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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, August 08, 2009

How did the radical Bill Ayers obtain tenure at the University of Illinois?
By Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media

The University of Illinois, which employs communist terrorist Bill Ayers as a professor, has been hit by an admissions scandal which has forced the resignation of the chairman of its board of trustees. An investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that more than 800 undergraduate applicants received special consideration from 2005 to 2009 because “they had powerful patrons, including elected officials, trustees and donors.” It added that “Dozens more law and graduate school applicants also got preferential treatment.”

But how did Bill Ayers get his job? All signs point to his rich father, Thomas Ayers, who was CEO of Commonwealth Edison and a major power player in the Chicago establishment.

Will the Chicago Tribune investigate this? Thomas Ayers sat on the board of the......

High stakes for democracy (and terrorism) as Afghans prepare to vote
By John Metzler

PARIS - Warning that Afghanistan could again become the "grand central station of international terrorism," NATO's new Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen described the critical political and security situation facing the embattled South Asian land.

Where's Jimmy? A past president goes silent on his Iran legacy
By Sheda Vasseghi

"Where is Jimmy?" Has anyone seen or heard from Jimmy Carter while the Islamic Republic regime in Iran and its thugs brutally beat, torture, and murder civilians on a daily basis? After all it was Carter carrying his human rights banner who turned his back on the late Shah when the country was suddenly overrun by Islamic militants in cahoots with the leftists.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Dennis Prager :
What the Gates-Crowley “Teachable Moment” Really Teaches
Readers on the left will be shocked, if not incredulous, to learn that neither I nor any conservative I know realized why the president asked Vice President Joseph Biden to join him, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley for their fabled “beer summit” at the White House.

Thomas Sowell :
Care Versus Control
As someone who was once rushed to a hospital in the middle of the night, because of taking a medication that millions of people take every day without the slightest problem, I have a special horror of life and death medical decisions being made by bureaucrats in Washington, about patients they have never laid eyes on.

John Stossel :
Impossible Promises

I keep reading about health-care "reform," but I have yet to see anyone explain how the government can make it easier for more people to obtain medical services, control the already exploding cost of those services and not interfere with people's most intimate decisions.

Clinton suggests US could join war crimes court
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it is a "great regret" that the United States is not a member of the International Criminal Court.

Ex-Edwards mistress at court amid campaign probe
The ex-mistress of John Edwards spent much of Thursday in a federal courthouse in Raleigh where a grand jury was meeting, at a time when federal investigators are examining the two-time presidential candidate's finances.

Hugh Hewitt :
They Think You Are Stupid: Why Resistance To Obamacare Is Growing Despite Intimidation and Slander

President Obama's decision to unleash his operatives at the DNC, surrogates like Barbara Boxer, and his staff like Linda Douglas to slander and attempt to intimidate opponents of Obamacare not only has badly backfired, it has opened another front the president now finds himself fighting on: Does he intend to be the new Nixon, rather than the new FDR? Like Nixon, will he unleash a political operation that spirals out of control and ends his presidency?

Obama Can't Afford To Tell Truth on Health Care
by David Limbaugh
President Barack Obama is spreading disinformation about health care almost as quickly as he's driving up the national debt, such as that 47 million Americans can't get health care and that a government takeover would be a panacea.

Pakistan, US check reports of Taliban chief death - Yahoo! News
ISLAMABAD – U.S. and Pakistani authorities were investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in an American missile strike, officials from both countries said Thursday. If confirmed, Mehsud's demise would be a major boost to Pakistani and U.S. efforts to eradicate the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Who May Harm Whom?
By Walter E. Williams

The government, in the name of reducing health care costs, wants to assumes part ownership of you and as such assume a right to control many aspects of your life. That Americans have joyfully given up self-ownership is both tragic and sad.

Former U.S. Congressman Convicted of Bribery, Racketeering
William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans for almost 20 years, was convicted Wednesday on 11 corruption counts including money laundering after a two-month trial in Virginia that included evidence of $90,000 in cash from an FBI sting found stashed in the freezer of Jefferson's home.

Mass Transit Officials Ask Congress for Increased Subsidies So They Can 'Encourage' More Americans Not to Drive Cars
– Representatives of some of the nation’s largest transit agencies testified before Congress on Tuesday, saying that they need more federal subsidies despite growing ridership. According to one official, increased federal spending on public transportation will "encourage" more people to get out of their cars.

Federal Stimulus Funds Will be Used to Train 'Domestic Violence' Counselors for Cohabitating Homosexuals
Funds from the $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be used in Alexandria, Va., where same-sex marriage is not legal, to train staff on how to work with sexual/domestic violence victims who who do not identify themselves as heterosexual. The "assumptions" about LGBT couples are different, said the city's legislative director.

So what are we recovering an reinvesting in with this allocation of funds?


Liberal Talk Radio Host Hopes Conservative Glenn Beck Commits Suicide on TV
Liberal talk radio host Mike Malloy lashed out at conservative commentator Glenn Beck, who has a program on the Fox News Channel, saying he hopes Beck commits suicide “on camera,” particularly given that suicide “is rampant in his family” and that Beck apparently is “self-destructive.” “I have good news to report,” said Malloy on his Aug. 4 radio program. “Glenn Beck appears closer to suicide. I'm hoping that he does it on camera.” Malloy noted that "Suicide is rampant in (Beck's) family."

So much for tolerance.

As Health Care Issue Heats Up, Congressmen Turn to Tele-Town Hall Meetings Where They Control Audience
– Members of Congress are increasingly turning to virtual town hall meetings--conducted by telephone--in an effort to reach more constituents while avoiding the potential that informational meetings might be disrupted by angry and persistent questioners or protesters. One advantage to these telephone town halls is that the Member of Congress controls the audience and the questioning.

Townhall Twilight Zone
by Connie Hair

The bizarre Democrat reaction to their own constituents -- the ones they invited to Congressional town hall meetings -- morphed yesterday from the realm of the strange into the far reaches of the Twilight Zone. Average, everyday Americans are showing up at Democrat Congressional town hall events across the country to voice their frustration with the far left liberal agenda being stampeded through Congress by the Democrat majority.

Mostly comprised of seniors and veterans, these large crowds at the town hall meetings are actually reading the healthcare bill and asking the tough questions. Democrats are stunned that.... continue...

Teachable August
by Jed Babbin

Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the House home on Friday after giving each of her 256 Democrats a little card with the talking points she thinks they’ll need to sell the awful House healthcare bill. House members went home after the Energy and Commerce Committee wrestled four Blue Dogs to the ground and passed the $1 trillion + measure.

On Respect and Civility

By Robert Ringer
I’ve always thought that Frank Luntz seemed like a nice young man with an interesting shtick — measuring people’s reactions to words via some kind of electronic gizmo he puts in their hands. I have no idea how valid his measurements are, but it’s worked well enough to make him a regular on Fox News.

And I say more power to him; I love to see people succeed. Luntz’s day job is acting as a political consultant and pollster for the Republican Party, and he also is one of the principals of the Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research firm.

So far, so good. But, like so many Republicans, Luntz tries very hard to act as though he’s above the fray — capitalism, communism, freedom, slavery … no big.....

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Dr. Waxman's Miracle Cure-All & Tonic

More evidence that liberals suffer from enlarged ego syndrome.
By Matt Philbin
Business & Media Institute
8/5/2009 12:07:51 PM

So Democrats don’t like all those ads for prescription drugs on T.V. – the ones for high cholesterol, enlarged prostates, dry eyes and, yes, ED. On C-Span recently, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D., Calif., said “a lot of people start thinking they have medical problems because they’ve seen too many of these commercials. I don’t think that’s doing the public a lot of good. It’s certainly making the drug companies richer, but it’s not doing a lot of good for the public.”

That statement tells us an awful lot about Waxman, President Obama and the other liberals currently trying to cram socialized health care down the throats of a reluctant citizenry.

Waxman assumes that there is something inherently wrong with citizens knowing that...

Experts Put the Con in E-con-omics

Downturn? Upturn? Journalists, politicians and economists are predictably wrong.
By Dan Gainor
The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow
Business & Media Institute

What goes up must come down. Unless it goes down further, sideways or moves some other way that no one really predicted.

That’s the way economics really works and no matter how many talking heads – right, left and center – tell you otherwise, most don’t have a clue what direction things are headed. From gas prices to the stock market to jobs, the people who act like they know everything often know nothing. Continue reading.

Wealthy Americans Unholster Their Weapons

While Obama sells socialism, affluent citizens aren't buying.
By Dan Kennedy
Business & Media Institute

The resistance is well underway.

Affluent Americans – defined as the top 20 percent of U.S. households by income – spent about 10 percent less in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a study by luxury-goods researcher Unity Marketing, quoted in Research Alert, July 3, 2009. And those households with incomes of $250,000 or more are cutting back on spending even more than all affluent households overall. 54 percent of these consumers are spending even less in 2009 than in 2008.

Those $250,000+ earners, threatened directly and demonized by President Obama are retaliating with their most powerful and damaging weapon: not spending. It is a quiet, deliberate, determined, very real resistance. Read more.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Just Say No!
By Rich Galen

As other Democrats hear and read about how their colleagues are being treated at town hall meetings around the country, we will see an avalanche of "scheduling conflicts" as town hall meetings are deleted from schedule after schedule. No Member of Congress in his or her right mind is going to walk into a meeting knowing that opponents of Obama Care are armed with cell phone video cameras and instructions on how to upload to YouTube.

Piling on the Spending
By Ed Feulner

This year, millions of Americans accepted a salary freeze or even a pay cut so they could keep their jobs. They ought to be asking why the federal government isn’t willing to make a similar sacrifice.

Sgt. Crowley: You’re No Joe the Plumber

By Robert Ringer

Obama’s “Beer Summit” was yet another stupid distraction from the reality that his czars, thugocrats, and progressive supporters in Congress are moving quickly to shove us into the socialist cage and slam the door shut before another election can take place. Thankfully, most people didn’t buy into this sideshow, seeing it as just another asinine, arrogant attempt to bolster his good-guy image.

Every time the man looks into a camera, snickers, and waves aside those who resist going along with his Marxist agenda as obstructionists or extremists, it makes me realize what an amateur liar Bill Clinton was. Obama is the real deal — Fidel, Mao, and Lenin rolled into one. Read Robert Ringer's full column.

“Giving government power is always a dangerous idea. Today government may use that power on your behalf. You may applaud government’s decision. But tomorrow government may change sides and decide to use the power you have given them … against you. The best solution is to never give the government that authority, power, or control in the first place — simply because (drum roll please) it’s none of the government’s darn business.”
--Wayne Allen Root, author of the recently released book, The Conscience of a Libertarian.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Is health care a right?

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) asked rhetorically, "Is health care a constitutional right?" He answered his own rhetorical question thusly: "Well, we believe that people do and we're introducing a constitutional amendment just to make it real clear so that you don't have to infer or assume that that's a given and all that."

Columnist Rich Hrebic in his column "One Step Closer to Losing Your Right to Health Care" at The American Thinker explains that it is not a right because,
"A right is not a guarantee that the government (i.e., other people) will provide you something for free. We have the right to engage in religious expression, but that doesn't mean that the government pays for the construction of the church. We have the right to peacefully assemble, but the government doesn't promise to supply your transportation. You have the right to keep and bear arms, but don't expect the government to provide you with a free firearm and bullets. You have the right to free speech, but the government won't grant you free radio or TV air time. What makes something a right is not whether the government can force somebody else to pay for it."

Hat tip to The Patriot Post

"[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."
--James Madison

It’s a New Bull Market

Larry Kudlow :
Let’s call this what it is: A new bull market in stocks has emerged from the ashes of the financial meltdown and the deep recession that followed. And it’s signaling the onset of economic recovery. Free-market capitalism is more durable, resilient and self-correcting than its detractors would have us believe.

This is not just a summer rally -- although a 12 percent market rise since July 10 is absolutely splendid. There’s a lot more going on here. Over the last five months,.....

President Obama Versus Benjamin Franklin

Bill O'Reilly :
As President Obama struggles to sell his massive reorganization of the health care industry, it is important to understand what is driving him. This is a classic liberal vs. conservative battle, pitting government money for the poor against rugged individual competition in which the winners get more security than the losers. Read more.

A soda pop tax and government health care won’t cure obesity.

Bay Area revs up electric-car future
Washington Times
Officials in the San Francisco Bay Area are gearing up to make their region "the electric-vehicle capital" of the United States, with hopes that federal economic stimulus money will soon come through and give their project a boost.

I thought the U.S. had a power grid problem -an aging power grid system and not enough electricity during high demand periods.

And where does most of our electricity currently come from? From coal plants. Dirty, carbon producing coal plants. So how does electric cars help our "transportation problems" and help out our environment?

Ahhh... yes.... socialized medicine

Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for painkilling injections

Tens of thousands with chronic back pain will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned.

Venezuela begins shutdown of 34 radio stations
CARACAS, Aug 1 (Reuters) - More than a dozen of 34 radio stations ordered shut by the Venezuelan government went off the air on Saturday, part of President Hugo Chavez's drive to extend his socialist revolution to the media. Full story.