I like Fox News, which aims to be fair and balanced. But even Fox isn’t immune to the biases of the legacy media and the left-wing blogosphere. Recently, for instance, on the “Fox Report,” Shepard Smith declared:
New outrage in Wisconsin after a three-week standoff and huge protests at the state capital. The governor there, Scott Walker, is about to sign a bill that ends most collective bargaining rights for most state workers.
The Republicans…took the spending measures out of the bill and passed just the portion limiting union rights…
Now, Smith aimed to be fair, I’m sure. Still, Smith’s description of Walker’s modest reform proposal was laden with “rights” talk that is inherently biased against reform, against Walker and against the GOP.
Why, for instance, did Smith say the Wisconsin reform “limit[ed] union rights?” That’s what the public employees unions say, but that’s not what Walker and Wisconsin GOP legislators think. As they see it, their reform simply limits union “power” and “privileges,” not rights.
I happen to believe that Walker and the Wisconsin GOP are correct. There is no constitutional “right,” after all, to collective bargaining by public-sector employees.
Federal workers, for instance, don’t have the “right” to collectively bargain for wages and benefits. And “only 26 states have laws like Wisconsin’s granting collective bargaining rights [sic] to most public workers,” reports the Manhattan Institute’s Josh Barro.
Herman Cain appeared in NH this past Friday for several events. He was kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time just after his appearance at Joey’s Diner in Amherst:
That evening he spoke at the Hillsborough Lincoln-Reagan Day Reception and Dinner. Before his speech I talked to state senator Ray White to get his take on Mr. Cain and New Hampshire
Remember these guys make only $100 a year and meet part time yet the roads manage to get plowed and the kids manage to get taught. For that reason I’m glad that they have the first primary and not us in Massachusetts.
“Until the President submits both agreements to Congress for approval and commits to signing implementing legislation into law, we will use all the tools at our disposal to force action, including withholding support for any nominee for Commerce Secretary and any trade-related nominees.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following is a letter signed by 44 Republican Senators, including Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican Whip Jon Kyl, Ranking Member for the Senate Finance Committee Senator Orrin Hatch and former U.S. Trade Representative, Senator Rob Portman, which was delivered to Senator Harry Reid on Monday. The letter states “As a result of the administration’s failure to act on these agreements, American companies and their workers are losing market share and are being denied valuable business opportunities. At the same time, Colombia and Panama are continuing to expand their trading partnerships elsewhere, signing bilateral free trade agreements with the European Union, Canada, and other countries which are eager to move into these large markets at the expense of U.S. workers.”
FTAs Letter 44 Signatures Full letter to Senator Reid:
On Thursday of last week Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance issued the following memorandum to the GOP leadership in the House and Senate:
TO: The House and Senate Republican Leadership
FROM: Penny Young Nance, CEO
DATE: Thursday, March 10, 2011
SUBJECT: THE LEFT DOESN’T THINK YOU’RE SERIOUS
If the recent spending debate flashpoints involving National Public Radio and Planned Parenthood are instructive about anything, it is that those who receive such pet appropriations of the Left do not take the threat of spending cuts seriously. Comments by NPR’s Ron Schiller and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards betray a condescending contempt for the Republican leadership, the grassroots conservative base, and the Tea Party/independents who have been so rightly vocal in their call for rolling back government.
Mr. Schiller’s verbal assaults – a proxy for liberal elites both in and out of Washington – are only transcended by Ms. Richards’ outright lies to Congress’s face. She hardly blinks when asserting that millions of taxpayer dollars – one-third of Planned Parenthood’s annual budget – don’t finance abortions. Whistleblower Abby Johnson, who worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years and was the organization’s “employee of the year” for Texas in 2008, details the cynical deception here. In her words: “This defies common sense and basic logic; of course taxpayer money helps to finance abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics.”
The liberal contempt of the conservative base is only magnified by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s absurd claim that a taxpayer-funded annual symposium on “cowboy poetry” is somehow an essential government expenditure. Mr. Schiller went as far as to say NPR would be better off without federal funding, and the half-million members of Concerned Women for America agree. But we don’t believe these spending cuts begin and end with NPR.
There is a wide array of liberal pet appropriations, money from American taxpayers that their recipients have come to believe they are entitled to no matter the need or circumstance. These appropriations are spread throughout the government, from agency to agency and top to bottom. Numbers with endless zeroes upon zeroes after them; countless billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars for programs and initiatives the overwhelming majority of the public would not miss if they were gone tomorrow.
As social conservatives, we can think of a few we would get rid of right off the bat along with NPR and Planned Parenthood, including: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Title X family planning, international family planning, UNFPA, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and the Legal Services Corporation to name a few. But our point is this: despite the contempt these liberal elites have for American taxpayers and social conservatives in particular, we are the heart and soul of this nation. We know that the future of our children and grandchildren is uncertain due to the crushing $14 trillion debt that threatens their security and prosperity. Now is the time for resolve. It is moments like this that determine a nation’s survival and individuals’ places in history.
