The Watercooler ~ GOProud Takes Their Ball and Goes Home
In a noble attempt to hold their heads high and claim victory anyway, the founders of GOProud — Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron — wrote this piece at Breitbart as news of the demise of GOProud was leaking out to the blogosphere over the weekend. While the founders both resigned from their positions and are no longer involved in the operations of GOProud, they had | Read More »
Lerner, IRS Caught Colluding with DOJ and FBI, Providing Illegal Taxpayer Data
Still wondering why Lois Lerner took the Fifth or if there is indeed a “smidgen” of corruption in the IRS targeting scandal?
It now appears that the IRS was not only engaged in an illegal witch hunt of conservatives applying for tax-exempt status, but that it was using illegally shared taxpayer data to actively push criminal investigation of already approved groups.
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Who Benefits Over CDC Endorsement of HIV Preventative
Reposted from the blog I Need Politics By John Tyburski Part 1 in a Series of 2 In mid-May the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it began recommending daily medication with a pill called Truvada to prevent Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection among individuals at high risk of experiencing exposure to the virus. Truvada is a combination of two antiviral drugs, emtricitabine (Emtriva) and tenofovir | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 79: A Human Rights Question, and More Money for the VA and Medicare
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. A little unfinished business from last episode about the troubles with veterans getting health care from the VA. In an opinion piece at the Huffington Post by H. A. Goodman, he argues that Republicans have been complaining about how bad the VA is, but hypocritically voted against a bill for | Read More »
The GOP and Independent Voters
We’ve been doing a series of studies at Voter Gravity on a variety of topics, from GOTV to social media to mail. I am biased and found them all interesting, but the newest one on independent voters is probably the best so far. I’m not going to tell you about everything inside the study, but some of the highlights are below: The number of self-described | Read More »
Casket Flowers Los Angeles
This edition of the Funeral Consumer Guide is highlighted by the selection of tips detailing the array of caskets available in today’s market. Despite protections provided by the FTC’s Funeral Rule consumers routinely overpay for caskets purchased from funeral homes, simply because they do not know their rights or what products are available wholesale. Metal funeral caskets offer the greatest durability. Steel caskets are graded | Read More »
Outdated Policy Decisions Don’t Dictate Future Rights in Perpetuity
Congressional debates about STELA reauthorization have resurrected the notion that TV stations “must provide a free service” because they “are using public spectrum.” This notion, which is rooted in 1930s government policy, has long been used to justify the imposition of unique “public interest” regulations on TV stations. But outdated policy decisions don’t dictate future rights in perpetuity, and policymakers abandoned the “public spectrum” rationale | Read More »
Marita Noon: Executive power: overreaching, overzealous, dream-dashing
Federal land management policy has shifted from managing working landscapes populated by productive resource-based communities of ranchers, farmers, loggers, and miners, to a recreational landscape intended to delight visitors. This is especially troubling in the West where the vast majority of many states is owned by the federal government.
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Wholesale Disenfranchisement in MS Election Due to New Voter ID Law
The Daily Signal is reporting virtually NO IMPACT from the first election held in Mississippi under the newly minted voter ID law. You can read the entire story HERE. Where is the MsM? Where is Al Sharpton congratulating Mississippi on continuing the Republic with unaffected participation? Where are the Race Baiters congratulating their constituents on successfully figuring out how to use a photo ID to | Read More »
If you call the president (or his wife) a monkey, you’re a degenerate boob who needs to grow up
I don’t get it. You have to be pretty darn obtuse not to realize that calling a black man a “monkey” is racially charged in a public forum. It’s idiotic. Imbecilic. Obscene. And yet, daily, in social media, I see it, some fool (often, multiple fools) referring to Barack Obama as a monkey, ape, vine-swinger, “jungle bunny”…. Ditto, his wife, who in addition to | Read More »
America – The New Secret State
This past week we observed ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, which should have been a celebration of the defeat of Axis forces by the Greatest Generation. Instead, the media hijacked our attention by focusing on the release and return of a member of the United States Army who left his post in Afghanistan, walked into the hands of the Taliban, and was subsequently held captive | Read More »
Will Democrats have an Iraq moment with Obamacare?
