NewsVine Suspends My Account Over Left’s Palin Lies

August 31, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Looks like the extremist, lefties that run NewsVine can’t take the truth. My last two posts on the Seattle based website were about the lies being spread by Alan Colmes, and DailyKos that Sarah Palin “faked” her pregnancy.

I exposed these lies for what they are and what does NewsVine do? Cancels my account to prevent the truth form getting out there. You may read the EXACT posts that I made mirrored on Here and Here. If you do, you’ll see that these posts do not fit the bill of outrageousness or profanity. It’s just that the NewsVine people couldn’t stand to have leftist lies exposed.

I have only had a NewsVine account for a relatively short time, but I knew that they wouldn’t be able to stand honest debate for the conservative side of the issue long. Just as I always knew they would, I was summarily cancelled.

Naturally, there was never a single email from the NewsVine staff to me of any “warnings,” nor was there ever a hint of trouble between what I was posting and the NewsVine staff.

Certainly some of the hatemongering posters didn’t like my conservative point of view, and that is to be expected for the extremist site that it is. But, the least one would have thought they’d have done is send me an email with a “warning” of some sort.

But, then, THAT would have augered toward their legitimate desires for open debate. And THAT is not what they wanted. They want homogeny of left-wing purpose. Like all leftists, they are liars and hypocrites.

And it really wasn’t like I was being profane or mean spirited or anything. After all, every post I made on NewsVine also appeared on RedState, NewsBusters and my own I never once posted anything different or special on NewsVine.

No, the truth of the matter is, NewsVine ONLY wants extreme leftist participants. That is it. Anyway, it was amusing while it lasted, but I knew they couldn’t allow a conservative to post there long. After all, they aren’t really Americans there.
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In a Dangerous World, No Time For Barack’s On the Job Training.

August 31, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, News, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Barack’s very OWN vice president said he isn’t ready to lead… now they are great pals?

Stooping to Lowest Level: Democratic Claim of Palin’s ‘Faked Pregnancy’ Gaining Steam

August 31, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Morals/Sex, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 12 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

**Update: TV’s Alan Colmes Says Palin’s Neglect Caused Down Syndrome Birth Stress!!**

**Update #2 Below the Fold- Pregnancy Confirmed**

**Update #3 Below the Fold- Michael Moore and Media Take Notice**

**Update #4- London Times Now Repeats Fake Pregnancy Claim**

**Update #5- CTV News Now Repeats Fake Pregnancy Claim**

As I reported earlier, the scurrilous claim that McCain vice presidential pick Governor Sarah Palin faked her pregnancy with a Down’s Syndrome child is beginning to spread among the lowest of the nutrooters. Now, the unhinged, smear site has boosted this lie to their front pages. Naturally, since these hate sites feed into each other, the spurious source of the DU story is another DailyKos story like the one I earlier reported upon.

Of course, this whole meme is nothing but a lie. Are we expected to believe an entire state, its hospitals, doctors and media establishment helped cover up this pregnancy story? And they all did this for a Republican, to boot? It makes little logical sense to believe a word of this black helicopter conspiracy theory. Next thing we know, the Kossacks and DUers are going to expect us to believe that Big Foot and some gray aliens were the attendants at the birth!

But, here is the thing. This hateful story about the birth of a child with Down’s Syndrome is exactly the sort of lowest, gutter ideas that float through the empty space in the voluminous heads of our friends at the lowest depths of the Democratic Party and the lefty movement. There are some sick, sick people over there and stories like this prove it.

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What about that ‘Experience,’ Barack?

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, we keep seeing the Old Media blasting (or trying to) John McCain’s bold choice for his vice president, Sarah Palin. They keep pretending that Palin has no “experience.” Of course, they refuse to say a word about Barry Hussein Obama’s thin resume, but hey… THAT’S why they are the Media. To take the side of the far left.

Still, I thought it might be interesting to see Barry’s record next to Sarah’s. Now, remember, Barry is the guy that the extremists on the left say is “qualified” to be the actual president and Palin is only running for vice president.

Barack Obama:

Age: 47


  • Wife: Michelle
  • 2 Children: Malia, Sasha.


