2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Must Repudiate The Bush Administration

    2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Must Repudiate The Bush Administration

    If Republicans want to win in 2016, they must repudiate the Bush administration. The 2008 presidential election was a referendum on the Bush administration, as were the 2006 midterm elections. The results were clear: Americans overwhelmingly wanted change. Let us also be clear on this: the Bush administration was an abject failure. The Iraq war was the Vietnam war of it’s time. It was based | Read More »

    Medicare pits Medical Professionals against Consumers

    My mother had a massive stroke in November.  In the four months since, my father has been in an almost constant battle with the medical professionals working with her.  It began when in ICU, when they wanted to move her to a regular room.  Then once she was in another part of the hospital, the personnel there wanted to move her to a nursing home. | Read More »

    Marco Rubio for US Senate

    We have a surplus of good Republican candidates running for President in 2016, one of the best potential Republican candidate fields in many elections. As such, it does beg a question of  whether candidates who run  with a low probability of victory should instead bow out and pursue lesser office. Both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 90% and [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ | Read More »

    A New Civil Rights Movement This Isn’t

    A New Civil Rights Movement This Isn't

      From the diaries… For all the rejecting of the past, many of the disgruntled in the current generation are fixated on connecting themselves to it. Assuming that you share a similar struggle romanticizes a current one, and props up beliefs and actions which otherwise might be dismissed by others. While continuing a legitimate fight for a cause may continue for decades, breathing life into | Read More »

    Reform Medicare Now

    Washington is broken and no better example of this is the fight Congress is having over the Budget and something called “Doc Fix.” Both the House and the Senate are going to battle over the budget for the next fiscal year. Before that fight happens, they are going to deal with another budgetary nightmare — “Doc Fix.” The biggest problem is that our federal government | Read More »

    Light One Candle

    Over the years I have used these articles to chronicle America’s slide from a nation based on limited government, personal liberty and economic opportunity to one based on an all-powerful central government, an apathetic public bought off with entitlements, and a regulated economy in free-fall to stagnation if not contraction. The professional politicians, their casino capitalist cronies and the media/academic alliance that justifies and promotes | Read More »

    Stop 24/7 GPS Tracking of Your Car

    A number of states are preparing to pull the trigger on tracking your car by GPS. 24/7. Oregon is the furthest towards mandatory application. The Obama Administration’s Department of Transportation is also pushing the concept, as are various interests in industry who either would profit from or collect data from the implementation. The anti-private-auto activists would find the trackers useful to enable the technology to | Read More »

    Open Thread-Anything and Everything

    Folks…I don’t know how to create a link…WCP tried to help me…but it would not work…perhaps need to update to another program.  At any rate.  Look for my reply so I can link this.  Thx…rightlane.  I will try..but if you don’t see the link on this page…go down to the reply.  

    Did Hillary’s three top aides at State sign the separation papers when they left?

    Why hasn’t this question been asked as of yet? OK….Hillary’s dodged a bullet, for now. Seems she didn’t have to, sort of, sign the standard separation agreement when she left the State Dept. There are reports that her three top aides…..er, political staff, at State..Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Philippe Reines..also had private email accounts on the Clinton DIY server. Benghazi committee head [mc_name name=’Rep. | Read More »

    Immigration “Reform” is Democracy Turned Upside-Down

    Immigration Reform is democracy upside-down.  Instead of citizens choosing their leaders, leaders are choosing new citizens. Let’s just cut to the chase about what the immigration reform debate is all about.  It is not about a compassionate effort to bring people from “out of the shadows”.  It is not about national security.  It is about two facts. Fact 1: The people running our government want | Read More »

    “Words mean things”? If only…

    Recently, White House spokesman Josh Earnest, while expressing the administration’s concerns about comments made by Prime Minister Netanyahu during his campaign for reelection, uttered the phrase, “words mean things.” I thought I may have been hallucinating, but I later confirmed that he had indeed said that by reading news accounts. I can’t help but ask – since when have words meant anything beyond momentary expediency | Read More »

    Ted Cruz For Republican Party Spokesman

    In just this week alone, there have been two instances where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% jumped into the liberal’s lion’s den and emerged unscathed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%‘s Morning Joe appearance had a liberal columnist at the Austin American-Statesman aghast at what happened to Mika and Joe. He reminds us of what a white-hot center of Cruz-phobia | Read More »

    Obama Blows Air Kiss to Iran While Flipping Israel the Bird

    Obama Blows Air Kiss to Iran While Flipping Israel the Bird

    President Obama released his annual Norwuz* message to the Iranian people, blowing them a wet kiss.  He related how he and Michelle celebrated Norwuz at the White House, invoking the term “diaspora” to describe expatriate Iranians in America. I vomited in my mouth. He then spoke of his “hopes for progress between the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the international community,” addressing the leaders and | Read More »

    Mandatory Voting? No, Mr. Obama, not for the Free People of these United States

    Is there no end to what this man will try?  Voting is one of the privileges of living in a representative republic and as much as I look down my nose at people who exercise their right to not vote, I will defend that right to the bitter end.  I can hear him now pitching this as a positive loss of liberty.  After all, no | Read More »

    The Confederate Flag On Trial

    On March 23rd, the Supreme Court will hear a case regarding the Confederate flag- Walker vs. Sons of Confederate Veterans.  This case could have broad reaching First Amendment implications beyond Texas.  At issue is the presence of the Confederate flag on a state-issued license plate. Texas, like most states, has a specialty license plate program where organizations can design their own license plates for an additional | Read More »

    2016: Thinning the Republican Herd

    Reflecting the fact that there are more political reporters than legitimate news, mentions of the large field of Republican presidential candidates are again on the rise. Maybe you will read an article about Donald Trump; maybe you will pay attention to some idiotic statement by an outlier trying to break through. It is a transitory problem. There will be good grazing lands through the summer for those who have | Read More »

    Congress To Look at Drug Stores and Hospitals “Honest Graft”

    George Washington Plunkitt, the famed New York City political boss, once bragged about making money through “honest graft,” purchasing plots of land knowing that the government was looking to buy then plot and then selling it back to the taxpayers at a higher rate. Today’s version of honest graft is called the 340B Discount Drug Program, a service designed to help the poor and indigent get drugs | Read More »

    I’m a Single Issue Voter

    Over the years I’ve been critical of single-issue voters. More often than not that means sacrificing the good for the perfect. Now that has all changed. Several Republican congressional candidates ran on the promise that they would not vote for the current leadership. Many of the people that voted them into office did so in no small part based on that promise. Once the vote | Read More »

    Judicial Committee Approves Significantly Expanded Surveillance & Hacking Of Computers by the Feds

    The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules has given the FBI the initial nod they will need in order to be able to bypass warrants in more cases and hack into any computer, anywhere in the world.  The judicial committee voted 11-1 to revise the old federal rule which would broaden the FBI’s hacking authority. Referred to as Rule 41, the current provision allows | Read More »

    UPDATE: What Will The Netanyahu-Obama Relationship Look Like Now?

    UPDATE: What Will The Netanyahu-Obama Relationship Look Like Now?

    **** UPDATE:  CNN reports that “Netanyahu flip flops” on his Palestinian state remark. He didn’t flip flop.  He is simply being realistic, which is all he claimed to be (see below). “I’m talking about what is achievable and what is not achievable,” Netanyahu said Thursday. “If you want to get peace, you’ve got to get the Palestinian leadership to abandon their pact with Hamas and | Read More »

    Climate Change “Solutions”

    Assuming global climate change to be a legitimate problem (and I hope the previous three articles has shown the opposite), perhaps by looking at the proposed solutions from the pro-climate change crowd we can see the real agenda behind their efforts.  In the end, it will inevitably be revealed that the environmental movement has closely aligned itself with the anti-capitalist movement since this is really | Read More »

