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According to this article, Harry Reid is shooting his mouth off again. The big question is whether anyone’s paying attention anymore. Here’s what Sen. Reid said today:

“Every place you go you hear about no progress being made in Iraq,” said Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid. “The government is stalemated today, as it was six months ago, as it was two years ago,” Reid told reporters, warning US soldiers were caught in the middle of a civil war. “It is not getting better, it is getting worse,” he said.

Sen. Reid is insulting us if he thinks that we’re that gullible. The civil war line is pure myth. The violence is dropping precipitously. I just sent Harry Reid an email chastizing him for his statement. Here’s the content of that email:

Sen. Reid’s statement that our soldiers are caught in a civil war in Iraq is insulting. Tell Sen. Reid that we read the reports. Tell Sen. Reid that we’ve seen the statistics that show casualties are dropping dramatically.

Most importantly, tell Sen. Reid that the days of bamboozling the American people
with phony statistics are finished. We don’t rely on his statements to know what’s happening in Iraq. We hop on Al Gore’s internet & read a half dozen articles from Iraq telling us about the Anbar Awakening, which is quickly turning into the Iraq Awakening. We read about how Al-Qa’ida in Mesopotamia has been driven out of Baghdad.

The new paradigm demands that politicians tell the truth. The new paradigm demands taking responsibility for the misstatements politicians make.

It’s a brave new world, one which Sen. Reid doesn’t know exists…YET.

I just called Sen. Reid’s office asking what information Reid is basing his statements on. The young lady that I talked with said that she couldn’t speak for him on the matter, which I expected. When I asked if someone from Sen. Reid’s DC office could return my call and answer my questions, she said that they couldn’t since I wasn’t a Nevada resident. I suppose that’s one way of limiting his exposure to questioning from people who aren’t part of the DC press corps.

The bottom line is that Reid’s statements have been exposed. They aren’t fooling anyone. Politicians like Sen. Reid haven’t figured it out that they don’t control the narrative anymore. They’re about to find out.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Drew Emmer posted something last week that I’ve meant to comment on. Here’s what Drew wrote that caught my attention:

I was just asked a question that has me spinning. The question was “How much time do you think we have to reform America before the bureaucrat-special interest-unionists make it impossible for us to make a difference ever again?”

Whoever asked that of Drew has a defeatist attitude and then some. I’d further say that this person must not be paying attention to what’s happened the last 6 months.

Remember the ‘Grand Bargain‘ amnesty legislation? When it was unveiled, the elitists in Washington told us that there wasn’t a need to amend it, that the bill needed to be passed immediately. Big business was cheering for the bill’s passage. It died. TWICE. It crashed twice because people who cared passionately about not granting amnesty to illegal immigrants called in such massive numbers that we melted the Senate switchboard down.

The elites heard our collective voice and shuddered. After hearing our voice, spineless politicians joined with principled Republicans to vote against cloture. That wouldn’t have happened a decade ago. That bill would’ve sailed through the House & Senate, followed by a big signing ceremony in the Rose Garden.

Remember John Murtha declaring before the entire nation that the Haditha Marines had “killed innocent civilians in cold blood”? Remember him claiming that the cover-up “went up the chain of command”? That story broke on May 17, 2006. Seventeen months later, Lt. Gen. James Mattis has dropped the charges against Justin Sharratt, Randy Stone, Sanick de la Cruz & Lucas McConnell. Lt. Col. Paul Ware has recommended that the charges be dropped against Stephen Tatum, too.

A decade ago, the Haditha Marines would’ve been railroaded by the NCIS and the JAG corps. Now they’re being exonerated because a group of determined former Marines started digging into the Haditha Marines. Thanks to Al Gore’s internet and these gentlemen’s determination, they uncovered facts that the Agenda Media would’ve kept buried a decade ago.

Remember Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi declaring that the surge had failed? A decade ago, that would’ve been accepted as Gospel fact by the media. We The People didn’t have a way of disproving that back then. Now we’re reading Bill Roggio, Michael Yon and Ralph Peters. They’re telling us that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi don’t know what they’re talking about.

It’s important that we take a step back and notice the impact that we’ve already had. It’s more important that we realize that our ability to change policies is growing at a clip unimaginable a decade ago. It’s happening because we’re able to access more information than at any point in history.

