Melanie Morgan

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

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  • Most Boring Oscars EVER?

    Fox News thinks so....I think it was a) most annoying and b) pathetic. Actors should never be show hosts unless your name is Billy Crystal or Bob Hope. Ann Hathaway was just ridiculous. Her main function on the show was to wear sparkly dresses and 'do's plus holler a lot.

    Damned irritating.

    Entertainment
    • Oscar Flash Poll: Was this the most boring Oscars ever?

      (AP)

      The 83rd Annual Academy Awards started out strong enough. Anne Hathaway and James Franco were funny, the stars seemed excited to be there, and Celine Dion had not sung us to sleep yet.

      And then, something happened: it became painfully boring.

      Sure, Melissa Leo dropped an F-bomb, James Franco dressed in drag....

      But then there were about 5 million tributes.

      And then, before we knew it (that's a lie, we counted every second), it was two-and-a-half hours into the show and nearly none of the major awards had been presented.

      Overall, even our very own Dr. Oscar was bored. And that's not a good sign.

      But hey, maybe we're just jaded. Maybe it was the most exciting moment of television any of you can remember.

      Ha, we doubt it.

      But cast your vote below.

      Was this the worst Oscars ever?


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  • AND...Free Speech Rights of Right Under Attack

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0211/Anonymous_takes_down_Americans_for_Prosperity_website.html

    The online activist group "anonymous," which has used coordinated denial of service attacks -- a crude but effective Internet weapon -- to temporary disable sites belonging to foes ranging from Scientology to WikiLeaks foes -- has turned its firepower on the Koch-backed conservative group Americans for Prosperity, making the group's site intermittently unavailable tonight.

    From the typically immodest press release, which begins, "Dear Citizens of the United States of America":

    It has come to our attention that the brothers, David and Charles Koch--the billionaire owners of Koch Industries--have long attempted to usurp American Democracy. Their actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin are the final straw. Starting today we fight back.

    ...Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America's broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers' political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.

    ...Anonymous hears the voice of the downtrodden American people, whose rights and liberties are being systematically removed one by one, even when their own government refuses to listen or worse - is complicit in these attacks. We are actively seeking vulnerabilities, but in the mean time we are calling for all supporters of true Democracy, and Freedom of The People, to boycott all Koch Industries' paper products. We welcome unions across the globe to join us in this boycott to show that you will not allow big business to dictate your freedom.

    The DNS attack appears to have made Americans for Prosperity's website intermittently unavailable, but it will likely also help establish AfP among conservatives as the key group at Governor Scott Walker's side.

  • Super Bowl Cheers for the Troops

    www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-sac-nonprofit-sends-superbowl-cheer-to-troops-20110224,0,4066412.story

    Sac Non-Profit Sends Superbowl Cheer to Troops

    The national non-profit Move America Forward is used to filling boxes for troops at its Sacramento headquarters.

    Your typical care package has everything from hygiene items like deoderant and chapstick, to treats like jelly bellies and beef jerky-- but now a group from Madison, Wisconsin will get a little extra flavor from home.

    Like Super Bowl towels and penants.

    "We had a little competition to see how much money the Steelers fans could raise vs the Packers fans," said Danny Gonzalez with Move America Forward.

    Donations from the Packer fans doubled donations from Steeler fans-- so to celebrtae both wins...."What we're doing now is sending these care packages to troops in Afghanistan from Madison, Wisconsin," said Gonzalez.

    The 400 boxes will ship out Friday-- since the group started in 2006 -- nearly 190 tons of packages have reached troops.

    "This mixes it up, reminds people of something they enjoy, watching the super bowl," said Gonzalez.

    For more information:
    www.moveamericaforward.org

  • Mirror, Mirror

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall...who loves Barack Obama most of all? And the polling shows.....Hawaii and D.C.!

    PRINCETON, NJ -- Residents of Hawaii gave native son President Barack Obama the highest average 2010 job approval rating (66%) of any of the 50 states, surpassed only by the 84% Obama received in the District of Columbia. Obama's lowest average state approval rating in 2010 was 28% in Wyoming.

    Top 10 States, Obama Job Approval, 2010

    Bottom 10 States, Obama Job Approval, 2010

  • Quick Bits Linked

    Tea Party Leaders in letter to Wisconsin Gov. Walker:Stand Strong!

     

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    Is Obama preparing for martial law?  For insurrection?  For a “crisis”? Would a Canadian soldier hesitate to fire on an American citizen if ordered to do so?  Are they getting ready?

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    Don’t you love it?  A child has to present his city of birth and last four digits of his Social Security number in order to submit a doodle drawing to a Google-sponsored contest.

    But if your name is Barack Hussein Obama, and you want to president?  No birth certificate or city of birth or Social Security number (of which it is said he has several) needed. - Google.  Doing no evil.  Sorta.

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    You know those firefighters unions and police unions marching with the Wisconsin teachers?  How long until there’s some sign you need to have in your yard supporting unions, and if you don’t have that sign, the fire department lets your house burn down?Solidarity.

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    And now, time forsome humor.

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    From Jack Cashill, author.

     

    Friends, I need your help. 

    One week ago my book "Deconstructing Obama" hit the bookstores.   We had an excellent first week—hovering in Amazon's Top 100—but we can continue this progress only if you urge your friends to read the book and to pressure the media to review it. 

     

    Right now, the respectable conservative media are afraid to look, and the mainstream media are hoping they stay afraid.  The following article (below) explains the dynamics.  Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated! 

     

    Thanks,

    Jack

  • Fleebagger Democrats

    First lady Michelle Obama said, “Let’s Move!” Who knew Democratic politicians in Wisconsin and Indiana would take her literally?

    Faced with stifling debt, bloated pensions and intractable government unions, liberal Midwestern legislators have fled those states — paralyzing Republican fiscal reform efforts. Like Monty Python’s Brave Sir Robin and his band of quivering knights, these elected officials have only one plan when confronted with political hardship or economic peril: Run away, run away, run away.

    Scores of Fleebagger Democrats are now in hiding in neighboring Illinois, the nation’s sanctuary for political crooks and corruptocrats. Soon, area hotels will be announcing a special discount rate for card-carrying FleePAC winter convention registrants. Question: Will the White House count the economic stimulus from the mass Democratic exodus to Illinois as jobs “saved” or “created”? More important question: How much are taxpayers being charged for these obstructionist vacations?

