Did the Resolution Condemning Turkey Create a Constitutional Crisis?

October 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Military, News, Security/Safety, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Did the Resolution Condemning Turkey Create a Constitutional Crisis?

-By Frank Salvato

Recently, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by US Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), passed a resolution that recognized the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as genocide. While the circumstances surrounding the slaughter are disputed, the killings did occur. The larger questions this action presents could very well be as disturbing as the killings themselves. What was there to gain by issuing this non-binding resolution at this moment in time? And, did the issuance of the non-binding resolution usurp the Executive Branch’s authority to establish foreign policy?

Article II of the United States Constitution addresses the Executive Branch and in specific the powers of the presidency. Section 3 of Article II reads:

“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”

It is the part of Article II, Section 3 that states, “…he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers;…” that applies to the issue set forth here.

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Internet Taxes to Come on Halloween?

October 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Internet Taxes to Come on Halloween?

-By Warner Todd Huston

You want scary? Try the fact that the moratorium on government taxation of the Internet comes to an end on October 31st. And, in true fright movie fashion, it happens at midnight. One expects a crack and flash of lightning to occur over the Capitol just as the witching hour tolls. But, will there be a wave of villagers with pitchforks to stop it? That’s up to all of us.

At midnight on October 31st, the temporary ban keeping local, state and Federal governments from taxing the Internet will lapse. The House of Representatives voted to extended the ban for four more years but the Senate has yet to act. But, rather than just extending this ban, Congress should rally to make the ban permanent.

This ban does not affect all taxes on the Internet, though. As the Heritage Foundation explains:

The extent of the moratorium is often misunderstood. It does not exempt Internet providers from most taxes of general applicability, such as corporate income taxes or property taxes, and does not exempt Internet sales from general state sales taxes, although the collection of such taxes from out-of-state vendors is problematic. It does prohibit all taxes on Internet access services–such as AOL accounts. Surcharges on Internet bills like those often present on cell phone bills, for example, are prohibited, as are “bit” taxes based on Internet usage. In addition, any taxes that single out Internet services or transactions for special or higher fees are also banned.

And this is just the thing. The Internet has been a source for great growth and wealth building as well as a source for news and information for the people, one that they can utilize to improve their own lives without the filter of a corporation, government or controlling entity upon them.

Should this tax lapse we will open the door to impose overburdening taxes on Internet service providers and consumers just at a time when we should be doing all we can to encourage growth. Taxes necessarily kills growth, to be sure, and now is not the time to begin hampering the growth of the Internet. Especially in light of the fact that the U.S.A. is falling behind in the availability of high speed, broadband Internet connections.
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Restore Funding For Fighting Union Corruption

October 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, News, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Restore Funding For Fighting Union Corruption

-By Warner Todd Huston

David Denholm of the Public Service Research Council gives us the update on the OLMS:

On Thursday, October 18 the Senate voted 47 to 46 to kill an amendment by Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions to the 2008 Labor-HHS Appropriation Bill, H.R. 3043, that would have restored funding for the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) to its 2007 level.

Two Republican (In Name Only) Senators, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Ted Stevens of Alaska, voted with the Democrats to defeat this amendment.

The OLMS is the only government agency charged with monitoring labor union finances and rooting out union corruption. It has been doing an excellent job. So excellent, in fact, that the Union Bosses’ friends in Congress are reducing its funding, despite the fact that they found reasons to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more than the President requested in other parts of the Labor-HHS appropriation bill.

Now is the time to begin urging President Bush not only to veto H.R. 3043 but, just as importantly, to mention the need to restore OLMS funding in his veto message

My fear is that if he doesn’t make a strong point of this the Democrats will cut a few hundred million dollars of fat from the bill and return it to him without restoring OLMS funding.

Folks, we need to get our representatives in Congress to understand that we won’t allow the Democrats to cover for union corruption anymore. If the Dems want to claim that they are the ones that want to eliminate the so-called “culture of corruption,” then we must hold their feet to the fire and actually live up to their words.

But, the defunding of the OLMS that the Dems are involved in certainly makes the lie to their claims to care about fighting corruption!
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The Left Tries to Quash Free Speech

October 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Islam, Islamofascism, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

Once again, the fascist left tries to quash free speech on one of our oppressive University campuses. Here is a great report on it from some folks who banded together to record the event on video and photographs.

Nonie Darwish at Berkeley during Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.

“Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” is a nationwide series of lectures and presentations organized by conservative writer David Horowitz and his various organizations. On the evening of October 22, dozens of famous speakers gave lectures at universities around the country, mostly on the subject of Islamic extremism. The presenter at U.C. Berkeley that evening was Nonie Darwish, an Arab-American author and feminist who has become a Muslim apostate and vociferous critic of radical Islam.

Her appearance at Cal was sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans, and strongly opposed by several left-wing groups and Muslim organizations, including World Can’t Wait, the Muslim Students Association, and Students for Justice in Palestine. Her speech was even condemned by the ASUC, the official student governing body at Berkeley.

Please, please go to the site and view the hate spewed by the anti-American left infesting our schools.

The report was created by a coalition of folks trying to get out the word.

This report is an experiment in collaborative online journalism. The photos on this page were taken by seven different photographers, each working independently and unknown to one another, who submitted their pictures, videos and observations to a central editor, where they were compiled into a single report. The online nicknames of the seven “citizen journalists” are: bbuck, Chicken Kiev, Dan K., Luvpotion v.9.0, Marwan’s Daughter, neocon hippie, and Temmy. The central editor who created this report — and who did not actually attend the event itself — was me, zombie, the proprietor of this site. I edited the images and videos, and wrote the captions and introduction; the citizen journalists took the photos and videos, and provided first-hand observations and notes, which are the basis of this report.

94% of Unions Fail OLMS Audits

October 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on 94% of Unions Fail OLMS Audits

-By Warner Todd Huston

Just a quick note about the “success” rate of unions and their audit compliance from Ed Morrissey.

The OLMS points out far too many “inconvenient truths”, as one Democrat might put it. For instance, it reported that only 43 of 643 union audits showed financial compliance. That’s a whopping 6%, meaning 94% of all unions can’t pass a financial audit. It doesn’t seem very surprising, since millions of worker dollars end up at the Democratic Party. If a group of publicly-held corporations had a 6% failure rate for their financial audits, the Democrats and unions would scream bloody murder, let alone a 94% failure rate.

Now, imagine how the left would be all over that if such a failure rate were to be had from groups supporting conservative causes. They’d be all over it with their “Republican culture of corruption” rhetoric, for sure.

Remember how the left was all up in arms about Enron? Amazing how silent they are about unions, isn’t it?
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Why Do We Allow America’s Enemies to Run Schools Here?

October 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, History, Islam, Islamofascism, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

With such a headline, you’d be excused for assuming this piece is just another attack on our failing schools, just another screed against the evils of teachers unions, or a whack against the left wing lunatics who run our universities. No, this time the title is no mere hyperbole. This time it says exactly what it means for in the state of Virginia a school is being run by radical Islamists, funded by a foreign nation, and under condemnation from the U.S. government. In this time of war, the State of Virginia really is allowing our enemies to run a school teaching Islamist hate to our children right in our midst.

A private Islamic school funded by the Saudi government is being accused by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom of teaching Wahhabi Islamism to 1,000 K-12 children in Fairfax County, Virginia. Wahhabism is the strict and hateful brand of Islam that buttresses the twisted ideas of people like Usama bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization and the Taliban extremists in Afghanistan and it is guiding the daily class work of some of Virginia’s children.

The Commission reports that the curriculum at the Islamic Saudi Academy reflects the religious intolerance taught at schools in Saudi Arabia where intolerance and bigotry against Jews and Christians is the norm. In part, the Commission’s report states that, “significant concerns remain about whether what is being taught at the ISA promotes religious intolerance and may adversely affect the interests of the United States.”

Naturally the school and its minders in the Saudi embassy profess shock and dismay that they’d be questioned about their efforts to teach their own brand of “truth” to American children. But, it isn’t just extreme Islamism that the school is faulted for. The Commission also warned that the close operational ties and funding scheme between the school, the Saudi embassy and the government of Saudi Arabia may violate U.S. law restricting the activities of foreign embassies.

This school was in the news once before, too. After the Sept. 11th attacks by radical Islamists, a former valedictorian of the school, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was convicted of, and is now serving a 30-year prison sentence for, plotting the assassination of president H. W. Bush in 2005. Ali became an al Qaeda member while attending college in Saudi Arabia after graduation from the school in Virginia.
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October 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Religion, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Evil

-By Selwyn Duke

Man has long asked how a loving God could allow evil to exist in the world. It’s an age-old philosophical question that can cause those who want faith to doubt and those who want to doubt to mock faith. A Christian’s answer to this question is “free will,” a concept critics may regard as something reduced to a convenient cliché. The truth is, though, that this is a most fascinating subject to inquisitive minds.

