Competition or Cartel Control? An Entrepreneur’s Fight for Fairness

February 29, 2012 | Filed Under Business, Government, Illinois, Jobs, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

How government uses its powers to regulate and license to act as a cartel for established businesses and to exclude new businesses

Artist, veteran, and entrepreneur Julie Crowe wishes to provide a female-friendly vehicle-for-hire service for students in the Bloomington-Normal community, but her attempts are thwarted by city officials who insist students have no need for her services. With the help of the Liberty Justice Center, Ms. Crowe fights back.

In Bloomington, Illinois we have just such a case. Julie Crowe had an idea for a business, one that seemed to be in demand in that college town. Crowe had the idea that she would start a driver-for-hire business, one where she would be sure to take passengers not to a single drop off and pick up spot but right to their door if they wanted.
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VIDEO: David Clark For Utah’s 2nd Congressional District

February 29, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Republicans, Utah, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

David Clark, running for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, is my next interview in my Challenger Series of videos taken at the 2012 CPAC event.

Clark recently resigned from as Speaker of Utah’s House of Representatives, a role he filled since 2008, because the campaign finance laws in Utah make it nearly impossible to raise campaign cash while acting as a sitting elected official.

Clark comes from a banking background and this close relationship to finances drives him to make an attempt to become a Congressman to right the wrongs of Washington’s over spending.

Clark seems a very capable spokesman for Utah. See if you agree.

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When Did Honesty Become Optional?

February 29, 2012 | Filed Under Elections, Ethics, Frank Salvato, GOP, Government, Republicans | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

Throughout time politicians and their handlers have been prone to omitting unpleasant facts or manipulating them so as to mold issues to their advantage. This is the concept behind “spin”; a form of propagandizing that crafts an “alternative” interpretation of an issue, organization, person, event or campaign in order to sway the public’s opinion “for” or “against” said issue, organization, person, event or campaign. In fact, the “art of spin” has created an entirely separate category of political animal; the “spin doctor,” many of whom are regularly featured on the many mainstream media news outlets disguised as “political strategists.” But somewhere along the line, the art of employing wit, reason, personality and persuasive rhetoric in order to achieve a political ends gave way to the blatant lie, and never before has it been as evident as it is today.

This political malady is not exclusive to one side of the aisle or the other. Neither is it exclusive to the elected class. In fact, some of the most egregious abusers of truth and honesty come in the form of agendized media operatives. It is an across-the-board problem that comes with the intellectual infections that are the “inside-the-beltway mentality” and the special interest mentality, both of which are shared by the elected class, the media who cover them and the special interest groups who try to sway them both.

In the Republican Primary Elections we have seen a good example of spin, and viciously so. In one of the most negative political cycles in recent times, we have witnessed each of the nominees unleash barrage after barrage of negative attacks ads against whomever they deem the threat of the day. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, although not as blatant about their approval of such tactics, are just as guilty of partaking in the art of spin; in stretching the truth to achieve an ideological goal, as Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. It can be argued that Mr. Romney is the biggest abuser, but I am sure that Romney supporters will spin that to their advantage.

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Democrat New Tone: Rep. Waters Calls Republicans ‘Demons’

February 28, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, California, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, House of Representatives, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you believe the Old Media, only Republicans foster a mean-spirited or “violent” atmosphere in public debate. So, is it shocking that long-time Democrat member of the House of Representatives, Maxine Waters (Calif), recently called Republicans “demons”?

Seriously. That’s what she did. She called Representatives John Boehner and Eric Cantor “demons.”

So much for the Democrat new tone, eh?

VIDEO: Dan Bongino for U.S. Senate, Maryland

February 28, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Maryland, Republicans, Senate | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

More in my Challenger Series of videos taken at this year’s CPAC. Today we have Dan Bongino who is running for the U.S. Senate for Maryland.

Bongino is a former Secret Service agent with two graduate degrees and a firm grounding in conservative ideals. When we spoke he seemed an eloquent spokesman for conservative principle.

Apparently the ignorati of the left have something to fear in Bongino as last November when he and his campaign staff were attending the Maryland GOP convention he found that his car and the cars of his staffers were vandalized with their tires flattened.