As Obamacare continues dodding around and falling apart, I have to ask this question: When will Democrats (particularly those in red states) openly admit it was a huge mistake? Will Dems have an Iraq moment? Obviously not with far-left Dems, but will red state Dems ever admit mistake? You can only go so far before the consequences become face apparent and it denying it will only | Read More »
It Ain’t over till the Fat Lady Sings—The Prisoner Trade
It isn’t over till the Fat Lady Sings!! The Prisoner Trade Dr. Jim Gschwind The Despondent Correspondent Okay gang, we all know what the Obama did was wrong and has endangered all Americans and given the Taliban permission to kidnap us for ransom and especially our guys fighting overseas. He still runs the administration like Al Capone from Chicago, doing what he wants | Read More »
Bergdahl, the left, and the left out service members
Today, 8 June 2014, I had the unfortunate chance to watch Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. Typically, I try to avoid leftist media mongrels debate without the slightest understanding from other view points. Especially, viewpoints that are rooted in more sound understanding such as experience or the “I was there” factor. For the handful of individuals that used to know me during my service they knew | Read More »
Obama Says That Everyone in the Obama Bubble Agreed with His Prisoner Swap Decision
In an interview with NBC News Obama reiterated the now popular talking point that everyone in government was “unanimous” in their support for the release of five mass murdering terrorists for one American deserter. Obama told NBC News, “I make no apologies for it. It was a unanimous decision among my principals in my government.” Good for him. So now we’re supposed to be impressed | Read More »
While we’re redefining gender and marriage, why not redefine everything else?
Words have meanings. Meanings have consequences.
What about cancer? Let’s redefine cancer as anyone who says they have it. Then I could ask on Facebook for people to donate to my cancer treatment, check in to a hospital and lay in a bed while the donations roll in. Then when I decide I’m better, I can call myself a cancer survivor, and thank everyone for the donations I can now use to buy houses for myself and other self-identified cancer survivors.
That’s offensive? Why? My body is the most personal thing I have, and if I say there’s cancer in me, then by God it must be there. If I say it’s gone, then I’ve survived the cancer.
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South Carolina Republican Primary “Endorsements”
In a very anticipated primary on Tuesday, South Carolina voters will go to the polls to choose Republican candidates for two US Senate seats and two contested congressional seats- one held by a Democrat and one held by an incumbent Republican. The 2nd Congressional district stretches from Columbia to the Georgia border and is represented by GOP incumbent Joe Wilson. Wilson is notorious for his | Read More »
Terror In The Heartland: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed And Other Gitmo Detainees Pending Move To An Illinois Prison
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed The mastermind behind the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans and who personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terrorist detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba may soon be sent by President Obama directly into the heart of the country; Thomson Correctional Facility in Thomson, IL near the Mississippi River. On | Read More »
Is Obama’s aim to destroy Americans’ civil liberties?