    If Bibi Played Sports or was a Dictator, Obama Would Find Time to Congratulate Him…

    So Obama and the “White House” (does the White House talk?) haven’t congratulated Bibi Netanyahu on his win as Pime Minister. That would be the Bibi, who is our former ally, because as many of you know, he is extended far less consideration by our current government than those who are on the other side of this never-ending religious war called the Islamic Caliphate. After | Read More »

    Dear Scott Walker: They Don’t Play Nice in Iowa

    Dear Scott Walker: They Don't Play Nice in Iowa

    The Iowa caucus is 306 days away (that’s $300 million to Jeb Bush), with a presidential batting average of .142.  They’d be cut from any freshman high school team.  Yet being first hands them an outsized media presence, and the g-O-p is nothing if not Old and steeped in tradition. As long as the tradition benefits the consultants who have for decades promoted their own | Read More »

    Don’t Treat Carson and Fiorina as Novelties

    Don't Treat Carson and Fiorina as Novelties

    From the diaries… The idea that Republicans should look for their side’s answer to Obama or Hillary in no way supports the goal of reclaiming the White House. Such a thought essentially says the rough template of a politician is found among liberals, and the best we can do is match it with a cobbled together version of our own. After all, the people want | Read More »

    Barack re-elects Bibi and Petulance Trumps Statesmanship

    It’s times like these when I question if we have a child in the White House or a world leader.  Contrary to polls right up until the election results were in, it was thought, most certainly by the occupants of the White House,  that Israel’s Labor Party and candidate, Isaac Herzog, would succeed in ousting Benjamin Netanyahu from the Prime Minister slot.  After all, Obama | Read More »

    The Betrayal Papers Part III: The Extensive Muslim Brotherhood Network in America, from Common Core, to Amnesty, to Purging the U.S. Military of Christians

    What do Common Core, “comprehensive” immigration reform, and IRS targeting of conservatives groups have in common? They are just a few of many examples of Muslim Brotherhood-connected policy initiatives affecting the lives of Americans every day. Under Obama, many new domestic policies, as well as many scandals, can be traced back to, in varying degrees, the Muslim Brotherhood. To understand why America no longer feels like America – | Read More »

    Obama Administration’s Justice Department Refuses to Seek Justice for Targeted Americans

    The Obama Administration’s IRS targeted Americans for their political beliefs. Former top IRS official Lois Lerner abused the power of her office and refused to answer any questions from congressional oversight committees after proclaiming her own innocence.

    The House Oversight Committee recommended specific action be taken to prosecute her criminally and voted her in contempt of Congress, yet the Obama Administration’s Justice Department has done nothing to pursue justice.

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    Chaffetz’s Opening Gambit for Billionaire Sheldon Adelson

    Erick Erickson properly took a number of Georgia GOP state legislators (“Prostitutes and Their Johns”) to task for supporting a scheme to prohibit brewers from selling beer directly to the public. As Erickson pointed out, the issue is not alcohol; it’s corruption and cronyism. Unfortunately, the Georgia GOP can’t hold a candle to the GOP-led effort in Washington, DC to help the largest political donor to | Read More »

    Wait! Who’s Liz Mair?

    Liz Mair complained about Iowa. Well join the crowd. Living in the allegedly important state of Ohio, we’ve been stuck with primary decisions of Romney vs. Santorum and McCain vs. Huckabee. Like Mair and others, I think the Iowa fixation is a problem and bowing to Big Corn has true economic costs.

