This Boy Wonder Is Building The Conservative Answer To MoveOn.org In An Illinois Garage

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Charlie Kirk, a new breed of GOP?

Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com and Julie Bykowicz at Bloomberg Politics.

Maybe there is hope for the GOP after all.


 

Charlie Kirk was just about to leave the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa when he spotted the multimillionaire investor Foster Friess in a stairwell. Kirk, who was 18 and fresh out of high school, had spent weeks memorizing the names and faces of the top 25 Republican political donors in case he found himself in just such a situation. He grabbed Friess into a handshake, took a nervous breath, and began his elevator pitch. Instead of going to college, he wanted to start a grass-roots organization to rival liberal groups such as MoveOn.org, which offer Democratic candidates a standing army of volunteer activists. All he needed, Kirk told Friess, was cash. Friess, who’d just blown $2.1 million on a failed quest to help Rick Santorum win the GOP presidential nomination, handed over his business card. Three weeks later, Kirk had a five-figure check. “He impressed me with his capacity to lead, intelligence, and love for America,” Friess says. “I instantly knew I wanted to support him.”

In the three years since, Kirk—who still sleeps in his childhood bedroom in Wheeling, Ill.—has built his organization, Turning Point USA, into the go-to group for reaching young conservatives. It has a presence on 800 college campuses, where fieldworkers hand out posters and collect e-mail addresses. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, the group hosted an event featuring Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, who have each since announced they’re running for president. On May 8, Paul was scheduled to speak at a Turning Point rally at Arizona State University, and Carly Fiorina is on deck to speak in June at a Turning Point conference for women in Chicago. Kirk says he’s met candidate Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is considering a presidential run.

Kirk’s circle of financial backers has expanded to include Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner; Montana-based technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte, a donor to Christian causes; and Mike Miller, a suburban Chicago jeweler who’s given Turning Point $50,000. Kirk says he’s raised $1 million since January. (Because Turning Point is organized as a nonprofit advocacy group, it doesn’t have to disclose its full donor list or budget.) During the CPAC convention, Friess and Miller entertained 100 Turning Point activists over dinner at Washington’s Metropolitan Club. Kirk, Friess says, “is the ultimate role model for us all.”

Turning Point LogoTurning Point displays at campus fairs are filled with colorful posters that cheer capitalism and boo big government. The most popular one right now spells out LOL, with the “O” styled after President Obama’s iconic campaign logo. The group’s field activists approach their duties with evangelical passion. When they reel in a curious student, out comes an electronic tablet with a questionnaire. “Where do you think the most cuts should be made in the budget?” asks one multiple-choice question. The options include defense, social programs, health care, environment, or “government itself.” The survey concludes with a place for respondents to list their name, graduation year, and e-mail address.

Attracting interest is easy on campuses such as Texas Christian University. In April, Turning Point’s Texas field coordinator Stephanie Conway, who moved to Dallas after graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014, set up a display in the student union. Dressed in a Turning Point T-shirt that read “Big Government Sucks,” she asked passersby, “Hey, who wants to talk about the debt?” A surprising number of people bit, popping out their earbuds long enough to listen. “People love our message,” she says. “We’re giving them something to think about—like, hey, maybe government is too big, maybe we shouldn’t have this huge federal debt—that they probably haven’t ever heard before in a college setting.”

Conway’s team deployed heavier-duty tactics at the University of Texas at Arlington, a larger campus that’s less right-leaning than Texas Christian.

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A staffer offered cupcakes: “These represent the federal debt. Take your share.” Others manning a dunk tank shouted carnival barker lines. “You can just go right up to the tank and push the lever,” said one, Tyler Bowyer. “There are no rules! Just like the federal government!”

The group’s paid workers are each supposed to make at least 1,500 student contacts per semester. About 20,000 people have attended a Turning Point event, posted on social media, or volunteered for the group’s events, Kirk says. Turning Point also registers voters in states that will be critical in 2016, including Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio. In April the group registered 1,030 voters in Florida—30 more than the goal, says national field director Crystal Clanton.

Turning Point’s headquarters have moved out of Kirk’s parents’ house in Wheeling and into a garage in Lemont, southwest of Chicago. (“Apple and Amway also started in garages, so we’re in really good company,” Kirk says.) Behind the scenes, Bill Montgomery, a 74-year-old former restaurateur, handles paperwork—“the old guy who keeps it all legal,” says Montgomery, who met Kirk in 2012 at a panel discussion on politics at Benedictine College. The young man gave a speech that was “practically Reaganesque,” Montgomery says. An Eagle Scout who played saxophone and baseball, Kirk gained national attention for an essay he wrote for the conservative Breitbart website about liberal bias in high school textbooks, which led to an appearance on Fox Business. With Montgomery urging him to dive into full-time political activism, Kirk traveled to Tampa, leading to his fateful chat with Friess.

Turning Point remains tiny compared with MoveOn, which has about 8 million members. MoveOn started in 1998 with an e-mail campaign asking people to sign a petition demanding that Congress censure President Bill Clinton and “move on” after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. MoveOn’s success using the Internet to organize Democratic voters paved the way for Obama’s 2008 campaign, a model Hillary Clinton is trying to replicate in her 2016 bid.

Republicans haven’t come close to matching that organizational muscle, Kirk says.