That’s what has the elites worried. They don’t control the storyline anymore. The NY Times, NBC and the Washington Post can’t protect them like they once did. It’s important to keep this in mind: Elitists are control freaks. They can’t stand the thought of ‘commoners’ like us changing their preferred storylines. They don’t like the fact that blogs can be used to remember things they said. They don’t like the fact that citizen journalists are holding their feet to the fire by injecting detailed facts into stories.

Remember that they’re used to a lapdog press that didn’t question them. They’re used to getting away with the most outlandish spin. They’re used to essentially telling us to shove it.

Look at how David Obey overreacted when Tina Richards confronted him on ending the war. Look at how John Murtha reacted when Jason Mattera of the Young America Foundation pushed Murtha about the Haditha Marines.

The lesson to be learned from this is to keep pushing. When we drive these elitists outside their comfort zone, they say really stupid things that’ll eventually get them in trouble at the ballot box.

It’s also critically important that we push these elitists for the right reasons. Pushing them simply for the sake of getting them upset isn’t wise. Pushing them for the right reasons is imperative. Otherwise, we become like the MoveOn.org types that we berate.

We shouldn’t start pushing until we’ve done the research and we’re the authority on that specific subject. Doing the research puts us in the strongest possible position to carry an intelligent conversation with our legislators. Doing that research for the right reasons puts us on the side of the angels, which eliminates the possibility of our getting ripped as partisans, too. Another benefit of being the authority on a subject is that it tells the politician that he can’t spin us. Having that type of control of a situation is an important factor in winning people over to our side.

Isn’t it time that we realized just how powerful a force we are? Isn’t it time that we stopped believing the Strib when they say that something is inevitable? It isn’t like they’ve got a great track record on predicting this stuff lately.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Alot of pieces of the Hillary/Harry Reid/Senate Democrats puzzle fell into place after I read this article. The article tells about the comunications Hillary had with David Brock when he was putting Media Matters together. It talks about Hillary’s advising Harry Reid about putting a Senate Democrat War Room. Before we get started with the heart of the article, here’s a little background on who’s involved:

The first decision Hillary faced as she took over the [Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee] in early 2003 was whether to keep the staff director, Jodi Sakol. Sakol, in her early thirties, was already a communications veteran, having worked the beat for Al Gore when he was vice president and during his 2000 presidential campaign…

Ms. Sakol eventually got involved with this:

Concurrently, and on her own time, Sakol was involved in discussions about the formation of another nonprofit, left-leaning group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which focused on government corruption. It was Hillary’s “proactive” efforts in this area and her desire to “beat the GOP at their own game” that prompted CREW’s founder, Melanie Sloan, a former prosecutor, to invite Sakol to the initial brainstorming sessions in 2003 where CREW was born. CREW was organized as a tax-exempt nonpartisan group, and on occasion, it has taken on Democratic targets. But since the Congress and the executive branch were in Republican hands at the time of its founding, its investigations were bound to focus on Republicans.

Sakol alerted Hillary and her staff about the newly forming group and its need for “Democratic progressive money.” The hope was that CREW would prove to be a perfect counterbalance to Judicial Watch, the corruption watchdog that had tormented the Clintons with lawsuits and press conferences throughout the 1990s. Hillary’s pollster and strategist Mark Penn became a director and vice president of CREW. “CREW could do things the senators couldn’t do,” Sakol said. And once CREW’s charges “were out in the press,” Sakol noted, other people could cite the
findings of the group, which was usually portrayed as nonpartisan in news accounts.

CREW was touted as a nonpartisan watchdog group to the Lapdog Press, who bought it hook, line and sinker. That’s what the Lapdog Press would dutifully report whenever there was a news story involving CREW. CREW is Soros-funded hit squad whose goal is to smear Republicans. That’s only a bit of what I found on this alliance. Here’s another tidbit of information that needs to be told:

Brock’s nonprofit, a Washington-based media-monitoring venture called Media Matters for America, found a temporary home in early 2004 at the Center for American Progress. Already providing its daily news summary to Hillary, the center helped Sakol get the daily media analysis prepared by Media Matters in order to help shape the Senate war-room activities.

Media Matters is another liberal hit squad that touts itself as a watchdog group. As we can clearly see, that’s insulting to anyone who knows anything about the organization. Let’s show what a genuine watchdog group does, then compare that with Media Matters does.

