Video: Spending Just Got Personal

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Financial Reform, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Video: Spending Just Got Personal

This is a pretty inventive way to relate polling figures, I have to say. This one was made by

Seven out of ten voters say government spending is too high and 68 percent say spending is affecting them personally, according to a bipartisan ten-state poll we sponsored. Our fans told us they love the infographics we made to visualize the poll’s key findings. So we made a video taking the graphics to the next level.

Hundreds from our online community have taken the poll themselves. See how their views match up with them and the rest of the country. Click here to weigh in now.

After Denial, Anti-American Faculty of UIC to Fight For Bill Ayers’s Emeritus Status

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, Liberals, Taxes, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, William Ayers | Comments Off on

After Denial, Anti-American Faculty of UIC to Fight For Bill Ayers’s Emeritus Status

-By Warner Todd Huston

The leaders of the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago are weighing whether they will wade into the fray and come to the aid of a terrorist.

Last week the board of UIC denied domestic terrorist and close Obama confidant William Ayers the emeritus status he sought upon his retirement. The reason he was denied is due to his own words as laid down in the dedication to his 1974 screed.

In that dedication, Ayers celebrated murderer and political assassin Sirhan Sirhan, the man who killed Bobby Kennedy as he ran for president in 1968.

Unfortunately for Ayers, though, it just so happened that the son of Bobby Kennedy sits on the same UIC board that Ayers had to appeal to for his last little undeserved academic plum. At Kennedy’s urging, the board denied the domestic terrorist’s accolade.
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Consumer Confidence Drops to Lowest Level Since February

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, DuPage County, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Kane County, Liberals, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Will County | Comments Off on

Consumer Confidence Drops to Lowest Level Since February

From the Schilling for Congress…

Schilling: “We need to elect new leadership that will turn this country around.”

EAST MOLINE, IL–Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, commented on a recent report that consumer confidence had dropped to its lowest level since February. The Conference Board stated that their monthly Consumer Confidence Index currently stands at 48.5, down from 53.2 in August.
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Send Your Kids to ‘Camp Politics’

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Government, Humor, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Send Your Kids to ‘Camp Politics’

The Institute for Justice has tried its hand at some satire and political commentary with pleasing results…

Too much in there is a “sad but true” proposition.

As Obama Pretends at Its Freedom, His Gov’t Plans Takeover of Internet

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Computers, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Government, House of Representatives, Inernet, Liberals, Net Neutrality, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

As Obama Pretends at Its Freedom, His Gov’t Plans Takeover of Internet

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an address to the United Nations on Thursday, Sept. 23, President Obama pledged to preserve a “free and open Internet” and would call out nations that censored content.

In a veiled reference to China and other nations that censor the Internet, Obama said that a civil society fosters open government. “Civil society is the conscience of our communities, and America will always extend our engagement abroad with citizens beyond the halls of government. And we will call out those who suppress ideas and serve as a voice for those who are voiceless.”

“We will promote new tools of communication so people are empowered to connect with one another and, in repressive societies, to do so with security,” Obama said. “We will support a free and open Internet, so individuals have the information to make up their own minds. And it is time to embrace and effectively monitor norms that advance the rights of civil society and guarantee its expansion within and across borders.”

Yet even as Obama stood giving high sounding words to a “free and open Internet” and scolding other nations that have oppressive controls on Internet access for their own citizens, Barack Obama’s own government has itself been quietly making plans to take over the Internet from private companies.
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The Coming Staples Mausoleum/Stadium

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, California, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entertainment, Free Trade, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Sports, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

The Coming Staples Mausoleum/Stadium

-By Warner Todd Huston

Even as supporters claim they won’t need subsidies, it is more likely that L.A. is about to plunge itself forever into debt with a new stadium, the Staples Center. A look at just about any other convention center, or stadium in the country easily shows that these projects seldom pay for themselves as builders insist that they will do. Yet, every time you turn around another city is falling for this false hope.

Unfortunately it is almost impossible for the average citizen to track where the budget money is going in any particular city budget. As we learned from Bell, California people have even been duped into making city politicians millionaires and millions have been misspent.

