The Communication Cliff
10 Dec 2012 12:01 am Robert Cleveland
Republicans should be less worried about the Fiscal Cliff than about their own Communication Cliff. It seems that the GOP leadership has been gripped by a great communicative ineptitude, and until they escape from its grasp, they will continue to languish in political poverty, taking blame for fake crisis after fake crisis manufactured by the Democrats for the express purpose of placing blame for our nation’s continuing economic woes at the feet of the Republican Party.
Our nation’s leaders have been focused on this Fiscal Cliff for weeks now, and it …
On 10th Anniversary, Netroots Bummed That They’ve Been Marginalized
25 Oct 2012 8:24 am William Teach
At one point, the Netroots, the bloggers and such on the Left, were a major force within the Democrat Party. That was a time when George W. Bush was in office, and Democrats wanted that cool, sweet money and support from people who intentionally decided to see how crazy they could be. Who constantly referred to W as a monkey, who wrote and said disgusting things about Bush, who were constantly calling for his death, etc and so on. And the Daily Beast has sad face story up about their …View More...
The Slow, Painful Coming Death Of The Independent, Liberal Blogosphere
25 Oct 2012 3:07 am John Hawkins
Back in July of 2011, I wrote a piece that got a lot of attention called The Slow, Painful Coming Death Of The Independent, Conservative Blogosphere (Part 2 here).
Long story short, the point of the column was that the market is saturated and that the opportunities for a small blogger with talent but no money and name recognition have shrunk considerably since the early days of the blogosphere.
Just to give you an example of how much things have changed, when I got started back in 2001, I was …
UVA College Democrats Accidentally Blast Awkward E-Mail
25 Sep 2012 10:04 pm Matt Vespa
Justin Higgins at JHPolitics has obtained a rather awkward email detailing a meeting of the University of Virginia’s College Democrats chapter. In the email, we reportedly had a woman named Carmen who went nuts, a bad turnout at their phone bank, and a bad turnout canvasing. As Higgins noted, their plan to remedy their unenthused cohorts is to conscript “hotties” from their respective sororities. The first lesson of E-Mail 101 is to be mindful of who is on the recipient list.
UDems Exec Agenda: Sunday, September 22, 2012; 9:00pm; Outside Newcomb Board Room
Gawker Wants Us to ‘Sympathize’ with Pedophiles
10 Sep 2012 5:50 am Matt Vespa
Cord Jefferson’s September 7 column on Gawker should churn your stomach. He wrote about how some consider pedophilia a sexual orientation and how it deserves public sympathy. The first sentence stopped me cold – “it’s not easy to listen to Terry talk about the time he had sex with a seven-year-old girl.”
It started with him [Terry] walking around the house naked with an erection, making sure to amble past the little girl and inspire her curiosity. After doing that a couple times, Terry began to masturbate with the door open. When his …
Weekly Standard Says Christie “Under Serious Consideration” for VP Spot
6 Aug 2012 10:15 pm Matt Vespa
Say What? New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is now under “serious consideration” for the number two spot on the ticket. At least that’s what Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol at The Weekly Standard have insinuated in their post published today. I know the chatter about who the nominee will be is intensifying, but from I’ve heard from top conservative activists at the AFPF’s Defending the American Dream Summit this past weekend is that T-Paw is probably going to be Mitt’s running mate.
Some have clamored for Rep. Paul Ryan due …
Video Interview with Glenn Reynolds on The Higher Education Bubble
7 Jul 2012 4:19 pm Ed Driscoll
Since my blog was one of many inspired by Instapundit.com in the immediate wake of 9/11, and since it’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, I had wanted to do a video interview with Glenn Reynolds to discuss the history and state of the Blogosphere. Given that he has a new “Broadside” (much longer than most magazine articles, but shorter than most books) from Encounter Books on the Higher Education Bubble and the impact of its aftermath on both students and academia, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. With a …View More...
Scenes From Tim Scott’s Latest Fundraiser…And why Showing Up is Fifty Percent of the Battle [Picture Dump]
14 Jun 2012 12:01 am Susannah Fleetwood
[Congressman Tim Scott with my son, Jackson.]
This past Sunday afternoon, my husband Chris, my son Jackson and I attended Tim Scott’s latest fundraiser in Charleston, South Carolina. I gotta admit, it was a surreal experience.
[(R to L) Me, Congressman Scott holding my son, Jackson, and my husband, Chris.]
[Congressman Scott, Jackson and me.]
Why was it so surreal? Well, two years ago, I took the initiative and did a lot of blogging on Congressman Scott’s behalf when he began his run for congress. (I even covered his birthday …View More...
National Blogger Going Dark Day – Speak Up For Free Speech!
8 Jun 2012 8:00 am William Teach
Ace at Ace of Spades has stated that his site will go dark today in order to stand up for Free Speech regarding the acts, SWATing and lawfare, performed against bloggers who have exposed Brett Kimberlin (aka The Speedway Bomber) and his associates. Like Michelle Malkin and John Hawkins, I’m not good at shutting up. The whole reason I started this blog way back in July 2004 was because I had things on my mind that I wanted to write about, whether anyone read it or not. It was cathartic. …View More...
If You’re Going to Play the Game of Politics, Play to Win
31 May 2012 12:16 am Susannah Fleetwood
Last week, Meghan McCain–who, for better or worse, has become a player in the game of politics–went on Al Sharpton’s unwatchable show on MSNBC (which is most famous for being mocked on SNL) and stated the following with regard to Michelle Malkin and the late Andrew Breitbart:
I really don’t understand the popularity of Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart who exacerbate people’s fears.
(The video of this exchange is below.)
Shrug. My first impression of the above exchange was that it was kind of a nothing burger. If a tree falls …View More...