CGAW is a legitimate citizen’s watchdog group. Their Waste Watch report rates how each representative did in terms of wasteful spending. For instance, Robert Wexler, (D-FL) had a 2 percent rating in 2006. Rep. Wexler has a lifetime 8 percent rating from CAGW. According to CAGW’s rating system, that puts him in the hostile to citizens category, meaning he’s a wastemonger.

Let’s now look at what Media Matters is noted for:

Although it was independent, Media Matters had among its earliest supporters and advisers long-standing allies of Hillary and the Democratic Party. One of them, Kelly Craighead, who planned Hillary’s trips for eight years when she was First Lady, advised Media Matters “on all aspects” of its launch. And the new group wasted no time becoming an aggressive protector of Hillary’s reputation and boasting about its role as truth police, forcefully going after journalists for what the group deems to be leaving out key information or cherry-picking material. In three years, the group has cited more than seven thousand examples of “conservative misinformation,” Brock said.

Hillary, though not a close friend of Brock’s, advised him and “quietly nurtured” his nonprofit empire. The watchdogs at Media Matters often rushed to Hillary’s defense…

TRANSLATION: Hillary advised terminally unethical David Brock, a former enemy of the Clinton’s. In return, “Media Matters often rushed to Hillary’s defense…”

Some watchdog.

This week, Media Matters used their time-tested method of funneling misinformation into the Senate War Room, where senators got their talking points. Harry Reid picked up on Media Matters’ misinformation about what Rush said. Reid threw a hissy fit with the misinformation when he reached the Senate floor.

Here’s a simple question worth asking: Do watchdog groups work hand-in-hand with one political party while attacking the other? That’s what Media Matters is doing. In fact, that’s what they proudly state in their About Us page:

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

A large part of Media Matters’ funding comes from a liberal umbrella group titled the Democracy Alliance:

Media Matters for America is funded in part by the Democracy Alliance.

Stripped to its essentials, Media Matters is nothing if not an important organization in the Clinton media network. I’d bet that most people would agree with me that that isn’t what watchdog groups do.

Here’s more information on the Democracy Alliance:

Some alliance members are close to Hillary; by 2007, the alliance was run by Kelly Craighead, a longtime member of Hillaryland. The alliance has some firm rules: Members must donate at least $250,000 per year to approved causes, and the groups seeking their backing must submit proposals to the alliance for screening and agree to keep secret the source of their donations.

Since when do watchdog groups get a significant portion of their funding from organizations who “agree to keep secret the source of their donations”? The watchdog groups I’ve heard of make a big issue out of transparency. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a supposed watchdog group accept financing from an organization sworn to keeping their funding secret.

As Republican activists, we’ll need to take on this network of liberal misinformation. there’s no denying that this is a daunting task. The good news is that one man armed with the truth is totally capable of slaying that misinformation network. The better news is that an Army of Davids, armed with the truth, is even more capable of refuting the misinformation coming from the Clinton War Room.

If we make those sacrifices, we’ll win. It’s that simple.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Jim Oberstar tried pushing a gas tax increase by saying “God help you” if you don’t support a gas tax increase. He shouldn’t have done that because that got Michael Brodkorb’s dander up. The last thing a liberal should do is say anything that gets Michael’s investigative juices flowing. This post should be all the proof you need to trust me on that:

Congressman Jim Oberstar, who is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, did a great job of leading the charge and getting the 35-W bride repair relief package passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislative process worked and every Minnesotan should be proud of how Minnesota’s congressional delegation responded to this tragedy.

But I’m curious what people think of this article from the Bemidji Pioneer. I’ve pulled the below section from the article:

Oberstar wrote the legislation in 1991 that first allowed Highway Trust Funds to flow to states for bike trails. Until then, the 50 states combined for the past 20 years had spent only $40 million on bike trails.

The 1991 law required each state to have a bicycle coordinator, funded from the Highway Trust Fund, to have a state bicycling plan, and would be given the authority to use abandoned railway grade beds as bicycle, pedestrian and in-line skating trails.

In the next six years, $1.3 billion was invested in bicycling facilities nationwide, Oberstar, an avid biker, said.” Source: Bemidji Pioneer, August 9, 2007

I can’t improve on Michael’s fisking of Oberstar’s diatribe so I’ll just tell Rep. Oberstar that he’s been skewered by the best in the business. This one will leave a mark for a very long time.

