The War On Christmas
Every year after the Thanksgiving national holiday, Americans begin preparing to celebrate the Christmas national holiday. Others, who perhaps see themselves protecting the freedom of religion for those who don’t practice Christianity, try to prevent the trappings of a religious holiday from intruding into the public square. That’s all well and good, but in doing so they are missing the chance to celebrate the greatest non-religious holiday | Read More »
Babies and Bathwater Yet Again
Back in the late sixties, a wonderful movement to ensure equal rights for women was picking up steam. Ultimately, it led to huge and well-deserved strides for women. There are still some areas that could use improvement, but overall the movement was a huge success. But many supporters of women’s rights developed a sense of moral superiority, and could not resist the temptation to demonize | Read More »
What’s the Real Nature of Conservative Politics?
Political terms mean different things in different countries, and they mean different things in the same countries at different times. In the United States and across the world in the 19th Century, the word “liberal” described someone primarily concerned about liberty. Over the years, the word “liberal,” deliberately adopted by the left in the United States, has come to mean here someone committed to, among | Read More »
A Christian Nation
Are we really a Christian nation? If so, what’s the big deal? Homosexuality is a sin. Period. Love the sinner hate the sin. I know people that have lied, cheated, had affairs on their spouses, dis-respected their parents. Taken the name of GOD in vain. I am one of those people. I sin, but I ask for forgivness. All Phil Robertson did is point out | Read More »
Obama refusal to negotiate ‘accrued bills’ makes all spending permanent
When President George W. Bush began his second term with a proposal to reform Social Security by creating the first real “lock box” that would allow taxpayers to bequeath any accumulated contributions remaining in their FICA accounts at their death, to their heirs, even his own Republican Party allies in Congress refused to negotiate. But at his recent news conference, President Barack Obama seemed to | Read More »
Fewer Presents, but an Indescribable Gift
My wife and I just returned from our first ever trip to the Holy Land. Especially at this time of the year, it was something we’ll never forget and hope all get to experience some day. First, God showed us his sovereign power with a “100 year” snowstorm in Jerusalem that scrambled our plans as the ancient and most controversial of all cities in the | Read More »
, Merry Christmas
The Watercooler ~ O Come, O Come Emmanuel [UPDATED NEW SONG]
While getting excited in anticipation of the celebration of our precious Savior’s birth, I found some titillating music to share from the Annie Moses Band. Enjoy. By the way, the Annie Moses Band is a Christian family of musicians. The father plays the piano and writes and arranges their music. Be encouraged RedStaters and know that God is still in control. And don’t forget to | Read More »
NM Supreme Court: Gays as Capable of “Responsible Procreation” as Heterosexuals
First comes love, Then comes marriage, Then comes… Last week the New Mexico state Supreme court ruled redefining marriage, mandating that changes be made so as to not “discriminate” based on gender. The decision was 5-0 and the opinion read in part: We separately consider the purported governmental interests in responsible procreation and responsible child rearing. Regarding responsible procreation, we fail to see how forbidding | Read More »
The Fed @ 100: Can’t fix Obamanomics
Today’s centennial anniversary of the creation of the “Third Bank of the United States”, legally titled the Federal Reserve, seems a good time to reflect on its mostly unchecked power, role in causing and preventing financial crises, and obvious inability to return an economy to health made sick by failed fiscal and other economic policies imposed by the federal government. The Federal Reserve System was | Read More »
The Snowflake Issues
Snowflakes are a lot like fingerprints. No two are the same. Their uniqueness is part of the allure. One of my favorite activities in grade school was when the teacher gave us white construction paper and scissors, telling us to cut out little bits to make our own snowflakes. No student did theirs the exact same way, and it was cool to see so many | Read More »
A repost from a month ago seems appropriate… An American president can become a tyrant only with Congress’s acquiescence
In 1803 Chief Justice John Marshall changed the face of American government. He did it in such a subtle way that few people understood the consequences of his act at the time. After losing the election of 1800 and in an effort to thwart the power of victor Thomas Jefferson, John Adams sought to place dozens of party loyalists into various positions in the judicial | Read More »
Top Liberal Spews of 2013- Part 5
At number 12 in the countdown is that lovable butler from the old Addams Family sit-com, Lurch- also known as Secretary of State John Kerry. This is a man who on at least three occasions in 2013 said that global warming was the number one threat to our national security. So if I get this right, Syria’s chemical arsenal, a nuclear Iran and North Korea, | Read More »
“Dumb and Dumber” – Obama Administration
Let’s see what a Dictator can get away with before he’s stopped. So far it appears he’s on top of his game because there have been over 27 changes to Obamacare according to so Galen Institute -no one knows from day to day what tomorrow may bring. The past five years Obama has discovered that he can absolutely rewrite laws or bi-pass our Constitution any | Read More »
