school to reach such a | Read More »

    Here’s how you get a death spiral

    You know how there has been concern that the sickest people will preferentially sign up for Obamacare, but only when they need care? Apparently hospitals are considering buying Obamacare plans for their sickest uninsured patients. That’s right, the hospital will sign up the person, pay the premiums and then submit the patient bill to the insurer. This sort of move actually guarantees that all the | Read More »

    Is it even legal…

    …for the Administration to allow federal subsidies for policies purchased directly by a health insurance companies/co-ops, as opposed to one purchased on an exchange? This is suddenly an extremely important question, given that the ongoing issues with Healthcare.gov has the Administration on the verge of allowing federal subsidies to get provided for policies purchased directly from health insurance companies: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/us/politics/administration-open-to-direct-insurance-company-signups.html?_r=0 Note that this proposed “fix” | Read More »

    Fire This Congressman

    No, not President Obama and every single Democrat. Although they deserve it, I am talking about this guy: Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012, will be in court Wednesday on charges that he possessed cocaine. Here’s a guy who is a drug abuser and blames alcohol for his drug problems. He almost sounds like a Kennedy. http://hotair.com/archives/2013/11/19/oops-republican-freshman-congressman-picked-up-for-cocaine-possession/ “I’m profoundly sorry to let down | Read More »

    Never be silent

    Most of my posts are on how to go on the attack in a political discussion with a liberal. However, sometimes it is just not possible for a number of reasons. So, with that said, here are a few verbal judo techniques you can use to get your two cents in regardless. The following are questions you can ask a loud mouth liberal. Do you | Read More »

    Rand Paul on the Government Shutdown

    “Well, I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea. Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea. And the reason I voted for it, though, is that it’s a conundrum. Here’s the conundrum. We have a $17 trillion debt and people at home tell me you can’t | Read More »

    2001: a space odyssey in healthcare

    I write software.  Medical software.  I write some of the most complicated medical software on the market.  It’s difficult work.  Thankless.  One of my peers recently reviewed some of my work and described it as “the cream of the crap”.  I understand.  Doctors have thousands of inputs that can change the way we see things, and we expect our software to keep up.  Computers do | Read More »

    MessNBC Martin Bashir Media Generated Apology to Sarah Palin Stinks of Expediency; I Don’t Accept!

    I don’t accept MessNBC Martin Bashir apology from last night nor would I accept it period. Martin has continued to hate on Sarah Palin for months at a time. This is not the first time. He decided he was going to push the envelope a lot further and went “there” this past Friday. Well you know how I felt with the release of my video | Read More »

    Gettysburg, JFK, Camelot and Democrats’ Camel-nots

    On today’s sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and before Friday’s 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, Americans see their respective legacies betrayed by (mostly northern) liberal Democrats waging war against what Camelot’s Arthur and our Founding Fathers stood for. Thanks to the courage and vision of President Abraham Lincoln and the Union troops that responded to his call to arms, the last best hope | Read More »

    Not a joke: 12 Reasons Why Obama is One of the Best Presidents Ever

    Credit: The Guardian What you are about to read is a much abbreviated version of a piece that appeared in the Huffington Post on November 15. It was written by Matthew Lynch Ed.D. the author of, The Call to Teach: An Introduction to Teaching. (This appeared next to his name.) It is disconcerting that as an educator, Mr. Lynch is filling innocent minds with | Read More »

    Steve LaTourette’s “Main Street” Advocacy Project Reeks of Hypocrisy

    As tension continues to escalate between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party, it was only a matter of time before a champion of the good old spending days cashed in on protecting the status quo. Steve LaTourette, a former congressman from Ohio, is eagerly seizing the opportunity to profit from the Washington, D.C., revolving door of special interests. Since leaving Congress at the end | Read More »

    Bare-assed in the Bluegrass

    Governor Steve Beshear took a break from ObamaCare cheerleading last week to announce that 280,000 Kentuckians dumped from health insurance policies could keep them instead, if insurers decided to continue pre-ObamaCare policies into 2014. Humana quickly took him up on it and now Beshear has nowhere to run and hide. If Beshear’s Department of Insurance approves Humana’s application to offer coverage to Kentuckians with a requested | Read More »

    Time for House Republicans to introduce another bill to repeal Obamacare?

