Wednesday, March 7, 2012

“We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now.”


...footage of Barack Obama praising and hugging Professor Derrick Bell. It was spliced and diced by the media to avoid showing just how close Obama was to Bell. More than that, a close associate of the Obama campaign, Harvard Law School’s Professor Charles Ogletree, admitted on our exclusive tape, “We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now.”

...This is just the beginning. And this video is a smoking gun showing that Barack Obama not only associated with radicals, he was their advocate.

Controversial ‘Lorax’ a threat to Dr. Seuss legacy?

Does green fable’s box office success mask long-term risks for beloved name in children’s books? - Washington Times

...while the left has bemoaned the film’s commercialization of its own anti-commercial message, conservatives have deplored the message itself....

Why Newt Gingrich shouldn’t drop out

Gingrich is right. He shouldn’t drop out of the race. At least not yet. Here’s why. - Chris Cillizza//Washington Post

A quick look at the calendar for the rest of March tells the story. The marquee contests next Tuesday are in the South when Alabama and Mississippi are set to vote. (Hawaii also votes that day.) Louisiana holds it caucuses on March 24.

Gingrich has already made clear today that he will focus all of his time and resources over the next few weeks in the South, skipping the Kansas caucuses — set for this Saturday — in the process. “Everything between Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich,” said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.

If Gingrich can win in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana — and, to be clear, that’s a big “if” — he will have stockpiled enough delegates in the most reliably Republican region in the country to give himself a bit of bargaining power with the eventual nominee.

A weak win for Romney in key Ohio race

In the end, Romney won by a tiny margin, with 38 percent of the vote to Santorum's 37 percent. - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Team Santorum began talking about second place again. But their point was the same as if their man had won. "I think it shows the fundamental weakness in Romney," former senator and current Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "He cannot, even with this massive advantage in money, blow Rick away here. This is not a strong candidate."

Romney can't seal the deal on Super Tuesday - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner
Santorum rides Ohio blue-collar vote, falls short - Hayley Peterson/Washington Examiner
Santorum, Romney duel in Ohio, split other states - AP


◼ Via Breitbart: Earlier today, Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith announced on Twitter that video researcher Andrew Kaczynski had released “the mysterious Harvard/Obama/race video that the Breitbart folks have been talking about.” The video, which Kaczynski says was “licensed from a Boston television station,” shows a young Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, a radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright--about whom we will be releasing significant information in the coming hours.
From the comments: WILL_ANTONIN - So let me get this straight:

After all these years, Buzzfeed just happens to find the same video Breitbart promised to release. A video no one in the mainstream media -- with all their resources -- could be bothered to find during the '08 election cycle.

Now, with the threat of the Bigs publishing it, Obama's palace guard preemptively distributes it -- with severe edits.

The corruption in the media has gone too far. They are open partisans and must be countered with everything we have.

Watch Hannity tonight for the whole tape.

Vulture Capitalism

(I)n a real free market -- no government privileges or barriers to competition -- capitalism is great. It's the only system with a moral core because it's based on freedom, not force. - John Stossel/TownHall

It’s the progressive left in this country that has viciously and systematically slimed female conservatives for their beliefs.

The war on conservative women - Michelle Malkin

...A reporter asked Obama to comment on examples of liberal hate speech at Tuesday’s press conference. He whiffed, of course. This is, after all, the brave leader who sat on his hands while his street thugs attacked tea party mothers and grandmothers as “Koch whores” during the fight over union reform in Wisconsin. (As I reported last week, his re-election campaign is now targeting the Koch brothers’ private foundation donors in a parallel effort to chill conservative speech and activism.) He’s leading by example.
So no, we won’t get any phone calls from Mr. Civility. Acknowledging the war on conservative women would obliterate The Narrative. Enjoy the silence. Red the entire piece.

Latest Wikileaks dump shows Dems effort to throw 2008 election

(Last week) Wikileaks began its latest document dump in a series of cables that it calls 'The Global Intelligence Files.' Part of the information contained in the files shows that the Democratic Party engaged in an effort to throw the 2008 election. -

The Democrats may have succeeded, and the election results from 2008 may be entirely skewed....

In an internal email dated Nov. 7, 2008, a Stratfor operative sent the following information to the company's chain of staffers:
From: Fred Burton []

Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 7:41 AM
Subject: Insight - The Dems & Dirty Tricks ** Internal Use Only - Pls Do
Not Forward **
** Internal Use Only - Pls Do Not Forward **

1) The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to fight. The matter is not dead inside the party. It now becomes a matter of sequence now as to how and when to "out".

