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2015 NRA Annual Meetings

by lobo91 ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Elections 2016, Headlines, Politics, Republican Party, Second Amendment at April 11th, 2015 - 6:00 pm

It’s that time again. This year’s NRA Annual Meetings are being held in Nashville, and as usual, a record crowd is on hand to see the latest in guns and outdoor gear, conduct some business, and hear from a number of leaders on the right side of the political spectrum.

The main venue for political speeches is the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday afternoon, and this year was no different. Follow the links below to see each of the main speakers (in no particular order):

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Bobby Jindal

Former Governor Rick Perry

Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Ted Cruz

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee

Former Gov. Jeb Bush

Former Sen. Rick Santorum

Sen. Bob Corker

Sheriff David Clarke

Donald Trump

S.E. Cupp

Dr. Ben Carson

Wayne LaPierre

Chris Cox

Larry Potterfield


Mars Attacks: Blogmocracy Book Club Recommendation

by Mars ( 119 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-Jihad, Blogmocracy, Conservatism, Dhimmitude, Entertainment, Europe, Fascism, Free Speech, Guest Post, Islam, Islamic Invasion, Islamic Supremacism, Islamists, Jihad, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Middle East, Military, Patriotism, Political Correctness, Sharia (Islamic Law), United Nations at March 18th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Caliphate from Thomas Kratman is now a free book from the Baen Free Library. http://www.baen.com/library/books.asp
Caliphate is a pretty good military science fiction thriller. It details a future in which the middle east and most of Europe have fallen under the control of the Caliphate and the United States has become a fascist dictatorship. It’s a good story and contains a lot of information that we know about but the general public is mostly ignorant. Thomas Kratman himself used to post occasionally at the swamp before its downfall.

Here is the blurb from Baens site.

by Tom Kratman
Publisher: Baen Books

“Caliphate is Mark Steyn’s America Alone with body count.”—John Ringo

“Slavery is a part of Islam . . . Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” —Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, author of the religious textbook At-Tawhid (“Monotheism”) and senior Saudi cleric.

Demography is destiny. In the 22nd century European deathbed demographics have turned the continent over to the more fertile Moslems. Atheism in Europe has been exterminated. Homosexuals are hanged, stoned or crucified. Such Christians as remain are relegated to dhimmitude, a form of second class citizenship. They are denied arms, denied civil rights, denied a voice, and specially taxed via the Koranic yizya. Their sons are taken as conscripted soldiers while their daughters are subject to the depredations of the continent’s new masters.

In that world, Petra, a German girl sold into prostitution as a slave at the age of nine to pay her family’s yizya, dreams of escape. Unlike most girls of the day, Petra can read. And in her only real possession, her grandmother’s diary, a diary detailing the fall of European civilization, Petra has learned of a magic place across the sea: America.

But it will take more than magic to free Petra and Europe from their bonds; it will take guns, superior technology, and a reborn spirit of freedom.
About the author

In 1974, at age seventeen, Tom Kratman became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People’s Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Back in the Army, he managed to do just about everything there was to do, at one time or another. After the Gulf War, and with the bottom dropping completely out of the anti-communism market, Tom decided to become a lawyer. Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. His family, muttering darkly, put up with this for years. He no longer practices law, instead writing full time for Baen. His novels for Baen include A State of Disobedience, A Desert Called Peace and its sequel Carnifex, as well as two collaborations with John Ringo, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes.


by coldwarrior ( 138 Comments › )
Filed under Barry Goldwater, Conservatism, Elections 2016, Libertarianism, Open thread, Politics, Progressives, Republican Party, Ronald Reagan, Tea Parties at January 4th, 2015 - 11:00 am

Conservative….I am pretty much to the point that I don’t know what that word means anymore. There has been serious definition creep on the meaning of that word over my life time.

When I was younger, Conservative meant the Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan wing of the GOP. It meant the fiscal hawks who railed against big debts and big government. It meant that people (and too big to fail companies) should be free to choose, free to make mistakes, and free to fail without the nanny state there to ‘help’ them; Conservative meant you would fight the progressives and ‘tax and spend liberals’ to preserve freedoms enumerated in the Constitution. Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” was the lens by which Conservatives saw the world.

