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Illinois Congressmen Sign Onto ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Act

January 24, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, House of Representatives, Policy, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Illinois Congressmen Sign Onto ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Act

-By Warner Todd Huston

All the remaining Illinois Republican congressmen have signed onto the House leadership’s new bill with a provision that if Congress doesn’t pass an official budget, then House members won’t get paid.

The “No Budget, No Pay Act” (H.R. 325) garnered the support of Illinois’ Republicans, but also got a “yea” vote from several Illinois Democrats, as well.

This legislation suspends the debt limit and makes mandatory that the House and Senate adopt a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 by April 15, 2013. But if either body does not adopt a budget, members of that body will have their pay put into an escrow account beginning April 16, 2013 until the body adopts a budget. These funds will be released when a budget is adopted or at the end of the current Congress (in compliance with the 27th Amendment).

GOP “Yeas”
Peter Roskam [R-6], Rep Lipinski, Daniel [R-3], Rodney Dais [R-13], Randy Hultgren [R-14], John Shimkus [R-15], Adam Kinzinger [R-16], Aaron Schock [R-18].
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Biden Readies for 2016 Run

January 24, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Joe Biden, Liberals, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Biden Readies for 2016 Run

-By Warner Todd Huston

Joe Biden has never come anywhere close to the Democrat nomination for President of the United States. But, as a sitting Vice President, he thinks he has the inside track for the 2016 nomination and he’s already lining up his ducks to make that happen.

As a Senator, Biden tried running for the Democrat nomination two other times–1988 and 2008–and made noises about running during nearly every other election cycle in between. Each time he was, shall we say, a dark horse candidate, one least expected to get far in the hunt. He easily realized those low odds, too.

But now that he is the Vice President Biden assumes he could be next. After all, there is always an expectation that a sitting Vice President should be the next man in line after his president finishes his time in office. Pursuant to that, Joe has already begun making arrangements for 2016.
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Leonardo DiCaprio to Fly Jet Around World To Save the Environment

January 24, 2013 | Filed Under Climate Change, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Environment, Ethics, Hollywood, Liberals, Movies, Nanny State, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Leonardo DiCaprio to Fly Jet Around World To Save the Environment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is taking a break from acting to help save the environment by pursuing his environmental activism but maybe someone needs to tell him how “saving the environment” might work.

DiCaprio told members of the entertainment media that after doing so many movies in a row he’s tired and needs a break from acting. And what better way to recharge his batteries than to jump hip-deep into his enviro-activism?

Said the diminutive actor, “I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.”

Wait. He’s going to use a private jet and fly around the world creating global warming in order to “save the environment”? Isn’t that a bit of a contradiction? Don’t enviro-nuts say that modern transportation adds to global warming?

Me thinks that ol’ Leo is a bit confused on how to save the environment.

But, I suppose, like most liberals, he feels he can exempt himself from causing environmental damage because he means well. Shades of Al Jazeera Gore.
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Fewer Folks At Home Watched Obama Inauguration Two

January 24, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Cable, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Fewer Folks At Home Watched Obama Inauguration Two

-By Warner Todd Huston

Compared to 2009, turnout in Washington for Obama’s second inauguration was hundreds of thousands of attendees lower this time around. But in-person visitors wasn’t the only number that suffered. There were fewer viewers at home for the event, too.

According to Gallup only 38 percent of respondents watched Obama’s second inaugural with an additional 28 percent saying they kept up after the news coverage afterward. This compared to 2009’s numbers where 60 percent said they watched the inauguration and an additional 20 percent watched the post inaugural news coverage.

Gallup also found that fewer Americans still have “hope” for an Obama presidency. In 2009 62 percent felt “more hopeful” with their outlook upon Obama’s inauguration but this time he only garnered 37 percent in that category.

Gallup concludes that it “certainly would be understandable for Americans to be less excited about a president’s second inauguration,” but that as Obama takes on his second term the nation shows “many signs” that it has not fully recovered.
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China Censors Bond Flick ‘Skyfall’

January 24, 2013 | Filed Under China, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Hollywood, Liberals, Media, Movies, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


China Censors Bond Flick ‘Skyfall’

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Chinese government apparently wasn’t happy with the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall.” Reports say Chinese censors edited many scenes and changed subtitles for others ahead of its debut this week.

