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Monday, October 10, 2011

Glenn predicts protestors will turn on their political supporters

This is the first segment from Glenn Beck's radio program today.

BREAKING: Operation #OccupyWallStreeters–SEIU’s Stephen Lerner Leaks Plan to Terrorize Corporate Executives

Radical labor organizer Stephen Lerner of SEIU intends to terrorize the families of bank executives in their homes as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

SEIU Marxist, Stephen Lerner

SEIU, a longtime ally of ACORN, has done it before, as ably documented by Big Government’s Liberty Chick.

The home invasions are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Lerner, a prime architect of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, laid out the Left’s plans to his fellow Marxists at the left-wing Take the American Dream Back conference in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2011.

Here’s the video of his remarks:

Paul Ryan — Fixing government and not running for president

YouTube description: In a wide ranging interview, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin discusses his plans for repealing ObamaCare, fixing Medicare and Medicaid, the federal budget, and why he's not running for president in 2012.

Romney's Remedy

Another great Rick Perry ad about Romney.

Meet The Anarchist Leaders Behind The ‘Leaderless’ #Occupy Movement – Part One: Lisa Fithian

The #OccupyWallStreet movement that been embraced by Democratic politicians, liberal pundits, progressive groups, Big Labor and celebrities was actually created and is being led behind the scenes by far-left anarchists whose goal isn’t reform, but the total annihilation of the American economic and political system.

“Occupy Everything” is the culmination of a decades-long effort by militant radicals to create and fund a mass movement that has broad popular appeal. With the enthusiastic help of the institutional left, that effort finally seems to be working.

Case in point: Lisa Fithian. Fithian is a career “community organizer” and anarchist who specializes in “direct action” protests, and who has close ties to labor unions. She has been on the ground at the #OccupyWallStreet demonstration since its inception.

Local television station NY1 interviewed her as an ordinary “woman on the street,” presenting her as just another well-intentioned New Yorker who’s worried about the big, mean banks.

NY1 did not mention that Fithian lives in Austin, Texas, and failed to inform its audience about Fithian’s true motivations or her lengthy activist resume.

“Wall Street is certainly the heart of why we’re here. It’s the corporations — the big banks in this country have been destroying this country.”

Lisa Fithian says she’s not part of any official group–that this event is the work of many people coming together with the same message.

“Overfees or high mortgages, student loans–the banks are touching every aspect of our lives.”

She says banks and the wealthy have taken money for their own interests and their own survival.

“And the people here are saying enough of that.”

Inspired by events around the world, she drew the analogy to Tahrir Square in Egypt, and says the power of the people is leading to change.

It doesn’t take much digging to discover the real Lisa Fithian.

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'How to Fight Back Against Out-of-Control Judges'

from October 7, 2011
Newt Gingrich at Values Voter Summit

And there is this...

The Root-and-Branch Candidate

Gingrich doesn’t want to beat just Obama, but statism, too.

The question is simple but profound: Will the 2012 presidential-election campaign be about big ideas? Ideas like whether the American people are still masters of their own destiny or instead have resigned themselves to a rule of lawyers advertising itself as “the rule of law”?

To push these fundamentals to the fore is the rationale of Newt Gingrich’s candidacy. If ever there were a big-ideas guy, it’s the former House speaker. Ideas seem to churn out of him faster than the Treasury churns out greenbacks for “green energy.” But do we want to think about them? Newt believes we do — perhaps not so much that we want to but that we have to think about them, if we are to remain an America that is worth preserving. He is also a historian uniquely sensitive to a unique historical moment.

The Obama years have pushed the accelerator on what had been a long, inching slide into the progressive abyss. For three-quarters of a century, statism was a Fabian project. It was reminiscent of what Jefferson, explaining his fear of the federal judiciary’s gradual imperialism, described as “working like gravity by night and day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all consolidated into one.”

Bucking this trend, President Obama has leapt way ahead to the endgame: a blizzard of unaccountable czars, nationalized sectors, suffocating regulations, and redistributed trillions. The result is economic stasis, massive unemployment, crony socialism, and the hovering prospect of punishing taxes, crippled productivity, mounting social unrest, and a loss of liberty so dramatic one actually notices that it is happening. Americans have now seen the future, and, in growing numbers, they are horrified by it.

In addition, after three years of watching congressional Democrats slavishly toe the line — watching spectacles such as majority leader Harry Reid’s decision to blow up time-honored Senate parliamentary rules just to avoid taking a vote that would embarrass the president — Americans are also grasping that what makes Obama and his Occupy Wall Street base “radical” is mainly their impatience. They want — right now — the end of history that the progressive establishment has heretofore been content to crawl toward, inch by cautious inch.

One of the few virtues of Obama’s pedal-to-the-metal approach is that it forced Democrats to choose sides. They’ve chosen him over a public that repeatedly shows it does not want what he’s redistributing. In the 2010 elections, that choice proved catastrophic for Democrats, but the rout hasn’t mattered. They’re still with him, because they accept his premises even if they’re not crazy about his pace. That illustrates that the trajectory we’ve been on since the 1930s leads inexorably to where the Obama Left wants to go. There is a reason why Bill Buckley yelled, “Stop!” — not “Slow down!” — as he stood athwart history.

