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Sen. Warren vs. Ben Carson

This article highlights Sen. Warren’s shameless interrogation of Dr. Ben Carson during his confirmation hearing. Dr. Carson is President-Elect Trump’s pick to be the HUD secretary. Sen. Warren apparently thought that her responsibility was to play gotcha games with Dr. Carson or to use the confirmation hearing to smear President-Elect Trump. Sen. Warren asked Dr. […]

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Obama’s ATF calls for national data base of gun owners

Barack Hussein Obama has been a consistent opponent of our constitutional right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. And ever since his administration put its “X” on the dotted line of the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty–which…

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Trump campaign: Do we really need the Second Amendment?

The total disregard by liberals in both parties of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms has been on blatant display for years, but the intensity has picked up dramatically in the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting by…

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NY liberal Trump considers establishment RINO Bob Corker for VP

Even though he’s the only Republican candidate for president still running, Donald Trump hasn’t been winning by large enough margins in the remaining primary states to put this thing away. Heck, Washington state’s GOP awarded 40 out of 41 elected…

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Romanticizing outsiders

If I had a dollar for every time ‘online ink’ was spilled romanticizing the year of the outsider, I’d be Bill Gates wealthy. The GOP Establishment, which does exist, became a phrase that meant anyone that you disagreed with. After watching Donald Trump completely self-implode this week, I have a substantive suggestion. Let’s kill the […]

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Conservative Comedy Friday – 3/18/16

In the words of John McCain, “Allahu Akbar It’s Friday!” And of course that means it’s time for some conservative comedy. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and…

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Fundamental Concepts: Features and Benefits: Part 2

Continuing from yesterday, if you haven’t read part one, you should. These are some of the other things businesses look at when they think about opening new plants. “Infrastructure: The US is tied together by a tight web of roads, ports, utilities, airports and railroads unmatched in the world. If you want to build a factory […]

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Cruzin’

Embed from Getty Images So, I wasn’t going to write about politics today, but I will anyway, sort of. If you haven’t heard Ted Cruz rolled, Trump stalled, and Rubio crashed, and Kasich is doing about  as well as the Post Office. Here’s a bit from Powerline: Ted Cruz and Donald Trump split the four […]

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With a Bold and Pure Flat Tax, Ben Carson Sets the Standard for Pro-Growth Reform

When I compared the tax reform proposals of various 2016 presidential candidates last month, Ben Carson got the best grade by a slight margin. But I’ve now decided to boost his overall grade from a B+ to A-, or perhaps even A, because he’s finally released details and that means his grade for “specificity” jumps […]

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Something No One’s Mentioning About Ben Carson And West Point

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the North Texas Presidential Forum hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas October 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

Today’s media attack du jour on a Republican presidential candidate  comes from the very left leaning Politico.

Politico’s Kyle Cheney claims that unnamed ‘representatives of the campaign’ admitted to them that Ben Carson’s story about his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point” was fabricated.

“Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.”

In response, the Carson campaign responded with this statement (hat tip Daily Caller):

“Dr Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit. In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can’t remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson’s performance as ROTC City Executive Officer.

He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors. They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission. There are “Service Connected” nominations for stellar High School ROTC appointments. Again he was the top ROTC student in Detroit. I would argue strongly that an Appointment is indeed an amazing full scholarship. Having ran several Congressional Offices I am very familiar with the Nomination process.

Again though his Senior Commander was in touch with West Point and told Dr. Carson he could get in, Dr Carson did not seek admission.

The Politico story is an outright Lie. Dr. Carson as the leading ROTC student in Detroit was told by his Commanders that he could get an Appointment to the Academy. He never said he was admitted or even applied.

The campaign never “admitted to anything.”

This is what we have come to expect from Politico.”

Before we go on, full disclosure. Dr. Carson is definitely not my choice for the GOP nomination or for president.

According to the Daily Caller, Politico’s Kyle Cheney isn’t responding to inquiries. That’s pretty much standard operating procedure when the story in question is simply a political hit piece. The story goes out there, it becomes a news story, the True Believers and the Soros media outlets publicize it. Then it temporarily dies, as the news cycle moves on…to be revived later as the subject of a push poll, or a campaign attack ad, or snarky references on left wing blogs later on. Because, you see,it has been implanted in people’s skulls so they will recall it when it’s brought up perhaps months later.

This isn’t even remotely journalism. It’s a political contribution in kind, rather than money on the table.

But in fairness, I have to say that Dr. Carson may have expanded his original story in an fairly insignificant way.

I’m fairly familiar how West Point operates. In order to get in, you need to not only meet their stellar requirements when it comes to grades, test scores and other activities that indicate leadership, you have to be nominated by a sitting senator or member of the House. Here’s how it usually works, from West Point’s own site:


“The majority of the Members of Congress use a competitive nomination process, whereby 10 candidates are named to compete for a single vacancy. A minority of the members of Congress names a single candidate as their primary nomination, and some choose to number, or rank order the alternates. If you have an excellent academic and extracurricular activity record, however, you have a good chance of gaining admission with an alternate nomination. Each year several hundred of the best qualified alternate Congressional and military service nominees are offered admission from the West Point waiting list. “

So what likely happened is that a young Ben Carson met General Westmoreland at an affair of some sort, the General suggested he apply for West Point and maybe he had a conversation with some admissions people about the process. But him getting in was predicated on him being formally nominated by a member of congress either as an appointee or as an alternate on the waiting list. So the admissions people he spoke to had no power to get him in. he probably thought about it fo ra few minutes and decided to take his talents elsewhere, hardly unique for a high school senior.

Another point – all appointees to any of the U.S. military academy get a full scholarship…in exchange for agreeing to serve as officers for a given number of years in exchange. Dr. Carson’s mildly embellishes that fact to make a ‘full scholarship’ seem like something special, when simply being appointed and admitted would have been the real accomplishment.

Whether the mild inflation even bears mentioning compared to the serial lies and contempt for the law evidenced by another presidential candidate, I leave it to you to decide.

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Conservative Comedy 10/30/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Everyone likes to…

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Will the GOP go “Democrat” on the Republican Outsiders in the Primaries?

In the past I had put on my old Commie cap to imagine what the Democrats under Obama would do next. Today, it’s more complicated, …

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Conservative Comedy 10/16/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Hope n’ Change recently noticed how the good folks at Grammarly.com (a super-duper online spelling and grammar checking service) have done another study comparing the online writings of Democrats and Republicans to see which group has the greater “richness” of language (defined as the greatest number of unique words in online postings). Their results? Democratic supporters’ vocabularies were 22.4% richer than their Republican counterparts. But why? Perhaps it’s because lying takes more words than telling the truth. What we call “terrorism,” they call “man-caused disaster.” What we call “abortion,” they call “women’s healthcare services.” What we call “war,” they call “overseas kinetic military action.” What we call “illegal aliens” they call “undocumented workers and dreamers willing to do the jobs that Americans won’t do.”  And of course, what we call “freedom,” they call a “vast Right-wing conspiracy to suppress women and minorities while promoting income inequality.” Well… you get the idea. Jodi Miller at Newsbusted takes us into the weekend with these headlines: […]

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Faux Outrage, Ben Carson, and the Right (and Obligation) of Self Defense

Like most Americans, I’m impressed by Dr. Ben Carson’s personal story and achievements. But since I’m a policy wonk, I have to admit that I’m equally impressed by his instinctive understanding that a flat tax is both fair and good for growth. Moreover, it’s also worth noting that one of my buddies from grad school […]

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COCKROACHES: from juwannadoright

There is very little to add to what my friend says here, so I’ll forbear. […] In addition to his [Mengele’s] job of sorting out those who would live and those who would die, Mengele performed hundreds of experiments on prisoners which were performed without concern either for the pain or safety of his victims.  […]

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Conservative Comedy 6/12/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. As the days count down until the Supreme Court’s decision on the legality of most Obamacare subsidies (spoiler alert: they’re not legal), the president is casting aside courtroom rhetoric in favor of good old fashion foot-stomping, hand-clapping, gospel-style preaching which essentially says to the unwashed that “there is no way to the doctor except by Me.” Certainly this was the case with Obama’s speech to the Catholic Health Association in which he argued that the moral imperative of his healthcare plan trumps little details like legality, practicality, and actual administration of meaningful healthcare. Check out the Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change. Jodi Miller at Newsbusted takes us into the weekend with these headlines: American Pharaoh is rumored to be a reference to Obama, Obama’s claim that he’s made America the most respected nation on earth, and the reason Al Sharpton is ignoring the president. Additional stories include: the FIFA soccer scandal, the real reason that scientists are falsifying global warming data, and […]

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Deciphering TWS’s unscientific poll

After reading Daniel Halper’s article, it’s clear that there isn’t a clear Republican frontrunner. Still, the unscientific poll is helpful. Here’s the results of TWS’ unscientific poll: Scott Walker–mentioned on 44% of the ballots as either first, second or third choice; first choice on 18%. Thus, 44/18. Ted Cruz–35/16. Ben Carson–26/10. Mitt Romney–24/12. Bobby Jindal–20/3. […]

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Obamacare or Jobs

  I haven’t talked about Obamacare a whole lot here. A lot of that is that my readers are sensible folk, who already know that it is already, even before implementation is hurting the economy. I mean, remember when we had 40+ a week jobs? Won’t be much longer till we’re a nation of part-timers, […] . . . → Read More: Obamacare or Jobs . . . → Read More: Obamacare or Jobs