CWA likes cowboys, especially those who wax poetic from time to time, but enough is enough. We cannot fund these pet liberal projects anymore so let’s get rid of them altogether, once and for all, in one fell swoop. And while we are straightening our fiscal house, we need to begin working to reform entitlement programs as well. Americans are generous in times of trouble but we are tired and frustrated when our government institutes programs that make people reliant on it instead of their families and communities.
Concerned Women for America’s 500,000 members stand with you in our shared goals. We are proud of the steps you have taken thus far. Please continue to hang tough!
Today Penny is back with an op-ed on FoxNews.com:
By Penny Young Nance
A working family sitting down to dinner somewhere in Middle America would likely find it simultaneously humorous and depressing when learning how difficult it is for Congress to cut off taxpayer funding for a program that no longer deserves it. You can just picture mom and dad rolling their eyes as they contemplate the contrast between how they as a family handle their budget and how Congress makes decisions about the country’s money.
Every morning this week, mom and dad have awakened to another 5 to 10 cents more for a gallon of gas, with no end in sight. The economy is bad, jobs are scarce, bills need to be paid, and prices for everything continue to rise sharply. And yet, they make decisions to keep their family provided for; if there is something the family can no longer afford to do, then they cut it off.
So Middle America’s bewilderment at Congress is perfectly justified, especially in the case of Planned Parenthood. From where I sit, the organization has been exposed as simply a provider of abortions for any reason, no questions asked, no matter the circumstances — even though federal law explicitly states taxpayer money must not go toward financing abortions.
Despite the supposed urgency to roll back spending given a $1.6 trillion budget deficit and a national debt of $14 trillion, negotiations to keep the government in operation have yet to include zeroing-out this pet liberal entitlement. As I write, Congress is in the midst of negotiating yet another “continuing resolution” to keep the government in operation for another few weeks and spending cuts will be included. Conservatives view cutting Planned Parenthood as non-negotiable. It must be done. Period.
With one-third of its $1.1 billion annual budget coming from taxpayers, and given its own reported performing of over 324,000 abortions per year, simple math proves Planned Parenthood’s claim that taxpayer money doesn’t finance abortions appears to be divorced from reality. For every abortion, Planned Parenthood needs to: a) pay salary and benefits for someone to perform the abortion along with support staff, b) pay for equipment and maintenance, and c) pay for insurance to cover everyone and everything. For this alone, Planned Parenthood should be cut off, but there is more.
Planned Parenthood has been exposed as an organization that seems to wink and nod at sex traffickers — as long as they pony up the money for testing, birth control, and abortion — as well as a sanctuary for statutory rapists. Underage and pregnant? Boyfriend is significantly older? Want an abortion, no questions asked, no cops? Planned Parenthood seems to say, we’ve got you covered.
Got a stable of underage girls making good money for you, but you need to keep them healthy and keep them from getting pregnant? Need abortions for the girls who have gotten pregnant? All with no questions asked, no cops? As long as you’ve got the cash (no paper trail, please), Planned Parenthood, once again, seems to say, we have you covered.
Yet it’s very possible Congress could take all year trying to zero out hundreds of millions of dollars in annual funding for this clearly corrupt organization, and it may not be able to do so at all. This sounds preposterous given our $1.6 trillion deficit, our $14 trillion debt, and our tens of trillions in mounting entitlement liabilities. Even more preposterous is that Planned Parenthood reported turning a $63 million profit in its last annual report — even though it enjoys non-profit status.
Yet there are Republicans and Democrats in Congress who will still vote to send money we don’t have to corrupt organizations that don’t deserve it and don’t need it. These members of Congress believe there will be no price to pay for such recklessness with the public’s money.
If you are reading this right now, and you are infuriated, Congress doesn’t believe you will do one earthly thing about it. They believe the 2010 elections were a fluke, that citizens across the country had a momentary temper tantrum and will stop paying attention to Washington’s bizarre ways.
Many Americans, only now, are realizing how large and teetering our government has become, and how indifferent, even ignorant, Congress has become toward those who pay their salaries. If Congress cannot cut off Planned Parenthood this year, given fiscal realities and the organization’s proven corrupt nature, then how will they tackle true budget busters such as entitlements?
If moms and dads can make these decisions every day, why can’t Congress?
Penny Young Nance is CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.
My hope is that we all ad pressure by contacting our representatives in both houses and letting them know that we do not support tax-payer funding of these pet projects…period!
