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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Daily News: April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Video: Atlas is shrugging already

posted at 4:00 pm on April 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In my review of the film Atlas Shrugged earlier today, I noted that Barack Obama’s latest policy address would fit perfectly into the story — as an example of the clueless and malevolent mercantilism depicted in both Ayn Rand’s novel and the film’s first installment.  Turns out that our friends at FreedomWorks were way ahead of me on this point.  Thursday, they released a mash-up video that did what the filmmakers deliberately chose not to do, which is to cast President Obama in a lead role by using his own words — and make the connection even more clear:

Read the full post at Hot Air

Note: I have planned to see Atlas Shrugged but haven't yet. I may wait until all three films are released and see them all at once if we still have a country, by then.

Last night, I purchased and downloaded the book on MP3 (the abridged version) and have listened to over half of it today. I must say, I am amazed how a book printed in the mid 1950's has prophesied our current decline and government overreach. Incredible.

If you don't see the movie, get the audiobook or the paperback. It's worth your time and money. It is jaw dropping accurate. - Reggie

S&P sounds alarm on US debt

Standard Poor’s issued a stark warning to Washington on Monday, cutting its outlook on US sovereign debt for the first time and throwing more fuel on the raging debate over America’s swollen deficits.

The agency kept America’s credit rating at triple A but for the first time since it started rating US debt 70 years ago, cut its outlook from “stable” to “negative”. A negative outlook means there is a one-third chance of a downgrade in the next two years.

Doubts about US creditworthiness could threaten the dollar’s use as a global reserve currency amid the rise of rivals such as China that have better growth prospects and fewer fiscal challenges.

Where the Tax Money Is

A dominant theme of President Obama's budget speech last Wednesday was that our fiscal problems would vanish if only the wealthiest Americans were asked "to pay a little more." Since he's asking, imagine that instead of proposing to raise the top income tax rate well north of 40%, the President decided to go all the way to 100%.

Let's stipulate that this is a thought experiment, because Democrats don't need any more ideas. But it's still a useful experiment because it exposes the fiscal futility of raising rates on the top 2%, or even the top 5% or 10%, of taxpayers to close the deficit. The mathematical reality is that in the absence of entitlement reform on the Paul Ryan model, Washington will need to soak the middle class—because that's where the big money is.

Conservatives hit Beck for taking content without attribution

A number of conservative activists and bloggers say they’re furious at media magnate Glenn Beck for what they call content theft. Over the past several years, Beck has relied on video, audio and written content from others to fill his radio and television shows, as well as his websites. Often he has credited his fellow conservatives for their work. Yet in many other instances say dozens of conservative journalists who spoke to The Daily Caller, he has not, often taking elaborate steps to cloak the origins of the material.

Publisher Andrew Breitbart has seen a number of his stories surface on various Beck media properties over the past few years. While he describes himself as “grateful for the many times he has credited me and my sites,” Breitbart says that “sometimes he also uses other peoples’ work without crediting them, making it appear as though it were his own. But especially since adopting ‘The Truth Has No Agenda’ slogan – and trying to deliberately re-position himself as the pious conscience and judge of many of those he took content from – he has exposed himself to his new motto’s unforgiving standard.”

By any standard, Beck seems unusually reliant on the work of others, and unusually reluctant to credit it. In an interview with TheDC, Roger L. Simon, CEO of Pajamas Media, suggested that Beck has committed the journalistic equivalent of a notorious crime. “It is not a question of just doing it right the majority of the time. It is a question of doing it right always,” Simon said. “Doris Kearns Goodwin is forever a fraud in my estimation because she has been caught plagiarizing once. If you rob a bank once, you still robbed a bank.”

A remarkably large number of conservative writers say they feel robbed. During the March 18 airing of his television program, for example, Beck ran a portion of video created by a Chicago-based blogger who calls himself Rebel Pundit. The blogger, who does not publicly reveal his name, says he was initially pleased to see Beck running his video, which featured left-wing protesters demanding amnesty for illegal immigrants. He was soon shocked, however, to see that Beck’s staff had obscured the watermark logo of his website,, from the tape.

“I put my website name on there for a reason – to bring people from the movement to my website so they can see the other stuff that I’ve done,” the man behind Rebel Pundit told TheDC. “You’ve got pretty much the biggest guy in the movement take your stuff and actually have his editors spend the time to scrub my name off of it.”

Ironically, while Beck’s staff had gone to the trouble of removing any trace of the phrase “” from the video, they apparently missed an obvious obscenity in the background of the frame. Clearly visible on a sign held by one of the protestors was the demand, “Open the fucking border.” When it appeared on his show, Beck said, “Oh, don’t show that please.”

It was hardly an isolated incident. On a number of occasions, Beck has aired videos on his show without mentioning that they were produced by the Media Research Center (MRC), a conservative media watchdog group. On February 28 of this year, for example, Beck used MRC footage of Van Jones speaking at a rally in Washington’s Dupont Circle. Beck never indicated where the video came from, even as he berated the press for failing to investigate who was behind Jones’s rally.

The Daily News: April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

These Are Not Solutions for America

Michael Ramirez Cartoon
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Michael Ramirez Cartoon
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Goodbye, AmeriCorps. Hello, FoodStampCorps.

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 15, 2011 10:14 AM 

Chart h/t Doug Ross

America, the Dependent

by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2011

So much for the new era of fiscal responsibility. The federal government’s dependency drones have been spared the chopping block. After vowing to eliminate funding for President Obama’s bloated $6 billion AmeriCorps social justice army, House Republicans retreated — and will shrink the AmeriCorps budget by a minuscule 6.7 percent.

Politicians originally sold AmeriCorps as an alternative to big government — a program to “renew the ethic of civic responsibility and the spirit of community throughout the United States.” With bipartisan support, the program has morphed into an all-purpose progressive slush fund. Instead of reining in the national service boondoggle, Washington has turned taxpayer-subsidized helping hands into a legion of Nanny State handout helpers. Goodbye, AmeriCorps. Hello, FoodStampCorps.

Yes, across the Internet, the feds are recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA (“Volunteers in Service to America”) workers to apply for jobs as publicists for the welfare state. Their mission: to sign up as many people to federal food stamp rolls as possible. Because, you know, the record-breaking 12 million that have been added since Obama took office is apparently not good enough.

Read the full article

Obama Keeps 'Czars' Despite Budget Deal That Eliminated Them

President Obama may have never met a "czar" he didn't like and he's not about to bid farewell to any of them now, despite a budget deal he struck with Republican leaders last week that eliminated four of these positions.

The budget compromise that Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reached in the final moments before the government shut down last Friday included language effectively eliminating the czar positions overseeing health care, climate change, the auto industry and urban affairs – positions that don't require Senate confirmation.

But after signing the legislation Friday that funds the government through the end of September and cuts $38 billion in spending, Obama issued a signing statement saying he would ignore the part about his czars, arguing that defunding those positions violated his constitutional authority.

Republicans cried foul over Obama's move.

"It's not surprising that the White House, having bypassed Congress to empower these 'Czars' is objecting to eliminating them," Mike Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement.

At War with Donald Rumsfeld

FEC Launches Audit of Obama’s 2008 Campaign

The Federal Election Commission has launched an audit into President Barack Obama's record-breaking 2008 campaign.

Individuals familiar with the campaign told Roll Call Friday that the FEC has been investigating the financial records of Obama's previous campaign. The scope of the probe, which began approximately two
years ago, is unknown. Presidential audits typically take years to complete and can cost millions of dollars.

The newly formed 2012 Obama campaign did not deny there was an audit, but a spokeswoman called it a "review."

"The FEC is conducting a routine review — as is true with the McCain Campaign, the Romney Campaign and many others — to determine if they have any questions with the information reported," said Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for the campaign. "Given that there was an historic number of contributors and contributions — nearly four million and over nine million respectively — this takes time."

Read the full story

Geithner: GOP leaders told White House they'll vote to raise the debt ceiling

The Republicans are spineless cowards and the Democrats are bold, Socialists/Communists. Is there time to build a third party to save our nation or is America forever lost? - Reggie

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner boldly predicted that Congress will vote to raise the debt ceiling next month, warning that failure to do so would bring "catastrophic" consequences for the U.S. and global economies.

