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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, April 30, 2010

‘Oh S***’: Meredith Vieira Drops S-Bomb During Live ‘Today’ Show Segment

"That was very realistic."

Graphic: NYC TV Anchor Gives Shocking Description of Soy Milk

(NY Daily News) - Her shocked co-anchor Greg Kelly glanced off-camera as though confirming that what he heard actually made it on the air.

White House Newser Confusion Over ‘Partner’ Status with BP

"And, I don’t imagine, given the professionalism of our partner, BP, and ... maybe partner was ... let me back up."

Andrew Young: Rielle Hunter Is a Liar

"I think She's Had Plastic Surgery."

Lawmaker Takes Racial Swipe at Justice Thomas

"We're not sure this president is ever going to nominate another African-American to the court. [Barack Obama]'s African-American. We've got someone who proposes to be African-American on the court."

GOP Congressman Supports Deportation of Illegal Immigrants’ US Kids

(AP) - Rep. Duncan Hunter said he would support deporting U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, adding that "it takes more than walking across the border to be an American citizen."

The San Diego-area Republican congressman spoke Saturday at a video recorded tea party rally in Ramona. Hunter was asked by someone in the crowd if he backed deporting natural-born American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants.

"I would have to, yes," Hunter said.

Obama Flashback: A President Can’t Let Surrogates Question Opponent’s Patriotism

"The question is whether the president is willing to reign in those on his staff or in his control."

Marco Rubio Reacts to Charlie Crist's Move

(Fox News Channel) — Florida GOP Senate candidate on opponent now running as independent.

Oil Spill Fallout

(Fox News Channel) — 'All-Star' panel on implications of environmental disaster.

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Priorities

Rush Limbaugh: This week, folks, Connecticut voters and officials were taken by surprise. Although homeowners and businesses sustained massive damage in last month's record-breaking floods, President Obama has denied their request for federal assistance.

In Stonington, a small town that suffered over $2 million in damage, a local official called Obama's decision "disgraceful," especially since FEMA officials toured the area and reassured him that help was on the way. Governor Jodi Rell said that she'll appeal the hard-hearted ruling. (Good luck, Governor.)

Meanwhile this week, President Obama announced a new entrepreneurial exchange program with Muslim countries. "We know that over the years, despite all we have in common, the United States and Muslim communities around the world too often fell victim to mutual mistrust," said Obama. "We will bring business and social entrepreneurs from Muslim-majority countries to the United States and send their American counterparts to learn from your countries."

Finally, this item. North of flood-ravaged Connecticut, in Boston, Democrats have allocated some $38 million to build a shrine to Ted Kennedy. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute will be built on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. But $38 million is not enough, though, for congressional Democrats; they're trying to raise the approved price tag by at least $20 million. No indication yet that the wealthy Kennedy family will foot any of the bill, or whether there will be a Mary Jo Kopechne Memorial Wing.

But one thing is clear: Democrats do have their priorities here in place, don't they?

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
• AP: Rell: State to Appeal Obama Denial of Individual Storm Aid

Thursday, April 29, 2010

It’s Official: Charlie Crist Abandons Republican Party

(Sunshine State News) - In what had become one of the worst-kept secrets in Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he was abandoning the Republican Party primary to pursue a U.S. Senate seat on his own. By shifting to no-party status, Crist acknowledged months of political polls that have shown him trailing former House speaker Marco Rubio by 20-plus points in the Aug. 26 GOP primary.

Flashback: Obama Argues for Rule of Law in Deporting Illegals Without Proper Papers

August 2006: "We live in a country of laws. We don't do things sort of based on one person's situation no matter how painful."

Harrison Ford to Green Critics: ‘I’ll Walk Everywhere When They Walk Everywhere,’ ‘I Only Fly One’ of My 7 Planes ‘At A Time’

(CNSNews.com) - Actor, environmental activist and pilot Harrison Ford, who owns seven airplanes, told his environmental critics that he will "start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.”

Ford spoke on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about general aviation at an event sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. In light of criticism Ford has received from environmentalists about his use of airplanes, CNSNews.com asked him if his environmental activism coupled with his flying was a “contradiction.”

Ford said, “They’re quite right. I’ll start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.”

Woman Who Portrayed 'Thelma Lou' Robbed in Mount Airy

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (WGHP) - The woman who portrayed Deputy Barney Fife's girlfriend Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show" was robbed in 'Mayberry' earlier this week, according to The Mount Airy News.

According to the paper, Betty Lou Lynn, 83, was robbed Sunday while at a shopping center near downtown Mount Airy. Lynn told police a man grabbed her wallet around 4 p.m. and fled. The wallet had $130 inside, according to the Mount Airy Police Department.

Police were notified and after a short foot chase, the robbery suspect, Shirley Walter Guynn, 45, of Cana, Va., was caught. Guynn was charged with common-law robbery and is being held in the Surry County Jail under $10,000 bond.

Lynn was not injured during the robbery.

The Fallible Crist

Since entering the Senate race, Florida’s governor has made one bad call after another.

