Melanie Morgan

Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

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  • About Freaking Time

    The Obama administration is appalling incompetent in the arena of national security, and I don't think even the most die-had liberal would utter more than a half-hearted arguement otherwise.

    This, this, mess over Wikileaks is a prime example. The nitwits in the inner circle (and Obama himself) couldn't even decide what the proper response to Julian Assange, alleged rapist and Wikileaker should be until outrage spilled over onto the pages of every other American newspaper except the New York Times.

    But finally our cyber spies (I hope it was our side!) has knocked that damn website down.

    Thank God. How many others must die before somebody at Obama Central gets a clue?

  • Uncoverage: The Right Idea

    The "ObamaCare of the Food Supply" is up for a vote today in the Senate...calling contacts included
    in this post...a huge power grab..(sorry such short notice, but they are moving fast on this)
    http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/11/senate-to-vote-on-the-obamacare-of-food-tuesday-call-your-senator/
     
    GOP Mark Kirk is sworn to Obama's old Senate seat...but is the RINO Kirk any help at all???
    http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/11/i-mark-kirk-do-hereby-take-obamas-old-senate-seat/
     
    Time for Sheriff Joe to Crank up Alvin and the Chipmunks
    http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/11/time-for-sheriff-joe-to-crank-up-the-christmas-tunes/
     
    Three Judge Panel Chosen for Gay marriage appeal hearing
    http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/11/three-judge-panel-chosen-for-gay-marriage-appeal-hearing/

  • Wealthy Americans Ditch Homeownship

    CNBC.com has a great article this weekend about the dramatic uptick in the rental markets....which I could have told them if they had asked!

    I'm renting out my home in Marin County and moving further north, and I'm very excited to do so. All my reasons are the same as those quoted in the news article plus a couple more: I'm tired of taking care of a four bedroom home, and my new place has a ton of fabulous restaurants around the corner. I never have to cook again (if I don't want to!)

    "....Patrick Lee went from homeowner to home renter this year.

    It may sound like a downgrade, but the New Yorker didn't make the switch because he couldn't keep up with payments or because he lost his job. Instead, Lee was nervous about the state of the housing market.

    Marin County Town House
    Photo credit: Jeff Warrin
    This town house in Marin County, Calif. is renting for $7,000 a month. It has San Francisco and bay views.

    So in March he sold the Manhattan apartment he bought in 2008 for about the same price he paid and moved — along with his wife and child — a few steps away into a luxury, two-bedroom rental unit in a brand new building.

    Lee wouldn't disclose what he's paying, but similar two-bedroom apartments in the building usually rent for $11,000 a month.

    “I wanted to protect ourselves from prices going down,” says Lee, who is a managing director at a major bank. “I didn’t want to be an owner anymore.”

    Lee has company. Demand for luxury rental units has increased as wealthier individuals who can afford to buy are deciding not to, according to brokers and real estate analysts in affluent areas of the country such as New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.

    “More affluent Americans are opting to rent as oppose to buy,” says Jack McCabe, an independent real estate analyst and CEO of McCabe Research and Consulting in Deerfield Beach, Fla. “Within the last year, so many people have seen their family and friends get burned in real estate. They don’t see it as being a risk free investment as they used to.”

    And they're paying top dollar to rent.

    In Manhattan the demand for high-end rentals has never been hotter. In the third quarter of 2010 there were 200 new leases signed for rentals charging $10,000 a month and up, more than double the 89 leases signed the year before, according to Jonathan Miller, CEO and president of New York City-based real estate appraisal and consulting firm Miller Samuel.

    What’s considered luxury in New York City? Currently on the market now at The Corner, Lee's new address, are a couple of three-bedroom apartments ranging from $14,800-$20,000 a month. At The Anthrop, another luxury building in Manhattan, a 3,331-square-foot four bedroom unit rents for $18,000.

    Miller says that while high-end sales have picked up recently in Manhattan, the increased demand for luxury rentals shows that more would-be buyers are concerned and taking the “wait and see approach.”

    The demand is also being seen in Marin County, right across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

    Last year, the phones at Foundation Rentals & Relocation office were ringing constantly with high-end homeowners wanting to rent property that they couldn’t sell, but no one was interested in renting them.

    Now the firm is getting calls from executives, especially in the technology sector, looking to move into a rental.

    “They’re entrepreneurs. They would rather put their cash in their business,” says Darcy Barrow, who founded the firm with her husband Christopher Barrow.

    “And get a greater return,” adds Christopher.

  • What Thanksgiving Means To Me

    Thanksgiving means that I have family and friends near to me (preferably at my dinner table) where we can show our love and feel the love that we have for each other.

    This Thanksgiving is hard, though.

    So many close friends and my family members literally have broken hearts and other ailments.

    My son Greg is in the hospital today after a severe asthma attack.

    My brother Mark Morgan just had double by-pass surgery, and contracted pnuemonia in recovery.

    My good friend Lee Rodgers, co-host of the Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan show for 17 years, has had heart surgery and has experienced complications. The good news is that I spoke to him two days ago, and he appears to be harassing the nursing staff. Whew!

    Gene Burns of KGO radio is in the hospital suffering from a broken back, and a good friend of his is in the same hospital with a heart attack.

