Common Core From the Inside

    A few years back, in an effort to supplement by income, I became a substitute teacher and eventually settled into a rather steady calling at a local K-8 elementary school.  This school is ethnically diverse- mainly Hispanic and Asian students with a smattering of black and white students.  Substitute teaching is NOT organized babysitting while the real teacher is off, and they are required to | Read More »

    Utah and Common Core

    A recent well published poll on Common Core  doesn’t point out the Federal involvement. The Federal “Race to the Top” funding competition in 2009 provided little time for the states to adopt Common Core, so almost no legislatures were involved in the adoption nationally. With the National Governors Association behind it, I am not surprised it was signed in the approx. 2 months the states | Read More »

    Religious Liberty is Imperative to the salvation of our Nation

    I have a question for you; should a business owner be allowed to run their business into the ground because of their poor practices? Now let me ask you another one; should a business service anyone whom they want based on whatever reason they give? Now I ask because there seems to be a growing trend of business owners being compelled through the coercive power | Read More »

    Chuck Todd is Officially Irrelevant

    Whatever shred of relevancy Chuck Todd hoped to achieve as the new moderator of “Meet the Press” just collapsed yesterday during his MSNBC interview regarding the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. Chuck Todd eulogizes Eric Holder as “a non-political person”: “He did a lot of the tough stuff that you would say, ‘Hey, the attorney general has to do tough stuff, this is not | Read More »

    NO VOTES FOR GOATS

    NO VOTES FOR GOATS

    I once owned a goat. I bought it to help control the weeds and grass on land in back of my home. In addition to being useful it also became kind of a pet for my children. It being pet goat and because I was a benevolent owner I also bought feed to supplement its weed and grass diet. One day the entire feed bag | Read More »

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    The Bash Bug Could be a Headache

    Unless you’re a real-life version of Sheldon Cooper, a computer security professional, or, like me, work in the online payment industry, you probably don’t keep up with the latest computer vulnerabilities. A new one that’s hit the web news like a tsunami in the last 72 hours is simply called “the bash bug” (sometimes called “shellshock”). Everyone from Time, to Vox*, to tech site C|Net has covered this story.

    I am not going to get technical here. You can read any of the above-mentioned articles which provide plenty of detail on that. To summarize the problem: a 25-year-old program that’s in an enormous number of systems that power websites, personal laptops, industrial computers, and “stuff”, can potentially be exploited to do—essentially whatever the exploiter commands it to do.

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    The October 2014 Supreme Court Docket

    The 2014 term of the United States Supreme Court kicks off on Monday, October 6th.  While most Court watchers will be doing so with an eye towards cases making their way to the Court and/or the rumored alleged retirement of Justice Ginsburg at the end of this term, the October oral argument calendar has been set since June of this year.  Before getting to those | Read More »

    Cursing Anti-God Batman vs pro-US Army National Guard T-shirt

    This is not a matter of free speech. Libel law is not a contradiction of free speech. And it is one thing to be respectful of other people’s free speech but entirely another thing to curse or blaspheme God on a T-shirt in front of grammar school children.

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    Goodbye and Good Riddance, Coward

    Praise God!  Today we finally ended one of the more sordid subplots to the “Obamination Administration”.   Eric Holder swore to uphold the constitution of the United States and was responsible for seeing that the laws of the United States were faithfully executed.  He did nothing of the sort.  The supreme law of Holder’s Department of Justice was Chicago-style politics and racial/political preference, not the Constitution | Read More »

    Poll in Johnson County, Kansas – Governor, Secretary of State, US Senate

    I’d like to thank Alex Poulter of Political CHIPS for his cooperation on this poll, which you can find below. A brief summary of the poll, conducted Friday 9/19, Saturday 9/20, and Monday 9/22/2014: Republican Kris Kobach was up 48-42%. Republican Sam Brownback was down 46-44%. Republican Pat Roberts was significantly behind in a 2-way race with Greg Orman, 51-38%. With all four potential candidates | Read More »

    Confronting Radical Islam: Key Allies

    President Obama’s Middle East policy is imploding, a spasm of activity seems to be disconnected from specific objectives, and we are assured that the deployment of an Army division headquarters to Iraq does not constitute “boots on the ground.”  Egypt wants him to expand the fight against ISIS to include Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Others point to Boko Haram in Nigeria and an al Queda splinter group | Read More »