    Voters have spoken: In Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and across the heartland, they put Republican adults in charge of cleaning up profligate Democrat-engineered messes. Instead of defending their same old tax-hiking, union-protecting, spending-addicted ways, Democrats are crossing their state borders into big government sanctuary zones — screaming “la, la, la, we can’t hear you” all the way.

    Read more here.

  • Revolutions Rising

    FrontPage Magazine, February 22, 2011

     

    The world has marveled at how Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution caused a domino effect bringing down Egyptian President Mubarak and sparking uprisings throughout the region and beyond, as far away as Venezuela, Albania and Belarus. Now, the unrest has spread to China and almost every single country in the Middle East and it shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

     

    The Chinese authorities reacted quickly on Sunday after word got out about planned protests in Beijing, Shanghai and 11 other cities. Over 100 activists were arrested nationwide or put under house arrest and large amounts of security personnel were deployed to the meeting places. Internet sites were censored and the word “jasmine” was blocked from being searched on Twitter and other social networking sites. Hundreds were still able to assemble in Beijing and Shanghai and now the Communist Party is discussing more ways to censor the Internet and control the flow of information.

     

    The Jasmine Revolution has also come to Venezuela. Less than 10 activists began a hunger strike on January 31 to demand that the Organization of American States investigate human rights abuses by Chavez. Now up to 65 people are participating and Chavez has been force to acknowledge them, accusing them of being stooges of the United States. The Justice and Interior Minister met with them and says the government will consider their demands...

     

    Click here <http://www.uc4i.org/news/?p=6379> for the complete article, or copy and paste this link into your web browser:

    http://www.uc4i.org/news/?p=6379

     

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  • Iraq War Vets Jeered, Disgusting Says MAF

    DISGUSTING: STUDENTS AT COLUMBIA
    LAUGH, HECKLE, CALL WAR VETS RACIST!


    It’s the most sickening and shocking display of anti-military hate that we’ve seen for a long time.

    At a recent debate at Columbia about whether or not to allow ROTC back on campus, several ROTC students, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and current service members were viciously attacked their own fellow students!

    Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.

    "Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran…


    - New York Post 02 / 20 / 2011


    We have heard the anti-war activists say it a thousand times. “We support the troops, but not the war.” We’ve also heard every liberal politician claim that they wouldn’t allow our current veterans to be mistreated the way Vietnam vets were. Obama called the treatment of Vietnam vets a “national disgrace…we resolve to never let it happen again,” he proclaimed at a speech in 2009.

    But where is their commitment? Where is that support for our troops? Obviously the students of Columbia didn’t get the memo. We can’t just sit by and let our troops be mistreated like this. Is this the kind of America we want our brave troops overseas to return home to?

    But we can help this situation, we can let our troops know that despite what a few sniveling spoiled brats at an Ivy League school have to say, the real America supports them. A great way to show that is to send a care package through Move America Forward!

    The care packages are full of goodies and treats that our troops will enjoy, like gourmet coffee, name brand Oreo cookies, thick cuts of peppered beef jerky, and some hot cocoa to keep the cold away. They also come with very useful personal are items like deodorant, wet wipes, and bug repellant, which our troops constantly ask for.

    Each package also comes with a note written by you – which our troops will read. That’s where these packages become really special, because you don’t have to be here, but you can still add your personal touch, your expression of gratitude and support that will life their spirits and give them that morale boost.

    Ever since Obama came into office, the far left has not protested as loudly and viciously as when President Bush was in charge. But that doesn’t mean those on the left don’t’ continue to harbor anti-military, anti-America sentiments. In fact, if what happened at Columbia University is any indication, their hatred of our troops and the country they protect runs as deep and extreme as ever.


    We don’t want our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to think that they have to come home from serving honorably and bravely in a war to protect our freedoms, and have to deal with this:

    Maschek, who is studying economics, miraculously survived the insurgent attack in Kirkuk. In the hail of gunfire, he broke both legs and suffered wounds to his abdomen, arm and chest.

    …Several students laughed and jeered the Idaho native, a 10th Mountain Division infantryman who spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington recovering from grievous wounds.

    José Robledo, 30, a Columbia student who commutes to Fordham University for ROTC coursework, said he found the treatment of Maschek abhorrent.

    "The anti-ROTC side has been disrespectful and loud. They hiss and they jeer," he said. "It's been to the detriment of the argument."


    The treatment of military and veteran students at Columbia has been nothing short of disgusting. Don’t let the students of Columbia speak for you! Do something to show that we SUPPORT our troops, and we don’t share the sentiment of bratty and unappreciative college kids!

    SEND SOME SUPPORT TO OUR BRAVE TROOPS NOW!

  • FCC Orders Newsrooms toWork with Soros Funded Groups

    Big Journalism reports on the latest corrupt conflict of interest involving the FCC: 

    So much for objectivity. One of the FCC stipulations of the Comcast – NBCU merger was the incorporation of non-profit journalism centers into NBC newsrooms. They are charged with maintaining and increasing local news coverage, the regulation based on the relationship between KNSD-TV and VoiceofSanDiego.org.

    KNSD airs the segments, but really can’t take all the credit for them. They are largely the work ofVoiceOfSanDiego.org, a local nonprofit journalism center that has been sharing news tips, co-producing and supplying content to the station for several years.

    Under the terms of the FCC order approving Comcast’s takeover of NBCU, at least half of NBC’s 10 O&Os have to find a nonprofit news center with which to work within the next year. The order cites the KNSD-VoiceOfSanDiego.org alliance as the model for what it would like to see in other NBC markets.

    Proponents of the growing nonprofit news movement are hoping that NBC’s FCC-mandated efforts will bear fruit and encourage other commercial TV stations to seek out nonprofit partners.

    There’s just one problem with this: Voice of San Diego is a member of INN (Investigative News Network) which is funded by the Open Society Institute, the URL of which is “www.soros.org.” Yes, these “non-profit” journalism centers are funded by George Soros.

    You don’t think that may cause just the slightest conflict of interest? The man whose goal is to omit conservative voices from the airwaves, who pays people to do nothing but follow Fox News all day long and write froshy diatribes on it. The man whose idea of “open and tolerant” is to use the words against anyone who would disagree with his self-classified brand of “openness and tolerance” by promoting free dissent as closed and intolerant. 

    Since its founding less than two years ago, the Investigative News Network, a nonprofit news umbrella organization, says its membership has grown from 20 to 53.

    At this point, says INN CEO Kevin Davis, most of the centers are funded through grants from foundations like Knight and McCormick. Others get support from universities and private donations, he says.

    People who have an economic interest in the fall of the American economic system, who rail against the freedoms our Constitution affords, and who actively targets private citizens through their mass of James Bond-esque front groups (King Street Patriots comes to mind) are completely free to invest in newsrooms but they are not free to cut a deal with the FCC to have the inclusion of their group be a mandate for a merger.

    American media is so desperate to save their skins that they’ve sold their souls. They’re free to do so, but please don’t speak anymore of the freedom of the press. There is no “non-profit” about any of this. “Profit” isn’t always greenbacks and returns on investments aren’t always bankable. No, the “profit” is something far greater: exerted influence over our newsrooms under the guise of providing local news. In instances such as these, the freedom of the press has been replaced by the shareholder’s prerogative, and as a major donor, don’t think for a second that newsrooms won’t toe the line in order to keep the dollars coming. No, there’s no freedom of the press.

    The business model is insane and it’s another example of old media refusing the recognize the advantage of partnering with new media. As most major stories are breaking on the Internet, it would have been a perfect opportunity for news media to reach out to their local blogging community and establish a deal in which bloggers could aid with content, AV nerds could aid in production, a true people’s initiative  that doesn’t rely on an entity with competing interests for sustainability.

    The idea of journalism has been bastardized and citizens have allowed it. There’s journalism and then there’s gossip, there’s editorialism, which is what you see when you turn on most network news; there’s also voyeurism and activism. Pushing one entity’s interest in contradiction to the Constitution and at the detriment of American interests isn’t journalism. It’s aiding the enemy.

    The Net Neutrality Coup: campaign to regulate the Internet funded by who’s who of liberal foundations, Socialists

    Soros Gives Media Matters $1 Million to Fight Fox News

    George Soros pays for 100 more NPR reporters

    The Soros Web and the Spiders Within


    Keep kids safe from Creeps

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  • CBS News Cover-Up

    CBS News has committed the ultimate journalistic sin....it covered up a story.

    Not just any story.

    It is the story of a heinous crime against one of their one, and a narrative that refused to fit the facts in Tahrir Square, Egypt.

    It has been left to a Boston talk show host to point out the hypocrisy and dangerous precedent in doing so. Michael Graham (full disclosure: Graham is my friend and fellow journalist who traveled to Iraq to cover the war in 2007) has an excellent read on this shocking story.

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    Photo by AP/CBS

    Dateline — Egypt:

    “[60 Minutes] correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, ‘Jew! Jew!’ as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday.”

    Powerful reporting on an important story. Two problems: It didn’t run until yesterday, and CBS didn’t run it. The quote is from the New York Post. And it was The Wall Street Journal that reported “the separation and assault lasted roughly 20 to 30 minutes.”

    But CBS? They sat on their own story. For five days, as reporters reveled amid giddy celebrations in Tahrir Square, and as President Obama praised President Obama’s handling of the Egyptian crisis, CBS reported nothing.

    Only when other media had the story did CBS break the news that its own chief foreign correspondent was the victim of “a brutal and sustained sexual assault.”

    Five days of silence — not even “60 Minutes” coverage of the Egypt story. No mention of the “mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy” who attacked their own reporter.

    How is that not news?

    Some women journalists, like WGBH’s Callie Crossley, complain that CBS should never have reported the story, that Logan should be treated like a rape victim in the United States. But I’m with liberal columnist Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:

    “The sexual assault of a woman in the middle of a public square is a story  . . .  particularly because the crowd in Tahrir Square was almost invariably characterized as friendly and out for nothing but democracy,” Cohen wrote.

    Watching the same complicit media we all saw, Cohen notes most journalists covered the mobs “as if they were reporting from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, stopping only at putting on a party hat.”

    Even CBS’s own statement said Logan was “covering the jubilation” and was attacked “amidst the celebration.”

    Having 200 “good guys” gang assault a female reporter while screaming “Jew! Jew!” doesn’t fit the narrative. Is that why CBS sat on the story?

    Or is it the cultural issue? A rape in a bar is a sex crime. But a pack of political protesters who rape a “Jew” in public is a story about culture.

    Rapes happen everywhere, it’s true. And political protests are a global phenomenon, too. But as Slate.com’s Rachel Larimore says, “there’s a huge difference between flipping over a truck and spraying friends with beer and prying a woman away from her security detail and sexually assaulting her.”

    Larimore wonders if “Logan’s attack [is] an anomaly, or is it to be expected from men raised in a culture that treats women as lesser citizens?”

    I would point her to the 2008 broadcast on the Al-Aribiya network of a female (!) lawyer arguing that it’s OK for Muslim men to sexually assault Israeli women, because the Jews have “raped the land.” Or this week’s story of Hena, the 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl raped by a family member, then sentenced to 100 lashes by Muslim authorities for having sex out of wedlock. After 80 lashes, Hena died.

    There are stories like this — and Logan’s — every week, all with the same cultural denominator.

    For the record, Logan isn’t Jewish. And because she’s not Muslim, there’s no possibility she’ll face the lash.

    But Lara Logan is a story. Why did CBS work so hard not to tell it?

    Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view.bg?articleid=1317384

  • A Smile Graced Her Lips

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    Last month I invited everyone to submit their sentiments to former First Lady Nancy Reagan on the occasion of President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. So many of you responded, we printed 45 pages which were placed in a presentation folder.  I sent it to Burt Boyar, longtime friend and biographer of the late Sammy Davis Jr. and close friend of Mrs. Reagan’s, who delivered the package to America’s favorite First Lady this afternoon.

    The package contained heartfelt messages, essays, and photographs from Americans all over the country.

    When Burt brought them to Mrs. Reagan, she exclaimed,  ”My goodness, there are so many of them!”

    Burt assured her, “There are a lot of people out there that love you.”  He said judging by the tone of her voice, she was deeply moved by all of you “lovely” people.  I’m sure we’ll hear more from her after she’s had time to read them all.

    So let me take this moment to thank all who participated in this gesture of affection for Nancy Reagan, definitely one of the classiest and most elegant First Ladies to have ever graced the people’s White House.

    Here’s Burt when he was palling around with Sammy. Seen in the photo is his late wife Jane Boyar.  At the time the photo was taken, Burt was goofing around to cheer Sammy who was in the dumps  – and holding the camera. To learn more about Burt and his friendship with Sammy Davis Jr., read my profile piece at Big Hollywood.

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    THE ANDREA SHEA KING SHOW

  • Headline News You Can Use

     Afghan (dirtbag) president's (dirtbag) brother under investigation by U.S feds. Refresh my memory:

    Our troops are taking bullets for these dirtbags WHY? again?

    http://www.uncoverage.net/reveille-headlines/

     

    Suez Oil is cut off, Iranian warships on the move, who stands with Israel? and Btw, why are the national media covering this?

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/suez-oil-cut-off-iran-warships-on-the-move-in-suez-canal-who-stands-with-israel/

     

    Steve Jobs seen leaving Palo Alto cancer clinic.....we wish the Apple Chief well.
    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/steve-jobs-seen-leaving-palo-alto-cancer-clinic/

    Wind power betrayals: Not American, Not Green, and Not Working

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/wind-power-betrayals-not-american-not-green-not-working/ 

     

    Issa Committee issues first subpoenas to the "usual suspects" 

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/darrell-issa-committee-issues-first-subpoenas-to-usual-suspects/

     

    Welcome to new contributing writer, Eileen Hart!  Here are two of her articles:

    Jews for Obama--WHY?

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/jews-for-obama-why/

     

    Saeb Erekat: Shilling for the Muslim Brotherhood next?

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/saeb-erekat-shilling-for-the-muslim-brotherhood-next/

     

    CBS reporter Lara Logan raped, beaten by Egyptian mob yelling Jew Jew

    The way the national media are covering Egypt and this case......shameful.

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/cbs-reporter-lara-logan-raped-beaten-by-egyptian-mob-yelling-jewjew/

     

    Top ten reasons why businesses leave California...wow it sucks even more than I thought!

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/top-ten-reasons-why-companies-leave-california/

     

    The Crazy Language of Hate Speech trials...there can only be FREE speech.  Look

    at how ridiculous it gets when the government tries to be politically correct.

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/the-crazy-language-of-hate-speech-trials/

     

    Jane Jamison

    UNCOVERAGE.net--The Right Idea

     Contributing writers: Dell Hilland Abraxas  

  • Go Joe Go!

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio led a field of potential Republican Senate candidates in Arizona with 21 percent in a poll of likely GOP primary voters last week.

    Rep. Jeff Flake, who announced his candidacy for the seat of retiring Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Monday, finished second with 16.8 percent in the Summit Consulting Group survey. Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth took third, with 16.6 percent. He was unsuccessful in his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain last year.

    The auto-dial poll of 1,881 likely GOP primary voters was conducted Thursday. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points, which would put the top three finishers in a statistical tie.

    Coming in fourth was former Rep. John Shadegg at 12 percent, followed by freshman Rep. Ben Quayle at 6 percent. A significant percentage of respondents, 27.5 percent, were undecided.

    Arpaio has made national headlines over the years for his tough stance on crime and illegal immigration. It was unclear how much interest he has in running for Senate versus running for re-election as sheriff, but he is being urged by his supporters to pursue the Congressional seat, according to a GOP strategist in Arizona.

    Summit disclosed in its polling memo that it is running Arpaio’s re-election campaign for sheriff, that it has previously worked for Flake and that a principal of the firm once advised Hayworth.

    Summit conducted a second auto-dial poll Thursday of 1,469 likely Republican primary voters that did not test Arpaio or Quayle. Flake led with 22 percent, followed by Hayworth at 20 percent and Shadegg at 17 percent. It also had a margin of error of 3 points.

    A whopping 41 percent were undecided in the second poll, which Summit said was not surprising, given that the survey was conducted so soon after Kyl announced Thursday that he would not seek re-election in 2012.

    Both surveys were compiled with data from voters who said they had participated in the past two GOP primary elections, according to the memo.

  • Higher Taxes, Higher Taxes, Higher Taxes

    President Obama released his budget this morning.  Rather than focusing on Washington’s over-spending problem, the budget calls for higher taxes on families and small businesses to pay for even more government spending.  Under the Obama budget, tax revenues will grow from 14.4% of GDP in 2011 to 20% of GDP in 2021.  By comparison, the historical average is only 18% of GDP.

    Tax hike lowlights include:

     

    ·        Raising the top marginal income tax rate (at which a majority of small business profits face taxation) from 35% to 39.6%.  This is a $709 billion/10 year tax hike

    ·        Raising the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%

    ·        Raising the death tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the death tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5 million.  This is a $98 billion/ten year tax hike

    ·        Capping the value of itemized deductions at the 28% bracket rate.  This will effectively cut tax deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, property taxes, state and local income or sales taxes, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and unreimbursed employee business expenses.  A new means-tested phaseout of itemized deductions limits them even more.  This is a $321 billion/ten year tax hike

    ·        New bank taxes totaling $33 billion over ten years

    ·        New international corporate tax hikes totaling $129 billion over ten years

    ·        New life insurance company taxes totaling $14 billion over ten years

    ·        Massive new taxes on energy, including LIFO repeal, Superfund, domestic energy manufacturing, and many others totaling $120 billion over ten years

    ·        Increasing unemployment payroll taxes by $15 billion over ten years

    ·        Taxing management capital gains in an investment partnership (“carried interest”) as ordinary income.  This is a tax hike of $15 billion over ten years

    ·        A giveaway to the trial lawyers—not letting companies deduct the cost of punitive damages from a lawsuit settlement.  This is a tax hike of $300 million over ten years

    ·        Increasing tax penalties, information reporting, and IRS information sharing.  This is a ten-year tax hike of $20 billion.

     

    Add it all together, and this budget is a ten-year, $1.5 trillion tax hike over present law.  That’s $1.5 trillion taken out of the economy and spent on government instead of being used to create jobs.

     

    The “tax relief” in the budget is mostly just an extension of present law, and also some refundable credit outlay spending in the tax code.  There is virtually no new tax relief relative to present law in the President’s budget.

     

  • CPAC, Embezzlement, Muslims and Poop Face?


    More blogs and posts are added to my CPAC 2011 archives...be sure to see the speeches of Donald Trump,

    Lt. Col. Allen West and the Friday seminar on China and North Korea which featured Phyllis Schlafly and

    Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) discussing free/fair trade with China, China's military threat.  This is

    information you will NOT get from the mainstream media.   I will have more reports from some of the

    very important panel discussions in a few days.

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/uncoverage-net-at-cpac-2011-blog-archives-and-speeches/

     

    More fall-out from the "Muslim influence" at CPAC this year.

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/why-are-conservatives-afraid-of-grover-norquist/
     

    CPAC Director David Keene stepped down in the midst of embezzlement allegations and concerns

    over his Muslim consulting contracts.

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/cpac-controversy-over-keene-and-khan-far-from-over/

     

    Mubarak transferred billions to safe haven before resigning.....is rumored to be in a coma.

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/mubarak-transferred-billions-to-safe-haven-rumored-to-be-in-coma/

     

    Ashton Kutcher calls President Bush a "poop face???"

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/02/ashton-kutcher-calls-president-bush-a-poop-face/

     

     

     

    Jamison

    UNCOVERAGE.net--The Right Idea

     Contributing writers: Dell Hilland Abraxas  

     

  • Daddy Warbucks, George Soros

    I've been fascinated by George Soros since he single-handedly began the "Bush-Hitler" meme, and used his 200+ worldwide media publications to slander not only our president, but also our country.  I've read everything Soros has ever written (the task ought to get me a citizens medal of something) and have immersed myself in his biography for the past 4 years.  Soros is 80 years old now, but he is still using his every breath to (in his words) "burst the bubble of American supremacy."  He is a naturalized American citizen, but dreams of a one-world oligarchy with "wise" people like himself in charge.  Currently, he is working mightily to have the dollar replaced as the world's default currency and is backing "velvet revolutions" in the Middle East and here at home.

    Soros is a megalomaniac with a $7 billion wallet, whose stated goal in life was first to destroy George W. Bush and is now, in his words, "to become the conscience of the world."  Soros' conscience is guided by the delusion that there is no such thing as objective truth (and therefore no such thing as a lie), that he never has to "accept the rules imposed by others," and that American hegemony, both economic and political is a hindrance to world peace and prosperity.  He favors a new twist on old world colonialism, which colonizes rich countries (through global taxation and foreign aid programs) to benefit the third world (the former victims of European colonialism). Soros sees himself as the maker of a brand new world without the hindrance of state sovereignty and nation-state borders, someone who will right all the wrongs of past generations.  He is the living, breathing definition of megalomaniac and only those without a speck of wisdom themselves would ever trust a word this man says.

    At any rate, Soros continues to be a most interesting player in world economics and politics.  As long as his influence is so gladly accepted by America's own Democratic Party, all good citizens should know everything they can about the man who pulls the strings behind the curtain.  I consider Soros' slander of Bush as a Nazi to be one of the great, true ironies of the century.  Soros actually is a self-admitted Nazi collaborator.  As even the village idiot knows that Bush was not even born when the real George Soros was actually collaborating.  Yet Soros labeled Bush the Nazi.

    Very, very interesting.

    SOROS AND HIS NAZI PROBLEM:


    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/george-soros-nazi-obsessive/?singlepage=true



  • MAF Responds, As Promised

    Berkeley, Calif. - The nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, Move America Forward, opposes the Berkeley City Council’s latest consideration: bringing former Guantanamo Detainees to live and work in Berkeley. The pro-troop group said that if the City was so eager to meet and live with GITMO detainees, they would be better off doing so in GITMO and has offered to pay for their moving expenses.

    “If the Berkeley City Council wants to hang out with GITMO detainees, why do they have to do it at taxpayer expense and the public safety risk to the community?” asked Shawn Callahan, Executive Director of Move America Forward. “We can do them one better, if the Council wants to go live in GITMO where they can hang out with hundreds of terrorists, let them do that instead, we’ll even pay for their flights.”

    “It would be absolutely irresponsible for the Berkeley City Council to approve the Peace and Justice Commission’s recommendation.” said Danny Gonzalez, Communications Director of the MAF. “The people of the City of Berkeley should not be saddled with the burden of having to pay for the housing, feeding and training of two former terrorists. If you bring them here, you also have a responsibility to maintain safety. That means keeping Berkeley safe from the former detainee, and keeping the detainee safe from others who may want to hurt him. The average citizen of Berkeley just wants to go about their lives and pay to feed their families, they don’t need this extra burden.”



  • Releasing Terrorists in Berkeley

    The Peace and Justice Commission in Berkeley is up to no good again.

    Those idiots think it would be just swell to release some maniacs from Guantamo Bay to the citizens of Berkeley. While it is a refreshing idea, the security of sane thinking human beings is at stake.

    Round Two can be read here.

    I can practically assure you that their actions will NOT go unanswered.

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  • We Heart Our Troops

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? SEND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE TROOPS!

    The troops really need your encouragement and love. They are in the fight for freedom every day and see the defiance of the enemy every day they are in Iraq or Afghanistan.  We have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the morale and ultimately the outcome of the War on Terror.

    As the Middle East becomes increasingly dangerous and complicated by recent uprisings in Egypt and Jordan, we must bolster the resolve of our troops who have willingly put themselves in harms way on our behalf. They stand in the gap, defending our nation and free people everywhere from the threat of tyranny and acts of terrorism. They carry a heavy load, and anytime we send them any encouragement it makes all the difference.

    DANGEROUS TERRITORY REQUIRES
    STRONG TROOP MORALE:

    On Monday a terrorist IED bomb exploded in Kandahar. One person was reportedly killed and two others wounded. The fight is not letting up, and many wonder if the momentum could shift if we don't re-assert our commitment to rout out the Taliban as the weather begins to warm, and conditions begin to improve for renewed fighting.

    U.S. soldiers walk towards the scene of an explosion in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. A bomb exploded in southern Afghanistan's largest city of Kandahar on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding two, Afghan officials said. It followed the killing of a local government leader near the country's volatile eastern border region earlier in the day.

    Meanwhile in Iraq, another deadly bomb goes off, this time with cameras rolling:



    A suicide bomber posing as a dairy deliveryman struck a Kurdish security headquarters Wednesday, setting off
    a series of rapid-fire attacks against the oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk that killed seven and wounded up to 80 people.

    GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: OUR TROOPS ARE DEMORALIZING THE TALIBAN!

    The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned that combat will likely escalate during the spring thaw as Taliban insurgents try to return to areas cleared by the international forces during the past several months.

    "There's been considerable progress in taking away from the Taliban safe havens," Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview with NATO TV aired on Wednesday.

    "They have to fight back, they're losing momentum that's quite clear," he said. "They [the Taliban] know they need to regain that momentum."


    PLEASE THANK OUR TROOPS FOR A JOB WELL DONE:

    Valentine's Day Factoid: Did you know?

    The origins of Valentine’s day actually reach back centuries, to roman times, and initially began as a day to honor early Christian martyr’s who were crucified by the Roman’s for their belief in Christ and rejection of Roman paganism. This was long before Valentine’s Day had any romantic connotation, but one legend does exist which may serve to explain how the ideas of romanticism and love became attached to Valentine’s Day.

     
    As the legend goes, Emperor Claudius II of Rome, who wanted to strengthen his army and thought that single men fought better than married men, issued a decree banning marriages for all men young enough to serve in the Emperors army. St. Valentine, a priest, defiantly continued to marry Christian couples in secret ceremonies and according to legend, was put to death for violating Emperor Claudius II.

    CAN'T SEND PACKAGES? We Also Need Names!

    We all know someone who has a son or daughter enlisted in the military. If you'd like to send some love to them, and just don't have the ability to sponsor a care package yourself, we still need your help. We need more names of troops to ship packages to; we have over 600 care packages ready to go out by Valentine's Day.

    What to do:

    Visit our Soldier Registration Page for further information.

  • Thumbs Down to Arianna's Sell-Out

    What does Wall Street think of the Huffington Puffington sale to AOL?

    Not much.

    Apparently, the MSM doesn't like it much either.

    "..Did Arianna Huffington just sell out her fellow progressives?

    In the literal sense, she undoubtedly has: The sale of Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million (including a large pile of cash going to Huffington herself) means this powerful liberal voice is formally joining the "corporate media" its writers have long disparaged.

    There are also some indications that she has sold out in the ideological sense and committed the Huffington Post to joining the mainstream media - the evil "MSM" of "HuffPo" blogger ire. Announcing the deal, she and her new boss went out of their way to say that the new Huffington Post would emphasize things other than the liberal politics on which the brand was built."

  • Codepink's Flower Power Adventures

    Oh the Irony! Code Pink Leader Medea Benjamin Rescued From Cairo Chaos By America-Loving Egyptian Army Officer 

    Last week Big Peace reported on two Code Pink women who were rescued from the chaos in Egypt by Shell Oil.

    This week we can report the humiliating irony of virulently anti-U.S. military activist Code Pink co-founder Susan "Medea" Benjamin who was rescued by a U.S. Army trained Egyptian Army officer. Benjamin writes at OpEdNews that she was kidnapped in Cairo by "pro-Mubarak thugs."

    Code Pink leader Medea Benjamin (right) and Tighe Barry (at lectern) protest the U.S. Marine Corps, Berkeley, Ca., April 1, 2008. Photo by ZombieTime

    According to Benjamin, a taxi in which she was riding was stopped and commandeered by men who confiscated her and her two comrades' passports and ordered the taxi to take them to a government headquarters.

    Benjamin said the taxi was stopped at a checkpoint manned by ten soldiers. The officer in charge smiled when he learned Benjamin and her comrades were American and told her, "I love America," as he ordered them freed.

    ...Three of us, all Americans, were in a taxi driving to the flower market when this fellow stopped our car at gunpoint. His hand on the trigger, he forced us to pull over. Soon we were surrounded by a dozen pro-Mubarak thugs who started yelling in Arabic and broken English that foreigners like us were causing all the trouble in Egypt.

    They said they were policemen but none was wearing a uniform. They seized our passports and then four of these characters squeezed into our taxi to "take us to government headquarters." Frantic, we started calling everyone we knew--local lawyers and activists, friends back home, the U.S. Embassy.

    Soon the car stopped at an intersection manned by about ten soldiers. The officer in charge peered into the car and asked us where we were from. "Americans," he smiled with approval. "I love America." He started chatting about his training in Ft. Eustis, Virginia, while we sat terrified. To our amazement, he ordered our kidnappers to get out of our taxi, return our passports and let us go. We sped off, not looking back. Our poor taxi driver was shaking. "No flowers," he said. "Hotel." (bold added)

    Benjamin has made a career of working to get American soldiers killed by our enemies overseas, while working domestically to destroy the morale of soldiers and their families.

    Benjamin and Code Pink have organized protests at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Armed Forces recruiting centers, the Marine Corps officer recruitment center in Berkeley, Ca., and even a White House Halloween party for children of service members where Code Pink has called our soldiers "murderers," "the terrorists," "baby killers," "assassins," and more.

    In the wake of the Ft. Hood terrorist attack, Code Pink posted a fundraising appeal and justified the terrorist attack as dissent within the officer corps:

    The recent shootings at Ft. Hood and the resignation of top Foreign Service officer Matthew Hoh demonstrate how even our military officers are opposed to US strategy in Afghanistan.

    Benjamin has protested many times at the U.S. Army training center for foreign military at Fort Benning. She recently said that next year she'll be protesting again at Fort Benning.

    While Benjamin is in Egypt allegedly protesting for democracy, her history shows her to be an activist for communist and Islamic state sponsors of terrorism including Cuba, Iran and Saddam Hussein's Iraq as well as terrorist groups like Hamas.

    We will have more on Code Pink's 'flower power' adventures in Egypt in our next article. 

  • Events in Egypt Linked to CodePink

    Conservative and liberal intellectual titans took turns this weekend savaging radio and TV talk show host Glenn Beck for his reporting this past week on the alliance between the communist left and radical Islamists. Beck has credited our reporting atBig Government and Big Peace.

    Code Pink banner ad as it appeared on the website of The Muslim Brotherhood, January 2010.

    In attacking Beck, the trio of D.C./N.Y. elitists displayed a disturbing ignorance of our Nation’s enemies and their tactics to undermine the West and its allies as well as infiltrate Western political establishments–including the presidency of Barack Obama.

    Writing at the Weekly Standard, editor Bill Kristol accused Beck of “hysteria” and “inventing” the links between the left and the Islamists. For good measure Kristol plays the “Bircher” card against Beck like Jesse Jackson plays the race card against conservatives:

    But hysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.

    Kristol’s smug assault on Beck was seconded by National Review editor Rich Lowry, who republished Kristol’s attack, saying it was “well-deserved”:

    Bill Kristol has an editorial on conservatives and Egypt. He takes a well-deserved shot at Glenn Beck’s latest wild theorizing:

    Time Magazine’s Joe Klein gleefully picked up Kristol’s savaging of Beck and jumped in with his own vengeance, calling Beck a “free-range lunatic” for reporting about “his hilarious commie-muslim caliphate delusions” Klein piles on by promoting an alleged whispering campaign by Republicans to get Beck kicked off Fox for hurting “their brand.”

    Today, (hat tip/Ben Smith), we have Bill Kristol sticking with the demonstrators and calling out free-range lunatic Glenn Beck, for his hilarious commie-muslim caliphate delusions. This is not unimportant. Kristol lies very close to the throbbing heart of the Fox News sensibility. And I’ve heard, from more than a couple of conservative sources, that prominent Republicans have approached Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes about the potential embarrassment that the paranoid-messianic rodeo clown may bring upon their brand. The speculation is that Beck is on thin ice. His ratings are dropping, too–which, in the end, is a good part of what this is all about. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a mirror-Olbermann situation soon.

    Up until Saturday, it was liberals at MSNBC, the Daily Beast and Media Matters who were mocking, but not refuting Beck over his factual reporting of the alliance between the left, radical Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups like Hamas in Egypt.

    Kristol’s attack has opened the gates for conservative elites to join liberals in forcing themselves on Beck and venting their welled-up frustration at a him for the crime of spoiling their exclusive elitist worldview.

    Bryan Preston at Pajamas Media’s Tatler has been one of the few to defend Beck. In doing so, Preston links to our Big Peace article about Code Pink funding the attempted overthrow of the Egyptian government and the Council on Foreign Relations for Hamas’ ties to the Muslim Brotherhood:

    Note to Rich Lowry. Whatever one thinks of Beck, he’s not inventing connections between the American left and the “caliphate promoters.” Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood according to those noted Birchers the Council on Foreign Relations, is among the caliphate promoters, and Code Pink has long been in league with them. What impact that alliance has is certainly debatable, and I doubt that Code Pink is any more effective in Egypt than it has been in the US, but the alliance itself is not an invention of Beck’s.

    As a side note, what Preston fails to appreciate is that Code Pink operating in Egypt and Gaza for the past two years has had the ears of President Obama, Hamas, the wife of Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood and other organizers of the anti-Mubarak protests. One would be hard-pressed to find another group, even our CIA, which is that wired in to Egypt right now.

    But at least Preston acknowledges the basic fact of the alliance.

    Kristol, Lowry and Klein savage Beck for informing his audience about what has been reported (unrefuted, we might add) at Big Peace and Big Governmentdocumenting the ties between President Obama, Code Pink, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Even Code Pink doesn’t bother to deny what Beck has reported. A statement posted at the Code Pink Web site denies credit for instigating the protests in Egypt, but ignores the group’s ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood as well Code Pink’s ties to former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn:

    Glenn Beck’s dangerous rhetoric – blaming CODEPINK for Egypt Unrest:
    Middle East unrest according to Glenn Beck and friends,The Guardian, February 3, 2011

    CODEPINK Response:
    Of all the things Codepink HAS accomplished this past year we just can’t take credit for the popular uprising in Egypt. Despite allegations that the pro-democracy demonstrators are led by militants and extremists, in fact the millions in Tahrir Square are predominately young people sick and tired of being unemployed in a repressive police state. All many have ever known in the despotic rule of Pres. Mubarak, propped up by $1 billion in aid every year from the U.S. taxpayers.

    Crowds in Cairo and other cities also include pharmacists, grandmothers, army officers, former employees of the state controlled t.v. station — and yes, CODEPINK activists whose large pink banner “Solidarity with the Egyptian People! Codepink.org” was photographed in Tahrir and seen around the world.

    We are proud of those who call for democracy no matter where in the world they are! And we call on Pres. Mubarak to step down now and allow for an orderly transition to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people!

    Code Pink fails to mention the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘day of rage’ protest a week ago Friday that saw mass riots and images of Cairo burning transmitted around the world.

    Also, while demurring on taking credit for the protests, Code Pink has elsewhere claimed to inspire by example the protests.

    Here are some facts for Kristol, Lowry, and Klein:

    Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans is a Democratic party activist who was tapped as an early fundraiser by Barack Obama. Evans has visited the Obama White House, met with the President and his staff.

    Since Obama’s election, Jodie Evans and Code Pink have acted as go betweens from terrorists to Obama.

    In recent years, Code Pink has met and worked with Islamic terrorists and state sponsors of terrorism including Iran, Syria, Cuba, Hamas, the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Code Pink recently ran banner ads on the English language Web site of the Muslim Brotherhood beseeching the brotherhood and their jihadist readers to “Join us in cleansing our country.”

    Code Pink provoked a violent response from the Egyptian government while agitating in Cairo with Ayers, Dohrn and over a thousand global leftists to break the embargo of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

    Domestically, Code Pink works with communist groups including the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Workers World Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Code Pink co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans are also in the leadership of the Progressive Democrats of America alongside several Democrat members of Congress.

    Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the radical left has made common cause with radical Islamists. Beck showed a video compilation documenting that alliance featuring leftist and Islamist speakers at so-called antiwar rallies that were broadcast on C-SPAN.

    If he is to be criticized for anything, Beck should be criticized for being so late to recognize the global conspiracy between the left and Islamists to bring down America, Israel and the West. It is true that Islamists want to establish a global caliphate and Marxists want to establish a global communist government. How will the two partners reconcile their different end-goals should they succeed in taking down America? We hope we don’t have to find out.

    Code Pink and the left don’t care about democracy in Egypt. Their goal is to take out an American ally and partner with Israel for peace. If you doubt this, read ourBig Peace article detailing Code Pink’s history of subverting American allies like Egypt while propping up our enemies like Iran.

    Beck also reported on the rally in California a week ago co-led by Code Pink that called for the lynching of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, and the “quarantine” of conservative financiers the Koch brothers.

    Words mean something. When those opposed to America and her allies like Code Pink call for “cleansing” “lynchings” and “quarantines” of their enemies we should be alarmed. Especially so when those calling for such actions work with groups and governments like Hamas, Iran and Cuba who really do “cleanse,” “lynch” and “quarantine” their political enemies.

    Kristol, Lowry and Klein should take a stroll outside their elite comfort zones and attend an anti-war rally or so-called pro democracy-for-Egypt rally in New York or D.C. If they did, they would see for themselves examples of the alliance between the left and Islamists in action.

  • AOL, HuffPo: You've Got Hot Mess

    Arianna Huffington aka "Gimme the spotlight NOW" got out of a hot mess with some bucks, though not so much as many media watchers think, and she's got complete editorial control of the Huffington Post in this 315 million dollar sale to America Online (sweetie, I know thatyou have never heard of AOL, but it's an obscure portal that used to be very important when dinosaurs roamed the earth.)

    As many posters have blogged - this a good thing.

    It outs AOL as the liberal site it has always been.

    But it's a rotten deal financially for AOL and I'm not the only one who thinks so.

    "..Listen to Nick Denton, who runs Gawker, which now becomes the biggest independent Web-based news outlet. “I’m disappointed in the Huffington Post. I thought Arianna Huffington and Kenny Lerer were reinventing news, rather than simply flipping to a flailing conglomerate,” he told me.

    Denton insists he has no intention of ever selling Gawker, and he seems not-so-secretly pleased to see his opponents cashing out: “AOL has gathered so many of our rivals— Huffington Post, Engadget, Techcrunch—in one place. Nick Denton asked the question: Is this a fearsome Internet conglomerate or simply a roach motel for once lively websites?”

  • Palin Confounds MSM - Focuses on HER Strategery

    Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor weighing a bid for the presidency in 2012, is keeping her attacks loud and her intentions quiet.

    Palin, who claimed that the policies of the Obama administration have put the country on a “road to ruin” in a weekend address celebrating the centennial of former President Ronald Reagan’s birth, will bypass an assembly of the Conservative Political Action Committee this week in Washington. The event has become a proving ground for the Republican Party’s potential candidates for president.

    Palin’s moves in the face of will-she or won’t-she questions about the 2012 campaign have captivated Washington, keeping fellow Republicans guessing.

    While other possible candidates raise money, hire aides and woo supporters, Palin has made few visits to early primary states. Instead, she focuses on paid speeches, her role as a Fox News contributor, interviews in friendly media forums and Facebook and Twitter postings attacking the Obama administration.

    Palin’s strategy has political observers questioning whether the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee is pioneering a new way to conduct a campaign in a political era dominated by social media.

    “She understands it’s a new media and political environment, and she’s taken advantage of her greatest asset, which is the ability to command media attention and to raise money,” says Darrell West, an expert in politics and technology at the Brookings Institution. “If you decide to run for president that’s a powerful combination.”

    Celebrity Status

    Still, West notes, Palin’s celebrity status has made it tougher for her to “cross that threshold of substance that voters are going to require in any presidential candidate.”

    Palin, 46, slammed President Barack Obama’s handling of the uprising in Egypt in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network released yesterday. She likened it to “the 3 a.m. phone call” that Obama’s one-time challenger and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used in a campaign TV ad to question Obama’s readiness for an international crisis.

    “It seems that call went right to the answering machine,” Palin said. “We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have that information yet.”

    Palin left the door open to a 2012 presidential bid, saying in the interview that if she ran she would “continue on the same course of not really caring what other people say about me or worrying about the things that they make up, but having that thick skin and a still spine.”

    Reagan Celebration

    She spoke exclusively to the network in a brief interview following her remarks kicking off the weekend-long celebration of Reagan’s birth in Santa Barbara, California.

    Palin focused on a speech Reagan gave in 1964 on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, in which he discussed the dangers of high taxes and government regulations.

    “We face the same choices now as we did then, only now we are in even worse shape,” she said. “We must see where these unsound policies will ultimately end and that’s in decline and defeat.”

  • Move America Forward and Supporting Our Troops


    ENJOYING WATCHING THE SUPER BOWL?
    WHY NOT SUPPORT THE TROOPS?

    We are pleased to announce the success of our Super Bowl Care Packages for the Troops. Donors have stepped up from Green Bay to Pittsburgh and all points in between to show support for the team they are rooting for in particular and our Troops in general. The PACKERS fans have donated hundreds of care packages for the troops, for 211 Yards while not far behind, STEELERS fans amassed 94 yards.

    THE SUPERBOWL IS UNDERWAY – BUT NO MATTER WHO WINS THE GAME, LET’S MAKE SURE OUR TROOPS WIN TOO WITH A GENEROUS SHIPMENT OF CARE PACKAGES!


    Over 106 million people in the United States watched Super Bowl XLIV last year, a record for a TV broadcast, surpassing the final M.A.S.H. episode. Estimates have put the worldwide audience much higher than that. This year is no different, with many estimating the TV audience to match or surpass last year and for a record crowd of 111,000 to be on hand at Cowboys Stadium. These are staggering numbers, but not surprising for an event that stops all of America for a Sunday afternoon and brings families, friends, coworkers and even perfect strangers together.

    For many troops serving overseas they will have a brief respite from their daily routines to watch the game on the Armed Forces Network. Today is no different than any other, except they will long for the tailgates, parties and fun of Super Bowl Sunday back home.

    HERE IS A PICTURE OF TROOPS AT CAMP LEATHERNECK IN AFGHANISTAN WATCHING THE SUPERBOWL RIGHT NOW!

    But the reality for all troops is that the job will go on. That is why it is imperative that we continue to keep our military and its finest men and women in our thoughts and actions now and into the future.

    While we fire up the grill, glaze the hot wings, pile the cheese on the nachos and crack open our favorite beverage I challenge each of us to think for a moment about our troops and how they make possible a day like this. In this day and age the word hero is used far too loosely, referring to football players, other athletes and celebrities that dominate our daily lives and culture.

    But we should take this opportunity to truly teach our children what the term hero means and stands for.

    Real heroes are the brave men and women who voluntarily fight for our freedoms and put their lives on the line each and every day so our nation can take a Sunday afternoon to celebrate a game. So enjoy your party, cheer loudly for your team, eat, drink and be merry, but at the end of the day please remember the sacrifices this great nation and its heroes have made throughout history so hundreds of millions of Americans can gather for this annual event.

    And don’t forget to sponsor a Care Package to a unit representing your team. It is not too late to choose a side and see which team’s fans will Support The Troops more.

  • Winning Super Bowl for Our Troops


    PACKERS TAKE EARLY LEAD:
    STEELERS NEED TO RALLY FOR THE TROOPS!

    The MAFBOWL is our way of sending some special support to our troops serving overseas with a football twist for tomorrow's Super Bowl game! After our first day of the competition, our PACKERS team is in the lead! The STEELERS need to rally and send more care packages to the troops to even the score!


    CHOOSE A TEAM AND SPONSOR A CARE PACKAGE – WE’RE KEEPING SCORE OF WHICH TEAM GETS THE MOST CARE PACKAGE DONATIONS! LET’S SEE WHO WINS MAF’S FANTASY SUPERBOWL!

       

    For the winning team, we're going to be sending a special shipment of care packages to a unit in Afghanistan from their state. So a lucky unit from either Wisconsin or Pennsylvania will receive a special shipment of boxes with Super Bowl gifts and information about our MAFBOWL competition! 

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