    My niece McCayla is joining us for the holidays (thank God!) after heart surgery three months ago.

    This is just a partial list of those I personally know who are marking their lives one day at a time. I am grateful to the good Lord that they are still with us, and I with them.

    Keep those you love close, and make sure they know your feelings every day.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • The First Thanksgiving

    This is the time of year when scrool yoots learn about the first Thanksgiving.  We¹ve all heard how that first winter in the New World was very difficult for the pilgrims.  Lack of food and the bitter cold temperatures killed nearly half of the colony.

    According to the journal of Gov. William Bradford, which he completed in 1650, there was actually plenty of resources from which to eat, and plenty of able-bodied men to provide food, but yet they nearly starved.  Why?

    Gov. Bradford says of the first harvest of 1621, ³They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty.  For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion.  All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees).  And besides waterfowl there was a great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc.  Besides they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to the proportion.  Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.  All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any.²

    With an abundance of resources, why would the pilgrims face starvation?

    For the same reason that the former Soviet Union could be so rich in natural resources, yet the Russian people lived in squalor with a poor economy that eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, when the Soviets were unable to keep up to America in the arms race begun by President Ronald Reagan.

    The Soviet Union is very rich in oil, ore, iron, manganese, asbestos, and natural gas.  Yet because of the communist form of government they had, it wasn¹t profitable for the people to obtain these resources and sell them for a profit.  When you have a government that takes most or all of what you earn and distributes it equally to everyone, there is no incentive to work.

    We can also learn a lesson from Hong Kong who, in spite of having no natural resources whatsoever, had a robust economy because of the freedom to produce and sell for a profit.

    So, we see that natural resources really have nothing to do with a prosperous economy.

    In Gov. Bradford¹s journal, we learn that it was required for the colonists to put everything they had produced in the common stock and each man was free to take what he and his family needed.  Basically, they were expecting to live off the fruits (and vegetables) of other men¹s labor.

    This is the essence of what Karl Marx said in 1875, ³From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.²  An example of a man who learned nothing from the pilgrims over two hundred and fifty years before.

    We read from Gov. Bradford¹s journal that this caused confusion, discontent and bitterness as the pilgrims felt it immoral and
    ³deemed it a kind of slavery² to be working for the families of others.  He wrote of this fallacy that they believed ³that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.²

    Greek philosopher, Aristotle, noted, ³That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.²

    In an interview last December with Tom Brokaw, Genius Obama stated of the economy, ³Š if our entire economic policy is premised on the notion that greed is good and what¹s in it for me, it turns out that that¹s not good for anybody.²

    If only someone could have passed this TV wisdom along to the pilgrims.  Here was a society where nothing was in it for them, and they just quit producing!  Nowadays, the ³what¹s in it for me² is what we call a paycheck.  If you didn¹t get a paycheck for the work you do, would you still get up each day and go to work?

    Gov. Bradford and others figured out that ³God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them.²  So they tried the first American farms conceived in the idea of private ownership, which today we callŠ ³Capitalism².

    Gov. Bradford writes, ³So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery.  At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advice of the chiefest amongst them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particularŠ²

    Each family was ³assigned² a ³parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number² from which they could plant and produce all they could for their own family¹s use.

    Now the families had the incentive to get out and plant corn.  Gov. Bradford writes, ³This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could useŠ²  Even the women and children planted and harvested.  In the winter of 1623, there was such an abundance of everything the pilgrims needed, that they were able to sell or trade the surplus they produced.

    Contrary to what schools teach about sharing with the Indians was really America¹s first lesson in the failures of socialism.

    Communism/Socialism is destructive to the human nature as Gov. Bradford quickly learned, but many of today¹s leaders, centuries later, still have not learned this valuable lesson.

    These forms of government are destructive because they destroy man¹s God-given incentive to be productive and flourish.  The first Thanksgiving began with the idea that we would all throw what we produce into a big pot, and we can all share and share alike.  It sounds great in theory, but as I¹ve said, this kind of thinking fails to take human nature into consideration.

    You can read Gov. William Bradford¹s account from his personal journal at: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1650bradford.html


    Brokenwing 2009
    Beating back the forces of ignorance and stupidity

  • Not-So-Funny Anymore

    (From my friend and former colleague at the Washington Times....)

    While the Transportation Security Administration is groping for an answer to air safety, al Qaeda is laughing. This week, the terror group publicly detailed its plans to circumvent the latest government security measures and bleed America to death. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/22/tsa-is-a-joke-to-al-qaeda-too/

    From Drudge Report:

    Ron Paul: Crotch Groped by TSA, Calls for Boycott of Airline...



    TSA WORKERS FEAR BACKLASH...

    Vent their anger at fatties and smellies...

  • One and Done

    Joan Swirksy at Canada Free Press outlines compelling case why President Obama won't run again.