Cities shift funds from one department to another with such regularity that tracking it is difficult. If the City of Bell is any lesson we need far more transparency in city budgeting.

But it shouldn’t be any surprise to the city fathers of LA that the Staples Center will never pay for itself. After all, the Convention Center has lost millions every year, too, and now they intend to tear down part of that losing venture to build yet another losing venture. According to the L.A. Almanac, in 2005 the convention center brought in $9,130,000. Appropriations for the convention center, however, were 21,608,518. That is an operating loss.
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Alexi Tells Voters He Was No Banker, But Claims to IRS He Was

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Alexi Giannoulias, Banks, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Alexi Tells Voters He Was No Banker, But Claims to IRS He Was

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s almost like a bad Riddler quip from TVs Adam West Batman show: When is a banker not a banker? Well, apparently the Illinois Democrat candidate for Senate, Alexi “the Mob Banker” Giannoulias, is trying his hand at the riddle. He’s constantly told the voters that he was not employed by his family bank during the year that it met so much trouble, yet on his tax returns Alexi took deductions for his bank work during that same year.

So when IS a banker not a banker? Apparently when he’s trying to run for Senate and get out from under the mess his bank ended up in.

Giannoulias has claimed that he had left his family bank in 2005. But as the Chicago Tribune reports, “Giannoulias was able to take a $2.7 million tax deduction last year because he reported working hundreds of hours at Broadway Bank in 2006.”
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A Case of Influence Peddling by a Dem. Member of the Cook County Board of Review?

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Chicago, Congress, Cook County, Cook County Board, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Property Rights, Property Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

A Case of Influence Peddling by a Dem. Member of the Cook County Board of Review?

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few weeks ago Chicago Magazine published a story that revealed what sure looks like an influence peddling scandal perpetrated by Democrat Cook County Board of Review member Joseph Berrios. The story is filled with the maddeningly typical Chicago corruption. It also seems to implicate his other two fellow board members, Brendan Houlihan and Larry Rogers, Jr — both Democrats. To date Houlihan has yet to answer to these charges.

The Cook County Board of Review is the office responsible for handling property tax complaints and is responsible for lowering the tax rate if a property merits a reduction. As it happens Berrios, a Board of Review member since 1988, has been rather free with tax reductions for campaign contributors. He also seems to have ignored or skirted multiple rules and regulations by meeting with contributors behind closed doors and illegally filing requests for review. It appears that Berrios initiated a pay to play operation where commercial property owners got reductions in property taxes for campaign contributions to his campaign.

One Berrios associate in particular had some very favorable tax reductions given to him and his clients. Paul Froehlich and a political associate who once worked for Berrios found the Board of Review quite amenable to reductions for several Schaumburg properties the pair represented.

Now a property cannot have its taxes reduced unless at least one other commissioner agrees to the reduction. Meetings arranging the reductions, though, appear to be little else but a rubber stamp affair of the member’s recommendations. It is rare that any of the other two board members ever deny a fellow their recommendation. Again, all three board members are Democrats.

After the Chicago Magazine story at least four property tax reductions were suddenly reversed by the board, reductions that were called into question by the story. Fellow board member Brendan Houlihan, who represents suburban Cook County, attempted to distance himself from the corruption by claiming that he had investigated himself and all was well with the world.

Houlihan claimed that he had conducted an “internal investigation” and his findings had been turned over to the state’s attorney’s office that is investigating the scandal. He refused any further comment because of the ongoing investigation of possible criminal activity.

Houlihan has quite a few questions to answer to and just sitting back and saying “no comment” is not good enough as he presents himself for reelection by the very people he may have helped defraud of tax receipts to help Berrios gain campaign donations.

Here is what Houlihan is accused of doing: The Board of Review frequently goes out among private citizens with seminars and similar events and at these events tax reduction requests are accepted from the general public. The law states that regular homeowners are allowed to file reductions in person but commercial property owners must file via an attorney. The accusation is that Houlihan was allowing the cases from Berrios’s pals to be added illegally to private homeowner cases, all of which were then rubber stamped by the board with the reductions passed on illicitly to Berrios’s commercial property campaign supporters.

