The Great California Drought
Before She rested on the seventh day, God created the Sierra Nevada mountains to catch a bountiful winter rain and snowfall, and a vast fertile but arid valley to the south and west. Since then California has been a story of great engineering projects to store and move water, surrounded by politics. Let’s set some background: – California’s existence as a state with 38 million people | Read More »
On uniting with the moderates.
I am thinking a lot about what Thomas Sowell said about how if we do not unite with each other in the Republican Party we will go the same way of those who opposed the Nazis. According to Sowell and history, the opposition to the Nazis was wiped out because they were fighting with each other and thusly divided and conquered. These next points are | Read More »
What Are We For?
From the diaries by Erick . . . I am a conservative who on a good day actually gives a rip about the rest of the world. Conservatives often know what they are against but do they know or remember what they are for? It would help the country culturally, economically, and politically if we could articulate what we are for. It would help conservatism | Read More »
proof that they fear Scott Walker
They have been trying to take down Scott Walker forever because they know he is the only one who can beat Hillary, because he is the one who even took Obama’s voters away, because he is the only guy who can be both honest about conservativism policy and sell it to the purple state audience proving that conservative values if done right are american values | Read More »
Federalism Prohibits Preemption of States on Broadband Safeguards
Federal regulation of the Internet is a bad idea. So is federal regulation of states that would rather keep their local governments out of the Internet business. Following a recent federal court ruling about the power of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet, supporters of government-run broadband Internet service have urged the FCC to preempt state restrictions on local government efforts to | Read More »
North Korea Strikingly Similar To Nazi Germany
North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, whatever you want to call it has one of the worst human rights violation records in history. Just to give you an idea of how gross and despicable the regime is, the recently released Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights report detailed imprisonment, enslavement, torture, murder and other vile atrocities in North Korea, | Read More »
New Jersey and Sports Betting: A Losing Proposition
The state of New Jersey has entered an appeal to the United States Supreme Court over sports betting. This was done at the apparent insistence of the Christie administration in conjunction with some state legislators who are in favor of sports betting. Being a resident and voter in New Jersey and having worked in the gaming industry in the state with knowledge of the law | Read More »
Draper Gets Approval to Push for the California Secession on Steriods
California must be going through a dissociative identity disorder of the highest magnitude. We’ve heard rumblings of secession from various counties in several states for quite awhile now. Even California has had counties off and on begging for separation. It generally involves a group of contiguous counties requesting permission to split off from the rest of the state, leaving you with a brand new state. But California apparently | Read More »
Reasoning Like Slaves
It is a well-documented fact that many of the Founding Fathers were slave owners, particularly George Washington and the main author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. For the most part that is all we know of the relationship between those two and their slaves. The tools who tout these facts repeatedly have little to gain by going into the relationship between | Read More »
The Last Time We Were Really Anti-Free Trade? The Great Depression
The cinematic classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” made the broader public aware of the greatness that is Ben Stein. Already a lawyer and speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, Stein was cast as the atonal Economics teacher droning his students into stupor. Stein was asked to improvise on camera a lecture. He chose to in part address one of the fundamental contributors to | Read More »
, debt ceiling
, Department of Agriculture
, farm bill
, farm policy
, food stamps
Thomas Sowell Makes the Case for Ted Cruz
I’ve spent most of the last 12 hours debating whether or not conservative hero Thomas Sowell jumped the shark with a recent article he wrote about Senator Ted Cruz. In it, Sowell warns against the politics of self-interest and the dangers of failing to unify at delicate points in history. More to the point, he accuses Ted Cruz of working against such unity and invokes | Read More »
Louisiana Politics Open Thread: Return of the Ex-Con
I figured sense politics is either so much fun or extremely painful for us here in Louisiana, I’d give folks a chance to learn what’s going on as well as offer Louisiana residents a real chance to share their views. Here goes nothing. U.S. Senator David Vitter to Run for Governor For those of you not in Louisiana, you know of David Vitter in one | Read More »
Thoughts from people – Andrea Bocelli and abortion
Today is my first day writing and I’ve updated my first post from earlier today. It was a beautiful cool day and we stopped at a church just as mass was about to begin. The message involved forgiveness and thankfulness and a story about a good argument why abortion is wrong. Think about what the world would have lost through the words of someone who | Read More »
F-35B Aircraft Fly in Formation in Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Mode
(Image: Lockheed Martin) Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) mode for the first time on Feb. 11, 2014. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects the aircraft had on each other while in | Read More »
Was Afghanistan Worth It?
