The Pros & Cons of the DOJ’s Pilot Program Awarding Body Cameras To Police Agencies
On Friday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the launch of a $20 million pilot program which will award body cameras to police agencies across the country. The program signals an attempt to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Lynch’s press release follows the turmoil in Baltimore sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. Prior to | Read More »
Inmates Will Be Made To Care
Even inmates will be made to care about the liberal Gaystapo-obsessed quest to quash Christians. In 2003, both houses of Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act by unanimous consent, and President Bush signed it into law. Unfortunately, implementation of the law was left to future administrations, and if you give a mile of authority to the Jacobins in the Obama administration, they take a | Read More »
Government Tries to Micromanage a Market – And Yet Again Fails Miserably
The bigger government is – the more room there is for big companies who wish to do so to rig the system. And the more small companies – without the wherewithal to similarly rig – suffer. The long-term, permanent solution is to reduce the size, scope and sphere of influence of government. The less government tries to micromanage things – the more it steps back | Read More »
The War on Poverty – $40 Trillion Funding Failure Rather than Facebook or FUBU or Ford
Last year the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty begun by LBJ in 1964. Over that time the country has spent approximately $40 trillion on welfare and redistribution programs of one sort or another – and that number doesn’t include expenditures for Social Security or Medicare. The program started out slow, but has steadily picked up steam so that today | Read More »
Why Doesn’t Barack Obama Care about the Safety of Saeed Abedini?
As a person who has, from time to time, left the USA and traveled in other countries, I have always regarded my American citizenship as important for my safety when traveling. I don’t expect that I will have a personal bodyguard, but I have always made sure I knew how to call the American embassy in case I needed them. I considered the embassy | Read More »
The Coming Democratic Trade Wars
Recently, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has received much punditry in Washington. This article is not about free trade or what should be the parameters of a good trade deal. Nor is it about Obama’s request to fast-track the agreement. Instead, there is a developing schism within the Democratic Party that is both interesting and amusing. While the press obsesses over the Republican Establishment versus the | Read More »
A Conservative Movement Toward Privacy Protections
Influential conservative groups have written a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary committees to act quickly on the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act), a bill designed limit the Department of Justice’s effort to grab jurisdiction of most every piece of data stored on cloud computing systems all over the world. Politico wrote that “a handful of conservative advocacy groups want the House and | Read More »
Asylum—the Next Frontier in Devastating American Society
New verification of Lord Acton’s declaration that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” is at hand today. A report from the Washington Times tells us that the ever-busy Department of Homeland Security issued a 27-page training-guidance document from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, last week, that says: “Women who flee Central America because they fear being single heads of households can be deemed part of a targeted social group | Read More »
The Religion of Peace
The following is a summary of Islamic terrorism through the first four months of 2015. It has been a bloody four months. While the world was transfixed on events in France over the attack on the offices of the satirical cartoon publication Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram terrorists were busily slaughtering over 2,000 Christian villagers. Incidentally, that same day a mass grave was unearthed in Mosul, Iraq | Read More »
More Persecution of Christians: This Time It’s the State Department
The State Department has done it again. Using the same rationale as Benghazi, it has stopped one person from testifying about the cruelties of ISIS in the front of Congress. They are allowing all eleven of the Muslims in the group, but are not granting a visa to a Catholic nun, not because she’s Catholic, but because they fear that she might try to stay here (like | Read More »
Why Does Never Again Keep Happening Again ?
