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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Judd Gregg: Dems Still Want “Lending to Just About Anybody Who Wants a Home” – Video

Here is video of Sen. Judd Gregg on CNBC today where he placed the blame for most of the U.S. financial crisis squarely at the feet of the Democrats. Gregg was asked about the so-called “Financial Reform” bill, which he described as a “disaster” because it does nothing about reform of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

That’s where Gregg drew the link between the Democrats and the economic crisis:
“The problem was created by the Congress. It was the Congress that told Freddie and Fannie to radically expand their securitization efforts. It was the Congress which said “Forget your standards – Go out there and lend to anybody who wants a home and securitize it for them.” That was purely at the initiative of the Congress. In 2005, Richard Shelby brought to the floor a reform package which, had it passed at the time, would have avoided almost all the problems we’ve had with Fannie and Freddie. . . . . There is still an attitude in the Congress which says we should be pushing out lending to just about anybody who wants a home…..It’s still the philosophy of the majority party.”

The majority party – the Democrats – love to blame all the ills of the world on George W. Bush. But their philosophy of making home ownership a “right” in large part brought us to where we are today, and it sounds like they have not learned a thing from this crisis. That’s why they need to become the minority party, and this time, the Republicans need to govern with true conservative principles.


President Obama Orders 1,200 National Guard Troops to Help Secure Border with Mexico – Video 5/25/10

President Obama has ordered 1,200 National Guard troops be sent to help secure the U.S. border with Mexico. He will also request $500 million be allocated for securing the border.

You think the pressure from the new Arizona law has anything to do with this decision?


Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy Faces Angry Constituents Asking for a”Real Town Hall Meeting” – Video

Here is raw video of Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy this past weekend facing constituents at a meeting he thought was going to be a “one-on-one” series of conferences with people. However, he found out that they wanted a “real town hall meeting” instead of “one-on-one” meetings.

Murphy looked shell-shocked as his constituents repeatedly asked if he was going to hold a town hall meeting. Murphy seemed desperate to keep the thing a “one-on-one” format rather than allow it to be a town hall meeting, which the vast majority of the people wanted. Murphy represents the 8th Congressional District.

H/T Real Clear Politics


Rep. Darrell Issa: “There’s a Cover-Up Going on at the White House” – Video 5/25/10

Here is video of California Rep. Darrell Issa on Fox News today where he talked about the issue of the job offer made to Rep. Joe Sestak by someone at the White House to try and get him to drop his bid for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Arlen Specter.

Issa has requested a “Special Prosecutor” be appointed to look into the matter, which has been rejected by Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder has said the matter “could be investigated,” but no such decision has been made.

Issa said it is not for the White House to decide what is “inappropriate,” referring to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ assertion that “nothing inappropriate” took place.

“This problem is not going away” for the White House, Issa said. Issa went on to also say, “There is a cover-up going on at the White House,” and the offer of a job “could be impeachable.”

H/T HotAirPundit


Once Again, Joe Sestak Repeatedly Dodges Questions on Job Offer Bribe - Video 5/25/10

Here is video of Rep. Joe Sestak on CNN with John King, where he continued his repeated dodging of questions regarding a job offer he says he received from the Obama White House to try and get him to drop his U.S. Senate bid against incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak confirmed again that he did receive a job offer, but will not say from who or what the job was. Of course, the looming question is what did President Obama know about this job offer, and when did he know it?

The media seems to be starting to get active on this story. The question won't go away. At some point, no matter how hard he tries, Obama is going to get hit with a question about this matter and what he knew about it.


President Obama to Skip Going to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day

Over at Michelle Malkin, Doug Powers reports that President Obama has decided to go back to Chicago over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, instead of staying in Washington to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. It is traditional for the President as Commander-in-Chief to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers on Memorial Day.  Nothing like getting your priorities right.


Obama Approval Rating Falls to New Low in Rasmussen Tracking Poll – 5/25/10

President Obama’s approval rating is dropping like a rock. The latest Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index has Obama at -20, with only 22% of those surveyed “strongly approving” of his performance as President. 42% “strongly disapprove” of Obama’s performance. His all-time low in the Presidential Approval Index is -21.
The overall tracking poll numbers have shifted dramatically against Obama. The President’s overall approval is now at only 42% at least “somewhat approving” of him, with 56% disapproving. That is a new low for Obama. Just this past Saturday, the rating was 48%-52%. That is a ten point change in three days.
Rasmussen: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. . . .
Overall, 42% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. That is the lowest level of approval yet measured for this president. Fifty-six percent (56%) now disapprove of his performance. . . MORE


Code Pinkos Try to “Perform a Citizen’s Arrest” on Karl Rove with Plastic Handcuffs – Video

Here is video of the latest attempt by the loons at Code Pink to “arrest” Karl Rove. This time it was in Wisconsin at a book signing, and they tried to do it with plastic handcuffs! Rove first thought they just wanted a book signed, and when they said they were there to “perform a citizen’s arrest,” Rove just pointed to security who stepped toward the Code Pinkos. Rove then said to them, “You know they’re plastic?”

The Code Pinkos could take pointers on how to “perform a Citizen’s Arrest” from Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show:

H/T Breitbart.tv


Liberal Ed Schultz Tells Obama, “This is Now Your Oil Spill. It’s on Your Watch” – Video 5/24/10

Here is video of liberal Ed Schultz delivering a commentary on his show last night, in which he pointedly told President Obama:

“Mr. President, I’m a huge fan. But this is now your Oil Spill. It’s on your watch.”
Even some on the Left are beginning to be disenchanted with Obama.