Recently, the mantle and definition of “Conservative” has been  twisted and abducted by those who would not have been “Conservative” in the past. George Bush is an example. Sure, he talked  good game but governed like a Progressive adding debt and government programs and in real terms, governing over 8 years negative wage growth, flat GDP growth, huge bailouts of failed entities, and debt debt debt. But, hey, he talked about God and claimed to be a Christian. Good enough to be a ‘Compassionate Conservative’ Whatever that means.


On righty blogs, anyone who is from the libertarian/fiscon Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan wing has been pushed out of the ‘Conservative Club’ for being libertarian on social issues. Its in our nature to allow people to make their own decisions and then they have to live with the consequences. If you aren’t four square against abortion, 100% behind the police, and happen to believe that states should make their own laws independent of DC then you are not Conservative, you are a libertarian Paulian Kook! So says the God Squad.

SO now, to be a Conservative all one must do is publicly natter on about Jesus and God, be totally against abortion, never believe the police can be wrong, and be OK with big government as long as the big government is doing you bidding.


Why am I on my horse? Mike Huckabee is going to run again as a ‘Conservative’.

My own frustration with President Obama is not merely the dramatic point of view that I have with him, between his liberal views and my conservative ones. It’s as much with his squandering the opportunity that he had that he do he said he would do … back in 2008. …

“Quite frankly governing is hard work. It requires the patience of Job, the strength of Samson, the courage of David, the perseverance of Noah, the intellect of Paul, the wisdom of Solomon, and the forgiveness of Jesus. And there is no substitute for time spent building relationships with people who don’t like you and who don’t want to work with you. In the words of that great political philosopher Mick Jagger, ‘You can’t always get what you want.’ …

Wrap your head around that statement that I highlighted.


[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it’s a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards,” Huckabee said, referring to the need for a constitutional human life amendment and an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Just like in Saudi Arabia? The founders did not have Huckabee’s attitude when they wrote the founding documents. The Constitution was written by Deists, not Evangelicals. The ‘Conservative’ Huckabee governed to the Left of Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas! Praise HIM and pass the tax and spend plate!


I’ll stop here because yinz can continue to Bing “Huckabee is no Conservative”, “Huckabee taxes”, Huckabee record” and read it yourselves.

The Huckster is my straw man for a larger problem on the right, both Scott Walker and Huckabee are called Conservative. One actually is, and one is a Progressive.

Huckabee is a Baptist Preacher, a hard core Progressive with a Bible who is convinced that his way is GOD’s way. He is not at all fiscon or for more personal liberties, smaller government, and state’s rights…you know, the things that founded this country  and ideas that USED to define one as a conservative. Now, I guess to be called ‘Conservative’ all one has to do is be a busybody like Huckabee.

Kinky Friedman On Rick Perry: An Unsurprising Endorsement

by Bunk X ( 199 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Elections 2016, Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread, Politics at August 24th, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Singer, songwriter, humorist, rogue politician and the World’s Most Famous Jewish Cowboy Kinky Friedman penned a piece praising his former opponent, Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Rick Perry has never lost an election; I’ve never won one. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world. On the other hand, I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry and I, though at times bitter adversaries, have remained friends as well. It’s not always easy to maintain friendships with politicians. To paraphrase Charles Lamb, you have to work at it like some men toil after virtue.

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.

Read the rest.

For those not familiar with Mr. Friedman’s artistry and wit, it’s rarely politically correct, but usually amusing.

By 1971, Friedman had formed his second band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, which many took to be a play on the name of the famous band Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. In keeping with the band’s satirical nature, each member had a comical name: in addition to Kinky there was Little Jewford, Big Nig, Panama Red, Wichita Culpepper, Sky Cap Adams, Rainbow Colours, and Snakebite Jacobs. More conventionally named roadie Jack Slaughter and road manager Dylan Ferrero rounded out the crew and provided most of the driving of the “tour bus”, a Cadillac with 10-year-old expired license plates and a nasty predilection for going into a coma at the most inconvenient moment (but, according to Friedman, her talent lay in her ability to stop on a dime and pick up the change). [wiki]

Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys’ “Assho From El Paso” was a snarky response to Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee.”


And with that we’ll continue on to another non-politically correct edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.