"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Friday, October 31, 2008

Study in Character Assassination: How TV Networks Portrayed Sarah Palin as Dunce or Demon
by Colleen Raezler and Brian Fitzpatrick
...Sarah Palin’s nomination changed the presidential race, creating a real threat to the media’s preferred candidate, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. ABC, NBC and CBS have rallied to Obama’s defense by working hard to bring Palin down...
Obama and the Politics of Crowds
by Fouad Ajami
...The political genius of the man is that he is a blank slate. The devotees can project onto him what they wish. The coalition that has propelled his quest -- African-Americans and affluent white liberals -- has no economic coherence...
US Election: If Iraqis Could Vote it Would be for McCain
...McCain would be best for Iraq because he would ensure stability," said Ali, 66, an expert on the Sumerian era..."The Iranians believe that if Obama is elected he will not take action against them despite their nuclear ambitions. That worries me," said Ali, sitting on an old bench in Al-Zahawi coffee shop...
Related: Al Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush "humiliated": Web video

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama's Prime-Time Ad Skips Over Budget Realities
by Calvin Woodward
...Obama's assertion that "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond" the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by "eliminating programs that don't work" masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are—beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq...
More Audacity: Obama Voted for Oil Company Tax Breaks     The Audacity of Humility     Obama's Economic Mythology
America Compared to What?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...The current financial crisis has startled America from a hypnotic trance of self-indulgence and irresponsibility. But as we return to American fundamentals, we may discover that our political, social and economic system -- despite all the current election-cycle hysteria -- is still by far the most resilient in the world. How odd that it took a financial catastrophe to remind us of that.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

UCLA Economists: Government Intervention Prolonged Great Depression
by Paul Detrick
...“[Roosevelt] came up with a recovery package that would be unimaginable today, allowing businesses in every industry to collude without the threat of antitrust prosecution and workers to demand salaries about 25 percent above where they ought to have been, given market forces. The economy was poised for a beautiful recovery, but that recovery was stalled by these misguided policies," Cole said in a press release dated Aug. 10, 2004...
Tough Times: Congress Grew 13% Richer in 2007
by Rob Hotakainen
...Obama ranked as one of the biggest financial winners, with his net worth increasing from $800,000 in 2006 to $4.7 million last year, thanks mainly to royalties from his two best-selling books. McCain had a net worth estimated at $28.5 million, with most of the wealth attributed to his wife Cindy's family fortune...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Income Redistribution - A Fulfilling Experiment When Personally Applied!
by Lee Walton
...I noticed that my waiter was wearing a bright blue, “Obama 08” tie...When the check finally came I decided not to tip my waiter and explained to him that I was going to implement a practical application of Obama's Redistribution of Wealth concept as my own personal socialistic experiment. He stood there in stoic disbelief as I explained to him that I was going to redistribute his rightfully earned $10 tip to someone who I deemed more in need--a homeless fellow standing a few blocks north...
Related: Obama's 2001 Redistribution of Wealth Commentary
Why the Left Wants to Change America
by Dennis Prager
...George W. Bush's policies have not been particularly controversial or even particularly right-wing. But the left has constructed for itself a view of America that, if you subscribe to it, makes radical change imperative...