  • B.A. Political Science/International Relations, Columbia University, 1983
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1991
  • Editor of Harvard Law Review

Political Experience:

  • State Senator, Illinois, 1996-2004
  • No initiatives or legislation of notice, many non-votes and little by way of a record
  • U.S. Senator, Illinois, 2005-present
  • No initiatives or legislation of notice, little time spent in Washington as he’s been running for president since 2004

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago, 1992-2004
  • Never tenured and wrote no scholarly papers
  • Attorney, Miner Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Never became a partner
  • “Community Organizer”
  • Responsible for no major initiatives or programs


Never achieved any major accomplishment after Harvard. Was not a leader of extraordinary courage, did not reach across the aisle, and was responsible for no major initiatives that changed the corrupt Chicago way of business. Never owned a business, has no executive experience at all.

Sarah Palin

Age: 44


  • Husband: Todd
  • 5 Children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig


  • B.S. Journalism, Minor Political Science University of Idaho, 1987

Political Experience:

  • Former Council Member of Wasilla City Council, Alaska
  • Fought wasteful spending and high taxes
  • Former Mayor of Wasilla City, Alaska
  • Led the fight against cronyism and wasteful spending
  • Candidate, Lieutenant Governor, Alaska, 2002 (Came in 2nd)
  • Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004
  • Rooted out major corruption and fought party bosses (and won)
  • Governor of Alaska, 2006-present
  • Beat party bosses and incumbent Gov of her own Party, ran on an anti-corruption platform
  • 2008, Negotiated Alaska natural gas pipeline deal between Canada and Alaska

Professional Experience:

  • First Place, Miss Wasilla Beauty Contest, 1984
  • Second Place, Miss Alaska Pageant, 1984
  • Television Sports Reporter, 1987-1989
  • Owns commercial fishing business with husband


Achieved much in her family life. Took on corrupt party bosses in several capacities and won. Became Governor and gained executive experience. She’s had time to achieve all this before she is 50-years-old AND have 5 children! Simply astounding.

Obviously, I’d stack Palin’s far more extensive experience against Barry Hussein Obama’s any time. At LEAST Palin’s done something. Unlike Barry who has thus far wasted his potential.

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Jack Cafferty Proves he is Stupid… AGAIN!

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

On CNN’s extremist leftist show “The Situation Room,” Jack Cafferty had his little cage shaken again to do his poor man’s impression of Keith Olbermann yesterday.

He took after Sarah Palin to desperately try and defame her. All he ended up doing, though, was to show that he is a complete fool by using something against her that can be used against his OWN favorite pick as VP, Slow Joe Biden.

Cafferty says of the state of Alaska: “Sarah Palin is in her first term as governor of Alaska that’s a state that has 13 people and some caribou.”

Well, isn’t that nice? To slam Alaska like that? But, wait. What about Cafferty’s pick? Joe Biden, Senator for… uh… what state? Why it’s that giant state, that land of towering population, the center of American Metropolises Delaware.

Delaware MUST be HUGE, right Cafferty?

Alaska population as of 2006: 670,053
Delaware population as of 2006: 853,904


Yeah that’s a BIG difference there, Cafferty!!

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Stay Classy Daily Kos: Accusations Palin ‘Faked Her Pregnancy’ of Down’s Syndrome Baby

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Taking a look at the stories in the Old Media will show that the Media is turning attack dog ASAP on McCain’s choice for vice president, Sarah Palin. Notice the main meme is her supposed “inexperience.” Funny how Palin was the VP pick for about 15 seconds before the Old Media went after her “inexperience” while they have yet to hit Barry Obama on HIS inexperience at all and he’s been running for president since 2004. We should also note that Palin didn’t get the honeymoon that Biden got when his announcement was made. But, the worst is yet to come and the Daily Kos is doing its level best to mine the lowest of lows. In a Kos diary today, it is being alleged that Sarah Palin “faked” the pregnancy of her last child, a baby born with Down’s Syndrome. The claim is that it was her teenaged daughter’s child, not hers. And, true to form, the Kossacks took that absurd calumny and hate even further in the comments.