The reasoning behind progressive icon Noam Chomsky’s fear that the most progressive president in U.S. history is out to destroy American’s civil liberties runs parallel with Americans who argue in favor of the liberty the 2nd Amendment dares protect – a federal state gone too far. He of course is addressing the surveillance state, which he writes concerning the 4th Amendment: “It is also well | Read More »
End goals of gun control
Since the end of WWII, those on the left have recognized the evils of war and guns, and have continuously and methodically stripped American citizens of their Constitutional Rights by falsely basing their speeches on ending crime, when they really want to disarm this entire country. Some states have seen recent changes to existing laws, some states have seen their laws completely gutted and replaced with illegal laws restricting our Constitutional Rights…
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Doing What’s Right
“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” - Theodore Roosevelt Recently, I noticed this quote from our 26th President displayed at the entrance to an elementary school Fifth Grade classroom. As I read it, my immediate thought was, “I wish that was a common attitude with today’s politicians.” Although “Teddy” Roosevelt is honored as one of America’s best presidents, I recognize that | Read More »
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The Watercooler ~ Slip Out the Back, Jack
I know that serving in the Senate and campaigning against a strong competitor can’t necessarily be compared to any kind of love relationship but for some reason, this song came to mind when reading streiff’s diary about Thad Cochran’s campaign’s unwillingness to realize Thad’s use-by date came and went. It’s all getting a bit pitiful but I can actually visualize Cochran talking to his mistress | Read More »
Pope Francis Hosts Mideast Peace ‘Prayer Summit’ with Israeli and Palestinian Presidents Tomorrow
Re-posted from PJ Media When Pope Francis visited the Middle East for three days last month he extended a rather unusual invitation to host a weekend prayer summit for Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his Vatican apartment. These two leaders, usually at odds with each other, stunned the Pope by accepting his offer. Now, on Sunday, June 8, Pope Francis | Read More »
NBC has an open line to Taliban, Qatar not restricting T-5 movement
NBC News has been having a lot of conversations with the Taliban lately. A quote from a Taliban commander.
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“We thought we may not see them again as once you land in the hands of Americans, it’s difficult to come out alive,” Noori’s relative said. “But it was a miracle that Allah Almighty gave us Bergdahl and we got back our heroes.”
They are also reporting that the government of Qatar is not restricting the movements of the Taliban Five. The “deal” we have is supposed to keep those men from traveling, but I suspect it won’t be hard for them to slip out at some point to Afghanistan. They are certainly expected there soon.
Virginia GOP Primary “Endorsements”
Besides the Senate race involving incumbent Democrat Mark Warner, there are three contested GOP primaries involving congressional districts. Before considering the Senate race, there is a contested primary in the First District between incumbent Rob Wittman and Anthony Riedel who was a campaign activist for Ron Paul in Virginia. Ordinarily, that may be enough not to support his candidacy, but except in certain areas he, | Read More »
Help me here, we lost a major battle in defense of marriage but the war is not over
There is little value in fighting to hold on to the idea that marriage is between one man and one woman. We have allowed the Democrats to change the meaning of the word. But the fact that the relationship between one man and one woman, in a life time commitment to each other and their offspring is unique, and far different from marriage as defined | Read More »
Someone didn’t tell Mike Rogers and Devin Nunes the Rules Of Republican Support(TM)
For a while now, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has told conservatives that we risk Republicans losing to Democrats when we pit outsiders against incumbents because we don’t like their politics. However, the NRSC clearly doesn’t communicate with members of the House of Representatives and their cohorts in the NRCC where these rules are concerned, as two GOP representatives are fundraising again one of their | Read More »
D-Day: 1944 / 1984 / 2014 — An image is worth a thousand words (play “fill-in-the-blank)
1944 – A Hero 1984 – A Leader 2014 – A “Fill-in-the-blank” H/T Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/188765-obama-chomps-on-gum-during-d-dad-anniversary-event/
The Chamber Of Commerce, National Right To Life, & The National Rifle Association Are Waging War On Conservatives
[promoted from the diaries -- streiff] Most Republicans prefer to vote for the most conservative candidates in elections. Lets face it, nobody is inspired by moderation, compromise, and beltway-style politicking. Yet somehow establishment Republicans continue to get elected. One of the reasons is their money advantage. Another is the apathy of ignorant voters who perform the “civic duty” they learned about in school by dutifully | Read More »
The Erick Erickson Show’s D-Day Open
I put this together to open my radio show today. I thought you guys might like to hear it. Listen here.
Evil Personified: Boko Haram Uses Fake “Preachers” to Gun Down Dozens
The jihadist militant group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria reportedly orchestrated a deadly attack on presumably Christian villagers, pretending to be “preachers” before massacring 45 congregants near a local church.
