-By Larry Sand
Julius Caesar came to a bad end on March 15th, the same date many good teachers were warned that they may be unemployed in June.
“Nearly 20,000 Teacher Pink Slips Statewide Show Drastic Need for More Education Funding” screamed the headline on the California Teachers Association website.
First, let’s straighten out the union spin. Typically when a person receives a “pink slip,” it means that they are fired. What some teachers actually received is a Reduction in Force (RIF) notice, which according to state law, must be sent to teachers by March 15th if there is the slightest chance that they will be laid off in June. School districts really don’t know in March what their budget will be for the next school year so they plan for the worst case scenario. It’s unheard of for all teachers who get the notices to actually be laid off, but some will, and they must be notified if there is any chance they will lose their jobs.
As a young teacher in New York City in 1975, I lost my 6th grade teaching because the city was in the midst of a fiscal swoon. A few thousand of us were laid off because we were the newest hires, not because we were the worst teachers. The union contract did not make any provision for getting rid of the poorest performers, just the newly employed. Fast forward 37 years and we are still doing the same stupid thing.
March 30, 2012 | Filed Under Abortion, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Health, Liberals, Planned Parenthood, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
When You Disagree With Leftists, They Simply Dehumanize You
-By Warner Todd Huston
The hatemongers of the Democrat Party and their pals on the far left like to pretend that it is the right that dehumanizes its foes, but the truth is no one dehumanizes enemies better than the left does. Case in point, the left thinks if you are a woman that doesn’t support convenience infanticide, then they will accuse you of not even being a woman at all.
A State Representative from Pennsylvania, Babette Josephs, a Democrat from Philadelphia, is today’s prime example of how expertly Democrats dehumanize their enemies. At a recent rally sponsored by Philly infanticide supporters, Josephs unleashed what Steven Ertelt calls “a new low in political discourse.”
I think Mr. Ertelt was too kind, for what Josephs did was to discount the very womanhood of her enemies simply because they disagree with her support for easy-to-get Infanticide. From Charles Thompson we learn that at this rally, Josephs said that any woman that disagrees with the extremists of the abortion-mill lobby aren’t even women.
Then, she took specific aim at women lawmakers who co-sponsored the ultrasound bill, asking rhetorically, “I do not understand how a woman in this Legislature can say to herself: ‘I’m not capable of making my own health decisions… but I can get elected and make them for somebody else.’
“What is wrong with these women? What are they thinking about?” Josephs continued. “Are they women? Or are they men with breasts.”
Now, you might imagine that this was just one creep with a big mouth, right? Would that were the case. You see, after this creep’s words became public knowledge, the Democrat Party organization that sponsored the rally immediately announced that it was standing behind her outrageous comments.
-By Selwyn Duke
There was a time when someone could perhaps justify sitting on the fence on the matter of Barack Obama’s birth certificate. There were those on the left who could chalk doubts about its authenticity up to conspiratorial Internet paranoia. As for the right, there was every reason to worry about being the victims of an Alinsky-style set-up designed to marginalize opponents. In other words, let the other side double-down on an incredible claim, and then, at the most opportune time (October surprise?), provide irrefutable evidence to the contrary and make them look like deluded wackos. So, for a long time, one might have had cause to watch, wait, and let the wheels of investigation render their judgment.
That judgment is in, and the time for waiting is over.
With the results of Maricopa County, AZ, sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” an incredible claim has become an incredible situation: a team of professional investigators, commissioned by a major law-enforcement agency, has determined that the alleged birth certificate produced by the president of the United States is a probable forgery.
Process that for a moment. The regime of the world’s most powerful nation – a republic that prides itself on adherence to the rule of law – is likely peddling a forged document. What say you, citizen?
March 29, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Campaign Finance, Congress, Conservatives, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | 4 Comments
-By Warner Todd Huston
Recently the Washington Post had a story about a coalition of left-wing advocacy groups calling for their counterparts on the conservative side to reveal all their donors even though the law does not require it. The Post feels the crusade is a bit odd since most of the lefty groups doing the complaining also don’t disclose all their donors. Even odder, the post itself doesn’t disclose that one of the representatives of the left-wing groups they quote is a convicted felon!
