Thursday, September 30, 2010

Grayson: Palin has no "Head or Heart," is 'Stupid'

If you are unaware of the on-going twitter war between Sarah Palin and Alan Grayson, here is a brief summary to bring you up to speed.  Alan Grayson is running for Congress in Florida.  Several days ago his campaign released an ad in which Dan Webster, Grayson's opponent, is called "Taliban Dan."  The ad also has several sound bites in which Mr. Webster says "submit to me," implying that Webster is a religious zealot.

In the days after, it was revealed that not only were the quotes in the ad out of context, but that Grayson was aware that the ad was factually inaccurate (to put it mildly).  In defense of Webster, Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican candidate for Vice President and former governor, tweeted on the social networking site Twitter this:


Grayson took exception to the tweet, firing back on Twitter:
Grayson also went ballistic on Facebook, in which he wrote a lengthy, angry response to Palin.  He called Ms. Palin's followers "zombies" and said that Palin had no "head and heart:"

Notice that Grayson calls Palin "half-baked."  He also says that anything with more than 140 characters can't keep Ms. Palin's attention.  These clearly imply that he thinks she is stupid.  In between several paragraphs, Grayson also included several links asking for money.

In response to that, Palin shot back this on Twitter:
For whatever reason, Grayson may see this as a battle he can win.  Considering that this entire controversy started because he lied to the American people, something tells me that he should reconsider.

Here is the libelous video that started it all:


And here is the entire video with the context intact:


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The Cream Always Rises to the Top

This is CNN!



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America is practically owned by China

CNBC seems to be coming around to Joe DioGuardi's point of view and it's about time someone start discussing the coming disaster.....


"The US supremacy as the top world economy will end sooner than many people believe, so gold is a better investment than the dollar despite it hitting a new record, Tom Winnifrith, CEO at financial services firm Rivington Street Holdings, told CNBC.com Monday."

"America is doing what Britain did," Winnifrith said. "America spends much more than it can afford and it's not addressing the issue."

"The 200 years when Britain and the US were the top two economies were an aberration and that will change," Winnifrith said."

"The decline of empires has happened much faster than folks think. I believe that gold will be a far better bet in 20 years than the dollar"

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Cavuto for President?

I'm scared:
President Neil Cavuto? It would be better than President Obama.....

Breaking: Emanuel to Leave White House Tomorrow

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's Chief of Staff, will resign tomorrow and head to Chicago, where he plans to run for mayor.  This move was not expected so soon and further promotes the idea that the President's supporters are leaving him.

A source close to Emanuel said, "He intends to run for mayor."  According to the anonymous sources, Emanuel will leave the White House this weekend and begin campaigning on Monday.
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Alan Grayson: Hates Children, Hates Seniors, Loves Satan


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Minnesota Deserves Franken.

When the people of Minnesota (more like the Democratic fraud machine of Minnesota) voted for Al Franken to become a member of the United States Senate in 2008 over Republican Senator Norm Coleman, I felt sorry for the good people of Minnesota. I just couldn't imagine my Senator being that bad, and my Senator is Chuck Schumer.

However, I have had a change of heart. Minnesota deserves Al Franken as their Senator. Did he win the 2008 Senatorial election fairly? Absolutely not. But did enough of Minnesota support his campaign, or what? They brought Al Franken within 500 votes of Norm Coleman before Democrats did what they do best in a tight spot.

But this is not an isolated incident, Minnesotans have long voted stupidly:
  1. They voted against Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984.
  2. They voted for Jesse Ventura to be their Governor.
  3. And they voted for Keith Ellison, America's first Muslim Congressman, who just happens to have ties with Islamic radicals and their theories.

Minnesota deserves Senator Al Franken. They have done nothing but support those who endanger America's standing in the world, while opposing those who sought to restore that standing. I no longer feel sorry for Minnesota: what you sow is what you reap.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interview with Unlikely Voter

Pundit Press is proud to present its eleventh interview in our ongoing series. This time we are interviewing Neil, the editor of Unlikely Voter. The site is where you can find up to date polling data. The site is also the home of the Swingometer, which is an excellent way of seeing how much shifts in national mood and voting patterns can affect the 2012 race and Congressional races.

> 1. When and why did you start Unlikely Voter?
Last year I began to grow frustrated with what I saw as a never ending cycle of bad poll analysis online and in the other media.  Particularly on the right there was nobody I knew of stepping up to do what Nate Silver did for the left, and try to rationalize what previously was largely the domain of pundits relying on conventional wisdom.  I saw a niche there, and wanted to fill it: a site that tries to be unbiased in poll analysis, neutral when possible but with the slant opposite of Silver's when I slip up.

Nate Silver's work, as well as that on Real Clear Politics, were my key influences in deciding how I was going to analyze polls and races myself.  If I do well it's because I learned from those before me.

> 2. How did you come up with the Swingometer?
I thought of it by watching on the BBC Internet stream the Westminster election returns this year.  They have about two hundred more seats in the House of Commons than we have in the House of Representatives, but the need to analyze hundreds of districts is the same.  The BBC has had its Swingometer for decades, and while it's not perfectly predictive, particularly due to their relatively large third parties, but it's not bad.

So I found the raw data on the 2008 results and a week later, my Swingometer was born.

> 3. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected?
I think we usually measure Presidents by their ability to get their policies enacted, and then by the success of those policies.  I never expected his policies to do well, as I disagree with their wisdom from the start, but he's been far less able to pass his agenda than I expected, particularly when he had 60 Senate votes.  In that, he's done far worse than I expected.