There is only one word to describe this systematic, inhumane and diabolically disturbed extermination of innocent human life . . .
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How the Media and the Courts Collude on Same-Sex Marriage
According to the mainstream media, same-sex “marriage” is on the rise in America. A survey published earlier this year by the Public Religion Research Institute found a majority of Americans support the concept, and other polls show similar results. Even the Chairman of the Republican Party — which has opposition to same-sex “marriage” in its official platform — tends to shy away from the subject. | Read More »
Best Commander in Chief in 2016??
In 2016, I will be looking to vote for a Commander in Chief. Of the likely candidates who would make the best Commander in Chief and why? Which Republican? Which Democrat?
Nevada and North Dakota GOP Primary “Endorsements”
North Dakota will hold their rubber stamp “primary” on June 10th. Since the only race of interest is the at-large House seat and since incumbent Kevin Cramer is the lone candidate for the GOP in this race, there is no need for commentary. Nevada presents a different dynamic altogether. Besides the gubernatorial race, there are contested GOP primaries in two of the four districts currently | Read More »
Grats Erick Even Daily KOS is affected by Abortion Barbie Monicker
As some of you know I peruse Daily KOS to keep up with the opposition. This evening, when I drifted over there after steeling my nerves I was greeted by this popup ad. Looks like Erick’s nick name is really getting under their skin. I especially love how they are against name-calling when it’s against one of their own, but if it happens to be | Read More »
Taliban 5 for Bergdahl may be Obama’s brilliant chess move
President Obama’s unilateral and dictatorial trade of the Taliban five for one US soldier who likely is a traitor was made with planning, forethought, and purpose, and might be the best chess move of his presidency—playing by his own rules.
We are unlikely to see a more comprehensive and effective use of Saul Ailinsky’s Rules for Radicals, played at the national level by a President. Obama’s memorized Ailinsky’s playbook and is running it page by page—he’s been rehearsing these last five years his whole life. I mean, here we are, conservatives, who live by our code of integrity, faith, and goodwill; we consider Obama as a rogue, and finally he’s playing his endgame where the roguishness is visible to all.
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The Obama Administration’s Shifting, Turning Bergdahl Narrative Shifts and Turns Ugly
From the diaries The release of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl after 5 years with the Taliban was supposed to be a happy story, tying a bow around the end of the war in Afghanistan, while at the same time regaining offense in the administration’s constant domestic public relations war. America could declare victory and go home, now that our last man was out. And we were | Read More »
California Republicans: Rebuilding the Bench
When Jim Brulte and Harmeet Dhillon assumed control of the California Republican Party in 2013 times were bleak. The Party was significantly in debt; all of the state-wide offices were held by Democrats; Democrats were on the verge of enjoying super-majorities in the state Senate and Assembly; the conventional wisdom was that Hispanic demographics would make the GOP permanently irrelevant. But, in life nothing is inevitable, and | Read More »
UNDERSTANDING INCOME INEQUALITY
“Income Inequality” will be Hillary Clinton’s major campaign issue yet, her own Party is responsible for lack of jobs, wage disparity and unending recession. Economic conditions directly impact business profit, job creation and worker salaries. When the President stresses pro-union, anti-business policies and uncertainty arises concerning costs of Obamacare legislation, all are adversely affected. President Obama’s “Jobs Czar”, G. E’s President Jeffrey Immelt, encouraged construction of | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ President Goes Roguer
Things are getting so bad with President Obama’s erratic actions that we now have Senator Reid echoing Hillary’s hysterical, “What difference does it make!?!” in response to a question by a reporter trying to get Reid to clarify when he knew of the president’s plan to trade Bergdahl for five Taliban bad guys: And we’ve got Senator Ted Cruz vowing to introduce legislation next week | Read More »
Easy. This White House agrees with his views. Bergdahl is one in the same with almost everyone on the left. Ashamed of America, against the war on terror, etc.. If this administration were to finally make an effort to get a soldier back, why wouldn’t it be this guy?
