Category: TCR Features

A Little Sanity?

Recommended ReadingAs I was perusing various conservative writers this evening, this commentary from Gracy Olmstead  at The American Conservative really connected with me.  Try to look past Gracy’s perspective on the presidential candidates comments and consider the overriding message of this piece found in the latter part of the post… I think it is worth the read.…

Iowa’s Expensive Wind Addiction

I recently heard a radio commercial urging me to contact various members of Congress to voice my support for tax credits connected to the wind energy industry. On a lark, I went to the Iowa Legislature website and searched active bills for the word “wind,” and received several dozen hits, many of which seemed to be focused on state tax credits for manufacturing and installing wind turbines. Both state and federal politicians seem to be tripping over themselves to get into the wind energy craze.

Back in 2010 Alliant Energy was petitioning to be allowed to increase the rates they charged for electricity, and one of the supporting reasons they put forward was the $150 million project called the Whispering Willow-East wind farm in Franklin …

Mitch McConnell’s Speech December 21

mitch-mcconnell 1As discussed and promised on The Conservative Reader Report on December 22, here is the full Senate Minority Leader’s speech (Mitch McConnell of Kentucky) just prior to the Monday’s Cloture vote.  If you don’t have 13 minutes, you can see a 3 minute highlight just below it.  This was a power and compelling speech, and Mitch won the TCR Report’s Smart Politician of the week for this speech.

You can also checkout more info at Shane Vander Hart’s Caffeinated Thoughts, Eric Florack’s Bitsblog and Michelle Malkin’s site as well.

Health Care Reform The Big Topic on TCR Report

KimLehmanOn The Conservative Reader Report today we will have Kim Lehman, President of Iowa Right To Life and Iowa’s Republican Committee Woman to the RNC, on our show along with Shane Vander Hart, conservative uber-blogger from Caffeinated Thoughts and guest blogger on The Des Moines Register’s political web page.  Our focus today will be all about the Health Care Reform Massacre about to be perpetrated by the United States Senate.  The show starts at 3:00 Central on Des Moines Local Live Internet Radio.…

Art Smith Hosting Internet Radio Program! (Promoted from TCR:Iowa)

MicrophoneUpdate! Link to podcast of today’s show!

Last Tuesday (September 29), I hosted the second half of Tim Albrecht’s program “The Bean Walker Live!” on Des Moines Local Live, and today begins 3 weeks of hosting the program in full while Tim concentrates on getting married!

On today’s show, during the first hour I will have Shane Vander Hart from Serve Our Youth Network to share about the volunteer opportunities they have and how they cooperate with local government to impact the lives of high-risk kids in the Des Moines Metro area.

During the second hour, Connie Schmett from Polk County (Iowa) Republicans will join us to talk about the upcoming Fall Dinner at Living History Farms this Sunday featuring the Iowa Republican Gubernatorial …

WALL-E: Political Non-Event, Fun For All

As mentioned the other day, we went to see WALL-E (which stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class) Tuesday night.  Although the underlying message is clearly “Take Care Of The Earth”, I don’t think I was not led to see it as a “Global Warming” statement.

What I did see was the same kind of message we’ve been trying to teach each generation for the past 40 years or so, and that’s to be good stewards of the planet.  Frankly, we’d be in a much worse mess right now if not for the continued conservation efforts of the last several decades.

Certainly, we’re into a cycle of Political Correctness regarding being “green”, some of which is not so bad, some of …

Checking Out Another Wall(-E)

Tonight, my 11-year-old niece wants to go see Wall-E (as do I), so we’re heading out to see that (despite what I understand is an overtly “global-warming-the-Earth-is-gonna-perish-unless-we-do-something-now” message.

Reminds me the last movie I saw with “Wall” as the center of the title (The Wall) was another strong message from a different kind of left.

It’s always a pleasure to have my niece visit us, and I may not have much time for significant blogging the next few days.  Feel free to use this as an open thread.

I will provide a review of the movie as well.…


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