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    Congress: Read Article III of the Constitution, It’s Treasonous to Give $12 Billion to Iran, America’s Sworn Enemy

    Congress authorized the State Department to transfer $11.9 billion in cash payments to Iran by June 2015. Transferring any form of aid/comfort to Iran, a sworn enemy of the United States, is a treasonous act. Treason against the United States is defined as 1) “consist[ing] only in levying war against them,” or 2) “in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Some argue | Read More »

    Washington Looks To Be The 26th Right-To-Work State

    Hoping to draw on the same sort of success that recently made Wisconsin the 25th state in the country to pass “right-to-work” legislation, an employee rights group in Washington State last week launched a campaign to pass a similar law by ballot initiative this fall. According to a press release at the Employee Rights PAC website, Initiative 1395 “allows all employees in the State of Washington | Read More »

    In His Defense Of Ethanol Mandate Flip-Flop, Scott Walker Rejects Constitutional Government

    In His Defense Of Ethanol Mandate Flip-Flop, Scott Walker Rejects Constitutional Government

    I recently listed 12 reasons why conservatives should reject Scott Walker. We can now add to that list. And no, I am not referring to his hiring-then-firing of Liz Mair. In Walker’s attempt to deny the flip-flop on the ethanol mandate he committed in front of Iowa corn farmers, he made a serious error of even larger implications. First, on the flip-flop itself via Politico: | Read More »

    What Do You Do When Your Models Fail?

    The global warming alarmist predictions are littered with  examples of predictions that never came true as the models suggested.  This is the main reason we now call it “climate change” rather than “global warming.”  Even before that name change, the phenomena was changed from “global warming” to “anthropogenic global warming” when it was revealed that the earth regularly “changed climate.”  Besides, climate is more long-term | Read More »

    The Civil War of 2016 – Hillary Clinton vs. Scott Walker

    Re-posted from The Blaze The Civil War of 2016 is looming large even though Nov. 8, 2016’s “Mother of All Battles” is still 20 months away. One can see and feel the dark, ominous clouds gathering on the horizon. Hopefully, the war will not involve the use of any deadly weapons but this red verses blue battle could prove to be the most brutal, expensive, | Read More »

    Common Core Teaches a Big Fat Lie

    Common Core Teaches a Big Fat Lie

    The Left has its own Da Vinci Code, a secret woven into the fabric of its power, shrouded by layers of intrigue, and defended to the death by secret societies pledged to its eternal preservation. Here it is, exposed: Science = Truth Philosophy = Opinion And it’s as wrong today as it was in Plato’s day. If the fictional Robert Langdon stumbled onto the Church’s | Read More »

    On Saint Patrick’s Day, the U.S. Has Much to Learn From Ireland

    On Saint Patrick's Day, the U.S. Has Much to Learn From Ireland

    While Saint Patrick’s Day gives people all over the world a reason to be Irish for a day, it might be better for the United States to move permanently ‘Irish’ when it comes to corporate income tax rates. The United States currently has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world at 35 percent federally, and reaches almost 40 percent once the average | Read More »

    The First Line of Defense: Freedom of Conscience

      Since the takeover of our embassy in Iran by Shia Muslim Radicals in 1979 our nation has been focused, albeit with various levels of commitment, on the security threats and challenges of Radical Islam.  The 1983 bombing of our Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the bombings of our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 by | Read More »

    So, Lindsey Graham wants to run for president…AND will vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as AG?

    Really? REALLY? REALLY??? “The Hill” is reporting that Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 50% will oppose Loretta Lynch for Attorney General, if and when her nomination comes to the Senate floor. Assuming all Democrats vote for her, Lynch would need the votes of FOUR GOP senators to be confirmed. Flake, Collins, Graham, and Hatch have previously suggested they might vote for her. Hatch | Read More »

    Coffee and Politics

    I checked and double-checked. Then I checked again, and it’s not satire… Starbucks wants its employees to start conversations with customers about race. No, really. I don’t care much for their coffee, so this won’t affect my mornings, but did the brass in Seattle think this through? Who wants to have a conversation about any political issue before the first cup? Who wants to have | Read More »

    Starbucks wants to lecture customers with liberal talking points on race.