Obama’s speech in Warsaw – Russia as Europe’s antagonizing “other”
[Promoted from the diaries-- streiff] Obama’s speech – Russia is not a European state U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech in Warsaw, Poland yesterday and painted a portrait of contemporary Europe which holds profound significance. In effect, Obama proclaimed that Russia and Europe are two different things (i.e., Russia is not a European country or a nation which can be countenanced as belonging to | Read More »
The New York Times rounds up the “usual suspects” in Mississippi.
The NY Times printed the “usual suspects” response to the McDaniel win in Mississippi, and it is worth examination to understand what is really going on in the Senate elections this year. Yes, I said the McDaniel WIN. What the leftists at the NY Times deny is that there is a conservative resurgence in this country. That resurgence, in order to gain the light of | Read More »
Media Brain Washing on Guns
Immediately after the Santa Barbara killing rampage, the usual suspects in politics and the media began yet another drumbeat for gun control, in spite of the fact that half the people were killed with a machete, not a gun. This is nothing new. But the affect on the average person is cumulative. We all know people who are either simply afraid of guns or really | Read More »
Fifty Ways to Leave Obama
I don’t often get nostalgic, but I have more than a suspicion that we’re being led by the nose into a “new normal”, like a frog being slowly boiled, we acclimate to our environment. Taking a sniff of freshly squeezed garbage juice leaking from metal cans on a hot sidewalk is a good way to break the spell. An equally retch-inducing way is to review all the reasons we have for getting rid of Barack Obama.
This man deserves to be impeached more than any president, more than Andrew Johnson (who didn’t deserve it), Bill Clinton (who did), or Richard Nixon.
Have a nice, deep inhale of the last five years of garbage juice concentrate.
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A huge opportunity ( and test) for the MSM: Mississippi newspapers and TV stations must force a debate between McDaniel and Cochran
OK, we’re into a run-off in Mississippi, (unless Cochran decides to concede). This contest has huge implications, both for the GOP and for the country, and has garnered massive national media attention. But, surprisingly ( or not) the candidates did not debate once. Cochran declined every opportunity to do so, amid several reports that questioned his alertness and vitality. So we’re presented with a SIX | Read More »
Maine GOP Primary “Endorsements”
There are two Republican primaries of a possible four in Maine this year on Tuesday June 10th. They are: the Senate race and the Second District race being vacated by a Democrat. Although the Governor’s office is up for election, Republican incumbent Paul LePage faces no primary opposition. His chances for reelection will be covered in a later entry. In the Senate race, Republican incumbent | Read More »
The only logical explanation for the exchange
Ok, I see all the spin about how Hillary Clinton would not have done this deal. Was given the chance and refused. But John Kerry did the deal. John Kerry of the ant-war 197o’s fame. John Kerry never understood that his actions did not endear him to many Americans, outside the little bubble of friends of his that included Hanoi Jane and people like Bill | Read More »
Cheap grace, Nazi Germany, and the future of America
In Eric Metaxas’ New York Times best-selling book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Timothy J. Keller (best-selling author of The Reason For God) provided the following forward concerning the condition of faith during the rise of Nazi Germany: It’s impossible to understand . . . without becoming acquainted with the shocking capitulation of the German church to Hitler in the 1930s. How could the “church | Read More »
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, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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The Watercooler ~ Worst Case Scenario: Bergdahl Willingly Aids Taliban Immediately After Desertion
Setting aside the awfulness of President Obama’s latest demonstration of breathless arrogance and recklessness in trading the release of five terrorist leaders from Guantanamo for the release of an American soldier who is looking more and more like a traitor in every sense of the word, this interview of Sgt. Evan Buetow — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s team leader the night he disappeared — by Jake | Read More »