The story by Don Eggen talks about the “secret money” problem of the 2012 elections, laments the lack of transparency and disclosure of donors for many of these 501c3 and PAC organizations, and notes that the “liberal-leaning groups” that have allied to call for transparency on the right also don’t disclose their donors.
One lefty group in particular, though, fails this transparency test more than the rest. Sadly, even the WaPost doesn’t point out the fact that the representative from Americans United for Change that the paper quotes in the story is not only the husband of a vicious left-wing member of Congress, but is also a convicted felon.
March 29, 2012 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Capitalism, Communism, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Frank Hyland, Government, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Richard Trumka, Taxes, Teamsters, Unions | Comments Off on
Good News for Union Members
-By Frank Hyland
While this message applies to virtually all labor union members, it is especially applicable to the younger members, those whose futures – and whose families’ futures — are being stolen by the older members of the unions, especially the leadership.
Thinking back to when you have voted in union-led, union-conducted elections, it didn’t take long for you to figure out that what was being called an “election” was, in fact, a sham. The results already had been decided by the union’s leaders long before the “voting” even began. What you’ve been going through is called “Majority Sign-Up” or “Card Check.” At least under the present White House, there won’t be any change in the way that your union elections are conducted. Your local leadership will continue to sit in front of you and watch as you fill out your ballot. Union leaders like Richard Trumka will continue to visit the White House, travel in first-class style, and receive their handsome salaries ($283,340 in 2010) plus expenses, of course.
You can be thankful, though, that not all elections are like those conducted by your union. I’m speaking of the upcoming general election on November 6th. You’ll be treated as a grownup with a mind of your own, not a tool for the union leadership to maintain their hold on you and your dues. As I hope you’ve done in the past, you’ll again walk into a private area/booth and mark your ballot in secrecy, not in front of watchful union leaders. You won’t even need to glance at the piece of paper that union leaders, in a blatant insult to their members, give to members as instructions on candidates and ballot issues for which to vote. Union leaders aren’t even allowed to remain in the polling place, much less sit at the table and watch how their members vote like they do during Card Check.
March 28, 2012 | Filed Under Allen West, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Florida, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Florida Dems Can’t Find Voters to Protest Allen West, so They Hire Some
-By Warner Todd Huston
Democrats and the left are inherently a sham with little actual grassroots support and the race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District is yet another example of this truism.
Repeatedly and across the country we see unions, Democrats, and other far left groups planning rallies and protest marches but finding that they simply can’t put bodies in the streets to make all the effort worthwhile. They just don’t really have the support of the common man, the folks in the streets, to carry off these protest marches and rallies.
But these out of the mainstream groups do have a solution to this problem: the rent-a-protester. Whenever you see a left-wing protest, almost invariably you’ll find that many of the folks walking around with signs in their hands were hired to be there. They are paid protesters, faux activists only there for some change in their pockets, not because they care anything about the issue being protested.
-By Rev Michael Bresciani
In that vast flying gaggle of fledgling Anglo-mangling verbiage-magicians, jacked journalists and giant egos like the Huffington Post, can be found about 10-15 stories about UFO’s at any time night or day. How many stories about the dozens of missing documents on Barry or the cries of fraud coming from the dozens of veteran investigators under Maricopa County’s Sheriff Arpaio – none. Yes, there have been a few, but don’t ask if they were prejudiced, biased, balanced or even tacitly reasonable. Only UFO stories seem worthy of that kind of fairness.
Huff has got some great writers but it always seems like they are an entourage sent to a deep woods junkyard in the country to go around and polish up the wrecks. In the end the stories, the bias, the celebs the events and the topics covered are still a heap of wreckage from America’s junkyard of old usefuls.
Being facetious doesn’t mean you can’t be factual. What is a fact is that Huff-Po and no one else in the pain stream media has ever been forthwith, reasonable or honest since Barack Obama’s place of birth and other missing elements of his former life first came into question. Those days are beginning to vanish even in the absence of judges, election officials and states AG’s who still haven’t found their way to Grand Wizard of Oz for some courage.