2) It appears the Dems "made a donation" to Rev. Jesse (no, they would never do that!) to keep his yap shut after his diatribe about the Jews and Israel. A little bird told me it was a "nice six-figure donation". This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

3) The hunt is on for the sleezy Russian money into O-mans coffers. A smoking gun has already been found. Will get more on this when the time
is right. My source was too giddy to continue. Can you say Clinton and ChiCom funny money? This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

Stunner: Obama loses Dem primary in 15 Oklahoma counties

President Barack Obama collected the most votes in the Oklahoma Democratic primary, but lost in 15 counties - AP

Oklahoma earned the nickname "reddest of the red" states after Obama's failed to win a single county in the 2008 presidential race.

Obama sees protest vote in Democratic primary - Stephen Dinan/Washington Times

While the Republican primaries have gotten all the attention, many of the states that have voted have also held Democratic primaries or caucuses — and in Oklahoma's primary on Tuesday, President Obama only won 57 percent of the vote....

Coming in second with 18 percent of the vote was Randall Terry, a pro-life activist who founded Operation Rescue, which made its reputation blocking abortion clinics. And in third place was Jim Rogers, an Oklahoman who was Democrats' nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and who won 14 percent of the vote.

Obama renomination won’t be unanimous - Stephen Dinan/Washington Times

President Obama will not win the Democratic nomination unanimously after a pro-life activist won 18 percent of the votes in Oklahoma’s primary on Tuesday, ensuring he’ll win delegates to the national nominating convention in September.

Nine Republican attorneys general declared Monday that the Obama administration is riding roughshod over the law, and is using its regulatory powers to impose huge costs on the states

GOP attorneys general litigate, push back against Obama regulations - Daily Caller

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CBS News exit poll: Gas prices loom large in the South on Super Tuesday

Gas prices were an important factor for a significant majority of voters in primary states today, according to CBS News early exit polling. - CBS

That may be good news for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has campaigned in recent days on a promise to bring gas prices down to $2.50. Gingrich, who has only won one nominating contest so far, is hoping strong performances in Southern states will revive his campaign.

Super Tuesday: Newt Gingrich says he's a survivor

Newt Gingrich, racking up a Super Tuesday win in the state where he launched his extraordinary political rise, predicted he would win the GOP nomination despite opposition from the nation's elites because "people power" will trump "money power." - LA Times

"We survived the national elites' effort to kill us," he told a boisterous crowd of more than 400 supporters in a ballroom at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, where he said he was when he learned in 1994 that the Republicans had taken over the House. "Wall Street money can be beaten by Main Street work."

Gingrich noted that political observers had predicted other Republican candidates would eclipse him, and he pointed out that they are now gone from the race. The latest, he said, is Rick Santorum. "There are lots of bunny rabbits that run through. I am the tortoise," he said.

Obama's muddy transparency record

President Barack Obama set a high bar for open government, and he set it quickly. - Politico

A minute after he took office, the White House website declared his administration would become “the most open and transparent in history.” By the end of his first full day on the job, Obama had issued high-profile orders pledging “a new era” and “an unprecedented level of openness” across the massive federal government.

But three years into his presidency, critics say Obama’s administration has failed to deliver the refreshing blast of transparency that the president promised.

“Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There’s just no question about it,” said Katherine Meyer, a Washington lawyer who’s been filing FOIA cases since 1978. “This administration is raising one barrier after another. … It’s gotten to the point where I’m stunned — I’m really stunned.”

The one word that that was on the lips of nearly every Hawaii Republican I spoke to regarding the March 13 caucus was "excited."

Hawaii conservatives to stage first ever GOP presidential caucus in Obama's home state - Washington Times

The Aloha State will see its first ever Republican presidential caucus in one week and local conservatives are already motivated and anxious to cast their votes for what may very well be the next president of the United States.

Hawaii, which has 17 proportionately awarded delegates at stake, trails the drama of today's Super Tuesday contests but has unique significance as President Obama's home state. Conservatives believe that the upcoming caucus, if turnout is large enough, could serve as a symbolic vote of no-confidence against the Obama Administration.


Dividing the spoils: Santorum takes Tenn. and Okla.; Romney wins 3 states and Gingrich captures Georgia - Washington Post via Drudge
As polls closed on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were dividing up Republican primary votes around the nation, with each winning important states , but the key battleground of Ohio remained too close to call.

Romney won Republican presidential primaries in Virginia, Vermont and Massachusetts, the state he served as governor, while Santorum snagged an important victory in Tennessee and also won Oklahoma. Gingrich boosted his struggling campaign with a victory in his home state of Georgia.

In Ohio, Romney was battling Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania who has emerged as his chief rival in the tumultuous Republican presidential primary fight. The contest remained too close to call. Official results have not come in from North Dakota, where caucuses ended at 8 p.m. Eastern time....