Last Saturday marked 25 years since Soviet Forces left Afghanistan. Before the United States’ invaded Afghanistan in 2001 the Soviets were the last Superpower to occupy the country, from 1979 to 1989. Afghanistan has been called the “graveyard of empires”. Just as Alexander the Great could not conquer the country, the Soviets found their efforts to be “unmanageable”. This year the United States plans | Read More »
Thoughts from people
It was a beautiful cool day and we stopped at a church just as mass was about to begin. The message involved forgiveness and thankfulness and a story about a good argument why abortion is wrong. Think about what the world would have lost through the words of someone who might never have been born: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6QfKCGTfn3o
How do you Solve a Problem like Obama?
President Obama’s New Years Resolution to bypass Congress and step up his preferred rule-by-fiat form of government seems to be right on track and gaining speed. The definition of fiat: an arbitrary decree or pronouncement, especially by a person or group of persons having absolute authority to enforce it, such as a king. During his first Cabinet meeting of 2014, President Obama declared, “I’ve got | Read More »
Are YOU Ready for ‘Son of God’ Movie?
There is a massive cultural, entertainment and religious phenomenon scheduled for Friday, February 28. So make way — He is coming back — to the theaters that is. “He” is Jesus, that ever controversial Jewish Rabbi who will be starring in the movie Son of God. Not since the 1965 release of George Steven’s epic film, The Greatest Story Ever Told, has there been a | Read More »
Meet Greg Abbott
While sitting in a local barbecue joint in Waco, surrounded by Texas memorabilia, Greg Abbott seems easily able to connect with Texas voters. The Republican candidate for Texas governor understands the legitimate need of the party to become a “big tent” and appeal to other groups. “I bring a complete different style and perception that will connect differently with the changing Texas that we live in,” | Read More »
Establishment Campaign Slogans
Ok here is a little satire for Wednesday morning. Hopefully it amuses and educates. And I also hope the right people will read this and feel severely mocked. It’s painfully obvious the RNC and their high priced consultants are going to pull the same crap they did in the last two elections. They won’t take the election seriously. They won’t go on the attack. They | Read More »
Divided We Fall, and Fail
In the footnotes of history, we can find parallels to many of our contemporary challenges. Like a roadmap, they are there to see- if one wishes. Willful ignorance or perhaps deceitful argumentative citing is the product of either an uninformed mind or blatant dishonesty. Irrespective of that motive or tact, it usually leads to irreconcilable philosophical challenges and what would otherwise be fairly predictable ends. | Read More »
WHY It Matters
People often ask me why I choose to stay involved in politics, especially when a great deal of the time one can feel as if they are banging their head against a wall. The reasons to stay involved are numerous, but I believe it can most simply summed up in this quote by Pericles, ““Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t | Read More »
The TEA Party Turns Five Today
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Santinelli Rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which spawned the infamous Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already?). Even if you heard it then, it’s definitely worthwhile listening to once more: The first Tea Party protests subsequently followed on February 27th to protest the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama | Read More »
Replace Boehner with Tip O’Neill
We saw this past week Boehner and McConnell do what they do best, cave to democrats. They promised a fight on the debt ceiling and gave Obama everything he wanted and got nothing in return. They cried foul when Ted Cruz forced them to put their cards on the table. The end result: completely exposed for the weak, gutless inept Obama enablers that they are. | Read More »
Local Newsman Hilariously/Accurately Mocks Obamacare
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Video: This hilarious report highlights the national absurdity that is Obamacare. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll call your congressman. (We hope.)