(By Jim Geraghty; National Review Online) - Presuming the sources of Fox News are right, Florida governor Charlie Crist will run for the Senate as an independent.

You don’t get to be governor of Florida without a halfway decent sense of political judgment, and in fact that’s supposed to be one of Crist’s best qualities: He may not be the boldest or most principled politician, but he’s always been popular and displayed a knack for staying on the right side of Florida voters, going back to his “Chain Gang Charlie” days. That good sense of what voters want drove him from one public office to the next: Florida state senator, state education commissioner, state attorney general, and finally governor.

Yet during this election cycle, Crist’s keen judgment disappeared and was replaced with the bumbling instincts of some of our most legendary modern political blunderers (think Martha Coakley, Creigh Deeds, and John Kerry). Almost every key decision made by Crist and his campaign since entering the Senate race has backfired. Consider the following...

Some Senators Trying to Control Facebook

Rachel Maddow: People Not Smart Enough to Know 400 Percent Interest is Bad, Therefore Federal Gov’t Needed

(Eyeblast.tv) - MSNBC ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ host makes argument against payday lenders, but suggests only government can prevent people from entering in unfair deals.

Hannity: Michelle Malkin on AZ Immigration Law

NASA Space Balloon Launch a Flop

(Fox News Channel) — Research balloon crashes after lift-off in Australia.

Checking the Political Pulse

(Fox News Channel) — 'All-Star' panel weigh in on big Senate races in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Florida.

NY State Senator Rants: ‘You Racist People In Here’

(WCBS) - It started as an angry blow-up, and then it escalated. A state senator with a history of anger management issues says his race-based rant was part of his fight against the "evil of white supremacy." Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker is a well-documented hothead, and on Wednesday he took to the airwaves to unapologetically defend his latest shouting match.

Obama to Wall St.: ‘I Do Think at Some Point You’ve Made Enough Money’

(Washington Post) - Touring the Midwest, President Obama said he was "very pleased" a deal had been reached, and he criticized Wall Street lobbyists for trying to dilute the bill's most stringent provisions. Obama said he did not "begrudge" wealth that is "fairly earned." But in a departure from his prepared remarks, he added, "I think at some point you have made enough money."

Michelle Bachmann: Federal Government Now Owns or Controls 51% of the Private Economy

"This is stunning."

Gubernatorial Candidate in New Ad: ‘This is Alabama; We Speak English’

(Yahoo) - Amid a national debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he's elected, he'll give the state driver's license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure. "This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad. "If you want to live here, learn it."

Ex-President Clinton Skeptical Goldman Violated Law

“I’m not at all sure they violated the law, but I do believe that there was no underlying merit to the transaction and that’s what I think we need to look at.”

(Bloomberg) - Former President Bill Clinton said he’s skeptical that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. broke the law, while adding that the U.S. government’s lawsuit against the firm underscores the growth of financial transactions with “no underlying merit.”

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: And Now...The Truth

Rush Limbaugh: One of the President's girlie men is finally telling the truth about what's in the health care takeover now that it's law. That would be Peter Orszag, Obama's Budget Director, spoke to the Economic Club of Washington earlier this month. The video is just now surfacing.

Orszag said controlling health care costs is the only way to address "our long-term fiscal imbalance." What followed was chilling. Orszag admitted that the way costs will be controlled is to move Medicare away from paying doctors and hospitals based on the number of people they serve to payment based on "efficiencies." That responsibility falls to the Independent Payment Medicare Board. In other words, "The Panel."

According to Orszag this panel has been enormous power. It will take an act of Congress and the President's signature to overturn their decisions on cutting Medicare costs. Again, the panel's marching orders are to reimburse Medicare doctors and hospitals for "efficiency" – not the number of patients they treat.

Mr. Orszag was asked if it had been carefully explained to Congress just how powerful this board would be. He replied: "Yes, it was. That's why it was so difficult to..." and he caught himself before he finished: "so difficult to get it passed."

Obama, Dingy Harry, and Nancy Pelsoi spent a year telling us this kind of panel didn't exist – and anyone who said it did was lying.

Well it does exist. It's law. As it unfolds we will learn the rest of the horror story. In fact, that's why Pelosi said we had to pass the bill, to scare the hell out of us.

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
• HotAir: Video: Orszag Explains How ObamaCare Imposes Rationing

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fox News: Charlie Crist to Run as Independent in FL Senate Race

(Fox News) - Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist has decided he will run as an independent in the race to fill the Florida U.S. Senate seat, Crist allies tell Fox News. The official announcement is scheduled for Thursday at 5pm ET in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Senate campaign has been rough and tumble for Crist, he was once the front-runner -- but in recent months began trailing his GOP opponent, Florida State Speaker Marco Rubio.

Harry Reid: Republican Filibuster of Wall Street Bill is ‘Anti-American’

“All of this talk from Republicans about wanting to do something about this bill before it gets on the floor is really anti-Senate and anti-American.”