With all the pseudo gravity the Kos diarist could muster, this ridiculous story of a “cover-up” was floated for the foolish Kossacks to lap up. Inky99 gave us the scurrilous diary headlined “Palin’s faked ‘pregnancy’? Covering for teen daughter?,” in which the Kossacks posit that Governor Palin covered up her own teenage daughter’s teen pregnancy by pretending it is her own child instead of her daughter’s.

But it appears that Pallin’s last child, a baby with Down’s syndrome, may not be hers. It may be that of her teenage daughter.

Actually, “it appears” in no way to be true. The diarist gives a story from the Anchoage Daily News that does not in any way prove the diarist’s claim — nor even broach the subject of a faked pregnancy, for that matter.

The Kos diarist then goes on to claim that the “proof” of this claim is that Palin’s teenage daughter was sick and out of public eye for a few months earlier in the year.

Apparently her teenage daughter was out of school, unseen, for months, because she “had mono”.

And, even if this story is true, why is it one worth pursuing? Why it’s because Palin is pro-life, you see…

… seeing as how she’s quite willing to butt into the private lives of every other American woman, I think it’s fair game.

Yeah. Stay classy Daily Kos.

And the diary entry isn’t the worst of it. The comments get more vicious as each one passes. Here are a few:

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Since Media Won’t Help, Time for McCain to Really Exploit His Stance on Iraq

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, Military, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Some how, the Old Media has missed the good news on Iraq. On August 27, the Rasmussen polling organization published a poll that showed American confidence is at its highest level ever in support of the War on Terror since they’ve begun tracking in January of 2004. This poll got little notice by the Old Media, of course, but it illustrates an issue that McCain should exploit to his benefit — especially after Obama’s acceptance speech last night.

Rasmussen found that Fifty-four percent of American voters now think that the U.S. is winning the war in Iraq and forty-eight percent think the situation will get even better in the next six months. Further, Rasmussen reports that this turn around in public opinion has been sharp when just last year only twenty-seven percent thought things were going to get better in Iraq.

Ominously for the Obama campaign, the poll also found that sixty-two percent of men agree that the U.S. is winning the War on Terror while forty-six percent of women do. Less than a quarter of women now think the terrorists are winning with just fourteen percent of men feel that way.This growing support augers against Obama’s continued anti-war stance.

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John McCain And The GOP Base

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Dan Scott, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Dan Scott

John McCain has made a sensible choice in Gov. Sarah Palin for VP. According to her bio she is a member of the National Rifle Association, making her John McCain

Convention observations

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Michael M. Bates

The first day of the Democratic convention produced fewer attacks than anticipated on the Bush-McCain administration, as it

Yahoo Ageism: Making John McCain Into an Ancient Artifact!

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The folks at Yahoo News Photos section must have been greatly amused by their web page titled “Anthropology & Archaeology.” The first four pictures in the slide show are various archaeological discoveries… well, except for the third one. THAT one happens to be a photo of John McCain. Yes, Yahoo seems to be saying that John McCain is an archaeological artifact! Nice ageist slap, eh?

Here’s a screen shot of the original page…

The first two images in the Yahoo slideshow depict a pair of photos provided by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki of artifacts from a dig in Greece. The McCain photo, on the other hand, has a caption quoting John McCain’s thoughts on the latest Indiana Jones movie. All the rest of the photos in the slideshow deal with various archaeological subjects.

Needless to say, the John Mccain photo has no place in this slide show… unless you want to make a slam on McCain for his age.

Not very subtle, Yahoo News. Not very subtle at all.

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McCain Website Makes Palin OFFICIAL!

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, News, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

For Immediate Release

John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin As Vice Presidential Running Mate

ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.

Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.

Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us — Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.

In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.

As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.

Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.

McCain’s VP Pick: Sarah Palin!!

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, GOP, News, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, this is a great choice. Sarah Palin current Gov. of Alaska, corruption fighter, pro-life, anti-gay marriage… she even hunts and fishes.

This is a very good pick!

Reuters Cover Up: Bashing the U.S. and Ignoring Proof That Famous Spies Were Guilty

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Communism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, History, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In New York, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has ordered the release of eight more grand jury transcripts from the famous 1951 spy case that led to the conviction of the husband and wife pro-Soviet spy team of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Reuters reports this story as if there is some cloud of doubt still hanging over the Rosenberg’s conviction despite that their guilt is no longer debatable. Yet here is Reuters giving cover to those who stubbornly wish to cast doubt on the U.S. prosecution of the Rosenbergs. It also gives Reuters and U.S. detractors the opportunity once again smear America by raising their favorite Cold War boogie man, Joe McCarthy.

