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 »
Work is Not A “Lifestyle Choice”
It was certainly no surprise to most of us that the CBO report showed Obamacare was, and will be, costing the economy countless jobs. White House and congressional Democrats could have put a spin on it that this was a necessary price to pay in order to get Obama’s signature health care proposal implemented, but they didn’t do that. Instead, they chose a response which | Read More »
Week 7 – Chronological Bible Reading – 2014
WEEK 7 – 2014 Monday 17 Exodus 32 – 34 Tuesday 18 Exodus 35 – 36 Wednesday 19 Exodus 37 – 38 Thursday 20 Exodus 39 – 40 Friday 21 Leviticus 1:1 – 5:13 Saturday 22 Leviticus 5:14 – 7:38 Sunday 23 Leviticus 8 – 10 Leviticus Author: Moses Date: 1450-1410 B.C. The Book of Exodus concludes with the erection of the tabernacle, which | Read More »
On the Braggart Verses The Humble.
My thoughts on the comments by Oshie after the Hockey Win yesterday. You know, it’s a sad commentary on our society when a simple act of humility by an athlete is seen as extraordinary. The generations before us served and accomplished miraculous feats from founding a nation out of the wilderness to storming the beaches of the wold not as conquerors, but a s liberators. | Read More »
What the Tea Party needs now
On National Review Online’s The Corner this morning, Betsy Woodruff reports something that Katrina vanden Heuvel said that just stunned me (Nation Editor: With Cruz, Delusional Is No Longer Marginal, emphasis mine): The morning’s panel on ABC’s This Week didn’t have much love for Senator Ted Cruz. In a discussion of the fight over last week’s debt ceiling hike — read some of NR’s reporting on it here and here – | Read More »
Why ‘Win Power to Win Policy’ Won’t Work Now—or Ever
The role of the minority Prevent the majority from passing an agenda that is bad for the country and its citizens. Try to pass an agenda that they think is better. Get hired. Notice the order? You win power by showing what you will do if you get power. The current Republican leadership is blowing the job interview and doesn’t realize it. So how does | Read More »
Why is @AlexSinkFlorida so starkly terrified of @chucktodd? #fl13
Like Hot Air, I am just a touch bemused at reports that Alex Sink (Democratic candidate for Florida’s 13th district special election) is apparently adamant that she absolutely cannot be at a debate that has NBC’s Chuck Todd moderating it: When it came to laying down the ground rules for an upcoming debate in the closely watched Florida congressional special election, Democrat Alex Sink — | Read More »
Traditional Marriage Fails To Get On Ballot In Indiana
Looks like a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Indiana won’t be on the ballot until 2016. Though I ask traditional conservatives this; what good by this point does it do passing constitutional amendments when they’re being knocked down left and right? First in Utah, then my state Oklahoma, then Kentucky in cases of out-of-state marriages and latest case is in Virginia. There’s | Read More »
Cruz’s Call For Senate Vote on Debt Ceiling: Act of Integrity, Not Stunt
I just read an article by Kathleen Hunter on Bloomberg.net entitled “Cruz Senate Stunt Goes Unpunished as Old Tools Don’t Work” (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-14/cruz-senate-stunt-goes-unpunished-as-old-tools-don-t-work.html?cmpid=yhoo.inline), and sit in utter amazement at how her reporting can be so biased — and just flat-out wrong. Ms. Hunter states in the article: “[Senator Mitch] McConnell had to vote “yes” on advancing the debt bill to bring along enough fellow Republicans …” | Read More »
The Left is outraged over actors in political ads
[ Promoted from the Diaries. Also, I just wanted to note, this is the same party that once used a little girl in an ad that threatened a nuclear apocalypse if Goldwater were to win. -AG ] Americans For Prosperity is coming under fire for an ad they ran in Louisiana depicting the harmful effects of the Affordable Care Act on the people of Louisiana. It’s an | Read More »
In my family I am alone. They are all in for Obama and Obamacare. My brother, my three sisters and both of my parents are all in for the dictator and his vapid dictums. No matter what I say, they bloviate utterly stupid assertions and lies regarding Obumer’s viciously destructive policies. Well, they don’t think that they are lies. They tell me that they get their information from | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Traditional Marriage Amendment vote won’t happen in Indiana
HJR-3 the Constitutional Amendment that would define Marriage as between One Man and One Woman. It was amended by State Representative Truitt ( R-Lafayette) to take out the part of the Amendment that bans Civil Unions. Mostly Democrats and Rs already opposed to the Amendment supported it. The State Senate had an opportunity to reinsert the Language and declined to do so. The Amended Amendment | Read More »
UAW loses Tennessee Volkswagon unionization bid.
