Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Daily News: November 30, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Homeland Security Seizes Domain Names

The investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department appears to be shutting down websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days, according to TorrentFreak.

ICE appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods, such as fake designer handbags.

The sites are replaced with a note from the government: "This domain named has been seized by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations."

Will the next fiscal crisis start in Washington?

By Sheila C. Bair
Friday, November 26, 2010

Two years ago the United States experienced its worst financial crisis since the 1930s. The crisis began on Wall Street, where misguided bets on risky mortgage loans resulted in enormous losses that few anticipated. More than 4 million jobs were lost in just six months after the peak of the crisis. There is hardly one Main Street in America not still feeling its effects.

Even as work continues to repair our financial infrastructure and get the economy moving again, we need urgent action to forestall the next financial crisis. I fear that one will start in Washington. Total federal debt has doubled in the past seven years, to almost $14 trillion. That's more than $100,000 for every American household. This explosive growth in federal borrowing is a result of not just the financial crisis but also government unwillingness over many years to make the hard choices necessary to rein in our long-term structural deficit.

Retiring baby boomers, who will live longer on average than any previous generation, will have a major impact on government spending. This year, the combined expenditures on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are projected to account for 45 percent of primary federal spending, up from 27 percent in 1975. The Congressional Budget Office projects that annual entitlement spending could triple in real terms by 2035, to $4.5 trillion in today's dollars. Defense spending is similarly unsustainable, and our tax code is riddled with special-interest provisions that have little to do with our broader economic prosperity. Overly generous tax subsidies for housing and health care have contributed to rising costs and misallocation of resources.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Richard Epstein on Barack Obama, his former Chicago Law Colleague

It’s Official – The FCC Will Vote to Take Over the Internet in December

Just this past Friday, we warned you that a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) December Internet power grab was probably coming.

Well, we now know that it is – and it may be even worse than we thought.

Details have been sketchy, and successive reports often contradictory, but what follows is what seems to be looming over us in December.  (We will know for sure on Wednesday, November 24 – if the FCC maintains its current December 15 meeting date.)

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski appears to be preparing to dramatically increase the FCC’s regulatory role over the Internet (in TWO ways; more on that later).

He is doing so without the necessary Congressional authority – which he himself acknowledges he doesn’t have.  And he is doing so by torturing and twisting the regulatory language he is drafting – so as to keep this extraordinary dictatorial seizure within the current Title I confines.

The latter is for The Chairman merely an optical effort.  If he can feign the appearance of remaining within Title I, he avoids Reclassification to Title II – against which many of us have long been rightly fighting.  He will then portray his fealty to Title I as testament to the alleged “moderation” of his (un)modest proposal.

This will be a totally bogus assertion, but he will make it – and the media will inparrot-esque fashion repeat it.  The Chairman should bring crackers to the press conference.

Tom DeLay Convicted of Money Laundering

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay -- once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress -- was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.

After the verdicts were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine. There was no immediate comment from him or his attorneys.

Prosecutors said DeLay, who once held the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives and whose heavy-handed style earned him the nickname "the Hammer," used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.

TSA: Enemy of the American People?

Voter anger fuels support for “Repeal Amendment”

Rapidly growing support for the “Repeal Amendment” – a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a vote by two-thirds of the states to repeal an act of Congress — symbolizes the intense level of anger Americans have with Washington, according to observers.

In September, Virginia stood alone as the only state where leaders in the state legislature had shown an interest in passing the amendment, but that number has now grown to nine states.

State legislators in South Carolina, Florida, Utah, Indiana, Texas, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Georgia have since expressed interest in the amendment.

Hits on the RepealAmendment.org website have mushroomed over the past month, and the amendment has garnered support from Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and soon-to-be House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, according to “Repeal Amendment” executive director Marianne Moran.

Moran also sees future opportunities for legislative support in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Dakota, among others.

