Dad’s Curriculum

    Dalton, my son, I love you and I want to be your primary teacher in life. Although I’m not a formal expert in education I’m well read and fairly well educated. As you get older I’ll be forced to educate myself more and more in the process of educating you. I don’t know everything I intend to teach you but I know how to look | Read More »

    The Declaration of Principles for the Free Peoples of Earth

    Draft 6.4 – You always miss something, hopefully I got everything right this time.  I’ve shortened it quite a bit, changed things around a bit to clarify a little language here and there, fix a few minor errors, as well as simplified parental rights and a mechanism to recall Ranger One under extraordinary circumstances, I’d like to thank God, the Pilgrims, the United States founding | Read More »

    The truth is: a third party already exists.

    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% and Senate President Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 54% have done to the Republican Party what Democrats could only have dreamt of achieving: the destruction of the Republican Party. As noted below, these two “leaders” have not only alienated their independent/conservative base among voters in cities and towns across America, but they have | Read More »

    The Libertarian – Marxist Nexus

    Form the Desk of the Leader Mr. Obama Dear Republican voters, I may be jumping the gun, but I just want to thank all you stupid Americans for voting Republican last fall, and I hope you all are enjoying the little play we’ve been orchestrating. If things go well, soon we’ll be doing a lot more to, I mean, for you. Here’s the key take-away | Read More »

    Insurer Variable Percentage Reimbursement Primary Care Doctor Drug Plan

    This would be for: all insurer formulary drugs not having insurer fixed co-pays and non-formulary drugs, with a reimbursement rate of no more than a pseudo-random percentage from 80% to 90% of the insurer’s cost of a similar or comparable (in its eyes) formulary drug Similar or comparable in the insurer’s eyes might be: a recombinant drug of comparable complexity and comparable total prescription volume | Read More »

    Donald Trump? Really??

    Donald Trump has officially declared his candidacy for the highest office in the land.  Since his announcement, I’ve heard and read the thoughts of too many who seem to be going out of their way to portray him as a reasonable choice for this role.  Granted, in a country that has twice elected Obama as president, it’s difficult to single out anyone as unqualified or | Read More »

    Conservatives Better than Leftists at Self-Control According To Research Paper

    The authors of a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences state that people who identify as conservatives perform better on tests of self-control than those who identify as statist/authoritarian, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or gender. The self-control consequences of political ideology I stumbled onto the study in an article at the LA Times, of all places. Why conservatives | Read More »

    I Dissent

    For the past couple of days I’ve been ashamed and disappointed that RedState has decided to enter into the feeding frenzy over the Confederate flag (note: the flag in question is actually the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, but for sake of brevity I will refer to it as the Confederate flag) and have cooperated in tying that flag to the shootings | Read More »

    Soviet Union 2.0 – The Environmental Protection Agency

    Former President Richard Nixon is an ancestral RINO – Republican In Name Only. The wobbly GOP wing that insists on delivering us Diet Democrat policies. So it was in 1970 when President Nixon signed an executive order creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Get that? A unilateral fiat – how very pre-Barack Obama of him. Was there a resounding clamor for an EPA? Certainly not | Read More »

    Countering Daily Beast Hit Piece On Dr. Carson’s Visit To Chicago’s South Side

    Dr. Ben Carson with Pastor Corey Brooks Justin Glawe writing at the Daily Beast has penned a truly condescending and insulting article about Dr. Ben Carson’s visit to Chicago’s south side Sunday saying he had a “Hood pass” that he likely exchanged for a plane ticket, because he had accepted the invitation of Pastor Corey Brooks to speak, as all presidential | Read More »

    Deer Hunting, Dependence and the Obama Youth…

    I’ve never been a hunter. Somehow I can’t quite bring myself to be the one who shoot’s Bambi’s parents. I have a couple of friends who do however and I don’t really have a problem with it. One lives in New York and always seems to come home empty handed. Frankly I’m not sure he could bag a deer in a petting zoo. The other | Read More »

    Profiles in Courage: Military Vets who Wait on Obama VA Need our Support

      “He doesn’t like Veterans. Do you” will be the question asked at the 6/24 Freedom Leadership Conference. Profiles in courage are not just found on the battlefield during war.  All too often, the uncomplaining, silent endurance during pain, suffering and neglect of America’s veterans who were promised medical care and support by our Department of Veterans Affairs is another unremarked | Read More »

    Some questions for GOP leadership and Presidential candidates on the Confederacy

    If I want to display a picture of Robert E. Lee in my work cubicle, would you object?  If a coworker files a complaint, would you support me?  Or, would you want me to take it down, in a show of tolerance? My son wants to do a book report on Robert E. Lee, which emphasizes the many positive aspects of the man.  When the | Read More »

    Church Violence Is On a Sharp Increase: Some Guidelines For Keeping Your Church Safe

    In April, 2012, in the same state in which Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a churchgoer in a church near Spartanburg, SC saved the lives of fellow worshipers after a man kicked in the door, while brandishing a shotgun. The Rev. Aaron Guyton held the armed intruder at gunpoint, while two other church members, Jesse Smith and | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Will 2015 be the year of Renewable Fuel Standard Reform?

