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Obama’s Economy Makes Criminals Out of Pennsylvania Family, Lose Their Children

November 30, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, Policy, President, Progressives, Rights, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s unemployment rate is the worst continuously down trend seen since The Great Depression. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and, subsequently, lost their homes to foreclosure. One Pennsylvania family, faced with Obama’s destruction, tried to move to another state where they hoped to see a better life but instead of finding opportunity they had their children stolen from them by the state and were turned into criminals.

After losing their home to foreclosure, the Detjen family rented a moving truck, loaded their meager possessions on board, and decided to try and head west to greener pastures. Of course, the problem was that the tiny cab of the truck could not hold the couple and their seven children.

So, the Detjen’s bundled up five of their children in winter clothing and sat them in the cargo hold of the moving truck and then set out for California.

Some nosey citizen, however, called the jackboots on the Detjens because, as the law stands, having riders in the cargo hold of a moving truck is illegal.

Naturally, the cops swooped down on the Detjens as they plied one of Indiana’s highways on their way west. The couple’s belongings were impounded, the truck jacked to the police impound lot, and, naturally, their children were taken away from them by those oh-so-concerned drones from the department of Children and Family Services.

In that ages old American way, this beset upon family was trying desperately to start life anew by bundling up the family and moving to where they think might be greener pastures. But in this age of Obama, this family was instead turned them into criminals.
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Assoc. Press Paints Murders in Benghazi as Merely a ‘PR Disaster’

November 30, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Hamas, Islam, Islamofascism, Journalism, Koran, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Religion, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an outrageous attempt to defuse for President Obama the murderous disaster that is his security failures in Benghazi on September 11, the Associated Press deemed the whole debacle merely a “PR disaster” and speculated it could all just be forgotten if Susan Rice were to be successfully nominated as our next Secretary of State.

The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state.

With such dismissive rhetoric, the AP seems to discount the death of Chris Stevens, our U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and several of his security staff all of whom were murdered by radical Islamists. Still, even the logic here makes no sense.

Is the AP saying that the ambassador’s brutal murder can just be forgotten if Susan Rice becomes Sec. of State? How does that even make sense? This claim makes as much sense as saying that Watergate should have been forgotten because Richard Nixon was successfully re-elected after perpetrating the break-in.

The AP next goes on to swallow whole the shaky explanation of why Susan Rice lied about what happened at Benghazi.
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Sun-Times: J.Jackson Jr. Like a Greek Hero?

November 30, 2012 | Filed Under Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Jesse Jackson, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A Chicago Sun-Times columnist is saddened by the flame out of Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., the Chicago Congressman that just resigned after a Congressional investigation into misuse of campaign funds. His story is that of a Greek hero, she claims.

Columnist Laura Washington waxes poetic about Jackson, Jr.’s fall from grace likening him to legendary Greek character Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and fell from the skies. But she doesn’t cut him much slack, really.

Washington notes that Jackson, Jr. isn’t the first 2nd District Congressman who has been a disappointment to voters. In fact, he’s the third in a row that left office under a cloud. Jackson replaced Mel Reynolds who went to jail for sexual misconduct, child pornography and obstruction of justice and Reynolds replaced Gus Savage, a long-time Illinois pol who left office after the House investigated him for sexual misconduct.
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Gennifer Flowers: Bill Clinton Tried to Meet With Me in 2005

November 30, 2012 | Filed Under Bill Clinton, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a recent interview, former Clinton paramour Gennifer Flowers dished some more on her troubled relationship with impeached President, Bill Clinton. She even claimed that he tried to get together with her even as late as 2005.

In the interview aired on ABC’s WGNO in New Orleans, Flowers also insisted that it was her revelations about Clinton that made him into a “household name” during his 1992 campaign for the White House.

But it was her claim that the former President tried to arrange a meeting with her as recently as 2005 that really raises eyebrows.

“I picked up the phone and it was him,” Flowers, now 62, said on ABC affiliate WGNO in New Orleans, while sipping wine with TV host Susan Roesgen. “And he wanted to come by my house and talk to me. … I was taken aback. That was the last thing I expected.”

