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    Obama’s Job Chapter 38 Problem

    Jay Cost notices that a candidate who casts himself as the Lord who speaketh out of the whirlwind has a hard time running as a ‘regular guy.’ (As I have mentioned before, while Obama speaks the language of Christianity, unlike most religious politicians, he always seems to use language that places himself in the role of the Lord.). And that’s not the only problem with | Read More »

    Democratic Governor of Kentucky Issues Partial Pardons to 8 Murderers

    Hi Folks, My apologies if this post is not properly formatted; this is my first entry here at RedState. Anyway, the full story is here at FOX News My favorite part is the “”Those whose rights have been restored have served their time and paid their debt to society,” line. Really Governor? I wonder how the victims and their families would respond to that. FOX | Read More »

    Jon Voight, one of the few points of light….

    Jon Voight, one of the few points of light shining from the abyss that is Hollywood. To say this man “gets it” would be an understatement. And kudosfor having the guts to write this Op-Ed on Obama given his occupation of choice. Jon Voight Washington Times Op-Ed http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/28/voight/

    I Must Need Counseling; This Story Made Me Bust Up In A Hysterical Fit Of Laughter

    ‘Martyrs’ List’ tallies Mahdi Army’s troubles” Let that roll around in your brain a sec… Bwahahahahahaha…I’m ok now, phhhhhhhhhhhhttttttttttttttttt… a ha ha ha ha ha….[big breath] BWAHHAHAHAAHAHAHHHAHHHAHAHA….ok-I’m composed…no really-hand me a napkin? Apparently this Martyr gig is causing a snidge of a problem for Mookie’s army…phhhhhhhhhhhhtttttt…sorry…the more of them that kill themselves, the less they have to fight the war…bwahahahahahahahah….I just can’t stop… Ya know, | Read More »

    TimKaine.com

    Governor Tim Kaine, the lightweight Virginia Democrat, is getting some buzz as Barry’s possible Veep pick. Should Kaine be the chosen one’s chosen one, Lt. Governor Bill Boiling, a Republican, would become governor of that Commonwealth. Where do you think TimKaine.com now points? Check it out.

    Sarah Lai Strickland Totally Downplays Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, and Marilyn Katz

    Check this out. Wired blogger Sarah Lai Strickland has a look at the GOP’s Facebook parody site of Obama. In it, she notes: Rezko, a Chicago landlord, *most recently was in the headlines for being on trial for corruption*. Ayers, now a university professor, was a member of the violent 1960s group The Weather Underground, and Katz, now a public-relations consultant, was a former student | Read More »

    NY-25: Meet Dale Sweetland

    Republican congressman Jim Walsh, a 10-term incumbent, announced in January that he will not be seeking re-election this year. This creates an open seat in New York’s 25th District, located in Central and Western New York, which includes the city of Syracuse and the eastern suburbs of Rochester. In 2006, Walsh barely held back a challenge from Democrat Dan Maffei, a former aide to Rep. | Read More »

    Evangelical voters may cause the defeat of McCain

    Evangelical Leaders have started a religious Political War with Mormons. With all the attacks on Romney because of his Religion, one wonders how many Mormons will support McCain if he bows to this presure. And at this point, any other VP Choice other than Romney will be seen as bowing to the Evangelical Presure. Prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former | Read More »

    Evangelical voters may cause the defeat of McCain

    Evangelical Leaders have started a religious Political War with Mormons. With all the attacks on Romney because of his Religion, one wonders how many Mormons will support McCain if he bows to this presure. And at this point, any other VP Choice other than Romney will be seen as bowing to the Evangelical Presure. Prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former | Read More »

    Scott McClellan’s talking points

    Disgraced former White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan has said that the Bush White House sent talking points to TV Talkers, most specifically at FNC. He added that both political parties do this. Not McLellan, mind you, someone else at the White House: “Certainly it wasn’t necessarily something I was doing, but it was something we at the White House, yes, were doing in getting | Read More »

    The Evangelical case against Mitt Romney

    The Washington Times is reporting that various Evangelical leaders are imploring John McCain not to select former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as his running mate on the 2008 Republican Presidential ticket. There are three main reasons for this, neither of which I am particularly fond of. 1. Mitt Romney is not particularly strong on social issues like gay marriage and abortion. Romney admits to developing | Read More »

    Shocker: Dem Governor Wants to Illegally Expand Government

    In Illinois, Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) wants to move the state’s Dept. of Transportation out of the capital city, Springfield, and into downstate Harrisburg. Using the usual twisted Democrat logic, he believes that more government will make people happier and give them better lives. At first, it sounds good: “That would provide both millions of dollars in economic benefit for a region that badly needs | Read More »

    We’re just going to nip these rumors in the bud.

