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I haven’t written anything here for quite some time. Lots of reasons for that, not the least of which is my ongoing campaign effort. I thought I might jot down a few quick thoughts/reactions from the campaign trail. Those who read this blog, probably remember seeing that I did well in the Primary. Finished first out of two by a significant margin. Both of us advance to the General Election. I won’t be taking anything for granted though, and we have a fairly extensive plan underway for the next 110 days till the election. We are in the midst of parade season. Probably half of the 39 towns and villages in the district have some sort of festival or fair during the summer months, and many of those include a parade of some sort. We’ve done four in the last few weeks, have two coming up this weekend, and then 3 or 4 others before the end of August. I actually kind of enjoy the parades. Even though I’m something of an introvert, that doesn’t mean that I’m shy, or incapable of turning on bursts of extroversion. The nature of parades are such that even while you may be shaking a lot of hands and exchanging brief pleasantries with folks, you just don’t have time to invest yourself in extended conversation. I like conversation, but I tend not to be real good at initiating it. Endorsements are crazy. Money is important. While I’ve been blessed with extraordinarily generous friends around the country—many of them from inside the district—I don’t think I realized just how important those bigger PAC and corporate donations could be. I used to think I wouldn’t want to take them, but I learned pretty fast that they are critical to paying the bills and doing the things you really need to do. The game playing involved in getting endorsements (and the money that goes along with it—sometimes) is exhausting. Everyone has a questionnaire for you to fill out. Sometimes the questionnaires don’t make total sense—even if you try to put yourself in the shoes of those who sent them. Sometimes you look at the questionnaires and realize that there’s no way you can win, or that there’s no help that a particular group could give you, and you opt not to fill out the questionnaire. And then there’s always the problem of groups who *should* endorse you—because of philosophy, or experience, or whatever—and yet they don’t (sometimes they choose not to endorse anyone, sometimes they inexplicably endorse the other guy). The hardest things for introverts (at least THIS introvert) to do in politics (although some of this may be a Midwestern personality thing, too): Raise money. Asking people for money is incredibly difficult for me. In part, it’s because it requires me to puff myself up, brag on myself, convince people that I’m worthy of supporting, and I’m just not like that. I’m confident in my abilities, but don’t feel the need to tell other people that all the time. I’m having a fundraiser tomorrow night. Two sitting state senators and our candidate for governor are going to be there on my behalf. I was talking to someone who arranges a lot of these things the other night, and asked him about protocol—who introduces who, who gets to speak, etc. He said “Laura, it’s all about you—you get the best speaking spot.” Hmm. Introverts have trouble having things being about them. Approaching strangers in public. Like I said, I like shaking hands and greeting people in parades—that doesn’t require me to get into people’s space for any extended period of time. I love Meet and Greets, where people choose to show up, ask me questions, and we talk. And I like sitting down over coffee with groups of folks, and chatting. I like real conversation that I can give real thought to. Going to County Fairs and other public gatherings are ok. I don’t mind “waving the flag” so to speak, to show that I was there. But I hate disturbing people when they’re eating their dinner, or doing something with their family. I don’t go to public events (pre-candidacy) to have some politician come up and ask me what I think about water issues in the district (or whatever). The best things about the campaign so far: Volunteers. I’ve got great friends and volunteers. My family has been great. Friends in the district and outside of the district have answered the call to come and help with parades, canvassing, lit drops and the like. Conversations with my kids. My two youngest have been on the road with me quite a bit. We’ve had quite a few car conversations about politics, and just about life, in the car. Sometimes, we turn on the Garth Brooks CDs, and have sing-alongs. The people. There are a lot of great people in my district. We had “Meet Laura” events in probably a dozen little diners and bars in small towns during the primary season. Sometimes, people showed up, sometimes they didn’t. When they did, we had some great conversations about the direction that our state should go; when they didn’t, I had conversations with the owners of the establishment, and they’d introduce me to others who had walked in (but not for me), and we’d have conversations. The food. As I suggested above, I’ve eaten in a lot of little bars and diners in the last 6 months. The food is great (if not necessarily great for my cholesterol). The best hamburgers, steaks, chicken fried steak/chicken, breakfasts, and in one place, the most decadent, unhealthy and delicious sandwich I’ve eaten ever, I think—fried chicken breast with melted cheese and BACON, on a bun. It was huge, and tremendously good, and I’ll likely never forget it. Fortunately, parade season and door knocking was on the agenda when I was going through my tour of eateries, so no real damage was done on the scale. The next 110 days will be busy,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
Interesting video. What do the economists out there think of this? Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