The two qualities that make us like God are intellect and free will, despite the fact that the former can seem as lacking as the latter is abused. Why intellect has prerequisite status is obvious, but why free will? If God is omnipotent, He can prevent the immeasurable pain and suffering we inflict on one another with the blink of an eternal eye. Why doesn’t He do it? Perhaps this problem is what caused people such as Thomas Jefferson to embrace deism, the belief that God set the Universe in motion but then receded into the background, indifferent to our plight. So let’s examine free will.

Imagine you have a child, and technology has advanced to a point where you can implant a computer chip in his brain, one that would ensure he never acted wrongly. If everyone were thus controlled, we would have a world in which everyday transgressions were unknown. Yet, would you view this as an acceptable remedy for your child’s human frailty?

A good father certainly would not, for it would render the child something less than human. He would then be nothing more than an organic robot, an automaton, controlled by an outside agency whose will has supplanted his own. Just picture the Borg in Star Trek.
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Fallen Hero Marine’s Grave Desecrated in Texas

October 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, News, Patriotism, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Fallen Hero Marine’s Grave Desecrated in Texas

-By Warner Todd Huston

If this is how the memory of heroes gets treated in the U.S. today, then I wouldn’t blame any U.S. soldier if they would stop caring about their own country — not that any soldier has done so. I reported several months ago that a bunch of ignorant, ingrates in Colorado were trying to stop a memorial to a local hero from being erected where school kids could see the display. And now we have a story where a fallen Marine’s grave is desecrated.

Where is people’s shame? Where is their patriotism? Where is their common decency?

The Houston Chronicle reports that Marine Jeremy Burris’ grave was desecrated in Liberty, Texas this week.

An all-American kid from a little all-American town, the 22-year-old Marine lance corporal died heroically in Iraq. More than a thousand people turned out Wednesday as a white hearse carried his body to burial in the historic 1800s Cooke Memorial Cemetery.

Within hours, the grave was desecrated. About 30 sprays of flowers were ripped apart, petals strewn over the loose earth. Flags decorating the gravesite were also torn down and sentimental notes and posters shredded.

This young Marine is a true hero. He saved the lives of several people in the incident that took his own.

Burris was killed Oct. 8 by an explosive device in al-Anbar Province.

Minutes before his death, he rescued two soldiers wounded when a device exploded under their military vehicle. When Burris returned to the vehicle to retrieve some sensitive equipment, another bomb detonated, killing him, his family said.

This sort of thing seems to be happening increasingly and my guess is that it isn’t just kids out to be jerks, but an anti-war activist who has been driven insane by the hate that is spewed day in and day out by the left in the USA.

Things like this are the fault of people like Michael Moore, Kieth Olberman, or Air America — people who egg on this sort of hate.

We can only hope that the creeps that perpetrated this outrage are found and persecuted… not just prosecuted… but persecuted by all. They should be ostracized by polite, patriotic society.

Folks, THIS is the anti-war left in action.

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CLC Podcast #2- Interview With J. D. Hayworth

October 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, GOP, Immigration/Immigrants, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

I had an opportunity to interview former Congressman J.D. Hayworth as I attended the Conservative Leadership Conference on October 13th, 2007.

Congressman Hayworth had been involved in a bit of a row in the pages of the Wall Street Journal with a Mr. Richard Nadler over the question of just why Hayworth lost his House seat during the 2006 midterm elections.

I asked both Nadler and Hayworth similar questions, and it is interesting to hear their take on the issues. They seem closer together than either must realize.

The audio of the Hayworth interview can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

The audio of the Nadler interview can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

The transcript of the Nadler interview can be seen HERE.

To download a PDF document of the Wall Street Journal articles by both Nadler and Hayworth provided by Mr. Nadler, CLICK HERE

And, here is the transcript of my interview with J.D. Hayworth:


CLC Interview with Warner Todd Huston interviewing J. D. Hayworth recorded by Avalon Podcasting at the Conservative Leadership Conference on October 13th, 2007.

WTH: Today we have visiting with us here at the Conservative Leadership Conference, J.D. Hayworth most recently an Arizona Congressman and current talk show host. Mr. Hayworth, I’d like to thank you for the many years of outspoken support for conservative values, your voice has always been reliable for Reagan Conservatism and I’d like to thank you for your years in service.

JD: Well, Warner Todd thank you, it was a tremendous opportunity and being part of this podcast is icing on the cake.

WTH: I’d like to start, if you would… wanted to have anything that you wanted to say to start with, this mic is open for you.