March 27, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Health, Judges, Law, Liberals, Obamacare, President, Supreme Court, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Comparison: Politico Lauds ‘Forceful’ Gov’t Obamacare Argument, Fox Notes it was Laughed At
-By Warner Todd Huston
The first arguments by the government in support of the already wildly over budget Obamacare law were heard at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday and there is an interesting lesson in media bias that can be seen in the reporting of the day’s presentation. The difference between how the government’s opening arguments was reported by Politico and Fox News is an instructive case of media bias.
First let’s look at how Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Carrie Budoff Brown reported how the government’s arguments were received by the court.
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., representing the government, opened his argument Monday with a forceful and solemn plea to the court to grapple with the key questions in the case.
Well, “forceful,” and “solemn,” eh? That sure sounds like the government presented a serious and well-received argument, doesn’t it?
-By Warner Todd Huston
Clarence Page wrote an excellent article questioning whether or not our students are actually learning anything, most especially critical thinking skills, at our colleges and universities. Unfortunately, his very first sentence commits what I feel is both a major grammatical error and an unnecessary paean to PCism.
First, let me temper this little quibble — and little quibble it is — with praise for Page’s article headlined, “Has College Become too Easy?.”
Page offers some studies as well as an anecdote to explore the hypothesis that our students are no longer expected to think in college. They are simply required to regurgitate the subject matter fed them by their professors and teachers. No thinking required.
I believe this is dead on. I can’t tell you how many people I know that went to college that simply have no capacity to think past the conventional wisdom fed them by TV, the Old Media or friends.
Anyway, I agree with Page’s central concept. But let’s get to his faux pas.
March 27, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
No April Fool’s Joke: America Highest Corporate Tax IN THE WORLD!
In exactly one week before the United States has the highest corporate tax rate globally, the RATE Coalition has released a new video calling for a reduction in the corporate tax rate before the April 1 deadline when the United States will have the highest corporate tax rate at 35 percent.
Even in Washington’s polarized environment, a reduction in the corporate tax rate has bipartisan support from President Obama and the House GOP budget, both calling for significant reduction in the rate.
On April 1, the joke is on us. Having the highest corporate tax rate in the world is not a joke, and Congress and the Administration must agree on a solution to lower the rate in order to restore American competitiveness and allow U.S. business to compete in the global market and create American jobs.
Video courtesy of RATE: Reforming America’s Tax Equitably.
March 27, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Frederick Meekins, Government, Islamofascism, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Patriot Act, President, Security/Safety, Taliban, Terrorism | Comments Off on
Leftist Commemoration Undermines Resolve Against Terror
-By Frederick Meekins
Yes. Perhaps this is being posted a bit late. However, the points are still valid. If you are going to be that condescending, perhaps you should be reminded that you seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time online obsessively reading columns and articles of those you snidely dismiss as less accomplished than yourself.
It is said that the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history. Following the attack on 9/11, the nation’s leaders as epitomized by the members of Congress joining on the steps of the Capitol in patriotic chorus vowed that they would be vigilant against the laxity of policy and perspective that left the door wide open allowing such a tragedy to transpire in the first place. However, in the decade since then, little has changed in the hearts of many that would prevent an occurrence of similar or greater magnitude from happening again in the future.
Under the auspices of the National Cathedral, an interfaith memorial was to be held in Washington, DC. Since the President and a number of representatives from a variety of religious perspectives were scheduled to speak at the service, the event was billed as and assumed to be one promoting an inclusive brand of diversity and spirituality.
March 26, 2012 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Mitt Romney, MSNBC, Newt Gingrich, Race, Rick Santorum, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
MSNBC’s Karen Finney Unleashes Her Inner Race Baiter
-By Warner Todd Huston
I suppose we should thank MSNBC contributor and Democrat Strategist Karen Finney for her illogical, uninformed, hate-filled, lie-laden rant on MSNBC on March 23. As prosaic and free of any intelligent content it is, her attack on Rush Limbaugh and any other Republican that popped into her pretty little head at the time served as a perfect example of the intellectual dishonesty and hate that fills every left-winger to the brim.
Finney was sitting in as a guest host on the Martin Bashir Show when she decided to try and prove to viewers that she was a deep thinker. Instead of cogent thought, however, her rant disgorged almost every lefty stereotype imaginable not to mention a few outright lies, a passel full of distortions, and those sort of base assumptions not backed up by a scintilla of common sense so common on the left.
Finney begins her tale of lefty tropes by invoking an incident she claims happened to her as a child. Her father, she said, was once pulled over by a state trooper in Virginia (sometime in the 1980s?) and her recollection is that he was pulled over only because he was a black man driving a nice car.
From there Finney brought the Travvon Martin case into the conversation and proclaimed that, “Left unchecked or unchallenged our biases, bigotry and stereotypes take over our better judgment.” This, of course, is simple, meaningless, trope dressed up as philosophical contemplation. The fact is her use of language is empty here. Biases and stereotypes, for instance, are not automatically bad. In fact, sometimes they can save our lives.
March 26, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Conservatives, Dick Cheney, GOP, Health, Journalism, Media Bias, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
AP Asks Cheney’s Doctors if They Stopped Beating Their Wives Yet
-By Warner Todd Huston
Like Jerry Seinfeld, the Associated Press did a masterful job of making a story out of nothing this weekend after news broke that former Vice President Dick Cheney was the recipient of a heart transplant.
In fact, APs first paragraph is one of those masterful bits of psychological manipulation along the lines of the old rhetorical trick that goes: “when did you stop beating your wife?”
With its first paragraph the AP cast doubt on the propriety of Cheney getting a heart transplant, raised the specter of Cheney getting “special treatment” (even while denying he did) and played the age card to boot pointing out that many “thousands of younger people” are still waiting while Cheney is now walking around with a new heart.
The nerve of that guy.
March 26, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Health, Liberals, Obamacare, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
With the Individual Mandate it’s Obama v. Obama
Obama was right on the individual mandate…before he was wrong.
Americans agree that the mandate is unconstitutional. A recent Gallup poll found that “Americans overwhelmingly believe the ‘individual mandate,’ as it is often called, is unconstitutional, by a margin of 72% to 20%.” And even a majority of Democrats in the poll agrees with this position.
By Alan Caruba
I received a campaign letter from Michelle Obama the other day. This is especially surprising because I am a registered Republican; hardly a likely prospect to contribute to her husband’s reelection efforts.
“Every day I learn about the challenges and the struggles—the doctor bills they can’t pay or the mortgage they can no longer afford,” said the text. The “fairness” theme, a socialist meme, was expressed. “American prospers when we are all in this together, when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded, when everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street—does their fair share and plays by the same rules.”
The fact is, however, America has not been prospering for the last four years during which Barack Obama has been President. And everyone knows it. The U.S. sovereign debt rating was downgraded for the first time while he occupied the Oval Office. Federal spending (25% of GDP) is the highest since World War Two. Federal debt (67% of GDP) is the highest since just after the end of World War Two, and the nation has experienced, not only the longest recession, but the highest unemployment since the 1930s.
In the first nineteen months of his time in office, Obama added more federal debt than was amassed by all U.S. Presidents from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.
March 25, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
President Barack Obama’s Complete List of Historic Firsts
Doug Ross has a great list (with links for further reading) of the destructive “firsts” that Obama has perpetrated in his first term. It’s well worth taking a look.
Yes, he’s historic, alright.
- First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government
- First President to Violate the War Powers Act
- First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels
- First President to issue an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against the advice of his own Justice Department).
- First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
- First President to Defy a Federal Judge’s Court Order to Cease Implementing the ‘Health Care Reform’ Law
There are dozens more at Ross’ page, so go check it out at http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/06/president-barack-obamas-complete-list.html.
March 25, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Music, Occupy Wall Street, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
OWS Scummery in a Rockin’ Tune: I Don’t (AKA The Occupier)
I Don’t, a new song by Glen Shulfer, is a sharp critique of the scummery that IS the Occupy Wall Street “movement.”
I Don’t (AKA The Occupier) © 2012 Glen Shulfer
Well, I don’t have to pay for my food and rent
cause I get everything from the government.
No I don’t. Honey, I don’t. Don’t you know, no, no, no I don’t.
All I want is to get my share from every stingy millionaire. Cause baby I don’t.
March 25, 2012 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Commerce Clause, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Health, Liberals, Obamacare, President, Taxes | Comments Off on
Obamacare Versus the U.S. Constitution
-By Alan Caruba
In a nation where Congress has already determined how much water your toilet tank can hold and whether you can purchase a 100-watt incandescent light bulb, the assertion of federal power is now so great and so unbounded that a case concerning the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), brought by 26 states will decide whether, in fact, there are any rights or powers left to the states.
What many Americans do not know is that the United States of America is composed of separate and sovereign republics, each with its own constitution. What has occurred, however, has been the erosion of states’ rights and with that, the gradual distortion of the nation’s central instrument of governance, the Constitution, to mean anything Congress wants it to say.
At the very heart of the Obamacare case the Supreme Court will hear Monday through Wednesday, March 26 through March 28, is the question of whether the federal government can coerce the states under the threat of withholding funds—in this case for Medicaid.
March 25, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Dr. Don Boys, Elections, Government, Liberals, Republicans, Taxes | Comments Off on
Does Any Reporter Have the Courage to Ask Obama These Questions?
-By Don Boys, Ph.D.
I have not tried to disguise my disagreement, distrust, disgust, and dissatisfaction with President Obama. While McCain would have taken America over the cliff, he would have done so at 65 miles per hour while Obama has done it at 100 miles per hour. Whatever the speed, we have gone over the cliff and are about to smack the bottom. This administration is the most incompetent, inefficient, irresponsible, immoral, and inept in U.S. history.
The only positive thing I saw in Obama’s election was that it was obvious proof that we are not a racist nation–except for the 93% of Blacks who voted for him because he was black (well, half black). Additionally, the pathetic insecure whites who voted for him for the same reason–color, not convictions or character is absolute proof of racism.
I thought that his election would remove the race card and we could all discuss, debate, and disagree in a civil, educated, and even gracious way. But that was not in the cards, but what is always in the cards is the race card that bigots pull out at every opportunity, especially when they can’t answer Conservatives. And frankly, even if his election were sufficient proof that we are not bigots, the results were not worth it. I would rather be thought of as a bigot than live in a totalitarian, socialist (Communist) state.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Two new voices have joined the growing chorus calling for the defeat of next June’s ballot initiative Proposition 29, a nearly $1 billion annual spending binge that threatens to cast California deeper into insolvency.
David Spady of Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit conservative political advocacy group, and Nick Johnson, of conservative website Red County, penned columns last week calling for the defeat of Proposition 29, the so-called California Cancer Research Act.
“Stop me if you’ve heard this joke before,” writes Spady in Flash Report. “Liberal politician with pet cause and bureaucracy-building desire packages up his or her idea, tells voters they can achieve some laudable goal ‘for free’ and takes it to the ballot. First Five Commission. Stem-cell research. High-speed rail. And now the latest in this sad line of ballot-box boondoggles: Proposition 29.”
The Corn Refiners Assn., ADM, and others were out in the US District Court in the Central District of California on Wednesday to defend their advertising practices. They want to be able to list the high-fructose corn syrup they produce as “corn sugar” on food package labeling. Cane sugar producers are opposed.
I side with the producers of cane on this one.
To label the high-fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar” would be misleading.
-By Rev Michael Bresciani
Surprise comes from just about everywhere in today’s American setting and unparalleled moral decline. It is amazing to see just how far and how fast the decline is taking place and perhaps even more amazing is to see, just who is part of it, and who is resisting and decrying the great national slide into the shadowy regions of reprobation.
Recently Raquel Welch, who was once a sex symbol herself, said Americans are a bunch of “sex addicts.” Coming from Raquel this assessment makes the most resistant left wing proponent of pulling out all the stops, pause to ponder.
Wallace Henley, writer for the Christian Post, has likened Rush Limbaugh who recently apologized for calling a Georgetown University student a ‘slut,’ to a rock that is only crying out because others were too afraid to speak up.