John Edwards’ Mistress Opens Up on ‘Oprah’

"Elizabeth really wanted him to do that interview. She wanted him to say, you know, you've got to get out in front of it. You've got to, you know, say the truth and speak the truth. And she didn't know the truth. So it's like you can't do the interview and not speak the whole truth."

'Make 'Em All Citizens? Yes!'

(Eyeblast.tv) - On 'Morning Joe', Chris Hayes of 'The Nation' says he'd like to grant US citizenship to all 12 million illegal immigrants in the country.

How Mexico Treats Illegal Aliens

(By Michelle Malkin; The Patriot Post) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused Arizona of opening the door "to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement." But Arizona has nothing on Mexico when it comes to cracking down on illegal aliens. While open-borders activists decry new enforcement measures signed into law in "Nazi-zona" last week, they remain deaf, dumb or willfully blind to the unapologetically restrictionist policies of our neighbors to the south.

The Arizona law bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to complete and carry an alien registration document, and allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they are in the U.S. legally. If those rules constitute the racist, fascist, xenophobic, inhumane regime that the National Council of La Raza, Al Sharpton, Catholic bishops and their grievance-mongering followers claim, then what about these regulations and restrictions imposed on foreigners?

A Law Arizona, If Not Beltway, Can Live With

(By George Will; Investors.com) - 'Misguided and irresponsible" is how Arizona's new law pertaining to illegal immigration is characterized by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She represents San Francisco, which calls itself a "sanctuary city," an exercise in exhibitionism that means it will be essentially uncooperative regarding enforcement of immigration laws.

Yet as many states go to court to challenge the constitutionality of the federal mandate to buy health insurance, scandalized liberals invoke 19th-century specters of "nullification" and "interposition," anarchy and disunion. Strange.

It is passing strange for federal officials, including the president, to accuse Arizona of irresponsibility while the federal government is refusing to fulfill its responsibility to control the nation's borders.

Cut Spending or Raise Taxes?

(Fox News Channel) — National debt commission's ideas for mopping up red ink.

Is the U.S. Headed on Same Path as Greece?

(Fox Business Network) — Rep. Mark Kirk, (R-IL), on how the debt crisis of countries such as Greece will impact the U.S. economy.

Don Imus Unloads on Joe Scarborough

(Fox News Channel) — Radio host blasts 'lying' MSNBC anchor.

Laura Bush discusses fatal crash in her new book

NEW YORK (AP) - Former U.S. first lady Laura Bush is going public about a car crash in Midland, Texas, that claimed the life of a high school friend when she was 17.

In her new book, "Spoken from the Heart," she describes being wracked by guilt and losing her faith for many years after she ran a stop sign and slammed into another car in 1963.

The book is scheduled to be released in May. The New York Times says it obtained a copy at a bookstore.

Bush bristles at criticism thrown at her husband, former President George W. Bush. She says his New Orleans flyover after Hurricane Katrina was in the best interest of victims and aid workers.

She criticizes Democrats for calling her husband "an incompetent leader" and a "loser." She says that was "uncalled for."

Sarah Palin Joins Immigration Debate

(Fox News Channel) — Former Alaska governor offers her take on Arizona law.

Follow the Money

(Fox News Channel) — 'All-Star' panel on Goldman Sachs on Capitol Hill and the Democratic push for financial overhaul legislation.

Brit Hume's Commentary: 4/27/10

(Fox News Channel) — The fuss over Arizona's immigration law.

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Reminder

Rush Limbaugh: Well! President Felipe Calderon and other Mexican officials have jumped into the fray over Arizona's new immigration law.

Calderon called the law a "violation of human rights" that "opens the door to intolerance and hatred." He promised to take it up with Obama when he visits Washington next month. Mexico's health minister, Jose Cordova, described the law as "abominable" and "discriminatory." Mexico senator Josefina Mota claimed the law means "the criminalization of all Mexicans."

So, for the benefit of my amigos south of the border -- and for liberals here -- let me remind you, again, of Mexico's immigration laws. In order to stay in Mexico, you must prove you have the means to sustain yourself financially. You won't get welfare, free schools, free health care -- or free anything else. You cannot have a criminal record. Your ownership of property is restricted. You can't protest the government or get involved in politics.

If you enter under false pretenses, you are deported or you are imprisoned. Same if you violate your visa status. Re-enter illegally, it's a ten-year prison term. Aid illegals, you go to jail. And, oh: Local and municipal police must assist federal immigration authorities in arresting illegal immigrants.

Those are just some of the highlights. Unlike us, Mexico enforces their immigration laws.

So, El Presidente: Don't accuse us of hatred, human rights violations, and intolerance while your laws are more draconian than anything on our books. And don't expect apologies from us. Maybe from Obama, but, no -- not from the rest of us.

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
• Washington Examiner: A Carefully Crafted Immigration Law in Arizona - Byron York

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Screenwriter: Conservatives ‘Have to Meet in Secret’ and ‘Talk in Whispers’ in Hollywood

(CNSNews.com) - Successful screenwriter and author Andrew Klavan said that in Hollywood, “(i)f you’re a conservative, especially a religious person, people have to meet in secret. They talk in whispers. It’s a very disturbing kind of culture.”

Did HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius Bury Damaging HHS Report Before Health Vote?

(The American Spectator) - The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama's health care "reform" law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius's staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.

"The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote," says an HHS source. "Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think."

The analysis, performed by Medicare's Office of the Actuary, which in the past has been identified as a "nonpolitical" office, set off alarm bells when submitted. "We know a copy was sent to the White House via their legislative affairs staff," says the HHS staffer, "and there were a number of meetings here almost right after the analysis was submitted to the secretary's office. Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report."

Hours After Substance Abuse Speech, Rep. Patrick Kennedy Downs Vodka Shots

(By Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton; Roll Call) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy was spotted doing vodka shots last week at a Capitol Hill bar just hours after he spoke about his history of substance abuse at a charity event.

An HOH tipster and a pal were sitting at the bar at the Capitol Lounge around 11 p.m. on Tuesday when the Rhode Island Democrat walked in and took a seat between the pair. The tipster’s friend asked the Congressman what he was drinking, and when Kennedy replied vodka, the group ordered vodka shots, the tipster tells us.

After slamming down the first round, another was ordered, then a third. Our tipster and his friend stopped doing shots, but Kennedy drank three more until the bartender cut him off, at least from obtaining any more shots, our tipster says.

Our tipster adds Kennedy was in a lively mood, joking with others at the bar and even boasting about President Barack Obama, calling him “the best president ever.”

When our tipster countered: “Wait a second. What about your uncle?” — referring, of course, to President John F. Kennedy — the younger Kennedy jovially responded, “Oh yeah! Good one,” and slapped our tipster’s back, he says.

No word on when Kennedy left the lounge, as our tipster headed out before the Congressman.

Joe Scarborough Calls Arizona Immigration Law 'Un-American'

(Eyeblast.tv) - Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough calls the recently-enacted Arizona immigration law "un-American."

Joy Behar: Arizona Immigration Policy 'Like Sort of Nazism a Little Bit'

(Eyeblast.tv) - HLN host reports ‘critics say the new law will make Arizona feel more like World War II Germany than a part of the United States.’

Jack Cafferty Slams Obama and Dems For Their Response To Arizona Immigration Law

Tucker Carlson goes after Al Sharpton

Chris Matthews Urges James Cameron To Trash 'Dangerous' Global Warming Deniers in 'Right Wing Media'

(Eyeblast.tv) - Chris Matthews spent an entire segment of Monday's Hardball sucking up to director James Cameron as the MSNBC host prodded the "Avatar" director to trash those in the "right wing media" who deny global warming, like Glenn Beck as "very dangerous to this county."

MSNBC Airs Ad Casting Sen. Mitch McConnell As Criminal

(Eyeblast.tv) - 'The Ed Show' on MSNBC airs an ad depicting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a criminal holding a mug shot placard.

Board to hear protest: Davidson Board of Elections will decide whether Hege is eligible to run for re-election as sheriff

(By Wesley Young; Winston-Salem Journal) - The people trying to block former Sheriff Gerald Hege from getting back his old office yesterday won the right to have a hearing on the issue.

But the hearing won't be until three days after the May 4 primary in which Hege is running against two other Republican candidates.

Hege lost the office in 2003, after his conviction on two felony counts.

'Lawbreakers' Supported Over Law Keepers?

(Fox News Channel) — Senator who sponsored Ariz. immigration law reacts to ugly protests.

Vandals Use Refried Beans to Smear Swastikas on Arizona Capitol

"The laws that have been passed, they are Nazi laws. They are not considering humanity. They are a crime against humanity."

Boobquake 2010 Succeeds in Failing to Trigger Major Earth Tremors

"When someone makes a claim that is somewhat ridiculous we should test it out to see if it's true or not."

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Rated X

Rush Limbaugh: According to the Securities and Exchange Commission's inspector general, dozens of staffers used government computers to surf the web looking at and downloading porn. Most of the activity took place during the financial meltdown.

The porn party took place despite the SEC's software filters designed to block porn sites. The more salacious examples in the IG's report include a staff accountant who had more than 600 images stored on her laptop, and had accumulated almost 1,800 access denials for porn sites over a two-week period. Another SEC senior attorney spent up to 8 hours a day viewing porno at work, and overloaded his hard drive. So he burned porn images onto CDs and DVDs, which he stored at the office. Most of the porn-happy employees earn from 99 thousand to over 200 thousand a year. One porn-peeker said: "It was something, you know, at some point, I just kind of did naturally."

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley requested the report, and his spokesperson said the release was not politically motivated.

But given the daily attacks on the financial sector by Obama, it ought to be used politically -- not just by Republicans -- but by every business he badmouths. We have enough regulators and regulations in place to monitor the financial sector, but the federal government has been failing miserably for decades!

Unless they clean up their own triple-X-rated act, they don't deserve more power to screw up -- and screw -- anybody else.