When he pitches donors on Turning Point, he cheerfully describes it as “the MoveOn of the Right.” Now 21, he says it’s helpful to have an example to follow. “I don’t think I agree with them on a single issue,” he says. “But I have nothing but respect for how successful they’ve been.”

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Lefty media death spiral update: Fox News outdraws MSNBC and CNN combined

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Will MSNBC’s last viewer please change the channel?

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for MSNBC, along came the quarterly ratings reports.

In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC endured its lowest quarterly demo numbers in a decade, and its total viewership since the final quarter of 2007. Prime-time viewership was down 45 percent in the demo from the first quarter of 2014, while daytime viewership was down 39 percent in the demo.

Between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, for instance, more people were watching Al Jazeera America than MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts and “The Cycle.”

Bwhahahahahahaha!

Sucking up to terrorists and libtards is not a winning strategy.

The Big Kahuna in the ratings war? Fox News! For the 53rd consecutive quarter.

With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen.

In fact, Fox News had the five top watched and rated shows on cable news for the quarter. Again. Leading the pack? Bill O’Reilly. Meanwhile, Rachel Madcow fell to 26th place, behind reruns of Bill O’Reilly.

Ouch.

Their own families don’t watch MSNBC.

At some point the poobahs at Comcast will have to put profits ahead of ideology. At least I think they will. Who knows? They’re obviously in the tank for the Hilldebeest, and if she wins, running MSNBC at a loss is probably cheaper than writing checks to the Clinton Foundation.

Still, it warms my heart to see the looney lefties down for the count. Their shrillness echoes so loudly because there are so few of them to absorb it, not because their message is powerful or noteworthy.

If a cable news network bloviates in the forest, and there’s no one around to hear it, does it even matter anymore?

Originally posted by our resident curmudgeon Wyblog.

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Want to Force People out of the Churches? Adopt Liberal Social Stances!

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Our regressive “friends” often say that institutions need to change to adapt to the prevailing social situation.  In other words, they are supposed to abandon God, who does not change, to ride on the rising and falling waves of social convention.  After all, they can claim to be diverse and inclusive!

Of course, there is a downside to that.  Alexander Griswold, writing at The Federalist, has some examples.

The Episcopal Church

In 2003, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay, noncelibate man to be consecrated as a bishop of the Episcopal Church. In the wake of his consecration, entire dioceses severed ties with the Episcopal Church, eventually creating the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). But the Episcopal Church continued to liberalize its sexual teachings, lifting a moratorium on any more gay bishops in 2006 and creating a “blessing ceremony” for gay couples in 2009.

In 2002, the number of baptized U.S. members of the Episcopal Church stood at 2.32 million. By 2012, that number had fallen to 1.89 million, a decline of 18.4 percent. Meanwhile, attendance has fallen even more steeply. Average Sunday attendance in its U.S. churches was 846,000 in 2002, but had fallen 24.4 percent by 2012 to only 640,000. Other signs of congregational liveliness have fallen even further. Baptisms have fallen by 39.6 percent, and marriages have fallen by 44.9 percent.

As for the ACNA? It’s seen its membership rise by 13 percent and its Sunday attendance rise by 16 percent in the past five years. Since 2009, the ACNA has planted 488 new congregations. In 2012, the entire Episcopal Church managed to plant four new churches.

The United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ (UCC) has long had a reputation for unfettered liberalism, sometimes bordering on the radical. In 2008, for example, the pastor of the largest UCC congregations in the country was one Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The UCC’s tendency for pushing traditional boundaries has led to unquestionably positive developments (such as the first African-American pastor as early as 1785) and the unquestionably silly (such as the first hymnal that refuses to call Jesus male). Needless to say, in 2005 UCC became the first U.S. mainline Protestant denomination to support same-sex marriage, and has been an outspoken voice in the gay marriage debate ever since.

While UCC has been bleeding members for decades, its decline rapidly accelerated after the gay marriage vote. Since 2005, UCC has lost 250,000 members, a decline of 20.4 percent over seven years. While an average of 39 congregations left UCC annually from 1990 to 2004, more than 350 congregations departed in the following three years. The UCC’s own pension board called the 2000’s decline “the worst decade among 25 reporting Protestant denominations,” and admitted that “…the rate of decline is accelerating.”

2013 marked a particularly grim milestone for the denomination, as membership finally fell below one million. If the post-2005 rate in membership losses doesn’t taper out, the denomination will cease to exist in 30 years.

There are more examples.  And, he also notes increases among many more traditional denominations.  It’s a good article, and well worth the time to read it in it’s entirely.

It seems that embracing Satan is a poor “business model” for liberal churches.

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Dem US Senate Candidate in Montana Mocks Gun Owners, Christianity, The Bible and The Family

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Hat/Tip to Awr Hawkins at Breitbart.

You would think that to climb the political ladder from being a State Representative to becoming your party’s nominee for United States Senator, one would have to be somewhat politically savvy and remember that once it’s on the internet, it is forever. But evidently Montana State Rep, Amanda Curtis (D-76 Dist) hasn’t picked up on that little tidbit just yet.

She has made and posted some 90 or so videos online where she rants about her topic du jour. In her the case the topic of the day is ALWAYS to bash Conservatism, Conservative Values and even God, the Bible and the Family.

