Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Primetime Propaganda’: Help Us Expose Hollywood’s Conservative Blacklist

Big Hollywood  "Because there are no codified standards, the reason for one’s employment or lack thereof are simply left to the whims of those in charge.
"And those in charge are Liberals. And Liberals, as we know, despise Conservatives.
"That is why Conservatives in Hollywood live in even greater fear than any other employee. In Hollywood, anyone can perform their job perfectly and still get fired. However, if one Liberal and one Conservative each performs their job perfectly, and one must be fired, the Conservative is the one who will be shown the door.
"It’s time to expose the discrimination that exists in Hollywood, and shine the cold light of reality on the Liberals who pay lip service to tolerating all points of view."

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Former Network Exec Agrees It’s Difficult for Conservatives to Break Into TV Industry

Sesame Street's pinko puppets brainwash our kids  "Among Shapiro's most revelatory interviewees is Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends, who recalls how she hired a "bunch of liberals" to run the programme to "put out there what we believe". In 1999, she admitted casting the actress sister of Newt Gingrich, the prominent Republican, to play a preacher at a lesbian wedding because she wanted to annoy conservatives."

Goodbye to 'Law [and] Order:' 20 Years of Attacking Businesses, Conservative Ideals  from May 26, 2010, but the show still does it in reruns.
"Cop/courtroom drama frequently puts corporate-types on trial, attacks traditional values and conservative views."....
"The Business & Media Institute examined the portrayal of businessmen in TV dramas in 2005 and found that a person was 21 times more likely to be kidnapped or murdered at the hands of a businessman than the mob. Businessmen also committed crimes five times more often than terrorists and four times more often than gangs."....
"Often the bias is written into a character’s dialogue, revealing the driving agenda. That’s what happened in late 2009, when one “Law & Order: SVU” character slammed conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly.

"“Limbaugh, Beck, O’Reilly, all of ‘em, they are like a cancer spreading ignorance and hate … They’ve convinced folks that immigrants are the problem, not corporations that fail to pay a living wage or a broken health care system …” the character (played by John Larroquette) said."....
"Original cast member Michael Moriarty condemned the “unconscionable” liberalism of “Law [and] Order” in Dec. 2009, saying, “I hardly expected my old television series to be the clown act that leads the American viewing audience into an increasingly predictable pile of hard left propaganda.”" (emphasis added)

The Unstimulated Obama Economy

Heritage  "Newsflash from The New York Times: President Barack Obama’s stimulus did not work. No, the Times doesn’t say that in so many words, but in an op-ed this morning, the paper laments the sputtering economy and the fact that Washington just isn’t doing enough to help the economy grow. The problem, of course, is that Washington has done too much of the wrong things to get the economy moving again."

Reelecting Obama

Victor Davis Hanson ; Memo to GOP: Obama will campaign against Bush (again) and play the race card. Don’t let him get away with it.
"The president himself — well after the beer summit, Eric Holder’s rants about “cowards” and “my people,” the racist inanities of Van Jones, the “wise Latina,” and all the rest — in ethnically divisive fashion urged Latinos to punish their conservative enemies, and joked that his opponents wanted alligators and moats to stop Mexican nationals from crossing the border.
"So will this tripartite strategy work? Only if the president’s opponents allow themselves to be caricatured as greedy Wall Street profiteers who want to punish the elderly and are prejudiced against blacks. And if they can’t answer back defiantly to that nonsense, then they really do deserve to lose."

“The boldest undertaking any president has undertaken on a single event in modern history” except for ...  (Joe Biden, the Maxwell Smart of politics)
William A. Jacobson: "I'll add some:
an “undertaking” “undertaken” greater than the decision to resupply Israel in 1973 despite threats from the Soviet Union, to drop special forces into an Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban, to send Doolittle's Raiders over Tokyo, to launch the Berlin Airlift, or to land troops at Normandy?
The list could go on and on, but not if you think history started with Barack Obama's election (except for the bad stuff which started with Bush).
"The self-centered arrogance of this administration is beyond imagination. And it starts from the top."
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Tyrannous Regulation ; Equality before the law disappears in rule by regulation.  "Teamsters Local 522 did, and the United Federation of Teachers, and the Chicago Plastering Institute. And, as a result, they’ve all been “granted” Obamacare “waivers.” Rule, Obama! Obama, waive the rules! If only for his cronies. Americans are being transferred remorselessly from the rule of law to rule by an unaccountable bureaucracy of micro-regulatory preferences, subsidies, entitlements, and incentives that determine which of the multiple categories of Unequal-Before-the-Law Second-Class (or Third-Class, or Fourth-Class) Citizenship you happen to fall into." Mark Steyn

Graduates! Your Guide to Selecting a Political Party

Neal Boortz  "Science has discovered that in most young people the portion of the brain where judgment is developed doesn't fully form until around the age of 25. For many of you, that's still a few years away. Worry not, however, because I'm here to help.
"If you look far enough into your future, perhaps this simplified guide will help. Choose the person you want to be in your life, and your choice of political parties is clear."

Sociology and Other 'Meathead' Majors ;  "Archie Bunker was right to be skeptical of his son-in-law's opinions."
"Part of the problem is the political correctness responsible for "Gender Studies," a politicized major that has its little echoes in many other departments, and that never fails to mislead. "

Obama chews gum at Joplin memorial service (updated)

American Thinker  "Is it nicotine gum? That is the most plausible explanation for this gross violation of propriety. Obama had a bad week in Europe, blundering badly with his toast to the Queen of England, humiliated before the world by speaking the magic line that cued the orchestra to play Britain's National Anthem, "God save the Queen," and blithely continuing to speak over the host country's most sacred anthem. Lech Walesa, a genuine Nobel laureate and hero to his people, humiliated him by refusing to meet him in Poland." 

Obama's Gum-Chewing at G-20 Raises Eyebrows  "But a website on chewing gum etiquette  suggests that gum should not be chewed during professional meetings and should not be chewed by someone whose job requires a lot of talking."

And, I dare say, at worship services, funerals and any professional conference?  But do you also remember when young people were taught to remove their hat when entering a home? Today you see people even wearing hats at a dinner table -when guests at the home of others yet.
Just because I'm anal doesn't mean courtesy isn't being lost in society.

Israel's Borders and National Security

STRATFOR "There is an argument prevalent among Israelis and their supporters that the Arabs will never make a lasting peace with Israel. From this flows the assumption that the safest course is to continue to hold all territory. My argument assumes the worst case, which is not only that the Palestinians will not agree to a genuine peace but also that the United States cannot be counted on indefinitely. All military planning must begin with the worst case."  George Friedman
Israel's Borders and National Security
"1967" borders= 1949 borders
This argument considers only strategic interests. The unspoken issue is that of giving back so many of the holiest sites of Israel including the city of Jerusalem. If we look at God's promises to Israel in the books of prophecy of the old and new testaments, we see that God will restore Israel in the latter days to the land He gave them. I see no mention of them ever being driven from there again.

Iranian cleric implies it's OK to kill Israeli children  "When is it permissible if you're a Muslim to kill children?
"Any old time, says Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah -- just as long as the child is an Israeli child." 
Rick Moran
Not a word of condemnation from "progressives" anywhere. We are angry about the millions of Muslims who do not condemn terrorism, but what about the lack of outrage from western liberals?

Post-Mubarak: Over 400 al-Qaida terrorists now in Sinai "Egyptian security officials were pursuing the terrorists, who are composed of Palestinians, Beduins and foreign Arab citizens, according to the report. The group was reportedly planning to carry out terror attacks in Egypt, the official said." Atlas Shrugs

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bye-Bye, Medicare! (As You Know It)

Heritage  "The hot Washington Medicare debate centers on whether congressional Republicans will, in the language of the left, “End Medicare As We Know It.” But the dirty little secret on Capitol Hill is that Obamacare already ended the program as we know it.

"They don’t tell you that in those clever “Mediscare”  ads.

"Here’s what Obamacare has already done:"...

Beyond Mediscare  "The Ryan budget’s particular approach, of course, is not the only possible way to address Medicare’s woes. There is plenty of room to debate alternative solutions. But any effective solution would have to harness market forces to improve the efficiency of our health care system and give seniors more choices."

Fearful cost of 'Mediscare'  "Yet the Ryan proposal to convert Medicare into a "premium support" system starting in 2022 would not affect any American now over the age of 55.
"Still, Democratic strategists label that as "killing" Medicare -- and hail public opposition to it as a critical factor in Tuesday's special-election upset victory..."  Emphasis added. 

Salute to Memorial Day: ‘Battleground’ (1949)

Big Hollywood 
After endless days of hell, Kinnie and the other survivors are finally out of danger and set to be relieved by fresh troops. Hungry, exhausted, and shaken to the core, they’re a ragtag bunch dreaming only of a hot meal and clean sheets. Kinnie understands, though, that his men have one more mission: to put on a brave face and show their replacements a fighting spirit.
"Directed by The Mighty William Wellman (his finest hour — and I don’t say that lightly), “Battleground”  is not only one of the finest war films ever produced, but also an unqualified masterpiece not enough people know about. If you haven’t seen it, do. If you have, spread the word.

"And don’t forget to thank a Veteran … for everything. Because without them we’d have nothing."

Trivia: Playing a German soldier in the movie is a young Jerry Paris who would someday play Jerry Helper, best friend and neighbor to Rob and Laura Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show. (Senior citizens know stuff like this.)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day

Hat tip to http://terrellaftermath.com/

Lee Teter Painting;  allposters.com

Fireworks shows need new environmental review/ Court ruling could have sweeping impact

San Diego Union-Tribune  "What started as a battle over fireworks shows led to a sweeping legal victory Friday for environmentalists that could stymie a wide range of events needing city permits, from the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon to birthday parties held at parks.
"“According to the strictest interpretation of this, jumpy-jumps and everything else would be subject to environmental review if this ruling stands,”..."
Via Drudge
I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gettysburg links: Scott brothers capture Civil War in 'Gettysburg'

Qwest   "Would you expect anything less from Ridley and Tony Scott, whose resumes include "Top Gun," "Black Hawk Down" and "Gladiator"? The brothers behind some of the biggest blockbusters don't skimp on the horrors of war for the small screen in this docudrama."....
The "Gettysburg" trailer:

 ""Gettysburg" includes commentary from Civil War scholars such as Edward Ayers, president of the University of Richmond, and camera trickery such as soaring overhead shots to explain battle strategies."

About Gettysburg , the documentary: "Executive produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, GETTYSBURG strips away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War to present the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg in a new light--a visceral, terrifying and deeply personal experience, fought by men who put everything on the line in defense of their vision of the American future. Cinematic in scope, GETTYSBURG is an information-packed look at the turning points, strategic decisions, technology and little-known facts surrounding the battle. Developed in collaboration with highly esteemed Civil War historians, GETTYSBURG reflects hundreds of individual accounts of the battle--the unique voices of struggle, defeat and triumph that tell the larger story of a bitterly conflicted nation."
More links:
150 topics on the Civil War
Gettysburg Photo Galleries

Gettysburg, a Virtual Tour Panoramas
 Below: Little Round Top

The Rebel Yell  that struck fear in the heart of many a Yankee soldier.
"We encourage you to listen to this voice from the past, read the ...information below to learn of the man behind the voice and how this audio treasure came to be recorded for posterity. "....
"We are grateful to Mr. J.B. Joye of Belmont, N.C. for providing us with a tape of his grandfather's voice and thanks to Pvt. Ken Curtis of Co. E of the 26th NCT Reactivated for recognizing the historical importance of the tape."

More on the Rebel yell:

Ambrose Bierce (a Federal soldier/author) wrote "It was the ugliest sound any mortal ever heard." 

Arthur Freemantle (an English officer) said "The Southern troops, when charging, or to express their delight, always yell in a manner peculiar to themselves. The Yankee cheer is much more like ours; but the Confederate officers declare that the Rebel yell has a particular merit, and always produces a salutary and useful effect upon their adversaries. A Corps is sometimes spoken of as a "good yelling regiment.""

Warren Lee Goss (a Federal soldier) informs us that " They charged upon us with their peculiar yell."

James Harvie Dew, (a Confederate cavalryman with J.E.B. Stuart) He described the rebel yell "In an instant every voice with one accord vigorously shouted the Rebel yell, which was so often heard on the field of battle...Woh--who--ey! Who--ey! Who--ey! Woh--who--ey! Who--ey!""

Samuel Bradbury (a Federal engineer) on charging Rebels said "And the Rebs a yelling as they came up on the charge with that peculiar yell they have. It sounds like a lot of school boys just let loose."

George T Stevens (Federal soldier) talks of "The vigorous manly cheers of the Northern soldiers, so different from the shrill yell of the Rebels."

Newton Kirk (a Federal soldier) "The shrill yells of the Rebels, mingled with the hoarser cheers of our own men."

A doctor of the 4th New York remembered that "Suddenly out of the dusk in front, and to the rear of us, burst the Ki-yi Ki-yi close to us and with it the Rebels were seen."
Now hear the yell as it was heard on battlefields in the American Civil War  Picture yourself as a Union soldier at the ready, preparing to receive this charge. You may want to turn your speakers up.

Memorial Day in America

Gen. Logan
It's beginnings: "The first official recognition of Memorial Day as such was issued by General John A. Logan, first commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. This was General Order No. 11 establishing "Decoration Day" as it was then known. The date of the order was May 5, 1868, exactly two years after Waterloo's first observance. That year Waterloo joined other communities in the nation by having their ceremony on May 30."

EDITORIAL: Memorial Day: a family story "On May 3, 1902, John A. Logan Jr. was posthumously given the country’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor. The citation read, “For most distinguished gallantry in leading his battalion upon the entrenchments of the enemy, on which occasion he fell mortally wounded.” Young Jack Logan grew up in the midst of heroes whose deeds were written high on the wall of fame. He could well have stayed on his Ohio horse farm with his family living a comfortable life, but as his mother wrote, he was determined to “add to the glory of the name he bore.” "

Union dead at the Battle of Brown's Mill  "In June and July of 1867 the Federal Government removed bodies of soldiers, who were buried in temporary graves around Newnan, vicinity of Corinth Road, and Philpot's Ferry GA., to their final resting place at the Atlanta-Marietta National Cemetery. The list below was compiled from the US Quartermaster's "Roll Of Honor", published 1869"  Graves

National Cemetery Locations "On July 17, 1862, Congress enacted legislation that authorized the President to purchase "cemetery grounds" to be used as national cemeteries "for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country." Fourteen cemeteries were established that first year, including one in the sleepy Maryland town of Sharpsburg where 4,476 Union soldiers were laid to rest after the one day of terrible slaughter that was the Battle of Antietam. (By way of comparison, approximately 3,000 Americans, British and Canadians died on June 6, 1944, in the invasion of Normandy)."

Disney abandons SEAL™ hunt

Osama's last view on earth
By Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette:  "It's difficult to put into words how much disgust I feel for corporations attempting to exploit the name and reputation of men who have EARNED the right to be held in such regard. I feel the same about people who never served using parts of military uniforms and ribbons or medals as props. The only lower from of life is those who actually claim fake military service and honors, those people are beneath contempt. While I am glad that Disney finally withdrew its attempt at trademark, I know they didn't do it for the right reason, if they KNEW the right reason they would have never filed in the first place." From the comments to this post.


The perpetual campaigner

Charles Krauthammer: What Obama did to Israel

The Washington Post  "Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains a fundamental asymmetry: Israel gives up land, which is tangible; the Arabs make promises, which are ephemeral. The long-standing American solution has been to nonetheless urge Israel to take risks for peace while America balances things by giving assurances of U.S. support for Israel’s security and diplomatic needs.
"It’s on the basis of such solemn assurances that Israel undertook, for example, the Gaza withdrawal. In order to mitigate this risk, President George W. Bush gave a written commitment that America supported Israel absorbing major settlement blocs in any peace agreement, opposed any return to the 1967 lines and stood firm against the so-called Palestinian right of return to Israel."
"For 2 1 / 2 years, the Obama administration has refused to recognize and reaffirm these assurances. Then last week in his State Department speech, President Obama definitively trashed them." (Emphasis added)
"The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations."

The Obama Dilemma

Vodkapundit  "Peggy Noonan last year opined that “the president is starting to look snakebit.” If he is, it’s because Obama spent the first half of his first term ignoring Americans’ number one concern — jobs — while squandering America’s prestige overseas so thoroughly it begins to appear to be an almost dedicated effort.
"His one big win — nailing bin Laden — certainly made us all feel very good, and helps to put the squeeze on al Qaeda. But bin Laden is yesterday’s enemy, as semi-affiliated terror groups spread to places like Somalia, Yemen, and maybe eventually Egypt.
"Obama’s endless  personal gaffes overseas — the bowing and scraping and toasts to the orchestras — might not make the news much here, but you can bet they’re laughing mighty hard in Paris and Moscow and Beijing and… everywhere else."  Stephen Green

UK Telegraph: This isn’t a special relationship, it’s sinister and sycophantic
 From the left: The American president’s message of hope could be useful in Europe "If a black man can become president in America then, yes, Ireland can surely recover from its crash. Later in London, where he was greeted with the best of British pomp, a regal Mr Obama confirmed that yes, even a reduced Britain can be a really, really special friend to America."  The Economist

(Video) Presidential Limo Not As Unstoppable as Previously Reported  "The vehicle, referred to by the Secret Service as “the beast,” will reportedly feature heavy armor that is at least 5 inches thick and comes complete with run-flat tires, bulletproof glass and a completely sealed interior to ward off a chemical attack, among many other high-tech security features." Via  Michelle Malkin

Progressive Pundit Walks Off Fox Set When Called Out for Fearmongering

Big Journalism  "Ferguson was right to point out that Democrats have decided to forgo offering any solution to the looming debt and deficit crisis and have opted to just attack – with fearmongering and lies – the Republicans who are offering realistic solutions.
"Confronted with irrefutable facts, Simon decided to cry about not being able to be heard and walked off the set. Way to go, Ben!"....
"Unfortunately for Simon, the other guest on the show, radio host Ben Ferguson, wasn’t having any of it. Watch the money clip."  (Video)

Friday, May 27, 2011

The six-block scar: Amazing satellite photos pinpoint devastation of Joplin as it emerges that 232 people are still missing

UK Daily Mail  "Following the devastating tornado which ripped though Joplin at the weekend, these satellite images show the extent of the damage.''
"Before and after aerial photos show the shocking extent of the damage caused by the twister in the Missouri city - this image shows a six-block path of destruction."
Hat tip to Don Standlee, Arlington, TX.

Back to the Pre-American World?

Victor Davis Hanson  ..."There have been plenty of thugs who threatened their neighbors over the last 30 years. Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Manuel Noriega, and the Taliban were all deposed from rule only by American power. The “lost” war in Iraq resulted in a democratic and, for now, still viable government in place of genocide. Afghanistan is depressing, but the medieval Taliban still have remained out of power for nearly a decade.
"In short, the old pre-American world was as unstable and dangerous as would be a new post-American update. But both retrenchments were choices that an unsure and depressed United States made — not symptoms, then or now, of inherent weakness or inevitable decline."
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern.

Memorial Day

Making Sense of Natural Disasters

Breakpoint  "The standard Christian answer, “it’s the consequence of sin and the fall,” can come up short, especially for the victims of nature’s fury. While it is easy to draw a cause-and-effect relationship between man’s moral choices and much of human suffering—diseases, plagues, poverty, and war—man’s culpability for tornadoes, earthquakes, and volcanoes is less than apparent.
"So the question remains: Why, in a world created by an all-powerful, all-good God, are natural disasters, which claim hundreds to hundreds of thousands of lives, permitted to exist? Is God a monster or merely a klutz?"   Read more...

The Obama Administration’s ‘Sidam Touch’

Pajamas Media "According to the Urban Dictionary, a person with “the Sidam Touch” has an ability that is “[t]he opposite of The Midas Touch, which turns everything to gold.” A person with the Sidam Touch “breaks and/or ruins everything.”
"To say that President Barack Obama and his administration, especially what’s left of his economic team, have the Sidam Touch is the understatement of the 21st century."
"Since President Obama and his brain trust surely know that the Sidam Touch actions being taken against Texas will hinder its economy and hurt job growth, one can only conclude that they don’t care. This leads to a broader and much more important question: do they really care if the economy recovers anywhere else, or are they on an entirely different mission?"


Mexico’s Immigration Laws: The Untold Story

The Foundry  "And though criticism of U.S. immigration laws can be fierce – particularly in the case of Arizona’s SB 1070, the Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Acts – Mexico’s much harsher immigration laws rarely get noticed." ....
"But receiving far less scrutiny was how President Calderon and his country are dealing with illegal immigration. Upon closer examination, Arizona’s SB 1070 looks like amnesty compared to Mexican law."....
"With nearly sixty percent of illegal immigrants originating from Mexico, it is particularly helpful to remember that our neighbor to the south is dealing with illegal immigration in a much harsher manner than the United States, a fact that illustrates the hypocrisy of Calderon’s criticisms of Arizona’s new law."
Andres Celedon, an intern at The Heritage Foundation is a junior at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is studying public policy with a minor in history.

Arizona Wins Big in Supreme Court Immigration Ruling "Arizona won a spectacular victory today in the Supreme Court in its ongoing efforts to do something about the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who reside in the state and cost Arizona taxpayers an estimated $1.3 billion a year. In its ruling against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Obama administration, the Court also disproved the breathless claims of liberals and the editorial pages of publications like the New York Times that the conservative justices on the Court are just the handmaidens of big business who always rule in favor of corporate America."


From What I Know : ...."I fear that what the Democrats are doing is using the Hispanics for political gain, letting them in illegally and then attempting to defame and ridicule anyone that doesn't think it's right for them to so blatantly mistreat and victimize a whole race of people. We have a real slavery problem in this country, and it's being perpetuated by those who pretend to be helping those they enslave. They're not helping. They're creating dependency." By TKZ

A few years ago when our church in Santa Maria, Ca, was in a heavily Latino area of town, I was setting up a kids game square in a field about a block from where a Cinco de Mayo parade was being held. I heard music and cheering with Mexican flags flying while setting up the American flag for our opening pledge. Returning to the game square a few minutes later with the children, we found the American flag to be nothing but ashes with not a soul around. Somebody there did not like this country.
Tunnel Dweller.

Alligators, Moats and Other Such Nonsense  "President Obama gave what was billed as an important speech on immigration last week near the border in El Paso, Texas. Unfortunately, it was one of the most demagogic moments in recent presidential history. Nearly everything Obama said was either factually incorrect or deliberately misleading." Victor Davis Hanson

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Do the Obama People Have a Protocol Problem?

One could feel a certain sympathy for Mr. Obama if not for knowing how the press would treat a Republican president over the same improprieties.
What seems to be their problem?  "These things often seem silly to Americans who have spent many years perfecting the art of informality. But for much of the world, improper protocol signals disrespect. And the Obama Administration has recently been caught in some foreign relations protocol gaffes. "

Letter: Obama seems to have an abundance of diplomatic gaffes  "Whatever else one may say about President Obama, one would have to admit he does not have good manners. He’s just insulted the Israeli Prime Minister — for the second time. He insulted the Supreme Court during the State of the Union address while they were sitting in front of him. He invited Rep. Paul Ryan to a budget speech — and then proceeded to insult him in that speech. Former President Bush was wise not to go to Ground Zero with Obama. He would probably have been insulted there if he had."

Obama’s New ‘Truth Minister’ Husband of ‘General Betrayus’ MoveOn.Orger

Big Government  "This week President Obama revealed his latest attempt to control the media, the Internet, and the information revealed to the people of the United States by creating a new “press” office of sorts, an Obama ministry of truth, if you will. Obama’s grandiose name for this new office is the Progressive Media [and] Online Response department. Also named was its new director, Jesse Lee. Lee, it turns out, has an interesting connection to one of the most outrageous anti-American, anti-military media efforts in recent memory."
"Jesse Lee, you see, is married to Nita Chaudhary, one of the people responsible for the 2007 MoveOn.org newspaper ad that maligned General David Petraeus as
General "Betray us".

Photo: Gen. David Petraeus

Via scottthong.wordpress.com
Blackfive has this:  "The first thing to get out of the way is the idea that people need to lie about Barry. Quite frankly his record stands sadly for itself. I only point out his own lies, deceptions, flip flops and panders. Oh and they are legion, trust me. Dude, you are going to wish you had an easy job, like spokesperson for Blackwater or Ombudsman for the NY Times."

Rep. Ryan Stands His Ground on Medicare Reform

ABC News  "Rep. Paul Ryan is doubling down. In the wake of Tuesday's stunning Republican defeat in New York special Congressional election, the Republican House Budget Chairman says he is determined to fight for his Medicare plan even if it ruins his political career."

From Nealz Nuze :  The Battle Over Medicare  "I want you to take a look at this video."

"Now I want you to take a look at this video."
"Does anything stand out to you? They were posted to YouTube on the same day: May 24, 2011. The first video is Rep. Paul Ryan explaining our troubles with Medicare and how he intends to fix it. This morning that video has a little over 24,000 views. The next video is the final performance of some chick on the American Idol finale. That video has 110,300 views. Now I know that Medicare is by no means a sexy issue, but it is an issue that will actually affect your life … especially if you are under 55. The outcome of American Idol makes absolutely zero difference to your life, unless you’re the winner.   Plus this: Want Some Medicare Cost History?

Links from National Review Online:
Ryan 40, Obama 0  "The Senate just finished voting on the Paul Ryan/House Republican budget resolution, as well as the budget put forward by President Obama in February. Both, as expected, were voted down, but only Ryan’s received any votes."
Draft Paul Ryan?  "Congressional Republicans weigh the pros and cons."
Run, Paul Ryan, Run "Perhaps the only guy who can explain the GOP budget should run."

Highlights Of Rep. Ryan's Budget Outline  "Before Nancy Pelosi has even read it she started screeching how bad it is. Can she read? Remember she didn't read Obamacare and told us we'd have to pass it to find out what's in it. Pelosi is screeching and wringing her hands over how the Ryan plan will cause people [to die].

The professional race victims speak out

James Clyburn: Obama’s political problems are due “in large measure” to racism  "A fitting story on a day when Loughner’s back in the news, in case you were ever tempted to believe that the Democrats’ demand for a “new tone” post-Tucson was anything more than a cheap political bludgeon. In fact, Clyburn once offered his own theory about what drove Loughner to kill, and it was, shall we say, distinctly Clyburnesque." Also here.

Obama's Unspoken Re-Election Edge "Conversely, the media hold the president's exceptionalism against Republicans. Here is Barack Obama, evidence of a new and progressive America. Here are the Republicans, a cast of largely white males, looking peculiarly unevolved. Add to this the Republicans' quite laudable focus on deficit reduction and spending cuts, and they can be made to look like a gaggle of scolding accountants."....
"A president who is both Democratic and black effectively gives the infamous race card to the entire left: Attack our president and you are a racist. To thwart this, Republicans will have to break through the barrier of political correctness."  Shelby Steele  This article was read on the Rush Limbaugh show Wednesday.

From American ThinkerOpposition to Obama due to racism: Clyburn  "Obviously, Clyburn is right. Who could possibly complain about 9% unemployment, non-existent economic growth, creeping inflation, a loss of power and prestige abroad, and a thuggish, expanding, suffocating increase in the power of the federal government except racists like you and me?"  Rick Moran

The Left and ‘Racial Resentment’  "The biggest problems with these two latest attempts — the tea-party study and the Abramowitz post — is that they rely on measures of “racial resentment.” If you’re wondering what that means, it can be translated as “attempts to trick conservatives into giving ‘racist’ answers to survey questions.” You might say that researchers are using “code” to get data they can skew to make the Right look bad.
"Here’s how Abramowitz measured “racial resentment”:"...

Eric Allie via  forgottenliberty.com

MSNBC suspends Schultz for calling Ingraham a 'slut'

Politico  Part of Schultz's remarks: "President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name - Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.” "

Dana Loesch
Dana Loesch

Ed Schultz: Sorry For Calling You a Slut "When I heard Ed Schultz’s remarks, I heard an angry, older man lashing out at a woman because she thinks differently about politics than he. I heard in him the voice of the many progressive males who send me hatemail daily, telling me I should suffer any number of indignities, some of which I am obligated to report to the police and the cyber crimes division. It’s not just me – every conservative female of my acquaintance with a voice in politics endures the same political cat-calling. It’s despicable."
 "It was a low point in progressive politics. It was revolting. It’s even more revolting that the same “feminists” who screeched about “slutwalks” were silent on this incident. It’s equally revolting that George Soros blogger Eric Boehlert, who spent that entire week trying to trap people on Twitter in saying something about rape (from memory; if I cared more I would quote him outright) also went silent on this incident." Dana Loesch

This from Hot Air:  "Give him credit: His apology was forthright and seems heartfelt."

Newsbusters has this: "Earlier this month, Schultz “earned” the “Quote of the Year” at the MRC’s 2011 “DisHonors Awards” for screaming on his MSNBC program: “The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.” "

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The funeral of Col. Elmer Ellsworth; May 25th, 1861

Elmer Ellsworth (1837-1861) "Colonel of Zouaves, Elmer Ellsworth was killed while taking down a Confederate flag in Alexandria, Virginia. Ellsworth was a Chicagoan who was a close friend of President Lincoln's family and accompanied him on his pre-inaugural trip to Washington. He moved into the White House and played regularly with the Lincoln children. He worked in Lincoln's law office in August 1860, assisted him during the fall campaign, and had a clerkship with State Auditor Jesse Dubois. The President was unable to fulfill his wish to form a militia bureau in the War Department and appoint Ellsworth to head it as inspector general. In a letter to Secretary Simon Cameron on March 1, 1861 the President wrote about Ellsworth:"...

ELMER ELLSWORTH AND THE ZOUAVE CRAZE  (Zwahv) "Despite the far-flung fame of the French Zouaves, it is unlikely that the gaudy uniforms of those exotic soldiers would have found such widespread popularity in the American Civil War had it not been for Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth."

Duryée's Zouaves:  The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry;
"The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, "Duryée's Zouaves," was one of the most renowned fighting regiments of the American Civil War. Their colorful Zouave uniform, precise maneuvers, effectiveness in combat and steady bearing under fire, won them universal respect and recognition. "I doubt whether it had an equal," General George Sykes said of the 5th New York, "and certainly no superior among all the regiments of the Army of the Potomac." Many observers considered the 5th New York to be the best-drilled volunteer unit in the Federal Army. In addition to a casualty list that totalled 211 dead out of 1,508 men borne on the rolls, nine of its soldiers attained the rank of general -- five the full rank, and four by brevet."

Second Battle of Bull Run: Destruction of the 5th New York Zouaves  "...A detailed examination of morning reports, muster rolls and military service and pension records indicates that in their 10 minutes at the vortex of hell, the 5th New York lost 332 men of the approximately 525 engaged. At least 119 of the casualties were killed outright or died of their wounds. The addition of two missing who were never accounted for would bring the death total to 121. It was the greatest battle fatality sustained by any Federal infantry unit in the war.
"The survivors would never recover the esprit de corps that had died with their comrades at Second Bull Run. New recruits would arrive to fill the vacant ranks, but, as Sergeant Mitchell put it, ‘The regiment will never again be the regiment it has been.’"

The Worst of Oprah: Daytime Talk Queen Ends Biased Reign

Media Research Center "But amid all the fawning retrospectives and misty tributes, it's important to remember just who Oprah is, the biased viewpoint she represents and the damage she's done to popular culture." ....
"...the more "uplifting" "Oprah Winfrey Show" has been a more insipid influence, steadily eroding the culture with a combination of weepy emotionalism, New Age spirituality and an embrace of alternative sexualities and gender roles.
"She's called a "pregnant man" "normal." She was involved in comedienne Ellen DeGeneres' coming out as a lesbian in the late 90s and has celebrated DeGeneres' "marriage" to another woman. She's said that Michael Moore's anti-Americanism "resonates" with her, pushed for gun control and gushed over Denmark's socialist welfare state. She's attacked not only Sarah Palin, but Palin's daughter Bristol, while raising millions and campaigning for the man she called "The One," Barack Obama."....

"Then, of course, there's "Becoming Chaz," a documentary following the progress of Sonny & Cher's daughter Chastity in becoming a man ("Chaz"). OWN invites viewers to "Follow Chaz on his deeply inspirational and personal journey.""

Why Larry King Will Never Be President

Ann Coulter  "Luckily, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain are all happily married to one, and only one, spouse. But please keep these statistics in mind during the next Republican primary so we don't have to keep pretending to take seriously candidates like Newt Gingrich, Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani."

Great cartoon! Oops-wait just a minute here!

Hey, wait a minute! The people on America who want Israel to disarm and go back to the '67 borders are the same people who want the US to give the Southwest back to Mexico! This cartoon may get posted in every faculty lounge in the country.

This Memorial Day, Support Our Fallen Heroes with ‘Tea Are The World’

Lloyd MarcusLloyd Marcus  "After the TV program honoring Durning and other American heroes, the following program honored great American conscientious objectors.
"Folks, it was quite annoying watching these guys, conscientious objectors, being portrayed as superior human beings while pontificating about the evils of war and why they chose not to participate. I thought, “You guys are free to enjoy success, freedom and spout your crap ‘in English’ because brave men like Charles Durning fought on your behalf. How dare you!”"

 Private First Class Charles Durning  "His is a remarkable story of survival. As a 21-year-old infantryman, Private Charles Durning was in the first wave of soldiers to land on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He was the only man to survive a machine-gun ambush. Despite suffering serious machine gun and shrapnel wounds, Durning killed seven German gunners to survive D-Day.
"Several months later, in Belgium, Durning was stabbed eight times by a bayonet-wielding teenage German soldier. That day, he survived by killing the German with a rock in hand-to-hand combat. Durning recovered from those wounds and was released from the hospital just in time to fight in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was taken prisoner."

Didn't you love him playing Pappy O'Daniel in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" ?