Kudos to House Republicans on Puerto Rico Reform

    Armed with millions in taxpayer cash from an island drowning in debt, former Obama crony Anita Dunn (of Mao Tse-tung is my favorite philosopher fame) was paid $3.4 million to help get Puerto Rico a bailout through bankruptcy.  She was joined by Obama’s former Chief Restructuring Officer at the Treasury Department Jim Millstein who represented bondholders looking to get a special deal from the Congress. It appears their efforts | Read More »

    HUD’s War On Suburbia Is More Diabolical Than You Think

    This week Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz and Utah Senator Mike Lee have been sounding the alarm bells about President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulations which are being used to force suburban communities into creating more “public” and “affordable” housing so that minorities and the poor from the nations inner cities can be redistributed so as to make the racial and | Read More »

    Are Trump’s Supreme Court picks a bribe for Conservative votes?

    Are Trump's Supreme Court picks a bribe for Conservative votes?

    In my commentary yesterday, I posed the question about how a President Trump would deal with a Democrat-controlled Senate led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer–a scenario that grows ever more likely as we approach November–and how it will most certainly result in the loss of some of our constitutional rights such as the Second Amendment. My basis for this concern comes from Trump’s numerous flip-flops | Read More »

    Elon Musk — Crony to the Core

    It’s no secret that Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City, is a smart guy.  But his corporate empire is built upon a foundation of sand — a reliance on government subsides, giveaways and special interest provisions that have made him extraordinarily rich.  News of the crony capitalist exploiting cheap foreign labor to help expand Tesla’s factory installations should come as | Read More »

    Watercooler 5/18 Open Thread: Sideshow Don’s Supremes, Weird News

    #NeverTrumpNeverKasich #NotInMYNameWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…   Sideshow Don Suggests Supremes Take it with a grain of salt, and his approval of this may get Chuck Grassley a Burn Notice, but… Trump’s started to float his shortlist of Supreme Court picks. Is he just posturing with name-drops like Willett and Pryor, or actually trying to take baby | Read More »

    Music Licensing’s Future in the Hands of the Department of Justice

    The American Society of Composers (ASCAP), a performing rights organization  that negotiates and collects licensing fees for music copyright owners, was recently forced to pay a $1.75 million settlement with the Department of Justice. According to the Hollywood Reporter, ASCAP was forced to pay the settlement fee for engaging in anticompetitive behavior. Despite this, the Justice Department continues to consider weakening the consent decrees that govern the | Read More »

    No Trump Zone: How the GOP should take back cities

    Welcome to the NTZ: an article that’s not about you know who. For the years our daughter was in college at Johns Hopkins, my husband and I would travel down the highway from Pennsylvania to pick her up and drop her off in Baltimore. We also occasionally still travel through Charm City on our way to BWI airport or DC. Each time we make this | Read More »

    President Trump, Majority Leader Schumer and the Second Amendment

    President Trump, Majority Leader Schumer and the Second Amendment

    One of the concerns Conservatives have with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, besides the likelihood that it will result in another Clinton occupying the White House, is the damage we’ll see with the down ticket candidates running for Congress and various state legislatures due to Trump’s record-setting negatives. The GOP is defending twenty-four seats in the Senate, and the Democrats would only | Read More »

    Sex is Biological. Gender is Sociological.

    Sex is Biological. Gender is Sociological.

        Gender is not physiological, meaning the word “gender” is not determined by “the normal functioning of an organism” and their part’s physical and chemical components. The definition of gender is not opinion it is common terminology within the scientific community. For example, a baby is assigned a sex according to physical and chemical attributes; they are not assigned a gender, as this is | Read More »

    Dear GOP

    Dear GOP, I have been a loyal customer for quite a number of years. Your product may not have been “new” or “exciting” or “sexy” but it has always been pretty reliable and a whole lot better than any of the alternative products out there. Although there were occasions where your competitors actually did have a better (or slicker) product, I stayed with yours. I | Read More »

