Jesse Ventura Trial Not Going Very Well For Him

Jesse Ventura may have to get his reputation back some other way – his lawsuit against slain hero Chris Kyle’s widow and children is not going so well.

Ventura’s defamation lawsuit has been playing out in a Minnesota court for a week now as he seeks punish the estate of late “American Sniper” author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Ventura is suing Kyle’s widow Taya and his two children because of the damage done to his reputation by a story Kyle told about him in his autobiography.

Chris Kyle, who served in Iraq and had 160 confirmed kills, making him the deadliest marksman in American military history, mentioned Ventura by name as the  person he punched at a bar popular with Navy SEAL personnel in Coronado while promoting his book American Sniper in 2012. Kyle claims Ventura had been loudly and obnoxiously slamming the Iraq War and the troops who fought it, during a wake for Michael A. Monsoor, a Medal of Honor recipient and Navy SEAL who had been killed in action in Iraq. Kyle, having heard enough,  hauled off and decked Ventura. Allegedly.

Witness after witness came forward Tuesday to claim they heard at least part of Ventura’s ranting and saw parts of the fight – although there is a dispute about exactly where it occurred.

Here’s the Today’s Show’s brief synopsis of the case from Tuesday morning.

Via The MN Star Trib:

One saw him take a punch. Another said he saw him on the sidewalk outside a bar. Another saw him leave with blood on his lips.

(Ventura told fellow 9/11 truther and friend Alex Jones on his radio show in January of 2012 that the confrontation never occurred – he had never even  met Kyle nor heard of him before.)

Rosemary deShazo, a friend of Chris Kyle’s who attended the wake, testified that she heard Ventura make a disparaging remark about U.S. Navy SEALs similar to the one Kyle described in “American Sniper.”

“He said, ‘They probably deserved it, they die all the time,’ ” she testified.

Under cross-examination DeShazo conceded that she was paraphrasing Ventura. But when asked by Kyle attorney Leita Walker how confident she was about the quote, she responded, “quite confident, very confident.”

DeShazo is a sister of Laura deShazo, who testified Monday that she saw Ventura punched in the bar.

Rosemary deShazo said she did not see a punch, but recalled Ventura’s remarks because of the context. “Unusual things that are emotional stick in your memory. I remember he offended me, offended people I was with.”

Also present was Debbie Lee, who started an organization called America’s Mighty Warriors after her son Marc Lee, 28, in 2006 became the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq.

Lee, who said she was a close friend of Chris Kyle, testified that Ventura expressed no sympathy to her about Monsoor’s death or the death of her son weeks earlier. She said he only wanted to talk about himself.

“I lost all respect for the man,” she testified.

Lee said she heard Ventura say that Americans don’t belong in Iraq and that President George W. Bush got involved in an unjust war. She said she did not see any physical altercation, but saw Kyle approach Ventura to discourage him from making offensive remarks.

She also said Kyle told her at breakfast the next morning that he had punched Ventura.

Lee also said the Kyles had personally given her $26,000. Taya Kyle testified last week that the money is part of an effort to disperse income from her late husband’s book to veterans’ causes.

John Kelly III, dressed in full U.S. Navy SEAL uniform, testified next and said that he saw Ventura lying on his back on a sidewalk outside McP’s moments after Ventura faced off with Kyle.

Kelly, a special operator 1st class SEAL, said that he had seen Kyle facing Ventura moments earlier, but did not see Kyle punch Ventura.

Kelly admitted he had been drinking heavily, having had 15 to 20 drinks, but that he was certain he had seen Ventura on the ground and that it appeared he had been knocked down.

He said he did not see Ventura get up.

‘He was cool’

Kelly said that earlier in the evening, he had shaken hands with Ventura and told him he’d seen him in the movies. “He was cool,” Kelly said. “He was very engaging, talking about the movies. You’re meeting one of your idols growing up.”

But after about 10 minutes of conversation with Kelly and others on the bar’s patio, Kelly said, the discussion “started getting more political.”

He said Ventura began “bad-mouthing the war” and said that the United States shouldn’t be in Iraq, “killing women and children.”

Kelly started to walk away because he didn’t want to lose his temper, he said. He said it was inappropriate for Ventura to be making such remarks at a wake. “You don’t go to a guy’s wake and bad-mouth,” he said.

Walker, the attorney, asked Kelly for his opinion of Ventura today.

“Worse,” said Kelly. “He’s suing a widow and two babies.”

Kelly said word of the altercation spread quickly in the bar, describing the SEALs as a “sewing circle” in which “members gossip but in a masculine way.”

There’s much more, but you’ll have to read the rest, here.

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Trey Gowdy Scorches IRS Chief: “You don’t have any idea of criminal wrongdoing or not!” (Video)

South Carolina firebrand Trey Gowdy gave liberals a preview of what the Regime is in for when he chairs the Benghazi special committee, this Fall, at the Oversight and Reform hearing on the IRS scandal, Monday night.

Gowdy is a skilled legal questioner and his mastery was on full display at the hearing entitled, “IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails.” 

He came prepared – more prepared than the 74 year old Koskinen would have liked.

The former prosecutor gave the IRS Chief a primer on something he called “foliation of evidence.”

Via Mediaite:

Gowdy lectured Koskinen on the “negative inference” drawn by the inability of the IRS to retrieve these emails, and said if a taxpayer is being prosecuted by the IRS a jury would look on them with more than a little suspicion.

He pressed Koskinen on how he knows there was no criminal wrongdoing. At one point, Koskinen exasperatedly said he’s relying on “common sense,” at which point Gowdy went off and lectured him, shouting, “You don’t have any idea of criminal wrongdoing or not!”

