The Junkie State
THE JUNKIE STATE Governments on all levels suffer from an addiction. They are addicted to your money. This may sound like an extreme statement, but I know of what I speak. I spent most of my professional life prosecuting drug offenders. It’s an all too familiar pattern. An ex-addict once described how drug addicts, “junkies” act: For one thing, they always ask you for money. | Read More »
11 Things Fringe Environmentalists Want to Ban
Michael Bloomberg made himself known as “America’s Nanny” by trying to ban everything from trans fats to large sodas in New York, but the real paternalistic police in America are the radical greens, who want to take away any product from your life that has even the smallest chance of affecting the environment, no matter how helpful or harmless that product may be. The list | Read More »
Honduras vs Iraq
So, the immigration status is making me a bit angry recently. The great one wants to open the doors to all the children of Latin America and even screen them in Honduras so they can get a direct flight to your hometown and avoid the possibility of death or rape in the Mexican desert. This is because there is a lot of violence in Honduras | Read More »
Why Can’t Starbucks Support Liberty?
Why is the concept of liberty so hard to understand? Starbucks makes a mint ($481 million in 2013) on sales of $3.8 billion for coffee and danish. That is as American as it gets when you can make a huge business off of something that you drink at home for pennies. Alas, Starbucks is missing that vital ingredient in their business model and their coffee | Read More »
When the Russians invade Ukraine, our response is…FAIL
Just when you think things might calm down in Ukraine, they heat right back up. Putin is sending an aid convoy into Donetsk. This might be a pretext for an invasion, and as usual, we are left flat-footed with no idea what Russia will do, and no response prepared if they do it.
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Gay Marriage, the Supreme Court and Animus- Part 1
State bans on gay marriage whether passed legislatively, through voter referendums, or by state constitutional amendments have not met with great success recently in the courts. Except for a handful of blue states, gay marriage has been foisted upon the states by judicial decisions. Dale Carpenter (of the Volokh Conspiracy writing in the Washington Post) has an interesting article that explains in detail the concept | Read More »
A Good Man Goes Down. But Change Is Good.
“[I]f we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” Thomas Jefferson (1802). Being an astute political analyst with a long history of being right about political races 50% of the time, I have some thoughts on the recent GOP primary for Georgia’s U.S. Senator. Congress is awful. The | Read More »
The Special Ones in GA (Part One)
Georgia’s Legislature gives special privileges to certain folks when it comes to carrying a weapon. While most of you are ineligible to carry a “weapon” (handgun or knife with blade greater than 5″), some of you have taken the time and trouble to get a Georgia Weapons Carry License at the probate court so that you can carry a handgun outside of your home, business | Read More »
Does Christian Compassion Demand Uncritical Exposure To Ebola?
In an episode of the News In Focus program produced by the Berea Baptist Church posted at SermonAudio.com, Pastor Joey Kellett offered a few remarks regarding the ebola outbreak. For the most part, the minister condemned those such as Donald Trump as well as a number of Christians that questioned the wisdom of bringing into the United States a number of missionaries that have contracted | Read More »
Marita Noon: Colorado Dems Frack Backtrack is all about November
Colorado Democrats realize that allowing an anti-fracking fervor to drive an election is a dangerous decision. The Democrats support for banning fracking—while killing jobs, hurting the local and national economy, damaging America’s energy security, and threatening private property rights—should unseat two top Democrats by driving Republicans to the polls. And, this could become the national referendum on fracking.
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We are thirteen years into the 21st Century equivalent of the Thirty Years War. What started out as a religious war is rapidly headed for an all-out set of political realignments centering around the Middle East but including Eastern Europe and Northern Africa. Our role in this conflict is very unclear. The Thirty Years’ war began in 1618 with a group of Protestants throwing three Catholics | Read More »
Let There Be Light!
