Smart Girl Summit 2011 Random Photos

I’m back in KC after spending the a busy and fun weekend in St. Louis for Smart Girl Summit 2011,  featuring Phyllis Schlafly, Deneen Borelli,  MO Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Ann Wagner, Wisconsin Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, and Herman Cain, as well as big name pundits like Dana Loesch, Andrew Breitbart, Jim Hoft, and more.

While my videos of the speeches are uploading,  I thought I’d share a few pictures I took during the weekend.

Friday:

In the bloggers lounge, (sponsored by Freedomworks and Freedomconnector), Friday afternoon:

Glen Asbury with Molly Teichman, Political Mommentary

FTR Radio row

Friday Evening

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Your Sunday Hymn: How Blest Are They

Sung Exquisitely by the St. Augustine Singers:

How Blest Are They by Tchaikovsky – Sung by the St. Augustine Singers at Cathedral Basilica Church, St. Augustine, Florida on September 7, 2007.

Smart Girl Summit 2011

Smart Girl Summit 2011 is taking place in St. Louis, MO, this weekend featuring Phyllis Schlafly, Deneen Borelli, Rep Thaddeus McCotter, MO Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Ann Wagner, Wisconsin Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, and more. Live streaming action, here.

Speaking at the banquet Friday night was VA candidate for Senate, Tea party organizer, Jaime Radtke, followed by Andrew Breitbart.

St. Louis radio talk show host, Big Journalism editor, and nationally known pundit, Dana Loesch emceed the banquet. In the wake of the latest news coming out of Washington, she made the point that we criticize the GOP “because we care”:

More video to come.

SEE ALSO:

Video: Andrew Breitbart’s Speech at Smart Girl Summit 2011

Video: Herman Cain at Smart Girl Politics, 2011: “This Economy Doesn’t Need Compromise, It Needs An Injection!”

Linked by The Other McCain and Reboot Congress, thanks!

 

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Rigid, Inflexible Ideologue Pushes Us Closer To Financialgeddon!

We been hearing a lot about inflexible ideologues holding us hostage over this debt ceiling “crisis”, and how childish they are, and how they are terrorists who are taking hostages as part of this process.

Yesterday, they struck again.

It really is amazing just how small of stature some people are.  It must be difficult in among the shadows who are leading from behind with a plan that they dare not clearly present for fear of rejection, and it must be even harder for poor little Harry.  Am I the only one who thinks that without the shoes he clearly has trouble filling, no one would give him another thought five minutes after he speaks?

Reid, Then And Now, + The Very Latest In The Debt Ceiling Fight — UPDATE: House Passes Boehner debt bill 218 to 210

Harry Reid last December:

“I want the Republicans to have some buy-in on the debt,” he said. “They’re going to have a majority in the House. I think they should have some kind of a buy-in on the debt. I don’t think it should be when we have a heavily Democratic Senate, a heavily Democratic House and a Democratic president.”

The tax cut bill was probably the only vehicle by which Dems could have averted a filibuster and raised the debt ceiling this year. That ship has sailed, so now the question is whether Democrats will let Republicans set the terms of the debt ceiling debate next year. Republicans have been very clear that they’ll try to use the threat of a default to force spending cuts. Reid seems awfully eager call soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner’s bluff and watch him squirm.

Harry Reid today:

“Obvious what is being done in the House is not compromise. It is being jammed through with all kinds of non-transparent dealings, people shuffling in and out of the Republican Leader’s office. We’re recognizing that the only compromise that there is, is mine,” Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said.

Boehner may be squirming, a little, but so is the frustrated (and clearly delusional) Reid, and Obama, whose poll numbers have been dropping like a rock since the debt ceiling fight began.

Obama is basically flacking for the liberal Democrats in Congress right now. They want to run on ever-increasing government spending; they will not countenance a cut.

But Obama’s political best play is not the same as theirs. These Congressional liberals come from blue states and super-liberal districts; they’re not running in a national election, in a country that prioritizes spending cuts over most other agenda items.

In these circumstances, it may be best to do as the Tea Party Brinskmanship Brigade advises and just slow play this, letting Obama bleed and bleed, until he breaks with liberal Congressmen and starts negotiating something closer to the Republican position.

Meanwhile….Senate Republicans Give Speaker John Boehner a Standing Ovation

Today Senate Republicans gave the conservative Speaker a standing ovation.
ABC Newsreported:

Speaker of the House John Boehner just quietly ventured over to the Senate side and dropped in on a closed lunch of Senate Republicans.

The lunch – pizza, again – was in the Strom Thurmond room.

I am told Boehner got a standing ovation from his Senate Republican colleagues.

And the “adult in the room”  has summoned his flying monkeys on Twitter to bombard congressional Republicans with Tweets:

President Obama declared a Twitter war on Republican lawmakers today through his online account, @barackobama – just moments after telling the nation it was time to move beyond politics.

“The time for putting party first is over,” Obama wrote on his Twitter account. “If you want to see bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email. Tweet.”

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Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was one of the targets of the attack. He sent a reply via twitter:

“@BarackObama thinks this is all about him, but it’s not,” the senator’s tweet read.

Sessions then referred his followers to video of a speech he delivered earlier today in the Senate chamber:

This is about America, and what’s good for this country,” Sessions said. “It’s not about the president. It’s not about politics.”