So here is the dilemma: We have a moment in time in which it is possible to demonstrate, starkly, that statism does not work, and therefore that it ought to be removed root and branch. That argues not only for dumping Obama but also for rolling back the tide of which Obama is merely the most destructive wave. On the other hand, Obama is uniquely destructive. Therefore, the GOP Beltway Bible instructs, our priority is to come up with a safe candidate — one who is smooth enough to fade into the woodwork and make the election solely about the president. This is no time to scare people, the pros tell us. Let’s not get independents fretting about some conservative counterrevolution.

Issa to Holder: “You Own Fast and Furious”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder responding to his letter of October 7. The text of Chairman Issa's letter to Attorney General Holder is below:

Dear Attorney General Holder:

From the beginning of the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice has offered a roving set of ever-changing explanations to justify its involvement in this reckless and deadly program. These defenses have been aimed at undermining the investigation. From the start, the Department insisted that no wrongdoing had occurred and asked Senator Grassley and me to defer our oversight responsibilities over its concerns about our purported interference with its ongoing criminal investigations. Additionally, the Department steadfastly insisted that gunwalking did not occur.

Once documentary and testimonial evidence strongly contradicted these claims, the Department attempted to limit the fallout from Fast and Furious to the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). When that effort also proved unsuccessful, the Department next argued that Fast and Furious resided only within ATF itself, before eventually also assigning blame to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona. All of these efforts were designed to circle the wagons around DOJ and its political appointees.

To that end, just last month, you claimed that Fast and Furious did not reach the upper levels of the Justice Department. Documents discovered through the course of the investigation, however, have proved each and every one of these claims advanced by the Department to be untrue. It appears your latest defense has reached a new low. Incredibly, in your letter from Friday you now claim that you were unaware of Fast and Furious because your staff failed to inform you of information contained in memos that were specifically addressed to you. At best, this indicates negligence and incompetence in your duties as Attorney General. At worst, it places your credibility into serious doubt.

Following the Committee's issuance of a subpoena over six months ago, I strongly believed that the Department would fully cooperate with Congress and support this investigation with all the means at its disposal. The American people deserve no less. Unfortunately, the Department's cooperation to date has been minimal. Hundreds of pages of documents that have been produced to my Committee are duplicative, and hundreds more contain substantial redactions, rendering them virtually worthless. The Department has actively engaged in retaliation against multiple whistleblowers, and has, on numerous occasions, attempted to disseminate false and misleading information to the press in an attempt to discredit this investigation.

Your letter dated October 7 is deeply disappointing. Instead of pledging all necessary resources to assist the congressional investigation in discovering the truth behind the fundamentally flawed Operation Fast and Furious, your letter instead did little but obfuscate, shift blame, berate, and attempt to change the topic away from the Department's responsibility in the creation, implementation, and authorization of this reckless program. You claim that, after months of silence, you "must now address these issues" over Fast and Furious because of the harmful discourse of the past few days. Yet, the only major development of these past few days has been the release of multiple documents showing that you and your senior staff had been briefed, on numerous occasions, about Fast and Furious.

The Mexican Cartels

Read the full letter here.

Aimless Obama walks alone

It appears to me that our President is working hard plotting against us. - Reggie

The reports are not good, disturbing even. I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.

The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.

Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.

The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren’t sure what he does.

If the reports are accurate, and I believe they are, they paint a picture of an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency. While there is no indication Obama is walking the halls of the White House late at night, talking to the portraits of former presidents, as Richard Nixon did during Watergate, the reports help explain his odd public remarks.

Obama conceded in one television interview recently that Americans are not “better off than they were four years ago” and said in another that the nation had “gotten a little soft.” Both smacked of a man who feels discouraged and alienated and sparked comparisons to Jimmy Carter, never a good sign.

Blaming the country is political heresy, of course, yet Obama is running out of scapegoats. His allies rarely make affirmative arguments on his behalf anymore, limiting themselves to making excuses for his failure. He and they attack Republicans, George W. Bush, European leaders and Chinese currency manipulation -- and that was just last week.

The blame game isn’t much of a defense for Solyndra and “Fast and Furious,” the emerging twin scandals that paint a picture of incompetence at best.

Obama himself is spending his public time pushing a $450 billion “jobs” bill -- really another stimulus in disguise -- that even Senate Democrats won’t support. He grimly flogged it repeatedly at his Thursday press conference, even though snowballs in hell have a better chance of survival.

If he cracked a single smile at the hour-plus event, I missed it. He seems happy only on the campaign trail, where the adoration of the crowd lifts his spirits.

‘We Are Anonymous, We Are Legion’

The hacker collective is far more evil than you ever imagined.

It was in 2008, during their inappropriately celebrated “War on Scientology,” that the hacker collective known as Anonymous first began using the phrase “We are Legion” in their communiques. Not being a Christian myself, it is usually hard for me to get too worked up over this sort of ham-fisted, pop-culture pseudo-Satanism. In most cases it is window dressing designed to distract people from the vapid and lazy “thought” that too many young people think is provocative. With Anonymous however, it’s different. Anonymous, often heralded as heroic defenders of freedom and transparency, have a history of activities that go beyond the realms of subversive or even revolutionary and are quite simply evil.

I first became aware of Anonymous in 2008 when I read about a case in which the group posted the address and phone number of a middle-aged couple they mistakenly believed were “pro-Scientology” hackers. The couple was inundated with death threats and feared for their lives:

John Lawson, who lives in Stockton, California with his wife Julia, began receiving threatening phone calls around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. He didn’t know why until THREAT LEVEL explained that a hacking group calling itself the g00ns (goons spelled with zeros, not goons with the letter o) posted his home address, phone number and cell numbers, as well as Julia’s Social Security number, online. The obscene and threatening calls have continued through Tuesday, according to Lawson.

The calls are just one small offshoot of an ongoing, larger attack on the Church of Scientology by a ragtag group of internet troublemakers who call themselves Anonymous. The group says it is targeting Scientology in part for its use of litigation to suppress unflattering documents on the internet.

Over the weekend, the g00ns thought they had caught a hacker who had busted into a server being used to help coordinate the online attacks and real world protests against Scientology. But Lawson says the callers have the wrong guy.

“I don’t even really know how to use a computer,” Lawson said.

His phone just keeps ringing, Lawson said, and when he answers, callers spout vulgarities and threats and then hang up. On Monday, he got a call that seemed to originate from the Virgin Islands. The caller threatened to kill him.

“They have got the wife really scared because they have my address,” Lawson said. “I think I am going to buy me a gun today just in case.”

But that was mild compared to their next stunt.

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Arab Fall, Arab Fail: Coptic Christians slaughtered in Egypt; Plus: Nadarkhani update

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 10, 2011 11:34 AM 
One thing never changed after the so-called “Arab Spring:”

Christians remained in mortal danger among the sharia enforcers. The war on infidels never ends.

In Egypt over the weekend, the repression against Coptic Christians reared its bloody head again:
Egyptian Christians turned their fury against the army on Monday after at least 25 people were killed when troops crushed a protest using tactics that deepened public doubts about the military’s ability to steer Egypt peacefully toward democracy.
In the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted, armored vehicles sped into a crowd late on Sunday to break up a protest near Cairo’s state television. Online videos showed mangled bodies. Activists said corpses were crushed by wheels.
Tension between Muslims and minority Coptic Christians has simmered for years but has worsened since the anti-Mubarak revolt, which gave freer rein to Salafist and other strict Islamist groups that the former president had repressed.
The ruling military council called on the interim government to investigate the clashes urgently and said it would take necessary measures to maintain security, state TV said.
But much of the anger from Sunday’s violence targeted the army, accused by politicians from all sides of worsening social tension through a clumsy response to street violence and not giving a clear timetable for handing power to civilians.

Romney & Obama: Carbon Copies

America, Romney can not be our nominee! He is Obama-lite. Don't be fooled again. - Reggie

Victory Lap for Fox and Hannity

ATLANTA — When the Fox News host Sean Hannity arrived at Centennial Olympic Park here on Thursday night, some of the hundreds of fans who had been waiting for him since sunset rushed to the rope line for handshakes and autographs. He obliged, then bounded onto a temporary stage two blocks from the CNN Center and asked them mischievously, “Do you think it’s any coincidence that the CNN logo is in the background?”

Knowing the crowd would get a kick out of it, one of Mr. Hannity’s guests, the Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, chimed in. “That’s gonna get them their biggest rating of the night.”

Mr. Hannity had come to Atlanta not to stick it to CNN — though that proved to be fun, too — but to take note of a remarkable anniversary in the city where he was plucked by Roger Ailes out of relative obscurity 15 years ago, when the Fox News Channel was born.

Few thought Fox could unseat CNN, then the country’s dominant cable news channel, but it did, upending the television news business in the United States and providing conservative politicos a powerful megaphone.

Now, Fox is the envy of the media industry for its popularity, and perhaps too for its consistency — something that Mr. Hannity embodies, as the only host on the channel to have the same time slot, 9 p.m., for all 15 years.

Fox’s popularity — it’s the No. 4 cable channel in prime time this year, according to the Nielsen Company — has allowed it to gradually raise its advertising prices and its carriage fees and become one of the News Corporation’s biggest profit centers. The company will soon be going back to distributors to renew its carriage deals, most likely for far more than the roughly $1 per subscriber that the channel earns now. Fox had suggested it should be in the same league as ESPN, which costs about $4 per subscriber. Distributors know that some subscribers feel they can’t live without hosts like Mr. Hannity and his all-important lead-in, Bill O’Reilly.

Mr. Hannity, 49, who calls himself a Reagan conservative, has taken to heart the former president’s famous speech about displaying “bold colors” instead of “pale pastels.” He rarely if ever wavers from his views and campaigns relentlessly against President Obama.

“With all of the most successful cable news shows, you know what you are getting every night — they have a clear identity and mission,” said Dan Abrams, a former general manager of MSNBC and a former 9 p.m. host there. “There is probably no host on cable whose identity and mission is clearer than Sean Hannity’s.”

Viewers have rewarded that clarity. “Hannity” had an average of 2.1 million viewers in the first nine months of the year, 528,000 of whom were in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet — a subgroup that numbered as many as CNN and MSNBC had put together.

“Our viewers are loyal to us, and we’re loyal to them,” said John Finley, Mr. Hannity’s executive producer, who is a symbol of behind-the-scenes stability, having worked on the show for 12 years. The open-to-the-public show in Atlanta, he said, was a way to thank viewers, part of Fox’s 15th anniversary tour across the country.

At a staff party last month Mr. Ailes, then as now the chief executive and chairman of Fox News, pointed out that its prime-time lineup had changed just “a few times” in 15 years while the other cable news channels “have collectively changed it 63 times.”

Like Mr. Hannity, Mr. O’Reilly is a Fox original, having started as the 6 p.m. host and having stayed put at 8 p.m. since 1998. The third prime-time host, Greta Van Susteren, has had the 10 p.m. spot since 2002.

“Shows, stars, I mean it’s sad, you know?” Mr. Ailes said of the competition, as if looking in the rearview mirror. “I called and asked them all to move to the second floor wherever they were working. Because when they jump, I don’t want it to hurt.”

1791: The Original Blueprint

Glenn Beck launches his line of 1791 clothing. Click here to shop.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Constitutional Role of Judges

I believe the Democrat majority called this hearing to try to intimidate the court or try to figure out how the court will rule on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. In my opinion, that's the reason Scalia was asked to participate and, as always, he's brilliant. - Reggie

The video below is from October 5, 2011.

C-SPAN's description: Justices Breyer and Scalia testified on the role of judges in the American republic and democratic systems within the U.S. Question topics included the politicization of the judicial confirmation process, cameras in the courtroom, the role of juries, and the 14th Amendment.

Senate GOP to retaliate after Reid maneuver by withholding consent

Harry Reid detonated his nuclear option to protect Barack Obama from his own jobs bill.  Now he and his caucus have to get ready for the fallout:
Senate Republicans vow they will retaliate for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to unilaterally change the Senate’s rules Thursday without prior warning or negotiation.
Republican aides say their bosses will now be even more reluctant to allow the Senate to conduct routine business by unanimous consent, forcing Reid to gather 60 votes for even the most mundane matters.
“Reid fired a major salvo and it’s hard to imagine a return shot won’t be fired. Maybe over the weekend they’ll come up with something and try to make it less worse than it already is,” said a Senate GOP leadership aide. …
Triggering what has come to be known as the chamber’s “nuclear option,” Reid overturned Senate precedent that allowed Republicans to force votes to proceed to non-germane amendments. He did so by voting with 50 of his Democratic colleagues to overturn a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian.
The controversial procedural tactic hasn’t been used in years. In a chamber where it requires the consent of all 100 senators to dispense with the reading of a bill, changing the rules unilaterally is considered bad form.
So what happens now?  Reid has essentially removed the leash on which McConnell kept his caucus.  Without the opportunity to force votes on amendments by sticking together, the Republican caucus is now a collection of 47 free agents.  Any one of those Senators can bring business in the upper chamber to a halt merely by objecting to requests for unanimous consent on routine business — say, dispensing with the reading of bills.   That would transform business that would normally take a couple of minutes into long, drawn-out votes to proceed that would take 60 votes to pass.

Read the full post at Hot Air

Encore Q&A: Justice Clarence Thomas

Last night C-SPAN re-aired this interview with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas discusses his book, My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir with Brian Lamb. The interview was recorded on October 3, 2007.

Herman Cain Schools Yet Another White Journalist

Continuing the Fight Against Obamacare

h/t The Heritage Foundation

Shocking video of politicians calling for redistribution of wealth

From Glenn Beck: Who has been calling for Marxist policies in America? Glenn compiled a montage of people and politicians that you need to see and share with your friends!

Indoctrinating College Students Be Ready Violent Streets Battles

Frances Fox Piven Indoctrinating College Students Be Ready Violent Streets Battles

Anonymous Warning

The group known as Anonymous warns they will remove the New York Stock Exchange from the Internet on October 10th. Tomorrow.

video below is from October 4th

UPDATE: October 10th, 6:10pm ET

The Blaze: Hackers Fail to Deliver on Promise: NY Stock Exchange Website Still Live

Coulter: Occupy Wall Street doesn’t reflect well on Obama, Pelosi

h/t The Daily Caller

And there is this...

The Blaze:
Demonstrators Plan Global Protest for Oct. 15

UK Daily Mail: Stinking up Wall Street: Protesters accused of living in filth as shocking pictures show one demonstrator defecating on a POLICE CAR

Darrell Issa Talks Fast and Furious Fallout

Oversight chairman on Fox News Sunday this morning

Herman Cain steps up attacks on Occupy Wall Street protests

By James Oliphant Washington Bureau
October 9, 2011, 9:21 a.m.