When Koskinen clumsily tried to absolve the White House  – insinuating that the GOP had wrongly implicated Obama,  Gowdy let him have it:  “You’re repeating a talking point by our colleagues on the other side!”

Can you imagine one of the older Republican  dinosaurs catching on to what Koskinen was doing there –  pushing the Regime’s “conspiracy theory” narrative? They probably would have felt intimidated and backed down. Not Gowdy – he went on the offensive, explaining to Koskinen how Obama and Carney had implicated themselves by making false statements.

Poetry in motion.

Issa: Silencing CIA Employees Is Obstruction And Illegal (Video)

Rep Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee appeared on Fox News this morning to talk about the latest revelations in the “phony” Benghazi scandal – aka “the big one.”

Yesterday,  Issa issued two subpoenas to the State Department for documents relevant to the Committee’s investigation into the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya that cost four American lives.

The documents covered by the subpoenas will allow Congressional investigators to understand how the ARB conducted its review and how it obtained testimony from witnesses.  Witnesses interviewed by the Committee have testified that the ARB never asked them about the very issues that the ARB eventually cited as cause to hold four State Department officials accountable for the inadequate security posture in Benghazi.  Those four officials were subsequently placed on paid administrative leave based on the ARB’s recommendation.  Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry outlining some of the concerns expressed to the Committee by witnesses.  The subpoenas also require the State Department to produce 25,000 page of documents to Congress that are currently carted into the Capitol each day, preventing investigators from having full access.

“After ignoring requests for months, the State Department has left no alternative but to issue subpoenas for documents relevant to our investigation,” said Issa. “State Department tactics to delay and impede accountability have exhausted the Committee’s patience. Further subpoenas may also be necessary if the Department is not forthcoming on other requests.”

Rick Folbaum asked Issa the $64, 000 question, “what are officials trying to keep from being made public?”

Issa rattled off the three main components of the scandal (before, during and after) that have never smelled right.

- “Before Benghazi, there were plenty of calls for help that were unheeded…”

- “During the attack they did not call on friends and allies to bring aid…”

- “The constant misleading about what happened. The people deserve the truth on day one”, Issa said, “not an evolving truth that goes on until – actually for as long as it takes for us to prove that they didn’t tell the truth the first time.”

As for the CNN reports that CIA employees are being intimidated into silence, Issa said, “we are aware that there’s a pattern of saying they must coordinate with their bosses before talking to congress. Of course that’s not consistent with the law – and that leads to a general belief that you shouldn’t talk to congress and that happens to be obstruction, and it’s illegal under the statutes.

Via Gateway Pundit


The Conversation: Report: At Least 5 CIA Employees Forced to Sign Nondisclosure Agreements

Twitchy: ‘No f****** s***’: Atlantic writer decides there might be something to this Benghazi thingy

Streaming Live: House Oversight Cmte. Hears About IRS Targeting Conservative Organizations 9:30 am Eastern

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee  is holding a hearing on the IRS political targeting scandal, this morning at 9:30 am. Eastern.

“The IG report indicts IRS for a colossal management failure, but leaves many questions unanswered,” said Chairman Issa.
You can watch the hearing streamed live at or on CSPAN.

The Committee has invited the following witnesses to testify:

  • Neal S. Wolin, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury
  • J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
  • Lois Lerner, Director of Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service (Pleading the 5th.)
  • Douglas Shulman, Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Chairman Issa’s opening statement:

Via Liz Sheld at the Conversation: IRS Misses Deadline to Turn over Targeting Documents.



Ace of Spades HQ: IRS Completed Internal Investigation Into Tea Party Targeting Matter in May 2012; Hid Report from Congress

The Conversation: Shulman Visited White House 118 Times During Tea Party Targeting

Juiceboxers Who Visited The WH, Yesterday Suddenly Taking a Hard Line On IRS Scandal

Issa Summons DOJ’s IG Horowitz to Capitol Hill for September Hearing on Fast and Furious

Hmmm! Gotta say I like the timing of this - Mike Vanderboegh of SSI is calling it a “September Surprise”.

Rep Issa, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee sent the letter on Friday to the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz, summoning him to Capitol Hill to testify before a hearing on Sept. 11.

Via Kerry Picket of The Washington Times, the letter stated:

“Under normal circumstances, the Department has two weeks to complete this review, which would make its response due by September 4, 2012. It would be regrettable if senior Department officials applied political pressure on you to delay publication of this report. Given the considerable public interest in this case and the Attorney General’s own purported interest in learning the recommendations set forth in your report in order to make important management changes, it is incumbent upon you to release this report as soon as practicable.”

Additional thoughts via David Codrea of Gun Rights Examiner:

The length of time the report has taken to prepare prompted Gun Rights Examiner to observe last December that it had already exceeded the time it took the Warren Commission to produce its report on the John F. Kennedy assassination. Cautions were also raised months back about the selection of Horowitz to replace then-acting IG Cynthia A. Schnedar, who had close ties to Attorney General Eric Holder, when this column pointed out his close ties to Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, identified early on as a person of interest in Fast and Furious by this column and citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars.

“We have been told through our sources for some time to be ready for a ‘September Surprise,’” Vanderboegh told his readers yesterday of this latest development. “The idea was to get the OIG report on the record and then, if it was a whitewash, to blow it out of the water with additional documents and witnesses already in the hands of the Issa committee.”

That makes Issa’s warning against delay all the more understandable, and further validates claims made over the weekend to this columnist by a past-proven source that there are “a lot of closed doors” at ATF Headquarters, as Acting Director B. Todd Jones, Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon, the Chief Counsel’s office and relevant staffers are “poring” over a report said to be over 400 pages long.