Via Radio Equalizer


Dick Morris Says Obama Had to Know About Sestak Job Offer; Calls it a “High Crime and Misdemeanor” – Video

Here is video of Dick Morris on “Hannity” last night, where he said that the offer of a job to get Joe Sestak to end his U.S. Senate race could be an “enormous scandal.” Morris said it is illegal to “offer something of value” to influence an election by getting a candidate to drop out. He is confident Obama would have known if the offer of a significant job was made to Sestak. “That is a high crime and misdemeanor.” In other words — an impeachable offense.

H/T Gateway Pundit


North Korea Tells Its Military to “Prepare for Combat” – Video Report

North Korea has reportedly told its military to “prepare for combat,” following South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak addressing his nation, where he said North Korea would “pay a price” for sinking the South Korean ship, “The Cheonan.”
This video report has Security Expert Denny Roy giving his view that international sanctions are unlikely to force North Korea to apologize for the sinking of the ship, or to end their Nuclear aspirations.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Innocent Mistake? MSNBC Shows Footage Of Sarah Palin During Story On Lindsay Lohan's Legal Troubles - Video 5/24/10

While reporting on Lindsay Lohan's latest legal troubles, MSNBC briefly shows footage of Sarah Palin. Was it an innocent mistake, or a deliberate jab at Palin?

Via Newsbusters


South Korean President Addresses Nation on Sinking of Ship; Says North Korea “Will Pay a Price” – Video

Here is complete video (with translation) of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak addressing his nation on the sinking of their ship – the Cheonan – by North Korea. President Lee drew a line in the sand by saying the North would no longer be allowed to use South Korean shipping lanes. He also warned that if North Korea violates their airspace, or waters, the South “will immediately exercise our right of self-defense.” Here is the text of the President’s Speech:

Via Korean Times

Fellow Koreans, I am standing here today, keenly aware that the Korean Peninsula is facing a critical turning point.

My fellow citizens, The Cheonan was sunk by a surprise North Korean torpedo attack. Again, the perpetrator was North Korea. Their attack came at a time when the people of the Republic of Korea were enjoying their well-earned rest after a hard day’s work. Once again, North Korea violently shattered our peace.

The sinking of the Cheonan constitutes a military provocation against the Republic of Korea by North Korea.

Since the end of the Korean War, the North has perpetrated incessant armed provocations against us, including the bombing attack against the presidential delegation at the Aung San Martyr’s Mausoleum in Myanmar and the bombing in midair of Korean Air Flight 858. The North Koreans, however, have never officially admitted the crimes they committed. This time is no different. They continue to insist that my Government fabricated the sinking of the Cheonan.

I am not surprised by such North Korean behavior and this was the reason why I emphasized, from the very beginning, the importance of conducting a thorough and objective scientific investigation into the incident. I also asked the nation to exercise patience and self-restraint. It was important for us not to come to any hasty conclusion until the results of the investigation came out.

Finally, on May 20th, the international joint investigation group released their conclusive findings, backed by definitive evidences. With the release of the final report, no responsible country in the international community will be able to deny the fact that the Cheonan was sunk by North Korea.

Fellow citizens, We have always tolerated North Korea’s brutality, time and again. We did so because we have always had a genuine longing for peace on the Korean Peninsula. But now things are different. North Korea will pay a price corresponding to its provocative acts. I will continue to take stern measures to hold the North accountable.

From this moment, no North Korean ship will be allowed to make passage through any of the shipping lanes in the waters under our control, which has been allowed by the Inter-Korean Agreement on Maritime Transportation. The sea routes meant for inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation must never again be used for armed provocations.

Trade and exchanges between the Republic of Korea and North Korea will also be suspended. We still remember the killing of an innocent South Korean tourist by a North Korean armed guard at the Mt. Kumgang resort. More recently, North Korea unilaterally confiscated South Korean assets at this same resort. Worse yet, the North sank the Cheonan taking the precious lives of our young sailors. Under these circumstances, any inter-Korean trade or other cooperative activity is meaningless. However, we will continue to provide assistance for infants and children. Matters pertaining to the Kaesong Industrial Complex will be duly considered, taking its unique characteristics into consideration.

From now on, the Republic of Korea will not tolerate any provocative act by the North and will maintain the principle of proactive deterrence. If our territorial waters, airspace or territory are violated, we will immediately exercise our right of self-defense. . . . Read More


Scarborough, Buchanan Say Sestak Will Eventually Have to “Walk Back” His Job Offer Story – Video 5/24/10

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Here is video of Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner on “Morning Joe” finally saying that President Obama and his administration need to put all the relevant facts out concerning the alleged offer of an administration job in order to get Joe Sestak to drop his U.S. Senate bid against incumbent Arlen Specter.

Joe Scarborough said he believes Joe Sestak will eventually be forced to walk back his claim that he was offered the bribe of a job. Pat Buchanan agreed that Sestak is going to have to “walk that cat back a long way.”

They are probably right. In order to put this behind them, they will twist Sestak’s arm to change his story. I sure hope Rep. Darrell Issa and others in the GOP will not let it be swept under the rug like that.


Alabama GOP Candidate for Congress Focuses Race on "Stopping President Obama from Destroying Our Nation" - Video

Via HotAirPundit

CORRECTED: I mistakenly wrote than Parker Griffith is the Democrat opponent of Les Phillip. Rep. Griffith, who currently holds the seat, was a Democrat but in late 2009, switched parties, and is now a Republican. Thanks to an anonymous commenter for pointing that out.

