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Date: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 17:40

**Written by Doug Powers

During the State of the Union address, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg received the longest ovation of evening, and deservedly so:

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack. We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.

A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain.

For months, he lay in a coma. The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move. Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day.

Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye. He still struggles on his left side. But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again.

“My recovery has not been easy,” he says. “Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.”

Cory is here tonight. And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit.

This morning, NBC News’ senior political editor Mark Murray tweeted this:

Obama’s ending on Remsburg wasn’t just a story about America — it also was a story about Obama. Nothing has ever come easy

Murray’s wife works for Obama, and obviously he’d really like to join her there.

Update: Murray even later even expanded on that:

That story could also apply to Obama himself: Nothing in his seven years on the national political stage (2007-2014) has come easy. The 2008 race for the Democratic nomination. Even that general election. The health-care law. The re-election campaign. And now the president’s current situation in which he finds himself bloodied and bruised after the botched health-care rollout.

Yes, the parallels with what Cory Remsburg went through are, uh, uncanny. I’m surprised Murray didn’t mention this.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Media Bias, W..."
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Date: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 07:57

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Standing up against wealth-shaming
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

America, we have a bullying epidemic. No, not the school bullying issues that get constant attention from Hollywood, the White House and the media. No, not the “fat-shaming” and “body-shaming” outbreaks on Facebook. The problem is wealth-shaming. Class-shaming. Success-shaming.

The State of the Job Creator is under siege.

Last week, a prominent self-made tech mogul dared to diagnose the problem publicly. His passionate letter to The Wall Street Journal decried the “progressive war on the American 1 percent.” He called on the left to stop demonizing “the rich,” and he condemned the Occupy movement’s “rising tide of hatred.”

The mini-manifesto was newsworthy because this truth-teller is not a GOP politician or conservative activist or Fox News personality. As he points out, he lives in the “epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco.” No matter. The mob is shooting the messenger anyway. But maybe, just maybe, his critical message in defense of our nation’s achievers will transcend, inspire, embolden and prevail.

The letter-writer is Tom Perkins, a Silicon Valley pioneer with an MIT degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a Harvard MBA. He started out at the bottom at Hewlett-Packard, founded his own separate laser company on the side and then teamed up with fellow entrepreneur Eugene Kleiner to establish one of the nation’s oldest and most important venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.

A hands-on dynamo, Perkins immersed himself in the science and technology of the companies in his portfolio. He even accompanied them on sales calls. He poured his heart and soul into the business of business. Perkins achieved great wealth for himself, his partners and his clients — and the world is a better place for it. Kleiner Perkins’ groundbreaking investment in Genentech planted the seeds of the biotech revolution. An MIT profile notes that in its first three decades, the firm “made more than 475 investments, generating $90 billion in revenue and creating 275,000 jobs” and “funded 167 companies that later went public, including Amazon, AOL, Genentech, Google and Netscape.”

Because he dared to compare the seething resentment of modern progressives to Kristallnacht and Nazi Germany, the grievance industry attacked Perkins and dismissed his message. His former colleagues at the venture capital firm he founded threw him under the bus. Left-wing punk journalists immediately branded him “nuts” and a “rich idiot.”

Please note: Not one of those sanctimonious grievance-mongers had anything to say about the Molotov cocktail-fueled riots and fires set by the Occupy mobs at banks, car dealerships and restaurants in Oakland that provoked Perkins’ comparison in the first place.

While he regrets invoking Kristallnacht specifically, Perkins unequivocally refused to back down from his message defending the “creative 1 percent.” He reiterated his fundamental point in a TV interview on Monday: “Anytime the majority starts to demonize a minority, no matter what it is, it’s wrong. And dangerous. And no good ever comes from it.”

Perkins also chastised those who bemoan “income inequality,” including his erstwhile “friends” Al Gore, Jerry Brown and Barack Obama: “The 1 percent are not causing the inequality. They are the job creators. … I think Kleiner Perkins itself over the years has created pretty close to a million jobs, and we’re still doing it. It’s absurd to demonize the rich for being rich and for doing what the rich do, which is get richer by creating opportunity for others.”