It also renews hope that Issa and the Committee will be taking heed of unsolicited public counsel from this correspondent and Vanderboegh to demand the evidentiary work papers used as the basis for report findings, characterized by an adviser in government practices as “hot stuff, that’s for sure.”

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VP Rumors: Biden Benched! Hillary Offered Spot but Not Interested! Will He Stay or Will He Go?!

Graphic via NY Daily News

Neil Munro from the Daily Caller is reporting that in the wake of Vice President Joe Biden’s very bad week, he  has been sent home to Delaware to start his weekend early.

The updated White House calendar for Aug. 17 reports that “in the morning, the Vice President will meet with senior advisers. Later, the Vice President will be in Wilmington, Delaware.”

“There are no public events scheduled,” said the 5:36 p.m. White House announcement, titled “Daily Guidance for the Vice President.”

Biden’s retreat home during the increasingly frenetic 2012 race comes amid increased criticism for his campaign-trail performance.

Biden was slated to share an uncomfortable lunch with President Barack Obama on Thursday, following his disastrous week on the campaign trail, which culminated with a racially inflammatory warning to African-American supporters that Mitt Romney will “put y’all back in chains.”

The flubs revived chatter about whether the president will drop Biden, and seek a substitute vice president to win the tough 2012 race.

Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney on Thursday provided a tepid defense of Biden when he was asked if the vice president would remain on the ticket.

“Yes and that was settled a long long time ago,” Carney said, before quickly changing the subject to Medicare.
Robert Costa posted on NRO a conversation between rumor-monger, Ed Klein and Larry Kudlow on CNBC, Thursday night:

Here’s the transcript from CNBC’s The Kudlow Report:

KLEIN: Larry, just before we went on the air tonight, I checked with my sources in the Clinton camp and I took notes because I want to be careful. And here is what they told me: Up until just a couple of weeks ago, the White House was putting out feelers to see if Hillary would accept the vice-presidential nod and replace Joe Biden. Bill Clinton was, I’m told, urging his wife to accept the number-two slot. He saw this as a great launching pad for her for running in 2016. But, then, Hillary had lunch in the White House a couple of weeks ago with Valerie Jarrett, Michelle’s best friend, senior adviser to both the first lady and the president. And she told Valerie Jarrett that she would not accept the vice-president spot. The lunch was ostensibly about other matters, but it came up. The vice-presidential thing came up. Hillary felt burned out after four years as secretary of state. But I’m told there were more important reasons for her not accepting.

KUDLOW: Such as?

KLEIN: Number one, she felt that if she were on the ticket with Obama and he lost, she would be tarred as a loser when she tried to run in 2016. On the other hand, if she was on the ticket and he won, and he continued his far, left-wing socialistic policies, she would have to defend those policies when she ran in 2016.

KUDLOW: It’s already tough enough for her to defend some of the foreign policies that he has been putting forward.

KLEIN: Exactly.

KUDLOW: So let me just get that. You’re saying, two weeks ago, that White House staff put out feelers to Hillary about going on the ticket as vice president.

KLEIN: That’s right.

Very interesting….See the link for the complete conversation.
 Ace went ahead and made a prediction:

He’s a liability, and Obama’s got a shit-ton of liabilities on his hands already.

I do not believe he will be on the ticket.

Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard thinks otherwise:

Years from now, men and women of good will laud President Obama for his decency, his loyalty—nay, his humanity—in resisting all entreaties to cast Joe Biden overboard, in refusing to leave Joe Biden a prophet without honor in his own party, in standing by his man Joe. There are worse things than being a one-term president.

Living up to Kristol’s  praise, the President  told People Magazine that Biden is an “outstanding vice president” who is sadly misunderstood:

The president said people get “obsessed with how something was phrased,” even if that’s not what was meant.

Obama knows all about being taken out of context, don’t you know.


AoSHQ: Run, Joe. Run. American Crossroads Makes Its Case For Biden:

Is Joe Biden just a great Vice-President? Or is he the Greatest Vice-President Ever!?

A new ad from American Crossroads tries to answer that question …



Hat tip: Charles B

Mitt’s Big Guns Trained on Santorum – The Movie

Santorum brings the humor in his new ad, “Rombo”,  featuring a Romney lookalike firing a mud-slinging gun…

No, I don’t need to be given any credit for coming up with this idea, 10 whole days ago. Hey, I’m here to help.


Get ready to hear how Rick’s “extreme” social conservative views will threaten to turn America into a theocracy.

WHD: Obama Campaign Begins to Target Santorum

Hat tip: Charles B.


Romney Drops To Third Place In Latest Iowa Poll

Photo via Texas GOP Vote

The latest GOP poll shows Cain still holding his lead, but neck and neck with a surging  Gingrich.

Via The National Journal, this survey,  conducted by the Republican firm, The Polling Company, must be causing DC establishment Republicans to have “conniptions” as Romney’s campaign continues to falter.

Cain’s lead, according to pollster Kellyanne Conway, is based on what she calls the “Palin vote.” The embattled businessman, fighting charges of sexual harrassment during his time at the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, is getting support from “those hard-core Republicans who coalesce around a candidate they seem as unfairly treated by the media or establishment,” she said. That means the allegations, perhaps counter to conventional wisdom, are actually good for Cain’s campaign. They’re providing a temporary boost that will likely fade once the issue recedes from the headlines, especially if another Republican candidate finds him or herself at the center of the media scrum.

The poll, conducted Nov. 11-13, surveyed 501 likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa, leaving a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. It’s the second survey in a row, after the Des Moines Register poll released late last month, that shows Cain leading, and it’s the first state-specific poll that has Gingrich surging too.

The Gingrich surge in Iowa mirrors two national polls, released over the weekend, that showed the former speaker close to the head of the pack.

Cain — 20%
Gingrich — 19
Romney — 14
Bachmann — 10
Paul — 10
Perry — 5
Santorum — 4
Huntsman — 2
Johnson — 1
Undecided — 13

Hat tip: Charles B.

Tea Party Triumph in Wisconsin: Repubs Hold On To The Senate

Shelia Harsdorf Celebrates Recall Victory

Despite the tens of millions of union cash spent ($30 mil by some estimates)  and Obama’s Organizing for America on hand to help with a massive state-wide propaganda campaign, Wisconsin Dems still managed to fail in their bid to  win a majority in the State  Senate.

Here are the final numbers:

Cowles (R) 60%  Nusbaum (D) 40%

Darling (R) 54% Pasch (D) 46%

Harsdorf (R) 58% Moore (D) 42%

Olsen (R) 52% Clark (D) 48%

King (D) 51% Hopper (D) 49%

Shilling (D) 55% Kapanke (R) 45%

John Paulus reports:

Voters made it clear tonight that they supported Republicans reigning in the unions, balancing the budget, and controlling runaway spending.  With no hopes of Democrats taking control of the Wisconsin State Senate, concern is now growing that a less enthused union backed voting block will not turn out to support the two Democrats facing recall next week- paving way for a Republican victory in those races.

Dems coming up short tonight could depress voter turnout for next week. Two Democratic state senators, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch,  face recalls next Tuesday, and Holperin is vulnerable.

Lefty progs on twitter knowing how much was at stake, howled with rage at Waukesha County clerk, Kathy Nickolaus,  for no other reason than the fact that she’s still employed after her snafu, last Spring, during the Supreme Court election:

Nickolaus forgot to report the results from the City of Brookfield in an unofficial report to the Associated Press on election night in April. The results caused Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg to declare victory. Instead, when the votes from Brookfield were reported to the Government Accountability Board, incumbent Justice David Prosser was declared the winner following a lengthy recount.

Alberta Darling won her race, but the  heavily Republican Waukesha County was the last one to be counted, causing  Progs, unable to graciously accept defeat, to call for her head on Twitter. Some made veiled threats like this one:

In “the heat of the moment”, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Spokesman Graeme Zielinski accused  Nickolaus of ‘sitting on’ Waukesha County results, and tampering with votes in the 8th Senate District recall race.

By 1:00 a.m. Wed morning, the Democrat Party of Wis had disappeared the news release from their website alleging the vote tampering:

The party chairman, Mike Tate, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they would not “not pursue questions of irregularities” that was referenced by the Democratic Party in “heat-of-the-moment statements.”

For the “Sad but True” files, not to mention, the “They Never Learn” files…

The Politico reports:

MADISON, Wis. — Democrats are forging ahead with efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next year, one day after losing four of six recall elections to oust GOP state senators.

See Also:

Freddie Freddoso of The Washington Examiner:

“The people” were supposed to be on the side of the unions who protested at the state capitol when Walker’s bill passed, limiting the unions’ collective bargaining privileges against taxpayers and school districts. But it turns out that “the people” had other ideas. In the end, even a massive infusion of cash and union volunteers was not enough to deliver the three state Senate recall races the unions needed, despite the fact that President Obama carried all six of the seats in question in 2008.

This marks the unions’ third huge defeat in Wisconsin this year. The other two were the passage of Walker’s bill and the re-election of David Prosser to the state Supreme Court. The grand talk of recalling Walker himself next year seems a bit blustery now, given the great failure of last night.


Reactions To The Debt Deal (UPDATE: Joint Committee NOT REQUIRED To Recommend 1.5 Trillion In Deficit Reduction)

Reactions from the right on the debt deal reached in Washington, last night, run the gamut from the WSJ’s “A Tea Party Triumph”,

The tea partiers pride themselves on adhering to the Constitution, which was intended to make political change difficult. Yet in this deal they’ve forced both parties to make the biggest spending cuts in 15 years, with more cuts likely next year. The U.S. is engaged in an epic debate over the size and scope of government that will play out over several years, and the most important battle comes in the election of 2012.

Tea partiers will do more for their cause by applauding this victory and working toward the next, rather than diminishing what they’ve accomplished because it didn’t solve every fiscal problem in one impossible swoop.

to Glenn Beck’s “We’ve just been betrayed by Washington”:

Republicans and Democrats have just negotiated away the future of our children behind closed doors. The big compromise on Capitol Hill features elaborate triggers, tranches, Hornswogglers, Snozzwangers, Super Duper Commissions that will make the Snozzberries taste like Snozeberries, and a whole bunch of other convoluted gibberish that will, no doubt, come with loopholes and create entire new bureaucracies. What it doesn’t do is fix the problem.

I’d like to know how Glenn Beck thinks we can  get everything we want when Republicans hold only the House and we’re dealing with Democrat Socialists in the Senate and White House. It’s true that newly elected Republicans have a mandate. Obama doesn’t care about their mandates, and he doesn’t care about the constitution. He thinks he has his own mandate. That’s what Boehner and Mitch McConnell have to deal with.

Jed Babbin at The American Spectator walks us through what led to the current deal: Slippery Weasels, Deals, and Triggers:

McConnell was in the driver’s seat for two reasons. First, House Speaker John Boehner was double-crossed by Obama and rightly walked away from negotiating with Obama two weeks ago, but his plan to cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi​ and Harry Reid was — as I pointed out at the time — bound to fail. When it did, and after Boehner’s own attempt at a solo solution was blocked by House conservatives, Boehner was so weakened that McConnell was forced to step in. Second, because the “notoriously subdued” McConnell (as the Washington Post characterized him yesterday) proved able to flush the president out of the tall grass that he’s been hiding in for months.