> 4. What's your favorite part about running your site?
It's something I never expected: Just by following the polling in so many races, I have become familiar with so many candidates in so many states, knowing their names, faces, and chances of winning right off the top of my head.

So much of it is admittedly trivia, but it leaves me feeling more engaged in this election than I was in any election before.

> 5. Do you think the GOP has a shot in the Governor and Senate races?

I think the RGA has an excellent chance of meeting or exceeding its goal of having 30 Republican Governors after this cycle.  Republicans running for Senate are doing remarkably well even in hostile territory like Illinois and California, but the candidates for Governor are running ahead of the Senate candidates!

At this point I think that the NRSC though has much less chance of winning a Republican Senate majority, though.  They do start in the hole, with only 23 seats not up, versus 40 for the Democrats.  But still, failures to recruit in races like the New York regular election against Chuck Schumer are turning out to be wasted opportunities.  Illinois may turn out similarly as a failure to vet the favored Republican has turned that into a very tight race.

Republicans need polling gains in a number of states before I can say a Republican Senate majority is probable.

> 6. Where do you see the Tea Party in two years?
The TEA party is already a loose, diverse movement, but I think the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination process will tear it apart even more, as different national organizations align with different candidates, local groups break off their own ways, and members of all of the above storm out in favor of their own candidates.

I also expect that Republicans taking at least one House of the Congress will help steer the government's fiscal policies in a sounder direction, especially with all the candidates nominated and elected with strong TEA party influence.  As a result, I expect the economy to get better by 2012, and so the raw anger and dissatisfaction helping drive the TEA party will be lessened.

So I expect a weaker TEA party with more infighting by 2012, for better or for worse.

> 7. Anything else you would like to add?
I'd like to thank you and your readers for giving me your time and your visits to UnlikelyVoter.com.  I try to stay humble about what I do over there.  I do my best, but I know I can always do better. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome.


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HOMOCON 2010....Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Ann Coulter rocked at HOMOCON 2010....Not that there's anything wrong with that. As it turns out, there must be something wrong with that, if you follow the liberal news.

Lisa Depasquale attended the event and has some interesting thoughts.

"There was no booing. No haughty retorts. No one left the room in a dramatic huff. Members of the audience were tolerant not because they’re gay, but because they’re conservatives."

"Coulter also offered a proposition that was well-received by the event’s organizers and the crowd. After reminding the crowd of the devastation of single motherhood on children, she said, “Instead of promoting something that’s a terrible idea, that everyone hates and that I know you secretly don’t even want anyway, my proposal is that GOProud demand that heterosexuals start taking marriage seriously.”
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A little Upstate New York humor......

Thanks to Dale.


A teacher asks her students if they're Gillibrand supporters. All of the hands go up except for one student.

"Okay, Bobby. What candidate do you support?"

"Joe DioGuardi."

"Why's that?"

"Well, my parents are both DioGuardi supporters, so I'm a DioGuardi supporter... too."

"That's not a good answer, Bobby. If your parents were both morons, would you be a moron too?"

"No, that would make me a Gillibrand supporter!"


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Skeletons in Andrew Cuomo's Closet!

It would seem that Carl Paladino has a little dirt on Andrew Cuomo that will be "released at the appropriate time". This comes at a time when New York papers have been abuzz over a 10 year old love child. Apparently, Carl takes exception to having his family used as political props now considered newsworthy.


"Asked again if he had evidence of Cuomo's alleged infidelity, Paladino replied, "Of course I do. You'll get it at the appropriate time."


In a heated exchange with New York Daily News reporter, Glenn Blain, Paladino warned that "you send another goon after my daughter and I will take you out". This hasn't been reported on yet by Mr. Blain and I would be curious to read his version, but not so veiled threats by a governor to be is more than unbecoming. That having been said, a man has a parental obligation to protect their children from pushy journalists and anyone else for that matter, looking to save the Governorship to their guy.

You be the judge.

And, what does he mean by goons?
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Interview with Brittany Pounders, Co-Founder of Liberty Juice

Pundit Press is proud to present its tenth interview in our on-going series.  Today we are luck enough to have Brittany Pounders answer some of our questions.  Ms. Pounders is the co-founder of Liberty Juice, an excellent conservative website that is on the rise in the blogosphere.  This is, without a doubt, one of the best interviews that I've ever been a part of, so I'd like to personally thank Ms. Pounders and Liberty Juice for taking the time to answer our questions:


When was Liberty Juice founded and why?

Liberty Juice was birthed “mentally” in the first couple months of 2010.  My Co-Founder, Chris Bounds, and I, are both passionate about our love for country and conservative politics.  We were specifically convicted about returning back to our Constitution and the very principles which were responsible for making us the greatest nation in the world in such a short time.

After several months of planning and hard work we launched Liberty Juice with great support all over the country in April 2010.  While we had high hopes that it would be well received and supported, neither of us were prepared for the immediate growth and the quality people that would be attracted and affiliated with our site through article contributions, support, networking and “hot tips.”

What makes your site unique? What makes it stand out above other sites on the internet?

While there are many political, right-leaning, conservative websites- we saw a need for one that specifically and unapologetically addressed issues directly from a Constitutional standpoint.  We make an extreme effort to consistently address those issues, while honoring the Founding Fathers who risked it all to make America that “shining city upon a hill” and a “beacon of hope to mankind.”

What is your favorite thing about running a successful site?

Each day brings something different and challenging.  We seem to meet the best people from literally all over the world through this portal.  Americans, here and abroad, are hungry for the truth that they don’t get in the mainstream media.  And they are so grateful that there are other avenues dedicated to exposing the corruption and fraud that can take place within both parties.  We are dedicated first and foremost, not to a specific party, but to Constitutional Conservatism and our readers trust us to bring that to them each and every day.

The upcoming November elections are on everyone's minds. How do you see Republicans faring?

Republicans have a chance to fill a need that a growing majority of Americans are craving… smaller government, lower taxes, less foreign dependence, personal liberty and individual freedom.  We’ve seen and experienced the results of a large and overreaching government over the last many years and specifically more so over the last 18 months.  The Sleeping Giant is beginning to wake up and it is finding an unrecognizable nation.  If Republicans will stay true to their principles then they have an incredible opportunity to maximize upon during this election season.  Our job as the electorate is to continue to hold them accountable to those principles and promises.

In your eyes, what is this Administration's biggest mistake? Has the Obama White House made any good choices?

The Obama White House has been devastating for America and our freedoms.  Their choices are not in the best interest of the American people, but in the interest of a power grabbing “ruling class.”  Americans want a strong America.  We don’t want a leader who bows to dictators or who goes on world apology tours.   We don’t want a leader who says on one hand that he wants to build a strong economy but on the other hand does everything he can to kill jobs and destroy incentives for success.

Asking if the Obama White House has made any good choices is akin to me being forced to give a compliment and coming up with, “Well, she doesn’t sweat much for a fat girl.”

Sarah Palin has made it clear that she has an interest in running in for President. Do you have any favorites for 2012?

I’m sure Sarah Palin will be one of many who decide to throw their hats in the ring for the Presidency.  I’m not personally overwhelmed with excitement concerning any of the  possible candidates at this point, although we are still very early in the game.  However, one of my personal up and coming political heroes lately has been New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.  I feel he is squishy on a couple of the social issues and would like to get a better grasp on his opinions concerning those; but I admire his tenacity and bull-dog behavior.  He governs with a backbone and a leadership style that Americans are craving right now.  We are tired of the wimpy, watered down, slimy politicians who are slithering all over Washington today.  I would certainly be interested in watching a Chris Christie presidential run and if he can whip America back into shape just like he is doing in New Jersey, then that would definitely be someone I could support.

Why the name "Liberty Juice?"

The name we chose was perhaps the easiest pick out of everything that it took to get this project up and running.  Working with another person in a partnership requires a lot of give and take, especially when there are two strong and sometimes opposing opinions.  But, Liberty Juice was catchy, it seemed to be a great alternative to the koolaid drinkers that we all encounter each day and was a name we almost immediately agreed upon.

We wanted our website to be the “fountain” that patriots visited every day to get their daily dose of freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness!

Is there anything more you would like to add?

We feel a strong sense of responsibility to carry forward the principles that were birthed by our Founding Fathers.  They stated over and over again that in order to have a successful republic that it would require an informed, enlightened and educated electorate.  In many ways we have failed them in this regard.  The situation on our hands today came about because we were derelict in our duties to guard the fragile gift that they risked everything for in order to hand to us.  Our Founders realized that a lack of knowledge would breed apathy and ignorance, which we are experiencing now on an enormous scale.

Each of us are different. We come from different backgrounds, religions, careers, blue collar, white collar, race, genders and political parties, but we have one thing in common - we share an America that needs an Awakening in order for its survival. This is our birthright and we must rescue it. It is our obligation to rouse America and empower others by influencing our friends, families, neighbors and co-workers through communication and to educate, as many as we can, on the greatness of our Constitution and the danger it faces.  We realize that knowledge is power and power quells the enemies of liberty!


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Grayson DEFENDS 'Taliban Dan' Commercial Calling it 'Factual'

MSNBC, well known for being a liberal bastion, had Alan Grayson on to talk about his "Taliban Dan" attack ad against his Republican opponent, Daniel Webster. When confronted with the full context of the ad, Grayson refused to admit that he had erred and once again called Webster a member of the Taliban. Surprisingly, this MSNBC journalist hit Grayson pretty hard in the interview, though this ad is so appalling even liberals know it is wrong:



This jerk is going to lose, and he's going to lose big. Grayson is everything that is wrong with the country: a politician who lies left and left just to get some votes. This tool is going down.

Support Daniel Webster.  And here is PolitiFact's article declaring Grayson's ad utterly false.

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Grayson Trails GOP Opponent by 7%.

You remember who Alan Grayson is, right? He is that insane Democrat who called his Republican opponent "Taliban Dan", and proclaimed on the House floor that the Republican health care plan was for seniors "to die". Overall, he without a doubt, is one of the worst members of Congress to have ever served. Nothing but hate, liberalism, and insanity spew from his perch in Congress.

Luckily, the people who elected Alan Grayson into Congress, are not as insane as their Congressman. As according to a poll out of the Voter Survey Service, Congressman Grayson now trails his Republican opponent, State Senator Dan Webster, by seven percentage points. Even though a "TEA Party" candidate is attracting a significant portion of the vote.

Dan Webster (R) - 43%.
Alan Grayson (D) - 36%.
Peg Dunmire (TP) - 6%.
Other/Unsure - 15%.

Before Mr.Grayson was elected to Congress in 2008, his seat was in Republican control for twenty-six consecutive years. It appears that the combination of a nationwide Conservative uprising, and an insane Democratic incumbent, will be enough to reclaim this House seat for sanity, and for Conservatism.

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October Surprise?

What is going on out there?

Patterico reports...

"You may have read that there is strong evidence of voter fraud in Houston. Here’s what you may not have heard: the organization accused of shady behavior is linked to a former head of an Obama campaign office. She is a fan of Che Guevara. She is also the person who invited to a town hall meeting a woman who then posed as a doctor at that meeting during the health care debate."