Arizona to Ban “Annoying” Behavior on the Internet
4 Apr 2012 1:51 pm Rachel Alexander
You and I may not use profanity in our Facebook posts, but what about that crazy relative who puts up the funniest posts that sometimes cross the line? Almost no one approves of swearing, but with the exception of broadcasting during daytime TV and radio, it is not illegal. Now new legislation inArizonawould effectively make swearing on the internet a crime.
Sponsored by Democrats and liberal Republicans, Arizona House Bill 2549 passed both the House and Senate almost unanimously last week, and has gone back to the House for a minor …
Americans with Disabilities Act Necessity: Conservative, White, Male Bloggers NEED a Federal Subsidy
10 Mar 2012 3:34 pm Warner Todd Huston
OK, you people, I am sick and tied of this. The Americans with Disabilities Act is NOT being fairly applied. That’s right. You read that headline correctly. Conservative, white, male bloggers NEED a hand from Washington. In fact, I’d say we have a right to it. We are being discriminated against even from those on our own side. It’s time for redress. I DEMAND a handout.
For years I’ve been wondering why the heck few of us white, male, bloggers ever make it big. Why aren’t there ever any white, …
Stupid Internet Meme of the Week: Santorum’s ‘Rough’ Handshake With Ron Paul Outrage
24 Feb 2012 12:58 pm Warner Todd Huston
Buzzfeed was the first to indulge it’s inner gossip — well, maybe its outer gossip since that is all that site is; gossip. Anyway, the stupid story of the day is based on the hearty handshake that Rick Santorum gave Ron Paul after Wednesday’s debates. Paul’s fans took offense at the handshake for some idiotic reason and now it is the “thing” to talk about it.
First, let’s go to the video, shall we?
As Buzzers has it:
Rick Santorum topped off a disappointing debate performance with an oddly enthusiastic handshake with …View More...
Obama’s Budget: More Tax, Borrow and Spend
13 Feb 2012 5:57 pm Michael Fell
The White House presented its 2012 budget Monday. A $3.8 trillion proposal which includes $1.43 trillion in new taxes on households whose incomes meet or exceed $250,000 (note: this is the new “progressive” definition of millionaires and billionaires), a fourth straight year of $1 trillion-plus deficit spending (which will require yet more borrowing), and new mandatory spending intended for the Education and Energy Departments.
As has been the case for the past three years, the White House pays lip service to calls for reduced spending. There are no efforts made to …
My Video At Heart of Controversy in Florida House Race
12 Dec 2011 12:41 pm Warner Todd Huston
Apparently, a video I made in Denver is at the heart of a controversy in a race for the House of Representatives in Florida.
While at Blogcon 2011 I had the opportunity to interview Karen Harrington, a Republican candidate for the 20th District House seat now held by Debbie Wasserman Schultz — who is also the Chairman of the Democrat National Committee. I made a video of that short interview as I have so many other candidates.
In our interview Harrington, recently endorsed by GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, went through some …
The 40 Best Conservative Blogs For 2011 (Version 4.0)
12 Dec 2011 8:40 am John Hawkins
It’s time for me to rank my favorite blogs for the 4th quarter of 2011.
Do keep in mind that as the quarter has progressed, some blogs have, of course, moved up and others have dropped, based on how often I visit them, how much I like what I see when I get there, how often the blogs are updated, etc., etc. Also, as per usual, do keep in mind that this sort of list changes frequently over time based on a variety of factors. So if a blog didn’t get …
Occupy Chicago Sign: ‘Dear Rich Straight White Dudes, F**K Off’
24 Oct 2011 12:06 pm Warner Todd Huston
Like the rest of the large cities in the US, Chicago is currently suffering with small pockets of Occupy protesters and their ever-present signs. And like every other big city these signs are often misspelled, sometimes profane, commonly anti-capitalist, occasionally anti-Semitic, almost always anti-American, not to mention merely ignorant of the facts. But one thing that is the same in every protest, at least in the media reportage of same, is that the worst of the signs go unseen by the general American news consumer.
Chicago blogger John Ruberry took his …
Occupy Wall Street College Grads Should Sue Their Schools
14 Oct 2011 6:06 pm Michael Fell
What’s most puzzling about Occupy Wall Street is a persistent resistance by recent college graduates to acknowledging the cause and effect phenomenon manifested by big government interference in business.
When you employ the economic policies of Woodrow Wilson, FDR and Jimmy Carter you’re going to get a lousy economy because you’ve created a climate that’s unfriendly to business. To blame corporations and especially small business for not hiring when the business climate dictates they take steps to insure their survival is wrong.
If you’re the CEO of a corporation who’s responsible for ensuring …
12 Oct 2011 5:29 pm Michael Fell
Would you hire people purely out of national loyalty knowing that doing so meant your company would eventually become fiscally insolvent?
Corporations, like any business, are in business to make profits. Jobs are the byproduct of profits, not the other way around. Until U.S. corporate tax rates are cut to globally competetive levels, the corporations will outsource jobs overseas in order to make profits for their investors. Unless capital gains taxes are reduced to globally competetive levels, private capital is disincentivized to invest in America. Until Dodd Frank is repealed, small …
Traditional Hackers Now Turning Their Crosshairs on Conservatives
28 Sep 2011 12:11 pm Rachel Alexander
Owners of popular conservative websites have increasing reason to be concerned their sites may be hacked or otherwise physically attacked for political reasons. Traditionally, hackers took an anarchist approach that primarily targeted government websites. Lately, they are assailing politically conservative websites. Many of these newer attacks are coming from hackers associated with Wikileaks. Some libertarian conservatives defend Wikileaks’ business of leaking government documents, unaware that its affiliates are hypocritically trying to silence them. In addition to wreaking technical havoc, hackers have figured out they can use Google’s strict policy against …View More...