“It just restores the balance of government between the states and the federal government
as the founding fathers had originally intended,” Moran said. “The fact we have nine states already onboard shows the momentum, and I think the groundswell [of support] is the Tea Party.”

Moran continued: “The reason we have the support from all of the people we do in all of these legislatures is that the people who have been groundswelling for the last two years want limited government, and this amendment is all about limited government.”

Pennsylvania Tea Party activist Ana Puig, who has started working with Moran to get the amendment introduced in her state, said the amendment has a lot to offer.

“It would bring back power to the states, and with everything … that the federal government has tried shoving down our throats it is imperative that we give power from the ground up and not from federal government down,” Puig said.

She believes the amendment will gain even more support as increasing numbers of Tea Partiers find out about it.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen told The Daily Caller he would likely find overwhelming support from most Americans were he to conduct a poll on support for the “Repeal Amendment.”

“It really reflects an electorate that is frustrated, and a lot of the people that have not been involved in the process before [are] not sure what needs to be done, and they’re pretty upset about [the health care] law,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen believes Tea Party activists and most Americans have a shared desire for lower taxes and reduced spending in addition to a shared belief that politicians hold them in contempt. This sentiment, he said, has caused proposals like the “Repeal Amendment” to gain traction.

“There is no trust in government, and until that is restored there is no way to move forward,” Rasmussen said. “This is tapping into that same mindset.

“Twenty-one percent of Americans today believe the federal government has the consent of the governed,” Rasmussen continued. “Fifty-nine percent believe government has become a threat to individual liberty.”

The “Repeal Amendment” and other similar ideas have developed in reaction to decades of politicians who have promised to restrain the size of government, but who have failed to deliver, Rasmussen said.

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The Daily News: November 24, 2010

Today's edition of The Daily News was a repeat showing of November 19th's edition. If you missed it, you can see it here.

Because of that, I have captured Glenn's radio interview with Sarah Palin today. At least you are getting some new Daily News. - Reggie

Bobby Jindal Talks About "Leadership and Crisis"

This past Monday, November 22nd, Glenn Beck talked to Bobby Jindal about his new book on Glenn's radio show. It's quite revealing about our President. - Reggie

We Still Hold These Truths

Excellent documentary by The Heritage Foundation.

China, Russia quit dollar

By Su Qiang and Li Xiaokun (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-11-24 08:02

St. Petersburg, Russia - China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.  

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies. 

"About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies," Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.

"That has forged an important step in bilateral trade and it is a result of the consolidated financial systems of world countries," he said.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Why Are We Willingly Giving Up Our Liberty?

The Daily News: November 19, 2010

It Was a Missile Shot Off the Coast of California

This morning on his radio show, Glenn Beck talked about the missile that was shot thirty miles off the coast of California. Our government has lied to us and told us it was a plane but I've known this was no plane since the day it happened. I captured more of Glenn's remarks than just the ones about the missile because the things he said afterward were very powerful and significant.

I'm also including a segment from Sean Hannity's show a few days ago. Pay close attention to the comments by General McInerney. - Reggie

Palin: Inflation is Coming

From November 15, 2010 on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) Rips Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)

Rangel gets censure. Big Deal. You and I would get 10-20 years. - Reggie

The Obamacare Waiver-mania! movement builds

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 19, 2010 10:14 AM

Several Obamacare Waiver-mania items for you this morning as we stay on top of this issue and force the Dems/Left to reckon with their abject failure.

1. First, here’s Rush on the Obamacare escapees:

Perry says consider military in Mexico

By Peggy Fikac - Express-News 
Web Posted: 11/19/2010 12:00 AM CST

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has long called for more federally paid National Guard troops on the border and has cited the state's efforts to try to fill the void caused by what he describes as the failed federal effort on border security. File photo

AUSTIN — GOP Gov. Rick Perry, who continues to insist he's not interested in the presidency, is nevertheless always ready to tell the federal government how to do a better job on such matters as border security — including indicating the U.S. should be open to sending military into Mexico to help fight the drug war. Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Perry was asked, “Would you advocate military involvement in Mexico on the Mexico side of the border to help Mexico in this drug war?”

