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Are Media Misreporting Thompson Addition of Spencer Abraham to Campaign?

July 31, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A lot of people are atwitter over this addition to the Thompson advisory team of former Senator Spencer Abraham. But, it is starting to look to me like a story incorrectly reported by the MSM and rolling off track from there. It just seems that there are too many conflicting reports on Abraham’s role with the AP reporting that he is a new “campaign manager” but others saying Randy Enwright is.

The website IsraelToday, for instance, has posted a story full of alarm over the addition of Spence to the team. Their reaction is similar to many Israel supporters here in the states, too. “Fred Thompson names anti-Israel ex-senator as campaign manager” their headline screams. They are very worried over Spence’s past slights to Israel and for being “soft on Islamic terrorism.”

Israel Today isn’t the only one. Many bloggers and MSM news sources have been reporting that Abraham is the new “campaign manager” for the Thompson campaign. But, there seems to be a major misconception over Spencer’s position with the Thompson campaign here. Many reports are calling Abraham Fred’s “campaign manager” but this does not seem to be a truthful description of his role.
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CNN to Air God’s Warriors, Equating Christians to Muslim Jihadists?

July 31, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

With great fanfare, CNN is announcing the broadcast over three nights in August of a “Worldwide TV event” hosted by Christiane Amanpour titled “God’s Warriors.” But some fear that these three nights, each night focusing on a particular religion, will equate Christian political activists in America (the so-called “Christian Right”) to Muslim suicide bombers and radical Jihasists the world over. And after reading the CNN press release announcing the “event,” it’s hard to doubt that those fears will be accurate.

In the press release, Amanpour claims that people all over the world are questioning her about the “rise of religious influence on political power in the US.”

“As I report around the world, people often ask me about the rise of religious influence on political power within the United States, but in fact this is true worldwide,” Amanpour said. “Wherever I go, what the believers do all have in common is that they want to bring the politics of faith into the very center of public life – we are seeing this now on almost every continent.”

I wonder what credentials Amanpour has to make these judgments, anyway? It also seems odd that people would ask such a thing because if religion is being felt “on almost every continent” why would it seem so odd to foreigners that it might be happening in the USA, too, so odd they would ask about it?

Naturally, the show will feature disgraced ex-president, Jimmy Carter (the man who renounced his association with the Baptists in 1980), assailing the “Christian Right.”
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Newsweek of McCain’s Implosion: America ‘Won’t Listen to a Military Man’ Anymore (Attack on Thompson Included)

July 31, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Media Bias, Military, Patriotism, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the chief reasons that Republicans in general and Conservatives in particular were always wary of John “the maverick” McCain is the slobbering love that the MSM so constantly lavished upon him. The MSM is so distrusted that their love for McCain relayed to the country that there must be something wrong with him. As his campaign descends into ever lower depths of disarray, we may begin to see the MSM fall to the floor in abject lamentations over his demise. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth now that their favorite Republican looks to be a goner, at least if Michael Hirsh of Newsweek is any indication. In “Why McCain’s Collapse Matters”, Hirsh not only laments McCain’s diminishment of influence, but blames the American people for not listening to military “heroes” on how evil this war is. Hirsh also uses his piece as an excuse to repeatedly bash Fred Thompson using the media’s “He’s just an actor” mantra. Naturally, Hirsh learns all the wrong lessons from his review of history and displays it in this little tsk tsking tirade aimed at the American people for their gall in not fawning over McCain like the MSM does.

Hirsh starts out bashing Fred Thompson by reminding us that Thompson was still playing his “tough D.A.” role on TV as McCain was supposedly living that role in real life while he was giving Donald Rumsfeld a piece of his mind during an appearance on the Hill by Rummy early in the Iraq war. Hirsh rightfully bemoans the fact that Donald Rumsfeld was not listening to McCain’s correct advice at that time. McCain was calling for more troops at that early stage but Rummy thought the Administration’s own strategy of fewer troops and quicker “Iraqification” was better. Hirsh is mistaken to imagine that Bush was led by the nose by Rummy, however. It was Bush’s strategy, not just Rumsfeld’s. Hish is correct that McCain’s ideas of a “surge” before there was one was dead on. But, from this point Hirsh flies off track and runs wildly into the tall grass.
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Free Enterprise and Government Regulation

July 31, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Taxes, The Law, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Lawmakers can dismount from their soak-the-rich hobby horses. Reality curtails business excesses; no need for help from Congressman Barney Frank.

The free marketplace has chastised hedge fund managers more effectively than any taxes or regulations Congressional socialists might have concocted.

The Wall Street Journal in its July, 27, 2007, edition reports:

As flagging debt markets bring the private-equity boom to a halt, the likelihood that Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. will have to postpone its initial public offering is increasing.