Genocide is the systematic and deliberate attempt to extinguish a race, ethnic group, social group or religion. After the most well documented and systematic act of genocide in recorded History, the so-called Final Solution to the Jewish Problem perpetrated by the death cult known as the Third Reich, the surviving Jewish people adopted the motto, “Never Again.” They had been the target of countless pogroms | Read More »
Fellow Red State Readers
Dear Red State readers: Two more Republicans will announce this Monday that they’re seeking the highest office in the land: Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. They represent two of the three non-politicos interested in running for the office of President of the United States; with Donald Trump being the third. These outsiders have no political-office baggage, therefore they all represent themselves as ‘breakout’ candidates. | Read More »
Ohio’s Portman Problem
We’re still 18 long months from Election Night, but Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 50% is such a weak candidate that his odds of winning re-election to the Senate barely 50-50. Ohio has voted with the Democrats for the last two presidential elections only to return support to the Republicans in the off-year elections. While Gov. John Kasich won a sub-50% election and | Read More »
Yes, “black culture” is to blame for the riots in Baltimore
Recently I came across an article about the situation in Baltimore, and from the title alone I knew it was 100% wrong. Usually I don’t read such articles because it’s a waste of my time, but for some reason my curiosity got the best of me this time, I guess I just wanted to see what the latest liberal logic or explanation was for why | Read More »
Chris Christie is the Republicans’ secret weapon in 2016
In order to guarantee that Hillary Clinton loses the 2016 election, is it imperative that Chris Christie remain a reasonably viable candidate for the GOP nomination. Why, you ask? Easy. Christie can be one of the most effective weapons Republicans can deploy against Hillary. Both Christie and Hillary have a lot in common. Both have been accused of doing bad stuff. Christie, of organizing an | Read More »
To hear many on the Left speak, college campuses today are populated by misogynist rapists, close-minded bigots and people who unknowingly spout dog-whistle racial and ethnic slurs. This view sits very nicely with their overall worldview that college students need to be coddled and insulated in a bubble from that racist, sexist capitalist world beyond the campus boundaries. Where did our colleges and universities go | Read More »
Baltimore’s Self-Immolation: Democrats, You Built That
Nothing sharpens the focus on the Unbridgeable Crevice separating th*g (the word “thug” is now banned) apologists on the far left from those of us who use words because they mean something than Baltimore’s self-immolation. It’s really a tale of two cities, depending on who’s telling the tale. The borderline-Jacobins at Slate, who believe spanking is child abuse, and personal responsibility is out of fashion, | Read More »
The IRS’s Growing Role as A “Rules Interpreter”
A recent article by the National Review brought to light how the IRS has taken on the role of “rules interpretation” in recent years, which is beyond its scope as the nation’s tax collecting agency. The most notorious example of this new role is highlighted in the King vs Burwell case before the Supreme Court — where the IRS interpreted the language of Obamacare other | Read More »
The Apologetic Quandaries Found In The Lewis Classic
Psalms 14:1 says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’.” Only those seeking to live in utter irrationality can ignore the arguments made in favor of the God of the Bible by C.S. Lewis in “Mere Christianity”. Three of the most compelling issues the skeptic will have to confront when reading this classic include the universality of the moral law, the existence | Read More »
Chicago Or Dekalb Next Place For “Revolution” Says NIU Freddie Gray Protesters
NIU Freddie Gray protest, photo Northern Star On Tuesday African-American students at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb held a rally/protest over the death of Freddie Gray of Baltimore while in police custody. Gray appears to have died from a partially severed spinal cord that may have occurred while Gray was in the back of a police van. Gray’s death has sparked | Read More »
These 13 Republicans Cast Pro-Abortion Votes Last Night
From the diaries… Last night, the U.S. House passed a Resolution (H. J. Res 43) to disapprove of a law passed by the District of Columbia that seeks to do two things: • Force pro-life and religious organizations to pay for abortion coverage for their employees • Force these same organizations to employ individuals directly opposed to their beliefs The D.C. law – the so-called | Read More »
Will Baltimore riots usher in Obama’s Gestapo?
In a radio interview a few days ago, I was asked by the host to share my feelings about the happenings in Baltimore. Of course, I expressed my concerns over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. I expressed how we needed to give the system time to investigate what happened and, if appropriate, punish those responsible. However, I also shared my concern | Read More »
Hillary, Please Keep Talking
In what has got to be the weirdest roll out of any campaign in recent memory, Hillary Clinton announced the inevitable and is now an official candidate for President in 2016. The videotaped announcement was clearly designed to shield her from the press amid recent allegations about the Clinton Foundation. Perhaps the video announcement was designed to make her look technologically cutting edge which would | Read More »
Why Sex Matters
I decided to make my first diary at RedState about a topic that may not matter much in two months. It is possible that in two months the Supreme Court will hand down a decision that will require us, all of us, to accept “homosexual marriage” as a constitutional right. Once that happens it will be a generation or more before that ruling will be | Read More »
TIGTA to IRS: You Got (More) Mail!
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found even more missing emails from Lois Lerner among the recycled back-up tapes, which has provided now about 35,000 emails that were deemed lost and destroyed. This new batch of roughly 6,400 emails is particularly interesting, because it spans 2004- 2013, so it covers the time frame both before and after Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011. | Read More »
Hillary’s Prospects: How Cynical Are We?