Amen, amen and amen. Perkins barely scratched the surface of the War on Wealth that has spread under the Obama regime. Anti-capitalism saboteurs have organized wealth-shaming protests at corporate CEOs’ private homes in New York and in private neighborhoods in Connecticut. Hypocrite wealth-basher and former paid Enron adviser Paul Krugman at The New York Times whipped up hatred against the “plutocrats” in solidarity with the Occupy mob. New York state lawmakers received threatening mail saying it was “time to kill the wealthy” if they didn’t renew the state’s tax surcharge on millionaires.

“If you don’t, I’m going to pay a visit with my carbine to one of those tech companies you are so proud of and shoot every spoiled Ivy League (expletive) I can find,” the death threat read. In Perkins’ own backyard, Bay Area celebrity rapper Boots Riley infamously penned “5 Million Ways To Kill a CEO” (“Toss a dollar in the river, and when he jump in/If you find he can swim, put lead boots on him and do it again.”) before making cameo appearances at vandal-infested Occupy Oakland marches over the past few years.

But the most dangerous threats to the nation’s job creators don’t come from Oakland rappers or social justice guerillas or San Francisco neighbors griping about tech workers’ private buses and big homes. The deadliest threats come from the men in power in Washington who stoke bottomless hatred against “millionaires and billionaires” through class-bashing rhetoric and entrepreneur-crushing policies — while they pocket the hard-earned money of the achievers trying to buy immunity.

It’s high time to shame the wealth-shamers and their cowed enablers. Silence is complicity.

Previous:

The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010

Live from Occupy Oakland: Window smashing, vandalism, and more; charter buses to port, Teamsters in the house; port shut down, trucks overrun

Occupy Oakland’s dangerous “strike” follies; Plus: Capitalism-bashing, cop-hating rapper Boots Riley is back; Updated

More ugly Occupy Oakland pictures that won’t make MSM front pages

The coming G20 riots & the spread of mob rule

The rule of the mob

“F**k the rich:” Class-war arsonist on the loose

Related:

A List of Occupy Mayhem Sorted by Type

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Date: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 04:40

**Written by Doug Powers

Did you watch the State of the Union speech? I missed the first part because Michigan State/Iowa went into overtime and I have my priorities, but after the speech ended, Alex Castellanos said this on CNN: “I think I’ve said before that a speech by Barack Obama is like sex — the worst there ever was is still excellent.”

Castellanos will most likely have a contract offer from MSNBC on his desk by morning:

There’s a great close-up of Newt Gingrich’s reaction in this Vine video.

Help fix Castellanos’ statement: “A speech by Barack Obama is like sex: ________.”

So many responses come to mind — none of which I’ll publish here.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Barack Obama, Media"
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Date: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 18:05

**Written by Doug Powers

The Dems sent out a fundraising letter yesterday. In it, Michelle Obama asked for at least $10 to “help protect Obamacare.”

This is like raising money to protect icebergs from ships:

Earlier this month, because of what you did, it became illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against the up to 129 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. Young Americans are able to stay on their parents’ health care plans as they get on their feet, and we can now know that our insurance companies won’t put lifetime caps on our coverage.

You should be so proud of that. That happened because you organized, you talked to your friends and neighbors, and you chipped in what you could, when you could, to elect Barack and a Congress who supported his agenda.

Today, I’m asking you to do it again.

So before Barack gives his State of the Union address tomorrow, chip in $10 or more and help protect Obamacare:

To make sure your donation check arrives undamaged, wrap it securely in your insurance cancellation letter.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Health care, Michelle Obama"
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Date: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 16:38

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton recently said that the Benghazi attacks were here “biggest regret” as secretary of state. Later in the same Q & A Hillary was asked about her 2016 plans, and she belted out one of her trademark cackles. CNN aired both clips back-to-back, and panic ensued.

From Charlie Spiering at the Washington Examiner:

A CNN anchor quickly apologized for airing a video clip of Hillary Clinton expressing regret for the Benghazi terrorist attacks spliced together with video of the former secretary of state laughing while she was asked about her plans in 2016.

After playing the clip, CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield apologized to viewers, realizing that it looked like Clinton was laughing about the terrorist attack.