In all, more than 400 delegates will be awarded Tuesday, more than the combined total of all 12 states that have voted so far. That won’t be enough to give any of the candidates the nomination, but Super Tuesday could still be super enough to reshape the primary season.
SANTORUM WIN OK, TN... - New York Times
Mr. Romney did less well than usual with some of his of the groups that have provided him the most supporters in the past. While Mr. Santorum won less-educated voters, he essentially tied Mr. Romney among the better educated, which has not been the usual pattern.

Mr. Santorum did well among strong Tea Party supporters, but he he also did well among those less supportive of the Tea Party movement.

Like the voters in other states, 4 in 10 Tennessee voters said Mr. Romney was most likely to defeat Mr. Obama in November.
Super Tuesday Results - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Super Tuesday Thread - Ohio Too Close, Romney Wins VA But Has Major Problems In South - Marooned in Marin
Super Tuesday Update: Romney Declared Winner in 3 States; Santorum 2; Gingrich 1; Ohio Too Close to Call - Michelle Malkin
Super Tuesday Backgrounder * Open Thread [Updates] - NoQuarter

Newt Gingrich - The Truth

Newt Gingrich

March 6, 1857: Dred Scott v. Sanford

On this day in 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that people of African descent brought into the United States and held as slaves (or their descendants, whether or not they were slaves) were not protected by the Constitution and could never be U.S. citizens. - via Human Events

Buy this not that! Rally for Rush.

What would Breitbart do? Once again American companies are choosing sides. This time some leading sponsors are pulling their ads from Rush Limbaugh’s show. - justbarkingmad

Jeffery Lord of The American Spectator discovers that many of the founders and CEO’s of these companies are actually huge backers of groups like

Carbonite background - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Competitors to Advertisers Abandoning Rush - JasonD at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Welcome to total political war - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Which brings me to the present dispute with Rush Limbaugh, and radio show host Kim Komando, who has a very well-known computer talk show.

What did or does Komando have to do with the dispute? Nothing, except that one or more of the advertisers targeted by the anti-Limbaugh groups also advertises on Komando’s show. Komando received a flood of e-mails demanding that she drop the advertisers.

Investors flee Carbonite after Limbaugh announcement - Daily Caller


10 states go to the polls to vote today, and many questions remain about Mitt Romney's candidacy. Will he be able to resonate with conservative voters in dark red states like Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia? Can Romney's spending in Ohio (he's spent $1.3 million on TV ads alone) push him over the goal line in the battleground state that is a MUST win for Republicans in November? All of those questions are answered by Tony Lee and John Gizzi today in their respective preview stories. Both are must reads for all you need to know about today's votes. - Adam Tragone/Human Events

Playbook for Super Tuesday: What to look for in presidential contests in five key states - Tony Lee/Human Events

Super Tuesday: State-by-state snapshot of polls, voting habits and other data - John Gizzi/Human Events

Ohio the Key to Super Tuesday Victory - Rick Moran/PJM

Super Tuesday voters put imprint on GOP race - AP

With 419 delegates at stake around the country, Tuesday's voting represents a sizable slice of the 1,144 needed to nail down the GOP nomination.

Ripping the lid off of Colorado’s Solyndra

Yet another solar company that received loan guarantees from the Department of Energy has dismissed factory workers, lopping off 70 percent of its U.S. employees. Loveland, Colo.-based Abound Solar announced Tuesday it would lay off 280 workers at its production plant near Longmont, leaving 120 still employed. - Michelle Malkin

DOE’s $400-million loan guarantee to Abound closed in December 2010, after President Obama delivered a weekly message a few months earlier hyping his jobs plan in a “clean energy economy,” in which he cited his plans for Abound[.]

Energy Secretary Steven Chu was equally boastful about the Abound loan....

News Web site The Complete Colorado revealed “fingerprints” of a “pay-to-play agenda” when Abound received its conditional approval in September 2010. Wealthy philanthropist Pat Stryker, whose Bohemian Companies has significant investment in Abound, donated $475,599 to federal Democrat candidates and causes over the 2008 to 2012 election cycles, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Included in that amount is $11,900 in maximum contributions to President Obama’s two campaigns for the White House. Stryker also was an $87,500 bundler for the president’s Inaugural Committee, the People’s Press Collective discovered, and donated $50,000 herself. The Sunlight Foundation reported that she gave $35,800 to the 2012 Obama Victory Fund. In October 2009 Stryker also visited a former assistant to the deputy chief of staff at the White House, Kristin Sheehy, who also hosted several visits from SEIU president Andy Stern. The purpose of Stryker’s visits is undisclosed.

Stryker is known to have contributed millions of dollars to Democrat candidates for state and federal office in her lifetime. Among those are gifts to former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, whose district includes the Abound facility – $9,400 made up of max contributions for her 2008 and 2010 successful runs for office. Abound helped pay for ads in 2009 that thanked Markey for voting for the cap-and-trade bill that passed the House that year, which would have benefited renewable energy companies. And according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Markey also pushed for approval of the loan guarantee for Abound.

