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  • Stop Defending Phil Robertson — You’re Embarrassing Yourself

    03/26/2015 3:03:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/26/2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Phil Robertson is an embarrassment, not a hero, and the socially conservative movement needs to distance itself from him immediately. Don’t get me wrong — I agree that our culture is experiencing a terrifying shift towards censorship. People have become so easily offended that it’s almost impossible to say anything without someone getting upset about it; and concepts like trigger warnings, safe spaces, and microaggressions are threatening free speech. But none of this changes the fact that Phil Robertson is an ignorant buffoon, and that many of his comments — despite the fact that he does have every right to...
  • Here’s How Much Money You Have To Raise To Be A Ted Cruz Bundler

    03/25/2015 11:50:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 25, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    In the last two days, big-money Republican donors have received information about the benefits they could receive for raising tens of thousands of dollars for the presidential campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz has already raised $500,000 after announcing Monday he is running for president. NBC News reports that 60 percent of his donations have come from large donors, while 40 percent have come from online donations. According to a three-page pamphlet sent out by Cruz for President and obtained by The Daily Caller, voters who raise at least $500,000 for the Texas Republican will be considered a co-chair...
  • The 20 US colleges with the most conservative students

    03/25/2015 8:41:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/25/2015 | Lauren Browning
    As part of its annual college rankings, The Princeton Review ranks the US colleges with the most conservative students. While a few of the schools on the list are big sports and party schools, 20% of the colleges in the ranking are military schools. Over half of the most conservative colleges on the list also appeared on the Review's lists of the most religious students, students who are stone cold sober, and students who don't smoke. A whopping 17 of the 20 schools were ranked on The Princeton Review's list of future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution. Texas,...
  • Ted Cruz's Announcement Disrespects The Founding Fathers, American Tradition And Non-Christians

    03/25/2015 3:57:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rick Ungar
    Somewhere along the way, I picked up the notion that when someone announces their candidacy for the Office of President of the United States, they are announcing their intent and desire to be the president of all Americans, irrespective of race, religion or other considerations. As a result of this tradition—and while recognizing that such an announcement does, in the reality of our times, serve as the launching point for the grueling primary gauntlet most candidates will be forced to endure—the moment of tossing one’s hat into the ring has, without exception so far as I can tell, traditionally taken...
  • JAPANESE TV COVERS TED CRUZ ANNOUNCEMENT AT TOP OF NEWS, GOOD CLIP, FACTUAL STORY (TBS-TV)(VIDEO)

    03/24/2015 11:11:07 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies
    TBS Network Japan (in Japanese) ^ | 24 March 2015 | TBS Japan Network
    Major Japanese network showed the announcement of the presidential run by candidate Ted Cruz, did a great voice over, showed that the field has no clear front runner, and mentioned Cruz's trademark "Courageous Conservatism", in addition to his promised gutting of the unpopular Obamacare. All in all a fair clip.
  • Conservative Cruz Stands In Stark Contrast To Washington Establishment

    03/24/2015 10:29:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    2016: That sound you hear from Washington is the gnashing of teeth after Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he'll run for president. The irrepressible Texan's principled conservatism makes many nervous — and that's good. As those of us who've interviewed Cruz know, he's hardly the brittle, conservative killjoy that the mainstream media try to portray him. On the contrary, he is charming, funny, scarily smart, a brilliant debater and more than well qualified to lead this nation. He also knows the issues extraordinarily well and has staked out clearly identifiable positions on all of them. Which is why the media,...
  • Azealia Banks tweets close-up shot of genitals to Blaze blogger

    03/24/2015 9:45:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Rapper Azealia Banks on Saturday reportedly tweeted a close-up photograph of genitals to The Blaze blogger Matt Walsh and conservative radio host Wayne DuPree after they criticized her for declaring her hatred for “fat white Americans” during a recent Playboy interview. Ms. Banks received the ire of conservatives last week when she told Playboy she hates everything about America and can’t wait to leave. “Like, I hate fat white Americans,” she said. “All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their...
  • Principled or know-it-all? (Excellent Ted Cruz article)