Watch Banfield apologize as if she’d almost personally cost Hillary the 2016 election:

**Written by Doug Powers

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Hillary Clinton, Media Bias, Politics"
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Date: Monday, 27 Jan 2014 16:57

**Written by Doug Powers

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Marked for rapid filing under “when hell freezes over”:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday called on President Obama to apologize during his State of the Union Address to the Americans who have lost their health insurance due to ObamaCare.

“For the State of the Union, one of the things President Obama really oughta do is look in the TV camera and say to the over five million Americans all across this country who’ve had their health insurance canceled because of ObamaCare, to look in the camera and say, ‘I’m sorry,’” Cruz said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Not only will President Obama avoid apologizing for all the canceled plans, but he’ll find a way to blame Ted Cruz and other Republicans for them. For a preview of the promises Obama will make during his fifth State of the Union speech, go watch his first four State of the Union speeches.

To hear the entirety of what Sen. Cruz said about Obama on CBS’s Face the Nation, do not watch Face the Nation, because they were fairly heavy handed in the editing room. I’m sure they would have done the same for Bush (pause for laughter).

(h/t Instapundit)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Barack Obama, Health care, Politics"
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Date: Monday, 27 Jan 2014 14:38

The latest news, via TOLO News:

The US government has condemned an ordered release of the first wave of 88 prisoners from Bagram prison, saying that more than 40 per cent of the prisoners who are set to go were involved in direct attacks against the US and Afghan forces.

The Afghan Review Board (ARB), led by Abdul Shakoor Dadras, has ordered the release of the first 37 of 88 from Bagram, which the US military categorised them as “dangerous”.

The US forces in Afghanistan has condemned the ordered release, saying 17 of the 37 released prisoners are linked to the production of IEDs and killing 11 Afghan forces.

“This extra-judicial release of detainees is a major step backward in further developing the rule of law in Afghanistan. The ARB is releasing these individuals without referral to an investigative body or the Afghan justice system despite the fact that the US has disputed these 88 cases,” the US military statement said.

“Of the 88 detainees under dispute, 40 percent have participated in direct attacks wounding or killing 57 Afghan citisens and security force members and 30 percent participated in direct attacks wounding or killing 60 US or coalition force members,” the statement said.

As I noted in my column on this impending release and jihadist flood earlier this month, the Obama administration itself set the stage for the security-undermining releases. Endangered U.S. troops will reap what this reckless White House helped sow.

Flashback, January 3, 2014:

The White House handed over control of the jihadi-clogged prison to the Afghan government last spring. Some 3,000 notorious Taliban and al Qaeda killers call the jail home. Surprise, surprise: After the Obama administration supposedly secured “private assurances” that no dangerous criminal operatives would be released, U.S. officials are now balking that the agreement has been broken. Everyone, put on your shocked faces.

An anonymous U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal this week: “We are concerned that 88 people who have blood on their hands — Afghan and coalition blood — would be turned loose, but more important, that an agreement that we have with the Afghan government is being violated.” The New York Times reports that Muslim terrorists who trained teen suicide bombers and planted IEDs at schools are among the lucky thugs slated for release. “These are guys that are tied directly to killing and trying to kill our forces and Afghan forces,” an American military official told the New York Times. “This is an issue of deep concern. It is serious.” Cue the “UNDERSTATEMENT” klieg lights.

Members of Afghanistan’s own parliament are decrying the lax review process and dangerous unilateral decisions of a “Bagram Inmates’ Assessment Committee” established by presidential decree. Afghan senator Dawood Hasas told the Afghanistan Times: “Among the released prisoners from Bagram jail, many were murder convicts, and release of notorious prisoners would not be in the national interests.”

Who knows how many others will be freed to kill American soldiers again? President Hamid Karzai is busy pandering to Taliban forces in advance of the country’s spring election season. He is also stalling approval of a bilateral security deal with the U.S. and U.K. It’s a recipe for bloody recidivism. The new batch of freed jihadists will join a burgeoning population of other freed Taliban commanders who promptly returned to the battlefield. Last fall, Karzai freed senior Taliban leader Maulawi Ghulam Mohammad — who now commands some 400 insurgents and immediately launched several deadly attacks on security forces’ check-posts in the Badghis province.