Bongino is most activated by the spiraling debt that Democrats have dragged this country into, but he also deftly addressed some of my foreign policy questions.

Dan Bongino is another solid new comer for the GOP.
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Gov’t Waste Watch: Former California Treasury Official Slams Prop 29

February 28, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, California, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Socialism, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The opposition to Proposition 29, the nearly billion dollar per year tax hike slated for the June ballot, is growing. A new wrinkle comes from former California Treasury official Mark Paul who hit the nail on the head in an interview with the Los Angeles Times last week.

It seems that another celebrity is barging into politics, this time it is bicycling champ Lance Armstrong who has signed on as the pitchman for Prop 29 the ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, will create a new agency whose task is to undertake research to cure cancer. Never mind that hundreds of other agencies across the country are already doing this, of course, but supporters of Prop 29, the so-called California Cancer Research Act, imagine that billions more taken from California taxpayers will find a cure that others have missed.

Paul is the author of a popular new book on California government, California Crack Up, and for his part he is skeptical over the efficacy of Prop 29, to say the least.
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Samuel L. Jackson Drops the Act: Admits He Only Voted for Obama because of Race

February 28, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Liberals, Movies, Race, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Hey, Jackson, is it Samuel L. or Jesse? Actually, it’s more likely that the actor was channeling Jeremiah Wright.

In a racial-epithet-laced interview with Ebony magazine, the Pulp Fiction star proved that his politics is a fiction and his head is filled with, well, you fill in the blank. Jackson admitted that he only voted for Barack Obama because of the president’s skin color. Said the actor, “I voted for Barack because he was black. ‘Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people – because they look like them. That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean **** to me.”

Well, Jackson certainly isn’t alone in his ignoring of Obama’s message. As for people voting for those who look like them, Sammy, project much? In 2008, 43 percent of whites overall cast ballots for Obama, which is only 4 points below Jimmy Carter’s share in 1976; moreover, 54 percent of young whites voted for Mr. Hope and Change, a record for a Democratic candidate for the last three decades. These facts prove that whites can be colorblind and fail to see red just like anyone else.
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Sh*t Batman Says

February 27, 2012 | Filed Under Books, Comic Books, Humor, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

No reason… it’s just funny.

Chop Licking: How Obama Uses Falsehoods to Advance His Policies

February 27, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Energy, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Oil, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week we all got a great lesson in how the left promotes a lie to make Republicans the enemy and this time President Obama was a chief participant.

This is how the game is played: the left-leaning media establishment makes a claim about how rotten Republicans are and Obama then echoes the claim and presents it as the true state of Republican opposition to his policies. The result is that we have a partisan opinion foisted on the public as truth about how mean the GOP is to this poor, well-meaning president. A false media narrative is established by the partisan press, politician adds said meme to a policy speech, presto-chango, a political “fact” is born. But it’s all just a partisan hit job masquerading as fact.

We are talking, of course, about President Obama’s claim that the GOP is “licking their chops” over the bad news of high gas prices. This is the line uttered by the president in his most misleading energy speech delivered in Florida on February 23.

In that speech, President Obama claimed that Republicans were happy that gas prices were hurting Americans. Obama intended to show that Republicans didn’t care that America was hurting, happy they could use it as a political tool to hurt the president and his well-meaning policies.

Here is what he said:

“Some politicians, they see this as a political opportunity. I know you’re shocked by that. Last week the lead story in one newspaper said, ‘Gasoline prices are on the rise and Republicans are licking their chops.’ That’s a quote. That was the lead. Licking their chops. Only in politics do people root for bad news. Do they greet bad news so enthusiastically.”

Note how Obama uses the partisan slam, published in “one newspaper” written by a left-wing writer and presents this as fact about how Republicans feel about rising gas prices. Note that Obama didn’t quote any actual Republican saying rising gas prices is a good thing. He quoted one of his own follower’s partisan claims and then assigned that false narrative to his political enemies.
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Ice Creamed: Ben and Jerry’s Apologize for Their Racism

February 27, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, Race, Sports, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Jeremy Lin, the famed nouveau New York Knicks basketball icon, must be about tired of this foolishness at this point. Oh, I am not talking about racism being perpetrated against him, but the claims of almost racism that were accidentally, but not really, perpetrated against him. This time it is the lefty ice cream empire Ben and Jerry’s apologizing for their accidental, not really, sort-a-kinda, racism aimed at Mr. Linsanity himself.

This handwringing over ersatz racism began when an idiot headline editor at ESPN wrote his lamentable “Chick In The Armor” headline after a game where Jeremy Lin, he of Asian heritage, did poorly. The writer got fired for his “racist” comment.

Then came the sort of surreal “journalism guide” published by the Asian American Journalists Association (who’d have thought there was such a thing?).
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CTA in Bed with the Occupy Crowd? LOL!

February 27, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, California, Democrats/Leftists, Larry Sand, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions | Comments Off

-By Larry Sand

The California Teachers Association is seeking cover in the Occupy Wall Street movement. The OWS crowd doesn’t understand that CTA and other public employee unions are a major part of the problem.

Last week, part of my post concerned itself with the March 5th “Occupy the Capitol” protest being promoted by the California Teachers Association. I wrote,

“Not only is CTA inviting the OWS rabble, they are calling for teachers to attend, even though it is a school day, thus costing taxpayers all over the state untold thousands in costs for subs and robbing children of a productive school day.”

Little did I know, March 5th was just the tip of the iceberg. The CTA website is now touting a “Week of Action” covering the first seven days of March. Many activities are planned and will be led by various “Occupy” groups that have sprung up like weeds. The result is a grand mishmash of radical organizations coming together to vent their spleen over various and sundry issues, and all links to their activities are available through the CTA website.
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The Global Warming Hoax is Now Killing People

February 27, 2012 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Budget, Cap and Trade, Democrats/Leftists, Environment, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

By Friday, February 10th, an estimated 500 Europeans had died from the freezing weather gripping the continent. This is the price they and British citizens are paying for embracing the global warming hoax, spending billions for wind power when they should have been building coal-fired and other sources of energy to heat their homes and businesses.

As the British daily, The Telegraph, reported on Friday, “Serbia has started implementing power cuts in a desperate bid to stave off the collapse of its national grid as the country suffers the effects of days of freezing temperatures.”

I and others have been warning for years that the Earth has been cooling since 1998 and that the planet is on the cusp of a new ice age because the average length of an interglacial period of warmth between such ages is now coming to an end after the passage of some 11,500 years.
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VIDEO: Chris Cassone — ‘Take Our Country Back’

February 26, 2012 | Filed Under Music, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Aside from all the candidates I interviewed at CPAC 2012, I also ran across singer/song writer, and now author, Chris Cassone.

Cassone made a name for himself with a Tea Party song titled Take Our Country Back he wrote and performed back in 2009. And now he has a great new book entitled Take Our Country Back, One Song and One Man’s Story of the Tea Party. (Order at Amazon)

Anyway, here is what he had to say at CPAC…

Mr. Cassone is a great American, for sure. Here is the song that brought him to our attention…
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The Brazen Hypocrisy of the Teachers Unions

February 26, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, California, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Larry Sand, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions | Comments Off

-By Larry Sand

When teachers unions wear their duplicity like a bright red bandana, it shows the whole world what they really are about.

Last week, New Jersey Education Association Executive Director Vincent Giordano, who makes over $500,000 a year in salary and assorted perks, shoved his foot in his mouth big time. Appearing on “New Jersey Capitol Report,” he and the host were discussing Governor Chris Christie’s plan to install a voucher system in New Jersey. Such a plan would enable students in the state’s worst performing schools to escape them with a voucher that they could use to attend a private school.