    One of the problems with the 2007 targets is that they are based on an assumption of increased fuel usage and require ever increasing “volumes,” or gallons, of ethanol be produced rather than a percentage of ethanol being blended into gasoline. The combination of more fuel-efficient vehicles, the economic downturn, and an aging population has contributed to “lower gasoline use than projected.”

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    Marriage Equality: SCOTUS’ Pandora’s Box

    Let me see if I can keep this straight: The whole marriage thing about gays is based on equality. It derives from the 14th Amendment’s section: “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” As with almost every absurd attempt to redefine constitutional protections, this one revolves around the definition of ‘equal’, and that requires out of context meaning, | Read More »

    The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A scheme for rich white elitists

    One of the few beliefs liberals and conservatives rally around is that government power should not harm the powerless. This is simply not the case under the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. The results of a recent poll show Americans are finally starting to understand the consequences of this flawed, expensive and unconstitutional (at least according to Harvard Professor Lawrence Tribe) plan. In | Read More »

    Eliminating the Ex-Im Bank a good first step toward rebuilding the economy

    (This article originally appeared on the -With the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States set to expire June 30, its supporters claim its demise would result in the loss of jobs, harm to the economy, and damage to U.S. competitiveness overseas. The truth, however, is that eliminating the billions of dollars of subsidies provided by the bank would greatly benefit U.S. | Read More »

    Dealing with Co-Pays, Co-insurance, Large Out-of-Pocket Amounts and the All-Comers Issue

    Co-pays and co-insurance are tools that are meant to make people think about the necessity of getting care. Co-pays are asked when it is desired to speed things up and co-insurance when just cost reduction is wanted. If people really need care, drugs and devices, imaging and testing then they should be willing to pay something. Wanting things and services for “free” is a sort | Read More »

    UN Travesty Paints Israel as Child-Abusers but Israeli Children Suffered Too

    UN Travesty Paints Israel as Child-Abusers but Israeli Children Suffered Too

    The United Nations Human Rights Council has once again leveled violations of international law against Israel, this time for its incursion into Gaza during “Operation Protective Edge” in July 2014. The report paints Israel as child-abusers for terrorizing Palestinian children. They have the story right but, they’ve got the offenders reversed. Since its inception in 2006, the UNHRC has obsessed over Israel, criticizing it 27 times–far | Read More »

    Today at the Supreme Court

    Today, the Supreme Court released decisions in four cases.  No- none of them involved gay marriage, Obamacare subsidies, the death penalty, or redistricting commissions.  They remain cases pending a decision along with one whether the mere possession of a short barrel shotgun could be a construed as a felony under the Career Armed Criminal Act and another case involving whether disparate impact can be considered | Read More »

    After the Power Grabs: Gov Doesn’t Care What Happens to Us – It’s On to the Next Grabs

    How many times has government royally messed up something? And not fired anyone? Or done anything that remotely resembles improving their performance? Oh so very often. In part because they don’t care – once they have the power, they don’t care what happens to us. In part because they are too busy planning their next grabs. A pristine example? Federal Union Says (Office of Personnel | Read More »

    The First Grifters

    From 2001 and still timely, The First Grifters By Jimmy Carter’s chief of staff, Hamilton Jordon “When one considers pardons for political friends and donors, gifts to the White House taken by the Clintons for their personal use, and the attempt to lease extravagant penthouse offices for the former president with taxpayer money, a better word comes to mind: grifters. Grifters was a term | Read More »

    So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish

    I took a break from RedState awhile back, because I felt that folks were savaging each other, instead of engaging in good-natured, crossed swords in argument. I’ve come back to a community where I’m told to ‘shut up and stay silent’, because I’m of the opinion that the misapplication of ‘turn the other cheek’ , will ultimately surrender our core freedoms. If disagreeing on the approach we | Read More »

    A Lesson From Charleston

        Sunday afternoon I was listening to a local radio talk show on the way to the grocery store. The topic, not surprisingly, was this week’s murders at the AME Church in Charleston, SC. The exact station and host don’t matter (I don’t work for any radio station, so there’s no benefit to me to give any host a plug), but something that a | Read More »