Ryan-Murray Budget Passed Because Obama Wasn’t Involved
Congress hasn’t passed a budget in four years, so the sudden approval of the Ryan-Murray budget last week came as something of a surprise. What changed this time? President Barack Obama avoided getting involved. “I think this budget deal worked, quite frankly – let’s go right to the center of this – because Obama was not part of the negotiations,” said Bob Woodward, a noted journalist who | Read More »
A Jewish Christmas Story
My love for politics is only exceeded by my passion for religious and faith issues. So with Christmas upon us, here is an intriguing tale of religion and faith that happens to be my own tale of religious freedom. It is during this time of year that I most enjoy reflecting upon my 40-year relationship with Jesus and my ever-growing love for HIM. What | Read More »
Untangling The Corporate Web Behind Duck Dynasty
Most people know that the Duck Dynasty TV show is shown on the channel A&E. Since the ridiculous suspension of Phil Robertson, there have been massively organized efforts to boycott all A&E programs. In fact, there are three Facebook pages in support of Phil Robertson (and opposition to A&E) that have over 1 million “likes” each. What most people don’t know is that A&E is | Read More »
Hexavalent Chromium Found at Closed Vlasic Pickle Plant and Adjacent Residential Groundwater
Co-authored By: Wolfgang von Baumgart Independent chemical analysis studies reveal that hexavalent chromium has been found at the site of the recently closed Vlassic pickle plant in Millsboro DE and has leaked to adjacent residential areas at Possum Point on the Indian River Bay. At a public hearing in Millsboro to discuss the viability of opening a new poultry processing plant on the closed Vlasic | Read More »
Top Liberal Spews of 2013- Part 4
Numbers 14 and 13 are appropriately listed together since they co-host the same MSNBC drivel- “The Cycle.” I am, of course, talking about that “something” called a Toure, and Krystal Ball. They are actually interchangeable on this list, but I am putting Ball slightly higher on the list. I put Toure- actual name Toure Neblett- a little lower only because he does a great bobble | Read More »
Islam, NASA, Christian Prince Charles and climate change
Soon after insisting that his 2009 Stimulus bill be quickly passed by Congress lest unemployment ever rise above 8%, President Barack Hussein Obama’s first foreign policy trip was an Apology Tour to the Middle East. The message: the Islamic world had nothing to fear from this son of a Muslim, non-Bush-cowboy. President Obama went on abandon surge-fought-for-gains in Iraq, leaving no American footprint; promise date-certain | Read More »
I’m Coming Out of the Closet… I am a Married Heterosexual Evangelical Christian!
So, there I was, minding my own business… And I read that the guy with the long, scruffy beard from Duck Dynasty can’t figure out why some guys might prefer a man’s anus to a woman’s vagina. Ho, hum, another day in America. What’s on the Weather Channel? It seems like just yesterday that we were all worried about Miley Cyrus “twerking” –although, being a | Read More »
Why I will no longer be eating at Cracker Barrel.
As both as a libertarian Republican and a Christian, when Cracker Barrel decided to pull products with Duck Dynasty picture of Phil on it, I took it as a direct assault on my belief system. While I am not a Duck Dynasty fan and I personally don’t like the show, I support Phil in his right to his religious belief as well as my own | Read More »
Of Ducks and Constitution
Update; Looking around, there is not much mention on the obligation and duty of the people found in our founding documents from which the United States Bill of Rights originated from. The First Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights only restricts the United States Congress, but why? You can find this in the laws of the various State Constitutions and more, to | Read More »
Gay Writer: Duck Dynasty Firestorm Says More About Gay Bigotry Than Phil’s
While some might not agree with Phil Robertson’s views on homosexuality, it should be hardly a surprise to A&E. Social conservatism and religion are the show’s bread and butter. And for the network to “indefinitely suspend” Robertson out of some sort of profound discovery of his views on this subject, is disingenuous in the extreme. He admits he’s a “Bible-thumper.” Additionally, saying the homosexuality is | Read More »
On Self Righteous Lynch Mobs
I’m going to say something on the A&E/Phil Robertson thing, and then I’m done talking about this. We’ve become a nation of people who listen to what others say and parse every word looking for something to be offended about. We twist each others words and we read meaning into what is being said that was not intended by the one saying it. Then we | Read More »
Never the Twain Shall Meet
When Kipling coined this phrase in the 19th century he was lamenting the gulf of understanding between the imperial British and their subjects on the Indian subcontinent. It has since entered general usage meaning two things that are so different they have no opportunity to unite. In the development and discussion of liberty there are two strains which fit this description. There is the English | Read More »
Top Liberal Spews of 2013- Part 3
At number 16 on the list is MSNBC host Chris Hayes. This little weasel of a man who wears Harry Potter glasses hosts a show called “All In with Chris Hayes.” He also writes for the Nation, another seldom read liberal rag. Hayes rose to popularity when he filled in for Ed Schultz on his show when Ed’s head spontaneously exploded one afternoon. He also | Read More »
Same Sex Marriage in Utah!?!?
According to Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/20/judge-strikes-down-utah-same-sex-marriage-ban-as-unconstitutional/), a federal judge has struck down Utah’s same sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. I haven’t seen anything to indicate that Utah’s Constitutional Amendment 3 which banned not only SSM but also “substantially equivalent” unions was particularly vulnerable. If this stands, then we’ve basically got Gay Marriage nationwide.
Clarification: n. An Administrative Rewrite of a Congressionally Enacted Law
The Obama Administrations latest delay/rewrite/waver will allow those who have had their insurance plans canceled to obtain a “hardship exemption” and be eligible for catastrophic coverage.
This is once again Orwellian Newspeak for the Obama Administration’s latest attempt to entirely rewrite ObamaCare to correct a problem inherent in ObamaCare that the Obama Administration previously attempted to coverup (and won “Lie of the Year” for it’s efforts).
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The Norm Changed – Ask Phil
After listening to all of the scuttlebutt about Duck Dynasty’s patriarch Phil Robertson a few things come to mind that haven’t been mentioned by the news media. Those who are attempting to make a big deal out of Phil’s interview with GQ seem to be taking his remarks personally. Now why could that be when we live in a Country that allows freedom of speech? | Read More »
Shorter @BarackObama: We totally trust Iran
This little gem was in my e-mail this morning, courtesy the ForiegnPolicy.com MidEast Brief: U.S. President Barack Obama made a rare threat to veto legislation after a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran if an interim nuclear agreement fails. Despite pressure from the Obama administration, on Thursday a group of 26 republican and democratic senators filed a | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Big Gov, Puny Church
So. By now, it should be getting clearer and clearer just who will suffer more when the “church” is kept out of government. (And by church, I am not referring to buildings, denominations or institutions…but to individuals who make up the church.) Who would you rather be in authority over governmental institutions — with the coercive power to force/punish behavior they find disagreeable? A God-fearing | Read More »
Project Advent Tree: Putting the Christmas Focus back on Christ
As this Christmas Season approached, I felt a stirring in my heart to recenter focus on the Miracle of Christmas, and as my focus began to shift I wondered: What if, instead of focusing on filling the base of our tree with presents and paper, ribbons and bows, we filled its branches with our prayers? What if we gave our hearts to God this Advent Season to magnify His greatness? What fruit would our tree bear?
So this Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ, we have made our Christmas Tree into an Advent Tree – a tree filled with the prayers of our fellow men, which we will offer to the Lord on Christmas Night.Will you give us the gift of adorning our tree with your prayers? The joy of praying for you and your loved ones this Advent Season? The honor of offering your prayers to Jesus on Christmas Night?
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Administration admits ObamaCare is a hardship to American Citizens
As I usually do in the morning, as I am getting my girls ready for school, I opened up the Drudge Report on my iPhone, and was amazed to read that President Obama and the Dept. of HHS were going to waive the individual mandate for as many as 500,000 Americans. I turned to a BLOG post on the “Weekly Standard,” by Daniel Halper titled, | Read More »
Understanding the False Equivalency of the Free State Foundation’s Views on Retransmission Consent and the Free Market
My response to Free State Foundation’s blog post, “Understanding the Un-Free Market for Retrans Consent Is the First Step for Reforming It.” The Free State Foundation (FSF) questioned my most recent blog post at RedState, which noted that the American Television Alliance’s (ATVA) arguments supporting FCC price regulation of broadcast television content are inconsistent with the arguments its largest members make against government intervention proposed by net neutrality supporters. FSF | Read More »
Do the old rules still apply to the future of communications technology?
Promoted from the diaries by Neil. Commissioner Ajit Pai himself has written at RedState previously.
A top government official is calling for Washington, D.C. to get out of the dysfunctional and corrupt business of managing industry competition.
Reflecting on the 100th anniversary of a Justice Department deal granting AT&T a legal monopoly over the country’s communications, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai warned a D.C. audience on Wednesday of the pitfalls of regulatory agencies being “captured” by the industries they were created to police.
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Some Unions Collapse in Historic Wisconsin Vote
Numbers of public sector unions in Wisconsin collapsed in the wake of an historic vote that ended on Thursday. The unions are acutely feeling the impact of Act 10, Governor Scott Walker’s controversy-generating collective bargaining reforms of 2011. The reforms require public sector unions to hold annual recertification votes. In order to be certified as unions by the state, the labor groups must get the | Read More »
Reflecting on 2013 and Looking Onward to 2014
Well it’s been a very eventful year. Started it out with a $hit sandwich deal. Then there’s the Paul filibuster, then immigration, then Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, then there was revelations on mass surveillance by the NSA, then there was Syria, then the Cruz filibuster and the Obamacare shutdown. Now we end 2013 with another $hit sandwich which ends the only spending restraint we | Read More »
Could the Duck Dynasty incident cost Mary Landrieu her Senate seat?