Mohammad joins Mullah Zakir, the Taliban’s top “surge commander,” who was released from Gitmo to Afghanistan custody and let loose by the Afghanistan government in 2007. He’s back at work, killing in the name of Allah without skipping a beat. Former Gitmo detainee Abu Sufian bin Qumu, also released in 2007, has been named a possible lead plotter in the Benghazi attack. Karzai’s jail-emptying scheme comes as the Obama administration continues to widen the Gitmo revolving door for even more potential recidivists-to-be. In December alone, the White House returned Guantanamo detainees to Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, and dispatched three Uighur detainees to Slovakia.

Question: Are the Taliban leaders detained and arrested last fall in connection with the deadly 9/14/12 attack on our Marines at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Karzai’s release list? Don’t forget that the infiltration of 15 jihadists disguised in U.S. combat fatigues took place three days after the 9/11 attack on our Benghazi consulate.

Refresher: The Camp Bastion attack came exactly six months after a failed suicide bombing that targeted then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The meticulously coordinated siege resulted in the deaths of Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, along with the most devastating loss of U.S. airpower since Vietnam. British commanders knew the airfield was insecure before 9/14/12. Leaders on both sides of the pond failed to coordinate their defenses. Three months before the raid, the Pentagon acknowledged, military officials had been warned of “uncontrolled access” that left “personnel and equipment exposed.”

The families of the fallen continue to fight for accountability on both sides of the pond, and to push for both the U.S. and U.K. to take meaningful remediation steps to secure coalition bases. It’s safe to say that “Freeing imprisoned Taliban and al Qaeda jihadists who targeted and killed American troops” wasn’t on any military family’s New Year’s wish list.

Related:

MoD admits that Camp Bastion base in Afghanistan wasn’t always sufficiently funded to ensure its defence

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Date: Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 17:23

**Written by Doug Powers

In 2012, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm blasted the Supreme Court’s decision on the “Citizens United” case:

My experiences all took place before Citizens United. I can’t even imagine how much worse the pressures are now. That case has corrupted our political system, so our politics is no longer about doing the will of the people, it’s about raising the money from some of the people.

There just isn’t time to do anything else. You can see why so many good men and women are no longer willing to serve in elected office.

This isn’t a partisan issue — this is a national crisis. And the fix to get money out of politics is clear: we need to amend our constitution to save our democracy.

Got it. Super PACs baaad.

Fast forward to January 2014:

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Well, Super PACs aren’t that bad:

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has been named cochair of the largest liberal super PAC in the country, giving her what could be a prominent public role in the 2016 presidential race.

Priorities USA Action announced its new leadership structure Thursday. Granholm, a Democrat who left office in early 2011 after two terms, was named co-chair along with Jim Messina, who was campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s successful re-election campaign in 2012.

Priorities USA Action will back Hillary, whose potential candidacy somehow eliminates the threat to democracy posed by Super PACs.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Politicians, Politics"
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Date: Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 04:28

**Written by Doug Powers

Jesse Jackson published a tweet Saturday morning that was quickly deleted and replaced, but I wish it hadn’t been because the original version was much more spot-on:

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The country doesn’t need any more help with that, but thanks anyway.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Jesse Jackson, Race relations"
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Date: Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 20:20

**Written by Doug Powers

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Finally we’re getting somewhere. They’re still going to lie to us, but at least we’ll get a snack out of the deal.

Wait, no we won’t. It’s just “virtual” cheese:

The White House will host a virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day” later this month in a nod to historical tradition — and the popular West Wing television show.

In the show, White House staffers were required on one day a year to meet with citizens and interest groups who normally might not earn attention from top administration officials. The fictional tradition was a nod to President Andrew Jackson, who in 1837 hosted an open house with a 1,400 pound block of cheese in the White House’s foyer.

But the real White House said Friday that they would be hosting a real version of the event — albeit in cyberspace.

“On Wednesday, January 29th, with a nod to history (and maybe the TV show the West Wing), the Obama Administration is hosting the first-ever virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day,” during which dozens of White House officials will take to social media for a day long ‘open house’ to answers questions from everyday Americans in real-time on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and via Google+ Hangout,” the White House said in a statement.