“I said, ‘No you can’t come over here,’” she continued. “He said, ‘I’ll put on a hoodie and I’ll jog up there.’ … And I said, ‘No, I want you to leave me alone.’ And that was that.”

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(VIDEO) ‘High on a Mountaintop’ Tribute to the Heroes of Benghazi by Chris Cassone

November 30, 2012 | Filed Under Libya, Military, Music, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Tribute to the heroes of the Benghazi attack on our embassy: Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ambassador Chris Stevens…and a rebuke of the treason that let them die. All proceeds (that’s ALL…except the Bandcamp 15%) will go to the SEAL NSW Family Foundation.

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Slate: If You Like The White Turkey Meat, You Are A Racist

November 29, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Holiday, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Race, Slate, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

You can’t even eat turkey on Thanksgiving without being called a racist by our friends on the extreme left side of the aisle in America today, especially if you prefer the white meat over the dark.

Just before Thanksgiving last week, the liberal site Slate dredged up a 2010 piece claiming that the reason Americans love the white meat on a turkey is because we are all racists.

The rant written by Ron Rosenbaum is a great example of all that is wrong with the race baiting left in America these days. It is a sad example that literally everything under the sun is just another excuse for the far left to cry racism.

But before Rosenbaum goes into how turkey meat is racist, he prefaced his turkey talk with a digression on white bread, that one-time most favorite American sandwich bread. Rosenbaum says that white bread was once “regarded as the peak of social refinement by the new middle class.”

White bread fell from grace, Rosenbaum says, because “white bread” itself became an epithet — as in “that is so white bread” — and because nutritionists decided it was not a healthy food choice.
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Chris Matthews: Conservatives Are Like Hitler, White Men Want End to Minority Vote

November 29, 2012 | Filed Under Adolph Hitler, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, History, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, WWII | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

During his November 26 MSNBC circus, Chris Matthews childishly linked conservatives unhappy with the results of the past election to Hitler and the Nazis. Not only that but he claimed that white men and Mitt Romney were really working to return our electoral system to the day when only white men that owned land were allowed to vote.

Before Matthews got to his illogical and disconnected Hitler comparison, Matthews first made the silly claim that one of Mitt Romney’s goals was to return the nation to a day when only landed, white men could vote.

Matthews began discounting the right’s reverence for our founding fathers then went on to disgorge his foolish conspiracy theory.

But the notion that the free men of this country are white men of property and that is really what Romney ran on, white men of property. He didn’t say it intellectually. I don’t think he put it in any words. But look who he was rallying to as, you know, as, as, Howie just pointed out, that seemed to be the rallying cry. “Men of property, join together. Defend the wagon train against the onslaught of the others!” That seemed to be what they were doing in this campaign.

Ah, so Romney didn’t say this at all and neither did anyone else, but Chrissy knows what they really mean, eh?
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AP Touts ‘Non-Partisan’ Study Saying Obamacare Great for States

November 29, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Health, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Medicaid, Medicare, Nanny State, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Associated Press has done it again, pushing on readers a “study” by purported “nonpartisan” organizations that aren’t nonpartisan at all. This one claiming that Obamacare is a “good deal for states.”

The AP notes that this “report” by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute says that Obamacare is good for the states because it picks up the largest amount of healthcare costs through its Medicaid expansion.

Expanding Medicaid to cover about 20 million more low-income people will cost over $1 trillion nationally from 2013 to 2022, said the joint report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute. But the analysis found that states will pay just $76 billion of that, a combined share of roughly 7 percent. The feds will pay the other $952 billion.

But what of these two groups? Are they really “nonpartisan”?
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Some Texas Schools Teaching Boston Tea Party Was Terrorism

November 28, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Founders, Government, History, Liberals, Progressives, Revolutionary War, Terrorism, Texas, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It has been revealed that some Texas schools were teaching that the Boston Tea Party, an event widely understood as having helped spark the American Revolution, was actually a “terrorist” attack on British authorities.

At least up until January of 2012, Texas schools utilizing the history curriculum from CSCOPE, a non-profit and supposedly non-partisan education service, taught that the most famous tax protest in American history was akin to terrorism.

The tact taken to discuss the event was to engage kids as if the Boston Tea Party had just occurred and was a current news report.
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NBC Nixes Chelsea Clinton/Gay Marriage Ads

November 28, 2012 | Filed Under Bill Clinton, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Gay Marriage, Gays, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite that Chelsea Clinton has been an advocate for gay marriage for some time, during the 2012 election campaign NBC refused to allow her to appear in advocacy videos made by a Washington State-based gay marriage advocacy group that was trying to get a gay marriage referendum placed on the ballot there.

Clinton, an employee of NBC News, was hired in 2011 to do feels good-type stories that aren’t political in nature and due to her contract the network refused to give the gay advocacy group the go ahead to run the ads either on TV or the web.

Clinton had already filmed the advocacy ads before NBC rendered its decision.
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New York Times Chief Testifies Over BBC Sex Scandal

November 28, 2012 | Filed Under BBC, Britain, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, Sex Offenders/Rape, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The turmoil over the sexual abuse scandal revealed after the passing of one of Britain’s most famous TV presenters continues to roil the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The latest turn forced Mark Thompson, the newly installed CEO of The New York Times and himself a BBC director-general until September, to wing his way back to England to testify about what he knew and when he knew of the developing scandal.

Thompson assumed that he’d only have to spend a few hours before the BBC inquiry headed by Nick Pollard, but due to the in-depth investigation the Pollard committee is conducting, Thompson may have to appear again. At this time there is no telling how long the inquiry will detain Thompson for questioning.

Thompson will be questioned by inquiry counsel Alan Maclean QC over the mishandling of the cancellation of a Newsnight TV segment that would have been aired last year featuring an in-depth investigation into the developing abuse accusations lodged against one of the BBC’s most famous TV stars, Jimmy Savile.
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Beware The Zombie Congress

November 28, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Congress has reconvened for a “lame-duck” session, in which the walking dead (members who won’t return next year) have a post-mortem chance to leave their mark on the nation’s policy — a budget that never got passed, and an agreement on how to avoid the fiscal cliff and Taxmageddon, and several treaties awaiting ratification by the Senate.


College Professors Lose Hours Because of Obamacare

November 27, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Health, Jobs, Law, Liberals, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of my favorite stories this week is the college professors at Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny who’ve had their hours cut because of the costly requirements of Obamacare.

One of Obamacare’s changes to general business practices is to make people who work 30 hours or more a “full time worker.” For generations that magic number was 40 hours a week. But now that Obamacare is forcing this change to what is considered a full-timer, businesses across the country are forced to change policies and cut the hours of employees to 25 hours per week.

This is what happened at CCAC. Part time professors, teachers, and other staffers will be cut to 25 hours a week so that these part time workers will remain part time workers and will, therefore, be ineligible for healthcare.

Naturally, some folks are mad. They think the evil taskmasters in charge of the school are violating the “spirit” of Obamacare. United Steelworkers representative Jeff Cech, who has been trying to unionize the college staff, is all upset, too.
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NYTimes Pretending Terrorists are Journalists

November 27, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Hamas, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Israel Defense Force, Jews, Journalism, Judaism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Military, New York City, Newspapers, Palestinians, Progressives, Religion, Terrorism, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again The New York Times has attempted to paint Israel as murders of journalists, this time by falsely labeling as “journalists” two terror commanders that the Israeli Defense Force recently eliminated.

Over the weekend The Times reported on two terrorists, Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, that were killed last week in Gaza by an IDF missile aimed at their car, a vehicle that The Times complains “was clearly marked with the letters TV.”

The paper claimed that the two were merely “cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV” and were but “covering events in central Gaza” when they were killed.

It would be outrageous if the IDF were targeting journalists, we all agree. But just who were these two that were killed, anyway? Were they just run-of-the-mill journalists? It turns out they were not journalists at all.
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Third New Chief in Two Months Takes Over BBC

November 27, 2012 | Filed Under BBC, Britain, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The British Broadcasting Corporation will get its third chief in two months with Lord Tony Hall being appointed BBC director-general by the BBC Trust. Lord Hall will take his place as the head of one of the world’s largest broadcasting services in March of next year.

The BBC has gone through three chiefs so far this year. Mark Thompson quit in September to cross the pond to take the top spot at The New York Times and his successor, George Entwistle, resigned after only 54 days on the job due to a slanderous and ultimately untrue program aired against a former British politician.

Lord Hall expressed his confidence that he could lead the BBC out of the troubles in which it is currently mired.

“I know we can get through this,” Lord Hall said at a recent press conference.

“It’s been a really tough few weeks for this organization and I know we can get through it by listening patiently by thinking carefully about what to do next.”

The two previous BBC chiefs, Thompson and Entwistle, both left under a cloud of controversy, both having to do with sex scandals.
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PolitiFact’s Bias Charted

November 26, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new chart has debuted showing the stark bias that purported “fact checker” PolitiFact commits against the right side of the aisle in its attempt to separate truth from fiction in politics. The chart demonstrates how Republicans and conservatives have come in for scolding by PolitiFact far more often and with much greater virulence than have Democrats and liberals.

The chart was assembled by calculating the number of “pants on fire” awards to what PolitiFact claims are lies by our national political figures.


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As Chuck Rogers explains,

We assembled this chart by sorting PolitiFact’s complete list of “Pants On Fire” rulings. We filtered out any rulings of chain email or anonymous Facebook posts (although these were virtually all conservative viewpoints), as well as politicians or organizations who had only one “Pants On Fire” ruling (but again, even these were mostly conservatives).

The most impressive result is how PolitiFact treated Mitt Romney. His “pants on fire” awards are more than twice than that of any other politician except Michele Bachmann. And, according to PolitiFact, Bachmann herself is far and away a worse liar than any other pol besides Romney.
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God Hating Atheists Apparently Believe in Devil?

November 26, 2012 | Filed Under Atheism, Bible, Christianity, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Oregon, Progressives, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Portland atheist Mark Hecate is mad that someone made him look like a devil.

A pro-atheism billboard in Portland, Oregon was defaced causing the atheist group that paid for the sign upset that they had been “demonized.”


Pro-atheist billboard defaced in Portland, Oregon

The billboard featured Mr. Hecate next to the phrase, “This is what an atheist looks like.” The billboard campaign was meant to convey the idea that atheists are somehow just like you and me.

But some wag with a spraypaint can thought it would be funny to paint devil horns on ol’ Mark’s head making him into a devil.
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Matt Lauer Out at ‘Today’ Show?

November 25, 2012 | Filed Under ABC, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As we reported in September, long-time morning host Matt Lauer has seemingly worn out his welcome at NBC’s Today show. TV insiders are saying the $21.5 million-a-year Lauer is soon to be fired.

We noted last September that Lauer’s “Q Score,” an industry popularity rating, had collapsed after NBC’s mishandling of former Today co-host Ann Curry’s firing. Lauer’s off camera treatment of the woman was perceived by many to be one of the reasons Curry was dumped only a year after she took on co-host duties of the once most popular morning show.
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University Prof: Thanksgiving is a Nazi Holiday

November 24, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Founders, History, Liberals, Progressives, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s become a tradition on every holiday that somewhere in the country a taxpayer supported university professor will come forth to trash one of our American traditions and this holiday season we were treated to a claim that Thanksgiving is really just a celebration of “genocide” created by “Nazis.”

A long-time, extreme left-winger named Robert Jensen, a taxpayer supported journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, felt Thanksgiving eve was the perfect time to unleash his latest anti-American screed on the radical website Alternet. Titled “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” Jensen claimed that this most gentle of holidays is really nothing but a celebration of genocide sponsored by Americans who are little different than Nazis.

To Jensen, Thanksgiving isn’t a day to give thanks for what we have, it isn’t a spiritual day to reflect on one’s good fortune, it is instead a “white-supremacist holiday” that would be better spent in a “day of mourning” for the “genocide” evil whites perpetrated against America’s native people.
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After Cease Fire, Israeli Politics Flares Anew

November 24, 2012 | Filed Under Israel, Palestinians, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It wasn’t long after the cease fire between Hamas and Israel was settled that political calculations by Israel’s leaders started up once again, signaling a return to political normalcy, if you will.

Election campaigning temporarily put on hold during the late conflagration was back in full force only minutes after the ceasefire took effect as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s opponents immediately began jockeying to replace him.

Israel’s news agencies reported that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who resigned from office in 2008 over investigations into corruption, will likely sit out this election leaving the way clear for others to vie for leadership.
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Penn & Teller Says Wal-Mart Hatred is Bulls**t!!

November 23, 2012 | Filed Under Business, Cable, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Media, Progressives, TV, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Penn & Teller are bombastic and foul of mouth… well, let me restate that. Penn is while Teller is not, but that is only because in the act Teller never speaks. But, bombast aside, the pair are great libertarians and in this case they are 100% right about how illegitimate Wal-Mart hate is.

Remember, this is not safe for work. It has foul language. But Penn & Teller are dead on right.

Right on. Wal-Mart hate is stupid.


CNN: Israel Better Deal With Terrorists

November 23, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Israel, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Palestinians, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN has the solution for the Middle Eastern turmoil that has flared anew over the last month or so between the terrorists of Hamas and Israel: Israel should drop that whole “they are terrorists” thing and recognize Hamas as a legitimate government player and negotiate directly with them.

For CNN, Ed Husain says that calling Hamas terrorists is a “nonstarter” in Palestine and other Arab communities. Even residents of “non-Arab Pakistan,” Husain says, “refuse to label Hamas as a ‘terrorist’ organization.”

Husain claims that because the radical Islamists surrounding the State of Israel support terrorism, then everyone else should understand this and simply accept it. Of course, the fallacy here is that accepting something doesn’t make it right. After all, I seem to recall that most Germans, Italians, and even a good number of Frenchmen thought the Third Reich was on the right track, too. We in the allied nations didn’t just accept that premise, did we?
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In Final Week Romney Coverage Increasingly Negative, MSNBC Had Zero Favorable Romney Stories

November 23, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Fox News, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, MSNBC, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

According to the latest study of the last week of the media’s coverage of the 2012 presidential election, Romney’s coverage turned increasingly negative. The worst example was that of MSNBC which didn’t have any positive stories about Romney’s campaign, not a single one.

The study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, showed that MSNBC had zero positive stories about Romney while its Obama coverage skewed 51% positive for the President.

Fox News also increased its negative coverage, for Obama in that case, but its coverage was not nearly so negative against Obama as MSNBC’s was against Romney. The study found that Fox News gave only 5 percent of its coverage to positive Obama stories (with 56 percent negative) while the cable network gave Romney 42 percent positive coverage (with 11 percent negative).

With all news coverage tabulated, Romney’s coverage got more negative in the final week with 33 percent of his coverage skewing negative and only 16 percent positive. In contrast, Obama got 29 percent positive coverage with 19 percent negative.
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Sandy Gives Elected Officials Sky High Approval Ratings Despite Rocky Performance

November 23, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, New York City, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now that Hurricane Sandy is gone and east coasters have had some time to assess the performance of their elected officials it seems as if it’s high marks all around. So says a new Quinnipiac University poll released on November 20.

Apparently the lionization that the media offered to Chris Christie for his crying jags and his bear hugs for President Obama have turned the trick for east coast residents.

The New Jersey Governor in particular came in for praise from residents hit by the super storm. But even New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and President Obama received high marks for their post Hurricane Sandy efforts.

