One of the great unheralded struggles for freedom in our time involves the lonely effort by bloggers to get paid for their rants . . . er, I mean opinions! So it is that our blogging brothers and sisters at The Huffington Post are on strike.
I urge my fellow bloggers — and readers, left, right and center — to support this strike. Let’s stand in solidarity with our HuffPo brothers and sisters!
They’re toiling, after all, for the same basic “rights” that every blogger deserves: the right to a “living wage,” the “right” to collective bargaining, and the right to be heard — the right for their voices to “matter.”
And so, let’s make The Huffington Post a “no-blog zone” and a “no-read zone” until their “demands” are met: Because, let’s face it, the miserly few, such as Arianna, are making big bucks in blogging, while throwing mere crumbs to the rest of us.
Arianna, in fact, jets around the globe — to Greece, Switzerland, Chile, Italy and elsewhere — living the high life. Yes, this is the same Arianna Huffington who recently secured a $315-million sweetheart deal with AOL!
But will the toiling bloggers at The Huffington Post see one red cent of the proceeds? Come on! Don’t be naïve! Everyone knows that Arianna and her cronies intend to pocket every last dime!
The left-wing blogging queen is utterly indifferent to the needs of her employees and contributors! She channels Marie Antoinette and says in effect: “Let them eat cake!”
Speaker Boehner: “American Energy Initiative Will Be New Majority’s Ongoing Effort to Address Rising Gas Prices & Help Create Jobs”
The claim of Islamophobia has bandied about for years by so-called moderate Muslim groups like CAIR and their newly found liberal friends (the enemy of my enemy is my friend). A claim, that has never been fully supported by fact but blindly accepted by many in the main stream media to the detriment of our citizens awareness and having an adverse affect on our policies toward policing our country, fighting terrorism, and securing our nation.
Today the Center for Security Policy released a study which contradicts this false Islamophobia claim and further sets the groundwork for Americans to start having real “adult” conversation about our national security without this propaganda getting in the way.
The press release and study follow:
Letter To Chairman and Ranking Members Calls for De-funding of “Left-Wing Toy”
Alexandria, VA–The Media ResearchCenter’s President Brent Bozell sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate committees with oversight of NPR stating that the radio organization does not deserve a dime of taxpayer funding and that a government that is broke should not be in the business of funding a left-wing playground. This week NPR’s top fundraiser, Ron Schiller, unleashed a barrage of anti-conservative rhetoric in a hidden-camera expose at a business lunch in Washington.
Vivian Schiller, NPR President and CEO, resigned after news of Ron Schiller’s comments spread. Bozell says her resignation does nothing to affect the many reasons to stop funding tax dollars to NPR.
A portion of the letter sent by Brent Bozell to Congress reads:
“In today’s remarkably rich and varied communications environment – and today’s dire federal fiscal straits – there is simply no reason to continue government funding for a Corporation for Public Broadcasting, especially a CPB that defines its role as establishing a ‘firewall’ against taxpayer complaints about biased or inaccurate content.
It has been 44 years since Congress established the public broadcasting system, and the dramatic revolution in information technology makes the scarcity argument of the 1967 Act utterly obsolete. Congress’s requirement for fairness in public broadcasting has been disregarded since the system’s very first days.
The resignation of Vivian Schiller doesn’t change a thing about NPR. They are still a radical left-wing toy for the likes of George Soros and they still don’t deserve a dime of taxpayer funding. A government that is broke should not be in the business of funding a left-wing playground.”
NPR president Vivian Schiller once again insists that NPR is bi-partisan and “has no particular bias.” This woman is clearly in spin-mode as the bias from NPR is legendary, she’s either being intentionally disingenuous or she, like most liberals, can’t see the truth past the liberal filter or “wall” created by years of public school indoctrination.
We’ve all heard people say Liberalism is a mental disease, for the most part they are right, according to Albert Einstein the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I posit this fits liberals to a tee — Liberals cling to a philosophy that has failed every time it’s been tried throughout history believing that this time they’ll get it right! Sounds like insanity to me and it’s also the reason most liberals can’t see or refuse to acknowledge their bias, doing so would completely unravel their mission of creating their theoretical utopia on earth and forces them to see reality for what it is.
You can see this taking place as this press conference unfolds:
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Hello Minority Report Readers! I’m honored to have been invited to join y’all. Here’s my first contribution (cross-posted at Sunshine State Sarah). Hope you enjoy…
In my two short months in office, it has become clear to me that the spending problem in Washington is far worse than many of us feared. For years, politicians have blindly poured more and more borrowed money into ineffective government programs, leaving us with trillion dollar deficits and a crippling debt burden that threatens prosperity and economic growth.
In the Florida House of Representatives, where a balanced budget is a requirement, we had to make the tough choices to cut spending where necessary because it was required by state law. By no means was this an easy process, but it was our duty as elected officials to be accountable to our constituents and to future generations of Floridians. In Washington, a balanced budget amendment is not just a fiscally-responsible proposal, it’s a necessary step to curb politicians’ decades-long penchant for overspending.
