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Saturday, October 31, 2009

It Came From Capitol Hill....

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Just in time for Halloween, Nancy Pelosi unveils a terrifying, spine-tingling, stomach-turning behemoth...

H.R. 3962!!

Mammoth tax increases! (cue taxpayer scream)

Hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts! (cue grandma scream)

Massive expansion of Medicaid! (cue states scream)

Oppressive new government mandates! (cue Liberty scream)

1,990 pages of budget busting, mind numbing legalese! (cue my eyes scream)

Read, if you dare: H.R. 3962, the scariest thing to slither out of Capitol Hill... since the Baucus Proposal.

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Posted by Matt Patterson at 12:03 AM

Friday, October 30, 2009

Deneen Borelli to Appear on Hannity

HannityLogoComments by Project 21 full-time fellow Deneen Borelli will be broadcast as part of a pre-recorded segment on this evening's edition of the Fox News Sean Hannity show.

The topic: The United States Department of Justice overruling a 2 to 1 vote by Kinston, North Carolina voters to end the use of party labels in local elections.

Deneen's segment is expected to run at approximately 9:45 PM ET.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"California's Going to Make Out Like a Bandit With This Legislation"

...so says Ohio Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) regarding the Kerry-Boxer cap-and-trade bill, referring to $385 billion in transfers the bill requires some states (including Ohio) send to others (such as California).

Senator Voinovich's presentation includes a map comparing the states slated to receive funds with the votes cast in the House in favor of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill. (Let's just say he finds some similarities.)


During his presentation, Senator Voinovich asks Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara "Don't Call Me Ma'am" Boxer (D-CA), "Does your definition of bipartisan mean someone who agrees with you?"

The video clip above includes Senator (please note, Senator) Boxer's response.

Hat tip: Senator Jim Inhofe's Press Office's YouTube Channel.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:46 PM

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Now That This Important Business Has Been Dispensed With, Perhaps Our Commander-in-Chief Could Notice Afghanistan

Thanks to a bill signed into law by President Obama today, it's illegal to murder a gay person now.

What, you say? It was illegal yesterday?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:04 PM

Radio Day

I'm having another of what I call "radio days," in which I do a lot of radio interviews -- in this instance, on the latest developments in the health care debate.

If you care to tune in, I will be on the following stations (please note, all times given are Eastern):

KURV McAllen, TX
7:11 AM ET

WFLA Tampa, FL
7:23 AM ET

KTRH Houston, TX
7:34 AM ET

WTVN Columbus, OH
7:45 AM ET

WSYR Syracuse, NY
8:06AM ET

KIDO Boise, ID
8:20 AM ET

KVI Seattle
8:35 AM ET

KCOL Fort Collins, CO
9:17 AM ET

WHLO Akron, OH
9:40 AM ET


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:56 AM

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Reuters Reports...

From Ed Morrissey:
Barack Obama campaigned on restoring America's standing with its allies, accusing the outgoing Bush administration of insulting and alienating our closest friends with his alleged unilateralism. How has Obama done as President? He has repeatedly insulted the British, insisting that there is no "special relationship" and demonstrating it by denying Gordon Brown the usual joint press conference on his visit to the US. Reuters reports that another close ally has taken the measure of Obama and started looking elsewhere for cooperation...
To be fair, Reuters is a right-wing, racist rag.

Hat tip: Instapundit.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:16 PM

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nero Profited While Rome Burned

Looks like the lobbying profession, taken as a group, couldn't be happier that the feds are messing up our health care system so badly.

Notice that the lobbyists quoted in the The Hill story by Jeffrey Young that I linked to above apparently did not want to be identified by name. I guess they still have enough pride to be ashamed of themselves.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:29 PM

Rush Should Sue

Bob Parks believes Rush should sue.

I believe he should also, although I am agnostic on which individuals and/or businesses have met the legal definition of libel in this instance. (For one thing, I haven't seen everyone's comments in context.)

Aside from whatever satisfaction Rush might get from the experience (assuming that would outweigh the hassle factor), I think Rush would be doing a significant public service inasmuch as the news media is way, way too casual about throwing around false information. Yes, about conservatives, but generally as well. A few lawsuits might remind some reporters and editors that if they don't care about accuracy out of pride in a job well done, they might care about it to save their own bank balances.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:13 AM

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Biden Commits Plagiarism Again?

Speaking to the AFL-CIO's 2009 legislative conference in Atlantic City, Vice President Joe Biden said, "When a guy in Minooka is out of work, it's an economic slowdown. When your brother-in-law's out of work, it's a recession. When you're out of work, it's a depression."

Hmm... Sounds a bit familiar.

Didn't Ronald Reagan say on the campaign trail in 1980, "Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his"?

I hate it when people remake a classic.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:01 AM

Monday, October 19, 2009

Medicare Confusion

I'm a little confused. Maybe you can help me out. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus wants to cut $500 billion from Medicare to cover about 30 million uninsured. That's over 10 years. Handing the entire amount out to the uninsured would work out to about $6,666 annually for each family of four.

That should be sufficient for a health care plan of some kind. Presumably the resultant reduction in cost shifting would lower costs, too. So why does he plan to spend an additional 330 billion?

Hmm... Couldn't be about control, could it?

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:10 PM

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Deneen Borelli to Appear on Fox and Friends

FoxandFriendsLogoProject 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will be a guest on the Fox New Channel show "Fox and Friends" Monday, October 19. She is expecting to discuss the White House war on Fox News as well as left-wing pressure on the White House to adopt a second "stimulus" package.

If you want to tune in, you can catch her at approximately 6:15 AM Eastern.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:08 PM

Another on Rush

Another on Rush, from a Steelers fan:
Dear Amy Ridenour,

I am glad people are talking about boycotting the NFL. I have already emailed them to let them know of my intent. I almost ditched the Steelers last Super Bowl when Mr. Rooney thanked President Obama. As a huge Steelers fan myself, this was the last straw for me and the entire NFL.

Thanks.

Joseph McCoy
Oil City, PA

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:09 PM

Another Thought About Rush

Another observation about Rush and the NFL:
Unlike the opposition, Rush Limbaugh handled this situation with class. But let this be a warning! This is a good snapshot of what is happening to OUR country. How dare the left stand on their soap box and play the race card. So far their objectives and goals about Rush Limbaugh are the only transparent objectives and goals of this administration.

Best regards,

Jeanne

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:03 AM

More on Rush Limbaugh and the NFL

On Rush Limbaugh and the NFL, more from the mailbag:
When our youngest (of 3) child became a serious soccer player, he introduced us to the world of international "football" or soccer. Now twenty years old, he has announced that he will never buy an NFL ticket or another NFL jersey, and he doesn't even listen to talk radio. If you were to check out his Facebook page, you would see an appeal to free Plaxico. He is well informed about the NFL and its players and the rather uneven penalties meted out to the players depending on where they may be found "guilty", and he may still watch a Panthers game or two, but he will save his money for English Premier League, European Soccer or World Cup.

And this is where the NFL is (pardon the expression) idiotic. The world of sports viewership is now global. And as William has pointed out this week to us, you don't hear the EPL players making political statements or any of the European or African players we follow. The governing bodies of international soccer may be territorial, but they are most definitely not commenting on the politics of team owners. A Russian thug can buy an English team, but that won't affect whether we root for Chelsea FC or not (we are, in fact, Arsenal FC, another London club, fans; and they are affectionately know as the "gooners", nothing politically correct about that, despite the rampant political correctness in the UK).

So, good luck NFL, I have been introduced to the excitement of the EPL and I will now allow that to monopolize my weekend viewing. An American actually owns a piece of Arsenal, but that doesn't affect my affections one iota. I will delight in the skills of players from Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, France, England, Bosnia, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mexico, and any other country that produces Arsenal talent. And, guess what, these players even understand economics (unlike some loud mouths from the NFL who have no problem alienating me and my pocketbook) and have commented on how the increase of UK income taxes from 40% to 50% this year will affect where they choose to play and the contracts they negotiate. Witness the top player in the world leaving Manchester for a Spanish team this year.

We now live in a GLOBAL economy. The NFL has just revealed how provincial it really is. So weekdays if I'm in my car, I'll listen to Rush; and weekends I'll be tuned in to the soccer channels. I grew up on Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts. I'll relish my football memories as I savor political debate. Life is too short to waste time on Keith O's pregame show or whining football players. RIP, NFL. Your competition is global and your days are numbered. That's what they put the nets up for, regardless of the sport.

Mary Bejan
Durham, NC 27707

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:56 AM

Friday, October 16, 2009

Quote of Note: Did Rush Really Lose?

"...most of the same people who want Limbaugh ostracized are the same ones who think it is OK for Roman Polanski to drug and rape a 13 year old. These are also the same people, the white ones, who do not want Michael Vice to ever play again, or at least to make his life a living hell as long as he does play.

In the end, and to their shame, the group of potential owners caved in and removed Rush Limbaugh from the investor group saying that it was not worth it to keep Rush involved if it risked their not getting the franchise.

In the past 2 days ESPN and other media outlets have been announcing that Rush Limbaugh has been punted, and there is I am sure great rejoicing in this in many quarters, particularly in the black community and on the left. They see this as some great victory. This is very sad. Why? Because I ask the simple question, who really won and who really lost? Did Rush really lose? Did black players or even more so black Americans win?

Rush is still the most popular radio personality in America. He will still earn over $25 million a year, and he will still want Barack Obama to fail. Nothing has changed.

At the same time, will one black child do better in school? Will one less gang killing take place in Chicago, Philly LA. Will the Rams play any better? The answer is of course no. No new jobs have been created and Iran, North Korea are still feverishly building nuclear weapons.

This is a sad state for our nation. Black America in the grip of the Liberal establishment is more addicted to mediocrity than they are to 'Crack Cocaine.' They are the willing pawns in the Liberal game. This is a sad state. In the end everyone that needs to win loses."

-Eddie Huff, "NFL vs. Rush Limbaugh - Who's The Real Loser," New Black Thought, October 14, 2009


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:56 PM

Cancelling the NFL Sunday Ticket

My favorite letter of the day, and not just because it is from a Pittsburgher:
Amy,

I completely agree with your suggestion to boycott the NFL. I too am originally from Pittsburgh and know exactly what you mean when you say that you care strongly about the sport. In fact, I almost feel like someone has died now that I canceled the NFL Sunday Ticket. I can't however continue to financially support an organization that would single out a private citizen for punishment simply because they don't agree with their political views. Is NBC aware of the hateful vomit that is spewed daily from Keith Olbermann?

In addition, I wonder what sacred "standards" the Commissioner was referring to in his press conference the other day. Are they the same standards that turn a blind eye to sadistic dog killers, wife beaters, suspected murders, and other unsavory thugs? Apparently the Commissioner is fine with filling the NFL ranks with the likes of Michael Vick, Dante Stallworth, Pacman Jones, and Ray Lewis - but conservative talk radio hosts need not apply. I am a proud conservative that is appalled at what is happening to this country. Too bad the NFL doesn't like my political views. I guess they don't like spending my money either. They will never get another penny of it.

It is a sad day for America,

Leah
Pembroke Pines, FL

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:26 AM

What's Happening Now

Bob Moffit on a new way the Senate leadership is trying to deceive you.

Roundup of black conservative opinion of NFL-thinks-it-is-too-good-for-Rush-Limbaugh dustup.

Judge tosses out yet another lawsuit trying to set global warming policy in the courts instead of the legislatures.

Is the Honduran constitution negotiable?

Snow in New Jersey on October 15 does not disprove the global warming theory.

Daniel Henninger: Donald Rumsfeld was right.

Obama says the damage from Katrina was caused in part by a "breakdown of government." If gov't came make a hurricane worse, why would we want it to run health care?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:51 AM

Inside the Beltway on Deneen Borelli

The Washington Times' popular Inside the Beltway column today is covering Project 21's Deneen Borelli's comments on Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson's attacks on Rush Limbaugh.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:30 AM

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Nobel Committee's Not-So Unanimous Selection of Obama

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The Agence France Presse today reports that three of the Nobel Committee's five committee members had problems with awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama.

Nobel Committee Secretary Geir Lundestad, however, insists that the selection was unanimous.

