-By Warner Todd Huston
WJBD radio of downstate Salem (just east of St. Louis) reported on the Marion County Lincoln Day Dinner at which appeared Congressman John Shimkus (R, 19th District).
who told the assembled crowd that Obamacare was “a step toward socialism.”
“I just wish we could start over. We are not doing this to say don’t do anything. But we are saying let’s get a clean sheet of paper and list where we agree and lets fix those. Then we can go again and list another series,” the Congressman told WJBD.
Shimkus says Congress also needs to deal with the huge national debt that has tripled in the past few years, rising to a level that draws questions to the soundness of the government. “We have to address entitlement programs, which means addressing social security, means testing, extending the retirement age, getting a better return on the money that you have available, addressing medicare and medicaid, Shimkus said. “This health care bill takes 500-billion dollars out of medicare. Now Medicare is already going broke, how do you sustain that?”
Shimkus was the Republican that walked out of Obama’s State of the Union address late last year and has been a stalwart anti-Obamacare advocate in Congress.
-By Warner Todd Huston
On February 27 the Times Online from Britain published what it hailed as amazing proof that 4th century Britain was “multicultural” and “diverse” during the Roman occupation of the island nation. This “new” revelation came from a recent scientific investigation into the burial in York of an African woman. The problem with this whole report is that it does not at all show that Britain was “multicultural” in the 4th century. The truth is the newspaper misapplied the word “multicultural” to this burial in an effort to celebrate the politically correct ideal of multiculturalism as it exists today.
There is nothing as ahistorcal as applying today’s standards and ideas to the past, but The Times falls headlong into this trap in an effort to show that the Romans were somehow just like us today in their acceptance of “multiculturalism.” The problem, of course, is that Rome did not accept other cultures in the same way that Britain’s modern, self-destructive dalliance in “multiculturalism” does.
The story of the 4th century burial is very informative and interesting, to be sure. Originally found in 1901 in Bootham, York, the grave was buried in what was a Roman fortress and settlement named Eboracum, founded in AD71. The researchers found that an African woman (or one of mixed-race, they couldn’t be sure) was buried in a stone sarcophagus and laid to rest with several of her possessions proving that she was a person of wealth and station in life. The medical examination of the skeleton also seemed to show that the woman did not live a life of strenuous labor. A Latin inscription on one of her possessions indicates that she may have been a Christian, too.
-By Thomas E. Brewton
Obama’s shameful campaign to criminalize officials in the Bush administration is reminiscent of Stalin’s purges of his opponents in 1936-38.
Through the office of Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama actively supported a witch-hunt aimed at destroying the careers of Bush administration attorneys who provided legal advice about the limits upon interrogating captured Islamic terrorists. Hating President Bush wasn’t enough. It was necessary figuratively to spill some blood.
Between 1936 and 1938 Stalin staged public trials of of Soviet military and political leaders whom he regarded as rivals. All of the trials resulted in convictions and executions for alleged treason.
American liberal-progressives at the time applauded the show trials as necessary to stop opposition to socialistic progress toward perfection of human nature and political society. In fact, liberal-progressives continued to defend the trials until after the fall of the Soviet Union and revelation of KGB documents.
February 27, 2010 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, Liberals, Patriotism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off
We the people will defend our county!
February 27, 2010 | Filed Under Andy Stern, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Liberals, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
President Obama has today appointed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern to the federal deficit-reduction commission. And I say, why not? After all union thugs like Stern are one of the root causes of federal deficits so he should know all about them.
Unfortunately, though, Stern only knows how to make deficits worse and knows precisely nothing about cutting them.
Obama also appointed several other big, big campaign donors to this so-called deficit cutting commission, Ann Fudge (over $36,000 donated) and Alice Rivlin (over $47,000).
Of course this is a joke. But the joke is on all of us. As this poseur of a president sits stroking his chin and telling America “let me be clear,” and “make no mistake” that he’s all about fixing things, he hands out plum after plum to his pals on the extreme left.
From the Office of State Senator Chris Lauzen, 25th District…
I deeply appreciate the landslide support that voters in the Republican Primary provided for me and our volunteers. It is a privilege to work for you, and I will do my best for you and your family.
The people I serve just want honest competence from their government. I have learned that constituents will forgive me for making mistakes, as long as I learn from them, and if they can trust that I won’t lie to them and won’t steal from them.
-By Ann “Babe” Huggett
On Thursday morning, February 18th, with one minute left of his popular San Francisco Bay Area early morning talk show on KSFO 560-AM, veteran radio host and dedicated conservative, Lee Rodgers, received his pink slip without warning for refusing to. “…say nice things about Muslims.”
Rodgers, a 25 year veteran of ABC Radio and a 15 year veteran at KSFO with his highly rated and profitable Lee Rodgers Show, was in the normal process of renegotiating his contract for renewal in July when he was fired last week. In a clear violation of his contract, Rodgers said that his leaving, “…was forced upon me, with no notice.”
ABC Radio is owned by Citadel Corporation and is in bankruptcy. Its move to terminate one of its highest rated and profitable hosts in a major metropolitan market seems counter-productive but is not unusual under Citadel’s current management. Earlier in the month Chicago sister station, WLS-AM 890 fired in mid-week the abrasive but entertaining libertarian, Mancow Muller, and his co-host, Pat Cassidy, for, as Muller put it, “no rhyme or reason.”
-By Norvell S. Rose
How many times must we learn the painful lesson? What will it take for us to recognize the near-universal rule governing the outcome of any unwieldy Washington-driven “reform” effort? That rule is: When the government attempts a big fix for something, watch out below! Duck and cover! Run for your liberty-loving life! The fix will, in all likelihood, come crashing down around us; even as seemingly oblivious lawmakers continue to pat themselves on the back for a job well done.
Such is the sorry case with the so-called credit card reform act of 2009 – all but buried among the wrack and rubble of a multitude of such massive makeover attempts by the liberal crusaders. In its predictable activation of the law of unintended consequences, this sweeping “consumer protection” law should be a stark lesson in what not to do with regard to another far-reaching reform effort – the health care fix.
As background on the “Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009″…
February 26, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Health, Illinois, Liberals, Peter Roskam, Republicans, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
“The public understands what’s in this bill and they’ve rejected it … the premise yesterday was ‘what’s it going to take for Republicans to vote for this bill that Americans don’t like,’ and we’ve said, ‘let’s start over and start with a clean sheet of paper.’”
Congressman Peter Roskam (R, Ill.)
On FOX News today with Jane Skinnard Peter Roskam said that Americans and Republicans remained firmly opposed to Democrats’ massive health care takeover plans, instead urging an incremental approach that focuses on costs as a way to expand coverage. Roskam participated in President Obama’s Blair House Health Summit yesterday and felt that Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid and the President were not willing to negotiate honestly with the GOP.
The folks at the Palatine Tea Party have alerted us to the fact that Congressman Melissa Bean will be holding a town hall to hear from her constituents on Feb. 27.
According to the Palatine folks, Bean will be moving around quite a bit on Saturday appearing at several stores throughout the day. It strikes me as sort of odd, but apparently she is touring four Jewel-Osco grocery stores and will be meeting in the aisles near the entrance to the stores. I guess she doesn’t expect too many attendees since she isn’t meeting at a sit-down venue but rather in the aisles of a grocery store.
Anyway, here is the schedule:
February 26, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Liberals, Pat Quinn, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
What a difference five years makes. Back then, when Republicans were toying with the notion of ramming a bill through Congress, it was a “naked power grab” and a constitutional crisis. Today, however, such a move is apparently okey-dokey. You can watch the painful evidence by clicking on the video above.
-By Zahcary S. Oltmanns
I am more confident now than ever that Conservatives can take back Illinois and in fact most of the country. Everything the liberals have done the past few years has failed. Sadly, America has suffered. As I go from event to event I am meeting average citizens that are tired of the direction America is heading. In fact, 52% of Americans do NOT want President Obama re-elected in 2012 according to a CNN poll. The healthcare plan turned out to be a total disaster for the Democrats and it has hurt them deeply. The stimulus package has failed as well and it was run very poorly. According to recovery.gov Illinois has been awarded $3,905,380,000 and with that money we have created just 11,280 jobs. So by doing the math the American tax payer is paying over $270,000 for each job that stimulus package has created.
I have said this a lot but I will say it again, Americans are no longer asking for fiscal responsibility, they are demanding it! No longer will Americans accept our elected officials spending our tax dollars recklessly.
From Adam Andrzejewski…
Today, Adam Andrzejewski, founder of good government organization For the Good of Illinois and former Republican Gubernatorial candidate, called for the Illinois Republican Party to reform itself in the name of good government. “In the election of the Republican State Central Committee, County Chairman are allowed to vote vacant precincts. This allows them to benefit from vacancies, and creates a strong disincentive to build our party. If county chairman can cast the votes of the empty precincts- why do the hard work of filling them?”, Andrzejewski stated.
“While running for Governor, my campaign took the time to identify and help hundreds of new people run for precinct committeemen. Allowing County bosses to vote vacant precincts dilutes the vote of committeemen who actually do the heavy lifting of electing Republicans,” Andrzejewski continued, “Let’s welcome our new committeemen, respect our existing ones.”
-By Dan Proft
If the fiscal crisis in Springfield continues we’re going to have to childproof the State Capitol.
Watching Chicago Democrats generically embrace spending cuts is like watching a baby learn how to walk.
They are not clear where to start or where they intend to go and they are in desperate search for affirmation from anxious onlookers that they are doing good.
February 26, 2010 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Elections, Free Trade, GOP, Government, Health, Jobs, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Republicans, SEIU, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington | 2 Comments
-By Warner Todd Huston
On February 24, Moe Lane posted a short piece alerting one and all to the fact that one of the Republican candidates for Washington State’s 3rd Congressional District is a favorite of the hard-core lefties in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — one of Obama’s favorite Big Labors cohorts. Mr. Lane, though, was sure that Jaime Herrera “regrets that endorsement now.” Unfortunately, I am not so sanguine because Herrera has been far more compliant with Big Labor’s goals than is evident from what Lane might have thought was a mere wayward endorsement.
There is a reason, it appears, that the SEIU endorsed Herrera. As a Republican she seems to be far more one of them than one of us at least as far as Big Labor’s needs go!
Moe Lane cited the Clark County Politics blog on the SEIU’s endorsement, but if you don’t want to believe the CCPblog — admittedly a right leaning site — here is a Progressive Voters Guide for Washington and here is the Voters Guide for Equal Rights Washington, both left-wing groups that show SEIU support for Herrera. On top of that here is SEIU Local 1199 NW’s endorsement page which also announces its endorsement of Herrera.
But, let’s address that possible “regret” that Mr. Lane so casually extends to Ms Harrera. Could Lane be right, could it be that Herrera was just by happenstance on the receiving end of an SEIU endorsement and now wishes it never happened? Was it all just an unfortunate incident? I have to say that after looking up some of her votes over the last few years, I must conclude that Herrera was given the thumbs up by the SEIU for a reason. Jaime Herrera was quite a friend to Big Labor.
-By Warner Todd Huston
It’s just plain odd, but funny and telling all at the same time. Apparently the Brits are going to have their own tea party to protest their own plight of over taxation.
Accordingly, Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan is sponsoring a Brighton Tea Party to be held on February 27.
Hannan thinks that Brits have had enough of being raked over the coals as their government wastes tax money at a rate even higher than that of America’s profligate government.
The Tea Party Movement in the USA has demonstrated the huge scale of public opposition to excessive taxation. In the UK, tax is much higher and, in addition, British membership of the democratically unaccountable EU raises the issue of “no taxation without representation”. From the Boston Tea Party to the Brighton Tea Party, it’s time to demonstrate our opposition to excessive taxation.
Perhaps you’ll recall Daniel Hannan giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown the what fer last year? You might also remember that he became an instant celebrity with American conservatives, too!
One of my favorite lines…
-By Warner Todd Huston
Americans for Prosperity has this hilarious slice of lefty disconnect that is just so typical of how folks on the left really just don’t have a grasp on rarity.
Just outside of Blair House, across the street from the White House at the corner of 17th St & Pennsylvania Ave., we see young lady from a tea party protest being confronted by a lefty. She is using the poor conditions of Walter Reed Hospital as an example of government healthcare that has failed or is failing.
Here is what this mind-numbed lefty says in reply…
That’s not government, that’s the Pentagon!?
This poor lefty soul thinks that the Pentagon isn’t part of the government and that military healthcare isn’t a government healthcare program?
You see, leftists hate the military so much that they refuse to even accept the purely factual assertion that the military is part of our government!
This sort of empty “thinking” is why there is no way to talk with a leftist. You may as well be speaking Martian to them because they just don’t have a grasp on reality.
-By Warner Todd Huston
The Hill is reporting that 70 percent of our Congressmen’s Washington offices violate OSHA’s workplace safety rules. Of course, if our employers were to be found in violation of OSHA rules we’d have our places of business closed down and the owners prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
But, you see, Congress doesn’t have to abide by the laws everyone else suffers under, now do they?
Of the 541 offices in Congress, 154 were found to be completely in compliance with OSHA standards — those of 64 senators and 90 House lawmakers — leaving 387 offices that had at least one violation. This is a marked increase from 2008, when only 37 offices were found to be in complete accordance, or in 2006, when only seven offices were in compliance.
Sure some of the OSHA violations were minor infractions, to be sure, but the fact that these violations add up to so many is astounding.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Incumbent Democrat Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii’s first district is expected to resign his seat in Congress in order to make a run at Hawaii’s gubernatorial seat. That leaves his House seat open and it is looking as if the Republicans have a good chance to win it with the candidacy of Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou.
A special election is now set for May 22 to fill Abercrombie’s seat.
If Charles Djou can win this seat it will be one more slight to Democrats because Hawaii’s District One is Barack Obama’s old hometown on the Islands.
February 26, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Environment, Free Trade, Government, Liberals, Media Bias, Science, Selwyn Duke, Taxes | Comments Off
-By Selwyn Duke
At one time some would call them “deniers.” The more generous called them “skeptics.” But now, increasingly, it appears that they can be called something else: sane. Yes, the climate has certainly changed.
Even in the mainstream media, the less liberal organs are waking up. There is now a never-ending barrage of articles on the climate scam, with The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post firing some recent salvos. And these inconvenient truths are just adding to a case against the Climateers that has become dizzying.
Really, those issuing Chicken Little warnings had a tough sell from the get-go. We’re told that our world has seen at least five major ice ages, but, then again, I’ve also heard four. It has experienced numerous minor ones, although I’m not sure anyone knows precisely how many. In fact, we hear that the pattern is to have 100,000-year glacial periods followed by 12,000-year interglacials, with1500-year cycles of warming and cooling embedded within them. We’re told that during part of the Cryogenian Period — otherwise known as “Snowball Earth” — the world was completely blanketed with snow and ice and that during another period, glaciers were almost or completely gone. Furthermore, we’re informed that during the latter there was still, believe it or not, dry land and creatures to tread upon it.
Americans for Prosperity applauds Governor Quinn for opening an online comment portal offering the general public an opportunity to view and comment on the states budget dilemma.
On March 10, 2010 Governor Quinn will be making his annual budget address. Governor Quinn has made it clear that he believes the only way out of the states financial mess is to raise our taxes.
Americans for Prosperity strongly disagrees!
-By Dr. Peter Weiss
Instead of President Obama’s gargantuan bill, let’s take the problems one at a time and address them individually.
Pelosi tried and failed. Harry Reid couldn’t do it either. So President Obama has put his plan for health care reform on the table and now he wants to ram it through both the House and Senate.
The president is acting as if he came up with some new and improved concept for health care reform, when all he’s done is repackage an old, out of touch with reality proposal that nobody wants, except maybe Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
February 25, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Federalism, Free Trade, GOP, Government, Health, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Peter Roskam, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Congressman Peter Roskam (R, Illinois)
Mr. President: Business in Washington doesn’t have to be this way. You need not be pushed to the left and you can work across the aisle like you have in the past.
That is what I told President Obama a few weeks ago at the GOP caucus. He really does have an ability to work in a bipartisan manner. I know because we worked together for years to solve problems in the Illinois Senate.
Today’s health care summit doesn’t have to be a regurgitation of an unpopular health care bill. Nor does the President have to embrace Congressional Democratic leadership, which has systematically stiff-armed Republicans out of any conversation about solutions. Sure, health care is a contentious issue, but President Obama has successfully worked with Republicans under similar parameters.
February 25, 2010 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Chicago, Cook County, David Ratowitz, Elections, GOP, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, State Government, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
CHIGAGO – February 25, 2010 – Four Chicago-based Republican candidates will host a joint fund-raiser on Thursday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. at The Stretch, 3485 North Clark St. in Chicago. Illinois state hopefuls David Anderson, Adam Robinson and Scott Tucker will join federal candidate David Ratowitz in a mass muster of support for their individual General Election campaigns.
Admission to the event is two-tier: $30 covers cash bar and appetizers; $60 includes appetizers and open bar from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The public is welcome; no RSVP is required.
Promotional opportunities are available for third-party organizations. Prospective event sponsors are asked to contact Caitlin Huxley, 312-841-0172 or CaitlinHuxley@gmail.com. Co-sponsors currently include Chicago Young Republicans and Illinois Log Cabin Republicans.
From the campaign of Joe Walsh for Congress, 8th District…
Participates in Special Olympics Polar Plunge Charity Event
(Lake Zurich, Illinois) – February 25, 2010 -
Taking a break from his own campaign fund-raising, Joe Walsh, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 8th, will be participating this Sunday in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Charity Event to raise funds for the Special Olympics.
SPRINGFIELD – February 24, 2010. Officials from Governor Pat Quinn’s Administration today announced that, for the first time in Illinois’ history, the public can actively participate in the state’s budgeting process. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) today launched www.budget.illinois.gov, a Web site that allows Illinois residents to provide feedback that will be used to shape the state’s fiscal year 2011 budget.
-By Warner Todd Huston>
Some random observations…
- If animals are “just like people,” as the far left keeps telling us, should we charge that killer whale in Florida with murder?
- A “Professor” says that Globaloney deniers are “close-minded.” Idiot, the word coupling is CLOSED-minded, not close-minded. Grammar, Sir, Grammar! Of course, it could have been the idiots at NPR doing a bad transcription of the Prof’s comments, too. Wither way we have some bunch of idiots here.
- The Left is like a defective Toyota with its accelerator stuck in KILLKILLKILL mode.
- I am increasingly becoming afraid that the GOP is going to be fooled into a Romney 2012 candidacy! But WHICH Romeny will run…. or will we get another, new Romney just specially for 2012??
- Every time I write a story about bad journalism, I invariably get at least one comment that is confused enough to think that “Warner Todd Huston” is the journalist that muffed the story instead that it’s ME, the guy writing the story ABOUT the journalist that muffed the story! Reading comprehension is in short supply out there sometimes!
- Why do half-wit libs write me 50 paragraph emails telling me how much they hate me? Do they expect me to actually READ all that?
Thank you, that is all.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Two weeks ago the U.S. Senate passed new rules that would require new spending to be offset somewhere else in the budget, the so-called paygo rule. They did this because Democrats and Obama got tired of being called big spending socialists and wanted the veneer of fiscal responsibility with which to cloak themselves. It lasted two weeks before the Senate broke its own new Obama-sponsored rule and went headlong for just another big spending program with its supposed jobs bill.
On February 13 President Obama celebrated the paygo rule as a “common sense” rule that would “rein in spending.” Obama then said that the new rule would assure that Congress would be forced to “pay for what it spends, just like everybody else.”
It all sounds so grand. But it wasn’t to last. Maybe that’s why the Senate couldn’t abide by the rule, it was too much “common sense” for them to put up with?
-By Warner Todd Huston
Estimates of voter participation proved that the February primary didn’t garner much interest. With less than 30 percent of registered voters turning out to nominate those that will run in November, moving the primary to February was obviously a bad move. Of course, this year’s primary was moved up to February in a 2007 bill that was meant to give Barack Obama a boost in 2008. But several bills meant to move the primary back to its traditional third Tuesday in March schedule have been introduced in Springfield.
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D, Northbrook) wants the primary moved right back to its old date in March and has introduced a bill in the Illinois House to do so.
It was passed the committee unanimously and heads to the full House soon.
-By Selwyn Duke
Whenever criticizing grammar and punctuation, you run the risk of being labeled punctilious. Worse still, since even many good writers involved in Internet journalism disgorge the odd typo, there’s the chance you will come to be regarded as an expert on the glass-house real estate market. Yet there’s no doubt that the much lamented decline in journalism is about style as well as substance. And, just occasionally, you encounter an example of it that demands some attention.
Such is a Channel 13 Action News (ABC) article titled “Las Vegas Mayor Goodman rejects Obama invitation,” a piece that is, you might say, plagiarism proof. It brings to mind that oft-heard journalistic advice that, put loosely, instructs one to write at an eighth-grade level. Only, I didn’t know it referred to the eighth grade in Mexico — when writing in English. That is to say, it’s obvious the piece was not penned by a native English speaker.
The article is so bad that it’s impossible to print all the errors contained therein without running afoul of Fair Use Doctrine. So, since I don’t write for The New York Times and my name isn’t Zachary Kouwe or Jayson Blair, I’ll just say that I counted nine major mistakes (and I’m omitting much) in the 333-word piece and will present the most glaring examples. I won’t provide corrections, however, as these excerpts speak for themselves. And if a reader can’t hear what they say, I suggest that he has a future at ABC News.
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