    Watercooler 5/17/16 Open Thread: ‘Bots, Bathrooms, and Big Brother

      Wendy’s Serves Up Big Kiosk Expansion As Wage Hikes Hit Fast Food Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. 12 States Stand Up Against Obama’s Unlawful Trans Bathroom Decree Barack Obama went way too far with his | Read More »

    A Lesson for Us All from the Rise of Bernie Sanders

    We often call Vermont the perfect socialist laboratory, and it has certainly been that for the last 50 years. Two factors are often cited–one geographical, one sociological. It has been just near enough the metro East media/academia spotlight that any experiments can be conducted and studied with little effort, but its population is also small enough that any failures are difficult for the opposition to | Read More »

    The Five Trump Supporters You Meet on the Internet

    For the True Believer, Trump is never wrong about anything and Trump is the answer to all our problems.

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    The Greatest of All Virtues

    The Greatest of All Virtues

    Promoted from the diaries by Caleb. Guys, I’m convinced. After reading Grant Stinchfield’s brilliant post today in the Federalist, in which he characterizes everyone who continues to oppose Donald Trump as whining, elitist, power-hungry crybabies who wouldn’t know a good thing if it bit us on the ass, I’m forced to conclude that he is right. After all, Donald Trump ran a totally fair and | Read More »

    Mr. President: Attend Taiwan’s Inauguration to Counter China’s Aggression

    Outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou (left) meets with President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (Credit R.O.C. Presidential Office) Taiwan’s vibrant democracy stands in stark contrast to the one-party Communist tyranny in China. This year’s free and open election brought a remarkable political change to Taiwan, with the Democratic Progressive Party replacing the Kuomintang Party in a historic election where the voters elected Taiwan’s first woman president, Tsai Ing-wen. The inauguration will be | Read More »

    Knowing the Opposition Lesson 1: The Real Purpose of Transgender Bathrooms

    I have been reading some essays in connection with a class on modern theology. Here is a direct quote from a native American who has found Jesus, about the use of religion as a from of colonialist oppression: “. . . the way control was introduced and managed was to deconstruct the people’s sense of self and replace it with that of the colonizer–the cultural | Read More »

    #NeverTrump? #NeverHillary? Yes, there’s another option, albeit a somewhat final one (check out this obituary)

    It would appear that someone in the recently departed Mary Ann Noland’s family has a somewhat jaundiced view of the current state of our politics: OBITUARIES & IN MEMORIAM Guest Book NOLAND, MARY ANNE NOLAND, Mary Anne Alfriend. Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of | Read More »

    Calling BS on Bootlickers Hannity, Gallahger et. al Because I Don’t Slobber at the Altar of Donald Trump

    NOTE: Previously I suggested Dennis Prager as part of this group. I actually meant Mike Gallagher. From what I have heard, Prager is decidedly anti-Clinton and not a Trump apologist. My apologies… Carl von Clausewitz famously said “War is the continuation of politics by other means”. He is of course right. But it’s also true that politics is war by other means. Frankly, I’m tired | Read More »

    The Media’s Slobbering Love Affair With Donald Trump

    To assert that Donald Trump has not played the media like the proverbial fiddle would be a lie of the tallest order.  This does not so much tell us about the good strategic acts of Donald Trump as much as it tells us about the inherent weaknesses in the media which Trump deftly exploited.  He has proven that he can disrupt the news cycle pretty | Read More »

    Let’s Get Something Straight Right Now: Ted Cruz Pitched a No-Hitter, and Still Lost

    I’m already sick of this. Grossed out, really. There is already an effort underway to re-cast the 2016 primary season with recrimination, acrimony …and quadruple-guessing the strategy and tactics deployed by the campaign of Senator Ted Cruz. Clutching our pearls and wringing our hankies, we’re supposed to upbraid the good Senator because he didn’t attack Donald Trump soon enough.. or maybe it was too soon. | Read More »

    Trump is Antichrist

    I’ve said it before, but just to lay out where I’m coming from I want to explain my background.  I’m a Christian, normally considered part of the Evangelical tradition.  I grew up Southern Baptist and have attended multiple churches with strong Baptist traditions.  I received a M.Div. (Masters of Divinity) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and have studied under men like Dr. Russell Moore, and | Read More »