Many Twitter users have expressed disgust that @barackobama would do something so partisan just a few hours  after delivering a statement calling for bipartisanship.

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Moody’s Investors Service said today it expects the U.S. will get to keep its Aaa credit rating, “albeit with a shift to a negative outlook,” provided Congress and the White House can work out a deal to avoid missing payments to U.S. bondholders.

Moody’s launched a review of the U.S. credit rating on July 13, as the fight over how to raise the current $14.3 trillion federal borrowing limit was starting to heat up. Moody’s review will finish when the debt limit is extended “for more than a short period of time,” the company said. That line gives some ammunition to Democrats and President Barack Obama, who have said any debt deal should lift the borrowing cap through the end of 2012.

Advantage: Obama and Reid. The silver lining for Republicans is that Moody’s also said it only cares about payments related to the debt service when assessing “default.” Since Treasury will have plenty of revenue to cover that, default isn’t happening.

Update: Boehner’s unloading on President Present in his floor speech. “Put something on the table! Tell us where you are!”

Update: They’ve got until Monday to hammer out a deal, right? Wrong. According to The Hill, for procedural reasons the real deadline is … tomorrow.

CSPAN live feed of the floor speeches, here.

A visualization of the US debt, here.

The House just passed the Boehner debt bill 218 to 210.  Reid and the Senate up next. http://mrkt.ms/nokV23

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Speaking of which…Paul Ryan trashed Reid’s proposal on the House floor, today:

Via Gateway Pundit: Terrific!… Conservative Paul Ryan Destroys Harry Reid’s Fiscal Fantasy Budget (Video)

Turning a Yawning Chasm into a Growing Gulf

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

-Johnny Rotten, at the close of the last Sex Pistols concert.

I’m starting to feel this way every single day.

 Each day, the cries that people who are rejecting or have rejected the status quo “Are stupid, insane, or my personal favorite, “handing the election to Obama” because they just don’t see the wisdom in any debt ceiling fix that gives more spenditol to the hopelessly addicted in D.C. without honest, true (not gimmicky) and most importantly immediate cuts to the Federal Government’s spending grow louder, and I find myself growing more annoyed with people I have more similarities than differences with, not because of the differences, but because their inability to convince me that the compromise they are rallying behind will prevent the calamity they fear has driven them to derision, name-calling, insults, and questioning our patriotism.  In other words, they are acting like the Democrats do when we tell them “No.” too.

Whether it’s the New York Times’ favorite “maverick” referring to the Tea Party as Hobbits, and claiming that “Others know better” than the Tea Party Freshmen in the Congress, or people I respect telling me in serial FB postings that anyone who isn’t for Boehner’s plan to raise the credit limit again in exchange for promises to make some piddling cuts at some time that history tells us will never be made anyway, and then bring us back to this point yet again during election season is the same as a Democrat such as the President, contempt is the tune played with the complete expectation that we will dance, and its put me into a position I never wanted to be in.  I’m being pushed into declaring for the Tea Party.

It isn’t that I had any particular beef with the Tea Party.  My objections have really been more dealing with the movement’s long-term prospects.  As I said to a Republican Tea Party basher on FB:

‎1. I am not a Tea Party member. I enjoyed the fact that it was grassroots and genuine. I never signed on, because I knew that it was destined to be co-opted or marginalized because it threatened the political establishment and their power base.
2. Your willingness to appoint them with a responsibility to “shut people up” chills me a bit. The appeal of the tea party was a central message, and the ability for people who had felt marginalized or removed from the mainstream political process to participate and bring some of their own ideas to the fore. A “leadership” would be counter to that idea.
3. Much of what I’ve feared has come to pass…a degree of co-opting, both actual, and presumed by those for whom it would be handy to do so, and marginalization…by a corrupt media that needed a group of “extremists”, and a political establishment that needed a boogeyman to save us from.
4. And even though I don’t agree with a lot of them, I’d rather have a political system that doesn’t “silence” the fringes, or anything outside the mainstream, largely because I firmly believe that we HAVE to trust the people, in the firm knowledge that they are going to make mistakes (Thanks, 52%ers!) or that none of this political system means anything and we can simply officially appoint those who presume to be our betters as such, and dispense with the charade.

And how did we arrive at this point, anyway?  Really, before we entrust these responsible stewards of the public purse with the ability to spend even more money, isn’t that a question we all should be asking?  If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result, then the “compromise” they are offering doesn’t make any damn sense.

The Tea Party owes its existence to government’s reckless and irresponsible spending, and the way that government demonstrated its feeling of entitlement to not only continue spending more money than it takes in, but to continually increase this spending in order to mitigate the consequences of really poor decisions. (Too Big To Fail, anyone?)