One edit was made to a scene where a Chinese security guard is murdered in a Shanghai skyscraper by one of the film’s villains.

In another scene, Daniel Craig’s James Bond asks a woman if a tattoo she sports was given to her by Chinese mobsters as a result of having been forced into prostitution as a child. Craig still says this line in English, but the Chinese subtitles change the context to read as Bond merely asking the woman if she was connected to organized crime. The subtitles eliminate any thought that Chinese mobsters might force a woman into sex slavery.

All references to the film’s villain being tortured by Chinese authorities were also removed.

This isn’t wholly uncommon, of course. Chinese authorities edit many of the foreign movies it deigns to allow its people to see.
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Food Stamps Recipients Increased 11,133 Per Day In Obama’s First Term

January 23, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Food Stamps Recipients Increased 11,133 Per Day In Obama’s First Term

-By Warner Todd Huston

One way to mark the legacy of a presidency is to tally statistics and at least one stat is not very flattering for this president: Americans on food stamps have grown by 11,133 every day during his first term.

In 2009, when Obama took office, recipients of SNAP, the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, stood at 31,939,110 but by the end of his first term the latest tally numbered 47,525,329.

That is a growth of 11,133 per day between January of 2009 and October of 2012.

The Congressional Budget office reports that SNAP enrollment increased 70 percent during that period with the food stamp budget growing by $2.7 billion over fiscal year 2011.
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SyFy Show Attacked by Gay Group

January 23, 2013 | Filed Under Cable, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Gays, Hollywood, Liberals, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


SyFy Show Attacked by Gay Group

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you’ve watched SyFy, the science fiction cable channel, you may be aware of a show called Lost Girl. The show is well known as being quite “inclusive” commonly portraying gay, lesbian and cross dressing characters. Despite this fealty to the cause, a national gay group is still attacking the show over a recent episode.

Lost Girl follows the exploits of a heroine named Bo who investigates crimes involving supernatural or mythic beings such as vampires and the like. The show is in its third season on SyFy.

After the debut of its third season opener, the show, a Canadian import, has apparently made an enemy of GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, over the way a particular “transgender” character was treated.

Even though the “transgender” character happened to be the villain in the episode, the gay advocacy group was angered by the violent and humiliating end the character experienced.

The villain was a warden in a woman’s prison run by fabled Amazons and portrayed as female through most of the show but the reveal at the end proved the character to actually be a man. The evil warden ended the episode dragged brutally out of the scene after being viciously grabbed in the crotch.

Later other characters insist on referring to the warden as a “he” instead of a “she” despite that he chooses to appear as a woman. This particularly upset GLAAD because other characters denied the “choice” of gender chosen by the warden.
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NBC’s Brian Williams Gets Thrill Up His Leg for Michelle O

January 23, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Michelle Obama, NBC, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


NBC’s Brian Williams Gets Thrill Up His Leg for Michelle O

-By Warner Todd Huston

We all remember Chris Matthews getting that thrill up his leg for President Obama, right? Now Matthews’ NBC colleague, Brian Williams, is apparently ready to join that thrill seeker’s club by declaring that Michelle Obama is the most “fascinating” first lady since Jackie Kennedy.

Talking to NBC correspondent Michael Beschloss during their inauguration coverage on January 21, Brian Williams went into Chris Matthews mode saying, “We can say without hesitation there has not been this much fascination with a First Lady easily since Jackie Kennedy

Williams then made the odd claim that there was “about as much talk about her new haircut on her 49th birthday this past week as much as any other aspect of this inauguration.”

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AMC Developing Sitcom Titled ‘We Hate Paul Revere’

January 23, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Cable, Democrats/Leftists, Founders, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


AMC Developing Sitcom Titled ‘We Hate Paul Revere’

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of America’s most famous patriots is slated for a little attention on the AMC cable network–perhaps regrettably so. There may soon be a bit of hate going around for him with a new AMC sitcom in development called “We Hate Paul Revere.” So much for sitcoms where “everyone loves” someone, eh? And so much for patriotism.

According to reports, the show is being written and executive produced by writer-actors Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner. The show apparently centers on two brothers living in Colonial Boston who are not fans of famed Boston entrepreneur, Paul Revere.

Revere was a well-known businessman and silversmith in his day, but in ours he’s best known as one of the riders that caromed through Boston and nearby towns to warn patriots that “the British are coming.”