Montana State Senator Amanda Curtis (D-76 Dist.) is running for U.S. Senate and will no doubt be trying to run away from her past statements mocking guns, Christianity, the Bible, and the family.

She just stepped into the race in place of John Walsh, the Democrat candidate who had to step down amid a plagiarism scandal.

On August 22 the Tea Party Express posted a compilation of Curtis’s statements that include laughing at gun owners who stress the importance of having a gun for self defense. She does this by telling stories about walking home “in the dark, through parking lots and everything,” without a gun. She looks into the camera, feigning surprise, and says, “I’m glad I made it.”

Oh, read on. It gets better…

She then references someone who brought up “the God almighty, and natural law, and the Bible, and biblical this and biblical that, and Christianity and fundamental Christianity.” After saying these things she looks into the camera and grimaces, like the mention of these things caused her pain.

She then makes fun of a fellow legislator who said “the most basic form of government in Montana is the family.” She grimaced again and said, “Really?”

Of course, her mockery of the family is also another mockery of Christianity, which puts forth the family as the first authority children learn to obey.

Watch a video compilation of some of her ‘best’ video moments.

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Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, and Now Liberia: Death Toll Growing

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Today might as well be called, “crap that can kill you day,” here at the humble CH 2.0.  Between ominous reports coming from Yellowstone, to earthquakes all over the place, to a severe outbreak of Ebola virus in Africa, there certainly does seem to be quite a few more ways to die these days.  But, for this post, here’s more on the Ebola outbreak…

The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in seven years climbed to 83 in Guinea as the aid organization Doctors Without Borders said the disease’s geographical spread marks the flare-up as unprecedented.

In neighboring Liberia, one of two confirmed cases has died, while a second person who died with a suspected Ebola infection tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organization said in a statement. Both confirmed cases in Liberia were exposed to Ebola in Guinea, Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman, said on Twitter.

The outbreak is the first in Guinea, which reported five new cases, raising the total to 127 suspected or confirmed illnesses, Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman in Guinea, said today. The pattern of infection, with patients found in the coastal capital of Conakry as well as villages in the country’s southern area, marks this outbreak as different, according to Mariano Lugli of Doctors Without Borders.

“We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases,” Lugli, coordinator of the organization’s project in Conakry, said in a statement. The group “has intervened in almost all reported Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but they were much more geographically contained and involved more remote locations.”

I’m not a disease control expert, but a geographically more widespread outbreak logically suggests that the disease is being carried and spread by people over a larger area. Consequently, making it very hard to contain.  The incubation period can vary…

After four to six days on average, symptoms of Ebola can begin. The period between the transmission of the virus and the start of Ebola symptoms is called the Ebola incubation period. The Ebola incubation period can be as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days.
 

Is a Person Contagious During the Ebola Incubation Period?

Even if a person exhibits no signs or symptoms of Ebola, he or she can still spread the virus during the Ebola incubation period. Once Ebola virus symptoms begin, the person can remain contagious for about three more weeks.
In other words, this a potential disaster.
Time to pray, if you haven’t already.
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6 Arguments That Only a Liberal Could Believe

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I found this over at the Young Conservatives blog.  Posted here it in it’s entirety …

These “6 arguments that only a liberal could believe” are spot-on

“Arguing with liberals…it’s like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it’s victorious.” — Anonymous

Our friends over at Townhall compiled a great list that pretty much nails the state of politics in our country.

1) Everyone who disagrees with a liberal is racist! The Tea Party? Racist! Republicans? Racist! Fox News? Racist? Black conservatives? Racist! Barack Obama’s grandma? Racist! Do I think Social Security is solvent? My position on that is that “You’re a racist!” What do I think about flattening the tax code? Sarah Palin is a racist! Do I like potatoes? Well, Republicans eat potatoes sometimes; so potatoes are racist! Racist, racist, racist!

2) We’re all going to die because man is causing global warming! Proof? It’s science! Granted, no one can explain the science that proves global warming. But, science isn’t about science, it’s about repeating the word “science” over and over again like a magic incantation. Science, science, sciencey, sciencey science! See? It’s science and scientists agree that it’s science! Why do you hate science so much? Why do you want polar bears to die? Oh, and science!

3) (Before Obamacare was passed) Everyone should support Obamacare because it will cover all of the uninsured, it’ll save you money on health care, you’ll get to keep your doctor and it’ll be super convenient! It’s going to be the greatest thing ever! (Now) Sure, Obamacare mostly insures people it knocked off of their existing insurance, it costs a lot more, you can’t keep your doctor and the website is insanely difficult to deal with, but it’s the greatest thing ever!

4) Guns cause crime and if we take guns away from people who haven’t broken the law yet, then criminals will also not have guns somehow. Gun-free zones also protect people from criminals, who we’re sure won’t enter “gun-free zones” for some reason. Unless they do…. Which proves the problem is actually law abiding gun owners somehow or another. And that’s why we need more and more gun laws until all the people who obey gun laws can’t have guns any more, which will save us from criminals and crazy people who don’t care about the law.