It was a terrific thing to behold as it gathered steam, because people who had never given politics a second thought, or only considered it when filling out a ballot were now looking at the ways their elected officials had squandered their trust, and enhanced their own power and finances at the expense of our own personal sovereignty and wallet.  They had realized that government by the professional and the expert first benefits the professional and the expert, and then trickles down only to the extent that doing so will also benefit the professional and the expert.  But this newfound clarity threatens not just the chattering class, whose false narratives and very selective reporting kept the majority of the nation slumbering and dreaming dreams in which every man woman and child was a lottery winner, and never had to be asked to pay for the welfare state that continued to grow in its quest to provide for them from cradle to grave, and so the new narrative began, about these “extremists” who opposed what government hath wrought not because it stifled freedom and opportunity, and confiscated wealth on an enormous scale to redistribute it to others who did nothing to earn it , but because they were “racists who didn’t want a black President to succeed.”  They were haters, who if given an opportunity to do so, would commit unspeakable acts of violence against those who disagreed with them, even kill them if they thought it necessary. 

It was certainly a surprise to the everyday mothers, fathers, grandpas, and grandmas who came to the rallies, and participated in the peaceful protests.  It was a surprise to those who came to townhalls to confront their elected officials about the trust that they so casually abused, only to find themselves shouted down, disrespected, and questioned by their public servants, and their supporters, many of whom freely feed at the public trough.  I know many people who consider themselves part of the Tea Party, one of who graciously lets me co-blog with her when I get the urge to speak up, and the media portrayals of them couldn’t be farther from the truth.  And as irritating as that is, its ok.  One of the things that came clear during the emergence of the Tea Party and the rush of the legacy media to portray them as unhinged extremists is the fact that the self-appointed cognoscenti were defending a power base, and the shriller the denunciations, the more obvious it became to observers that the media members, and their patrons in the Democratic Party were the ones standing naked while commenting to each other about their resplendent wardrobes.  The more they condescended, complained, and projected, the more hollow their lofty pronouncements rang.

And it had a result, as the elections of 2010 proved, and the consequence was a series of election gains in the House of Representatives that completely changed the make up of that body. 

Now we find ourselves facing yet another crisis.  Another in a string of crises that miraculously can only be solved by the federal government spending more money that it does not have, to pay for consequences that it bears the responsibility for.  The only truly good comparison that I can think of is the domestic violence victim who keeps going back to her abuser, because he promises that this time, things will be different…after he tells her that it is her fault that he beats her.  We keep going back, and if we hesitate, we’re told to “get our asses back in line.”  And for all the noise about the approaching deadline, “inflexible ideologues”, and swift and certain financialgeddon, and the absolute and positive need to address this RIGHT NOW, OR ELSE!  and the only option, no matter how it is dressed up, is to increase the credit limit now, and make cuts later, or whenever they can get around to it, if they feel like it, and the moon is in the right phase, with the only real distinctions being how much, and whether or not the timing is politically beneficial to one side or the other, several key facts and follow-up questions keep getting lost.

1.  We actually hit the debt ceiling in May of this year.  In all the hysteria, hyperventilation, finger-pointing, and name-calling, that fact seems to get lost.  One might ask how this got to be a “crisis”, considering the fact that it couldn’t have been a surprise.

2.  The US’s credit rating has already been downgraded.  While I don’t expect it to be a harmless event if the other rating agencies follow, I also noted that the sky didn’t fall, and I didn’t have to take a wheelbarrow full of $100,000.00 bills to the Safeway to buy a loaf of bread after it happened. 

4.  The Democrats have not passed a budget since 2009, despite the fact that it is one of Congress’ duties.  This works to their advantage.  No budget means no parameters on spending.  Anything goes until you hit the ceiling.  Besides, they were too busy with Spendulous, Cash for Clunkers, and Obamacare to actually attend to their duties.  And who do you think you are for asking pointed questions about it anyway, peasant?

5.  Do your creditors maintain your credit score when your debt to income ratio is already too high and you decide that you can and should borrow more?   So why should we believe that a government that is characterized by an abject avoidance of restraint when it comes to spending the public’s money will not suffer the same fate when if they pass a bill that bumps out that limit, and purports to address a portion of the spending problem, somehow, some way, some time?  It would be like believing that the chronic alcoholic will be ok if the bartender doesn’t serve him the last two shots he’s used to downing nightly; the real problem is in the 5 shots he was served before.  And yet the Tea Party is now the enemy of America, and actively working for the re-election of Barack Obama for recognizing that what is being offered and discussed is a “more of the same” of what we’ve had before, and declining to go along with it.

6.  Teh Fred! and others keep crowing about a victory in shifting the conversation away from tax increases, and demanding we take that, and ignore the fact that even with the “cuts” being proposed, the leviathan that is Fedzilla still grows.   More and more people are getting clued in to the magical growth formula in government accounting based on premise that Zero = Last Year’s Budget.  Taxes weren’t negotiable because despite what Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi believe, this was NEVER a revenue problem; it is a spending problem, and taking away what never should have been on the table to begin with, and then rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic will not prevent a really, really cold swim.

It comes down to this:  Government Spending first empowers the government.  Democrats have known this for years, and used it to their advantage to cultivate a block of constituents beholden to them for their sustenance due to the advent of multigenerational welfare, and they have carefully nurtured it until we have reached a point where nearly 50% of the citizens in this country don’t have any of the precious “skin in the game” that the Teleprompter President likes to babble on about, because they pay no taxes.   They have no intention of changing this state of affairs.  TPOTUS himself has all but admitted that his idea of “shared sacrifice” is that the people who are paying the check need to pay even more.   The real-life warnings that the failed welfare states of Europe pose do nothing to change any of this.  They will spend it, even when they don’t have it, and they will do anything for their fix.  If unchecked, this can only end one way.

