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Saturday, July 31, 2010

It’s About Sharia

Newt Gingrich resets our national-security debate.

 The 2010 midterms have not happened yet, but the 2012 campaign is under way. For that we can thank Newt Gingrich. Not because Gingrich is a candidate, though he almost certainly is. And not because he can win, because that is by no means certain. We should thank Gingrich because he has crystallized the essence of our national-security challenge. Henceforth, there should be no place to hide for any candidate, including any incumbent. The question will be: Where do you stand on sharia?

The former speaker of the House gets the war on terror. For one thing, he refuses to call it the “war on terror,” which should be the entry-level requirement for any politician who wants to influence how we wage it. Gingrich grasps that there is an enemy here and that it is a mortal threat to freedom. He knows that if we are to remain a free people, it is an enemy we must defeat. That enemy is Islamism, and its operatives — whether they come as terrorists or stealth saboteurs — are the purveyors of sharia, Islam’s authoritarian legal and political system.

Higher Calling? Tea Party's Angle Takes on Reid

from CBNnews online

Bin Laden/Al Qaeda Funding Ground Zero Mosque Imam Rauf

Think about this. The duplicitous Imam erecting a triumphal mosque in the shadow of what were the world's tallest buildings for a time, is funded by the very same Islamic supremacists who attacked and brought down those two buildings that housed a small city. 50,000 people worked in the buildings, while another 200,000 visited or passed through each day. The complex had its own zip code, 10048.

On September 11, 2001, that all came to a crashing, horrible end, when Islamic jihad brought the war to our shores and murdered 2,998 American citizens here at home. 10 years later, Islamic supremacists will open a 15-story victory mosque on September 11, 2011.

From a conference call with Berntsen and Rep. Peter King, R-L.I.:
“I am concerned about the fact that Al Qaeda and other militant organizations will target that mosque. They will infiltrate people into the mosque,” Berntsen said. “Once they have done that they will petition to bring their own mullahs in, or imams, and have them emigrate into the United States using our immigration law against us. I think it will be foolish to not recognize the fact that this mosque at Ground Zero will be a magnet for militants, that they will attempt to do this to establish themselves literally feet away from what is hallowed ground in New York City.”

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“Militants are using these mosques. They are using front organizations against us. They  are using the west’s respect and tolerance for all religions against us,” Berntsen said. “We have to continue to respect everyone’s religious beliefs and allow them to have the ability to practice religions. We also at the same time have to be thoughtful about security, where we allow these facilities to be. We would not have allowed a Shinto shrine to be placed at the front gate of Pearl Harbor.”

Obama behind Cameron’s attack on Israel

by Pamela Geller

Speaking in Turkey on Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed Israel and called Gaza a “prison camp.” (Apparently Gaza is the first prison camp with luxury shopping malls.) The British Foreign Office has been taking the blame for this betrayal of Israel, but they’re claiming they were as surprised as anyone. Now, a high-placed and knowledgeable source has informed me that it was Obama’s people who put the slamming of Israel into Cameron’s speech.

Cameron also said that “the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable.” He didn’t mention the ties of the Turkish-backed IHH “activists” on the flotilla to global jihad terror groups. He didn’t mention that the “activists” on the Turkish flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, were chanting, “Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return” – a chant that refers to Muhammad’s massacre of the Jews at the Arabian oasis of Khaibar.

And now we learn that it was the Obama camp that put Cameron up to this. It comes as no surprise. Obama himself termed Israel’s defensive action against the jihad flotilla “tragic.”

Our blue-eyed and blonde-haired gift from God

Like any expectant mum, Angela Ihegboro spent many hours wondering what her new baby would look like. She made no secret of the fact that she hoped the little girl would turn out to be 'just a mini version of me'.

