Economics 101: Maybe people have gotten smarter?

    From The Wall Street Journal: Why the Housing Rebound Hasn’t Lifted the U.S. Economy Much Many homeowners don’t realize they have home equity to tap, while banks have pulled back on loan amounts and other types of loans have become cheaper By Joe Light | November 22, 2015 2:50 p.m. ET American homeowners are finally digging out of the hole created by the housing crisis. | Read More »

    The Private Sector Solves Problems – Government Exacerbates and Creates Them

    The seven years of the President Barack Obama Administration have provided us with two diametrically opposite things. The government time and again failing utterly in just about everything it tries to do – economic recovery, job creation, health care, defense of our borders and our nation, budget stewardship,…. Meanwhile, the Administration and its Democrat Party keep usurping and pushing to usurp as much of the | Read More »

    King Leonidas, ISIS and the Culture War Barack Obama Refuses to See… Nevermind Fight

    A week and a half ago fascist thugs of ISIS attacked Paris. Three days later President Obama addressed the world from Istanbul and said the attack was “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.” That is a wonderful sentiment, but like most things that come out of Barack Obama’s mouth, it’s wrong. There are not universal values. Take freedom of | Read More »

    Myra Adams: Five Reasons Why the Clinton Foundation Will Be a 2016 Campaign Issue

    The finances of the Clinton Foundation are now being closely examined by numerous media outlets and watchdog groups. With this increased scrutiny, the foundation could develop into a huge campaign issue dogging Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign throughout 2016. Republican presidential candidates can boil down the Clinton Foundation’s problems into three bumper sticker themes: Hillary can’t be trusted, the IRS is corrupt, and the Clinton’s only | Read More »

    There’s a Very Clear Path to Victory Over ISIS with the Peshmerga, but the Door is Closing

    There's a Very Clear Path to Victory Over ISIS with the Peshmerga, but the Door is Closing

    All of the pieces to the puzzle of defeating the Islamic State without American combat troops doing the heavy lifting are in place. The United States and our allies can destroy all but a remnant of the Islamic State if we act quickly. If we continue to pursue the current atrocious policy regarding them, the window of opportunity may be closed, leaving nothing short of | Read More »

    Conservatives don’t fear ISIS; the Left will reap the whirlwind

    Conservatives don't fear ISIS; the Left will reap the whirlwind

    President Obama thinks Republicans are scared of the Islamic State.  We are not.  But we’re terrified of Obama’s policies, the New York Times editorial board and the liberal narrative they are spouting. The president said the Islamic State “can’t beat us on the battlefield so they try to terrorize us into being afraid.”  The Left’s response to being bullied to is be foolhardy, call Republicans fear-mongers, and | Read More »

    The federal government loves illegal immigrants . . . and the taxes they pay

    From the Raleigh News & Observer; hat tip to Sister Toldjah! NC worker arrested after complaining about wages Miriam Martinez Solais worked for low wages in a Roxboro restaurant until 2014 After Solais reported lost wages to labor officials, former boss had her investigated Federal labor officials want restaurant owner cited for retaliating against employee who complained By Mandy Locke | [email protected] ROXBORO – When | Read More »

    Another Day, Another Trump Gaffe

    Donald Trump delivered a gaffe-filled speech in Alabama on Saturday, exaggerating that crowds of Americans in New Jersey cheered the attacks of September 11, 2001. I was prepared to defend him, if he had merely misspoken, but given time for reflection he doubled down. “And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. | Read More »

    Why Trump’s consistent position atop the polls could be a problem for Cruz

    I think I finally understand why Trump has done so well in the polls for so long, despite his controversial statements and cluelessness on the issues, and why he’s doing better than Cruz, even though Cruz is much more conservative. It all comes down to uneducated, blue collar white voters. They’re voting based on personality and name id rather than policies and ideology. They simply | Read More »

    Election Day ! Louisiana! (an open thread about anything)

    I kneaux nothing about Lussiana politics, and I’ll be the first to admit it. But, I suspect others on here do and may want to chime in. Plus its a weekend, which means all kinds of stuff can happen and usually does, hence the desire for open threads since some stories have no home to go to. Also, this is Thanksgiving week. So, dig out your | Read More »

    Why The Obama-Clinton Terrorism Rhetoric Fails

    It seems a day does not go by without President Obama or Hillary Clinton making some facially absurd argument about Islamic terrorism. They assign themselves a fool’s errand: convince the world that radical Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. They hope, by their rhetoric, to drive a wedge between the radicals and the rest of the Islamic world. President Obama has gone so | Read More »