JD: Well, I was ah, in the speech that we just completed here at the Conservative Leadership Conference I was saying if you think that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, think again. For a guy out of office, supposedly bereft of ideas to be featured in the Wall Street Journal not once, not twice, but thrice in the last two weeks shows that our message of national security and border security, ah, the American people get it and sadly the malefactors of great wealth — or as we might say with the Fred Travalena game show of the 1980’s, the anything for money crowd — is desperately trying to change people’s minds. But the American people are having none of it.
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CLC Podcast #1- Interview With Richard Nadler

October 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, GOP, Immigration/Immigrants, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 4 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Richard Nadler is someone I was not aware of until Saturday morning on October 13th, 2007. While attending the Conservative Leadership Conference, I was scheduled to interview former Congressman J.D. Hayworth and it just so happened that Mr. Nadler had just that morning gotten printed a response to J.D. Hayworth’s criticism of Nadler in the October 9th edition of the Wall Street Journal, which was in itself, a response to an October 2nd Journal piece by Nadler criticizing Hayworth. It was only by coincidence that both Nadler and Hayworth were attending the CLC. At length, I was asked by the CLC folks to interview both men to get their responses to each other over their current tet a tet, as well as get their take on the issues of the dy.

As to the men’s conflict, at issue was J.D.’s loss of his House seat, Nadler pinning it to Hayworth’s too harsh position over the immigration issue. Hayworth took great exception to Mr. Nadler’s claims of why he lost his House seat and a war of Journal articles had ensued.

As I said, I was not aware of Mr. Nadler, so after I was asked to interview him, I boned up on him via the Internet. I discovered Nadler to be concerned with minority voting and the attempt to drag that voting block over to the GOP. He is president of America’s Majority Foundation.

Nadler’s Foundation webpage describes themselves this way:

Americas Majority was founded to increase the constituency for conservative causes: free market economics, international anti-totalitarianism, and morals based on Jewish and Christian scriptures.

Now, since I had the opportunity to interview both Nadler and Hayworth, I asked both of them quite similar questions and, to me, they seem closer together in opinion than I think either of them even realize.

The audio of the Nadler interview can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

The audio of the Hayworth interview can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

To download a PDF document of the Wall Street Journal articles by both Nadler and Hayworth provided by Mr. Nadler, CLICK HERE

The transcript of my Hayworth interview can be seen HERE.

And, here is the transcript of my interview with Mr. Richard Nadler:


CLC Interview with Warner Todd Huston interviewing Richard Nadler recorded by Avalon Podcasting at the Conservative Leadership Conference on October 13th, 2007.

WTH- Hi, my name is Warner Todd Huston with the Conservative Leadership Conference. Today we’re talking to Mr. Richard Nadler who is the president of America’s Majority Foundation, am I correct?

RN: Yes

WTH: Very good. Mr. Nadler, do you have any opening statements you’d like to make?

RN: Yes, basically the stance that the conservative movement has taken towards immigration is rather like a man who would slit his wrists and then run a victory lap as he bleeds out on the pavement. Unless we pay some attention to the moral and economic claims of illegal aliens we are going to lose the Hispanic vote which is the fastest growing vote in the United States and with it the presidency and any possibility of governing for the next 25 years.
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Will US Survive Last 15 Months of Bush Presidency?

October 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Will US Survive Last 15 Months of Bush Presidency?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Rarely has a man made more of a fool of himself, than has Lou Dobbs with most of his recent post on his webpage on Rarely does one catch such a glimpse of self-importance, arrogance and assumptions of omniscience. It is so bad that Dobbs imagines himself enough of a soothsayer, enough of a scryer,* that he knows what Bush’s legacy will be even before Bush leaves office… if, according to Dobbs, the country is still even here when Bush steps down. Talk about wild-eyed, hyperbole. With people like Dobbs and Olberman, it is no wonder that no one believes what the MSM says. Their “act” is so outrageous, there is no way to take them seriously.

“Beware the lame duck,” Dobbs ominously warns with his headline in this piece, most of which is just a silly screed, where he worries that the country won’t last another 15 months.

Frankly, I spend more time worrying about whether or not the United States can survive the remaining 15 months of his ebbing presidency.

Oh, brother.

And in his arrogance, Dobbs assumes he somehow knows what Bush’s legacy will be with “historians” of the future.
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Union Workers Compelled to Protest Army hospital

October 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, News, Uncategorized, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Union Workers Compelled to Protest Army hospital

-By Warner Todd Huston

The folks over at FreeRepublic have reported that at one of their pro-troops vigils in front of Walter Reed Army Hospital, a union member told them that he was ordered by his union to attend the nearby anti-war protest.

WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2007— The DC Chapter has suspected all along that the dwindling handful of anti-war protestors outside Walter Reed are paid to show up. This week, one of their newbies came by our troop-support rally at the gates by mistake, and spilled the truth: a labor union had recruited this worker to show up at the lefties’ phony “vigil.” The worker’s remarks clearly revealed that standing outside the Walter Reed Army Medical Center with anti-war signs wasn’t a personal choice, but a workplace commitment demanded by a union representative.

Our rally must have looked a lot more attractive, even at a glance—in fact, that’s what this unionized worker said. I’m going to avoid describing this person’s looks or gender, to avoid making trouble. Why? Because this office worker’s confusion appeared sincere, revealing that the decision to be there wasn’t intentional; in fact, the person didn’t really seem to know what either demonstration was about.

The fellow that the Freepers spoke to was a member of the O.P.E.I.U., the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local no. 2.

So, why, exactly, is a union forcing their members to attend anti-war rallies?

Is that truly union business?
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A biting assessment of socialized medicine

October 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Health, News, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A biting assessment of socialized medicine

-By Michael M. Bates

Historian Will Durant wrote that first century Romans had access to dentistry, including “gold teeth, wired teeth, false teeth, bridgework, and plates.” Many 21st century Englishmen probably wish they had it so good.

CNN earlier this week reported some English citizens have resorted to pulling out their own teeth. In the land of the National Health Service aka socialized medicine, six percent of 5,000 people surveyed confessed to using pliers and glue to treat their own dental needs. Another three-quarters of those polled said they had been forced to opt for more expensive private treatment. A culprit is the rapidly decreasing number of dentists willing to participate in the assembly-line mechanism of the NHS.

According to an article in the New York Times last year, 2,000 dentists left for private practice in just one month of 2006. That might be expected in a system in which providers are required to perform in terms of “units of dental activity.” A former NHS nurse noted she’d worked with a dentist who completed cleanings in five minutes flat.

A problem for the British, as for almost everyone everywhere, is how expensive a dentist is. Rising to meet a need are companies that offer treatment packages overseas. One enterprise advertises that a patient, by going to Budapest or Prague, can save up to 70 percent on United Kingdom prices.
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The Entree Du jour of The Democrat National Party Is Its Attack Against Surveillance Programs

October 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Marie Jon, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Entree Du jour of The Democrat National Party Is Its Attack Against Surveillance Programs

-By Marie Jon’

The Democrats have run on a campaign of defeatism in Iraq while undermining the president of the most powerful nation in the world. They have acted irresponsibly. The Democrats live in their own concocted world, devoid of reality. Common sense and truth seems to elude them at our country’s expense.

Hopefully, Americans will rise to the occasion and cause an appropriate political fallout for the outrageous charges made against our troops — calling heroes serving their country murderers. Remember the names of Congressman John Murtha, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senators John Kerry, Dick Durbin, and Harry Reid. Too often, their controversial words recklessly impugn the honor of our troops. Harry Reid in particular should be held responsible for his reckless declaration of our loss in Iraq, when in fact we are winning the peace.

Democrats must be held responsible for all of their malicious, propagandistic lies. Vote wisely in 2008. Remember who was responsible for deliberately dividing our nation for their own political gain. Reject the Democrats the absolute power they seek.

Remember the “Drive-By Media” who have betrayed us all by trying to limit access to the information we need to maintain a free democracy.
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Union Dues Meanstested? Organized Labor’s Organized Theft

October 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, News, Uncategorized, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Union Dues Meanstested? Organized Labor’s Organized Theft

-By Warner Todd Huston

What is your concept of a union dues payment? Is it a single, democratic fee paid at the same rate for all members, a payment that ensures the equal treatment of all union members? If so, you’d be wrong if you were an SEIU member. Because, for the SEIU, your dues are not a single standard payment for all your members, but it is a payment calculated on how much you make… just like income taxes are.

According to a blog about the nursing profession the SEIU district 1199 is violating one of the most dearly help ideals of any union; that it is interested in “equal treatment” for all.
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Pork report – Hippie Museum Gets $1 Mil From Taxpayers

October 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, News, Society/Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Alan Gerry is far out, baby. He just got a cool $1 million for his Woodstock Concert hippie museum in Bethel Woods, New York. That’s hip, man.

Well, it might be cool except that the $1 mil came from our taxes courtesy of Senator Chuckie Schumer of New York.