Perry answered: “I think we have to use every aspect of law enforcement that we have, including the military. I think you have the same situation as you had in Colombia. Obviously, Mexico has to approve any type of assistance that we can give them.

“But the fact of the matter is, these are people who are highly motivated with money. They are vicious. They are armed to the teeth. I want to see them defeated. And any means that we can to run these people off our border and to save Americans' lives we need to be engaged in.”

Perry has long called for more federally paid National Guard troops on the border and has cited the state's efforts to try to fill the void caused by what he describes as the failed federal effort on border security.

Thursday's answer reflected a difference in tone, though not in substance, from one he gave in an interview this summer with the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle, when he was asked whether the U.S. should consider sending the military into Mexico as it did in 1916 after border violence.

Perry said then, “I would suggest to you in that almost 100-year period of time, that idea of loading up and riding across the border to clash with the cartel members might be ill-conceived. In the late '80s and early '90s, the United States, in a coordinated effort with the Colombian government, we were able to defeat the drug cartels in that country to a great degree. Hopefully, Mexico understands that 28,000 of their citizens murdered since 2006 by the drug cartels is unacceptable. If they are responsive to our assistance, then I would think our federal government should give them that assistance.”

Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said Perry's point is that the U.S. must consider all options to secure the border.

“Certainly Texas is doing its part,” Cesinger said. “We need to consider all of our options when combating this drug war that's happening right across the river from Texas.”

Perry's reference to Colombia appears similar to comments by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in September, when she said Mexican drug cartels' activities look like an insurgency. The Los Angeles Times reported then, “She said the United States, Mexico and Central American countries need to cooperate on an ‘equivalent' of Plan Colombia — the multibillion-dollar military and aid program that helped turn back Colombia's insurgents.”

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'Heaven is for Real'

Absolutely amazing interview from Fox and Friends on November 15, 2010.

Extended version on 'After the Show Show'

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Daily News: November 17, 2010

Sarah Palin Says She Could Beat Obama

In Interview With Barbara Walters, Palin Says She Is Seriously Considering Entering Race in 2012

Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012, the former Alaska governor told ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"I'm looking at the lay of the land now, and ... trying to figure that out, if it's a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it's a good thing," Palin said in an interview scheduled to air in full Dec. 9 on

ABC as part of Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People" of 2010.

Asked Walters: "If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?"

"I believe so," Palin said.

Watch the full Sarah Palin interview Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. on "Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People."

Although Palin remains undecided about whether to run, the 2008 vice presidential nominee has now made clear in two interviews this week that she is seriously considering it.

In a profile to be published in the upcoming New York Times Magazine, Palin told reporter Robert Draper "I am," when asked if she was weighing a 2012 run. "I'm engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here."

Palin said her decision would involve "evaluating whether she could bring unique qualities to the table," admitting the biggest challenge would be proving her record.

"I know that a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn't have to cross right out of the chute, is proving my record," the former Alaska governor told Draper. "That's the most frustrating thing for me -- the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades.

"It's been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven't faced these criticisms the way I have."

Palin also addressed criticisms that, by avoiding the media, she is partially responsible for the public's perception of her. "I'm on television nearly every single day with reporters. ... Now granted, that's mainly through my job at Fox News, and I'm very proud to be associated with them, but I'm not avoiding anything or anybody.

"I'm on Facebook and Twitter. I'm out there. I want to talk about my record, though."

The 2008 vice presidential nominee also recognized that, "yes, the organization would have to change. … I'd have to bring in more people -- more people who are trustworthy."

Draper's story, "The Palin Network," details the inner workings of the Palin political machine, which Draper described as a "guerrilla organization."

"The issue of trust informs Sarah Palin's every dealing with the world beyond Wasilla since her circular-firing-squad experience at the close of the 2008 presidential campaign," Draper wrote. "Her inner circle shuns the media and would speak to me only after Palin authorized it, a process that took months.

"They are content to labor in a world without hierarchy or even job descriptions -- 'None of us has titles,' [Palin's political adviser Andrew] Davis said -- and where the adhesive is a personal devotion to Palin rather than the furtherance of her political career."

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Democrats Choose Pelosi for Minority Leader

Michael Ramirez cartoon

Dude, where’s my Obamacare waiver?

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 17, 2010 03:15 AM

My column today takes a closer look at the Obamacare Waiver-mania! phenomenon, which I spotlighted over the weekend. I’ve called dozens of companies and unions on the HHS waiver list. You won’t be surprised to learn that most refused to speak on the record or failed to call me back. Torquemada Sebelius sure knows how to keep them quiet. But, as you’ll see below, a few did respond to me and a few others have bravely spoken out about how the federal health care regulations would have shut down their affordable health care plans.

One company official expressed concern to me that media coverage was demonizing businesses who applied for the waivers. I certainly don’t see these waiver applicants as villains. They were potential victims of top-down government mandates and they did what they needed to do to survive. As for the unions who all pushed hard to ram Obamacare down America’s throat and then rushed to the front of the line for tax and regulatory exemptions, thanks for proving what an ill-fated scheme the federal health care takeover was from the get-go.

Now, it’s up to all of you to spread the word, call your congresscritters, and send some choice words to the White House: Dude, where’s my Obamacare waiver?

Michele Bachmann Speech from DC 'Lame Duck' Rally

Podesta advises Obama to ignore voters, bypass Congress through agency action

This is TYRANNY!! - Reggie

Remember when the term “unitary executive” got thrown around a lot by the Left as a way to argue that the Bush administration thought itself above the law and above Congress?   The criticism fundamentally misunderstood the phrase, but that didn’t keep progressives from arguing that a Republican President was making himself into a dictator through bureaucratic fiat.  By golly, the Left — and especially the Center for American Progress, headed by John Podesta — didn’t cotton to the notion that a President could bypass Congress and the normal checks and balances of the federal government.

Those were the days, my friends, those were the days:
Former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta, now the head of the Center for American Progress, called on President Obama to push forward with his agenda using federal agencies and executive branch power Tuesday, even though Democrats were dealt a blow in the recent midterm elections. Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.
“I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Podesta said. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”
Citing his experience in Clinton’s White House after the GOP House takeover of 1994, Podesta said Obama’s administration “can and should take” the specific measures detailed in a report released by the Center for American Progress, utilizing all the tools at its disposal to circumvent Congress in a way to keep his agenda moving forward.
“One of the best ways for the Obama administration to achieve results of that nature, in the short term, is through substantial executive authority to make and implement policy,” Podesta said. “As noted in the Constitution and the laws of the United States give the president the ability and the responsibility to act as the chief executive using authorities granted to all presidents such as executive orders, rule-makings, agency management and public-private partnerships.”

Sarah Palin's Happiness is What Really Irks Liberals

Wednesday, November 17th 2010, 4:00 AM
Sarah Palin gets ready to head up the river in Dillingham, Alaska, in a scene from her new reality show 'Sarah Palin's Alaska.'
Sarah Palin gets ready to head up the river in Dillingham, Alaska, in a scene from her new reality show 'Sarah Palin's Alaska.'
This past weekend, I traveled to Chicago to speak at the Conservatives4Palin meetup, where Mama Grizzlies, Palinistas and "ordinary barbarians," as she's now taken to calling her followers, gathered to hear speeches, talk about conservative issues, celebrate a hypothetical Palin 2012 campaign and generally worship at the altar of Sarah Palin.

At one point during the program, Palin made a surprise phone call to the group, patched through one of the organizer's cell phones and played over a loudspeaker. The room burst into spontaneous applause and frenzied yelping as she launched into a warm and cheery 20-minute "thanks for all your hard work" chat.

I returned to New York from the Chicago gathering to find Palin again, not in my ear but on my television screen, bouncing gleefully around Alaska on her new TLC documentary series, "Sarah Palin's Alaska." She and Todd (her "neat husband," as Phyllis Schlafly put it recently) went fishing, rock climbing and bear spotting in between appearing on Fox News and ducking from their nosy new neighbor, who moved in just to write about Alaska's former first family.

It seems everyone wants a piece of Palin these days. Some are fans, some are hostile foes. But regardless, we just can't stop talking about her. Will there ever be a time when we decide that we've figured her out and there's nothing else to say?

And then it hit me. The reason Palin has become such a lightening rod, a kingmaker and a punching bag, a celebrity and a power player, is simple. It's because she's so gosh darn happy.

For her fans, like the ones I had the pleasure of meeting in Chicago, she's refreshingly upbeat and resilient, the bubbly friend from childhood who was always great at cheering you up and cheerleading you on.

But for her detractors, nothing raises the ire of cynical liberals more than a happy-go-lucky, totally unburdened, freethinking and self-assured conservative woman who has everything she wants and then some. And without anyone's help.

Sure, she'll tell you that Todd, her parents and her children are an invaluable support system. But after eight years of hearing that George W. Bush was a nepotism experiment gone wrong, Sarah Palin has made it here (wherever this is) on her own. John McCain's imprimatur certainly launched her into the national spotlight, but she became the youngest and first female governor of Alaska all on her own.

How dare she?

Liberalism, after all, needs to imagine an unhappy populace. Passing sweeping entitlement programs and convincing voters that big government is the answer only works if people are frustrated with their stations in life.

Pilot Files Lawsuit Over TSA Body Scanners

There is a revolt bubbling up across the land. - Reggie

Roger Ailes Lets Rip

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the Fox News chief says Obama thinks differently from most Americans, defends Murdoch’s GOP donations, and admits Beck sometimes goes too far. 

In the media world, as in politics, having a high-profile target can be a very good thing.

The age of Obama has provided a ratings boost for Fox News as its loudest personalities have relished the opportunity to play offense. Critics, of course, view Fox as an unabashed cheerleader for the Republican Party, an evil media empire spewing propaganda and misinformation at a gullible audience.

But Roger Ailes says his network is just reflecting reality when it comes to the White House.

“The president has not been very successful,” the Fox News chairman says in a lengthy interview. “He just got kicked from Mumbai to South Korea, and he came home and attacked Republicans for it. He had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with.”

The 70-year-old Ailes, dressed in a lavender shirt and tie, goes on in this vein, saying the network isn’t singling out Obama for criticism but that its style “tends to be more direct” in challenging presidents. Then he offers this observation about Obama:

“He just has a different belief system than most Americans.”

Members of US Congress Get Richer Despite Sour Economy

Despite a long and deep recession, the collective personal wealth of congressional members increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a study released Wednesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The study—based on federal financial disclosure data released earlier this year—also found that more than half of all members—261—were millionaires.

About one in five of those had average calculated wealth in 2009 of at least $10 million. Eight of the 261 were in the $100 million-plus range. 

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) ranked No. 1 in personal wealth—$303.5 million. 

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12 for 2012: Sarah Palin

As this clip goes on, the audio and video stop being in sync. I've noticed this is happening all too often with Fox News clips, lately. If you can ignore it, the segment is very good. - Reggie

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Daily News: November 16, 2010

The "Blame the Constitution" Party

It was the 1880s, and Woodrow Wilson was depressed.

The academic had not seen his party hold the White House since the 1860s. Since the end of the Civil War, the Democrats had been in the political wilderness. Wilson was a Ph.D. candidate in history and political science, so he decided to do some soul searching to discover why the Democratic party had lost the support of the American people. The results of his research?

The Democrats weren’t wrong…the government was just broken..