    Believing the Dream: We’re Being Snookered Again

    The first time was in 2008, when too many of us voted for Barack Obama because we fervently wanted him to be what he claimed to be: a man who would change Washington, a man who was brilliant as Einstein, charismatic as Elvis; the first black president who would unite the races and finally prove we are not a racist nation. He was sold as | Read More »

    TriCare Should Stop Discriminating Against Military Families

    Perhaps we should hire a behavioral analyst to determine why the U.S. government is always instigating problems with the U.S. armed forces. Because right now, the servicemen and servicewomen that risk everything for us are being treated like garbage by the leaders of their own country. Case in point: the government’s refusal to honor the military’s insurance claims for vaccines. Over the past decade, the | Read More »

    Water Cooler 5/16/16 – OPEN THREAD – Boehner’s party bus, Libertarian debate, Cooking for Azeroth

    Coming to a city near you Mark your calendar.  John Boehner is planning another yuuuge summer tour. “The trip — on Boehner’s bus, dubbed “Freedom One” — will begin after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and end Labor Day weekend. Boehner has done these trips for years, but it is especially significant that the former speaker — who left Congress after being targeted by House | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Is the green’s “Daddy Warbucks” helping the planet or himself?

    With Steyer’s various green-energy investments, these rate-increasing plans are good for him but bad for everyone else—especially those who can least afford it. And, it is the less affluent, I recently learned, he’s targeting with predatory loans for solar panels through Kilowatt Financial, LLC, (KWF)—a company that listed him as “manager” on corporate documents. KWF recently merged with Clean Power Finance and became “Spruce.” The financing structure used, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), allows “homeowners to get solar systems at no upfront cost and then to pay monthly for the use of the power generated. Homeowners end up saving on their total electricity use, while financing companies get steady revenue over 20 years.” WSJ, points out, the KWF financing can be offered to “people who wouldn’t be approved otherwise.”

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    Need Someone Pre-Vetted, Automatically Credible and Ready on Day One? Then We Need A General or Admiral.

    The Republican National Convention begins on July 18, 2016. I’m with Jim Geraghty here in imagining this scenario, Picture it: It’s July, and Republicans are gathering in Cleveland. The polls still look more like the most recent CNN one – Hillary ahead by 13 – than the most recent Rasmussen one – Trump ahead by 2. Trump remains the same man he’s been all along | Read More »

    Stop it! We do not need a third party.

    Living here in the deep South, you get use to pests invading your home  other parts of the country would find gross.  You have to be on a regular spraying program to prevent the hundreds of insects that live here from invading.  And, keep the screen doors shut or ground squirrels, mice, and rats may also invade.  But, if you do get an infestation of | Read More »

    Obama’s latest LGBT idea: Obamacare funding sex-change surgeries

    Obama's latest LGBT idea: Obamacare funding sex-change surgeries

    I wrote a piece on Friday on the failure of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, following a ruling from a federal judge that Obama was essentially guilty of misappropriation of funds when he attempted to finance parts of his “crowning achievement” after Congress had defunded it. You may also recall another bit of news on Friday. That was the day that King | Read More »

    Barack Obama and Transgender Rights: The Ultimate Culture Warrior

    On Friday, May 13th, the Obama administration issued a directive, disguised as guidance, to all schools receiving federal funding which means essentially all schools in the United States with a very small percentage not falling in that category.  The directive comes jointly from the United States Departments of Education and Justice.  Some on the Left have tried to soften the blow, as has the administration, | Read More »

    Water Cooler 5/15/2016 – OPEN THREAD – Fall of Western Civilization; Frozen Bison; The Fourth Reich; Kenya Wants a Wall

    How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization David Hopkins argues that the television sitcom “Friends” caused the fall of Western Civilization due to its treatment of the tragic hero character Ross Gellar. While I think he strays into hyperbole at times, I don’t think is really all that far off base. And like a Greek tragedy, our hero is caught in a | Read More »

