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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Massachusetts Democrats: Thanks, Mitt, for RomneyCare

This man should not be the Republican nominee for POTUS under any circumstances! - Reggie

Trump Will ‘Probably’ Run as Independent If He Doesn’t Win GOP Nomination

If Trump runs as an independent, Obama will be re-elected.

This same thing happened in 1992 and 1996. In both elections, H. Ross Perot, another egotistical billionaire, ran as a third party candidate splitting the conservative vote and electing William Jefferson Blythe Clinton (he dropped Blythe from his name shortly after he was elected). He would never have been elected but for the help of Ross Perot.

At this point in time, Obama will never be re-elected president unless something dramatic happens. Enter the latest egotistical billionaire running as a third party candidate. We know the end result. The question is: Why does Trump want Obama re-elected? - Reggie

Donald Trump will “probably” run as an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2012 if he does not receive the Republican party’s nomination, he told the Wall Street Journal in a video interview on Monday.

“I hate what’s happening to the country,” said Mr. Trump, a real estate tycoon and host of the NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice.” He will not formally make a decision until June, however, when this season of his television show is over. “I can’t run during the airing of that show,” Mr. Trump said, “I’m not allowed to.” But he said he would make an announcement “by June” and his candidacy looks increasingly likely.

The Charlie Sheen Republicans

By on 4.12.11 @ 6:08AM

Charlie Sheen and Lawrence O'Donnell.

What do the actor and MSNBC host have in common?

And what role does addiction play?

Hang on. First, one of Jack Kemp's favorite stories. The former congressman, HUD Secretary and vice-presidential nominee loved telling this story, always told it to effect -- and to a point certain.

"Councils of war breed timidity and defeatism," Kemp would say, quoting Douglas MacArthur quoting his own father, General Arthur MacArthur, on the eve of the invasion of Inchon in the Korean War. The senior MacArthur, overshadowed in later history by his son, was no slouch at military strategy himself -- he had begun his own distinguished military career by winning the Congressional Medal of Honor as an 18-year old in the Civil War.

Kemp would use the Inchon story repeatedly to inspire his audiences, whether a handful of staff or thousands of cheering Republicans. The one-time quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, who had the broken finger on his throwing hand molded permanently to fit a football -- a move which helped him not only continue a career others insisted was at an end but helped him quarterback the Bills to two back-to-back AFL championships -- knew a thing or two about throwing the long ball, about getting tackled, getting up and running the ball again. And again and again and again and again. Until the goal line (the Kemp-Roth tax cuts that produced some 21 million jobs and launched the Reagan Revolution) was crossed.

Jack Kemp and his favorite Inchon story come to mind as the news of the House GOP's acceptance of a budget deal with President Obama and the forces of the American Left in Congress were announced. It comes to mind as the fight to raise the debt ceiling looms as the next big fiscal fight, along with the next chapter in the budget fight. It comes to mind as President Obama prepares, reportedly, to ask for -- shocker -- higher taxes. The MacArthur story in Kemp's (historically accurate) telling went roughly as follows:

It is the summer of 1950. North Korea has successfully, out of the blue, invaded South Korea, quickly capturing the capital of Seoul as the Communists relentlessly sweep over the border and through the South Korean countryside. President Harry Truman had determined this would not stand, and MacArthur, summoned from his post-World War II post in Japan, was given command. MacArthur surveyed the situation and had an idea. It was bold, startling in its creativity. What Douglas MacArthur was planning was a surprise amphibious landing at Inchon, a coastal South Korean city on the Yellow Sea. His goal was to land well behind the Communist forces that had taken Seoul, execute a great turning movement… surprise the enemy… and defeat him. Retake the South Korean capital and begin to drive the North Koreans back over the 38th parallel.

The Pentagon, alarmed, balked. Generals were adamantly opposed. Admirals said not only no but hell no. Every conceivable reason was given as to why invading Inchon was a bad, very bad idea. No beaches, impossibly high tides or low tide mud flats. Strong currents. Shoals, rocks, small bay, narrow channel, high seawalls. Whatever Inchon was, it was not the flat beaches of France on D-Day. It was absolutely not the place to try and land 75,000 troops and maneuver over 250 ships.

On and on went the list of objections. And in the end, hearing his father's wisdom, MacArthur, possessed of clarity of vision and the courage to act on that vision, stood and said (Kemp's husky voice growing hushed here): "I can almost hear the ticking hand of destiny. We must act now or we will die… Inchon will succeed."

And so it did. Spectacularly, taking the North Koreans completely by surprise. In took a mere four days to take and secure the city, putting an abrupt halt to a series of North Korean victories and led to the re-capture of Seoul. MacArthur's bold vision -- and the steel nerve to carry it out -- was vindicated.

Kemp's point was understood exactly by his friend Ronald Reagan. This was precisely what Reagan meant when he gave his famous 1975 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference:
I don't know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, 'We must broaden the base of our party' -- when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of the national debt.