    "...All of which brings me to the conviction that Obama will never run for a second term, for the following reasons:

    1. He doesn’t like the job. Above all, he doesn’t like the all-important decision-making part of his job, just as his serial “Present” votes as a state legislator and U.S. Senator demonstrated a distaste for or inability to make decisions, with the notable exception of his full support for late-term abortions. His wishy-washy indecisiveness in the White House can be seen in the endless months it took him to decide on an Iraq and Afghanistan strategy and in his failure to take any significant action at all regarding the BP oil spill that put thousands out of work and ruined entire Gulf Coast industries.
    2. He’s not very good at the job. While wielding immense power from a Democrat-controlled House, Senate and White House, as well as over-40 czars unaccountable to Congress or the American people, Obama has actualized very few of his initiatives, and monstrosities like Obamacare were successful only through the time-honored Soviet tactics of threats, bribes and intimidation. In foreign affairs, the man who said he’d “restore respect” around the world saw his proposals rejected and repudiated by 19 world leaders at the G-20 this month; the Middle East “peace” fiasco is in a hopeless boondoggle; our traditional allies seem neither to trust nor respect Obama; and our enemies, sensing a weak man at America’s helm, have become brazen in their saber-rattling.
    3. His work is done. As anyone with eyes and ears instinctively knows, Obama is a plant, an unsavory amalgam of a Trojan Horse and a Manchurian Candidate, the former ferreting a destroy-America agenda into our body politic, and the latter robotically delivering dulcet-toned platitudes and untruths to a public that, thank God, is no longer buying."

  • Cholly, Cholly!

    Networks Allow a Scant Four Minutes For Rangel Conviction, Devote 120 Minutes to Royal Wedding

    Tuesday's evening news broadcasts and Wednesday's morning shows allowed a scant four and a half minutes of coverage to the conviction of powerful Democrat Charlie Rangel over ethics charges. In comparison, these same programs devoted 121 minutes to exhaustively examining every aspect of the announcement that Prince William is getting married, a disparity of 30 to one.

    NBC's Today featured the most reporting on the British engagement, 41 minutes of coverage on Wednesday. Yet, the morning show discussed Rangel's misdeeds for only one minute and 45 seconds. Good Morning America was even worse. Just 12 seconds on the New York politician's failure to pay taxes and report income, but 31 minutes for the fashion, style and location of a wedding that won't take place until 2011.

    The Early Show did slightly better on the Congressman: 38 seconds for Rangel, but 35 minutes for Prince William. The breakdown of just the morning shows is 42 to 1. (108 minutes for the wedding and two and a half for Rangel.)

  • Guaranteed Conversation Starter

    This story is getting pick up around the web. First reported last night at the college newspaper:

     

    Fresno State Student Body President is Illegal Immigrant

    Pedro Ramirez

    Pedro Ramirez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 3, disclosed his immigration status to Cal State Fresno officials after being elected student body president, but otherwise had kept his identity hidden. (Fresno BeeZ / August 27, 2009)

  • Flying the Super Duper EXTRA Friendly Skies

    Rummaging around  the archives, I found the perfect commentary on the airport security fiasco that continues to roil in America – a spot that Move America Forward created a couple of years ago.

    And it’s particularly appropriate as Big Sis examines the junk in our trunk instead of profiling for terrorists who would happily blow us out of the skies.

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    Leave comments. I would love to know what you think.

  • Drama Daddy Walks from Congressional Hearings

    Charlie Rangel, alleged Congressional crook, takes a hike after his fellow members deny him a delay in his ethics hearings.

    "...Embattled New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel today defiantly demanded that the House Ethics Committee delay his pending public trial because he has not been given enough time to set up a legal defense fund to pay for a lawyer to represent him. "With all due respect, I am going to have to excuse myself from this proceeding," Rangel said, unless he was given the time to hire counsel. But after a closed-door meeting to consider the request, the committee of four Democrats and four Republicans pledged to move forward, despite Rangel's threat to walk out on the proceedings."

    Charlie Rangel (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Kruel Keith Nearly Kut

    Schadenfreude (pronounced /ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ About this sound Audio (US) , German pronunciation: [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏdə]) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

    Yes, it is true.

    I am feeling a bit of the schadenfreude when it comes to Keith Olbermann, whom I think is the biggest a**hole in TV. I have defended his right to make political donations, and still remain on the tube, but a girl can gloat a bit, can't she?

    Read the Howard Kurtz pieceon the meanest man in broadcasting and his lonely trevails.

    Sob.

     

  • Veterans Day 2010

    I had many plans for today. So many observances to attend, and words to write about the heroes we honor (hopefully) more than once a year who have served our nation with pride and distinction.

    But I have just returned from Washington, D.C. where I spent the past few days meeting with representatives of the Fisher House foundation, which has spent millions of privately donated dollars to build compounds for the families of service members who need to be close to their greviously wounded soldier sons and daughters.

    In the process, I caught a virus, so I am trying to do justice to a subject that I am passionate about, and not very well I am afraid.

    So I will pass along this photo wihich touches my heart, and throughout the day, I will also have posts from Bethesda's newest Fisher House, a stunning new facility just dedicated yesterday...and many of us in the media who were there to help.

    Please click back and also help with a donation to Fisher House Foundationif you can.

  • The Walls are Up, New Fisher House Debut

    Serving America's fallen is an honor and a privilege that many hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans undertake every day...whether through donating a care package for our troops or helping to build a Fisher House in different cities.