'We used to joke about it,' she says, rolling her eyes as she looks at her husband Benjamin. 'We have two children already and they are both the spitting image of their father. We found out at a scan that this baby was a girl, and all through the pregnancy I'd say: "it is my turn now. This one is going to look exactly like me." '

To say that didn't quite happen is an understatement. in fact, the tiny little scrap lying in her arms today could hardly look less like her mother. Or her father, for that matter.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Important Message from the White House on Racism

New York Gubernatorial Candidate, Rick Lazio, Ad: Waiting

Why Democrats are Pushing the $165 Billion Union Pension Bailout

Somewhere lurking in the hot, putrid halls of Congress this summer is a union bailout bill of epic proportions and long-term ramifications.   Whether or not Democrats can ultimately push it (or something like it) into passage is yet to be determined. However, with rumors that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) signed on as a co-sponsor on Thursday, it would appear that the union bailout is quietly creeping along.  If it passes, though, its ramifications surpass the mere $165 billion-plus price tag, as it will influence the political landscape for decades to come.  In sum, Democrats need the bailout desperately and Republicans should shun it like the plague.

Jihad = to purify........[the World of the Jewish People]

As you may recall, earlier this year Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism, John Brennan, had this to say on the definition of Jihad:

Counterterror Adviser John Brennan Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam - [...] "Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community [...]"

to purify oneself or one's community....to purify a community in Islam is to get rid of or totally subjugate non Muslims.

Well, turns out he was right after all. Jihad is indeed nothing but an individual holy quest of purification:

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer







“What’s your beef with illegal immigration”

CNN's Rick Sanchez attacks Arizona State Representative Rick Murphy. By the time I finished watching this, my blood was boiling! - Reggie

The Daily News: July 30, 2010









Why the Electoral College Matters

It's been called "undemocratic," "a relic," and worse. Every fifty years or so, a movement gets underway to eviscerate or eliminate it -- one of the creakiest compromises that emerged from our Constitutional Convention in 1788.

I refer to the Electoral College -- that inelegant, less-than-perfect, but ultimately useful device by which we actually elect our presidents. Over the years, more than thirty constitutional amendments have been introduced in Congress to gut the college or eliminate it entirely. None have ever passed the legislature and been sent to the states for ratification.

A few states have taken it upon themselves to circumvent the Electoral College by joining what has come to be known as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, where no matter the vote for president in their own states, they will apportion electoral votes based on the national popular vote totals. Massachusetts is the latest state to join this Compact, but it is unclear whether it would actually pass constitutional muster if challenged. 

Summer of corruption: The enablers of Charlie Rangel

My column today exposes the swamp creatures who coddled and protected Charlie Rangel all these years. Three House Dems have called on him to resign. And Democrats here in Colorado are bailing on him. But it’s too little, too late to mask the Democrat Party’s Rangel stench.

Below I slam the House ethics panel for its wrist-slap wimpiness. Underscoring my point: The NYPost reports today that the panel is pushing for the least-punitive action against Rangel — a reprimand.

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Will Washington's Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?

The Internet is a large-scale version of the "Committees of Correspondence" that led to the first American Revolution — and with Washington's failings now so obvious and awful, it may lead to another.

People are asking, "Is the government doing us more harm than good? Should we change what it does and the way it does it?"

Pruning the power of government begins with the imperial presidency.

Too many overreaching laws give the president too much discretion to make too many open-ended rules controlling too many aspects of our lives. There's no end to the harm an out-of-control president can do.

Gingrich expects Palin to run in 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Friday that he expects former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to be among the crowd of GOP presidential candidates in 2012.

Gingrich, himself a potential candidate for president, sized up the field of would-be competitors, detailing which GOP politicians he expects to jump into the race.

The field Gingrich listed included: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), and Rep. Ron Paul (Texas).

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NewsMax.TV interviews Newt on several topics

Did the government cause the Gulf spill?

The generally accepted view of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has focused on the blowout preventer and the non-standard procedures BP conducted just before the explosion and fire.  However, most of the damage and the main source of the spill came from the collapse and sinking of the DH platform rather than the initial explosion.  A new report by the Center for Public Integrity, based on testimony from people on scene and Coast Guard logs, contains evidence that the platform sunk because of a botched response from the Coast Guard, which failed to coordinate firefighting efforts and to get the proper resources to fight the fire:
The Coast Guard has gathered evidence it failed to follow its own firefighting policy during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and is investigating whether the chaotic spraying of tons of salt water by private boats contributed to sinking the ill-fated oil rig, according to interviews and documents.
Coast Guard officials told the Center for Public Integrity that the service does not have the expertise to fight an oil rig fire and that its response to the April 20 explosion may have broken the service’s own rules by failing to ensure a firefighting expert supervised the half-dozen private boats that answered the Deepwater Horizon’s distress call to fight the blaze.
An official maritime investigation led by Coast Guard Capt. Hung M. Nguyen in New Orleans is examining whether the salt water that was sprayed across the burning platform overran the ballast system that kept the rig upright, changing its weight distribution, and causing it to list.