Host: The issue of fairness, I mean this is the argument that a lot of voucher supporters make. People who are well off have options. Somebody who is not well off and whose child is in a failing school, why shouldn’t those parents have the same options to get the kid out of the failing school and into one that works with the help of the state?
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Obama: Violating Much More than Conscience

February 26, 2012 | Filed Under Abortion, Bible, Catholicism, Christianity, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, Michael Bresciani‏, PCism, Religion, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Rev Michael Bresciani

In his latest show Gov. Mike Huckabee was seen interviewing a Catholic priest, as they spoke, the Governor said that since the Catholics have come under attack “we are all Catholics.” The audience accepted what he said and while they knew the Governor was not referring to some giant ecumenical switch to Catholicism he was stating the obvious. When the government suspends or denies first amendment principles to the church, be it Protestant or Catholic, we all tend to close ranks.

In what is known in theological circles as the antediluvian period (before the flood) men were guided not by the Mosaic Law or by the New Testament but only by their conscience. That particular dispensation failed miserably and it is actually what precipitated the flood. Man’s conscience failed then (Ge 6: 5) and it has not improved at all since. According to scripture that is why God had to reveal what sin and error actually were according to his laws. When that was known he provided grace; because no one could keep all the laws. At no time did God ever allow man to return to the age of conscience, it would have been self defeating.

Nothing has changed because God, unlike man, never goes backwards. Using only conscience to be our guide is as disastrous today as it was in the ancient world. It is what allows us to lump all religions together and pick and choose one or the other that seems to soothe our conscience. In the process we tend to pick the religions that crush personal responsibility the most. We choose systems where external actions, liturgies, symbolism and religious practice become a substitute for actually connecting to, and obeying, the living word of the Living God. The result is that the conscience actually comes into conflict with God’s revealed word and it is the word that is offended, disregarded and eventually abandoned.
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VIDEO: Brian K. Hill for U.S. Senate From Connecticut

February 25, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Connecticut, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The next in my Challenger Series of videos shot with new candidates I met at CPAC 2012 is Brian K. Hill a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut.

I found Mr. Hill to be a serious-minded candidate, sure in his positions, comfortable in his skin, hard-charging, and quick with a sure-footed answer to my questions. A former leader in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, he is a commanding presence.

Hill as no mere ground pounder, either (not that there is any shame in being a ground pounder). While in service, Hill, a JAG officer, was a resident expert on federal contract law, international law, and administrative law. This means he has familiarity with the nitty-gritty of how government procurement and relations works. And that is something we sorely need in a representative, especially if we expect that rep. to help untangle the mess that the system has become.

Hill is facing two primary opponents. Linda McMahon the wrestling industry magnate who ran and lost in 2010, and the less than conservative former U.S. Representative Chris Shays.

Hill seems to be an attractive candidate. See if you agree.

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How to Win the Marriage Debate: The Flaw in the Ninth Circuit’s (and Most Everyone Else’s) Reasoning

February 25, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Family, Gay Marriage, Gays, Law, Liberals, Selwyn Duke, The Law | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

The big news on the culture-war front is a federal court’s striking down of Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment protecting marriage. In a two-to-one ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit wrote, “The people may not employ the initiative power to single out a disfavored group for unequal treatment and strip them, without a legitimate justification, of a right as important as the right to marry.”

Now, I’m not sure why the judges mention a “disfavored group,” as if singling out a “favored” one for unequal treatment would be okay. As far as I know, the 14th Amendment, on which the court based its ruling, doesn’t offer equal protection to only those the current fashions deem “disfavored.” Thus, I think this is an example of emotionalism influencing a ruling and its language, sort of as if a judge sentenced a defendant and, adding an adjective, announced him as “stupid” Mr. Smith. Calling a group “disfavored” is similarly a subjective judgment. This is not the only thing the judges were subjective about, however.

Speaking to bias, some may point out here that the Ninth Circuit is the most overturned court in the nation and that the two judges who ruled against Prop. 8 were appointed by Democrats. Yet the reality is that they’re hardly alone: virtually everyone – including conservatives – misses the 800-pound gorilla with the pink tutu and rainbow flag in the middle of the marriage debate.
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Sacha Baron Cohen, The Oscars, And the Death of Propriety

February 24, 2012 | Filed Under Entertainment, Movies, PCism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Outrage of the day: The Academy Awards folks banned shock comedian Sacha Baron Cohen from its ceremonies this week. Then did only with caveats. Then didn’t know what to do. It all shows a certain death of propriety, not just in Hollywood (where its been dead a long time in most cases), but in the US in general.