Get used to scenes like these, because if we don’t address the festering sore that is Federal Spending now, we lose choices. There won’t be an option that helps Granny get the check that the Federal Government has no business paying her. The government will probably not have the ability to perform its enumerated duties, let alone pay for mohair subsidies, studies on the flow rate of catsup, or refurbishing mosques in foreign countries.   This nonsense cannot be sustained.  Enacting special welfare and calling it general welfare is a path to ruin.  Growing a federal bureaucracy that must continue to worm its tentacles further and further into all aspects life and business in order to justify itself is not conducive the maintenance of freedom and liberty.  This is what “go along to get along” has gotten us…legions of experts who prove day in and day out that there is no problem that government cannot create, and then make worse with its “solutions”.  Learned professionals without any practical experience who pass laws and regulations without a thought to the cost that it imposes on those who they would regulate, because they only choose to see what they have done as a goal that they have fulfilled.

We aren’t stupid for deciding that more of the same isn’t a serious answer.

We’re not unpatriotic for not trusting a professional political class peopled by Republicans as well as Democrats when they tell me that if we just do this for them this time, then they can get majorities in the next election and things will be different.  Tell it to Newt Gingrich.  We’ve swallowed that turd sandwich before.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

And calling me a Hobbit because I see the snare and refuse to step into it doesn’t change my mind or my heart in the Reagan tradition.  It just tells me that you know you’re more concerned with your power than you are for the future of this country, and that lacking a convincing argument, you believe that I’m as willing to compromise as you are, in the pursuit of being loved, of course.  Just ask “the maverick”.

My friends…

No thanks. The madness can’t continue if enough people just opt out.

Video: Jeff Sessions Sticks Up For The Tea Party – “They Didn’t Start The Fire”

Via RCP, Senator Sessions, (R-Alabama) in a heart-felt speech on the Senate floor, stood up for tea partiers against attacks from Democrats and some Republicans (RINOS), and called Harry Reid’s bill “a hoax”.

Democrats campaigned for control of Washington and they chose, in a time of fiscal crisis, not to engage the budget process in a serious way. In fact, Senate Democrats are apparently so determined to avoid the public budget process that the Reid bill even includes language designed to circumvent that process for two more years. So you’ll forgive me if I’m a little perturbed by all these attacks on the Tea Party. They didn’t start the fire—they sounded the alarm.

Before last election, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, every conversation was about increasing spending. Congress passed the stimulus, it passed the president’s massive new health care entitlement, it passed the president’s requests for extraordinary increases in discretionary spending—a 24 percent increase over the last two years. We’ve added $4 trillion to our gross debt since the president took office. Just in the time since Senate Democrats last passed a budget, we’ve spent more than $7 trillion.

These are the facts.

But, after the 2010 election, and the emergence of the Tea Party, we finally started to look at Washington’s spending problem. Now, instead of just raising the debt ceiling with no spending cuts—as the White House initially and repeatedly demanded—we’re trying to cut spending. People in the Tea Party, and those who share their concerns, should not be vilified. They are good, decent, patriotic Americans whose only crime is rightly fearing for the future of this nation.

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Please let this not be true…

The Right Scoop: Boehner working on another secret compromise with Obama?

Gateway Pundit: FEARMONGER FRIDAY: Obama Administration Will Announce Which Bills Will Be Paid, Which Not, After Markets Close on Friday

Freedom’s Lighthouse: Obama Press Secretary Issues Ominous Statement if No Debt Limit Deal is Reached: “We have no other alternative, we have to take action to ensure that we do not default” – Video 7/28/11

Hat tip: Brian B.

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Thursday Quick Links Debt Ceiling Edition

GOP Rep. Paul Ryan Makes the Case for the “Boehner Debt Limit Plan” – Video 7/27/11

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Hot Air: All 53 Senate Dems sign letter to Boehner: Your bill will never pass

As Paul Ryan noted, these are cuts that Democrats have previously agreed to.

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The Right Scoop: Michelle Malkin to DC: We will not sit down and shut up! No more!

Michelle Malkin was awesome tonight, delivering a healthy serving of smackdown to the DC establishment folks. Here’s the money line:

It’s bad enough that you have the entire leftist establishment and Democrat Party leadership likening the Tea Party activists, grass-roots, dedicated fiscal conservatives out there who’ve been holding both party’s feet to the fire, and then having them smeared as terrorists and hostage-takers and people who are pointing the gun to the head of America. Look, it’s Washington that has pointed a gun to the head, not just of taxpayers but of future generations. That’s what we’re fighting for. We’re fighting on principle and there are elites in Washington that would rather have us, as they have always had us do, sit down and shut up. No more!

Video at link.

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Rush on the same page:

Mediaite: Rush Limbaugh Continues Warning GOP Not To Compromise, Asks Why Obama Never Has To

Video at link.

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Hot Air: IBD: Boehner 1.1 beats nothing at all:

As John Boehner attempts to whip his caucus for a vote this morning on version 1.1 of his debt-ceiling bill, the Speaker gets some support from Investors Business Daily.  It’s not enthusiastic support, mind you, but IBD’s editors seem to feel that the only thing worse than passion Boehner 1.1 is not passing Boehner 1.1:

President Obama may not have a plan for resolving the debt crisis, but he definitely has a goal — to shift blame for the lousy economy onto Republicans’ shoulders. Above all else, the GOP must not let that happen.

When House Speaker John Boehner released his latest plan to cut spending in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, attacks from Obama and his fellow Democrats were to be expected.

The attacks from the GOP side, however, are short-sighted at best. They risk giving Obama what he wants more than anything — a way to weasel out of responsibility for the economic mess his policies have produced.

As Charles Krauthammer did on Wednesday, the conservative IBD editorial board urges Republicans to take a long view…

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RCP: Rep. Ellison To Obama: Just Raise The Debt Limit:

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) tells President Obama to use the “constitutional option” and raise the debt ceiling on his own.

Video at link.

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Political Ticker: Bachmann warns of ‘dictator’ Obama:

“It’s Congress that does the spending. The president is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that he would effectively be a dictator,” the Minnesota Congresswoman said Thursday on CNN’s “American Morning.” “There would be no reason for Congress to even come to Washington, D.C. He would be making the spending decisions … Clearly that’s unconstitutional.”

Video at link.

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Story Balloon: This Day In History. 14th Amendment Adopted Into The Constitution.

In light of Obama’s itchy finger on the debt ceiling and calls for Barry to use the 14th amendment.. I figured this was worth pointing out.

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National Journal: Boehner Measures Support for Republican Plan, Headed for Evening Vote:

In the high-stakes effort to reduce the federal deficit and raise the debt ceiling, House Republicans drew from a famous Notre Dame football pre-game tradition behind closed doors on Thursday before a potential cliffhanger vote on Speaker John Boehner’s plan. Several attendees described the session as a pep rally of sorts as Boehner sought support to pass his bill.

“Let’s go out there and kick the —- out of them!” shouted Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., according to lawmakers in the room. Members said Kelly brought a Notre Dame football sign reminiscent of the “Play Like A Champion” banner the college players slap before hitting the gridiron.

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AP: S&P official: Credible deficit cuts being proposed

The head of a top credit rating agency says some of the deficit-cutting plans Congress is considering could lower the U.S. debt burden to a level that would allow the country to keep its triple-A credit rating.

Standard & Poor’s President Deven Sharma told a congressional panel Wednesday that previous reports indicating Congress would need to make $4 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years to retain the top credit rating were inaccurate.

Sharma declined to be specific over how much deficit cutting would be needed to win S&P’s approval. But he said some of the plans being discussed were in the range of what the agency thinks would be necessary for a credible attack on the U.S. deficit problems.

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Katie Pavlich, Townhall: Obama Talked About “Gun Tracing” in 2009:

…President Obama specifically asked Eric Holder to do a “complete review” of “current gun enforcement operations,” in April 2009, yet Eric Holder and President Obama deny they authorized or knew anything specific about Operation Fast and Furious until 2011? It seems too “coincidental” that the President of the United States was talking about “ballistics and gun tracing” in April 2009, when Operation Fast and Furious started in Fall 2009, especially when the agencies he listed in the 2009 press conference, DHS, DOJ, ATF, “everybody involved,” match up with Newell’s admission about which agencies came up with the idea for Fast and Furious in the first place, which included, as stated above, DEA, IRS, ATF, DHS, and the Obama DOJ.

Watch video of Obama presser from 4/2009 at link.

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Left-Wing Institute for Civil Discourse: Video: Code Pinko, Medea Benjamin Harasses “War Criminal” John Bolton Outside Congressional Building

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Jihad Watch: Egypt: Muslims attack Christians over the installation of a church bell

“Muslim Attack on Christians in Egypt Provoked By Installation of Church Bell,” by Mary Abdelmassih for the Assyrian International News Agency, July 28:

(AINA) — An exchange of harsh words on July 25 between Ruth, a Christian woman, and Gassem Fouad, a Muslim man who had parked his tricycle in front of her home, escalated into assault by the man on Ruth and other Christian villagers, and the arrest of one Copt. After Ruth, who is 5 months pregnant, was assaulted, a Muslim mob waited for Coptic farmers to return from the fields, where they were intercepted and beaten with iron rods and pipes.

Security forces managed to contain the situation.

Six Christians, including Ruth and her sister-in-law Hannan, were hospitalized with concussions, head injuries and broken limbs. No Muslim was injured.

Meanwhile,  the US is helping Muslim Egyptians refurbish their Mosques with millions in taxpayer dollars.

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Ann Coulter, Human Events: New York Times Reader Kills Dozens in Norway:

True, in one lone entry on Breivik’s gaseous 1,500-page manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” he calls himself “Christian.” But unfortunately he also uses a great number of other words to describe himself, and these other words make clear that he does not mean “Christian” as most Americans understand the term. (Incidentally, he also cites The New York Times more than a half-dozen times.)

Had anyone at the Times actually read Breivik’s manifesto, they would have seen that he uses the word “Christian” as a handy moniker to mean “European, non-Islamic” — not a religious Christian or even a vague monotheist. In fact, at several points in his manifesto, Breivik stresses that he has a beef with Christians for their soft-heartedness. (I suppose that’s why the Times is never worried about a “Christian backlash.”)