Meant to write about this, but it fell through the cracks. You mostly just need this link and this tweet (Via AoSHQ): pic.twitter.com/m5pnMbur1H — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) February 15, 2014 And oh, yeah: Barack Obama thinks that it’s all our fault. [Obama] briefly touched on the subject, saying that people in the region appear to favor the unionization plan, except for local [“local” including | Read More »
(Updated) I Hope RedState and Texans Will Take A Very Close Look at KEN COPE (R CAND, TX – U.S. Senator)
Meet Ken Cope, an impressive Republican running against the powerful Senator John Cornyn for the U.S. Texas Senate. Ken Cope has a plethora of management and leadership experience spanning both Army and private aerospace experience on the international level. The bottom line is he appears to be a proven problem solver. Don’t take my word for it; read his answers on a wide range of subjects at the | Read More »
To @DrewMTips And @charlescwcooke: Honestly, It Really Doesn’t Matter
I am watching the back and forth between Drew M and Charles C. W. Cook and I think to myself, who cares?! Both of you are right and both of you are wrong. And for the same reason, you both don’t get it: It doesn’t matter anymore. Charles C. W. Cook is right that McConnell and Boehner has been the voices of reason, but he | Read More »
100% of Groups Audited by the IRS Were, You Guessed It, Conservative
The House Ways and Means Committee has revealed that its investigation into the IRS targeting scandal has unearth yet another layer of the culture of corruption at the Obama Administration’s IRS. That’s right, every single 501(c)(4) organization selected for an audit by the IRS was a conservative group.
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Praising the Establishment?
My introduction to William F. Buckley Jr came through finding Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in August 1999 when I was a young 20 years old. Rush used to mention frequently the mighty intellectual foundations of Conservatism on his show, and Buckley was often mentioned with great reverence. Buckley is considered by many to be the “Patron Saint of Conservatism,” which is the title of a | Read More »
If Hillary is the Democrat nominee, who might her VP be? And would it have to be a black or Latino?
The speculation about Hillary continues. Her supporters are attempting to make her nomination seem inevitable ( again) And we all know how that turned out last time. She’s raising gazillions for the campaign, yet she hasn’t announced. Many think she won’t run, for a variety of reasons. I’m of that persuasion, and laid out my reasons why in an earlier diary: http://www.redstate.com/gawken/2014/01/17/what-if-hillary-doesnt-run/ For a great | Read More »
The Morality of Obama’s Wagon
Dinesh D’Souza, conservative intellectual and producer of 2016: Obama’s America, recently commented on the inverted morality of praising those who are ”sitting in the wagon” and demonizing those who are “pulling the wagon”. (See this video starting at minute 4:00.) D’Souz’s premise has three parts: 1. There are an increasing number of people sitting in the wagon. – The simplest statistic is the civilian labor force participation rate which | Read More »
Out With Graham, In With Bright
There is a lot of attention being focused on primary challenges to sitting Republican Senators this election cycle. Before the races started heating up, many conservatives across the country were most looking forward to unseating South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. And yet, almost no national attention has been given to the race. This should change, as all polling shows Graham vulnerable to falling beneath the | Read More »
How To Stop The Coming Single-Payer Monster
I recently watched a scary message from a RedState email about the single-payer path Obamacare is suppose to be heading. Many of you probably received and watched the message too. His name is Jud Anglin and he runs a healthcare business in Maryland. We already all know where Obamacare is suppose to be heading. He predicts that in 18-24 months (I think he did the | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ A Diary for RedState Californians
I decided to put together a diary that would enable other depressed California activists to take advantage of our time in the wilderness as we suffer under the hand of reckless Democrat rule with seemingly no end in sight. For those of you who may not watch politics that closely, the victory for Republican Kevin Faulconer in San Diego’s special mayoral election (the special election | Read More »
Campaign Reform Needed To Return #VotersRights
Nowhere in the Constitution or in the writings and speeches of America’s founding fathers is there talk of “government by the corporations, for the special interests and of those who raise a lot of money.” Yet, for the most part that’s what we have in Washington, DC and in many state capitols today. Weak and inherently corrupt campaign finance laws favor incumbents and candidates who | Read More »
The coming ACA death spiral.
You might have heard that even if only 25% of the enrollees are young adults that the overall costs of Obamacare will increase only 2.4% and a death spiral will certainly not ensue. Assuming that the enrollees don’t skew sicker than expected (we’ll come back to that) there is still a problem – the gender makeup. It is well known that men use fewer health | Read More »
Grand Theater, Beltway Style
Four years ago it was The Affordable Care Act. Last year they gave us The Sequester. Two weeks ago, it was The Farm Bill. This week, it’s a blank budget check via spending-limit dissolution. (The Check’s-Blank Redemption?) The federal government—THE most powerful Corporation in human history—has done it again: performed its theater to give itself the money it wants and called it a win for the people from whom it extorts | Read More »
Ken Buck Wants Colorado to Choose a New Direction
Since the 2008 election, in which Mark Udall rode Barack Obama’s coattails all the way to the Senate, Colorado has had the unfortunate experience of having Udall represent the will of Washington back to those of us in Colorado, rather than represent the will of Coloradan’s to those in Washington. Mark Udall voted in agreement with President Obama 99% of the time in 2013. Just | Read More »