Jeff Arricale, who runs a financial-stock mutual fund for T. Rowe Price Group Inc., said he doubts KKR will be able to find enough investors to pull off an IPO if current market conditions continue. “Sure, at some price it is possible to do it, but I’d be shocked if they end up doing this IPO.”
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Stirring the Flames of Race Baiting Over School Segregation

July 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Judges, Media Bias, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Reuters seems to be jumping into the fray over the Supreme Court’s latest decision on the issue of racial diversity in our schools. At least, it seems so because their latest story on the decision seems an advocacy piece against the Supreme Court and for forced “diversity” policies in our schools. In fact, Reuters seems only too happy to claim that the Supreme Court is causing “fear” in our innocent children in their piece titled, “Students, schools fear end of racial diversity.”

Reuters is obviously giving voice to this forced “diversity” and giving the bussing crowd the thumbs up in a report that also seems to say that black kids only “get in fights” when they go to predominately black schools.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – Seventeen-year-old Quantae Williams doesn’t understand why the U.S. Supreme Court struck down his school district’s racial diversity program.

He now dreads the prospect of leaving his mixed-race high school in suburban Louisville and returning to the poor black downtown schools where he used to get in fights.

That seems vaguely racist, doesn’t it?
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Emphasis on US Mideast Policy Should Be Liberty, Not Democracy

July 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Frank Salvato, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, President, Religion, Security/Safety, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

The recently released Benchmark Assessment Report mandated by the US Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (HR2206/PL110-28) states that the common goal for both the US and Iraqi governments is a democratic Iraq that can govern, defend, and sustain itself, and be an ally in the War on Terror. All of these goals are achievable. The problem is, while some are achievable within a reasonable amount of time, where US intervention is concerned, at least one goal should be considered lofty: the goal of achieving a functional, democratic Iraqi government.

There are myriad reasons why US troops should not be prematurely withdrawn from the Iraqi battlefield. Two of the chief reasons revolve around genocide and the overall war against Islamofascism.

Embracing the reality that history has provided us, the premature withdrawal of US & Coalition Forces would create a perfect opportunity for nefarious forces to initiate the genocide of millions of purple-fingered Iraqis who braved death for democracy. Foreign terrorist entities, such as al Qaeda, along with encroaching foreign governments and Ba’ath Party loyalists, would take the opportunity of a US withdrawal – the chief stabilizing force committed to the region – to cull Western leaning Iraqis in one of the worst genocides since Hitler’s campaign to eliminate Jews from the face of the earth.

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AP: Sells Moore’s/Cuba’s Propaganda, 8 Americans Graduate from Cuban Med School

July 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Health, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The AP did a fine job for Cuba’s ministry of propaganda the other day by highlighting the 8 Americans who broke U.S. law and traveled to Cuba to attend a medical school, free of charge to the students. Castro offered this free medical training as a propaganda tool to create good PR for his oppressive regime and the AP is more than willing to help him advertise it. In the same story, they also gave free advertising for the newest Michael Moore leftsploitation flick, “Sicko.” So we get a double whammy of leftist agitprop in one story.

In a story filled with kind words to Cuba’s murderous dictator of 45 years, the AP finds not one line to waste on any such thing as his political gulags, the many thousands who have precipitously fled his country or the many thousands who have died at his hands since his successful Marxist coup overtook the island nation.

Not only is the AP story filled with wide-eyed wonder at how nice Castro is to give these students of “minority backgrounds” a free medical education, AP helps them give voice against capitalism, too.

“I’ve learned that medicine is not a business, it’s social, it’s humane,” said Toussaint Reynolds, a graduate from Massapequa, New York. “I will be a better doctor in the United States for it.”

And, after we are regaled on how great the schooling was and how the students will have a “great advantage over American students” we are told that the mean, mean US government won’t guarantee that these propagandists will be allowed to practice in the USA.
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Stalin Lives – In England

July 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, History, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

British PC education follows American lead, wipes out Western history.

Read Lisa Fabrizio’s article, Not Their Finest Hour, on the Intellectual Conservative website.

The pull-quote summarizes the thrust of PC education in Britain:

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in Britain has dropped Winston Churchill from its list of key historical figures, in order to make room for “modern” issues.

This is straight out of the Soviet Union, where those out of favor with Stalin were liquidated and all records of their existence were expunged. Documents were destroyed or altered and photographs were retouched to remove individuals who had became non-persons.

Stalin took his cue from V. I. Lenin, who, in 1923, instructed the Commissars of Education:

We must hate — hatred is the basis of Communism. Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not Communists.

