Friday, May 28, 2010

Sestak or Gibbs? Someone's lying

H/T Illinois Review

Sestak and the Blagojevich Defense strategy.

Via Bryon York today,
So what can the White House do? "They can say we're sorry, that the job offer was not intended to be a quid pro quo," Issa says. "They can say that we offered a job to a person who was in the process of running for a Senate seat but who we felt he was better suited to be secretary of the Navy, and we never intended for it to be a quid pro quo but rather to fill our Cabinet with good people. That's the only thread-the-needle that I see."

Read more at the Washington Examiner:
Whow, we've heard this before....
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's lawyers have plans to issue a subpoena to President Obama in the governor's corruption case. The document was supposed to be heavily redacted, but apparently a simple copy and paste of it into a new document has revealed it's concealments.

The revelations include:

1. Obama may have lied about conversations with convicted fraudster Tony Rezko.

2. Obama may have overtly recommended Valerie Jarrett for his Senate seat.

3. An Obama supporter may have offered a quid pro quo for Jarrett's appointment.

4. Obama maintained a list of good Senate candidates.

5. Rahm Emanuel allegedly floated Cheryl Jackson's name for the Senate seat.

6. Obama and Blagojevich had a secret phone call.
Wanna bet the Prez is in town working out the details of his testimony because Judge Zagel's going to have to reverse his decision the President has nothing relative to Blagojevich's trial and alleged crime of selling a Senate seat? Too many parallels going on to ignore the White House in next month's trial.

Boycott Massachusetts?

Via Mass. Senate passes crackdown on illegal immigrants
In a surprising turn of events, the legislation replaced a narrower bill that was passed Wednesday over the objections of Republicans.

The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.

The amendment will now be part of negotiations with the House as part of the entire state budget.
Note how mandatory Health Insurance becomes a real club for other agendas. A lot more sophisticated control than running the risk of a cop checking your license. No wonder there are Tea Parties.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

America Speaking Out: Ideas vs Tales?

GOP House members rolled out a new Networking site call America Speaking Out. I missed the Bloggers call but had an opportunity to speak with Congressman Roskam IL-6th and told him I appreciated the GOP's focus on ideas, vs Organizing for America's focus on personal narratives.

The two concepts says a whole lot about the difference between the parties.

Ideas can be tested by reason and evidence. Ideas can be debated, merged with other ideas, modified, and improved. Personal narratives pretty much one person's take. You hope the story teller doesn't embellish too much; or worse.... plain delusional.

Roskam said the House GOP's learned some lessons on social networking in politics and America Speaking Out an effort to get engagement with users through voting on ideas, and links to Facebook and Twitter.

A whole lot better of an approach to politics, citizenship, and productive solutions to our problems than listening to someone else's tale.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Dawn: Taliban blow up "US spies" in North Waziristan

Via The Dawn HT Long War Journal,
MIRAMSHAH: Taliban militants strapped explosives on two men accused of being US spies and blew them up at a public execution in northwest Pakistan, intelligence officials and residents said on Friday.

The killings took place on Thursday evening in North Waziristan, a lawless al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary on the Afghan border where the United States has stepped up attacks with missile-firing drone aircraft, fuelling militant fears of spies.

Five masked militants paraded the hand-cuffed men before dozens of people in the Datta Kheil area and accused them of passing information to the United States on targets for its CIA-operated pilotless drone aircraft.

“They strapped explosives around their bodies and then blew them up,” a Pakistani intelligence official in the region told Reuters by telephone.

Militants have killed hundreds of people they suspect are spies for the United States or the Pakistani government over the past few years.

They usually decapitate or shoot the suspects. Residents said this was the first time the militants had blown up suspected spies.

Friday, May 14, 2010

5/12/10 GOP Leadership Press Conference

Also, House Republicans introduce resolution opposing the VAT
A value-added tax would damage the economy and hamper job creation, House Republicans said Tuesday.

Several House leaders along with more than 80 other lawmakers introduced a nonbinding "sense of the House" resolution today opposing a VAT on top of the current tax code. The Senate recently approved a similar resolution.

"A European-style VAT will only further the catastrophic cycle of tax and spend government in Washington," House Ways and Means Committee member Wally Herger (R-Calif.) said in a release today.
Wonder where Bill Foster was on that vote.

Michcael Yon: We are losing the war.

Congress ought to call Petreaus and McChrystal to the hill to respond.

A new dispatch on Afghanistan is up: PENGUINS OF AFGHANISTAN

My intentions were to write several more dispatches about missions, yet there seems to be so little interest in Afghanistan that it hardly seems worth the time to write about real missions.

There is little embedded work coming from Afghanistan. McChrystal's censorship seems to be working. (For now.) He's losing the war and covering it up. The deception is easy when so few people are paying attention. We are losing the war. At this rate it will be lost.


Very Respectfully,

Michael Yon

I need a freakin job

No more Humphrey Hawkins Democrats anymore.... I remember 1970's Economics Classes in College and debating if 5% unemployment was too much or the "natural" level in the economy. ...the Feb 2010 report.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scott Lee Cohen's Gov Lite Mate

From his face book....this is interesting.
Please join me as I announce my running mate tomorrow, May 12th, at 10am at the Westside Baptist Minister's Conference (325 South California). Hope to see you there!

...and her he is,

H/T Cap Fax... where the pro analysts are dumping on him. I don't Shelia Simon so great? Cohen and Baxter may have a shot at really disrupting things.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Flashback: Obama Advertises In Video Games During 2008 Election

Obama on the Xbox,
US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.

Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress.

"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.

Yeah, only bad when you're behind in the tracking polls and Obey thinks the House will flip come November.

Moe Lane: Chicago politicos ‘’suiciding’ right and left…’

Moe concludes,
You know, it’s not that I think that this current administration is really, deeply, personally involved in any of this; it’s that I think that this administration effectively grew up breathing the poisonous air of the Windy City, got used to it - and that it now assumes that America is merely a larger Chicago.
Yep, Moe's got it.

‘Manchurian President’: Aaron Klein on Fox News’ ‘Geraldo at Large’ Sunday May 9

A cross post from Brenda at RBO:

Aaron Klein, with whom I co-authored 'The Manchurian President', will be on Fox News Channel's 'Geraldo at Large' at 10:00 pm Eastern tomorrow night to discuss the book. A more accurate time for Aaron's appearance will be posted if and when available in advance.

Aaron will also be on WABC tomorrow afternoon, 2:00-4:00 pm Eastern, doing a live broadcast of 'Aaron Klein Investigative Radio' from New York City.

You can listen to his May 2 WABC Show podcast here.

Aaron will appear on Fox Business Network's Happy Hour on Monday afternoon at 5:00 pm Eastern. Again, if a more accurate time for Aaron's appearance becomes available it will be posted in advance.

You can also access our current Book Media Tour schedule here

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Did WND sign crash stock market?

via Obama Conspiracy, my,

What was behind the incredible plunge in the New York stock indexes Thursday? Could it be this press release signage in New York? Or was the fact that this book is #8 in rank at enough to trigger fears of the imminent collapse of America from utter stupidity? Stranger things have happened.

Marathon Pundit at Organizing for America

Marathon Pundit attends an OFA training session. Here's OFA's advice,
But Gilpin said the best way to promote the Democratic Party was to relate their personal connection to its causes--and not getting stuck in the mud on policy stands. On one level that makes sense, my most effective blog posts involve my personal experiences. For instance, when I write about union greed in the trade show industry, I can bring in my recollections as a convention service manager at various downtown hotels. I can't do that while reporting on the British parliamentary elections.

"Personal stories make a difference" is an entry in the Advancing Change 2010 guide book. Gilpin phrased it more directly, "'Why did you come to their door?'--That inspires them!"
As John says, response is, so yeah, what about Rob Blagojevich?

Friday, May 07, 2010

Pence: Let It Be Said Now More Than Ever - We're a Nation of Prayer

Pelosi Care Insanity

More fallout from this lethal bill. Killing the innovation and costing the US jobs: Mass. device firms see health law as burden
Massachusetts medical-device companies say they’ll cut back on operational costs - and jobs - after a planned 2.3 percent tax on their products is implemented in 2013, according to a new survey.

The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, which held its annual meeting yesterday in Boston, said about 90 percent of the 100 medical-device firms said they would reduce costs due to the new tax tucked into the recently passed health-care reform bill.

The tax - imposed to help pay for the massive health-care industry overhaul and expansion - is “of the greatest concern” to a majority of its members, the survey found.

Dissing 'The Manchurian President'

A Cross Post from Brenda:

Dissing 'The Manchurian President' Update

First, we have an insightful response to yesterday's See which media stars diss book exposing Obama ‘unread.’ Editors, reporters trash Obama project as ‘sensational rubbish’.

WND, the author of the original article, reported:

    Members of the news media, including from such publications as Time and Newsweek, reacted harshly to the announcement of a new book investigating President Obama, rejecting it before receiving a copy of the work, with multiple reporters sending expletive-laden e-mails to the author’s publicist.

How harshly, you ask? Well, Maria Sliwa, publicist for The Manchurian President, co-authored by WND's Aaron Klein and myself, was "stunned" on the receiving end of what she termed “'unprecedented' e-mail replies" in response to the announcement of the book's upcoming release and offer to provide the customary review copies:

    "Ridiculous crap,” retorted John Oswald, news editor for the New York Daily News.

    “Never, ever contact me again.” wrote Time Magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger.

    Newsweek deputy editor Rana Foroohar quiped,”This is sensational rubbish that is of no interest to any legitimate publication.

    “Absolute crap,” replied Evelyn Leopold, a Huffington Post contributor who served for 17 years as UN bureau chief for Reuters until recently.

    Nancy Gibbs, editor-at-large for Newsweek, fired, “remove me from your list.”

    David Knowles, AOL’s political writer, responded, “seriously, get a life.”

    Ben Wyskida, publicity director for The Nation, claimed Klein’s book is “so offensive” and “so far afield.”

Rudi Stettner, who headlines at IndyPosted with “The Manchurian President” Triggers Hate From Prominent Reporters, writes:

    Whether you agree with it or not, “The Manchurian President” is big news. At #1 on the Amazon non fiction best seller list and #4 on the general best seller list, the people have spoken. The book has become a legitimate story. [...] The book has triggered an unprecedentedly partisan response from reporters who are supposed to maintain a guise of neutrality.

Stettner cited the list of media responses above and adds:

    The above responses were letters refusing a review copy. They were not responses from reporters who had read or received the book, which bills itself as listing more than 800 references to President Obama’s radical associations and influences.

    If the reporters who told a publisher to “never contact them” thought that the “Manchurian President” was dangerously misleading or false, they could have given it a bad review. They could have cited instances in which allegations of Obama’s radicalism were false, misleading or taken out of a context.They could have attempted to prove that the quotations cited by Klein are benign in a larger context. Instead, they reacted in a partisan manner, using their positions as gatekeepers of public discourse to shape the news rather than to report it.

Sad to say that the media's response mirrors similar comments found in the Customer Reviews" section of Manchurian at Amazon. Some "reviewers" have gone so far in voicing their negative opinion of the book -- after NOT having read it, mind you -- as to position their ratings at the 5-star level (highest rank) while providing a 1-star statement.

Needless to say, this transparency of Obama proportions fooled no one.

Nor did Simon Maloy's pitiful unimaginative assessment at the George Soros-funded Media Matters, Ten reasons why Aaron Klein's The Manchurian President is "ridiculous crap", echoing New York Daily News editor, John Oswald.

It has been suggested that I dissect Maloy point-by-point. As tempting as that is time prohibits. In all honesty, only one rebuttal is necessary.

Maloy writes:

    1. The front cover

    The cover to Klein's book is elegant in its simplicity, dominated as it is by a shade of red usually found draped over the arms of matadors, and giving the unmistakable impression that the President of the United States is peering out at you from behind a keffiyeh ...

Anyone with half an ounce of common sense can clearly identify a sheet of paper with a printed red marble design that has a strip torn out. The mismatched edges are clearly visible.

Who knew there was such a thing as Toreador Red?

And then we have the reference to a keffiyeh, which is a "traditional headdress typically worn by Arab men made of a square of cloth (“scarf”), usually cotton, folded and wrapped in various styles around the head." Perhaps Maloy should have taken the time to do a bit of research. Maybe he meant a Tagelmust (left), which has "the appearance of both a veil and a turban."

Close but no cigar? Not even.

As luck would have it, after learning what the book's cover would be, I came across and saved a picture of a near clone to Manchurian's cover. Judge for yourself.

Update 5/6/10 9:45 am: Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones, after detailing other recent snubs suffered by WND, writes, "Still, none of that is any reason for journalists to respond with such hostility to a free book. As with most the books they get every day from publicists, they don’t have to read it."

Update 5/6/10 2:10 pm: The Washington Post Co. is putting Newsweek up for sale. Poetic justice. First they sell out, then they're sold.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Black Tea Partiers Speak

Chicago's WVON dj Charles Butler on the Tea Party: Black Tea Partiers Speak
Butler said he is a member because his hometown leader, President Barack Obama, is offering the wrong solutions to the nation's problems. He is very vocal about it on "The Other Side with Charles Butler,'' which airs weekday evenings on Chicago's WVON, 1690-AM and has been on the air since 2007. Within the next several weeks, Butler plans to host a Tea Party on Chicago's South Side, Obama's old stomping grounds.

Noticing that the Tea Party movement has flourished under Obama, some on the left have accused blacks like Butler and Marcus of being pawns in an odious, racist attempt to block the president's success. Indeed, racial animosity reared its ugly head when some people hurled racial epithets at black elected officials during a protest of health care reform.

Butler is unfazed. "I'm involved in the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party because I feel that people should be able to express themselves and their values without a filter of some other group," he said, holding court during an interview with The Root as if he were on air. "People call you a traitor. They call you all kinds of disparaging names. I couldn't care less about being called an Uncle Tom, because again, that leads to the miseducation of the Negro. Anyone who has read the book by Harriet Beecher Stowe would know that Uncle Tom was a hero. We have a lot of those fallacies going on in the community, like the Democratic Party has helped black folk. That is patently untrue."
via Arlene Jone's (buy her book!) facebook page.

‘Manchurian President’ at Amazon: #1 Best Seller Nonfiction; #5 Best Seller Overall (Update #4 Overall)

Congratulations Brenda on a hit.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Bill Roggio: FBI arrests Pakistani-American sought in failed Times Square car bombing

Bill writes,
The FBI has detained a Pakistani-American suspect who was wanted for his involvement in the failed May 2 car bomb attack at Times Square in New York City.

Authorities arrested Shahzad Faisal on Long Island on Monday night after discovering he was behind the purchase of the SUV used in the Times Square attack. Shahzad was detained at JFK Airport while attempting to leave the US, the Associated Press reported.

Faisal is a naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan. He recently returned from Pakistan after spending five months there. While the exact movements of Faisal are not yet known, US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe he spent time in al Qaeda or Taliban training camps in North Waziristan.

"North Waziristan is the heart of al Qaeda's external operations network," an intelligence official said. Previous al Qaeda plots, such as the attempted suicide attacks in New York's subway system in September 2009 by Najibullah Zazi and his accomplices, were hatched in North Waziristan. Zazi, an Afghan citizen, traveled to North Waziristan for more than three-and-a-half months of training.

Faisal reportedly purchased the dark Nissan Pathfinder from an unidentified woman in Connecticut several weeks ago, using cash. The Pathfinder was found smoldering at Times Square on the evening of May 1. The Pathfinder was packed with three propane tanks, two five-gallon containers of gasoline, fireworks, and bags of fertilizer. The bomb appears to have been a crude fuel-air explosive device that was to be triggered by fireworks ignited by a timing device.

Read more:
Faisal looks a combatant with knowledge of operations. If so, don't mirandize him. He belongs in Gitmo for the duration.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Napolitano on the One-Off"

She really ought to keep quiet until she knows what she's dealing with. I'm guessing she'll look a major fool (again) quite shortly.

Scott Lee Cohen Press Conference

He's coming. via FaceBook,
Date: Monday, May 3, 2010
Time: 10:30am - 11:00am
Location: In front of the State of Illinois Building
Street: 100 W Randolph Street
City/Town: Chicago, IL

Friends, you have all been incredibly supportive of me. Thank you for sticking by my side. With that said, I would love it if you would come join me as I formally address the rumors that have been flying around regarding my future political intentions. Many of you have been with me from the beginning, and I would love for you to be there with me on Monday as I share where I plan to go with the future. I hope to see you there!
Ok, I'm guessing a Cohen run splits the city vote and makes it easier for Brady to win, and that's ok with Mike Madigan. Quinn's a loon as far as Madigan's concerned and why not let Republicans take the heat on the heavy lifting to come in Illinois.

But that's just of the top of my head.

Illinois Review with Robert Enriquez, Part 2

A forensic audit of the Sec State's office to see who are the patronage workers e.g. we'll be surprised at some of the last-names.

...and who's selling us those rusty license plates (Enriquez says they're coming from Canada. So who is profiting from the sale of these plates?)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Illinois Review with Robert Enriquez, Pt 1

First Part of IR's interview with a guy facing an uphill battle.

NYT and the Oil Spill

The NYT's Editorial: Unanswered Questions on the Spill

A White House as politically attuned as this one should have been conscious of two obvious historical lessons. One was the Exxon Valdez, where a late and lame response by both industry and the federal government all but destroyed one of the country’s richest fishing grounds and ended up costing billions of dollars. The other was President George W. Bush’s hapless response to Hurricane Katrina.

Now we have another disaster in more or less the same neck of the woods, and it takes the administration more than a week to really get moving.

I'm betting political attunement caused the lagging response. Rahm and Axelrod figuring how to square the spill response with the Administrations position on off-shore drilling. Pondering how to spin the issue fogged the necessity to respond quick.

Also, Pundita's take: Pundita: Are you sitting down for this? New York Times creeps close to criticizing Obama’s response to oil spill

Roskam on Obama's Main Street Tour

Roskam's PR on the Main Street Tour. It's jobs stupid.
April 28, 2010 202-225-4561

Roskam to Obama: Listen to the People

“Main Street” Tour an Opportunity for President to Take Illinois Common Sense Back to Washington

Roskam: ““While the President is in town to speak today about the need for economic and regulatory reforms, I hope he will take this opportunity to listen to Illinois common sense. The people of Illinois have been speaking clearly: stop the out-of-control spending and create jobs.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Peter Roskam, Deputy Whip and member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama’s Quincy, Illinois stop later this afternoon:

“While the President is in town to speak today about the need for economic and regulatory reforms, I hope he will take this opportunity to listen to Illinois common sense. The people of Illinois have been speaking clearly: stop the out-of-control spending and create jobs.”

“Instead of pro-growth policies that help create jobs, Illinois families and businesses are facing one damaging law after another from Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat Majority in Congress. First the $1 trillion stimulus bill was passed and we were promised unemployment wouldn’t exceed 8%. Today the unemployment rate is hovering around 10%, and more than three million Americans have lost their jobs since the passage of the Stimulus. Then the new healthcare law was rammed through Congress just in time for independent economic experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to confirm that it will actually increase national healthcare spending by $311 billion. Now Illinoisans face a financial regulatory reform bill that spends billions on bailouts and fails to match our 21st century economy with a 21st century regulatory system.”

“The President’s Illinois visit this afternoon is a chance to listen to the hardworking people of Illinois and bring back a message to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid: quit the political gamesmanship in Washington. The people are ready for the out-of-control spending to stop, and we need to focus on policies that promote innovation and investment and help spur job creation.”

A look at the failed policies of Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat Congressional Majority:

* Since the Stimulus was passed, more than 187,000 Illinoisans have lost their jobs (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
* Since the Stimulus was passed, Illinois unemployment has risen from 8.7% to 11.5% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
* Under the new healthcare law, employers across the country, including major Illinois employers like Caterpillar, John Deere and Boeing, will face billions in new health costs. According to Caterpillar’s Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, “We can ill-afford cost increases that place us at a disadvantage versus our global competitors. We are disappointed that efforts at reform have not addressed the cost concerns we’ve raised throughout the year.” (Dow Jones Newswires, ‘Caterpillar: Health Care Bill Would Cost It $100M’, 3/19/2010).

Peter Roskam: "Israel is an Ally, Not a Project"

I'm not sure President Obama understands what the word "ally" means given the weird way has managed to offend so many of them. Britian, Germany, Kharzai in Afghanistan; video below of Cong Roskam with Nir Barkat.

Rep McCotter PR on Iran's Election to the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Good presser on a shameful moment.
April 29, 2010

CONTACT: Anne Tyrrell
Office: 202-225-8171
Cell: 202-372-7403

The U.N. Salts Iranian Women’s Wounds:

McCotter Denounces Iran’s Election to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-MI), chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, has issued the following statement:

“By electing the Tehran butchers to its Commission on the Status of Women, a morally rancid United Nations has salted the wounds of the Iranian freedom movement’s regime-murdered martyrs, such as Neda Soltan and Taraneh Mousavi. From today forth, may no friend of Lady Liberty ever be fool enough to trust this global Tammany Hall with their freedom and security.”

Charlie Cook rates Illinois 14th a Toss Up

via the Cook Report
IL-14 Bill Foster Lean D to Toss Up

Fallout from the Broadway Bank seizure may not just affect the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias but Democrats up and down the ballot in Illinois. There may be plenty of time for state Democrats to find a new standard-bearer and recover from this disastrous week, but one Democrat who was already in a tough race that won’t get any easier is Foster.

For Foster, who has never had to run a race against anyone other than deeply flawed dairy magnate Jim Oberweis, the slightest national breeze in the GOP’s favor is a severe threat. But to the extent that breeze gets stronger as a result of state Democrats’ troubles, Foster’s challenge of making this race about GOP state Sen. Randy Hultgren gets even more difficult, even with the aid of his personal checkbook.

Of all incumbent House Democrats in the state, Foster is currently the most vulnerable. This race moves to the Toss Up column.
Don't get complacent folks.... Foster's still a mighty big check book.