The great Robin Williams is dead of an apparent suicide. He was a comedic genius who, regardless of political persuasion, made most everyone I know laugh. Good Morning Vietnam remains one of my favorite movies, but then so many of his movies were so fantastic. He had been battling drugs and depression for some time. Suicide is too often an outcome in these situations. I | Read More »
Tech at Night: Untying the Retransmission Consent knot with LOCAL CHOICE?
So after Republicans went ahead and avoided major Retransmission Consent reform in the satellite TV reauthorization bill, it turns out the Senate is going to take its own stab at reform.
You see, right now the way that local broadcasters and local cable companies make deals is governed by a set of government mandates called the Retransmission Consent framework. This framework heavily favors broadcasters, on purpose, as an attempt to pick winners and losers in government.
So barring a free market option, we have to decide whether the new option is more or less distorting of the market. I think I support the LOCAL CHOICE plan by Jay Rockefeller and John Thune.Read More »
Oh, so *now* Richard Cohen wants to be a neoconservative. Because Obama.
Point (Richard Cohen, “America’s Left Slides Down A Slippery Slope In Iraq,” 2014): …people will die of starvation or thirst or a bullet in the back because we didn’t do what we could easily do. This is not who we are. This is not who we should be. I recognize that these are not easy issues. I recognize further that we are a war-weary nation | Read More »
So What If The Junior Varsity ISIS Wins?
Image Credit: David Burge via The American Digest The truth comes to President Barack Obama gradually. It seeps in through his delusions of adequacy in quantum waveforms. One small packet of wavelets penetrates the smug cloud after another. We see a prime example of this in how he’s handled the predictable chaos in Iraq after His Eminence washed his hands of Mr. Bush’s Evil War | Read More »
Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them. One of the most | Read More »
Democrats paying their minority staffers around 3/5th of White staffers’ salaries.
Fine, fine: it’s more like seven-tenths. Three-fifths has more of a… resonance, though. …there is a racial pay gap in campaign politics. Asian, Black and Latino staffers are paid less than their white counterparts, according to an analysis by the New Organizing Institute. For example, African-American staffers on Democratic campaigns were paid 70 cents for each dollar their white counterparts made. For Hispanic staffers in Democratic | Read More »
Marita Noon: Colorado Dems Frack Backtrack is all about November
Colorado Democrats realize that allowing an anti-fracking fervor to drive an election is a dangerous decision. The Democrats support for banning fracking—while killing jobs, hurting the local and national economy, damaging America’s energy security, and threatening private property rights—should unseat two top Democrats by driving Republicans to the polls. And, this could become the national referendum on fracking.Read More »
Corporate inversions are economic patriotism
Last month the administration, having fixed all the real problems in the United States, took on a purely imaginary issue: inversion. Inversion takes place when a company located in the United States shifts its headquarters off shore to avoid the extortionate 35% corporate income tax rate. Mind you, the company doesn’t have to shift either facilities or workforce, just its headquarters. Obama and his treasury | Read More »
Democrats of Unknown Party Affiliation
The similarities to 2006 keep mounting. The latest of these is that Democrats running even in blue or purple territory are running away from their party affiliation. Politico notes this morning the surest sign of impending disaster – Democrats refusing to admit they are Democrats in their television ads: Faced with a treacherous political environment, many Democrats are trotting out campaign ads that call for | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ After the Gathering
I have a really busy day ahead of me so I will keep this Watercooler brief today. There will probably be a lot of information coming in from attendees and front pagers who attended the Gathering, and a lot to absorb for those of us who were not there. But the topic Erick brings up in this diary this morning — what I would describe | Read More »
Clinton, Yamamoto and the Gutting of American Military Muscle
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy, waking a sleeping giant and the long-term impact of Obama’s systematic dismantling of our military.Read More »
CIA now directly arming Kurds.
When this came out, it was a ‘question’ who was doing it.Read More »
Move America Forward Responds to ProPublica Allegations
For those of you who may have missed this story, the ultra-liberal hit squad ProPublica published a piece last week accusing pro-troop charity Move America Forward essentially of acting as a slush fund for certain TEA Party activists and bilking donors of money. Many folks, particularly in the establishment wing of the party, crowed about this piece as further evidence of what Steve LaTourette alleged | Read More »
Questioning the Chairman
All of us at RedState had a great time at this year’s Gathering. And we’re already looking forward to next year in Atlanta. There was one minor bit of controversy at the Gathering this year and I think I should start today by addressing it. We invited Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC, to the RedState Gathering. Normally at the Gathering, with some exceptions, we | Read More »
I would call this proof-of-concept for SketchFactor.
Yeah, indeed, this was irony.Read More »
At least one upset in Hawaii: Neil Abercrombie loses primary, Schatz clings to lead.
It’s going to be a month before that Senate primary is over, though.Read More »
Obama’s Iraq response is a waste of time
This afternoon US Navy F/A-18s launched from the USS George H W Bush struck ISIS targets in northern Iraq. This will go down in history as a strong contender for the “Too Little Too Late” award. Were thousands of people not being killed it would be a farce. The problem facing the United States in Iraq is both political and military. The root of the | Read More »
Audit Reveals Government-Run Transparency Site Is Inaccurate and Inconsistent
USAToday gave a sobering report this week which reaffirmed the inability of our government to be both accurate and transparent. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) audited spending data from 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, by comparing government agency records with those found on USASpending.gov. The GAO reported that only 2-7% of the numbers found on the website is ‘fully consistent | Read More »
On Leadership, Governor Nikki Haley Shares How South Carolina Is ‘Open For Business’ At #RSG14
Earlier this morning, as she has for nearly every year of the RedState Gathering, South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley spoke to the Gathering’s attendees. This year, the Governor was able to tout another year of accomplishments since taking office: Continuing to lower her state’s unemployment rate from 11% to 5.3%–making South Carolina one of the fastest state growing economies in the nation, reforming the state’s | Read More »
The President is Treading on Very Dangerous Ground
What if, in the face of such constant pressure from amnesty supporters the Executive Branch simply refuses to enforce the law and keep aliens without right from entering the country – by the millions? At FAIR we feared this day might come.Read More »