More or less the same sort of thing has happened in the United States.
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More of Thompson’s Federalist Philosophy – Great Analysis

July 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Elections, GOP, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

I mentioned in my report on where Fred Thompson stands on the abortion issue that his was a Federalist’s interpretation of what role the Federal government has and what it should and shouldn’t take upon itself to do with it. I pointed out that Fred Thompson correctly understands that the Federal government has no role in regulating abortion and that this includes eliminating the anti-constitutional Supreme Court ruling that is Roe v. Wade.

Recently, Ed Morrissey over at Captain’s Quarters posted another great and revealing report on another of Thompson’s commitments to the Federalist ideology. This time it is one where Thompson had turned his attention to the 10th Amendment.

Ed references the Imwithfred blog where Thompson discusses the issue. I’d suggest reading that along with Ed’s commentary here. Thompson On Federalism.

This may seem like a dry issue, not as sexy and high profile as abortion or what have you. But this is an extremely important issue for conservatives to take into consideration when thinking about a candidate. If Thompson truly commits a presidency to the concept of Federalism, we have the best evidence yet of a candidate who will truly try to REDUCE government interference in all our lives.

So, here is Ed Morrissey’s post…

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Everyone Talks About The 10th Amendment …
Captain’s Quarters

One of the themes that recurs in Republican politics is federalism, which its proponents use to move power back towards the states and closer to the electorate where it belongs. The 10th Amendment forms the great touchstone of federalism, in which all powers not expressly delegated to the federal government in the Constitution should remain with the states. Small-government advocates argue that the 10th Amendment got overrun by FDR in the New Deal and has never recovered its proper place in limiting federal power.

However, the 10th Amendment has much in common with Mark Twain’s observation about the weather: it gets plenty of discussion, but no one does anything about it. Fred Thompson says he’ll do more than just talk if elected President:
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NY Daily News Misleads About Bush Linking Iraq and 9/11

July 28, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New York Daily News perpetrated an interesting, yet subtly misleading headline about president Bush’s Charleston, South Carolina speech on Al Qaeda in Iraq today in theirs titled “W still ties Iraq, 9/11.” Following the left’s playbook of claiming Bush has illicitly linked Saddam’s Iraq to 9/11 their headline made it seem as if Bush, indeed, “still ties” 9/11 to Iraq.

It is, of course, a false claim that Bush linked Iraq to 9/11 either then OR now, but the New York Daily News doesn’t seem too interested in the truth. And for the headline to say “still ties” they are certainly saying that Bush is using past tense verbiage. But, for the most part, Bush is clearly talking present tense in his speech and he still never linked “Iraq” to “9/11″ in the way the Daily News headline seems to claim.

The defeatist’s of the left have always claimed that Bush said Saddam Huessein was responsible for 9/11 and that he used that claim to invade and pursue regime change in that oppressed nation. But, there is no speech in which Bush claimed that Saddam was responsible for 9/11… he just never said it. This is a lie that the left has promulgated since Bush announced we were going into Iraq. As the saying goes, “A lie will go round the world while truth is still pulling its boots on”, and this “Bush lied” lie has practically won the footrace with the truth.

Contrary to what the Daily News is trying to mislead everyone into thinking, if one actually reads Bush’s July 24th speech he still did not really link “9/11″ to “Iraq.” What Bush really did was link al Qaeda, the al Qaeda that is in Iraq today, to the same network controlled by Osamma bin Ladden, the very same bin Ladden that did take credit for perpetrating 9/11. Bush’s entire focus in his speech was on al Qaeda in Iraq today, not the Iraq of 9/11/2001.

In the Daily News’ phrasing, though, Bush is talking about the Iraq of 9/11, not the Iraq of today.
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Green Acres: Welfare for the wealthy – and dead

July 28, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Taxes, The Law, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Michael M. Bates

We in the Land of Lincoln have many matters about which to fret. Will the budget impasse between the Democratic governor and the Democratic General Assembly get resolved? Will Illinois ever join the 48 states that permit concealed carrying of weapons, thereby giving law-abiding citizens a fighting chance against the bad guys? What week of September (or possibly August) will the Cubs choke this year? Will Gov. Milorad Blagojevich try sticking taxpayers with another $600 makeup bill?

There’s so very much for us to ponder. Happily, we don’t have to worry if our fair state is getting its “fair share” when it comes to Federal farm subsidies. The answer is yes, yes, yes! Illinois ranks third in the Nation.

We know this because the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a Web site, mulchblog.com, compiling Agriculture Department (USDA) subsidy records. The EWG is extremely liberal; I don’t subscribe to many of its objectives. One thing I do endorse, though, is cutting giveaways in general and giveaways to folks who don’t need them in particular.

