The 2016 REDSTATE Presidential Strawpoll popup thingy

    Have you noticed a straw poll pop up sometimes when you jump into Redstate? A straw poll which shows you pictures of every possible Republican candidate who may (or may not) have dreams of running for president in 2016?   The last person is only in silhouette with the suspicious name of Write-In. I ask because, yes silly me, actually took the time to give my secret email | Read More »

    The Watercooler ~ Should Justices Ginsburg and Kagan Recuse Themselves From Gay Marriage Case?

    There is much legitimate criticism of the main stream press for their biased reporting. Not only are most of the stories covered written by liberal journalists from a liberal point of view, if they could be charged with criminal neglect or gross negligence for ignoring or refusing to cover stories of serious misconduct, or possible illegal behavior by Democrats in government, a lot of them | Read More »

    Obama’s Anti-Small Business “Safe Harbor From Fraud Policy” Goes Unreported

    This week the Obama Administration succeeded in avoiding any mainstream media coverage when they implemented one of the most vile anti-middle class and anti-small business policies in history. The “safe harbor from fraud penalties” policy went into effect after the Small Business Administration issued their Final Rule on its implementation on Feb. 11. After I had released a barrage of press releases and blogs sounding | Read More »

    Huge Hoax Holds Humanity Hostage

    Wow! The Man-made Global Warming Hoax is a Hoax.  Who saw this coming except anyone investing five minutes examining the scientific evidence from both sides?  Or anyone remembering this is the same crowd of alarmists    who warned of a new ice age in the 1970s.  Let’s see, they wouldn’t buy the Brooklyn Bridge but they’re willing to mortgage the farm for the Golden Gate.   Now | Read More »

    Upgrading Privacy Laws For The Digital Age

    Upgrading Privacy Laws For The Digital Age

    When Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in 1986, the Internet was still in its infancy. Google was just an absurdly big number most people had never heard of. And Apple’s Macintosh Plus computer had a whopping 1MB of memory and retailed for $2599.  Back then, if an email had to be sitting in a server for more than 180 days, there was a | Read More »

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    Truthiness and Job Rotation in the Political-Media Complex

    Truthiness and Job Rotation in the Political-Media Complex

    Because his BuzzFeed audition tape was so well received by the critics, H/T Gerard Big Guy has decided to go ahead with the job rotation program he’s been contemplating ever since Brian Williams troubles began. So he put down his gun, picked up his pen and signed another executive action authorizing a high level career development job rotation plan. Here are the official “rotators” who | Read More »

    “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” FBI Chief Reduces Policy to Puppetry

    "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" FBI Chief Reduces Policy to Puppetry

    Reducing our nation’s racial divisions to mere puppetry, FBI Director James Comey misquoted the Broadway play “Avenue Q” last night, saying that “everyone’s a little bit racist.”  (The song title is “Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist”)  Not being enculturated into the performance art of microaggressions, I had to watch it for myself. This is the—serious, not parody—worldview which frames Comey’s discussion of police bias.  Comey’s | Read More »

    The Chances of Ted Cruz

    Power hungry.  Arrogant.  Unwilling to yield or compromise.  Self righteous.  Single-minded piety.  High intellect.  Brilliant with a hard edge.  Charisma.  Fearless.  Extremely smart.  All of these have been used to describe Texas .  There is likely a hint of truth in all these statements.  Detractors focus on the negatives while his supporters see them as strengths.  Say anything you want about the man, but he | Read More »

    Memo to GOP: “Up the Pain”

    It’s a fundamental principle of legislative strategy.  But it seems to have thus far eluded the congressional GOP. And it is this: THE WAY YOU WIN ON EXECUTIVE AMNESTY (OR ANYTHING ELSE) IS TO INFLICT MORE PAIN ON OBAMA THAN HE INFLICTS ON YOU. Obama’s strategy is clear:  After successive failures to invoke cloture on an amnesty-defunding DHS appropriations bill, the congressional GOP, aided by | Read More »

    2015: A Time to Govern

                                                     Ecclesiastes 3      To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, | Read More »

    Hey McConnell! You can’t hide your lying eyes!

    Gutless On Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame member made a bunch of campaign promises told a ton of lies last year when he was running for reelection to the Senate. One of them was a commitment to use the budget process to stop Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. Well, apparently that was just sooooooooooooooo yesterday. On Tuesday, the Senate Majority “leader” said that a bill passed | Read More »

    Las Vegas Billionaire’s Crony Push to Regulate Internet A Threat to Gun Owners

    Since coming to Washington, DC during the Nixon Administration, I have been a staunch advocate of the Second Amendment, seeing most every hazard imaginable to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  Sometimes the threats are direct and easy identifiable. Often the threats are part of a chess game forcing us to see three or four steps ahead of the curve.  For the second year in | Read More »

    “Strategic Patience” Evolves: You say ISIS, I say ISIL

    "Strategic Patience" Evolves: You say ISIS, I say ISIL

    Well that didn’t last long – our “Strategic Patience” strategy I mean. Now Big Guy wants Congress to give him a  new authorization to use military force. Because he’s demonstrated his ability to handle it so well in the past. The only thing that concerns me is that he can’t seem to decide who or what he wishes to use this new authorization against. I | Read More »

    To the Leftist Media, UNC Victims Are Just #Hashtags

    Let’s see how fast this story evaporates from the mainstream media. A man in Chapel Hill shot three UNC students, two women and a man.  Normally, a story like this would hit local media, and maybe garner ten seconds in a national newscast, a Fox News alert, or a few column inches in national newspapers.  But this story was about a white man shooting three | Read More »

    Overcoming Paul (Ron, that is…)

    Kentucky looks to be a candidate for President in 2016 for the GOP.  Like the presumed choice of the more establishment Republican, Jeb Bush, this Paul must overcome his last name. Some political pundits find it interesting that the elder Paul is a pariah within the GOP.  A great degree of Ron Paul’s policies dovetail nicely with conservative Republican policies- smaller government, greater states rights, | Read More »

    Why the idea of a Super Tuesday GOP primary is really dumb. Hint: Open primaries

    You’d think that after what happened in the Mississippi Senate race last November, conservatives would have learned a thing or two. Or not. However, it seems that southern Republicans are eager to step out of the frying pan and into the fire. There’s growing support among certain southern Republicans for a joint primary in the southern states…a March 1, 2016 super Tuesday..what some are already | Read More »

    Why the State Department Wants Iran to Get a Nuclear Weapon

    I believe the U.S. State department actually wants Iran to get a nuclear weapon and I think that while the plan may not necessarily be one of President Obama’s design, he most certainly is in support of it.  I think this strategy might even pre-date the Obama administration.  Here is why I hold this opinion. In career diplomatic circles, Israel is viewed as the stumbling | Read More »

    CPAC: Gathering Place for Coalition Conservatives?

    I have written nearly 100 columns here at REDSTATE from the perspective of what is popularly called the “social wing” of the conservative movement for the past several years but I have also never made any secret of the fact that personally, I am more of a “coalition conservative” whose views are in keeping with all three “legs” of our cause.  During the Reagan campaigns | Read More »

    An Open Letter to Rachel Maddow about my trip to Israel

    Dear Rachel, I’d like to set the record straight about my recent headline-making trip to Israel and clarify that Bryan Fischer’s remarks do not represent David Lane, and most importantly do not represent the pastors to whom he ministers or the many Christians like myself who follow Jesus Christ. Let me also clarify, I am neither a Republican National Committee member nor a registered Republican. | Read More »

    Follow the Money: Valentine’s Day

    Follow the Money: Valentine's Day

    Remember the days after Christmas? It was only a month ago, and yet another holiday season is upon us.  Whether it’s from cable news, talk radio, internet pop-up ads or any of the ways you choose to stay plugged in, you really can’t escape knowing all the gift options for your loved one available this Valentine’s Day. As well informed as you might be on | Read More »

    Brian Williams’ Tall Tales vs. Embellished Global Warming Personalities

    What made Brian Williams inject himself into an Iraq war incident? Perhaps the reason is as simple as a juvenile desire to remain in the center of adoring attention. When prominent personalities in the global warming issue say things about themselves that isn’t accurate, that’s a whole other ballgame. This isn’t about science details, either, which are subject to interpretation that’s best left to experts. | Read More »

    The President’s Small World

    Last week people around the world were horrified when a gruesome video emerged of ISIS terrorists burning a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage. King Abdullah of Jordan responded to these barbaric acts quickly and decisively, promising and delivering a severe response. Meanwhile back in Washington, President Obama responded in a different way. At the National Prayer Breakfast he took to the podium and self-righteously | Read More »

    Obamanomics!

    IRS COMMISSIONER KOSKINEN The headlines screamed ‘pandering’: IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama. Yes, extra money for invading a country– and a reward for work you probably never did. This is the Administration’s idea to pad the Democrat party with more leeches and special interests–and a large workforce ready for the menial jobs Americans “won’t do”! First let me | Read More »

    The Liberal War on Ultrasounds

    Across the country, liberals are waging a war on ultrasounds. The technology under attack offers women a window to the womb as they struggle to decide whether or not abortion is their best option. Pro-abortion advocates are determined to keep that window closed. Almost half of the country includes some kind of legislation that requires women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. Liberal | Read More »

    The Disconnect Between President Obama and President Obama on ISIS

    President Obama is now asking Congress for authority to declare war on ISIS – the Islamic State – something ISIS declared on America more than two years ago.

    Putting aside the debate of whether he actually needs congressional authority to continue to take the fight to this terrorist army or whether what he is requesting being authorized to do is sufficient, there is a vast conflict and contrast emerging within President Obama’s “strategy.”

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    The Grammys: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

    The Grammys: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

    I didn’t intend to file a report on the Grammys this year, butt alas I feel compelled as the politics of race have once again injected themselves into what should have been just another celebrity self-celebratory event. It wasn’t a shut out of black entertainers like the Oscar nominations, butt Beyoncé did not win the album of the year award as Kanye West felt she | Read More »

    Obama’s Jewish Problem Voxsplained (Quite by Accident)

    Obama's Jewish Problem Voxsplained (Quite by Accident)

    It’s a telling irony how the least threatening thing on earth can bring the mighty down off their high horse.  Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein’s astroglide-slathered interview with President Obama caught POTUS like Star Lord caught Ronan—“I’m distracting you, you big turd blossom”.  Obama was monologuing without a TelePrompTer to a fawning clutch of millennials whose titillating drool only egged him on.  He was shoveling | Read More »

    The Perry Second Chance

    When Texas Governor Rick Perry opted not to run for another term, it became obvious that he was gearing up for another presidential run.  Since 2012, he has appeared at events in Iowa at least 33 times and, in fact, his campaign began almost the day after he bowed out of contention in 2012.  If we look over the history of both parties, we generally | Read More »

    Why Millennials Will Choose Prosperity

    Millennials are often characterized as whimsical and ideologically incoherent. Much has been written about social media dependence and ignorance of basic economics, the latter of which is best exemplified by our generation’s simultaneous support for increasing the size of government and reducing it in the event that higher taxes are involved. Such confusion is understandable given the desperation produced by widespread unemployment, not to mention the | Read More »

    Free Market Ideas Can Sway Millennials in ’16

    In 2008, the alleged market failures that produced the Great Recession and widespread financial desperation played a crucial role in ushering Obama into the White House. ‘s admission of general economic ignorance symbolized his inadequacy for the task at hand, especially when paired against his opponent’s eagerness to intervene in markets to restore stability and common welfare. Mitt Romney faired only slightly better in 2012, eroding perceptions | Read More »

    Marco Rubio Signs Clayton Kershaw

    There is a good chance that the uncharismatic, sometimes politically clumsy Bush crashes and burns and that Rubio defeats him in New Hampshire, even if he doesn’t win the primary outright. If Jeb is effectively “out” before Florida -like President Giuliani- Rubio would be the clear favorite there go to win the nomination.

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    The Rubio Factor

      has instructed his staff to proceed as if he will be a candidate for President in 2016.  This makes sense as gearing for a presidential run can be easily converted to another senatorial run in 2016.  Thus, this writer does not necessarily believe this is a signal that he will run.  I do, however, believe that he is looking into the possibility.  He recently | Read More »

    “How Can We Expect Students to Learn if They Don’t Feel Safe?”

    Through the Franklin Center and Amplify School Choice, I had the opportunity to visit two Washington, DC area charter schools and hear ideas, information and opinions from various students, parents and leaders about school choice opportunities. Washington, D.C. is a mostly urban area and seems to reflect the opportunities and challenges of urban areas across the nation. Families with financial means may work in the | Read More »

    The People’s War on Mac and Cheese: The Dust Up

    The People’s War on Mac and Cheese: The Dust Up

    Michelle Obama: “Cheese dust is not food.” Cheese Dust: “Food is not a public trust.” I should warn advise you; now that Groundhog Day is over Lady M will be making appearances for 6 more weeks. Objective: hyping the  5th anniversary of her signature Let’s Move! program. My how time flies! Five whole years of yammering about what to stick in your mouth and how | Read More »

    Brian Williams, American Sniper?

    The military, as an idea, might be the last American institution with the built-in credibility that journalists used to enjoy.

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    Obama’s Name rearranged tells who he REALLY is.

    Barack Obama’s name rearranged tells who he really is. This 60 second video is so mind boggling you just have to see it. The odds of this being mere coincidence must be in the range of a million to one or maybe a billion to one!