At MOTUS pointed out, in addition to Andrew Jackson, the Obama administration will also be following partly in the footsteps of a lesser president named Thomas Jefferson.

White House video in which Jay Carney makes every second of “Sharknado” look like an Oscar scene by comparison:

**Written by Doug Powers

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Barack Obama, Politics"
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Date: Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 17:14

**Written by Doug Powers

Here’s John McCain questioning George Tsunis, who is President Obama’s nominee to be the next ambassador to Norway. Tsunis could have at last taken the time to look up Norway info on Wikipedia before trying to answer questions:

John McCain wins the week’s “dripping sarcasm” award for his comment at the end about the “incredibly highly qualified” group of nominees.

While watching Tsunis’ responses I couldn’t help but think of this.

How did Tunis even get nominated? The usual way, as Ed Morrissey wrote at Hot Air:

But Olivier found his true credentials. As a bundler for Obama in 2012, Tsunis raised almost a million dollars for the campaign, and donated $300,000 to the Democratic Party. Ironically, Tsunis raised $50,000 for McCain in 2008 before becoming a Democrat in 2009 after McCain lost the election.

From the sound of things, Tsunis’ real-world qualification for that gig is that he once rode on an elevator with Thor Heyerdahl while “Norwegian Wood” played on Muzak.

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Barack Obama, John McCain, Politics"
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Date: Friday, 24 Jan 2014 16:14

**Written by Doug Powers

Count Chuck Schumer among those who aren’t even pretending that we have a Constitution anymore, though it doesn’t seem he’s been paying very close attention to the news:

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to “exploit” and “weaken” the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday.

Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.

“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,” Schumer said.

Come on, Chuck, try and keep up. Been there, done that.

After serving up an example of how big government and its proponents can present an unchecked threat to liberties, Schumer identified the Tea Party’s weakness:

He said the small government mantra espoused by Tea Party leaders is the “core weakness of the Tea Party, and one we can exploit to turn American politics around to the benefit of our nation.”

Shorter version: “Big government can crush small government every time.”

Thanks for making the point, Chuck.

Schumer must sense his pork-parade could be in jeopardy, because he’s ratcheting up the rhetoric, even for him:

Schumer did not mince words in his critique of the tea party. He compared the movement to angry, backward looking populist movements throughout American history, including the Know-Nothings an anti-Catholic immigrant movement prominent in the 1850s, Prohibitionists who he said were reactionaries responding to the urbanizing culture of the U.S. in the early 20th century, and to “Father Coughlins and Huey Longs” in reference to the anti-semitic Catholic priest and radio host in the 1930s and the radical redistributionist governor of Louisiana in the same era.

Huey Long?

Long in 1934:

In a national radio address on February 23, 1934, Huey Long unveiled his “Share Our Wealth” plan (also known as Huey Long’s “Share the Wealth” plan), a program designed to provide a decent standard of living to all Americans by spreading the nation’s wealth among the people.

Democrats including Schumer in 2008:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s comment to “Joe the Plumber” about his intended policy to “spread the wealth” is a good idea, according to Democratic leaders.

Project much, Chuck?

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Date: Friday, 24 Jan 2014 14:03

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. America
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a politically entrenched synod of special interests. These fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race, class or age who believe in low taxes and limited government. The chamber’s business is the big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America.

If you are a business owner who believes your country should strictly and consistently enforce its borders and deport illegal immigrants who violate the terms of their visas, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn’t represent you.

If you are a worker who believes the feds should punish illegal aliens who use fake documents to obtain jobs instead of rewarding them with “legal status,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn’t champion you.

If you are a parent or educator who opposes top-down federal education schemes such as Common Core that undermine local control, dumb down rigorous curricula and threaten family privacy while enriching big business and lobbying groups, the U.S. Chamber od Commerce doesn’t speak for you.

If you are a taxpayer who has had enough of crony capitalism and publicly funded bailouts of failing corporations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn’t work for you.