    The bad news for all things Obamacare continues; including last night’s stunning revelation that at the same time Obama was (sort of) apologizing to Americans for (sort of) misleading them about whether or not they could (sort of) keep their policies if they (sort of) liked them, lawyers from the Justice Dept were telling a federal judge that the administration  fully well (NOT “sort of”) | Read More »

    The Next Time Some Compassion-Fascist says “Conservatives Have No Solution for Health Care”, Tell Them About This…

      In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid for Highways bill. In popular idiom, it became known as the “National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956″. At the time, the Act was wrought with a certain amount of angst and opposition: The amount of rights-of-way to be purchased, the number of homes, families and buisnesses that would be dislocated, and the fact | Read More »

    Congress Does Something Right!

    One of the landmark pieces of legislation to pass Congress in the past few years was the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act, also known as the JOBS Act.  The Act carries many beneficial provisions for small businesses and investors, but the most significant one was in Title II, Sec. 201 of the legislation.  Previously, under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, businesses that | Read More »

    Live Action Targets Abortion Industry’s ‘Profits From Pain’

    Earlier this year, Live Action launched their Inhuman campaign, which highlighted the gruesome details of the late-term abortion industry.  In their various investigations across the country, Live Action exposed doctors admitting that they would not care for infants born alive.  That’s a violation of federal law. Also, the gross misinformation they disseminate to their patients concerning the truth about fetal pain. All of this was made | Read More »

    When Rule Trumps Law

    The endlessly quotable John Adams famously said of our young nation that it is, “a nation of laws, not of men”. This was a clear distinction from the European traditions of monarchy that had dominated Western culture for centuries. In that phrase was the inherent equality of a government that was elected by the people that passed laws for the people, which at the time | Read More »

    Gettysburg Address@150 and the War of Northern Aggression

    Mostly northern liberal Democrat aggression over the last century, that is. Tuesday will mark the sesquicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s address at the dedication of a cemetery  on a portion of the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania battlefield for the fallen where Union forces had won what turned out to be (along with the Battle of Atlanta still  eight months away) the most pivotal battle of the Civil | Read More »

    The Obama Wedding Tax

    Earlier this month The Atlantic told the story of a New York couple, Nona and Aaron, considering divorce. What was the couple’s reason for ending their marriage? ObamaCare. Among the countless flaws and absurdities in the president’s signature law is this: it contains a wedding tax. Because of the way ObamaCare subsidizes health insurance, many couples can save money on insurance by not getting married—or | Read More »

    Of Startups and Meltdowns… Free Market Success vs. Government Failure

    I’m an entrepreneur.I’m constantly full of ideas and trying to get businesses started. As I seek to launch my newest endeavor, BrandScanned, I’m trying to get myself involved in the Atlanta startup community. As such, last weekend I had something of a startup adventure. I participated in Startup Weekend at Georgia Tech, where people with ideas and skills get together in a mashup competition to | Read More »

    The Threshold of a Reckoning (Redux)

    Amid the current unravelling of a policy, a law, a political philosophy, and an entire presidential administration, I once again return to the Ntrepid archives (1a) and look back on the eve of Mr. Obama’s re-election. (Unfortunately, the term “unravelling” denotes a certain permanence that I in no way believe a grudgingly focused, limited media spotlight and a fickle electorate will support. However, I can | Read More »