5) You can’t expect black people to get voter ID. I mean, white guys? Sure. Hispanics? No problem. Asians and Jews? Obviously. But, have you met any black people in your life? You really think they’re capable of going to a government office with the proper paperwork and coming out with identification with their name on it? These guys? Seriously? Seriously? Okay, well, right after you run across a black American who can figure out how to get his own ID, why don’t we set up classrooms to teach cats how to do Algebra. Hey, Mr. Kitty, 3x + 10 + 2x = 12 + 4x? Black people getting IDs? Geeze….

6) Republicans are waging a war on women! You can tell because they oppose killing female babies and think women should buy their own birth control, just like men! Also, they’re so mean to women! For example, they oppose Hillary Clinton becoming President — obviously because she’s a woman. All criticism of women from conservatives is based on gender. Not like criticism of that @%$#^ Sarah Palin, who is so incredibly, unbelievably stupid that she only managed to become a mayor, a governor, a VP candidate, put out best selling books, had a successful TV show and became a wealthy, sought-after speaker while getting married and having 5 kids. She’s almost as bad as those @#$%!*$ — Michelle Malkin, S.E. Cupp, and Dana Loesch, although a little more evil than Ann Coulter and Megyn Kelly and more of a @#%@^$%^ #@$%^&(*^ @#$%^ than Laura Ingraham and Jan Brewer! Also, conservatives call women names!

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IRS Scandal Update: 292 Conservative Groups Targeted, No Identified Liberal Groups

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When the President, or the MSM, mentions the IRS scandal (if it’s mentioned at all), it’s fake, a non-issue, and a farce invented by conservatives to stop the democrats from courageously enforcing their beautiful social justice.  But, for a non-issue, how were almost 300 Conservative organizations targeted, and no identified liberal organizations?  Here is some video from FOX…

and some more…

Yes, nothing to see here.  The IRS is your friend! Just move along!

H/T: Independent Sentinel

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Voter Suppression in Mexico! Democrats Silent

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If we would follow the logic of Democrats, we would have to denounce the voter suppression in Mexico.  You see, the Mexican government is demanding that voters show an appropriate ID in order to cast a vote!  As we know from the Democrats, voter ID laws are inherently racist, and prevents dead people felons Mickey Mouse democratic voters from casting their ballots repeatedlyDa Tech Guy has more…

I call on every “liberal” entity to rise up in support of dead people felons Mickey Mouse democrat voters.  Because, as we all know, asking voters for ID is completely and utterly racist, and is only meant to suppress the dead people felons Mickey Mouse democrat voter turnout.

Because, there couldn’t possibly be any hypocrisy here, right?

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The Famous Mr. Ed

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A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.
Go right to the source and ask the horse
He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
He’s always on a steady course.
Talk to Mr. Ed.

Once a horse’s ass, always a horse’s ass.  The Daley Gator elucidates:

Suddenly, After Pimping Class Envy Rhetoric For Years, Ed Schultz Hates Class Envy

Hypocrisy much Ed?

The Angriest Man on TV™ gets paid big bucks for his act as a left-wing populist who hates Republicans like God hates sin. Alas, when it comes to the lowly wage slaves who haul the freight at his network, Ed Schultz sounds like more like Ebenezer Scrooge:

Ed Schultz decided to take a break from his normal act of ranting against Republicans today by raging against some fellow liberals who had the temerity to criticize him and other MSNBC hosts for declining to publicly take the side of union members in a dispute they’re having with the cable channel’s parent company, NBC Universal.

Schultz … lashed out at a report from Salon.com which mentioned him: “I become the target because I’m living good. I become the target because I have a platform … They’re just out to take somebody down who’s got something they don’t have.” …

“I’m not going to lower myself to people who just have got employment envy, income envy, exposure envy, platform envy,” Schultz said, according to a Salon transcription of the show…

Schultz also attacked an internet columnist named David Sirota in a way that could not be construed as anything but “punching down.”

“It’s interesting that you have had class envy on me for years, that you’re never going to be as big as I am. That’s what you’re all about, Sirota.” He reiterated his opinion moments later, calling Sirota a “loser.”

Wow, that’s weird. I actually agree with Ed Schultz: His critics are envious, and David Sirota is certainly a loser. But that message is not in sync with the egalitarian ethos of the Left, and Ed Schultz just exposed himself as a loud, phony, hypocritical plutocrat.

Did I mention Ed Schultz’s reported salary is $4 million a year?

Four Million for that ass hat? Whoever thought acting like a complete buffoon with anger management issues could make you rich? But, when you think about it, many rich Liberals are not that different from Schultz are they? Angry, bitter, foul-mouthed, need I go on?

Funny how Liberals like Schultz change their tune on the “rich” when they are themselves attacked for being rich.

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Colorado School Shooter, Karl Pierson Taunted Republicans on Health Care and the Climate Hoax

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Sadly, there was yet another school shooting. This time, the event occurred in the state of Colorado, and the perpetrators name was Karl Pierson. As usual, liberals attempt to politicize the event. And, as usual, reality proved them wrong yet again. Jammie Wearing Fools has more coverage.

Well this sure upsets the narrative.

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”

“I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”

Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were “outside the mainstream,” but they did not elaborate.

Schmidt said the shooter “was an outspoken kid about what he believed and a good political thinker.”

And while this part of the quote is interesting, Ace has even more at his place.

Let’s read some more.

 

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with [the shooter] Pierson, described him as a very opinionated Socialist*.

“He was exuberant I guess,” Conrad said. “A lot of people picked on him, but it didn’t seem to bother him.”

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith who through his invisible hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”

“…I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ’em Die, Climate Change: Let ’em Die, Gun Violence: Let ’em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ’em Die, More War: Let ’em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?” (emphasis added)

So, to put it bluntly, the shooter was a liberal. And in all of these shooting attacks, they have yet to find a conservative, the Libertarian, or Tea Party activist it is not a single one of them. However, that does not stop liberals from making the suggestion, as soon as such an event occurs, that it’s someone who actually believes in freedom. With history being the greatest teacher, we see that leftist regimes whether under the banner of fascism or communism, have committed the greatest acts of violence the world has ever seen.

It is also worth mentioning that the original dinosaur media story was edited to eliminate the word, “socialist.”

I think Stacy McCain, over at The Other McCain, sums it up rather well…

If teenage terrorist Karl Pierson had been a Fox News-watching Rush Limbaugh fan, you can bet the media would be very specific about his influences, but because his “outside the mainstream” views were to the left, it’s all very vague, isn’t it?

I guess we have to add Karl Pierson to the list of liberal killers (or attempted) that, once cleared of Right Wing associations, are edited of their political affiliations.

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Want to Upset a Liberal? Show Them This Glock Commercial!

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Glock made a commercial, and it is sure to upset liberals!  Take a look for yourself…

They’ll likely begin to stammer, and spout of liberal talking points.  Gently ask them to stop lying, and ask them why they want women to be raped and robbed?  Ask them why they oppose women defending themselves with fine firearms, like those crafted by Glock?

That’ll really make them mad!

H/T: Cain TV

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John Kerry: “The Internet Makes it Harder to Govern” And That’s a Bad Thing How?

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John Kerry made a rare kind of statement recently-he shared liberal/regressive thinking, and didn’t even realize it.  Steve, from America’s Watchtower, has more…

Yesterday at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil John Kerry said the following:

I’m a student of history, and I love to go back and read a particularly great book like [Henry] Kissinger’s book about diplomacy where you think about the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the balance of power and how difficult it was for countries to advance their interests and years and years of wars,” Kerry said to a gathering of State Department employees and their families.

“And we sometimes say to ourselves, boy, aren’t we lucky

  Okay, nothing wrong there, we are lucky to live in a world where it is much easier for countries to communicate with each other. But apparently the Secretary of State does not see it that way for he continued:

Well, folks,” he said, “ever since the end of the Cold War, forces have been unleashed that were tamped down for centuries by dictators, and that was complicated further by this little thing called the internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously and to have more information coming at them in one day than most people can process in months or a year.

“It makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people, much harder to find the common interest

  First he says that dictators were able to “tamp down” any “forces” which were “unleashed” but that it was complicated by “this little thing called the internet.” You would think that this was a good thing as well but then he laments the fact that we the people have too much information because we are basically too stupid to process it all at once, and because we have this information it makes it harder for the elitist political ruling class to govern because the people are more knowledgeable about what is going on. Does he actually believe that “tamping down” is governing? That is what it sounds like he is saying.

Here’s my translation of Kerry’s comments…

People know too much-makes it hard for leadership to bamboozle them!

(It’s also amusing to think of that being said by Boris of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame)

Steve nails it of course, it;s the elitist view that the rubes in flyover country would have inter-cranial explosions trying to comprehend the complex world in which we live, and we should leave it to our intellectual betters, like John Kerry, and perhaps Sarah Alcid, to ponder the big stuff.

As for practical considerations, if it were not for the internet, how many people would know that hundreds of thousands of Americans have had their hours cut because of ObamaCare?

ANSWER:  None!

If it were not for the internet, would we have learned that Benghazi was not caused by a poorly made Youtube video that no one had watched?

ANSWER:  Nyet Comrade!

If it were not for the intern, would we know that “Fast and Furious” had a meaning other than that movie?

ANSWER:  Nope!

Would we know about all the “phony scandals” with tons of evidence, like the IRS, NSA, and the like?

ANSWER:  Not so much!

I could go on, but you get the point.  The idea that we can communicate and share ideas is terrible to the regressives.  They like compliant sheeple that know little, and question less.  Talk radio was bad enough for them- the internet made us an order of magnitude harder to control.

I’ve made the point that before that there is a psychological aspect to being able to share ideas.  When one finds out that they are no alone, and that other people think as they do, they become bolder in sharing and acting upon their ideas.  When people feel alone and isolated, they question themselves, and are inactive.  The affirmation of knowing that there are others that see the same things, and have the same beliefs grows confidence.  The regressives would rather have us rely on their MSM for all of our information, and we could be isolated and cut off from each other.  Then, we are more likely to be compliant, and manageable.

To Kerry, I must say the following…

Too freaking bad.

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Choose Your Mate Well: Wife Throws a Temper Tantrum

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Not political, really, but kinda amusing, and sad.   This many clearly did not choose well.

Hey. maybe I’m not the best man to be making this call, but even I would have passed on that one after the first temper tantrum. Because, this could not have been the first, and it won’t be the last.

And, just to make it a tad bit political-with that level of entitlement, is she a liberal, or at least a low information voter?