This is doubtful, given that one of the members represents the free-market-oriented, unabashedly pro-Israel Progress Party. The party's leader, Siv Jensen, not only criticized the Nobel Committee's choice of Obama but called on its chairman, Thorbjoern Jaglund, to step down just one day after the committee's announcement. Although Jensen called for his resignation for a supposedly unrelated reason, the timing of her demand is interesting.

Lundestad wasn't being honest when he claimed "unanimous" vote as he neglected to mention that the Nobel Committee's selections are always "unanimous" -- even if such unanimity doesn't exist.

The Nobel Committee makes its decisions by "consensus" and the functionally-illiterate often use this interchangeably with "unanimous." Now you know why so many Norwegian parents are asking, "why can't Jens read?"

Just to make sure that no committee member challenges its "unanimous" claim, Nobel Committee rules prohibit them from speaking publicly about its proceedings.

Unanimous decision? It really depends on what your definition of "unamious" is.

Bill Clinton may not have received the Nobel Peace Prize, but it turns out the Nobel Committee has found another way to honor him.

Editor's note: We covered President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize previously here, here and here.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 4:48 PM

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sharpton and Jackson Attack on Rush Limbaugh a "Racist Act," Says Black Conservative

It's not up on the Project 21 webpages yet, but Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli has issued a statement about the Rush Limbaugh situation that may interest readers:

Jackson & Sharpton Effort Against Rush Limbaugh is an Effort to "Get Whitie" and a "Racist Act," Says Leading Black Conservative

Statement of Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli
The left-wing jihad against Rush Limbaugh is un-fair and un-American. Rush is being targeted simply because he is a conservative and a leading critic of President Obama's wealth redistribution policies.

With conservative blood in the water, it's predictable to see the 'race card duo' -- Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton -- circling the victim. Since the election of the first black president, they have been searching for some white meat to feed on and Rush just happens to be a juicy target. Whipping up unjustified black anger is their specialty.

Frankly, I see their effort as 'get whitie' -- an inherent racist act.

It's outrageous that the 'race card duo' are worried about Rush buying a football team following a graphic example of black on black gang violence in Chicago -- Jackson's home town. As so-called black leaders they should be putting their time and effort in dealing with the human tragedies in the urban community: crime and failing schools and not a conservative exercising his right to play in the free market.



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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:40 PM

NFL, Rush Limbaugh & the Rams: What Conservatives Should Do

In regards to potential NFL approval of Rush Limbaugh being part of a bid to purchase the NFL's St. Louis Rams, SI.com is reporting "...League sources told SI.com that Limbaugh's candidacy in any Rams bid had 'zero chance' of being approved by the league's owners."

I think conservatives have to stand up and take notice that outspoken mainstream conservatives are not welcome in the NFL. I see two possible practical responses:

1) Boycott;
2) Monitor every liberal NFL owner, coach, player, office worker or dogsbody employed directly or indirectly by the NFL and raise a huge and public stink every time they say anything remotely liberal on a public policy issue.

One way to begin #2 is for those of us so inclined to create Google Alerts covering as many of these people we have time for, and be prepared to make a fuss.

For myself, I am perfectly willing to boycott if others are. I already did it for one season after Limbaugh was treated badly the first time, and I'm from Pittsburgh, which is all that need be said about whether I care strongly about NFL football.

If mainstream conservatives aren't allowed in the NFL club, I see no particular reason why mainstream liberals ought to be, either. Leave the NFL to the unopinionated drones.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:08 PM

On Nobel Funds, Talking Points Memo Misses the More Interesting Story

RobertGibbs1009.jpgChristina Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo reported Tuesday afternoon that as of then, according to Robert Gibbs, President Obama was still planning to donate the cash prize accompanying the Nobel Peace Prize to charity.

Because Obama is President of the United States, it is unconstitutional for him to accept the money (which includes taking control of it long enough to direct that it be re-routed to a charity) unless Congress specifically gives him permission to do so.

As explained here, this is governed by Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution.