    Tell them you think George Zimmerman should not have been charged, his civil rights were violated.  TrayVon Martin was suspended from school for theft and drugs and should have been in jail, but the principal wanted his numbers to look good so they covered it up.  TrayVon Martin was on drugs at the time and beat up George Zimmerman. Michael Brown did not have his | Read More »

    GOP: The Grade School Boy Trying Too Hard to Get the Silicon Valley Girl

    As an adult, watching a fifth grade boy who obviously likes a fifth grade girl is at once amusing – and nostalgically bittersweet. The shyness, the awkwardness, the indecision. But mostly, it’s the limitless lengths to which the boy will go to try to please the girl. Hopefully, we as men and women grow out of this – and at least get a little better | Read More »

    When Natural Things Are Pollutants

    The EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions is nowhere to be found in the Clean Air Act of 1970, the law that established the current regulatory regiment in the area of the environment and the EPA.  At that time, carbon dioxide was not on the radar of the list of air pollutants.  The problem lies in the broad definition of air pollutants in the | Read More »

    Ben Carson and belief in the Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence asserted that fundamental or unalienable rights of the people were given or provided by the Creator. This is the core of the fabric of America – it always has been for those who became one with that belief. However, in the culture of the general society today, there are those… who are intolerant of that fundamental premise.

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    Iran, Hezbollah (and Syria) – the Administration’s new BFFs

    The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 25, 2015 (h/t The Times of Israel) indicates that Iran and Hezbollah are no longer on the United States’ list of terror threats according to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (oxymoron alert), although they still remain on the terror threat list of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Are you feeling | Read More »

    SAY NO TO RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

    Legalization of recreational marijuana remains a major goal of liberal New Jersey Democrats. They are enticed by potential marijuana-based tax revenue but ignore pot-induced increased medical costs or more funeral parlor profits. Nothing is more indicative of their obsession than their lightening response to a wonderful article in the Asbury Park Press by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-NJ). Within 48 hours, two drug culture advocates | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Access to mid-Atlantic energy resources advances long-term energy security

    Will the U.S. pursue development of our own offshore oil-and-natural gas resources in the Atlantic, as Canada, Cuba, the Bahamas, and South American Atlantic-coast countries are doing? No one really knows—but we should. Supporters of American energy security need to get involved in the “political process” by making our voices heard. Add your public comment before the March 30 deadline. Tell BOEM: “America can balance energy production with environmental protection.” Let Interior Secretary Sally Jewell know that you support “Greater access to our bountiful energy resources and advancing long-term energy security, while growing our coastal communities.”

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    High Tech Visa Reform

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a full committee hearing this week on “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.” Sen. Chuck Grassely (R-Iowa) will be chairing the hearing and the existence of the hearing begs the question – are Republicans in the Senate willing to march forward on immigration reform this year? If so, what will that reform look like? There is a | Read More »

    Robins AFB Can Still Have a Blessed Day–For Now

    Robins AFB Can Still Have a Blessed Day--For Now

    In a rare show of any kind of backbone when faced with religious complaints, Robins AFB reversed a security forces commander’s decision banning airmen guarding the gates from using the greeting “have a blessed day.” I worked at Robins AFB between 1992 and 1996, passing through those gates every day.  I was a raw northerner, new to the south, where Christianity is more-or-less woven into | Read More »

    The “Inclusive” Abortion Industry

    The "Inclusive" Abortion Industry

    From the diaries… In a Planet Fitness world where women are women and men are too, situations involving gender identity are on the rise. To question policies which state “whatever gender you feel you are, that’s the locker room you’re allowed to go in” receives backlash and claims of discrimination regardless of concerns over safety. Increasingly, preference is given to the shifting emotions of gender | Read More »

    The “Consider This” Podcast, Episode 100: Listener Feedback, and Mark Twain on Economics

    It’s milestone time! Episode 100 of the Consider This Podcast has been released; conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. (OK, but since this is a special occasion, that time limit has gone out the window.) Well, I made it all the way to episode 100! If you’ve been listening, thanks so much. If you haven’t, might as well start now. I start out the show with | Read More »