December 31, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Chicago, Congress, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Illinois, Republicans, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, State Government, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
From the Walsh for Congress campaign…
Illinois 8th District Congressional candidate Joe Walsh says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has revealed a shocking level of naivete that provides legitimate reason to question her ability to protect our nation. “Secretary Napolitano’s comments and actions following the failed Christmas Day terrorist bombing reveal genuine reasons to doubt her ability to protect America from a shrewd, inventive enemy.”
Joe Walsh continued, saying, “Americans of all political ideologies are justified in doubting Napolitano’s experience and competence. Her lack of accountability is shocking and we deserve an explanation.” As a life-long advocate for limited government and a vibrant private sector, Joe Walsh intends to be a loud, forceful voice for his constituents. Joe was born and raised in the heart of the Eighth District, growing up in a family of nine children. He and his wife Helene together have five children.
-By Warner Todd Huiston
Fran Eaton has a very good bit of reporting in the SouthTown Star this week about the controversy over the claim by candidate Sean Morrison that he is a Republican. Morrison is running in the primary as a Republican for the Cook County Board of Review and faces Dan Patlak of Wheeling.
As Eaton notes, however, this Morrison fellow has rarely voted as a Republican and, while he’s donated to the National GOP, he’s also donated thousands of dollars to Illinois Democrats. So how is this guy a sudden candidate for Republicans?
Morrison claims he’s always been a Republican and has only donated to local Democrats because where he lives a “viable Republican organization did not exist.” He also claimed he donated to Democrats because of his business interests. Morrison is CEO of Alsip-based Morrison Security.
Eaton diplomatically ends her piece expressing that she still has “questions about Morrison,” but I don’t think I’ll be as gentle. Morrison is no Republican, never was, and is obviously a Democrat plant meant to try and ace Dan Patlak out of his nomination.
December 31, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Crime, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Freedom, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
I know I’ve said it before, but unionism is antithetical to good government. It is impossible to have both unions and effective government in a democratic republic such as ours. Unions destroy good government, waste money at all levels and they move strictly against the best interests of the voters in all cases. Once again my axiom is shown as a truism with a report by Michael Barone with his Dec. 30 Examiner piece.
Barone details the findings of a recent Rasmussen poll that reveals that Americans that aren’t in government unions and government jobs feel that the economy and the job outlook is getting worse while those in government jobs and unions think everything is going swimmingly.
That isn’t because the government jobs are materially better, but that the government jobs are raiding the public treasury and returning nothing of worth to the country through undue influence on politicians. You might ask why government workers feel things are so good if their jobs provide nothing of worth to the country? Good question. The problem is, even as government jobs are useless to the health, wealth, and welfare of the country, even while government jobs tear us all down and make us weaker in every category, they do provide something of relative worth to politicians: campaign cash.
From the Kirk Dillard for Governor campaign…
What did he know and when did he know it?
Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard today called on Governor Quinn to come clean and tell the truth about his secret program that released inmates from prison early. According to a hastily arranged announcement, the Quinn administration acknowledges that 64 former inmates have allegedly committed new crimes, some violent, since the Administration ordered the secret release without notifying victims or law enforcement. New crimes include assault, domestic violence, and firearm possession by a felon.
December 30, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Congress, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, House of Representatives, Islam, Islamofascism, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Republicans, Security/Safety, Senate, Society/Culture, Taxes, Terrorism, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
The Democrats are trying to paint the GOP as “obstructionists” for blocking the appointment of Obama’s choice of Erroll Southers to head up the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Democrats are claiming that by blocking the closure of debate on Southers the GOP is trying to obstruct “tighter security at airports.”
But there is an ulterior motive in play for the Democrats, naturally. And, again naturally, it is an effort by Democrats to hand a victory to unions. One of the things that Senator Jim DeMint (R, SC) is trying to stave off is the unionization of our airport security personnel as the Democrats are trying to slide this by the American people in the guise of “security.”
DeMint brought this up in an appearance on CNN on Dec. 29. When asked why he is putting up a protest about Souther DeMint noted that Obama waited 8 months to appoint someone to fill this spot then wanted the appointment to sail through with no debate.
But DeMint also warned about the stealth unionization that Obama is trying to slide past the American people.
December 30, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Communism, Constitution, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Freedom, Health, Illinois, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Rights, Socialism, Society/Culture, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
It has come to this. A newspaper in one of America’s biggest cities has so sold out to extremists, left-wing ideology that it has throw logic, facts, and reality to the four winds in order to sell Obama’s socialist healthcare policies. In a recent editorial the Chicago Sun-Times has absurdly determined that healthcare is a “right.” Unfortunately for truth and reality, the Sun-Times is simply wrong.
As we all know, the Senate has been engaging in a debate on Obamacare. But back on June 16 before the lesser light of the Kennedy clan passed away, Senator Edward Kennedy included a bit of foolishness in a statement issued in his role as the Chairman of the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, or the HELP committee.
-By Warner Todd Huston
On Tuesday, the William Kelly for Comptroller campaign issued a press release demanding that State GOP leaders denounce the candidacy of his rival for Comptroller, Jim Dodge. Kelly was exercised over the “smear tactics” that he claimed that the Dodge campaign was employing to best Kelly at the polls. All of this hullabaloo caused the Dodge campaign to wonder, with no little amusement, what Kelly was “crying about”?
After the ruckus that was raised by another quixotic candidate, that one being Senate candidate Andy Martin, who launched radio commercials outing one of his rivals as a homosexual, the State GOP denounced the outrageous behavior in the ads. This party sponsored denouncement prompted Kelly to call for a similar denouncement of his own rival in his race for comptroller.
Kelly’s press release said that with the aid of well known Chicago conservative activist Jack Roeser the Dodge campaign was engaged in a “smear campaign,” and cited the passing around of some video clips of Kelly’s late TV sports show as an example.
From the William Kelly for Comptroller campaign…
William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for comptroller, is calling on Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady to disavow the candidacy of Jim Dodge and his campaign’s smear tactics.
“I am the only true outsider reform candidate for Illinois comptroller with no government contracts. That is why I am more than willing to open the books and expose the insider deals That is the reason why one of my primary opponents has been engaging in a smear campaign to prevent me from winning the Republican primary for Illinois comptroller. He has been doing this with the help of Carpentersville businessman Jack Roeser, who was recently been named by news reports as part of the smear campaign against U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Mark Kirk. That is why we are calling on Illinois Republican party chairman Pat Brady to disavow Jim Dodge and his smear campaign against me,” said Kelly.
December 29, 2009 | Filed Under Chicago, Congress, Conservatives, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Republicans, Senate, State Government, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
The Folks at ChampionNews.com are supporting a Stop Kirk effort and a rally will be held Jan. 5th in Woodbine, Illinois. Kirk is wrong for this state for sure, so here is the info for the event…
Call the neighbors and wake the kids, it’s time to Stop Mark Kirk
Here’s a group that gets it. The Will County Tea Party Alliance (Joliet Tea Party & Homer/Lockport Tea Party) is hosting a Stop Mark Kirk Rally on Tuesday, January 5th at 7:30 PM at the Woodbine Country Club in Woodbine, Illinois. Admission is FREE.
From the Dan Patlak for Cook County Board of Review campaign:
Editor: records supplied to me from the Patlak campaign show that Sean Morrison voted Democrat since at least 1996 and has donated to Democratic candidates at least since 2003. You can see those records here:
Wheeling—As the election for Commissioner of the Board of Review commences its final stages, several individuals within the GOP are challenging Sean Morrison regarding his true Party affiliation. According to records obtained from the Chicago Board of Elections (attached), Morrison is more than just a supporter of the Democrat Party. Morrison, who was registered to vote in Chicago’s 19th ward until late 2008, has donated to the Democrat Party several times over the last two years with the last contribution being in June of 2009. In addition, he has also contributed to a Democrat Aldermanic candidate. While the fact he has taken a Democrat ballot in five of the last seven primaries is shocking (documents attached), the fact that he has never taken a Republican ballot raises several questions, including ones that relate to why he is running on the Republican ticket. Leading the challenge for transparency of Sean Morrison’s true intentions is the GOP endorsed candidate for Commissioner of the Board of Review, Dan Patlak, a long time, well respected Republican leader.
Joe Walsh is running for Congress out of the 8th District.