When asked who did the better job, 36 percent of respondents said that Gov. Chris Christie did the best while 22 percent said Obama did well, and 15 percent said Governor Cuomo was best. Mayor Bloomberg came in at 12 percent on this question.
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Thanks Mitt

November 23, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chuck Busch, Constitution, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, President, Republicans, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Chuck Busch

I want you to know that I greatly appreciate the effort and sacrifice you made in seeking the presidency. I have been a supporter of you since the 2008 election and always believed you had a lot to offer the people of this country. History took a strange turn in 2008 and it would seem that the country got started down a wrong path that will now take extraordinary efforts to reverse. In the final analysis we have to accept that God is still on the throne and he will use whatever circumstance for His redemptive purposes. If I didn’t believe that, we would all have reason for despair.

You were an excellent candidate and ran a superb campaign. It was encouraging to hear someone articulate sound economic and national policies as well as you did. I believe you and Paul Ryan won the debate season hands down with factual and sensible proposals delivered in a confident and professional manner. As you reflect on the last year’s whirlwind events, please do not second-guess your message of limited government or think that you could have done anything different to affect the outcome. The Republican Party should make no change to its 2012 platform or compromise on social, cultural and economic issues. The contrast between the “paths” of the two parties could have not been made clearer.
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Happy Thanksgiving 2012

November 22, 2012 | Filed Under Holiday, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

We take the rest of the day off to be with family and friends. But, please do take some time to look over our past work in the archives. In the meantime, God bless you and have a Happy Thanksgiving and see you tomorrow. And we are thankful for your readership.


What We Are Thankful For

November 22, 2012 | Filed Under Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, Business, Capitalism, Declaration of Independence, Democracy, Founders, Government, History, Holiday, James Madison, Jobs, John Adams, Revolutionary War, Sam Adams, Slavery, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Like most conservatives, I felt Election Day was the end of the United States of America. I am not convinced going forward that it isn’t, either. But on this day of giving thanks for what we do have, it would be a mistake not to be grateful for the things with which we have, in our good fortune, been blessed. There are things that we should and must be thankful for.

What are those things? What should we be thankful for? Well, certainly there are all manner of things we should be thankful for as individuals. Our loved ones, friends, perhaps our health and good fortunes. But, as a nation, there are many things to be thankful for, even if those things seem fleeting. Granted, there are many things other than what I list below that we should be thankful for. I have no intention of claiming this list is comprehensive.

So, first and foremost, as a nation we should be thankful for our founders’ vision of a nation created on the premise of self-government, freedom and liberty.
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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 22, 2012 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, History, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
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There’d Be No Thanksgiving Without the Profit Motive

November 22, 2012 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Holiday, Jobs, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Lawrence W. Reed

“The worst crime against working people,” so said Samuel Gompers, “is a company which fails to operate at a profit.”

Gompers, of course, is known by the history books as the father of the labor union movement in America. He was founder of the American Federation of Labor. It may seem incongruous for such an important labor figure to say such a thing about profit, but Gompers appreciated something back then that perhaps a few of today’s labor leaders don’t. An economy without profit is an economy in deep, deep depression.

Profit and the self-interest motive behind it were under relentless attack not so long ago. The radicalism of the 1960s was dead set against them, laying most of society’s ills at the feet of greedy, profit-hungry and selfish capitalists. Anti-profit sentiment was even more popular in Europe and Africa, where it helped boost the socialist agenda and a wave of nationalizations.

In more recent years, however, a better understanding of profit has taken hold in surprising places. Communist China started implementing it in the late 1970s as an incentive for moribund state industries and previously prohibited private enterprise. And in my files is an English translation of an article that appeared in a most unlikely place. Here’s a key excerpt:
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The Mayflower Compact, 1620: An American Founding Document

November 22, 2012 | Filed Under Bible, Christianity, History, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

One of America’s earliest, religious documents, the Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the Separatists, also known as the “Saints”, fleeing from religious persecution by King James of Great Britain. They traveled aboard the Mayflower in 1620 along with adventurers, tradesmen, and servants, most of whom were referred to as “Strangers.”

The Mayflower Compact was signed aboard ship on November 11, 1620 by most adult men (but not by most crew and adult male servants). The Pilgrims used the Julian Calendar, also known as Old Style dates, which, at that time, was ten days behind the Gregorian Calendar. Signing the covenant were 41 of the ship’s 101 passengers, while the Mayflower was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor within the hook at the northern tip of Cape Cod.