Gateway Pundit has much more....
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The Democratic Party Has a Big Problem!

Things are getting ugly out there! Keep the cameras rolling and watch your back, lest you get coffee poured down it....(h/t instapundit, of course).



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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Major Terrorist Threat "Thwarted"

BREAKING

Over the last several days the government has reported that there has been a "credible" threat of terrorism across Europe and possibly the United States.  Drone attacks intensified in Pakistan and security increased throughout Western Europe.

New intelligence now suggests that this threat has at the very least been "intercepted" and at most has been "foiled."  According to the Hindustan Times, the "Mumbai-style" attack has been completely thwarted.  "Mumbai-style" refers to ten coordinated terrorist attacks that killed over one hundred Indians in 2008.

However, questions still abound.  It is not known where the terrorists are; some in intelligence fear that they are already in Europe.
Drone Attacks Helped Disrupt the Attack
Tim Marshall, the editor of Sky News's foreign affairs, stated "I am led to believe a number of these attacks were designed against the leadership of this particular plot, which had an Al Qaeda and possibly some sort of Taliban connection projecting into Europe."

Speaking about the evacuation of the Eiffel Tower, Marshall added that "It doesn't necessarily mean it was a target, but it shows how nervous the French are."

According to Sky News, the attacks were aimed at at least Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

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More on Alan Grayson ad......

I wanted to simply comment on "The Content Behind That Grayson Ad" post by Thomas Furdousi, but had problems commenting. By the way, has anyone else noticed this? Regardless, I will comment here!

Contessa Brewer of MSNBC infamy laid into Alan Grayson earlier today as well. One has to wonder what is in the water over there at NBC and CNN. It's almost as if executive heads were rolling out of the boardroom. Call me cynical here, and although I very much appreciate every effort to get this cretin out of office, he is very low hanging fruit. Just safe enough to kick up the ratings and not lose the tiny core of viewers that are left.

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The Context Behind that Grayson Ad...

Yes, it's that horrible:



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Kim Jong Il's Son Promoted to General

Seems More Likely He Will Succeed Father

Kim Jong-Un, the son of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, has been promoted again, which lends more credence to the belief that Jong-Un will be declared the heir to Jong-Il.  Jong-Un is now a general in the North Korean army and has been mentioned by the state media in N.K. for the first time in his life.

With Kim Jong-Il looking weary after a recent stroke and his insane rhetoric, it seems very likely that his son will become the new leader of North Korea sooner than later.
Kim Jong-Il
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Interview with the Unrepentant Patriots

Pundit Press is proud to present its ninth interview in our new interview series. Today we are interviewing Moose, one of the leaders of the new group the Unrepentant Patriots. We wanted to ask our readers to check out their site and see if you would like to join.



1. When and why were the Unrepentant Patriots created?
 The group had its roots in an innocent e-mail exchange in the Fall of 2008, shortly after the Republican National Convention.  I received a message from my "darling niece", a very sweet but also very naive young lady who took it upon herself to express her very slanted opinion about the appropriateness of the use of 9-11 footage during the RNC, and her overall disdain for everything conservative -- using Keith Olbermann as her patron saint of animadversion.  Including me in the distribution of that message, and particularly doing so with that turd Olbermann as her shibboleth of philosophical rectitude, was akin to tossing red meat before a lion, and I pounced.  I went ahead and offered a quick lesson in American history and civics at her expense......and hit "Reply All."  My reply set in motion a growing e-mail chain that eventually grew in size to several hundred participants, and eventually a point of "critical mass" was reached that I felt warranted the creation of a discussion group.  Hence The Unrepentant Patriotsgroup was created under the auspices of Google Groups, and then early this year I decided that the lack of functionality and the relative cumbersomeness of the Google Groups platform had become an impediment to our success, so I moved the group to Yahoo Groups.  The group has grown to a current subscribed membership of more than 400, but there are many, many others who participate indirectly, as non-subscribed contributors and as "forwarders" of our content, so our reach actually far exceeds initial appearances.

2. What is the goal of the group?

Constructive discourse to promote and encourage the restoration of true Constitutional governance in the American Republic, as intended by the Founding Fathers.
 

3. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected/feared?

About as I anticipated, but I believe he definitely would have been worse if it weren't for groups such as ours that have arisen to support the insurgent awakening of conservative, Constitutional opposition to his broader goals.
 

4. Would you support a "RINO" in 2012?

I will seek to support a true conservative Constitutionalist in 2012.  The RINOs are a big part of why we find ourselves in the predicament we're now in.

5. Will the Tea Party last into 2012?

Absolutely, as long as we can prevent it from being co-opted by the RINOs and the entrenched Republican establishment.  The "Tea Party" itself is far less significant than the underlying philosophies it was founded to exemplify and promote.
 

6. Would a third-party conservative/libertarian run for President be a good thing or bad thing?

Any candidacy that can unite a broad cross-section of the electorate against another anti-Constitutional administration -- whether it be one headed by B.O., or some other "Demorat", or a RINO, or a Republican, or anyone else who refuses to follow the essential foundational tenets of the American Republic -- would be a good thing, so the key question is not whether a "third-party candidacy" would be a good thing or a bad thing, but whether the third-party candidate, and the third party itself, will submit to the authority of the Constitution and govern accordingly.
 

7. Anything else you'd like to add?

May God save the American Republic -- but let us not forget that He won't do it for us.....He expects us to get off our butts and do the work.




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Raese Takes Lead in West Virginia.

John Raese, the Republican candidate in West Virginia's upcoming Senatorial election, has now taken a two point lead in the latest Rasmussen survey of 500 likely voters. This comes a day after the Democratic candidate, Governor Joe Manchin, announced his support for repealing parts of ObamaCare, though he was unspecific on which parts.

John Raese - 48%.
Joe Manchin - 46%.
Someone else - 2%.
The undecided - 4%.

To see West Virginia, a Conservative bastion that is still under the thumb of Democratic rule, support a Republican candidate for United States Senate is absolutely unreal. Especially when you take into account the fact that the last elected Republican Senator from the State was in November of 1956. Which, ironically, was also a special election to replace a deceased Democrat.

Any thoughts?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Vote in Our Poll: Most Important Race in 2010

I know that there are over 400 races for Congress this year but obviously some have taken a lot more press coverage than others. That's why I'm leading it up to you the readers to tell us what race is the most important to you or to the political climate in general. Check out the races listed, if you have any more suggestions, feel free to let us know and comment.







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Remember to Bookmark!

Just a reminder-- if you like the site remember to bookmark so you'll always be able to come back. Please also follow on the left-hand column. And if you find something interesting, please comment!

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"I'm an American" Music Video

Check out this excellent new video sent to me from a reader.



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VIDEO: The Worst Political Ad You Will Ever See

Have Democrats no shame?  Republican Dan Webster is running for Congress in Florida.  He seems like your average guy, unless you are running a sleazy campaign against him.  In that case, he is "Taliban Dan," as a new ad states, and he is "wants to make divorce illegal" and hopes women get raped and beaten.  You've got to see this to believe it:


This is ridiculously disgusting.

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Meet Ted Danz, Republican Candidate for Congress.

Disclaimer - The Author is a volunteer for the Ted Danz campaign.

If you need to ask what Ted Danz, a Republican candidate for Congress in Upstate, New York, is really all about, than look no further then the Winston Churchill quote that defines his campaign: "America is an idea, not a place".
Or, in other words: Freedom isn't just for us, it's for everyone on the earth.

Mr.Danz is in an uphill battle against Representative Paul Tonko (D), a strong supporter of Speaker Pelosi, and especially of Congressman Rangel, who he even donated five hundred dollars to. New York's 21st congressional district is overwhelmingly Democratic, but Conservatism runs deep in our bloodline, and honesty is next to cleanliness.

Mr.Danz has a couple of thousand dollars in the bank, a couple of hundred dedicated volunteers, and a fighting spirit that is unmatched by a couple of thousand soldiers, due in part to him being a former Navy reservist. He also owns a successful business that has been around for decades in the area.

His positions and policies are simple:
  1. America is exceptional.
  2. The Border is broken.
  3. Repeal ObamaCare, now.
  4. Jump start the Economy.
  5. Reform Social Security.
  6. Implement Term Limits.

Mr.Danz is not just a Republican candidate for Congress. He's a former member of the US Navy, and he's a successful businessman who has served the people of New York's 21st congressional district as a hard working American for decades, and now wants to serve us once more as a hard working, hard nosed legislator in these troubling times.

Please visit his campaign website: www.teddanzforcongress.com

Any thoughts?

Interview with Closet Conservative

Pundit Press is proud to present number eight in our on-going series of interviews.  Today we are lucky enough to have the founder of Closet Conservative answer some of our questions.  Be sure to check out their site:

When and why did you start Closet Conservative?

I started it about a year ago because I read a lot during the day and always find stuff that makes me crazy, or inspires me. I would share the links with friends, and then just figured that I should take the plunge and start putting all the links and thoughts on a blog. I also started it to vent about things that I can't really talk about freely at my day job.

What is your favorite thing about running a successful conservative website?

Thanks for the compliment! I just like putting information out there for discussion. I like entertaining people and have met some very interesting people through my web activities.

How would you rate President Obama's Administration?

I think he is the worst American president ever. He is the first "post" American president, and a woeful amateur. I find him arrogant, unqualified, anti-Israel, anti-Western, and a terror sympathizer.

Is there a major issue that you believe that the President and Congress are ignoring?

I think President Obama utterly ignores and apologizes for Islamic terrorism. Congress, in my view, ought to pay more serious attention to the illegal immigrant issue in the US.

How do you think the Republican party will fare in the November elections?

Hoping for total and utter humiliation of the Democrats.

What is your opinion of the Tea Party that has spread across the nation?

I find the Tea Party inspiring. I think a lot of politicians have underestimated the anger that the average American citizen has toward this administrations unprecedented attacks on individual liberty and the American way. The Obama administration will start to feel the wrath of the people on an increasing basis as we head toward November. The Tea Party has been maligned as 'racist'-which is the only pathetic attempt that liberals can muster to try and shut them up. Having said that, I think that Tea Party activists should be aware that they will seem hypocritical if they publicly denounce things like Porkulus and other big-government initiatives, but clamor for their own entitlements at the same time. They need to be consistent.

Do you have any favorites Republicans for 2012?

I love John Bolton, but he was thrown under the Republican bus. I still like Sarah Palin. The pickings are slim, unfortunately.

Is there anything you would like to add?

America is a wonderful country and I know she will weather the Obama storm and hopefully, come out stronger.

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Liberal Congressman Laughed and Booed at for Saying Social Security is "Stable"

Democrat Congressman Russ Carnahan was speaking at a rally about our Social Security system.  After bashing President Bush for half a minute, Carnahan decided to say "the social security system has been stable for 75 years.  It has one of the most efficient ratings in terms of any agency."  The crowd erupted in laughter:



If liberals want to say that Social Security is stable under their watch, this is the kind of response they will get.  The best thing the lady at the podium can say is that people have a "moral contract" not to laugh at people making outrageous statements?

I'm glad the crowd started laughing again when she said that.  I'm also glad that the audience called out Carnahan for bashing Bush and hurting Social Security.

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Perry Up in Newest TX Poll

Incumbent Governor Bill Perry still holds a significant lead int he Texas Governor's race against opponent Bill White. The Republican governor has served since 2000 when he became governor after then-executive George W. Bush retired to become President. Perry faced a difficult 2006 bid for re-election after winning handily in 2002. Perry defeated Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson to keep the GOP nod this year, energizing his supporters.


Perry * (R): 46%
White (D): 39%
Other/und: 15%
* Denotes incumbent

Notice the high numbers of undecideds and the fact that Perry is still below 50%. The race isn't over yet but if Perry can reach the elusive 50% he may be ready for re-election.

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38% Support Obama Re-election

 There is some significantly bad news for President Obama. Even when not matched up against a Republican challenger and more than two years away from the next electoral stakes he still has a hard time finding 40% of the population that believes he deserves re-election. Naturally, these numbers are an incomplete picture of the electoral landscape for the 2012 race but it is not looking good so far for the President.

Meanwhile some of the internals did not break the President's way:

It’s Obama’s policies that are hurting him right now. By a 13-point margin, voters are down on the health care law. In an especially troubling sign, more than half of self-identified independents — 54 percent — have an unfavorable opinion of the law, compared with just 38 percent who have a favorable opinion.

Let's see who the GOP chooses to challenge him but if he continues on this path it may be an easier sell than expected. Don't write Obama off yet, though. He's a tenacious and grandstanding campaigner.


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Barney Frank Needs Bill Clinton to Campaign for Him?

 A fitting follow-up to my article last night about the Democrats' woes in Massachusetts. Yes, that deep-blue, semi-crazy state appears to be ready to throw out one of its loudest and most liberal members. Apparently powerful House Finances Chairman Barney Frank needs former President Bill Clinton to come to his MA-4 district and campaign for him despite running unopposed in 2006 and winning over 64% of the vote in 2008.

This year he faces a stiff challenge from former Marine Sean Bielat who appears to be scaring the incumbent. Despite having a former President there to speak, the rally only garnered 300 people. Compare this to the fervor at the Republican rally:

With chants of, “Go Sean, Go,’’ and “Retire Barney’’ signs waving in the air, about 200 people gathered at the counter-rally to the Clinton appearance.
“Two days ago, Frank said the economy is poised for recovery,’’ said Bielat, 35, of Brookline, a Marine serving in the Reserves. “Going around the district, I haven’t found it.’’
He denounced the “arrogance’’ of incumbents who have forgotten their constituents.

This also comes as news is leaking out that Frank is polling under 50% in the liberal district and that Bielat is not as far away as one might think.


Frank * (D): 49%
Bielat (R): 39%
Other/und: 12%
* Denotes incumbent

Still, it's hard to see Bielat winning even with those numbers. However, it's always good to see the Democrats on the ropes in one of their core districts and having to divert money there that would have to be spent elsewhere.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Republican Within One in Massachusetts

 This is not a poll result that I expected but apparently according to the Boston Globe the Republican in the Bay State's Gubernatorial contest is within one of a sitting Democratic Governor. This isn't the same wave that defeated Martha Coakley, but is partially the result of a screwy three-way race much like the New Jersey Governor's race last year.

Incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick was elected in the spirit of "Hope and Change" and has since being inaugurated in 2007 built up a steady reputation for incompetence. Patrick is a personal friend of President Obama's and suffers even lower approval ratings than him-- even though he received 55% in the Democratic wave year of 2006.

But these new results are something to behold:

Patrick * (D): 35%
Baker (R): 34%
Cahill (I): 11%
* Denotes incumbent

Patrick is also being dragged down by Timothy Cahill, who is the State Treasurer and who left the Democratic Party last year. The unfortunate news is that Cahill appears to also be dragging down Baker. Baker appears to be gaining since June when he was behind by a full seven points. The Republican in 2006 received just 35% of the voting share.

Baker’s strength appears to rest on his appeal to unenrolled, or independent, voters, who make up more than 50 percent of the electorate and often determine statewide races. Among registered independents, he leads Patrick 35 percent to 28 percent, with Cahill getting 13 percent.

Patrick suffers from a 42% approval rating with a 43% disapproval rating-- in a deep blue state. This is certainly not good news-- but if he could tap into the 7% more that approve of him than say they will vote for him, it could be a problem.




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Interview with the Creator of Election Day

Pundit Press is proud to present our 7th interview in our new series. Today we are interviewing John Gastil, the creator of the free video game Election Day. Election Day is an excellent concept game which I have played. Try it out-- it's a free download.

1. When and why was Election Day Created?
It slowly emerged from my keyboard from 1994-2000. Development on the project went on hiatus after 2004.


2. How has the game affected public knowledge of the election cycle?
It's hard to say. I've used the game with middle school students, who enjoyed the game and got a better sense of the Electoral College and the importance of fundraising. I haven't done a user study, partly because my primary concern has been debugging--not audience research.


3. What has been your favorite part of working on the project?
Writing the original code for the game required making precise mathematical assumptions about voter behavior and the efficacy of different campaign strategies. When the math didn't work, it was interesting to see how it needed to be revised. There are still a few "substantive bugs" in the game--that is, code that works as written but produces silly results. Most of the bugs that remain in the game are of the "broken software" variety; that is, they make the game crash.


4. What has been frustrating about developing Election Day?
The bugs. I'm not a programmer by trade, and I never found a volunteer programmer who was interested in polishing the project and making it hum. 