Rory Reid the son of Harry Reid set up 90 mini-PACs with the same Las Vegas address to bypass campaign contribution limits and funnel $750,000 into his Nevada gubernatorial campaign. They should investigate Harry Reid for the same thing. Of course nobody in Nevada will even attempt to touch Harry Reid.
From Fox News:
Rory Reid, who failed a gubernatorial bid in Nevada last November, is taking heat for allegedly creating dozens of campaign accounts to get around contribution limits — a scheme the top state election official said could run afoul of the law.
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has sent a letter to Reid, the son of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and his advisers “in regard to potential violations” of state election law, pressing them to fork over records accounting for how the Reid campaign handled and distributed donations. The red flag for Miller was the fact Reid set up 90 political action committees all registered at the same Las Vegas address.
Miller warned that the information Reid supplies “may be used against you in an administrative, civil or criminal proceeding.”
The stern warning follows an investigative report by Las Vegas Sun reporter Jon Ralston, who found Reid guided $750,000 through the mini-PACs into his campaign account. The money originally was raised for the Economic Leadership PAC, an account registered in the names of two of his aides. But then, according to the report, the donations were distributed in $10,000 increments to the dozens of mini-PACs registered to one staffer and, from there, into Reid’s campaign account.
Since the news today is filled with radiation talk, I thought I’d share a a website that tracks radiation levels in the US in real-time. The RadiationNetwork.com has real-time levels that update every 3 minutes there also a link to a map of Japan they’ve been monitoring at the bottom of the page. Welcome to RadiationNetwork.com, home of the National Radiation Map, depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every 3 minutes. This is the first web site where the average citizen (or anyone in the world) can see what radiation levels are anywhere in the USA at any time (see Disclaimer below). href=”http://beforeitsnews.com/ckfinder/userfiles/0000000000005416/images/GGFTPMap%281%29.jpg”> href=”http://beforeitsnews.com/ckfinder/userfiles/0000000000005416/images/LegendWeb.bmp”> How the Map Works: A growing number of Radiation Monitoring Stations across the country, using various models of Digital GeigerCounters, upload their Radiation Count data in real time to their computer using a Data Cable, and then over the Internet to this web site, all of this accomplished through GeigerGraph for Networks software. How to Read the Map: Referring to the Map Legend at the bottom left corner of the map, locate Monitoring Stations around the country that are contributing radiation data to this map as you read this, and watch the numbers on those monitoring stations update as frequently as every 3 minutes (your browser will automatically refresh). The numbers represent radiation Counts per Minute, abbreviated CPM, and under normal conditions, quantify the level of background radiation, i.e. environmental radiation from outer space as well as from the earth’s crust and air. Depending on your location within the US, your elevation or altitude, and your model of Geiger counter, this background radiation level might average anywhere from 5 to 60 CPM, and while background radiation levels are random, it would be unusual for those levels to exceed 130 CPM. Thus, the “Alert Level” for the National Radiation Map is 130 CPM, so if you see any Monitoring Stations with CPM value above 130, further indicated by an Alert symbol over those stations, it probably means that some radioactive source above and beyond background radiation is responsible. (Please note: Any White circles on the map represent Monitoring Stations that are running Simulations, instead of using a real Geiger counter, so any Alert levels that may occur over those stations are to be ignored since they represent only momentary testing.) How to Participate in the Nationwide Radiation Network: If you want to join this nationwide grass roots effort to monitor the radiation in our environment, then this is all you need:
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In fact, if you become an active participant in this network (instead of just a passive viewer of this website), the GeigerGraph software that you use will incorporate the same Radiation Map as above, but your map will be fully interactive, with zoom capabilities, descriptions of Nuclear Sites and Monitoring Stations, additional Map Layers, including Counties, Airports, Roads, Railroads, Lakes and Rivers, and even the capability to download City Streets for your county. Plus, in keeping with the elements of a true Network, the GeigerGraph software has its own Chat forum. Compatible Geiger Counter Models:
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Most of these models, as well as the GeigerGraph for Networks software, are available at GeigerCounters.com, a web site operated by Mineralab. Click on the text hyperlinks in the previous sentence to go there. You can also contact us here: Mineralab, LLC 2860 W. Live Oak Drive Prescott, AZ 86305 USA Phone: (800) 749-3766, or (928) 442-1155 Fax: (928) 442-1188 Email: email@example.com Disclaimer: Mineralab, LLC, the operator of this web site, can not independently verify that the Radiation Levels, or any Radiation Alerts, that are displayed on this Radiation Map are correct and valid. Among other possibilities, Geiger counter malfunctions or proximity of the counters to certain medical procedures or to radioactive items can cause high readings at a Monitoring Station. If the Radiation Map appears to show elevated Radiation levels, contact Mineralab. Click here for a Map of Japan
Posted with permission by Dave Reaboi Mar 13th 2011
Carl in Jerusalem’s Israel Matzav has been a first-stop blog on news and opinion from Israel and the Middle East generally. Today, following the truly horrific terrorist murder of the five members of the Fogel family in the Samarian town of Itamar (including the unimaginably savage stabbing of a three-month old baby), Carl posted this video. It’s hard to watch, but it’s a must. As human beings, we have a responsibility to stare into pure evil– if only to steel ourselves to fight it with all the energy we have. Don’t watch the video with children or the weak of heart.
