A Question for Mitch McConnell: Will Any Reporter Ask It?
Mitch McConnell and his merry band of lobbyists have a clever little line attacking the Senate Conservatives Fund. They claim the Senate Conservatives Fund (“SCF”) has gotten more Democrats elected than the Democratic National Committee.It’s their favorite attack these days, now that attacking SCF for raising money has proved fruitless given that this particular attack is being made by dandified lobbyists and other hangers on.But | Read More »
You Will be Made to Care About Governmental Social Engineering
Yesterday, the Democrat supermajority in the Senate passed the preposterous transgendered lawsuit bill with 64 votes. The most consequential outcome of ENDA (were it to pass the House) is that sexual illnesses and subjective (“perceived”) gender preferences would now be required by the federal government to be treated as mainstream in schools and the workforce. Moreover, they would be considered a protected class, forcing private | Read More »
The ATM Ate Healthcare.gov
I don’t need to belabor this point, but I think it is a point worth making.Last year, Barack Obama blamed ATM’s for unemployment. In fact, Barack Obama is pretty sure that the rise of technology has caused unemployment, not his policies.If he believes that, you’d think he’d hire a bunch of unemployed people to answer phones all day and process Obamacare manually instead of largely | Read More »
American Sicko – Michael Moore Needs Education on US Murder Rates
Brett Stevens of Amerika.org made the rather bold claim that many arguments in support of Liberalism are based on a logical fallacy. This fallacy involves the old chestnut known as “begging the question.” A website on rhetoric at Perdue University offers us the following definition of begging the question (or claim).
Begging the Claim: The conclusion that the writer should prove is validated within the claim. Example: Filthy and polluting coal should be banned. Arguing that coal pollutes the earth and thus should be banned would be logical. But the very conclusion that should be proved, that coal causes enough pollution to warrant banning its use, is already assumed in the claim by referring to it as “filthy and polluting.”
The only thing missing from this nice, learned explanation was a picture of Michael Moore as a graphic example. Let us reexamine the question being begged by our intrepid filmmaker. “Guns don’t kill people, Americans kill people.” Potentially valid so far – if he were also willing to acknowledge that Congolese, Syrians, Ukranians and Jamaicans also kill people.Read More »
That’s Not an Apology for Losing Health Care Insurance
Everyone is spinning that Barack Obama is apologizing for people losing their healthcare. He did not. Listen to him. He’s apologizing for people believing they would not lose healthcare insurance based on his statements. That’s a pretty big difference. He knew. The White House knew people would lose their healthcare insurance. They misled people to try to build support for people. Barack Obama is apologizing | Read More »
Tech at Night: A day late and a link short.
The push continues for US firms to be able to release stats about what the US Government asks of them. I support this. I’m in favor of the NSA doing its job but oversight is important, too.Read More »
The End of Expectations
With apologies to non sports fans, allow me to introduce you to the dumbest controversy to hit America since the furor over whether John Bolton once put his hands on his hips while talking to a subordinate. I am talking, of course, about the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito Miami Dolphins controversy. Details at this point are still somewhat sketchy, but the basic outlines of the story | Read More »
The single woman society
The Virginia governor’s race was yet another example of the massive voting gap in a huge demographic: single people, particularly single women. According to exit polls, Republican Ken Cuccinelli won handily on the “hard” issues facing Virginia voters, and won most other demographic slices, but Democrat Terry McAuliffe won big with single people, crushing Cuccinelli by nearly fifty points among single women. A similar dynamic could be | Read More »
The Mounting Troubles for Vermont’s Obamacare Exchange
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by John McClaughry to discuss the Vermont Obamacare exchange, why the Governor pulled the “safety valve,” and what is next for the state’s troubled exchange.Read More »
Time Magazine attempts to fat-shame Chris Christie*.
So Business Insider notes this Time cover: “Elephant in the room?” You have to admit: that’s some dang good passive-aggressive, plausibly deniable fat-shaming, there (note that Allahpundit over at Hot Air noted the exact same sneak-hit that we at RedState did). Fortunately, our own Ben Howe notes that you can play with the symbolic meanings of the totem animals of both sides: You wanna keep | Read More »
ENDA, Pathetic Amendments, and the End of the Fight for Religious Liberty
[Update: Even after Democrats rejected Senator Toomey's milquetoast amendment, he still voted for the bill. He was joined by 9 other undocumented Democrats - Ayotte, Collins, Flake, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, McCain, Murkowski. We are at the point in the U.S. Senate where Democrats can count on GOP support for odious legislation so long as they are offered a mere vote on their phony amendment.] If | Read More »
Let me start today with a post well off the beaten path. I’ve been struggling lately, and I know some of you have because you’ve told me, with controlling things not in my control. It can get very frustrating. You know something has to give, but you can’t control what must. Or, you know something is going to happen, but you cannot control the timing. | Read More »
After Sticking U.S. With A Sick Health Care Law, Did Unions Just Get A Sweetheart Deal On ObamaCare?
Do you remember all of the fuss that union bosses were making a couple of months ago about ObamaCare destroying the ‘health and well being of their members?
Well, as it turns out, Barack Obama may have covered his union buddies’ backs after all.Read More »
Justin Berrier of Media Matters Claims Wendy Davis Isn’t Mental, Just a Liar
Earlier today, I noted accurately that in 1996, Wendy Davis claimed to have suffered ongoing damage to her mental health because a newspaper editorial criticized her. She sued in court making that claim.Never fear liberals! Justin Berrier of Media Matters has rushed to Wendy Davis’s defense. According to Media Matters, they admit Wendy Davis did claim she suffered ongoing “damages to her mental health,” but | Read More »
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The Republican Establishment Lost Virginia
Jason Johnson is Chief Political Strategist to Senator Ted Cruz. — Erick Much ink is being spilled concerning the elections yesterday. In my view, the spin being offered by Democrats and much of the media misses what really happened. Several observations on the elections: (1) Chris Christie should be congratulated. He won a big victory in a state that is | Read More »
Let the #obamacare internal purges begin!
Contra @BrianFaughnan, only one so far: The [exquisitely painful Senate] hearing [for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius] came on the same day that the Obama administration announced that the chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, whose office supervised the creation of the troubled federal website, was retiring. The official, Tony Trenkle, will step down on Nov. 15 “to take a position | Read More »
The Half-Century Failed Progressive War to Perpetuate Poverty
Year after year, leftists run for office promising to solve the very problems they helped create with central planning and distorting the private economy. They self-righteously ingratiate themselves to an array of constituencies promising policies that will redistribute wealth and create a utopia for all. Well, 50 years into the so-called war on poverty, and after flushing roughly $20 trillion in inflation-adjusted spending on mean-tested | Read More »
Another gun company predictably fleeing New York.
This is going around: Nearly 10 months since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) signed the SAFE Act, opposition to the law continues to increase, three gun companies have announced plans to leave the state, and a key provision in the law has been quietly delayed. American Tactical Imports is the third gun company to announce it would be leaving the state and will be | Read More »
“Abortion Barbie” Wendy Davis Claims in Court That She Has Mental Health Issues
The Democrats intent on taking back Texas were so desperate for a hero, they turned to pink clad Wendy Davis with, as Vogue described her, “Barbie-doll looks”. They might live to regret that. Back in 1996, Wendy Davis lost an election for the Fort Worth, TX City Council. After the election, she sued the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the local newspaper, for defamation. In short, Davis | Read More »