From the Kirk Dillard for Governor campaign:
With just 35 days left until the Primary Election Day, the Dillard for Governor Team is in full swing, leading the with most aggressive grassroots operation throughout the entire state! I have been extremely encouraged by the enthusiastic reception my television ad featuring former governor Jim Edgar has received. The faith and confidence my friend and mentor has in my candidacy is both a very humbling experience and a tremendous responsibility.
Republicans finally have an opportunity to elect a candidate who can win the Governor’s office in 2010. Chicago Magazine said I am a Republican who can win a general election — but I need your help!
I guess so many people are confusing 10th District Congressional candidate Bob Dold with former Senator from Kansas Bob Dole that they decided to have some fun with the confusion.
December 29, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, GOP, Health, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Republicans, Socialism, Society/Culture, Supreme Court, Taxes, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Canadian David Frum is like the cross-eyed marksman, he can see the target but just can’t ever hit it. The self-styled conservative has been the Old Media’s leading conservative in attacking, well, other conservatives. Naturally his Dec. 25 piece on theweek.com is no exception. Not only does he attack other conservatives, as is his wont, he so badly misreads the Constitution and certain other facts in the healthcare debate, it makes one wonder if he’s muffing it all on purpose? He does, however, get one salient fact right: the U.S. has already so ignored the U.S. Constitution that this socialist Obamacare plan will likely be declared wholly constitutional.
Frum’s latest frumble asks the question whether or not Obamacare is constitutional? He determines that it is constitutional mainly because Congress and multiple Supreme Courts have already ignored the Constitution so often as to make it likely they will all do so again to OK the illicit intrusion into our lives that is Obamacare.
OK, with his basic premise Frum is right. It is likely that our out-of-control federal establishment will again warp the Constitution to cover yet another socialist abomination. But how he gets to this conclusion is so filled with missteps that it is laughable and further this lapse of sense does not make it actually constitutional. It just makes it a done deal.
December 29, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Capitalism, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Elections, Founders, Freedom, GOP, House of Representatives, Jeff Lukens, Liberals, Republicans, Rights, Senate, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, The Law, Western Civilization | Comments Off
- By Jeff Lukens
This land of a free people and a free-market economy has generated a great wave of innovation that has benefited all of humanity. The essence of freedom and prosperity that moved around the world in past 200 and some years has been driven primarily by the United States. With our economy now stagnating, it has become more important than ever to return to the basic Constitutional freedoms that have made prosperity possible.
My son came home from college to visit recently. After some time of catching up on things, the conversation turned to topics that interest him — and that means all things electronic. He explained to me why I needed the latest operating system update for the computer and how properly to configure the surround sound system for the HDTV. I could barely keep up with it. Somewhere in the conversation, it occurred to me that in the long view of human history, we have come a long way in a very short time.
Think about it. In the 1600s, the ships that brought the first settlers to our shores, and tools for tilling the soil they brought with them, were not much more advanced than those used by people thousands of years before. In the relatively short time since their arrival in the New World, there has been an explosion in technology and the standard of living for ordinary people.
December 29, 2009 | Filed Under Humor | Comments Off
And as for me, I say GOOD RIDDANCE to 2009!
December 28, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Congress, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, House of Representatives, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, President, Republicans, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, State Government, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
CNSNews is reporting that Don Manzullo, the Republican Congressman that represents the area in which Thomson prison is located, is saying that moving Gitmo terrorists to the Illinois prison will “increase risk” to residents of Illinois.
Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) said last week he was “shocked” to hear a senior Department of Defense official agree with him that the administration’s plan to move detainees of Guantanamo Bay to Thomson, Ill., would pose an increased security risk.
Manzullo expressed shock that the Obama Administration claimed that it could manage a danger it couldn’t even quantify.
“That’s when I said, ‘Well, if there’s no way that you can estimate — measure — the extent of the increased risk, then why are you making the move in the first place?’”
Manzullo is right. With the utter failure of our system of protection that resulted in the “underwear bomber” attempting to destroy a plane over Detroit, how can the Administration guarantee that Thomson prison will be safe enough to house these sort of terrorists?
-By Warner Todd Huston
Perennial Illinois candidate Andy Martin has done it again. This time Martin has launched a series of radio commercials for his Senate candidacy accusing Representative Mark Kirk (R, Ill) of being a homosexual. The commercials have resulted in a rare rebuke from the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Pat Brady.
In his commercial Martin claims that Raymond True, a well known Republican from Lake County, Ill., once said that Kirk is a homosexual and that he, True, knows Kirk “pretty well.” Presumably Martin is using Ray True’s quote to confirm Kirk’s sexual proclivities. For his par Mr. True told the State GOP Chairman that he denies ever having said this to anyone.
“Mr. Martin did not contact me in any way before making his announcement. The comments attributed to me are completely false. I request through the media that Andy Martin cease and desist from making any additional statements that are incorrectly attributed to me.”
Chairman Pat Brady issued a rebuke of Martin in short order.
“The Illinois Republican Party disavows the statements made today by Mr. Andrew Martin in his statewide radio advertisements. His statements today are consistent with his history of bizarre behavior and often times hate-filled speech which has no place in the Illinois Republican Party. Mr. Martin will no longer be recognized as a legitimate Republican Candidate by the Illinois Republican Party.”
I have to say, this is not cricket as far as I am concerned. Martin should be excoriated for this foolishness. Republicans should not be in a habit of “outing” other Republicans. Sexual proclivities should not be a subject of discussion between candidates, even rival ones and they most assuredly should not form any part of a candidate’s campaign commercials.
The Dodge campaign has fun detailing the huge pension that rival Comptroller candidate Judy Baar Topinka already gets even before she might become Comptroller. It’s over 160 thousand dollars! Dodge also points out that Topinka’s claim to be scandal free is not as it seems.
Looks like the last Publius Podcast for 2009.
December 28, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Campaign Finance, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, House of Representatives, Republicans, Senate, State Government, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | 6 Comments
-By Warner Todd Huston
It’s the end of 2009, the “aughts” are over, and we are about to embark on a new year — and what else are they but the “aughts”? Well, besides mostly a horrible and thankfully passed decade. In any case, we are at the end of the year and that means two things: lists about this year and predictions for the next. I’ve chosen the prognosticator’s art for this piece with the subject of what will likely be our biggest failure or mistake in 2010: the Tea Party movement.
We all know that just saying the words “Tea Party” is enough to raise American’s blood pressure. Some will become suspicious or even enraged by imagining I am about to attack the Tea Partiers, some on the left will be filled with disgust even thinking about the Tea Partiers at all, and still others will get their blood up thinking about why the Tea Party movement started in the first place. For 2009 “Tea” and “Party” were two words that raised American’s passions in a myriad of ways, for sure. That won’t change in 2010.
But with the Tea Party movement we are likely headed for a huge mistake in 2010, one that I fear will stretch into 2011 and one that has the potential to hurt us all, right, left and center — but especially right.
December 28, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Christianity, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Illinois, Liberals, President, Religion, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Time Magazine reported that President Obama and his family didn’t attend a church service this Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. He is, to my knowledge, the first president to skip a Christmas Eve service for a long, long time.
But, while it is interesting to note that Obama is quite unchurched in a position where profession of the Christian faith has been nearly of a piece with the office, his skipping church — again — shouldn’t surprise anyone. Obama is not really much of a Christian after all.
Time notes that Obama has only attended church three times in the year he’s been in D.C. as our president and even when he pretended to be an active member of Trinity United, the uncouth Chicago church where the Racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright belched his hate on a weekly basis, he never attended with regularity or fervor.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Percy Sutton, long-time Borough President of Manhattan passed away this week at 89. Sutton is famous for being Malcolm X’s lawyer and a powerful New York politician but he was also a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, a radio pioneer, and a civil rights activist. There is one more little thing that Sutton is known for and that is for revealing that Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, a member of the Black Panthers and a well-known Islamist, was the benefactor that paid for Barack Obama’s Harvard education.
In October of 2008 Sutton appeared on NY1, a cable news channel in New York City. On the Inside City Hall show Percy spoke on-air with reporter Dominic Carter.
-By David M. Huntwork
It is one thing to judge, and another to excuse. The Manhattan Declaration does neither. I found this to be a rather profound statement by a large number of Christian leaders taking a stand for the foundations of civilization, the family, and the sanctity of human life. People of faith have to work together to preserve and protect the fundamental principles of morality from those who seek to destroy them. This declaration brings together numerous Catholic bishops, Orthodox clergy, and Evangelical leaders and as an evangelical Christian I will gladly partner with other types of Christians on the common concepts that form the backbone of Christianity.
Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.
We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:
December 27, 2009 | Filed Under Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Conservatism | Comments Off
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December 27, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Illinois, Liberals, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Long time Democratic Chicago Pol Monique Davis hasn’t paid the rent for her offices since 2002. Apparently it doesn’t matter either. After all, she’s a Chicago Democrat and the rules real people have to live by don’t apply to a Chicago Democrat.
And like a true Democrat Davis is blaming everyone else. It isn’t her fault, you see. Remember the scene close to the end of the Blues Brothers where Jake Blues (John Belushi) was on his knees in the sewer pleading with Carrie Fisher not to kill him? Jake Blues told his jilted and angry lover, “I ran out of gas, I had a flat tire, I didn’t have enough money for cab fare, my tux didn’t come back from the cleaners, an old friend came in from out of town, someone stole my car, there was an earthquake, a terrible flood, locusts…. it wasn’t my fault I SWEAR TO GOD!” Yeah, it’s just like that.
Davis doesn’t deny that she owes the Chicago School Board back-rent for her office space totaling over $75,000. But she also owes taxes of some $157,500 and about $287,000 in penalties. SHe has an excuse, of course.
-By Scott Cleland
Google posted its treatise on “The meaning of open” designed to redefine the word “open” in Google’s image. It is an important read because it is a bay window view into the altruistic way that Google yearns for the world to perceive it.
Like most all of Google’s PR, however, Google’s Treatise on “The meaning of open” may be “the truth” as Google sees it, but it is certainly not “the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
I. Google’s Open Double Standard
Simply, Google is for “open” wherever it does not have a monopoly or dominant market position, however where it does, as in AdWords, AdSense and search advertising syndication, it is closed, to ensure that its dominance remains impregnable to competitors.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Just a reminder, folks. Since Illinois moved its primary up… waaaaay up … we are only 38 days away from primary voting which begins on Feb. 2!
That’s right, folks, 38 days to make up your mind about for which candidate you’ll vote for the GOP nomination for every office up for grabs in 2010.
So, once again, here are the websites of the state-wide offices and the local offices up for election in this mid term season.
John Arrington – arringtonforsenate.com
Patrick Hughes – patrickhughesforsenate.com
Mark Kirk – kirkforsenate.com
Tom Kuna – w-e-r-co.com
Don Lowery – judgelowery4ussenate.com
Andy Martin – andyforussenator.com
Kathleen Thomas – kathleenthomasforsenate.org
Ed Varga – e-varga.com
Eric Wallace – wallaceforillinois.com
Robert Zadek – robertzadek.com
-By Warner Todd Huston
Get the pity party violin music warmed up because Ezra Klein and Dave Weigel are whining that Sarah Palin has forced them, the press, into a “submissive role” because she is so mean to them.
Klein favorably cites the analysis of Weigel who whined that the “Palin problem” has “put the press in a submissive position.”
The problem is that Palin has put the political press in a submissive position, one in which the only information it prints about her comes from prepared statements or from Q&As with friendly interviewers. This isn’t something most politicians get away with, or would be allowed to get away with. But Palin has leveraged her celebrity — her ability to get ratings, the ardor of her fans and the bitterness of her critics — to win a truly unique relationship with the press. She is allowed to shape the public debate without actually engaging in it.
Oh, boo hoo. Now we have to feel sorry for the press over the feeling that mean ‘ol Sarah Palin has been successful in leading them by the nose?
December 26, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Illinois, Mayor Richard Daley, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s brother, William, is warning the Democratic Party that it is going too far left and will end up “in the wilderness” in 2010. William Daley has been a longtime political operative that has been connected with the Clintons for many years but that doesn’t make him an extremist lefty, apparently… at least in his opinion.
Daley wrote an op ed for the Washington Post today where he warns that the Democratic Party is in danger of going over the leftwing cliff.
With the revelation that Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama is jumping the sinking Dem. ship and has declared that he is now a Republican and with the several Dems retiring from Congress, Daley warns that all the centrists are running away from the party and that will cause it to lose future elections.
In fact, he’s sure its too late to prevent major loses in 2010. He warns that if the party doesn’t return to the center they will lose more than just the next election.
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