Worse, Houlihan claims that he was unaware that Joe Berrios was running one of these citizen outreach seminars right in Houlihan’s own suburban Cook district. It was at this outreach session that Berrios slipped in the commercial cases among the private citizen’s requests.

There are several vexing questions that Houlihan has yet to answer to in this scandal. Chief of which is what did Houlihan know and when did he know it?

  • Was Houlihan personally aware that these commercial cases were slipped in with the private homeowner’s tax reduction requests?
  • If Commissioner Houlihan wasn’t aware of it is one of his staffers complicit with the illegal activity?
  • Did Houlihan review and approve of the tax reductions for Berrios’s pals?
  • If not, isn’t that a dereliction of his duty as a board member?
  • Why did Houlihan not even know what was going on in his own district?

There also seem to have been three closed-door hearings by the Board of Review on this whole scandal. Despite that these violations occurred in Houlihan’s very own district transcripts show that he asked no questions during the hearings. In fact, he failed to even attend one of them.

Just what the heck does Brendan Houlihan do in his elected position on the Cook County Board of Review? He skips meetings, refuses to ask questions about a scandal perpetrated in his own district, rubber stamps illegal tax reductions, and then won’t answer to the voters for his lack of alacrity for doing his job.

I called Houlihan’s office and was granted a meeting… at first. The next day, via email, spokesman Mark Volpe told me that meeting was canceled. After a follow up phone call I was told that Houlihan had no comment on the matter.

Clearly Houlihan doesn’t feel he has to answer to the voters of suburban Cook County. Will they return him to office in November?
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IL Congresswoman’s Ties to Obama

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Congress, Cook County, Democracy, Elections, Government, Illinois, Liberals, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

IL Congresswoman’s Ties to Obama

From the Palatine Tea Party…

(Palatine, Illinois) – Representative Melissa Bean (D) Illinois 8th district and Obama share direct campaign funding ties. A closer look suggests that Bean and Obama are tightly linked.

Two mega-donors are John W Rogers and Mellody Hobson, executives at mutual fund company Ariel Capital Management, who have given more than $14,200 combined to Bean, including $4,600 in July 2009 alone, according to OpenSecrets.

Rogers is a personal friend of Barack and Michelle Obama, and his ex-wife currently serves as the White House social secretary (yes – that social secretary; she also shares a Georgetown apartment with Valerie Jarrett). Hobson has been a fundraiser for Obama since his first campaign, in 1995, and was rumored for an economic advisory post in the administration.
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Statement On Two-Year Anniversary Of Foster’s Government Bailout Vote

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Kane County, Liberals, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Will County | Comments Off on

Statement On Two-Year Anniversary Of Foster’s Government Bailout Vote

From the Hultgren for Congress campaign (14th District)…

ST. CHARLES – Randy Hultgren, Republican candidate for Congress in the 14th District, issued the following statement on the two-year anniversary of Democrat Congressman Bill Foster’s disastrous vote to bail out Wall Street.

“Two years ago today, Congressman Bill Foster disregarded the concerns and views of his constituents to support Nancy Pelosi’s Wall Street bailout bill,” said Hultgren. “Unfortunately, that was just the first of Foster’s many votes for bailouts; since then he has voted repeatedly to bail out the private sector using scarce taxpayer dollars while exploiting any opportunity for government intrusion into the marketplace.”

“I’ve spoken to people all across the 14th District and what I’ve consistently heard is they want and expect a more accountable Congress, one that spends responsibly and adheres to a budget,” said Hultgren.

How To Tell If You’re a Conservative‏

September 30, 2010 | Filed Under Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Nancy Morgan, Republicans | Comments Off on

How To Tell If You’re a Conservative‏

-By Nancy Morgan

For too long, conservatives have allowed the left to define them. With more Americans becoming disillusioned with Obama, it’s time to counter the media’s portrayal of conservatives as radical, illegitimate extremists, concerned only with amassing wealth and kicking gays. Here’s a quick guide to help identify the basic differences between leftists and conservatives.

Conservatives understand that the system of capitalism is the greatest engine of wealth creation the world has ever known. They don’t think profit is a dirty word. Leftists argue that feelings, not the bottom line, should be the motivating factor in all of life’s decisions.

