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  • How the Democrats lost the middle

    08/27/2010 4:06:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 27, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    The frustrations of minority status can drive a political party batty. The temptation is to substitute bel ligerence for thought, insist on a self-destructive purity, lash out at the American public and question the wisdom and viability of the country's institutions. Indulging in these tendencies almost always makes a party's position worse rather than better. The Obama Democrats may be the first party to engage in this self-defeating behavior -- borne of a frustrated desperation -- while holding the presidency and both houses of Congress by substantial margins. Through an accident of timing (a national election coinciding with a financial...
  • The Livable Communities Act

    08/11/2010 2:57:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2010 | Ed Braddy
    Is the American Dream getting smaller? Are we defining down the tools of opportunity and the pleasures of prosperity? President Obama's flippant dismissal of American Exceptionalism last year stirred a lot of criticism because it suggested he did not believe the United States held a special place in the world. It also suggested America's unique history is, to the President, no big deal. Now with fellow travelers exercising power at all levels of government, progressives can do more than just belittle the idea of American Exceptionalism. They can enact policies to make America unexceptional -- diminishing our quality of life...

    07/30/2010 6:43:38 AM PDT · by shortstop · 44 replies ^ | 07/30/10 | Bob Lonsberry
    In my right hip pocket, affixed by a clasp, is a 4-inch knife made in Olean, New York. It’s right where I can get it. Where I can reach back with one hand, pull it out, press my thumb against a knob on the back of the blade, and open it. Engraved on the steel is the phrase, “Carry on, my wayward son.” In New York County, that would make me a criminal. At least that’s the conclusion you draw from a recent extortion by the district attorney of New York County. In a $1.9 million rip-off of hardware and...
  • Anne Rice Breaks Up With Christianity via Facebook...

    07/29/2010 1:53:32 PM PDT · by TaraP · 156 replies · 2+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | July 28th, 2010
    Well, some stars like Amanda Bynes use technology like Twitter to tell the world they are retiring. Some stars like Kelsey Grammar announce the end of his marriage. But today Anne Rice became the first pop culture figure I know that decided to break up with Christians, and she did it using facebook. On her official website she posted the following announcement via her facebook feed this afternoon:"I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be...
  • The Sherrod matter a boon for Obama

    07/22/2010 2:14:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 22, 2010 | Jim Yardley
    Congratulations, President Obama. It looks like you've won. Any meaningful questions about your performance in office, or the agenda you, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have been pushing are no longer part of the national discussion. The dust-up over Shirley Sherrod and inferences about her "reverse racism," the rank stupidity of the NAACP in condemning her and the Department of Agriculture firing her before uttering an ear shattering "Oops!" has effectively diverted everyone's attention from the really serious issues facing our country. Well played, sir. Sick, cynical, underhanded, true...but supremely effective. I'm particularly impressed by how quickly you got the...
  • Sex Party promises 'real action' for Australians

    07/20/2010 11:39:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/10 | AFP
    MELBOURNE (AFP) – The Australian Sex Party on Tuesday promised to spice up campaigning for next month's elections with a manifesto "unlike Australia had ever seen before". Party chief Fiona Patten launched a risque national campaign at a Melbourne bar, saying her policies "would make (opposition Leader) Tony Abbott's hair stand on end and would turn (Prime Minister) Julia Gillard's hair grey". prospective "We've always been forward and we actually enjoy real action," Patten said, mocking Gillard and Abbott's "Moving Australia Forward" and "Stand Up For Real Action" slogans. The party's policies include legalising euthanasia, decriminalising all drugs for personal...
  • 'The truth sets this graduate free' By LEONARD PITTS Jr. (barf alert over Beck U.)

    07/13/2010 2:50:04 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 12, 2010, 8:23PM | LEONARD PITTS Jr.
    ...the near future: Augustus Merryweather IV glanced up at the tapping on his office door. Harvey Carbunkle stood there... "You're firing me?" "I have no choice. Your work, hasn't been up to the standard we expect for an editor at Merryweather Publishing. Frankly, I'm surprised. When I saw that you were a graduate of BU, I couldn't wait to hire you..." A proud smile. "Yes, sir. That's Beck University." Augustus was confused. "I've never heard of..." ..."You know, Glenn Beck? ...He founded an online university back in 2010 so people could learn the real truth they don't get in...
  • Raising Your Indirect Taxes

    07/11/2010 1:46:04 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 11, 2010 | Mark Morris
    There are currently two pieces of tax legislation that have been introduced into Congress that will affect virtually every person in the United States. These new bills are very deceptive, since they tax the chemical and petroleum industry; however, what EPA and the sponsors of the bill do not mention is that these taxes will be passed back down to the consumer level. The sponsors of the bill also claim that this tax will create or save jobs and "punish the polluters" (the petroleum and chemical industries) -- especially in light of the BP oil spill. The original Superfund taxes...
  • A bridge too far?

    06/22/2010 3:20:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 22, 2010 | Christopher Chantrill
    According to Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard, the Obamis are planning a lame-duck session of Congress, "filled with defeated and retired senators and House members," to pass a VAT (value-added tax). Liberals know that they get a chance to enact progressive legislation only once in a generation. That's when the cycle of politics throws up a liberal majority in Congress, and liberals have the votes to cram down their agenda. That's why President Obama is in such a hurry, eager to jam down liberal legislation in the teeth of popular opposition. I call it the ratchet. In the 1900s,...
  • Mitch Daniels Reveals an Inconvenient Truth about the Right

    06/15/2010 6:33:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 1,149+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/14/2010 | John Guardiano
    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has disappointed many social and cultural conservatives with his call for a "truce on the so-called [sic] social issues. We're going to just have to agree to get along for a little while," until the economic issues are resolved, Daniels told the Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson. But as the American Spectator's Joseph Lawler has observed, it's doubtful that Daniels' truce would change anything. After all, Lawler rightly asks: "What typical Republican policies would he [Daniels] have to suspend and they [social and cultural conservatives] have to sacrifice? It's not clear to me that it would be...
  • Obama and the New Normal

    05/21/2010 4:11:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 372+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 21, 2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    The human brain is a complicated organ. It can be infinitely pliable but also maddeningly rigid. Humans can be slow to recognize signs of imminent disaster. While red flags are flapping wildly in the wind, the person ignores any and all warnings. But the brain can be highly suggestible, too, easily controlled and shaped by advertisers and spin doctors. Thus, after countless ads, a person associates soda with Coke, search engines with Google. And after having "Yes we can," burned into their neural pathways, all hope and change is connected to Obama. That's why it's crucial to notice all the...
  • Liberals' unreal 'hate speech' script

    05/19/2010 3:23:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 832+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 18, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    We are taught to believe that ideology is the enemy of free thought. But that's not right. Ideology is a mere checklist of principles and priorities. The real enemy of clear thinking is the script. We think the world is supposed to go by a familiar plot. And when the facts conflict with the script, we edit the facts. So, for instance, David Horowitz is a stock villain on US campuses because he deviates from the standard formula of coddling the usual victims and lionizing the usual heroes. Once a committed left-wing radical, Horowitz now resides on the right. Two...
  • Just not that into Dems: America's Obama crush was never true love

    05/17/2010 3:54:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 1,201+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 13, 2010 | Charles Hurt
    WASHINGTON -- The really amazing thing about the ongoing po litical purge we are seeing across the country is the genuine shock and hurt felt by the ousted. Pink-slipped in a West Virginia primary Tuesday, 14-term Congressman Alan Mollohan cried, "Right-wing smears!" It is like they still don't get the anger, frustration and weariness voters have with self-obsessed Washington, pandering politicians and the big, fat, dumb federal government. This is especially true of Democrats around here, who are riding high on so much euphoria from President Obama's historic victory. They actually thought it was true love. As if American voters...
  • What Does Bicycle Rush-Hour Look Like?

    05/14/2010 10:38:27 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 32 replies · 963+ views
    The Infrastructurist ^ | Friday May 14th | Daniel Lippman
    A cool video spotted by Buzzfeed shows a city in the Netherlands that has made bikes a transit priority. Find the full video here (on YouTube).
  • What 24's Jack Bauer Taught Me About Revenge

    05/12/2010 3:37:30 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 50 replies · 1,513+ views ^ | 05/12/2010 | Julie Arduini
    Monday night I watched with hands over half open eyes the torturous scene the character Jack Bauer inflicted on the villain of the episode. The bad guy was a Russian terrorist involved with the murder of Jack’s love interest and colleague, Renee Walker. If I had been watching the episode in a movie theater, I’m pretty sure it would have been Rated “R”. It was a gruesome and difficult scene. During the climax of the scene, Jack needs a SD card that the terrorist swallowed. In what appeared to be a psychotic rage, the episode ends with a very dead...
  • Listen, lefties, real NYers love Wal-Mart