    03/24/2015 8:25:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2015 | Marc Fisher
    Complete Headline: Principled or know-it-all? GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is a lightning rod for controversy and a stickler for process [Snip] His father describes Cruz as a “modern Jeremiah,” delivering the final warning before the collapse, sending an unpopular but vital message. His Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz, calls him “off-the-charts brilliant.” Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican and unsuccessful presidential candidate, once dubbed Cruz a “wacko bird.” His own wife says Cruz's supreme certainty had a way of being “irksome.” It is Cruz’s ramrod devotion to principle — or, its flip side, an unyielding insistence on getting his...
  • Ted Cruz described as ‘first top tier’ conservative since Reagan by Richard Viguerie

    03/23/2015 9:14:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    A seismic shift? Things will change now that Sen. Ted Cruz has entered the White House race, some say. “Every Republican candidate for president will have to move significantly to the right, starting with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. They’ll have to define their position on amnesty for illegal aliens, on fighting and winning the war radical Islam has declared on America, on spending, the deficit and the debt, and on repealing Obamacare - against the positions Ted Cruz will talk about and campaign on in the coming months,” predicts longtime conservative maven Richard Viguerie. “They will all have to...
  • Cruz tests the limits of conservatism in his run for president

    03/23/2015 1:36:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Dan Balz
    If there is such a thing as being too conservative to be elected president of the United States, Ted Cruz is having none of it. Announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination Monday at Liberty University, the first-term senator from Texas offered himself as the pure essence of conservatism and challenged the tea party and evangelical wings of the Republican Party to rise up behind one of their own and take control of the party and the country. His candidacy is a test of a proposition, one that he has carried across the country for many months. He has argued...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” True conservatives and libertarians, let’s not pretend there aren’t fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • Because I'm a [faux] Conservative I support the liberal platform ZOT!

    03/23/2015 6:44:37 AM PDT · by Kaled · 144 replies
    An Incredibly Minor Public Figure ^ | 03-15-2015 | Michael Charney
    Because I'm a Conservative, I believe in a strong separation of church and state. As Eliade wrote in The Sacred and the Profane, "the sacred always manifests itself as a reality of a wholly different order from 'natural' realities." We do a disservice to the truly sacred when we force it into Caesar's world. What is sacred to me is between myself and my Maker--and forcing that into the public square diminishes both of Us. Because I'm a Conservative, I care about the environment. Whether prompted by the Bible or by our own sense of morality (itself a part of...
  • John Kasich says he's more conservative than Scott Walker

    03/20/2015 6:58:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/20/2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    Governor John Kasich of Ohio, who would like to run for president, is upset when people imply that he's a liberal. Gov. John R. Kasich was sipping coffee in the sun-drenched garden room of his official residence, boasting about his “Ohio story” of economic recovery, when he was told that some Republicans thought a fellow Midwestern governor, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, was more conservative. He bolted upright. “I think I have the right to define what conservatism is,” Mr. Kasich roared, launching into a breathless oration about tax cuts, the mentally ill, prison reform, faith in American culture, unwed motherhood, welfare...
  • (MK Yariv) Levin: We Now Have a Mandate, And a Responsibility

    03/19/2015 2:20:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva/INN ^ | 03/19/2015 | Yaakov Levi
    By Yaakov Levi "First Published: 3/19/2015, 9:51 AM In an interview with Arutz Sheva, MK Yariv Levin, chairman of the outgoing Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, lauded his party's victory in Tuesday's elections, and said that it finally gave the Likud a clear mandate to rule Israel in the way the party felt it should be ruled." (snip) Among the issues the Likud needs to tackle is the “one-sided attitude” of the media and the justice system, said Levin. “There need to be changes in the radical leftist rule that shows itself in so many aspects of Israeli society....
  • Netanyahu’s Victory Is A Disaster For The Peace Process (Schadenfreude Alert)