Perhaps Talking Points Memo either doesn't realize the Nobel Committee is appointed by a foreign government, or it doesn't have a problem with foreign governments bestowing cash gifts on U.S. presidents (surely not), but either way, it missed a better story when it failed to ask Gibbs why the White House seems to be ignoring the Constitution on this.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:18 AM

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quote of Note: Nobel Peace Prize Winners in Perspective

"The list of Nobel peace laureates is not an especially august one. I've never heard of most of the people on it, and I'd bet you haven't either. So I have no comment on them. Then there are the perfectly ridiculous ones, the paradigmatic figure being the Guatemalan peasant, Rigobertu Menchu Tum, who literally invented her life, for which fabrication the custodians of the prize bestowed it on her.

Yasser Arafat -- well, yes, Yasser Arafat -- spent his life as a murderer, and he got a Nobel, too.

Kofi Annan received the Nobel as well. Perhaps for Bosnia, where he delayed an intervention by the West, and for Rwanda, where he literally prevented both the United Nations and the United States from intervening. I don't know what the Bosnian death toll attributable to him is. But we all know how many Tutsis were murdered in the Rwanda enormity. One million. The jackpot.

Frank B. Kellogg and Aristide Briand each became a Nobel Peace Laureate for designing an international treaty outlawing war. It was approved by all of the salient governments. Within a decade, however, the world had gone to war ... to World War II."

-Marty Peretz, "Obama Would Have Been Better Off Saying Simply 'I Am Not Worthy' or 'Nolo Episcopari'," The New Republic, October 11, 2009.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:06 PM

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tort Reform Would Save $54 Billion in Health Care Expenses

So says the Congressional Budget Office.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:56 AM

Friday, October 09, 2009

National Center VP Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Great news! I just won the Nobel Peace Prize... along with 305 million other Americans.

Sure, the Nobel Committee meant to give it to Barack Obama, but it was so anxious to push its political agenda that it didn't bother to consider whether the President is eligible. He isn't.

For one thing, there's the little problem that the $1.4 million prize is just a tad over the federal gift limit -- $20 for each gift and no more than $50 from one source in a year, excluding meals and event tickets. I assume the Nobel Committee isn't sending over hundreds of thousands of Happy Meals.

If that's not sufficient evidence, look at Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution...

"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State."

You may recall that the Nobel Committee is composed of five people appointed by the Norwegian Parliament.

All but nominal gifts to sitting Presidents of the United States are gifts to the people of the United States.

Obama thus didn't win the prize, the American people did.

Of course, Barack Obama isn't the first person the Nobel Committee has selected who was ineligible for the prize. In 1919, it selected then-U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and in 1906, it selected then-President Theodore Roosevelt. You may remember Roosevelt from when, armed only with an olive branch, he led a peace initiative up San Juan Hill.

For Americans 103 or older, congratulations, this is your third Nobel Prize!

This is only my first and I'm truly honored that someone finally recognized my contributions... as well as those of the other 305 million or so with whom I unfortunately must share this award.

Now I have to figure out how I'm going to spend my fraction of a penny.

Update: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama will donate the $1.4 million prize to charity, likely more than one. The problem is that without Congressional approval, he is Constitutionally-barred from accepting the prize for himself and thus can't donate it to anyone.

Guess that Constitutional stuff is above Gibb's paygrade.

President Obama can, however, accept it on behalf of the American people. It belongs in the U.S. Treasury... you know... that big building one door down from the White House on the corner where they order the printing presses to run 24/7.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 2:38 PM

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Next Big Cure for Global Warming: Condoms!

"Use a condom"Image by Erik Cleves Kristensen via Flickr

Stop the presses! Stop the presses! The London School of Economics has discovered the solution to global warming: Condoms!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, birth control will save us all from the hypothesized temperature increase, sea level rise, polar bear demise, and the need for extra interns at the World Meteorological Organization (which is tasked with finding unique names for hurricanes) resulting from greenhouse gas emissions.

Last month the School released a study sponsored by the Optimum Population Trust (OPT) titled, "Fewer Emitters, Lower Emissions, Less Cost." Its report concluded that "family planning methods should be a primary tool in the optimum strategy for reducing carbon emissions." The authors' reasoning is sound - if not ominously Malthusian - namely, they argue that the more children mankind produces, the more people there are to engage in carbon emitting activities. Further, using condoms is an easier and cheaper method of carbon abstention than, say, using solar-powered vehicles.