    Liberal Blowhards, Race and Barack Obama

    One of my favorite liberal blowhards, the aptly named Charles Blow, recently penned an article in the New York Times which seems to suggest that opposition to Barack Obama, particularly his signature legislation- Obamacare, is racially motivated. This is not surprising since Charles Blow is an example of the typical African-American liberal who sees a racial bogeyman wherever he looks. Just a perusal of his | Read More »

    LA-05 and Engaging the Establishment

    On Saturday, there was an election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to replace Rodney Alexander, who retired earlier in the year and was immediately offered a job in the state government. Alexander, on most conservative scorecards, was the lowest-ranked Republican in the state’s delegation. This is largely due to the fact that Alexander was a Democrat-turned-Republican, a move he made at the last second before | Read More »

    How we can start NOW to chip away at the monstrosity of Obamacare

    We all want to repeal the ACA as soon as possible. I support Cruz’s call for a complete repeal. I believe that such a bill has passed the House approximately 40 times already, but I am all for doing it again and again and again. That being said, there are some additional things we can do that: (1) will get more Democrat votes that an | Read More »

    Rebutting Obamacare Claims

    To hear liberals and Democrats speak, those being kicked off their current policies is actually a service to those people because they are being presented with better plans which one can purchase on a non-functional website. Another line of thinking is that Obamacare is providing an opportunity for Americans who could never afford to purchase health insurance to do so now. Both of these assertions | Read More »

    Iran In Context

    In his January 2002 State of the Union speech President George W Bush highlighted the “Axis of Evil”, three countries which constitute a threat of nuclear proliferation and support for terrorism. He took care of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (at great personal political cost). Dennis Rodman is working on Kim Jong Un in North Korea. That leaves Iran to Barack Obama and John Kerry. What is really | Read More »

    Dems have swept all statewide offices in VA, but this isn’t another CA (thank God)

    As I’m writing this, the AG race is still up in the air with a recount on the way (though Herring the Democrat holds a slight lead over Obenshain). Assuming he does win this out, Dems will possess all 5 statewide offices (including the 2 U.S. Senate seats) for the 1st time since 1969. But I wouldn’t be in celebration for too long cause there’s | Read More »

    Sen. Ted Cruz’ Press Release and Repeal of the ACA

    Time, Talent, and Treasure (what I have left of it) I will pledge to any and all who help Senator Ted Cruz successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare (see Ted Cruz’ Press Release HERE).  This is your Come to Jesus moment.  Whatever mistakes you’ve made in the past I will forgive if you do two things. First, you must publicly, and | Read More »

    Step by Step Inch by Inch

    How do you fundamentally transform a nation from what it has been to what a clique of ideologues wants it to be?  The easiest way is to convince the general population that what the would-be masters want is what the people want.  Those seeking to subvert a culture must take a long view.  They must realize that this will be a multistage project that will | Read More »

    Neil Riser for Congress #LA05-Election TOMORROW!

    “We had rabbits when we needed tigers.” — Ronald Reagan writing in his diary of congressional Republicans LLPH Endorsed Neil Riser (R-LA 05 CAND) Endorsed by Freedomworks and the Louisiana Tea Party, State Senator Neil Riser is the conservative leader that we need in Washington D.C.! His opponent for the run-off is Vance McAllister, who we were about to endorse until we found out about his | Read More »

    Are all the scandals finally starting to catch up with Obama?

    There was an interesting comment made by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show today: RUSH:  I know.  In a way I’m conflicted, because you say — and I know what you mean — that he’s getting away with it.  And, yeah, where we are certainly means he’s gotten away with it.  I have to catch myself sometimes and grab myself before I get too far | Read More »

    I Don’t Think. We’re Stupid

    http://www.mlgoodell.webs.com Last weekend American diplomacy was dealt a setback in its latest bid to appease Iran, This was due to what the Wall Street Journal called “unforeseen developments” such as Israel’s opposition to what the French Foreign Minister called “a sucker’s deal.” American Secretary of State John Kerry reacted to the development by stating, “We are not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid.” What | Read More »