Conservatives believe that a man’s fate is determined by the life choices he makes. Leftists believe if they’re not successful, its because racist capitalists are hogging all the wealth. And that’s not fair!
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WOW, Democrat Jokes That Seniors Should Be Denied End-Of-Life Healthcare

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Health, Liberals, Michigan, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Democrat Gary McDowell is running to replace Bart Stupak (D, MI) in Michigan’s First District and while he may be hoping he might get the votes of seniors coming to the end of their time here on this mortal coil, he sure seems reticent to give them the medical care they’ll need to be around much longer after the election!

At a campaign appearance, McDowell agreed with those Obamacare supporters that think giving lifesaving medical care to seniors at end of life is a “resource” that needs to be rationed.

McDowell even makes a joke of the issue by saying that those that say end-of-life care should be rationed must be “from a safe district” because the “inconvenient truth” as he sees it is a tough pill to swallow.

Death panels, anyone?

Like a true Democrat McDowell thinks that setting up death panels should be swathed in less alarming language but that they should still be set up. “I was more diplomatic in not mentioning the end of life,” he said to those gathered. Yet he still meant to talk about how we need to ration healthcare at the end of life because “as adults” we need to accept McDowell’s “truth” that it’s just too expensive to save grandma’s life.

Let’s hope that Michiganders vote for Doctor Dan Benishek instead of McDowell for Michigan’s First.
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Obama in Negative Numbers EVEN in Illinois?

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Obama in Negative Numbers EVEN in Illinois?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Public Policy Polling has released a poll of voters in President Obama’s home state of Illinois. shockingly it shows that Obama has a 49% disapproval rating in Illinois.

The Illinois poll we’ll release this week won’t do much to change the conventional wisdom on either the Senate or Gubernatorial race in the state but it does have one pretty surprising finding: Barack Obama’s approval numbers have dropped into negative territory even with likely voters in his home state. 44% approve of the job he’s doing while 49% say they disapprove.

The polling firm also finds that independents have lost faith in The One. “Independents strongly disapprove of him with just 35% feeling he’s doing a good job to 57% unhappy,” they report.

If Obama can’t even hold his own state, then he really is in trouble. But this parallels the dismal approval ratings that Democrats are seeing across the board.
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The Old Media: More Distrusted Than Ever

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

The Old Media: More Distrusted Than Ever

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Gallup polling agency has released its annual assessment of how Americans view the Old Media establishment and it isn’t good for the Old Media. Gallup found more people than ever have no trust in the Old Media (57 percent) and those that do trust the media have fallen to an all time low (43 percent). These are the most extreme ratings that Gallup has ever seen.

“For a fourth straight year,” Gallup says, “the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.”

Even more striking is the overwhelming feeling among Americans that the Old Media is too liberal.
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When a Journalist Hasn’t a Clue About the Constitution

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Britain, Conservatives, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, EU, Europe, Government, History, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

When a Journalist Hasn’t a Clue About the Constitution

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Constitution of the United States of America. Journalist Mary Dejevsky wrote about it, but she sure hasn’t the first clue about what it does, what it means, or why American politics seem to have gone awry. She did get some things correct in her article in Britain’s Independent newspaper but over all she proved that she neither understands, nor even has a general feel for the greatest governing document ever written by man.

Further Mary Dejevsky reveals herself to be a typical left-winger that not only doesn’t “get” the USA but actively hates her and wants her destroyed and replaced with a pale copy of any particular European nation. In this she differs little from the goals of the current Democrat Party and she certainly represents a typical journalist.

One of the things the Independent’s Washington correspondent got right, though, was contained in the subhead, a pull quote from further down in the article. “The ignorance, bickering and sheer incompetence the present system fosters in a new administration is not worthy of a world power in the modern age.” Couldn’t agree more.
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Vadum: A Reminder, ACORN Funding NOT Permanently Cut Off

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under ACORN, Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Liberals, Lobbyists, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 6 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Matthew Vadum, ever vigilant on the evils perpetrated by ACORN, reminds us that the criminal community organizer has not had its federal funding cut off permanently. The temporary cut off is soon to expire and Vadum reports that there doesn’t seem to be anyone in Congress taking up a reinstatement of the ban.