Reuters sternly tells us that,

The Rosenbergs were convicted in 1951 of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union and executed in 1953. Rosenberg supporters describe the case as a frame-up amid anti-communist McCarthyism hysteria and Cold War fear.

It is amazing to see Reuters use every U.S. bash they could in one little paragraph. The Rosenbergs were victims of a “frame-up” because of “McCarthyism hysteria and Cold War fear.” Notice how Reuters seems to forget to mention that there is no longer any doubt that the Rosenbergs were guilty, though?

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Chgo Sun-Times Columnist Quits, Says Newspaper is ‘Dying’ and ‘Can’t Compete on Web’

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Media Bias, News, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

- By Warner Todd Huston

Jay Mariotti, a firebrand sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, announced he is quitting the print biz loudly proclaiming that newspapers are “dying” and that he didn’t want to go down with the ship of the struggling industry. Naturally, the management of the Sun-Times is not amused.

Mariotti told Chicago’s CBS 2 news that newspapers are in serious trouble and he wanted out before he was forced out. “It’s been a tremendous experience, but I’m going to be honest with you, the profession is dying,” Mariotti told CBS 2, “I don’t think either paper [Sun-Times or Chicago Tribune] is going to survive.

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Dead Wrong

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Relying on Senator Biden’s foreign policy judgment is risky. Both he and Senator Obama backed the wrong horses in Iraq.

When it was unpopular, Senator McCain stood up for victory in Iraq and pushed for what later became known as the successful Surge.

Senator Obama, of course, put his finger to the wind and followed public opinion down the path of least resistance. He famously campaigned on a pledge to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq immediately. He has since failed to acknowledge the effectiveness of the Surge, a denial that demeans the superior performance and valor of our troops.
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How the FCC Comcast Decision Limits Net Neutrality

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Google, Inernet, Media Bias, News, Scott Cleland, Society/Culture, Technology | Comments Off

-By Scott Cleland

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the FCC’s order on Comcast’s network management practices, reined in the net neutrality movement much more than it advanced their agenda. The old adage is true here, be careful what you ask for — FreePress/Public Knowledge.

At its rawest level, the chest-beating petitioners got the FCC to reiterate what the FCC has long said it would do, and also order Comcast to do what Comcast already publicly committed to do. When the dust settles and the rhetoric cools, the petitioners will better understand the old adage: be careful what you ask for.

In this instance, they hoped to advance their agenda for sweeping net neutrality legislation and regulation, and what they ended up with was the expert agency taking much of the wind out of their sails.

How does the FCC Comcast decision limit Net Neutrality?
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Washington State: Teachers Union Stands Against Stopping Sex Slavery!

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Media Bias, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

State labor board allows teacher to give union dues to charity that fights sex-trafficking
Union objected to the selection of this charity

The Evergreen Freedom Foundation


Empty Ethics Rhetoric Exposed

August 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, The Heritage Foundation | Comments Off

-By The Heritage Foundation


McCain’s Gracious Congrats

August 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Obama Campaign Tries to Shut Down Chicago Radio Show

August 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 8 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Members of Barack Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago tried to shut down a local radio show on the City’s most powerful radio signal, WGN 720, because they didn’t like a conservative guest that was on going on the air to discuss Senator Barack Obama’s ties to local terrorist William Ayers. This is a shocking attempt at stifling political free speech and a bald attempt to quash debate by the office of the Democratic Party’s nominee. The funny thing is, WGN is the most liberal station in the City with every host but one slavishly supporting the junior Senator from Illinois.

Show host Milt Rosenberg, the station’s only conservative leaning host (probably to be considered more libertarian than Republican), had on short notice asked conservative writer Stanley Kurtz to come on the air to discuss his work on uncovering Obama’s ties to terrorist Wiliam Ayres and the Annenberg Challenge project. Kurtz was just in Chicago for his investigation and Rosenberg contacted Kurtz only that morning to appear. At the same time, Rosenberg’s producer contacted the Obama campaign’s HQ — which is but blocks from the radio station in downtown Chicago — to offer some time on the air with Kurtz to debate Kurtz’ claims about Obama and Ayres. The campaign, however, flatly refused the offer of the equal air time and instead tried to drum up via email a protest of the show, trying to get it stopped.

After the refusal of host Rosenberg’s offer to appear on the air with Kurtz, the Obama campaign issued an extensive email (The Chicago Tribune has the full text) to drum up protests of the radio station, which said in part…

In the next few hours, we have a crucial opportunity to fight one of the most cynical and offensive smears ever launched against Barack.

Tonight, WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears. He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.

Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.

The email gave the Rosenberg show contact info and told people to call and protest Kurtz’ appearance. The email also lied to its supporters by acting as if the Obama campaign was not offered fair rebuttal time.

It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves. At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz’s lies.

I happen to live in Chicago and by chance was listening to the Milt Rosenberg show and heard for myself the host assure listeners that he offered the air time to the Obama campaign, an offer that was refused. Rosenberg even went so far as to offer any other show date for the Obama campaign’s rebuttal to Kurtz’ work.

Then, in compliance with the Obama campaign’s email instructions, a parade of callers was aired all telling Rosenberg to shut down the Kurtz interview. Each caller was quite insensible to the unAmerican reaction in which they were indulging and each one was entirely unreasonable and uninformed on the facts. Sadly, this anti-American attitude seems typical of Obama supporters nation wide.

Now, Dr. Rosenberg’s show is one of the most intelligent, even high brow, shows on the radio, so schmaltzy, exploitation radio is as far from his style as one can get. Rosenberg interviews authors of the highest standing and show topics range from philosophy, to Opera, to physics and political science. He even does a delightful yearly show on the misuse of the English language as well as one on the year’s best literary offerings. Like I said, exploitation radio he ain’t.

So, for the Obama campaign to act as if this particular show is an affront to reasoned debate is an outrageous charge. Just as outrageous is the Obama campaign’s obvious desire to destroy free political speech. It makes one quake to wonder what sort of oppressive climate an Obama presidency would impose on the country?

Ohio Dem. Party Chairman Says Americans are Selfish and Against ‘The Least Among Us’

August 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Communism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Elections, Media Bias, News, Patriotism, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Chris Redfern, the Democratic Party Chairman of Ohio, apparently thinks that Americans are so stingy and selfish that the only way charity work gets done is if government taxes the people to make it happen. In a recent radio interview, Redfern expressed the assumption that “unfortunately most Americans would not” help out the poor. Even worse, Redfern honestly believes that freebies and charity work is just as much the proper role of government as funding the “military, law enforcement, and fire protection,” proving he hasn’t a clue what the proper role should be of the government America’s founders created.

In an interview with Toledo radio station 1370 WSPD, Redfern made the outrageous comments on how selfish Americans are and how we need government to force us all to care for, as he put it, “the least among us.”

Radio host LeFebvre, however, wondered why people making subsistence pay should be forced to pay the way of those who refuse to work? Using the situation of his board operator, Don Zellars, LeFebvre asked Democratic Party Chair Redfern why the lower middle classes should be expected to float the indigent? Close to the end of the interview, this exchange took place:

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Forsaking Print? The Future of the Associated Press

August 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

More bad news for the newspaper industry. Anyone paying attention to the current state of financial distress in the print news industry will realize that saving money is the order of the day industry wide. Yet, not long ago the Associated Press announced that it was to raise its prices to the print news industry causing consternation everywhere. This new rate structure has caused quite a few newspapers to begin the process of dropping AP content giving pause to consider what the future of the AP might become?

Several papers have already announced that they are preparing to drop the AP, the latest of which appears to be the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Minnesota paper has announced it will cease using AP content by 2010. The Star-Trib joins The Bakersfield Californian, and two papers from Washington State, The Yakima Herald-Republic and Wenatchee World. Also The Post Register of Idaho Falls informed the AP that they were going to drop their service in early August.

And according to a June 26 article in The Wall Street Journal, the eight largest papers in Ohio are banding together to create their own news service.