According to Israel Matzav, Israeli radio reported that this video has been taken down and ‘flagged’ by pro-Palestinian internet activists, apparently to hide the absolute savagery of their brothers-in-arms. Meanwhile, in Gaza, Hamas has heralded the attack and– like after 9/11– they’re passing out candy. Please make sure as many people as possible see this; as the video makes clear in the end, these are the “peace partners” Israel is to make concessions to.
Two items published today about how governments and other tax-consumers use taxpayer dollars to lobby the government to get more taxpayer dollars.
Nice how PBS and NPR use tax money to ask listeners and viewers to write their congressmen to keep the tax dollars flowing. Money taken from your pocket to advertise for more money from your pocket.
From The CATO Institute:
Lobbying is constitutionally protected. The First Amendment guarantees not just freedom of speech and of the press but also “the right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But does that mean the government itself has a right to petition itself for a piece of the pie?
She grew up openly reading forbidden books in buses and other public spaces, so it’s fitting that Olga Gardner Galvin entered the world of publishing when she left the Soviet Union for the United States.
Today, as founder of ENC press, Galvin publishes the kinds of books that would have been banned in her homeland. Her independent publishing house specializes in social satire, from classics like We, by Yevgheniy Zamyatin to contemporary titles like Junk, by Christopher Largen.
“All my satire has one thing in common,” says Galvin. “It kicks and screams against any kind of nanny state interference.”
Approximately 6.3 minutes.
Interview by Ted Balaker. Shot by Alex Manning and Paul Detrick. Edited by Manning.
Learn more about ENC Press
From their about page:
ENC (Emperor’s New Clothes) Press was founded in 2003 by Olga Gardner Galvin, a New York–based freelance writer and book editor, with the help and moral support of California writer and publicist Beth Elliott, for the express purpose of publishing original, unusual novels that most mainstream publishing behemoths turn down on the grounds of their questionable appeal “to the broadest possible audience” (“the broadest possible audience” being whatever an acquisitions editor who hasn’t left Manhattan in thirty years thinks it is).
ENC Press is the intelligent alternative to fiction publishers who target the broadest possible audience. We are a small but completely independent boutique press fascinated by unusual, unpredictable fiction — sharp, well-plotted, entertaining, and driven by engaging characters. If it happens to contain elements of social and political satire or commentary, so much the better. We welcome and promote genre-busting books and authors whose views may be unpopular with some of the mainstream public.
ENC Press is the intelligent alternative to the crassness of mainstream distribution and remaindering. Good books are treasures, not “merchandise.” Even if they don’t become bestsellers in the few weeks that mainstream publishers and booksellers routinely allow their titles to prove themselves or be relegated to the compost heap, we stand by our books and our authors for as long as it takes.
ENC Press is the intelligent alternative to outdated publishing methods used to produce ever more dumbed-down fare in the age of reality TV. We use 21st-century, cutting-edge production technology to not only set new standards of design and craftsmanship for books produced by small presses, but to evoke the best of the Golden Age of publishing, when publishers and editors nurtured new authors and shaped and refined books hands-on. E-commerce via our Web site, and mutually supportive partnerships with our small local independent bookstores, allow us to focus on our books rather than on the law of the jungle, which rules the mainstream marketplace.
ENC Press is the intelligent alternative to publishing serfdom for writers. We keep our overhead low to make decent royalties a reality for our authors — and to be able to publish books worth publishing even if they aren’t potential blockbusters. Compared to standard big-publishing contracts, the contracts we offer are extremely author-friendly. We do not cavalierly promise to place our books in the front of huge brick-and-mortar stores, nor do we pay mainstream online booksellers a king’s ransom to add our titles to their vast databases, but, through innovative marketing and PR strategies, we plan to bring our books to the attention of the audiences that are most likely to be interested in each particular title.
ENC Press is the intelligent alternative to the politically correct pabulum that dominates the mainstream book scene. We publish books for the steadily growing audience of independent thinkers who hunger for more food for thought than they can find in chain bookstores. And despite the opinion that “fiction doesn’t sell,” which informs most mainstream bookkeeping decisions, we are committed to publishing only novels — the kind that offer enough substance, arguments, and ideas to provide guilt-free entertainment for thinking people.
Crossposted: TobyToons (Conservative Political Cartoons)