    Dr. Carson In Chicago: Stories Of African-American Inventors Can Inspire Todays Youth(Video)

    Dr. Ben Carson in Chicago with former congressman Joe Walsh, Sen. Jim Oberweis, and Pastor Corey Brooks Speaking at an Urban Issues Presidential Series town hall on Chicago’s south side Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson talked to about 200 Chicagoans about the importance of education and the need to get the economy growing to help inner city neighborhoods and the | Read More »

    The OPM Intrusion

    Calling this intrusion a “hack” is an insult to hard-working hackers everywhere.

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    Atlas Shrugged with music

    Atlas Shrugged with music

      Love and Mercy. This is the best movie I’ve seen this year, in part because it has the advantage of having Brian Wilson’s music as its soundtrack. (Some of us are just young enough to have only faint memories of the better Wilson songs, until they were brought back to everyone’s attention as the score to HBO’s BigLove). It’s also the most libertarian, combining themes | Read More »

    Rick Perry has a Michele Bachmann moment

    Given the four years Perry has had to prepare, I’m stunned that no one has done a better job of preparing him to NOT make silly, uneducated comments that make him a target for a hostile media and reinforce stereotypes that the MSM likes to draw of conservatives, especially conservatives from Texas. Perry’s poor communication skills appear more like a fatal flaw than a product of sleep deprivation or a memory lapse.

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    The Purgings Will Continue Until No Conservatives Remain

            Boehner is busy flogging removing more Representatives from their chairmanships for having the audacity to vote  their own conscience. As we have all learned, voting for the procedural rule(s) typically leads to passage of a bill. So in order to stop Obamatrade and protest that the Leaders were working too closely with Democrats on the bill, 34 Republicans voted against the rule. Well | Read More »

    Education: The Cult of the Higher Pay

    In the previous entry, I attempted to illustrate that many states with teacher salaries below the national average do not perform considerably below the states with high teacher salaries by an appreciable amount when it comes to academic performance and, in some metrics, the low-paying states actually perform better.  That was the broad stroke analysis of the teacher pay argument.  This article will deal more | Read More »

    American Exceptionalism: Are we Exceptional?

    I spent the first 25 years of my life looking through the rose tinted glasses of American Exceptionalism. The entire idea was woven into my identity as an American and my understanding of the United States, patriotism and good old fashioned American values. American exceptionalism was a state of being that our nation possessed that made us greater than any other nation this planet has | Read More »

    Illinois Principal Fired Over Prayer Book

    Shahran Spears, photo Dekalb Chronicle On Monday the secular war against people of faith and any expression of it came to Dekalb when in a 5-2 vote the Dekalb school board fired Brooks Elementary school principal Shahran Spears because someone complained about Spears handing out prayer books to teachers and other staff at the school last month as a part of staff | Read More »

    Hold China Responsible for Hacking Federal Employee Database

    The recently discovered hacking of the Federal government employee database has been tied to the Chinese government. Time and again, China has targeted U.S. and western computers for intellectual property and military intelligence purposes. In general, China pays no non-rhetorical price for these attacks on the United States, and over many years they have plundered our defense and IP secrets to their great advantage, and | Read More »

    Dylann Roof, the Left and South Carolina: What We All Can Learn

    The most recent act of senseless violence by a deranged “human” in South Carolina has brought out the worst in the Left and the best in the Right. On the Right, there is universal condemnation and acceptance of the fact that this is a hate crime.  This author dislikes that phrase “hate crime” and has written articles about it in the past.  I find it | Read More »

    Charleston #hatewontwin How I Sold My Soul for 30 Pieces of Silver

    Charleston #hatewontwin How I Sold My Soul for 30 Pieces of Silver

    Image source: Getty Images Today I feel like I sold my soul to the devil for 30 pieces of silver. This morning, I wrote a simple piece for my part-time writing job at BPR, which shook me to the core. “Hate Won’t Win” Very few things have ever touched me this deeply writing about it. In tears #CharlestonShooting — Steve Berman (@lifeofgrace224) June 20, | Read More »

    Guns: The Liberal Soapbox vs. Reality

    Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. suffered an unimaginable tragedy on Wednesday, June 17th. According to police shots were fired during a Bible study meeting by 21-year-old suspect Dylann Roof, killing nine people. America is mourning for the innocent lives lost, their families, and friends. It is a time for everyone to reflect. But as expected, President Obama was all too quick to take | Read More »