Surprise! Another DOE Solar 'Bet' Produces Green Job Losses - NLPC

Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC 2012 (3.5.12)

Scott Brown pulling ahead in polls

Scott Brown pulling ahead in polls - Washington Post

A Western New England Polling Institute survey taken Feb. 23 to March 1 has Brown beating Warren 49 percent to 41 percent if the election was held today.

It was the third survey in a row showing Brown in the lead. A poll done last week by the consulting firm Opinion Dynamics shows Brown winning 52 percent to 42 percent; a Suffolk University poll in mid-February gave Brown a nine-point lead.

The most recent poll was taken after Brown backed an amendment allowing moral exemptions from prescription coverage (a failed attempt to limit mandatory cost-free birth control coverage) — suggesting that in the short-term, that position has not hurt him.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Obama mega-donor calls women 'boobs,' 'bimbos,' 'tw*t,' 'c*nt'...

Will Obama Super PAC Return Misogynist Bill Maher's Million-Dollar Donation? - John McCormack/Weekly Standardvia Drudge
In response to the media firestorm surrounding Rush Limbaugh's insulting comments about Democratic activist Sandra Fluke (comments for which Limbaugh apologized), Kirsten Powers writes about the liberal men who have used misogynistic rhetoric without facing the same outrage. Powers notes that "the grand pooh-bah of media misogyny is without a doubt Bill Maher—who also happens to be a favorite of liberals—who has given $1 million to President Obama’s super PAC."
Rush Limbaugh apologized on Saturday for calling a Georgetown Law student a slut for testifying about contraception and starting a firestorm of outrage. Kirsten Powers says the liberals who led the charge need to start holding their own side accountable. - thedailybeast
Did you know there is a war on women?

Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.

Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress about contraception. Limbaugh’s apology was likely extracted to stop the departure of any more advertisers, who were rightly under pressure from liberal groups outraged by the comments.

Obama invokes his daughters in response to Limbaugh controversy - The Hill

Sarah Palin To Obama: If Rush Was Offensive, Why Are You Taking Money From Bill Maher


Obama shifts location of G-8 summit from hometown of Chicago to his Camp David retreat - Washington Post via Drudge

The White House abruptly announced Monday that it had scuttled plans to hold the upcoming G-8 economic summit in Chicago, and would instead host world leaders at the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland.

It was an unusually late location change for a large and highly scripted international summit and came with little explanation from the White House. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — the former White House chief of staff who personally lobbied President Barack Obama to hold the summit in Chicago — was informed only hours before the official announcement....

The White House announced plans last summer to hold both summits back-to-back in Chicago, giving the president a high-profile opportunity to tout his foreign policy and diplomatic credentials on his home turf in an election year.

President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You’re on your own.

White House to Congress Dems: Expect no money - Politico

Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have privately sought as much as $30 million combined from Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee — a replay of the financial help they received from Obama in 2008 and 2010.

But that’s not going to happen...More...

The Obama-Democrat-Media Complex In One Photograph

Via Doug Ross

This is where the unions and the Occupy movement and the academy all come together under one big anti-capitalist umbrella. Lerner, representing labor, says that the job of labor is to shut down business; Occupy says that its job is to smash the machines of capitalism; academia provides them the forum to recruit.

EXCLUSIVE: SEIU HELPS OCCUPY ‘ABOLISH CAPITALISM’ has received exclusive tape of an Occupy Strategy Session at New York University, billed as a group talk on “The Abolition of Capitalism.” One of the headline speakers at this session was Stephen Lerner, former leader and International Board Member of the SEIU and frequent Obama White House visitor. Lerner argued in favor of people not paying their mortgages and “occupying” their homes; he spoke in favor of invading annual shareholders meetings to shut them down. But his big goal was to get workers to shut down their workplaces. That’s where the SEIU agenda and the Occupy agenda truly meet: once workers begin to occupy.


Eureka philanthropists and civic activists Cherie and Rob Arkley will be honored as the “Republicans of the Year” by the Humboldt County Republican Party at a dinner on April 14 at the Ingomar Club. Invitations are in the mail for the event.

Rob is a native of Humboldt County and Cherie of Piedmont, California. They and their daughters own SN Master Holdings, a group of real estate, loan servicing and insurance companies, based in Eureka.
Their company was founded in Anchorage, Alaska in 1987, expanded to Baton Rouge, Louisiana then made its headquarters in Eureka.

Since the 1990s the Arkleys have been active in civic projects, creating the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, funding a major upgrade of the Sequoia Zoo and contributing $2 million to the City of Eureka for the waterfront boardwalk. They are the founders of Economic Fuel, an annual competition among hopeful entrepreneurs--college students and recent graduates--for seed money with which to establish new businesses.

Among the Arkleys development and redevelopment projects have been the Vance Hotel, Fifth Street Plaza, the Eureka Co-op, Fairhaven Business Park and the old Woolworth Building (now Security National’s headquarters). Their current project is the proposed Marina Center.

Cherie Arkley served on the Eureka City Council from 1998-2002. She is active in North Coast Dance, The Arkley Center, Miranda’s Rescue, the Humboldt Arts Council and the HSU President’s Advisory Board. Rob Arkley has served on the boards of the Pacific Legal Foundation and Access Humboldt.

They live in Eureka and have two daughters Allison and Elizabeth.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

All of the above energy. The GOP response

This weekend, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings (R-WA) provided the weekly Republican address to the nation. The topic, lest we forget about one of the most pressing issues of the day, is the real “all of the above” energy policy America needs. (Significantly different from what Barack Obama is delivering thus far.) Below is the video and transcript of the remarks. Not only should you listen, but we should make sure that both the President and the rest of Congress tunes in. ◼ via HotAir

Sunday Talkers: Newt hits homerun on Meet the Press

Washington has accomplished a great leap, from a plea for choice to a roar of entitlement. No doubt, this approach works well with intolerant liberals who want to impose their views on others. But it is enough to cause some of us social moderates, who worry about the encroachment on religious and personal liberty, to go into the loving arms of social conservatives.

From a Plea for Choice to a Roar of Entitlement - Debra Saunders/Real Clear Politics

The Story of Obama and Israel


(WARNING: Language)

Shorter ‘Washington Post’: Bill ‘C*nt’ Maher’s Million Okay For Obama, GOP Must Abandon Limbaugh - Dan Riehl/Big Hollywood

Santorum has failed to get onto the ballot in some districts in Ohio

link - @Breitbart

Forget about the Bill of Rights; from now on, we may as well call it the Bill of Wrongs — the wrongs that an oppressive government will impose on a compliant citizenry that has forgotten what used to be self-evident — that our rights are endowed in us by our Creator, not granted to us by a power-hungry legislature.

Bill of Rights is now Bill of Wrongs - Daily InterLake

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Romney wins Washington state caucuses heading into Super Tuesday primaries

Rick Santorum and Ron Paul battled for second place, while Newt Gingrich ran a distant fourth. - Washington Post

Returns from caucuses in 60 percent of Washington state’s precincts showed Romney with 37 percent of the vote, while Paul and Santorum each had 24 percent. Gingrich was drawing 11 percent.

Romney’s win was worth at least 12 of the 40 delegates at stake. Paul and Santorum each won at least three. The rest remained unallocated, pending final returns.

Latest Poll: Gingrich Leading in Georgia With 38%

A new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows Newt Gingrich with a double-digit lead in his home state of Georgia. - Newsmax

Georgia's 76 delegates are the most at stake in the 10 states that vote on Super Tuesday.

Obamacare's growing tab

Obama's new budget projects that the law's subsidies to purchase health insurance on new exchanges would cost $111 billion more from 2012 through 2021 than projected a year ago. - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
White House Quietly Increases Budget for Obamacare's Exchange Subsidies by $111 Billion - Avik Roy/Forbes
Cost estimate for insurance aid prompts questions - Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar/AP

The Audacity of Obama -- Michelle Malkin

‘Die, Die, Foreigners!’

Say what you like about Afghans, but they’re admirably straightforward. The mobs outside the bases enflamed over the latest Western affront to their exquisitely refined cultural sensitivities couldn’t put it any plainer: - Mark Steyn/National Review Online

“Die, die, foreigners!”

Snowe’s career proved that it’s entirely possible to steer clear of the party line without upholding any particular notion of the public good.

Olympia Snowe’s Strange Martyrdom - Jonathan Chait/NewYork Magazine

Three Occupy Oakland protesters charged with hate crimes

Three Occupy Oakland protesters accused of surrounding and taunting a woman before stealing her wallet were charged on Friday with robbery and hate crimes, authorities said. - Reuters

Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24, confronted the woman on the streets of Oakland in February after she told them not to riot in her neighborhood, the Oakland Police said in a written release.

"She was surrounded by three protestors and battered as they yelled vulgar epithets regarding their perception of her sexual orientation," Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said.

The female victim was not identified except as a 20-year resident of the neighborhood.

...An Occupy Oakland organizer could not be reached for comment....

In Washington state, Ron Paul has a shot at 1st win

Republicans caucus and vote in a straw poll Saturday, but a victory by any candidate could be fleeting. National delegates will be chosen later. - LA Times

He has the organization. He has the fired-up base. There are just two questions about Ron Paul's performance in Washington state's Republican caucuses.