    Now, we know that there are now, and always have been, a good deal of nasty stories that go through the Internet. In many ways, that’s what the Internet is for, more’s the pity: and usually, the best that you can do about them is to ignore them with dignity and restraint – just like John Edwards did, at least after he emerged from the | Read More »

    Ted Stevens Must Resign

    Ted Stevens (R-AK) has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 7 counts. While people are innocent until proven guilty, we know enough facts to suggest Mr. Stevens is going to be looking for a deal. And the voters of Alaska, committed to reform, are going to throw him out of office. This is one seat that should stay in Republican hands. It will | Read More »

    Richard Cohen Test

    Interesting comments athttp://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/07/therichardcohen_test.php. It seems more and more people are attracted to hom because of the campaign he is running. The candidate and the campaign have become one. People are voting for the way the campaign is run. In this case, none of the issues like surge, iraq war, his pastor are not going to matter. If McCain&surrogates want to win the election, it is | Read More »

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    Obama’s Hopechangehope might be indefinable

    Barack Obama is presenting a problem for the older American left. As strieff earlier pointed out, liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has little nice to say about Barack Obama’s losing battle with vacuity [Obama the Unknown]: “Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire,” I asked a prominent Democrat. He paused and then said that he admired Obama’s speech to | Read More »

    In which I am in COMPLETE agreement with Glenn Greenwald.

    He wants an auto-da-fe of the Blue Dog Democrats, and I for one would be happy to help. Hunt them through the halls of Congress, Glenn. Hunt them with torches and whips. Use dogs on them – or maybe cheetahs; it looks cooler, and they did that in medieval times. That’s the sort of vibe that you’re going with, right? The guttering torch, and the | Read More »

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    “Barack Obama’s opposition to Born Alive Act”

    Bill Bennett is absolutely right. The more this issue is scrutinized, the worse Obama looks. (LvFidelis)

    How do I get to page 2?

    OK, so how do I get to page 2 of the front page entries? I’ve seen the link to “Older Posts”, but that has everything under the sun. I just want to read the front page entries…what am I missing? Thanks, Jon

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    Solving McCain’s Iraq Problem

    Let’s cut to the chase:  last week should have been a good week on Iraq for John McCain and it wasn’t.  In an ideal world, of course, every week should be a good week on Iraq for McCain.  It is his signature issue and he should be scoring points on it given the dramatic success that is manifesting itself in that country.  But last week | Read More »

    Taxpayer dollars

    Recently at a government conference, with government employees doing government work on taxpayer dollars **One conservite member noticed all the Obama T-shirts. I asked did anyone get a picture because I’d like to have that one. *After stating he lost his appetite. * His comments to them were “Don’t you realize that if Obama gets elected he will cut your jobs?” Why you might ask? | Read More »

    Why Obama Really Snubbed Our Troops

    Since Obama was so worried about people thinking that visiting our wounded soldiers would be viewed as a political tactic, he chose not to go. Therefore, it is fair to say that Obama is more worried about public perception than doing what is right. Talk about courage. If I voted against funding those who were severely wounded protecting my safety and I had no concern | Read More »

    Obama: JFK or Tricky Dick?

    Is Senator Barack Obama the next John F. Kennedy or Richard Nixon? This may seem like an odd question given their party affiliation, but simply labeling them Democrat or Republican fails to get at their personalities and styles.

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    Top 10 Ways to Pass Time During Those Pesky RS 3.0 Page Loads

    and feel free to add your own! 10) Troll Obama speeches for actual hard content 9) Visit the national debt clock and watch the deficit grow 8) Track the downward tropes of the NY Times stock price 7) Read Night Twister’s Colorado diary for the 5,345,235th time 6) Update your vocabulary of dirty words at Kos 5) Watch Obama on YouTube and get that tingly | Read More »

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    Why Obama Really Snubbed Our Injured Troops

    Why Obama Really Snubbed Our Injured Troops Since Obama was so worried about people thinking that visiting our wounded soldiers would be viewed as a political tactic, he chose not to go. Therefore, it is fair to say that Obama is more worried about public perception than doing what is right. Talk about courage. If I voted against funding those who were severely wounded protecting | Read More »

    Obamabus Strikes Again

    I know this has been said a million times before, but I’m the kind of guy to keep kicking a liberal when he is down. Dana Summers, a celebrated political cartoonist working for the Orlando Sentinel, takes Barack Obama to task over him dissmissing the troops in Ramstein/Landstuhl Air Force hospital. Not only does she gave his campaign the dubious title of “Double Talk X-press” | Read More »

    Pelosi: No drilling “in order to save planet”..