The Daily News: April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

'Atlas Shrugged' - Part 1

Atlas Shrugged will hit theaters nationwide on Friday, April 15th. Here's a trailer. - Reggie

from ReasonTV:

They're Cutting the Debt!

Michael Ramirez Cartoon
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Teachers Support Cop-Killer

Between negotiating for more benefits and teaching their students, the California Federation of Teachers has adopted a resolution of support for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

At the CFT’s 2011 Convention in late March, the delegates passed 30 resolutions, from solidifying support for anti-bullying legislation to supporting transitional kindergarten. Among the resolutions largely pertaining to education and collective bargaining rights was Resolution 19 – to “Reaffirm support for death row journalist.”

“Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers reaffirm its support and demand that the courts consider the evidence of innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal,” the Committee Report reads.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was a former member of the Black Panthers who was found guilty of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel J. Faulkner during a routine traffic stop in 1981. Abu-Jamal was subsequently sentenced to death.

His supporters, such as the California Federation of Teachers, argue that his trial was unfair and that he is a civil rights hero.

“Mumia Abu-Jamal has for decades as a journalist fought courageously against racism and police brutality and for the human rights of all people and has taken strong stands in support of working people involved in labor struggles and in support of well-funded, quality, public education,” the resolution reads.

Daniel Flynn, author of “Cop killer: How Mumia Abu-Jamal conned millions into believing he was framed” told The Daily Caller that Abu-Jamal was the poster-child for ending the death penalty…20 – 30 years ago.

“Somebody should tell the California Teachers Federation that this is over, he is in jail, he is going to stay there,” Flynn said. “You have numerous eyewitnesses saying Mumia did it. You had ballistic evidence – Mumia’s gun at the scene was consistent with the bullet used to kill Faulkner. Mumia admitted after the fact that he did it.”

Fred Glass, CFT spokesman, told TheDC that the even though the case is 30 years old, since Abu-Jamal is still going through appeals, the issue remains relevant.

“The delegates decided it was time to reiterate that they supported him due to the irregularities that they felt had taken place during his case,” said Glass. “They see this as a civil liberties issue, it is quite common for the CFT to take positions on broad social matters like this.”

GOP Taking On "Much Bigger Challenges" With Path to Prosperity

Confirmed: Obama in real trouble in Florida

Praise the Lord! This is great news because Obama will not be re-elected without Florida. The only problem is he has too much time to try to turn that around. Hopefully, Hot Air will let us know how Obama is doing in other key, swing states. - Reggie

Last week, a Quinnipiac poll showed Barack Obama’s job approval rating in the Sunshine State at 42%, with 52% disapproving.  A new Mason-Dixon poll shows that the Q-poll was no outlier.  The survey conducted for the St. Petersburg Times gives Obama a 43/56 approval rating, with a surprisingly bad result among independents:
President Barack Obama is in trouble in Florida as he begins his re-election campaign.
A new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll found that only 34 percent of independent voters in Florida — always the key to winning — approve of Obama’s performance, and that either former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would beat the president in Florida if the election were held today.
“If one of the top-tier Republicans gets the nomination, it will be a real fight for Florida,” said Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker.
Obama’s disapproval rating among indies is 50%, putting Obama 16 points underwater.  In contrast, Obama won the state in 2008 almost entirely due to the seven-point margin of victory among unaffiliated voters (52/45).  That’s a 23-point flip in a little over two years.

This poll also shows that two Republicans presumed or potentially running for the nomination clearly top the incumbent in Florida.  Romney beats him by five, as does Huckabee, but neither get to 50%.  Sarah Palin trails Obama by twelve points, 39/51, and Donald Trump trails by eight.  There are probably enough retirees from New York City in Florida who have seen enough Donald Trump in their lifetimes.

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Israel, Hamas Agree to Tentative Ceasefire

JERUSALEM, Israel - Hamas and other Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist organizations launched more than 120 rockets and mortars on southern Israel before agreeing Monday morning to a tentative ceasefire.

Israel stepped up air strikes against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip after Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus driving near Gaza on Thursday, critically injuring a teenage boy.

According to reports, 19 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists and two civilians have been killed in the Israeli air strikes.

Hamas appears to have agreed to the ceasefire because of Israel's tough response and the success of its Iron Dome missile defense system.

The Iron Dome's debut on the battlefield was successful, intercepting 100 percent of the longer-range Grad-type missiles launched at larger Israeli cities, such as Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Beersheva.

"This is a great technological achievement. It's the first time these types of missiles have been intercepted by Israeli technology," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

The Daily News: April 11, 2011

Judge Andrew Napolitano will be here all week.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Arab League to appeal for Gaza 'no-fly zone'

Here we go, America. This is the real reason Obama's advisor, Samantha Power, proposed her R2P (Responsibility to Protect) policy to the U.N. Israel is and has been the target!