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
• Wall Street Journal: Workers Punished in SEC Porn Flap

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tim Geithner: ‘I Never Had a Real Job’

"I basically almost right out of graduate school came and worked as a very junior public servant at the Treasury and spent my entire professional life since in some form of policy job."

Sting: ‘We’re Asking for Big Government’

"Well, you can see the enthusiasm out there. And people are here to really tell big government that we want big government to make big decisions about the most important problems we face. And also to pressure our corporations to behave properly, as consumers, but we're here to -- we're asking for big government, basically."

Obama’s Budget Director: Powerful Rationing Panel (Not Doctors) Will Control Health Care Levels

"This Independent Payment Advisory Board has the power..."

Remembering the Gipper...

"The developing world has been told that it's necessary to give up freedom in order to achieve progress. Nothing could be further from the truth. Freedom and economic advance go hand in hand; they are two sides of the same coin. The mainspring of human progress is found not in controlling and harnessing human energy but in setting it free. The most valuable resource is not oil or precious metals or even territory; it's the infinite richness of human potential. The creative genius and diligence unleashed when people are free and working to improve their lot and that of their families is the greatest force for good on this planet."
Ronald Reagan

Monday Funnies :-)

Armed Man Arrested at N.C. Airport as Obama Departs

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOXNews.com) - An armed man spotted at a North Carolina airport parking lot just after Air Force One departed Sunday told an officer he wanted to see the president and had a car equipped with police gear, including a siren and flashing lights, authorities said.

Joseph Sean McVey, 23, of Coshocton, Ohio, is charged with going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor, said Asheville Regional Airport Police Capt. Kevan Smith.

Security was heightened at the airport because President Barack Obama was leaving after spending the weekend vacationing in Asheville. He was headed to a memorial service for 29 West Virginia coal miners killed in an explosion.

Harry Reid: Obamacare Most Important Thing We've Done for the World

(The Hill) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is talking up the healthcare reform law in a big way on the campaign trail.

Reid, who led efforts to shepherd the $940 billion legislation through the Senate, is facing a tough reelection battle this fall. He spoke at several Democratic county conventions in northern Nevada on Saturday.

“The most important thing we've done for the country and the world is health care,” he said according to the Nevada Appeal.

Republicans have warned Democrats to use the healthcare law, upon which the public is divided, during the fall campaigns at their own peril.

Democrats have countered, saying that the healthcare law is one of their greatest achievements, comparing it to the passage of large, popular entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

Why Graham balked; can Dems win by losing on climate AND immigration?

(By Byron York; The Washington Examiner) - On Friday morning, I got a note from the office of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham asking if I would be interested in coming by Monday to talk with Graham about the new energy and climate bill he was scheduled to unveil with co-sponsors John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman. We quickly sent a few emails back and forth, trying to arrange a time, until about an hour later, when radio silence descended on the Graham office.

Within hours, it became clear that there would be no unveiling, and, at least as far as Graham was concerned, no bill, either. Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats decided to remove the measure, on which Graham and others had worked for months, from the Senate schedule and replace it with some sort of unformed and so-far-unwritten measure on immigration "reform."

Fox News Panel Plus: 4/25/10

(Fox News Channel) — 'Fox News Sunday' panel on the Presidential Debt Commission.

Obama Plays Race Card: Rallies Blacks, Latinos For '10 Upset

"It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women, who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again."

Obama’s National Security Advisor Tells Joke Depicting Jews as Greedy Merchants

(Yid With Lid) - He was giving the key note speech at a Washington Institute For Near East Policy and started it out with a "joke" that borders on anti-Semitic, teaching the crowd that Jews are just greedy merchants in the same vein as Shakespeare's Shylock...

Out of the Gate: Dash posts impressive attendance numbers for its first home stand

(By Laura Graff; Winston-Salem Journal) - People worried about how the Winston-Salem Dash will repay its debts to the city based on attendance at the new downtown stadium can take some heart in early statistics.

Through its first six-game homestand, the Winston-Salem Dash is leading the Carolina League and all minor-league teams in its class in attendance, with an average of 4,614 people a game.

That includes a bump from the 7,111 who filled BB&T Ballpark during the inaugural game, and a hit from the relatively smaller crowd of 3,028 who came last Sunday afternoon. The Dash had the highest average attendance of any advanced Class A team in the country.

The team's second homestand began Friday night with a sellout. The team defines a sellout as all 5,500 seats and 700 lawn tickets sold.

"We feel really good about where we are," team President Geoff Lassiter said. "But I'm never going to be happy until it's completely sold out for 70 games."

State panel OKs home: Hospice plans to build home in Stokes County

By early January 2013, Stokes County should have its own hospice home, with 10 rooms for patients.

(By Lisa O'Donnell; Winston-Salem Journal) - By early January 2013, Stokes County should have its own hospice home, with 10 rooms for patients.

Earlier this month, the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation approved a Certificate of Need submitted by Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, which is based in Winston-Salem.

The certificate, known as a CON, paves the way for Hospice to build a home in Stokes County.

Hospice officials are looking for about 20 acres in a central location, said JoAnn Davis, the president and CEO of Hospice.

Obama visits Billy Graham at his home

Billy Graham, 91, received President Obama in his home in Montreat. Graham has counseled presidents since Eisenhower.

They reminisce about time spent in Chicago and share prayers for each other in 30-minute meeting

MONTREAT (AP) - President Obama made a pilgrimage yesterday to Billy Graham's mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower.

Obama, 48, made the short drive to Montreat from Asheville, where he spent the weekend, to see the 91-year-old Graham and son Franklin, also an evangelist.

During the visit, which lasted about 30 minutes and included aides and advisers to both men, Obama had a private prayer and conversation with Billy Graham. The evangelist gave Obama two Bibles, one for him and one for the first lady, Graham spokesman Larry Ross said.

Obama was "extraordinarily gratified that he took the time to meet with him," White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

Vote will be nay: Unitarian Universalist fellowship opposes district name change

(By Mary Giunca; Winston-Salem Journal) - In 1993, the National General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association had a costume ball. Since the meeting was in Charlotte, in the Thomas Jefferson District, the organizers invited people to dress in costume from Jefferson's time.

Jim Key, who is the president of the district, said he remembers that a black delegate asked, "Should we come in chains and rags?"

That comment ushered in a period a reflection among Unitarian Universalists about how welcoming the name "Thomas Jefferson" was to black members, Key said. A movement to change the district name in the late 1990s failed, but yesterday, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem took up the matter again, ahead of the district's annual meeting on Friday and Saturday in South Carolina.

After a short debate, the fellowship again rejected a name change, said Janet Owen, the president of the board of trustees for the Winston-Salem Fellowship.

"Everybody had done a lot of thinking and they pretty much had made up their minds," she said.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The creators of financial "reform"

DDT Danger: The Myth That Kills

(Fox Business Network) — Richard Tren, author of "The Excellent Powder," argues fears of DDT are overblown and are costing lives in poor countries with Malaria.

When Water Bottles Kill

(Fox Business Network) — John Stossel debates movie director Stephanie Soechtig over her movie "Tapped," about the evils of bottled water.

Five Biggest Anti-Business Lies

(Fox Business Network) — Radio host Michael Medved breaks down his new book, "The 5 Big Lies About American Business."

Michael Medved on Anti-Capitalist Myths

(Fox Business Network) — Radio host Michael Medved breaks down the big lies often told about American business.

ACORN CEO: Young Socialists Are Alright With Me

(Eyeblast.tv) - From Verum Serum: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis praises socialism and attacks conservatives.

Sarah Palin: End crony capitalism

(By Ed Morrissey; Hot Air) - In times gone by, the Democratic Party used to complain that the GOP was the party of “crony capitalism.” These days, with the political connections of Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms to the Obama administration and to Democrats, the least that can be said is that the playing field has been leveled. Both Republicans and Democrats spent hundreds of billions on bailouts of supposedly private corporations in 2008 and 2009, saddling American taxpayers with enormous debt while protecting big contributors from utter financial collapse.

Sarah Palin issued a rebuke to the entire practice of crony capitalism from her Facebook platform this morning, and demanded an end to the “too big to fail” mentality that results from it...

How did GM pay off its bailout loans?

With more government money.

(By Ed Morrissey; Hot Air) - The backers of the bailouts to General Motors cried with triumph this week when the automaker announced that they had repaid their bailout loans ahead of schedule. That amounted to proof of the wisdom of government intervention, the argument went, and wondered aloud why bailout critics didn’t acknowledge their errors. Perhaps it’s because the government essentially got paid off with even more government money...

(Fox Business Network) — FBNs Liz MacDonald on the automaker paying back government loans with other taxpayer funds.

Liberals and the Violence Card

Conservative protest is motivated by a love of what America stands for.

(By Rush Limbaugh; The Wall Street Journal) - The latest liberal meme is to equate skepticism of the Obama administration with a tendency toward violence. That takes me back 15 years ago to the time President Bill Clinton accused "loud and angry voices" on the airwaves (i.e., radio talk-show hosts like me) of having incited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. What self-serving nonsense. Liberals are perfectly comfortable with antigovernment protest when they're not in power.

From the halls of the Ivy League to the halls of Congress, from the antiwar protests during the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq to the anticapitalist protests during International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings, we're used to seeing leftist malcontents take to the streets. Sometimes they're violent, breaking shop windows with bricks and throwing rocks at police. Sometimes there are arrests. Not all leftists are violent, of course. But most are angry. It's in their DNA. They view the culture as corrupt and capitalism as unjust.

Top SEC Staffers Surfed Porn for Hours During 2008 Economic Turmoil

(Politico) - One SEC attorney in Washington kept burned CDs and DVDs of pornography downloaded on his government computer – the hard drive of which was filled by explicit material – in his office.

Gov. Chris Christie on Property Taxes, Teachers Union

(Fox Business Network) — Gov. Chris Christie, (R-NJ), argues teachers unions need to make sacrifices to help reduce the states budget.