I’ll try to post a little primary campaign retrospective here in the next few days. Suffice it to say, the results were promising for the General Election in November, but I’m not taking anything for granted. In the meantime, here’s a little bit of a reassurance for you—you’re NOT crazy.. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
It’s been a while since I’ve popped my head in here. My schedule seems to have accelerated exponentially in the last few weeks—even since the March 3 filing deadline here in the state. The race is set, and there are two people in the “officially” non-partisan race. One of us (me) is a Republican; the other is a registered Democrat. Here in Nebraska, for legislative races, it’s hard to know what to make of partisanship. Nebraska is generally a Republican state, and even my district is generally Republican. But so-called conservative Democrats get elected from time to time (and then give us things like Sen. Ben Nelson’s gift of Obamacare via the Cornhusker Kickback…), so it’s hard to know how to play the game. The good news is that we’ll both move on from the Primary—regardless of how it turns out; the bad news is that the favorite coming out of the Primary typically has the best luck wit General Election fundraising, so the pressure is on to “win” (or at least keep very close) the primary—for both of us… I’m trying to run a largely “populist” campaign—I haven’t hired consultants, and so far haven’t hired any campaign staff (I just think that’s a questionable use of funds in a campaign for the legislature—how much is a person willing to raise and spend for a “job” that pays $12,000 a year?). Chances are that on the low end, we’ll end up spending four times the annual pay of a state legislator, anyway, but more than that seems to imply that the position is more than a “citizen legislator” position. I suspect, though, that my opponent will spend more (he’s got paid consultants hired, so he’ll at least be spending on them…). But of course I’m blessed with a lot of great liberty volunteers, so our costs (at least so far) have been primarily in the purchase of yard signs, mailings, door hangers, and the like. It’s going to get tight before the primary, I suspect, as we come up with NEW things that need to be done or bought…but we’ll muddle through, I’m sure. Finally, I’d commend this video to your watching. Rand Paul’s speech to CPAC today. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
Ross Perot would be proud of all of these visual aids. And here's the link--a few days late.... http://klsouth.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-obama-economy-in-pictures/ Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 13, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
Lest I start sounding like I’ve stomped through sour grapes, let me say up front that while some of the data points I’ve observed have come from my own campaign for the Nebraska Legislature, I’ve seen lots of other data points as well… (have I piqued your curiosity?), and those have inspired this little rant. Here’s the deal. For those Ron Paul supporters in the crowd, I’d like you to think back to the early days of this blog (if you’ve been following along that long). 2007-08. Sign waving, money bombs, tea parties, and blimps. Great fun, wasn’t it? I remember (to my embarrassment, frankly) staying up all night watching one of the money bombs, and how that number just kept going up, and how exciting it was as we all added our $10, or $100, and then saw our names flash up on the computer. Sometimes we added another $10 or $100, just to see it go higher. We were a part of something—although we were a part of something that didn’t stand the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell. Sorry Ron Paul fans, but in your heart, you know that’s true. We believed (and I have a clear memory of telling my father—who was/is a Ron Paul fan—that I thought that this would happen) that people were going to be surprised; that there was a real sea change; that Republicans were going to nominate Ron Paul…. I think I knew better, but I was so wrapped up in the dream, that I tossed more and more money into the kitty with every money bomb, even though that money didn’t stand a chance of changing the outcome of the nomination race. All that is to say this: libertarian/Tea Partiers/Constitutionalists need to learn a couple of things. They need to (as Barry Goldwater said to “conservatives” in 1960) “grow up” a little. Maybe this is happening in some places—I think it’s starting to happen, at least. But here are some things to consider. First, they need to learn that hope and change doesn’t happen without a plan and some cash—Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign sure didn’t seem to have an electoral plan (although it certainly had a great “spread the message” plan). Or maybe there was no plan, and the beauty of the internet just allowed a totally organic growth of ideas. He had (at times) what seemed to be a lot of cash—although in the end, it wouldn’t have been enough, and it was pretty useless without a real plan for achieving the goal of getting the nomination. Remember 2007-08? Who was supposed to be the Democratic nominee? Hillary Clinton. But Barack Obama had the hope and change PLUS the plan and cash. HIllary had cash, and perhaps a plan, but I think she was not adequately convincing on the hope and change side of things. You’ve got to have at least some of all of those things, I think: an effective message, a plan, and the money to disseminate the message and and implement the plan. Second, the aforementioned groups need to learn that it’s exceeding rare for someone to appear out of nowhere, to bloom on the national stage. You want liberty and constitutionalism? Quit aiming for the Presidency and the Senate. Look at House members