McConnell, as he said repeatedly this weekend, was negotiating with the only person who can sign a bill into law. “If we get a deal,” he said yesterday, “the president will be supporting it.”

We know a lot about the deal, and part of that knowledge is that neither Boehner’s plan nor Reid’s will be the result.


Newsmax interviewed Gover Norquist, who  Loves the Deal: Obama Big Loser:

“The deal proved that we can cut spending without trading away tax hikes,” Norquist says.

He adds that the deal is no passing congressional fad, but a milestone in Capitol Hill thinking about spending and taxes.

Norquist says that Obama is the big loser in this deal:
“Obama’s internal polling must scare the heck out of him,” Norquist says. “He caved on the key Republican demands: no tax hike, spending cuts equal to the debt ceiling increase.”
White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler says that  Obama has agreed to hold national security hostage.

According to the White House, the deal would potentially impose $850 billion in cuts to the Defense Department – $350 billion now, and another $500 billion in automatic cuts if a special committee can’t agree on anything by the end of the year. Additional cuts would come out of other national security spending.

Obama earlier this year had proposed to cut $400 billion from Defense, a bad idea that has somehow gained general acceptance. Now the president is prepared to try to force the special committee to come up with a plan – and avoid the automatic cuts – by holding our national security hostage.

Here’s what incoming Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said last week about such defense cuts, before he knew they would be part of the debt ceiling deal:

Based on the difficulty of achieving the $400 billion cut, I believe $800 billion would be extraordinarily difficult and very high risk.

Forget what Dempsey says – as our president  and Congress evidently did. It doesn’t take an expert in military planning to understand that you don’t vastly decrease defense spending during a time of war and while overseas threats are growing.

Fox News has the reactions of presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and John Huntsman – all but Huntsman give it a thumbs down.

UPDATE:The Foundry: *Even the Fakery is Fake: Joint Committee is NOT REQUIRED to Recommend $1.5 Trillion in Deficit Reduction:

The “Budget Control Act of 2011″ (BCA) contains provisions for a joint committee of Congress, whose supposed job it is to make recommendations to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion.  But the legislation does not require the joint committee to do that job.  It is merely a “goal” of the joint committee to recommend at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, but even if the committee fails to do so, the Congress will give expedited consideration anyway to whatever is in the joint committee bill.  The Congressional Budget Office letter of August 1, 2011 scoring the legislation noted that the joint committee is merely “charged with the goal of reducing the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion between 2012 and 2021.”

We know that proposing $1.5 trillion is the intended job of the joint committee, because a slide from Speaker Boehner’s office (marked “Updated: July 31, 10:35 pm EST”) says the agreed-on framework “creates a 12-member Joint Committee required to report legislation by November 23, 2011 that would produce a proposal to reduce the deficit by at least $1.5T over 10 years.”

But sometime between the Speaker’s slide at 10:35 p.m. and the House Legislative Counsel’s draft of the “Budget Control Act of 2011″ (marked “August 1, 2011 (12:04 p.m.)” and posted on the House Rules Committee Website) somebody made the decision that the joint committee does not actually need to propose $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction.  Because the actual legislation does not require the joint committee bill to recommend $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction for the bill to get expedited consideration in Congress.

FreedomWorks Issues Letter Urging House Members to Vote Against Boehner Plan

The Tea Party activist group FreedomWorks has issued what they’re calling a ‘Key Vote “NO” letter’ to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to vote against the revised Boehner bill, which attempts to avoid crisis by reducing the deficit and raising the debt ceiling.

The letter says the House Speaker’s plan “still fails to fundamentally change the way Washington spends. Anything less than that, FreedomWorks cannot and will not support.”

FreedomWorks instead pushes Republican lawmakers to stick to the “Cut, Cap and Balance’ bill passed in the House earlier this month. “We will be engaging our activist network of over 1.4 million grassroots volunteers… to remind Speaker Boehner and the rest of the Republican establishment that the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act’ is both good politics and good policy.”

latest update:

2:53pm | Opposition mounting?

The Congressional Progressive Caucus will hold a 4pm news conference on the debt deal. Yesterday, Chairman Rep. Raúl Grijalva put out a scathing critique of the bill.

See also:

The Other McCain: Congress Expected to Vote on Debt Deal Today; Left, Right Spin It in Blame Game

The Rhetorican:

How did we get here? You can blame the whole mess on cynical Democrats like Harry Reid, who could have raised the debt ceiling while in control of Congress last year. But they simply didn’t want to, preferring to play politics with the nation’s finances instead.



Nile Gardiner, UK Telegraph: Barack Obama’s vulgar Twitter spamming campaign is a classless act of desperation by the US president:

One would have thought the leader of the free world might have better things to do with his time than spam Twitter with highly partisan tweets that quickly became a major annoyance, the online equivalent of receiving voluminous amounts of junk mail through the post. With the United States facing the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression due to towering mountains of federal debt (much of it racked up by his own administration), the president should be actively thinking of ways to reduce the size of government, cut the budget deficit and spur job growth, instead of flooding social media with politically charged propaganda.

As the president’s approval rating slips to a dismal 40 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the spin-obsessed White House only looks further out of touch with reality in a nation where 75 percent of likely voters believe the country is moving down the wrong direction.

P/Oed Patriot: Obama: “This Has Been A Long And Messy Process”

Watch Obama’s video message to his minions (OFA), thanking them for all the hard work they did spamming Congress in letters, phone calls, emails, and tweets.

Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin: Debt Deal Watch; Update: Boehner Having Trouble Rounding Up Enough House Votes

Frances W Poretto weighs in with:  No, No, 240 Times No:

Your Curmudgeon has concluded that the debt ceiling must not be raised — that the federal government must be constrained to spend only what it can gather in normal revenues, regardless of any appropriations bills that militate to the contrary. Here are his reasons:

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HOT AIR: Open thread: House vote to finally put America out of its misery; Update: Trouble getting votes? Update: Gabby Giffords returns to D.C., will vote yes; Update: Bill passes, 269-161

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

Video: Rep Joe Walsh Takes It To Chris Matthews

Oh my goodness!!! Matthews hit a brick wall, and hard, when he went up against freshman congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh with his  usual bullying and interrupting routine. Matthews started out by trying to push the narrative that somehow Grover Norquist is the leader of the Republican party, based on the fact that he put out a petition, (huh?!) which was instantly ridiculed by Walsh…

How surreal was this interview? At one point Walsh has Matthews bellowing “Your word!….. Tingles is  your word…”, and Walsh, says, “Okay, He doesn’t give me a thrill up my leg, alright?”

I think Matthews was happy when it was time to cut to a commercial.

Previous posts featuring my favorite congressman from Illinois:

Congressman Walsh To Obama: “Quit Lying”

Video: Rep Joe Walsh: Obama ‘acted like a 10-year-old’ In Presser

Video: Rep. Joe Walsh “Disgusted and Discouraged” After Meeting With Geithner

Video: Rep. Joe Walsh on Obama’s Moats And Alligators

Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

Linked by Conservative Commune, thanks!


As Palin Heads To Madison For Tea Party, Lefties In High Gear, Planning Disruptions and “Joking” About Violence

As I reported yesterday,Sarah Palin has made the courageous decision to travel to Wisconsin, ground zero in the ongoing union battles going on across the country, to rally with the tea party, and face down union thugs, who hate her with a burning white hot passion.

Some of the antics that are being planned:

lefties at Dumocratic Underground are planning a counter rally:

Stop Typing and Join us this Saturday, April 16 at the Capitol in Madison! :)

Help us welcome (and drown out) the Tea Baggers…

On Saturday, April 16th, tea party patriots from throughout Wisconsin will gather at the state Capitol in Madison for a rally to celebrate past victories and rally for Wisconsin’s future. The event will be emceed by talk show host James T. Harris and will feature John Fund columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

I found this on that “other site”
“Tell everybody to bring vuvuzelas… and blow the horns for 30 seconds at 1:00, then scream; “CAN YOU HEAR US NOW” :spray:

TEA Party Rally April 16th ~ AFP & other WI Patriot Groups (Madison WI, Capitol, Noon)
Time Saturday, April 16 · 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location- WI State Capitol in Madistan, WI
Speakers include Vicki Mckenna and Tony Katz. Mark Belling may also be there.

“Americans for Prosperity” (Koch Brothers) are bussing them in from 10 cities around the state …

Gateway Pundit reports: Firefighters Union Threatens to Disrupt Palin-Breitbart Tea Party Tomorrow in Wisconsin

Here’s the announcement:

Saturday, April 16
State Capitol
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Leave Station #1 at 11 a.m.
(Call J.R. for more info at 216-****)

Come one, come all, hear the call to . . .DUMP TEA! DUMP PALIN!

Please share widely. The puppets are coming, the puppets are coming! Corporate puppets Sarah Palin and “Americans” for “Prosperity” are rallying at our Wisconsin State Capitol on 4/16.

BRING PUPPETS — sock puppets, hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, finger puppets and muppets!

BRING LIBERTY BELLS — that means cowbells, dinner bells, doorbells, jingle bells, you name it, and let’s ring in Wisconsin’s independence from corporate rule!

Let’s show ‘em how we really feel about big corporations passing the tax burden on to the rest of us!

Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has been watching Twitter:

Via John Nolte at Big Government:

Yesterday, upon hearing of Palin’s decision,, I immediately tweeted something to the effect of, “If there’s violence, Palin will get the blame from the MSM. She had it coming for showing up.” That wasn’t a joke, either. Fact 1: We’ve already seen a campaign of violence in Wisconsin at the hands of pro-union types. Fact 2: We’ve already seen the corrupt MSM blame Palin for Tucson.

This morning, predictably, I woke up to this

Sarah Palin To Be Pelted With Cheese Curds In Wisconsin Saturday

The Koch Brothers think it’s hilarious when their dumb puppets have to go face huge, angry crowds of political opponents. Remember the movie Trading Places? It’s the same idea: Incredibly rich old white creeps just torture their own lackeys whenever it gets dull oppressing the faceless poor and destroying the Earth to make Dixie Cups and Brawny paper douche towels. So the Koch Brothers are bringing Sarah Palin to Madison, right there at the State Capitol, for an “Americans For Prosperity” rally. Haha the union people and college kids are going to pelt her with a million pounds of Wisconsin’s famous Fried Cheese Turds. Or curds, whatever. Curdle Rain. Poor snowbilly grifter! …

It’s a shame this country has turned into such an evil socialist toilet that midwesterners would stoop so low as to stoop down and get a handful of cheese curds and hurl them at Sarah Palin, the Koch Brothers’ latest human prank on Wisconsin.

The entire piece is a smugger-than-thou and an openly hostile laugh riot, laughing at the idea of  a riot.

Sure, it’s easy to dismiss the source; snarky Wonkette being snarky Wonkette, until you realize that Ana Marie Cox, the founder of Wonkette, is now deeply embedded in the MSM. Truth be told, the only difference between the mainstream media and the Wonkette-types out there is the latter’s willingness to be more open about their hate and contempt.

Lefties are so full of self-delusion, they never see how unhinged they look, or how much projecting they do, (as with the Koch puppets).