Surprise! ObamaCare will increase expenses, says Medicare actuary

(By Ed Morrissey; Hot Air) - Barack Obama and Democratic leadership in Congress insisted that their health-care system overhaul would cut costs while adding over 30 million people to government insurance rolls, a claim that the national media sometimes seemed to accept blindly rather than question seriously. Its authors also insisted that the expansion would not come at the expense of the middle class, preserving Obama’s promise not to heap more costs on the backs of families. One month to the day after the passage of ObamaCare, two reports show both pledges as nothing but spin.

First, the actuary for Medicare and Medicaid confirm what ObamaCare critics have said all along — that the massive government overhaul is going to increase costs at a higher rate than if Congress had done nothing at all...

Star Wars 2010? U.S. military launch space plane on maiden voyage... but its mission is top secret

(U.K. Mail Online) - A top secret space plane developed by the US military has blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage.

Billed as a small shuttle, the unmanned X-37B heralds the next generation of space exploration. It will be the first craft to carry out an autonomous re-entry in the history of the US programme.

But its mission - and its cost - remain shrouded in secrecy. The Air Force said the launch was a success but would give no further details.

However, experts have said the spacecraft was intended to speed up development of combat-support systems and weapons systems.

There have already been accusations that the programme could lead to the 'weaponisation' of space.

Bret Baier reports: Another U.N. Globaloney Miscalculation

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Nancy Pelosi: Wall St. Doesn’t Get Anything For Filling Dem Campaign Coffers

"What matters is what the policy is that we put forth here. And our policy, regardless of contribution, is to rein in Wall Street."

Financial Overhaul Package

(Fox News Channel) — Fox News 'All-Star' panel on Obama's economic plans.

Plus-Size Lingerie Ad Too Hot for TV?

(Fox News Channel) — Racy Lane Bryant lingerie commercial rejected from primetime.

John Boehner Rips New Fiscal Regulations

Michelle Malkin On Obama's Goldman Ties

Chicago Teacher on Tax Hike: ‘Give Up the Bucks’

(Big Government) - This is what the welfare state looks like. The formerly great state of Illinois, having thoroughly run its budget into the ground, is considering digging an even deeper hole by raising taxes. Exactly the shot in the arm the economy needs!

Of course, public sector unions are in full-throttle support of the tax grab. (No recession for those that live off taxpayers.) On Wednesday, a phalanx of public sector employees, including SEIU, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, AFSCME, and AFL-CIO, rallied in support of the tax hike in the capital, Springfield.

This public school teacher, who was likely given the day off to attend the rally, left no doubt about her reasons for supporting the tax hike.

Yes, this woman is responsible for educating some number of your children. Her chant goes to the heart of what’s wrong with our public school system…it is designed for the adults in the system, i.e. teachers and not the children.

The task at hand is even bigger than we feared.

Pssst: Millions face tax hikes under Dems’ budget plans

WASHINGTON (Yahoo! News) – President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate promise to cut the deficit by almost two-thirds over the next five years, but their budget plan could threaten about 30 million people with tax increases averaging $3,700 in 2012 and after because of the alternative minimum tax.

The alternative is tax increases elsewhere in the revenue code averaging up to $100 billion a year after 2011 to continue alternative minimum tax relief and also curb taxes on people inheriting large estates.

The Democratic plan released Wednesday by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad of North Dakota relies on such boosts in revenues to carve the deficit from $1.4 trillion last year down to $545 billion by 2015.

Specter Denies Deal with Santorum on Support for SCOTUS Nominees

"I made no deal."

Trunk Driving: Congressman Claims Trees Cause Slower & Safer Motorists

(CNS News) - In a pre-Earth Day speech before the Alliance for Community Trees on Wednesday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said that more trees lining urban streets makes people better drivers.

“Having an urban tree canopy actually retards speeding,” said Blumenauer.

ObamaCare: Sebelius Admits Admin Has No Clue How Much ‘High Risk Pools’ Will Cost

"Well we don't know what it will cost."

Obama: Value Added Tax a ‘Novel’ Idea For U.S.

"You know, I know that there's been a lot of talk around town lately about the value-added tax -- that is something that has worked for some countries. It's something that would be novel -- for the United States."

Rev. Wallis: Bill Criminalizing Illegals ‘Would Make Obeying Jesus Against The Law’

"It's cruel."

Miller Time: 4/21/10

(Fox News Channel) — Dennis Miller on gay activists heckling President Obama.

Fox News 'Special Report' Online Show: 4/21/10

(Fox News Channel) — Panel on RNC and DNC spending; debt commission; eminent domain.

Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points: 4/21/10

(Fox News Channel) — Jon Stewart vs. Fox News, part 87.

Jon Stewart-Fox News Feud Heats Up

(Fox News Channel) — Bernie Goldberg hits back at funnyman's latest attack on FNC.

NC Senator Kay Hagan refuses to answer how Health Care Mandate is Constitutional

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Prediction

Rush Limbaugh: Two weeks ago, former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volker said that politicians may have to consider the Value Added Tax as a way to deal with Obama's massive deficits. He claimed the tax wasn't as "toxic" an idea as it has been in the past.

Maverick John McCain, fighting for his political life, quickly proposed a Senate resolution denouncing the VAT as a tax that would cripple families and hurt the economy. Eighty-five senators voted for the symbolic resolution. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal praised Volker for admitting what Democrats know but are avoiding until after the election, that the groundwork is being laid to push for the "European-style value added tax."

The White House reaction came from official mouthpiece Robert Gibbs, who said Obama never proposed the idea – "nor is it under consideration."

Recently the Washington Post ran two articles on this. The first reported that Obama's economic team has calculated that a five percent VAT would generate enough revenue to help bring down the deficit. The second article quotes noted economists complaining that the "hyper-partisan political atmosphere" is "narrowing the options" for dealing with the deficit. The economists agree VAT should be on the table – and behind closed doors all the serious players understand this.

Never mind what Obama or the State-Controlled Media says. If Democrats are in charge, higher taxes are coming. Whether it's the VAT or some other tax. Folks, these are Democrats, and tax increases are in their DNA.

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
• Wall Street Journal: The Toxic VAT

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Obamacare: It’s not over yet

Heritage Foundation: According to a new analysis from Americans for Tax Reform, over the course of a decade, the reconciliation bill will add an estimated $52.3 billion in new taxes. These taxes will be levied against employers, the sick, low-income and moderate-income workers, and just about everyone else, regardless of income.

Wednesday Funnies...

Joe Biden channeling Howard Dean...

Video: Pop-up Democrats

(By Ed Morrissey; Hot Air) - After seeing the NRCC’s latest offering, a send-up of Pop-Up Videos, my first thought is — this should be mandatory for all political speeches. Of course, one would have to employ a full-time staff to keep up the pace of needed annotations for any Barack Obama speech, and it might take a week to untangle all of Joe Biden’s tortured anecdotes. When will C-SPAN add this feature to its coverage of one-minute speeches? I can’t wait!

FDA Looks to Limit Salt Content in Food

(Fox Business Network) — Fox News Health Managing Editor Dr. Manny Alvarez on the governments push to regulate the use of salt in food.

Geico Guy's Inflammatory Call

(Fox News Channel) — Hear the anti-Tea Party voicemail that landed the actor on the unemployment line.

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Willie Nelson's 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

(Fox Business Network) — Bernie and The I-Man question Willie Nelson's 9/11 conspiracy accusations after his interview on Larry King Live.

Eminent Domain vs. Private Property

(Fox News Channel) — It's Your Land: Business owners fight town to hold on to their land.

Mark Levin on Financial Reform, Taking the Country Back

(Fox Business Network) — Radio talk show host Mark Levin on the need for politicians to get back to following the Constitution and why financial reform is necessary.

Larry King Thinks Sarah Palin Should Pose For Playboy

(By Noel Sheppard; Newsbusters) - CNN's Larry King thinks former Alaska governor Sarah Palin should pose for Playboy.

Chatting with comedienne Sarah Silverman on Tuesday's "Larry King Live," the host brought up the liberal media's favorite conservative female target.

"We can't leave without asking you, my producers say I must ask you. Sarah Palin, what do you think?"

Without question, Silverman's comment was not as shocking as King's response (video follows with transcript, relevant section at 4:00):

Ed Schultz Excoriates Democrat Tea Partier: ‘You’re Too Stupid to Read’

"Get this idiot off my radio show!"

Group moves women's event: Laura Bush, Sarah Palin will speak at Charlotte arena, organizers say

WILKESBORO (By Monte Mitchell; Winston-Salem Journal) - Sarah Palin and Laura Bush won't be coming to Wilkesboro for a women's event this summer after all.

Organizers said yesterday that they are moving the venue from Wilkes Community College to Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena for better security, safety and parking.

The Blue Ridge Educational Resource Group said in February that Bush, the former first lady, and Palin, the Republican Party's 2008 vice-presidential candidate, would appear June 5 in Wilkesboro as part of the Complete Woman Expo 2010. The group had signed a contract to use the college's Watson Stage and grounds.

Legal fight over restaurants continuing

The Waffle House on Peters Creek Parkway has closed as a result of a dispute between the company and a franchisee.

(By Fran Daniel; Winston-Salem Journal) - Bethany Padron knew that something was up last week when she and a friend dropped by the Waffle House off Peters Creek Parkway. It was close to midnight, and nobody was there.

"Waffle House does not close," Pardon said yesterday, noting that the chain's restaurants are typically open 24 hours. "The lights were on, but it was like driving by a sad, empty house. No one was home."

As she and many other customers have learned in recent days, a running dispute between Waffle House Inc. and a franchisee has resulted in the closing of two of the 36 Waffle Houses in North Carolina owned by Gary Fly of Freeway Foods Inc.

‘Baby, Look at You’: Howard Stern Pushes Megyn Kelly in Explicit Directions

"Are you attracted to my wife at all?"

Does CNN Anchor Imply That Infamous ‘Spitting’ Video Included ‘N-Word?’

"We have the tape here at CNN. I saw it on CNN's State of the Union."