In his Sept. 28 piece at the American Spectator, Vadum says that many people are confused about the funding ban imagining it was permanent.

This confusion about ACORN can probably be blamed in part on the quirks of parliamentary procedure and the complexity of the appropriations process. The legal language prohibiting the funding is contained in spending legislation that covers only the federal government’s current fiscal year which ends this Sept. 30.

The current funding ban is due to run out soon.

So is Congress making to fix this lack of attention on ACORN?
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(14th District) Hultgren To Foster: Call For A Vote On Tax Cuts!

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Elections, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

(14th District) Hultgren To Foster: Call For A Vote On Tax Cuts!

From the Hultgren for Congress campaign (14th District)…

ST. CHARLES – State Senator Randy Hultgren issued the following statement today regarding Congress’s pending failure to pass an extension of expiring tax cuts; Congress is scheduled to adjourn Thursday, part of an effort to give Democrats more time in their districts as they desperately try to save their jobs.

“Taxpayers and small business owners across the 14th Congressional District of Illinois continue to fear what the federal government will do to them while the economy sputters,” said Hultgren. “Rather than going along with efforts to postpone a vote on taxes till after the election, Bill Foster should urge his close, personal friend Nancy Pelosi to hold an up-or-down vote on the extension of all expiring tax cuts prior to this week’s adjournment.”
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Peter Rosakm: A Few Op Eds for Your Interest

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Conservatives, Democracy, Elections, GOP, Government, Health, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Peter Roskam, Policy, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Peter Rosakm: A Few Op Eds for Your Interest

From the office of Representaive Peter Roskam (R, Ill.)…

When you get a chance, take a look at two op-eds I wrote last week.

The first in National Review Online discusses the Republican agenda for the fall, including our plans to spur job creation, reel in government spending, establish predictability in the marketplace, and replace Obamacare with reforms designed to actually lower health care costs.
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Barack Obama at the Arab American Action Network Gala‏

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under 9/11, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Liberals, Palestinians, President, Religion, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Barack Obama at the Arab American Action Network Gala‏

-By Michael Zak

On Friday, an anti-terrorism task force of the FBI conducted eight raids in Chicago and Minneapolis. Among the targets was Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network Network (AAAN). Agents seized laptop computers and other evidence from Abudayyeh’s Chicago home. This much has been reported in the media.

What has received less coverage is the connection between the AAAN and the President of the United States. A photo of Michelle and Barack Obama was taken on May 24, 1998 in Burbank, IL, where state senator Barack Obama was an honored guest at a gala dinner. Hosting the event was — drumroll, please — the Arab American Action Network.

In this photo, Obama is speaking with the keynote speaker, PLO advisor Edward Said, who passed away in 2003.

The organization hosting the gala dinner, the AAAN, had been funded by Barack Obama, his terrorist friend Bill Ayers [here, standing on the American flag] and other directors of the Woods Fund. The AAAN had been established by another one of Obama’s friends, Rashid Khalidi.
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Barack Obama: The Man Who Would be God?

September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Christianity, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Islam, Liberals, President, Religion, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off on

Barack Obama: The Man Who Would be God?

-By Selwyn Duke

When writing about Barack Obama’s religious orientation recently, I pointed out that while I do believe he favors Muslim over Western culture, bowing before another — even God — is above his humility grade. I further mentioned that in keeping with this self-centeredness, Obama is (like all leftists) someone who denies moral reality.

Ironically, after penning my piece, I became aware of an interview Obama once gave — one quite relevant to the topic at hand. It was conducted in 2004 by Chicago Sun Times religion reporter Cathleen Falsani while Obama was running for the U.S. Senate, and it offers great insight into the nature of Obama’s “faith.” I think you’ll be interested to hear what he had to say.
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FBI Investigating Obama Confidant and Union Chief Andy Stern?

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Andy Stern, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, FBI, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, SEIU, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

FBI Investigating Obama Confidant and Union Chief Andy Stern?

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is pretty momentous information. According to two people interviewed by federal agents the FBI and the U.S. Labor Dept. are investigating former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Andy Stern.

The two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006 and his role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who allegedly performed no work.

It should be remembered that Andy Stern has been one of the most frequent visitors to the White House and has served as a close adviser to President Barack Obama.

Stern unexpectedly resigned in April as president of one of the most powerful unions in the nation. This news might explain why. He may have known that he was being investigated.
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Net Neutrality Update

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Government, Inernet, Liberals, Net Neutrality, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Net Neutrality Update

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you are as worried as I am about the left’s effort to force ever larger amounts of big government onto our lives, then you should be looking into the issue of Net Neutrality. To that end a few times a week I’ll be posting some links and info about Net Neutrality to help you all get your feet wet on this important issue.

Here are just a few of the latest articles on Net Neutrality for your information:

Draft of Waxman’s net-neutrality legislation leaked amid talks
The Hill, by Sara Jerome

Here is a draft copy of the net-neutrality proposal under development by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (Calif.), according to an industry source. This version was under consideration as of the weekend. Two non-Hill sources said Monday afternoon they believe the bill will come on Monday or Tuesday.

Rough week marks end of FCC Chairman’s Summer in Hell
The Daily Caller, by Mike Riggs

Among the Washington power set’s favorite past-times is betting on an agency head’s exit date. After all, it’s usually a question of when — not if — he or she is going to burn out, throw up his or her hands in frustration, and get hounded out of the gig. The betting tables are especially hot after a long week for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
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Newest House Net Neutrality Bill Cuts FCC Out of Internet Authority

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Blogging, Budget, Business, Computers, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, FCC, Free Trade, Government, Inernet, Jobs, Liberals, Net Neutrality, Stimulus, Taxes, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

It looks like House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, (D-Calif) is so desperate to get a Net Neutrality bill out of the House before the recess that he was willing to strip the FCC authority from it this week. For months he Federal Communications Commission has been angling to take power over the Internet and left-wing Net Neutrality supporters were keen to let them but with the clock running down Chairman Waxman took a different path.

Tech Dose Daily reports that the bill would prohibit the FCC from reclassifying broadband under title II of the Communications Act. But there is a two-year sunset clause that would open up the FCC to reapply for this undue power at a later date.

Waxman apparently hopes to get this version of the bill passed out of committee so that the House can pass the bill before the recess. He hopes then that the Senate can tackle its part of the bill during the upcoming lame duck session.
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Shuttering New Jersey Abortion Mills: Another Reason Why Christie is a Hero

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Abortion, Budget, Chris Christie, Economy/Finances, Education, GOP, Government, Media, New Jersey, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Shuttering New Jersey Abortion Mills: Another Reason Why Christie is a Hero

-By Warner Todd Huston

Aside from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie taking the fight to the state’s greedy, education-killing teachers union the Gov has also struck a blow against rampant abortion in the Garden State by taking away state funding to abortion mills. Steven Ertelt reports that at least one Planned Parenthood office is closing down and others are looking to “creative” budgeting to stay open.

In July Governor Christie vetoed a bill that would restore the $7.5 million of state funding that the legislature tried to implement after Christie removed that funding from the budget. Democrats in Trenton thought they had enough votes to override Christie’s veto, but at the last minute state Republicans backed out of signing onto the override.

Parenthood of Southern New Jersey president Lynn Brown told the newspaper, “We are in think mode and creative mode and we are doing all that we can to try and salvage to see as many people as we need to see.”

“We all know it’s strictly ideological,” Brown said of the funding cuts to the abortion business. “This is a very frustrating and perplexing time for us.”

Perplexing? What is so hard about understanding that the state is nearly bankrupt and can’t be wasting money on killing babies?
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Chicago News Outlets Miss That FBI Targeted Protester is Chief Steward for SEIU

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Chicago News Outlets Miss That FBI Targeted Protester is Chief Steward for SEIU

-By Warner Todd Huston

One might think it would be big news that a Chief Steward for a Local chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is being investigated by the FBI for possible connection to overseas terror networks. Apparently, though, several Chicago news outlets didn’t see a reason to add this little fact to their stories. And even if it wasn’t big news that the FBI is investigating a union member, one would think that his profession would at least make an appearance somewhere in properly formulated coverage of the story… right?