Last year, the chamber poured more than $52 million into K Street lobbying efforts on behalf of illegal alien amnesty, Fed Ed Common Core programs and increased federal spending. This year, chamber bigwigs are paving the perilous pathway to GOP capitulation. The left hardly needs to lift a finger against tea party candidates and activists who are bravely challenging the big government status quo. The chamber has already volunteered to spend $50 million subsidizing the Republican incumbency protection racket and attacking anti-establishment conservatives.

Allow me to say, “I told you so.” In 2010, when President Barack Obama hypocritically attacked the chamber for accepting “foreign donations” just before the midterm elections, many on the right rushed to the group’s side. But as I warned then, the purported enemy of my enemy is … sometimes my worst enemy. Barely three months after their Kabuki campaign fight, Obama and the chamber had already kissed and made up.

The chamber joined hands with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations on a joint campaign to support Obama’s increased government infrastructure and spending proposals, stuffed with Big Labor payoffs.

The chamber is one of the staunchest promoters of mass illegal immigration, and joined with the AFL-CIO and American Civil Liberties Union to oppose immigration enforcement measures.

The chamber opposed E-verify and sued Arizona over its employer sanctions law.

The chamber supported a pro-Obamacare, pro-TARP, pro-stimulus, pro-amnesty Democrat in Arizona over his free-market GOP challenger.

The chamber supported the George W. Bush/Obama TARP, the Bush/Obama auto bailout and the billion-dollar, pork-stuffed stimulus.

This isn’t about letting the best ideas and businesses thrive. It’s about picking winners and losers. It’s about “managing” competition and engineering political outcomes under the guise of stimulating the economy and supporting “commerce.” What’s in it for the statist businesses that go along for the ride with Obama and his team of corruptocrats? Like they say in the Windy City: It’s all about the boodle — publicly subsidized payoffs meted out to the corruptocrats’ friends and special interests.

In the case of Common Core, the chamber has made common cause with the left-wing, corporate-bashing Center for American Progress in a new Baptists and Bootleggers coalition. They are seemingly strange bedfellows who both profit from increased federal government intervention. For giant corporate publishers, such as Pearson and other big-business ventures backed by the chamber, it’s all about cashing in on the public schools’ Common Core captive guinea pigs in testing, teaching, data collection and data analysis.

For big government advocacy groups, such as CAP, it’s all about diminishing state, local and parental control over local education and curricular decisions; expanding Washington’s regulatory reach into the classroom; and ensuring the perpetuation of the Fed Ed bureaucracy.

When businesses get in the government handout line, it’s not a “public-private partnership.” It’s corporate welfare. Venture socialism. Whatever you call it, it stinks as much under Democrat administrations as it does under Republican ones.

Always beware of Washington business-boosters wearing false free-market facades.

Author: "Michelle Malkin" Tags: "Amnesty, Card check, Cronyism, Education..."
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Date: Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 18:59

**Written by Doug Powers

Behold the freaky cover of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine:

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“The gravitational pull of a possible 2016 campaign is bringing all the old Clinton characters into her orbit. Can she make the stars align, or will chaos prevail?”

What? Chaos prevailing is how the Clintons got to where they are in the first place.

A great GIF is here (more here)

That cover might have already secured Hillary at least two votes in 2016:

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By the way, today is the one year anniversary of “What difference does it make?”

(h/t Weasel Zippers and Drudge)

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Hillary Clinton, New York Times"
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Date: Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 17:36

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Judging from the vomitous reaction I’ve seen from students regarding the school lunch standards that Michelle Obama prodded into existence, I’m not sure this is the wisest of marketing campaigns:

Michelle Obama is getting a new ally in her campaign to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.

The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the ground or grows on trees. The announcement was being made at a Subway shop near the White House.

Subway will only offer a kids’ menu that mirrors federal standards for school lunches. That includes offering apples on the side and low-fat or nonfat plain milk or water as a default beverage.

I repeat: Is that really a good idea, Subway?

It doesn’t really matter though, because FLOTUS has already decided what a “good lunch” should be, and that’s final:

After that, a Subway spokesman, in a glassy-eyed hypnotic stare, read in a monotone voice from a prepared statement written on FLOTUS stationary: “For the first time in Subway’s adult life we’re proud of our footlongs.” And if it didn’t happen that way, it should have.