That’s why it’s important to record what you see, and counter their Koch projection with puppets of your own:

Like this one I made a week or so ago. Confirmed: Emails Prove Wis. Fleebaggers Parroted Union Talking Points

Senate Minority Puppet Mark Miller.

Fran at Eternity Road has a word of caution for teapartiers:

Could it be any clearer that the Left’s agenda is to provoke a violent confrontation with the Right — most particularly with TEA Party attendees, the most energized and visible component of the small-government / Constitutional revival movement in our day?

All that remains of our original Constitutional guarantees of rights are freedom of expression and the vote. Yet these, too, are under attack — and once they’re gone, political disagreements will no longer be resolved by debates and elections. Violence will be the sole instrument for determining transitions in public authority, as it was before democratic mechanisms displaced bullets with ballots.

Do not be deceived: In attempting to prevent us from being heard, the Left’s intention is to remove all non-violent modes of disagreement from the public sphere. Indeed, it’s already resorted to violence and vandalism on several occasions, in the hope that favorable coverage of its shenanigans would focus the blame on the Right. Though your Curmudgeon has written that “whichever side first reaches for violence will lose,” in fact the matter is closer to “whichever side is portrayed as having first reached for violence will lose” — and the Old Media have been reliable friends to the enemies of freedom.

TEA Partiers in Madison tomorrow: Watch yourselves. If possible, form some sort of barrier against the Leftists that they cannot physically cross, and stay within it. Enlist the aid of the authorities to whatever extent you can. If you see a purple SEIU shirt, point it out to those around you, and counsel them to deny the wearer their attention. If blows should be struck, do your best to defend against them without reciprocating them. This is a time for Gandhi’s tactics, not HAMAS’s.

Hat tip: Charles B.

Cross-posted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse.

Prosser/Kloppenburg Wis. Supreme Court Race Too Close To Call (Updated)

As of 1:23 am, CST, Prosser was holding a slim lead:

Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
David Prosser (inc) 733,074 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 732,489 50%
robertcostaNRO Robert Cost, reporting from Kloppenburg headquarters on Twitter:
Klopp: “we won’t know till tomorrow . . . It’s not over, we’re still hopeful”

It looks likely that the vote will come down to a recount. And I hate to be a pessimist, but, recounts, somehow, always end up swinging in the Dems’ favor.

But this has to be a moral victory for Republicans. The unions rallied fiercely, spent a million dollars on this race, and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Prosser, and it looks like he may yet squeak out a (temporary) win.

The death of the  tea party has been greatly exaggerated.


RESULTS as of Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 08:12 am CDT
Election Home

Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
David Prosser (inc) 736,878 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 736,043 50%


Who could have predicted that the late, hand-counted votes would swing Kloppenburg’s way:

RESULTS as of Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 10:47 am CDT
Election Home

Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
Joanne Kloppenburg 739,574 50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,350 50% 


The latest update at Hot Air by Allahpundit:

As of 12:45 ET, 3629 of 3630 precincts are reporting — and Kloppenburg still leads by 224 votes. Two caveats, though. First, the vote totals didn’t change after the last two precincts came in, so the AP may still be in the process of updating the numbers. Keep an eye out here. And second, the one remaining precinct is in Jefferson Country, which has been leaning towards Prosser. He could still close the gap. Or maybe we’ll end in … a tie.


The final tally has Klopps up 204 — let the recount begin:

Supreme Court REPORTING 100%
Joanne Kloppenburg 740,090 50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,886 50%

See also:

Legal Insurrection: Lessons of Wisconsin Supreme Court Election


Republicans Should Not Retreat In The Budget War

I  heard Dick Morris talking about shutting down the government on Hannity, last night. He says it’s a “stupid, false choice” to either accept the compromise in the Senate, or shut down the entire government. He says Republicans should only shut down the parts we don’t like:

…the Republicans should refuse to accept less than $61 billion in cuts and — if the Senate and Obama refuse — should target for shutdown a handful of specific and highly unpopular programs and agencies. Why shut down the entire government? Zero fund the State Department or Agency for International Development, thereby suspending all foreign aid. Zero fund the Bonds for America program where the feds pick up the local debt service payments for states and cities. Zero fund the Highway construction program. Any combination of some of these cuts can easily generate $61 billion in cuts (less the $10 billion already cut).

On the Laura Ingraham Show, today, Laura advocated a complete shutdown of non-essential services. She notes that would be a good way to find out which jobs should be cut. Those folks can find work in Obama’s “recovering” economy.

Doug Ross agrees that that’s the way to go:

The problem is two-fold for Democrats.

Most Americans, who realize the government has a disastrous spending problem, support a shutdown of non-essential services.

Second, the longer taxpayers realize a shutdown actually benefits them — and has no visible impact on their lives — the worse a public relations problem it becomes for the Pelosi Party.

It ain’t 1995, Mr. Speaker. In the spirit of bipartisanship, let the Democrats shut the government down.

Meanwhile, Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis reports:

Treasury Secretary Geithner is not happy the Republicans have held the debt ceiling hostage to budget negotiations. In response, Geithner has embarked on a fear mongering campaign via a Debt Limit Letter to Congress promising financial Armageddon if the debt ceiling is not raised.

Mish’s advice to Republicans?  Come up with a polite way of saying, “Go to hell”:

If Geithner really believes what he is spouting, Republican ought to take advantage. They can do so far more politely than I suggested.

A politically correct “polite” response would be along these lines:

Dear Treasury Secretary Geithner

In the vital interest of preserving the US dollar and to restore fiscal sanity to the United States of America, we intend to reduce the budget deficit within 10 years.

In the interim, we will not increase the debt limit unless and until the President and Congressional Democrats are willing to cooperate.