Can he win? And will it matter?

Iran pastor: U.S. House calls for his release

Adding pressure to Iranian officials, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who could be executed any day for his Christian faith. -

The resolution passed Thursday (March 1) by an official vote of 417-1, although the one representative who voted "no" -- Lois Capps of California -- said she did so by mistake, and she corrected her vote minutes later and said in a floor speech she supports Nadarkhani.

Is Something Happening Here?

(A) movement for political change can only be sustained if it also comes from the bottom up. Creating a new party is highly unlikely. But changing the political landscape is possible. California could be a test case for a change in direction. - Joel Fox/Fox&Hounds

Is there a shifting in the political landscape or is this something that happens every election cycle? Dissatisfaction with the political parties by the electorate is nothing new. However, dissatisfaction by politicians with the parties and the political process in unusually high numbers makes one wonder: Is something happening here?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Deadline to File for Republican Central Committees is next Friday, March 9th.

The deadline to file for Republican Central Committees is next Friday, March 9th. To take out nomination papers, go to the Humboldt County Elections office, 3033 “H” Street, Eureka (corner of Harris). There is a parking lot, plus street parking on “H” and “I.” Telephone (707)445-7481.

Humboldt County's Central Committee meets first Thursdays. We currently have openings - With redistricting, four of the five districts have changes to the number of seats available:
1st --6 (from 9)
2nd--5 (from 4)
3rd--3 (no change)
4th--3 (from 4)
5th--5 (from 3)
It is possible that with changes in supervisorial district lines some members have been moved into a different district. If you have any doubt your own status, call the Elections Office, 445-7481.

You'll need the signatures of 20 registered Republicans from your own district (and they recommend 30, in case any are disallowed.) There is no cost for filing nomination papers.

Ted Nugent endorses Mitt Romney

On Twitter: after a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him — Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) - Politico

“Simply stated, talk is cheap when dealing with despots, dictators, autocrats, and theocrats”


...In the same post, West also slammed Obama after he said in an interview with The Atlantic he doesn’t “bluff” when it comes to preventing a nuclear Iran.

“I agree with President Obama that he does not bluff, he prefers apologizing,” West said.

Earlier this week, West blasted Obama’s recent apology over the reported Koran burnings on a U.S. base in Afghanistan.

“Simply stated, talk is cheap when dealing with despots, dictators, autocrats, and theocrats,” West wrote Friday. “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu understands his neighborhood and we should defer to a former Israeli Commando on matters such as this instead of a community organizer.”

He continued, “I appreciate President Obama’s desire to seem tough but so far it has only resulted in the expansion of radical Islamist dominance in the Middle East.”


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is hitting back at the upcoming HBO film “Game Change” with a video of her own, calling it “fiction” that “presents a history that never happened.” - The Blaze

Titled “Game Change We Can Believe In,” the nearly three-minute video zeroes in on actress Julianne Moore’s portrayal of Palin. It begins with Moore answering the phone, “This is Sarah,” and blasts back with the words, “No — this is Sarah” before moving to clips of Palin speeches and interviews.

Ann Romney adds personal touch to Mitt's campaign

She is warm, composed, approachable and careful with her words. The mother of five and grandmother of 16 also has become the behind-the-scenes glue in Mitt Romney's well-organized campaign -- a trusted adviser who keeps a close eye on the news coverage about him and casts him as a personable family man. - Reuters

She is aware that her husband, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, has an image problem. Critics say he often seems stiff and reserved on the campaign trail, and has difficulty connecting with voters.
That isn't a problem for Ann Romney...

Last year, Ann Romney said, she told her husband that she would commit to a campaign in 2012 under one condition. "I'm not going to do all this unless you can get (to Washington) and fix it," she recalled. "And he said he would."

Newt Gingrich's real thoughts on the media

Say what you will about Gingrich's penchant for playing the anti-media card, I think he's 100 percent sincere when he distinguishes trail reporters from Washington pundits -- and I think he makes a very fair point. More than a few times I've received emails from embeds telling me that the latest incendiary sound bite blowing up on cable news isn't incendiary at all when taken in context. - Politico

The Democrat's not-so-great Senate week

(A)ll is not well in DSCC land. Three new polls out show voters are rapidly moving away from Democratic candidates in key races. - Conn Carroll/Washington Examiner

It should have been a banner week for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, retired, making an easy Republican hold into a lean-Democratic pick-up. And former-Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, announced he would run in Nebraska, giving the Democrats a dream candidate and moving that seat from an easy Republican pick-up to a lean Republican seat.

But all is not well in DSCC land. Three new polls out show voters are rapidly moving away from Democratic candidates in key races.