    The Conspiracy Against Trump and Your Candidate May Be Next

     The Wall Street Journal has news up of the latest group formed to bring down Donald Trump. At least I believe that’s what its about as the actual story is behind a paywall and I was only able to catch the gist of it thanks to The Hill. Liz Mair, who use to work in communications with the RNC and was on Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign before he dropped out, has | Read More »

    the maniac in the high castle

    I’m watching The Man in the High Castle which is an amazing TV show on Amazon about an alternate history where the Nazis and Japs won the WW2 and America is basically divided up itnto a east coast colony of the Nazi Reich and a west coast colony of the Empire. Its brutal and depressing and amazing, because the rebels are basically screwed, but are | Read More »

    Republicans in WV Poised to Make More Gains in 2016

    It’s less than a year until the 2016 elections, and Republicans in West Virginia are in a great position to improve on the gains they’ve already made in 2014.

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    Which America Do We Choose?

    After the Paris terror attacks, the world was shaken — yet again. For many, it was not only the 130 people killed, it was a flashback to attacks closer to home. 9/11, the London Underground bombings, the Boston Marathon; they have all left their mark on us, but it is up to us both as Americans and as humans to decided what that mark will | Read More »

    Paul Ryan moves America closer to another 9/11

    Paul Ryan moves America closer to another 9/11

    One of the objections to making the replacement for the retiring as Speaker was the fact that he was too close to the former leader philosophically and politically. It was believed that he would be nothing more than a 2.0. On Thursday, Ryan validated this concern when he “pulled a Boehner” by holding a show vote on a piece of legislation meant to “pause” the | Read More »

    Reconciliation: A Test of Leadership for Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio

    Sitting in the U.S. Senate right now is a reconciliation bill, already passed by the House, which advances two major conservative priorities: 1. Repealing major portions of Obamacare 2. Re-directing Planned Parenthood’s tax funding to entities that provide real health care to women and don’t abort children & harvest their body parts What is so special about using the reconciliation process to advance these two | Read More »

    Why Islamic terror in Mali bodes very ill for Europe

    Why Islamic terror in Mali bodes very ill for Europe

    Overnight, Islamic terrorists took 170 hostages at a hotel in Mali.  Why would Islamic terrorists take hostages in Mali?  Most Americans don’t even know what continent Mali is on (Africa), or where it is in Africa (I admit, I had to look on a map).  What’s special about Mali?  Turns out, quite a bit. Mali is former French colony, now an Islamic state.  It’s a | Read More »

    Syrian Refugees: Restoring the Proper Focus

    Democrats always seem to be better at Public Relations than are Republicans. When faced with an indefensible position, they change the subject. Here we have a totally discredited Middle East strategy in which Hillary Clinton is inextricably complicit, particularly in Libya, but also in its grand design. We have a narcissist president who cannot admit, probably even to himself, that his policies have encouraged, then | Read More »

    Let them in

    Today the House passed a bill that will slow down, if not stop refugees from Syria from being able to be re-settled in the United States. This is in my view a mistake. For one, it doesn’t address the serious issue of the Administration refusing to give governors information as to their plans, and other concerns that some have raised. My main problem with this | Read More »

    Is Ted Cruz the next Goldwater or the next Reagan?

    The more I watch Cruz on tv and on the campaign trail, the more I wanna like him. I agree with him on pretty much every issue, more than with any other Republican candidate. But as of right now I intend on voting for Rubio in the primary instead of Cruz, and the reason is I just don’t believe Cruz can win in a general | Read More »

    Why Should God Save America

    I am a Christian.  I make no apologies, and I am happy to say I am a follower of Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Savior, and everything I am and everything I hold dear comes from Him. This was once believed by the majority of our citizens to be a Christian nation.  I know that our politically correct re-written imperial History now tells | Read More »

    RELAX – The great and powerful Hillary has spoken.

    Well now we can all just relax can’t we, because Hillary has spoken: “Muslims have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with terrorism. Must be those dog-gone Amish terrorists disguising themselves as Muslims. Shame on those people to say they are pacifists then libel the good name of the ‘religion of peace’. Maybe not, perhaps it is not the Amish. Hillary I do have one question, it | Read More »

    Theologizing Social Policy in the Wake of the Refugee Crisis

    There has been plenty written here on Redstate about the Refugee crisis that more able commentators have delved in to. I do not mean to rebut any of what they have said and I generally agree with what has been said. Erick, in multiple posts, has confronted the argument that Christians in particular should be completely for letting in the refugees carte blanche. In my | Read More »

    Hillary’s Top 5 ISIS Failures

    The American people are looking for their next president to outline a clear path to victory against the unimaginable evil of radical Islamic terrorism, but in her speech at the Council on Foreign Relations today, Hillary Clinton offered nothing more than soaring platitudes and promises to largely double down on the existing Obama strategy. As a candidate, Clinton is counting on the fact that voters will perceive her | Read More »