If you have never prayed before, I suggest you begin. - Reggie

AFP - Arab League chief Amr Mussa said on Sunday the organisation will ask the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza, which Israel has pounded with air strikes in response to rocket fire.

Mussa told an emergency meeting of Arab League ambassadors that "the Arab bloc in the United Nations has been directed to ask for the convention of the Security Council to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza and impose a no-fly zone."

Israeli and Palestinian officials were on Sunday floating a ceasefire to end fighting in the coastal strip where Israeli air strikes have killed at least 18 people since Thursday.

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Paul Ryan on Meet the Press

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Glenn Beck on 'All Request Friday'

from April 8, 2011

Several times during Beck's radio show yesterday callers declared it 'All Request Friday' and each one requested a different imitation from Pat! This caller wanted to know Michael Jackson's opinion of the possible government shutdown. Since it's been so tense lately, I captured this for a little levity. - Reggie

A Reagan Forum with Del Quentin Wilber

From April 4, 2011.

Del Wilber is the author of the new book Rawhide Down, The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan.

Reagan Assassination Attempt - Del Wilber on the Six Shots & Limo Route to Hospital

Ending America as We Know It

The Democrats’ solution to the problem is to deny there is one.

Mark Steyn
by Mark Steyn

Hey, it’s the weekend, and everyone’s singing the same maddeningly catchy refrain! Rebecca Black’s “Friday”? Nah, that was last week’s moronic singalong. This week’s is even perkier! “Paul Ryan proposes to end Medicare as we know it,” sings former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta. “It would end Medicare as we know it,” sings Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. “It’s going to end Medicare as we know it,” sings Nadeam Elshami, communications director for Nancy Pelosi. “It does end Medicare as we know it,” sings Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa. I drove all night to watch Paul Ryan e-e-end Me-edi-ica-a-are as we-e kno-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w it, sing all 24 semi-finalists on the CĂ©line Dion round of “American Idol.”

Sadly, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, incoming chair of the Democratic National Committee, lost the sheet music and was forced to improvise. “This plan would literally be a death trap for seniors,” she ululated. Close enough!

Ending Medicare as we know it? Say it ain’t so! Medicare, we hardly knew ye! It’s an open question whether Americans will fall for one more chorus of the same old song from Baucus, Harkin, Podesta, and the other members of America’s wrinkliest boy band. But, if this is the level on which the feckless patronizing spendaholics of the permanent governing class want to conduct the debate, bring it on:

Paul Ryan’s plan would “end Medicare as we know it.”

The Democrats’ “plan” — business as usual — will end America as we know it.

Literally, as Representative Wasserman-Schultz would say. One way or another, Medicare as we know it is going to end. So, if you think an unsustainable 1960s welfare program is as permanent a feature as the earth and sky, you’re in for a shock. It’s just a question of whether, after the shock, what’s left looks like Japan or looks like Haiti.

My comrade Jonah Goldberg compares America’s present situation to that of a plane with one engine out belching smoke. But, if anything, he understates the crisis. Air America doesn’t need a busted engine, because it’s pre-programmed to crash. Our biggest problem is Medicare and other “entitlements”: They’re the automatic pilot of Big Government. Whoever’s in the captain’s seat makes no difference: The flight is pre-programmed to hit the iceberg, if you’ll forgive me switching mass-transit metaphors in mid-stream.

For some reason, Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Harkin, & Co. don’t seem to mind this. If you recall the smile on the face of Airplane!’s “automatic pilot” as he’s being inflated, that’s pretty much the Democrats’ attitude to binge spending as a permanent fact of life.

For a sense of Democrat insouciance to American decline, let us turn to the president himself. The other day, Barack Obama was in the oddly apt town of Fairless Hills, Pa., at what the White House billed as one of those ersatz “town hall” discussions into which republican government has degenerated. He was asked a question by a citizen of the United States. The cost of a gallon of gas has doubled on Obama’s watch, and this gentleman asked, “Is there a chance of the price being lowered again?”

As the Associated Press reported it, the president responded “laughingly”: “I know some of these big guys, they’re all still driving their big SUVs. You know, they got their big monster trucks and everything. . . . If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting eight miles a gallon — (laughter) . . . ”

That’s how the official White House transcript reported it: Laughter. Big yuks. “So, like I said, if you’re getting eight miles a gallon you may want to think about a trade-in. You can get a great deal.”

Hey, thanks! You’ve been a great audience. I’ll be here all year. Don’t forget to tip your Democrat hat-check girl on the way out: At four bucks a gallon, it’s getting harder for volunteers to drive elderly voters from the cemetery to the polling station. Relax, I’m just jerking your crank, buddy! And it’s not four bucks per, it’s only three-ninety-eight. That’s change you can believe in!

Message: It’s your fault. The same day as the president was doing his moribund-economy shtick, my hairdresser told me that she’d bought her mid-size sedan second-hand in 2004. She’d also like to ask the president if there’s a chance of gas prices being lowered again. But he’d have the same answer: Buy a hybrid. Wait till the high-speed rail-link is built between Dead Skunk Junction and Hickburg Falls. Climb into the fishnets and the come-hither smile and hitch.