In an article entitled “Rush Limbaugh: A Crying Stone in Place of Mute Prophetic Voices?” Henley said, “There are no doubt better, more loving ways to say it than Rush did. However, the episode brings to mind the words of Jesus when Pharisees tried to get Him to muzzle His followers. “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” Jesus said. (Luke 19:40)
The Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph took to the streets this week to find out what Washingtonians think about voter ID laws.
March 23, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Vermont, Voter ID, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Vermont Officials Seeking to Prosecute Voter Reform Advocates?
-By Warner Todd Huston
James O’Keefe of Project Veritas released another undercover video at BigJournalism.com, this one showing that voters in Vermont could simply go to a polling place, give any name — for instance those of dead Vermonters — and be given a ballot.
As a result of the release of the video, Vermont officials had what can only be called a quixotic reaction. They want to prosecute the producers of the video instead of cleaning up their system.
March 23, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Uncategorized, Video, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Obama’s YouTube Hack-U-Mentary Censors Most Negative Feedback
-By Warner Todd Huston
Apparently it’s all sweetness and light, unicorns and fuzzy bunnies in the Youtube comments section of Obama’s new hagiographic, hack-u-mentary short directed by Academy Award-winning director David “star-struck” Guggenheim. Barley a cross word is seen there about the Obammessiah since most negative comments seem likely to have been deleted from the Youtube page leaving only the most sugary, sycophantic sap behind.
Such serious, probing comments as “YES we can, YES we did, Yes we Will !!!!!!!” [sic], “This generations Kennedy! His face belongs on money someday. I’m in!,” and “the best President….EVER!!!” grace the comments section of The Road We Traveled, the cheesy, dear-leader-like film made to flog Obama’s now six-year-long campaign for the White House.
There are teas for Obama, joy for Obama, prayers for Obama, thanks for the blessings he bestowed upon us from on high, grave warnings that without Obama we are lost, and, my particular favorite, the self-chastising comment that went: “Thank you, Mr President. I’m sorry that I’ve been impatient.”
-By Frank Salvato
To listen to the so-called “political strategists” on any number of Conservative-leaning news outlets, you would think that moving beyond June without a locked-in Republican presidential nominee would be tantamount to inaugurating Barack Obama to a second term. “It would be a catastrophe,” they scream, while insisting t hat one candidate or another drop out of the race in order to make it a “traditional” two-candidate race going into the heart of the primary cycle. And each time one of these “strategists” makes this “sky-is-falling” claim, the television show hosts nod their heads like bobble-head dolls on so many car dashboards and the radio show hosts initiate a string of “um-hmms’” that sounds like the clucking of hyper-active chickens. But what are they so afraid of?
Most “strategists” sign-on to Dick Morris’s theory (and Dick Morris actually is a bona fide political strategist by virtue of the fact that he has actually run a national campaign) that should the Republican Primary contest go down to the RNC Convention, there won’t be enough time to mount a cohesive and potent message to counter the mainstream media enabled, billion-dollar political bully pulpit possessed by President Obama’s re-election campaign. Truth be told, if the Republican candidates continue to employ a strategy of “win-at-all-cost,” slash-and-burn politics, a strategy they all have employed all too willingly so far, Mr. Morris has a fifty-fifty chance of being correct.
But this is a very different election cycle from any that we have experienced in our lifetime.
March 22, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Chicago, Cook County, Crime, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Now Illinois Dems Want Crook They Supported in Primary to Step Down?
-By Warner Todd Huston
Now the very same accused criminal that Chicago Democrats wanted people to vote for in Tuesday’s primary is being pressured to to step down from his office now that he won — pressured by the exact same Democrat officials that told people to vote for him only three days ago. This particular story is a perfect example of how Democrats a). Don’t care what voters want, b). Don’t care if their elected officials are crooks, c). Would rather see criminals in office than see a single Republican win an election.