    Karl Rove: The George Costanza of politics

    Depending on who you choose to believe, the Republican party is either going to experience a landslide on their way to retaking the Senate from the hands of Harry “the Henchman” Reid, or they will find a way to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. And in a mid-term election where Obama is experiencing historically low approval ratings, the fact that the G.O.P. is | Read More »

    Congress Funds Islamists Overseas, Ignores Jihadi Network in At Least 29 States

    Most of our elected officials, with shrugged shoulders, concur with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s (R-TX) quip that, “we don’t have a lot of options” when it comes to ISIS and Middle East turmoil. They’re wrong. Options do exist—they just require leadership. And leadership requires confronting and eliminating a clear and present danger right here at home—in our own back yards. Americans have an immediate | Read More »

    Incest is the New Gay. Embrace it!

    Cutting to the chase.  From The Telegraph: Criminal law is not the appropriate means to preserve a social taboo,” the German Ethics Council said in a statement. “The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination is to be weighed more heavily than the abstract idea of protection of the family.” Essentially the German Ethics Council wants to get rid of the laws which ban incest | Read More »

    Rand Paul, Voter ID and Racism

    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate recently made some comments regarding voter ID laws which have riled up some conservatives and rightfully so.  As anyone should be aware, I am very firmly in favor of voter ID laws.  The Left will trot out statistics indicating that voting fraud is not a major problem in the United States.  But, as anyone should | Read More »

    The Genuflector in Chief

    President Obama’s remarks to the UN General Assembly also mark the first time a sitting U.S. President has ever chaired a Security Council meeting. His remarks were a mixture of retreaded Bush speeches about the evil of terrorism, and cheerleading language like “Islam teaches peace,” versus ISIS, who is “hiding behind a false Islam.” At the end, Obama couldn’t help himself from apologizing for America’s problems, as if the world needs our apology.

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    I suppose we should be grateful that Obama didn’t invoke Michael Sam at the UN.

    Yesterday, during his speech at the UN General Assembly, Obama continued his tradition of knocking America at every opportunity, holding the recent events in Ferguson up to the world as a shining example of, “nope, we ain’t perfect, but we’re trying.” Not surprisingly, it’s the one line in an otherwise totally blah speech that got any attention. But we shouldn’t be surprised, it’s what Obama | Read More »

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    Apparently Only Certain Deaths Worthy Of Nazarene Reflection

    A Maryland Nazarene Church has posted on its Facebook page photos of candles lit for those mourning Michael Brown and in support of the work to end racism. It might be one thing to light a candle on behalf of his memory as a human being. However, if he had not met his parting from this world in a manner that could be exploited to | Read More »

    There Was More Freedom Of The Press Under Bush Administration

    During the Bush Administration I was critical of some of President Bush’s small business policies. He adopted some policies that I considered to be unfavorable to small business. But, I could get on national television and complain about it. President Obama has adopted policies that are much, much more harmful to small businesses than anything that ever happened under the Bush Administration, but you won’t | Read More »

    NRSC: Grab a bite with Haley “Boss Hogg” Barbour

    NRSC: Grab a bite with Haley "Boss Hogg" Barbour

    Not much to say about this, other than the fact that the NRSC is kicking conservatives and integrity to the curb with their proud association with Haley Barbour. While it is obvious that Barbour knows where and how to eat, you could not pay me to break bread with him, let alone go along with this plea: “Contribute $5 or more to automatically enter your | Read More »

    The End of Time-Off As We Know It: Unlimited Vacation or Zero Vacation?

    Could a vacation non-policy simply be a shareholder-centered money grab masquerading as an open-minded employee-enabling stance? It very well could.

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    Demand Primary Neutrality Now

    Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in the September issue of Townhall Magazine.  Perusing the National Republican Senatorial Committee website, you would think it’s all kumbaya around the campfire as Republicans throughout the country work to take back the Senate in November. What is really going on is a behind-the-scenes, Washington–based political war against conservatives who dare to challenge the status quo. The NRSC says it “provides invaluable support and assistance to | Read More »

    The Boyfriend: Powerful ad– we’re not stuck with Obama’s friends

    The Boyfriend: Powerful ad-- we're not stuck with Obama's friends

    In 2008 Millenials, my generation, flocked to the polls voting for Obama.  Today our entire nation feels the pain as the economy worsens; small businesses are closing and gas prices rise.  While we were college age then, we’re now older now.  My peers who fell for the “Hope and Change” aren’t deceived so easily now and as we embark on our careers we feel the | Read More »

    Did Obama Start His Faux War to Save His Presidency?