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When I read this Newsmax article, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Check this out:

Dear NewsMax Reader: We have helped the legal defense funds of three heroic Marines raise close to $200,000 in just a week. These Marines are Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum, and Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich.

We at NewsMax are proud of our efforts, but even more proud of our readers who have risen to the challenge of helping these Marines whom we believe were falsely accused for actions they took during combat in Haditha, Iraq.

Approximately 3,000 of our readers contributed to three legal defense funds for these Marines. It is estimated the three Marines will have legal and others costs well over $750,000. If you want to help these Marines, please read NewsMax editor Christopher Ruddy’s “Urgent Letter” and find out how you can help, Go Here Now.

Please remember that 100 percent of proceeds go to the Marines’ defense funds. NewsMax pays for the credit card processing costs, and is adding an additional $10,000 donation.

We are pleased to hear that one of the investigating military officers has recently recommended that one of the accused Marines, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, be exonerated. We expect the other two will receive similar judgments.

Thank you again for your generosity.

NewsMax.com

This is spectacular good news. There shouldn’t have even been an Article 32 hearing for any of these men because the military had video of that night’s events the entire time. It’s the equivalent of Patrick Fitzgerald’s starting grand jury proceedings after he was told that Richard Armitage had leaked Valerie Plame’s name.

Simply put, there was no there there with the Haditha Marines or with Fitzgerald’s investigation.

As I noted in this post, the prosecution’s case hinges on Lance Cpl. Humberto Mendoza’s shifting testimony. Had the prosecution been interested in justice, they would’ve dropped these cases when they realized that their star witness’s testimony wasn’t reliable. In a civilian court, Mendoza’s testimony would’ve been shredded by a defense attorney and the jury wouldn’t have a choice but to acquit these American heroes.

In the military judicial system, this sort of injustice can continue because there isn’t any judicial review or congressional oversight. They answer to themselves.

That’s what makes these contributions so important. Now these defendants can get the best defense attorneys to defend themselves. Rest assured that people like Darryl and Theresa Sharratt got excited to hear the news.

I strongly recommend that everyone contribute to these heroes’ legal defense funds. I promise you won’t regret it and I promise that these Marines and their families will appreciate it.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

CREW, the Soros-funded liberal attack organization, recently whined about the preferential treatment politicians have given to their relatives. This Dallas Morning News article highlights the tenacity with which they pursue Republicans:

Ms. Sloan hopes that Congress bans campaign nepotism. Her group studied six years of campaign records from 337 of 435 current House members, those who hold a party leadership post, plus the chairman or senior Republican of any committee or subcommittee. About 93 of 100 senators fit the criteria.

That sounds tame enough. That isn’t where it ends, though:

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, spent $7,000 in campaign funds two years ago to buy his mother’s car, which his campaign now uses. The former House energy chairman paid his wife, Terri Barton, $57,759 and his daughter Kristin Barton $12,622 in the 2006 election cycle. Four years earlier, his campaign sent son Brad Barton $5,000 when he ran for Congress.

Here’s my response to that paragraph: Yawn. Spending $7,000 on a car that the campaign uses doesn’t seem particularly noteworthy. Paying his daughter $12,000+ for a year’s work isn’t exactly exorbitant, either.

Here’s what Mrs. Barton’s duties are:

Mrs. Barton’s duties as “outreach director” include publishing a quarterly newsletter, designing a Web site and Christmas card, fundraising, event planning, managing correspondence and direct mail, promoting her husband’s visibility and recruiting volunteers, Ms. Modlin said, adding that she has years of experience in marketing, fundraising and communication.

That’s alot of work. Getting paid $57,759 isn’t exorbitant by any stretch of the imagination. This information leaves me asking why this qualifies as newsworthy. The simple truth is that it isn’t newsworthy.

In Tyler, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert has paid his wife, Kathy Gohmert, nearly $96,000 since early 2004, when she quit a full-time teaching job. He’s defended the arrangement, noting that she has an MBA and has devoted long hours to his campaigns since then.

Paying someone $32,000 per year isn’t a big deal, especially when you consider the long hours that were involved.

GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul of Lake Jackson has paid his daughter Lori Pyeatt nearly $161,000 in six years, and $11,000 to the in-laws of another daughter. Spokesman Jesse Benton said it’s hardly excessive to pay $27,000 a year to a full-time campaign treasurer.

Y-A-W-N

Let me repeat myself.

