RedState Morning Briefing
For August 16, 2011

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1. Obama Creates His Own Luck

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck.’”– Robert HeinleinYesterday in Iowa, Barack Obama proved once and for all that he does not understand how the economy works.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Hyperbloviating Think Progress Gets Its Collective Panties In A Wad Over Rick Perry

Let me remind you that union goons sympathetic to Barack Obama have taken to showing up on the doorsteps of bank executives’ houses in America to threaten and intimidate them.Let me also remind you that Barack Obama told Wall Street Executives that he was all that stood in the way of pitchforks coming for them.And Barack Obama also called on his supporters to bring guns to knife fights, not to mention to punish their enemies.Then there were the August 2009 town halls where virtually every documented act of violence was at the hands of union goons while Think Progress pretended it was the racist tea partiers causing the violence.There are countless other examples and through it all, Think Progress cheered it all on.In Iowa, Rick Perry said, “I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.” Think Progress has gotten its collective panties in such a tight wad over this the whole staff may have to go commando.Think Progress . . . I’m not sure what to call him . . . blogger, I guess, cause he sure as heck doesn’t even clear welterweight on the scale of intellectuals in Washington, Matt Yglesias decries Perry for wanting to lynch Ben Bernanke — something Perry did not say. That Yglesias would suggest it says more about how he views Texas than it does Rick Perry.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Steve Penley: The RS Gathering’s secret weapon.

If you attended the RS Gathering, or saw some of the photos that were taken by various and sundry folks, then you saw various paintings by an artist named Steve Penley scattered across the event. We were EXTREMELY FORTUNATE that Steve allowed us to have access to his work for the event; he’s been a quiet favorite among RedState Contributors for some time now, and having his paintings available at the Gathering gave it a certain touch of style.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith

A fairly good indicator that Rick Perry will make a strong general election candidate is the desperation you can smell in the left’s opening salvo of attacks against him. The early leader for the genre’s exemplar is this piece from the formerly proud The Atlantic (which has sadly been reduced to a gay gossip site and anti-Semitic conspiracy newsletter). The author, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, first attempts lamely to argue that Rick Perry’s private prayer session from last Sunday was unconstitutional because it was Christian, a contention so stupid that even Doug Mataconis would not make it. However, Townsend’s heart is not really in that contention, so Townsend moves on quickly to her second (and contradictory) point: that Rick Perry is not really a Christian at all.Please click here for the rest of the post.