Revolution in the Arab World

Victor Hanson and Peter Berkowitz interviewed by Peter Robinson

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Weekly Republican Address 4/9/11: Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Mark Levin Talks Budget Deal

You’re kidding, right?

Andy McCarthy is so right! - Reggie

With due respect, I think those who are praising the budget deal are deluding themselves. Under circumstances where we are trillions of dollars in debt, the GOP just caved on its promise to cut the relative pittance of $61 billion in spending because it’s just not worth fighting for more than the half-pittance of $40 billion Democrats claimed was their drop-dead number. “Drop dead” meant daring Republicans to shut the government down (which, as we know, doesn’t actually shut the government down). The Republicans blinked.

For me, this is no surprise — as I’ve said several times (see, e.g., here and here), I don’t think they’re serious. But I want to make a point about how strange this praise of Boehner & Co. is. A mere four months ago, the big controversy in conservative and Republican circles was whether the GOP had reneged on their vaunted pledge to cut $100B in spending in the current fiscal year because they had seemingly come down to $61B. As I noted at the time, there was no question that, if you looked at the fine print of the pledge, the commitment was $61B — but that if you looked at reality, both $61B and $100B were laughably unserious. No matter. Folks around here pooh-poohed my criticism and insisted that a $61B pledge was a sober first step, showing real fortitude about getting our fiscal house in order.

So now they’ve stopped short, significantly short, of that purportedly serious step, and the reaction is, “We won!” You’ve got to be kidding me. The only thing Boehner won is future assurance that GOP leadership can safely promise the moon but then settle for crumbs because their rah-rah corner will spin any paltry accomplishment, no matter how empty it shows the promise to have been, as a tremendous victory.

And what’s the rationale for settling? Why, that these numbers are so piddling — that the $21 billion difference is so meaningless in the context of $14 trillion — that it’s best just to settle, make believe the promise was never made, make believe we didn’t flinch, and put this episode behind us so we can begin the “real work” of the next promise, the Ryan Plan.

An Agreement to Cut Spending & Keep Our Government Open

Friday, April 8, 2011

No 'Daily News' Yet

Fox News expanded Special Report to two hours so they could report on the possibility of America becoming more free due to a federal government shut down. (Please, God, let it be so!)

They may show The Daily News in it's rerun slot in the middle of the night. If so, I'll find it and post in the early morning hours before going to work so I can give more money to the federal government that I hope shuts down!! - Reggie

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the government did not shut down and The Daily News did not air in it's usual 2amET slot.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Prosser gains 7,500 votes in Waukesha County

I must say, I am surprised at this. It's very good news but, the sad thing is, the Democrats know how many votes they have to find (invent) to win (steal) this election. Believe me, they are hunting (creating), now. - Reggie

In a political bombshell, the clerk in a Republican stronghold released new vote totals adding a net total of 7,582 new votes in the tight state Supreme Court race to Justice David Prosser, swinging the race significantly in his favor.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said Thursday that she failed to save in her computer and consequently report 14,315 votes cast in the city of Brookfield, omitting them entirely in an unofficial tally released after Tuesday's election. The new totals give 10,859 more votes to Prosser from Brookfield and 3,456 more to Kloppenburg, she said. Smaller discrepancies turned up in two other communities as well.

"I'm thankful that this error was caught early in the process. This is not a case of extra ballots being found. This is human error which I apologize for, which is common," Nickolaus said, her voice wavering as she spoke to reporters.

She said she had reviewed numbers from all the other municipalities in the county to ensure that no other similar errors were made. She said she was not aware of any error of this size being made in any past election in her county.

The fresh numbers provide a new tilt to a race that had appeared to be headed toward the first statewide recount in two decades and as well spring a new surprise on a state that had already faced two months of chaotic politics. But the numbers also seemed almost certain to inject new controversy into an already heated race.

Around the state, elections officials Thursday were tweaking unofficial results from the day before that had put challenger and Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg ahead of Prosser by a razor-thin 204 votes. But the new figures appearing to put Prosser ahead were also far from final, and could change again before the contest is finished.

Neither Prosser campaign manager Brian Nemoir nor Kloppenburg campaign manager Melissa Mulliken could be reached immediately for comment.

Ask your Democratic representative if Displacetra® is right for you!

Excellent, humorous, mock ad. - Reggie

The Daily News: April 7, 2011

Study Guide: What’s coming

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The End of “Glenn Beck”

At the end of his show, the Judge talks about the government shutdown and in the last minute, he talks about Glenn again.

The Daily News: April 6, 2011

Go to the post below if you just want to see Beck talk about his leaving the Fox TV show. - Reggie

Glenn Beck Confirms Leaving Fox TV Show

Lawyer Drafts Obama Impeachment

This president, above all others, deserves impeachment but it will never happen. The Democrats propaganda campaign during the Clinton impeachment convinced Americans that he was impeached because of his sexual escapades. No, America. It was because of perjury and obstruction of justice.

