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AP Finds Race Hustler to Say Obama Isn’t The Cure

November 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Race, Socialism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Associated Press is worried that Americans might accidentally imagine that the elevation of Barack Obama to the presidency could make people think that blacks in America really can get ahead. The AP is so worried that it sought out a race hustler to deny that blacks can make it here no matter what happened on November 4.

As the AP reports it, apparently young Kari Fulton “cringed” when Barack Obama won the past election. She “cringed” because she heard a white guy say that Obama’s election put a dent in the charge of racism in America. And why did she “cringe”? Why, it’s because “racism is still very much alive and well” she told the AP.

And how does young Kari know this? At 23 she never lived through Jim Crow. She doesn’t remember the days when there were few blacks on TV and blacks in music were segregated to separate genres, not mixing with white singers. She wasn’t around when black CEOs didn’t exist and no blacks roamed the halls of Congress or the White House without pushing a broom. So, how does this 23-year-old girl know that “racism is alive and well”? Because she is a black activist, that’s why.

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Protests Intensify Over Local Union Takeover By SEIU

November 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Jobs, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is still going ahead with its plans to perpetrate a hostile takeover of California local California Healthcare Workers union (UHW). Naturally, the local isn’t too happy to be forcefully dissolved and integrated into the SEIU national and losing their identity.

The UHW folks with their president Sal Roselli in the lead, are staging all sorts of protests and efforts to deny the SEIU its victory. Roselli has been a thorn in SEIU president Andy Stern’s side for quite a while now.

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A Cornucopia of Gratitude

November 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Family, Frank Salvato, News, Religion, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

As we enter the holiday season we will begin to hear a lot about kindness and appreciation. Sure, there will be the mental midgets who need to take issue with holiday displays and transmitted sentiments (we should really pity their stunted intellect as they celebrate their generic event) but for the most part we will begin to hear quite a bit about giving thanks, peace on earth, goodwill, brotherhood, sharing and sacrifice. This is the season of hope and while certain political opportunists incessantly try to franchise that word, for all their efforts, they are included in this joyous season as well.

I could go on to explain what it is I am thankful for this holiday season but truth be told, I am grateful for all I have each and every day of my life. I celebrate my family and friends and I give thanks for what I have and the opportunities that are presented to me. I am inclined to concur with an old and dear friend of mine who lives in North Florida: If you wake-up breathing it’s a pretty good day.

No, today I want to speculate on instances of gratitude that we as a society may be inclined to overlook, even throughout the holiday season.

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Has Media Let Obama’s Reversal Pass Unnoticed?

November 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama is starting to feel a bit of pressure from members of the far left of his own party who are beginning to raise their eyebrows over the fact that he hasn’t shown any desire to institute any “change” thus far with his staff and cabinet picks even though they had “hope” that he would. Obama went so far as to address the situation today as MSNBC reported on its FirstRead blog.

Obama explains away his lack of “change” and his picking of a plethora of out-of-work Clintonites by saying that who he puts on his staff and cabinet don’t matter. It’s because he is the change we seek, you see? But, wait, you might ask. If the press were paying attention, they might remember that during his acceptance speech he said this whole thing wasn’t about him, it was about us? Wasn’t it that we were the change we were waiting for… right?

Is the press going to let him get away with dropping that hoary rhetoric only to say now it’s suddenly all about him? Would they let such arrogance, such a flip-flop, from a Republican pass so easily?

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Union Prez Banned From Union For Life!

November 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Jobs, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Oh, the humanities! It has been determined by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that troubled local president Tyrone Freeman is to be banned for life from the union. Gosh, what a horrible fate, eh? One wonders if he can be reinstated with back pay after he dies. Bet he does!

The Service Employees International Union has imposed a lifetime ban on the former president of its largest California local and ordered him to repay more than $1 million that it says he misappropriated from the labor organization.

Let me suggest a more appropriate punishment: jail.

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Race in the Third Millennium

November 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Elections, History, Media Bias, News, President, Race, Security/Safety, Selwyn Duke, Socialism, Society/Culture | Comments Off

By Selwyn Duke

Although the show was propaganda produced by leftist Norman Lear, no one could accuse “All in the Family” of not being funny. Its protagonist, blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker, is one of those legendary television characters, and one of his uproarious lines is apropos here. It was uttered during a scene in which his daughter, Gloria, passionately asked him, “Daddy, did you know that 65 percent of the people murdered in the last ten years were killed by handguns?” The curmudgeonly patriarch’s reply was classic: “Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they was pushed outta’ windas’?”

While what follows isn’t the conclusion Lear wanted us to draw, the truth is that many Americans would feel better. People tend to fixate on the boogeyman of their ideology, and they often don’t trouble much about evil when it’s not committed in his name.

We see examples of this phenomenon today, and this brings me to a couple of questions of my own. Can tyranny be visited in the name of only one particular lie? And would it make you feel any better if millions were oppressed or murdered to promote a fashionable lie? The truth is, sadly, millions would feel better.
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U.S. Media Ignoring Obama Mistakes With India/Pakistan

November 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 9 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Naturally, the U.S. media is following the terrorist crimes in Mumbai, India, as well they should. But, the attacks seem to be the Old Media’s only interest where it concerns India and Pakistan, of late, for they’ve completely ignored the several mistakes that Barack Obama has already made with his attempts at foreign policy with the two embattled nations.

Back on November 11, I noted that Obama had made his first mistakes with both India and Pakistan by mishandling early talks with their leaders (or not having them at all, as the case may be). During his first major effort to contact foreign leaders as president elect, Obama called Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari but neglected to call India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. This short shrifting did not sit well with the Indian government.

Then, Obama appointed to his transition team a woman named Sonal Shah whom the Pakistanis say has ties with a violent Hindu Nationalist Party in India that they claim is responsible for a rampage in Gujarat, India that killed many Muslims and Christians.

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Will Southern Dems Torpedo Themselves By Voting Card Check?

November 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Jobs, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Politico has some interesting analysis on the purported divisions among Democrats going into the future. They may have majority control of Congress on its face, but do they have enough of a controlling majority to push through some of their most egregiously extreme measures like the pro-union card check idea contained in the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)?

According to Politico the “fault lines” in the Democratic caucus are soon to be revealed.

Unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can whip their caucuses into unity, numerous fault lines will be revealed: Southern Democrats vs. Northern liberals on labor law; California greens vs. Rust Belt Democrats on global warming; socialized medicine adherents vs. go-slow health care reformers; anti-war liberals vs. cautious centrists on national security. And don’t forget the anti-bailout crowd vs. the powerful Michigan Democrats in both chambers when it comes to money for Detroit.

Martin Kady goes on to elucidate those divisions, one of them being the card check issue. Of course, we’ve discussed card check here many times, but essentially if passed it would eliminate any potential union member from having the right to vote for or against a union on a secret ballot, making the member’s vote open for everyone to see. This would leave the member open to any sort of union pressure and thuggery, for sure.

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Why Google lost the formal debate over its ethics — And a compendium of Google’s ethical lapses

November 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Google, Inernet, Media Bias, News, Privacy, Scott Cleland, Society/Culture, Technology, The Law | 1 Comment

-By Scott Cleland

Google effectively lost its first formal debate over whether “Google violates its own ‘Don’t Be Evil’ motto” at the Rosenkranz Foundation’s Oxford-style debate in New York City, November 18. (Transcript here)

Before the debate the audience was polled and voted 21% against Google and 48% for Google; after gathering additional insight from the debate, 47% voted against Google and 47% voted for Google. Apparently, most all of the undecideds voted against Google — that Google violated their own ‘don’t be evil’ motto.

What does this mean?
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Flight 93 Update

November 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Flight 93, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, News, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | Comments Off

No, the Mecca-orientation of the Crescent of Embrace is NOT a product of the landform

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Defenders of the Flight 93 memorial repeatedly insist that the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent HAS to be a coincidence. It is completely determined, they insist, by the landform, the path of Flight 93, and the impact point, leaving no room for intent to enter.

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Happy Thanksgiving, 2008

November 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Family, Religion, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

We take today off to be with family and friends. But, please do take some time to look over our past work. In the meantime, God bless you and have a Happy Thanksgiving and see you tomorrow!

Has Media Let Obama’s Reversal Pass Unnoticed?

November 26, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama is starting to feel a bit of pressure from members of the far left of his own party who are beginning to raise their eyebrows over the fact that he hasn’t shown any desire to institute any “change” thus far with his staff and cabinet picks even though they had “hope” that he would. Obama went so far as to address the situation today as MSNBC reported on its FirstRead blog.

Obama explains away his lack of “change” and his picking of a plethora of out-of-work Clintonites by saying that who he puts on his staff and cabinet don’t matter. It’s because he is the change we seek, you see? But, wait, you might ask. If the press were paying attention, they might remember that during his acceptance speech he said this whole thing wasn’t about him, it was about us? Wasn’t it that we were the change we were waiting for… right?

Is the press going to let him get away with dropping that hoary rhetoric only to say now it’s suddenly all about him? Would they let such arrogance, such a flip-flop, from a Republican pass so easily?