    03/18/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/18/2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    "More specifically, Netanyahu's Likud Party won by siphoning voters away from the other right parties who will become its coalition partners. Mainstream Israeli opinion has shifted to the right: to win, Likud didn't need to win over a swath of centrist voters. It needed to jazz up the Right with nasty rhetoric about Palestinians and Arabs." "Meanwhile, Likud is going through a process that some observers have referred to as Tea Party-ization. Younger Israelis tend to be more conservative, increasingly empowering the more right-wing factions inside Likud. That causes center-right voters to defect to centrist parties, pushing the party ever...
  • Tea Party’s moment of truth: Bush, Walker & the fight for the soul of the GOP

    03/18/2015 11:35:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | March 18, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    Last week, I kvetched about the way the national political press was covering the Hillary Clinton e-mail pseudo-scandal. To me, it was a strikingly clear example of the media succumbing to its worst instincts by allowing itself to become part of the story and engaging in the kind of meta reporting that Paul Krugman has rightly compared to theater criticism. “Instead of telling us what candidates are actually saying,” Krugman wrote, the political journalists guilty of theater criticism “tell us how it went over, and how they think it affects the horse race.” In other words, they answer a question...
  • Freeing Drug Dealers Is Not a Conservative Solution

    03/17/2015 6:55:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/17/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and a number of right-libertarian groups have joined together with the ACLU and the Center for American Progress to form The Coalition for Public Safety. Headed by Obama’s former associate director of legislative affairs for Drug Control Policy, the Coalition seeks to lower prison populations through ‘soft on crime’ reforms. Its libertarian partners argue that spending on the criminal justice system is out of control and that it’s time to go easy on some criminals. While spending on the criminal justice system is high, this is due to the extreme regulatory burdens created by...
  • Scott Walker and the Continuing Power of the Republican Cult of Reagan

    03/17/2015 6:44:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    At the 2013 Reagan Day Dinner, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, standing in front of an oil painting of Ronald Reagan bathed in holy light shining down on his head, began to recount his connections to the former president. He mentioned that his own wedding was held on the day of Reagan’s birth, and also that his recall election coincided with the anniversary of “the day he was born into eternal life, the day he passed.” Walker then began to recount his visit to the Reagan Library, in suitably awestruck tones. At that point the story began to take on even...
  • UN Identifies ‘Extremism and Conservatism’--Not Islam--As Impediments to Gender Equality

    03/13/2015 10:09:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 10, 2015 | By Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Twenty years after a landmark U.N. conference on promoting gender equality, the head of the agency known as U.N. Women said Monday that a growing “conservative and extremist resistance” to equality between the sexes needs to be understood and confronted. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called the problem “one of the new dangers” in the way of efforts to pursue the goal of global gender equality. Neither she, nor a major report prepared for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting she was addressing in New York, identified radical Islamic ideology as a leading factor, although surveys have found...
  • Conservative Student Group Commits 'Act of Violence' for Defending Christian Values

    03/12/2015 7:29:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/12/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A conservative student group at The George Washington University faces punishment, including the loss of its funding, for refusing to engage in LGBT sensitivity training on campus. The students are now being condemned and attacked on campus by those who claim they're committing an "act of violence" for standing up for their members' individual rights and Judeo-Christian values. The Young America's Foundation chapter at the Washington, D.C.-based academic institute has refused to participate in LGBT sensitivity training recently made as a requirement. Amanda Robbins, vice president of GW YAF, told The Christian Post that their objection to the training "stems...
  • Why conservatives don't like to talk about race

    03/10/2015 8:03:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    The Week ^ | 03/10/2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Conservatives don't like to talk about race. And there are some very good reasons why. The first is that the left constantly and spuriously plays the race card against the right. Conservatives spent decades saying that welfare hurt the very people it was supposed to help by disincentivizing work. They were accused of being racists for saying that — until conservatives passed welfare reform, which is now widely acknowledged as one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in recent decades. Conservatives spent decades saying that public housing hurt the very people it was supposed to help (and as someone who...
  • Walker’s success is contingent on legislative majorities [UW student analysis]