5. Any plans for 5.0?
I need to find either a volunteer programmer or someone who's willing to work for a meager salary to bug detect and squash. When that happens, we'll make a big fuss about having a version 5.0. It'd be nice to have that up-and-running in time for the next Presidential election. Anyone interested in helping the project should contact me at jgastil@uw.edu.


6. Have you used the game to conduct simulation of past or upcoming races?
Yes. It's quite entertaining to do that. I once had an army of middle schoolers try to get Ralph Nader to win a single state. One of them managed to win Connecticut, but it took a lot of tries.



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SNL's New David Patterson Skit: Slightly Offensive, But Pretty Funny

Hat tip to Hot Air.


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Liberal Bias Alert- AP: People Wanted Government to "Do More" in Health Care Overhaul

I'm sure that you are aware of story after story about Americans against the Health Care Bill that the President helped push through Congress earlier this year.  Rasmussen released a poll less than a week ago stating that 61% of people wanted the bill repealed.  Politico wrote an article at the end of August in which more people opposed the health care reform than favored it.

Well, AP would like you to ignore all that.

According to a new "poll" released by AP this morning, "Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1."  That's right, according to AP, the people who are against the overhaul in Health Care are against it because it doesn't do enough.

And hey, while they were added, they decided to fiddle with the number of people against the bill.  According to AP, exactly 40% of Americans are against the Health Care Bill.  Exactly 30% are in favor.  Exactly 30% are neutral, but they would be in favor if the government did more.  Isn't it just lucky that the people were perfectly divided?

So, according to AP 66% of Americans are in favor of the government doing more.  What else does the AP article say about those people?  According to them, 68% of those who want the government to do more "favor requiring medium to large companies to provide insurance to their workers or pay a fine."  That's right, mandated health care.

I'm sure you're already aware of how ridiculous this poll is, but in case you were wondering, AP states that
"the survey was conducted Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, and involved interviews with 1,251 randomly chosen adults nationwide. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points."
I'm assuming that "nationwide" means the heart of Manhattan and San Fransisco.

How could anyone at AP think that people would take this poll seriously?  This is just another example of a liberal bias trying to shove thoughts down the average American's throat.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Harry Reid: Republicans 'Getting Our Soldiers Killed'

We all know that Nevada Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid has no tact nor common sense.  Obviously, he has no decency either.  Playing politics with money going to troops in harms way, Reid attached an amendment that would overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  When the bill failed earlier this week, instead of taking the blame or admitting a mistake, Reid wrote this on his campaign site:

“Republicans are again playing politics with our national security.  Today they blocked the Senate from debating a bill that would give our troops the resources they need to keep America safe – stopping not only funding for combat vehicles and bulletproof vests or measures to improve our military’s readiness, but even a well-earned pay raise to help our troops and their families make ends meet.  
 “I am disappointed that my Republican colleagues put partisan politics ahead of the best interests of the men and women who courageously defend our nation.  Democrats will continue to fight for our troops and will work to ensure that our troops have the resources they need to do their jobs.”

Obviously Mr. Reid is either completely unaware that his amendment sunk the bill, or he's a lair.  Or both.  He is also clearly unaware that some Democrats, as well as Republicans, voted the bill down.  But hey, what are facts to a guy with no shame?
Reid
Take this example, another quote from Reid's own campaign site.  In it, he explains how Republicans are using bad Nevada unemployment numbers as "cheap political points."  It would make sense...if Reid hadn't been a Senator in Nevada since 1986:
"While some may cheer a bad economy in an effort to score cheap political points, Nevadans are fighters who have no patience for that.  I will keep fighting with them to create jobs and get our economy back on track, and I won't stop until every Nevadan who wants a job has one."
Reid's foolishness is all over his site.  Look at his "Press Release" section.  There are hundreds of articles on the tremendous amount of money he has given away.

With any luck, this man will be out on his butt come November.

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Congress Degraded itself to Colbert's level.

America's economic situation is stagnant. The unemployment rate just will not decline. And the Administration's rhetoric over the looming congressional vote on extending all of the Bush Tax Cuts have big and small businessmen worried about the uncertain future. America as a whole is fearful and afraid of the future.

On top of all that, our politicians are ever increasingly involved in unethical or illegal activities, while the Department of Justice is continuously being exposed as a racially charged government operation that turns its supposedly "blind" eye away from any voter intimidation geared towards white Americans.

So what is Congress doing to regain the lost trust of the American people?

They invited Stephen Colbert, who, in character, delivered a deposition to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security. In what will hopefully go down in history as black Friday-the day decency officially died in Congress.

This Congresswoman from California, Zoe Lofgren, must have been on medical marijuana for idiocy when she invited Mr.Colbert to address the Subcommittee that she Chairs on the working conditions of migrant (illegal alien) farm workers in America. So when will Jon Stewart be called in to testify in front of the House of Representatives on the plight of America's unemployed? I'm guessing never.

Absolutely nothing else can explain this disgrace, but pure idiocy.

Was Mr.Colbert's performance funny? He had his moments. But should this Comedy Central ass wipe had been invited to talk in front of the Nation? Not a chance in hell. He used the most respected institution in the world for his own selfish desires.

Shame on Stephen Colbert.

And shame on Congresswoman Lofgren, who was responsible for this disgrace.

Liberal Hack Ed Schultz: Chris Christie a "Cold-Hearted, Fat Slob"

Did you notice that I had to put "liberal hack" in the headline?  That's because I was pretty sure you would have no idea who Ed Schultz is.  He runs a hilariously low-rated liberal commentary show on MSNBC (go figure).  He also talks out of his ass, though sometimes it looks like his mouth.