Bret Stephens recently wrote a troublingly insightful column in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Hillary’s Cynical Song of Self”. His premise is that everybody understands her moral bankruptcy – Whitewater; acceptance of Bill’s womanizing; Benghazi; the Clinton Foundation; her e-mails – but that it is accepted for expediency – by the Democrats because she is the only one who can win; perhaps by the public in general because we have no | Read More »
Congress Should Stop the D.C. Council’s War on Pro-Life Conscience
Today, Congress will take up House Joint Resolution 43 to disapprove of the D.C. Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Amendment Act. Under the Constitution, the Congress has authority to govern the District. And under the Home Rule Act, the federal government retains the authority to effectively veto any act of the DC Council. While Congress has historically shown deference to the District, rarely disapproving its laws, the | Read More »
How to Answer Legitimate Questions From The Left About the Gay Agenda
Before the Supreme Court rules on enforcing gay marriage on all of us at the barrel of a government gun, we must consider how we answer legitimate questions, and how we conservatives and Bible-believing Christians can defend our ideals playing into the “hate and bigotry” the Left would so readily use to define us. After being banned from Reddit groups /r/feminism and /r/LGBT for posting | Read More »
Yet Again, Government Screws Up – And Tries to Blame the Private Sector
Government is terrible at…well, pretty much everything. The examples are legion – and myriad. In large part because government doing anything violates the Wallet Rule. You go out on a Friday night with your wallet. You then go out the following Friday night with my wallet. On which Friday night will you have more fun? If it’s money you’ve earned, you’ll be a lot more | Read More »
Binders, Brackets and Bullfeathers:
Liberals condemn labels, but the language of God depends on them, starting with right and wrong; weak and strong; wise and foolish; winners and losers; apples and lemons; dead and alive. It seems God’s done everything to get American Libs to listen to His common sense code, but they keep kicking Him in the teeth. Every minute in this weedy flowered Garden, another LeftistLiberal commits and gets away with committing unbearably stupid, destructive acts. | Read More »
The Left Hand’s Idea of the Right Hand
Steven Rosenfeld is a journalist for my favorite Leftist moonbat website, Alternet- where Lefties usually end up when they think DailyKos is too conservative. Recently, he penned an article regarding “eight nightmare scenarios” that may come true if America elects a Republican President in 2016. One must be reminded that this is in the great Leftist tradition of creating the crisis and declaring that the world will | Read More »
Can I Ask an Obvious Question?
If the recent “troubles” (borrowing the Irish sobriquet) in Baltimore were a response to “police brutality”… …why didn’t the rioters burn down Police Headquarters? A: That’s where they keep the guns. It might get a bit dicey. If the excitable “kids” were “protesting” the “power structure”… …why didn’t the rioters burn down City Hall? A: Because this isn’t about the “power structure”. If it were, | Read More »
Who’s to blame?
Over the past couple of days, I have heard some interesting causes from left-wing media and liberal politicians for the civil unrest in Baltimore. Some of the looniest: Military veterans The Orioles and Ravens Right-to-Work states in the South Cuts in federal funding for Head Start I could take these one at a time, but is that really necessary? None of them listed 48 years | Read More »
One thing – amidst all the dramatic footage and photos of anarchy, fires, violence and looting, that gets missed in the distorted lens of news coverage, is the plain and undeniable fact that in contrast to the hundreds of rioters, there are tens of thousands of people in Baltimore, in black neighborhoods that chose not to take part; who opted to stay away from the disgraceful melee and instruct their children about what’s right in the circumstance.
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Baltimore: The Aftermath
With the likelihood (hopefully) that the rioting in Baltimore is over, thanks to the National Guard patrolling the streets alongside local law enforcement, there are several questions one has to ask about the aftermath. Appeasement The “protesting” had been occurring for a week by the time the rioting started on Monday. However, with the high likelihood of escalation, the liberal mayor of Baltimore is on record | Read More »
The Fight For Marriage: Giving Up Is Not An Option
Candidly, the last few days have been discouraging as a Christ-following Christian. I have found myself wondering where God is in all of this and if He has abandoned our country. The amount of hate and intolerance spewed towards Christians who believe the teachings of their faith regarding marriage has been appalling. At times I have felt like just giving up on any hopes our | Read More »
I was just turned down for my 8th government job. I feel “disenchanted” perhaps “disenfranchised”. The last thing on my mind is running out to Main St. and burning a business or vandalizing something. I won’t set a police car on fire. I’ll go back to writing. Then, tonight I’ll cherish the family that I have. THEY ARE AWESOME! This Sunday,… get this… I’ll go | Read More »
Article V Amending Convention of States
The Founders’ forsaw an out of control Washington, and gave us a solution! It is time to trust them and use the solution, which RETAINS ALL SAFEGUARDS already built into the way Congress can propose Constitutional Amendments.