    In an article in Politico on the GOP starting to link Obama to Reid and Pelosi in the Congress there is this little nugget: “They’ll also begin to use “Pelosi-Reid-Obama” in the all-in-the-same-breath way that Democrats now use “Bush-McCain” — to make the parties’ popular candidates indistinguishable from their less beloved incumbents. *Pelosi has told Politico that she’s standing in the way on a drilling | Read More »

    In Georgia, Mitch Seabaugh Challenges Eric Johnson

    The Savannah Paper has a story on the challenge to Senator Johnson. A state senator from Sharpsburg wants Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson’s job, but Johnson isn’t saying whether he wants to keep it.Senate Republican Whip Mitch Seabaugh has told follow GOP senators he’ll seek the post the Savannah Republican has held since 2005. I’m a big fan of Eric Johnson. He has, more | Read More »

    So where are we with RS 3.0?

    We’re moving slow. We know. I’ve read the diaries. There are things we (read: Neil) are working on as fast as we can to get the server response time improved. Right now, the way the front page is set up, a lot of repeated inquiries are being made to the server that can be consolidated. When we were in beta, we had such low traffic, | Read More »

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    Timesonline Overreacts: If Islam is Extreme Let’s ban ALL Religion

    In yet another example of why the west might not beat the onslaught of radical Islamofascism, Minette Marrin of the Timesonline thinks she has found a solution to the clash of cultures. Marrin details the extremism evinced by too many Muslims in England and then posits a solution: ban all religion. Talk about an absurd idea. It’s as foolish as throwing out the baby with | Read More »

    Union vs. Private Sector Pensions: How Secure Are Union Members’ Retirements?

    In a follow up report to our earlier coverage, the Hudson Institute has unveiled its damning study on the largely ubiquitous insolvency of the pensions plans of the nation’s largest unions (download PDF here) Excerpts: At a time when unions are intensifying efforts to organize American workers, it’s troubling to see a widespread pattern of relatively poor performance among collectively bargained pension plans. They perform | Read More »

    Hey! Remember 2005, when you thought that two bucks a gallon for gas was a *lot*?

    You do? Well, go remind people, then. Be sure to also ask if they miss that $2.20/gallon that we were enjoying at the end of 2006, back when the GOP was still running Congress. And when you’re done with that, ask ‘em what they think that the price of gas is likely to be after two more years of Democrats running Congress. Moe Lane PS: | Read More »

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    Democrats’ Energy Ideas Date to 19th Century

    Bless his heart, Rep. Jerry Nadler is trying to understand the woes of Americans facing the high cost of gasoline. Venturing outside the comfortable confines of his Manhattan and Brooklyn district, the liberal Democrat was spotted Monday in the Upstate New York city of Utica talking about transportation and energy policy. Nadler’s solution: “We should take a hard look at reviving the canals,” Nadler said. | Read More »

    Richard Cohen Might Be Racist

    Of course the title is in jest and refers to Allahpundit’s groundbreaking discovery of the Unified Field Theory of Obama Criticism: if you criticize him you are racist and hostis humani generis. Though I think Richard Cohen guilty of unspeakable crimes against logic and reason, no one could think him racist. But given the state of the political left today, I suspect he will be | Read More »

    Wonder if anyone in Washington DC is listening?

    Day after day we see and read about the terrible actions of our Congressional representatives or the lack of actions. Let me tell you sometimes I’d rather Congress did nothing, at least that way they wouldn’t make the mistakes that burden the American people. When Congress does act, it is in such a way that us ordinary Americans scratch our heads with wonder. Wonder what | Read More »

    Too Much Money, Not Enough Economy

    We spend a lot of time worrying about the economy in the United States, especially as it relates to politics and policy. We’re facing very slow growth, well below the long-term trend, and certainly below what we’re capable of. At the same time, inflation is running well above normal (we reached a 5% annual rate in June). Europe faces similar problems, although their policy response | Read More »

    You’re holding the knife wrong, Senator Reid.