The chairman of OPT, Roger Martin, was thrilled the study validated his think tank's mission: to save the planet via a decrease in the human population "It's always been obvious that total emissions depend on the number of emitters as well as their individual emissions – the carbon tonnage can't shoot down, as we want, while the population keeps shooting up." He and his group have since called on international leaders to include population control mechanisms as part of the negotiations at the Copenhagen climate change summit in December.

While it is amusing to poke fun at the premise's simplicity and overt sexual overtones, the London School's conclusions are profoundly disturbing. They highlight the truly ant-ihuman approach to environmental policies some anthropogenic global warming crusaders advocate. Indeed, if a catastrophe caused by manmade global warming is truly imminent, using their logic, the most effective remedy would be the mass extinction of that evil, omnivorous, environment altering, CO2 breathing species: humanity.

Ironically, quite chilling.

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Posted by Caroline May at 6:20 PM

What's Happening Now

There is no Baucus bill.

Study: Generous unemployment benefits create moral hazard.

Tasteful chimp statuary?

Anne Bayefsky: "The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression."

ObamaCare has been tried -- at the state level.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:36 AM

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Outrage of the Day: More Racist Rants from the Anti-Black-Conservative Left

Sometimes I wonder how stupid you have to be to be a liberal. I mean, really. Take this, for example. Some liberals are so, I guess the word would be "threatened," that not all black Americans chose to live on the liberal plantation that they actually have an Internet thread going about how Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli (who is black) looks lighter-skinned in one of the four photos of her they found online than in the other three.

The guy who started the thread, an "administrator" of the website U.S. Politics Online who goes by the pseudonym (presumably it is a pseudonym) "O'Sullivan Bere," questions whether it is "unethical" for there to be a photo in circulation in which Deneen's skin looks lighter.

What is it, buddy? Afraid she'll "pass"?

Another dope on the thread opines, "She obviously realizes that most conservatives won't listen to her if she looks really black."

People, get real. The photo in which Deneen looks "lighter" is a professional studio shot. Studios have special lighting. Everybody looks different in professional portraits -- that's why people pay good money for them. (As to whether the portrait studio photoshopped it a bit, who knows. That's standard nowadays, even for white subjects. If the "administrator" used his own photo instead of one I bet he stole off a movie-related website for his own picture, he'd probably know that.)

So the guy, the dishonorable "O'Sullivan Bere," questions Deneen's ethics in his headline while using stolen photos on his website to raise the ethics issue. I took the Fox News photo O'Sullivan Bere posted on my home computer -- a screen shot of Fox programming off my computer monitor using a $29 piece of software (gee, I wonder why a screen shot looked different than a professionally done studio pic?) and I don't remember the fellow who is pretending to be a character in a movie asking me for permission to re-post the photo. Deneen's husband, Tom, took the shot of her at the Tea Party rally in which she looks darker, and sent it to us for this blog -- so if the Borellis have a plot to make Deneen look lighter in public photos, they sure have a weird way of going about it.

I suppose in all fairness I should note that it appears the apparently-fake O'Sullivan Bere did not steal Tom's Tea Party photo of Deneen directly from my blog. He took it (with permission? I bet not) from this blogger, another idiot. Presumably, that blogger, who also wrote disparagingly about Deneen's skin tone, stole it from our blog, although I won't rule out the possibility that there was another racist little photo-stealing twerp in the mix somewhere, and they all stole from one another after they stole from us.

Now that I have said all that, I'm going to go all moderate for a minute and admit not all liberals are stupid. I bet most of them would find this sort of thing at to be an embarrassment -- for their side. They'd be right.

P.S. Ironically, the thread about Deneen supposedly being unethical for supposedly having her her studio shot photoshopped to make her look lighter had the following ad running when I visited:

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:39 PM

Andrew Breitbart is Wondering...

Andrew Breitbart is wondering why a guy named Conor Friedersdorf, who writes for the Atlantic and the Daily Beast, keeps writing about Breitbart but refuses to interview him.

C'mon! Friedersdorf works for the Atlantic, which this month is running a very long cover story complaining about U.S. interrogation techniques without giving roughly equal consideration to the question of how many lives may have been saved by these techniques.

This is the logical equivalent of complaining about the U.S. dropping atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki without examining the possibility that these horrific attacks may have saved more lives than they cost. Did no one from the Atlantic even notice that the other side of the question was entirely missing from its cover story?