    Because let’s face it, he was dragged kicking and screaming into this war against his stated will. We’re witnessing the equivalent of the People were the cart while the president was the horse, to use his idiom. Many a president are flagging at this point in their second term. Some have been saved by their hawkish resolve and others have cemented their legacy with diplomatic achievements late in their | Read More »

    The Not-So-Common Core

    The Not-So-Common Core

    By now, most Americans who have school aged children have heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. If you aren’t aware of this program, the Common Core program is billed by the progressive base as the program that will revive education and establish one set of standards nationwide, enabling generations in the future to be more globally competitive. As always, the devil is in | Read More »

    Arrest of Detroit Man has City Talking about the Second Amendment

    The recent arrest of a Detroit man has the city talking about the Second Amendment. Elijah Woody is a 24 year-old Detroit man and member of Hell’s Saints, an open carry activist organization. On September 13, he was standing on a sidewalk talking with friends, a Glock 40  tucked into his waistband. As it is illegal to carry concealed, he had his jacket tucked behind | Read More »

    The Complicated Senate Scene

    Sabato’s Crystal Ball had an interesting article about the Senate elections this year and the possibility that we may not really have a clear indication of control of the Senate come Election Day.  As they note, there are five races where the average poll results between the Republican and Democrat are less than three percentage points at this stage in the game-  Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, | Read More »

    War on Obesity?

    Has the White House given up on its war on obesity?  In a recent speech, President Obama said, “America will not hesitate to step up to the plate.” Sounds like a concession to me.

    Whoa!! Ezekiel Emanuel has just euthanized ALL the 2016 Democrat presidential candidates

    A short while back I posted a somewhat tongue-in-cheek diary: “The AVERAGE age of Democrat presidential candidates is (GASP) 70!!!” http://www.redstate.com/diary/gawken/2014/09/13/average-age-democrat-presidential-candidates-gasp-70/ But is seems that the architect of Obamacare, Ezekiel Emanuel, has just decided to wipe out all the Democrats running for the White House. According to ole Zeke, 75 is the perfect age to commence pushing up daisies: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/09/22/obamacare_architect_ezekiel_emanuel_75_an_ideal_age_to_die.html We know that liberals tend | Read More »

    New Inversion Rules Seek to Punish Businesses, Not Raise Revenue

    The Department of the Treasury announced last night that it has implemented new rules aimed at making it more difficult for U.S. companies to move their headquarters abroad, which is known as an “inversion”. The rules take immediate effect. Interestingly enough, when Obama began his crusade against inversions earlier this summer, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew was adamant enough that rules changes must originate | Read More »

    I Teach Gender Roles To My Kids and I’m Good With That

    Boys are not innately gifted with the knowledge not to hit girls. Practically everything that we consider to be civil behavior is learned. The womb and DNA only go so far, and the rest is gained through careful observation and imitation.

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    The Obama Family Is Not From Chicago

    I’ve lived in big cities, including a few fairly low-rent neighborhoods. And the second rule you learn is to lock the !@#$%^ doors of the house, apartment, or mobile home! (The first rule is to always — always — lock your car’s doors.)

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    Why Aren’t You Entitled To Know The Background Character Of A Potential Mate?

    A pastor remarked that, in a dating relationship, it is not your business if the person is a virgin. However, if a relationship begins to progress beyond the stages of merely going out casually, especially if the person claims to never have been married before, aren’t you entitled to know more about this aspect of an individual’s character? Why shouldn’t someone that has lived a | Read More »

    Hillary had better hope her campaign fares better, and lasts longer, than “Madame Secretary.”

    Imagine if a junior high school creative writing class were asked to emulate “The West Wing,” and produce a script about life , sex, and politics inside the Beltway.  “Madame Secretary,” which premiered last night (twice) is actually far worse than that. The show is obviously intended to be a prime time free political advertisement for Hillary’s upcoming White House run. With friends like these | Read More »

    Secession, Revolution… are they the end game of a deck stacked against freedom?

    I’ve argued for many years that the United States is the greatest nation in the history of the world. From driving prosperity to winning two world wars to putting a man on the moon to ensuring individual liberty the United States is unlike any other country in history. And it has nothing to do with DNA. Indeed, some of America’s greatest men came from elsewhere… | Read More »

    Marita Noon: “We can do it better”—Scotland and The West Parallels

    While many are reporting on the Scotland vote as a warning for Europe and lessons for separatists, there are important parallels—and encouragement—with the American West’s rebellion over excessive federal control of land and resources (which was at the core of the Bundy Ranch stand-off). In the West, the federal government regulates more of the land than the states or private citizens do. Those lands are generally rich in natural resources. Yet, the federal government makes decisions far way, in Washington, DC, that hold back economic potential, which would benefit the states if they were allowed to be creating jobs and new wealth—resulting in an increased tax base.

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    Lipinski Continues His Misinformation Campaign Regarding Obamacare and Abortions

    Source: lipinski.house.gov/September 16, 2014: Dan Lipinski: “Today, we learned that the GAO has identified 1,036 plans that pay for abortions and do not have a separate fund free of taxpayer dollars, making it absolutely clear that taxpayer funds are being used to pay for abortions under the ACA. This suggests the Administration is allowing health insurance companies to even ignore the accounting gimmick that they put into the | Read More »

    Ten Years at Redstate

    My morning routine used to be coffee, bagel and a newspaper. When the scandal called Rathergate broke, the phrase "fake but accurate" jarred my brain. I fired most mainstream media in September 2004. That’s when I joined Redstate. As Vladimir, I lurked at Redstate for a while before contributing a few throwaway diaries. But I found my blogging voice when I realized that my petroleum | Read More »

    More Abject Failure from Koskinen’s IRS

    John Koskinen has failed the IRS and the American people. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified last week about the missing emails lost forever due to computer failures. When questioned about any more crashes or computer issues recently, Koskinen told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak.” Can someone please buy the IRS reliable computers and a backup | Read More »

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    Lisa Ross (R) for State Representative (WA 49)

    The most perplexing instance I’ve seen of an elected representative whose views don’t match up with the views of their electorate is one I’ve watched for quite some time in my own backyard. It’s Jim Moeller (D), State Representative in Washington’s 49th Legislative District. Making this even more perturbing is that Moeller has been elected to this post six times, after sitting on the Vancouver | Read More »

    A Pragmatic Case Against Ethanol

    Scientists can determine in a laboratory that one gallon of gasoline has one-and-a-half times the energy measured in BTU’s as one gallon of Ethanol. (British Thermal Units – the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.) Put another way, one would have to burn 1.5 gallons of ethanol to get the same amount of “work” as | Read More »

    “GOP Leadership Considering Rules To Punish Party Disloyalty” – townhall.com

    I am Not gloating but I predicted this a month ago in my diary!  I said KY conservatives & Tea Partyers should NOT vote for McConnell & take the opportunity to send a message to Republican Liberals. More importantly, I pointed out that by electing McConnell, we are emboldening Republican Liberals & middle of the roaders will join them & make sure the conservatives in the Senate & House | Read More »

    Weekend Open Thread- Get Ready to Rumble in Texas: Greg Abbott vs. Wendy Davis

    Get your popcorn ready for the first gubernatorial debate between Greg Abbott in one corner and Wendy Davis in the other corner. They will square off at 6-7 CDT in the Rio Grande Valley and it will be aired at 10:00pm EDT on C-SPAN for the country’s entertainment enjoyment. It seems that Abbott should tie one hand behind his back to make the debate fair but remarkably, he’s only | Read More »

    Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    Last night, the Senate approved a bill to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them. I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this. It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you.

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    A Message For The 2014 Election

    Hello everyone. I like many of you have been watching the polls and I have not been liking what I’ve been seeing. This is the third straight election in a row that the GOP is being given to; really if this is a battle of negative ads, then all they have to do is look pretty and get aggressive by making their opponents own the | Read More »

    A Step Forward for Privacy, Technology, and Law Enforcement

    Americans were rightfully shocked last June when news broke in The Guardian that the National Security Agency was collecting vast swaths of private information from U.S. citizens, ranging from phone call metadata to personal emails. The situation became much more dire when it was revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice was wiretapping journalists and seizing their emails. Under the weight of public pressure and Congressional Oversight hearings, President Obama pledged to dial back his Administration’s surveillance policies, but the damage was already done – and any facade of trust between government, the media, and the American public was shattered.

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    ISIS: The Three Questions

    To understand the war against ISIS, it is best to separate the discussion into three parts: 1. Is President Obama’s strategy logical? 2. Can Team Obama execute the strategy? 3. Can the American political class provide the long term support necessary? 1. Is President Obama’s strategy logical?     In a nutshell, the strategy is to engage a broad coalition, rely primarily on indigenous ground forces in Iraq and | Read More »