[Breaking] Probable Islamist attack in Paris: 11 dead at satirical magazine.
Via @PhilWillSays comes this report of Islamist* terror in Paris: “Armed men stormed the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning, killing 11 people and injuring more, French President François Hollande said. The men opened fire inside the magazine’s offices using automatic AK-47 rifles before fleeing, a police officer said.” The ‘Islamist’ bit is not yet confirmed; but, given that this isn’t | Read More »
Time for a 2020 Vision, Not Platitudes
Whoever the next President is, he will seek a second term in the year 2020. For the Republicans, they should take advantage of 2020 and tell us with foresight, not with hindsight, what their vision for America is. And I want to extend an invitation to all of them from Jeb Bush, who has announced, to the rest who will announce, to share their vision | Read More »
Atlanta’s Mayor Fires the City’s Fire Chief For Being a Christian
In 2013, more than a year ago, Atlanta’s Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran wrote a book called “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” The book outlined his Christian faith. Chief Cochran is popular with Christians in Atlanta. Having previously left Atlanta to work for the Obama Administration, he came back as Fire Chief and wrote his book. His book was published more than a year | Read More »
Mitigating the Suck
I campaigned for Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk in Georgia. They both said they were opposed to as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Today, the both voted for him, having previously voted against him in the Republican Conference. They both stood behind that as their justification to vote for him today, but their constituents thought otherwise. For an hour on the radio in Atlanta | Read More »
Planned Parenthood: Abortion by Any Other Name, Still Raking in Huge Profits at the Taxpayer’s Expense
Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report is a sobering reminder that it remains the unquestioned leader of the Culture of Death.
As it has seen across the board increases in abortions, taxpayer dollars, and profits during President Obama’s time in office, Planned Parenthood continues to play the American people for fools.Read More »
It’s official: the Obama administration hates it when you have cheap Keystone oil.
It only took three relentless Congressional electoral cycles to get Barack Obama to admit it, too. Not that the administration wants to admit it, even now. They just ran out of options: The White House on Tuesday for the first time issued a veto threat over Republican-backed legislation to approve the Keystone pipeline, setting up a likely showdown between President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress in | Read More »
On the Election of John Boehner as Speaker of the House
Yes, it has always been pretty much a fait accompli that Boehner would be elected speaker. And yes, it looks like conservatives were unable to deny Boehner the victory on the first vote, although it was closer than I initially believed. That said, I think that both sides of this debate are wildly overreacting to what happened here. I think the anti-Boehner side is way | Read More »
Whoa. Hold On Folks.
Sure, I wanted to lose. And yes, it is continually frustrating to know conservatives in their quiet place are ready to vote against him, but when they get to the floor they cave. But I am seeing some hysterically enraged tweets, direct messages, Facebook posts, emails, and text messages. Maybe it is because I’m sitting in a seminary class right now while everyone else is | Read More »
The missing Cuban dissidents– or Barack Obama drives one hard bargain
Color me agnostic on the Cuba embargo. I think we could have driven Clan Castro from power years ago if we had subsidized cheap airfares and flooded Havana with hipsters and libertarians. Be that as it may, that was not the deal negotiated by the nimrods in the White House. No matter what the deal was, if the US is to retain even a thread | Read More »
Glenn Grothman Is All Talk
The reason people are so deeply cynical about politics is because they rally around candidates who say bold things only to see those candidates immediately cave once secured in their position. Behold Glenn Grothman, a Congressman from Wisconsin. “I would have no problem looking for an alternative to Speaker Boehner,” Grothman said in a candidate debate Aug. 1. “I have no problem standing up to | Read More »
The New York Times Libels Steve Scalise
The layers and layers of fact checkers and editors that the media employs are often terrible at their jobs, but seldom do you see a failure as spectacular as this. I am not a huge fan of and would prefer that someone else be elected Majority Whip. But it now seems clear that the allegation that he spoke at a white supremacist rally is outright | Read More »
Was North Korea’s Attack on Sony an Act of Terrorism?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Joshua Stanton to discuss the hack attack on Sony Pictures, if North Korea’s attack should be considered terrorism and their response to new sanctions.Read More »
The Tea Party’s Racism
The New York Times has a story about the challenges to . It again makes the point that Republican Leaders intend to push hard against conservatives once Boehner’s spot as Speaker is secure. But there is more to it. The Times brings back up the Scalise issue. It adds extra liberal hyperbole that even I, as someone who questioned Scalise, think is inappropriate. But there | Read More »
Eric Cantor gives advice to the new Congress
Eric Cantor, former House Majority Leader, has some interesting thoughts on the next Congress. Some are good but most indicate how we dodged the bullet when he lost his primary. Via CNBC: After six years, the differences between President Obama and Congressional Republicans are well known. Republicans want to repeal the president’s health-care law and oppose his efforts to regulate climate change and his unilateral | Read More »
2015 Could Be an Historical Inflection Point
There have been certain years in US History where something finally just had to give. 1861, 1929, and 1968 all come immediately to mind. In each scenario, a major societal institution* reached a point where it provided obviously diminished marginal returns if not outright economic failure. This forced Americans to do something we have always pretty much hated doing and significantly change certain aspects of | Read More »
Dear Freshman Republicans
Congratulations on your election. You all come from different backgrounds with different views and even differing ideologies and priorities. But collectively you now are called upon to decide important issues. For those of you in the House, many of you campaigned saying you would vote against Speaker Boehner. You are now trying to talk your way out of it claiming you tried behind closed doors | Read More »
Jim Jordan on the Verge of a Horatius Moment
Horatius stood at the Pons Sublicius as an invading army tried to conquer Rome. According to Babbington’s poem, Horatius famously asked “Who will stand on either hand and guard this bridge with me?” Horatius saved Rome. Congressman finds himself in a similar moment. The Politico reports that privately Boehner’s aides and the Republican Leadership intend to use ‘s re-election to vanquish the conservative opposition with | Read More »
Happy New Year! Are you ready to represent life in 2015? As a movement, we are starting out the year in a strong position: The majority of Americans do not support abortion on demand, we’ve put a pro-life majority in Congress, and more pro-life laws were put in to place in 2011 – 2013 than in the entire previous decade! It’s going to be a great | Read More »
Bill Clinton, sex slaves, and the 2016 campaign
The 2016 campaign is getting into full swing and there are two things that are certain. The first is that Hillary Clinton is trying to clear the decks for a coronation. In 2008, Clinton proved she had a glass jaw. Her strategy for 2016 seems to be to try to take a page out of the Planned Parenthood playbook and kill her opponents in utero | Read More »
Harvard bitten by the Obamacare monster that it helped spawn.
Hope that you don’t have an allergy to schadenfreude, because this is the pure stuff: ” For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.” Turns out that adding | Read More »