(Lest readers think it unfair of me to drag Andrew Sullivan -- who wrote the cover story -- into this, be aware that he injected himself by putting an approving piece on his own Atlantic magazine blog about what Conor Friedersdorf has written about Breitbart.)

MSM writers often fail to fact-check. Just ask Slate's Timothy Noah, or better, the White House staffers who relied on Noah's research when crafting President Obama's recent health care speech to a joint session of Congress.

(Not that the White House speechwriters have the slightest excuse for not checking the original sources themselves.)

When Conor Friedersdorf writes about Andrew Breitbart without giving Breitbart the courtesy of a phone call to give his side of the story, it's really just business as usual for the MSM.

And that, ironically, is in part why so many people choose get their news from Breitbart.

(As a very off-the-subject side note, the Atlantic cover story on torture contains this sentence, intended as part of its condemnation of U.S. interrogation techniques: "But 48 days and nights with no more than four hours' sleep every 24, combined with stress positions, hypothermia, and forced nudity, push these nuances over a line any decent person would acknowledge." Aside from the hypothermia, this is a precise description of the two-month period during which I gave birth to twins.)


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:02 AM

What's Happening Now

If All Nippon airways really wanted to reduce carbon emissions, it wouldn't ask its customers to pee; it would ask them to stay home.

Here's hoping the idiotic sports reporters who attacked Rush Limbaugh over his perfectly-appropriate Donovan McNabb comment in '03 gag on this news.

Which health insurer denies the most claims? Find out here.

Tell me again why the USA gives one penny to the United Nations.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:01 AM

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Project 21's Bob Parks on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio This Wednesday

BParksProject 21 member Bob Parks is scheduled to appear on the satellite talk radio program "Make It Plain with Mark Thompson" on Wednesday, October 7 at approximately 6:15 PM eastern for around 20 minutes.

The program can be heard on Sirius channel 146 ("Sirius Left") and XM channel 167 ("America Left"). Bob has been asked to talk about the Obama Administration's handling of the economy and Afghanistan.

Listeners can call into the show at (866) 99-SIRIUS.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at info@nationalcenter[email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 4:29 PM

Radio Day!

I'm having another of what I call "radio days."

If you live in one of the following cities and are so inclined, you can hear me talking about health care reform and our new book Shattered Lives: 100 Victims of Government Medicine on the following stations between now and 11 AM Eastern today:

WTAG Worcester, MA
0706 AM ET

KTRH Houston, TX
0733 AM ET

WOWO Fort Wayne, IN
0738 AM ET

WSYR Syracuse, NY
0820 AM ET

KVI Seattle, WA
0834AM ET

WOAI San Antonio, TX
0840 AM ET

KOGO San Diego, CA
0907AM ET

WHLO Akron, OH
0915 AM ET

WTAM Cleveland, OH
1030AM ET


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:00 AM

Saturday, October 03, 2009

It's Bush's Fault...

...Chicago didn't get to host the Olympics.

Don't blame me for saying it. I read it in the Chicago Sun-Times.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:04 PM

Friday, October 02, 2009

Boxer-Kerry Cap-and Trade Bill Puts Corporate Interests Over National Interest

Free Enterprise Project Director Tom Borelli has been closely monitoring the corporations who lobby for cap-and-trade.

Tom issued a statement Friday on the ways the new Boxer-Kerry cap-and-trade bill (or perhaps I should say, bill framework, because it appears to be out of fashion these days for legislators to actually finish drafting their proposed bills before introducing them):
Senate Cap-and-Trade Bill Favors Corporate interests Over National Interest

The "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act" introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) favors corporate interests over our national interest, says the Free Enterprise Project of the National Center for Public Policy Research. The bill calls for a 20% reduction in emissions, exceeding the 17% target in the House Waxman-Markey legislation passed in May.

Boxer-Kerry lacks many important details, including a disclosure of which industries will benefit from free emissions credits.

"In the rush to legislate, the Boxer-Kerry bill is silent on key elements, such as how the government will hand out free emissions allowances that are worth billions of dollars. With that amount of money left on the table it opens the door for a behind-the-scenes lobbying fest that will reward well connected companies while looting taxpayers," said Tom Borelli, PhD, director of the Free Enterprise Project.