We are the first Americans to hear our own countrymen ask whether the Constitution is still adapted to serve the purposes for which it was intended; the first to entertain any serious doubts about the superiority of our own institutions as compared with the systems of Europe; the first to think of remodeling the administrative machinery of the federal government, and of forcing new forms of responsibility upon Congress.
This is a familiar refrain, often sung by the Democrats: our policies aren’t the problem – those who wrote the founding documents of this country created a system that is just too darn hard for a president or Congress to negotiate. So, so unfair.

Then Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected president, and suddenly…Wilson regained his faith in the American system. America was governable again! Sixteen years later, Wilson was elected president and promptly forgot every political theory he once espoused. Out? Cynicism about the government. In? Fascism progressive government.

House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts

A House ethics panel has convicted Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee, announced the decision late Tuesday morning following an abbreviated public trial of the 20-term lawmaker and nearly six hours of deliberations.

"We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law," Lofgren said. "We believe we have accomplished that mission."

Monday, November 15, 2010

She’s a Hit: ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Rakes In Record Ratings

Love her or hate her, no one can deny that Sarah Palin is a star. The former Alaska governor‘s book helped her conquer the nation’s bestsellers lists and now, Palin and her family are turning Alaska’s beautiful scenery and everyday American family drama into ratings gold.

In case you missed it, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” debuted Sunday evening on TLC amidst promising reviews. The show played as a nonpolitical look inside the Palin family’s life with stunning Alaskan vistas. (Although, true to form, hints of Palin‘s conservative roots were visible at times and her preference for one particular cable news channel didn’t go unnoticed.)

The Daily News: November 15, 2010

Government Has Become Too Intrusive

This is the story of John Tyner (interviewed by Fox News in the video below) who told a TSA agent he would have the agent arrested if the agent touched a certain area of Mr. Tyner's body during a pat down before boarding a plane. The agent took offense, brought in a supervisor and Mr. Tyner decided to get a refund and go home. The TSA refused to allow Mr. Tyner to leave the airport without a full security check (?) and threatened a lawsuit. Mr. Tyner told the agent to bring on the suit. TSA has threatened Mr. Tyner with a $10,000 fine.

Do you recognize tyranny when you see it? This is what happens to a nation that allows the federal government to do whatever it wants, whenever it wants and to whomever it wants, in the name of security. Refuse to fly, America! Drive to grandma's house. Leave the airports empty and desolate until these screenings and pat downs cease.

The mid-term election was the beginning and, once again, Americans fired a "shot heard 'round the world." The war continues and we must stand up against this intrusive, tyrannical government now or it will soon be too late for us all!


UPDATE: TSA  has announced an investigation of John Tyner. He was told the following: “By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights.”

Islamist groups want to build a "parallel society" in Canada

Wake up, America! This will come here. - Reggie

A newly released intelligence report says hard-line Islamist groups want to build a "parallel society" in Canada, which could undermine the country's social cohesion and foster violence.

The de-classified Intelligence Assessment obtained by the National Post says extremists have been encouraging Muslims in the West to reject Western society and to live in "self-imposed isolation."

The report focuses on groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which do not advocate terrorist violence but promote an ideology at odds with core Western values.

"Even if the use of violence is not outwardly expressed, the creation of isolated communities can spawn groups that are exclusivist and potentially open to messages in which violence is advocated," it says.

"At a minimum, the existence of such mini-societies undermines resilience and the fostering of a cohesive Canadian nation."

McConnell Reverses Himself on Earmark Ban

Rangel Walks Out of Ethics Hearing

Panel denies congressman's request to delay trial so he can get a lawyer

10 Questions With 'Whittaker Chambers' Author

Richard M. Reinsch II is the author of “Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary.”

A program officer at the Liberty Fund, Reinsch is also an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. His writing has appeared in the National Review Online and the City Journal Online, among other publications.