    Honest question about TPA

    I know that the debate on TPA is pretty heated, here on Red State, on the right-of-center  blogosphere generally, as well as in DC itself. Much of the conservative opposition to TPA is grounded in a well deserved distrust of President Obama. In particular, there are concerns that any trade agreements will have immigration and/or environmental provisions in it that will be added to the | Read More »

    Center-right ousts Social Democrats in Denmark after surge by anti-immigration party

    The Social Democrat led government of Denmark fell in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, as a four party center-right grouping scored a narrow majority.  Outgoing Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt  has resigned as leader of her party, taking the blame for their loss.  The big winner in the election was the eurosceptic and anti-immigration Danish Peoples Party (DPP) which emerged as the largest party on the center right, | Read More »

    Charleston’s Dead Were Victims of Victimhood

    Charleston's Dead Were Victims of Victimhood

    Image source: CBS News I have been accused of blaming the victim in my post on Thursday arguing that if Rev. Clementa Pinckney supported legislation to legalize firearms carry at churches in South Carolina his life may have been saved from Dylann Roof’s bullets. This is not mere speculation. I don’t blame the victims of Wednesday night’s massacre. They did nothing to deserve | Read More »

    Why I’m Considering Running for President

    Over the past several months, I’ve had the privilege of traveling around the country with Our American Revival, sharing our message of how to tackle difficult problems and repeatedly win tough policy fights with bold, conservative reforms. We’ve spoken with thousands of hard-working Americans, and the response has been incredible. But we’ve done more than just talk. We’ve listened. In state after state, the message | Read More »

    The Donald Descends Into the Race

    So Donald Trump entered the GOP sweepstakes to take on the Queen-in-Waiting Hillary Clinton.  He did so to the fanfare of television cameras as he descended an escalator.  Perhaps a better entrance would be to have six people carry him in as he threw out rose petals…or something like that.  The symbolism of a descent down an escalator should be a metaphor for how we | Read More »

    Clues to King v Burwell ruling on Federal Exchanges

    Clues to King v Burwell ruling on Federal Exchanges

    If you have been following the King v. Burwell case then you know that a pretty important decision regarding the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, will be released very soon – maybe even on Monday or Tuesday of next week.  Do we have any clues as to which way the decision will go?   The decision has already been made   Realize that for a | Read More »

    Rand Paul, Daniel Mitchell, and a VAT?

    Daniel Mitchell, a libertarian economist and Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute, offered an overall positive review of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 88%‘s tax plan that was released today. He had three minor quibbles and one major concern with the proposal. It his his evaluation of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 88%‘s 14.5% business activity tax that is the interesting | Read More »

    Drones v Gitmo

    One of the many benefits of eventually turning the page on the Obama presidency in favor of a Republican leader would be an end to the bizarre impasse between national security hawks and the “progressive” left over the treatment of international terrorist leaders. At issue: Republicans have blocked civilian trials for the remaining “prisoners of war” being held at Guantanamo; the administration prefers to release | Read More »

    Federal Health Insurance Subsidy Funding

    FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE SUBSIDY FUNDING Generally tax-loving Obamacrats would be paying the most on my proposed taxes to fund health insurance subsides. Paying the new taxes gladly will give Obamacrats a way of showing their love for their fellow man in a way God would approve of. There will be about $100 billion/year in health care funding help handed out. Five hundred executives making $33 | Read More »

    Here Comes the Anti-Gun Circus

    Everyone hold your nose because they’re dropping a mountain heap of bison excrement for the next few days.

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    Politicizing a Tragedy

    It hasn’t quite been 24 hours since a white gunman, allegedly motivated by a racist ideology, walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, and shot dead 9 people, and, already, President Obama, as well as several other prominent democrats, have seized upon the tragedy and politicized it by using it to push their anti-gun agenda. Ironically, this is the same crowd | Read More »

    Facebook: Alleged #CharlestonShooting suspect appears to have had many African American friends

    After the recent Charleston shooting strategy, where a church with African Americans was targeted, journalists and social media enthusiasts have been searching for clues to what’s been going on in the Charleston, South Carolina there has been a lot of mention of Dylann Roof, the suspect who has been arrested in relation to the shooting. Responding to tragedy with love I’ve seen several people in | Read More »

    A Strange and Confusing Day For Free Speech

    Today, the Supreme Court released six opinions in pending cases this term- four involving criminal justice and two involving free speech.  In a strange alignment where the liberal wing of the Court picked up the vote of the most conservative member of the Court- Clarence Thomas- the Supreme Court ruled that the State of Texas could bar the Sons of Confederate Veterans from displaying the | Read More »