Illinois received well over $3 billion in commodity program payments for USDA program years 2003-2005, according to the database. All figures reflect that period.

Chicago generally isn’t known for its farming. Nevertheless, there are over 1,600 subsidy recipients in the city. In zip code 60611, home of Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, 92 gentleman/gentle lady farmers availed themselves of aid from Washington.
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Islam America’s ‘Greatest Strength’?

July 27, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Race, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Outrageously, Newsweek has published a so-called “special report” in which Muslim Americans are called “one of this country’s greatest strengths,” but, Newsweek worries, that they are now ” vulnerable as never before.” Yes, America, as far as Newsweek is concerned it is YOU, not Islam, that is the problem and therein lies the main reason why the west seriously misunderstands the war in which we are engaged, and why we could lose it.

As to the first claim, Newsweek offers not a single reason in their report why Muslims might be one of our “greatest strengths,” but of the claim of how “vulnerable” they are, Newsweek drones on and on endlessly. Naturally, Newsweek puts the onus on Americans to bend over backward for Muslims, but doesn’t once take Muslims to task for their barbarities and radicalism.

This “special report” starts out with a Muslim American from Cleveland, Ohio demanding of George W. Bush at a meeting in that city that the US take stronger measures to stop anti-Muslim sentiment from spreading in this country. “It’s the young people I’m concerned with,” Fareed Siddiq gravely claims.

Yes, Mr. Siddiq. I agree. It is the young Muslims who we are all concerned with as they are the ones that are most liable to wage Jihad on their fellow Americans in answer to your Muslim causes across the globe as was seen with the Lackawana Six. So, yes, Mr. Siddiq, we worry about the Muslim youth, too… but for a different, more legitimate reason than you.

Siddiq’s bloviation is especially hypocritical in light of the fact that Pakistan, the country of his birth, is nearly as radical and supportive of Jihad across the world as Saudi Arabia with Pakistan ranking as one of the world’s most active terror exporting and supporting countries.

Newsweek goes on to claim that Muslims in the USA consider themselves “Americans”, not radical Muslims. But, Newsweek fails to bother balancing their report with so many easily found anti-western speeches by Muslim Imams across this country. From the Nation of Islam to the common Muslim Mosque radical speeches are far more common than Newsweek wants to let on. Granted the anti-western ranting here is not yet nearly as bad as it is in Europe, still, like elsewhere in the world, we see few Muslim Imams forcefully standing against terrorism and radical Islam.
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Thompson’s Waiting Strategy On Target for GOP Governors

July 27, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, President, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As I was saying on the 24th in the post titled ”Some reasons why Thompson’s waiting is a good thing!”, the idea that Thompson is wasting too much time by not jumping in the race right this minute is not the correct way to look at his current strategy of waiting. Now, it looks like the GOP Governors at the National Governors Association agree with me, and Team Thompson. In support of my contention we get an AP report on the NGA meeting in Michigan this past weekend reveals some evidence that Thompson’s wait is not hurting him at all.

In “GOP governors: too early for favorite”, the AP reports that many of the GOP governors are saying that it’s too early to worry about who’s in and who they will endorse.

Republican governors say it’s too soon to worry about the absence of a clear favorite for the GOP presidential nomination. The muddled picture could even be a blessing, some said in interviews during the weekend meeting of the National Governors Association.

And it seems some are waiting to assess the field once Thompson announces.

The candidates’ scramble to break from the pack and speculation about possible new entries such as former Sen. Fred Thompson are keeping the race in the headlines.

But, whether support from these governors is contingent on Thompson or not, few seem too worried about it all.
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Taking Risks

July 27, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Family, Religion, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

To become messengers of the Gospel, we have to move outside our comfort zones.

Eric Lubbert, one of our church’s Elders, preached the sermon Sunday at the Black Rock-Long Ridge Congregational Church, in North Stamford, Connecticut.

Speaking of his own experience, Mr. Lubbert noted that it’s too easy in our Christian lives to become comfortable, to settle into a routine of going to church on Sunday, and going little farther than that. If, however, we are to heed Jesus’s command, we must break out of those comfort zones and take risks to bring the Good News to our family, friends, and co-workers.
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Abortion – Where is Fred Thompson? Where Should Conservatives be?

July 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Abortion, Constitution, Elections, GOP, President, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Probable Presidential candidate Fred Thompson has recently been caught up in an imbroglio on abortion at the very start of his nascent run for the White House. He has been “caught” working as a lobbyist for a pro-abortion group and, when running for the Senate and while a newly minted Senator, Thompson filled out a questionnaire or two that could lead one to imagine he isn’t staunchly against the procedure. In this piece, I would like to address Thompson’s voting record and positions, show that they are consistent from the beginning, and juxtapose them with those for which a real Conservative, Federalist should advocate.

Thompson’s Political Record – 1994 to current

When he first began to run for the Senate, Thompson gave an interview for the newsletter of the Tennessee Republican Liberty Caucus in which he said of his views on abortion, “(The Federal) Government should stay out of it. No public financing. The women must make the ultimate decision. Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own.”

This was in response to some Tennessee critics of his who claimed he was pro-choice on abortion but it would seem more to be a libertarian, Federalist view point, than a strictly pro-abortion view.

In 1994, Thompson filled out a survey for Project Vote Smart about his views of abortion. He placed his mark next to the box that said: “Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.”

Thompson’s views show, however, that he thinks many restrictions should be placed on the procedure as opposed to being just free and easy to get. On the questionnaire he was for the following restrictions:
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If You’re Fat, So are Your Friends?

July 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Health, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here is another reason why people look askance at University “researchers” and wonder why for smart guys they seem so stupid? Reuters passed on some stupid smart guy “research” that posits that if someone is fat, so will their friends and family become fat just the by association with that fat person.

Your best friend can make you fat: researchers

“This is the first (study) to show how obesity spreads through the social network from person to person to person,” James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, who worked on the study, told a telephone briefing.

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers said their findings show that obesity is contagious — not like a virus is contagious, but in a social sense.

Maybe it’s the “first study” because it is so stupid that no one else would have bothered with it before?

So what is the idiocy they have miraculously “discovered”?
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THE AD YOUR KIDS SHOULD TAKE TO SCHOOL

July 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, GOP, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized, Vince Johnson | Comments Off

-By Vince Johnson

It is a full-page ad designed to appear in such papers as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, or USA Today. The headline is in 72 point type and appears over a photo of 12 Middle School students in a classroom:

WILL YOU SEND US TO PRISON IF WE
REFUSE TO MAKE PAYMENTS ON YOUR DEBTS?

We are talking about your federal debt. You keep borrowing money from our future to finance wars, build billion dollar bridges between Alaskan villages, and “little” things like the multi-million dollar Indoor Rainforest Project in Iowa. You blame this continual borrowing on the politicians and do nothing except complain about it whenever you get tired of yakking about the weather.

If you were truly responsible adults, you would tell us the truth. You would tell us that you do not have enough money to pay for all the things you want, so you borrow from us. The amount is now around nine trillion dollars and increasing everyday. That’s Nine Thousand Billion Dollars you have borrowed from us!

How would you like it if we borrowed that kind of money directly from your future? How would you like it if we did it without your permission? How would you like it if we passed laws authorizing the courts to send you to prison if you refused to make payments on money we borrowed from you?

That is exactly what your generation is doing to our generation. If you want to discuss this further, please wait until we graduate from high school. These next four or five years may be the few remaining where we can be kids and never have to worry about our nation going bankrupt or how we can survive with what we have left after paying taxes.

This ad concept designed by Vince Johnson, Reality Consultant

I am a veteran of WW II and the Korean Conflict. I believe it is unconstitutional to force our children to make payments on a debt we created without their knowledge or approval. If you agree, print this article and have your kids use it at school for “Show and Tell.”
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Democrats NOT ‘Fiscally Responsible’ as Claimed in ‘06 Elections

July 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Media Bias, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

SINK THE EARMARK

Contrary to the claims that the voters’ “war weariness” was the reason the Republicans lost their majority in Congress in the 2006 midterms, the real reason that Republican and moderate voters lost their zest for supporting the GOP is because of the lie that the GOP majority made of their long standing plank of fiscal responsibility. The earmark frenzy and Congressional pork spending that the GOP indulged in, with the Democrat Party gleefully joining in, is what lost them the 2006 elections. Disenchantment with the war, the media’s favorite claim, is not the chief reason the GOP lost the confidence of the American people. After all, the president, not Congress, is the face of this war.

The right of center American voter looked to a GOP controlled Congress that seemed indistinguishable from what we would have with a Democrat controlled legislature and wondered: “why not vote in a real Democrat if what we have are just like them anyway?” So, the American people thought to give the Democrat Party a shot at proving their claims of newfound responsibility. The Republican’s hypocrisy was just too much for conservative voters and the centrists just saw no reason to stick with the GOP.

So, as a result we got the Nancy Pelosi House of Representatives and Harry Reid as majority leader in the Senate.

