Goodbye Angry Right… So Long Redstate.
I know this will please the Perry Zombies with whom I’ve traded barbs recently, but even so, here goes. I’ll just consider it my parting gift to them. This weekend I’ll be asking the administrators to kill my account here on Redstate, because I don’t enjoy the tone here any longer. It’s simply no longer possible to express one’s opinion without getting flamed and watching | Read More »
Perry: A Bush In Sheep’s Clothing?
The more I learn about Rick Perry, the less I seem to like him as my chosen candidate for the Republican nomination. Oh, I admire the straight-talk of the guy, and I like his general pro-States-rights attitude. But his record, and his debate answers, are making me think he’s not the real conservative many of us are wishing him to be. The Gardisil Fiasco This | Read More »
Pardon my French, but… the Media (big M) really SUCKS.
Ok, everybody here already knew that. But if you’re like me and have been watching the debt-ceiling/default reporting – from the financial reporters down to the talking coifs on TV – you’ll agree that they’ve all hit a new low. And their coverage has had real and negative effects on everyday Americans. I wasn’t the first to question exactly how the USA would “default,” when | Read More »
Default, Deschmalt. There is no default until somebody misses a payment.
Do your personal creditors claim you’re in “default” when your family’s budget becomes tighter than usual? Does your lender run to the courts and try to seize your home, claiming you’ve defaulted on your mortgage because you were thinking about paying your cable tv bill later than normal this month? No – because nobody is in default until somebody doesn’t get paid. That’s just a | Read More »
WARNING: The FDA’s new cigarette warning labels can kill you.
Everybody knows cigarette smoking is bad for you. You would have to been living and stubbing out your butts in a cave for 50 years not to know the hazards of lighting up. And that’s the point. EVERYBODY ALREADY KNOWS IT. So before anyone joins the well-intentioned “health police” and agrees with the FDA’s requiring new, disgustingly graphic “warning messages” on cigarette packaging – think | Read More »
Why zing Pawlenty’s debate performance? To this Minnesotan, he was the same as always.
The national punditry, after weeks of undeserved buildup of the man, now seems to be braying with one voice: “Pawlenty blew it.” “He disappointed.” Hello? From my perch as a conservative Minnesotan, Pawlenty was the same Pawlenty I’ve always seen. A lawyer, not a politician, modeling the stoic character of the people of his region. Careful in language, not predisposed towards confrontation. Passionless. Why do | Read More »
Weiner’s Weasly Words: An “Apology” From A Pathological Liar and Sex Addict
Rep. Anthony Weiner “came clean” today in a press conference hastily organized because his conscience was hurting… that and six other “Weinergals” were about to come out of the woodwork with other photos the Congressman had sent. Here’s one of them: Suddenly Weiner got religion. But not quite… If you listen to his “apology” and explanation, you’ll note he said that he sent the photo | Read More »
Obamabsurdity: “Spending” in our Tax Code?
It may be because I’m in Minnesota – until only recently, the last socialist nation on Earth – that my ears are attuned to absurdities like one (there were many) spouted by our “Acting President” Barack Obama. The lines in his (BIG AIR QUOTES HERE) “Deficit Reduction” speech (END BIG AIR QUOTES) where he refers to deductions and offsets in our tax code as “spending” | Read More »
Why Public Broadcasting Is Like A Government-Managed Economy
While viewing a fascinating program on PBS’ NOVA right now about “smart machines,” the law of unintended consequences kicked in and “educated” me (although not in the way the PBS tsars had hoped, I’m sure.) While thoroughly enjoying the program, I thought “Why isn’t NOVA on some commercial channel like Discovery? Certainly there are commercial markets out there for a program like this…” This was | Read More »
The Incredible Reverse Racism of the Racial Police
Ok, I need to be careful here, because the last time I addressed a racial issue here trying to uphold the idea of equality, I was misunderstood and booted off for being… a racist. But I hope no one will misunderstand my motives when I say the only racists involved in the hubbub over a Pepsi Super Bowl Ad are those crying “racist!” In the | Read More »
Is our Putz-In-Chief’s Islamic education as a child the reason for his ignorance as an adult?
Really – could there be a dopier bunch in the White House? When protestors poured into the streets of Iran awhile back – ready to throw out a regime openly hostile to the West – President Zero got another ice cream cone and said something like “the affairs of other nations are not ours in which to meddle.” Now, when protestors pour into the streets | Read More »
SOTU Priorities: Wordles Reveal the True Obama, Ryan and Bachmann
I’m certainly not the only person on the web to do this, but it’s worth posting anyway. The more people who see it, the better. For those not familiar with “Wordles,” they are graphic representations of speeches, created by computer analysis of the repetition of words and phrases. Words used most often show up the largest and most prominent, words used less often show up | Read More »
Confusions About the “Debt Ceiling”… Help Me!
OK, I’m not a Nobel Prize-winning economist like Paul Krugman (thank you, God) but I don’t get the current arguments about raising the U.S. debt ceiling. For one, when I’m on a ladder, fixing a light socket, and my head hits the ceiling – it hurts. It goes “bump.” I have to pick pieces of popcorn ceiling out of my thinning hair. But when the | Read More »
Republicans Blew It: MLK Day’s 25th Observance A Missed Opportunity
Many conservatives wonder: Why do so many black Americans still feel like our country doesn’t truly embrace them as equal citizens? And why, despite the comparative historical records of Republicans and Democrats on the issue of racial equality, do a majority of our black citizens feel their home is with the Democrat Party (the party that has been most overtly against racial equality through the | Read More »
Democrats: The Republican Minority Stopped Us!!!
It has begun. (Did it ever actually leave?) The Dems are blaming the Republicans for the fact that they couldn’t convince their own members to pass their earmark-laden Omnibus Spending bill and their Tax-Rate Extension bill in the House. First, Whiner-In-Chief Barack Obama misrepresenting who held up “tax cuts for middle-class Americans” (note NBC “journalist” teeing it up for Obama): < Yes… those evil Republicans, | Read More »
So Obama Now Embraces Reaganomics? Sure…
Has anyone else out there noticed how President Urkel, in trying to sell his “Tax Cut Compromise,” has taken to saying the extension of lower tax rates will spark the economy and result in an uptick? Has he been possessed by the spirit of Ronaldus Maximus? But he’s having a heck of a time getting Dark Princess Pelosi to buy into it. Perhaps the reason | Read More »
The Offshore Drilling Ban – Who’s Responsible? Not Obama.
Under our modern “imperial Presidency” model, far too much authority is attributed to the holder of that office. We would do well to remember the axiom “Power perceived, is power achieved.” Nobody knows and has embraced this fact more than the current occupant of the White House. Unfortunately everyone’s played right along, from the willing media toadies to the incoming Speaker of the House (“… | Read More »
Exactly what is the TSA groping for, anyway? (UPDATED)
Did I miss the news about a terrorist smuggling a blackjack or billy club through an airport checkpoint last summer by hanging the weapon in his pants? Where was I when the female jihadist breast cancer survivor got through security with plastic explosive in her bra, disguised as a prothesis? These things MUST have happened – otherwise, why would the TSA abandon the standard metal | Read More »
In defense of earmarks: elected idiots vs. unelected idiots
Add mine to the growing number of voices saying “let’s stop this obsession with earmarks, and get on with some real work – earmarks are not always bad.” The single-most cogent argument supporting for earmarks can be made this way: Which would you rather have spending the people’s money – an elected public official who depends on the public vote to stay in office; or | Read More »
Why Obamacare needs to be shut down NOW, or Inside Health Care Today
I attended a function the other night, where I met up with a friend of mine who works for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Making small talk, I asked him how work was going. His reply spoke to the immediate need to derail Obama’s heal care debacle. “Honestly, it’s wearing me out – from day to day we don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing. Rules | Read More »
His Party and The Economy in Shambles, Obama Shakes His Groove Thang
Many presidents – “George the Younger” among them – have done idiotic photo ops at exactly the worst possible time. But perhaps the award for most questionable timing has to go to Prince Barry, for his “Mumbai Dance Party” at a local school in that Indian city. In the wake of an election that completely rejected his agenda and leadership; just days after it was | Read More »
Next: Who Besides Boehner? (2nd Update – Changing His Tune?)
John Boehner, AKA “The Choker” This quote from heir-apparent House Majority Leader John Boehner, from the L.A. Times just a few minutes ago: “The American people are concerned about the government takeover of healthcare,” he said. “I think it is important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity and replace it with common-sense reforms that will bring down the | Read More »
REVIEW: Opening Night at Laura Ingraham’s “Obama Diaries – Live!”
(MINNEAPOLIS) – Last night my wife and I enjoyed the perfect pre-Halloween “chill pill” to the scary prospect of another two years of fighting the “abominable Obamas” – we were fortunate enough to attend the world premiere of “The Obama Diaries – Live,” onstage at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. Produced by (and starring) radio talker Laura Ingraham, the show now moves on to other | Read More »
My reply to the “Now You Get Mad?” email…
Some of you may have seen this idiotic leftist screed email that’s floating around entitled “Now You Get Mad?” I really don’t know who it’s meant for… I just know it’s so full of crap that I had to reply when a friend of mine sent it to me (who, of course, moved out of the U.S.A. years ago and is living on Social Security | Read More »