    05/07/2010 3:10:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 450+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 6, 2010 | Andrea Peyser
    Bring it on. In political, union and chattering circles, the idea of allowing retail behemoth Wal-Mart into the borders of New York City is viewed as destructive. Akin to blending polyester into silken La Perla thongs. Or inviting Lindsay Lohan to an open bar. Last summer, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who I suspect rejects a bargain on her Hanes, said that if Wal-Mart won't increase wages and stop running extortionate mom-and-pops out of business (like Target, Best Buy and Pathmark do), "I will block any attempt to locate in the five boroughs." City Councilman Charles Barron last month said that...
  • Editorial continues 'sedition' theme, along with a good dose of race baiting

    04/23/2010 7:27:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies · 842+ views
    St. Louis Gun Right Examiner ^ | 21 April, 2010 | Kurt Hoffman
    Monday, we looked at a discussion on "The Chris Matthews Show," in which two of the guests accused Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh of coming close to "sedition" in their criticism of the Obama administration. Today, it's "BuzzFlash" editor Mark Karlin (we've talked about him--and in a similar vein--before). His purveyors of "sedition" are the participants in the two gun rights rallies Monday, in and overlooking Washington D.C. At both rallies, the talk was defiant and seditious, threatening -- in the thinnest veiled code words -- a shoot out with federal officials if psychotic objections to the "infringement...
  • The Phantom Tea Party Threat

    04/23/2010 6:16:38 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4-23-10 | Gary Bauer
    hyped and a profound threat to our nation’s security are not surprising. The truth, of course, is that the current robust opposition to the liberal agenda, of which the Tea Party movement is a large part, is neither. And there is no evidence that enthusiastic criticism of Obama administration policies will lead to violence. In fact, the Tea Party movement is a result–not a cause—of the frustration and anger many Americans feel today. The only threat it poses is to the status quo of big government activism. It’s been comical to watch the Left try to discredit the Tea Party...
  • 'Empathy': just a code word for bias

    04/14/2010 3:15:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 460+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 14, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    President Obama and the vast majority of Sen ate Democrats believe that Lady Justice should peek from under the blindfold every now and then. Obama opposed both of President Bush's Supreme Court appointees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, presumably because they lacked what he called the "quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles." And in his run for the presidency, Obama said in 2007, "We need somebody who's got the heart -- the empathy -- to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it's like to be...
  • Henry Waxman's latest show trial

    04/03/2010 3:38:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies · 1,048+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 03, 2010 | Phil Boehmke
    Henry Waxman, whom Michelle Malkin has dubbed "the Witch Hunter of Capitol Hill" understands where his loyalty lies. If he were faithful to the principals of our founders then his loyalties would be to his constituents, his state and the republic, but of course there is ample evidence to the contrary. Appearances aside, Waxman is not a mere stooge to the future former president and his gross clique of radicals and sycophants. Where then do Waxman's loyalties lie? This past week Mr. Waxman declared war on the CEOs of Caterpillar, John Deere, AT&T, Verizon and all others who dare to...
  • The Coffee Party Con

    03/16/2010 3:57:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 626+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 16, 2010 | Thomas Lifson
    The new and much-publicized Coffee Party movement sports a fairy tale narrative about being a spontaneous uprising of concerned Americans appalled at the Tea Parties, and determined to restore civility. The truth, easily researchable on the internet, is that plenty of left wing establishment fingerprints are all over the birth of this supposedly spur-of-the-moment operation. Professional leftists, who assert they speak for the people, just hate it when the people manage to organize themselves to speak out against the Left, as in the prairie fire spread of the Tea Parties. Something had to be done, and in this case, "something"...
  • The Healthcare Bill Would Be Obama’s ‘Enabling Act’

    03/14/2010 3:36:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 50 replies · 1,478+ views ^ | March 13, 2010 | Michael Zak
    Why are Barack Obama and other Democrat leaders so intent on passing a government takeover of healthcare now…Now…NOW? They must know that costs will rise and the quality of care will fall, right? They must know that Obamacare would destroy the economy, right? Of course they do. But, they also know that the federal government would tighten its grip on the nation. They know that Obama’s czars and other appointees would be authorized to bypass Congress in enacting sweeping regulations on nearly every aspect of a person’s life. And, they know that these new powers of the federal government would...
  • Free Citizens or Tail-Wagging Pets?