    Canary In A Coal Mine

    The clown show that is the Trump candidacy continues on pace, with near-hourly updates of malfeasance, incompetence, rank stupidity, anchored at every level with a bullying malice. And that gives me hope, in the short term. I believe TinyHand’s campaign will ultimately follow the same trajectory as many of his business ventures – arriving in a splash of fanfare, seemingly solid, and then quickly rotting | Read More »

    Trump: A Good 19th Century Candidate

    This article centers on Donald Trump’s 19th century view of American foreign policy.  Then, as we hear today among Trump supporters and some non-supporters, the United States should heed the words of George Washington and avoid foreign entanglements.  Then, any foreign entanglement centered on the Western hemisphere through the Monroe doctrine.  But that was then and this now and it all changed for good after | Read More »

    WaterCooler 5/14/2016 OPEN Thread: Trump’s Brain Not Fit to be President

    WaterCooler  5/14/2016  OPEN Thread: Trump's Brain Not Fit to be President

      Trump Name-Calling Generator  Jackson Browne’s Show Must Go On in North Carolina “There are a lot of fine people in North Carolina, and some of them are transgender. I am coming to North Carolina to play for anyone and everyone, and the proceeds from my two concerts will be directed to groups working to advance equality under the law for transgender people.”  ~ Jackson | Read More »

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger: Middle East Ambassador Says Trump Fueling Anti-West Faction In His Country

    Speaking on MSNBC Live Friday morning Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger said that a Middle Eastern Ambassador meet with him recently and said that Donald Trump rhetoric about Muslims and other views on foreign policy were fueling the anti-western faction in his country. Just the other day I was talking to an ambassador from an ally in the Middle East and he said the words | Read More »

    Dump Trump: Using his own Rationale

    Trump has been running his campaign on how great a business man he is.  His concept has been that the U.S. is like a giant business, and we need a successful CEO who can run it right.  While this is a horribly wrong view of government, let’s go with it for just a minute. How many times has Trump been removed from the board of | Read More »

    The stage is set, the players assembled. This is about that feeling in the pit of your stomach.

    But first, a short story:   A friend of mine, to make extra money, would capture live rattlesnakes and sell them to the University of New Mexico.  I went with him one day and he did something that rings true to our current political atmosphere.   Once the snake had coiled in defense, he would carefully walk up to the creature, remove his cowboy hat | Read More »

    ERIC TRUMP TELLS FOX NEWS’ WATTERS’ WORLD THAT HIS FATHER WOULD ‘NORMALLY INSTIGATE’ FIGHTS HE WOULD HAVE WITH HIS BROTHER

    Here is a FOX News Channel press release about a show airing tonight at 8PM/ET that that sounds veddy interesting. In an interview to be presented on FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Watters’ World on Saturday, May 14th at 8PM/ET, the son of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Eric Trump spoke with host Jesse Watters about his father and what it was like growing | Read More »

    Meet the Trumpettes: Categorizing the Trump Supporter (And Opponents)

    Not the average, run-of-the-mill low-information or misinformed Trump supporter, but those in the political, media or donor limelight.  For ease of understanding, I have broken it down into several categories and some people end up there for different reasons.  There may also be overlap in some instances, but they are not listed here.  In the interest of dumbing things down a la the Trump strategy, | Read More »

    Read Title IX for Yourself

    Title IX requires inclusions of persons of both sexes in educational institutions receiving federal funds. But, it has a long list of exemptions. One of those exemptions is the provision of separate living facilities for the different sexes. Schools are explicitly allowed to have separate living facilities for women and men. It also exempts Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, mother-daughter and father-son activities and a | Read More »

    Do Unions Cause Inequality?

    We hear quite a bit about inequality today.  This seems to be the mantra in the waning of the Obama Administration with the President saying, “Income inequality is “the defining challenge of our time.”  This is all code for another of President Obama’s descriptions of the same policy, the need to, “Spread this wealth around,” or in other words “From each according to his ability | Read More »

    Teamsters: Brother (Taxpayers) Can You Spare A Dime?