Here is an amazing ad by GOP Candidate for Congress Les Phillip, who is running against incumbent Repulican Parker Griffith in Alabama's 5th Congressional District. In the ad, he masterfully goes over the head of his opponent and frames the election as a race to stop President Obama from destroying our nation. This ad could become the template for many of the House races in strongly conservative areas of the country. It will have incumbent Blue Dog Democrats quaking in their boots:

"This is the story of two young men: One fell in with left-wing radicals, the other emigrated to America. While one played with terrorists and allowed an America-hating pastor to baptize his children, the other joined the Navy to defend his country.

I love America, but President Obama is ashamed of it. I'm going to Congress to help stop him from destroying our nation - and they're not going to call me a racist. I'm Les Phillips, and I took an oath to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic - And I approved this message."



Behind-the-Scenes Look at Indonesian Film "Little Obama" - Video

Here is a behind-the-scenes video look at the making of Indonesia's movie honoring Barack Obama and the time he spent there as a child. The movie is called, "Obama: Anak Menteng," which means "Little Obama." I won't even begin to try and describe it to you!

Watch all the way to the end (if you can take it) to see Obama's old childhood friends standing with a banner that says, "Barry, We Miss U," while they say that in unison three times.

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H/T Breitbart.tv


Bill O'Reilly Proposes Solution to Gulf Oil Leak: "Stuff Every Member of NBC News in that Hole" - Video 5/24/10

Here is video of Bill O'Reilly on Fox & Friends this morning, where he proposed a solution to stopping the Gulf Oil Leak: "Stuff every member of NBC News in that hole."


Left-Wing Arizona Professor Booed by Commencement Crowd After Attacking Arizona Immigration Law – Video

Here is video of a Left-wing Professor speaking at a University of Arizona Commencement Convocation, where she made the mistake of using her time to attack the new Arizona anti-illegal immigration law. The crowd let her know that they did not agree with her view.

Via Breitbart.tv


Indonesian Church Closed by Authorities Due to Protests by Muslim Mobs

 Ruins of a West Java, Indonesia Church smolder after being burned by a Muslim mob. - FOTO ANTARA

Indonesia is the most populous Islamic nation in the world, and the general perception is that the Islam there is the least radical. But that is just not the reality on the ground if you happen to be a Christian. Here is news of a West Java church that has been shut down by local authorities because of a series of protests by Muslims:
Asia News: Bogor authorities (West Java province) ordered the closure of a local church building that belongs to Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI), a Christian group also known as Gereja Kristen Yasmin Bogor. This has outraged hundreds of faithful and induced the Indonesian Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to file an official protest.

In an official statement, GKI followers called the decision to ban their religious and social meetings unlawful. They note, “The mayor of Bogor granted the IMB (building permit) back on 13 May 2006.”

The closure had initially been ordered by Bogor’s City and Gardening authority in February 2008, but was overturned because the matter falls under the mayor’s jurisdiction.

After a series of protests by local extremist Islamic groups, the city decided to close the church and suspend the GKI despite the fact that the Christian group had all the necessary permits to build its church and practice its faith.

For some time, local Islamic groups had been protesting publicly and violently against Christians, accusing them of “proselytising”. They are certainly opposed to Christians having any building, even if the latter did not have a religious purpose.

At the end of April, extremists attacked and set fire to a Christian centre in Bogor on the ground that Christians wanted to build a house of prayer disguised as an educational facility. Instead of stopping the rioters, the authorities banned Christians from engaging in any activities. . . . MORE

H/T Jihad Watch


ABC News Tries to Link Climate Change 'Skeptics' to White Supremacists? - Video 5/24/10

Newsbusters: At first, Michael Mann, a Penn State professor and a central figure in the Climategate scandal, but best known for his discredited "hockey stick graph" didn't like being mocked in a YouTube video. Now Mann is alleging he's a victim of hate groups.

Read More: NewsBusters.org


Amazing Raw Video of Tornado Moving Across South Dakota Farm

Here is amazing raw video of a tornado that swept across South Dakota yesterday, May 23, 2010. This tornado was filmed moving across a farm in Edmond County. The farm was damaged, but no injuries were reported.


What a Stand-Up Guy! Blumenthal “Apologizes” Via E-Mail for Vietnam Claim

What a stand-up guy! Richard Blumenthal has apparently issued a sort-of apology via e-mail for having falsely claimed that he served “in Vietnam.” He sent an email late Sunday to the Hartford Courant:

Hartford Courant: After nearly a week of criticism following revelations that he misrepresented his military record and five days after a press conference in which he expressed regret for his misstatements, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal apologized.

“At times when I have sought to honor veterans, I have not been as clear or precise as I should have been about my service in the Marine Corps Reserves,” Blumenthal said in a statement emailed to the Courant late Sunday by his spokeswoman, Maura Downes. “I have firmly and clearly expressed regret and taken responsibility for my words.

“I have made mistakes and I am sorry. I truly regret offending anyone,” Blumenthal said. “I will always champion the cause of Connecticut’s and our nation’s veterans. . . . MORE


Video Report Details a Pattern of Attacks Against Journalists in Russia

Here is a video report from the New York Times that details a pattern of attacks against journalists in Russia. Reporters who dare to criticize the government are harrassed, picked up for interrogation, and in some cases, beaten badly. One journalist featured in the report had his fingers smashed so badly by thugs that three of his fingers had to be amputated. There appears to be little respect for the rule of law in Russia, with both Medvedev and Putin admitting that is the case. The law is used by those in power to keep their power.


