Saturday, September 4, 2010

op ed review 9/5


Republicans have now opened up a 10-point lead over Democrats in the “generic ballot” for Congress. This lead is the largest in Gallup’s history of tracking the midterm generic ballot..

Typically cautious Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, is rocking the political world with a new "Crystal Ball" prediction: The GOP will win the House, making Ohio's John Boehner speaker, might get a 50-50 split in the Senate, and will pick up some eight new governors.

In just 120 days, the largest tax hikes in the history of America are scheduled to take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011. Here are the details:

But if Republicans' win the House, their first move in the majority would be to extend the Bush tax cuts.

Hundreds of thousands of people streamed onto the National Mall last Saturday for a rally featuring Fox News personality Glenn Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The event, with the title "Restoring Honor," was about reminding people of the legacy of the founding fathers. . "Where are the Washingtons, Jeffersons, Lincolns today?" Beck asked.

Beck called for a religious rebirth in America at the site where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day. It was part religious revival, part history lecture, as Mr. Beck invoked the founding fathers and the “black-robed regiment” of pastors of the Revolutionary War and spoke of American exceptionalism. For her part, Sarah Palin in a veiled reference to President Obama and his pledges to fundamentally transform America, told the crow “We must not fundamentally transform America as some would want; we must restore America and restore her honor.”

Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor’ rally also raised $5.5 million for wounded soldiers

At least a quarter of a million Americans turned out for the rally, but the Washington Post ran this picture of a nearly empty capitol mall and declared “Beck, Palin tell thousands to ‘Restore America’”

Backed by the Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin, a little-known conservative lawyer from Alaska became the latest newcomer to the national political stage to take down an incumbent in 2010. In arguably the biggest political upset of the year, Joe Miller claimed the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate when incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded Tuesday evening. Miller's win was a major victory for the tea party movement and marked the first time it had defeated a sitting senator in a primary. Miller said he'll campaign this fall on transferring power and control over resources from the federal government to Alaska and the other 49 states.

At a lunch at the National Press Club, the Chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, said (1) she had no idea how bad the economic collapse would be. (2) she still doesn't understand exactly why it was so bad. (3) the response to the collapse was inadequate. (4) she doesn't have much of an idea about how to fix things.

Government anti-poverty programs now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

In recent months, more than 30 cents of every dollar in personal income is redistributed by the government.

The U.S. Justice Department sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying the Arizona lawman refused to turn over records in an investigation into allegations his department discriminates against Hispanics. One of the allegations is that his English-only policy in his jails discriminates against people with limited English skills.

This won’t help the DOJ case: It has been learned that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency did its own investigation of Arpaio's office -- and gave it a clean bill of health.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said requests by Arizona law enforcement personnel and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) for 3,000 National Guard troops along the state’s border with Mexico have been answered so far with 1 percent of that number (30 troops) deployed there this week. But at least the federal government has placed 15 signs along a 60-mile stretch between San Diego with Phoenix, warning Americans not to travel Interstate 8.

And this might be the reason: “Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of Arizona.”

A Wyoming man has donated more than $1.5 million to help defend Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement measure in court

It’s not just Arizona. From liberal Massachusetts to moderate Iowa – Democrats and Republicans in gubernatorial races are running on strict anti-immigrant platforms, pledging to sign an array of tough enforcement measures into law come January. Of the 37 gubernatorial races this year, candidates in more than 20 states have endorsed adopting a strict Arizona-style immigration law.

Who’s the party of the “rich”? Three Republicans and seven Democrats made up the list of 10 richest members of Congress. Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., is the richest, with a whopping estimated worth of $188.6 million.

According to National Journal's 2008 vote ratings, Sen Patty Murray is the number one most liberal senator. Her composite score of 92.7 beat out every other senator, including Barbara Boxer (who must be terribly jealous), Richard Durbin, Patrick Leahy, and even Socialist Bernie Sanders. “Congratulations, Senator Murray! And let me suggest that you use this achievement in all of your campaign ads.”

By a 3:1 margin, Washington State voters would pass Initiative 1053 into law if the election were held today. I-1053 re-states the existing laws requiring two-thirds majority votes in the legislature or voter approval to increase taxes.

On Wednesday, a gun wielding, bomb toting, eco-terrorist-who claimed to have been "awakened" by Al Gore's Oscar winning film, An Inconvenient Truth-was shot and killed by police after holding several people hostage inside the Discovery Channel headquarters in Maryland. Sadly, it's not the first incident of someone going berserk after taking in Gore's work.