This tempest in a teapot started when comedian Cohen asked the Academy if he could walk down the red carpet on his way into the Oscar Award ceremony in the full regalia of an ersatz Middle Eastern dictator’s military uniform, the same costume he wears in his forthcoming comedy flick, The Dictator. He planned, so he told them, to change into his regular tuxedo once inside but wanted to use his entrance to the ceremony for his own purposes.

As they should have, the Academy folks told him no way. And they didn’t just tell him no, they pulled his invitation to attend unless he promised not to pull any such stunts. They rightly feared he’d pull the stunt anyway.

Unfortunately, after initially standing on principle, the Academy is now dithering, afraid the “negative publicity” is making it look bad, and is now in the throes of reconsidering its actions. To me, I think the Academy is perfectly correct to tell Cohen that the Oscars are for celebrating film not a place to serve as a platform to advertise his own project, a film not even up for consideration for an award at that.
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Stupid Internet Meme of the Week: Santorum’s ‘Rough’ Handshake With Ron Paul Outrage

February 24, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Inernet, Liberals, President, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Buzzfeed was the first to indulge it’s inner gossip — well, maybe its outer gossip since that is all that site is; gossip. Anyway, the stupid story of the day is based on the hearty handshake that Rick Santorum gave Ron Paul after Wednesday’s debates. Paul’s fans took offense at the handshake for some idiotic reason and now it is the “thing” to talk about it.

First, let’s go to the video, shall we?

As Buzzers has it:
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How to Prevent Child Abuse from Being Reported (If You Are a Teacher)

February 24, 2012 | Filed Under Censorship, Children, Education, Family, Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic | Comments Off

-By Paleo-Skeptic

Suppose you’re the President of the Board of Education for a public school system in a major city. An English teacher that has a previous history of sexual relations with her students comes to you with a complaint that an informant may soon well report her to the appropriate State agency for willfully endangering the safety and well-being of a child in her care. What do you do?

Well, if you happen to be Katherine “Evidence Tampering” Wessling, President of the Board of Education of the non-accredited St. Louis Public Schools, you get to work— and fast. You see here the opportunity to harass, intimidate, and victimize anyone who would dare refer to a teacher who has a long and established history of receiving money from men she meets for sex in hotel rooms as a “prostitute.”

The first thing that you would do (if you happen to be the above-mentioned Ms. “Evidence Tampering” Wessling) is to commit material fraud on the federal government in the willful misapplication of funds, having previously lied to the feds by telling them that you wanted to help battered women, when in reality you wanted to hush up teachers’ sexual relations with their students and suppress the lawful reporting of child endangerment, abuse, and neglect.

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What Everyone is Missing About Obama’s Attack on Catholics!

February 24, 2012 | Filed Under Abortion, Anti-Americanism, Catholicism, Dr. Don Boys, PCism, Religion, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Don Boys, Ph.D.

Why would Obama, who wants to be re-elected in 2012, do something as stupid as taunting and attacking the powerful Roman Catholic Church with its 70 million U.S. members? Is he dumb as a box of rocks or is he such an ideologue that his radical, God-hating agenda is more important than a second term?

Obama threw down the gauntlet at the feet of Catholic leaders when he decided that all Catholic institutions must cover contraception and abortion in their insurance coverage of employees. Catholic leaders got their knickers in a knot and lost control as they went ballistic.

Catholics simply cannot cave on this issue or they will commit institutional suicide. How can a religious organization teach, preach, and write against these issues and yet provide those services? They cannot if it is a conviction, but they can if it is only a convenience. For Catholic leaders to say that they will fight in the courts and the streets but after losing those battles, they may “be forced to capitulate” is insanity. If they have convictions, then they will not, under any conditions, obey that law. Period.
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Ultrasound Cacophony: The Left’s Newest Pro-Abortion Lie

February 23, 2012 | Filed Under Abortion, Democrats/Leftists, Health, Liberals, Planned Parenthood, Virginia, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the Commonwealth of Virginia the left has a new attack against those that want to regulate abortions. The legislature in the Old Dominion introduced legislation to require ultrasounds to be performed before an abortion could be performed. Idiotically, leftists cried foul claiming the requirement is somehow “like” getting raped. Yet a new study show that the left’s favorite abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, performs ultrasounds before abortions in 99% of its operations.

Talk about making fools of themselves, the left has done it again.

First, let’s look at the left’s claim, though. Speaking for the pro-infanticide set, Dahlia Lithwck at Slate makes the case:
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Candidates Waging the Wrong War – Voters Sent to the Wrong Battles

February 23, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Liberals, Michael Bresciani‏ | Comments Off

-By Rev Michael Bresciani

The new catchphrase of the campaign analysts and pundits which seems to be rising above the ordinarily heard terms like democrat, republican, liberal or conservative is the word, ‘establishment.’ It seems to find definition only when voters pick candidates that regardless of campaign rhetoric, declared platform or past record, look and feel like someone that will lead America out of its sinking fiscal problems.

Pictures of Mitt Romney have surfaced on the internet with the caption “Doesn’t This Man Look Presidential.” They not only insult the basic intelligence of the voters, but should we dare to ask, what exactly does ‘presidential’ look like? Voters have indicated that they want to hear the candidates on all the issues in endless debates, but they clearly show that only one issue is what they really care about when they vote. Jobs and the economy alone make the top of the list and all else is highly disputable blather.
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Coverage of Tonight’s GOP Debate

February 22, 2012 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Coverage will begin as soon as the debate starts…

Republican Candidate deFaria Wilts Under Political Spotlight, Attacks Media

February 22, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Elections, Florida, GOP, House of Representatives, Liberals, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Javier Manjarres

Congressional candidate Ozzie deFaria is beginning to melt under the political spotlight, as he once again is displaying a lack of judgment and temperament that is necessary to sustain the rigors of a congressional campaign. The Shark Tank recently questioned deFaria’s campaign advertisements as well as certain aspects of his background, a scrutiny which all congressional candidates should expect. But deFaria’s knee-jerk reaction to our story is unfortunately revealing- rather than deal directly with our documented and legitimate criticisms, he chose to malign your humble correspondent and the Shark Tank. This response shows that deFaria is not only thin skinned, he wound up embarrassing the Republican Party and his campaign.

Our report cited the following facts:

  • deFaria’s posting of DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz wearing a dog collar
  • deFaria stating that Wasserman Schultz needed to be “sent back to the pound.”
  • deFaria untruthfully stating the reason why Congresswoman Allen West tore into Wasserman Schultz in an email last year
  • deFaria’s admittance that he used a phony ‘Tea Party’ organization to promote his campaign
  • a list of public record court cases in which deFaria is named as a Defendant or a respondent

deFaria took issue with our criticism that asserts that his own words and deeds are questionable and will diminish his campaign- did he not take the time to think that his line of attack against Wasserman Schultz not only isn’t very original, but that it could be potentially used against him if he were the Republican nominee? (Shark Tank- original deFaria story here)

deFaria is actively promoting this ‘Doggie Debbie’ website and told the attendees of the recent SRLC convention in Charleston that ‘DWS’ “needed to be sent back to the pound.”continuing with the “Debbie is a Doggie” motif. We simply questioned if deFaria’s repeated caricature of Debbie as a dog with an aggressive looking dog collar is really a smart way to criticize her and broadly appeal to the masses of people in her congressional district.

deFaria’s feeble response to our criticism was made in an obscure Broward website that has a history of running cover for the embattled Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC), and the site that has done all but endorsed deFaria. It’s also the same website that Redstate’s Erick Erickson smacked down last year for its lack of journalistic integrity and hack reportage.
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VIDEO: Jackie Walorski for Indiana’s Second District

February 22, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Indiana, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The next in my Challengers Series of video interviews with candidates for Congress takes us to Indiana’s Second Congressional District. Jackie Walorski is running represent the northwestern corner of the Hoosier State — sometimes called the Michiana region.

The Second is currently held by Democrat Joe Donnelly who is not running for reelection. Donnelly is instead looking to take Richard Lugar’s Senate seat (Lugar himself faces a primary challenge by Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock).