Fox News Poll: 62 Percent Think U.S. Is on the Decline

A Fox News poll released Friday finds widespread belief among American voters that the country is on the decline as a civilization. In addition, a majority thinks the country is moving toward socialism.

A 62 percent majority of voters thinks the United States is on the decline. That's more than twice as many as the 26 percent who believe it is on the rise.

Most Republicans — 76 percent — think the country is in decline, and 64 percent of independents agree. Views among Democrats are more evenly split: 41 percent say on the rise and 43 percent say on the decline.

Conservatives rally around the Tenth Amendment

It’s only 28 words long: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

But the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution is having a powerful effect on conservative ideology these days. Libertarian activists are citing the amendment with renewed fervor and many politicians have been heard reciting it recently as well.

“The reality is the Tenth Amendment really defines what the Constitution was supposed to mean,” Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, told The Daily Caller.

Democrats Play Games With 9/11 Health Care Vote

In case you haven't heard, there was a battle royal on the House floor last night concerning a bill that would have paid the medical bills for first responders of the 9/11 attacks.

Democrats have a majority in the House and can pass any bill they wish without a single Republican vote. So, you may ask, why the controversy and floor fight? Propaganda for November. Enjoy the videos. - Reggie

Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom with Anthony Weiner and Peter King



Rush explains dispute between Anthony Weiner and Peter King



Hannity interviews Peter King and Anthony Weiner



Lawmakers Consider Ending Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants

The federal court decision blocking key provisions of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect could light a fire under lawmakers considering an alternative -- and some say radical -- approach to reining in illegal immigration.

Lawmakers since last year have been kicking around a proposal to bar U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens. Such a move, which has been ridiculed by legal scholars, would be a drastic reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.

But those supporting the move say it removes a key incentive luring illegal immigrants over the border. And with Arizona lawmakers now prohibited from requiring police to check immigration status, the option might be back on the table.

Sun Could Set Suddenly on Superpower as Debt Bites

We have been raised to think of the historical process as an essentially cyclical one.

We naturally tend to assume that in our own time, too, history will move cyclically, and slowly.

Yet what if history is not cyclical and slow-moving but arhythmic, at times almost stationary, but also capable of accelerating suddenly, like a sports car? What if collapse does not arrive over a number of centuries but comes suddenly, like a thief in the night?

Great powers and empires are complex systems, which means their construction more resembles a termite hill than an Egyptian pyramid. They operate somewhere between order and disorder, on "the edge of chaos", in the phrase of the computer scientist Christopher Langton.

Such systems can appear to operate quite stably for some time; they seem to be in equilibrium but are, in fact, constantly adapting.

Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.

The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine “goes beyond search” by “looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.”

The idea is to figure out for each incident who was involved, where it happened and when it might go down. Recorded Future then plots that chatter, showing online “momentum” for any given event.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Political operatives on Journolist worked to shape news coverage

Despite its name, membership in the liberal online community Journolist wasn’t limited to journalists. Present among the bloggers, reporters and editors were a number of professional political operatives, including top White House economic advisors, key Obama political appointees, and Democratic campaign veterans. Some left government to join Journolist. Others took the opposite route. A few contributed to Journolist from their perches in politics. At times, it became difficult to tell who was supposed to be covering policy and who was trying to make it.

Two of the administration’s chief economic advisors, Jared Bernstein, the vice president’s top economist, and Jason Furman, deputy director of the National Economic Council, were members of Journolist until they began working officially for Obama.

Newt Gingrich Speech at the American Enterprise Institute

Watch full speech here.