like Justin Amash. The man is brilliant, and I hope I live to see President Amash. But he didn’t start out in Congress, did he? He spent some time in the Michigan legislature. In Nebraska’s current congressional delegation: Senator Fischer served previously in the Legislature and on her local School Board before that; Senator Johanns served as Governor of Nebraska, but before that, as Mayor of Lincoln; Rep. Fortenberry served on the Lincoln City Council before running for Congress; Rep. Terry served on the Omaha City Council; and Rep. Adrian Smith served in the Nebraska Legislature, and before that, on the Gering City Council. The point to those resumes? In most cases, people who get elected to even the “lowest” of federal offices (arguably the House) have spent at least some time proving their credibility in other offices. In fact, here in Nebraska, while there may be others, the only person who comes immediately to mind in my lifetime of federal officeholders who haven’t had some sort of previous experience (and going back a little ways, military service may have been the qualifying factor), is Tom Osborne, former Coach of the University of Nebraska football team, and something of a patron saint where many Nebraskans are concerned…he served a couple of terms in the House after retiring from coaching. So, if the liberty/tea party/constitutionalist movement REALLY wants to make a difference over the long term, the question is not whether they can elect a President (although I hope they can—but it’ll take someone who can appeal to a much broader audience), or whether they can elect more Rand Paul’s, Mike Lee’s or Ted Cruz’s to the Senate (I hope they can do that, as well—although Senate races can be pretty expensive). The question is whether they will have just a bit of patience, and elect people who think like them to a whole bunch of lower offices—building the bench, so to speak, so that they’ve got people who can be credible candidates when that next position looks vulnerable or opens up due to retirement. I’ve had several discussions over the last few months with people who are still playing the “if only we’d elected Ron Paul” game. In some respects, the libertarians (and I’m lumping the Tea Party and Constitutionalists in with them, although they don’t always fit together perfectly) can be just as lazy as everyone else. They want to see things changed, but they want it to happen “easily”—with Super Ron convincing all of the wisdom of liberty. But it’s going to take a whole lot more work, and a whole lot more time (even IF Justin Amash was old enough to run for President, and even IF we could get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time. via www.gallup.com Interesting results. If this is true, one wonders why people don't vote in larger numbers for the "small government" candidates.... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 19, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
Americans want the government to stop acting like their mother. According to a Reason-Rupe poll, Americans do not want government to ban trans-fats, e-cigarettes, online poker, violent video games or genetic testing kits. Many Americans are becoming frustrated with the government’s growing involvement in what they believe should be their personal decisions. via dailycaller.com We can hope that this is really true.... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 15, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
It seems that my absence has resulted in a higher form of writing here. Georg has done a tremendous job of continuing to keep new and challenging posts on this page, and I greatly appreciate that. As many know, I am in the midst of a Legislative campaign (for those non-Nebraskans, Nebraska is the single state in the union that has a one house—unicameral—legislature). While I do not yet have an opponent, we’re working to see to it that if/when someone else does jump into the race, we’ve got a good head start. Fundraising, knocking on doors, meet and greets, meeting with organizations who want to have the ear of a potential legislator…all added to my teaching schedule, school board duties, family commitments…seem to keep me busy these days. I am slowly but surely trying to clear some things from my somewhat overflowing plate, but until the filing deadline has come and gone, at least (March 1), my race for the legislature seems likely to consume a goodly amount of my time. For those who haven’t taken a look at my campaign website, you can find it at http://lauraebke.com. We’re, of course, also on Facebook and Twitter, and will soon have APPS in the iTunes store (and already have one in the Android store). Here in Nebraska, we’re getting our first really nasty winter blast. The last couple of days have been in the single digits, temperature-wise, and right now we’ve still got a little bit of snow falling (I suppose we’ve gotten 3 inches or so). I have, on a number of occasions, started to post something here, but have ended up with about 5 now-dated, partially done posts. This one, at least, will have some form of conclusion! LLE Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
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I’m sitting here at 8:30 am after the midnight shutdown of the government. The sun came up. And while there will undoubtedly be some inconveniences to some, at some point, with a government shut down, I find myself feeling a little like Ron Swanson: For those of you who haven’t heard of “Parks and Recreation”, it’s a brilliant television series (most of it is available on Netflix for those who subscribe to that)—it may be available in other places, as well. This scene comes in the 3rd of 4th season (can’t remember which). Ron Swanson, the mustachioed gentleman, is the libertarian head of a government department, who would love to see government be much smaller. LE P.S. As I wrote this, the Senate came into session, and immediately started the vote to table the House’s request to go to Conference. The shut down may be real, and may last a while. Who will blink first? Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