No man should be above the law in this country but it has become quite obvious to me that Obama is. He has done more against the United States than any president in my lifetime and he should be impeached for the countless times he has disobeyed his oath of office.

No, he won't be impeached. I'm afraid the fools that put him in office in 2008 will do it again in 2012 and when that happens we can kiss America goodbye. - Reggie

A prominent libertarian constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack on Libya, throwing down a legal gauntlet that could be picked up by some Congressional Republicans

Bruce Fein, a former Reagan administration official in the Department of Justice and chairman of American Freedom Agenda writes in his 15-page argument of Obama's course that "Barack Hussein Obama has mocked the rule of law, endangered the very existence of the Republic and the liberties of the people, and perpetrated an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor."

Fein is a small-government conservative who worked on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and also called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and his work doesn't represent the Republican Party line. But it comes as some Republicans on the Hill, led by Senator Rand Paul, object vociferously to Obama's decision to strike targets in Libya without Congressional authorization.

"He's been more bold than any other president," said Fein, who said Obama has failed to secure congressional approval for his military action in a much more brazen way than previous administrations.

"If he can wipe out the war powers authorization, why can't he wipe out Congress's authority to spend?" asked Fein. " If we're going to be a government of laws, and not descend into empire, this is Caesar crossing the Rubicon."

Fein said a number of Congressional offices have expressed interest in his proposal.

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Breaking Debt Ceilings 10 Times Over

When it comes to debt, members of Congress are all grown up. They can make their own rules. And they have 10 times over the last 10 years. Scroll over the graphic to see U.S. debt levels at this time over the past 10 years and the hair-width margins between actual debt and the limit.

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And there's this:

Fox News Poll: Most Would Vote Against Raising Debt Limit

Washington Post and CBS receiving money from Obamacare slush fund

Two mainstream news organizations are receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) — a $5 billion grant program that’s doling out cash to companies, states and labor unions in what the Obama administration considers an effort to pay for health insurance for early retirees. The Washington Post Company raked in $573,217 in taxpayer subsidies and CBS Corporation secured $722,388 worth of Americans’ money.

“It is fine with me if they continue covering the ObamaCare debate,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, in an e-mail to The Daily Caller. “When NBC used to cover energy issues, they identified themselves as a subsidiary of General Electric. CBS and Washington Post just have to disclose that they are subsidiaries of the Obama Administration.”

The ERRP, which Republicans call a slush fund, provides taxpayer money to Obama administration-selected states, companies and labor unions with already-in-place early retiree health insurance programs, and aims to make certain that their employees who retire early still have health insurance coverage before they reach Medicare eligibility age. Almost $2 billion of the $5 billion fund, which was supposed to last until 2014, has already been distributed to corporations. New projections expect the funding to run out before the end of 2012, if not sooner.

At a Friday morning hearing, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, asked Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIO) official Steven Larsen for how the administration decides who gets a slice of the $5 billion pie – and how the application process works. In his response, Stearns referred to the fact that corporations like General Electric, Verizon and AT&T in addition to several labor unions were getting taxpayer funding.

Stearns was not impressed. “This program is providing ‘free’ money to corporations, states, unions, and pension plans,” the Congressman said in an e-mail to TheDC. “In addition, the Washington Post and CBS received funding under this program. How can the Washington Post and CBS be impartial on the issue of health care when they received funding under the health care law?”

CBS Corporation spokesman Gil Schwartz told TheDC that newsroom employees, like any other CBS employees, are indeed allowed to take the taxpayer subsidies.

“Yes they are,” Schwartz said. “Why wouldn’t newsroom employees be allowed access to that money like all other CBS employees?”

Obama says little short-term help for gas prices

Obama will force us where he wants us to go. - Reggie

FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) -- Pitching the promise of energy independence, President Barack Obama cautioned Wednesday that it's going to be tough to transition from America's oil-dependent economy and acknowledged there's little he can do to lower gas prices over the short term.

"I'm just going to be honest with you. There's not much we can do next week or two weeks from now," the president told workers at a wind turbine plant. It's a theme Obama's struck before as he tries to show voters he's attuned to a top economic concern with gas prices pushing toward $4 a gallon.

Obama said he wants to move toward "a future where America is less dependent on foreign oil, more reliant on clean energy produced by workers like you." That will happen by reducing oil imports, tapping domestic energy sources and shifting the nation to renewable and less polluting sources of energy, such as wind, the president says. He has set a goal of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025.

But the president said it won't happen overnight and if any politician says it's easy, "they're not telling the truth."

"Gas prices? They're going to still fluctuate until we can start making these broader changes, and that's going to take a couple of years to have serious effect," Obama said.

Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.