Radio Ads Launched in Eight States
Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) launched radio advertisements today in eight states, calling on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. The ads in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Michigan, and Wisconsin are the latest in an ongoing grassroots campaign by CWALAC that has already generated approximately one million mailed petitions to the House of Representatives.
“Planned Parenthood has been exposed as an organization that winks and nods at sex traffickers and is a sanctuary for statutory rapists, yet there are Republicans and Democrats in Congress who will still vote to send money we don’t have to this corrupt organization. Members of Congress need to understand there is a price to pay for such recklessness with the public’s money,” said Penny Nance, CEO of CWALAC.
Planned Parenthood receives one-third of its $1.1 billion annual budget from U.S. taxpayers, and reported performing more than 324,000 abortions per year. There is no reason for the United State government to fund this corrupt organization.
Listen to the ad here and the script for the ads:
As I explained yesterday here at the American Spectator, Justice Alito’s dissenting opinion in Snyder v. Phelps, the military funeral picketing case, has a lot more force of law than one might expect, given that Alito was a minority of one.
Alito’s compelling dissent shows, I think, the importance of putting great and powerful legal minds on the high court: Because even when a lone minority of one, an intellectually powerful justice such as Alito can have a strong and salutary influence on Supreme Court jurisprudence.
For this reason, it seems to me that all conservatives owe David Frum, Laura Ingraham and other farsighted activists a sincere debt of thanks.
Frum and Ingraham, you will recall, spearheaded the fight to recall George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Court. Bush then nominated Alito instead. And the rest, as they say, is (and will be for decades) history.
In fact, it is worth noting that in Snyder v. Phelps, it was Bush’s two Supreme Court appointees, Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts, who were at loggerheads.
This is a good thing: It shows that far from being intellectually inert and predictable, Alito and Roberts instead are intellectually powerful and dynamic. And so, they will shape Supreme Court jurisprudence in significant ways for decades to come.
Unfortunately, I rather doubt we can say the same thing about Obama’s two Supreme Court appointees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. These two lefties, after all, had scant and unimpressive legal records prior to their ascent to the high Court.
In fact, as legal eagle Jennifer Rubin explained over at Contentions, Sotomayor never impressed the left-wing legal elite, and for good reason:
Ten Questions is a new feature here at The Minority Report where we invite right-of-center authors, thinkers, VIP’s, and leaders to a question & answer period… then bring their thoughts to you.
For our inaugural post we are honored to have Thomas Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, we’d like to thank Thomas for taking the time to speak with us and being so forthcoming with his answers.
…and now “Ten Questions”:
1 )”Is speculation in the futures markets driving the rise in energy prices, or are fundamentals?”
On the one hand, the typical distinction between speculation and fundamentals is misplaced. It’s as if a man jumps out of the way of a car, and we ask, “Did he move because of the car or because of his nervous system?”
When speculators push up oil prices by futures contracts, they are acting because they think the price of oil will go up. That’s how they profit after all, by buying low and selling high.
So if the underlying fundamentals really are pushing oil prices higher, then speculators actually “do their job” for the economy by anticipating the price hikes and making the price rise less volatile than it otherwise would be. If we knew for certain that spot oil prices would be $200 five years from now, then speculators would actually be promoting economic efficiency by pushing oil prices up before then. That would give oil refiners, airlines, and motorists more time to adjust to the shock.
On the other hand, it’s true that speculators can sometimes set in motion an asset bubble, which just gets pumped up higher and higher because of self-fulfilling prophecy. Even here, the speculators who are holding the bag when the bubble pops suffer huge losses, so the market has built-in penalties for this type of cycle.
In cases where speculators are driving the price of oil above the level justified by the fundamentals, we should see excess production. In other words, if the spot price is being held artificially high by speculation, then the number of barrels of oil being brought to market should be more than the number of barrels that refiners and others want to purchase.
To figure out if this is happening right now is difficult. We don’t have finely detailed data on every oil purchaser around the world; certain buyers could be stockpiling oil but that wouldn’t show up in the gross figures compiled by various agencies.
Even so, we do know that economic growth in traditionally poorer regions of the world is fueling a large demand for oil. Right now the production and demand for oil are at all time highs, according to the figures maintained by the EIA.
Speculators have no doubt contributed to the recent spike in oil prices since the political unrest in the Middle East intensified, but that is appropriate since major supply disruptions are now a much more likely outcome than they would have been four months ago.
2 ) “Do you think there is a connection between this Administration’s energy policies and the price increases we have seen, and if so, how strong is it?”
In a press conference today with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on Senate Democrats to either hold a vote on House-passed legislation (H.R. 1) to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and cut spending to create a better environment for job growth – or outline their plan. It has been 11 days since the House sent H.R. 1 to the Senate, and as Speaker Boehner said today, if Senate Democrats refuse to act on the bill, “Americans have a right to know: where is Senate Democrats’ plan to cut spending and fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year?” Following is video of Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
As today’s press conference made clear, Republicans are on offense – fighting for spending cuts that 150 economists say are needed to boost our economy. Several news reports highlighted the Republican leaders’ effort to hold Senate Democrats accountable for acting on the House-passed spending cuts, or offering a plan of their own: