Breaking news: Excellent fund-raising month for the Democrats.
And let me note in passing that there was a thoroughly mixed-up set of reporting on this by our national media (admittedly, not entirely their fault). In fact, I’m only three-quarters convinced that I have everything reasonably straight now; but this should go up. Here’s what went down. The Obama campaign reports (via Constant Reader CrabCakes) $52 million raised for June; the DNC reports 22.4 | Read More »
The Dog days of Summer
Show me some Red dogs Haystack’s blog about ‘Red’ brought a tear to my eye. It got me thinkin’…I bet almost everybody here is a Dog owner. It’s time to show off your Baby. If you don’t know how to Work your Dig Camera..now is time to bust out the Manual or DVD and learn how to upload a picture..it’s not hard. Learn how to | Read More »
Nope, no media bias here, no sir… (now where’s that Fairness Doctrine?)
Now I was not terribly surprised when I read this story this morning, but the more I thought about it, the madder I got. Heck, the President of the United States himself doesn’t get this kind of pandering attention from the MSM “anchors”. I do realize that the evening news is now only a blip on the media radar screen, but it does still hold | Read More »
The successful surge strategy in graphs
Every picture tells a story, don’t it. The following graphs don’t tell the whole story of the surge strategy because Iraq is a big and old and complex place, but they do provide some measures of how the strategy is going, and it’s going quite well. Civilian casualties are way down, to historic lows. So are U.S. military casualties. A hat tip to Engram for | Read More »
Congressional Dems Beclown Selves With “Drill It or Lose It” Bill
Democrats try to spur more oil exploration The Gulf of Mexico, at least the western “shelf” portion off Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, is what is know as a mature oil and gas basin. It has been under intensive exploration since 1947. Billions of barrels and trillions of cubic feet have already been produced. While billions/trillions more may be found, the vast majority of the | Read More »
Obama raised $52 million in June
Obama’s $52 million The Obama campaign rolls out its June fundraising numbers today, which meet the sky-high expectations the campaign faces and surpassed a recent wave of rumors of a relatively slow month. The sum nearly equals Obama’s — and the American political — record of $55 million in February. Spokesman Bill Burton emails that the campaign raised a total of $52 million in the | Read More »
Replacing Housing Risk With Dollar Risk, Updated
As of Sunday night, the US government, speaking through Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, has committed to guarantee the value of securities issued by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That means that you, dear Taxpayer, are about to get into the housing business in a way you’ve probably never imagined and certainly didn’t choose. So it’s worth asking a few questions about | Read More »
And This Debate is OVER
Former congressman and Colorado Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer had a debate with congressman and Democrat Senate candidate Mark Udall this past week. I was unable to attend, but there was quite a lively crowd. Mark Udall was blindsided by Bob Schaffer during the debate with his response to a question from the channel 9 News moderator. This is one that’s best seen, rather than | Read More »
What’s the typical unemployed Michigander to do? Gamble away the grocery money!
Cross-posted on Right Michigan at www.RightMichigan.com. Just goes to show you, even on the darkest of days there’s usually a silver lining on at least one of the clouds. Sure, GM is expected to shave 20% of their payroll costs, a move that could result in anywhere from 3,000 to 30,000+ job losses, depending on your source. That stinks. Sure, the new unemployment numbers are | Read More »
NAACP Gives McCain A Warm Welcome
Mark Carlson, reports Senator McCain received a warm welcome at the NAACP Convention: John McCain told the NAACP and some skeptical black voters Wednesday that he will expand education opportunities, partly through vouchers for low-income children to attend private school. [. . .] We will pay bonuses to teachers who take on the challenge of working in our most troubled schools — because we need | Read More »
Articles of Interest 7-17-2008
110 Days Until Election DayJuly 17, 2008 MORNING UPDATE: RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK DAY…took place yesterday, so I rode in on my Road King, but what really upset me was when I stopped for gas to top off my tank and it cost me over $16 to fill my Harley!?! Please sign our petition below. Now for the really fun part of my day, | Read More »
Obama’s VP: Chet Edwards?
Texas Rep. Chet Edwards, endorsed for the Democratic vice presidential nod by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and veep-vetter cousin Patrick J. Kennedy, won’t say whether he has had talks with Barack Obama’s camp about the job. “I wish I could say more,” he said after referring questions about the vice presidency to the Obama campaign in a manner similar to the demurral offered by Kansas Gov. | Read More »
Possible McCain Landslide?
This is a well-written post with a number of insightful comments on the prospect of a McCain landslide. A landslide defeat would effectively end any future attempts at the presidency for Obama. America will be irretrievably broken should Obama be elected with a larger Democratic majority in Congress. Stacking the judiciary will be next on the to do list and there is no remedy for | Read More »
Obama calls for taxpayer funded attorneys for illegal aliens
This is just one of many reasons Barack Obama is Not Wright for America. www.notwrightforamerica.com. He believes you, the taxpayer, should pay for lawyers whose job it is to find slick legal loopholes to keep illegal aliens HERE IN THE U.S. This hasn’t received the attention it deserves. In pandering to his far left friends at National Council of La Raza the other day, Obama | Read More »
I Can’t Think Straight Enough To Come Up With A Catchy Title For This Post
Hickpolitics and Redstate mascot Ol Red died today. He was 3 years old. He lived with us for almost 7 months, after having found him abandoned and starved and neglected…we nursed him back from the grave and welcomed him into our lives. We eventually found out he had been run over by his owner in his own driveway, placed in a horse trailer with a | Read More »
Paul Broun as the “Accidental Congressman”
I don’t often write blogs, or at least not as often as I probably should, but some things compel me to write down my thoughts. The primary in Georgia’s 10th congressional district is one such thing. First of all, let me start off by saying that I do not live in the 10th district. I am a soon-to-be college sophomore whose home is in Douglasville | Read More »
The scary part was that I knew.
It’s Unbelievable That This Is Actually Necessary . . .
But Megan McArdle continues to patiently explain facts about the life of Milton Friedman to a bunch of people (see her comments) who refuse to get the point and who draw the ridiculous conclusion that because Milton Friedman met with Augusto Pinochet for less than an hour and advised him to institute liberalized economic policies, Friedman is somehow responsible for the fact that Pinochet’s regime | Read More »
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Is The Tide Turning?
Barack Obama’s days of having his Iraq policy uncritically accepted by the punditocracy appear to have come to an end: BARACK OBAMA yesterday accused President Bush and Sen. John McCain of rigidity on Iraq: “They said we couldn’t leave when violence was up, they say we can’t leave when violence is down.” Mr. Obama then confirmed his own foolish consistency. Early last year, when the | Read More »
Bush Is Right
The polls are showing that most Americans want to lift the ban on offshore drilling, and want to do it NOW. Pelosi and Reid will regret it if they continue with their leftist blather against it. The truth is we need to do everything immediately. We need to continue to work on new technology for cars and green energy WHILE building nuclear plants and new | Read More »
On Nancy Pelosi’s And Harry Reid’s Congress
It continues to be less popular than George W. Bush.
Pie In The Sky
Barack Obama endorsed today the idea of a world without nuclear weapons. This is, of course, the dream of many a soul and the dream transcends partisanship. Ronald Reagan wanted to rid the world of nuclear weapons as well and Henry Kissinger and George Shultz are working with Sam Nunn and William Cohen–not to mention a lot of other people from both sides of the | Read More »
Happy Birthday and Congrats on RedState 3.0
Happy fourth birthday, RedState. Perhaps the greatest weakness of the internet medium is that we can’t sing you the “Boehner Birthday Song” in person. I ran for Congress in 1990 because, like your contributors and users, I believe strongly in the need for a limited and more accountable federal government. Since that time technology has changed dramatically, but the fundamental need for oversight and passionate | Read More »
Obama at Agincourt
WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day! KING. What’s he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin. If we are mark’d to die, we are enow To step up security at our airports, to re-examine the effectiveness of our intelligence networks, and to be resolute in identifying the | Read More »
Barney Frank Knows What Tools The FED Needs To Fight Inflation
Yes, you read right. I almost could not believe my ears, Barney Frank told the world that the FED could not adequately fight inflation because we do not have a strong enough “safety net” (translation – welfare state) to support the people that would have to be put out of work to do so. But he said it, even as he was having a Maxine | Read More »
Mercy Boo Koo Oh Senator Olitist
Last week, Barack expressed his embarrassment that we Americans go to France and cannot utter anything more than Merci beaucoup ( no Barack it does not “mercy on the police”). He laments that sad state of the unwashed in this country. If they would only stop clinging to their guns and their Bibles, they could become more how you say….refined? I know it is hard | Read More »
Washington Post: Obama “Foolish” and “Irrational” and “Wrong” on Iraq
First the Post Editorial Board scolded Obama for ducking the townhall debates, after saying he would debate McCain anywhere, any time. Now they think he’s an idiot on Iraq. Welcome to the party boys. Barack Obama yesterday accused President Bush and Sen. John McCain of rigidity on Iraq: “They said we couldn’t leave when violence was up, they say we can’t leave when violence is | Read More »
The Minority Report LiveBlog — With Authors S.E. Cupp & Brett Joshpe
The entire RedState Community is invited to come to The Minority Report tomorrow night (Thursday July 17 — 8 pm EDT) In all the change in the past week here at RedState it is possible that many of you might have missed the announcement about the upcoming event. In an effort to bring you closer to authors, politicians, and people in the news… The Minority | Read More »
Virginia Wants To Drill – Moonbats Go Crazy
Here is where the proposed drilling would be. From The Washington Post. Right out of the box, the Post starts by misleading its readers. Energy experts, though, say Ocean City sunbathers probably won’t find themselves staring out at oil rigs anytime soon. According to the Post’s own map, the drilling would be at least 50 miles offshore. So Ocean City sunbathers will actually never see | Read More »
Hank Waxman is still investigating the Val Plame leak.
The name is Dick Armitage, Mr. Chairman. Hank Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Committee wanted President Bush to give him docs regarding their FBI interviews in connection with the erstwhile Joe Wilson Scandal. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Keith Nelson wrote the Administration’s reply, saying, in part: “The attorney general has requested that the president assert executive privilege with respect to these documents | Read More »
Thank You RedState and Congratulations on RedState 3.0
As someone who has never been shy about criticizing status quo politics in Washington I’m often asked whether I have much hope for the future of country. While I don’t have much confidence that the current crop of elected officials in Washington will take serious steps to put us on a sustainable fiscal course or maintain a protracted conflict with radical Islam, I have a | Read More »
Congratulations to Redstate on the launching of its new platform. Technology has changed a great deal in politics. Blogs like Redstate provide people across the country an opportunity to express opinions and participate in the debate on important events in real time as never before. But even the newest and most sophisticated means of communications is not a substitute for the message itself. I can | Read More »
The problem with Obama’s healthcare plans
Sen. Barack Obama’s healthcare plan cuts a wide path through the current road most Americans take. Besides hoping to expand Medicaid, in a series of recent speeches to Hispanic groups, he moved towards Sen. Hillary Clinton’s plan, hoping to provide a refundable credit of up to 50 percent on premiums paid by small businesses on behalf of their employees. ABC News says, “The Obama campaign | Read More »
Tomorrow Jed Babbin Fills in for Rush Limbaugh
I realize this should really be a post congratulating Jed Babbin, but this is a blog so it will be congratulating us as we get further into the VRWC. Jed, our good friend and my counterpart at Human Events, also a part of Eagle Publishing, Inc., will be Rush Limbaugh’s guest host tomorrow on the EIB Network. This is really well deserved. Jed’s been a | Read More »
Caution! Stopping Wind Turbines Results in the Loss of Jobs!
This morning, I rode on a Metro subway rail on way to Glemont Station here in Maryland, I saw a strange poster slapped on wall next to automatic doors. This strange poster warned that if we were to stop building wind turbines, that would result in the loss of jobs. When I saw that, I just had to laugh out on inside. We’re in middle | Read More »
Defending the American Dream Summit AUSTIN
Thank you Erick for all of your great independent journalism that you give out to us! Fellow bloggers, if you live in Texas, now’s the chance to make it to a media event that focus on the RIGHT message! Defending the American Dream, July 18th and 19th, will host a new media online training day on this Friday at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Come on | Read More »
Code Words: John McCain Is Doubleplus Unyoung
If ever you wanted a perfect illustration of the difference between the coordinated, top-down nature of the activism of the online Left and the way normal people think and write, check out Jim Geraghty’s review of how they refer to John McCain: The liberal blog The Carpetbagger Report uses the word “confused” in almost every post about McCain; same deal at ThinkProgress. At AmericaBlog, the | Read More »
My Former Congresswoman’s Illogical Support of the (Un)Fairness Doctrine
(Cross-posted at Commodore Perry) Ok, so a while back, I wrote my then-Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-09) about Speaker Pelosi’s desire to reintroduce the media-bias-balancing “Fairness” Doctrine. Finally, she emailed back. I never expected her to agree with me, since she is tied for the most liberal current Congressperson (h/t electoral-vote.com), but yeesh! Below is a run-through of her response (nothing is taken out of | Read More »
Making Senator Kerry Look Principled and Downright Knightly By Comparison
Kerry hadn’t lost the Election of 2004 yet, and he still looked close to victory in August of 2004. He was, however, engaged in an effort to distance himself from the Howard Dean Wing of his party. He had the following to say about his vote to authorize military action in Iraq. “Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it was the | Read More »
Congress hits a record low, Senator Orrin Hatch writes a ballad for Kennedy
Congressional Approval Hits Record-Low 14% PRINCETON, NJ — Congress’ job approval rating has dropped five percentage points over the past month, from 19% in June to 14% in July, making the current reading the lowest congressional job approval rating in the 34-year Gallup Poll history of asking the question. The previous low was 18%, last reached in May. What are those clueless clowns doing these | Read More »
Can we change our image?
I am a Conservative who teaches in the public school system. Over the years I’ve kept a low profile. Recently, however, I decided to put a framed picture of President Bush and Laura on the wall of my office. I contribute to the Republican Party and have received signed pictures each year since the President took Office. I chose an inconspicuous place on the back | Read More »
The Fight for Energy: Those Who “Protect” The Environment vs. Those Who Depend On It.
It is a great honor to represent the scenic stretch of Tennessee from Clarksville to Nashville, to Memphis. Anchored by Tennessee’s great metropolitan centers, the heart of my district is the rural engine of Tennessee’s economy and home to the men and women who work the land every day. These are the true environmentalists and conservationists, those for whom clean air and clean water isn’t | Read More »
Hey Christians, this is why people don’t take us seriously!
Apparently Mattel has made a new Barbie doll in the image of DC Comic superhero Black Canary that will be released in September. The doll has different facial characteristics than the typical Barbie, and is dressed in a black leotard, fishnets, leather jacket and mid-calf boots. According to this report a Christian group is up in arms over what they are calling S&M gear on | Read More »
ELECTION PROJECTION 7/15- McCAIN 232 OBAMA 306
Apologies to all for no projection updates in the last two weeks. Between WALL*E, painting, and a few family shenanigans I’ve been a tad busy…Currently Obama still leads McCain (as he did in my previous months projections), but his national lead is shrinking, and subsequently that tightening is reflecting in the state polls. Virginia, where Obama was holding a surprising 4-5 pt lead, still remains | Read More »
Des Moines Register Sides With Grassley
It should be no surprise to readers of the left leaning Des Moines Register, that it has endorsed Grassley’s investigation of six evangelical ministries. Not only does it endorse the investigation, but it is pushing Grassley to take it a step further by issuing subpoenas to collect the information he has requested from these Christian ministries. The investigation has been well documented on Grassley Watch, | Read More »
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Grassley Comments on Judicial Nominations
Senator Grassley recently participated in a forum held by Pennsylvania Senator Allen Specter. Grassley scolded the Democrats for their foot dragging on President Bush’s judicial nominees. Overall, there has been some serious foot dragging by our friends on the other side of the aisle with respect to moving President Bush’s judicial nominations, in particular circuit court nominees. And as our witnesses will testify and contrary | Read More »
New 2nd Amendment Trap For Obama
Now that the hubbub has died down about the Supreme Court’s finding that the 2nd Amendment means what it says (over the objections of 4 ready-for-impeachment Justices who thought it meant something it did not say), Obama may think he is off the hook on the issue. Oh yes, Obama flip-flopped on that issue, like all others. On November 20, 2007, he said D.C.’s gun | Read More »
Government Bailouts: Enough!
The highway death rate in this country is about 120 deaths per day; or roughly 44,000 annually. Those deaths are typically reported individually on page 8 of local newspapers, if at all. But when a commercial airplane crashes (about every two years) killing 120 people, it becomes headline news and is billed as a “horrific national tragedy” with an outpouring of sympathy and condolences from | Read More »
Everyone who is interested in covering a State/local race, READ THIS.
If you are covering a House/Senate/local race, please put the FULL NAME of the state that you’re covering in the Tags section below. That way, it appears in the “Get Local” drop down box for the state in question. By all means, keep putting in the district, too – but make that a separate tag.