    I am leaving for Washington D.C. tomorrow where I will be joining with members of the Fisher House corporation to christen a new home away from home for our military families who wish to remain near their son or daughter, brother or sister, mother or father, as they recuperate from serious injuries sustained during the wars.

    The organization that I co-founded,  Move America Forward, is proud to be working with Fisher House to establish these facilities wherever they are needed.

    MAF has been providing over 200 tons of care packages since 2006, but we want to make a lasting legacy with help going directly to our military families, so we are establishing a new partnership that I will tell you more about later.

    Meanwhile, the door to the newest Fisher house will be opened in Dover, Maryland and I hope that you will be with all of us in spirit, if not with a donation or two.

    God Bless Ken Fisher, and the hundreds of employees and volunteers who make this possible.

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    Ken Fisher of Fisher House, explains rhat 50 Sanctuaries for families of wounded warriors have now been dedicated across the United States

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    Left wing commentator Bill Press joins effort in Bethesda this week to fundraise for new Fisher House facilities.

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    Becky Zuegel, whose son Ty was critically burned during an attack in Iraq says she is 'profoundly grateful' that Fisher house made it so much less difficult to be with her son when he needed her the most.

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    Family room at newly dedicated Bethesda Fisher house ( all artwork specially commissioned to help PTSD patients.)

  • Olbermann De-fanged

    Keith Olbermann, the liberal lefty poster boy for viciousness and incivility, has apparently been de-fanged after being slapped with an indefinite suspension from his stupid little TV show on MSNBC earlier this afternoon.

    Olbermann admitted to donating to several political races in Arizona's 8th district (against my guy and personal hero Jesse Kelly) and to Jack Conway's successful Senatorial bid against Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.

    "I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement. "Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."

    Olbermann, who does not hide his liberal views, has acknowledged donations of $2,400 each to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords during this election cycle.

    NBC's ethics policy generally bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News, Steve Capus, according to a 2007 story on MSNBC.com.

    "Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest," it says. "Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee."

    In a statement released before the suspension as announced, Olbermann said: "I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level."



    Read more at Newsbusters.org 
     
    As someone who has been named "Worst Person in the World" or some variation thereof over the past several years, you might think I would be celebrating Olberfurher's suspension.
    But you might be wrong.

     

    Don't get me wrong...Keith Olbermann is a whack job. A lying cretin, really whom I truly despise.
    However....

     

    Keith Olbermann is entitled to give any amount of money that he wants  because he is an American citizen. He is not a journalist, and no one would ever mistake him for one.
    I understand that he broke the rules at MSNBC, but those rules are really unfair. They are arbitrary and enforced capriciously, since many GE executives and others contribute to political races.
    He should have to disclose that he writes checks to candidates and campaigns (like I did on the radio in a similar situation) but he shouldn't be fired for having completely sexist, stupid, ignorant, misleading and vicious views.
    Our constitution says so.
    God, I hate myself for defending such an a*hole.
    It's a dirty job, and someone has to do it.
  • Warriors For Congress Scorecard

    The excitement of this week’s elections has not died down and, thanks to supporters of Warriors for Congress, a group of veterans is heading to the Hill to do the work of the People.

    Warriors for Congress – and America - had a good night and it is all because of your support. Candidates Dr. Joe Heck, Dr. Andy Harris, (ret) Lt. Col. Allen West, and Duncan Hunter Jr. all won their seats in Tuesday’s election. Jesse Kelly, who started of f a long-shot for his Arizona seat, is still in the middle of the decision. Votes are still being counted, but our hopes are high.

    “The results show what great Americans can do when we put our minds and our hearts into it,” said WFC Chairman Melanie Morgan. “We worked hard and, because of the help of Warriors’ supporters across America, we succeeded. We can’t thank our donors and supporters enough.”

    Warriors for Congress chose an elite group of veterans who had already sworn to uphold our Constitution. They put their lives on the line for America so Warriors was convinced that they would go to Washington and listen to the citizens who put them there.

    Some of the races were mighty close, but in true Warriors fashion, our candidates fought with dignity and fairness.

    One of the most exciting races was in Florida where the dynamic (ret) Lt. Col Allen West fought an uphill battle until Election Day when he cleaned up. West is already got boots on the ground to serve Americans.

    According to a Miami CBS affiliate:

    “After a sleepless and exciting night, Allen West is plotting his next move as the new U.S. Congressman of the 22nd district. He said his priorities remain the same as outlined on the campaign trail.

    "That's the fiscal security and the physical security of the American people," he said. "So you look at right back here over my shoulder, the Winn-Dixie that has closed down. We've got to get our
    small businesses and corporations back open and up."

    West, a Republican, unseated two-term Democrat Ron Klein by 9 percentage points. The victory was an upset after a tightly contested down and dirty race.

    Dr. Joe Heck won a squeaker and has humbly begun his work on our behalf.

    "This is the end of a long journey, but ultimately the truth prevailed. I would like to thank my family for their selfless sacrifice, endless endurance and unending loyalty. I would also like to thank the constituents of Nevada's 3rd Congressional District for their patience during this long and grueling election cycle, and express my humble gratitude for their faith in me and willingness to give us the opportunity to represent the in Congress,” Heck said.

    Dr. Andy Harris won a tough race in Maryland.

    “As part of that national trend, Maryland's most closely watched House contest saw Republican state Sen. Andy Harris defeat incumbent Democratic Rep.Frank Kratovil in the 1st District,”according to the Baltimore Sun.

    “We are proud of all veterans who decided to extend their public service from their days serving in the Armed Forces to the rough world of politics,” Morgan said. “We will always recognize their sacrifices and we are sincerely grateful.”

     

     

     

  • Warriors For Congress

    The excitement of this week’s elections has not died down and, thanks to supporters of Warriors for Congress, a group of veterans is heading to the Hill to do the work of the People.

    Warriors for Congress – and America - had a good night and it is all because of your support. Candidates Dr. Joe Heck, Dr. Andy Harris, (ret) Lt. Col. Allen West, and Duncan Hunter Jr. all won their seats in Tuesday’s election. Jesse Kelly, who started of f a long-shot for his Arizona seat, is still in the middle of the decision. Votes are still being counted, but our hopes are high.

    “The results show what great Americans can do when we put our minds and our hearts into it,” said WFC Chairman Melanie Morgan. “We worked hard and, because of the help of Warriors’ supporters across America, we succeeded. We can’t thank our donors and supporters enough.”

    Warriors for Congress chose an elite group of veterans who had already sworn to uphold our Constitution. They put their lives on the line for America so Warriors was convinced that they would go to Washington and listen to the citizens who put them there.

    Some of the races were mighty close, but in true Warriors fashion, our candidates fought with dignity and fairness.

    One of the most exciting races was in Florida where the dynamic (ret) Lt. Col Allen West fought an uphill battle until Election Day when he cleaned up. West is already got boots on the ground to serve Americans.

    According to a Miami CBS affiliate:

    “After a sleepless and exciting night, Allen West is plotting his next move as the new U.S. Congressman of the 22nd district. He said his priorities remain the same as outlined on the campaign trail.

    "That's the fiscal security and the physical security of the American people," he said. "So you look at right back here over my shoulder, the Winn-Dixie that has closed down. We've got to get our
    small businesses and corporations back open and up."

    West, a Republican, unseated two-term Democrat Ron Klein by 9 percentage points. The victory was an upset after a tightly contested down and dirty race.

    Dr. Joe Heck won a squeaker and has humbly begun his work on our behalf.

    "This is the end of a long journey, but ultimately the truth prevailed. I would like to thank my family for their selfless sacrifice, endless endurance and unending loyalty. I would also like to thank the constituents of Nevada's 3rd Congressional District for their patience during this long and grueling election cycle, and express my humble gratitude for their faith in me and willingness to give us the opportunity to represent the in Congress,” Heck said.

     

    Dr. Andy Harris won a tough race in Maryland.

    “As part of that national trend, Maryland's most closely watched House contest saw Republican state Sen. Andy Harris defeat incumbent Democratic Rep.Frank Kratovil in the 1st District,”according to the Baltimore Sun.

    “We are proud of all veterans who decided to extend their public service from their days serving in the Armed Forces to the rough world of politics,” Morgan said. “We will always recognize their sacrifices and we are sincerely grateful.”

  • SOS! Two GOP Candidates Still Need Our Help!

    My friend Jesse Kelley in Arizona's 8th District and closer to home, David Harmer, to whom Democrats are trying to hijack the election.

    Kelly is an Iraq war veteran who came home determined to save HIS country from extremists, and David Harmer is a Ronald Reagan Republican in a swing district from the Sn Francisco Bay area.

    Please go to their websites

    http://www.votejessekelly.com/

    and 

    http://www.harmerforcongress.com/

     and help if you can!

    From David Harmer:

    "...Limbo. That's where we find ourselves.

    As the votes were counted last night, we quickly jumped to a 3% lead and held it for most of the evening. As the number of precincts reporting increased, our lead gradually decreased, but we maintained it all through the night. As of 4:09 a.m. Pacific time, with 99% of the precincts reporting, we led by 23 votes (Harmer 81,762; McNerney 81,739).

    Then, in the "preliminary final count," the incumbent suddenly jumped ahead (McNerney 82,124; Harmer 82,003).

    If that sounds suspicious, it is. We have reason for serious concern about the integrity of the count and the security of the ballots in some areas. And many absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted.

    We insist that every legally-cast ballot be accurately and properly counted. Getting that done is going to be a battle. We may not know the result for days.

    We urgently need additional observers to monitor the counting. If you can volunteer, call or come in to headquarters immediately.

    Meanwhile... you have no idea how much I hate to say this, but the campaign didn't end when the polls closed last night, and our hard-working staff needs to stay on the job. We've exhausted the campaign treasury. Now we need to replenish it. If you can contribute, please do.

    From the Greeen Valley, Arizona News:

    "...Jesse Kelly and Ruth McClung rode the Tea Party wave for all it was worth, giving Congressional Democrats Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Grijalva the battle of their political lives in races that went down to the wire.

    With thousands of Pima County votes yet to be counted, nobody was claiming victory early Wednesday.

    Giffords, 40, a two-term representative for District 8, led Kelly, 29, a Marine veteran, by less than one percentage point — or about 2,500 votes — with one of 352 precints left to be counted early Wednesday along with early ballots, which could be key."

    http://www.gvnews.com/articles/2010/11/03/elections/doc4cd108a7c6057522972814.txt

     

  • Update from Alaska

    Statement from Joe Miller

    The campaign remains optimistic that Joe Miller will be the next U.S. Senator     from the state of Alaska.

    Previous write-in campaigns in Alaska have demonstrated that as much as              5 to 6% of returned ballots have not met the standard to be counted as                     a valid vote.

    As with any write-in campaign, the burden of execution rests with the             candidate whose name is not on the ballot.  Candidates who mount a write-in campaign opt for an uphill battle. At this point, without a single write-in ballot counted, Lisa Murkowski has no claim on a victory.

    To complicate the matter, the Division of Elections has yet to adequately explain  how a ballot will be marked in favor of a candidate. The current standards are extraordinarily ambiguous.

    We trust that officials will conduct the hand count with propriety and consistency. 

    In short, this campaign is not over!

    For more information and updates from the campaign, check our website.

  • If I Had a Talk Show...I Might Make a Few Remarks

    ...about the incompetent, frighteningly out-of-touch campaign run by GOP political consultant Mike Murphy in California and the MILLIONS of dollars he pocketed from billionaire Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

    I have not met either Whitman nor Murphy (interesting, since I have been at the forefront of GOP politics in California for almost two decades) so I have no vested interest in praising or damning either except from a purely analytical point of view.

    Let's face it: Meg Whitman was a horrible candidate. She was disconnected, aloof, sheltered by her campaign when retail politics would have suited her better. She always used surrogates to speak to people rather than shake a hand. Maybe she is a shy person. That could explain why she preferred to sit in the back of a room texting rather than introducing herself to the Republican Federated Women of Solano County. But her people (and I mean MIKE MURPHY) ran a distant campaign filtered by thousands of advertisements that never told the story of who Meg Whitman is, and why she wanted to be Governor (because she really wanted to be PRESIDENT.)

    Mike Murphy coached her with the same lines that he spoon fed Arnold Schwarzenegger when he ran for Governor after the recall of 2004. That side-by-side spot was devastating. I think it killed the Whitman campaign. Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco, contends that Murphy should be sued for malpractice. I second that.

    My only hope is that the Republican party of California fires these same old, same old re-treads and gets some fresh new blood in the Golden State.

    Until the state of California fronts conservative, articulate and charismatic candiates, we are in big big trouble.

    Otherwise, the people of California will be stuck with miserable choices until we pack the U-Haul's and hit the road. Then who will pay for illegal immigrants to go to public universities? Who will foot the bill for billions of unfunded pensions for government workers? Where will the money come from to balance 16 billion in deficit dollars?

     Nancy Pelosi is gone, and the entire country is better for it. Thank you Tea Party members! Let us celebrate the election of Marco Rubio (who may be our next Vice-President or Presidential candidate) and the newly elected Republican Governors and Congress Critters.

    I just pray that Her Royal Highness will fade away and we can just forget this whole sad four year national nightmare.

    But the same Wily Brown said that San Fran Nan is considering coming back home and running for Mayor. Nancy and the city of stolen ballots will deserve each other!

    Meanwhile, America awakened and threw out the bums, repudiated Obama policies, and taking our next step to winning back control of the Senate ..and the Presidency. The Democrats can be proud of defeating Christine O'Donnell, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina by calling them sluts, whores and bitches. Way to go Dem's! Awesome political strategery.

    Did our guys learn their lesson from the Bush years of too much spending and lack of deficit reduction?

     I hope so.

    We will find out together.

  • If You Vote, We Win

     

    I woke up this morning nervous and agitated, dreaming that I was shoving a huge amount of chips across the poker table, while sweating profusely over the daring bet.

    As the gray light of morning peeked through my curtains, I realized what the dream meant - our whole country is betting on the good sense and patriotism of millions of Americans who are gambling today that others will arise from their lethargy and vote to save us from the liberal orthodoxy that threatens us.

    I have worked for two very long years to explain, exhort, and exclaim that change is critical - giving speeches, forming political action committees, criss-crossing the country on bus tours, doing hundreds of media interviews, creating alliances, voter registration, and every other aspect of retail politics that I can think to do.

    Did I do enouh? Have you done enough? The clock is running out.

    Our time is now at hand.

    Tonight, the cards will be turned face up.

    Be a part of the change you demanded.

    LiveBlogging the elections at PJM...go there to keep an eye on the Democrats attempts to steal our election.

    "...Gallup has just released its final voter enthusiasm poll.  If you’re looking for a wave, it’s here: The GOP’s enthusiasm gap advantage is a staggering 19 points.

    The high level of Republican enthusiasm has led to the largest gap in enthusiasm by party of any recent midterm elections, 19 percentage points. The prior highs were nine points in favor of the Democrats in 2006, and nine points in favor of the Republicans in 1994.

    The party with the advantage in enthusiasm has won the greater share of the national congressional vote, and gained seats in the House, each election year since Gallup began tracking voter enthusiasm in 1994.

      The forecast calls for Tea-nami."

    I will be attending election night coverage in Marin County tonight at the GOP headquarters in San Rafael, California. I'm bringing tea and party favors. I hope to see you there! God Bless America and all hard-working conservatives everywhere.

  • World Champions!

    My Giants WIN!

    Next up...a clean sweep of Congress, and hopefully, the U.S. Senate. By sweep, I mean GOOD RIDDANCE to San Fran Nan and Dreary Harry and all liberal Democrats seeking re-election.

  • Will She or Won't She Step Down?

    Will her Imperial Highness be reduced to Court Jester tomorrow? The Palace intrigue over Queen Nancy Pelosi's future swirls, with the plotting, scheming and back-stabbing generating from her own party (and a dash of help from the GOP.)

    Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown reported several weeks ago that if she loses her historic gavel and is forced from the Speakership, San Fran Nan is considering a bid to run for Mayor of San Francisco. Very fitting. The lunatic in charge of the aslyum.

    More from her formerly swooning subjects at the San Francisco Chronicle:

    "..Many analysts believe Pelosi's political career could end Tuesday. Her national popularity is in the basement. She has become a symbol of Democratic excesses, much like Gingrich once was for Republicans, a radioactive "San Francisco liberal" from whom moderate Democrats in marginal districts are fleeing.

    "Chances are that she would not stay in the House; she would resign," said James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. A special election would be called in San Francisco, and Democrats would clear the way for a "new generation that's stepping up and has the energy and focus to be in the minority," he said.

    That is how Pelosi fought her way into the leadership, becoming minority leader in 2002 and winning the speakership in 2006 after demolishing the GOP majority of 12 years.

    Pelosi is sticking by her insistence that Democrats will keep their majority. She has made it clear that she intends to remain speaker. What Pelosi has not said is whether she would run for the leadership in the minority."

  • Miller Takes Lead in Newest PPP Poll

    In a poll just released by Public Policy Polling, "37% of voters" say they will vote for Joe Miller for U.S. Senate, and "30% plan to vote for Scott McAdams and another 30% plan to write in Lisa Murkowski."


     

    Click here to read more.

     

    Miller, the Republican nominee, said, "The only poll that matters is coming on Tuesday. This current poll reflects what we have been seeing on our own, however. There is tremendous enthusiasm and support wherever we go."

     

    Campaign manager Robert Campbell also noted that "although we did not commission this poll, it comes from one of the more reputable polling companies." Campbell added that "People across the state have reacted favorably to Joe. The townhall meeting in Dillingham, the rally in Anchorage, everything indicates that Joe's message is getting through the noise and resonating with the voters."

    Censored! New Ad from Joe Miller for U.S. Senate

    WatchCensored!, the new ad from the Miller campaign. Recent events in the Alaska Senate race demonstrate that Lisa Murkowski and her friends in the media have no intention of protecting your first amendment rights.

  • Frightening Prediction for Dem's: Biggest GOP Gains in Generations

    Latest Gallup polling is scaring the bejeebers out of the liberals. Heh.

    PRINCETON, NJ -- The final USA Today/Gallup measure of Americans' voting intentions for Congress shows Republicans continuing to hold a substantial lead over Democrats among likely voters, a lead large enough to suggest that regardless of turnout, the Republicans will win more than the 40 seats needed to give them the majority in the U.S. House.

    The results are from Gallup's Oct. 28-31 survey of 1,539 likely voters. It finds 52% to 55% of likely voters preferring the Republican candidate and 40% to 42% for the Democratic candidate on the national generic ballot -- depending on turnout assumptions. Gallup's analysis of several indicators of voter turnout from the weekend poll suggests turnout will be slightly higher than in recent years, at 45%. This would give the Republicans a 55% to 40% lead on the generic ballot, with 5% undecided.

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    Republicans' 15-point lead among likely voters contrasts with their 4-point lead, 48% to 44%, among registered voters, highlighting the importance of higher GOP turnout to the election outcome. This wide difference between the GOP's margin among registered voters and its margin among likely voters is similar to the 2002 midterms, in which Democrats led by 5 points among all registered voters in Gallup's final pre-election poll, while Republicans led by 6 points among likely voters -- an 11-point gain.

    These final estimates of the vote among registered and likely voters are consistent with Gallup polling since Sept. 23. Republicans have led by an average of 4 points among registered voters and by 16 points among a low-turnout estimate of likely voters since that time. Thus, while voter preferences could change in the final two days, perhaps resulting from Democrats' final push to motivate their base to turn out, voter preferences appear to be quite settled in this final post-Labor Day phase of the campaign.

    A Republican Majority Very Likely

    Gallup models the number of seats a party will control based on that party's share of the national two-party vote for the House of Representatives, using historical voting data in midterm elections from 1946 to 2006. The model takes into account the majority party in Congress entering the elections.

    Gallup's historical model suggests that a party needs at least a two-point advantage in the national House vote to win a majority of the 435 seats. The Republicans' current likely voter margin suggests that this scenario is highly probable, making the question of interest this election not whether the GOP will win the majority, but by how much. Taking Gallup's final survey's margin of error into account, the historical model predicts that the Republicans could gain anywhere from 60 seats on up, with gains well beyond that possible.