So, what did Chuckie get out of it? A free pass to the exhibits of joints, flowers and torn blue jeans? Maybe some free parking? Perhaps just the warm knowledge that he helped memorialize for posterity the dirty kids who attended the Woodstock Concert?


He got nearly $30,000 in campaign donations from the hippie museum’s foundation head.

Imagine that, eh?
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The Family Golden Rule

October 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Family, News, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Family Golden Rule

-By Thomas E. Brewton

The survival of human dignity and individual rights depends upon vitalizing Christian churches to fill the role that the socialist political state endeavors in vain to play. That role centers upon the family.

For several weeks, Steve Treash, Senior Minister at the Black Rock-Long Ridge Congregational Church (North Stamford, Connecticut) has preached on the Bible’s messages for family cohesion and happiness.

Our church is an outreach oriented one, aiming to continue the ministry of the earliest Christian churches, which in the turmoil of the early Roman Empire, were the principal refuge and solace for the poor, widows and orphans, the ill, and the persecuted. In addition to Sunday services focused on the elements that engender a fulfilling family life, Black Rock-Long Ridge Congregational Church offers to all comers a full range of support services, from marriage counseling to family financial planning and assistance.
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October 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Marie Jon, News, Patriotism, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Patriotism?

-By Marie Jon’

The strategy of “slow-bleeding” the heroic men and women serving in Iraq was one of the most disgraceful moments in the history of Congress and should never be forgotten…….

Before President Bush was sworn into office, Democrat politicians were beginning to exhibit some questionably odd behavior, almost across the board. They took to mirroring Socialism, or in some cases Communism in word and deed. It is not unusual that people are asking whether they are patriotic. Politically-speaking, those Americans who are not completely asleep feel that we are living in dire and serious times. At holiday gatherings, families are afraid to discuss political matters for fear of starting arguments.

There seems to be little to no patience amongst we who are living in a deliberately divided country. If Americans are wise — or miraculously “see the light,” they will not listen to those who promise anything to win the White House. Their only goals are to gain power, while creating their own view of America, a worldview, like that of Europe.
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October 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, News, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

Congratulations to Boby Jindal for wining election to the Governorship of Louisiana, the first non-white to do so since Reconstruction.

Jindal is a rising Republican star and he has the chance to really make some waves as Governor of LA. Keep your eye on this fellow, I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot from him over the next few years.

ABC Tries to Tar Fred Thompson With Their Dan Quayle Brush

October 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on ABC Tries to Tar Fred Thompson With Their Dan Quayle Brush

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you are old enough to remember how badly the press corps treated vice president Dan Quayle — you might recall specifically that they made fun of how he once spelled potato(e) — you will understand why ABC’s Political Radar blog is trying to associate Fred Thompson with Dan Quayle in theirs headlined, “Fred Thompson’s Quayle-Hunting?” They mean the association to be a detraction, something with which they can smear Fred Thompson as he makes his run for the White House.

But, their obvious ulterior motives aside, this attempt to associate Quayle and Fred doesn’t even make much sense. In fact, the whole story is not only a ho hum incident in light of American history, but the fact that they are associating Quayle and Thompson has no teeth to it.
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PC Education: Lost in Space

October 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

-By Thomas E. Brewton

A liberal Yale professor takes a critical look at his cohort’s handiwork.

Politically-correct, multicultural education, like a lost spacecraft drifting forever in space with no destination and no way to return home, has lost contact with real life. It has become a caricature of science, a bastardized version that Friedrich Hayek called scientism.

Jacob Laksin’s review on the City Journal website of Yale professor Anthony Kronman’s Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life describes the growing irrelevance of liberal education in the hands of liberals.
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Is Lutheran Polemicist Falling For The Early Marriage Racket?

October 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Frederick Meekins, Religion, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Lutheran Polemicist Falling For The Early Marriage Racket?

-By Frederick Meekins

Despite their inherent stuffiness, one does not usually have to worry about conservative Lutherans such as those in the Missouri Synod falling for too many of the fads constantly popping up in the contemporary Protestant world.

Though conducted in the form of an open discussion, one gets the impression that the idea gaining momentum in the Evangelical community probably thanks to Albert Mohler constantly beating this drum (one wonders if for no other reason to spread the misery) that the truly devout wed at an early age may be seeping into the propaganda organs of this denomination, however, such as Issues Etc, a prominent LMS radio program..

Rather than counseling single Christians to wed earlier or later, shouldn’t both parents and clergy counsel those in their spiritual circle of influence to marry wiser?
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ABC Tries To Credit Democrats for Rush’s $2 Million Ebay Letter!