“Democrats will not disappoint… We pledge to make this the most honest, ethical, and open Congress in history…With integrity, civility, and fiscal responsibility as our guide, Democrats intend to move forward with the agenda for change on which we were elected.”– Incoming Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Nov. 14th, 2006 as published in the Christian Science Monitor

But, since their embarrassing loss in the last midterms, the GOP has been endeavoring to regain their status as the Party of fiscal responsibility. It hasn’t been easy, mostly because their own voters are so skeptical that their efforts have the ring of authenticity. But, still, it is good the Republicans are at least trying.
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NYTimes’ ‘Warped’ Language Against the Constitution

July 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It amuses and gratifies a supporter of the 2nd Amendment to see The New York Times, the so-called “paper of record,” so constantly reduced to sputtering, fools over their constant loss of the battle for draconian gun control measures and the July 17th editorial from the Times is yet another example of how they just don’t understand why the average American would pressure their Congressional representatives to support the U.S. Constitution and its 2nd Amendment.

The Times is famous for claiming to be the intelligent side of the debate on any particular issue. They claim to represent the sane or “real” American argument on the issues of the day and it is generally assumed by their supporters that they only use the highest professional standards in language and the tools of persuasion. They call themselves the “paper of record” and congratulate themselves on their status as the grown-ups of political discourse. But, they come apart at the seams whenever the 2nd Amendment is brought up, that supposed high level of discourse lowered to the sputtering, gibberish of any common extremist, the logic drained out of their efforts.

It is even more amusing that they are so shocked that their beloved 2006 Democratic Congress is thus far no better at eliminating an important part of the law of the land than any past Congress has been.
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Injudicious Religious Activism

July 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Immigration/Immigrants, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Left wing churches ignore the law, engage in the equivalent of judicial activism.

The Wall Street Journal, in its July 20, 2007, edition printed an article based on a Time Magazine story in the July 30 edition. The first two paragraphs are the following:

Sanctuary Drive Could Bolster Religious Left
TIME — JULY 30

A movement to give sanctuary in churches to illegal immigrants threatened with deportation might bring new firepower to the long-quiescent religious left, writes David Van Biema in Time.

Inspired by churches who offered sanctuary to Central Americans fleeing civil wars in the 1980s, members of a range of religious faiths have launched the New Sanctuary Movement in cities around the U.S. The effort has been small-scale, housing eight undocumented immigrants in churches in five U.S. cities. (While immigration authorities legally can raid a church, they rarely do.) NSM activists say four more congregations will house immigrants in August, and the mainline Protestant United Church of Christ has resolved to work with it.

A few observations:
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Some Reasons Why Thompson’s Waiting is a Good Thing!

July 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, GOP, President, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Getting Edgy Waiting for Thompson?

I know what you’re thinking; “WHY can’t he just announce and get it over with?”

There have been a few scattered reports that Thompson supporters are getting tired of waiting, getting edgy over it all, or otherwise are wondering what the hold up might be? I think there are some excellent reasons why waiting doesn’t materially hurt Thompson, the impatience of some of his supporters aside.

First of all we have the polls that are consistently in the candidate-to-be’s favor. Here is just the latest report:

ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the Republican nomination race, former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, while still not a declared candidate, has edged marginally ahead of Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Three in ten (29%) of those who expect to vote in a Republican primary or caucus would vote for Thompson while 28 percent would vote for Giuliani (and a one percent difference is not statistically significant).

Without spending a penny, without having to involve himself in pointless debates and peeing contests with other candidates, Thompson is consistently either leading the field, or close behind the leader of the polls.
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Mitch McConnell, Hero of the GOP in the Senate

July 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Security/Safety, The Law, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

We Republicans and Conservatives (not always one in the same thing, necessarily… hello Linc “leftie” Chaffey) have been eyeing the Senate with disgust for many years, now. But we finally have a Senator who knows what to do with power. Mitch McConnell has rode in from the Blue Grass state — um, that would be Kentucky for those unaware — and taken control of the Senate, even though his Party is in minority status.

Frist was a useless addition to the Senate in the role of Majority leader. He did squat for the Party, the country or even his home state of Tennessee in that position. His best service was stepping aside. Yet, for as ineffective as Frist was, Trent “the mouth” Lott was even worse. Lott was, though, a great Democrat as the GOP majority leader. He helped their cause immensely so they should give him massive congrats on his work for them.

But, finally, we’ve got a man that knows what to do as a Party leader. Mitch McConnell has had the supposed majority Party running in circles and he isn’t done yet. Last week he did a masterful job of confounding the chief Defeat-o-crat, Harry Reid, during their showboat all night Senate session.
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Iraq: Reid’s Political Opportunism Is Showing

July 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Frank Salvato, Islam, Islamofascism, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

If you needed anymore proof that Democrat leaders in Congress are playing politics with the war against Islamofascism all you had to do was listen to a recent Capitol Hill press conference where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was fielding questions. When asked repeatedly whether the Iraqi people would be safer as a result of the anti-war/troops-out-now lobby getting its beloved US retreat, Reid responded by asking if there were any more questions. The Democrat Party that championed freedom, liberty, honesty and civil rights for the everyman, everywhere, is dead. The Progressive-Left has killed it and buried it in an unmarked grave somewhere in the deserts of Iraq.