American Couple Reportedly Kidnapped in Yemen; No Confirmation from U.S. Embassy

CBS News is reporting that an American couple may have been kidnapped in Yemen. However, it has not been confirmed by the U.S. Embassy:

CBS News: Armed men kidnapped two tourists near the Yemeni capital of San’a, officials said Monday. The U.S. Embassy in Sa’na told CBS News it had not received any confirmation of reports that the pair were American tourists.

Reuters news agency reports the pair are an American husband and wife, who were taken hostage along with their local driver and translator. The kidnappers had made demands for the couple’s release to the Yemeni government, according to Reuters.

No further information on the incident was immediately available. . . MORE


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Suspected Illegal Immigrant Slams into Car of MA State Rep. at 60 MPH – Video Report

A Massachusetts State Representative has been involved in a serious accident when a car driven by a suspected illegal immigrant slammed into the back of his car at 60 mph. The driver of the car reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .25. Amazingly, the report says the lawmaker is OK.
MyFoxBoston.com: A serious car crash involving a local lawmaker and a suspected illegal immigrant is threatening to reignite already heated debates about immigration on Beacon Hill, according to police reports obtained by FOX25.
State Rep. Mike Moran of Brighton was rear-ended by a suspected illegal immigrant this week. The suspect was wearing a Mexican costume at the time of the crash where he slammed into Moran at 60 mph.
The suspect, 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license. According to the report, when told of the serious charges he would be facing, he just laughed.
But because of action taken by Gov. Deval Patrick, state police were unable to notify immigration authorities that Naranjo might be illegal. . . . MORE
H/T Infidel Joe


RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says Rand Paul’s “Philosophy is Misplaced for These Times” – Video 5/23/10

Here is video of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, and Democrat National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine on Fox News Sunday today with Chris Wallace.

Wallace first asked Kaine about Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal's lying about his having served "in Vietnam, when he actually never did. Kaine said it was important to set the record straight, but that the people of Connecticut know Blumenthal and like him.

Kaine also commented on Joe Sestak, and whether or not he was offered a job by the Obama White House in order to get him to drop his Senate bid against Arlen Specter. Kaine said he really does not have any knowledge as to whether an offer was made, but he personally knows of nothing like that happening.

On Rand Paul, GOP Chairman Steele said he believes Paul's "philosophy is misplaced for these times." Steele said, "He let philosophy get ahead of reality."

The media has distorted what Paul said, and now they will use Steele's comments as evidence that what they are saying is true. Paul never called for repealing the Civil Rights Act. While Michael Steele is RNC Chairman, it is his job to advance the cause of the GOP and Republican candidates. The last thing he needs to be doing is bashing the GOP U.S. Senate nominee in Kentucky. He needs to learn when it comes to GOP Candidates, "if you can't say something good, don't say anything at all." If he can't learn that, he doesn't need to be RNC Chairman.


MSNBC Runs Hit Piece On Rand Paul In Response to Him Canceling His Appearance - Video 5/23/10

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Here is video of Meet the Press' David Gregory running a hit piece on Rand Paul after Paul canceled his appearance following MSNBC's bias and dishonest reporting.

Gregory said Paul canceled because of "an unwillingness to answer any further questions" and said that he "found the spotlight a little too hot."


Sarah Palin Appears On 'Fox News Sunday' - Video 5/23/10

Sarah Palin appears on 'Fox News Sunday' to discuss the media's treatment of Rand Paul and the Obama administration's handling of the oil spill.


Joe Sestak Confirms Again He Was Offered a Job to Drop Senate Bid by the Obama Administration - Video 5/23/10

Here is video of Pennsylvania Democrat U.S. Senate nominee Joe Sestak on "Meet the Press" today, where he was asked point blank once again by David Gregory if he was offered a job in the Obama Administration if he would drop his Senate bid against incumbent Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter.

Sestak tried his best to never answer the question, giving a rambling answer about how he had to answer the question honestly. Finally, Sestak said again, "I was offered a job, and I answered that."

The fact that Sestak has repeatedly said this happened, is enough to warrant an investigation. Rep. Darrell Issa is pushing hard on this, and hopefully they will not let this go.


Undercover Sting Catches Britain's Duchess of York ("Fergie") Trying to Sell Access to Prince Andrew - Video

Here is video of an undercover sting that catches Great Britain's Duchess of York - Sarah Ferguson ("Fergie") - actually trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, for 500,000 English Pounds.

Times of London: The Duchess of York is “devastated” and “regretful” after she was filmed in a tabloid newspaper sting apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for £500,000, her spokeswoman said today.

The Duchess, currently en route to Los Angeles, told a reporter posing as an Indian businessman that the payment would “open doors” and was filmed sitting in front of a table with a large amount of cash laid out on it.

There is no suggestion that Prince Andrew, who works as an unpaid special representative for UK Trade & Investment, a government agency, was ever aware of the meetings or the claims said to have been made by the duchess.

Rumours of money troubles have dogged the Duchess of York since her divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996. . . MORE


"Geraldo" Panel Tries to Take a Citizenship Test - Video 5/22/10

Here is video of a panel, including Ann Coulter, appearing on "Geraldo," where they took some of the questions found on a citizenship test. Let's just say some on the panel had better be glad they are already citizens!

Via Mediaite


Rand Paul: 'I Need to Be Very Careful About Going On Certain Networks' - Video 5/23/10

Rand Paul talks about MSNBC's bias in taking him out of context and spreading false information. He said MSNBC "needs to be a little more careful reporting their news," in response to their running of a story all day long that wasn't true.

Paul said, "I need to be very careful about going on certain networks that seem to have a bias...if your network all day says a lie about my position I won't come back on."

Via Breitbart


"How About That" - Announcer Reacts to Republican Charles Djou Winning Hawaii Special Election - Video 5/22/10

Here is video from Hawaii giving the news that Republican Charles Djou has won the Special Election in Hawaii's first Congressional District.

Djou took 39.7% of the vote, beating two other major candidates - both Democrats, who split the vote between them.

"How about that," the announcer said upon hearing the news. The reporter said, "A Republican" wins, as if Republicans are some kind of bizarre animal.

Djou will have to run again in November to retain the seat.

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"Honestly, They Can't Both be Right" - Did the White House Try to Bribe Joe Sestak to Drop Senate Bid? - Video

Here is a great video put out by Rep. Darrell Issa's office that tackles the question of whether Rep. Joe Sestak was offered a bribe by the White House to drop out of the Pennsylvania Democrat U.S. Senate race against Sen. Arlen Specter.

The video shows Sestak repeatedly saying he was offered a job in the Administration in return for dropping out of the race. It shows Sestak saying over and over again that he answered "honestly" in making that statement. It also shows White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs repeatedly telling the press "I don't have anything on that," or "I'll have to get back to you on that."

The video ends with, "Honestly, they can't both be right. So who is wrong?"


John Fund Takes Bill Maher to Task for Using Pejorative Term to Refer to the Tea Party Movement - Video

Here is video of John Fund on Bill Maher's show, where he took him to task for using a pejorative term to refer to the Tea Party Movement.

Fund told Maher, "I think people should be called by the term that they use themselves."

Way to go, John.

H/T Newsbusters


Saturday, May 22, 2010

U.S. Concludes North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Il Authorized Sinking of South Korean Ship - NYT

The New York Times is reporting tonight that a U.S. Intelligence Analysis of the sinking of a South Korean ship in March concludes that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Il "must have authorized the torpedo assault":

New York Times: A new American intelligence analysis of a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship concludes that Kim Jong-il, the ailing leader of North Korea, must have authorized the torpedo assault, according to senior American officials who cautioned that the assessment was based on their sense of the political dynamics there rather than hard evidence.

The officials said they were increasingly convinced that Mr. Kim ordered the sinking of the ship, the Cheonan, to help secure the succession of his youngest son.

“We can’t say it is established fact,” said one senior American official who was involved in the highly classified assessment, based on information collected by many of the country’s 16 intelligence agencies. “But there is very little doubt, based on what we know about the current state of the North Korean leadership and the military.”. . . MORE


Report Shows How Mexico Treats Illegals; Says Government Helping Mexicans Cross Illegally into U.S. - Video

Here is a great find by Bluegrass Pundit. It is a CBN News report showing the way Mexico treats illegal aliens, even as Mexico's President berates the State of Arizona for simply trying to defend the border. Not only are Mexican officials badly treating illegals, the report also says a group within the Mexican Government is assisting Mexican citizens in illegally crossing the border into the United States, a charge the government denies, of course.


Spanish Matador Gored in Mouth by Raging Bull - Video (Graphic)

Here is shocking video of a Spanish matador, who was in the process of finishing off a Bull, suddenly finding himself on the losing end of the fight. The matador stumbled, and the Bull got his revenge:

Sky News: A matador cheated death by millimetres when the beast he was tormenting rammed its horn straight through his chin and out through his mouth.

It only took a split second for Julio Aparicio to became the bull's bloody victim at a Madrid bullring.

The animal had already been pierced with several banderillas and was close to being killed when he seized his chance of revenge.

Aparicio stumbled and the angry beast charged at him, prompting the crowd at the Las Ventas bullring to gasp in horror - expecting the bull to rip off the fighter's jaw or even his head.

Remarkably, the beast stepped back and his horn slipped out of the matador's face as swiftly as it had entered.

Aparicio fell to the ground in shock, with blood pouring from his gaping wound. . . MORE


Obama Talks to West Point Cadets About the Importance of Combating "Climate Change" Etc. - Video 5/22/10

Here is another clip from President Obama's Commencement Address at West Point today, where he called for a "New International Order" to combat "violent extremism and insurgency, stopping the spread of Nuclear Weapons, securing Nuclear Materials, combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth, helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick, preventing conflict and healing wounds. If we are successful in these tasks, that will lessen conflicts around the world."

Oh brother. What a bunch of left-wing gobbledygook. Essentially, Obama is setting forth a doctrine that the U.S. is not going to act unilaterally, but is going to depend on this abstract "New International Order" to so bring the world together that there won't be any further conflicts that require military action.

Notice Obama's use of "violent extremism," rather than any mention of the Islamic Jihadist ideology that is the real enemy we face. How many Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist etc. "violent extremists" have attacked our people? They have all been Islamic.

How sad that these wonderful cadets did not have a more inspiring speaker to send them off to battle. Instead of hearing about a "New International Order," they deserved to hear from a Commander-in-Chief who was focused on them and their ability to keep America safe, rather than about fighting "climate change" and "sustaining global growth."


GOP Lead Democrats in Generic Congressional Ballot Average; But Dems Gain Ground

Republicans continue to lead Democrats in our Generic Congressional Ballot Average, 44.0%-41.7%. The average includes the last 40 days of Generic Congressional Ballot Polls.

The 2.3% lead is down from what it was a few weeks ago. In recent weeks, the trend has been moving in the direction of the Democrats. But anything in positive territory is great for the GOP. Traditionally, Democrats lead the Generic Congressional Ballot by a few points. In the Gallup Model, Democrats need to be at 48% or better to retain control of the House in Midterm Elections. Democrats are currently at 45% in the Gallup Poll.


Obama Tells West Point Cadets "Difficult Days Ahead" in Afghanistan; Vows "We Will Succeed" - Video 5/22/10

Here is a clip from President Obama's Commencement Speech at West Point, May 12, 2010, where he told the cadets 'we face a tough fight in Afghanistan." He said it was sobering to him to know that many of them would soon be in "harm's way" there. Obama said, "there will be difficult days ahead," but vowed "we will succeed in Afghanistan."

Full Speech


Obama Uses Humor at West Point to Remind that His "Power is Absolute" over Military - Video 5/22/10

Here is video from President Obama's Commencement Speech at West Point today, where he used humor to remind everyone his "power is absolute" over the military.

Obama told the Cadets his "power is wisely limited" as President, but that there is one area where he has absolute power. He then said he "absolved all cadets who are on restriction for minor conduct offenses," but said he would leave it those who knew better than him to determine what "minor" is.

Full Speech


President Obama Delivers Commencement Address at West Point - Complete Video 5/22/10

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Here is complete video of President Barack Obama's commencement speech delivered today at the United States Military Academy at West Point.


U.S. Senate Polling Update: Boozman Crushing Dems in AR; Boxer Leading GOP Hopefuls in CA

Two polling updates so far today on the 2010 U.S. Senate Polls and Projections Page:
  • In California, incumbent Democrat Sen. Barabara Boxer leads all three GOP hopefuls by the high single-digits. We have California as a "Democrat Hold."
  • In Arkansas, GOP U.S. Senate nominee John Boozman is crushing incumbent Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln by 38 points in a new poll; Democrat Bill Halter by 27 points. That is a stunning lead against an incumbent! We have Arkansas as a "GOP Pickup."


Latest White House Produced Propaganda "West Wing Week" Video

Here is the latest edition of "West Wing Week," a White House produced propaganda-style video that reviews President Obama's week and touts the administration's accomplishments.

To me, it has the feel of state-run TV you might see in some Third World Banana Republic. It's one thing for the White House to release photos or raw video of events, but the way this is put together with narration gives it a really creepy feel that is unprecedented for a Presidential Administration.

The message control is rankling many in the media:

The Wasington Post:The message-control issue flared again this week when the White House posted its own video interview with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, bypassing reporters who have been seeking to interview her.

White House officials deny that they are attempting to end-run reporters. In fact, they say such initiatives as "West Wing Week" are evidence of greater candor. "These videos are just one part of the president's effort to have the most transparent White House in history," said Nick Shapiro, a spokesman, who added that "West Wing Week" "is yet another way for people to get a better sense of what's happening at the White House and why."

The White House wouldn't make Chaudhary, the videographer, available for an interview. But in a statement issued through Shapiro, he said the videos are "written, produced and edited by me." Chaudhary, a former film professor at New York University who extensively documented Obama's presidential campaign, added: "As the official White House videographer it's my job to document the president's activities, in motion pictures, for history. Though not as extensive as the still picture record of the president's routine, I found that every week I had a lot of interesting clips that couldn't really stand on their own but did when collected together and shown in context of the president's schedule. West Wing Week is essentially the vehicle for these moments. It's almost as if our flickr site could talk." . . . MORE


Update Report on Air India Crash: Shows Wreckage, Rescue Efforts, Interview with Survivor - 5/22/10

Here is another update video report on the Air India crash in Mangalore, India that has killed at least 159 people. This report shows footage of the wreckage, rescue efforts, and a brief interview with one of the survivors.

The "explosion" heard by a survivor may have been the tire exploding, according to the survivor interviewed here. This was India's worst plane crash in 10 years.


Democrats "Bracing" For Loss in Hawaii CD-1 Special Election Today

Hawaii is holding a special election today in the 1st Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by Neil Abercrombie who resigned earlier this year to run for Governor.

Republicans believe they have a real shot of winning today with Charles Djou, who is actually leading in the latest polls against two Democrat candidates. Since the election is being held without a primary, all candidates are listed on the ballot, and it appears, the two main Democrats will split the vote sufficiently to allow Djou to win. There are 14 candidates in all on the ballot. Whoever gets the most votes wins, even if it is not a majority.

The vote is being conducted as a vote-by-mail election, so there are no polling places. All ballots have to be received by 6:00 pm today Hawaii time (Midnight ET) in order to be counted.

This is Obama's backyard. He carried the state with 72% of the vote. So a GOP win here would be a shot in the arm for Republicans, and an embarrassing blow for Obama.

The Washington Post: Democrats are bracing for the loss of a House seat Saturday in President Obama's birthplace of Hawaii, where a special election in a heavily Democratic district has inflamed tensions within the party.

Republican Charles Djou has been leading in recent public polls in the winner-takes-all contest -- largely as a result of a feud between two Democratic candidates that has splintered their party's base. A Djou victory would break the Democrats' long winning streak of special elections and hand the Republican Party a symbolic victory in its bid to regain control of Congress.

There were no party primaries to replace Neil Abercrombie, a 10-term Democratic congressman who resigned to run for governor, so Saturday's election features 14 candidates. Whoever gets the most votes wins.

The two leading Democrats, state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and former congressman Ed Case, have been fighting for months, with neither candidate willing to bow out of the race in the interest of party unity.

Seizing the opportunity, Djou appealed to voters' concerns about the federal deficit, striking an anti-Washington tone in an effort to become only the third Republican ever to represent Hawaii in Congress.

"I've centered my whole campaign on my approach to fiscal responsibility and government accountability, and I think that's resonating with the electorate, even here in Hawaii," Djou said in an interview Friday. He added, "For a long time, there's been a feeling that this seat is wholly owned by the Democratic Party. I have been hitting hard on the theme that this is not a seat that is owned by any political party or union or special interest group. This is a seat owned by the people." . . . MORE


Georgian President Says Russia's Putin Wanted to "Hang Me by the Balls" - Video 5/21/10

Here is video of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili saying that Russia's Vladimir Putin wanted to "hang me by the balls" for not cow-towing to Russia's will.

Saakashvili said Putin is "ruthless," and that he "comes from that old KGB generation that sees the world as a zero sum game."

Somehow, I don’t think Mr. Saakashvili should take Putin “lightly.” He’s probably done that to people (men) before.

Via PolitiPage


Update on Air India Plane Crash: Death Toll at 159; One Survivor "Heard Loud Explosion" - Video 5/22/10

Here is an updated video report on the crash of an Air India Express 737 en route from Dubai to Mangalore, India. Current information puts the death toll at 159, with seven survivors.

The plane overshot the runway, and one survivor said he heard a "loud explosion" just before the plane hit the ground. He also said he saw a "hole on the left side of the plane."

Indian officials are saying that weather had nothing to do with the crash. They also are sayin they believe the cause was "pilot error."

The report shows the first image of a survivor - a child - at around the 6:20 mark of the video.


Krauthammer Calls Obama Admin. Handling of AZ Law Arrogant and "Lawless" - Video 5/21/10

Here is video of Charles Krauthammer last night saying the actions of President Obama and his administration in criticizing the new Arizona anti-illegal immigration law show the "arrogance," and "near lawlessness" with which they are governing. He was also referring to the fact that Obama's head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has said he may not process illegal aliens caught under the new Arizona law.

"It's lawless," Krauthammer said, because until the law is struck down or changed in some way, it is legal, and should be enforced by the Executive Branch.

Krauthammer is absolutely right. The law was passed by the legislature of Arizona and signed into law by the Governor. Just because Obama and his people don't like the law, it is not their place to say "we are going to ignore it."

Via Gateway Pundit


Friday, May 21, 2010

Many Feared Dead In Air India Express Crash - 5/21/10

BBC News: A plane has crashed near the southern Indian city of Mangalore, with dozens feared dead.

More than 160 people were said to be on board the Air India Express flight from Dubai, and some officials say they believe there are no survivors.

Local TV has shown footage of the plane lying on its belly, with smoke billowing from the fuselage.

Firefighters doused the plane with foam in an attempt to put out the fire.

"There were 163 passengers and six crew members and we fear all of them have been killed," airport security official Rohit Katiyar was quoted as saying by Reuters...Read More


Arizona 'Sing-A-Long' Ad Targets Critics of Immigration Law for Not Reading It Before Criticizing It - Video 5/21/10

Here is a new ad by Gov. Jan Brewer that targets the critics of the Arizona immigration law for not knowing what they're talking about. Despite their criticism, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and others have admitted that they haven't read the law.

Two weeks ago, Governor Jan Brewer took President Obama to task for making Arizona's unsecured borders and illegal immigration crisis a laughing matter. However, since then, Washington's comedy of errors has grown far worse, with top cabinet officials admitting that they haven't even read Arizona's new immigration law. Broken borders are not a laughing matter, but the failure by Obama's trusted officials to read Arizona's law before commenting and condemning it is laughable. Read the law for yourself at: www.SecuretheBorder.org.

H/T Gateway Pundit


Bill O'Reilly Shoots it Out with State Dept. Official Over Apology to Chinese for Arizona Law - Video 5/21/10

Here is video of Bill O'Reilly tonight in a shootout with P.J. Crowley, State Department Spokesman, over actions by Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner in discussing human rights with China. Posner essentially apologized for the Arizona law to the Chinese.

O'Reilly pressed Crowley on why Posner would raise the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law as an example of possible "human rights" violations with the Chinese. O'Reilly read Crowley's words from the transcript, but Crowley tried to spin the statement as not being what he said.

He then asked Crowley what Hillary Clinton thinks about Posner's remarks. He said Hillary Clinton has the same position as Barack Obama - that the Arizona law could lead to discrimination.

O'Reilly said Posner is a "far-left zealot," connected to George Soros, and he does not understand why he was ever hired in the first place. Crowley just kept repeating that Crowley is a "human rights expert."

Actually, it is not difficult to understand why Posner got hired? He is a "far-left zealot," but he is also working for a far-left guy in Barack Obama.


Mark Levin Challenges David Gregory to Invite Him to Appear on "Meet the Depressed" - Audio 5/21/10

Here is audio of "The Great One" - Mark Levin - on his radio program today where he challenged "Meet the Depressed" moderator, David Gregory, to have him on the show this Sunday in place of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, who bowed out of a scheduled appearance for this Sunday.

Levin said he has also invited Gregory to appear on his show, and he will continue to do so day after day.

Via The Right Scoop


Pelosi, Biden and Other Democrats Wearing "Rubber Bracelets" in "Solidarity" Against Arizona Law - Video

Unbelievable. Here is video of Megyn Kelly pointing out that both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Vice-President Joe Biden were wearing a "rubber bracelet" in "solidarity" against the State of Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law when Mexican President Felipe Calderon spoke before a Joint Session of Congress!

In fact, Democrats in general have decided to wear the bracelet together to protest the new law.

How far can these folks fall? When you think they can't get more insulting and tacky toward the American people, they find a new low.

H/T: Weasel Zippers


New Anti-Obama Billboards Pop Up in Kansas City Area

Here are some additional billboards that have popped up in the Kansas City, Missouri area recently.

North of Kansas City on I-29

Currently on I-70 East of Kansas City near Blue Springs

Last Fall on I-70 East of Kansas City near Blue Springs

Via Free Republic, user "ncfool"


Ann Coulter Says Obama and the Democrats "Don't Know What Normal Americans Think" - Video 5/21/10

Here is video of Ann Coulter on Fox News today with Megyn Kelly, where they talked about the attacks on the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law.

Coulter said this law is "completely constitutional" because it only seeks to enforce what is already in the Federal Law.

Ann Coulter said she believes Obama and the Democrats "don't know what normal Americans think." Instead, they are only listening to the "ACLU" and others on the Left.

Coulter said individual photos of those Democrats who stood and applauded the President of Mexico as he denounced the state of Arizona should be used against them in the elections this Fall.

As usual, Ann tells it like it is!


Rand Paul in Contentious Interview with Stephanopoulos: "Where Do You Get Your Talking Points? The DNC?" - Video

NOTE: Sorry for the video trouble earlier.

Here is video of Kentucky GOP U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul in an interview with George Stephanopoulos where he defended himself against the hatchet-job attacks launched on him by the media since his nomination victory.

Stephanopoulos started with a long diatribe against Paul, who began his response with "Good Morning, George. Good Morning, Robin (Roberts). When does my honeymoon period begin?"

Paul said he has been "trashed" ever since his nomination earlier this week, and said these are "DNC talking points" being used against him.

He later asked Stephanopoulos point blank, "Where do you get your talking points? The Democrat National Committee?"

Paul said he has never favored repeal of the Civil Rights Act, and challenged Stephanopoulos to "bring me on with Senator (Robert) Byrd, and we'll talk about how he filibustered the Civil Rights Act. . ."

Paul did an outstanding job here handling the hostile press. It was a mistake for him to go on a show like Rachel Maddow, because he should have known that would be a total ambush. But he made a very nice recovery here.


Mexican Pirates Terrorizing People on Lake near Zapata, Texas - Video Report

Here is a video report on Mexican Pirates that are terrorizing people on Falcon Lake near Zapata, Texas.

Using assault weapons, the Pirates have already ambushed several boats, robbing them. Only a series of buoys mark the dividing line between the U.S. and Mexico.

Law enforcement said, "It is unsafe in Mexico. Don't go to Mexico.

Perhaps the Mexican President needs to take care of the lawlessness on his side of the border instead of meddling in Arizona's business.

Via Breitbart.tv


Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson Compares Republicans to Members of Al-Qaeda - Video

Via HotAirPundit

Here is video of Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson in a local news interview where he actually compared Republicans to members of "Al-Qaeda."

Grayson attacked Republicans as people who "want their own government destroyed."

What an absolute nutcase Grayson is. Republicans don't want to destroy government. We want to confine government to doing what the U.S. Constitution sets forth.


"Hawaii-Five-O" Returning to CBS this Fall - Video Preview

Here is a video preview of the return of "Hawaii-Five-O" to CBS this Fall. They are remaking the old series that was such a big hit for many years.


"Today Show" Crew Laughs it Up Over White House Mouse Incident - Video 5/21/10

Here is video of the mouse/rodent that upstaged President Obama yesterday by scurrying past the podium where he was speaking.

The video shows the mouse before Obama came to the podium as it runs out and then back into the bushes. But later it apparently took off again right past the podium as Obama was delivering his remarks.

The Today Show crew makes light of the whole thing.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes Tax Bill in Two Minutes - Video 5/20/10

Here is video of GOP Gov. Chris Christie vetoing a tax bill sent to him by the New Jersey legislature that would have raised taxes on people earning $1 Million a year.

Christie vetoed it in 2 minutes time, after it was brought to him. Christie would not support increasing taxes on the very people who own many of the businesses that hire people.

Here's what Christie had to say:
"New Jersey does not have a tax problem. That we don’t have enough tax revenue. We have a spending and size of government problem and we need to start saying, "No." And, today is another one of those examples of saying "No.""

This guy is great!

H/T The Hope for America


Krauthammer Slams Obama's "Refusal to Stand Up for His Own Country" - Video

Here is video of Charles Krauthammer hammering President Obama for not standing up for America, and in particular Arizona, in the face of attacks made by Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Calderon has criticized Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law, and President Obama just went along with him.


Latest 2010 Senate Projection Has GOP Gaining Six Seats

In our latest 2010 U.S. Senate projection, the GOP has dropped back to +6, with two states moving from "GOP Pickup" to "Tossup."

Pennsylvania and Colorado both moved back to "Tossup" on the strength of better polling for Joe Sestak (PA) and Michael Bennet (CO).

We also moved California back to "Dem Hold" because Barbara Boxer leads by more than five points on average in the last two sets of polls.

That leaves only two "Tossup" states currently held by Dems (CO, PA), and two held by the GOP (OH, FL). The other realistic pickup opportunities for the GOP in states rated as "Dem Hold" are CA, WI, CT, WA, NY-Gillibrand. Republicans will have to find a way to win four of those seven seats, in addition to the six we have already rated them to pickup, if they are to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

You can always go to our 2010 U.S. Senate Polls and Projections page to see the map and the polling information for the last 40 days.


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Says Obama "Misleading" American Public on Facts of AZ Law - Video 5/20/10

Here is video of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on with Greta Van Susteren last night, where she blasted the Obama Administration for attacking the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law despite the fact they did not to respond to her requests for assistance in securing the border with Mexico.

She said Obama is trying to "mislead" the public about the facts of what is in the Arizona law. Brewer said what is in the Arizona law "has been in Federal law for decades."

H/T Gateway Pundit


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