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Are you Personally (but Inadvertently) raising a Liberal?

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In a recent article on RealClearPolitics called The University Utopia, Robert Tracinski, former securities analyst for Morningstar and now the publisher of The Tracinski Letter, tackled a very important question- Why do the young vote for dependency—when the essence of youth is a quest for independence?

…So take a look at the college experience, particularly for a liberal arts major, from this perspective. You study topics in which the answers are subjective, no one is too concerned about whether it has any practical application or economic value, and everyone is pretty much expected to repeat the conventional wisdom. You express abstract concern for the poor and for the starving masses of the Third World, while never actually mixing with anyone from outside the prosperous First World middle class. Someone else, off at a distance, provides for your material needs, paying for your housing, food, clothing, and condoms. But at the same time, no one pokes into your personal life or asks too many questions about who you’re sleeping with, what you’re smoking, or what you do with your free time. Finally, this whole lifestyle is paid for with huge amounts of debt, and it is considered bad form to ask too many questions about how big the debt is or how you’re ever going to pay it all back.

Does any of this sound familiar? Put it all together, and college life is the contemporary left’s ideal. The universities are liberal utopias…

From my own experiences in education (teaching in several school districts around Detroit and Flint and their suburbs), I would also suggest that this same dynamic also applies to students in high school and middle school as well.

High school students, and to a lesser extent middle school students, are cared for and financially supported by their parents, who never talk about how much money it is costing them- the majority of students in my classes can’t even venture a guess at how much their parents make or where the money goes in their family, and asking these questions appears to be discouraged by parents today.

Separated from the reality of money and discouraged from discovering how everything is paid for in their family, they live in an uncomfortable bubble- aware that they are freeloading on the system and guilty because of that, but unable to help out or even know how much of a freeloader they are. Four to seven years of their formative life they are raised in this environment, not having to contribute anything financially to their family and yet eating and sleeping and watching TV and talking on the phone and driving a car paid for by the family. This sort of communism only exists in the family because parents love and care for their children, yet this point is never even made to the children because to voice this sort of reality is apparently not good form anymore in our society.

And after leaving school, students go home, where they can turn on the television or go on the internet or hang out at friends houses and learn about and observe and live in a world where social choices apparently have no consequences. Sleeping around before marriage, smoking pot and doing drugs, engaging in socially deviant behavior, bullying others via facebook or email, and getting caught up in fake drama about fake controversies is the sort of unsupervised freedom that students will continue in college.

I’m not blaming the parents for this- many parents in today’s economy are working longer and longer hours just to make ends meet and even when they get home they have to work on side jobs or freelance contracts or worry about money, and that is time that they can’t supervise and raise their children. And parents are competing for time and attention with a range of competitors. The media is chief of these competitors- with slick marketing and high production values- but teachers are also to blame for the increasingly amount of schoolwork that inefficient and poor teachers send home with children to compensate for their lack of teaching ability. It’s tough for both parents and students today, and in this tough environment students are given increasingly personal freedom without knowing about or anyone ever talking to them about the responsibility that goes along with this freedom.

Children therefore have an utter lack of financial and economic liberty buy yet extensive social and personal liberty. And when you combine these two, you produce a liberal. This is exactly what a liberal is- someone who wants someone else to provide for their economic needs while wanting total freedom to engage in their own personal desires.

To create a conservative child you would need to reverse this dynamic- you would need to teach your child about economic issues and the cost of goods and services and what sort of fiscal challenges your family faces and even how much the parents earn and what the family budget is, while putting limits on and teaching about the consequences of and showing the downsides of total personal freedom and how wrong it is to embrace hedonism.

Robert Tracinski says:

…A person’s view of life isn’t just influenced from the top down, from the ideas they are taught. It is also learned from the bottom up, from their actual experiences of life. The most powerful combination is when ideas and life experience coincide, and that is what happens in college. Young people learn the same lessons from their professors’ lectures as they do from the lifestyle of the dorm room. This also explains why college graduates tend to move to the right as they get older. They move to the right as they get out into the world, start businesses, start families, and take on the task of becoming truly independent and self-supporting….

…One way we can change the youth culture is to hasten the ed-tech revolution, breaking down the role of the traditional universities in favor of an alternative that, in addition to being a lot less expensive, gets students out of the dorm room and out into the economy sooner. I suspect that this would also hasten the decoupling of scientific and technological education from the humanities, depriving the leftist indoctrinators of the captive audience handed over to them in a traditional university system. It would also help break down the cultural class division between the college-educated and the non-college-educated, and perhaps most important of all, it has the potential to change the educational experience of young people so that education becomes associated, not with a four-year holiday and puttering around in the subjective humanities, but with a young person’s first steps toward real independence in the world of work. It would change the message young people hear from higher education, while also changing the kind of life experience they get….

In order for our nation to become more conservative- and by this I mean productive and creating wealth and understanding the importance of money in shaping choices and values, while at the same time recognizing the important role that society and culture and values and morals play- then we need to start creating more conservative children. And to aid in this, I suggest you read the whole article and start looking after your own children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews and begin to go to work on them teaching them economic liberty and social responsibility.