As an American, I am dismayed when I look at what our country has become. And yet, as a Christian I remain filled with hope. As long as faith lives, hope thrives. As long as life remains, the future survives. As long as belief is sustained, dismay can never turn to despair. Our greatest enemy is not Statism. It is not Islam. It is not | Read More »
Government Inspectors General Describe Atmosphere of Restricted Access
Inspectors General (yes, that’s the plural) are considered watchdogs for the government. Their jobs primarily focus on “uncovering waste, fraud, and mismanagement”, which is an important function to keep government programs and agencies in check. A serious breach of trust is evident, therefore, when 47 of 73 Inspectors General pen a letter to Congress describing “serious limitations on access to records.” That’s 64% of the | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ After the Gathering
I have a really busy day ahead of me so I will keep this Watercooler brief today. There is probably going to be a lot of information coming in from attendees and front pagers who attended the Gathering, and a lot to absorb for those of us who were not there. But the topic Erick brings up in this diary this morning — what I | Read More »
Why Wendy Davis MUST NOT be governor of Texas
Wendy Davis’s character has one property, and one only: ambition. Not the kind of ambition an aspiring football player gunning for the NFL had, like Scott Turner. But a Jordan Belfort, Wolf of Wall Street blind ambition, which knows no excess, and has no boundaries. Davis has only one goal: amassing personal power, and she’ll let nobody or nothing stand in her way.
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The Vietnamization of Iraq – The Narcissistic Legacy of Barack Obama
A president’s job is tough. And that goes for any president. Aside from being in charge of an organization that employs millions of people and is responsible for the expenditure of trillions of dollars, he is the Commander in Chief. And it is in that area that no doubt weighs most heavily on presidential shoulders. The decision to send young men into battle where you | Read More »
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How Do You Like Me Now?
While scanning the Internet, I came across an interesting article on AlterNet- a Leftist outlet- entitled “50 Reasons You Despised George W. Bush’s Presidency.” (Just go to alternet and type in that headline) It is an interesting bit of recent history made all the more interesting by the administration of “president” Barack Obama. Without being an apologist for the Bush Administration: 1. Bush stole | Read More »
Let us dispense with the pervasive myth of the ‘Palestinians’ as an oppressed “people.” As a cultural identity created in the early twentieth century, the ‘Palestinian’ cause has been used to perpetuate anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli and anti-western views around the world, as well as ensuring a persistent motivation for conflict between Arab-Muslim nations and the western world. While as compassionate people, the Judeo-Christian West is sympathetic | Read More »
Simply America: If Only They’d Been Puppies
Puppies all over the country are indeed grateful they don’t have a Senate Committee overseeing their welfare. It’s too bad Vets aren’t as well-loved as puppies.
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So This is What it Would Look Like
For as long as I can remember, and I probably can remember longer than most of you, one of the standard opening gambits in discussions about the exceptionalism of the United States from the Right has been, “What would the World be like without the United States?”. Often, the Left would respond under the theme of “We can’t be the World’s policeman”. Up until now, | Read More »
The Last Comic Standing
At one time if you had said that an African-American would be president of the United States people would have thought you were crazy. Praise God those days are behind us. At one time if you had said there would be a rogue president violating the Constitution at will and daring Congress to impeach him you would have been accused of either taking drugs or | Read More »
Fool voters once, shame on consultants; fool voters twice, shame on voters
On the night of the 2012 presidential election, if you had told me that there would be people pushing for Mitt Romney to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, I probably would have considered you to be insane. However, each day I’m hearing more and more about how “Romney would be the best candidate for 2016″. For those who have forgotten, let’s look back | Read More »
Minnesota 2014 GOP Primary “Endorsements”
The Gopher State has a full slate on the table this year with a gubernatorial, Senate and congressional races. Most of the GOP primary action will be at the gubernatorial and Senate level as only two of Minnesota’s 8 congressional districts will see contested Republican primaries. Whoever emerges for the Republicans in the gubernatorial primary will have a difficult time unseating Mark Dayton, the Democratic | Read More »
Crusade v. Jihad
Politics demand that anything President Obama does must be opposed. But, in one case, this is immoral. The President has authorized air attacks against the Islamic State, and this is the moral thing to do. Al Qur’an (Have you read it? Because if you haven’t, you cannot disagree with things of which you have no knowledge.) says that Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians should NOT be | Read More »
A Malign Foreign Policy
Americans are debating foreign policy as the train wreck of the current administration’s foreign policies continues to unfold across the world from the Ukraine to the Asia-Pacific. This is a good thing, but the debate is often stagnated between doing “something,” and the president’s predilection for doing nothing. What seems to be lost in this debate is any real attempt to grapple with the idea | Read More »
Audit Reveals Government-Run Transparency Site Is Inaccurate and Inconsistent
USAToday gave a sobering report this week which reaffirmed the inability of our government to be both accurate and transparent. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) audited spending data from 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, by comparing government agency records with those found on USASpending.gov. The GAO reported that only 2-7% of the numbers found on the website is ‘fully consistent | Read More »
The President is Treading on Very Dangerous Ground
What if, in the face of such constant pressure from amnesty supporters the Executive Branch simply refuses to enforce the law and keep aliens without right from entering the country – by the millions? At FAIR we feared this day might come.