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The big “talk” these days—on the front pages of newspapers, on all the Sunday news shows, and all over social media—is about the effort to “defund” Obamacare as part of a Continuing Resolution, and the possibility (now likelihood) of a government shutdown come Tuesday (the old fiscal year ends, and the new one begins, at midnight on Monday night). Sen. Ted Cruz’s valiant effort of a 21 hour filibuster-that-wasn’t-really-a-filibuster-but-really-just-a-long-speech, brought great attention to the “Defund” effort. He was joined by several senators—most notably Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Jim Inhofe and Marco Rubio. Those senators came to the floor and asked him extended questions (presumably to allow his voice a chance to rest, and perhaps to get a drink of water—although Senate rules are not only arcane but draconian—he would lose control of the floor if he had sat down, left to use the restroom, etc.). Cruz showed himself to be quite impressive in his holding of the floor. Had it been most people (well, at least me and many I know) they would have been drooling, babbling, crossing their legs, and generally making little logical sense toward the end. Senator Cruz, however, in the last couple of hours, was answering questions posed to him cogently, and seemed ready to go longer, had the rules allowed. The occasional Democrat who came to the floor to ask questions (and later expressed their own opinions) struck a far-from-reasonable tone. Rather, they sounded more like 7 year olds who weren’t happy that their friend wanted to play with Legos while they wanted to swing. The rhetoric devolved into name calling (“Tea Party Anarchists” was my favorite) on the Senate floor. Sen. Cruz’s effort was intended to convince primarily the Republicans in the Senate—but any friendly Democrats, as well—not to vote for cloture on the consideration of the House Continuing Resolution 59 (which defunded Obamacare but fully funded the government otherwise), as it was, because Majority Leader Harry Reid had already filed an amendment to remove the “defunding” provision from the CR. If cloture was invoked, then all amendments and the final version of the CR could be approved in the Senate with a simple majority, which the Democrats have. Nineteen Republicans stood against cloture, and ultimately, against funding Obamacare. Twenty-five Republicans voted with the Democrats (although many of them later voted against the CR, presumably so that they could say (as John Kerry once did) that they were for it before they were against it. The Resolution returned to the House, and somewhat surprisingly, the House has now taken a bold stand—a bit of a compromise, but not one that will likely win in the end. They voted against Reid’s amended CR, and have sent over a new one to the Senate—one that would (among other things)—delay implementation of Obamacare for another year. Senator Reid has indicated that the Democrats won’t buy that, and given the time constraints, it seems likely that there will be no money to authorized to fund the government come Tuesday morning, and we’ll see a shut-down of some sort. I understand the problem of military pay, Social Security payments, and so on. I also understand that federal government employees—whether I like their jobs and functions or not—are workers who likely depend on a regular paycheck. But I tend to think that the Republicans are right in drawing this line in the sand, and it’s encouraging to see them show some guts (well, except for the 25 in the Senate who didn’t…). The problem is staggering. I frankly am not sure how it’s possible to dig ourselves out. The video above suggests the only answer: we have to seriously reconsider what we expect government to do. LE Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
Haven’t written anything here in a LONG time. I’ve thought about it a few times, even started a few posts, but somehow, it just never happened. An assortment of distractions are keeping me very busy, it would seem. The Legislative race is starting to consume more of my time. We’ve done a parade, a lit drop and a Meet and Greet; I’ve met with potential supporters, lobbyists, current legislators; we’ve had more photos taken than I’ve stood still for, for anything since my high school graduation pictures 33 years ago; I’ve toured one of the major businesses in the district; I’m trying to raise money… Wow, this campaigning stuff is HARD WORK! So far, things are going well. If you’re interested, you can take a look at the website here. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Nebraska is busy making its voice known in the larger Nebraska GOP. We’ve found that as time has progressed, and we’ve proven that we’re going to stick around and will work, that we’re being listened to—and if not embraced, at least being treated with some level of respect. Part of that is, I suppose, due to our attitude; part of it is probably due to our growing numbers in the party structure; and part of it is because the side of liberty is starting to click with people, and they’re finding themselves agreeing with us more and more all the time. Life is good, and will be even better here in Nebraska now that the latest heat wave seems to have broken (several days this week have been tipping 100 degrees). I’ll write more of substance a bit later…. LLE Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