October 19, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

**With Update**

If this doesn’t take the cake, I don’t know what does? On an ABC News Blog called the Political Radar, ABC reports on Rush Limbaugh’s $2 million condemnation letter and throughout the piece continually links “Democrats” to the charity donation that Limbaugh and the ebay bidder for the letter are giving the money to. After reading this ABC blog report, one gets the sneaking suspicion that ABC thinks that Harry Reid and the Democrats are the ones that should be hailed as the good guys responsible for raising this monumental sum for charity. It is clear that ABC did their level best to play down Limbaugh’s part in the story and play up the supposed positive contribution of Democrats.

The report by Z. Byron Wolf starts off trying to massage the outrage of the original faux controversy into a mere episode of political fingerpointing instead of the outright calumny it actually is. “Who says the political fingerpointing in Washington is all for naught?,” the post begins lightheartedly.

And even though there is a lot of “explanation” in this report, the Political Radar report does not take any time at all to fully explain what the letter even is nor the controversy that surrounds it, a move that further softens the outrage surrounding the letter, making it all seem just an amusement.
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Chicago Sneaks Free Newspaper Killing Law into Effect

October 19, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Chicago Sneaks Free Newspaper Killing Law into Effect

-By Warner Todd Huston

Even though all the Founding Fathers pretended that they hated the media (which then meant newspapers and tract publishing) each of them had their very own newspaper supporters and nearly all paid for tracts that supported their viewpoints and policies to be published. These tracts and newspapers were usually subscription supported, but sometimes they were freely distributed. Flash forward to today in Chicago. Today, thanks to a law ushered in the back door right under everyone’s noses, it is illegal to distribute free newspapers. Were the Founders alive today, Richard Daley, King of Chicago, would prevent them from distributing their political papers to the public. No speech in King Daley’s city… not without HIS say-so, anyway.

Of course, like all busy body, cradle to the grave governments, the ordinance in question was ostensibly to do something “good” for us all. You see, Title 10, Chapter 8 of the Municipal Code was supposed to “help” us get rid of litter in this fair windy city.

But, tacked onto the law is a little section that bans the distribution of free publications. This ordinance made it unlawful to distribute free “newspapers, periodicals and directories of any kind on any public way or other public place or on the premise of private property in the city in such a manner that it is reasonably foreseeable that such distribution will cause litter.”

Who needs free speech when we can get rid of “litter,” eh?
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Gitmo at Home: DV Courts in America

October 19, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, David Heleniak, Democrats/Leftists, News, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gitmo at Home: DV Courts in America

-By David Heleniak

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a very real and significant problem in America. This month would be a good time to address the attempt of state governments to combat domestic violence through the issuance of temporary and permanent restraining orders.

In the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center and our nation’s response to terrorism domestically and abroad, there has been a flurry of negative reaction in the press to the subjecting of suspected terrorists to trial by military tribunal without the constitutional protections afforded other criminals. As John F. Kearney, III, put it in the March 24, 2003 issue of the New Jersey Lawyer, “All of us want as much done by government as possible to protect us from more Sept. 11 attacks or worse. None of us wants to be nuked, poisoned or fall victim to a suicide bomber. But none of us should want, either, to give away our hard-won liberties.” While the legitimacy of using military tribunals to try accused terrorists is getting well-deserved attention, the media has been largely silent on a related topic, the legitimacy of trying defendants accused of a crime, domestic violence, in brief restraining order hearings in the family court, where defendants are denied virtually all of the due process protections afforded defendants in the criminal court. These systems have been in effect much longer than the anti-terrorism measures, and affect many more people, yet one hears very little about them.
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Floridian Raises Billboard Against Chavez — ‘Don’t Buy Gas From This Ass’

October 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, News, Patriotism, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s about time that an American stands up to an enemy of the United States and fights against people freely giving their hard earned cash to the criminal Hugo Chavez Junta. This man is not only an enemy to the USA but is an enemy to liberty and freedom and any American who buys gas from a Citgo is a traitor to both.

3 Letter Word on Billboard Draws Attention

Cameron Adams made a U-turn to get a picture. “Don’t Buy Gas From This Ass! That’s what it says right there in yellow and blue and red.” Once you spot the sign at Interstate 65 and County Road 287, it’s hard to look away. Mickey Donaldson says he’s never seen anything like it. “We just don’t see ASS on the side of the road everywhere we go in America.” Right now, you can find it on the side of the road in Bay Minette.