Headline Potpourri #50
The opening ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics: literally Potemkin villages floating in the sky. Given that the Russians can’t even put in a toilet right, that little girl being hoisted on a rope above the stadium had to be in fear of her life. Bet whoever was responsible for the Olympic “O” that didn’t open on cue will end up dead in a dark | Read More »
Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy
It is easy to get lost in the fervor of the upcoming election season, which is just around the corner. This cycle looks to be just as important as the previous three considering that there is a very hot war raging right now within the Republican Party. The Tea Party has targeted just about every high ranking Republican office holder up for election this year | Read More »
The “My inexplicable fisking of a Barack Obama fundraising email” Tuesday Open Thread.
Really, I have no idea why I did this. Open thread. Barack Obama To Me Today at 4:55 PM Hi, Barry! Can I call you ‘Barry?’ – I don’t care: you work for me, not the other way around. Barry it is, then, fellow-citizen. Who will be out of office in less than three years, so don’t get huffy about it. Barry. We’ve accomplished so | Read More »
Who would stand in the way of SC military voters?
Jamie Self at TheState.com reports on the Carolina Conservatives United press conference in South Carolina this morning re: runoff elections: A state Republican Party leader and state Election Commission spokesman say no problem exists with the state’s two-week runoff after primaries when the leading candidate fails to get more than 50 percent of the vote. The state already has in place a system for ensuring | Read More »
Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?
The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.
Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.
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Compulsion and Freedom
Values implicit in American principles continue to be destroyed in service to power. The source of government funding and thus power is compulsion, the threat of loss if you don’t pay up. In an American world this very power to compel carries with it the responsibility to serve for our government is of, by, and for the people. Implicit in serving the people is respect | Read More »
SEIU Executives Issue Ultimatum to Milwaukee Employers
Since 2005, the Service Employees International Union has lost 8,385 members in Wisconsin. With SEIU bosses making high five-figure and even six-figure salaries, and Governor Scott Walker’s reforms making it difficult for them to justify their income, they have banded together to issue a sort of ultimatum to Milwaukee County businesses.
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The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 66: Vague Criminal Descriptions, Will (Not) Work for ObamaCare, and How the Media Covers Abuse of Power
Some students at the University of Minnesota do not like the fact that, when descriptions of the suspects of crime on campus are made public, the race of the student is included. But is reporting it worth the risk? The percentage of Americans no longer looking for work is the highest it’s been in almost 40 years. Do we really want to be pushing people | Read More »
Texas Primary Colors-BARRY SMITHERMAN
The March 4 primary is right around the corner and early voting starts Tuesday. This is the second in a series. (This first is here.) I cannot overstate the importance of your vote and the impact it has in the primary. Fair Disclosure: I support but am not working for Barry Smitherman in any way. Texas Attorney General This race is perhaps as hotly contested if not | Read More »
The Simple Path to Conservative Control of Washington
The path for Conservatives to take control of the Federal Government and most State governments is so easy and simple it defies comprehending why it hasn’t happened. What stands between Conservatives and a Super Majority in government is found in their fear of being labeled. No one wants the word RACIST or BIGOT seen in the same sentence as their name, but this fear is | Read More »
Why Should the House Impeach President Obama?
Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution requires that before presidents can assume their duties they must take the oath of office. Every president from George Washington to Barack Obama has placed their hand on a Bible and sworn,” I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my | Read More »
South Carolina Is About To Get Interesting
Out of all the Republican primaries taking place across the country, there is only one that I have taken an active interest in seeing a particular outcome. Senator Lindsey Graham has given voters a litany of reasons to doubt his loyalty to the ideals of small government conservatism. But really it boils down to this: why should we have to have a “good enough” Senator | Read More »
The Olympic Charter A Crock
The Olympic charter says, “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.” What a crock. Fine and dandy if this is the goal that the Olympics aspires to. But if this principle is | Read More »
North Korea – The People’s Museum of Communist History.
