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.
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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 »
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.
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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 »
CIA now directly arming Kurds.
When this came out, it was a ‘question’ who was doing it.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
Mexico Opens Oil and Gas Sector to Outside Investment
Even Joe Biden would agree: this is a pretty big flipping deal. To recognize how big, you need to understand that Mexico commemorates the anniversary of the day it nationalized its oil fields and threw the Norte Americanos out as a national holiday. The national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), is a great source of national pride and a cash cow that funds the country’s | Read More »