"If you're complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know," Obama said laughingly. "You might want to think about a trade-in." (emphasis mine)

With 100% of vote counted, Kloppenburg clings to narrow lead; recount expected

Looks like the unions and the left have managed to steal another election. Shocking? I wish it were.  - Reggie

Madison — Unofficial results Wednesday showed Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg with a paper-thin lead over Justice David Prosser after a race marked by massive voter turnout, Gov. Scott Walker's union bargaining plan and record spending by outside interest groups.

As of 2:15 p.m., The Associated Press had tallied results for all of the state's 3,630 precincts and Kloppenburg had taken a 204-vote lead after Prosser had been ahead most of the night by less than 1,000 votes.

Kloppenburg declared victory based on the AP's results.

Two George Soros Events Aim to Remake the Financial Order and the Media -- So Where's the Reporting?

Apparently, megalomaniacs need schedulers.

Just ask George Soros. The left-wing billionaire is helping fund two major conferences that start on the same day, in two different locations just a three hours apart by car. Two liberal events packed into one long weekend. God created the world in six days. Apparently, Soros, who sees himself as “some kind of god,”needs just a long weekend to start remaking today's world in his image.

The emphasis of both conferences is a familiar one to American voters – change. Soros wants to begin changing the global economy in one event. In the other, his flunkies want to “Change the world. Change the media.”

Now that is change you can believe in. Sadly, those who actually report the news must believe in it because they sure as heck aren’t reporting on Soros or either event. And that’s even though staffers or even executives from Reuters, the Financial Times, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post and other major media outlets are speaking at one event or the other.

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Will Ignorance Lead to a Second Obama Term?

There is a wonderful quote that has been making its way around the internet over the past year. It apparently was translated from an article published in the Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung last April and reads as  follows:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency...Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

The first time I saw this, the Tea Party enthusiasm was in full force and Republicans were on their way to taking back the House and gaining ground in the Senate. Optimism prevailed and the light at the end of the tunnel began to appear. But as Barack Obama announces his reelection bid and the GOP has yet to produce a strong, viable candidate for President, it would be prudent to question the present mindset of the electorate who got the country and the world into the current mess and whether it is possible that "the confederacy of fools" will elect him to a second term.

When Obama won in 2008, I wrote  an article for AT in which I analyzed the various reasons that people had for voting for a person who was clearly incompetent, unprepared, unpatriotic, and basically void of any substance other than his own ego and disdain for American exceptionalism. The five categories of Obama voters included (i) individuals suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome, (ii) followers with a mob mentality of assuming that if everyone liked the guy, he must be wonderful, (iii) socialists, (iv) people with racial guilt looking for a post-racial America, and (v) those suffering from simple ignorance due to a lack of intellectual curiosity to understand the man who would be king.

Now, with over half of Obama's term complete, the only relevant categories of Obama supporters are those falling under items (iii) and (v) -- Americans who reside on the far left of the political spectrum and those who remain completely ignorant about world affairs, economics, and the person who is the current leader of the free world. The far left will continue to support and vote for Obama no matter how many flip flops he makes on closing Gitmo, military trials for terrorists, intervention in Mideast revolutions, and other policies that raise their ire.

However, in the face of a dishonest and complicit mainstream media, it is up to all thinking Americans to make efforts to educate themselves, their neighbors, friends, colleagues, and family as to the dangers of four more years of Obama as President. For while the world can withstand four years of incompetence in the White House, eight years will likely result in a world forever changed, with America reduced to mediocrity and powerlessness, Islamic fundamentalism on an unimpeded rise to triumph over the West, and liberty and freedom replaced in many more parts of the world by tyranny and human rights abuses.

BREAKING NEWS: Beck To 'Transition Off' of Fox News Show

Looks like the rumors are true. He didn't say a word about this on his radio show this morning. - Reggie

UPDATE: This story had been on The Blaze for about seven minutes or so when I found it (12:26pm ET) and I posted it right away. From the time I posted it until now (about 25 minutes), they have pulled it! Unfortunately, they didn't pull it soon enough - it's all over the 'net.

Drudge has 'Beck Out at Fox News'

Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs) has 'Beck Bolts Fox'

'Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!!'

UPDATE 2 (1:24pm ET): The Blaze has put this story back up! They realized the horse had already left the barn.

Glenn Beck

Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts Announce New Agreement; Beck to ‘Transition Off’ Daily TV Program

Editor’s note: After a great deal of speculation about Glenn Beck’s future on television, here is the freshly-inked news release. There will be a couple of key headlines out of this…yes, there is a new agreement with Fox News but this is the first confirmation that Beck will “transition off of his daily TV program” later this year.

The program has obviously been a great success for Beck and for Fox News, and the relationship between the organizations seems as strong as every.

This news release does leave some key questions unanswered for now, primarily, does Glenn have plans for a daily TV or video program down the road? The Blaze will be tracking reaction and speculation about this news release throughout the day. Check back for updates.