Y-A-W-N

Frankly, this story was planted to imply that Republican politicians were making their relatives rich. CREW wanted this Soros infomercial to drive voters away from these Republicans. I’d seriously doubt that that’s what will happen, though. This won’t even slightly dent the support of these politicians.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

That’s what he’s doing according to this Media Matters ‘article’. When asked by Wolf Blitzer about whether the surge was working, here’s how the man who lied about the Haditha Marines responded:

BLITZER: All right, what do you say to the president?

MURTHA: Well, it’s delusional, to say the least. As I said earlier, and you heard me say, it’s a failed policy wrapped in illusion. Nothing has gotten better. Incidents have increased. We’ve had more Americans killed in the last four months than any other period during the war. More Iraqis have been killed. Incidents are up. Unemployment is still 40 percent to 60 percent. Oil production is below prewar level. And this…this rhetoric about the constitution and the changes…they say, well, they’re making changes. There’s no changes that have been made. They haven’t done the thing that’s necessary in order to satisfy the Sunnis.

So our troops are caught in a civil war. As I’ve said over and over again, It can’t be won militarily. There can only be a diplomatic effort. And I think this surge is a perfect example where we aren’t making any progress and we’ve got to start to redeploy the troops as quickly as possible.

Now, I see more and more people coming around. I’m more optimistic than I’ve ever been that we’re going to start redeployment before long. The problem we’ve had, Wolf, and the thing that’s happened that’s so…hurting the troops so badly is they extend these people and break all of the rules and guidelines they have because they haven’t been able to raise the number of forces that they have.

John Murtha still hasn’t figured it out that we aren’t buying into his lies anymore. He can’t refute the verifiable information I find daily online. He can’t persuade people with the same lines time and time again because any blogger worth his or her salt has utterly discredited Murtha.

He’s still peddling the line about our soldiers are caught in the middle of a civil war. The statistics don’t bear that out:

At least 1,227 Iraqi civilians were killed in June along with 190 police officers and 31 soldiers, an officer at the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s operations room said. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the figures. That represented a 36 percent drop from the ministry’s May figures, 1,949 civilian deaths along with 127 police and 47 soldiers.

He’s still peddling the line about “nothing has gotten better.” That isn’t credible considering the fact that the sheikhs in Anbar province have booted AQI terrorists out. Further discrediting that Murthaism is the fact that Ramadi has gone from being AQI’s home to being one of the most secure cities in Iraq:

A year ago, a confidential Marine intelligence report declared Anbar province (which comprises about a third of Iraq’s territory) lost to al-Qaeda. Now, in what the Times’s John Burns calls an “astonishing success,” the tribal sheiks have joined our side and committed large numbers of fighters that, in concert with American and Iraqi forces, have largely driven out al-Qaeda and turned its former stronghold of Ramadi into one of most secure cities in Iraq.

Here’s another account of the progress being made in Iraq:

You might not have gathered this from most media coverage, but something extraordinary is happening in Iraq. The United States and the Iraqis seem to be going after, and successfully wiping out, large numbers of al Qaeda operatives.

In the past, the United States has seemed content to “cleanse” neighborhoods of trouble and then hunker down, while the terrorists simply fled and bided their time. But in the past couple of weeks, scores of al Qaeda operatives have been hunted down and killed, with many others taken into custody. America is taking the battle to them, on the outskirts of Baghdad, as part of an effort called Operation Arrowhead Ripper.

The Murthaism about “nothing has gotten better” has just been discredited by the fact that Operation Arrowhead Ripper is “successfully wiping out” “large numbers of al Qaeda operatives.” I’m betting that most Americans would think that “wiping out…large numbers of al Qaeda operatives” is proof that things have “gotten better.”

The truth is that people who’ve paid attention think that Rep. Murtha’s credibility has taken a major hit. His credibility will plummet further after the Haditha Marine scandal is picked up by the major newspapers and cable news channels.

Who would believe him if I proved that he had wrongfully accused the Marines of Hilo Company of “killing innocent civilians in cold blood” before he’d even been briefed? Anyone who’s read this blog this week knows that that’s exactly what happened when Lt. Col. Paul Ware recommended that all charges be dropped against Justin Sharratt:

“To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, and sets a dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to bear false witness against Marines as a tactic to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq,” Ware wrote.

It’s time for Rep. Murtha to resign from Congress, to apologize to the heroes of Hilo Company and to apologize to the Marine Corps.

