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Reagan and Obama – NO COMPARISON

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Liberals, President, Ronald Reagan, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A lot of left-leaning Old Media types are trying desperately to pump Barack Obama up into the new Ronald Reagan. But, if anyone takes the time to really compare the two, Obama seems far more like the anti-Reagan than a Reagan redux.

Ronald Reagan was a truly great American President. Barack Obama is simply the second Carter and no better… he may be worse, but we won’t know that for sure until his finally leaves office.
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The Twitter List of GOP Freshman in Congress

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Congress, Conservatives, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Want to know what all the GOP freshmen in the House of Representatives and the Senate are twittering about? Well, with this list you can tune into the Twitter feed of each of them and find out what is going on minute by minute.

Well, OK, not exactly minute-by-minute but at least week-by-week. Not all of them are using their Twitter to its full potential. A very few of these fellows have barley touched their Twitter feed at all, some don’t even seem to have one. Most of them, however, have fully populated their feed with Tweets and seem to understand that this is a great outreach tool. If the new reps that haven’t used it know what’s good for them they’ll get their feeds moving with some news.

It is also interesting to note that some newly elected folks have not yet separated their campaign Twitter feed from their feed as elected congressmen which might be a violation of election law. I have every new GOP senator and representative listed but where no feed is noted below I couldn’t find one for that member of congress. (And if anyone knows if I am missing one, please contact me so I can update the list)

I’ve put them all in a Twitter Follow List, too, at my gopfreshman Twitter List.

Senate

Arkansas: John Boozman http://twitter.com/JohnBoozman

Florida: Marco Rubio http://twitter.com/SenRubioPress

Indiana: Dan Coats http://twitter.com/SenDanCoats

Kansas: Jerry Moran http://twitter.com/JerryMoran

Kentucky: Rand Paul http://twitter.com/SenRandPaul

Missouri: Roy Blunt http://twitter.com/RoyBlunt
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A Snap Shot of Congressional Arrogance

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Mark Kirk, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

POLITICO posted a piece last week that shows the arrogance of our duly elected Senators in Washington D.C. After reading this piece, one gets the impression that this good old boys club is not only one that not just anyone is allowed to join but one that finds itself beyond even the voters that put them there. It is an arrogance of self-assumed stature in this great Republic that is galling and should be.

The piece, headlined “Mark Kirk not sorry for Senate ‘end zone dance,'” was all full of the tsk tsking by nose-in-the-air senators that didn’t like the fact that newly minted Senator Mark Kirk was ebullient about the GOP having won a recent legislative victory. It was gauche, these senators said, not proper, completely untoward, over-the-top, low-rent, “amateurish,”and entirely eyebrow raising.

What did Senator Kirk do to cause all this finger wagging to be unleashed like a torrent in his direction? In a news conference Kirk put on a “demeanor” that amounted to “spiking a football on the decorous Senate floor,” after the GOP defeated the Democrat’s $1.1 trillion spending bill riddled with pork, waste, and earmarks.
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Remember: Obamacare is Great… Well Unless You Are a Union, Then You Don’t Have to Suffer Under it

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Health, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you’ll recall, Big Labor was one of the biggest cheerleaders for Obamacare. Big Labor was insistent that Obama’s take over of our nation’s healthcare was the best thing since sliced bread, to be sure. But once Obamacare got passed into law, we’ve learned that dozens of unions have sought exemptions to get out from under the destructive dictates of the law and they have been given that pass by their pal in the White House. Republicans are vowing to probe these cynical exemptions.

The waivers the Obama administration bestowed upon his biggest donors and friends allows the insurance plans of unions and various Obama-friendly corporations to get out from under the annual limits on what they spend on their employee’s medical coverage. Obamacare bans annual limits, but 222 unions and corporations and other Obama buddies are now exempt from this ban.

Apparently, while they all clamored for the rest of us to suffer under Obamacare, they’ve decided that they shouldn’t have to. And who is the biggest beneficiary of these waivers? Unions, of course.
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Waiting and Watching Egypt

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Anti-Americanism, Democracy, Egypt | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

It took several weeks for word of the British defeat at Yorktown to reach the king and parliament. Not long after the end of the American Revolution, the government led by George Washington dispatched diplomats to London to negotiate a trade treaty.

Today we watch events unfold in far off places often in real time. What we lack, however, is context. Most Americans and, I suspect, others in Western nations are frequently at a loss when it comes to knowing anything about the culture and history, past and recent, of nations in the Middle East, Africa, or Asia.

What we do know about the Middle East is that, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran along with the rise of al Qaeda and other jihadist organizations, things have not gone well for American and Western interests.
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China’s Dead Babies‏

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Abortion, Anti-Americanism, Children, China, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, Nancy Morgan | 1 Comment

-By Nancy Morgan

America is shocked, shocked! Kermit Gosnell, a 69 year old abortion doctor, was arrested last week, charged with killing seven babies and causing the death of a woman during a botched abortion. An illegal, late-term abortion. Prosecutors are accusing Gosnell of using scissors to snip the spinal cords of 7 babies who were inconveniently born alive.

CBS news reports that “Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds of living babies over the course of his 30-year practice.” Surprisingly, this story is being reported in all its gruesome details by the mainstream media. The same media who, for decades, have reported on abortions issues only in the context of “women’s rights” and “choice.”

As Americans gasp in horror over the sordid details of killing living babies and tossing them in the trash, our President is wining and dining a man who is responsible for enabling thousands of Kermit Gosnells. I refer to Chinese President Hu Jintao. And China’s 40 year-old policy, yawn, of forced abortions.
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Chico supporters: Vote now to stop Rahm Tax later

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Government, Liberals, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

From the Gery Chico for Chicago Mayor campaign…

Former Emanuel opponent endorses Chico: “He’s a proven leader who never lost touch with the community”

(CHICAGO) With early voting set to begin tomorrow, mayoral candidate Gery Chico joined community leaders and elected officials to rally Chicagoans to vote now to stop the Rahm Tax later. Chico supporters who attended the gathering in Eckhart Park included Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward), Ald. Joe Moreno (1st Ward), Rev. B. Herbert Martin, LGBT advocate Rick Garcia, local police and firefighters and former Rahm Emanuel opponent and respected community activist Nancy Kaszak.

Kaszak, a northside leader in the Polish community, called Chico a proven leader who never lost touch with the community.
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Chicago Tea Party: Repeal the Tax Hike

January 31, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Chicago Tea Party…

If you’re outraged over the 67% income tax increase and the 46% corporate income tax increase in Illinois, then please join us at our next monthly meeting. Our featured speaker will be John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute. We will discuss our efforts to repeal the tax hike and reform out of control government spending. Find out what you can do to help make a difference.

Click here to register for the Chicago Tea Party February Meeting. You can also RSVP through Facebook.
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The Left’s Lying Liars Trying to Smear Michelle Bachmann’s Tea Party Response

January 30, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, President, Republicans, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The left’s latest unfair, false, and downright scurrilous attack on Michelle Bachmann focuses on her Tea Party response video aired after President Obama’s State of the Union speech last week. I am a bit late to this story, I realize, but I wanted to get it aired here regardless.

The left’s claim is that Michelle is too stupid to understand how TV works because she was not looking into the camera as she delivered her comments. Further, the left (and some uninformed conservatives, too) are saying that Bachmann is dividing the Republican Party by delivering the speech at all.

Both claims are flat out false.
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Amazing: NPRs Out Of Context Use of Renew America Quote

January 30, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, George W. Bush, GOP, Government, Iraq, Liberals, Policy, President, Republicans, Social Security, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Russ J. Alan is a writer whose work often appears on the website RenewAmerica.com, a news/opinion site started several years ago by Alan Keyes. Alan’s latest column is about the mess that is Social Security and a quote from his piece was posted on National Public Radio’s website under the rubric of quotes on Iraq. But NPR takes the quote so badly out of context that one would think that Alan was saying just the opposite of what he actually said.

Remember our tax money goes for this NPR “service” to the nation.

Under NPR’s topic page one can search for quotes on any particular subject and the Alan quote is under Topics/Iraq/Quote. There you will find this:
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Roskam to Deliver Economic Speech At City Club of Chicago Tuesday

January 30, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Peter Roskam, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Congressman Peter Roskam (Ill., 6th District)..

BLOOMINGDALE – Majority Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (IL-6) will deliver an economic speech at the City Club of Chicago this coming Tuesday, February 1st, at 12:30 pm CT. Roskam, a member of the influential Ways & Means Committee, will outline what House Republicans are doing to ensure the 112th Congress is a “cut-and-grow” Congress that eliminates wasteful spending and cuts harmful regulations, enabling private sector job growth. Roskam will offer a clear alternative to the job-destroying policies that Democrats are implementing both in Washington and in Illinois – on taxes, healthcare, trade and more.
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Losing Egypt

January 30, 2011 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Egypt, Liberals, President | 1 Comment

-By Alan Caruba

Those of us around at the time of the 1979 Iranian student revolution that deposed the shah are having strong feelings of déjà vu because that uprising was swiftly co-opted by Ayatollah Khomeini who hated the Great Satan, America, as much as he hated the Little Satan, Israel.

The U.S. lost a major ally in the Middle East. The Shah may have been a bastard, but he was our bastard. The CIA had put him on the Peacock Throne.

The uprising in Egypt, if taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood, will severely endanger American interests that have largely been coasting along in the belief that Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak would engineer a smooth transition of power to his son. This was the scenario in Syria when its dictator, Hafiz al-Assad, passed away.

That scenario just went out the window. Given the depth of opposition to Mubarak, it is unlikely power would pass to his son, Jamal who, with his wife and daughter have fled to Great Britain. Moreover, since Mubarak has no vice president, there is a major power vacuum.
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Hating Infidels

January 30, 2011 | Filed Under 9/11, Alan Caruba, Anti-Americanism, Christianity, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Islam, Islamofascism, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Nanny State, President, Regulation, Religion, Terrorism | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

The Holocaust of the last century is remembered for the mass murder of Europe’s Jewish population, an estimated six million who perished. In total, an estimated eleven to seventeen million Europeans, Jews and Christians, died in the Nazi concentration and death camps or were murdered outright in their homelands.

Records were lost or didn’t list religion, but the lesser known story of the Holocaust was the death of millions of Christians, three million of whom were Poles, predominantly Catholics, killed by the Nazis for being Poles. They have a special place in Jewish history because many Poles, risking immediate execution if caught, were among the “righteous Gentiles” who were rescuers of Jews.

I cite this because there is a new Holocaust abroad in the world and it is directed at Christians, particularly in the Middle East and throughout Africa, wherever Islam is the dominant religion. Nor is this is a new phenomenon; Christians were widely persecuted under the Ottomans (Turks) when their empire encompassed much of the Middle East.
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Possible Outages For the Weekend

January 29, 2011 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off

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The Barack Obama Station: It’s All a Bad Act

January 29, 2011 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Government, Humor, Liberals, President, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

It’s the Barack Obama Station, “very scary.”

Sponsored by ForAmerica.org.


About the ‘Muslim Problem’

January 29, 2011 | Filed Under 9/11, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Frank Salvato, Government, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Military, President, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Western Civilization | 1 Comment

-By Frank Salvato

Five years ago when my organization BasicsProject.org partnered in producing the first national symposium series on the threat of radical Islam, the issue was not in the mainstream. In fact, our publication, NewMediaJournal.us was banned from Google News for what they called “hate speech,” simply because several of our writers dared to broach the subject of jihad and the violent tenets of Islamist fundamentalism. To be sure, we have come a very long way from those days. Today, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity both talk regularly about the issue with Mr. O’Reilly calling it “the Muslim problem.” This is a good thing, but it isn’t nearly enough.

As President Obama does everything in his power, using every resource and every propaganda ploy to diminish the “Muslim problem” that exists, not only in the United States, but around the world, the truth remains, fundamentalist Islam is a problem that is growing, not diminishing. Many on the Left and in the Progressive camp insist that the number of people within the Islamic religion who practice fundamentalist Islam – radical Islam; those who, when asked, champion the violent element within their religion, are but a scant ten percent. But when we put that percentage in realistic terms, realizing that nearly one-fourth of the world’s population is Muslim (1.57 billion adherents) and that the number of those following the Islamic religion grows by 1.84% annually, we can divine that ten percent of the Muslim population – those who subscribe to fundamentalist Islam and violent jihad – amounts to 157,000,000 people and growing. That number, to equate it to something tangible, is over one-third of the population of the United States of America.
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Chico Blasts Rahm Tax at Local Barbershop

January 29, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Gery Chico, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Gery Chico for Chicago Mayor campaign…

(CHICAGO) Visiting a Hyde Park barbershop that could potentially be hit by Rahm Emanuel’s haphazard plan to raise taxes, mayoral candidate Gery Chico again criticized the Rahm Tax as one of the largest expansions of the sales tax in city history at the absolute worst time.

“Need a plumber? Pay the Rahm Tax. Need a taxi? Pay the Rahm Tax. Need to park your car? Pay the Rahm Tax,” Gery Chico said. “If Rahm Emanuel gets his way, we will all pay the Rahm Tax.”
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As We Lose Our Jobs, Unionized CA College Profs Want More

January 28, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, California, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Without question we are living through the worst economic times in generations and Barack Obama’s policies aren’t helping alleviate the pain. Pain is, indeed, the watchword, too. Nearly everyone knows someone that has lost his job. Nearly everyone has lost money for their retirement. Everyone is feeling the pain. And no one is very sanguine that it’s getting any better. Well, no one but unionized university professors in California, anyway. They are so sure that things are better than ever that they expect constantly growing pay and even richer benefits to be borne on the backs of the taxpayers.

There’s a lesson in this somewhere.

California’s university professor union, the California Faculty Association, has looked upon the crumbling state of California in the economic disaster that is the United States and instead of seeing a goad toward austerity, the CA sees greater spending as an answer to what ails them.

The gal these unionistas have.
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Tribute, Turf Tax and the Teachers Unions

January 28, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Government, Larry Sand, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions | 1 Comment

-By Larry Sand

Before the Reformation, it was common for Europeans to pay Tribute to the Church. People across Europe would have to give something to Rome as a way of submitting to, or showing allegiance to, the church.

Tribute in another form came about in the U.S. the 1920s when organized crime carved up cities and claimed certain areas as their turf. Any legitimate person who wanted to start a business in a gang’s territory would have to pay a street or turf tax to the thugs just to do business.

While these concepts may seem alien to many of us in the West today, people here in our own country that toil away in non-right-to-work states must pay Tribute — in the form of union dues — if they want to be employed in certain professions.

Teachers in 28 states and Washington D.C. fall into this pay-to-play category. While this type of Tribute goes pretty much unchallenged, every now and then something comes up that you’d think would enrage those who are being victimized.
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Chico pledges 2,000 new police officers by end of first term

January 28, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Illinois, Liberals, Police, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Gery Chico for Chicago Mayor campaign..

(CHICAGO) Mayoral candidate Gery Chico rolled out a five-point plan to crack down on crime today that would strengthen police presence in Chicago neighborhoods, expand community policing and tackle gang violence. At a press conference in Marquette Park, within Chicago’s 8th Police District where the city’s index crime rate is the highest, Chico vowed to put 2,000 more officers on the street by the end of his first term in office.

Noting the increase in violence against police officers as an indication of a dangerous indifference to the law, Chico said protecting the citizens is the mayor’s most important job.
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Truth in Accounting Issues: Florida’s ‘Financial State of the State’ – True Tax Burden $23. Billion

January 28, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Florida, Government, Liberals, Taxes, Truth in Accounting, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Institute for Truth in Accounting…

Chicago (November 29, 2010) Today, the Institute for Truth in Accounting released Florida’s “Financial State of the State.” After an intensive review of the State’s 2009 audited financial report the Institute determined the State is in a precarious financial position because it does not have the funds available to pay more than $23.4 billion of the State’s commitments as they come due. Each taxpayer’s share of this financial burden equals $4,100.

Florida state law requires a balanced budget. “If governors and legislatures had truly balanced the state’s budget, no taxpayer’s financial burden would exist,” said Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA). She continued, “A state budget is not balanced if past costs, including those for employees’ retirement benefits, are pushed into the future.”
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Look Out it’s ROBOT!

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under Entertainment, Humor, India, Movies, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Yes, prepare yourself for the greatest action movie of all time…

I mean, come on. I don’t know if this actioner is meant to be “serious” action movie in India (Like Die Hard is in America, for instance) or if it’s just supposed to be tongue-in-cheek fun, but this one is hilarious. Get ready for ROBOT.

Part two has the most action, so I’ll post that first…

But if you want to know how it all starts, here is part one. And, YES, you get a ubiquitous Indian dance number in this one, preformed by a CG robot even…

Ah, Bollywood!


Rahmin’ It Home, Emanuel Stays on the Chicago Mayor Ballot

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under Carol Moseley Braun, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

At last, the question of whether Rahm Emanuel should stay on the ballot has been settled once and for all. The Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Appellate Court’s decision to throw Rahm off the ballot was a “novel standard” without “any foundation in Illinois Law.” Therefore, Rahm Emanuel is eligible to run for election in the Chicago Mayor’s race.

The question arose when attorney Burt Odelson charged that Rahm Emanuel did not satisfy the residency requirement for a candidate. Chicago election law requires that a candidate for office must have lived in Chicago for a year before appearing on an election ballot.

Odelson claimed that since Emanuel lived in Washington for the last two years he did not satisfy the one year residency requirement. Two courts disagreed with the charge but the third, the Appellate Court, agreed throwing the whole city into a tizzy for the last several days.
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Lefties Trying Preemptive Assault on Texas True The Vote Event

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under ACORN, Andrew Breitbart, Anita MonCrief, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Judges, Law, Texas, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The left-wing website Talking Points Memo (known as TPM) is worried that the Tea Party-backed True The Vote effort in Harris County, Texas — home of the City of Houston — is going to successfully enlist Texans to join an effort to “true the vote” by battling vote fraud. Because of this fear, TPM has been trying to undermine the event with several left-slanted blog posts.