It seems that I have been largely incommunicado here. Most of you will know that it’s because I’ve launched a race for the Nebraska Legislature, and have just been seriously bogged down with laying groundwork for that effort. Plus, I just returned from a 12 day vacation with the family. For those who are interested, my website launched, officially, today. You can head over here to see it. We’ll be adding content as we go, but I’m really quite pleased with the way it turned out. As for the vacation—the family and I road-tripped to the East Coast (not a short trip, for those who don’t know their geography). We visited the Gettysburg National Battlefield, then Antietam National Battlefield—and were reminded of just what an awful thing the Civil War was, regardless of whether you agree with the stated principles on either side. The death and destruction—of Americans, in America, by Americans—on both sides, was sobering. We spent 2 full days touring the lion’s den (or snake pit) that is Washington, D.C. I came to one very important conclusion as we were moving as fast as our 6 sets of legs would carry us around the National Mall in the middle of a major heat wave in D.C.: if you’re going to D.C., either schedule yourself for many days, and see the things you want casually over those days; or just accept that you’re not going to see everything. Sometimes—especially toward the end of the day, things were almost this bad: We traveled to Virginia Beach, where we spent 6 nights. We enjoyed the time on the beach—and the good thing is, none of us got TOO sunburned. The males in the group enjoyed architectural design: But probably my personal favorite was the day trip to Colonial Williamsburg. The best part of that? Other than taking a wrong turn as I headed toward the Governor’s Palace and walking about a half mile further than I needed to in 100 degree weather? This: This is an actor, portraying Patrick Henry. It was quite good—the actor was able to stay in character, but also made winking references to modern day events (for instance, we were supposedly in 1778 or 79 during this talk, but when asked a question, he referred to his "visionary abilities” and talked about how the Federalists would expect the states to go along with the Constitution and a promise of a Bill of Rights—which they hadn’t even seen. He said something to the effect of “They believe that we need to pass the Constitution before we can see what’s going to be in the Bill of Rights! Can you imagine that happening?” Reference was obviously to Nancy Pelosi’s infamous comment regarding Obamacare and needing to “pass the bill to know what’s in it.” I got the feeling that the 50 or so people in attendance at this event might have been of similar minds—sort of anti-federalist in nature. Our drive home was grueling—17 hours on the first day, 7 on the second. But it’s great to be home… And that’s where I’ve been…. LLE Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
Thanks for the very kind words, Georg!
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2013 on 2014! in Nebraska at RedStateEclectic
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In terms of a "report" of the day, subject to more possibly later.... The event was well attended, and included 100 people or so wandering around my yard. One of the most fun parties I've ever been a part of, really. The State GOP Chair stopped by, a State Senator dropped by, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate hung out with us for a few hours. All were present during my announcement. Another RLC member announced that he was running for the Legislature, as well (we are a unicameral system, and all of our legislators are members are referred to as "Senators"). Life is good in the Cornhusker State!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2013 on 2014! in Nebraska at RedStateEclectic
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If you're reading this, it's official. Several months ago, someone first suggested to me that I (!?!) ought to run for the Legislature (here in Nebraska, we have a one-house legislature. I looked for someone else to run, but the best lead I had decided not to run. about a month ago, one of the Republican Liberty Caucus guys in the state put up a "draft Laura Ebke for Legislature" page on Facebook. Today is (was, probably, at this point) the RLC-Nebraska Summer Party at my house. Someone--perhaps Triple Hash, perhaps me--will report on the details of that a bit more later. But I decided that if I was going to run for the Legislature, I'd announce it at this event, surrounded by my friends and fellow RLCers. The website is not *up* yet--it's being built as I type this (we have a very basic WordPress placeholder there right now). But in the next week or two, it should become fully functioning. Check it out at http://lauraebke.com. As I told my co-bloggers a few weeks ago, jumping into this race will probably mean even less posting on my part. The demands of a campaign, and the need to be more reflective in my public opinions may make a lot of posting ill-advised. I will, however, post from time to time--and who knows? There may be some great stories to tell from the campaign trail. LLE Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
Most of my partners in crime (aka, fellow bloggers) here know that I’ve been up to my eyeballs in a number of projects, and that a new one is on the horizon. That has, unfortunately, kept me occupied and largely absent from much blogging. In four days (well, it may be 5 before you see it here), I hope it will all be clear. Stay tuned. LLE Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
Daniel Ellsberg, whose leak of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 transformed the debate about the Vietnam War, is effusive in his praise for the whistleblower behind last week's big NSA story: In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material—and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. via reason.com Big name leak meister praises the new hero. One can only hope that Snowden's efforts are being widely noticed. Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
