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    Combat pay authorized for US advisors in Iraq; combat operations on case-by-case basis.

    Combat pay authorized for US advisors in Iraq; combat operations on case-by-case basis.

    Back in June, when the potential October Surprise of military action against ISIS was only a dim gleam in Obama’s eye, some 300 US advisors were deployed to Iraq. What was notable about this deployment was that they were not authorized combat pay. As I noted at the time: It is difficult to see how we help Iraqis “take the fight to the terrorists” if | Read More »

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    Obamacare architect: 75 years is enough for anybody

    Obamacare architect: 75 years is enough for anybody

    An interesting essay by Obamacare architect, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel called Why I Hope to Die at 75 is making the rounds. It is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it provides an insight into how the secular elites are coming to regard life. Secondly, Emanuel had, and continues to have, enormous influence on how health care policy is developed in the United States. Let | Read More »

    Obama orders Army division headquarters to Iraq

    Obama orders Army division headquarters to Iraq

    Presumably this group will be deploying in flip-flops so they won’t constitute “boots on the ground”: As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq. Officials have not identified the division that will deploy — the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. An official announcement is | Read More »

    Nothing says respect like a smart salute

    Nothing says respect like a smart salute

    From Army Field Manual 7-21.13, The Soldier’s Guide: 4-7. The salute is not simply an honor exchanged. It is a privileged gesture of respect and trust among soldiers. Remember the salute is not only prescribed by regulation but is also recognition of each other’s commitment, abilities, and professionalism. In a way we shouldn’t be surprised. After living through the dark years of the Clinton regime | Read More »

    Inconvenient baby killed for mother’s right to choose, but gets a bad poem in its honor

    Inconvenient baby killed for mother's right to choose, but gets a bad poem in its honor

    For most of the time since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided, even pro-abort liberals were of the opinion that abortion was a last resort. This culminated in Clinton’s famous promise to keep abortion “safe, legal, and rare.” That consensus is evaporating as pro-life forces are winning significant victories within the corrupt legal structure laid out in Roe v. Wade. With each | Read More »

    @joshledermanAP swoons over Obama’s airstrikes

    @joshledermanAP swoons over Obama's airstrikes

    Last night the United States and the Coalition of the Useless launched the first round of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria. It was a predominantly American affair but a handful of Arab states tagged along as window dressing: The attack was carried out using a mixture of warplanes dropping bombs, remotely piloted aircraft and ships firing cruise missiles. Aircraft from several Arab states took | Read More »

    Women’s sports: the next victim of tolerance

    Women's sports: the next victim of tolerance

    If society survives long enough it  will look back upon the first couple of decades of this century as the point where sexual deviance was mainstreamed in the name of tolerance, the deity du jour of the American left and libertarians. While most attention has focused on the immense effort devoted to making sure that the small percentage of homosexuals (who make up a blessedly | Read More »

    Pre-game prayer ban defied in Tennessee

    Pre-game prayer ban defied in Tennessee

    For nearly eighty years the Oneida (Tennessee) High School football team had opened its games with a prayer. Naturally, such an act could not be allowed to stand. The comically misnamed American Civil Liberties Union and the bigots of the Freedom from Religion Foundation objected and sent a letter to the Oneida Special School District promising the usual bouts of litigation, an activity that is | Read More »

    Joe Biden praises Bob Packwood at Democrat women’s conference

    Joe Biden praises Bob Packwood at Democrat women's conference

    Joe Biden has had a tough week. Earlier in the week he used the anti-Semitic slur “Shylock” to refer to unethical bankers and was forced to issue an apology. Today he was speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership forum and decided to wax nostalgic about how the Republican party used to be: According to attendees, Biden singled out former Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon as | Read More »

    Ninth Circuit agrees school can ban American flag

    Ninth Circuit agrees school can ban American flag

    Yesterday, the US Ninth Circuit confirmed a February decision by a panel of that court that school officials can forbid students who are American citizens from wearing American flag themed clothing to school because of the threats made against those students (see earlier RedState coverage here and here). Rejecting free speech arguments from parents, Republican lawmakers and conservative groups, a federal appeals court on Wednesday refused | Read More »

    The dishonesty of assault weapon laws

    The dishonesty of assault weapon laws

    Last week an op-ed from left wing “investigative jounalism” non-profit, ProPublica appeared in the New York Times. Surprisingly, it laid out the fraudulent nature of the legal attacks on “assault weapons” and showed the actual damage it is doing to the reduction of attacks committed with the use of firearms. Over the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over | Read More »

    Easy guide to Obama and the War Powers Resolution

    Easy guide to Obama and the War Powers Resolution

    When Obama gave his speech on September 10, promising to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, it was interesting for what it said and didn’t say. Obama laid out a four part strategy for defeating ISIS. The most notable thing it didn’t say was that Obama intended to ask Congress for authority to wage a war against ISIS that would, at a minimum, encompass two countries, one of | Read More »

    Lobbyist advises GOP to spend big and think small

    Lobbyist advises GOP to spend big and think small

    GOP estabishment politics is the epitome of a “green” industry. Nothing is ever thrown away. Baby poo is repackaged as butterscotch and sold to unsuspecting voters. Pathetic losers resurface time and again making the same mistakes over and over and collecting checks in the process. A prime example of this is a guy like John Feehery. Feehery used to work for go-along-get-along icon Bob Michel | Read More »

    Bill Bennett paid to pimp for Common Core

    Bill Bennett paid to pimp for Common Core

    Last week Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett appeared on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal called The Conservative Case for Common Core. That’s the fundamental idea behind a core curriculum: preserving and emphasizing what’s essential, in fields like literature and math, to a worthwhile education. It is also, by the way, a conservative idea. In the op-ed, Bennett dangles a bewildering | Read More »

    Obama uses war on ISIS to overthrow Syria’s Assad

    Obama uses war on ISIS to overthrow Syria's Assad

    One of the things that has intrigued me about the Obama administration’s alleged strategy to combat ISIS is the degree to which it focuses on Syria. Not only are airstrikes within Syria contemplated but another attempt will be made by the administration to arm the Syrian opposition forces. To me this seems counterintuitive. Not only is he heartland of ISIS in Iraq but expanding our | Read More »