UPDATE: Another idea that I have on how you can help create a more conservative future is by purchasing the board game The Game of Life. This board game will help teach your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren important values. Buy it and play it with them at some time and start making a difference.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

 

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Liberal Professor Engages in Projection: Blames Mass Murder on “White Privilege”

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Imagine, if you will, that you are a liberal regressive, and want to keep your client classes on the government plantation.  You don’t want them to become independent, as they would then no longer need you.  If they don’t need you, you can’t control them, you can’t manipulate them, and they won’t vote for you or the candidate of your choice.  Your adversary is then Western Culture, and the idea that one can better themselves with work and that everyone has opportunity.  To combat that, you need to negate those ideas, and tell your client classes that no matter what they do, they cannot succeed.  So, you create an non-existent construct that negates  the narrative of self sufficiency.  A perfect example of such a construct is the fallacy of “White Privilege.”  This intellectual poison pill explains away failure, and kills initiative by suggesting the all of society is built exclusively for white people, and people of other races cannot succeed.  To combat this mythical issue, whites must be systematically discriminated against, and be blamed for every single problem that exists in society.  It’s the perfect liberal boogie man.  You get to keep your people in intellectual chains, while keeping pressure and hate focused on those that live in reality.  When liberal policies decimate minorities, it’s “White Privilege!”  When union run regressive  schools systematically undereducate, if educates at all, it’s really  “White Privilege!”  When welfare policies destroy families, leading to increased crime and poverty, it’s “White Privilege!”

And, while we’re at it, why not blame mass murder on “White Privilege?”

Robert Jensen, who is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, also suggested race-based alienation is a motivating factor behind some parts of the conservative Tea Party movement.

“Why are the men who commit mass murder disproportionately white?” Jensen asked rhetorically. “My guess is that it has something to do with the sense of entitlement that most white people feel.”

“When the world doesn’t deliver what those men feel they deserve, violence is seen as a reasonable response,” continued Jensen.

OK, let’s take this apart.  Frankly, it’s frightfully easy.  First, let’s take a look at one of my favorite terms-“sense of entitlement.”

en·ti·tle·ment  [en-tahy-tl-muh?nt]

noun

1.   the act of entitling.

2.  the state of being entitled.

3.  the right to guaranteed benefits under a government program, as Social Security or unemployment compensation.

OK, what do Conservatives and Libertarians want?  Do they claim a right to other people’s labor?  Do they demand ownership of what belongs to others?  OR, do they want to be left alone?  Do they just want to keep what it theirs, and live in peace?  And, is demanding to be left alone exercising a sense of entitlement?  You see, Mr. Jensen is engaging in that great liberal/regressive tradition of projection.  Since liberals do have a well developed and hypersensitive sense of entitlement, they see the world through “entitlement colored glasses.” So, they see their own tendencies in others.  In other words, Jensen is painfully twisting reality in order to accuse Conservatives and Libertarians of having liberal thought processes.

the fact of the matter is that all of the mass killers had significant psychiatric problems, and the laws did not allow anyone to intervene prior to the events.  But, let’s forget that, and blame it all on an fabricated reality used to keep the client classes on the plantation.

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Liberal to English Translation

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I know many liberals and have asked them all the same question, “You detested that Bush spent so much money and raised our national debt, yet Obama is quadrupling this debt and has, in fact amassed more deficit spending than all other Presidents combined. Does this bother you?”

Every single time the answer has been, “No, it doesn’t bother me because he is spending money on things that need to be done.”

To which I state something along the lines of, “You mean like A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film, or $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees, or $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service, or lastly, how about $850 million for Amtrak.”

This is usually where the conversation either turns ugly or ends, because when confronted with the truth, the average liberal cannot deal with it. It is hard to call these things investments when they are what they are – government waste and misuse of our tax dollars.

The liberals have been so successful the last few years because of a number of reasons. The liberal media is in their back pocket for one, and have been a very useful tool of the liberal. The liberal media has even adopted the language of the liberal. For example, it’s not raising taxes, it’s “investing.” It’s not abortion, it’s “choice.” They’re not illegal aliens, they are “undocumented immigrants.” For you see, to make their far left agenda more palatable to the average American, they have to – because it is so radical.

So I have compiled a partial list of liberal to English translation. It is in no particular order and of course only a partial list because it is constantly being changed and updated.

“The constitution is a living, breathing document.” = A fundamentally flawed document (Spoken by Obama in a radio interview in a 2001 Chicago Public Radio interview) that changes with political expediency

“Deficit Reduction” = Tax Hike

“Religious right” = Christians who are conservative

“Bipartisanship” = Arlen Specter

“Intolerance” = Opposed to liberal agenda

“Propaganda” = Conservative point of view

“Assault Weapons” = Virtually any firearm

“Cut” = Reduction in the rate of growth

“Pandering” = What Republicans do when supporting something liberals don’t like, usually applies to the NRA or religious right

“Profiteering” = Not losing money

“Managed competition” = Government takeover

“Overheated economy” = Prosperity

“Fully fund” = Blank check

“Diversity” = Multiple groups that adhere to the liberal agenda

“Special interest groups” = Non-liberal groups

“Fundamentalist” = Conservative

“Greed” = Profit motive

“Multiculturalism” = When placed in context to other countries, it means that America is to blame for all that is wrong in the world and that the USA is only one country among many, NOT the leading nation in the world