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    Gay Marriage in Alabama: Relax & Take a Deep Breath

    It seems that everyone here has their knickers in a twist because the US Supreme Court refused to extend a stay on a lower court ruling on gay marriage in Alabama.  Some are saying that this foretells the future since they have a case before them to be heard in April with a decision likely in June.  You need to understand this in perspective and | Read More »

    When Governments Start Meddling, They Simply Can Not Stop Themselves

    For governments everywhere, taxes and regulations are like Lays Potato Chips – no one can eat just one. In part, of course, because governments’ appetite for taking our money and controlling our lives is insatiable. It’s their nature. And because government intervention just about always makes things worse. ObamaCare Makes Things Worse Damaging Dodd-Frank is Making Things Worse Obama’s ($787 Billion) Stimulus Plan Made Crisis | Read More »

    SF Archbishop stuns diocese by revealing he’s Catholic

    SF Archbishop stuns diocese by revealing he's Catholic

    San Francisco Archbishop Savatore Cordileone has stunned his archdiocese by revealing he is, in fact, Catholic. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone faced hundreds of teachers from four Catholic high schools Friday for the first time since announcing his intent to include morality clauses in their handbook and labor contract, but did little to ease the anger and fear associated with the new language, teachers said. A teacher | Read More »

    Obama’s Education Loan Bailout and the Student Debt Bomb

    Thanks to a post by streiff a few days ago, a surprise in Obama’s budget got my attention. Last week, Politico revealed a little gem hidden in the Obama budget: “In obscure data tables buried deep in its 2016 budget proposal, the Obama administration revealed this week that its student loan program had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year, apparently the largest ever recorded for | Read More »

    Dear Supreme Court, If You Strike Down Traditional Marriage, We Can Use Article V To Restore Federalism

    I know that the Supreme Court Justices of these United States don’t care about the opinions of a small time political blogger from Northern Illinois but, opine in your direction I must because what you are likely to do some time during this current term. According to the esteemed Justice Clarence Thomas in a dissenting opinion Monday regarding the rest of the Courts refusal to | Read More »

    Remembering the ‘Reagan Revolution’

    Ronald Wilson Reagan demonstrated an incredible optimism in the American way, and despite being 69 years of age, a majority of the American public responded favorably to his “Reagan Revolution.”

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    Marita Noon: OPEC prediction of $200 a-barrel-oil ignores market realities—or maybe not

    Maybe al-Badri is right—though not for the reasons he outlined. Maybe he knows more than his simplistic explanation revealed. If he is, if he does, the U.S. is going to need every drop of oil found within our borders, including the Arctic resources that President Obama just proposed be permanently put off limits.

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    Senator versus Governor

        If the case can be made that someone without a college education can become president, then the case can be made that a senator is just as strong if not stronger then a governor running for office.  It’s funny how we didn’t hear about how we “need a governor” and “only a governor” can get elected when and Bob Dole were the nominees.   | Read More »

    The Crusades Are Over; Focus On The Threat At Hand

    In case you missed it, President Obama’s remarks at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast have disappointed, frustrated, and stunned many Americans. Speaking about how we should grapple with the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, he said, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds | Read More »

    Taxes, Deficit, Debt & Money to Run the Government

    The budget sent to the Congress by the President on February 4th would spend a record $4 Trillion, raising taxes by $2 Trillion and projecting that the deficit will decline to about $474 Billion. This is slight of hand…

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    This is Important

    This is important. The tolerance-loving terrorist apologists, having failed to dissuade Benjamin Netanyahu from canceling his speech before a joint session of Congress, are now trying to astroturf the issue.  They have the Anti-Defamation League in their corner.  They’ve got the Israeli press making noises that Bibi should cancel.  They’re trying to put a deal together for Bibi to visit the White House if he | Read More »

    Government Broadband Plan Would Move US Policy to the Left of Europe

    From the diaries… Last year the European Union (EU) ruled that government owned broadband networks are harmful to competition and counterproductive to broadband deployment in markets with private competitors — like the market in Cedar Falls, Iowa where the President spoke. In a speech preceding the State of the Union Address, President Obama said that preempting state laws prohibiting municipalities from owning broadband networks puts him on the | Read More »

    Congressional Investigation of FCC Spells Trouble for Net Neutrality

    Did the FCC chairman change his mind about Title II on his own, or did he capitulate to White House demands to avoid the disgrace of losing his chairmanship? A shocking investigative report by The Wall Street Journal suggests its the latter, and has prompted a pivotal Congressional investigation. On Friday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee initiated an investigation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine | Read More »

    Kerry’s Gay Blade

    Kerry's Gay Blade

    This is so expected.  First, the “gay pride” flag was flown over the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.  Then it was Israel’s turn to hoist the rainbow ensign over the embassy in Tel Aviv.  Now, Secretary of State will appoint an LGBT special envoy. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said US Secretary of State would “soon” make the appointment. “It will be an openly gay foreign | Read More »