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    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas

    From all of us here at RedState to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! — Erick The Gospel of Luke 2:1-20 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town | Read More »

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    Why December 25th?

    One of the most popular theories and commonly taught explanations for why Christmas is on Dec. 25th is because the early church placed Christian holidays at times of Roman celebration to co-opt the local pagan festivals.Christians placed Christmas on Dec. 25th to co-opt Saturnalia, the mid-winter festival, or possibly the Festival of the Unconquered Sun — Sol Invictus. The theory went that Christians could get | Read More »

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    Behind the Golden EIB Microphone Today

    It’s Christmas Eve. That means I’m back behind the Golden EIB Microphone today.In an extra special twist, I’m taking my dad with me. We discovered Rush Limbaugh together on a road trip in 1991 to check out colleges.All prayers appreciated. Talk to you at noon eastern time.

    Mordor Up Close

    Mordor Up Close

    The Orcs of Middle Earth had mouths stained with their black blood and bits of flesh stuck between their teeth. They would, over rather petty matters, kill and consume each other. The carnage between them would only cease when an elf, dwarf, hobbit, or human ventured too close. Unseen by most of the world, the carnage between the evil bands of Mordor played out over | Read More »

    Evil Preaches Tolerance Until It Is Dominant, Then Seeks to Silence Good

    In 1987, Andre Sarano took a photograph of Christ on the cross in a jar of urine. It won the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art’s “Awards in the Visual Arts” competition, which was sponsored in part by taxpayers. Outraged Christians were told they didn’t have to see it. They did not have to go to the museum. Their money, of course, had to fund the | Read More »

    An Early Christmas Present (for me)

    I have written plenty of times that I don’t believe in setting life goals. When I was a lawyer, one of the partners encouraged the associates to set out goals broken into three, five, and ten year plans.Everyone I knew who did that was miserable. I realize it may be simplistic, but I just believe if I work diligently and hard enough and the good | Read More »

    Ryan-Murray and the Fundamental Lack of Seriousness in Washington

    Yesterday, Republicans in the Senate blamed Harry Reid for cutting veterans’ pensions. But the House of Representatives passed the legislation first. The GOP could have fixed it there had Speaker Boehner spent more time reading his legislation than attacking conservatives. Once passed, the House of Representatives headed home for Christmas. Had Harry Reid let the amendment through on Ryan-Murray, the Senate would have had to | Read More »

    Ultimately There Will Be No Option for Silence or the Sidelines. You Will Be Made To Care.

    I have told you people again and again. You will be made to care. Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence good. Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, honestly answered questions during an GQ interview. He spoke openly of his Christian faith. Because he offended a secular left at war with orthodox Christianity, he must be punished. | Read More »

    Paul Ryan & the GOP Must Own the Cuts to Veterans Benefits

    Paul Ryan & the GOP Must Own the Cuts to Veterans Benefits

    Republicans in the Senate want to restore veterans benefits to the Paul Ryan – Patty Murray Budget plan. Harry Reid is blocking the amendment so Republicans are blaming Harry Reid for cutting veterans benefits. That is intellectually dishonest of the GOP. Paul Ryan, a Republican, drafted the plan with Patty Murray, a Democrat. House Republicans overwhelming approved the plan before it even made it to | Read More »

    Dr. Milton Wolf for Senate

    In the past six months, Senator Pat Roberts has been a rock ribbed, small government conservative. He has stood with Ted Cruz. He has fought the fight. He’s done in the sixth year of his term everything conservatives have wanted. And that’s pretty unusual because in the last five years Pat Roberts has stood with his leadership even against conservatives. We have seen this before. | Read More »

    The Political Corollary to You Will Be Made to Care

    Many of you are convinced you can sit on the sidelines or quietly take the side of the Republican Establishment in the upcoming primary season. Many of you are convinced it does not matter. Many of you are convinced that the GOP will do the right thing once they have control. Many of you will be made to care by a Republican Party intent on | Read More »

    Boehner’s Crocodile Tears for Amnesty

    It is an odd fight. Such a weird little battle over meaningless and known outcomes. Conservatives, aware from press reports and congressional leaks, knew what would be in the Paul Ryan drafted budget plan. The conservative groups released statements in opposition to the plan based on what they had been told. But there was never any doubt about the Ryan plan passing. After the plan | Read More »

    On John Boehner’s Temper Tantrum

    Today John Boehner held a press conference and said that the conservative groups who believed him when he said he’d hold the line on sequestration have lost all their credibility for believing him.His histrionics surprised a great many people.What he is doing though is strategic. John Boehner is trying to get the “us vs. them” battle lines drawn before primary season. He needs those lines | Read More »

    The Ryan Budget Fight is Partly Bill Clinton’s Republican Legacy

    The Ryan Budget Fight is Partly Bill Clinton's Republican Legacy

    Everyone really should be able to admit it is the oddest and most nonsensical fight. The Ryan budget does raise taxes. It does fund Obamacare. It does break sequestration. And it does nothing to address the debt and deficit. It is a compromised can kicked down the road just to a further distance than normal. In doing so, though, it violates a lot of what | Read More »

    BOHICA Act of 2013

    BOHICA Act of 2013

    I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration. Hell, that was a month ago. Amazing how much can change in a month. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for — spending | Read More »