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ACORN’s Defenders Not Remaining Silent
  31 Oct 2009     7:00 pm      Warner Todd Huston

As we at are fighting to help inform you about what you can do to impress upon our local and federal officials to distance themselves from ACORN, the other side — those that support the actions of ACORN — are also organizing. This fact proves that we cannot just sit idly by and hope that things go our way. We must act to make sure our politicians listen to us and defund this criminal organization. We must speak because our opponents definitely are.
Once again, Byron York reports on this …

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Happy Halloween, Everyone!
  31 Oct 2009     6:26 pm      William Teach

Those old Halloween costumes really stunk, eh?

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Right To Work Prez Calls Out Newt’s Hypocrisy
  31 Oct 2009     5:09 pm      Warner Todd Huston

National Right to Work President Mark Mix is calling on Newt Gingrich to rescind his endorsement of Dede Scozzafava, the liberal candidate chosen by New York’s GOP powermen for the special election for the 23rd District Congressional seat. The reason? Scozzafava is a supporter of the Employee Free Choice Act and Newt has said he isn’t.
Liberal Republican Scozzafava has announced her support of the EFCA and its card check feature, a bill that will give unions a free hand to intimidate workers during the election period for voting on union …

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Republicans & Identity Politics: Scozzafava Campaign Demonstrates How The Two Don’t Mix
  31 Oct 2009     4:01 pm      Melissa Clouthier

Just up is a piece I wrote for Pajamas Media–before the news of today and had to update it–about identity politics in the Republican Party. Here’s part of it:
Maybe it will take another generation for the novelty of women in power to wear off so that women can be looked at for the content of their character and their achievement. Women are more than their reproductive organs.
The Republican Party should help this process along by supporting and promoting deserving candidates with solid accomplishments and sound ideology. These candidates can be …

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Making Stuff Up With Media Matters
  31 Oct 2009     3:47 pm      Lee Doren

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Shake, Rattle and Roll: ‘Gingrich Endorses Hoffman’, Plus, ‘Conservatives Send Message to GOP’
  31 Oct 2009     3:17 pm      Donald Douglas

The GOP establishment’s definitely getting a shake-up! This calls for some be-bopping:

Okay, from CNN, “Gingrich Endorses Hoffman“:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who came under fire from some conservatives for endorsing Dede Scozzafava in next week’s special Congressional election in New York, is now backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
Gingrich made the announcement via Twitter shortly after the Republican Party nominee Scozzafava announced she was releasing supporters from their commitment to back her.
“Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23 Every voter opposed to tax …

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“This Doesn’t Define Me”
  31 Oct 2009     2:22 pm      Cassandra

There are many kinds of courage.
We hear most about the bravery of battle, when the adrenaline is pumping and soldiers are fighting just to stay alive. But we rarely hear about the incredible courage and strength needed to sit up for the first time despite searing pain, to stand, to take those few wobbly steps…
… or, against all odds, to run again.
Meet some wounded vets who have not only recovered from severe combat injuries, but who have gone on to things most of us only dream of doing. In …

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What’s to Disavow? J Street is Extremist
  31 Oct 2009     12:16 pm      Donald Douglas

From Jamie Kirchick, “The Fork in J Street: Will the New Israel Lobby Disavow Its Extreme Left Flank?” After the introduction, Kirchick writes:

In the weeks leading up to its conference, J Street was wracked by a series of controversies. The group had to cancel a poetry session after it was exposed that one of the participants had compared the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Auschwitz and another likened Israel to a “whore.” The organization’s credibility was further challenged when Israeli ambassador Michael Oren refused an invitation to speak at the …

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See ya, DeDe Scozzafava – Next Stop Florida?
  31 Oct 2009     12:01 pm      Matt Latimer

With Scozzafava’s “suspension” of her candidacy, GOP elites in Washington may have dodged a bullet. But we can’t forget that they are the ones who put conservatives into this position in the first place.  The MSM wants to blame “angry” right wingers for the fight.  In fact, it was just the opposite.  
What happened in New York State ought to be a wake up call to them to stop putting forward disappointing candidates who will alienate the conservative base. (One person who really ought to have trouble sleeping today is …

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Transparency We Can’t Believe In!
  31 Oct 2009     10:56 am      Cassandra

It’s… transparency like you’ve never seen! The White House blog gushes:
We previously announced that the White House in December of this year would — for the first time in history — begin posting all White House visitor records under the terms of our new voluntary disclosure policy. As part of that initiative, we also offered to look back at the records created before the announcement of the policy and answer specific requests for visitor records created earlier in the year.
They may have a point, if by transparency like you’ve …

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Shocker! Most Jobs “Saved” Were In Government
  31 Oct 2009     8:12 am      William Teach