AMC has not officially picked up the show as of yet, nor has the cabler officially picked up any of the other few sitcoms it has greenlighted for development.

Picked up or no, the folks at Boston’s Paul Revere House aren’t very amused about the idea of their namesake becoming an object of sitcom derision.

The historical association immediately took to Twitter to express pique about the planned sitcom. On the Twitter accounts the Paul Revere historians and keepers of the Patriot’s image said “I hate this idea,” and “AMC, really?”
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Obama’s Extremist Inaugural Address

January 22, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Obama’s Extremist Inaugural Address

He’s not pretending to care about compromise or being a President for all the people any more…

Obama has finally come clean and openly declared war on half of America’s voters and ALL of America’s principles.


Did VP Biden Lie About Hearing 2006 Gun Shots?

January 22, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Joe Biden, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Did VP Biden Lie About Hearing 2006 Gun Shots?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week as Vice President Joe Biden talked publicly about his efforts to assist President Obama with his various gun-banning schemes, he made a startling new claim. He said that while golfing in Pennsylvania in 2006 he personally heard the gunfire from a mass shooting being committed at a nearby school. But did he really? Facts seem to run contrary to Biden’s late claim.

The shooting Biden was referring to occurred at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on October 2, 2006. During the crime, a gunman entered the schoolhouse, killed five children and wounded five others.

Employing his favorite, most overused word–literally–Biden regaled an audience last week about his personal connection to the shooting calling it “pure coincidence.”

On January 17, the Washington Times reported that Biden made this revelation at a meeting of the U.S. Council of Mayors.

“I happened to be literally–probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Biden claimed. “We didn’t know… we thought they were hunters.”

Biden continued with the tall tale saying, “As I got back to the clubhouse of this outing and saw helicopters, it was a shooting that had just taken place in a small Amish… school just outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. So it’s not just big cities or well-to-do suburbs. It can happen anywhere.”

But is any of this true? Facts seem to cast doubt on the Vice President’s claims.

Firstly, Biden has never mentioned this incident before. This complete lack of his ever mentioning this close connection to the Amish schoolhouse shooting seems out of character. If he was that close to the shooting and with as much as Joe likes to make everything about Joe, it’s hard to believe he would never have mentioned this story before now.

That aside, there’s the physical realities involved in Biden’s claims.

In a follow up report, the Washington Times found that there aren’t any golf courses close enough to the Amish school for golfers to have heard gunshots from so far away.

But a search of maps of the area in Lancaster County, Pa., shows the nearest golf course to the site of the shooting, Moccasin Run Golf Club, is about five miles away. Rodney King, the golf pro at Moccasin Run, said Friday he was working at the course on the day of the shooting and never saw Mr. Biden, who was then a U.S. senator.

At ten miles distant, the only other golf course is even farther away. Both courses are certainly too far away for golfers to have heard gunshots that were fired inside a school building.

Interestingly, a look through last week’s news coverage finds little notice of Biden’s sudden claims conveniently made just as he’s pushing new gun control schemes. One wonders why Joe Biden so often gets away with these tall tales? In light of how VPs Quayle and Cheney were treated by the media, why won’t Old Media operatives ever call Joe Biden on his often times impossible claims?
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Rapper Thrown of Stage After Attacks on Obama, Limbaugh, Others

January 22, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entertainment, Ethics, Government, Israel, Liberals, Music, Palestinians, PCism, Progressives, Race, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C., Western Civilization | Comments Off on


Rapper Thrown of Stage After Attacks on Obama, Limbaugh, Others

-By Warner Todd Huston

Rapper Lupe Fiasco lived down to his name at a recent corporate-sponsored inauguration party in Washington D.C. when he was thrown off the stage by the hosts for going on a tirade against President Obama, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck, audience members said.

During one of his “songs” the rapper informed the audience that he didn’t vote for President Obama and told them why, saying, “…and these same people supposedly telling us the truth. Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza strip was getting bombed. Obama didn’t say sh*t. That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either. I’m part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”

It wasn’t long before black-suited security guards mounted the stage and swept the rapper off, shutting down the concert.