As stunningly callous as Reid’s elitist response was, that wasn’t the half of it. In fact, the short exchange between Reid and ABC News correspondent Jack Tapper could very well serve as the defining moment for the 110th Congress’s Democrat leadership.

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New York Mayor Personally Hires Illegals for City Work… Where is the Media?

July 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Immigration/Immigrants, Media Bias, Race, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Mayor George Darden, of Spring Valley, New York, is a Democrat who has been caught hiring illegal immigrants to work for his suburban village but you wouldn’t know he is a Democrat by the coverage his story is getting. In fact, of the several stories thus far, not one even mentions his Party. But, an even bigger mystery is why this story isn’t getting wider notice?

On the 17th this story of a Mayor of a New York city personally approaching illegal immigrants on street corners and hiring them to work for the village was first reported in local papers. It seems awfully shocking that an elected official would personally violate so many US immigration and work laws all at one time, yet no mention of the man’s Party has surfaced nor have we heard much from this story on a national level. How much hype would this story get from the AP, do you imagine, if this Mayor had been a Republican? And why has several days gone by with so few MSM outlets picking this story up? Perhaps that this Mayor isn’t a Republican the national media finds it less than compelling?

In any case, here is the meat of the thing:

Darden spoke after The Journal News reported that Felix Sandoval, an undocumented day laborer from Guatemala, identified Darden as the man who hired him and several friends for demolition work.

“He came on Sunday in his suit,” Sandoval said. “He came and he said to me, ‘Do you work?’ … He gave me a paper with how much he was going to pay us” _ $10 an hour.

Asked if he was sure it was Darden, Sandoval said yes and produced one of the mayor’s business cards from his wallet, the report said. The Journal News had first reported on Tuesday that illegal immigrants had been hired by the village for the project.

Seriously, imagine if this was a Republican Mayor?
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The Associated Press Says America has ‘Faded’ Since WWII

July 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Health, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The AP will use just about any excuse to say that the USA isn’t what it used to be, or what it should be. Yes, they will use any excuse to tear down this great country. Today’s example is predicated on the dodgy research of another America bashing “economist” who is saying Americans are too short — as in too short in actual, physical height — because we are “gradually falling behind the rest of the world” in everything.

Lamenting that in the 1850′s the people of the USA averaged 2 and 1/2 inches taller than folks in western Europe, the AP goes on to rip the USA because other nations have caught up to us and, in some cases, surpassed us in height. But it isn’t just height that the AP says makes us losers.

Without explaining, the AP says that we have faded in “so many other arenas.”
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The Poverty Campaign

July 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

John Edwards’s campaign mantra should be, James Carville-style, “It’s the capitalists, stupid!”

Today’s Wall Street Journal says that John Edwards may be trailing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but his Johnnie-One-Note hammering on poverty and “the two Americas” is forcing all of the Democratic Party hopefuls to include it in their own campaign promises.

We should remind ourselves about two aspects of Mr. Edwards’s program.

First, it comes out of the fundamentals of socialism. Second, it has been tried many times, both at the state and national levels, always with very bad results. The poor wind up in worse shape than before they started.

Look at the pathetically helpless people in New Orleans, still unable to deal with the results of Katrina, because their society has been victimized by the welfare-state mentality started by Huey Long in the 1920s and institutionalized by Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s.
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The Future of the Conservative Cause – Reno, NV Oct. 12,13,14 – BE THERE

July 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, GOP, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston
A Conference of Conservative Bloggers in October, Reno, Nevada

Well, you’ve seen the banner at the top of this page now for the last few months. The CLC, Conservative Leadership Conference, is the next step in organizing a vital and useful Conservative web presence, so if you want to have anything at all to do with the Conservative movement on the bold, new frontier that is the Internet, you’d better attend!

We have already seen the Internet as the fulcrum of change. With the exposure of Rathergate, Reutersgate, and any number of efforts to expose media lies, not to mention the recently successful efforts to kill the illegal alien amnesty bill, the Internet is proving a powerful tool. If you are interested in taking your conservative message to the people, this is the medium by which to do so.

But, how? That is the question. After all, there are millions of webpages out there. How can you make a difference if you aren’t even being heard? Networking is one of the answers to that dilemma and, attending the CLC in October will help you achieve that networking solution.