As I always say, if you want the truth from the NY Times, check the Saturday edition. The editors all slip out for an early Martini, leaving time for those who believe in journalism to write and post their stories. Witness
The best symbol of the $787 billion federal stimulus program turns out not to be a construction worker in a hard hat, but rather a classroom teacher saved from a layoff.
On Friday, the Obama administration released the most detailed information yet on the jobs created by the stimulus. Of the …

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Don’t make me strangle you with that colored ribbon
  31 Oct 2009     6:56 am      Kathy Shaidle

I blogged about this last week, and it turns out Ann Althouse and Andrea Harris agree, so…
Shut up about breast cancer awareness. We are so ‘frickin aware I’m gonna vomit. People are always “raising awareness” about things everybody knows about. It is the activism of cowards. Especially women, who are so desperate for safety and approval.
When I got lupus there was this big pull to “get involved” with what I call the “bourgeois disease complex”: the annual “months” and ribbons and in the case of lupus, corny mascots like butterflies. …

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1990 Pages
  30 Oct 2009     6:22 pm      Lee Doren

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“Your Taxes Won’t Go Up By A Single Dime”
  30 Oct 2009     6:13 pm      McQ

Wasn’t that the promise? Well Americans For Tax Reform have looked at the 1990 pages of the House monstrosity and found 13 taxes that will indeed raise yours by much more than a “dime” [HT: United Liberty]. Here are just three of them. You can take a look at the entire list here. [pdf]

Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal …

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Bill Ayers Visited The White House January 27–UPDATED
  30 Oct 2009     5:08 pm      Melissa Clouthier

Yes. He. Did:
I wish I were making this up.
So, upon further inspection, it looks like it was a different William Ayers. But a guy named George Soros was there eight times and I don’t know too many of those. And an Andy Stern was there 22 times. Granted, that’s a common name, too. Probably not the union guy. No way. Not THAT Andy Stern.
John Boehner was there once. David Petreus is notably absent.

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Health Care Bill: Gut Reactions
  30 Oct 2009     3:26 pm      Melissa Clouthier

Do I feel like I’m beating a dead horse? Yes. The problem? It ain’t dead. The health care bill is very much alive and it’s almost unthinkable that it’s even being considered for the following reasons:
The Cost Is Enormous: More importantly, America is already staggering under loads of debt. Why are we talking about a vast new entitlement? We are talking about this because the Democrats believe the state is the answer to all problems. Taking care of all your problems costs money. How much? According to this from Americans …

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It’s NOT Your Tree Mr. President
  30 Oct 2009     3:00 pm      Warner Todd Huston

Call it the democrat in me (small “d,” people, small “d”) but every time I hear this president talk about “my house” when he is discussing the White House, I bristle. It isn’t “your house,” Mr. Obama. It is the people’s house. You have just been fortunate enough to have been selected to sleep there for a few years. The arrogance of this man claiming the White House to be “his” house is galling.
Well, now he has apparently decided that all the vegetation surrounding the White House is “his,” …

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Twitter: Rethinking Follow Friday & Using Twitter Lists
  30 Oct 2009     2:13 pm      Melissa Clouthier

I do believe Twitter’s Follow Friday tradition needs to be re-vamped to be relevant. Here’s the problem: People are creating too many tweets filled with “cool” people and clogging everyone’s streams with chum. That is, people have ceased paying attention to the vast numbers of the Follow Friday Tweets so they’re ceasing to be helpful.
In addition, with Twitter’s new “List” feature, people can just follow those who get listed and find that person’s favorites. I have lots of them for different reasons. And in my use of Twitter, while I …

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About Obama’s Staged Photo-Op at Dover Air-Base
  30 Oct 2009     12:54 pm      Donald Douglas

People often criticize me for “dishonoring” the office of the president (the anarcho-socialist James Webb, for example), but I wrote a respectful post yesterday in response to President Obama’s visit to Dover: “Obama Honors Fallen Troops at Dover.” Sure, the president’s visit was perhaps the worst instance of political grandstanding since taking office, but knowing he’s already stabbing our troops in the back, I imagine Obama sleeps better having staged the Dover event.
Nice Deb has the best post on this, “Obama At Dover Air Force Base: Tribute or Photo-Op?“
It’s too …

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Newt Called on the Carpet
  30 Oct 2009     12:12 pm      Dave Blount

Newt Gingrich has publicly opposed the impending disaster of Card Check, which would allow Comrade Obama’s union cronies to do to every business in America what they did to the auto industry. Yet he endorses outlandishly left-wing New York RINO Dede Scozzafava, who in turn supports Card Check. The National Right to Work Committee isn’t taking his duplicity lying down:
In a letter to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, National Right to Work Committee President Mark Mix has asked the semi-retired politician to rescind his endorsement of New York …

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