Sarah Palin vs. Angela Merkel

This video is posted on Hot Air and is quite interesting. I have already e-mailed a friend in Germany asking if this is sincere or mocking Palin. I'll update the post when I hear from my friend. Enjoy!
- Reggie

UPDATE: Here is the response from my German friend -

No, this is not sincere! Not at all.
I tried to figure out a bit more about it, but I couldn't find much information. There isn't even any information in German (except the video of course). Nor is there a German website. I guess the website has been set up by people from an English speaking country. One hint is that the address displays "fur" palin (normally the German word "für" [for] is transcribed as "fuer" and not "fur" in German website addresses). 


The Daily News: July 29, 2010









‘The sleeping giant’: Conservatives gaining force online

With the turn of a phrase, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann seemed to sum up last weekend’s RightOnline conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists.

“The sleeping giant is awake,” she declared, drawing a thunder of applause and cheering that could be heard across the fifth floor of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, where the two-day event was held.

For years, the progressive Netroots Nation conference had monopolized the discussion about online activism. Republicans held the White House and Congress until November 2006, a reality that sparked a fury on the left and motivated them to dominate the online world.

The election of Barack Obama, however, turned much of that on its head.

Amongst the Gibbering Journalists


WASHINGTON -- The other day in the Wall Street Journal, my friend Fred Barnes deposited a few thoughts on journalism provoked by the discovery of a mother lode of left-wing bigotry, screeds, and semi-literate gibbering. He hastened to tell his readers that there was no conspiracy behind the journalists' "tilt" to the left, but rather, "The media disproportionately attracts people from the liberal arts background who tend, quite innocently, to be politically liberal." Then he filed a caveat, noting that "hundreds of journalists have gotten together, on an online listserv called JournoList, to promote liberalism and liberal politicians at the expense of traditional journalism."

Our Divisive President

Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship. In office, he's played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines.

By PATRICK H. CADDELL AND DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN

During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts of the electorate, to a post-partisan sentiment that he said would reinvigorate our democracy. He ran on a platform of reconciliation—of getting beyond "old labels" of right and left, red and blue states, and forging compromises based on shared values.

President Obama's Inaugural was a hopeful day, with an estimated 1.8 million people on the National Mall celebrating the election of America's first African-American president. The level of enthusiasm, the anticipation and the promise of something better could not have been more palpable.

And yet, it has not been realized. Not at all.

Details of 100 million Facebook users published online

The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly available information private. 

However, Facebook downplayed the issue, saying that no private data had been compromised.


I must say, it's revelations like this that let me know I have made the right decision to never have a personal Facebook account. I have chosen wisely. - Reggie

HarperCollins Reveals Cover for New Palin Book



Grapevine: Fact-Checking Howard Dean

July 28, 2010
The Grapevine from Special Report with Bret Baier

'Post American President' Author Pamela Geller on 'Fox and Friends'

Pamela Geller does an excellent job getting her point across in this short interview. It appears to me that Gretchen Carlson disagrees with Pamela's statements and actions (Gretchen seems stiff and tense) so Pamela gives her a little smackdown at the end.

As you watch, keep in mind Pamela is a Jew speaking out and trying to save the lives of Muslim girls. Hats off to Pamela for this and so many other things she's doing. She is a true American Patriot! - Reggie

Act II by Republican Governors Association

14 Weeks. 98 Days. Remember November.

Rick Perry: “If you don’t secure the border, you’re never going to have immigration reform”



Glenn Beck: The Feds want the ability to seize internet records



Fundamental Transformation

Please take 30 minutes and watch this. Tell your friends to watch, as well.

This has been added to our Recommended Videos section on the right side of the page.

Access to specials like this is one of the perks you receive as a member of Insider Extreme.

Fundamental Transformation: A documentary by Glenn Beck and Mercury Radio Arts

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Doomsday Shelters Making a Comeback

Jason Hodge, father of four children from Barstow, Calif., says he's "not paranoid" but he is concerned, and that's why he bought space in what might be labeled a doomsday shelter.

Hodge bought into the first of a proposed nationwide group of 20 fortified, underground shelters — the Vivos shelter network — that are intended to protect those inside for up to a year from catastrophes such as a nuclear attack, killer asteroids or tsunamis, according to the project's developers.

"It's an investment in life," says Hodge, a Teamsters union representative. "I want to make sure I have a place I can take me and my family if that worst-case scenario were to happen."

The Daily News: July 28, 2010









EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Accused of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military

The Department of Justice is ignoring a new law aimed at protecting the right of American soldiers to vote, according to two former DOJ attorneys who say states are being encouraged to use waivers to bypass the new federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

The MOVE Act, enacted last October, ensures that servicemen and women serving overseas have ample time to get in their absentee ballots. The result of the DOJ's alleged inaction in enforcing the act, say Eric Eversole and J. Christian Adams — both former litigation attorneys for the DOJ’s Voting Section — could be that thousands of soldiers' ballots will arrive too late to be counted.

"It is an absolute shame that the section appears to be spending more time finding ways to avoid the MOVE Act, rather than finding ways to ensure that military voters will have their votes counted," said Eversole, director of the Military Voter Protection Project, a new organization devoted to ensuring military voting rights. "The Voting Section seems to have forgotten that it has an obligation to enforce federal law, not to find and raise arguments for states to avoid these laws."

Maryland Synagogue Vandalized With Words of Hate



As parents arrived early Monday morning to drop their kids off for summer camp at the B’Nai Shalom Synagogue in Olney, Md., they were greeted by a derogatory name for Jews spray-painted on the building.

“I started welling up with tears and tried to conceal it from our 3-year-old,” said concerned parent Laurie Blumstein.

But the anti-Semitic vandalism didn’t stop there. Swastikas were spray-painted across the entire building and sidewalk and German references to the Holocaust were found on lampposts even parking spots.

Massachusetts Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College

The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote.

"What we are submitting is the idea that the president should be selected by the majority of people in the United States of America," Senator James B. Eldridge, an Acton Democrat, said before the Senate voted to enact the bill.

Under the new bill, he said, "Every vote will be of the same weight across the country."

But Senate minority leader Richard Tisei said the state was meddling with a system that was "tried and true" since the founding of the country.

SEC Says New FinReg Law Exempts It From Public Disclosure

So much for transparency.

Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission
no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

The law, signed last week by President Obama, exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from "surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities." Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Daily News: July 27, 2010









The Freedom Center's New TV Ad on Obama and Israel


Gulf Oil Spill - Obama Failed Leadership Timeline

This time-line depicts the slow response and failed leadership of the Obama Administration. This depiction is through Day 70.

Pistol Packin' Seasoned Citizen Enraged by Health Care Question

From yesterday's Rush Limbaugh program...

RUSH: Back to the phones. Shirley in Shelby, Ohio. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Rush, is this really you?

RUSH: Yes!

CALLER: Well, listen. I'm 81 years old, I went to my doctor three weeks ago and I had to renew a prescription and they're setting up a new computer program there. I went into the office and they took my blood pressure and all that, and then they started firing a lot of questions at me, health and all that, and finally they get to: "Do you own a gun?" "I'm 81." And then I said, "What's that for?" And they said, "Oh, it's for the protection of the children." Well, my four kids are in their fifties and they all can carry their own guns.

RUSH: Wait a second. Who was asking you?

CALLER: The nurse that works in the office there before the doctor comes. You know, they take your blood pressure and your --

Paul Ryan talks taxes & spending with MSNBC's Chris Matthews



RepPaulRyan | July 26, 2010
 
$4.8 trillion in specific spending cuts in the House Republicans' Budget Alternative: 
http://www.house.gov/budget_republica...

$1.3 trillion in specific spending cuts offered by House Budget Committee Republicans:  
http://www.house.gov/budget_republica...

A plan to pay off our crushing burden of debt, reform our tax code to promote growth and job creation, and reform our entitlement programs to save these programs: http://www.americanroadmap.org/

Democrats' plans to get a grip on the explosion of government spending, balance the budget (or simply offer a budget), promote economic growth and private sector job creation: ???

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Daily News: July 26, 2010









Donald Berwick and the Anti-Israelis

In bypassing Senate confirmation, Donald Berwick avoided scrutiny of his belief that Britain's National Health Service was a mode for reforming healthcare in America as well as any business relationships that might overlap with those he will oversee as he implements Obamacare and Medicare cuts. The ensuing furor overshadowed Dr. Berwick's growing involvement with the international advocacy group, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). PHR was established with funding from the Ford Foundation "to investigate the health consequences of human rights violations and work to stop them."