Democrats have a message for American job creators: Nice business you have there. It would be a real shame if you donated to Republicans and something...unfortunate were to happen to it: Democrats on K Street are warning their corporate clients: Give to Republican challengers in the 2012 election, and you’ll regret it come tax reform time.

Dems Threaten Tax Retaliation Over GOP Donations - Guy Benson/TownHall

...Ah yes, the ole' electoral "broad view." Allow me to summarize: "Republican X might represent your interests better than that Democrat Y -- who will probably vote to raise your cost of doing business, then demonize you in the press -- but we Democrats have long memories and will use our power to retaliate against any perceived affront, so act accordingly." Conservatives view tax reform as a necessary and long-overdue step to make the US tax code simpler and more predictable to foster economic growth. Liberals view it as the opportunity to enrich their friends and punish their enemies....

The Internal Revenue Service is embroiled in battles with tea party and other conservative groups who claim the government is purposely frustrating their attempts to gain tax-exempt status. - Pulse

Olympia Snowe: Why I’m leaving the Senate

link - Washington Post

...The great challenge is to create a system that gives our elected officials reasons to look past their differences and find common ground if their initial party positions fail to garner sufficient support. In a politically diverse nation, only by finding that common ground can we achieve results for the common good. That is not happening today and, frankly, I do not see it happening in the near future....

Obama campaign lying about contraception mandates

It’s hard to recall a political cause as dependent on dishonesty as the support for Kathleen Sebelius’s ObamaCare contraception mandate. - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner @tpcarney

Andrew Breitbart described himself as an “accidental culture warrior.” For the few years Breitbart was given to fight the fight, his conversion from Hollywood guy to culture warrior was one of the most fortunate accidents ever to befall the conservative world.

In politics fight, Breitbart knew culture is key - Byron York/Washington Examiner

...“There is an underground conservative movement,” he said in 2009. “I have more friends who are conservative in [Hollywood], with brand names, writers, directors, graphic artists, comedians, singers, song writers, rock and rollers, punk rockers, believe it or not, who love this country, most of whom are cultural conservatives, and who have existed in the closet for the last 40 years, because the conservative movement was, for the most part, based in the Northeast and kind of pooh-poohed the culture or just didn’t think that there was a cultural right out there.”

There really was a cultural right out there, and Breitbart made sure the country -- and those eastern conservatives -- knew it....

Breitbart knew conservatives would have to change, to pay more attention to the culture, to win. That’s what he tried to teach, every day.

Wisconsin man faces 50 years in prison and a $90,000 fine on charges of forging signatures on recall petitions.

Man facing charges for allegedly forging signatures on Wanggaard recall petitions - including dead man's - Journal Times
Discussion at Althouse

Court records indicate Mark Demet, 59, of the 2400 block of Arlington Avenue, will face a 9-count complaint including two counts of election fraud and seven counts felony personal ID theft. All the charges are felonies and expose him to a potential 50 years in prison and a $90,000 fine....

Court documents say Demet admitted to an investigator that he circulated the petitions against state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, in question and signed the names of other people, one of whom is dead. That was Ralph Petersen whose wife Violet was also fraudulently listed on a petition, according to the criminal complaint. Seven people listed on recall petitions told sheriff’s investigators they did not sign. The petition sheets also carried Demet’s signature. As the circulator of those pages he testified to the accuracy of the information they contained.

In other words, folks, you are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her.

Stunner. Georgetown “Coed” Sandra Fluke Is a 30 Year-Old Women’s Rights Activist - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit

What a shock! It was all a BIG PRODUCTION!

The Democrat’s token abused college coed is actually a 30 year-old hardcore women’s rights activist. Unreal. This was all just a big dishonest Democrat ploy to take the attention off of Barack Obama’s assault on religious freedom. It figures.

Obama calls Sandra Fluke, student dissed by Rush Limbaugh - to find out if she is OK. - Politico

Carney noted that the call was a “very good conversation” that lasted several minutes.

“This is not a quote from him (Obama), but I think he thinks they were reprehensible, they were disappointing,” Carney said. “It is disappointing that those kinds of personal and crude attacks could be leveled against someone like this young law school student who was simply expressing her opinion on a matter of public policy and doing so with a great deal of poise.”

Sandra Fluke is not a “slut.” She’s a femme-agogue tool; DCCC, Emily’s list fund-raise off of Rush - Michelle Malkin

Sandra Fluke’s Appearance Is No Fluke - JWF

“Countdown to Tampa Bay and a Winning Republican Ticket”


California Republicans will send the largest and most diverse delegation to Tampa Bay, Florida in August to nominate the next President and Vice President of the United States of America. This effort begins today with the formation of the official California 2012 Republican National Convention Delegation Committee. Former Governor Pete Wilson, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Congressman Darrell Issa and former Secretary of State Bill Jones will serve as Honorary Co-Chairmen of the committee that will ensure Golden State delegates from 53 congressional districts can champion a Republican vision to restore America’s economy, cut unemployment and put our nation back on the right track to prosperity and global leadership. A committee previously announced by the California Republican Party has been merged into this new committee.

