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Another global warming prediction bites the dust

Whenever there is a new record set, whether rain, hurricane, drought, etc., those in the climate change alarmist camp seem to be quick to point to global warming as the cause and make more dire predictions regarding the future—even when…

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Jason Lewis: provocative congressman?

When the first rumor got out that Jason Lewis was thinking about running for John Kline’s seat, the DFL’s opposition research staffers must’ve smiled for a week. As a former radio talk show host, and a provocative, feisty one at that, Lewis certainly wasn’t a stranger to controversy. It isn’t a stretch to think that […]

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Democrats are new Stupid Party

Daniel Henninger’s column is one of his best columns. Here’s the premise Henninger starts with: Last week more than 300 former Obama staffers signed an open letter urging the famous Harvard Law School professor to run in 2016. Days earlier, two big progressive groups, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, also pressed the first-term Massachusetts senator […]

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Mitch McConnell’s lead expands

There’s an unmistakable trend in the McConnell-Grimes race, a trend best illustrated by this morning’s RCP average of polls: That’s what a consistently growing lead looks like. None of these polls show Lundergan-Grimes leading. In fact, none of these polls shows Sen. McConnell’s lead inside the polls’ margin of error. There’s nothing in this graphic […]

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The gender gap that matters

Byron York’s reporting from the campaign trail has been fantastic all month long. Still, this article might be York’s best work. Here’s why: DENVER, Colo. — There is a gender gap in the Senate race here in Colorado, and, contrary to popular perception, it is Mark Udall’s problem. The race between the incumbent Democratic senator […]

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Conservative Comedy 10/24/14

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, 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. Last Friday, White House spokesweasel Josh Earnest announced Barack Obama’s appointment of a new Ebola czar, explaining “what we were looking for is NOT an Ebola expert, but rather an implementation expert – and that’s exactly what Ron Klain is.” Because, you know, the White House has done such a bang up job using non-expert “implementers” to do things like design the Healthcare.gov website, keep an eye on “Fast & Furious” guns, clean up IRS abuses, run VA hospitals, provide security in Benghazi, and – oh yeah – being president of the freaking United States. As the Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change shows us, there is at least a modicum of good news for those who believe that putting a political hit man in charge of our nation’s Ebola response isn’t a great idea: so far, he’s already skipped two emergency meetings on the viral crisis – so at least he hasn’t done any real harm. Yet. Jodi Miller […]

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Shouldn’t we be fighting a war on terrorism not on fossil fuels?

“You are responsible for President Obama’s re-election,” I told 150 folks from the oil and gas industry —most of whom were conservative Republicans. I spoke to them on October 15 in San Angelo, TX. A reporter covering the event wrote that I “stunned the crowd by telling them they were largely responsible for getting the president re-elected, and asking them if they knew how they had helped.” He continued: “The room was very quiet for several moments as Noon waited to see if anyone would volunteer an answer.” We know President Obama has been waging a war on coal—with tens of thousands of jobs lost due to his attacks since he was elected in 2008, but why has the oil and gas industry escaped the harsh regulations that have virtually shut down both coal mining and coal-fueled power plants? After all, we know his environmentalist base—with whom he is philosophically aligned—hates them equally. The reporter added: “Finally someone suggested it was job creation that Noon was alluding to.” The oil and gas industry has added millions of jobs to the U.S. economy in the past six years and represents the bright spot in the jobs numbers. Imagine where the unemployment […]

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Braley fighting uphill fight

If people had said that Iowa was leaning Republican at the start of 2014, people would’ve said that that means Republicans were heading for a very good year. Based on the last 4 polls in Iowa, I’d say that Republicans were closing in on a strong year in the Senate: Braley’s campaign is doing everything […]

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Conservative Comedy 10/17/14

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, 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 Vince Lombardi or perhaps Yogi Berra once said: “The best offense is a really offensive defense.” Which is perhaps why a defensive Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, has come out saying that the reason his agency hasn’t developed an Ebola vaccine is because of draconian budget cuts over the past 10 years. The problem is, the NIH really hasn’t had their budget slashed (in fact, for 2015 the Republicans gave the agency more money than Obama requested) and, quite demonstrably, they’ve felt so little belt-tightening in recent years that they’ve been perfectly happy to spend huge sums of money on medical projects of highly questionable value. The Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change shows us how it takes a special kind of person to believe this bull. Jodi Miller at Newsbusted provides laughs this week on several news stories, including: the Chinese economy, John Boehner’s lack of action on Obama’s illegal activities, and Obama’s […]

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Democrats’ worst nightmare?

This article suggests that Democrats’ worst nightmares are right around the corner: Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the […]

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Mark Udall’s strategy exposed

Guy Benson’s post on Sen. Mark Udall’s recent difficulties highlights why Udall is fighting an uphill fight. Benson highlighted this video especially: Here’s the transcript of the exchange between Sen. Udall and Rep. Gardner: REP. GARDNER: I would just like to ask Sen. Udall this question. What is the price you’d put on carbon? SEN. […]

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Udall getting defensive

This article talks about Mark Udall’s latest campaign ads. Either Udall has found the special elixir to fix his failing campaign or he’s just desperate. Here’s one of Udall’s ads: Here’s the intro into the ad: “There’s a reason women and families are front and center in this campaign,” Udall says in the ad, in […]

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DSCC quadruples down on Grimes

This article highlights a questionable decision by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, aka the DSCC: Democrats in Washington are taking a risky bet by quadrupling their investment in Alison Lundergan Grimes, a young and largely unproven challenger, who is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). Spending a fresh $1.4 million on a statewide […]

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Gardner’s mini-surge good news

This research isn’t good news for Mark Udall’s re-election bid against Cory Gardner: Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) Continues To Trail Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO). “Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner enjoyed a two-point lead over incumbent Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat in a new poll released Thursday morning.” (Brandon Rittiman, “Gardner Holds Slight Lead Over […]

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Shutting down free speech: A Udall family tradition

Each week I write an energy-themed commentary. The topic on which I write is generally something that my readers—even those in the energy industry—don’t know about. I frequently get grateful responses for the information, education, and deadlines addressed. One reader reported that when my column comes out each week in his local paper, he takes it into the shop and passes it around for all the guys to read: “I’ve been in this industry all my life, and I know we’ve done a poor job explaining what we do and educating people. That’s what you do. It is good for my guys to know that there is someone out there who is looking out for them and their jobs. Plus, reading your column gives them a perspective on the industry that is bigger than their individual job roles. Thanks for what you do!” Another offered this complement: “You have carved a really nice little niche out for yourself. Each week when I read your column, I think ‘I should know this stuff’—but I don’t. I appreciate the effort you put into keeping us informed about what is going on in the energy world. There is no one else doing what […]

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Democrats demand Shinseki’s termination

More Democrats are calling for Gen. Shinseki’s resignation. Translation: Blah, blah…Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. We get it. Democrats are outraged, outraged I tell you, about the VA scandal. Frankly, I don’t care that they’re expressing outrage, mostly because I’m thinking that it’s faux outrage. I don’t care that firing Gen. Shinseki won’t fix the […]

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Center for Biological Diversity’s shakedown of America

Over a three-year period, 2009-2012, Department of Justice data shows American taxpayers footed the bill for more than $53 million in so-called environmental groups’ legal fees—and the actual number could be much higher. The real motivation behind the Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation, perhaps, could have more to do with vengeance and penance than with a real desire to protect flora and fauna. On May 7, I spoke at the Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference in Farmington, New Mexico. During the two-day event, I sat in on many of the other sessions and had conversations with dozens of attendees. I left the event with the distinct impression that the current implementation of the ESA is a major impediment to the economic growth, tax revenue, and job creation that comes with oil-and-gas development. I have written on ESA issues many times, most recently I wrote about the lesser prairie chicken’s proposed “threatened” listing (which the Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS] listed on March 27) and the Oklahoma Attorney General’s lawsuit against the federal government over the “sue and settle” tactics of FWS and the Department of the Interior. While at the conference, I received an email announcing that FWS has […]

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Going backwards with Obamacare

This article lays out the statistics that Colorado is actually going backwards thanks directly to Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act: Quite apart from the issue of premium increases, the 84,881 enrollees is far below the number of people who lost their insurance plans because of Obamacare. “Cancellation notices affected 249,199 people,” Jo Donlin, director […]

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Obamacare “horror stories” are true

Dr. Patricia McLaughlin has a dispute with Sen. Harry Reid. Sen. Reid’s statement that the “horror stories” being shown nightly on TV are all untrue doesn’t fit with Dr. McLaughlin’s experience with the ACA: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Here’s a partial transcript of her interview with Greta van Susteren: GRETA: You have patients […]

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