Army disciplines chaplain for mentioning God
I served quite a while in the Army as an infantry officer. Generally I look back on my career with deep feelings of affection for the institution that rescued me from life chopping tobacco or working in a furniture mill, but I will concede that the Army is prone to institutional stupidity. When I commanded a rifle company the Army was all hot on its | Read More »
In Defense of Mike Huckabee (sort of)
With the news that Mike Huckabee has started an exploratory PAC for an anticipated 2016 run, the DC consultant machine has gone from zero to full contempt mode pretty much instantaneously. As I’ve watched all this unfold across the blogosphere and twitter all weekend, I could not help but think that 90% of the contempt that Huckabee generates is borne of not-very-veiled bigotry against the | Read More »
The Reverend, the Racists and the Dane-geld
He’ll Always Encourage You to Tithe! And that is called paying the Dane-geld; But we’ve proved it again and again, That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld, You never get rid of the Dane. Rudyard Kipling If you looked up an Organizational Chart of Sony Pictures, you would see Amy Pascal listed as a Co-Chair. What that chart would | Read More »
Conservatives in the House Have Only a Veto Power
Conservatives in the House of Representatives are considering blocking Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% from becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives. They need 29 conservatives to stand shoulder to shoulder to make that happen. There are allegedly 25 of 29 ready to do it. Of course, last time they had the votes to block the Speaker and they all caved at | Read More »
The Insanity of the GOP: Doing the Same Thing Over and Over
New polling of Republican shows what everyone knows. The overwhelming majority of Republican voters want a new Speaker. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% is not trusted by most Republicans. In 2006, the American public threw Republicans out of power decisively. They had no use for the Republican leadership. Two years later, the public elected Barack Obama in a further repudiation of the | Read More »
Voting Present is a Vote for Pelosi
Some new members of the House of Representatives have pledged not to vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A%. Instead of casting their vote for someone, they claim they will vote “present.” They need to understand that doing so is a vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 18%. Under House rules, a Speaker is elected based on an absolute | Read More »
Why 54 REALLY > 53 or 52, when it comes to Senate math.
And this is why you always try to grab as many seats as you can in an election, period: “Democrats are looking to reclaim their Senate majority in two years, but after losing nine Senate seats in 2014, their path back to that majority won’t be easy.” Because it took us picking up nine Senate seats to get an article like that in the Atlantic. | Read More »
Is life better in Red States? Ask the American people, not the New York Times.
(H/T: Real Clear Politics) You know what the single most entertaining part of this NYT article (“Is Life Better in America’s Red States?”) is? It’s that nowhere in it is it acknowledged that people have been voting with their feet for the last two decades or so. Depending on how you score Florida and Nevada, blue states lost between 8 and 11 net Electoral votes* (and, | Read More »
Louis Gohmert challenges John Boehner for Speaker
Via The Hill: Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said Sunday that he will challenge John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker in the new Congress. “I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,” Gohmert said on “Fox and Friends.” Gohmert said that after “years of broken promises, it’s time for a change. Good for Mr. Gohmert. I don’t know what his chances are of | Read More »
Does Harry Reid have an amazing secret life?
What the Hell goes on in Harry Reid’s house?
Time Magazine’s Bryan R. Walsh (@bryanrwalsh) Must Be Hoarding Water and Tuna
When Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ran for President in 2012, she said if she were President she would get gas below $2.00 a gallon. That led to much ridicule from the left/press who claimed that was impossible. One of the leading voices giving credibility to the rejection of Bachmann’s claim was Time Magazine’s Bryan R. Walsh. Walsh wrote of Bachmann’s claims, | Read More »
Millions of Obamacare subsidy recipients may need to pay back-taxes.
The problem for Democrats is not exactly this: “As many as 3.4 million people who received Obamacare subsidies may owe refunds to the federal government, according to an estimate by a tax preparation firm… H&R Block is estimating that as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act benefited from subsidies that were too large, | Read More »
Tech at Night: Next month is D-Day for Net Neutrality
Well here it comes. After pro-liberty, anti-Net Neutrality forces won the comment period, forcing the Obama Democrats to ‘find new comments’, The FCC will vote on the next round of Net Neutrality next month. There are two ways this could go. Chairman Tom Wheeler could try for a repeat of the rules that were thrown out in court the last two times, with a possible | Read More »
The staffing positioning for 2016 continues.
So, about two months ago there was an email oppo drop on Robby Mook, who is/was presumed to be high up in Hillary Clinton’s eventual Presidential campaign. My (unpublished) take on that email oppo drop, at the time: Dear sweet God, but the Democrats really had no idea that they were about to get Smote, did they? Mook continued: “This has been a tough cycle — | Read More »
The NYPD’s Dangerous Sense of Entitlement
It is a painful proposition, as a conservative, to have to take the side of Bill de Blasio in a debate. And in the current fracas between de Blasio and the NYPD, thankfully I don’t have to take de Blasio’s side to say that what the police unions are doing in New York is flatly and emphatically wrong. According to reports, the NYPD is as | Read More »