Reinsch recently agreed to answer 10 questions about his new book for The Daily Caller:

1.   Why did you write the book?

I wrote the book from my belief that American conservatism needed to reconsider the voice and witness of Whittaker Chambers. A question I have long reflected on is the peculiar inability of the West to really understand the events of 1989, and what they meant for the trajectory not just of Western political and economic thinking, but also for the much larger question of who man is and his purposes for living a free and dignified life, acting from the center of his soul. Whittaker Chambers argued that the real faith of the West was peculiarly with the communists. I’ve long thought that our inability to really reflect on the full ramifications of the defeat of revolutionary ideology, central planning, and the distorted understanding of the person that communist regimes imposed indicates something much larger about the West.

Confirming my opinion, I think, is that the West adopted a somewhat Marxist understanding of the Cold War and its end. The singular notion that the West could not lose and the Soviets could not win because of economic forces ignores the fundamental tensions and agonies within late modernity. Chambers sounded a different drum. In his exit from communism, his embrace of Christianity, and his decision to defend America and the West with his witness, Chambers pointed to the West’s need to recover its foundational truths that had been articulated in the biblical understanding of man and by premodern philosophy. The liberal order, to be truly liberal, had to recover its deep conservative origins.

2.   Who was Whittaker Chambers for those who may not know?

Chambers was a tremendously gifted writer who became a communist in the late 1920s. He had great success as a writer at The Daily Worker and as an editor at The New Masses, both communist-controlled publications, and was asked in 1932 to go underground for the communist movement. He served in the Fourth Section of Soviet Military Intelligence. As one of the more gifted intellectuals in secret service, he was placed with the Ware Group (a collection of communist cells consisting of government officials and journalists) in Washington, D.C. Here he encountered Alger Hiss, among other promising New Deal civil servants. Hiss and Chambers, along with their spouses, were actually close friends before Chambers left communism.

Chambers exited the underground service in 1938 after two events. One was the sheer monstrous reality of the Stalinist purges. Chambers realized that people close to him in the espionage world had been called to Moscow and liquidated. There was also his religious conversion. Chambers is quite clear in subsequent writing that his encounter with God opened up for him the possibility of authentic hope and action. Chambers understood that communism, even if it was destined to succeed, as he thought, was soul-crushing. Better to lose on behalf of the truth, he reasoned.

To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012

For those that don't know, the two authors of this opinion piece are Democrats. - Reggie

By Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell
Sunday, November 14, 2010

President Obama must decide now how he wants to govern in the two years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

In recent days, he has offered differing visions of how he might approach the country's problems. At one point, he spoke of the need for "mid-course corrections." At another, he expressed a desire to take ideas from both sides of the aisle. And before this month's midterm elections, he said he believed that the next two years would involve "hand-to-hand combat" with Republicans, whom he also referred to as "enemies."
It is clear that the president is still trying to reach a resolution in his own mind as to what he should do and how he should do it.

This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.

To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.

If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.

We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed. The midterm elections were effectively a referendum on the Obama presidency. And even if it was not an endorsement of a Republican vision for America, the drubbing the Democrats took was certainly a vote of no confidence in Obama and his party. The president has almost no credibility left with Republicans and little with independents.

The best way for him to address both our national challenges and the serious threats to his credibility and stature is to make clear that, for the next two years, he will focus exclusively on the problems we face as Americans, rather than the politics of the moment - or of the 2012 campaign.

Quite simply, given our political divisions and economic problems, governing and campaigning have become incompatible. Obama can and should dispense with the pollsters, the advisers, the consultants and the strategists who dissect all decisions and judgments in terms of their impact on the president's political prospects.

Obama himself once said to Diane Sawyer: "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." He now has the chance to deliver on that idea.

In the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama spoke repeatedly of his desire to end the red-state-blue-state divisions in America and to change the way Washington works. This was a central reason he was elected; such aspirations struck a deep chord with the polarized electorate.

Obama can restore the promise of the election by forging a government of national unity, welcoming business leaders, Republicans and independents into the fold. But if he is to bring Democrats and Republicans together, the president cannot be seen as an advocate of a particular party, but as somebody who stands above politics, seeking to forge consensus. And yes, the United States will need nothing short of consensus if we are to reduce the deficit and get spending under control, to name but one issue.