I don’t believe he’ll resign voluntarily. That’s why I’m asking for people to call their representatives to demand an ethics investigation into one of the most corrupt politicians in history. I’m also asking that they fill their representatives’ inboxes with emails demanding an investigation.

Anyone that wouldn’t think twice about throwing Justin Sharratt’s constitutional protections out certainly wouldn’t think twice about lying about the verifiable progress being made in Iraq.

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I just got an email from one of my favorite relatives, my aunt Alice. What I found is today’s must reading. It’s attributed to Jay Leno. When I finish posting this, I think I’ll meander over to the Tonight Show website and send him an email thanking him for this ‘reminder’. Here’s what he said:

If you’re not a Jay Leno fan read what he wrote anyway. My respect and esteem for him has really increased.

“The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?
The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change.
So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, “What we are so unhappy about?”
Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.
Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.
How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don’t have , and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?
The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?
Think about it…are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the ‘Media’ told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn’t have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ‘general’ discharge, an ‘other than honorable’ discharge or, worst case scenario, a ‘dishonorable’ discharge after a few days in the brig.
So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news.
Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by “justifying” them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way…Insane!
Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad.
We are among the most blessed peoples on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.”
“With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, “Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

Jay Leno

Thank you, Mr. Leno, for saying what I’ve often thought. Being the student of presidential polling and campaigns, I’ve noticed that President Clinton got re-elected while the wrong track number (of right track-wrong track fame) was 69 percent, depending on which poll you used. Similarly, President Bush got re-elected with the wrong track number stuck on 61 percent, depending on which poll you used.

The fact is that, as a nation, we’re a complacent, negative lot that accepts too much negativity from Newsweek, NY Times and CBS. We’re living at a time when we can get our hands on all kinds of positive information ranging from the positive things happening as a result of Operation Arrowhead Ripper to the most recent jobs report that showed our unemployment rate a very acceptable 4.5 percent to reports about how experts are finding cures for things that we never thought we’d ever find cures for.

It’s time to ignore the media’s whining. In fact, it’s time we ignore politicians’ whining, too.

Instead, it’s time that we realized the power we have to change the course of events. Wasn’t it exhilarating when we filled senators’ inboxes with emails with reasons for killing the immigration ‘reform’ bill? That bill didn’t die because politicians ran out of platitudes for the bill. It died because of the power we have thanks to Al Gore’s internet.

If you want to complain, that’s your right. If you want a better life, then do something about it. It’s that simple.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

After reading this article, it’s obvious that the Senate has forgotten about us again. They’ve listened too much to the Agenda Media. They haven’t listened to us. It’s time we fired up the Victory Caucus team again and told the GOP senators that we won’t contribute a penny to their re-election funds if they insist on acting like John Murtha about the war. It’s time that we told them that we only support candidates who are pro victory. Here’s the news about the latest defection:

In Albuquerque today, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM), a six-term incumbent who faces reelection next year, said he was “unwilling to continue our current strategy” in Iraq.

The announcement follows the split of two other high-profile Republicans with the president over his handling of the war. Last week, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) called on Bush to start withdrawing troops. Domenici did the same today by endorsing a Senate bill that would adopt recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, which calls for a draw down of most troops in Iraq.

“I have carefully studied the Iraq situation, and believe we cannot continue asking our troops to sacrifice indefinitely while the Iraqi government is not making measurable progress to move its country forward,” Domenici said in a statement. “I do not support an immediate withdrawal from Iraq or a reduction in funding for our troops. But I do support a new strategy that will move our troops out of combat operations and on the path to coming home.”

Losing a lily-livered idiot like George Voinovich isn’t surprising. Losing Lugar, Warner, Alexander and Domenici is disappointing to say the least. It’s time we taught these senators another lesson in We The People. Based on their actions, it’s obvious that some senators think that they can do what they want. They started acting that way when the first nonbinding resolution hit the Senate and House floors. That attitude resurfaced when the ‘Grand Bargain’ was cooked up. Again, we reminded these senators that they worked for us. Now they’re acting that way again with S.1545 is being considered.

When the nonbinding resolutions surfaced, the Victory Caucus was started. Because of the Victory Caucus, We The People rallied around victory. Senators started acting like Republicans with real spines again, albeit briefly.

