Supreme Court Repeals 10th Amendment?

    I’ve read several stories this morning concerning the Supreme Court again rewriting the health care law, this time to validate the tax subsidies. To quote Justice Scalia in his  dissent, the court had to conclude that  “Exchange established by the State” means “Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.” If “or the Federal Government” is now the implied definition of “State” in our | Read More »

    Let Me Help You Out Claire McCaskill: Bernie Sanders Is A Freaking Socialist!!!!!!

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) 5% is that supporter you kind of wish would talk less, the more you hear her try to express her support for you. She’s dumb, I’m sure she’s a nice woman, I believe she is as moderate as she’s portrayed, and tragically, she’s my Senator; one of them anyway. She was on Morning Joe talking about Sanders and his | Read More »

    Apple’s Hatred is more Organized

    One of the most appalling news stories of the day concerns Apple and their newly decided action to ban almost any games showing a depiction of the Confederate flag.  Nevermind that some of the games are purely historical, such as Ultimate General: Gettysburg.  It appears that the corporate giants are all racing each other to see who can become enlightened fastest. Dissent is one of | Read More »

    The Adelson Primary Comes at a Cost: The Constitution

    Most Republican presidential primary opponents have made numerous trips to Las Vegas in an effort to plead, beg and implore billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson to open his wallet on behalf of their campaign.  But winning the “Adelson Primary” appears to come at a high cost – the Constitution. Adelson has been funding a massive lobbying campaign in order to enact legislation that would prohibit | Read More »

    Health Care Subsidies Survive

    The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, just upheld the subsidies on the federal exchange landing the a blow to the greatest legal threat against Obamacare.  More to follow later.. After reading and re-reading the majority opinion by Roberts and the dissenting opinion by Scalia, it becomes painfully obvious to the reader that Roberts painfully reached the conclusion they | Read More »

    “Race relations are better today than at anytime in my lifetime.” “We talk too much about race.” Guess who said this in 2001?

    Guessed who yet? Why, it’s the self-styled “conscience of the Senate,” the senator in perpetuity from West Virginia, the darling of liberal Democrats, a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan, the man who once blamed racial problems on “white niggers”..Robert “Sheets” Byrd: It’d be fascinating to hear Byrd tell Obama that we “talk too much about race.” And about the  same time that | Read More »

    The Moral Superiority of Capitalism

    The case for the moral superiority of capitalism.  Let’s begin with one of the very best examples out there The True Story of Thanksgiving — From Rush’s Second Book, Which Led to the Rush Revere Adventure Series November 26, 2014 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know, Thanksgiving, Christmas, must be one of the times of year when you especially feel the absence of the men and | Read More »

    The Confederacy and the Union were both in the wrong

    The Confederacy and the Union were both in the wrong

    People enjoy getting worked up over the Civil War. It has long been a sport. Pick Team North or Team South. The Yankees or the Johnny Rebs. Is there room for anybody who believes that both sides (more specifically, the motivations of those in charge) were in the wrong? The motivations behind the Civil War are largely unknown or misunderstood by the American public. It’s time to | Read More »

    Get in their faces, not mine!

    President Obama claims to treat all people equally, but today when he threw a gay heckler out of the White House, he didn’t even use the word “faggot.”

    Couldn’t have happened to a more PC company…

    FireFox at one point was the sole real answer to Internet Explorer.  Microsoft had crushed Netscape, through whatever means, and there existed really no viable opportunities.  FireFox came along, innovated and grew rapidly.  At one point, its market share was 25.1%. On April 3, 2014, the CEO of FireFox stepped down over his contribution to California Proposition 8 which sought successfully (until overturned by judicial | Read More »

    Wrong Flag, Wrong Issues Evidence Christian Hypocrisy in Charleston

    In no way am I disregarding, demeaning, or belittling the death of the nine people murdered in a church in Charleston, S.C. Their lives are not insignificant. And grief, sorrow, anger, and desire for justice are all right and healthy responses. But the response to these murders makes obvious two alarming realities about American Christians.   It’s astounding and disturbing to observe selective displays of | Read More »

    Protecting Women and Girls from Islam

    Do the name callers who label people “Islamaphobic” support Qur’an instructed violence against women and girls? To be “anti-Islam” (and “anti-Shari’a”) is to reject submission to Allah and the Qur’an. To be anti-Islam is to be for protecting woman’s rights and human rights. To be anti-Islam is to advocate for children who are powerless and voiceless, to liberate everyone enslaved by Islamic totalitarian ideology. There | Read More »

    South Carolina, Murder and a Flag: Maybe the race problem in America is… the focus on race

    The events last week in a South Carolina were tragic and heartbreaking. Those are the only words I can come up with that embody the senseless loss of life and the pain the family and community feels. Unfortunately however that tragedy has spurred some misdirected anger… specifically as it relates to what everyone is (wrongly) calling the Confederate flag. Many people are suggesting that that | Read More »

    Divining the Remainder of the Supreme Court Term

    It is difficult to predict with a great degree of accuracy how the Supreme Court will decide any particular case.  Some pundits have devised algorithms that can predict outcomes based on oral argument questions and interruptions, but they are less than 75% correct.  There is one way, based on the leadership style of Roberts, that can give a clue.  Tradition dictates that the most senior | Read More »

    Follow the Money: Center for Reproductive Rights

    Follow the Money: Center for Reproductive Rights

    Just recently, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas law known as H.B. 2 that provides for the regulation of abortion clinics in the same manner as other healthcare facilities in the state. Other states have enacted similar measures, including Tennessee, which passed a constitutional amendment last November affirming the role of the state legislature on this issue. As one might expect, the | Read More »

    Looking for recommendations on a Confederate heritage organization

    In the past few days, as the Confederate flag flap has accelerated to insane proportions, I’ve noticed a real “hands-off, not my concern” affair from the conservative chattering class. “NOT MUCH TO SAY IN DEFENSE OF CONFEDERATES: But to be fair they didn’t kill a hundred million people.”  That was just posted on Instapundit by Sarah Hoyt, a conservative science fiction author.  Thank you very | Read More »

    ISIS, the Confederate Flag, and Charleston: Soon and Very Soon

    ISIS, the Confederate Flag, and Charleston: Soon and Very Soon

    If seeing the new and diabolically repulsive ways the Islamic State commits murder with movie-studio quality production values doesn’t erode your sense of humanity as a basically “good” species, then you either don’t know what “good” is, or you’re hopelessly callow. I feel as if we’re living in the age of Tomás de Torquemada, where there is no Christopher Columbus to discover new worlds to | Read More »

    “Confederate Flag” Removal Opens the Floodgates

    Too much ink has already been spilled on this “Confederate Flag” nonsense.  The whole thing is a diversion by the Democratic Party and their media servants – a shameful attempt to turn a cold blooded murder into political points for a political party that cheerfully supports the genocide of black children in the womb.  To liberals, black lives only matter when it comes time to turn out | Read More »

    With Friends Like These: Dennis Cheng

    This is part 4 of a continuing series looking at Clinton campaign operatives.  Today, we examine Dennis Cheng who was project manager and fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation from 2011 to 2015 when he resigned to join the Hillary campaign as a key fundraiser and finance director of the campaign.  As a member of the Clinton Foundation, he has developed a fine base of donors | Read More »

    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 »