    03/12/2010 3:28:22 AM PST · by Scanian · 2 replies · 182+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2010 | Jeremy L. Lantz
    The American people are not animals. We are not content merely to be fed, walked, and taken care of. Nor do we take joy in fetching sticks and sitting, heeling, and rolling over. As freedom-loving human beings, we have needs far greater than food stamps, welfare checks, unemployment benefits, and government-run health care. But just because government cannot provide what makes people uniquely human does not mean that government cannot take away what does. If Mr. Obama truly wanted to solve problems and help people, then he would stop viewing the citizen through the prism of the almighty dollar and...
  • The question that dogs Dems: What if Obama fails?

    03/10/2010 12:31:46 PM PST · by Scanian · 48 replies · 1,426+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | Julie Mason
    President Obama's strategy for closing on health care relies on blaming the insurance industry, reminding Americans that coverage is a problem and urging public opinion to shift momentum in Congress. Not part of the equation: What if he loses? "No Democrat wants to contemplate it and certainly no one in the administration, because the consequences are too frightful," said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution. The White House this week is stepping up pressure on congressional Democrats in a final drive to get reform on the books. In two rallies this week, Obama is hoping to turn...
  • Condoms in 'extra small' for boys age 12 set for Britain's shelves soon

    03/05/2010 7:22:35 AM PST · by NYer · 59 replies · 1,332+ views
    Mail Online ^ | March 3, 2010 | Alexandra Williams
    Extra small condoms for boys as young as 12 could soon be on our shelves. The Hotshot condoms are going on sale in Switzerland after research found that not enough 12 to 14-year-old boys were having protected sex. The condoms are likely to end up on sale in Britain, said their manufacturer Lamprecht AG.A spokesman said the UK would be ‘top priority’ if the company expanded abroad, considering it had the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe. Nysse Norballe said: ‘At the moment we are only producing the Hotshot in Switzerland. ‘But the UK is certainly a very attractive market...
  • Jey Behar's View: Monogmay is 'a Life Sentence'

    02/25/2010 11:41:56 AM PST · by Bean74 · 36 replies · 1,066+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | February 25, 2010 | Colleen Raezler
    According to Joy Behar, monogamous marriages are a "life sentence." Porn star Ron Jeremy, Craig Gross, founder of the anti-porn ministry, and psychiatrist Reef Karim appeared on Behar's Feb. 24 CNN Headline News program to discuss porn and sex addiction. Behar compared monogamy to a "life sentence" after Jeremy noted that it's "a blessing" if a man is "sexually addicted to his wife" after "five or six years of marriage." "If you're just sleeping with your wife, that doesn't sound like an addiction, that sounds like a life sentence," Behar quipped. And despite Jeremy's claim about the "blessing" of...
  • Valerie Jarrett's nauseating condescension

    02/24/2010 3:32:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 33 replies · 1,254+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2010 | Katy Abram
    Oh those simple Tea Party people! I just wanted to thank President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett for helping me realize that as a member of the Tea Party movement I am just too stupid to understand the workings of the health care debate. During a taped discussion at Harvard University she enlightened the masses when she answered a gentleman in the audience who stated the following: "Could the Obama administration...write some much simpler booklets on housing foreclosure, on the health care bill...where as a typical person including those in the Tea Party could understand the basics of it? Cause...
  • Evan's bye-bye a rebuke to Dems

    02/17/2010 3:17:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 666+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 17, 2010 | Charles Hurt
    WASHINGTON -- Having lived in the belly of the beast for much of his life, Evan Bayh has emerged -- soul apparently intact -- to testify about it. What he witnessed convinced him that giving it all up and walking away was better than staying part of the criminal charade that is Congress today. From when he was a boy of 8, his father was a senator. Like many sons of senators, he grew up attending elite schools here. And until Evan Bayh was 26 years old, his father was a member of the most exclusive club on earth. And...
  • Maddow's MSNBC Promo: 'I'm Not Trying To Push An Agenda'

    02/15/2010 12:36:10 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 880+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Rachel, stop, you're killin' me . . . If Rachel Maddow's MSNBC gig doesn't work out, could a career in stand-up comedy be an alternative career path? Earlier today, Tim Graham highlighted a Howard Kurtz WaPo article on Maddow. Although she has persistently focused on the gays-in-the-military policy, inviting gay soldiers on to tell their stories, Maddow insisted that she is not "mounting a crusade" or "explicitly pushing for change." That same "lady doth protest too much" routine is echoed in the latest MSNBC promo for Maddow's show, in which the host looks into the camera and proclaims: "I'm not...
  • Will Obama Go "Gangsta"?