    OK, that’s the part that’s supposed to point outwards. Generally, the idea is to stick the sharp bit in your opponents. Op-pon-ents. O… P… P… What? No, your opponents. Not Mitch McConnell’s: Reid plan splits Dems By Alexander Bolton Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has split the Democratic front opposed to drilling with a plan that would open new areas for exploration. Reid’s proposal | Read More »

    Aaron Eckhart Gives Another Reason to See Dark Knight

    Carter Wood points to a BBC interview with Dark Knight co-star Aaron Eckhart: Lang: The movie’s already done incredibly well. I think it’s broken records in its opening weekend in the United States. I mean, do you think that because America’s in an election year, the economy going down the tubes, a lot of uncertainty in the world, do you think it touched a nerve?Eckhart: | Read More »

    Sean Tevis Runs For Kansas State House District 15 on Netroots Nation Funds

    Kansas Meadowlark has a new fun way to raise money. Meet Sean Tevis. Sean has done little fundraising in the 15th State House District of Kansas. Instead, Sean went to Netroots Nation and passed the hat. He raised closed to $96,000.00. As Kansas Meadowlark notes A huge part of Tevis’ contributions (71.9%) were small, unitemized, and without any additional information. *Only 1.8% of all contributions | Read More »

    If THIS isn’t a political party worth supporting, I don’t know what is

    Sometimes I really wish I lived in Detroit.  It isn’t just the state’s biggest city and the home to my beloved Tigers (you can’t see me right now but if you could you would see that I am shaking my head in disappointment right now), it’s where all of the action is.  Where else in the entire country do you have a twice elected and | Read More »

    McCain’s read my lips moment.

    So much for the straight talk express! McCain who is suppose to speak truthfully, has now been caught in a big lie! Republican presidential candidate John McCain drew a sharp rebuke Monday from conservatives after he signaled an openness to a higher payroll tax for Social Security, contrary to previous vows not to raise taxes of any kind.Speaking with reporters on his campaign bus on | Read More »

    MI Morning Update: Walberg fights for lower gas prices, Right Michigan blogger challenge

    98 Days Until Election Day July 29, 2008 MONRING UPDATE: WALBERG BATTLING FOR LOWER GAS PRICES…Tim Walberg is pushing Congress to allow domestic drilling to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  He’s also announced he may start driving his Harley around the district to save on gas!  My kind of Congressman! RIGHT MICHIGAN CHALLENGE…bloggers, join our effort.  This is a great opportunity to make a | Read More »

    Proft, Kelley Square-Off on Presidential Politics on Fox Chicago Sunday

    On Sunday, I squared off with the inimitable Cliff Kelley, afternoon radio talk show host for WVON, on Fox Chicago Sunday, for a brief discussion about Sen. Barack Obama’s European vacation, the media coverage of it, and the McCain campaign’s reaction to it. Take a look. –DPhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=e75CgUP6Ylc

    Inflation and Blueprint for Change

    I read that the U. S. Olympic Committee is staying where it is because that city is renting them new office space for free. The City raised the money to buy the office space by selling shares in the committee’s lease, and the city intends to pay the committee’s rent for them from the city’s general fund, to get the committee to stay in the | Read More »

    An overnight thought.

    Nothing too profound: only, if Obama’s European trip was mostly supposed to be about the Germany speech, and if said speech was supposed to be evocative of both JFK’s and Ronald Reagan’s… why is it that none of the text of that speech has captured the public imagination? Stop your average American on the street, and they’ll know the most famous phrases from either Kennedy | Read More »

    In Praise Of “Dr. No”

    See this story and this one, which cover Senator Tom Coburn’s efforts to bring excessive government spending to heel by refusing any and all expenditures unless there are appropriate offsets to those expenditures. I am not a fan of term limits but it is impossible to deny that Coburn’s decision to limit himself to two terms has freed him from the need to engage in | Read More »

    “The Most Ethical Congress In History”

    From time to time, it would serve us well to remind ourselves just how hollow that claim really is.

    Some Gaffes Are Worth Making

    But of course, Barack Obama is going to get into a world of trouble for this.

    You Don’t See This Much

    One gifted orator whose soaring rhetoric was not matched by specific policy proposals is telling another gifted orator whose soaring rhetoric is not matched by specific policy proposals to get more specific about policy. Irony can hit you from all kinds of unexpected places.