After an action-packed four days in Washington DC for CPAC, I’m battling “the CPAC Crud” which plagues conservatives every year. Dang it. But there’s lot’s going on so the blog must go on:
Michelle Malkin filed this important story: Time To Opt Out of Creepy Fed Ed Data-Mining Racket:
Last week, I reported on the federal government’s massive new student-tracking database, which was created as part of the nationalized Common Core standards scheme. The bad news: GOP “leadership” continues to ignore or, worse, enable this Nanny State racket (hello, Jeb Bush).
The good news: An independent grassroots revolt outside the Beltway bubble is swelling. Families are taking their children’s academic and privacy matters out of the snoopercrats’ grip and into their own hands. You can now download a Common Core opt-out/disclosure form to submit to your school district, courtesy of the Truth In American Education group: CLICK HERE.
Parents caught off guard by the stealthy tracking racket are now mobilizing across the country. Echoing families across the city, Big Apple public advocate Bill de Blasio blasted the tracking database in a letter to government officials: “I don’t want my kids’ privacy bought and sold like this.” On Wednesday, prompted by parental objections, Oklahoma state representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1989 — the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act — to prohibit the release of confidential student data without the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian.
Hot Air: Video: Hillary stops pretending that she’s against gay marriage; Update: 58% support gay marriage in new poll:
Alternate headline: “Wait, Hillary wasn’t already on record in favor of gay marriage?” Evidently not. Five years ago, top-tier Democratic candidates concluded that they couldn’t safely support SSM publicly; five years and a double-digit swing in public opinion later, they’ve concluded that they can’t safely oppose it. The GOP will wrestle with this issue for awhile but, as of now, I think supporting gay marriage has reached the same stature among Democrats as supporting abortion rights. Namely, while occasional disagreement from backbenchers will be grudgingly tolerated in the name of winning purple states, no party nominee will ever, ever again end up on the other side of this issue. If you want to win a national Democratic primary, you’re pro-gay marriage, period. Hillary’s just checking the box.
Did you hear that the History Channel’s “Satan” character is the spitting image of Obama, “After 15 More Years of Smoking?”
The producers of the show insist that it’s just a coincidence, and I believe them.
Liz Sheld, The Conversation: HISTORY Channel Releases Statement on Obama ‘Lookalike’ Satan Character:
The Bible’s executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey also released a statement:
“This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics– including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”
Executive Producer, Roma Downey added, “Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
Smitty of The Other McCain: In Missouri, ObamaCare Sucks Even Harder Than Military Service:
A federal judge has struck down a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from mandatory birth control coverage because it conflicts with an insurance requirement under President Barrack Obama’s health care law.
President Obama is expected to nominate Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez Monday for Labor Secretary.
Seeking to fill yet another second-term Cabinet vacancy, President Barack Obama is set to nominate Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general, to be the next secretary of labor, the White House says.
If confirmed by the Senate, Perez, who has been head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for 3½ years, would take over the Labor Department as Obama undertakes several worker-oriented initiatives, including an overhaul of immigration laws and an increase in the minimum wage.
Before taking the job as assistant attorney general, Perez was secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which enforces state consumer rights, workplace safety and wage and hour laws.
Perez’s nomination has been expected for weeks, and comes with vigorous support from labor unions and Latino groups.
When the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case was dismissed by the Department of Justice, Perez said under oath that senior officials were not involved in the decision to do so and not prosecute Party members for wielding a night stick outside of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. Last week, a report from the DOJ Inspector General contradicted this claim, proving Perez’s testimony was false. In addition, according to a ruling by a judge in a lawsuit about the case last week, Perez’s statement that DOJ senior officials weren’t involved in dismissing the case contradicts the evidence.
Ramirez cartoon via Townhall
Oh, look – The Stupid Party is at it again.
Big Government: Boehner: I ‘Absolutely’ Trust Obama:
On ABC’s This Week, hosted by Martha Raddatz, Speaker of the House John Boehner appeared to downplay the problem of national debt while loudly proclaiming his wonderful relationship with President Obama. “The president and I, as I have made very clear, have a very good relationship. We’re open with each other. We’re honest with each other,” said Boehner.
“Do you trust President Obama?” Raddatz asked.
“Absolutely,” Boehner replied.
“Absolutely?” Raddatz emphasized.
“Absolutely,” Boehner repeated.
I don’t even know what to say. The guy lies to our faces constantly, and appoints incompetents and known liars to positions of power. The Regime’s serial dishonesty, corruption, and lack of transparency is a scandal in and of itself. What is Boehner even thinking? Why are Republicans so afraid to say what they really think? We are going to LOSE in 2014 if we adopt the same weak, “Obama’s a nice guy” strategy, Mitt tried in 2012. Good grief.
Update: Check it – Mark Levin saying the same thing via The Right Scoop: Mark Levin slams Boehner, says if Republicans don’t get SERIOUS the Republican Party is gonna go down!
The Right Scoop: WATCH Pat Caddell’s famous CPAC Speech:
Pat Caddell’s famous CPAC speech, where he blasts the GOP for allowing consultants to run their campaigns has finally turned up thanks to Politi-Chicks who apparently recorded it.
