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    Remember when Obama promised to bankrupt coal? That’s tomorrow.

    Remember when Obama promised to bankrupt coal? That's tomorrow.

    For those with short memories: That was way back in 2008 when President Obama was merely a candidate.  Five years later, his dreams of bankrupting coal are getting taken up a notch. Tomorrow, Dear Leader is set to unveil a regulation that forms the centerpiece of his “anti-climate change” policy announced awhile back to much green fawning. This new regulation will reportedly ban all future | Read More »

    Opposing #DefundObamacare out of Fear

    Opposing #DefundObamacare out of Fear

    There have been so many articles written about the effort to defund or delay Obamacare that I hesitated to even begin typing this sentence. What is one more voice in this chorus? Can it change a mind? Will it affect the outcome? I’m not sure, but I feel there are some things that are worth saying especially in light of the multitude of arguments & | Read More »

    #Bookerfail is taking its toll on Newark

    Dubbed by some as the “Invisible Man” for his hands off approach to Newark, Mayor Cory Booker has no shortage of critics living in the city he’s lauding as a success as he runs for U.S. Senate. While Booker claims that crime is down in the struggling city, citizens are telling a very different story. I helped put together a video with American Commitment Action | Read More »

    Words and War.

    Words and War.

    Over the last few weeks as the crisis in Syria has come to a head, I’ve found myself in nonstop arguments about what, if anything, to do. My own opinion started fairly emotionally. I saw dead kids, knew we had bombs, and was fine with dropping bombs on the heads of the people that killed the kids. However, I knew that was probably not a | Read More »

    Media Lesson from Dr. Aslan Interview: A PhD Cures Bias

    Media Lesson from Dr. Aslan Interview: A PhD Cures Bias

    There’s a lot of buzz today about this interview of Reza Aslan, a card carrying member of academia with a Ph.D. in the sociology of religions from the University of California about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. So what was the big deal? Host Lauren Green starts the interview with this question: “You’re a Muslim, so why did | Read More »

    Obama’s Packing of NLRB Reminiscent of FDR

    Obama's Packing of NLRB Reminiscent of FDR

    Way back in 1937, Democrat hero and Republican villain, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, proposed the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill. Essentially, Roosevelt was having trouble getting the Supreme Court to rule his New Deal as constitutional so, being the “reformer” he was, he decided to pack the court by expanding it to as many as 15 justices. Of course as president, Roosevelt would then have the duty | Read More »

    ACTION ALERT: Call Senator Reid and read his 2005 quotes on the Nuclear Option.

    ACTION ALERT: Call Senator Reid and read his 2005 quotes on the Nuclear Option.

    As the Democrats push forward with their plan to change the Senate rules so as to end the minority parties ability to filibuster legislation and require 60 votes, sources close to the Majority Leader’s office tell the Huffington Post that he appears determined. “I’ve gotten every impression that Reid and leadership are determined this time to do it,” said one aide advocating for reform. Another | Read More »

    Race Card Pulled in Face of “Educational Genocide”

    Race Card Pulled in Face of "Educational Genocide"

    One of conservatives’ pet peeves so far as liberals go is their constant cry of “racism” anytime anything that threatens entrenched, liberal interests crops up. Usually, we see this in relation to proposals to reform entitlements, or require people to show ID or swear an affidavit before voting (both inherently raaaaacist!). But sometimes it crops up in other areas, too, because, well, it’s easier to | Read More »

    More Executive Abuse of Power: Obama Stacks the NLRB

    More Executive Abuse of Power: Obama Stacks the NLRB

    Cablevision has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in an investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about complaints involving 22 former workers that were allegedly wrongfully terminated. This battle between the media giant and the Communications Workers of America is hardly new information as they have been fighting for the past year, but this most recent move is telling specifically because of | Read More »

    NC Unemployment Cuts: A Necessary & Difficult Change

    NC Unemployment Cuts: A Necessary & Difficult Change

    Yesterday, North Carolina became the first state in the country to forfeit federal long-term unemployment benefits. As her state budgets continued to balloon and unemployment remains uncomfortably high, the Republican controlled legislature ended the state’s war on prudent fiscal policy by exempting herself from receiving further federal assistance for people unemployed longer than 26 weeks, as well as lowering the maximum potential benefit. If you | Read More »

    RFS Mandate Expansion Gets Big Name Conservative Opposition

    RFS Mandate Expansion Gets Big Name Conservative Opposition

    I already told you about Reps. Pete Olson & Joe Barton’s big government grab for expanding the RFS Mandate to have ethanol requirements for natural gas. Well there’s a hearing on it today and the opposition is getting vocal. To Members of the United States Congress: The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose H.R. 1959, the Domestic Alternative Fuels Act of 2013. The bill would | Read More »

    Ecuador’s Correa Cozies Up With Dangerous Allies

    Ecuador's Correa Cozies Up With Dangerous Allies

    We have written before about Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who seems determined to seize the mantle of Latin American Lefty Authoritarian of the Decade from Hugo Chavez’s dead body. However, lost in the news of recent weeks focused on various scandals and transgressions perpetrated by the executive branch of the US federal government under the control of President Obama, was some rather worrisome information showing | Read More »

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    Rep @PeteOlson & @RepJoeBarton want to expand government with the #RFSMandate

    Rep @PeteOlson & @RepJoeBarton want to expand government with the #RFSMandate

    Where to begin with the monstrosity that is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS Mandate)? It is rare that one gets the opportunity to highlight a government initiative so awful, that I can say without an ounce of hyperbole, that it is starving children. STARVING. CHILDREN. How? And what does that have to do with Olson and Barton? Well let’s start at the beginning of this | Read More »

    VIDEO: The #IRS Scandal Exposes the Cost of Big Government

    VIDEO: The #IRS Scandal Exposes the Cost of Big Government

    The Heritage Foundation released a new video yesterday which I hope you’ll share. It shows the cost of big government through the testimonies of its victims. It’s more than trillions in debt on our children. It’s more than business being strangled by overreaching regulations. It’s more than a welfare state. There is a cost to the soul of our founding and the future of our | Read More »

    World Health Organization’s Continuing Attempts to Usurp American Sovereignty

    World Health Organization's Continuing Attempts to Usurp American Sovereignty

    The World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations subsidiary, appears to be gearing up for a fresh effort to undermine countries’ sovereignty in setting regulations, this time by pushing for a global, comprehensive ban on all tobacco product promotion. WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Shin Young-soo is citing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as requiring sovereign nations to “comprehensively ban tobacco advertising, promotion | Read More »