You’ll meet thousands of people just like you. People from big name blogs and small, people with the ability to help you get the conservative word out there. People such as Grover G. Norquist; Congressman John Shadegg (Honorary Chair); Bob Barr; Dick Armey; Adrian “Good Morning, Vietnam!” Cronauer; David Avella (GOPAC); Chris Simcox, all are confirmed speakers and guests. Many more will be announced in the near future. So, as you can see, some great guests are in the offing.

As I said, of the future of the conservative movement, no single aspect than the Internet is more important or far-reaching. The power of this medium is virtually untapped, but it is just starting to become a sought after entity for political change. Not every politician has yet “gotten” the power of the Internet, but it won’t be long before not one corner of this country is untouched by its reach.

Now is the time to join the efforts to continue Reagan’s America, no other single method of communication is as effective. And, it is no longer just the written word that we can wield over the Internet for the conservative cause. Audio and video is fast becoming an important tool. And all of it is on the Internet.

So, don’t just sit there, join us in October in Reno for the Conservative Leadership Conference. It is the ground floor of the Conservative movement and you can join there!

And, who knows… perhaps you’ll catch me there? I can’t wait to meet you.
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Tammy Faye Bakker passes, is the MSM Attacking Her Still?

July 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Upon the passing today of famed 1980’s televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner, it is easy to recall that the MSM loved to attack her as a “symbol” of all that is wrong with America.

Liberal MSMers of the past loved to portray the woman as the “very model of Reagan’s Decade of Greed,” but this news made me wonder how the media is reporting her passing, at least during this early morning time as the country wakes to the news.

Tammy Faye has been reviled for many years by the MSM, though recently seems to have gained a sort of kitschy popularity. So, I admit that I went in assuming that the MSM would unleash their worst comments on her passing and, as I set out to search the reports, I was thinking that the MSM would use her death as just another excuse to attack her in their prosaically common, mean-spirited fashion. But, I was surprised upon finding that most of these early reports have shied away from the “decade of greed” tagline to her life and have refrained form gauche personal attacks.

All except for the Associated Press, that is.
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Arrogant Politician Says Our Taxes are His Money

July 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Economy/Finances, Society/Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Don “bridge to nowhere” Young (R, Alaska) shows his arrogance again by verbally attacking fellow Republicans who were questioning his latest grab for earmarked, pork spending cash.

Taking “strong exception” to the proposal by Scott Garrett (R, New Jersey) to strike Young’s pork spending on educational programs for native Alaskan and Hawaiians, Young threatened to “bite back” at his opponents.

“You want my money, my money,” Young stridently declared before warning conservatives that, “Those who bite me will be bitten back.”

According to Politico.com, however, it was Garrett, not Young, who got the appreciation of Republican colleagues.

Members of the conservative Republican Study Committee gave Garrett a standing ovation later in the day during the group’s weekly meeting, an aide to one conservative member said.

And this had better be the case. Young is one of the worst offenders of pork spending in the Congress. As Politico reminds us…

And lest we forget, Young, who used to chair the House Transportation Committee, is responsible for the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere,” a proposed span connecting Ketchikan, Alaska, with the tiny island of Gravina that would have cost $315 million – and eventually came to symbolize profligate spending under Republican rule.

Oh, and he has spent more than $250,000 on legal fees so far this year at the same time that federal investigators probe some of his campaign’s biggest contributors.

Young, with his wasteful spending and bloated budget busting, is the poster child for why Republican and moderate voters turned away from the GOP in the 2006 midterms. His sort of arrogance is the kind that makes people wonder why they shouldn’t just vote for a real Democrat if their Republican guy in office is going to act like one anyway.

This guy is the worst kind of Republican.
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Larry Flynt: Democratic Moralist

July 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Michael M. Bates

Viewing Larry Flynt merely as a pornographer who’s made a lot of money exploiting people’s vices doesn’t do him justice. He’s also the conscience of the Democratic Party.

Flynt pays money to procure salacious information about members of Congress and high-ranking government officials. Last week, he took credit for outing Louisiana Senator David Vitter. The Republican admitted using the services of prostitutes.

In a press conference, Flynt claimed he currently is looking at more than 20 similar cases. He takes particular delight in exposing Republicans. He’s quoted in The Hill:

“They’ve (Republicans) been living a repressed life all their life. Democrats are liberal — they wear it on their sleeve. Their sex life is what it is. They don’t spend their whole life trying to cover it up.”

Really? Perhaps that explains Democrats like former New Jersey Gov. James “I’m a gay American” McGreevy, the late Congressman Gerry Studds and current House committee chairman Barney Frank.
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