RS McCain, The American Spectator: The Liberal Media Lie About CPAC:
Take, for example, the young comedian Steven Crowder. While serving as emcee on the Potomac Ballroom stage Saturday at CPAC, Crowder made a joke about actress (and, it is rumored, future Kentucky Senate candidate) Ashley Judd: “This just in, Ashley Judd just tweeted that purchasing Apple products is akin to rape — from her iPhone.” Which is pretty doggone funny if you know that, as Alex Pappas of the Daily Caller reported, Judd has claimed that the purchasers of the iPhone and other Apple products are “financing mass rape” by using minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Judd has a penchant for throwing around “rape” in her far-left political rants. She has compared coal-mining in Kentucky to rape and, also, to genocide in Rwanda. Judd’s long history of such outrageous comments has Republicans laughing mirthfully at the prospect of the actress challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky next year. But according to liberal journalists — whose cheerleading for Democrats is now so unapologetically blatant that it is taken for granted — the real outrage is that any Republican would criticize Judd’s lunatic utterances.
This is apparently why the Huffington Post decided to lie about Crowder’s joke. “Steven Crowder, a Fox News contributor who hosted part of Saturday’s activities at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, made a questionable remark about actress and possible Kentucky Senate candidate Ashley Judd,” a post at the site described it, omitting both the factual context and the first part of the joke, quoting only Crowder’s follow-on comment: “What is this obsession with Ashley Judd and rape? It’s pretty unnerving.”
John Nolte, Big Journalism: ’60 Minutes’ Uses Left’s ‘War on Women’ Playbook Against Vatican:
There are a number of glaring and incredibly reckless lies of omission in the 14-minute “60 Minutes” report embedded above.
The first is that like the rest of the media, “60 Minutes” refuses to broadcast the Church’s basic reasoning behind Church doctrine (what Simon calls “conservative” policies) surrounding same-sex marriage, contraception, chastity, sexuality, and allowing only men to become priests.
How hard could it be to bring on an articulate Catholic to explain these policies? It is a sad fact, though, that the media are almost always reluctant to allow someone smart and articulate to argue against The Narrative.
Secondly, CBS only allows nuns unhappy with the Church any airtime. Nuns perfectly satisfied with the Church are memory-holed as though none exist. Heaven forbid a nun who disagrees with the LCWR is offered a chance to explain why. Can’t have that.
Despite the sequester cuts, the Obama administration continues to pursue a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps.
FOX News reported:
Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses.
These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors.
But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps. When a top Senate Republican proposed cutting off funds for that program last week — in the form of an amendment to a budget resolution — Democrats on the Budget Committee shot it down.
The Hill blames the discrepancy on the GOP’s “image problem”. I blame the GOP’s “image problem” on an MSM that demonizes them every time they advocate for fiscal constraint.
Bottom line: the American people appear to be very confused…
Respondents in The Hill Poll were asked to choose which of two approaches they would prefer on the budget, but the question’s phrasing included no cues as to which party advocated for which option.
Presented in that way, 55 percent of likely voters opted for a plan that would slash $5 trillion in government spending, provide for no additional tax revenue and balance the budget within 10 years — in essence, the path recommended by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last week.
This was almost twice as many voters as opted for a proposal that would include $1 trillion in added tax revenue as well as $100 billion in infrastructure spending, and which would reduce the deficit without eradicating it.
Harriet Baldwin, The Examiner: Glenn Beck: The New Media Must “Link Arms”:
Beck has put out a call to all journalists and bloggers to “Link Arms”- and to share information with one another -in order to get news and information out to wider and broader audiences- outside the mainstream media.
On this morning’s show, Beck pointed out that the currency and banking story in Cyprus broke on Twitter! And that the traditional news channels were mostly silent on this economic story.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Facebook has been censoring Conservative journalists and in particular “Citizen Journalists” who post stories to that social media site. This topic has been covered extensively by our own Examiner writer, Joe Newby. Read his latest story on Facebook censorship HERE.
Censorship is a very dangerous thing in a “free” society. The control of the flow of information will threaten our civil society.
We will not stand for control of or taxation of The Internet.
The American People will not stand for a bureau of government controlled media. Or, as Rush Limbaugh calls it “State Controlled Media.”
If YOU are a Conservative Citizen Journalist, blogger or a concerned citizen who watches the news cycle- please heed the warning signs. Please take action. And YES- LINK ARMS- and share your news and information.
According to Talkers.com, Reno, NV liberal talk station KJFK announced that it will go dark on March 18th. (A screen shot of the announcement is posted below.) The line-up is a who’s who of left leaning hosts, including Thom Hartmann, Leslie Marshall and now MSNBC weekend mascot Ed Schultz. The problem? The money: (emphasis mine)
Given the volume of rhetoric dispensed on-air from “the other side”, we felt it vital to remain on-the-air through the 2012 General Election, despite the fact that KJFK has operated at a loss of thousands of dollars a month. Since we launched the station with an appearance by Al Franken in 2005, when nearly 500 people joined us at the Atlantis for now Senator Franken’s appearance just days after we hit the air, we’ve known a passionate audience has been with us all along. Unfortunately, this station was never able to generate the revenue necessary to sustain, and we simply cannot absorb the financial loss any longer.
Local reporter asks White House with unemployment rates still high and families having to cut back on budgets, how does President Obama justify his taxpayer-funded vacations and does he plan on cutting back his vacations? (March 18, 2013).