Many Leftists remain deeply enamoured by what Communism ideologically represented. Many practitioners of that benighted worldview strive to disbelieve what Communism was really like in practice. Salon Magazine offers us silly Americans a “clear picture” of what Communism was really like. Actually, Salon Magazine could have saved a few thousand trees. We have a living museum of Communist history about 100 miles due North of | Read More »
The WaterCooler~ We are suppose to be nice to Hillary in 2016
Well well well! These guys never learn. This according to Rush: Rove and the RNC have told us we are supposed to be nice to Hillary Clinton in 2016. We are not allowed to bring up anything farther back then Benghazi. And I am not so sure that is going to going to be allowed either. It’s the same old Jazz. We are to run a positive campaign | Read More »
Some VERY interesting things in this Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser poll.
And by ‘interesting’ I mean favorable: The most obvious one is that Republican (and former Lt. Gov) Duke Aiona would in a rematch beat Neil Abercrombie 48-40 among registered voters. Charles Djou (running for Senate) has a favorable/unfavorable rating of 58/30, which is fairly close to Colleen Hanabusa’s 62/27. Clearly, Hanabusa’s is better, but not nearly by as much as I would have expected. And | Read More »
The Powers of the Presidency
In 1787 our founders gathered for the Constitutional Convention that determined which form of government would be chosen for the United States. Congregating outside of Independence Hall, interested citizens anxiously awaited the results of the Founders’ deliberations. One Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin famously responded, “A republic, if you can keep | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Conservatives Lack Offensive Strategies
One of my biggest frustrations with the Republican Party — specifically the conservative movement — is the lack of planned offensive strategies to undermine and reverse the momentum of big government. Even some of the best conservative activists get bogged down in fighting against the status quo, and forget to address the bigger picture. This leaves us constantly on the defensive and settling for much | Read More »
Celebrating Washington’s Birthday
Call it President’s Day and celebrate past presidents or go with the legally designated Washington’s birthday and celebrate our first President. Your choice In honor of this day let’s hear from the man himself: “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good. ” “The Constitution is the guide which I never will | Read More »
Net Neutrality Opinion Indicates Internet Service Providers Are Entitled to First Amendment Protection
Verizon v. FCC, the court decision overturning the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules, didn’t rule directly on the First Amendment issues. It did, however, reject the reasoning of net neutrality advocates who claim Internet service providers (ISPs) are not entitled to freedom of speech. The court recognized that, in terms of the functionality that it offers consumers and the economic relationships among industry participants, the Internet is | Read More »
Democrat Memo: Republicans Oppose Obamacare Because They Support Wife Beaters
This is not a joke or a parody. According to Politico, that is literally the message the Democrats are planning to roll out on the campaign trail this fall. I am not at all kidding. Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP’s advantage: Tell voters Republicans | Read More »
A Lack of Identity politics… Exactly why the GOP can’t seem to attract minorities and immigrants…
The GOP establishment has spent a great deal of effort over the last decade pushing for amnesty under the guise of “comprehensive immigration reform”. This is of course because they are scared of the fact that minorities are going to become a majority in the US over the next 40 years and they don’t want to be left out in the cold. They have what | Read More »
What you didn’t know about Mitt Romney
As intensive as the campaigns of 2012 were, it never seemed as if we got to know the real Mitt Romney. A new documentary, however, fills in those holes and gives us a moving description of the man who almost became president. Some might say, why focus on Romney now? His time has come and gone. He’s old news, damaged goods. But the new documentary Mitt, | Read More »
I am a Proud American, Not a House Ni**er; No Victory Here!
Yesterday, I got a tweet on my twitter feed that I had to look at twice and ponder what do I really do about this one. Before I could take action, I had a lot of people stepping up and answering for me. I wasn’t asking for support, but I appreciated everyone that spoke up for that type of in-justice from another human being that | Read More »
Is it Time to Take the GOP Off Life Support?
This may not be very welcome on Red State in some corners, but I think this must be said. . You draw your own conclusions. When something in your life, for example: clothing, wears out to the point you can’t walk in public and be considered decently clothed or a car is beyond repair, you replace it, and throw out the old one, right? I | Read More »