An entire street was blocked off in front of a DC Subway this morning:

Unreliable sources tell me the street wasn’t blocked off because of Michelle Obama’s appearance, but because Jared was being told his health insurance policy was canceled per Obamacare regs and they didn’t want the press to see him flip out.

A new logo has already been suggested:

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Michelle Obama, Politics"
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Date: Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 18:04

**Written by Doug Powers

Try and get through this without your jaw dropping (emphasis added):

Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

Completely ignored are the tens of millions of exceptions.

Update:

Not to be outdone, here’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Happy 41st birthday, Roe v. Wade.”

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Abortion, Barack Obama"
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Date: Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 14:26

Lessons for Shove Guv Andrew Cuomo
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Not so fast, Andrew Cuomo. We see what you did there. After publicly bashing conservative New Yorkers as “extreme” people who have no place in his state, the intolerant Democratic governor wants to blame the media for his unmistakable contempt for those who oppose abortion, support gun rights and defend traditional marriage.

Newsflash: Crapweasel politicians can backtrack and scapegoat, but they can’t hide.

When he railed against socially conservative Republican candidates in a radio interview last week, Cuomo hyperbolically singled out those he called “right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay” citizens. Sounding unapologetically purge-tastic, the governor said these political opponents “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” His bigoted comments provoked a fierce social-media-driven backlash led by devout Catholics and Second Amendment activists in the Empire State. And now, he’s got job-creating, tax-paying conservative business people threatening to leave. Heckuva job, Andy!

In a desperate damage control attempt, Cuomo issued a statement claiming that the New York Post “distorted” his words. It’s always the messenger’s fault. The Shove Guv also accused his critics of being “entirely reckless with facts and the truth.” Really? There was no equivocation in Cuomo’s political eviction wish. Whether he was talking about conservative candidates and/or the voters and donors who support them, you can’t get any clearer than “have no place in the state of New York.”

Translation: You don’t belong. Pack your bags. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. Scram.

All of his lefty friends on MSNBC and at Soros Central may be cheering Cuomo on, but this marginalization strategy is bound to backfire. Here in Colorado, supposedly moderate Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper threw in with the radical gun-control crowd and is now paying the price. Major businesses have left the state. Two leading state Democratic legislators were recalled last fall by grassroots campaigns outspent 8-to-1 by gun-control forces underwritten by New York Nanny Stater Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates.

Reminder: It wasn’t just “extreme conservatives” who revolted. Pueblo Democrat Angela Giron lost in her Obama-loving Democratic Senate District 3 by a whopping 12 points.

Another state Democrat and staunch gun-control extremist, Evie Hudak, resigned in disgrace last November rather than face the wrath of the independent recallers. Once a hot 2016 Democratic presidential prospect, Hickenlooper’s approval ratings have plunged.

Cuomo also has set himself up for an unforgettable schooling by hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers who are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week for the 41st annual March for Life. “I am guessing that Andrew Cuomo’s remarks are going to be repeated by every speaker on the platform,” Stasia Zoladz Vogel, president of the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee, predicted in the Buffalo News before the Wednesday march.

As for Cuomo’s reckless dismissal of what he considers an “extreme” minority, a recent poll of New Yorkers showed that the vast majority “support sensible restrictions on abortions, with 80 percent opposing unlimited abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy and 75 percent opposing changes in current law so that someone other than a doctor can perform an abortion.” Contrary to Cuomo’s distorted view, the 21st-century pro-life movement is a diverse convergence of increasingly young and minority activists, feminist pro-lifers, independents and social conservatives. And contrary to Cuomo’s reckless telling of history, pro-life activism is ingrained in New York history.

The suffragists who famously met at Seneca Falls, N.Y., were ardent advocates for life. They didn’t mince words. Elizabeth Cady Stanton condemned the “murder of children, either before or after birth.” Alice Paul, who crusaded for the Equal Rights Amendment, called abortion “the ultimate exploitation of women.” Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, as Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser pointed out in her review of pro-life feminism, was horrified by the abortion industry and the women who enabled it:

“The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism. That the honorable term ‘female physician’ should be exclusively applied to those women who carried on this shocking trade seemed to me a horror. It was an utter degradation of what might and should become a noble position for women.”