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Wisconsin GOP Primary “Endorsements”
All the GOP primary action in Wisconsin will be at the congressional level. In the First, incumbent Paul Ryan will face (Segway) Jerry Ryan. The fact his website/Facebook page shows Jeremy Ryan on a Segway should be grounds alone for dismissing him. Enough said…Paul Ryan it is. In the LaCrosse-Eau Claire based 3rd district, Democratic incumbent Ron Kind is somewhat vulnerable. Wisconsin politics can be volatile | Read More »
Paging Doctor Carson
Re-posted from National Review Online “What do you think about Dr. Ben Carson as the GOP candidate for president in 2016?” Republican friends frequently ask me, to which my response is: “Did he win World War II?” In 1952, General Dwight David Eisenhower became the last president of the United States to be elected without first holding a lower elective office. Carson’s path from a very | Read More »
ISIS, the Caliphate, is Evil Incarnate
Each day we see new evidence of the unthinkable atrocities and barbarism unleashed by ISIS, the radical Islamic terrorist group oppressing much of Iraq and Syria.
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NPR: stop hitting yourself with the truth about “white privilege”
Instead of encouraging our poorest, most disadvantaged kids to dream and try hard to succeed, liberals like the ones running NPR are telling them their dreams are are dead, and were in fact dead when they were born. That’s shameful.
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The Watercooler ~ RedState Gathering Open Thread
I was a huge Rick Perry supporter in 2012. It would be worth it to me to go to the 2014 RedState Gathering if he were the only speaker there. I still support him and know he would make a fantastic president if he decides to jump in the 2016 race. But after watching Americans put the most ill-prepared incompetent man one could imagine into | Read More »
Ebola Outbreak: Is the US Immune?
Over the last few months, Western Africa has braved what many experts have called “the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history.”
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I Am a Scofflaw
I am a scofflaw, and my guess is so are you. I’ve been a scofflaw all my life, it seems. I had my first beer and cigarette when I was under the legal age decades ago, and I haven’t stopped breaking the law since. I still drive in excess of the speed limit. I once built a shed without a zoning permit. It still stands. | Read More »
Breaking America by incompetence or on purpose?
Is the president of the United States doing a really bad job or is he accomplishing exactly what he set out to do? It’s hard to imagine so many things going wrong in our country and just blaming it on a leader who stumbles around into one bad situation after another. But to think that our leader is purposefully transforming the country in such a | Read More »
It’s Tough Being a Left Wing Demagogue These Days
Katie McDonough is a writer and assistant editor for Salon, a Left wing online rag. A quick survey of her articles illustrates a tendency to be preoccupied with rape, abortion and contraception. Of course, the Left refers to the latter two as “reproductive rights.” Although not quite as bad as Amanda Marcotte- another spew- McDonough must have graduated from the same gender studies course at | Read More »
Don’t it Make My Red State Blue?
Connecticut is a Blue State. I live here and I experience it everyday. This was only a recent development. I think that Connecticut is truly a Red State whose Blue State tendencies can be explained through a series of correctable government missteps, deep arrogance, and an attitude toward minorities that prevent it from showing its true political color. From 1916 through 2012, there have been | Read More »
Connecticut Republican Primary “Endorsements”
With no Senate race and no contested primaries at the Congressional level, the only Republican primary will take place for the Governor’s office. To state that incumbent Democrat Dan Malloy is in trouble electorally would be an understatement. He barely won against Tom Foley in 2010. Foley has been chomping at the bits for a rematch this year. First, he will have to face down | Read More »
Leading From Behind: Lessons from Gaza
First, this posting is about American policy, not an apology or condemnation of Israel. For the optimists among us, the best path would seem to be the deal nearly brokered between Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat, and Ehud Barack in late 2000 - Gaza and most of the West Bank to the Palestinians, a divided Jerusalem, and a greatly reduced ”right of return” for Palestinian refugees. That was a | Read More »
Hey TENNESSEE! Jump on the tailgate..let’s talk election. Updated
As to personal preferences – I would have liked nothing better than to see Lamar Alexander get his comeuppance. Who is Alexander, you ask? Good question. If you have lived in TN for the last decade or more you may not know it, but he is a Senator You may not know it because he has not kept in touch with you. This is true especially if you | Read More »
Is Barack Obama A Christian?
For a man who claims to be Christian, President Obama sure does like to do battle against members of his own faith. There is no good reason for his administration to oppose the right of companies like Hobby Lobby to decide whether or not they want to pay for their employer’s birth control. While birth control is a debatable issue within the Christian community, the | Read More »
SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES, LIBERTARIANS, AND ARISTOTLE
Thanks to Hunter Baker for his permission to republish this article on RedState. Original article appeared in First Things (10-7-09) Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. is the winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award conferred by the Acton Institute which has been rated as one of the top global think tanks. He is the author of The End of Secularism (Crossway Academic, 2009). Baker is the | Read More »
Racist Juan Williams strikes again!
According to Webster’s Dictionary, racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities. In other words, the race of an individual pretty much decides the character and actions taken by an individual. This has often been understood to mean how a white person might treat a non-white person, particularly blacks. However, since the election of America’s first half-black / | Read More »
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Who thinks people should benefit from illegal acts?
The most frequent argument I hear for the legalization of DREAMers is that since their parents brought them here they broke the immigration laws through no fault of their own. They are law abiding residents who came to this country as children and deserve to be granted rights not granted to other illegal immigrants. If you’ve seen the video of the confrontation between a couple of | Read More »
Is Joe Carr winning? Here’s Anecdotal evidence but encouraging evidence
Is Joe Carr winning? Here’s Anecdotal evidence but encouraging evidence
#MailGate: West Virginia Ethics Commission Says House Democrats Broke Rules
Five months after Democrat members of the West Virginia House of Delegates suddenly sent thousands of mailings just prior to the primary, the state Ethics Commission says those lawmakers were in the wrong.
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The Gramscian March Through Wal-Mart
Like most contributors, I have a real job. In this case, I work as a cashier at Wal-Mart when I’m not in class. The company conducts training of its employees through a set of updated intranet courses, and it was during the last couple of rounds that I noticed some disturbing trends. The first incident involved acceptance of EBT and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) vouchers. | Read More »
You da Bomb, Joe!
You Da Bomb, Joe! by Michael Goodell http://www.mlgoodell.webs.com After listening to a second-hand anecdote involving Vice President Joe Biden, a semi-private dining room, a tipsy woman describing a glass of wine as “da bomb,” and some tightly wound Secret Service agents, I wondered aloud if, should I ever meet the man, I would have the courage to say, “Hey Joe, you’ve come pretty far for | Read More »
GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt to Speak at Bill Hybels Global Leadership Summit
On August 14-15, 2014, the Willow Creek Association led by Bill Hybels will host its annual Global Leadership Summit. One of the most celebrated speakers this year is Jeffrey Immelt, the President and CEO of General Electric. Mr. Immelt, as regular readers of RedState will recall, served as Chair of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and is an outspoken supporter of the President. | Read More »
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Shadow Parties and Zombie ACORN
It’s hard to believe now, but Democrats once had a lock on all power in the state of Texas. From Reconstruction to the 1980s, Republicans might be competitive at the presidential level, but other than picking off a statewide election here or there, had virtually no power. Texas was a one-party state. Texas flipped to Republican control in a slow-motion sweep during the 1980s through | Read More »