    It should be noted, however, that this year's 15-point gap in favor of the Republican candidates among likely voters is unprecedented in Gallup polling and could result in the largest Republican margin in House voting in several generations. This means that seat projections have moved into uncharted territory, in which past relationships between the national two-party vote and the number of seats won may not be maintained.

    Additionally, efforts by state legislatures in recent years have attempted to insulate incumbent members of Congress from strong partisan tides such as are in force this year. Congressional district lines have been drawn to make them safe for specific parties, which may reduce the impact of national trends on election outcomes.

    In the early part of the 20th century, it was not unusual for an election to bring about a change in party control of 50 House seats or more. In recent decades, the partisan shifts have been more modest, with the Republicans' 54-seat gain in 1994 a rare exception.

    Turnout Holds the Key

    To the extent Tuesday does bring about a strong Republican wave, it will be to a significant degree the result of turnout. Republicans have a slender 4-point advantage in the preferences of registered voters, which expands to 15 among likely voters. Republicans usually turn out at higher rates than Democrats, so the margin's expansion is not unusual, but its size this year is. In general, Republicans' advantage in the vote is strongest in an average turnout scenario, while higher turnout scenarios bring more Democrats into the likely voter pool and increase the Democratic share of the vote.

    Republicans' turnout advantage is highlighted by two key questions used as part of Gallup's likely voter model. One asks Americans how much thought they have given to the upcoming elections; the other asks those who say they plan to vote how certain they are about voting.

    The Oct. 28-31 poll finds that nationally, 75% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican are "absolutely certain" they will vote in the 2010 midterms, compared with 68% of Democrats. While these figures are not the only indicator of relative turnout strength -- this is just one question in Gallup's seven-item likely voter model -- the record-high seven-point gap between the parties is strongly indicative of a relative surge in GOP turnout.

  • Blogger Update, The Accidental Voicemail

    When a KTVA reporter failed to completely end a phone call with a Joe Miller for U.S. Senate spokesperson, the campaign accidentally heard a disturbing conversation among the CBS-affiliate reporters.

    This week, Randy DeSoto, spokesperson for the Miller campaign, was left an
    accidental voicemail by members of KTVA, which appears to be a recording of ways the news station could fabricate stories about the Republican nominee.

    Click here for transcripts and to hear a recording of the message.


    KTVA reporters are heard discussing ways to “find” a “child molester,” who is involved with the campaign.

    “You have to find that one person,” says the male reporter, to laughter in the news room. The reporters at KTVA then discuss creating a “Rand Paul” incident at the then upcoming Miller Rally (held on October 28, 2010) and hoping for violence so that they can “send out a tweet” and “Facebook” that “Miller got punched” at the rally.   

    When confronted, KTVA acknowledged that the message was inadvertently left by a member of the TV station staff but denied that the station was brainstorming ways to create negative news stories about Miller. Jerry Bever, general manager for KTVA, released a statement, which was published at
    Politico:

    The recording was the result of a cell phone not being hung up after a call was placed to Randy DeSoto, Joe Miller campaign spokesperson, Thursday afternoon to discuss Joe Miller's appearance on that evening's newscast. That phone call was placed near the end of a coverage planning meeting in our newsroom regarding that evening's Miller rally in downtown Anchorage. The group of KTVA news personnel was reviewing potential "what-if" scenarios, discussing the likelihood of events at the rally and how KTVA might logistically disseminate any breaking news.

    Why would a news station review scenarios of a sexual predator attending a political rally?Transcripts indicate that the station was looking for a sexual predator affiliated with the campaign.

    Campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto
    responded:

    Now the media has gone from trying to create stories to openly lying. The audio was pulled directly from the voicemail message. Nothing was altered. “Everything that was recorded on my phone is what we released without change."

    Others around the web also questioned the true intentions of the KTVA voice mail.

    Hot Air'sEd Morrissey
    wrote:

    KTVA’s explanation is absurd.  What possible context can they put around the suggestion that they start looking for child molesters at a political rally in order to exploit that for their television coverage?  That’s a “potential what-if scenario”?   Is this a suggestion that came up in strategy sessions when discussing a McAdams campaign rally?

    The only absolution KTVA could have possibly had was showing that this conversation didn’t take place among their staff, but was left on the voicemail by some other people or organization.  Even if KTVA approached coverage of every political event in this manner, it would be an embarrassment.  In this case, it shows a strong bias against Miller and gives a window into the editorial direction at KTVA.

    Dan Riehl at Big Governmentreplied:

    The published audio and transcript of KTVA reporters conspiring against the Miller campaign make the truth abundantly clear for all to see and hear. A call to KTVA’s Nick McDermott made prior to publication has yet to be returned. In the event CBS-KTVA opts to issue a genuine response to these serious charges, we will publish it when received.

    For now, all there is, is KTVA General Manager Jerry Bever’s ridiculous characterization the Miller campaign describes as a lie. It is difficult to disagree with that characterization. Consequently, as unfortunate as it may be, as things stand, we see no reason for Alaskans to trust CBS-KTVA’s campaign 2010 coverage given their unwillingness to honestly address concerns raised by their reporters disturbing behavior.

    We will keep you updated as this story progresses.