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TV Week: TV to Treat Obamas ‘Like Royalty’ for Ratings Bonanza

November 26, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Are you looking for hard hitting, serious journalism? Don’t turn to the syndicated “newsmagazines” like Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, or The Insider (not that anyone ever did, of course). They are apparently admitting right up front that they have every intention of pumping up the Obama mythos by treating him “like royalty.”

TV Week is reporting that all the so-called “newsmagazines” (a misnomer for sure as tabloid spectacles are more to the truth of the matter) are going to try and fuel a ratings bump by promulgating Obamalot in a direct emulation of JFK’s mythical “Camelot” years in office — which in itself was another self-perpetuated media myth.

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One Swan A-Swimming

November 26, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Family, John Armor, News, Society/Culture | 1 Comment

-By John Armor

Three miles south of Highlands, North Carolina, the road to Dillard, Georgia, goes through a golf course. It is not just any golf course. It is the one that the great Bobby Jones designed just before he created his masterpiece at Augusta.

Jones had a personal stake in the Highlands Country Club course. He built his retirement home straight across the crescent-shaped lake which surrounds the 18th green, from the flag. Like the rest of the course, the 18th is a demanding hole, a chip across the lake to a teacup of a green that slopes away to all sides so approach shots that are only slightly off, “get wet” as the golfers say.
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Hillary Pick Reveals Obama’s Lack of Experience

November 25, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Time magazine wants so badly to make Obama into the next Abraham Lincoln — so noble that he’s willing to include political enemies in his cabinet — that they are willing to throw away any pretense at observing the candidate himself to make it happen. The latest risible effort by Karen Tumulty and Massimo Calabresi invokes the supposed “team of rivals” comparison as Barack Obama begins to formulate his cabinet. The Time writers base their entire point on the fact that Obama is probably offering the job of Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton, his rival for the Democratic nomination.

But, there are is a glaring error Time makes in its analysis. Obama is not picking Hillary because he is noble or looking to include a wider range of policy proscriptions in his cabinet, nor is he picking Hillary to heal party divisions. For one, he’s picking Hillary because Obama himself doesn’t know anyone that could take the office. In fact, that is the main reason he’s going back to the tarnished Clinton years to fill his staff and cabinet positions in the first place. Obama himself has nether the experience nor the network of knowledgeable associates to take those positions so he has no choice but to rely on the past. Secondly, he mistakenly imagines that he can control her merely because she is supposed to be at his pleasure.

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Democrats Hate Privacy Invaders. Unless…

November 25, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is interesting to see how Democrats react to abuse of power and invasion of private personal information. The Democratic Party made President Bush a pariah over his supposed act of “domestic spying” when Bush was attempting to stop terror attacks against citizens of the U.S. They called him all manner of names, tyrant, despot, etc., etc., even though no Americans were being snooped on by the Bush administration. And just recently, Democrats tsked tsked Verizon Wireless when it came to light that Barack Obama’s old cell phone records were snooped into by Verizon employees.

But, did they say a word as agency after agency in Ohio illicitly snooped into Joe the Plumber’s records so that they could find dirt with which to attack him? Did the Democrats find anything wrong with agencies and employees from the government of the state of Ohio illegally prying into the private records of Samuel “Joe the plumber” Wurzelbacher? Not much they didn’t.

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Fed. Employee’s Labor Chief’s Demands Presented to Obama

November 25, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Jobs, News, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

And it begins. President of the National Treasury Employees Union, one of the Federal government’s largest labor unions, has drawn up her demands for president-elect Obama to fulfill as payback for union support for his candidacy.

Colleen M. Kelly has announced her demands and two of them are quite controversial. The first, that the employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) get unionized, shows that unions want to be in a place to impede our national security. The second, the firing of all current members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, shows that unions want to eliminate any oversight that might hinder union corruption and give them a freer hand to hide their own illegal activities.

Thus far, the Bush administration has succeeded in stopping the unionization of employees of the TSA and for good reason. Should the TSA be unionized, this would eliminate any possibility that the government could fire or even regulate the people that are supposed to be making sure our airlines are safe and free of terrorists. This would not only add another layer of distance between government (and therefore we the people) and its employees, but it would also make it harder to control the security of our airports. In fact, it would make it impossible for government to control the safety of our airports.

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Nation’s Capital Implements Measures Violating Rights & Property

November 25, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Frederick Meekins, Media Bias, News, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, The Law | Comments Off

-By Frederick Meekins

As the nation’s capital, Washington DC is often looked to for various approaches on how to handle a number of growing issues around the country. Usually government eggheads like to formulate their grandiose schemes from their comfortable halls of power and impose them upon areas of the heartland so far from scrutinizing eyes that very few end up seeing what is actually going on. However, there are now a number of policies being implemented within the city that will soon be at the forefront of efforts to undermine life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In the episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” titled “Past Tense”, areas called Sanctuary Districts were established in mid-21st century America as places in major cities in which to corral the economically challenged irrespective of their criminal status. Though initially established in the name of the well being of those assigned to reside there, according to the entry at Star Trek Wiki Memory Alpha, “This internment, in fact, amounted to nothing less than imprisonment.”
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Lefty Repub. Collins Mad at Dems For Their Election Attacks

November 25, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, News, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senator Susan Collins, the lefty Republican from Maine, has crossed the aisle to vote for the Democrats’ bills and policies more than some Democrats have over the last 10 years. She is pro-abortion, pro-Cuba, pro-fetal stem cell research, anti-gun, ant-free trade… well, the list of things she is for and against seems to follow the Democrat’s path straight down the line richly earning her the title of RINO (Republican In Name Only). Because she is such a reliable Democrat friend one might think that the Democrat Party would be on her side in her 2008 re-election bid, or if not on her side, exactly, at least not too fired up to defeat her in her re-election bid, at least.

But, no. In fact, the Democrats lined up in ranks deep and long to attack her with some of them even going to her district to campaign against her. Even her colleagues in the Senate came to her state to try to defeat her, quite despite the fact that she voted their way at nearly every opportunity. And Collins is a bit upset by that fact, too.

Quite a few of her Senate colleagues campaigned to defeat their “friend” in that chamber during the 2008 campaign season. Among the Democrat Senators that campaigned against Collins were Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) even Democrat Whip Dick “Turban” Durbin (D-Ill.) attacked her.

That’s not much gratitude shown by Democrats for Collins’ efforts to cross over from her own party to vote their way so often, is it?

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Penn. Democrat: ‘Who Really Cares’ About the Constitution?

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Democrats do not see the Constitution as a limit on their actions. In fact, Democrats don’t see any rules or laws as limits on what they think they can do. They imagine that they can do anything they want no matter what the law says. Democrats are essentially lawless creatures.

Further proof of this came this week in the Pittsburgh City Council during the debate on an unconstitutional gun bill the city was trying to institute. After the lopsided vote was over — with the anti-constitution side winning — Councilman Tonya Payne told everyone that would listen that she didn’t care about the U.S. Constitution.

“Who really cares about it being unconstitutional? This is what’s right to do, and if this means that we have to go out and have a court battle, then that’s fine.”

What more can be said? Democrats hate the Constitution, hate the law, and want to rule their constituents by fiat. This is a universal idea in Democrat circles across the country.

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Tell EPA NO on New Carbon Dioxide Regulations

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, News, Science, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Friday Ends Public Comment Phase

Friday marks the end of the allotted time for public comment about the EPA’s new carbon emissions regulations. If you want to tell them NO on their jobs killing, economy busting plans to stop non-existent global warming, go here:

http://stopEPA.com

… and send the EPA a message.

For more information, visit the Heritage Foundation website.

On Palin’s Celebrity, AP Reminds She’s A Failed Candidate… Over and Over and Over Again!

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Media Bias, News, Republicans, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Governor Palin is in demand. Every newshound, every TV talking head, every newsertainer in the country is after her. She is being pursued for TV shows, book deals, movie roles, hounded by photographers and every hanger on in both Hollywood and the newsertainment industry. But the Associated Press wants to be sure you understand one thing: she is a FAILURE! That’s right, in discussing Palin’s current celebrity, the main concern AP has is to make sure you know she is a big ol’ loser. The AP is so intent to remind you she lost that it has to tell you she lost over and over again. You know, just in case you were unaware she and McCain didn’t win the election.

So, did you know Sarah Palin lost the election? Here, let the AP remind you (My bold throughout)…

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Time’s Halperin Scolds Press for ‘Extreme Pro-Obama Bias’

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Politico reported on November 22 that Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin scolded the media for it’s sycophantic treatment of Barack Obama during this election cycle calling the favorable treatment “the most disgusting failure” of the press he’s seen for years. “It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage,” Halperin said at a Politico/USC conference held on Friday.

It’s all pretty amusing, though, to see Mark Helprin complain that his fellow journalists didn’t do a good job reporting on Obama’s record because back in March, NewsBusters reported on how Halperin himself was claiming that Obama represented a “centrist” politician despite the fact that Obama has the most liberal voting record in the Senate! What happened to being tough on The One then?

Halperin cited two specific instances of pro-Obama media bias seen in The New York Times.

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Another Example of Hypocritical Politics on Secret Ballots

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As the Democratic caucus angles to pass the badly named Employee Free Choice Act, a law that will actually take away the choice of a secret ballot for millions of America’s workers, we get one more example of how Democrats in Congress allocate things for themselves that they refuse to allow others to enjoy.

In the nasty infighting between Henry Waxman (D., Calif.) and John Dingell (D., Mich.) over the chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce committee in the House of Representatives, a secret ballot was held of the members of the House after which, Waxman came out the victor.

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Great Web Movie on Threat of Radical Islam

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, News, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Giving Marriage Back to the Church

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Family, Frank Salvato, Gay Marriage, Gays, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, The Law | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

Across the country the issue of “gay marriage” is being debated, examined, voted on and legislated. Groups, both pro and con, have taken to the streets from Massachusetts and Connecticut to both ends of California to express their support and opposition to legislating finality to this issue. While the answer to this ideological impasse may indeed come from legislation, it may come in an unexpected form and require those on both sides of the issue to dial back on their own self-importance.

At the risk of leaving many a religious person’s mouth agape, I don’t have a problem with people who have declared themselves homosexual. Having spent many years of my young adulthood in the entertainment industry I came to know many good, honest, hardworking, patriotic people who had come to the conclusion that they were gay. While this is not a lifestyle I choose to embrace for myself, because I believe in the concepts of “liberty” and “the pursuit of happiness” I find it hard to pass judgment on someone’s lifestyle when their actions do not affect my liberty or pursuit of happiness.

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.” – Thomas Jefferson
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How Government Destroys Our Wealth

November 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Media Bias, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Want to know why our economy is foundering? Blame government spending.

Government spends $57,000 per family of 4 per year. Pure waste. The median household income of Americans is only around $45,000, so the people aren’t even making as much as the government wastes on them. This is unsustainable.

Here is a great slide show by Rich Sokol to help illustrate the issue of government spending policy.

Sokol Government Spends
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And Now the Government Comes After the Bloggers?

November 23, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Censorship, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

“Gubbmint isn’t the solution,” Ronald Reagan famously said. “Gubbmint is the problem!” Well, until Al Gore invented our wonderful Internet world, there were darn few ways we common citizens could highlight just what the “problem” of government was. But, happily, we bloggers have become the modern version of our Founders plying the pamphleteer’s trade. Now, via the incredible world of blogging, we can spy a government abuse and cast the harsh light of public scrutiny upon it. And we can do it in the blink of an eye. All we need is our computers and a little Internet access.

But, now gubbmint is trying to find ways to make it harder for us to highlight their evil, wasteful, illegal ways. For now comes the Democrat Party of the State of Washington trying to reinvent bloggers as “lobbyists” so that we can be regulated out of existence.

Or, if they don’t exactly want bloggers regulated out of existence, Democrats at least want to put bloggers in such a position that there are fewer of them because of gubbmint’s onerous regulations.

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Stop the Presses! AP’s Important Story: Obama Had Corned Beef Sandwich for Lunch

November 23, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ya gotta hand it to them. The Associated Press knows how to cut out all the extraneous background noise and get right to the important issues of the day. Barack Obama will surely be in the center of the vortex of some of the most important decisions in the world during the next four years and even his preparations for taking office are vitally important as a marker to what he might do in office. There are wars and rumors of wars, disasters and relief efforts and historic decisions will soon be made. But no decision is so important, as the AP dutifully tells us, than the one of what the president elect had for lunch. The shocking, heartwarming and resolute decision the leader of the free world… no the leader of all mankind… made for his lunch was apparently a corned beef sandwich.

Darfur still swirls with genocide, Iran is still making plans to destroy Israel, China is on pace to build the largest most dangerous army on Earth, the European Union still angles to lay America low, but all that pales in comparison to the important report the AP could muster (no, not mustard). Yes, the AP brings us the most salient story of our day: “Obama grabs lunch at local deli, greets patrons.”

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Math is Heroic? Dumbing Down the English Language

November 23, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Yahoo News featured an interesting short report issued by Agence France-Presse on November 20. In it we discover that a consortium of French, German and Hungarian mathematicians are claiming to have proven that Einstein’s famous equation, e=mc2, is correct. The report is all good except for one very small aspect. They call the effort of these mathematicians “heroic” in contradiction to the root meaning of the word. Mathematics isn’t “heroic” and it is a degradation of true heroics to say it is.

Unfortunately, while a small thing too casually used in the AFP report, it proves a sort of degradation of our language. Not only that, but it further devalues real heroism, making the word mean less with each garbled usage.

Here is how AFP used the word:

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