(New York, NY) Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that they will work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties. Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Who is the Evil One?

Israeli soldiers don't let a pregnant Palestinian woman pass through a military barricade

Can Congress Strike a Deal?

Both parties prepare for shutdown unless compromise is reached before April 8th

Rep. Paul Ryan on GOP's Proposed 2012 Budget

The Daily News: April 5, 2011

Labor union organizers, left-wing groups attempt to use MLK death anniversary to further message

Labor union bosses and congressional Democrats are tying their battles in Wisconsin and Ohio to the 43rd anniversary of the death of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was shot on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., while helping the city’s black sanitation workers in a strike.

“For Dr. King, economic justice was an essential element of his work for civil and human rights, which is why, on the day his life was taken, he was in Memphis, Tennessee, supporting striking sanitation workers as they sought to have their union recognized by the city,” Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said on a conference call on Monday morning. “On the eve of his death, Dr. King delivered a speech to these workers that came to be known as the ‘Mountaintop Speech,’ in which he preached that if they stayed strong and resilient, they would one day achieve economic security and the chance for opportunity.”

Referring to Tea Party movement, Henderson said, “opportunists are trying to manipulate the facts surrounding the nation’s economic troubles,” in order to “gain a political advantage in the next election cycle.”

“What we’re witnessing is nothing short of an ideological assault on Dr. King’s vision for a more just and equitable nation,” Henderson said. “So, how will ordinary Americans respond to this effort to hijack the American Dream?”

Henderson and other self-described civil rights group leaders like NAACP president Benjamin Jealous and labor union leaders launched what they call an “organic, grassroots,” campaign, “We Are One,” this week. Henderson said their pressure campaign will consist of more than 1,000 “discrete community and workplace-focused actions,” including “more than 150 ‘teach-ins,’ hundreds of worksite mobilizations, community forums, vigils marches and more.”

It’s all part of an effort, though, to frame King’s assassination as a result of his involvement in the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike – an implication that he died fighting for collective bargaining, not against racial inequality.

King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, told The Daily Caller her uncle really wasn’t in Memphis because it was a strike – he got involved in the strike because of racial discrimination. Black sanitation workers were treated unfairly compared to white ones, and, in fact, all 1,300 strikers were black. The unfair treatment led to the death of two black workers, too, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who were crushed in a mechanical malfunction.

“My uncle was in Memphis, not specifically because of the union strikes but to help bring an end to oppression of the garbage workers which was racially driven,” Alveda King said in an e-mail.

Paul Ryan’s Revolution Would Finish Reagan’s

Is Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” potentially the most important and necessary piece of economic legislation since President Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts in 1981? Quite likely. The blueprint embraces free markets and individual choice to radically reshape America’s social welfare state for the 21st century and shrink government. Instead of looking for ways to finance an ever-expanding public sector, it would prevent Washington from growing to a projected 45 percent of GDP by 2050 (vs. 24 percent today) and instead reduce it to just under 15 percent by that year. Ryan would downsize government to its smallest size since 1950 and prevent the Europeanization of the American economy. The Ryan Path embraces dynamic growth, not managed decline and stagnation.

But what’s really important is that it affirmatively answers three questions: First, does the Ryan Path put the federal government on a sustainable fiscal path? Second, does it promote more economic growth and higher incomes? Third, is it politically realistic? Let’s take those one at a time:

'A Queer Thing Happened to America'

Sid Roth interviews Dr. Michael L. Brown concerning his new book, 'A Queer Thing Happened to America.' Click here to read another interview with Dr. Brown.

I haven't watched this video yet but I know Dr. Brown, personally. He is a godly man of honor, compassion and integrity. I know he does not hate homosexuals and it is his sincere desire to see them set free from the bondage they are in. - Reggie

House GOP Unveils FY2012 Budget

The House Budget Committee, led by Chairman Paul Ryan, announced the GOP FY2012 Budget this morning. The budget cuts $6.2 trillion dollars over the next ten years.

The Case for Real Security and a Path to Prosperity

This event took place at 12pmET today. - Reggie

An Address by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Beck talks to Paul Ryan about GOP Budget

Congressman Paul Ryan introduced the GOP FY2012 Budget today and Glenn Beck was able to talk to him on his radio show.

Read the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The GOP Path to Prosperity

Our budget cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president's budget over the next 10 years and puts the nation on track to pay off our national debt.

Congressman Paul Ryan

Congress is currently embroiled in a funding fight over how much to spend on less than one-fifth of the federal budget for the next six months. Whether we cut $33 billion or $61 billion—that is, whether we shave 2% or 4% off of this year's deficit—is important. It's a sign that the election did in fact change the debate in Washington from how much we should spend to how much spending we should cut.

But this morning the new House Republican majority will introduce a budget that moves the debate from billions in spending cuts to trillions. America is facing a defining moment. The threat posed by our monumental debt will damage our country in profound ways, unless we act.