    First your schools, now your healthcare: Obama sidesteps Congress to redefine “sex”

    The following is a guest post by my Alliance Defending Freedom Colleague Samuel Green.   President Obama’s administration insists on forcing boys and girls in our nation’s public schools to share restrooms and locker rooms with each other. But instead of just targeting vulnerable children who must attend school, the administration seeks to expand its agenda to include vulnerable patients in dire need of healthcare. How is | Read More »

    If you Stand for Nothing, You will Fall for Anything

    Our forefathers declared our Citizens’ inherent right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  By popular vote, we extended that right from White, Male, Property owners to anyone 18 and older in age.  Our concept of liberty, over the centuries, has evolved. Liberty is at the core of the raison d’etre of our Nation.  We are not France.  We are not a country where “Liberty, | Read More »

    The Postmodern Left and the Embrace of Dysfunction

    Something happened on the way to the postmodern liberal’s march for tolerance; they completely forgot why they were marching or what they were marching for. Martin Luther King marched for liberty and equal treatment. Everything the left does now- whether one considers abortion, or race relations, or the way to handle terrorism, or marriage, or global warming, or police protection, or 2nd amendment rights, or | Read More »

    The terrorist problem

      Thanks to the MSM and the 24/7 news cycle, every terrorist attack, anywhere in the world, is made personnel.  Even people in my small town in Georgia are worried and several have told me they are not going to the mall for fear of a terrorist attack.   This is not to diminish the threat and we should take sensible action to prevent future attacks.  | Read More »

    We Already Have a Prime Case Study of Refugee Resettlement: Twin Cities, MN

    We don’t have to wonder what might happen if this president pushes forward, against the will of the people, with admitting thousands of people from foreign lands that have virtually nothing in common with Western values. We already know what can and has happened by looking at Paris and other countries in Europe and here at home in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Rep. Keith Elleson (D-MN) | Read More »

    Obama’s perfect plan

      Obama’s current plan: Limited airstrikes on ISIS with rules of engagement that inflict no civilian casualties. ISIS no doubt recruits more people than the airstrikes kill. So while ISIS doesn’t gain territory, it solidifies its position within its territory. It continues to train soldiers, indoctrinate its youth, publish Jihad News to brainwash kids online worldwide, sell oil, run an economy, continues to have a home base to plan | Read More »

    Obama just declared a billion Muslims to be subhuman

    Obama just declared a billion Muslims to be subhuman

    I thought President Obama had lost the ability to shock me after seven years in office, but I was wrong.  Worse than liberal naiveté, Obama has tapped into the kind of mindset that produces vicious, cruel, and dehumanizing societies who commit the worst atrocities in history. The president’s remarks have been consistent in not condemning anything ISIS does as representative of Islam as a whole—to | Read More »

    ISIS Spokesman Who Called For Paris Attacks Discloses Plans For Christians, Jews & The U.S.

    ISIS Spokesman Who Called For Paris Attacks Discloses Plans For Christians, Jews & The U.S.

    ISIS-affiliated media and the Islamic State’s top leaders have issued direct threats against the West, including the US. In his very first recorded speech, head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi specifically threatened the United States. ISIS spokesman, Abu Muhammad al Adnani, threatened to strike the US and the “allies of America” back in September 2014 and again in March 2015. In March, | Read More »

    Ben Carson VS The Press

    I will straight up confess that Ben Carson is not at the top of my list for the Republican nomination. My number one preference this cycle was Rick Perry (with as Vice President), followed by Scott Walker – (ED: Man, I do know how to pick ’em, right?) Since they both crashed and burned, I find myself divided; my head is with – but my | Read More »

    The $500 million Bait & Switch

    Hmmm, something occurred to me today, please read to the end to follow my thought process. Yeah, this scenario will be a little out of the box, definitely not in the media. But I just want to connect a couple of dots. So here goes, the subdued headline in September was: “US spends $500 million in Syria, trains ‘4 or 5′ fighters”. This headline is | Read More »

    Federal Lawsuit: Government Corruption in Arizona Pinal County Court Clerk’s Office

    In retaliation for political support of the former Superior Court Clerk’s reelection, newly elected Clerk of Court Amanda Stanford and Chief Deputy Lynn Hurley became self-appointed judges and declared an unfinished medical malpractice court case to be ‘over’. Then they decided the loser through criminal interference in a judicial proceeding, of an open civil case ALREADY under the dark shadow of criminal activity in the clerk’s office.

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    Josh Earnest just stepped in it, BIG TIME!

    WH Press Secretary  Josh Earnest was on “Fox & Friends” this morning, and got into a rather contentious discussion with Elizabeth Hasselbeck. It’s been all over the internet.  But of course, everyone’s missing the key point to come out of Earnest’s comments. At the end, Steve Doocey asked Earnst about the growing opposition to admitting Syrian refugees to the US, as fears increase of Islamic | Read More »

    Syrian refugees, illegal immigration, the Tom Bradley effect, and the 2016 election.

    Somehow the question of whether or not the US should accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees has merged with the issue of what to do about the tens of millions who are already here illegally in the US. Nearly all Democrats, and most of the MSM are pushing the view that we must be “compassionate,”  stand up in unison and recite Emma Lazarus,  and | Read More »

    An honest to goodness change in the primary race

    So I think you might have heard that the top two republican candidates are Donald Trump and Ben Carson and that this is an outsider’s election.  This has been the case both nationally and in the early states for months.  Well, wait no longer, there is a real update.  In New Hampshire the Realclearpolitics average has Carson and Rubio tied for second (technically they are | Read More »

    Obama “Concedes” Paris Attacks “Terrible and Sickening”

    Whether Obama is delusional, out of touch with reality, or both, is a subject unto itself. However, his tepid responses to the ongoing terror attacks by Islamic organizations such as ISIS speaks to both delusion, and a disconnect from reality. In the Obama world view, Islamists are victims, perhaps the ultimate victims. As such, he believes they should be handled more like mischievous children than cold-blooded killers.

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    Notes from a NH prolife voter on Jindal, Bush, Carson

    So long, Bobby. I haven’t forgotten, Jeb. Did you ever put your foot in your mouth this time, Dr. Ben. That’s what the past week looks like to this undecided New Hampshire prolife voter. How can I not cheer for a guy who answers Planned Parenthood protests by showing the baby-parts videos on his lawn? Bobby Jindal may be out of the running for president, | Read More »

    Euphoric News For Our Team vs. Clinton in Colorado

    It looks like the Clinton brand is severely damaged out West, which should bring Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, all states that GWB carried in 2004, back within reach.

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    To Stop Syrian Refugees, Agree to Let Them In

    To stop Syrian refugees from being imported to the homeland, congressional Republicans ought to agree to let in as many as the administration wants. Only one condition: Every Syrian refugee must be settled in the Hamptons. If something like that passes congress, then no one need worry about Syrian refugees ever again. The Hamptons are the playground for New York’s wealthy, including America’s most influential journalists and other | Read More »

    Race relations in America

      There is nothing as intolerant as when a liberal gets into a position of power.  The students in several college campuses have tasted the power of getting “the establishment” to do what they want done.  But, appeasing them will never be enough as their demands are like someone saying that the problem is the ocean is to close to the shore.  In other words, | Read More »

    Who Cares What ISIS Wants?

    Disclosure: this is an academic post only because President Obama has already said our strategy toward ISIS and jihadists the world over will remain essentially unchanged, if a bit “intensified”. Which is to say: we’ll continue to dispassionately drone strike them if necessary but we will not be, barring — one would hope — some further tragedy we simply cannot ignore, waging war in a | Read More »

    Government Choosing Businesses for Preference or Punishment is Always Wrong

    President Barack Obama has dramatically ramped up the Washington, D.C., giant Crony-fest. Where economic sectors and companies Obama and his Democrats like get the gold mine – and the rest of us get the shaft. For instance, there was $80 billion for “green energy” in the awful 2009 “Stimulus” bill – 80% of that coin went to Obama donors. And since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) | Read More »

    Nobody Here But Us Jihadis

    If the killing of 130 people in Paris didn’t sicken you, this will. According to the Daily Mail, there was a ‘friendly’ (soccer match) today in Istanbul between Greece and Turkey. As has happened all over the world at such gatherings, a Moment of Silence was announced in remembrance of the Paris dead. Are you ready? Fans booed the moment of silence and chanted “Allahu | Read More »

    Richie Rich For The Democrats

    Driving to lunch yesterday I saw a Mercedes S-Class sporting a Bernie Sanders for president bumper sticker. It reminded me that only the rich can afford to be socialists. Reflecting on it, I remembered my first visit to Boulder, CO, back in 2001. I was warned by a friend to be weary of the aggressive panhandlers. Sure enough, the first evening in town some colleagues and | Read More »

    Jindal Out?

    I predict he’ll endorse Cruz

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    Why Moderate Muslims Don’t Fight

    (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters) The events in Paris this weekend solidified a position I’ve been thinking about for a long time. When I look at the Islamic world, from Africa through the Middle East to Indonesia –included in the 10-40o window – I can’t help but wonder why there has not been one democratic revolution in any Muslim country in the last 200 years?  I believe that | Read More »