It is interesting to note that even as they were fleeing religious persecution, they still felt they were Englishmen and wrote their compact as Englishmen.

Here is the text of the compact as seen in William Bradford’s History Of Plymouth Plantation as written in William Bradford’s History Of Plymouth Plantation:

(Spelling and punctuation modernized)

In the name of God Amen· We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord King James by the grace of God, of great Britain, France, & Ireland king, defender of the faith, &c

Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith & honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia· do by these presents solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant, & combine our souls together into a civill body politic; for the our better ordering, & preservation & furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof, to enact, constitute, and frame such just & equal laws, ordinances, Acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most mete & convenient for the general good of the colony into which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have here under subscribed our names at Cape Cod the ·11· of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign Lord King James of England, France, & Ireland the eighteenth and of Scotland the fifty fourth. Ano: Dom 1620

SIGNERS:

John Carver Edward Tilley Degory Priest
William Bradford John Tilley Thomas Williams
Edward Winslow Francis Cooke Gilbert Winslow
William Brewster Thomas Rogers Edmund Margesson
Isaac Allerton Thomas Tinker Peter Brown
Myles Standish John Rigsdale Richard Britteridge
John Alden Edward Fuller George Soule
Samuel Fuller John Turner Richard Clarke
Christopher Martin Francis Eaton Richard Gardinar
William Mullins James Chilton John Allerton
William White John Crackstone Thomas English
Richard Warren John Billington Edward Doty
John Howland Moses Fletcher Edward Leister
Stephen Hopkins John Goodman  

History behind the Mayflower Compact

(As compiled HERE)

The Mayflower Compact was signed on 11 November 1620 on board the Mayflower, which was at anchor in Provincetown Harbor. The document was drawn up in response to “mutinous speeches” that had come about because the Pilgrims had intended to settle in Northern Virginia, but the decision was made after arrival to instead settle in New England. Since there was no government in place, some felt they had no legal obligation to remain within the colony and supply their labor. The Mayflower Compact attempted to temporarily establish that government until a more official one could be drawn up in England that would give them the right to self-govern themselves in New England.

In a way, this was the first American Constitution, though the Compact in practical terms had little influence on subsequent American documents. John Quincy Adams, a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Alden, does call the Mayflower Compact the foundation of the U.S. Constitution in a speech given in 1802, but this was in principle more than in substance. In reality, the Mayflower Compact was superseded in authority by the 1621 Peirce Patent, which not only gave the Pilgrims the right to self-government at Plymouth, but had the significant advantage of being authorized by the King of England.

The Mayflower Compact was first published in 1622. William Bradford wrote a copy of the Mayflower Compact down in his History Of Plymouth Plantation which he wrote from 1630-1654, and that is the version given above. Neither version gave the names of the signers. Nathaniel Morton in his New England’s Memorial, published in 1669, was the first to record and publish the names of the signers, and Thomas Prince in his Chronological History of New England in the form of Annals (1736) recorded the signers names as well, as did Thomas Hutchinson in 1767. It is unknown whether the later two authors had access to the original document, or whether they were simply copying Nathaniel Morton’s list of signers.

The original Mayflower Compact has never been found, and is assumed destroyed. Thomas Prince may have had access to the original in 1736, and possibly Thomas Hutchinson did in 1767. If it indeed survived, it was likely a victim of Revolutionary War looting, along with other such Pilgrim valuables as Bradford’s now lost Register of Births and Deaths, his partially recovered Letterbook, and his entirely recovered History Of Plymouth Plantation.

The term “Mayflower Compact” was not assigned to this document until 1793, when for the first time it is called the Compact in Alden Bradford’s A Topographical Description of Duxborough, in the County of Plymouth. Previously it had been called “an association and agreement” (William Bradford), “combination” (Plymouth Colony Records), “solemn contract” (Thomas Prince, 1738), and “the covenant” (Rev. Charles Turner, 1774).

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