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain amplified his criticism Sunday of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, calling the protesters “jealous’ Americans who "play the victim card” and want to “take somebody else’s” Cadillac.

Cain’s remarks, on CBS’ "Face the Nation," came amidst an escalating war of words between Republicans and Democrats over the merits of the movement, which has spread from New York to other cities across the nation, including Washington and Los Angeles.

GOP politicians in recent days have stepped up their criticism of the protesters, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) calling them "mobs" who have pitted “Americans against Americans.”

But Cain, surging in popularity among many conservatives, seems to have had among the most virulent responses to the protests.

On CBS, Cain suggested that the rallies had been organized by labor unions to serve as a “distraction so that many people won’t focus on the failed policies of the Obama administration.”

#OccupyWallSt’s Neo-Communist System of “Collaboratism” Revealed

…Witness Its Abysmal Failure


Over the last three weeks, as the world has watched the spectacle of the Zuccotti Park protesters in lower Manhattan, some have been inspired and, in many cases, repulsed at the protesters occupying the park. Since the protests have now garnered the backing from the professional protesters from the AFL-CIO‘s 56 unions and the SEIU, as well as implicit and explicit support from the Obama Administration and Democrats, there is more relevance to examining not just what the protesters are protesting but what they are promoting.

Meet “the Collaborators” [aka Baklava [sic] Boy and his friend. It was a chance encounter (the taking of this picture and the subsequent conversation) on Day One of #OccupyWallSt that gave some insight into the minds of the Neo-Communists protesting across the country.

Since most observers know that the #OccupyWallSt protesters are protesting capitalism and free-markets (generally), as well as banks and “corporatism” (specifically), other than a general destruction of America’s economic system, there has been a lot of questions as to what protesters’ end goals are.

As the #OccupyWallSt protests have been designed and populated by a hybrid of hard-core Marxists, from the leftist unions, to socialists and actual Communists, there have the stated goals ranging from the seizure of workplaces, schools and the “de-privatization of everything,” to the AFL-CIO’s more “moderate” goal of a worldwide tax on financial transactions. Then, there is also the unofficial proposed list of demands that has drawn a good deal of ridicule.

Despite all of this, however, it was ‘The Collaborators” who gave insight as to how the Neo-Coms plan to reorganize society—and that is through the system they call “collaboratism.”

Al Sharpton Debates Whether Herman Cain is ‘Authentically Black’

Let me tell you a couple of the differences between Herman Cain and the un-reverent Al. Herman Cain knows America's past has some very bad elements to it but he has moved forward with the country and become a successful, wealthy man. Al not-so-Sharpton (thank you, Mark Levin!) continues to live in America's past, cannot move forward and has become a bitter, hateful, black man. - Reggie

Rev. Al Sharpton said Friday that no matter how “black” presidential candidate Herman Cain is, his conservative views are fundamentally at odds with the rest of the black community — and white people only like him because he says what they want to hear.

Speaking on his radio program with Professor Karen Hunter — the same person who accused the Associated Press of racism for dropping the g’s in its reporting of a President Barack Obama speech — Sharpton essentially accused Cain of forgetting his roots when it comes to his politics.

“How could anyone in their right mind — they grew up in the south and saw what they saw — and act like everyone that is unemployed and that is not rich did it to themselves?” Sharpton said. “So I would assume he is either socially ignorant or playing games to get votes, that he couldn’t possibly have grown up and come to that conclusion unless he was one or the other.”

Hunter protested the “playing games” idea, raising the specter of two prominent black conservatives generally abhorred by the traditionally liberal community: “He’s not Clarence Thomas, he’s not Alan Keyes, he’s not the stereotypical sellout black person who is pandering to white people. This man is married to a black woman, raising black kids and his mind is authentically black.”

“You ain’t got be Alan Keyes or Clarence Thomas to be wrong,” Sharpton cut in. “To stand up and say that the n-word doesn’t bother me two days after he called it insensitive…to say that people are causing their own unemployment and therefore they ain’t rich is wrong.”

Read the full story at The Blaze

Fast and Furious weapons were found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home

Guns illegally purchased under the ATF operation were found in April hidden in violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, court records show.

By Richard A. Serrano, Washington
October 8, 2011, 8:46 p.m.

Reporting from Washington—

High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.

In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad Juarez, according to federal court records and trace documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The smugglers' tactics — quickly moving the weapons far from ATF agents in southern Arizona, where it had been assumed they would circulate — vividly demonstrate that what had been viewed as a local problem was much larger. Six other Fast and Furious guns destined for El Paso were recovered in Columbus, N.M.

"These Fast and Furious guns were going to Sinaloans, and they are killing everyone down there," said one knowledgeable U.S. government source, who asked for anonymity because of the ongoing investigations. "But that's only how many we know came through Texas. Hundreds more had to get through."

Torres Marrufo, also known as "the Jaguar," has been identified by U.S. authorities as the enforcer for Sinaloa cartel chieftain Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. The Fast and Furious weapons were found at one of Torres Marrufo's homes April 30 when Mexican police inspected the property. It was unoccupied but "showed signs of recent activity," they said.

NFL Political Donations Show the League Leans Right

I love football. I've been an avid fan since I first saw Dan Marino play in 1984 but I must admit I was disappointed to discover the Miami Dolphins, my favorite team (yes, I know they have been awful for the past few years), gives more money to Democrats than Republicans. However, the fact that the whole of the NFL leans right in their political giving helps make up for the lack of discernment on the part of the Dolphins. - Reggie

Politics and football aren't always a good mix, as the people at ESPN found out this week in the wake of Hank Williams Jr.'s on-air rant about Barack Obama. (The sports network canned the crooner's familiar "Are you ready for some football" Monday Night Football opening song in response to the negative publicity over his comments.)

But NFL owners and players generally are not shy about expressing their political views—through campaign cash to candidates.

A new study out today from the Center for Responsive Politics ranked the teams by the volume of campaign money given by players, owners, executives and their spouses.

And what they found was that the NFL skews very, very red.

Of the top five most generous NFL franchises, four tilted heavily toward the GOP. The most politically active team in the league, the Houston Texans, was responsible for a total of $293,100 since January of 2009. Of that, $287,300, or 98 percent, went to Republicans. That's because of one man—team owner and energy executive Robert McNair. McNair has given $215,200 of his estimated $1.4 billion net worth to political causes since January 2009, almost entirely to Republicans.

The second highest donating team was the San Diego Chargers, where people affiliated with the teams forked over $171,523, with 79 percent of that going to Republicans.

Of the top five teams, only one, fifth-place Miami Dolphins, gave more to Democrats than Republicans. And there it was close: People affiliated with the Dolphins contributed $100,350, and 52 percent of that went to Democrats.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Palin's Withdrawal Means Obama Wins

I hope and pray the author of this article is wrong. America, we can not allow Romney to get the nomination. He is a progressive and we can't survive another one (Bush is a progressive). We can't survive another four years with the Marxist we now have, either. We must nominate a conservative if we want to reclaim our Republic Heritage. - Reggie

American Thinker
Unfortunately, it looks like the forces of smear, slander, and threat have finally claimed their intended victim. With Palin's announcement that she won't run for president, the election is essentially over.

The calculus is fairly simple: the media and GOP establishment want Romney to be the nominee. Once a progressive is at the head of the Republican ticket, low turnout for Republicans will hand a narrow victory to Obama.

So here is how the election will go. The media hasn't seriously opened up on Herman Cain, but most assuredly they will. Cain has been in business for decades, and the liberal media will troll through every relationship, every business deal, every word he has ever spoken. If that fails, the lies will start. To see evidence of this, we need not look at far as Palin. Rick Perry, another progressive, was attacked for something that someone painted on a rock on land his family leased out. That narrative will be used to attack both Perry and Cain -- Perry for having "allowed" it and Cain for making a big deal over "nothing." Both narratives will be forwarded, potentially in the same program. Once the liberal media goes through Cain's past with a fine-toothed comb, they will doubtless find disgruntled business adversaries, accusations of infidelity, and more.

If Palin had been in the race, the smear tactics would have failed, as the establishment and media threw everything they could possibly throw to get her out of the race. Who knows what her personal reasons, in her heart of hearts, were for not running? Perhaps she feared for the safety of her family. At any rate, there is no other conservative that has as much of a head start on the slander as Palin did.

All of the personal attacks will be done to assure that Romney gets the nomination. The GOP bigwigs will do it because they feel it's Romney's "turn." The media will do it because Romney will be far easier to defeat than a Tea Party candidate. Because Palin has withdrawn, her endorsement will be of limited value, as she has drawn most of her influence from the mortal fear the establishment and liberals had of her becoming president. Without that fear, her power will be practically inconsequential.

China a Threat to U.S. Cyber Security?

from earlier today

National Cyber Security

Fox News Celebrates Channel's 15th Anniversary

Oct 7, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes on 'Fox & Friends'

'After the Show Show'

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the 'Center Seat'

American Autumn

Mark Steyn
The zombie youth “occupying” Wall Street are contemptuous of the world that sustains their comforts.

Michael Oher, offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, was online on Wednesday night when his Twitter feed started filling up with tributes to Steve Jobs. A bewildered Oher tweeted: “Can somebody help me out? Who was Steve Jobs!”

He was on his iPhone at the time.

Who was Steve Jobs? Well, he was a guy who founded a corporation and spent his life as a corporate executive manufacturing corporate products. So he wouldn’t have endeared himself to the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, even though, underneath the patchouli and lentils, most of them are abundantly accessorized with iPhones and iPads and iPods loaded with iTunes, if only for when the drum circle goes for a bathroom break.

The above is a somewhat obvious point, although the fact that it’s not obvious even to protesters with an industrial-strength lack of self-awareness is a big part of the problem. But it goes beyond that: If you don’t like to think of Jobs as a corporate exec (and a famously demanding one at that), think of him as a guy who went to work, and worked hard. There’s no appetite for that among those “occupying” Zuccotti Park. In the old days, the tribunes of the masses demanded an honest wage for honest work. Today, the tribunes of America’s leisured varsity class demand a world that puts “people before profits.” If the specifics of their “program” are somewhat contradictory, the general vibe is consistent: They wish to enjoy an advanced Western lifestyle without earning an advanced Western living. The pampered, elderly children of a fin de civilisation overdeveloped world, they appear to regard life as an unending vacation whose bill never comes due.

So they are in favor of open borders, presumably so that exotic Third World peasants can perform the labor to which they are noticeably averse. Of the 13 items on that “proposed list of demands,” Demand Four calls for “free college education,” and Demand Eleven returns to the theme, demanding debt forgiveness for all existing student loans. I yield to no one in my general antipathy to the racket that is American college education, but it’s difficult to see why this is the fault of the mustache-twirling robber barons who head up Global MegaCorp, Inc. One sympathizes, of course. It can’t be easy finding yourself saddled with a six-figure debt and nothing to show for it but some watery bromides from the “Transgender and Colonialism” class. Americans collectively have north of a trillion dollars in personal college debt. Say what you like about Enron and, er, Solyndra and all those other evil corporations, but they didn’t relieve you of a quarter-mil in exchange for a master’s in Maya Angelou. So why not try occupying the dean’s office at Shakedown U?

Ah, but the great advantage of mass moronization is that it leaves you too dumb to figure out who to be mad at. At Liberty Square, one of the signs reads: “F**k your unpaid internship!” Fair enough. But, to a casual observer of the massed ranks of Big Sloth, it’s not entirely clear what precisely anyone would ever pay them to do.

Do you remember Van Jones? He was Obama’s “green jobs” czar back before “green jobs” had been exposed as a gazillion-dollar sinkhole for sluicing taxpayer monies to the president’s corporate cronies. Oh, don’t worry. These cronies aren’t “corporate” in the sense of Steve Jobs. The corporations they run put “people before profits”: That’s to say, they’ve figured out it’s easier to take government money from you people than create a business that makes a profit. In an amusing inversion of the Russian model, Van Jones became a czar after he’d been a Communist. He became a Commie in the mid-Nineties — i.e., after even the Soviet Union had given up on it. Needless to say, a man who never saw a cobwebbed collectivist nostrum he didn’t like no matter how long past its sell-by date is hot for “Occupy Wall Street.” Indeed, Van Jones thinks that the protests are the start of an “American Autumn.”

Friday, October 7, 2011

Herman Cain at the Values Voter Summit

The more I see this guy, the more I like him. He may end up being my choice for GOP nominee. We'll see. 
- Reggie

Is Keynes Finally Dead?

One would think so -- yet under this presidency he will never be allowed to rest in peace.

In the immediate aftermath of the debt ceiling deal in August, liberal Democrats on Capitol Hill felt as though they had been flattened by the Tea Party express. The plan promised $2.1 trillion in budget cuts over the next decade. For conservatives, that was not a huge amount of savings out of $44 trillion in anticipated federal spending. But the left was apoplectic about even a haircut for government programs. Senator Richard Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, fumed that the agreement and its $21 billion of savings in 2011 might as well be "the final interment of John Maynard Keynes." He continued glumly: "Keynes died in 1946 but it appears we are [now] going to put him to his final rest."

Now that's a pleasant thought. Keynes was, of course, the influential Depression-era British economist who advised politicians to ramp up government spending, borrowing, and printing of money during an economic downturn in order to prop up demand for goods and services and thus return to prosperous times. Borrow now, from future generations, and let the kids worry about it, because, as he famously said, "in the long run, we are all dead." That philosophy has been the guiding doctrine of liberalism for at least 75 years. So triumphantly has this doctrine penetrated academia and politics that President Richard Nixon famously declared, "We are all Keynesians now."

The leader of this new branch of economics was, for a long time, the late and highly influential Keynesian disciple Paul Samuelson. He was to Keynesianism what Paul was to the spreading of Christianity. Mr. Samuelson's tour de force was his best-selling textbook, Economics: An Introductory Analysis. Written in the late 1940s, and with more than 4 million in sales, the book has indoctrinated three generations of students with its illogic.

Samuelson was enamored with the power and wisdom of the political class to tinker with the economy to make it function like a well-oiled machine. He was godfather of the idea of pumppriming an underperforming economy with more federal spending and more money. He believed so powerfully in the efficacy of government tinkering that, in the Cold War years, he routinely warned that the Soviet economy would catch up to the U.S. In the 1989 edition of his textbook, he wrote: "The Soviet economy is proof that, contrary to what many skeptics had earlier believed, a socialist command economy can function and even thrive." A year later the Soviet economy imploded and the Berlin Wall came down. One would think that would have been pretty much the end of the line for America's first Nobel-prize winning economist. Since then at least a dozen of Samuelson's disciples have won the prize.

Keynesianism is based on the flawed idea that the economic problem underlying recessions is insufficient consumer demand for goods and services, and that by goosing demand with free money the government can increase output and employment. As Doug Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, explains, "The idea behind Obamanomics and Keynesianism is that the government can trick people into spending more money than they would otherwise." It turns out people aren't that gullible.

Seldom has an economic theory been so thoroughly rebutted by real world events. After eight years of the first grand Keynesian experiment -- the New Deal during the Great Depression -- the unemployment rate in 1939 was 20.7 percent and output was still growing at a crawl, seven years after Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office. That's some victory. As Burton Fulsom, author of the Depression history New Deal or Raw Deal, has argued: "The greatest myth of the twentieth century is that Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal ended the Great Depression."

Japan has employed textbook Keynesianism for 20 years and nearly the whole island has been paved over by public works projects, yet the economy continues to flounder and asset values are still only half what they were in 1990.

BUT THE MOST EMBARRASSING repudiation of Keynes has been the Great Recession of 2008– 2011. Never in modern times has the premise that open-checkbook government spending and pedal- to-the-metal money creation lead to economic growth been put to such a large-scale trial. The results have been completely the opposite of what was predicted.

The key to the magic of Keynesianism is to boost growth in demand by running economically expansionary deficits. In 2008 President George W. Bush doubled the deficit by enacting a $100 billion Keynesian tax rebate. Then, in 2009 we ran a $1.4 trillion deficit, thanks in large part to President Obama's $830 billion stimulus plan. This was double any other deficit, in real dollars, in peacetime history and by far the largest as a share of GDP (at 10 percent) in peacetime history.

In 2010 we ran another $1.3 trillion deficit, followed by $1.3 trillion more this year. So that's $4.0 trillion of debt, which has produced -- drum roll, please -- 9.1 percent unemployment and GDP growth of less than 1.0 percent -- barely an economic pulse. Every major economic forecaster has downgraded their predicted growth rate for 2012, and there's now more panicked talk of a double-dip recession.

The Keynesians' retort is what it always is when their ideas are shown to fail: we haven't had enough stimulus for long enough. The White House is now arguing that Neanderthal Republican tea partiers turned off the spending and borrowing spigot way too soon. Christina Romer, the first chief economic adviser to Mr. Obama, regrets that "we only got one shot" at stimulus and her prescription is "more."

This was the excuse for why Keynesianism failed to reverse the Great Depression. Those short-sighted Republicans in 1937 allegedly turned off the debt machine, insisted on balancing the budget, and once the medicine was shut off, the economy tanked again. But there was no prosperity in the 1930s at any time after FDR doubled federal spending and government debt as a share of GDP. Unemployment never fell below 10 percent until millions of young people donned uniforms and the nation mobilized for World War II.

In any case, where is the evidence that Keynesian fiscal stimulus has been put on hold this year? There is none. The 2012 deficit is going to be roughly 10 percent of GDP, which, five years ago, would have been considered an unthinkable level of pump-priming. Federal spending is up $140 billion this year, and that is layered on top of the massive stimulus of 2009 and 2010. The latest GDP numbers show that federal government spending was one of the few areas where the economy expanded in the first half of this year-- even as much of the private economy flat-lined. And many have forgotten that we got a further dose of stimulus that was guaranteed to produce jobs back in December when Mr. Obama won a one-year payroll tax cut with a price tag of $112 billion. That has corresponded with a rise, not a fall, in the unemployment rate, yet the White House wants to extend it for another year.

In other words, the current Keynesian argument is that $100 billion of stimulus a month isn't enough. That we need, what? Another $150 or $200 billion a month in deficits to make the economy grow? And if that $2 trillion isn't enough, then what?

Maybe QE3 from Ben Bernanke and the Fed. Those who say "more stimulus, please" forget that the Federal Reserve has run the most expansionary money creation strategy in history, first through near-zero interest rates, and next through asset purchases, known as QE1 ($1.2 trillion in mostly mortgage-backed securities purchased by the Fed in 2009), followed by QE2. QE2 started late last year and pumped $600 billion into the economy through the purchase of U.S. Treasury securities. But that latest debt and money pump-priming has corresponded with this year's economic slowdown. And the resulting higher prices in gasoline and food have made Americans feel poorer not richer, thus dampening consumer demand. Oops.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Apple Announces Death of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs   1955-2011

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

The Wall Street Journal: Apple's Steve Jobs Is Dead

Statement of Microsoft founder, Bill Gates

The News York Times: The 313 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors

In memory: A tribute Apple logo created by Hong Kong student Jonathan Mak

BREAKING NEWS: Sarah Palin Will Not Run for President

I will say that I am very disappointed but I understand her decision. Now that Palin is officially out, I need to choose between Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich & Santorum. I have already eliminated the rest of the GOP field.

Hopefully, a RINO won't be chosen as the nominee before I get the chance to cast a vote. - Reggie

Palin's full statement is below.

Listen to Mark Levin read her statement and talk with Sarah Palin here.

October 5, 2011
Wasilla, Alaska

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

- Sarah Palin

Palin has just tweeted a link to this video:

Restoring America Together