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The Marriage Conundrum
Marriage has always been at the center of politics. In most of the world it is used to solve problems—to settle dynastic disputes, to distribute property, or to join one family to another. Within this construct, women in many countries still have no legal right or choice as to whom or when they marry. Historically, the struggle to control marriage has initiated civil wars, deposed | Read More »
Alito Asks the Right Questions Which The Left Doesn’t Want Asked
What starts as a “rights” issue inevitably ends up enforced at the barrel of the gun, and this highlights the importance of correctly defining words, especially before the Supreme Court. In the end, our society has to get along on these issues and come to some agreement—even if it’s to agree to disagree. But society’s disagreements eventually work themselves out in law, and the Left’s aversion | Read More »
New slogan for Baltimore: “Black lives don’t matter to blacks who already got their ‘piece of the pie.’ “
Remember “The Jeffersons?” “Movin’ on up…” Protesters in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere tell us that “Black Lives Matter.” To prove their point, they riot, loot, pillage, destroy. OOPSIE! Baltimore is a majority black city. The mayor, police commissioner, and city council are all black, as is most of the top administration of the school system, and the fire department. And it’s been that way | Read More »
What Kind of Scandal Would Force Hillary to Withdraw Her Candidacy?
Re-posted from National Review Let’s get creative! Imagine a scandal that would force Hillary Clinton to drop out of the 2016 presidential race. A scandal so egregious that it would dissolve her donor base and trigger the Clinton’s loyal cabal of defenders into saying “enough,” while the mainstream media demanded that Hillary withdraw from seeking her party’s presidential nomination. This Republican fantasy scenario stems from | Read More »
They Said If I Voted Republican In 2012, Cultural Issues Would Dominate Politics And They Were Right!
In the years following the election of President Obama, Instapundit made a habit of pointing out how dire predictions made by the Left often came true. The horrors were visited upon us not by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 70% or Mitt Romney, but by Obama himself. Here’s a sampling of what I’m talking about. One of the things we’ve heard repeatedly is | Read More »
Obama’s executive amnesty creates millions of new Democrat voters
When those on the right questioned the motivation behind Obama’s executive amnesty, specifically that its primary objective was to stack the deck with millions of new Democrat voters just in time for the 2016 elections, the left responded with accusations of racism and prejudice. Now comes evidence that perhaps those concerns aren’t entirely unwarranted. According to J. Christian Adams, a former Department of Justice attorney | Read More »
Thoughts on Gay Marriage Arguments
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in the same sex marriage cases. It is difficult to divine how a decision will come out based on oral arguments. The first impression I got after listening to the arguments is that all three litigators in the first half of argument were very well prepared and provided a sober analysis of their sides. Neither side | Read More »
College Professor Says Have Empathy For Baltimore Rioters, Violence Explainable Because Of Income Inequality
Augustana College political science professor Dr. Christopher Whitt talked to KWQC TV Tuesday about the ongoing violence and riots that have gripped Whitt’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody from an apparently severed(nearly) spine. Whitt said that people should have empathy for the rioters and looters in Baltimore who have been throwing large bricks at police, cutting fire hoses, and | Read More »
How Far Will Obama Go To Silence Whistleblower Lloyd Chapman?
I have noticed something unusual in the media coverage of President Obama’s proposal in his FY 2016 budget to permanently close the Small Business Administration. There isn’t any. In 2012, when Obama proposed to permanently close the SBA and end all federal programs for small businesses by combining it with the Department of Commerce, there was a significant uproar and national media coverage. So much | Read More »
American Voters: Let States Decide Same-Sex Marriage Law
On Tuesday April 29th the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on the very controversial case of same-sex marriage. The Court will hear arguments surrounding two separate questions: first if same-sex marriages are Constitutional under the 14th Amendment. The second will address whether states banning gay marriage are required to recognize lawful same-sex marriage from elsewhere. Perhaps the most important debate should surround how much | Read More »
Senate Holds Hearings on Medicare Fraud
Crony capitalism comes in many forms but the ability of the American Hospital Association (AHA) to lobby the White House to pull the plug on an anti-fraud program that saved taxpayers nearly $10 billion dollars might constitute the crown jewel of cronyism. When it comes to waste and fraud in government, Medicare appears to be ground zero. Tens of billions of dollar are paid out | Read More »
Google Tacitly Admits Stealing Is a Lousy Thing to Do
The titanically huge mega-corporation Google yesterday took time out from its record-setting-most-money-ever lobbying of Congress to admit – accidentally, perhaps – that the systemic, wholesale stealing of which it is so fond is a lousy thing to do. Which is more than a little ironic – in many, many ways. For instance, Google has ramped up further still their massive lobbying efforts – in large | Read More »