Tommy Rabon says it’s just not right! “Little kids come down here then they be saying mama, what is this right here? You know, that just don’t make sense.” Pam Brooks at the nearby BP gas station believes it’s bad for business. “Well if you’re going fast, you’d think it meant the next gas station which is BP, not a Citgo!”

Citgo is a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. The picture on the billboard is the country’s president, Hugo Chavez.

John McCombs owns the entire billboard and says he had some free space so he put up that message. He believes that if people truly understand world events, they will be a little less opposed to that 3 letter word. “He called my president the devil so I don’t like him. He’s in with Iran’s president and he hates America. That’s the main thing.”

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Photos From CLC – 2007

October 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, News, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Photo time, everyone. I finally had the time to get my pics from CLC 2007 together and posted. (I know, I know, almost a week’s gone by!)

I want to start off with a pic of myself, Andrea Shea-King, radio show host in Florida and blogger on and Ed Morrissey of the famed Captain’s Quarters blog. (photo courtesy of Andrea Shea-King)

It was absolutely fantastic to spend time with Ken Merrero of Blue Collar Muse (and his much younger trophy wife), Andrea and Ed. And we also got to hear from Adam Graham from Adam’s Web on his expertise on podcasting.

Speaking of Ed Morrissey, here he is with the banner for his new blog talk radio effort.

(If you are more interested in Ed’s podcasts go to

Here is a pic of myself and Alan Keyes from Saturday evening, Oct. 13th.

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Closed-door Energy Taxes Will Harm US Competitiveness

October 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, IER, Science, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Technology, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Closed-door Energy Taxes Will Harm US Competitiveness

IER Press Release

Pelosi rushes backdoor bill, neglects pro-growth solutions in favor of failed policies

WASHINGTON- Today, The Institute for Energy Research (IER) cautioned that Congress’ proposed $15 billion tax hike on the U.S. oil industry will raise consumer prices and put domestic companies at a competitive disadvantage. At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is avoiding public scrutiny by refusing to review the bill in a bipartisan conference committee, rather than allowing open debate of the details of this misguided energy policy. This closed-door approach to reconciling the energy bill only underscores its shortcomings: less energy and higher prices.

Yesterday, a panel of experts from energy policy and economics organizations discussed the harmful effects of this proposed legislation. Robert Murphy, economist for the Institute for Energy Research (IER); Ben Lieberman, senior policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation; and Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist with the American Council for Capital Formation explained possible unintended consequences for consumers and businesses of higher taxes on the oil and gas industry. For example, the Windfall Profits Tax of the 1980s resulted in lower domestic oil production, higher oil imports, and a depressed U.S. oil industry with reduced profits that limited the development of technologies for obtaining oil in deeper off shore and on shore wells.

“This proposed tax hike would generate only $15 billion, whereas opening exploration in the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve [ANWR] would generate $75 billion in revenue,” Lieberman explained. This type of pro-growth strategy, he added, would preserve American goals of increased supply and energy security, whereas taxes undermine them. Lieberman characterized the current proposal as “raising taxes on energies that work in order to subsidize energy sources that don’t work,” referring to the economic inefficiency of biofuel and wind energy.
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Thompson on Building the Border Fence

October 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Elections, Immigration/Immigrants, News, Security/Safety, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Thompson on Building the Border Fence

“Any Nation that cannot secure its borders will not remain a sovereign nation.” Fred Thompson

Union Rep Helps Illegals Escape Federal Detection

October 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, News, Uncategorized, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Union Rep Helps Illegals Escape Federal Detection

-By Warner Todd Huston

A Federal judge has refused to dismiss charges against an Iowa UF&CW union rep who was arrested and accused of helping illegal workers keep from being detected by Federal immigration officials.

The DesMoines Register reports that Braulio Pereyra-Gabino will stand trial for, “advising workers in the United States illegally of how to avoid detection and arrest,” and that “prosecutors say he did so in orientation speeches he gave to new Spanish-speaking employees.”

An immigration agent recorded a version of the speech Aug. 22, 2006, according to court documents.

Pereyra-Gabino is charged with a single count of shielding from detection and attempting to shield from detection undocumented immigrants at the Marshalltown meatpacking plant from June 2003 until he was arrested.

This story goes to show that Unions are not only out to defraud American business, but that they are aiding and abetting illegal immigrants in order to gain more members. And it is not a leap to realize that these additional members will be paying millions to aid the Democrat Party with their dues and that unions are materially supporting the Democrat Party with illicit money stolen from illegal immigrants.

Welcome to the post American world of the left.
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