Josh Rogin, a writer for Foreign Policy magazine, was in the audience and tweeted as the incident played out. In one Tweet, Rogin reported, “Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.”
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Nevada Democrat Arrested for Threatening Life of State Assembly Speaker

January 22, 2013 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Nevada, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Nevada Democrat Arrested for Threatening Life of State Assembly Speaker

-By Warner Todd Huston

Things are getting rough out in Nevada. Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks was just arrested for “threats of physical violence” against Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, also a Democrat. Some reports even claim that a weapon was involved, or threatened to be used.

The arrest came on Saturday, January 19, after Brooks made verbal threats against Speaker Kirkpatrick. Early reports had Brooks actually brandishing a weapon but later reports claimed he had just threatened to get his gun that was in his car.

The North Las Vegas Police reports as follows:

North Las Vegas, NV – On January 19, 2013 at about 3:45 p.m. officers responded to a home in the northwestern part of North Las Vegas in reference to a report of threats to an elected public official. It was reported that Assemblyman Steven Brooks (40) of North Las Vegas made threats to harm a fellow State representative.
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CNN ‘Reporter’ Writes Obama a Letter Every Day For Four Years

January 22, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Cable, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


CNN ‘Reporter’ Writes Obama a Letter Every Day For Four Years

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a strange exercise, CNN reporter Tom Foreman has written a letter to the president every day of his presidency and intends to continue doing so until the bitter end. Talk about obsessive behavior.*

Tom Foreman is one of CNN’s third tier reporters and is frequently seen covering a gamut of stories on “Anderson Cooper 360º,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and other CNN shows.

Starting with his first letter on inauguration day in 2009, Foreman began his letter writing campaign congratulating President Obama and asking, “Do you have any idea what you’ve gotten yourself into?”

The creepiest aspect of this strange campaign is how Foreman ends nearly every letter pleading for Obama to give him a call. Thus far the President has not availed himself of that opportunity.
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Danny Glover’s Revisionist History: 2nd Amendment Was for Protecting Slavery

January 21, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Civil War, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Freedom, Government, Gun Control, Guns, History, Human Rights, Liberals, Liberty, President, Progressives, Regulation, Revolutionary War, Slavery, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Danny Glover’s Revisionist History: 2nd Amendment Was for Protecting Slavery

-By Warner Todd Huston

Actor and hardcore progressive Danny Glover should add revisionist historian to his growing resume of left-wing activism after a recent visit to Texas A&M University where he told students that the Second Amendment was mainly meant to keep African Americans in slavery and to kill Native American peoples.

During his January 17 appearance at the university, Glover thought to teach the students attending about the real purpose of the Second Amendment.

I don’t know if people know the genesis of the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect, for settlers to protect themselves from slave revolts and from uprisings by Native Americans. So, a revolt from people who were stolen from their lands or revolts from people whose land was stolen from. That was the genesis of the Second Amendment.

This is simple historical revisionism. Slave revolts had yet to become the constant, nagging fear it was later to become for southern slaveholders. There was no such preoccupation in the late 1780s during the debate over the Constitution or in the decades previous to that and it certainly wasn’t a cause for northerners to worry.

Glover is completely wrong in every respect.
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NRA More Popular Than Hollywood

January 21, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Cable, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Gun Control, Guns, Hollywood, Liberals, Movies, Music, NRA, Progressives, Regulation, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


NRA More Popular Than Hollywood

-By Warner Todd Huston

With polls showing that our Second Amendment is still nearly as popular as ever, one is tempted to think that our guns are safe, for now. A new poll, for instance, even shows that the National Rifle Association is more popular than Hollywood.

The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that even after the crime at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut ratings for the NRA did not much stray from the 41 percent approval it has enjoyed since 2011.

On the other hand, only 24 percent of respondents had a positive view of the entertainment industry.
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Oprah and George Clooney Staying Home for Inaugural

January 21, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Hollywood, Liberals, Movies, President, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Oprah and George Clooney Staying Home for Inaugural

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be drawing them in for inaugural number two like he did four years ago. Two of his more famous supporters, Oprah Winfrey and actor George Clooney, won’t even be attending this year.

Clooney’s publicist told the media that the actor will be out of the country during inauguration week so he’s a no go. Oprah’s people also reported that the former TV talk show powerhouse will be traveling.

Both are big Obama boosters. Clooney held many fundraisers for the President and while Oprah stopped her heavy push for him after his first run for the White House, she is also still a big supporter. One would guess that if these two high-powered personalities really wanted to attend the event they would find a way to do so. But this time it is not to be.

Other actors and Hollywood types like singers Beyonce and Katy Perry will be in the audience and so will former Democrat Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

The big stars aren’t the only ones avoiding Washington for inaugural redux. Total crowd estimates are off several hundred thousand this time, too.
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No HuffPo Inaugural Party This Year?

January 21, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Huffington Post, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


No HuffPo Inaugural Party This Year?

-By Warner Todd Huston

For the President’s 2009 inauguration, one of the “it” parties was the one thrown by the Huffington Post. But this time around HuffPo isn’t throwing a party at all. That’s quite a let down from 2009.

A quick run down of the celebs that attended the party not to mention and how out of control the party was has been penned by Roger Friedman who himself missed most of the shindig.

During the 2009 blow out, party goers saw Robert DeNiro, Ben Affleck, Josh Groban, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Norman Lear, Rosie Perez, Gerald Butler, Marisa Tomei, John Cusack, Kerry Washington, Leigh Taylor-Young, and many more.

But this year? As Friedman says, “There is no such thing this time around” as a HuffPo inaugural party.

Why not? Perhaps the HuffPo team doesn’t feel quite as exultant as they did in 2009? It might also be because Huffington Post chief Arianna Huffington sold HuffPo to AOL a few years after the 2009 inaugural. It just ain’t like the old days at HuffPo, is it?

So, instead of throwing another party to die for, Huffington Post is opting just to cover the parade and swearing in ceremony as, you know, “journalists,” instead of whooping it up as invested participants.
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Left Says Gov’t Won’t Abuse Powers? What of Civil Rights Movement, 60s Riots?

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, CNN, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Left Says Gov’t Won’t Abuse Powers? What of Civil Rights Movement, 60s Riots?

-By Warner Todd Huston

The left is scoffing at the belief held by Second Amendment supporters that their right to bear arms is in part meant to act as a check on tyrannical government. Government turning tyrannical is ridiculous, many leftists say. But isn’t this the most absurd hypocrisy because didn’t they build their entire lefty edifice on the idea that government has been oppressing everyone?

Only the most recent person making this claim is CNN’s Piers Morgan, a foreigner and British citizen. He is grasping at any argument in his attempt to destroy our Constitution. On ABC’s This Week former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm also made this false claim.

From the Civil Rights movement, to the 60’s era hippies and yippies and their riots, to constant racebaiting, gay advocacy, university affirmative action, racial quotas, even all the way to the last few years when the childish Occupy Wall Street “movement” started, all of these movements arose because the left claimed that government had been oppressing any particular voting constituency to which they wanted to appeal.
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Wash.Post Slams Gun Owner-Outing Paper for ‘Cowardice’

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off on


Wash.Post Slams Gun Owner-Outing Paper for ‘Cowardice’

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now that the Journal News has removed the names and addresses of New York’s legal gun owners from its online map, at least one other newspaper is slamming the gun-outer for its “cowardice.”

In a Friday piece at the Washington Post, columnist Erik Wemple slammed the Journal News for its latest move in this gun owner-outing incident.

Wemple spared no effort to bash the statement issued by Journal News publisher Janet Hasson, calling it “cowardly” and ridiculing the conceit that New York paper used to justify its posting of the gun owner’s names and addresses in the first place.
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Gun-Outing Newspaper Removes Gun Owner’s Names From Map

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Gun-Outing Newspaper Removes Gun Owner’s Names From Map

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New York newspaper that made itself infamous for publishing an interactive, Internet-based map revealing the names and addresses of thousands of New York’s law abiding gun owners has now disabled the feature that allows viewers to see those names and addresses.

The Westchester area newspaper caused outrage among New York’s legal gun owners with its anti-gun stunt as the story surged across the country. Citing public safety issues, as late as last Tuesday a group of 50 current and former law enforcement officials gathered to demand that the Journal News remove the names.

As soon as the map became an issue, legislators began efforts to change the state’s laws to make it illegal to out gun owner’s names. Even though such a law has yet to be put in place, the Journal News has decided to remove the names and addresses on its own citing the “spirit” of the laws under consideration as well as a provision in the state’s latest anti-gun law that passed earlier this week.
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Bensmithing GOP Minority Outreach

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Buzzfeed, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, John Boehner, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Bensmithing GOP Minority Outreach

-By Warner Todd Huston

The GOP-as-racists narrative continues on Buzzfeed with a piece today focused on the minority outreach being planned by National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Greg Walden.

Reporting for Buzzfeed on Walden’s appearance at a recent GOP retreat, John Stanton reports only on Walden’s comments about new plans to get more minority candidates and to try and appeal more to minority voters.

But any look at the GOP National Convention last year would have revealed any number of minority candidates. Indeed, one of the most talked about new Senators is Florida’s Marco Rubio.

Rubio was joined by Texas colleague Ted Cruz this year, as well. Not to mention South Carolina’s Tim Scott.
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Guns to Stop Tyranny? Don’t Be Ridiculous!

January 19, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Bill Clinton, Cuba, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Guns to Stop Tyranny? Don’t Be Ridiculous!

-By Warner Todd Huston

All you right wingers out there saying you need guns because you are afraid of the government attacking you in your homes…. stop with the histrionics. That would NEVER happen. Ask Elian Gonzalez.


Congressman: ‘Older White Guys The Most Insecure’ Part of Society

January 19, 2013 | Filed Under Cable, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, House of Representatives, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Congressman: ‘Older White Guys The Most Insecure’ Part of Society

-By Warner Todd Huston

Virginia Representative Jim Moran has taken PC, pop psychology to its logical extremes by claiming that “older white guys” are the “most insecure” part of American society . And where else but on MSNBC?

Moran, one of the nation’s most extreme, left-wing Congressmen, appeared on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show on January 16 and went into an aspect of the next election cycle that seemed to trouble him. It was during this discussion that he found what is wrong with our nation.

Clearly, we had a very successful election in November. I worry a bit about 2014, when we don’t have the President at the top of the ticket. We have a disproportionately number of older white guys, and frankly, being one of those types, we’re the most insecure component of our society as far as I’m concerned; we’re much the problem with these kinds of things.

We have now arrived at the open admission from the far left that the only problem in America today is “older white guys.” In contravention to the left’s claims at being the “fair” and “logical” side of the aisle, all pretense of fairness and balance has finally been laid aside and all fault laid squarely on the shoulders of one segment of our society.

In years past, this sort of rote blame was called racism.
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New York Fires Auditor Who Found Abuse of Federal Hurricane Sandy Funds

January 19, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Liberals, New York, New York City, Progressives, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


New York Fires Auditor Who Found Abuse of Federal Hurricane Sandy Funds

-By Warner Todd Huston

No good deed goes unpunished in New York as the state has abruptly cut off a contract with the independent auditor who found that the city and state had been wasting federal money meant to be spent on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Thomas Sadowski, the fired consultant, told the Times Union that he was escorted out of the building when he visited the New York Office of Emergency Management shortly after he filed his report on November 17.

The state hired Sadowski for his extensive experience in emergency procurement management with the federal government. The certified public accountant also did similar work for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General’s office. Sadowski also trained the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Fire Service, National Interagency Fire Center, Colorado Wildfire Academy and other government agencies.
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GOP Heads To ‘Retreat’ To Talk Strategy

January 19, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, House of Representatives, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


GOP Heads To ‘Retreat’ To Talk Strategy

-By Warner Todd Huston

Members of the Republican Party headed out of town Wednesday to attend a retreat to talk strategy and apparently there were an awful lot of lips flapping to The Hill about the event.

The venerable Washington insider newspaper published a long report on what was going to happen at the retreat punctuated with what unnamed members expected or hoped would happen. Naturally, the talk was all centered around those obstreperous conservatives who sought to throw a bone in Speaker Boehner’s tranquility.

The retreat’s theme, we were told, is “Many Voices, Once Conference,” of which The Hill helpfully informs us, is “a nod to the GOP’s internal, self-inflicted wounds from the handling of the fiscal cliff deal.”

A session called “Planning for the First Quarter,” could “get heated.” So said “a number of lawmakers,” no names given, of course.
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Morgan, Guests Don’t Understand Constitution, Don’t Care

January 18, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Cable, CNN, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Regulation, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Morgan, Guests Don’t Understand Constitution, Don’t Care

-By Warner Todd Huston

Piers Morgan indulged his desire to gut the Second Amendment once again on his CNN talk show, and while most of his efforts were well ridiculed by Joel Pollak last night, one thing he brought up is a typical, though uninformed, question that many leftists illegitimately use to try and show why they should have all the power they want to ban any sort of weapon they feel like banning.