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Big Three Networks Ratings Fall for DNC Convention

August 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Warner Todd Huston

The ratings for the Democratic National Convention for ABC, CBS and NBC fell by a million viewers compared to the opener for the 2004 convention with headliner Bill Clinton TVWeek is reporting. On the other hand, the cable newsers saw a ratings jump from their 2004 convention ratings. This reveals the further decline in the old paradigm with the big three networks steadily losing their news influence bit by bit to cable outlets.

ABC, CBS and NBC brought in 12.1 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour, down one million from 2004, according to preliminary, fast-national data from Nielsen Media Research. NBC scored the largest audience.

But the cable news networks saw some pretty impressive gains in ratings for the DNC opening.

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Voting Conscience, Not Color

August 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, Nancy Salvato, News, President, Race, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Nancy Salvato

When Chuck Wilder on CRN

O’ Hail the Messiah Lord Obama

August 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Simply hilarious… well, it would be if Barry didn’t believe his own lies. Oh, and if his slavish followers weren’t so easy to bamboozle.

Obama’s Terrorist Friends

August 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Media Bias, News, Patriotism, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

A segment of the upcoming movie “Hype” gives us the facts about Obama’s friends and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.

Despite Soft Polls in US, Bloomberg News Tells us Germans ‘Overwhelmingly Favor Obama’

August 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On August 25 Patrick Donahue of Bloomberg breathlessly informed us that a recent poll showed that Germans love Barack Obama. In a week where Obama’s soft polling numbers with Americans who will do the actual voting, you’d be excused if you wondered who cared, but apparently Bloomberg thinks this Obama puffing “news” is worth reporting. It’s more reason to be suspicious that the Old Media is in the tank for Barack Obama, in any case.

This particular Bloomberg story has little substance and is centered on a population that cannot even vote for Obama in the first place. Interestingly, however, this story makes no effort to contrast high polling numbers in Germany with the much softer support Obama finds in the U.S.A. At least such a comparison might have served a more newsworthy purpose.

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Kid Rock: Entertainers Should ‘Keep Their Mouths Shut on Politics’

August 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Elections, Entertainment, Media Bias, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 4 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Read it and weep, Dixie Chicks. Shove it Bruce Springsteen. Put a sock in it Johnny Cougar Mellencamp. Because, in a refreshing change of pace for the entertainment industry, Kid Rock is telling CMT Insider via People Magazine that entertainers should stay quiet on matters political.

How many times have you seen the uninformed blather of some goof from Hollywood, or some crank from the music industry filling your TV screen or oozing from your radio? How many low brow maestros have had your eyes rolling when they imagine themselves to have some prescient insight into matters of politics? Apparently rock singer Kid Rock is signing onto your piquancy because he has said that singers should just shut up about politics.

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Calif. SEIU Funds Abuse Spreads to Mich.

August 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Communism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

This just gets better and better. You’ll recall our recent focus on the abuse of funds and influence peddling by California Service Employee International Union (SEIU) head Tyrone Freeman being investigated in depth by the L.A.Times and how Mr. Freeman has been funneling union contracts to his family members. Now a related investigation in Michigan has revealed that one of Freeman’s former associates has had to step down from a Michigan SEIU post because of similar financial misdeeds there.

Once again the L.A. Times is the source for this sad tale of union bosses abusing the power so blindly handed them by the rank and file.

It appears that Rickman Jackson, former chief of staff for the California organization headed by Tyrone Freeman, had to step down from a Michigan SEIU local when it was discovered that he and Freeman had set up a shady housing corporation that was improperly getting business from Freeman’s California organization.

Both departures followed reports in The Times that the local and a related charity paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of its president, Tyrone Freeman, and spent similar sums on a Four Seasons Resorts golf tournament, restaurants such as Morton’s steakhouse, a Beverly Hills cigar lounge and a Hollywood talent agency.

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August 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Dan Scott, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Energy, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | 6 Comments

-By Dan Scott

I always find the audacity of liberals amazing when they spout their pantheon of myths like, oil free economy, the US has no energy policy, the economy is in recession, illegal immigration is good, unions protect workers, health care is out of control, the rich aren

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