Here he is bashing Chris Christie for defending Meg Whitman from a heckler:


I'd tell Schultz not to quit his day job, but he's terrible at that too.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Tenth Amendment

The 10th Amendment:


"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."



"This fatuous infatuation with the Constitution, particularly the 10th Amendment, is clearly the work of witches, wiccans and wackos. It has nothing to do with America's real problems and, if taken too seriously, would cause an economic and political calamity. The Constitution is a wonderful document, quite miraculous actually, but only because it has been wisely adapted to changing times. To adhere to the very word of its every clause hardly is respectful to the Founding Fathers. They were revolutionaries who embraced change. That's how we got here."
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HOMOCON is Sold Out!

HOMOCON 2010, featuring Ann Coulter is sold out.

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Interview with Conservative Site "This Ain't Hell"

Pundit Press is proud to present our 6th interview in our on-going series.  Today we are lucky to have the successful conservative website This Ain't Hell answer some of our questions.  I'd like to thank This Ain't Hell for an excellent interview:

When and why did you start This Ain't Hell?

I started TAH four years ago yesterday because I got tired of being banned for my passionate opinions. The last banning was from Right Nation. I don't remember why, but I'm sure it was for being obstinate. I flailed around for a year and a half looking for my niche. I tried to avoid being a milblog because I didn't think I deserved the label...then I had it thrust upon me in 2008 because of my work against phony soldiers and the organizations that use veterans for their own political gains. Like IVAW, VoteVets, IAVA and Oath Keepers. No one was taking them on at the time, and now everyone wants to.

What is the most rewarding aspect of running a successful political site?  What is the most daunting aspect?

I've made a lot of friends and we've been in the news a few times. I guess it's rewarding that our research and connections tell the public things they wouldn't know otherwise. I know some real-life heroes that everyone knows ABOUT, but I get to call them by their first names and they buy me drinks. And I know some quiet heroes that don't get mentioned but they help people put their lives back together and make folks feel loved when they may not otherwise. Just knowing those people gives me hope for the future. Without This Ain't Hell, I probably wouldn't have the opportunity to meet the best people America has to offer, people-wise.

Daunting? Well, one of my co-bloggers had his laptop seized with a federal warrant just to intimidate us last year during the Hasan thing at Fort Hood. I guess it's fairly daunting that sometimes we do things that bring us out of the basement and into the light of day. That's why I moved TAH Headquarters to an undisclosed location in West Virginia, an open carry state. I kid, but it sounds good.

You've recently written that you want Republicans in the minority in Congress.  Could you explain why?

That was a co-blogger, TSO. He says things that are a little off the wall sometimes. I agree with him to a point, I suppose. The Republicans did such a piss poor job of being Conservatives when they had the majority in Congress, it's tiring trying to defend them. I think TSO's point, though, was that even if they get the majority in November, they're going to look weak because the president will veto everything they send him and that won't do us any good in Nov. 2012.

How do you expect Republicans to fare in the November elections?  Will they take back the House and Senate, one or the other, or neither?

They certainly have the opportunity to take back both houses, but the election is more than a month away. Republicans have a habit of doing stupid things that the Democrats can use against them (with the media's big megaphone) and defeat them. Ya know, sex scandals, campaign irregularities - things that don't seem to have any effect on Democrats' reputations when it happens to them.

Do you have a favorite Republican for the 2012 Presidential campaign?

Honestly, I like Sarah Palin a lot. She's got a George W. Bush personality. Like her or not, you know what she's going to do in a given situation because she tells us up front what she's like. Palin isn't the idiot she's made to look like in the press. I think she'd be a kick-ass President if she had a Congress that would get on board with her...like we thought Congress was going to be during the Bush Administration.

TSO likes Pawlenty and if I didn't have high hopes that Palin is going to rescue a truckload of Golden Retriever puppies from wolves and zombies on the nightly news in the next few months, I'd probably be for Pawlenty, too.

President Obama has been in office for over a year and a half now.  Has he been worse than you expected, better, or in between?

That depends. On the Terror War, I supported him until last summer when he decided to make the politically expedient decision instead of the commander-in-chief decision. I've been vocal about that since last year, too. He exceded my expectations until last summer. He's fallen in line with my expectations since.

His domestic agenda was about what I expected - too much radical change in one big bite. I hardly know where to begin and he's kept all of us busy trying to track all of his wild-ass legislation. I think that was his plan. Well, not his plan, because I think he's too much of a figure head to have any agenda other than his own reelection to satisfy his ego. I doubt he has a thought in his head.

What do you think about the Republicans' new "Pledge to America?"

The Contract with America was genious and I'm curious as to why the GOP hasn't done one every election. America deserves to have a scorecard to keep track of what we're voting for.

I think the current pledge is too little too late. Unless they get a veto-proof majority, the only thing they're going to accomplish is stop Obama from passing his wilder legislation which is OK, but it's just so much wheel spinning and gives the GOP another bad name to fight in the next election.

If the Republicans hadn't wasted those Bush years feathering their own nests, they wouldn't have found themselves in this position of begging for our trust and making impossible promises. I haven't given a dime to the GOP since 2004 and they haven't given me a reason to trust them yet.

The Pledge gives them a unified voice, but they need a real leader to lead us all out of the woods. One hasn't emerged yet. Ronald Reagan led the party from the minute Jimmy Carter took the oath of office. Who are we following now?

Even the Contract with America fell short when it came to term limits - the cornerstone of congressional reform. Tell me when they're ready to end the Congressional retirement plan and repeal the 17th Amendment.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The key to this upcoming election is going to be voter turn out. Every vote counts and if you don't vote, you can't bitch. If you can't bitch, what are you going to do for two years? Read This Ain't Hell?


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