TPMs latest posting is artful for its vague accusations and spin, but it is short on any actual proof of the nefarious goals that the left-wing site is trying to ascribe to the True The Vote National Summit, coming up on March 25 and 26. Read closely TPM’s post also has the odd effect of coming to the support of vote fraud by seeming to discount the True The Vote event. Sadly, this dismissive attitude is of a piece with the left’s desire to shy people from paying attention to the massive vote fraud that they, themselves have been involved in for decades.
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Unions Realizing They Have Bad Reputation, Launch PR Campaign

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, SEIU, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

So, what is the first thing that you do when you find out that everyone hates you? What do you do when you finally come to terms with the fact that you have the worst reputation possible? Do you sit yourself down and reassess your actions to try and pinpoint why everyone thinks you are a jerk? Well, that might be what a serious person or group might do. So, what has the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and other big unions done upon this realization? Why, hired a public relations firm, of course.

After all, the unions can’t possibly be at fault can they? Why, it can’t be the union’s fault that everyone hates them, could it? It simply must be that people out there are too stupid to understand that unions are wonderful, right?
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A Delicious Orgy

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Guns, House of Representatives, Liberals, Nancy Morgan, President, Rights | Comments Off

-By Nancy Morgan

Game, set and match to the leftist media. Once again, they have defined the issue and set the terms of the debate on the horrific shootings in Arizona last weekend.

He who defines the issues wins. Period. And the liberal media has the right on the ropes – putting them, once again, in the lose-lose proposition of proving a negative.

Along the lines of “have you quit beating your wife?”, the new template fostered by the leftist media focuses on the riveting question of who caused a lone nut to express his inner self by blowing away a federal judge, a 9 year-old girl and an unfortunate Congresswoman. As the media has pretty much ignored the other fatalities killed by this loon, I’m left calling them incidental casualties.
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Gery Chico for Chicago Mayor Ad: ‘Proven’

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Gery Chico for Chicago Mayor campaign…

(CHICAGO) Mayoral candidate Gery Chico began airing a new TV ad today highlighting his plan to crack down on crime and fight gang violence in Chicago neighborhoods. The new ad – “Proven”- is Chico’s third to air as part of a robust television campaign. The ad features Chico’s recent endorsement by Chicago police officers and Chico’s pledge to put more police on the street and expand community policing.

In the past week, Chico was endorsed by Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 in addition to the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7. Chico has also been backed by the Mexican American Police Organization, the Latin American Police Association, and the Chicago Police Sergeants Association.
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Quinn’s Pension Mess

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Economy/Finances, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Pensions, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From John Bambenek…

Last night the Governor’s office confirmed what many have suspected, that the Illinois pension systems are the subject of an SEC investigation. You can read the Wall Street Journal article on the subject.

With our pensions systems not only falling below 50% funding, but selling assets to keep the lights on, this is disturbing news. The best guess estimate I have is that the pension debt for the state alone is around $140 to $150 BILLION dollars. And despite the massive tax hike, no real work has been done to stabilize these funds. At this rate, they will be insolvent and unable to pay benefits by 2015.

Like many of you, I was appalled at the job-killing tax hikes that were passed in the final hours of the last legislative session. What was worse is that not only was spending not cut, they actually expanding state spending. The so-called “spending caps” are illusory at best for two reasons: it does not limit spending out of “special funds” and the spending caps are set higher than even the most optimistic estimates of the revenue that we will have.
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Roskam Discusses No-Cost Job Creation At Ways & Means FTA Hearing

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Peter Roskam, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Office of Congressman Peter Roskam (Ill., 6th District)…

Roskam: “We need to make decisions moving forward that try and create an environment where worldwide American companies – or little American companies – are in the best possible footing to be competitive and dynamic. And that is no cost job creation.”

WASHINGTON – The Ways & Means Committee held a hearing today on the pending Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea and how they will create U.S. jobs. Below are the highlights of Rep. Roskam’s remarks at the hearing. Chief Deputy Whip Roskam is a leader on efforts to spur no-cost job creation through free trade, including having made visits to all three nations — Panama, South Korea and Colombia — with pending trade agreements.
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Poetic Justice for Rahm

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under Chicago, Cook County, Dan Proft, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Illinois, Liberals | Comments Off

-By Dan Proft

First Keith Olbermann was taken off the air and now Rahm Emanuel has been taken off the ballot. It has been like an infusion of vegetables into the diet of a body politic suffering from left-wing induced acidosis.

In the Rahm case, it is up to the seven members of the Illinois State Supreme Court to maintain our newfound homeostasis.

The state’s high court should end Rahm’s fraudulent candidacy.
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