Waxman-Markey awards most of the estimated $777.6 billion of free allowances to industry between 2012-2020. Utilities were the biggest winner in the "House bill lottery," receiving 35% of allowances.

President Obama originally wanted to auction all the emission credits with the revenue going to reduce the budget deficit.

In addition to the allowance windfall, a few select companies will benefit from specific provisions. Caterpillar would gain from sales of its newly-developed hybrid bulldozer, because the bill empowers the EPA to issue new emissions standards for "new heavy-duty vehicles and engines and for nonroad vehicles and engines."

The Caterpillar hybrid bulldozer is priced about $100,000 more than conventional bulldozers – an added cost that will be passed on to construction projects.

The Boxer gift to Caterpillar may be a reward for CEO Jim Owens. Under Owens, Caterpillar is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) – a coalition of corporate and environmental special interest groups lobbying for cap-and-trade. Owens is a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

"Owens is putting his personal short-term interest over our national interest. He has previously acknowledged that cap-and-trade can harm the competitiveness of our manufacturing industries, yet he remains a member of USCAP," added Borelli. "Owens' thirty pieces of silver is a hybrid bulldozer."

"It's clear the only winners with cap-and-trade will be the lobbyists, CEOs and their environmental allies. The bill represents a huge transfer of wealth in the amount of hundreds of billions of dollars to industry. While the Washington elite benefit, the rest of America will end up paying the cost through higher energy prices, slower economic growth and sending jobs overseas," said Borelli.

Visit the Free Enterprise Project online at http://www.freeenterpriser.com.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:35 PM

What's Happening Now

Senator Kerry blocks Senate fact-finding trip to Honduras.

Woman who "essentially starved" her toddler to death served a mere six months and is now accused of grotesquely abusing her son. Six months?

State of Michigan threatens woman for babysitting.

A population map.

In the none-of-its-business department: Major U.S. corporation spends $290,000 telling Irish voters to vote to join EU.

John Goodman asks: Why is AARP selling out seniors?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:11 AM

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Cut Off Health Care to ObamaCare Opponents, Says Bitter Old NPR Guy

Garrison Keiller fantasizes about cutting off ObamaCare opponents' access to the health care system.

Thanks, Keiller, for another reminder of why government-run health care really s---ks, because in those systems, bitter old fogeys like yourself really can cut off the health care access of people who disagree with them, shocking as it may seem.

Recall what Britain's National Health Service did to senior citizen Edward Atkinson, who had the temerity to mail pro-life literature to a government hospital that aborts young Britons.

If you want hospital administrators deciding they don't want to treat you based on your public policy or political views, then by all means, support government-run health care. Just be sure you really mean it, because once you get it, government-run health care is notoriously difficult to get rid of (you see, the employees unionize, and give campaign contributions, and before you can say 'why can't I have cancer drugs?,' you find the politicians are willing to let them let you die).

P.S. To Mr. Keiller: I don't recall you ever supplying any of my health care, so you have scant business talking about cutting it off. I, on the other hand, have been forced against my will to help pay for NPR...

P.P.S. If readers of this blog haven't yet read our new book, Shattered Lives; 100 Victims of Government Health Care, what on earth are you waiting for? If you are willing to read it on your computer you can downloaded a free PDF of the full book here. That's free, as in no money, no catch. But if you hate reading a computer screen, or want to give a copy of the book to someone who doesn't use computers, you are welcome to purchase a paper copy of Shattered Lives on Amazon.com for $14.95.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:33 AM

What's Happening Now

Tim Cavanaugh: Another fiscal year older, another $1.65 trillion in debt.

Michael van der Galien: Everybody loves clowns, right?

GE gets its payoff.

Jules Crittenden: Intelligence without experience is like knowing how roller skates work without ever having skated. (One guess who he's talking about.)

PhRMA spends $9.4 million more promoting left-wing health care "reform"; forgets left-wing health care means drugs gets rationed.

Patterico tries to get a Washington Post correction. Good luck with that.

British Christian hotel owners charged with criminal offense after discussing religion with Muslim guest.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:34 AM

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