    The Teamster Central States Pension Fund is broke & this problem has been festering for quite some time – not just over the last few months. And you will be made to pay for it.

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    Why Ted Cruz Lost: An Honest Look

    In response to comments I have done some proofing. Also fixed the link to the 538 chart. Steve Deace, a talk show host and commenter, had a really good discussion on a podcast of his radio show last week, which I would link to if I could find it again. If you can, please feel free to add it in the comments. Here is a | Read More »

    Water Cooler 5/13/16 – Texas Convention Edition; Abbott on Obama’s Bathroom Mandate – “He’s Not a King”

    Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans Rebuke Obama’s Bathroom Mandate at Convention Texas Governor Greg Abbott led a number of state Republicans attacking Obama’s public school bathroom as the Texas Republican Convention continued in Dallas today: I announced today that Texas is fighting this. Obama can’t rewrite the Civil Rights Act. He’s not a King. #tcot https://t.co/vDgfQPZXjR — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 13, 2016 Abbott went on to vow | Read More »

    Donald Trump’s Schutzstaffel

    “Schutzstaffel” is German for “Protective Echelon,” or simply, “the SS.” Donald Trump says he’s different from previous presidential candidates. He’s different, alright, but not in a good way. He has an instinct to throw bloody, raw meat to the crowds. Mr. Trump has told people at a rally to “beat the crap” out of potential tomato-hurlers, even promising to pay the legal fees of anyone | Read More »

    Obamacare is failing, seniors are dying, and it’s LOL funny?

    Obamacare is failing, seniors are dying, and it's LOL funny?

    Obamacare. The Democrat plan so incredible that we had to pass it just to find out how much awesomeness was hiding inside. But alas, it turned out to be nothing to write home about. For instance: Do you remember when insurance companies were going to be lining up out the door to be a part of this amazing deal? Today, they are dropping like flies | Read More »

    An open letter to the Libertarian Party delegates- Nominate Austin Petersen, don’t make the same mistakes the GOP has made

    An open letter to the Libertarian Party delegates-  Nominate Austin Petersen, don't make the same mistakes the GOP has made

    Editor’s note – this post is a user diary that has been promoted to the front page to provoke discussion and does not represent an editorial endorsement by RedState.com. Dear Libertarians- I write this as a conservative who is a Christian first, American second, conservative third, and used to be Republican fourth.  Now I have no party affiliation due to my former party being taken | Read More »

    Mr. Culberson, the Tenth Amendment Rests in Your Hands

    Texas Republican Rep. John Culberson can certainly talk the conservative talk, but can he walk the conservative walk? Culberson, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State Justice Commerce, describes himself “[A]s a fiscally conservative ‘Jeffersonian Republican,’ committed to Thomas Jefferson’s vision of limited government, individual liberty, and states’ rights.”  But now, with the fate of the Second and Tenth Amendments at stake | Read More »

    Is Trump Just Another European Right Wing Populist?

    While we here in the United States ponder how it came down to a choice between Donald Trump, a charlatan, and Hillary Clinton, a criminal, it may be wise to look at recent world events, especially in Europe. The rise of so-called right wing populist parties and leaders has been fueled by three factors.  Before discussing this, however, we have to determine if Trump is | Read More »

    To You the People

    Dear You the People: I was recently directed to a document written by you, the “We the People” group, when I mentioned to someone that I would like to have some say in the laws that I am forced to live by. Despite the claims of that document, You the People seem to claim full control over every aspect of my life. I’ve tried to tell you I don’t want | Read More »

    Trump Should Back Injunction to Stop SBA Corruption and Fraud

    The American Small Business League (ASBL) has filled for an injunction against the Small Business Administration (SBA) to halt rampant fraud and corruption that has cheated middle class small businesses out of hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of dollars in government contracts and subcontracts. We believe the Obama Administration has cheated the nation’s 28 million small businesses, including women, minority and disabled veteran-owned small | Read More »