To recap: Derrick Smith was appointed by the party to take a State Rep seat left empty by another Rep that moved on to a different office. As soon as he got in that office he began soliciting a bribe to fill his pockets. The FBI arrested him and charged him with the crime. Up comes the primary and Chicago Democrats, including Congressman Danny Davis, told Chicago voter to vote for this crook anyway because a criminal in office is better than having any Republican, says Davis and his crook-supporting crew The primary arrives and this crook wins his election. And now that he won…
The Democrats’ endgame is to muscle Smith off the ballot and out of the House. Gov. Pat Quinn and Secretary of State Jesse White on Wednesday called on Smith to resign; Davis said Smith should not appear on the November ballot.
Just what is going on here?
March 22, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Budget, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Mitt Romney, President, Republicans, Ronald Reagan, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Dear Conservatives: Romney Isn’t One of Us But We Still Hold The Power If…
-By Warner Todd Huston
Romney is not conservative. Anyone that says he’s conservative is only trying to convince themselves and is willfully ignoring not only Romney’s entire executive record when he was governor of Massachusetts, but ignoring all the tell-tale signs that his current conservative-tinged campaign rhetoric is just a show to get the nomination. Romney doesn’t mean a word of what he says. But we still hold the power to force him to stay on a more or less conservative path if he wins the White House.
How can I say Romney is basically lying to us?
Well, his executive record aside — which is clearly center left, not conservative — let’s not take my word for it all. Let’s take the word of his advisers.
On CNN on March 21, for instance, senior Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom was asked about Romney’s strategy in the general should he get that far. Fehrnstrom was asked if there is a concern that the other GOP candidates have made made Romney “tack so far to the right that it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election.”
“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the Fall campaign everything changes,” Fehrnstrom replied. “It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch, you can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”
That’s right. Fehrnstrom is directly saying that all Romney’s conservative rhetoric today will be quickly jettisoned and he’ll be back to his moderate, center left ideals when he’s comfortably set up as the GOP nominee. This should surprise no one. There have been a lot of other things that shows Romney isn’t a conservative. His staunch support for Romenycare and his constant lies about how he never advocated it for a national model is another example.
March 22, 2012 | Filed Under Apple, Business, Capitalism, China, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NPR, Radio, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Will Media Apologize for Airing Anti-Apple Computer Activist’s False Claims?
-By Warner Todd Huston
When it broke, the Old Media was all over Mike Daisey’s story of the horrid working conditions at Apple Computer’s foreign manufacturing plants. The story had oppressed workers, pathos, and best of all, eeevil corporate greed. Daisey was well on the road to making Apple the liberal’s newest bete noire and was being hailed as the next Upton Sinclair. Until, that is, it became clear that he made it all up.
One of the first major media outlets to push Daisey’s anti-Apple claims was the program This American Life aired on the venerable Public Radio station WBEZ. The program featured Daisey’s claims in a January episode, but has now been faced with the “difficult news,” as representatives of the show have said, of Daisey’s fabrication.
March 22, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, EPA, Ethics, Fox Business Network, Liberals, Media, Oil, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on
Fox Business Network Special Report: Gas Price Shock!
-By Warner Todd Huston
The price of gasoline getting you down, bunkie? I don’t blame you because it is hitting us all hard in the wallet. Oh, there’s lots of finger pointing, to be sure. The left wants to blame the Republicans sold out to the oil industry, the right blames Obama for refusing to allow us to explore for and go after our own sources of energy because he is sold out to the disastrously failed “green energy” sector.
But there are more than American politics at work in the wildly rising costs of gasoline. China, Europe, the Mid East, they all have a hand in this situation, not to mention the commodities market and the buyers, sellers, and speculators there.
It is definitely not as simple as just blaming either of our political parties.
So, just what the heck is going on here? Tune in to the Fox Business Network tonight and find out.
On Thursday at 7 PM Central Time, FBN’s Gerri Willis presents her special report, The Willis Report: Gas Price Shock. Willis explores the rising cost of gas and oil in the United States and will examine the key influences causing the spike in gas prices enlisting a panel of experts to offer solutions along the way.
Guests will include: Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski; AAA Expert Robert Sinclair; Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce; Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND); Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX), among others.
Tune in to Fox Business Network on Thursday March 22nd, 7:00 PM/CT and find out what is going on.
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