Two facets of Berwick's involvement with PHR are noteworthy in light of his extremely liberal views about the role of healthcare as a vehicle for social justice and income redistribution. Berwick began donating thousands of dollars to PHR in 2000 when the outfit was focusing most, if not all of its, investigations on Israel's treatment of terrorists during the Intifada. For instance, PHR "conducted a medical and forensic investigation in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank from October 20-27, 2000 to investigate allegations of excessive use of force, including the use of prohibited ammunition in the current conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators and authorities."

Fascism… Yes, It Can Happen Here




I’m a warrior trained by Khalid Muhammad
I’m a terrorist trained by Usama bin Laden
Demolitionist, breaking down the walls of the rotten
Never hit and miss
So, first time, take out your target

You want freedom?
You’re gonna have to kill some crackers!
You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!

Minister King Samir Shabazz, leader of the New Black Panther Party

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The Obama Square Dance: Believe What I Say, Not What You See

Those of us who had to square dance in grade school may remember the old Virginia Reel; the caller commanding us to do the dos-a-do which was a spin move in one direction and then another.  That spin, however, doesn’t compare with the Obama Administration’s version of that dance move, in which the American people are told one thing, and then with dizzying speed, find out something else . . . the truth. Fortunately, most Americans are beginning to focus on the complete disconnect between the absurdity of the claims made by the Administration’s spinmeisters and the people’s own sense of reality.

The most breathtaking flight of fancy from Washington this past week was the full- court press by the President, Vice President, Chairperson of the White House Council of Economic Advisors and a whole host of Obama acolytes to proclaim that the Stimulus is working, that we’re “ahead of schedule” on job creation and that we’ve created  (or saved) millions of jobs.  The job saving claim is, in a strange way, irrefutable…sort of like a witch doctor saying if he hadn’t done his rain dance, the drought would have been worse.  As Democratic Senator Max Baucus complained to the White House “you created a situation where you cannot be wrong.  If 2,500,000 jobs are lost, you claim that without your stimulus program, 3,500,000 jobs would have been lost.  Taken to its logical conclusion, if everyone except one person were laid off, the Administration could claim that without its stimulus program, that person would have lost his job.”

David Rosenberg: You Know You Are In A Depression When...

From David Rosenberg's morning note, some red meat for the doom and gloomers:

Congress moved to extend jobless benefits seven times, as has been the caseover the past two years, at a time when almost half of the ranks of theunemployed have been looking for at least a half year. 

The unemployment rate for adult males (25-54 years) hit a post-WWII this cycle
and is still above the 1982 recession peak, and the youth unemployment rate is
stuck near 25%. These developments will have profound long-term
consequences – social, economic and political. 

The fiscal costs of the depression continue to mount, with the White House on
Friday raising its deficit projection for 2011 to $1.4 trillion from $1.267 trillion.
That gap in the forecast – $133 billion – was close to the size of the entire
budget deficit back in 2002. Amazing.

Journolist debates making its coordination with Obama explicit

Sarah Palin’s speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists.

“This speech is gangbusters,” wrote Ari Melber of the Nation. “Her tone is pitch perfect.” Adele Stan of the Media Consortium agreed: “Palin is golden.”

The exuberance appeared to unnerve the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky. “People get a hold of yourselves!” Tomasky wrote to his fellow Journolisters. “It’s a very good speech with good lines. But there’s very little substance.”


And then there's this...

Anita Moncrief: I Am Filing FEC Charges Against Obama Administration

Judge Napolitano and Glenn Beck Discuss Government Assassinations

Court Under Roberts Is Most Conservative in Decades

WASHINGTON — When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and his colleagues on the Supreme Court left for their summer break at the end of June, they marked a milestone: the Roberts court had just completed its fifth term. 

In those five years, the court not only moved to the right but also became the most conservative one in living memory, based on an analysis of four sets of political science data. 

And for all the public debate about the confirmation of Elena Kagan or the addition last year of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, there is no reason to think they will make a difference in the court’s ideological balance. Indeed, the data show that only one recent replacement altered its direction, that of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2006, pulling the court to the right.