Monday, October 27, 2008

We Don’t Need Another War on Poverty
by Steven Malanga
...Obama’s rise has put urban issues back into the presidential campaign for the first time in decades. But so far, the discussion that his candidacy has sparked is taking place largely among politicians, commentators, and interest groups whose view of cities hasn’t moved on much from the War on Poverty. Implementing their policy ideas would simply expand the tin-cup urbanism that has kept so many cities in despair for so long. That’s change we can do without.
The Europeanization of America
by Pete du Pont
...So where is the new Obama administration likely to take us? Seven things seem certain:
The U.S. military will withdraw from Iraq quickly and substantially, regardless of conditions on the ground or the obvious consequence of emboldening terrorists there and around the globe. Protectionism will become our national trade policy; free trade agreements with other nations will be reduced and limited. Income taxes will rise on middle- and upper-income people...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Judge Dismisses Obama Birth Certificate Lawsuit
by Drew Zahn
...In a 34-page memorandum that accompanied the court order, the Hon. R. Barclay Surrick concludes that ordinary citizens can't sue to ensure that a presidential candidate actually meets the constitutional requirements of the office. Surrick defers to Congress, saying that the legislature could determine "that citizens, voters, or party members should police the Constitution's eligibility requirements for the Presidency"...
Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt speaks with Rudy Giuliani about Joe Biden’s admission that Barack Obama is inexperienced. Bill Bennett chats with John McCain about his run for the presidency; Michael Medved interviews Sarah Palin about a variety of election topics; Dennis Prager discusses Barack Obama’s connection to ACORN on Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes.
Obama Campaign Cuts Off TV Station After Interview
by Hal Boedeker
...Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate's wife. "This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election," wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign...
Youtube Video: Biden Angered by Tough Questions
'Panic' May Force Market Shutdown
by Alexis Xydias and Camilla Hall
..."We've reached a situation of sheer panic," Roubini, who predicted the financial crisis in 2006, told a conference of hedge-fund managers in London today. "There will be massive dumping of assets" and "hundreds of hedge funds are going to go bust," he said...
Related: Out of Control' CEOs Spurned Davos Warnings on Risk

Saturday, October 25, 2008

McCain for President
by Charles Krauthammer
...Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who's been cramming on these issues for the last year, who's never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of "a world that stands as one"), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as "the tragedy of 9/11," a term more appropriate for a bus accident?...
Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?
by Orson Scott Card
...If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats -- including Barack Obama -- and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans -- then you are not journalists by any standard. You're just the public relations machine of the Democratic Party, and it's time you were all fired and real journalists brought in, so that we can actually have a daily newspaper in our city.
What Next President's First Term Will Do to Energy, Health Care, Your Wallet & How Media Make It Worse
by Nathan Burchfiel
Most federal policies influence the economy, but five in particular have earned special media attention this campaign: a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, government mandates of ethanol, earmark spending, taxes and health care. The Business & Media Institute (BMI) sought input from its Board of Advisers – including policy experts and economists – on how the news media would push liberal economic positions for the two-part report – Part I an Obama administration, Part II a McCain administration...
Who Decided that We Owed This to the Somalis?
by Hugh Fitzgerald
Eighty thousand Somalis, almost all of them Muslims, have been allowed into this country. What they have done can be seen in Lewiston, Maine, where their enormous burden on the benefits system left so little for the native poor, who had been paying into that system for decades, that the Mayor of Lewiston publicly expressed his alarm at the Somali influx. For his pains he was mechanically, and roundly, denounced as a "racist”...

Friday, October 24, 2008

To the Undecided Voter
by Neal Boortz
...I've noted that some other "pundits" out there are starting to post, in columns and in their blogs, the reasons they are going to vote the way they are going to vote. I'll make no attempt to refute their (oh-so refutable) arguments here. Instead, I'm just going to put my thoughts and reasoning in writing just to cleanse my mind. If you can make some use of them; whether it is for laughter, talking points or intellectual consideration, have at it...
With $605 Million Already, Obama Asks Only $10 More from Each of Us
by Andrew Malcolm
Having now collected more than $605 million altogether, the freshman senator shows no concern over the appearance of buying the presidency. Imagine for a moment the national political conversation that could be going on now if rich Republicans had raked in that much loot for one campaign...
Democrat: Obama's Grandma Confirms Kenyan Birth
World Net Daily
The Pennsylvania Democrat who has sued Sen. Barack Obama demanding he prove his American citizenship – and therefore qualification to run for president – has confirmed he has a recording of a telephone call from the senator's paternal grandmother confirming his birth in Kenya...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Obama Enigma
by Victor Davis Hanson
...The country is in two unpopular wars -- amid the worst financial panic of the last 80 years. Not since prophet of change and newcomer Jimmy Carter ran against Gerald Ford (post Watergate and the lost Vietnam war) have voters been so eager for a shake-up. Why then is the charismatic Barack Obama not quite yet a shoo-in?
Radio interview with Hugh Hewitt: Transcript     : Part 1     Part 2
No, We Don’t Need to Go Through Obama to Get a “Real” Conservative
by Michael Medved
Some of my talk radio colleagues insist that an Obama victory might be a blessing in disguise in the same way that Carter’s victory over Gerald Ford paved the way for Reagan’s election four years later. The common (and historically illiterate) formulation claims “We had to go through jimmy Carter to get Ronald Reagan”...
Radical Loon when Obama was Only 47
by Ann Coulter
...any foundation that is not explicitly right-wing will become a radical left-wing organization within a few years...Left-wing radicals swarm to free foundation money, where they can give gigantic grants to one another and they will never have to do a day's work. That's exactly what Obama and Ayers did with Annenberg's money...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The United States, Europe and Bretton Woods II
by George Friedman & Peter Zeihan
...Europeans are not simply hoping to modernize Bretton Woods, but instead to Europeanize the American financial markets. This is ultimately not a financial question, but a political one. The French are trying to flip Bretton Woods from a system where the United States is the buttress of the international system to a situation where the United States remains the buttress but is more constrained by the broader international system. The European view is that this will help everybody. The American position is not yet framed and won’t be until the new president is in office...
Obama Campaign Selling Chicago Election Night Coverage
by Lynn Sweet
...This is an outrageous pay to play plan that caters to national elite outlets with deep pockets...Obama's top donors--not the masses who donated the $5, $10 and $25 the campaign brag about--will have VIP access throughout election night and received an early heads up a week ago to plan to spend Election Night in Chicago...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Opposition to California Proposition 8: Hate in the Name of Love
by Dennis Prager
...in May 2008, four out of seven California justices decided that they would use their power to make a new definition: Gender will now be irrelevant to marriage. As a result of this judicial act, the only way to ensure that we continue to define marriage the way every religious and secular society in recorded history has defined marriage -- as between men and women...
Related: CA Teachers' Union Gives $1 Million to Oppose Prop 8
Biden: Obama as President to be Tested by International Crisis in 6 Months
ABC News
..."We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy"...
Millionaire Hedge Fund Boss Thanks 'Idiot' Traders
by Andrew Clark
..."The low-hanging fruit, ie idiots whose parents paid for prep school, Yale and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking," he wrote. "These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government," he said...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Will a Funny Thing Happen on the Way to Washington?
by Edward Luce
...With barely two weeks left before polling day, the media, the Democratic party and the rest of the world (the safest Democratic state of the lot) have virtually called a halt to the election. Barack Obama will be the winner. His momentum is now unstoppable. And for that he has the financial meltdown to thank...
UK: Govt. Proposes to Take Human Tissue for Research Without Consent
by Laura Donnelly
...Medical ethics experts and religious leaders are furious that the provisions, which they say ride roughshod over basic human rights, have already been agreed by an all-party committee of 17 MPs charged with scrutinising the bill, without any public debate or discussion in the main chambers of Parliament...
Archbishop Criticizes Obama, Catholic Allies
by Eric Gorski
Denver Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput labeled Barack Obama the "most committed" abortion-rights candidate from a major party in 35 years while accusing a Catholic Obama ally and other Democratic-friendly Catholic groups of doing a "disservice to the church"...His comments were among the sharpest in a debate over abortion and Catholic political responsibility in a campaign in which Catholics represent a key swing vote...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Karl Rove sits down with Michael Medved to share the little-known facts about Senator John McCain; Dr. Albert Mohler discusses Barack Obama's radical views on abortion at the Saddleback Church event; Jack Kemp talks to Michael Medved about Barack Obama's dangerous economic plan; Bill Bennett blasts the mainstream media for their blatant bias against Sarah Palin.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Liberal Supermajority   
Wall Street Journal
If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants...In both 1933 and 1965, liberal majorities imposed vast expansions of government that have never been repealed, and the current financial panic may give today's left another pretext to return to those heydays of welfare-state liberalism. Americans voting for "change" should know they may get far more than they ever imagined.
Obama: The Oak Grown from Acorn
by Daniel J. Flynn
...“Once a community organizer, then a foundation grant-maker, and now a lobbyist for direct government funding, Barack Obama has been with Acorn throughout his career,” Fund writes. “In return, Acorn is pledging to spend $35 million this year registering voters—both real and fictive. Should Obama become president, look for Acorn to have a vastly more ambitious legislative agenda, and for Obama to be responsive.” Acorn, in other words, has a lot riding on Tony Romo voting early, often, and everywhere.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Joe The Plumber Debate: McCain Scores and "Senator Government" Stumbles
by Hugh Hewitt
McCain scored big with the Joe the plumber exchanges, and with the campaign tactics exchange. Obama looked angry and stumbled repeatedly as he tried to cope with what he really told Joe the plumber --guaranteeing the replay of the clip again and again and underscoring Senator Obama's flexibility when it comes to facts...
The final debate: Video     Scorecard     Fact Check

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Coming Liberal Thugocracy   
by Michael Barone
...Obama supporters who found the campuses congenial and Mr. Obama himself, who has chosen to live all his adult life in university communities, seem to find it entirely natural to suppress speech they don't like and seem utterly oblivious to claims this violates the letter and spirit of the First Amendment...
Related: The End of 'We the People'
There Are Two Irreconcilable Americas
by Dennis Prager
...For most of my life I have believed, in what I now regard as wishful thinking, that the right and left wings have essentially the same vision for America, that it's only about ways to get there in which the two sides differ. Right and left share the same ends, I thought. That is not the case. For the most part, right and left differ in their visions of America and that is why they differ on policies...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Swept Up by Insanity of Markets
by Joe Nocera
...Science, said Mr. Grant, is a discipline that builds cumulatively. Previous knowledge isn’t forgotten or cast aside — it is built upon. But finance isn’t like that. “People keep on stepping on the same rakes because money, like romance, is only partly an intellectual experience,” Mr. Grant continued. “Money, like sex, brings out some thought — but also much heavy breathing and little stored knowledge...
Mexican Marijuana Cartels Sully US Forests, Parks
by Tracie Cone
...Rat poison has been sprinkled over the landscape to keep animals away from tender plants. And many sites are strewn with the carcasses of deer and bears poached by workers..."These are America's most precious resources, and they are being devastated by an unprecedented commercial enterprise conducted by armed foreign nationals"..."the chemicals that get into watersheds are potentially very far-reaching — all the way to drinking water for the downstream communities"...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Jounal  
Salem Radio Network
This special Townhall.com Weekend Journal is spent addressing Senator Barack Obama. Next week we will focus on Senator John McCain.
McCain Letter Demanded 2006 Action on Fannie and Freddie
Human Events
Sen. John McCain's 2006 demand for regulatory action on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have prevented current financial crisis, as HUMAN EVENTS learned from the letter shown in full text below...Sen. Obama did not sign the letter, nor did any other Democrat...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Not Over Yet
by Victor Davis Hanson
...no one knows anything of [Obama's] record at Columbia University, how he got into Harvard Law School, or what he was doing until he reached Harvard, or exactly what he did as a community organizer in Chicago, or how a person with no record of legal scholarship was about to be offered tenure at the Chicago Law School. Each doubt in and of itself is of little import, but again in aggregate even the generalities make voters uneasy — especially when they hear of fraud among voter registration drives, swarming radio stations to stifle those critical of Obama, and threatened lawsuits to yank pro-McCain ads...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Five Reasons Independents Should Choose McCain Over Obama
by John Hawkins
...As Forrest Gump would say, (Obama is) "like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get:" Paradoxically, one of the things that has helped Obama immeasurably is that his legislative record is so sparse that he has been able to simultaneously portray himself as different things to different groups of people...
Reporter's Notebook: Seeing How The Other Half Lives
by Dean Reynolds
After most of the previous 12 months covering Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency, it was interesting, instructive and, well, relaxing to follow John McCain for the last few days. The differences between the two are striking...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Federal Suit: Obama Not A “Natural Born Citizen”
Power Line News
...as the Constitution requires all candidates for President to be (see http://obamacrimes.com/) and he uses as proof, among other things, the testimony of Obama’s paternal grandmother, a half-brother and half sister who say they witnessed that Obama was born, not in Hawaii as Obama claims, but in Kenya. Most of these allegations could instantly be proven false if Obama were to produce the original, long form copy of his Hawaiian birth certificate for examination...
Wall Street 101
by Victor Davis Hanson
...How odd that all those boring lessons from our grandparents turn out to be true in the globalized, hip 21st century: Save your money. Don't borrow what you can't pay back. Look first at a man's character, not his degrees. And if a promised return on an investment seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"The Audacity of Hope" versus "The Erosion of Doubt"
by Bill Dyer
Step back. Take a breath. Try to imagine how, come December, Tuesday night's debate will look in hindsight...
Transcript     Video     Scorecard     Fact Check
Community Organizers' Vegas Office Raided in Voter Fraud Investigation
Fox News
..."Some of them used nonexistent names, some of them used false addresses and some of them were duplicates of previously filed applications," Walsh said, describing the complaints, which largely came from the registrar in Clark County, Nev. Secretary of State Ross Miller said the fraudulent registrations included forms for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team...
Other abuses: Obama Money from Abroad Could Total $3.3 Million     Homeless 'Driven' to Vote Obama
AIG Execs Treated to $440,000 8-day "Retreat" After Bailout
by Andrew Taylor
...AIG sent its executives to the coastal St. Regis resort south of Los Angeles even as the company tapped into an $85 billion loan from the government it needed to stave off bankruptcy. The resort tab included $23,380 worth of spa treatments for AIG employees, according to invoices the resort turned over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...
Related: Lehman Gave Millions to Departing Executives

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Characters Count
by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
...It is not, as the Democratic candidate maintains, a distraction or a sign of desperation on the part of his opponents that serious questions are finally being asked about the nature and the implications of the judgment [Obama] has exhibited in the past – and may exhibit in the future – as evidenced by his myriad and profoundly troubling personal ties...
Details: Obama's Friends in Low Places. And because there are so many they all can't fit in one article: More Friends in Low Places. And let's not forget the infamous Extensive Relationship between Obama and Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers. And finally, in any discussion about Obama's character, one must also consider his Friends & Family Plan.
Gotcha Questions for Katie Couric (and Her Colleagues)
by Dennis Prager
...While every conservative pundit, commentator and talk show host I know of is regularly exposed to liberal thought, the opposite is not the case. It would be fascinating to learn how much Couric knows about how half the country thinks.
59% Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress
Rasmussen Reports
...While unhappiness with Congress cuts across partisan and demographic lines, Democrats are a bit less unhappy than other voters. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans would vote to throw out the entire Congress as would 62% of unaffiliated voters. Only 43% of Democrats go along. Still, just 25% of those in Barack Obama’s party would vote to keep the entire Congress even though it’s controlled by Democrats...

Monday, October 06, 2008

Voter Fraud Expected to be Rampant
by John Fund
...Should "anything goes" continue to accepted as an election standard, voters may wake up to a crisis even bigger than the 2000 Florida folly. Perhaps then it will demand to know why more wasn't done to fix the system before it failed again. That's why officials need to enforce whatever safeguards we have this year - and then lobby hard for better voter education and protections against fraud in the future.
Biden's Fantasy World
Wall Street Journal
...we won't say Mr. Biden was deliberately making events up when he made these and other false statements. Perhaps he merely misspoke. In any case, Mrs. Palin may not know as much about the world as Mr. Biden does, but at least most of what she knows is true.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Sarah Palin has taken on Joe Biden in the vice presidential debate. Hugh Hewitt got post-election analysis from columnist Mark Steyn. Earlier in the week Hewitt spoke to Palin on his radio program. Senator Joe Lieberman appeared on “The Dennis Prager Show” to explain why he felt American needed the economic bailout. Bill Bennett discussed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan rant with Amy Holmes, a CNN political contributor. All this and more.
Main Street vs. Wall Street
by Arnold Kling
...it is the elites who are badly misguided. The reality is that the Paulson plan is nothing more than a government assistance package for a declining industry. It has been embraced eagerly by Democratic politicians who welcome the enhanced power they will enjoy as a result of merging Big Finance with Big Government...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Do Facts Matter?
by Thomas Sowell
...The current financial bailout crisis has propelled Barack Obama back into a substantial lead over John McCain-- which is astonishing in view of which man and which party has had the most to do with bringing on this crisis...The media are not alone in keeping the facts from the public. Republicans, for reasons unknown, don't seem to know what it is to counter-attack...
Obama’s Fishy $200 Million
American Spectator
An auditor for the Federal Election Commission is attempting to have his bosses seek a formal investigation into the collection by the Obama for President campaign of more than $200 million in potentially illegal political donations, including millions of dollars of illegal, foreign donations, and has sought a request for assistance from the Department of Justice or Federal Bureau of Investigation. But the analyst's requests have largely been ignored. "I can't get anyone to move. I believe we are looking at a hijacking of our political system that makes the Clinton and Gore fundraising scandals pale in comparison. And no one here wants to touch it"...
The Culture War at the Movies
by Bill O'Reilly
This week marks the opening of two highly charged movie comedies. The first, "Religulous," is a Borat-style journey starring Bill Maher that is designed to demonstrate that anyone who believes in God is a total moron. The second, "An American Carol," is a slapstick satire that pokes fun at the far left. Director David Zucker, who did the "Airplane" movies, mocks Michael Moore, Rosie O'Donnell and other liberal enthusiasts. Full disclosure: I have a small part in "Carol"...

Friday, October 03, 2008

Through Sarah Palin, Ordinary, Non-mystical Americans May Reclaim Their National Government
by Bill Dyer
...to ordinary people of every economic class, occupation, gender, religion, and even political persuasion — from outside the Beltway and the bi-coastal Blue-State media enclaves, the defining moment of the debate was when a young governor from a remote, sparsely populated state strode confidently across the national stage, stuck out her hand for a firm handshake, looked a silver-haired senator of 36 years' tenure squarely in the eye, and said: "Nice to meet you. Can I call you Joe?"...
The Vice-Presidential Debate: Video     Transcript     Scorecard     Fact Check
Piggy Pols in Hog Heaven with Pork-Packed Pact
by Daphne Retter
Stuffed into the 451- page bill are more than $1.7 billion worth of targeted tax breaks to be doled out for a sty full of eyebrow-raising purposes over the next decade. "This is how Washington works," said Keith Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington research group. "A big pot of pork is their recipe for final passage." The special provisions include tax breaks for: * Manufacturers of kids' wooden arrows - $6 million. * Puerto Rican and Virgin Is- lands rum producers - $192 million. * Wool research. * Auto-racing tracks - $128 million. * Corporations operating in American Samoa - $33 million. * Small- to medium-budget film and television productions - $10 million.
More: 230 Economists Oppose Bailout     How Your House Rep Voted     Tell Your Rep/Senator What You Think
Vatican Official Attacks U.S. Democrats as "Party of Death"
by Phil Stweart
...[Archbishop] Burke’s criticism isn’t limited to Democrats. Last year, he accused singer Sheryl Crow of being “a high profile proponent of the destruction of innocent lives” for defending a woman’s right to have an abortion and for being a proponent of stem cell research. He resigned as head of a children’s medical charity that featured the singer for a benefit concert...
The Obama Channel
by Ben Smith
...The satellite channel is the latest of these marginal gambits: Three readers from different parts of the country email that Channel 073-00 on the Dish Network is now labeled OBAMA. ("What is up with Sen. Obama having his own channel?" asks a St. Louis reader.) The channel plays his two-minute ad laying out his economic plan on a loop, over and over...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

America's Nervous Breakdown - and the World's
by Victor Davis Hanson
...The natural order of the world is chaos, not calm. Like it or not, for over a half-century the United States alone restrained nuclear bullies, kept the sea lanes free from outlaws and corralled rogue nations...Should that heart of American financial power in New York falter -- or even appear to falter -- then eventually the sinews of the American military will likewise slacken. And then things [around the world] could get ugly -- real fast.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Sarah Palin Interview You Probably Missed  
The Hugh Hewitt Show
...HH: Now Governor, the Gibson and the Couric interview struck many as sort of pop quizzes designed to embarrass you as opposed to interviews. Do you share that opinion?
SP: Well, I have a degree in journalism also, so it surprises me that so much has changed since I received my education in journalistic ethics all those years ago. But I’m not going to pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful...
Pelosi Paid Husband with PAC Funds
by Jennifer Haberkorn
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she voted to ban last year...