    02/15/2010 9:13:14 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 17 replies · 752+ views ^ | 02/15/2010 | Norvell S. Rose
    His fightin' mad supporters and vocal sycophants want the President to get down with dirty politics - to go "gangsta". So, will he? In a recent column for, fiery political analyst Roland Martin urged the President of the United States to get down and dirty with his political adversaries. Like, you know, jump ugly and go all street thug on ‘em. Clearly spoiling for a fight — and with a curious, chest-bumping homage to the nasty culture of radical rappers — Martin wrote: Obama's critics keep blasting him for Chicago-style politics. So, fine. Channel your inner Al Capone and...
  • Run for the Hills Democrats even Black Jesus can't help you now!

    02/04/2010 8:20:32 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 2/4/10 | alaphiah
    Peter Wehner, columnist of Politics Daily has some interest insights in his article, “The Weight Around the Democrats' Ankles: Barack Obama.” According to Wehner Barry Hussein Soetoro who was originally considered God’s gift to Democrat politics is but a mill stone around Democrats’ necks for the 2010 elections. Democrats are in such mortal fear of what being associated with Soetoro and his agenda might do to their election chances that they are virtually running away from the president who took time in his state of the union address to call the Democrats back from hiding in the hills. (see story)...
  • Schools: U.S. History Out, Environment In

    02/03/2010 3:51:04 PM PST · by khnyny · 47 replies · 1,358+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 3, 2010 | Lee Ross
    Change often leads to controversy and that is certainly the case in North Carolina where an effort to revamp the state's education system has some people outraged that high school students will not learn enough American history. The formula for teaching American history has been pretty simple. Start at the beginning and go forward. But a new proposal under review in North Carolina threatens to disrupt that standard teaching philosophy. "If our students don't know what happened in world history, and if they don't know what happened in U.S. history from George Washington's presidency all the way up through the...
  • Easy on the enemy: O's lame attempt to impress libs

    02/01/2010 3:30:51 AM PST · by Scanian · 363+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 1, 2010 | MICHAEL BARONE
    Just whom are we trying to impress? That's a question that oc curred to me when, on his second full day in the presidency, Barack Obama announced we would close the Guantanamo detainee facility within one year. It's a question that has kept occurring to me over the last year and nine days, even though Obama and his administration have proved unable to keep that promise. Whom are we trying to impress by ruling out enhanced interrogation techniques on unlawful combatants, techniques that produced valuable intelligence that saved American lives? Whom are we trying to impress by limiting questioning to...
  • Noticing the liberal view on race

    01/29/2010 3:33:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 28 replies · 502+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 29, 2010 | Tony Gallardo
    Liberals are always telling us that they are pure, enlightened, and post racial, while tagging conservatives with the "racist" epithet every time they get the opportunity If we didn't vote for Obama, we are racist. If we disagree with Obama's agenda, we are racist. If we attend town hall meetings to protest reckless government policies and spending, we are racist. If we drive pick up trucks, that is a "code" for racism. (Keith Olbermann of MSNBC implied this about Scott Brown on January 20, 2010).
  • State of confusion

    01/28/2010 3:21:40 AM PST · by Scanian · 2 replies · 596+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 28, 2010 | Editorial
    The president can read the election results; that much is clear from his State of the Union Address last night. Hey, it's a start. Alas, it's not so clear that President Obama and his fellow Democrats understand just why folks are upset. Yes, last week's GOP electoral triumph in liberal Massachusetts sounded alarms that Obama & Co. couldn't ignore. But while the president spoke for some 70 long minutes last night, he didn't actually propose to do anything much to address voters' concerns. Which makes you wonder: If he can't pare down a 7,000-plus-word speech that says next to nothing,...
  • End of O's cowardly lyin'

    01/24/2010 3:03:31 AM PST · by Scanian · 41 replies · 1,579+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 24, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    We the people of the United States owe Scott Brown's sup porters a huge debt of gratitude. They didn't merely elect a senator. They ripped the façade off the Obama presidency. Just as Dorothy and Toto exposed the ordinary man behind the curtain in "The Wizard of Oz," the voters in Massachusetts revealed that, in this White House, there is no there there. It's all smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles, held together with glib talk, Chicago politics and an audacious sense of entitlement. At the center is a young and talented celebrity whose worldview, we now know, is an...
  • Danger: State Run Media

    01/21/2010 9:29:22 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 218+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 1/21/09 | Bill Turner
    America is in the middle of a journalism crisis. The liberal left that began to educate and teach at our colleges have not taught people how to be reporters, journalists, or even newscasters. They have been taught to be cheerleaders for the far left of America. It is time for them to receive a wake up call from Americans. It is time facts were presented, not opinion, during the alleged news.
  • The Democrats Start to Fracture

    01/21/2010 3:39:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 747+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2010 | J. Robert Smith
    In the coming weeks and months, the best political spectator sport around might not be Democrats versus Republicans or conservatives versus liberals, but Democrats of all stripes turning on one another. Other than demagoguery, what Democrats are most accomplished at is fratricide (think back to the '60s and '70s). In the wake of Scott Brown's hosing of Martha Coakley, the Democrats are about to have a good old-fashioned civil war. Pity for them; bully for America. The Democrats are dividing roughly along these lines: left ideologues against pols, the latter being those congressional Democrats who like their jobs and don't...
  • Democrats launch counterattack to save Harry Reid's career

    01/11/2010 3:46:55 AM PST · by Scanian · 65 replies · 1,895+ views
    Politico ^ | January 11, 2009 | MIKE ALLEN & JAKE SHERMAN
    Democrats are preparing to throw the race card back in the laps of Republicans as part of a counter attack designed to help save Harry Reid’s political career. First, Reid’s allies plan to distribute the NAACP vote ratings of Republican senators who have scolded him. The data will be made available to editorial boards, cable programs and the blogosphere — including votes on minimum wage, community-oriented policing, education funding and HIV/AIDS programs. Separately, the Congressional Black Caucus plans to issue a new statement Monday, defending Reid and brushing back Republicans. “Senator Reid’s record provides a stark contrast to actions of...
  • A Revolution in Massachusetts

    01/09/2010 3:13:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 27 replies · 1,667+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 09, 2010 | Geoffrey P. Hunt
    Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in the special election to replace the late Ted Kennedy, enjoys neither widespread name-recognition nor charisma. The Democratic Party challenger, Martha Coakley, career state prosecutor-turned-Attorney General, is as exciting as an Irish boiled dinner, easily qualifying as the uncontested princess of dullness. Doesn't seem like a contest worth even a glancing look. Why bother when the opponents are both nondescript, flatline boring...and the Democrat always wins in Massachusetts anyhow? Except that Scott Brown might just pull off the upset. If so, it would break the Democratic Party stranglehold on Northeast...
  • What Domino's can teach the GOP

    01/09/2010 3:07:33 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 701+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 9, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    This is one of those rare moments when the conventional wis dom in Washington is right. The Democrats are poised to have a bad year; the only argument is over how bad it will be. And that question rests on whether or not the Republican Party crafts an agenda voters will support. So far the GOP has shrewdly been the "party of no." Since I disagree with so much of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda, I happen to think that "no" is the correct position on the merits. But that's not the point. Saying "no" has worked because that's what most Americans...
  • Hey! Let's send more Gitmo prisoners to Yemen

    01/04/2010 3:51:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies · 253+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | January 03, 2010 | Rick Moran
    It isn't that the Obama administration is stupid, or even crazy for wanting to send more Gitmo detainees to Yemen rather than keep them from plotting against us by holding them. It's just that they're more concerned about being liked by liberals than they are with doing what's right for American security. CNN reports: "John Brennan, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counter-terrorism, said on CNN's 'State of the Union' that the failed Christmas Day terror attack on a U.S. airliner doesn't change the plan to close the Guantanamo facility. On Saturday, Obama linked the airline bombing...
  • Obama's last year

    01/03/2010 2:51:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 38 replies · 2,319+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 3, 2010 | Kyle Smith
    Welcome to 2010: The final year of the Obama administration. Not literally. For all I know, by 2012 the economy will be hotter than a terrorist’s underpants, Afghanistan will be no more unruly than Indianapolis Colts fans after their coach decided to throw away a perfect season and President Obama will resoundingly win re-election after Diane Sawyer gets Republican nominee Sarah Palin to confess she thought going rogue meant adding some pink makeup to her cheeks. But a Democrat strategist told Bryon York of the Washington Examiner that House empress Nancy Pelosi was comfortable with losing “20 to 40” seats...
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. Additional information about RWJF can be found here....
  • Terrorism? What terrorism, asks media?

    12/27/2009 4:01:58 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 611+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2009 | Henry Percy
    "In what the White House called an attempted act of terrorism ..." Thus begins the Arizona Republic'sstory on the attack on Northwest Flight 253 (though the Republic's story is credited to the Washington Post, there are significant differences between the Republic's version and that in the Post, found here). Two things leapt to mind as I read the opening: 1) Just why is it important that the White House called it terrorism? Is the subtext that President Obama is somehow "tough" on terrorism? Would it matter if the reporter's Aunt Mame defined it for us? Isn't any reader with a...
  • Obama, left behind: Even progressives abandon him as he ends a lost year

    12/20/2009 2:55:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies · 1,308+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 20, 2009 | MATT WELCH
    Boy, this “Obama Derangement Syndrome” really has gotten out of hand. Why, just this past week the decreasingly popular president has been called a “bald-faced liar,” “an executive who can’t bring himself to lead,” and even an “Uncle Tom.” And that’s just by liberals. The progressive crack-up, before Obama even reaches the end of his first year, has been an awesome and occasionally humorous sight to see. Undead ’60s warhorse Tom Hayden got the ball rolling in early December with his dramatic announcement in The Nation that, with the president’s decision to increase troop levels, “It’s time to strip the...
  • How O says he's about to mislead: His favorite phrases for fudging facts

    12/19/2009 2:56:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 1,045+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 19, 2009 | JACOB SULLUM
    There are those who claim we have to choose between paying down our deficits . . . and investing in job creation and economic growth," President Obama said last week. "This is a false choice." During the same speech, he asked his audience to "let me just be clear" that his administration, having racked up the biggest budget deficits ever, is embracing fiscal responsibility, as reflected in his vow that "health-insurance reform" will not increase the deficit "by one dime." For connoisseurs of Obama-speak, the address featured a trifecta, combining three of his favorite rhetorical tropes. There was the vague...
  • The Huffington Post: Liberals Gone Wild!

    12/13/2009 3:10:33 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 1,062+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 13, 2009 | Kyle Smith
    Have you checked out that game-changing HQ for political news and analysis, the Huffington Post, lately? The site is a trove of deepthink policy analysis. Take “Political Grandstanding: Excessive Compensation and the Health Care Bill.” You tell ’em, Aaron Zelinsky! Your analysis of Section 162 (m) of the Internal Revenue Code drew 13 comments. President Obama’s freshly-announced effort to do something about Afghanistan inspired the op-ed, “Talking the Talk: An Exercise in Irony from West Point to Oslo,” that accused Obama of being a cog in Eisenhower’s military-industrial complex. It sprouted 14 comments. Keep scrolling down the front page on...
  • Can the GOP Win Back the House?

    12/11/2009 2:38:29 AM PST · by Scanian · 37 replies · 1,670+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 11, 2009 | Richard Baehr
    The Democrats hold 258 U. S House seats, the Republicans 177. In the last two cycles (2006 and 2008) the Democrats gained a net 55 House seats. To win back control in 2010 the GOP will need to pick up a net 41 seats. Can they do it? It is likely the GOP will lose some seats it now holds in the 2010 races. Even in the GOP sweep in 1994, when the party picked up a net 54 seats, Democrats won 4 GOP-held seats. The single most vulnerable Republican-held seat (in reality, the single most vulnerable seat for either...
  • An EPA power grab: CO2 ruling a sure job-killer

    12/08/2009 2:57:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 661+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 8, 2009 | IAIN MURRAY & MARLO LEWIS
    Environmental Protec tion Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson yesterday an nounced that the EPA has determined that global warming, allegedly caused by mankind's burning of fossil fuels, endangers public health. The finding paves the way for a huge power grab by EPA bureaucrats -- indeed, more power than even they think they can handle: The likely regulatory cascade will end up with the EPA having complete control over the nation's energy supply and its use. Large apartment buildings and hospitals would need EPA operating permits to continue running their furnaces. Lawnmowers and aircraft alike would be regulated for fuel economy like...