Over the weekend the FBI announced that it was investigating Joseph Iosbaker for possible connections to overseas terror groups. Iosbaker and his wife Stephanie Weiner, both anti-war activists, are suspected of activities “concerning the material support of terrorism.”

The Chicago news has been all over the demonstrations that left-wing groups have mounted in Chicago to protest the FBI’s investigation of the anti-war activists. These stories are filled with all sorts of facts, dates and names. But in a significant handful of stories one little fact seems to have escaped the notice of these hardnosed journalists. Iosbaker is an SEIU union member. And not just a rank and file member but an official.
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Movie Trailer: True Grit Gets Grittier

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Entertainment, Hollywood, Movies, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Movie Trailer: True Grit Gets Grittier

-By Warner Todd Huston

Joel and Ethan Cohen have taken the book that the 1970 John Wayne vehicle of the same name was based on and given it a new treatment. The book was published in 1969 and written by Charles Portis and related the tale of a young girl determined to avenge the death of her father by teaming up with a seedy, aging gunfighter named Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn and a greedy Texas Ranger named La Boeuf.

I am all in for this one, I have to tell you! But it sure seems like Jeff Bridges and especially Matt Damon are in every other movie these days! For that matter, Josh Brolin has done quite a lot of work lately, too.

But this trailer looks great.

Rep. Roskam on The ‘Pledge To America’ (Answers to Earmarks Question)

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Barney Frank, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Earmarks, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Lobbyists, Nancy Pelosi, Peter Roskam, President, Regulation, Republicans, Stimulus, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Rep. Roskam on The ‘Pledge To America’ (Answers to Earmarks Question)

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week the House Republicans issued their update of the 1994 “Contract With America.” They have labeled it the “Pledge To America,” and it was launched to a standing ovation from House Republicans. On Friday I spoke to Representative Peter Roskam (R, Ill.) and asked a few questions about this new effort.

Roskam said that the preamble of the pledge, “which is really, I think, moving,” was met with a standing ovation when it was presented to all the Hose Republicans and the representative was pleased that the National Review said that the new pledge was bolder than the original 1994 contract.

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He also threw out a little taunt to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi saying, “our members are game on and ready to go… if the Speaker wants to mock this stuff then the best way for her to deal with it is to call us out, which of course she won’t.”
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Happy Birthday Samuel Adams!

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under History, Illinois, Sam Adams, Sam Adams Alliance, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Happy Birthday Samuel Adams!

From the Sam Adams Alliance…

Today is the 288th birthday of Samuel Adams–“founder” of the American Revolution.

Never heard of him? Or at least, only know about Sam Adams because you like the beer named after him? Well that’s a tragedy because in his day–way back in 1776–Sam Adams was considered the thought-leader and brain child behind the American Revolution. Our most famous founding fathers, including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, all credited Samuel Adams with spearheading a movement that changed the course of not only American history, but also truly, liberty and democracy across the globe for generations to come.

Samuel Adams was a modest and humble man who used the communications tools of his time–the pen, newspapers, pamphlets, and person-to-person meetings, to generate a demand for independence against the encroaching suffocation that England was imposing on the colonies.
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Ill. Policy Institute: How Has Government Policy Affected You?‏

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Illinois State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Ill. Policy Institute: How Has Government Policy Affected You?‏

from the Illinois Policy Institute…

Earlier this year, the Illinois Policy Institute released our inaugural Legislators’ Guide to the Issues.

As we update the guide for 2011, we want to incorporate the voices of citizens all across the state of Illinois on how policy has changed their lives for better or worse. Over the next month, we will be soliciting your views on 3 featured topics each week. Here are the first 3 topics.
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Rep. Hare Misleads Public on Outsourcing

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Rep. Hare Misleads Public on Outsourcing

From the Schilling for Congress campaign (17th District…

Schilling: “How can you lecture me on outsourcing when you vote for policies that directly cause it?”

EAST MOLINE, IL–Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, challenged Rep. Hare to explain his voting record on outsourcing.

Rep. Hare recently told the Quincy Herald-Whig, in regards to the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, “I’m not going to vote for this agreement or any other one that costs even one America job. Enough is enough.”
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