In return for raising the debt limit, Congress must pass and the the president must sign legislation that will…

  1. Scrap Davis Bacon and all prevailing wage laws.
  2. Pass national right-to-work laws
  3. Reduce the budget deficit by $5 trillion in 8 years
  4. Balance the budget in 10 years

Given the unmistakable sincerity in your assessment of the damages that may occur should Congress fail to increase the debt ceiling, we anticipate equal sincerity in your willingness to work with Republicans to balance the budget in 10 years so that Congress will not have to go through these maddening debt-ceiling exercises in years to come.

We await your reply and look forward to working with the Obama administration towards solving our budget crisis.

“Yes We Can” work together.

Here’s Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity”:

CBS News reports:

Ryan today is rolling out a polished presentation of his plan, which he calls the “Path to Prosperity.” (Read it below.) With explanations on opinion pages and on YouTube, the GOP is readying for the political attacks that will surely follow as they attempt to revamp popular and vast health care systems.

Ryan’s budget proposal aims to slash $6 trillion from the budget over the next 10 years. It would in part accomplish that by changing Medicaid — which serves low-income families — from a government-run insurance program to a system of block grants distributed to states.

Medicare, a government-run health care program for those over 65, would essentially turn into a “premium support” program — the government would essentially provide vouchers for health care, but the funds would go directly to the insurer rather than the consumer. The government would give private health insurers a set amount of money to cover senior citizens. The change to Medicare would go into effect in 2022 under the plan.

It’s a risky proposal politically, given Medicare’s overwhelming popularity, but Ryan and the GOP are prepared to argue the changes are necessary.

“This is a plan not only to pay off our debt over time, but to get the budget under control to keep the government going,” Ryan said on the CBS’ “The Early Show” today. Ryan said his Medicare plan is modeled after the government insurance program offered to congressmen.


GOP Budget FY2012


Geoff at AoSHQ: Ryan’s Plan: Necessary But Not Sufficient:

Paul Ryan released his new deficit-cutting budget plan today, saving almost $6 trillion over the next 10 years, which is very nice. Really. The National Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released a similar plan last December, saving almost $2 trillion by 2020, and it too was nice.


Despite my tone, I am a big fan of these plans, and earnestly hope that at least most of their features will be implemented. But lest we violate the guiding maxim of the estimable Winston Wolfe, let’s remind ourselves of exactly how bad things are, so that we understand just what these plans can and can’t do for us.

See Geoff’s chart and analysis  at link

Ace: Breaking: White House Calls Boehner To Reject CR

On FoxNews. The White House just called to say it was going to play the government shutdown card, despite an offer on the table to keep the government going for another week.

Of course, this newest one-week budget contained $12 billion in cuts (and would have funded Defense throughout the year, and defunded Planned Parenthood).

So, the Democrats are going to shut down the government.

I say shut her down and let the chips fall where they may.

The Blaze: Paul Ryan Explains $6.2 Trillion Budget Cuts to Glenn as Gov’t Shutdown Looms

Gateway Pundit: Speaker Boehner: No Deal at White House Meeting – Press Conference at 2:00 PM

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks.

Gov. Walker Says The Barrier To Progress Is Senator Miller

Walker notes Miller is misleading the public, Republicans, and even his own caucus. He says they have a path to move forward, but we’ve got to have leaders who are willing to stand up and stand in the way of those who are trying to block this from happening.

Here’s the PDF of the letter that Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald sent Miller:

March 7, 2011

Sen. Mark Miller

Parts Unknown, IL

Dear Senator Miller,

Thank you for your hand-delivered letter with an offer to meet, in Illinois, about the business and future direction of Wisconsin.   Let’s set aside how bizarre that is for a moment.

As you know, this legislation is designed to finally balance the state budget, prevent layoffs and create jobs in the real world.  There are hundreds of thousands of unemployed or underemployed Wisconsinites, and at least 1,500 more whose jobs are in the balance because of your media stunt.  We all deserve better than this. In the meantime, members of your caucus have been meeting with the governor’s staff, talking to the media, trying to find a way back to Madison, and contradicting your message in public.  In case you don’t remember, you were present yourself at one of those meetings with the governor’s staff.

Your grasp of reality, and control of your caucus as minority leader, continues to amaze me. As you know, your opportunity to compromise and amend the bill was on the floor of the state Senate.  As you know, you forfeited that right and opportunity when you decided to flee the state instead of doing your job.

Your stubbornness in trying to ignore the last election and protect the broken status quo is truly shameful.  While we wait for you and your colleagues to finally show up, Senate Republicans continue to stand ready to do the job we were elected to do, here in Wisconsin.  I hope you are enjoying your vacation, and your vacation from reality.


Scott Fitzgerald

Senate Majority Leader CC: Governor Scott Walker

Trevor Loudin has profiled Mark Miller: Red Reps 3 Mark Miller – Socialist Stooge in the Wisconsin State Senate?

Even before thousands of socialists and labor unionists descended on the State Capital, Miller reportedly worked with Madison mayor Dave Ciesliewicz in an attempt to persuade the Secretary of State to delay Scott Walker’s Bill, so that Ciesliewicz could sign off on City union contracts before the Bill was passed.

I have written herehere, here, here, here, here and here on efforts by the U.S.’s largest Marxist organization  Democratic Socialists of America to fan the Wisconsin flames, into a nationwide anti- GOP movement.

D.S.A. has a policy of infiltrating and influencing state legislatures nationwide. DSAers members and sympathizers posing as Democrats,  hold key positions in several state legislatures, including in New York, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These covert socialist supporters are then used to put D.S.A. drafted legislation before their legislatures and agitate and lobby for its passage.

Read more at the site.

Walker and the Republicans really have their work cut out for them…

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