Early in Piers Morgan’s now seemingly daily discussion on guns, he once again garbled terms, misled on types of weapons, and basically displayed a woeful ignorance on the Second Amendment, as well as a lack of knowledge about what is already banned and why. It is that latter question that needs further discussion.

During the CNN show, Michael Nutter, the Mayor of Detroit, broached the question.

Michael Nutter: This is not about the Second Amendment. As you have said earlier I have said certainly many, many times, why does a civilian need a military-styled assault weapon, why does a civilian need body armor? You cannot buy hand grenades. Those are weapons but somehow they are prohibited. You can’t buy an F15 just because you think that you’d like to have that kind of device. So, we need to talk about more serious things…

Piers Morgan: We already have, actually, a lot of gun control in America. This is the myth of this debate. There’s already substantial gun control and commissioner let me ask you this, there’s lots of things are banned already it’s merely a question really of degree. And I have yet to hear a good argument for why an AR15, which is a military-styled weapon, why that should be in civilian hands?

Myth was a good word for Piers to use because he is promulgating one.
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Cost of Obama’s 2012 Regulations: $236 Billion

January 18, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, President, Regulation, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Cost of Obama’s 2012 Regulations: $236 Billion

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite Obama’s promise to cut unnecessary regulations, his administration issued $236.7 billion in new regulations in 2012.

According to a report by the American Action Forum, headed by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the direct costs of the regulations force America’s businesses to waste 87 million man-hours to fill out regulatory paperwork.

Adding Obama’s 2012 regulatory costs to that of the rest of his first term adds up to a total of $518 billion in new costs forced onto an already anemic economic recovery.

This onslaught of new regulations comes even after Obama was celebrated for claiming he was going to be the regulation-cutting president.

Indeed, in 2011, Obama released a plan claiming he would cut regulations and reduce the burden on the business sector. Not long after, Obama operative Cass Sunstein praised Obama claiming that his plan would work “to eliminate unjustified regulatory costs and to reduce burdens.” Sunstein went on to say that Obama had done more to cut regulations than any president in recent history.

Sunstein was given one Pinocchio for his misleading claims and for good reason as Obama’s small cuts have been dwarfed by the increases.

American Action Forum says that the costs of regulations have “added tremendous costs to the economy” and finds that the year 2012 tops every year in the past twelve in “terms of final rule cost.”
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End Times: Fox News Hires Dennis Kucinich

January 18, 2013 | Filed Under Cable, Democrats/Leftists, Fox News, House of Representatives, Liberals, Media, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


End Times: Fox News Hires Dennis Kucinich

-By Warner Todd Huston

Fox News has hired former Congressman and outspoken progressive Dennis Kucinich as its newest on-air contributor.

Kucinich may appear across various programs on both Fox Business Network and Fox News. His first appearance was on “The O’Reilly Factor” on January 17.

“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in a statement. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”

Kucinich praised Fox News for having given him a forum now and in the past adding, “I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a Fox News contributor.”

As an Ohio Congressman and repeat Presidential aspirant, Kucinich proposed a “Department of Peace,” which was to include a new position that would be added to the President’s cabinet.

With the addition of Kucinich to its line-up of contributors, Fox News may now have the UFO-believers demographic sewn up, too. In 2007 Kucinich admitted that he witnessed an unidentified flying object in the 1980s.
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PBS Planning Week-Long Programming On Newton School Murders

January 18, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, PBS, Progressives, Regulation, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


PBS Planning Week-Long Programming On Newton School Murders

-By Warner Todd Huston

Taxpayer funded PBS is planning a week-long series of programs focused on the murders committed last December at a Newton, Connecticut elementary school. The series will begin on February 18.

The programs, to be gathered under the rubric “After Newton,” will “continue the public conversation” by focusing on many aspects of the incident. Such issues as gun laws, mental illness, school security, and violence in society and the media will be featured in this series of programs meant to explore the crime.

Several PBS news-style programs will participate in the series. Among them will be “Frontline,” “PBS News Hour,” “Nova,” and “Washington Week With Gwen Ifill.” Ifill will anchor the special presentation.

Along with reporting on America’s gun culture and laws, “Frontline” will air a segment titled “Raising Adam Lanza” and will profile the accused murderer and his family.
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