No one person or party is responsible for the looming crisis. Yet the facts are clear: Since President Obama took office, our problems have gotten worse. Major spending increases have failed to deliver promised jobs. The safety net for the poor is coming apart at the seams. Government health and retirement programs are growing at unsustainable rates. The new health-care law is a fiscal train wreck. And a complex, inefficient tax code is holding back American families and businesses.

The president's recent budget proposal would accelerate America's descent into a debt crisis. It doubles debt held by the public by the end of his first term and triples it by 2021. It imposes $1.5 trillion in new taxes, with spending that never falls below 23% of the economy. His budget permanently enlarges the size of government. It offers no reforms to save government health and retirement programs, and no leadership.

Our budget, which we call The Path to Prosperity, is very different. For starters, it cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president's budget over the next 10 years, reduces the debt as a percentage of the economy, and puts the nation on a path to actually pay off our national debt. Our proposal brings federal spending to below 20% of gross domestic product (GDP), consistent with the postwar average, and reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion.

A study just released by the Heritage Center for Data Analysis projects that The Path to Prosperity will help create nearly one million new private-sector jobs next year, bring the unemployment rate down to 4% by 2015, and result in 2.5 million additional private-sector jobs in the last year of the decade. It spurs economic growth, with $1.5 trillion in additional real GDP over the decade. According to Heritage's analysis, it would result in $1.1 trillion in higher wages and an average of $1,000 in additional family income each year.

Here are its major components:

Read the full article here.

The Daily News: April 4, 2011

Allen West Debates Cutting Pentagon Budget by 10 %

Rep. West debates his first sponsored legislation as a Freshman Congressman

Good Wills to Set Brandon Ablaze

Shane Good
My friends, Shane and Julie Good have been called to Canada to spread the gospel and God is opening doors for them there. Here is a recent story in a local newspaper. Shane thinks the story title should have been 'God Wills to Set Brandon Ablaze.'

If you want to learn more or you wish to help them financially, click here. - Reggie

On May 13, the Victoria Inn will play host to Brandon Ablaze, a different take on religion.

Shane Good, his wife Julie, and their partners Chris and Rachel O’Shea will be presenting Brandon Ablaze as a way to reach out to people of Brandon and help them experience a new relationship with God.

“I was raised going to church every week, and I never really ‘knew’ God,” said Shane Good, who grew up in Washington State.

“I knew about Him, I knew things He’s done, but I never felt I had a real relationship with Him until I was about 18-years old.”

Good says at that time he accompanied a friend to the Brownsville Revival in Florida, where he experienced a new kind of service.

“I remember, more than anything that night, the music,” said Good.

“The music was incredible, it flowed through me, and I was really able to feel the presence of God like never before.”

Now Good wants to share the experience with anyone who wants it.

“We’re going to have a full band, playing some great worship-themed music, and then afterwards Chris O’Shea is going to give a presentation on the hot topic that is creation versus evolution,” said Good.

“We want the presentation to get the truth out,” said Chris O’Shea.

“We really just want people to pay the same amount of thought and consideration to creationism as they do to the theory of evolution.”

Read the full article here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Trying to Retain his Position

State supreme-court justice David Prosser makes his case to local Republicans.

In Final Hours, Prosser Makes His Case: ‘David versus the Wisconsin Left’

Paul Ryan previews FY2012 budget, pushes back on political attacks

In Depth with David McCullough

Without a doubt, David McCullough is my favorite writer, historian and narrator (Ken Burn's The Civil War, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided and many others). In my opinion, he is unequaled in his field.

I have read Mornings on Horseback, John Adams and have watched The Civil War countless times. Also in my library is 1776: The Illustrated Edition, described as "a distinctive art book and a collectible archive, 1776: The Illustrated Edition combines a treasury of eighteenth-century paintings, sketches, documents, and maps with storytelling by our nation's preeminent historian to tell the story of 1776 as never before."

Below, is an in depth interview from December 2, 2001. As you see, it is three hours long but well worth the time. He is an excellent historian and story teller. - Reggie

Republican Senators Introduce Balanced Budget Amendment

from March 31, 2011

Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus?

The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years

The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair. After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure’s brow as a crown of thorns.

The extraordinary picture of one of the recently discovered hoard of up to 70 lead codices – booklets – found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee is one reason Bible historians are clamouring to get their hands on the ancient artefacts.

If genuine, this could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus Christ, possibly even created in the lifetime of those who knew him.

Discovery: The impression on this booklet cover shows what could be the earliest image of Christ

The tiny booklet, a little smaller than a modern credit card, is sealed on all sides and has a three-dimensional representation of a human head on both the front and the back. One appears to have a beard and the other is without. Even the maker’s fingerprint can be seen in the lead impression. Beneath both figures is a line of as-yet undeciphered text in an ancient Hebrew script.

Astonishingly, one of the booklets appears to bear the words ‘Saviour of Israel’ – one of the few phrases so far translated.

Read the full story here.