The U.S. Department of Justice has changed its website. Gone are the colorful red, white and blue U.S. flag decorations on the page, replaced by stark black and white. And at the top of the page, is a rather interesting quote: "The common law is the will of mankind, issuing from the life of the people." Catchy, huh? The quote is from C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930's was a leading proponent of the "international law" movement, which had as its goal to impose a global common law and which backed ‘global workers' rights.'

Here’s the new DOJ website, see for yourself:

California's legislature has officially endorsed repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Here comes another attempt by Democrats to pass a union “card check” bill. A former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor said that implementing card check would allow unions to swell their ranks with new members who would have to be signed up and pay money into failing union pension plans.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should only make predictions when it has solid scientific evidence and avoid straying into policy advocacy, a group of national science academies has warned in a report.



Jillian Bandes 8/28

Glenn Beck's 8/28 rally delivered a swift kick in the rear to anyone who claims he or the conservative grassroots movement is irrelevant or idle.

"Welcome to Restoring Honor. You are standing on the banks of greatness, the banks of American dreams," said Beck, during his initial remarks. "America is a land of opportunity." Beck's opening salvo set the tune for the rest of the day, which focused on the founding fathers, with a heavy dose of religious reverence and military pride. Somewhere in the ballpark of 500,000 followers crowded the space between the Lincoln and Washington monuments, dwarfing Beck's original estimate of 100,000 people. During the 3 1/2 hour spectacular, there were no long polemics about the follies of the Obama administration or evaluations of our ongoing economic despair. Instead, there were awards: for baseball player Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was honored for his dedication to his family, to God, and to his charity as a role model to his community; and also for Tom Kirk, an Air Force squadron commander, who spent time in the Hanoi Hilton with Sen. John McCain.

"Something beyond imagination is happening. Something that is beyond man is happening. America today begins to turn back to God," said Beck. "…. this country has spent far too long worrying about we are going to focus on good things in America."

Sarah Palin was a headlining speaker, and Beck played up her credentials as a mother instead of as a conservative political force…."Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet, and you can't take that away from me," said Palin. "I'm proud of that distinction, but it is not one that I had imagined, because no woman gives birth thinking that she will hand over her child to her country. But that's what mothers have done, from ancient days." Palin, along with a host of other speakers, largely upheld Beck's initial mantra of faith, hope, and honor. Justice Raul Gonzalez, retired from the Texas Supreme Court, awarded the Badge of Merit for Charity to Jon Huntsman, the Utah businessman philanthropist.

"Forty years ago, on these very steps, Martin Luther King had a dream. The dream seems a simple one," said Gonzalez. "On that day, 200,000 people — black and white, young and old — gathered across the National Mall to hear King's word. Many had lost faith...[King] knew that this was the day to inspire change."

There were performances by country singer Jo Dee Messina and prayers from Jewish Rabbis; gospel performances by black Christian groups and testimonials from military mothers who praised their sons' commitment to serving our country. Unlike many traditional tea party rallies, participants didn't jump to their feet constantly or gush about politics at the slightest opportunity. There was a palpable calm over most of the crowd for the majority of the event, which was fitting with the many the many groups who offered prayers and preaching……A plethora of media commentators denounced the message as hokey; none of the 500,000+ attendees seemed to doubt it one bit.

"I'm here honoring my country, and the great things we do in this world in the time of uncertainty," said Jebin Collins, from Virginia. "Seeing this many people come in from all over the country, come together peacefully, honoring God, and their country — it's beyond belief." Beck's event was the first rally Collins had attended, and he was sporting a United States Marine Corps t-shirt, as were many other people in the crowd. Children relaxed on blankets in the parks adjacent to the Reflecting Pool, though the crowd was decidedly middle-aged. There were virtually no-counter protesters visible from the main stage near the Lincoln memorial, despite well-publicized plans for counter-protests.

Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King's niece, spoke to the crowd in a tone that echoed her uncle. She repeated "I have a dream," again and again, and continued with her desire to end racism, poverty, white privilege, and her desire to continue the foundation of holy matrimony. "How many of us know that we need to rebuild America?" she asked the crowd. "We need unity to do that."

After a series of presentations, Glenn Beck himself took to the stage for about an hour at the end of the program, delivering further remarks on the founding fathers and military respect. "Unless we challenge ourselves to be better than what we currently are, we will not grow the next great monument," said Beck, pointing to the monuments around him on the National Mall. "America, now is our moment. Yesterday is gone. This is our challenge. This is our goal. This is the American destiny. With charity towards those who struggle, faith in a God who guides us, and truth in who we really are, we pledge today to restore honor and the promise of America.",_hope,_and_honor_at_glenn_becks_8-28_rally/page/2

Another good read: “There's a lot of cackling in the liberal hen-house this week. There's a fox in there with a mouthful of feathers warbling "there's nobody in here but us 400,000 chickens." The fox's name is Glenn.”