    I am not alone in my lengthy criticisms of our ever controversial governor. Since he took office in 2010, his budget proposals have incessantly riled up many people across the state. The name Walker inspires either revulsion or reverence. This certainly won’t change as Gov. Scott Walker competes for the GOP nomination. Though, it is important to remember the governor’s legacy has been contingent on conservative majorities in the Assembly and State Senate. This is a crucial aspect of the Walker governorship that is insufficiently discussed. It seems that when discussing Wisconsin, whether good or bad, everything is exceedingly attributed...
  • Walking the Walker Way - Leader of the pack?

    03/06/2015 6:34:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 6, 2015 | Geoffrey Norman
    Scott Walker has had a pretty good run as of late. He’s made some new friends and wrong-footed the right enemies and became, in fairly short order, a leader among the pack of Republican politicians running for president. Perhaps even the leader. Not bad for a mid-Western governor, whom none would call “charismatic.” And only four years after he faced a recall election in which he was a high value target in the cross hairs of organized labor. He won that election and then ran for reelection in the normal order of things two years later. He was, in effect,...
  • Dems vow to protect Boehner from conservative coup

    03/06/2015 6:09:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Tea Party Republicans contemplating a bid to oust Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) shouldn't count on Democrats to help them unseat the Speaker. And without their support, there is no chance to topple Boehner in this Congress. A number of right-wing Republicans, long-wary of Boehner's commitment to GOP efforts attacking President Obama's policy priorities, have openly considered a coup in an attempt to transfer the gavel into more conservative hands. But Democrats from across an ideological spectrum say they'd rather see Boehner remain atop the House than replace him with a more conservative Speaker who would almost certainly be less willing...
  • With Stan Evans' Passing, The Nation Loses A Conservative Pioneer

    03/04/2015 6:28:28 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/03/2015 | Staff
    Legacy: Just days after the Conservative Political Action Conference wrapped up, the nation lost one of the conservative movement's founders and one of its most passionate defenders — M. Stanton Evans.
  • M. Stanton Evans, conservative icon, dead at 80

    03/03/2015 3:10:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2015 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    M. Stanton Evans, arguably the funniest serious man in America for much of his 80 years on the planet, died Tuesday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. For most of his life, as Mr. Evans watched fellow conservatives come and go, he lamented — always with humor, not bitterness — their tendency to catch “Potomac fever” as soon as they come to power. “When our people get to the point where they can do us some good, they stop being our people,” he said, uttering what became known as “Evans‘ Law of Politics.”
  • Thanks for the memories, but it's time for Christians to unite not fight

    03/03/2015 12:32:27 PM PST · by two134711 · 658 replies
    self | 3/2/2015 | two134711
    Thank you Free Republic for allowing me to post and vent on this site for over ten years. I am a young, married conservative woman who is trying to raise her daughter to be a fine, upstanding lady, an educated woman and a worthy wife to a decent man. Despite the stupidity of my generation (I am on the cusp of GenX and GenY) there is hope. Many young people are more prolife than ever. And at last, many others are beginning to open their eyes to the lies of socialism. However recent events on this site like witnessing the...
  • Conservatism as Counterculture

    03/02/2015 11:23:18 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/2/2015 | Shelby Steele
    I was recently invited to make some remarks at a charity dinner for a cause that I strongly support. The organizers worried that, because their cause affected only Third World nations, they would have a hard time raising money from an American audience. Localism, it seemed, in everything from farm produce to charity giving, was the new vogue. People wanted to see their dollars at work locally rather than watch them disappear into the coffers of some international organization. Could I help them make the case for international giving? On the night of the dinner it occurred to me to...
  • Facebook yanks page of 12-year-old conservative who said Obama doesn't love U.S.