Now we know where Andrew Cuomo would have stood had he been around when pro-life suffragists came knocking on New York’s doors: blocking their way.

Cuomo insists he “respects” all of the people he dumped on last week. Yet, he continues to willfully mischaracterize their positions and smear them as dangerous haters. It’s telling that he employs the partisan pejorative labels “anti-gay” and “pro-assault weapon” alongside “right to life.” As if endorsing the “right to life” is in itself an act of bigotry or a horrific, unspeakable crime.

There are no do-overs: Cuomo rolled out the unwelcome mat and announced a new state of intolerance. His undemocratic extremism is as extreme as it gets. Out: “I Love New York.” In: “New York Hates You.” Let the homebuyer, business owner, taxpayer, voter and visitor beware.

Author: "Michelle Malkin" Tags: "Abortion, Feature Story, Guns, Politics"
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Date: Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 04:03

**Written by Doug Powers

If Wendy Davis wasn’t a Democrat, she’d be this close to getting hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit from Joe Biden

Davis is trying to convince voters that “discrepancies” in her personal story are somehow the fault of the Greg Abbott campaign.

Abbott lost the use of his legs in 1984, which is why it’s absolutely amazing that the Davis campaign allowed this to happen:

Davis told the paper there were errors and the language for her biography “should be tighter.”

She later said in a statement: “I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”

Proof-positive that a politician can become so engrossed in the campaign narrative that reality doesn’t kick in until well beyond the fail-safe point. The harsh lesson here being “live by the ‘personal hardship’ campaign style, die by the ‘personal hardship’ campaign style.”

I’ll drop it now, because to go any further might be considered sexist:

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Democrats, Joe Biden, Politicians"
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Date: Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 18:47

**Written by Doug Powers

In an interview with The New Yorker, President Obama once again invoked his imaginary son, saying he wouldn’t let nonexistent Barack Jr. play professional football (the Tour de France would also be off the table).

Mark Levin responds (transcript via Right Scoop — audio also at the link):

So he wouldn’t let his son play football – this pretend son that he has. It’s like Jimmy Stewart with the pretend rabbit.

Well let me tell you something Mr. President. I wouldn’t let my son be an ambassador under you. I’d much rather that he played football.

Anybody get the license plate number of that truck?

The officiating crew at the New York Times’ Benghazi desk is expected to flag Levin for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless president.

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Barack Obama, Media"
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Date: Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 16:48

**Written by Doug Powers

Three days ago, the Dallas Morning News ran a story written by political reporter Wayne Slater which pointed out that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has “blurred” key facts in her often repeated life story by claiming to be part Cherokee Indi… wait, wrong story. Sorry.

This is the correct one:

The basic elements of the narrative are true, but the full story of Davis’ life is more complicated, as often happens when public figures aim to define themselves. In the shorthand version that has developed, some facts have been blurred.

Davis was 21, not 19, when she was divorced. She lived only a few months in the family mobile home while separated from her husband before moving into an apartment with her daughter.

A single mother working two jobs, she met Jeff Davis, a lawyer 13 years older than her, married him and had a second daughter. He paid for her last two years at Texas Christian University and her time at Harvard Law School, and kept their two daughters while she was in Boston. When they divorced in 2005, he was granted parental custody, and the girls stayed with him. Wendy Davis was directed to pay child support.

Slater, who is not exactly a card-carrying conservative (I have a feeling that if Davis were a Republican, “blurred facts” may have become “lies”), said that while working on the story he had no contact with anybody from the campaign of Davis’ opponent Greg Abbott.

With all that in mind, Davis defended herself yesterday by calling the story an attack emanating from the Abbott campaign and a “new low”:

A left-leaning reporter exposed discrepancies in her life story with no input from her opponent. Dirty trick, Greg Abbott!

Davis can count on the lefty media helping her out though. This one’s from MSNBC:

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Breaking news: Conservatives also oppose Davis on ideological grounds! Nothing gets past MSNBC.

Update:

Check out Jim Treacher’s many examples of the lengths the MSM is going to avoid using the word “lie.”

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Author: "Doug Powers" Tags: "Media, Politicians, Politics"
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