Wednesday’s Hero: SSgt. Salvatore Giunta

Via Right Wing and Right Minded:

SSgt. Salvatore Giunta
25 years old from Ceder Rapid, Iowa
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

Yesterday, SSgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living recipient of the Medal Of Honor since the Vietnam War.

From the official citation:

Then-Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself by acts of gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan on October 25, 2007. When an insurgent force ambush split Specialist Giunta’s squad into two groups, he exposed himself to enemy fire to pull a comrade back to cover. Later, while engaging the enemy and attempting to link up with the rest of his squad, Specialist Giunta noticed two insurgents carrying away a fellow soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other, and provided medical aid to his wounded comrade while the rest of his squad caught up and provided security. His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.”

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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The GOP Announces Its New Leadership Posts

Freshman Elected Leadership Representative: Kristi Noem of South Dakota

GOP.Gov welcomes its new leaders:

Rep. John Boehner (OH), the former GOP House Minority Leader, was elected to be the next Speaker of the House.

Rep. Eric Cantor (VA), the former House Minority Whip, was elected to the post of House Majority Leader.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA) was elected to the post of House Majority Whip.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX) was elected to the post of House Republican Conference Chairman.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) was re-elected as Vice-Chair of the House Republican Conference

Rep. Pete Sessions (TX) was re-elected as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee

Rep. Tom Price (GA) was re-elected as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.

Rep. John Carter (TX) was re-elected as House Republican Conference Secretary

Freshman Elected Leadership Representative: Kristi Noem of South Dakota

Freshman Elected Leadership Representative: Tim Scott of South Carolina

 

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House Dems Vote To Keep Pelosi as Their Leader, 150-43

photo credit: Reuters

To the delight of Republicans everywhere, Pelosi will continue to be the face of the Democrat party:

House Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi to remain as their leader Wednesday despite massive party losses in this month’s congressional elections that prompted some lawmakers to call for new leadership.

Pelosi, the nation’s first female House speaker, will become minority leader when Republicans assume the majority in the new Congress in January.

She defeated moderate Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, 150-43, in secret balloting in a lengthy closed-door gathering of House Democrats in the Capitol.

Our friends at Citizens United have created some fine videos to mark the occasion. Here’s the first of three in a series, “In the Doghouse:

Citizens United’s David Bossie asks: A worse holiday gift: Pelosi or fruitcake?

The decision by House Democrats to anoint Nancy Pelosi their leader once again is the equivalent of giving the American people a fruitcake for the holidays.  And let’s face it — nobody really wants a fruitcake! 

Which is exactly why Republicans should be thrilled. The fact is that Pelosi is reviled by most Americans. As John Avlon noted at the Daily Beast:

In August of 2008—at the height of Obama-mania—Pelosi sold just 2,737 copies of her book Know Your Power in its first week of release (by comparison, George W. Bush sold 220,000 books in its first day). Upon achieving unified control of Washington that fall, Pelosi led congressional Democrats to misinterpret the 2008 elections as an ideological mandate and proceeded to over-reach, provoking this year’s broad backlash.

Before the midterms, Pelosi’s favorability among independent voters was down to 21 percent. Rasmussen measured Pelosi’s polarization by finding that only 16 percent of Americans have a “very favorable” rating of her while 52 percent have a “very unfavorably rating”—she is broadly and deeply unpopular, with a narrow base of support.

Pelosi was a national negative factor in this year’s campaign—the GOP ran an astounding 161,203 ads attacking her in 2010, costing an estimated $65 million, according to a new study commissioned by CNN. This isn’t a sign that Republicans are “scared” of Nancy Pelosi, as some might try to spin—it’s evidence that the GOP wants to run against her. It’s worth considering that the most anti-Pelosi ads ran in the purple state of Pennsylvania, where five House Democrats went down to defeat. She has a demonstrated capacity to alienate the swing voters who decide elections.

While Pelosi’s continued leadership is a gift for the Republican party….Citizens United is correct in saying that she’s an “unwanted fruitcake” for the American people. Two more years of her “San Fransisco values”  is not what this country needs.

Part 2: (starring Alexa Shrugged) Recurring Nightmare – Nancy Pelosi Fruitcake 2

Part 3: Nervous Breakdown – Nancy Pelosi Fruitcake 3



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Video: Allen West Enters The Congressional Black Caucus Building

Freshman FL congressman, Col.  Allen West has been making public his  intention of joining the CBC, since he was elected last month.

He told The Hill, yesterday:

“There are two criteria to be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus — you must be black and you must be a member of Congress, and when I woke up this morning, I think I met both of those criteria,” West told The Hill on Tuesday. “So I will be joining.”

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Last month, CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) seemed to imply that West might not be allowed to join based on his policy positions.

“Our agenda is about lifting people out of poverty, providing middle-class tax cuts, supporting climate-change legislation,” she told The Economist. “Do [incoming black Republicans] embrace this agenda?”

Last week, the CBC walked back Lee’s statement, announcing that Republicans wishing to join the group “will be welcomed.”

Two black Republicans were elected to the House in the midterms election: West and Rep.-elect Tim Scott (S.C.). They’re the first black Republicans to win seats in the chamber since Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) retired in 2003.

West said he’s scheduled “to have a chat” with Lee this week.

“There’s a planning meeting tomorrow that I’ll try to go in,” West said.

West took questions from reporters Lauren Victoria Burke and Ben Evans as he arrived to enter the  CBC Meeting at noon sharp.

Crew of 42 reports:

He was there at noon sharp (just like a good military guy…) to meet with his fellow CBC members.  However the meeting will be late because the House Democratic Caucus is doing their leadership elections.

Part 2 of the exclusive interview, here.

Can the Democratic CBC members talk in front of Republican West? All that and more in Part 3, here.

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The Lame Duck Is Waddling…Melt The Phones! (UPDATED)

Michelle Malkin is alerting readers to three lame duck measures Congress is voting on, today:
S.3815 – Promoting Natural Gas and Electric Vehicles Act of 2010:A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce oil consumption and improve energy security, and for other purposes.

The bill is laden with handouts to promote vehicles powered by natural gas and electric. And to pay for this corporate welfare, the bill would call for an increase to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund tax from $.08 per barrel to $0.21 per barrel.

S.510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply

A far-reaching food safety bill that could give the government more power to prevent foodborne illnesses has become a target of advocates for buying food produced locally. They worry the legislation’s safety requirements could force small farms out of business. The opposition of these “locavores” – advocates for buying food directly from the farm or closer to home – and owners of small farms has become a sticking point in the Senate, which was to vote Wednesday on whether to consider the bill. Supporters will need 60 votes to proceed on the bill because Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has objected, saying the legislation’s $1.4 billion cost isn’t paid for.

S.3772 – Paycheck Fairness Act: A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.

Women in the workplace don’t face rampant pay discrimination, and yet the Senate may soon pass a bill—already passed in the House—premised on the erroneous charge that they do. The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) would be a harmful addition to the many federal laws that already protect women and men from labor-market discrimination.

You can read more about the bills at Michelle Malkin.

(Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121)
View on C-Span2 or online here

UPDATE:

Michelle Malkin: Stop the illegal alien student bailout: DREAM Act target list; Plus: Sen. Sessions’ critical alert

As I told you yesterday and as I’ve been telling you for, oh, years, the shamnesty crowd is counting on open-borders Republicans to drag the DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout across the legislative finish line.

Here’s a handy phone list of target Senate Republicans. Use and share:

Sen. Murkowski of Alaska 202-224-6665
907-271-3735

Sen. Lugar of Indiana 202-224-4814
317-226-5555

Sen. Brownback of Kansas 202-224-6521
785-233-2503

Sen. Voinovich of Ohio 202-224-3353
614-469-6697

Sen. LeMeiux of Florida 202-224-3041
904-398-8586

Sen. Collins of Maine 202-224-2523
207-945-0417

Sen. Snowe of Maine 202-224-5344
207-874-0883

Sen. Brown of Massachusetts 202-224-4543
617-565-3170

Sen. Johanns of Nebraska 202-224-4224
402-758-8981

Sen. Gregg of New Hampshire 202-224-3324
603-225-7115

Sen. Hutchison of Texas 202-224-5922
214-361-3500

Sen. McCain of Arizona 202-224-2235
480-897-6289

Hat tip: Smart Girl Politics

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Roger Ailes Unleashed

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I’m gonna have to call this Howard Kurtz interview of Roger Ailes at The Daily Beast, the read ‘o the day.  Ailes’ conservative take on the President, Beck, Hannity, Olbermann, News Corp’s political donations, and more has some great quotable quotes.

Here’s a snippet:

The age of Obama has provided a ratings boost for Fox News as its loudest personalities have relished the opportunity to play offense. Critics, of course, view Fox as an unabashed cheerleader for the Republican Party, an evil media empire spewing propaganda and misinformation at a gullible audience.

But Roger Ailes says his network is just reflecting reality when it comes to the White House.

“The president has not been very successful,” the Fox News chairman says in a lengthy interview. “He just got kicked from Mumbai to South Korea, and he came home and attacked Republicans for it. He had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with.”

The 70-year-old Ailes, dressed in a lavender shirt and tie, goes on in this vein, saying the network isn’t singling out Obama for criticism but that its style “tends to be more direct” in challenging presidents. Then he offers this observation about Obama:

“He just has a different belief system than most Americans.”

That seems a rather loaded phrase—different belief system—even if you strongly disagree with most of Obama’s policies. It fits the view of those who are trying to paint the president as being outside the mainstream. But from the big second-floor office at Fox’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters, it’s the rest of the media that are using a distorted lens.

“He’s had 3,000 press secretaries since he got into office,” Ailes says of Obama, but these days, “he’s making it harder for the press to make him look good… When the press falls in love, they fall in love hard. They’re like teenagers in love. It’s like the old Frankie Lymon song, ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love?’”

Read all three pages of part one of the interview. More from “Chairman Roger”, tomorrow.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

 

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Boehner Files Court Brief Challenging Constitutionality of ObamaCare…

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Was this expected? Because it took me by surprise...what wonderful news:

Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, filed an amicus brief Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the health care law passed by Democrats earlier this year.

“ObamaCare is a job-killer, and our economy simply cannot afford this unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab by the federal government,” Boehner stated Tuesday evening. “That is why Republicans will continue standing with the American people and fighting to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with better solutions put forth in the Pledge to America to lower health care costs and protect American jobs.”

Boehner’s amicus brief was filed in support of a lawsuit brought by 20 state attorneys general and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the nation’s largest small business association. The brief seeks to overturn what Boehner says is a “government takeover of health care that is costing jobs, increasing costs, and jeopardizing coverage for millions of Americans.”

“I’m proud to join these states and the NFIB in their ongoing effort to overturn this job-killing health care law and protect American workers from its devastating impact.”  Boehner said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to file a similar  brief later this week.

It gets better:

Republican aides privately speculate that Boehner could use the first bill of the next session of Congress to repeal health care.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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