It’s time everyone reading this post sends an email to each of the GOP senators. Or call them when they return next week. Or do both. It’s time they get the message that they can’t ignore us anymore. The good news is that we made them listen to us before. If everyone does their part, they’ll hear us again.

After all, all we’re asking for is to give Gen. Petraeus the tools to kill the terrorists and insurgents. That isn’t too much to ask.

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The title to Liz Sidoti’s article about Fred Thompson is what you’d expect from the AP:

Analysis: Thompson lacking substance

Here’s where they got that headline from:

Still, for all Thompson’s style, he left others waiting to hear more substance.

“I like him a lot, but the jury’s still out on him until he tells us more,” said Thomas Gilbert, 76, who traveled from Fayetteville, Ga.

His wife, Margaret Gilbert, 73, agreed: “He’s a good speaker and said things I think that essentially most Americans agree with, but I really don’t know that much about him or what he’d do.”

Those were the last three paragraphs of the article. Sheesh. Here’s some of what Ms. Sidoti wrote before that:

The White House aspirant put his Southern-tinged style on display in Columbia, S.C., last week. He pleased GOP activists with a 30-minute speech peppered with plainspoken points and folksy sayings. They clapped at his applause lines and laughed at his jokes as he commented on hot-button issues from Iraq and immigration to terrorism and taxes, and the dispirited state of the GOP.

At ease behind the podium, he grinned broadly and spoke in a conversational manner, glancing at notes before him and gesturing often, his eyeglasses in one hand. He made a self-depreciating joke about the Senate and Hollywood, invoked Reagan and, in his deep drawl, used phrases like “hitched up our belts” and “the dogs ain’t eatin’ the dog food when they put that one out there.”

Republicans raved.

“His style was very different. It’s a little folksy, a little refreshing in a race that’s going to get spirited,” said Katon Dawson, the GOP chairman in South Carolina. Added Chip Felkel, a Republican consultant in the state: “I was impressed. He has the ability to talk to people like he’s sitting on their front porch.”

“I don’t see any political correctness. He tells it like it is,” gushed Charlie Lybrand, a county registrar in Charleston. “He is who he is.”

Something stands out for me from the negative ending. The retired couple said that they drove “from Fayetteville, GA” to Colombia, SC to hear Sen. Thompson speak. I checked Mapquest to see just how long of a drive that was. Here’s what I found:

Fayetteville, GA US-Columbia, SC US: Total Est. Time: 3 hours, 41 minutes Total Est. Distance: 229.25 miles.

The fact that the Gilberts drove almost 4 hours to hear Thompson’s speech is pretty incredible. They obviously think highly of him.

That should’ve been the AP’s lead to this article.

Instead, the headline focuses on their desire to learn more about him. They certainly weren’t slamming the door on Thompson. Quite the contrary. They’re doing a great job of doing their due diligence. Sen. Thompson has obviously made a great first impression on them so they’re ‘kicking the tires’ on Thompson. I suspect that they’ll commit to him the minute they learn more about Sen. Thompson’s beliefs and policies.

A headline that would’ve been appropriate would’ve been:

Thompson Makes Great First Impression in South Carolina

Now let’s talk about what the other candidates should worry about. This phrase really stands out:

“I was impressed. He has the ability to talk to people like he’s sitting on their front porch.”

I’ve often said that there are several thresholds that presidential candidates must meet to be taken seriously: the fundraising threshold, the policy threshold and the likability threshold.

Based on the crowd’s reaction, he’s clearly passed the likability test. Sen. Thompson should be encouraged by the fact that they’re curious about his policies. They aren’t passing final judgment on him just because they don’t know everything about him. Some politicians never get that type of benefit. Once people like the Gilberts learn that Thompson’s policies square with his Goldwater libertarianism, I suspect that he’ll pull in alot of support, both in terms of financial support and organizational support.

(By the way, visit the I’m With Fred button at the bottom of this page if you want to contribute to Sen. Thompson’s campaign.)

That leaves the fundraising threshold as the last threshold to surpass. Based on what we’ve read here, I don’t think that’ll be a problem. Where there’s enthusiasm, the cash is soon to follow.

Finally, the crowd’s reaction should worry Hillary bigtime. The reason why Bill’s campaigning with her is because she’s as likeable as a cactus. Fred Thompson clearly knows the issues cold, he’s likeable, he’s the personification of gravitas and he’s a straight shooter.

His campaign bus is this year’s Straight Talk Express.

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