A casual perusal of Breivik’s manifesto clearly shows that he uses the word “Christian” similarly to the way some Jewish New Yorkers use it to mean “non-Jewish.” In this usage, Christopher Hitchens and Madalyn Murray O’Hair are “Christians.”

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Michelle Malkin: Report: Another jihadist plot against American soldiers on American soil; Alert gun dealer, local police blew the whistle:

At least one U.S. military serviceman has been arrested after raising concerns over another possible attack on Fort Hood, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody there. Authorities, however, will not say if Abdo is the one who raised security concerns.

Abdo was allegedly found with explosives and jihadist materials at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual.

Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner: An Officer and Gentleman:

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., is an officer and a gentleman, a career soldier elected to Congress in the 2010 midterms.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is a shrew and a feminist (perhaps we repeat ourselves), and also a demagogue, fond of blaming her foes for wanting to starve little children.

When she attacked West last week when he was not in the chamber, it set off a clash of two worlds. Wasserman Schultz belongs to (and is stuck in) the mid-1970s, steeped in the brews of groupthink and victimhood, believing pro-lifers wage wars against women and that pro-life women aren’t “women” at all.

West hails from any time between the Crusades and the late 19th century, and is the kind of officer played in films by Sean Connery, rash now and then, and quick on the trigger, but respected and loved by his men.

He descends from the honor code of the warrior, in which personal honor is everything; she from the dishonor code of identity politics, in which an attack on one person becomes a de facto attack on any sex, creed or color the person belongs to, unless the person doesn’t believe in identity politics, in which case all bets must be off.

It is sexist to criticize Wasserman Schultz, but not Sarah Palin; anti-Semitic to criticize Wasserman Schultz, but not Eric Cantor; racist to criticize Barack Obama, but not Allen West.

And indeed, the attacks upon West by Wasserman Schultz’s defenders seem out of the source book for race-baiting slanders decried by the left in times past.

Good stuff. Ann Coulter notes how the ability to hold two completely contradictory opinions at the same time is a characteristic of liberal mob mentality in her outstanding latest book, Demonic. If you haven’t gotten your copy, yet, you really should. It explains so much.
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Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama: The good guys need our help!:

Remember the brave Republican State Senators who stood with Gov. Scott Walker and passed real budget reforms in Wisconsin?  In 12 days they face Democrat-backed RECALL elections.  And if just 3 of those Republicans lose, then Democrats will take control of the Senate and be able to block Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda completely.  We must stand with the good guys in this critical hour.

Fox News Channel’s Dick Morris put out an urgent alert this week calling attention to the stakes of this hugely important battle that will impact elections across the nation.  Here an excerpt from Dick Morris’ Action Alert:

You can contribute online – HERE.And Fox News explained in another report that liberals have raised millions more than conservatives in these RECALL campaigns.  Please see this extremely important report below:

These elections will take place in just 12 days. We must raise the money to fight back against Barack Obama’s “Organizing for America”, MoveOn.org, and the public employee unions.  We here at The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama are trying to equalize the funding discrepancy.  You can help us by making a contribution.

Joy McCann at The Conservative Commune: “I Quit. Thank You.”

We’ve talked about the Obama Administration’s war on energy, and how destructive it is: energy is the lifeblood of the economy, and the effect on jobs has been drastic and destructive.

But what we haven’t seen before is a large-scale desertion of enterprise by those who are tired of being demonized for their creativity. With the deck stacked against them, more and more job-creators are simply throwing in the towel.

And who can blame them? We’ve seen, for example, the villification of David and Charles Koch. The President, who avails himself of Air Force One whenever he pleases, likes to verbally assault corporations—especially those that own jets. Executives at GE have skated on the verbal abuse so far, but that may be due to the company’s ownership of MSNBC—or, perhaps, its coziness with the White House.

Energy companies shouldn’t have to prostitute themselves to the executive branch of the government merely to avoid being denounced from the bully pulpit. No organization should have to do that.

Continue reading for the story of the Coal Miner who goes Galt.

UPDATE:

Gateway Pundit: White House & Congressional Leaders Working on “Plan C” Option With Trigger for Tax Hikes (Video)

Here we go…
The Obama White House and Congressional leaders are working on a third option to the Boehner and Reid debt plans. The “Plan C” option will include a likely trigger for tax hikes. Democrats are pretty excited about this plan.

 

Suggestions for a  proper Republican response:

A. Good one.

B. Hahahahaha….no.

C. no.

Hat tips: Brian B. and Retired Geezer for most of those links.

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Unmitigated Arrogance And Gall On Display

The grumpy old guy has gone off the reservation again.

John McCain, is quoted in the New York Times berating the Tea Party Republicans for having the temerity to not play the Washington game of doing the same old thing, and declaring it something different.

Mr. McCain mocked Tea Party-allied Republicans in the House for believing — wrongly, he said — that President Obama and Democrats will get the blame for a default if Republicans refuse to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.

By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.

“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party candidates for the Senate in 2010.

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Mr. McCain assailed the conservative Republicans in the House who are threatening passage of the debt cutting plan by the House speaker, John A. Boehner, calling their political logic “bizarro” and noting sarcastically that they have only been in office a short time.

“Maybe some people who have only been in this body for six or seven months or so really believe that,” he said. “Others know better. Others know better.”

Shame on you, Senator.  You are part of the greatest deliberative body in the world, and rather than making your case and persuading your colleagues (and the American Public), instead you belittle and insult your colleagues who stand firm on doing what they were sent there to do, which was stop the madness.

Instead you give us the same arrogant condescension that we despise from the Democrats.  “We know better than you.  Shut up and do what you’re told.”

I think someone’s been in D.C. long enough.

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US Tax Dollars Funding Cairo Mosque Makeovers

You heard  right. While Obama threatens to withhold Social Security checks from our own senior citizens, his State Dept is funding the refurbishing of  Mosques in Egypt through USAID, while their Islamic extremists laugh at us:

WSBTV reports:

A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending.Plenty of outrage following the announcement made Thursday afternoon by a government commission that suggested huge cuts to the budget, including eliminating the interest education for home mortgage. This juxtaposed with United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups.

Hat tip: Brian B.

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ATF Phoenix Manager shared Fast and Furious Info with White House (With Videos)

email graphic via Sipsey Street Irregulars

ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell was squirming on the hot seat in Tuesday’s Fast and Furious hearing on Capitol Hill. As CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson reports, Newell admitted to corresponding with White House National Security Director, Kevin O’Reilly about the ATF’s gunrunning operations:

At a lengthy hearing on ATF’s controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O’Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O’Reilly is unclear and wasn’t fully explored at the hearing. It’s the first time anyone has publicly stated that a White House official had any familiarity with ATF’s operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to gain intelligence.

It’s unknown as to whether O’Reilly shared information with anybody else at the White House. Congressional investigators obtained an email from Newell to O’Reilly in September of last year in which Newell began with the words: “you didn’t get this from me.” “What does that mean,” one member of Congress asked Newell, ” ‘you didn’t get this from me?’ ” “Obviously he was a friend of mine,” Newell replied, “and I shouldn’t have been sending that to him.”

Issa tried to get Newell to admit that he allowed thousands of guns to walk.

One of the whistleblowers,  Special Agent Canino, whom Newell claimed knew about the operation,  testified that “at no time EVER did he know that ATF agents were following known suspected gun traffickers (one of whom bought 700 guns)…..never, ever would I imagine that we would let that happen…..I had no clue that we were allowing these guys to operate like this……there was no interdiction to start any case…” At the end of this video, Newell was asked about his correspondence with White House National Security Director for North America, Kevin O’Reilly, who has been described by Sipsey Street Irregular’s sources as  “a ghost,”  “sheep-dipped,”  “a doctrinaire liberal”,   a “snake in a suit,” and a “sociopath” with the nickname, “The Scorpion,” (as in the story of The Frog and the Scorpion). Sounds like just the sort of charmer who belongs in this White House:

Rep. Chaffetz demanded to know when Newell finally realized he was allowing guns to walk. He couldn’t get a straight answer because Newell claims he didn’t see it that way…

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who has had direct and indirect experience with the ATF for 10 years, focused on why it was conducting the operation in the jacked-up manner it did, “Why do it this way? It was never going to work!”

See Also: David Codrea, Gun Rights Examiner: The transcript of Newell questioning related to NSC’s O’Reilly

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Video: Cantor Blasts Bam: “Stop your policies that are wrecking the American economy”

Cantor describes how Obama got “agitated and upset” when he asked that he come off his insistence that we extend the credit limit of the country beyond the election. “What does that have to do with the fiscal health of the country that we’re trying to address?….” Cantor wondered.

That’s when His Highness got snippy and intimidating – brow-beating Cantor with his bizarre “Don’t call my bluff” comment.

Amazingly, Cantor comes right out and says the awful truth about the man who is leading our country to ruin:  “The president doesn’t like people who disagree with him on policy grounds”, and his policies are “wrecking the American economy”:

Via Gateway Pundit

 

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Video: Someone In The MSM Finally Gets The Oslo Killer Story Right

And surprisingly, it’s Bill O’Reilly, who’s usually slow to pick up on emerging news that counters the media narrative.

The MSM has been quick to jump on the supposition that Oslo mass murderer Anders Breivik was a Christian extremist,  pushing the meme to the extreme in story after story without a shred of evidence to back it up.

O’Reilly smelled a rat, and called the MSM out:

Text via Gateway Pundit:

Now, on Sunday, the “New York Times” headlined “As Horrors Emerged, Norway Charges Christian extremist”. A number of other news organizations like the “LA Times” and Reuters also played up the Christian angle. But Breivik is not a Christian. That’s impossible. No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder. The man might have called himself a Christian on the net, but he is certainly not of that faith.

Also Breivik is not attached to any church, and in fact has criticized the Protestant belief system in general. The Christian angle came from a Norwegian policeman not from any fact finding. Once again, we can find no evidence, none, that this killer practiced Christianity in any way.

So why is the angle being played up? Two reasons: First, the liberal media wants to make an equivalency between the actions of Breivik and the Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh and al Qaeda. The left wants you to believe that fundamentalists Christians are a threat just like crazy jihadists are.