Oh, the pure joy of unintended consequences…. Everyone here is likely familiar with the recent events concerning the Duck Dynasty patriarch and A&E placing him on suspension ( while at the same time continuing to run the shows pretty much non-stop.) It is by far the most popular program on cable TV, period! And a huge money-maker for the network. Last night , on Megyn | Read More »
Top Liberal Spews of 2013- Part 2
As promised, MSNBC has several on this list and one clearly deserving is Melissa Harris-Perry. I really do not trust liberals with hyphenated last names. There are so many things that land her on this list not the least of which is her constant race-baiting and seeing that great racial bogeyman in anything the GOP, conservatives in general, or the Tea Party in particular says | Read More »
About that First Amendment: a contrarian take on Duck Dynasty
I thought about using my first diary to comment on something big, but maybe it’s just better to get it out of the way. I understand the commotion that this has raised. Well, I understand part of it – the part where political correctness makes your skin crawl. But that’s all this is. Inevitably, the first amendment has been trotted out and suited up for | Read More »
Paul Ryan Enshrined In The G.O.P. Hall Of Shame
The American Conservative Union gives Paul Ryan a lifetime score of 91%. Not too shabby, until you look a little closer at his performance on several key votes. Consider the following provided by Matt Lewis with The Daily Caller. Rep. Ryan voted FOR: The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, whereby the government purchased assets and equity from financial institutions. The auto-bailout, which essentially implied | Read More »
This Assault On The Duck Commander Is The final Straw For Me!
WHEN I ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR, I DID NOT BECOME A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN! Stop! Let me preface what I Am About to say with this. The story of Jesus is not about a hateful being out to destroy all who oppose him, it is about an all powerful God, who gave up all the trappings of heaven, and came to | Read More »
The Gay A&Emperor has no clothes
Phil Robertson made a common sense statement about anatomy. Protected by monopoly practices in the cable industry, Hearst & Disney/ABC owned A&E tries to punish Mr. Robertson for his point of view. Robertson’s plain spoken statement, which is anatomically and psychologically correct from a normal male’s point of view, was expressed outside his A&E program. His opinion was in response to questions asked by interviewers. | Read More »
DUCK DYNASTY TRAVESTY
As anyone knows who has not been in a cave the past few days, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame has been suspended by the A&E network for comments he made about homosexuality. I have grown weary of the left-wing politically correct crowd who try to silence everyone that speaks dissent against their agenda. Phil is not the first to say that homosexuality is a | Read More »
In Praise of the Republican House
Polls are confusing when they are intended to form opinion rather than to reflect it. Take the favorability ratings of Congress – 9% according to Gallup, the lowest since polling began in 1974. Outlets like CBS , The Hill, and the Huffington Post like to use this number to make President Obama’s 40% approval ratings look good, and to attach blame to the Republican House and its | Read More »
The Non Religious Winter Birth Diorama
by Chris Shugart It’s become the most politically incorrect time of the year. More and more, timid holiday revelers feel compelled to avoid any and all Christian references connected to the—uh—season. It was Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly that popularized the term “War on Christmas” about a decade ago, and it continues to be an annual battle that shows no signs of letting up. Always | Read More »
Cue Faux “Christian” Handwringing
Promoted from the diaries We are just into the first full day of the A&E / Duck Commander controversy and already weak-kneed “Christian leaders” are lining up to apologize for Phil Robertson and what he said. These perfectly manicured, soft-spoken, self-appointed Christian spokesmen – often with hair that can withstand gale force winds – are only too happy to jump in front of a camera | Read More »
1st Amendment B*****s
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Note: the b*****s part is aimed at progressive leftists who freak out daily. Let’s get to it. Phil Robertson has | Read More »
How Espionage and Inefficiency Ruined Public Trust
By: Rachel Burger Yesterday, Gallup released a poll that shows a record number of Americans—72%—believe that the greatest threat to the United States is big government. That’s a pretty large leap since March 2009, when only 55% of Americans thought that was the case. What’s even more astonishing is that, across party lines, more people view government as a threat than big business or big | Read More »
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Shut Up and Be Tolerant, Redneck!
“Shut up and be tolerant, redneck” they screamed. As you may have heard, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame has been suspended. And what did Phil do or say that offended to get booted from TV? He quoted from the Bible. Specifically, he said in an interview with GQ “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.” What, in your mind, | Read More »