Or this from Hugh Hewitt: “Two years into what had been sold as a new politics and a new approach, the 70 percent are fully aware that they have been conned, suckered, and taken to the cleaners by a hyper-ideological amalgam of leftist public intellectuals, snarling bloggers, career politicians with limited abilities who are often corrupt, and a president wholly inexperienced in the management of complex problems who is in way over his head and prisoner to slogans and schemes that make for great campus debates -- but for disaster in the real world. The people on the Mall were saying much more than "this far and no farther." They were saying "rewind and restart." They will hold that thought and that purpose as they peacefully, but with great passion and purpose, insist on real change come Nov. 2.”



“Between Saturday's crowd in Washington and the tea partiers agitating for limited government, we may be witnessing the rebuilding of the Reagan coalition, the "fusion" of religious and economic conservatives that political theorist Frank Meyer once endorsed. Reagan always believed that the Republican Party was the natural home for this movement, but GOP leaders in Washington need to prove they are worthy of it.”

-Wall Street Journal

"Those who mocked George W. Bush for openly declaring his faith in God and sharing that he prays to God for strength squawked about the horrors in Bush's allowing his beliefs to influence his governance. Apart from the mockers' misunderstanding of the proper intersection of faith and governance, let me pose another question. Are you more comfortable with a chief executive who, along with the overwhelming majority of Americans, humbly admits to reliance on God or one who projects the impression that he himself is messianic?"

-David Limbaugh

"The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama overread his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them."

-Charles Krauthammer

"Are you opposed to Obamacare or illegal immigration? You're a racist. Are you opposed to gay marriage? You're a homophobe. Did you oppose Elena Kagan's appointment to the Supreme Court? You're a sexist. After less than two years of complete Democrat control of government, there aren't many Americans progressives haven't accused of some sort of bigotry for simply having an opinion different from theirs. The politics of 'hope' and 'change' have devolved into exactly what those espousing them claimed they would end. Is this really Democrat's plan to win votes in November?"

-Derek Hunter

"Who knew that the American public would get accused of bigotry more often after electing an African-American president than before?"

-Rich Lowry



The Left is having a meltdown: “Yesterday, a nut-job demagogue held a huge rally in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans object to the building of a peaceful cultural center in New York and one in five “believe” that the president is a Muslim, as though someone else’s professed religion is a matter for national referendum. With Labor Day around the corner, it’s time to admit it. The country has gone bonkers…”

A blogger at the Huffington Post offered $100,000 for a “sex tape or phone records or anything else” that succeeded in removing Fox News host Glenn Beck “from the public eye forever.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews commented: “I have a nightmare that one day a right-wing talk show host will come to this spot…Little right-wing boys and little right-wing girls joining hands and singing their praise for Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. I have a nightmare"

Actor John Cusack Calls for 'Satanic Death' of Fox News, GOP Leaders

“The NAACP has partnered with Media Matters, Think Progress and New Left Media to launch, a website that will specifically publish and monitor “racism and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement.”

Never tell a feminist politician she's "attractive" and "a good mother." To some, that's a "toxic" insult.



“Dismantling America and Other Controversial Essays” by Thomas Sowell. “Thomas Sowell is, in my opinion, the most original and interesting philosopher at work in America.” says author Paul Johnson.

“Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West” by Michael Ledeen. “… a rare book indeed: a prophecy that was abundantly fulfilled, and a guide to those who, God willing, will act more wisely in the future," says R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.



“The time has come to question if Islam is protected under our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion. Yes, everyone in America has the right to freedom of religion, but Islam is not a religion. Religious faith is only a part of Islam. The rest is a socially engineered society with its own laws and customs that seriously conflict with American law.”

Islam and Sex in the Afterlife

A well-known Australian Muslim cleric has called for the beheading of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders.

The ground zero mosque developers are tax deadbeats. Sharif El-Gamal, the leading organizer behind the mosque and community center near Ground Zero, owes $224,270.77 in back property tax on the site, city records show.

He also has a lengthy rap sheet: Years before his latest real-estate project ignited an uproar, Sharif El-Gamal racked up at least seven run-ins with the law, including a bust for patronizing a prostitute.



“How did we get to where we are now and what MUST we do to get our country back to a Constitutional Republic! The Goal: Unite the various grass roots groups across Washington State, bring them together under one roof and issue a clarion call to what they must do between now and the November election. The Target Audience: Tea party activists, Campaign for Liberty, 912, 2nd Amendment, Property Rights, Constitutionalist, Young People, Pastors, any frustrated US Citizen worried about unemployment, burdensome taxes, abuse of eminent domain, illegal immigration, protecting the integrity of our voting rights, or about our success or failure as a Sovereign NATION!”

Attend the Freedom Summit Challenge, Sept 25, 6am to 10pm at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

Speakers, David Horowitz, Kirby Wilbur, Rev. Wayne Perryman, and others.

The latest Rasmussen Reports shows Dino Rossi attracting 48% of the vote while Democratic Senator Patty Murray gets 46%. Dino could use your help between now and Nov. 2nd.

Charles Krauthammer will speak at this year's Washington Policy Center annual dinner, October 6 in Bellevue.



“It’s remarkable that one man with a microphone talking about God and American values could inspire such paranoia. Yet, many on the Left didn’t bother to listen to what Glenn Beck had to say on Saturday during his “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, D.C., instead allowing their fear and loathing of the popular political commentator decide what his real message just had to be. Glenn Beck tried to stretch out a hand across the political divide and liberals smacked it aside.”

John Fund: Obama Builds a Big Tent . . . for Conservatives……The rally was yet another demonstration of how the Obama administration's excesses have brought different strands of the conservative movement together. In the past, more secular Tea Party types might not have showed up at a religiously-themed event like "Restoring Honor." Similarly, many of the devoutly religious people I met at Saturday's rally probably would in the past have shunned an explicitly political event such as Friday night's Freedom Works meeting. But I kept bumping into the same people at both gatherings. The conservative movement is maturing and learning to incorporate a wider cross-section of people under its banner. That may well be one of the more enduring accomplishments -- albeit inadvertent -- of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid these past two years.

A Black Man Goes to Glenn Beck's Rally: “What that moment taught me is this: Something profound is happening in America that runs far deeper than politics. The ground is shifting, and it's in freedom's direction. As a nation at war, standing in division and debt, Beck challenged the crowd to return to God. The message I took away is that we cannot continue to pick at the scab of America's past but must become the balm that heals it. That's the way forward—arm in arm, moving together, toward a better future. Standing in a crowd that stretched from the Washington Monument to Lincoln Memorial what happened on 8/28 was the most inspirational thing I had ever experienced. Standing there, unhyphenated and united, this black man has never felt more free in his life…”

Peering from behind his dead horse at the charging Sioux, Lt. Col. George Custer might have thought to himself, "This doesn't look good." President Obama, peeking over his golf clubs at the American political landscape two months before this fall's elections, might understandably form the same thought.

“Sen. Jacob M. Howard, the very author of the citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment, said the citizenship provisions, “will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the family of ambassadors, or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.” Unfortunately this distinction has withered away, leaving us only with the politically correct formulation that all babies lucky enough to be born here are citizens by reason of geography.”

If you think it's offensive for a Muslim group to exploit the 9/11 atrocity, you're an anti-Muslim bigot and un-American to boot. It is a claim so bizarre, so twisted, so utterly at odds with common sense that it's hard to believe anyone would assert it except as some sort of dark joke. Yet for the past few weeks, it has been put forward, apparently in all seriousness, by those who fancy themselves America's best and brightest, from the mayor of New York all the way down to Peter Beinart. Oikophobia: An exaggerated or irrational dislike or fear of home surroundings. In this case, one's culture, people (the American people), nation, etc. Opposite of Xenophobia.



The Blaze is a news, information and opinion site brought to you by Glenn Beck and a dedicated team of writers, journalists & video producers. “Our goal is to post, report and analyze stories of interest on a wide range of topics from politics and culture to faith and family.”

Amazing Grace on the bagpipes from the Restoring Honor rally:

‘Never Gonna Stand for This” Must see.

Tea Party anthem? Do You Hear the People Sing?”

Human Events has a new “Guns & Patriots” newsletter: Guns & Patriots is about firearms and the people who use them. We will bring you the story of the gun, hunter and soldier from the cornfield to the battlefield.”



Jay Leno: President Obama said that too many Americans are struggling to find jobs. You know what these Americans are going to be called? Democrats……Mexico has captured one of its most notorious drug lords, called “the Barbie.” Still on the loose are Beanie Baby and Tickle Me Elmo….Paris Hilton is banned from the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. I’m not sure what Paris is banned for but I think we can rule out card counting……This is the worst thing to ever happen to Paris Hilton. Now, when she’s in Vegas, she may actually have to stay at the Hilton.



“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of the people.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can't afford it.”

-Ronald Reagan, 1961

"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."

-Noel Coward

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