“In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material -- this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy,” Holder said during the hearing. However, NBC News reported last week that Holder personally approved a search warrant that labeled Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen a co-conspirator in a national security leaks case. The panel is investigating whether NBC’s report contradicts Holder’s claim that he had not looked into or been involved with a possible prosecution of the press in a leaks case. via thehill.com Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 28, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
BORDC is proud to present Jayel Aheram with the May 2013 Patriot Award. Jayel’s work also employs many media, combining his ability to capture a visual experience with journalistic expertise, a broad range of experiences and activism and organizing work across several social movements. In addition to its inspiring breadth, Jayel’s work also reminds us that creative expression can dramatically strengthen political activism by making the issues more accessible, and the concerns more powerful, to public audiences. via www.bordc.org I'm always happy to see great freedom lovers get noticed! Congratulations, Jayel, from your RSE family! Continue reading
Reblogged May 24, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
"That was a just P.R. plan to send out somebody who didn't know anything about what had happened," Schieffer said. "Why did you do that? Why didn't the secretary of state come and tell us what they knew. And if you knew nothing, say, 'We don't know yet.' Why didn't the White House chief of staff come out?" via www.newsmax.com Some of the old-time journalists are starting to get it. First Bob Woodward, now Bob Schieffer. Continue reading
Reblogged May 20, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
Candy Crowley began the program with polling numbers that said by a margin of 50 percent to 44 percent, people did not think that the Obama administration misled the public on the Benghazi attack. Similarly, on the question of whether White House officials ordered the IRS to target conservative political groups, the sample answered “no”, by a margin of 55 percent to 37 percent. Crowley then asked Paul if he agreed with the majority on either of those questions. Paul said it didn’t matter what he believed, or even what the poll numbers show, but that whoever is responsible in either case is held accountable. What was more problematic, he said, was that someone made the decision to put an embassy and a consulate in a war-torn country with inadequate security, and called it a tragic error. It’s not about blame, he said, but about making sure it doesn’t happen again. Crowley pressed that Paul’s remarks lately seemed to make the issues more political, because he spoke in Iowa and New Hampshire, but Paul responded that he made the same remarks everywhere he spoke. Turning the discussion to the IRS targeting political groups, Crowley insisted that the she did not think the targeting was done in a political manner, and asked Paul if he thought it was. “Well, we keep hearing the reports and we have several specifically worded items saying who was being targeted. In fact, one of the bullet points says those who are critical of the president,” Paul said. “So I don’t know if that comes from a policy, but that’s what’s being reported in the press and reported orally. I haven’t seen a policy statement, but I think we need to see that.” via www.bizpacreview.com Candy Crowley seems to think that public opinion polling results are equal to the truth. Umm, no. Public opinion is the *opinion* of members of the public, many of whom are very low information respondents. Continue reading
Reblogged May 20, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
"This is a business where you have to tell the truth, and that did not happen here," Woodward said. On CNBC on Friday, however, Woodward seemed more comfortable using the word "Watergate." "If you read through all these emails, you see that everyone in the government is saying, 'Oh, let's not tell the public that terrorists were involved, people connected to al Qaida. Let's not tell the public that there were warnings,'" Woodward said on "Morning Joe." "And I have to go back 40 years to Watergate when Nixon put out his edited transcripts to the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, 'Oh, let's not tell this, let's not show this.' I would not dismiss Benghazi. It's a very serious issue." via www.newsmax.com And this doesn't even address the IRS scandal of the Obama Administration. Continue reading
Reblogged May 20, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
“Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood, are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3).” via www.nationalreview.com I suspect that this IRS thing will fade away--but it shouldn't. Continue reading
Reblogged May 17, 2013 at RedStateEclectic
For anyone who doubted what was happening before their very eyes, the reality of Rand Paul 2016 becomes more and more clear, as per today's National Review: Rand Paul’s chief strategist is leaving his Senate post to run the Kentucky Republican’s political shop. Doug Stafford, who is widely seen as Paul’s closest adviser, will soon resign as chief of staff to manage Paul’s national political operation. Today’s news is the clearest sign yet that Paul, a potential 2016 contender, is building a presidential campaign..... via reason.com Hang on to your hats. This time will be different. Will the liberty movement splinter? Continue reading
Reblogged May 2, 2013 at RedStateEclectic