Geithner, appearing on ABC's "This Week," said that if House Republicans were to push the vote to the brink or fail to raise the limit, it would "make the last [financial] crisis look like a tame, modest crisis."

Geithner said that Republicans have told President Obama they "recognize we have to do this, and we're not going to play around with it."

"There's no alternative, and they recognize that," Geithner said.

Geithner said the Republican leadership assured Obama in a meeting at the White House on Wednesday that they understand the gravity of the debt ceiling vote and that they will vote to raise it.

Liquefacation - Is Japan Sinking?

via The Blaze

Atlas Shrugged Hits the Silver Screen

'Atlas Shrugged' Producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow and actor Matthew Marsden discuss the film.

Read the movie review by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air

The T-Mobile Royal Wedding

I saw a little of this on Fox and Friends this morning and decided to post it. This is as much of the "royal wedding" that I care to see and I'm sure this video is much more fun than what will actually happen.

I'm also posting the original JK Wedding Entrance Dance that inspired T-Mobile's William and Kate extravaganza. - Reggie

Time-Lapse Video Captures Magnificent Galaxy Photos

h/t The Blaze

Losing the Future

Mark Steyn
Vegas is no longer the world’s biggest gambling resort; America is.

I always enjoy the bit in Planet of the Apes where a loinclothed Charlton Heston falls to his knees as he comes face to face with a shattered Statue of Liberty poking out of the sand and realizes that the eponymous simian planet is, in fact, his own — or was. Also the bit in Independence Day where Lady Liberty gets zapped by space aliens. And in Cloverfield when she’s decapitated by a giant monster. And in The Day After Tomorrow when she’s flash-frozen after polar-ice-cap melting brought on by a speech from Dick Cheney. I’ve been enjoying such moments since, oh, the short story “The Next Morning” in the 1887 edition of Life, illustrated with a pen-and-ink drawing of a headless statue with the smoldering rubble of the city behind her. The poor old girl was barely off the boat from France, and she’d already been pegged as the perfect visual shorthand for societal collapse.

But the United States Postal Service has now gone the Hollywood apocalyptics one better and produced a somewhat subtler image of civilizational ruin. The other day the post office apologized for its new stamp honoring Lady Liberty. Due to an unfortunate error, the stamp shows not the 19th-century Statue of Liberty that stands in New York Harbor but the 1990s replica that stands at the New York–New York Casino in Las Vegas.

An ersatz statue of pseudo-liberty standing guard over the world’s biggest gambling operation: What better way to round out a week in which the Republicans pretended to pass the most historically historic budget cut in history while the president pretended to come up with a plan to address the debt? All while pretending to wage a war in Libya whose most likely outcome seems to be that the only Arab dictator to sleep soundly in his bed at night during these turbulent times will be doing so under cover of a NATO no-fly zone for the rest of his 75-year term of office. In such a world, the USPS, bless ’em, has come up with a far more plausible emblem of societal devastation than Hollywood’s space monsters and climate-change fairies.

After the revelations that the $38.5 billion 2011 budget cut will in reality either cut a mere $352 million from the 2011 budget or, in fact, increase it by $3 billion, it might be easier just to build a replica White House, Capitol, and Congressional Budget Office at the new Beltway Casino next to Caesar’s Palace. Vegas is no longer the world’s biggest gambling resort; America is. Barack Obama says we need to “win the future,” and one more roll of the dice should do it: a trillion dollars of chips on the stimulus came up empty but let’s pile another couple trillion on Obamacare, and “high-speed rail,” and “green jobs,” and “broadband access” . . . And all the while Wayne Newton is singing “Danke Schoen” in Chinese. But don’t worry, we’re not just throwing our money away. We’re playing to a system! The president calls it “investing in the future.”

How do you “invest in the future”? By borrowing $188 million every hour. That’s what the government of the United States is doing. It’s spending one-fifth of a billion dollars it doesn’t have every hour of every day of every week — all for your future!

Most of the “futures” we’ve “invested” in are already at record levels of spending. Obama and his speechwriters are among the laziest men in the republic, so they cite the same dreary examples every time. In all three of his State of the Union addresses, he’s brought up the highway system, and he did so again in Chicago at the end of the week. If the Republicans get their way, he said, “We can’t invest in roads and bridges and broadband and high-speed rail. I mean, we would be a nation of potholes.”

'Game On!'

Sarah Palin spoke at a Tea Party rally yesterday in Madison Wisconsin (video below). The video is not clear due to the weather but her message is very clear. She can say more in a fifteen minute speech than other candidates say in a forty minute speech. She cuts through the smoke and mirrors to get to the heart of the problem.

I must say, I had never considered a woman for President of the United States until Sarah Palin. My favorable impression of her increases with everything she does. Has she made mistakes? Yes! Is she perfect? No! But more important than that, she loves America! She does not apologize and is not ashamed about her love for America. She will not bow down to other heads of state because of America.

I try to look at the possible 2012 candidates with hope but none of them measure up to Palin, in my eyes. She reminds me of Ronald Reagan and I try not to think of her in that way but it just happens, automatically. She makes me think of the Reagan ad 'It's Morning in America' from the 1984 campaign and this speech sounds like a campaign stump speech. She calls Obama out and tells him, 'Game on!'

I think she's running. - Reggie

Sarah Palin rocks Madison

Sarah Palin Steps Into Wisconsin, Points to Left Field, and Hits a Grand Slam

Palin: Wisconsin gov doing the right thing with unions

Palin returns with feisty, anti-establishment speech

Click here and here to see some pictures from the rally.

Friday, April 15, 2011

House passes Ryan's '12 budget; conservatives want more cuts

The House on Friday approved a fiscal year 2012 budget resolution from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that seeks to drastically limit government spending next year and in years to follow.

But the vote on the measure — which imposes $5.8 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade — came after a clear sign that at least half of the Republican Caucus supports even tougher spending cuts.

The final tally was 235-193, with four Republicans opposing it. They were Reps. Ron Paul (Texas), Denny Rehberg (Mont.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and David McKinley (W.Va.).

A Majority of Americans Do Not Work?

This is from yesterday. Rush talks about a USA Today article that reported only 45.4% of Americans work! This is the goal of the Progressives that are in charge of our country. They desire a society that is more and more dependent on government for their very existence. - Reggie

Governor Walker Defends Union Battle on Capitol Hill

Wisconsin Republican testifies on controversial budget reform

Walker plan holds down property taxes, delivers lowest structural deficit in 15 years

The Daily News: April 15, 2011

'In Defense of Israel.' Watch this one. - Reggie

Can You Cut the Deficit Without Raising Taxes?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott joins the debate

Report: Gaps in White House Visitor Logs

Congressman Paul Ryan: Our Generation's Defining Moment

Senator Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the Continuing Resolution

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Congressman McCotter's Reaction to POTUS

The Daily News: April 14, 2011

Speaker Boehner Hits the Talk Show Circuit

The Speaker is trying to spin his weak, cowardice from last week into victory. The House Republicans need new leadership. This man is weak and he has been a member of Congress for twenty years. He's an elitist and should be replaced as Speaker. - Reggie

Sean Hannity interviews the Speaker

Speaker Boehner to Invite Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address Congress

Washington (Apr 14) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced his intention to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address a joint meeting of Congress during his official visit to the United States next month.

Prime Minister Netanyahu last visited the Capitol on March 23, 2010. This would be his second address to a joint meeting of Congress: he first appeared on July 10, 1996.

S.E. Cupp Visits Reagan Ranch

I listen to S.E. Cupp's show on my iPhone, daily, and decided to video capture this small segment when she visited Ronald Reagan's Ranch. - Reggie

Marco Rubio: Obama Has No Interest in Solving This Problem

Navy hopes lasers will put the heat on pirates

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A ship-based laser tested by the Navy's research arm could put the heat on Somali pirates.

The Navy for the first time last week successfully tested a solid-state high-energy laser from a ship. The beam, which was aimed at a boat moving through turbulent Pacific Ocean waters, set the target's engine on fire.

The Office of Naval Research says the laser traveled over "miles, not yards." For now, the test is a proof of concept, and it's not yet known when it might be deployed as a weapon.

The baseball-sized laser beam, though, could be used to stop small crafts from approaching naval ships. It could also target pirates.

"You can use the laser to ward off an attack, or you can dial it down to a non-lethal level where it basically becomes a very bright light so they know they are being targeted," Michael Deitchman, the director of air warfare and weapons at the Office of Naval Research, said Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Republicans Will Cave on Debt Ceiling

This is from earlier today.

The Daily News: April 13, 2011

CBO: Budget deal cuts this fiscal year’s deficit by just $353 million, not $38 billion touted

WASHINGTON — A new budget estimate released Wednesday shows that the spending bill negotiated between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would produce less than 1 percent of the $38 billion in claimed savings by the end of this budget year.

The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows that compared with current spending rates the spending bill due for a House vote Thursday would pare just $352 million from the deficit through Sept. 30. About $8 billion in cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid are offset by nearly equal increases in defense spending.

The House began preliminary debate on the measure Wednesday with it easily advancing over a procedural hurdle by a 241-179 vote. The measure appears on track to pass the House and Senate this week before a stopgap spending measure expires Friday at midnight despite opposition from some of the GOP’s most ardent budget cutters.

The budget deficit is projected at $1.6 trillion this year.

Obama's Deficit Speech

President Obama gave a speech earlier today about his desired future of taxing and spending for America. - Reggie

Congressman Paul Ryan's reaction

FreedomWorks reaction

The Civil War Started in Pensacola, Florida?

I am a true lover of history but I have never heard this before. - Reggie

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. (AP) — A raid 150 years ago by Confederate sympathizers on a Union fort at what is now Pensacola Naval Air Station was likely little more than an ill-planned and drunken misadventure, perhaps ended by one soldier’s warning shot — and a blank one, at that.

But don’t tell Pensacola residents that the Jan. 8, 1861, skirmish meant nothing — the event is the stuff of legend in this military town. Some even claim the clash was the Civil War’s first, three months before the battle on April 12, 1861, at South Carolina’s Fort Sumter, which is widely recognized as the start of the war.

Bachmann on Fox & Friends

from this morning

Be Prepared, Boehner Will Cave Quickly On Debt Ceiling Vote

We are doomed. - Reggie

Perhaps the most annoying statement in this Politico item about Wall Street pressuring Boehner on the debt limit is the last sentence from my excerpt: "Many executives on Wall Street believe Washington is playing an enormously dangerous game with what is typically a non-controversial vote."

Were it you, or me, or a private business, this would equate to any real estate holdings being under-water, having no money in the bank with any credit cards maxed out. Not only would a decision to take on more debt be difficult, or controversial, assuming you even could, one might just as easily conclude it's time to pay the piper and stop digging such a huge hole.

But, as with TARP, the Stimulus and everything else we've seen, they are going to roll out the "too big to fail" argument and ram this through. Obviously, the groundwork is being done for it, so be prepared. We may yet find out nothing is too big to fail when the whole mess comes tumbling down around a bunch of politicians who will manage to not feel much of a financial pinch themselves if it does. Yet, they are the same people who caused this through their irresponsible actions in the name of power and politics over the years.

America is Declining

Emerging economies face watershed moment at summit

SANYA, China (AP) -- The leaders of the world's largest emerging economies gather this week in southern China for what could be a watershed moment in their quest for a bigger say in the global financial architecture.

Thursday's summit comes at a crucial moment for the expanded five-member bloc known as the BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China, and, for the first time, South Africa.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South African President Jacob Zuma will attend.

With the G-20 group of major economies seeking to remake parts of the global financial architecture, it's time for the BRICS to test whether they can overcome internal differences and act as a bloc pursuing common interests.

"The key priority is for the BRICS to put creative ideas on the table rather than just react defensively to proposals put forward by the advanced economies," said Cornell University economics professor Eswar Prasad, former head of the International Monetary Fund's China Division.

Though largely an ad-hoc grouping at present, the BRICS have the potential to emerge as a new force in world affairs on the back of their massive share of global population and economic growth. With the inclusion of South Africa, the group accounts for 40 percent of the world's people, 18 percent of global trade and about 45 percent of current growth, giving them formidable heft when dealing with the developed economies.

Note: All of the emphasis in this post was added by Reggie

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.