In fact, in the “New York Times” today an analysis piece says that some believe we have overreacted to the Muslim threat in the world. Of course, that’s absurd. Jihadists have killed tens of thousands of people all over the world. The Taliban, Iran and elements in Pakistan use governmental power to support terrorism by Muslims. But the left-wing press wants to compare nuts like Breivik and McVeigh to state-sponsored terrorism and worldwide jihad.

Again, dishonest and insane.

Indeed, it appears that the words “Christian” and “Conservative” were added to Breivik’s Facebook Page Jul 22, 2011 23:52:36. Is that not how lefties roll?

The MSM has been quick to implicate anti-Jihad bloggers like Robert Spencer and Pamela Gellar in the mass murders, because of a passing reference in  the killer’s 1,516-page manifesto, but anti-Jihadis abhor violence by definition. SIOE (Stop Islamisation of Europe) had barred suspected Norway Shooter from it’s forum because he was a neo-Nazi. Obama was referenced favorably, as well, not that anyone in their right minds would blame him for the killings. The Killer was apparently a Lizardoid, too, but chances are good that Charles Johnson will escape scrutiny from the accusing eyes of the MSM now that he’s become a member in good standing of the Democratic Media Complex.

Via Atlas Shrugs, Robert Spencer wrote:

“This disgusting neo-Nazi, excluded from SIOE because of his Nazi ties, epitomizes the disrespect for life and the contempt for humane values that terrorism embodies, and that we have dedicated our lives to resisting. Whether the challenge to human rights and to the dignity of the human person comes from neo-Nazis or Islamic supremacists, we are determined to continue to resist it, and to do everything in our power to defend the principles of freedom upon which the best of human civilization has always been based.”

What more needs to be said?

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Video: Obama’s Class Warfare Speech and John Boehner’s Response: “Those Days Are Over”

Obama “took his case to the American people”, yet AGAIN  tonight in Washington, repeating the same BS he’s been spewing for weeks, while  trying to set himself up as the “adult at the table”. Is this the same guy who told Mitch McConnell; “The only bottom line that I have is that we have to extend the debt ceiling through the next election”?

Adult at the table, my a$$.

He started off by immediately blaming George Bush for the “deficit”, confusing deficit with debt, while pretending that his insane spending spree for the past two and a half years didn’t happen. How mature. He then made his case for taxing the rich (people who make more than $250,000) even more than they are already taxed, which is key to his “balanced” approach to reducing the debt. Keep in mind, Republicans have made it abundantly clear that they have no problem with tax reforms that include closing corporate tax loopholes. Obama’s speech gives you the impression Republicans are fighting for corporate welfare, which is a disgusting lie:

Video via

DavidLimbaugh tweeted: Boehner’s really got a tough job, but (not) nearly as tough as Obama insiders who have to lie to him about how his BS resonated tonight.

John Boehner’s excellent response to Obama’s squalid class warfare speech is getting high marks on Twitter, tonight:

Video via The Patriot Network.

MORE:

Via Gateway Pundit Charles Krauthammer’s theory as to why Obama decided to hold a press conference, today:

From Emperor to Bystander… Obama to Address Nation on Debt Crisis Tonight

Krauthammer on Obama’s Address: “I Thought I Was Cynical Until I Heard That Speech” (Video)

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Democrat Socialist, Barbara Lee Says Debt Crisis “Manufactured By House Republicans” Who Are “Attempting To Advance An Extremist Agenda”…

We have 14 trill+ and counting in debt, and Moody’s is getting ready to downgrade our Aaa rating unless we take steps to address the problem. But according to Democrat Socialist, Barbara Lee, our out of control debt problem  is a Republican “manufactured crisis”:

(CNS News) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) released a statement Monday saying the “debt crisis” has been “manufactured by House Republicans” who are “attempting to advance an extremist agenda.”

“The current, so-called ‘debt crisis’ has been completely manufactured by House Republicans attempting to advance an extremist agenda. This should be a simple vote to allow the US Treasury to fund all of the programs and obligations of the entire federal government that are already in the law,” said Rep. Lee in a statement handed out to reporters before a Democratic press conference on jobs at the Capitol.

You’ll not be surprised to hear that her plan to deal with the debt mirrors our first Democrat Socialist President’s original plan:

Rep. Lee has called for Congress to increase the debt limit with no strings attached like spending cuts.

If Lee’s “current, so-called ‘debt crisis’” appraisal sounds vaguely familiar, think – Congressional Dems, like Maxine Waters, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 2001-2008 you’ve heard this song, before:

“Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis…”

Who keeps electing these people???

In his column at The NY Post, today, Charles Gasparino made the point that the Obami love chaos.

Obama’s crew loves chaos. Remember: These guys rode to victory in 2008 largely because of the financial collapse — and won with promises to lead a moderate economic course that put Americans back to work.

We’ve gotten the stimulus, the car-company takeovers, ObamaCare, tons of regulation and vows to hike taxes on “millionaires” who make $250,000 — and an economy that’s nowhere close to taking off.

But the political formula might work. This president knows how to play the blame game — and how to look moderate while he’s doing it. A situation in which the markets crater this week on fears of a default gives him a handy club. With support from his allies in the media, it might be one big enough to cow Republicans into caving to his demands for higher taxes in a debt deal.

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