Walorski seems a serious candidate, ready for business and well informed about the issues. She has served in the State House of Representatives for the 21st District since 2005.

Rep. Walorski just barely lost a bid to defeat Donnelly in 2010, Donnelly beating her by a mere one percent. But before that race, Walorski has quite a record of defeating candidates. Her three terms in the State House were each won handily.

So, it’s Walorski for the Indiana Second.
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Those Denying Resurrection Keep Religious Language To Spread Deception

February 22, 2012 | Filed Under Christianity, Frederick Meekins, PCism, Religion, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Frederick Meekins

In the 9/20/11 issues of Sojourners magazine is an advertisement for the 2012 Gladdening Light Symposium featuring Jesus Seminar scholar John Dominic Crossan. Part of the ad copy reads, “Feed the soul, savor the beauty, and experience the communion love of Agape in the Gladdening Light of God.”

However, if Crossan is being heralded as what in show business and prize fights circles is called the main event, those in attendance will have very little to ultimately be glad about. Given the name of the symposium, the event frankly borders on false advertising.

Anyone that has subscribed to the History Channel or A&E before both networks went nearly all alien autopsy and rummage sales has no doubt seen Crossan. He is a talking head that use to get dragged out around Christmas and Easter time for those specials that posture as giving viewers the latest dirt on the events of the Bible being bantered about in the halls of respectable academia.

However, seldom do these programs confirm the accuracy of the Biblical accounts. Rather, the intended purpose is often to heap as much skepticism upon these narratives as possible.
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Fired ESPN Editor Claims no Racial Slam Meant with ‘Chink in Armor’ Headline

February 21, 2012 | Filed Under Entertainment, Race, Sports, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The headline written by ESPN editor Anthony Federico about Asian-American basketball star Jeremy Lin lasted only about a half hour before ESPN changed it but the fallout is lasting a bit longer for editor Federico.

On its Saturday story on Jeremy Lin’s less than stellar game the night before, ESPN’s headline screamed, “Chink in the Armor.”

Sports fans were riled at this apparent racial allusion – player Jeremy being of Asian background — and ESPN pulled the headline down quickly. In this age of Internet outrage-of-the-day stories, this one was a natural to get attention.

As the day rolled on, ESPN decided not to just change the headline but to fire its writer, editor Anthony Federico.

Today, Federico is defending himself to a degree and apologizing profusely.
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America’s Green Enemies

February 21, 2012 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Budget, Climate Change, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Government, Green Energy, Liberals, Policy, President, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

It was good news that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the nation’s first nuclear power plants on February 9th, clearing the way for the construction of two reactors by Southern Company at its Plant Vogtle site near Atlanta, Georgia. The bad news is that these are the first new nuclear plants since 1978!

In a nation with a growing population and increasing need for electricity to power homes and businesses, it is nothing less than insane to not include nuclear energy in the mix of providers. Environmentalists immediately attacked the announcement using the usual scare campaigns.

Equally insane is the failure to provide the means to safely store the radioactive materials that result. Highly contested by environmentalists, the Nevada-based Yucca Mountain deep geological repository storage facility for spent reactor fuel was cancelled in 2009. Nevada’s Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader in the Senate, played a major role in this disgraceful decision. The Obama administration terminated funding for the development of the site in 2011, leaving the nation with no long-term storage site.
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CPAC VIDEO: E.J Otero for Florida!

February 20, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Elections, Florida, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Next in my Challenger Series of videos made of up and coming GOP candidates for Congress is a Mr. E. J. Otero who is running for Florida’s 11th Congressional District.

Otero is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Born in Puerto Rico, Otero’s father was a broadcaster and was a host of Voice of America-Radio Marti. E.J. has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Troy and also attended the U.S. Air War College.

The Colonel was at U.S. Central Command working intelligence during Enduring Freedom in 2001 as well as Iraqi Freedom afterward. He also led negotiations with Special Operations partner countries such as Colombia, Poland, France, Jordan and the UK.

Otero’s already been likened to Allen West for his true-blue patriotism and outspoken nature.
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