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Conservative Picks for Arkansas Primary

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Arkansas is a small state in terms of House representation. That being said, Arkansas is closer to resembling Nebraska than Idaho. Despite being in the South, the state sends few Conservatives to DC. With only two actual races, there isn’t a whole lot of action to be had. Arkansas had three missed opportunities to replace RINOs, thus earning the Nebraska comparison. This primary has little potential to advance Conservatism due to several missed opportunities to challenge people who are part of the problem.

Best Pick: Randy Cadwell
Worst Pick: Robb Ryerse
Best Race: District 4
Worst Race: District 3

District 1

Rick Crawford is an incumbent and a loose spender. He is unopposed.

District 2

French Hill is another incumbent RINO. He is unopposed.

District 3

Steve Womack has a Liberty Score of 37. This stems from his years of spending taxpayer money recklessly. I was hoping challenger Robb Ryerse could be no worse but consider this:

Ryerese is a founder of a church called Vintage Fellowship. Initially, I thought he was a rare example of someone who is leftist politically but conservative (evangelical) theologically. But I looked into his church to get a better grasp on his worldview and it is seemingly orthodox until it says:

Our theology is more than a personal academic exercise. We recognize that what we believe has global consequences. Because we find ourselves in God’s story of redeeming the world, we are seeking justice and equality. We believe the church ought to be an agent of global good by mobilizing itself to fight poverty, consumerism, oppression, and inequality. We believe that this fight is not necessarily political and certainly not nationalistic. Rather, we believe in engaging the world as Jesus did ‐ subversively, counter‐culturally, and graciously.

I found it unsurprising that his church had no mention of spreading the gospel, and had a bigger emphasis on social justice. Even his stance on abortion was incredibly weak. He’s a most plain RINO running to the left of another RINO.

Conservative Pick: None, Womack will win anyway

District 4

Bruce Westerman is a halfway decent Conservative in Congress. He voted against Omnibus. He does vote for other fiscally irresponsible measures on the other hand. So he is not immune to challenge. He is being challenged by a preacher, Randy Cadwell. Cadwell is running as a Conservative. His motto “For God and Country” are appealing. And furthermore he doesn’t seem like a snake oil salesman using the bible like Roy Moore, and he doesn’t seem like he’d say dumb things all the time like Mike Huckabee.

It would be ideal for Cadwell to be running in District 3. But he’s not. The challenge is seeing whether Cadwell would vote substantially different that Westerman, and it seems unlikely. Cadwell has a big emphasis on infrastructure spending. This isn’t a strike but he had little emphasis on balanced budgets. Still, Cadwell is likable and definitely not establishment. He’s worth the risk.

Conservative Pick: Randy Cadwell

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Guns and Crime

ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

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ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

It’s the type of story the media craves. An illegal immigrant, Joel Arrona-Lara, who “hasn’t done anything wrong” was detained by ICE agents while transporting his pregnant wife to the hospital. She ended up having to drive herself the rest of the way before delivering their son.

The spin is predictable. They skim over the fact that he has an arrest warrant in Mexico for homicide while putting all the focus on his wife’s dilemma. They even attempt to cast doubt on the warrant because the lawyer for the family says he couldn’t find a record of the warrant. This last part is most peculiar because it would be simple for a major media outlet to confirm the existence of the warrant. They did, of course, but they won’t report that when they have a better quote from the lawyer denying its existence.

Eventually details will emerge about the warrant, but not until the media inflicts as much damage as possible on ICE and anyone in favor of legal immigration being the proper way to enter the country.

Here’s the story. If you click through, you’ll even get a link at the bottom to the family’s new GoFundMe page:

ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Deliver Baby, Says He Is Wanted For Homicide In Mexico

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/18/joel-arrona-detained-by-ice-san-bernardino-driving-wife-to-deliver-baby/Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The mother of five was then asked to show her identification and complied. When the agents asked Arrona-Lara, the couple said he didn’t have the ID on him, but that they lived nearby and could go get it for them. The agents then asked Arrona-Lara to exit the vehicle, searched the car for weapons, and put Arrona into custody, leaving Maria alone at the gas station.

My take

There’s no doubt the circumstances surrounding all of this are unfortunate. Pregnant wives should not have to drive themselves to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. On the other hand, suspected murderers shouldn’t be entering the country in the first place. That point won’t be mentioned by mainstream media.

ICE has a responsibility to take people like Arrona-Lara into custody so it can be determined whether or not they should be deported. There may have even been a certain degree of leeway given had there been no records other than his status as an illegal immigrant, but being a suspected murderer with an arrest warrant took away any chance at leeway. The ICE agents did the right thing.

As a legal immigrant, I have no sympathy for those who cheat the system and break our laws. Blaming the ICE agents for doing their job correctly in order to keep us safe is the type of insanity mainstream media loves to sell us.

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Democrats

The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

For at least the second time, reporters were barred from covering an event featuring Socialist Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The campaign’s reason: we want attendees to feel comfortable since there’s so much national press covering her.

This is an absolutely ridiculous excuse, of course. Nobody goes to a campaign event without knowing the press will (should) be there. It doesn’t make them less comfortable and may actually give some a sense of security knowing the answers to their questions will be judged by more than the audience at hand. That’s one of the reasons for the press in the first place, to give information about an event to people who cannot attend.

Instead, the press is getting another roadblock:

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/17/ocasio-cortez-bans-press-from-covering-campaign-event.htmlAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.

The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.

It’s conspicuous that a local publication was barred because it runs contrary to the narrative the campaign is trying to sell. So why is she being hidden from reporters at these types of events?

My Take

It’s clear that her exposure is her best friend and worst enemy. Being talked about is a politician’s best friend on the campaign trail, but it also offers a risk of failure. This is most common in events like the town hall meetings she is holding because she’ll be forced to think on her feet.

What if she can’t think on her feet? What if her answers when placed in an unscripted situation the type of answers many would expect from an inexperienced socialist?

Until she’s ready to handle the pressure of having press cover these events, she won’t be ready to hold public office at this level. The House of Representatives isn’t for people who need to be protected from their own answers.

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Culture and Religion

Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

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Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

One of my biggest pet peeves is the attempt by atheists to use “science” to disprove the Bible. It’s unfortunate on many levels, not the least of which being Pascal’s Wager, but the strangest part is how much of science must be ignored in order to make the claim a Biblical worldview runs counter to modern science.

Some may object to this topic being part of mostly political news site, but it’s been more widely covered in recent years by liberal sites attempting to paint the Biblical worldview in a negative light, so it’s good to give equal time to the counterarguments.

There are better videos than Ken Ham’s discussion on the topic, but few are more easily understood. It’s well worth the hour.

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