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First,  let me say that the USSC’s recent (non-)decision was the correct and logical one, if the only issue was the law and the wording within the Constitution. The choice, you see,  was made the moment government made being married a legal matter, hundreds of years ago. That said, however, there are larger things at work, here.

One of the advantages of having a huge library of previous writings on file, is the ability to refer back to those writings and those positions. Saves much in the way of repetitive writing and also, gives you a checkpoint on your own consistency. Back in 2004, I wrote a comment over at Dan Drezner’s place, which addresses some of the issues aside from the law, …

Fake jobs numbers…. again

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Reports, Numbers, Charts, GraphsThe White House this morning, is serving up fake jobs numbers… again. And they read like a fairy tale. 7.8% unemployment. But notice… the U6.. the real unemployment number… isn’t listed in the reports we all see… It stood at 14.6% as of last month. That’s a fact that has not moved substantially, for months. Here’s the breakdown from the BLS.GOV website.

Measure Not seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted
Sep ’11 Aug ’12 Sep ’12 Sep ’11 May ’12 Jun ’12 Jul ’12 Aug ’12 Sep ’12
U-1 Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force 5.2 4.3 4.2 5.3 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.3
U-2 Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the

The Stench Of Impropriety: Tom Harkin, Al Franken, Herbalife International, And The F.R.E.E.D Act (Part 1 of 2)

Harkin and Herbalife

Every reasonable American with a pulse knows that much of what goes on in the undercurrents of Washington D.C is disturbing. It is not often, however, that one proposed piece of legislation encapsulates nearly everything that is wrong in our Federal Government, unfortunately that is exactly the case with Senate file 481.

The name of this bill is the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders, or the F.R.E.E.D Act. It is sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), co-sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and was introduced in the Senate on March 3, 2011. If you have ever wondered what Tom Harkin and Al Franken have been up to lately you are about to find out not just …

Expanded Coverage On TCR

If you’ve followed The Conservative Reader at all over the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that 2009 and 2010 were a bit light in content.  Although we had started ramping up in 2009, we also got engaged in work with the Polk County Republican Party in Iowa.  That work, along with other priorities, made it very difficult to provide timely commentary and updates on key topics.  Since my term of office has concluded with the party, there is time to provide more frequent updates.

2011 will likely include a number of changes, all for the better I hope.  The first change you should notice right away, especially if you are interested in Iowa politics.  We’ve added a few new sections, and have links to …

The Conservative Reader

As we continue our inexorable national slide into socialism, as our freedoms begin to slowly, but surely, be taken away, I have made the following observations (while I still can).

President Obama promised the following during the 2008 Presidential campaign:

  • Fiscal responsibility/no new earmarks.  Apparently someone has forgotten to tell him about the 8,500 earmarks in the current omnibus spending bill and the projected $1.9 trillion (that’s trillion with a “t”) budget deficit.
  • Bi-partisanship.  I’m not sure what that looks like, but I’m sure the Republicans don’t feel like anyone is listening to them and addressing their concerns right now (other than Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins).
  • Economic growth.  After less than two months in office, my retirement plan can’t take much more

Same Look, New Location For TCR

We have been taking months to schedule a move to our permanent internet domain. We delayed the work to ensure that we didn’t create an unnecessary outage during time leading up to the election last year. Now that the excitement is past and the dirty work and belly-aching is behind us, this looks like a good time to make the transition.

So, effective today, we are now located at ““.  If you have us bookmarked, you will want to change the bookmark to this new location.  We will maintain redirecting capabilities from the old site to the new one so that your links don’t break right away, but don’t count on that being there forever.

If you are an rss or email subscriber, …

Where Did We Miss?

Conservatives have lost our political credibility.  We have totally squandered opportunity after opportunity over the years because self-interest and ambition have eroded the integrity of Conservative politicians along with Liberal ones.  And blind political stupidity in the Republican Party created a mess of alienated constituencies, including African Americans.   P.J. O’Rourke wrote in The Weekly Standard (aptly titled “We Blew It”):

An entire generation has been born, grown up, and had families of its own since Ronald Reagan was elected. And where is the world we promised these children of the Conservative Age? Where is this land of freedom and responsibility, knowledge, opportunity, accomplishment, honor, truth, trust, and one boring hour each week spent in itchy clothes at church, synagogue, or mosque? It lies in ruins

Which Way Should Conservatism Go? Well, How About We Try ‘toward Conservatism’?

You’re going to hear quite a bit from the left over ‘the death of conservatism’ over the next few weeks. But they’ve got it wrong. I say, what we’ve got is the death of compromised conservatism as espoused by George W Bush, his father, GHW Bush, and by more recently, John McCain.

This morning, we see a post from Helen Valois at Renew America, who calls this ‘conservative conservatism’. I can quibble with the name she chooses, but not her meaning…

What is conservative conservatism? It is a commitment to playing a good defense (or rather — except for the one, brief, shining moment of Governor Palin’s acceptance speech — a pretty flawed defense) when your opponents have gone decisively

Recent Milestones at TCR

Not that it’s that big of a deal, but we hit 10,000 visitors sometime in early October… it took 11 months to hit that milestone.  Today, we hit 15,000 visitors.  5,000 in the past month.  I can’t imagine what would cause so much interest in our site this past month.

We also in the latter part of October posted our 500th article.  We think that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and hope to see significant growth as we develop The Conservative Reader over the next year.

In noting these milestones, I just want to thank the writing team for TCR: Thomas Laryea, DJ Durant, Dr. Bob Stouffer, Renea Smith, and BitHead.  You have done a marvelous job this year, and I’m looking forward to …

The Pinhead Factor

An anonymous writer at The Real Sporer Tuesday night made an interesting observation that I think we should not only understand but build an action plan upon.

At the end of the second Presidential Debate there were a few trailing comments at Ted’s site (including one from yours truly), and the final one at about 12:20 AM stated:

I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Instead of repeating “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”
I find myself repeating “Maybe democrats aren’t so bad, maybe democrats aren’t so bad”. I know it’s just a psychological coping mechanism. BHO is a damn good debater. He doesn’t have much substance but unfortunately we live with at least 50.1% pinheads. I am concerned.

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