    02/28/2015 6:25:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 152 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Feb. 28, 2015
    On Friday, C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative from Georgia who posted a viral video supporting Rudy Giuliani, discovered that his personal Facebook page was locked. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from someone about 6 a.m. Friday. That's when he learned his account and page had been locked for "suspicious activity." He jumped through all of Facebook's hoops, but wasn't able to recover his account. So he created a new profile to take its place. His public page was not affected, he said, however, he can no longer administer the page....
  • Ingraham uses CPAC speech to bash Bush

    02/27/2015 6:33:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | David McCabe
    Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham used her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to slam moderate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). The influential talker suggested that Bush, who is quickly becoming a favorite of the Republican establishment, could even run on the same ticket as likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton because of their policy similarities. "Why don't we just call it quits, and Jeb and Hillary can run on the same ticket," she said to applause. Ingraham's criticism reflects the way that conservative base is skeptical of Bush, who has locked down the support of many establishment...
  • Bush in the conservative hot seat

    02/27/2015 5:08:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jonathan Easley 216 84
    Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to more than just the GOP establishment. Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to...
  • Hollywood conservatives, Duck Commander fight the PC police - and win

    02/26/2015 8:51:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    The liberal hold on Hollywood is loosening. A persistent conservative mindset is emerging in the entertainment industry, replacing glitter with some red, white and blue as studios discover that Americans like America, and they pine for fare that uplifts the nation. Money talks. Consider that “American Sniper” has made $428 million at the box office since it opened six weeks ago, largely credited to a devoted heartland audience. A new breed of stars has claimed some turf. Plainspoken “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was candid about his belief in traditional values and stood firm in the aftermath, despite a media...
  • Cruz: Make Candidates Who Claim Conservatism Prove It

    02/26/2015 12:15:37 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 02/26/2015 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    Republicans must not let themselves be tricked into picking a moderate presidential nominee in 2016, by demanding their hopefuls have a demonstrated commitment to conservatism, Sen. Ted Cruz told an enthusiastic audience Thursday. Cruz, himself a likely presidential candidate, warned activists gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington that voters who pick the GOP nominee are likely to hear a similar pitch: "You betcha. Who-diddley. I'm as conservative as all get out." But, without naming names, he suggested that many of those likely candidates lacked the record to back it up.
  • House conservatives: Boehner’s Speakership in danger if he caves on DHS/amnesty like McConnell did

    02/25/2015 8:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    Another empty threat or the last straw?This is noteworthy, I think, not so much because there’s a legit prospect of mutiny as because it shows what a total strategic clusterfark the whole cromnibus/DHS/amnesty fiasco has been. Not only are Republicans at each other’s throats, there’s a nonzero chance that DHS may shut down this week because the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate simply can’t get on the same page. Imagine that. Imagine if the first big legislative standoff in the new GOP Congress ends with a stalemate between the two chambers rather than a stalemate between the GOP...
  • NYT: In Pre-Primary Pivot to Right, Walker Shifts Tone on Abortion

    02/23/2015 1:41:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    "....The shift in emphasis and tone is noticeable not only on abortion, but also on same-sex marriage, another issue of intense interest to social conservatives. A few weeks before the November election, in an interview with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the governor sidestepped questions about his earlier opposition to abortion, and declined four times to answer directly when asked if abortion should be prohibited after 20 weeks — a position he had previously embraced. He also declined to restate his earlier opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest. But in a breakout speech in Iowa on Jan. 24,...
  • Marie Harf Wrote Thesis on How Conservative Support for Israel Complicates U.S. Foreign Policy

    02/19/2015 7:08:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 48 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote her college honors thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy,” according to Indiana University records. Harf’s thesis further illustrates the collegiate thinking in an Obama administration that has alienated a key American ally in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Harf, 33, previously worked on Obama’s 2012 campaign. Harf’s Indiana University honors political science professor said that Harf did not plan to pursue political science like her professor father Jim, but that she ended up becoming “pretty good” at it.“I always had a soft spot for Jim, since he first...
  • 10 truly bizarre Tea Party bills: From nipples to militias to religious zealotry

    02/18/2015 10:24:46 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    Salon ^ | February 17, 2015 | by ERIC STERN
    Here are the 10 most bizarre Tea Party bills currently being debated in the Montana Legislature, which is now controlled by the right wing of the Republican Party. Some of these bills, believe it or not, have a chance of making it to the governor’s desk. 1) Prepare for National Ammunition shortage (SB 122). When Obama comes to get our guns and bullets, Montana will be ready... 2) Establish Armed Militias in Every Town (SB 130). Even if we have enough bullets, Montana could still be in grave danger from the federal government... 3) Require that nipples and areolae be...
  • Scott Walker Would Be the Most Conservative GOP Candidate Since Goldwater

    02/12/2015 2:35:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 152 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 11, 2015 | Kevin Drum
    For those of us who are sort of fascinated by the rise of Scott Walker as a Republican presidential contender, here's an interesting chart from Jason McDaniel, a political science professor at San Francisco State University. It shows the relative conservative-ness of GOP presidential nominees in the past six contested elections, and it demonstrates what an outlier Walker would be if he won next year's primary: he'd be the first candidate since Ronald Reagan who's more conservative than the average of the Republican field. And by McDaniel's measure, he'd actually be the most conservative recent nominee, period—even more right-wing than...
  • “It’s going to take a crisis”: Why Republicans have a stranglehold on U.S. politics

    02/12/2015 12:54:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | February 11, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    When Barack Obama was first elected president of the United States, it was hard to predict what the coming years had in store. That’s always the case to some degree, of course — that’s the nature of the future. But even stipulating that predictions about the future are especially difficult, the final months of 2008 were especially tumultuous and uncertain. Through all the chaos, though, at least one thing seemed certain: the Republican Party, which had just gotten blown out for the second election in a row, was in deep, deep trouble. Fast-forward about six years, and the picture is...
  • Democrats seek to hit Jeb Bush with comparisons to Romney [Jeb can never appease enough]

    02/09/2015 3:01:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Wisconsin News ^ | February 9, 2015 | KEN THOMAS and THOMAS BEAUMONT
    ".... Lisa Wagner, Romney's 2012 Midwest fundraising director, said that once voters meet Bush, "they see his head and his heart are connected" and they are "very, very taken" with his "sincerity."During a question-and-answer session after the Detroit speech, Bush said losing his first bid for Florida governor in 1994 taught him that winning campaigns requires building an emotional attachment with voters. When he won the job four years later, he said, he campaigned in places—from black churches to public schools in poor communities—where few expected a Republican to go for votes.That, Bush said, allowed him to "to connect on...
  • Democrats should welcome a Scott Walker-led GOP ticket [will break back of conservative base]

    02/06/2015 8:40:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 91 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 6, 2015 | James Downie
    "... Among candidates that the conservative base consider “real” conservatives(as opposed to Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, apostates on various key issues),Walker is the most likely to win the Republican nomination.And Democrats should hope he gets the nod.The fundamentals suggest that the 2016 election will be extremely competitive. With economic growth picking up and President Obama’s approval rating trending back toward 50 percent,Democrats have a real chance now to capture a third term in the White House,historically a tough ask. But under all but the best conditions,Hillary Clinton will need every advantage she can get. As John Sides and Lynn...
  • The top 40 conservative websites: February 2015 edition

    02/01/2015 11:21:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/01/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    As February begins, it is time again to look at the rankings of conservative websites.  Using Alexa's web analytics and monitoring a suite of over 100 sites, here are the top 40 conservative websites for February 2015 based on their U.S. rankings. Fox News has moved up into the top 50 of all websites in the United States, and the Wall Street Journal has also cracked the top 100.  Fox News is now ahead of the Washington Post (57th) and The Guardian (101st) for web traffic, and is catching up on the Huffington Post (26th) and the New York...
  • John Kasich, Sam Brownback and big government conservatism

    01/31/2015 7:03:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    John Kasich has been making all sorts of news lately, but probably not the type he wants to be showing up in conservative chat rooms. Kasich has a pretty solid conservative portfolio from years past, and he’s still pushing for lower tax rates at home (in most cases) but even some of his more ardent supporters were shocked when he went on tour promoting Medicaid expansion for Obamacare. He also didn’t do himself any favors when he began dancing on the head of a pin for Common Core. (Wait.. this guy wants to run for President as a Republican?)But...
  • You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 12:15:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/28/2015 | Matt Lewis
    It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point. Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt? In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York called it a “long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech” and National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke said she slipped into self-parody. And there’s more. The Examiner’s Eddie Scarry, for example, contacted several conservative bloggers who were once Palin fans, but have since...
  • Why Donald Trump is Right

    01/28/2015 10:13:44 AM PST · by arthurus · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 27 January 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    Donald Trump on Saturday slammed Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush as potential 2016 presidential candidates — a move that delighted the crowd of Iowa conservatives and demonstrated the two candidates’ potential liabilities in a GOP primary. The conservative real-estate magnate, speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines hosted by Republican Rep. Steve King, spent several minutes criticizing both Romney and Bush and labeling them as weak candidates. ‘It can’t be Mitt — he ran and failed. He failed,’ Trump said, to applause….. ‘You can’t have Bush,’ Trump later added, a line that drew even more applause from the...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Attack in Paris: European elites fear conservative wave

    01/09/2015 11:19:22 AM PST · by juliosevero · 41 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Vatican and four Muslim leaders jointly condemned attack in Paris as European elites fear conservative wave By Julio Severo Four French Muslim leaders and the Vatican issued a joint declaration Thursday denouncing the Paris newspaper massacre. The declaration stressed that dialogue among religions was the only way to eliminate prejudice. According to the Associated Press, the Vatican has sought to mend relations with Islam that were initially strained under Pope Benedict XVI, who in 2006 made a speech that suggested Islam espouses violence. His suggestion caused storms of protest throughout the Islamic world. Even though Benedict said he...
  • Ditch Scalise For Not being Conservative Enough, Not For A BS Racism Charge

    12/31/2014 3:52:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/31/2014 | Aaron Gardner
    Have you heard? Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) burned a cross on MLK Jr. day while riding on David Duke’s shoulders waving a Confederate flag soaked in African American and Jewish blood. Oh, and he is in the Republican Leadership as the token Conservative.Actually, everything in that first paragraph was a lie. Well, all except for the part about Scalise being the token Conservative in leadership. Despite the fact that the above is a lie, it is the narrative being set by the media and others for various differing reasons. The actual claim which came out this week, while contextually different...
  • How Progressive Was Hollywood in 2014? Analyzing every movie that made more than $100M domestically

    12/31/2014 11:23:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/31/2014 | Tom Weiss
    It has become cliché for conservatives to lament the progressive politics of the writers, directors and actors in Hollywood. Whenever a major star “comes out” as a conservative — Clint Eastwood or James Woods, for example — the right latches on to them and hangs on their every politically relevant word.But Hollywood is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Box office receipts in the U.S. alone were over $9 billion in 2014. Their goal is to produce films that audiences want to see again and again, not necessarily films that adhere to their progressive worldview. So what kind of movies...
  • Conservative Lawmakers Plan To Vote Against Boehner For Speaker

    12/30/2014 1:56:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    "...........These potential defectors are mostly keeping quiet about it in public, but in a posting on Twitter over the weekend, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky hinted he would oppose Boehner. He posted a photo of a sign that reads: “Next Speaker Please.” Such an attempt was tried two years ago, but ultimately failed: a group of conservatives tried to overthrow Boehner during the public vote, but only nine conservatives, frustrated with Boehner’s leadership, ended up voting against him. Organizers of that effort said more people had committed to vote against Boehner beforehand, but backed out before the vote. And...