“Choice”= Abortion – not to be confused with the choice of personal liberty, that is not allowed under the liberal system

“Oversight” = Government

“Working Americans” = Only lower and middle class Americans

“Conduct a review” = Strategic delay

“Insurgents” = Terrorists

“Rigid Ideologue” = A conservative that stands up for his beliefs

“Compromise” = Only comes about when people agree with liberal agenda

“Affirmative Action” = Racial Preferences

“Lies” = “Policy Differences”

“Patriotism” = Paying more and more taxes is often equated with being a patriot

“Racism” = Open criticism of the Obama administration

“Closed-minded” = Does not agree with liberal agenda

“Right wing extremist” = The GOP

“Social responsibility” = Redistribution of wealth

“Corporate welfare” = Gross revenue minus taxes

“Corporate subsidy” = See ‘corporate welfare’

“Deserving poor” = People who vote for liberals

“Tax the rich” = Increase taxes on anyone making $250,000 a year or higher, $200,000 or, er, I mean $150,000 a year – *sigh* this number keeps getting lower

“Freedom Fighters” = Terrorists, Somalia Pirates, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, etc…

“Decriminalization” = Legalization

“Regulate” = Ban

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Liberal Education Creates Dumb People

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It wouldn’t come as a surprise that people that go to universities tend to be liberal.  And, considering that they are liberal, they must live in economic la-la-land.

And, it is true, as proven by Bookworm…

One of the things that made the rounds on my Facebook was a boastful poster saying that those states with the highest number of college-educated people all went for Obama.  The implication is that these smart Blue State people, unlike the ill-educated yahoos in Red States, are the ones who have the brains and ability to understand how Obamanomics will serve America.

What the genius who created this poster missed the fact that these smart Blue States are, not coincidentally, almost all broke.  Thus, of the list above, the following Blue States are amongst those states running the biggest budget shortfalls in America:  VirginiaNew JerseyNew YorkVermontMassachusettsMarylandNew Hampshire, and Minnesota.  In other words, 80% of the “best educated” states are in dire financial straights.  You’d think that, with all those smart people, they’d be rolling in the green stuff.

It turns out that one of the biggest indicators of Blue state-ness isn’t smarts — it’s brokes.  Here’s the list of the states Obama won, with the ones that have more than a 10% budget shortfall marked, appropriately enough, in red:*

California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Hawaii
Illinois
Iowa
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

It’s striking that, of the 26 states that gave their electoral votes to Obama, 84% are in debt.  (The perpetually broke District of Columbia also gave its vote to Obama, raising to 85% the number of broke jurisdictions that went true blue.) You’d think that, with all those smart people floating around, they’d manage their money better. In a way, you could say that the Blue States are actually Red States, given their financial hemorrhaging.

By the way, given that we’re still in a recession, it’s true that many Red States are also in debt.  Still, there’s no doubt that the Red States are managing their money better than the ones filled with all those educated Progressive geniuses:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
West Virginia
Wyoming

As you can see, only 41% of the “dumb” Red States are seriously in the red.  They may not have the degrees, but they have sufficient smarts to control their budgets — which is the fundamental responsibility of all viable governments.

So, for all of the alleged knowledge and wisdom in the blue states, it seems that they have great difficulty balancing their checkbooks.  Or, as Reagan said…

I would strongly recommend heading over to bookworm to read the remainder of the post there. It is well done and thought provoking.

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Pravda Knows Where We Are Going, Why Don’t We?

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I find it a cruel , yet hilarious irony that Pravda, the former propaganda media outlet in the also former Soviet Union, finds it tragic that we are going down the road traveled by the Bolsheviks.  Steve, from Motor City Times, has more…

Via Pravda (yes, that Pravda):

Reading Putin’s speech without knowing the author, one would think it was written by Reagan or another conservative in America. The speech promotes smaller government and less taxes. It comes as no surprise to those who know Putin as a conservative. Vladimir Putin went on to say:

“…we are reducing taxes on production, investing money in the economy. We are optimizing state expenses.

The second possible mistake would be excessive interference into the economic life of the country and the absolute faith into the all-mightiness of the state.

There are no grounds to suggest that by putting the responsibility over to the state, one can achieve better results.

Unreasonable expansion of the budget deficit, accumulation of the national debt – are as destructive as an adventurous stock market game.

During the time of the Soviet Union the role of the state in economy was made absolute, which eventually lead to the total non-competitiveness of the economy. That lesson cost us very dearly. I am sure no one would want history to repeat itself.”

And, here’s a little more…

The Pravda author adds a little food for thought.

Russia lost its’ civil war with the Reds and millions suffered torture and death for almost 75 years under the tyranny of the United Soviet Socialist Republic. Russians survived with a new and stronger faith in God and ever growing Christian Church. The question is how long will the once “Land of the Free” remain the United Socialist States of America?  Their suffering has only begun.

I think he might be on to something.

On to something indeed.  I do agree with Steve (in his post) in that Putin is hardly a good guy, and that he is likely using appealing words to hide statist policies, kinda like the establishment GOP.  However, the irony is just as tragic.  The former Soviet Union is moving towards at least  a RINO nanny state, and we are headed for the cradle to grave oppression of the socialist state.

Elections have consequences.

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