Washington fairy tale of 'responsible' moderates: Like most folklore, this narrative bears no relationship to reality.

Washington fairy tale of 'responsible' moderates - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

It's an old yarn, and just like a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, it frequently gets updated to suit the times. In the most recent version, President Obama is the noble hero who came to Washington to rescue the country, only to be thwarted at every turn by sinister Tea Party Republicans....

Like most folklore, this narrative bears no relationship to reality. In the real world, Republican members of Congress who scoffed at ideology spent decades cutting corrupt deals, buying votes with pork barrel spending, and expanding government to unsustainable levels while sweeping our nation's long-term problems under the rug.

Traditionally, Republicans would complain about big government while collaborating with Democrats to augment its size and scope. Yet last year, the House of Representatives passed the first serious plan to reform entitlements and balance the long-term budget, with all but four Republicans voting for Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal.

That historic development would not have been possible were it not for those pesky Tea Party protesters getting principled Republicans elected and demanding action on the debt.

During the debt ceiling debate, Brooks reported that Obama was privately ready to reach a "grand bargain" with Republicans on entitlement reform, only to be thwarted by GOP unwillingness to raise taxes.

But it's hard to take this as sincere given that Obama has never introduced such a plan publicly, even when his party controlled both chambers of Congress.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Breitbart: Who He Was, How He Was - RS McCain
“The idea that I could do for a living that which I would do in my free time, for free, is the single greatest thing on the planet,” he says.

“I realize that my entire brain was meant to be connected to the Internet — it is my Ritalin. I don’t feel that I have a disease now. I really don’t. I’m like, ‘Oh, finally the device has been invented.’ That’s why I call it a panacea. The Internet is the greatest single invention, to me, ever.”
Man against the mob - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Breitbart’s Last Laugh - Weekly Standard
Stephen Bannon: We’ll release the tapes Breitbart has of Obama’s college years in the next 10 days - HotAir

Breitbart’s Legacy: In His Own Words

Andrew Breitbart on his Legacy "I want the left to know they screwed with the wrong guy!"

Andrew Breitbart

@AndrewBreitbart - Wake up, Conservatives: Left is involved in 100% organized class & race warfare & you think you can sit this one out & not fight back?!?! - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

"I'm so sick of having to be apologetic..." - Althouse

Andrew RIP - Jonah Goldberg/National Review
Andrew Breitbart's Unfinished Quest for a Punk Rock Republican - Atlantic
What Andrew Breitbart meant to politics - Chris Cillizza/Washington Post
Andrew Breitbart loved political combat.

Based in the liberal enclave of Los Angeles, Breitbart viewed himself as a one-man conservative gang and he took to the task of delivering rhetorical body blows — primarily via the web but also through television appearances — with a gusto rarely seen even in these hyperpartisan times.

“There was no stopping Andrew Breitbart from fighting the good fight with every fiber of his soul,” said Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter...

He was mischievous — rarely without a sly smile on his face. He was controversial. He was loved by conservatives and loathed by Democrats. And now, at 43, Andrew Breitbart, conservative journalist and provocateur, is dead.
Farewell to a Friend: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012) - Matt Welch/
It was always funny to many of his friends that Andrew Breitbart, after he became famous, was probably most famous for being a 100 percent polarizing political lightning rod. The reason that was funny was two-fold: He didn't actually have strong philosophical/policy beliefs - at all - and he was always perfectly comfortable and perfectly welcome in ideologically and culturally diverse settings. Like my L.A. backyard, dozens of times.

That doesn't mean the guy stumbled accidentally into politcal conflict. He lived for it. He was genuinely, convincingly, overwhelmingly outraged at the workaday biases of liberal media, academia, and entertainment, and always positioned himself smack dab in the center of it. He'd be in the middle of some hilarious story about trying to do unspeakable things at some Irvine Meadows concert in the 1980s, and then if the conversation got steered toward the media, his eyes would narrow and redden, his face would go purplish, and Breitbart-Hulk would take over.

The vote to defeat the proposal was 51 to 48, with one Republican, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, voting with 50 Democrats against the amendment

The Senate Thursday defeated a proposal that would have allowed employers and health plans regulated by the 2010 health care law to opt out of paying for medical services that are contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)

With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart. - Breitbart's Big Hollywood

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:
I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.
Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.
Andrew Breitbart: A Whirlwind Dies - Roger L. Simon/PJM
There are few people who are irreplaceable, but Andrew may have been one of those few. - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion