Liberal Departures from the Truth

Liberals thrive on widespread fear, pessimism and uncertainty.  But the socialist platform doesn't stand up to the simplest factual tests.  To convince gullible people to vote for liberal candidates and support their agenda, liberals spread fear, distrust and jealousy wherever they can.  Things like truth and facts and honest debate don't matter to liberals as much as winning elections and retaining power.

Most liberal Democrats wouldn't know an honest debate if they walked into one.  If you engage a liberal in conversation, be prepared for a series of vituperative cheap shots, half-truths and ad hominem attacks.  When confronted with inconvenient facts, most liberals either change the subject or resort to shouting.  Liberal condone and promote abortion because they are apparently unaware of what happens during an abortion, and don't care to learn about the horrific details.

When conservative politicians speak in churches or invite religious leaders to White House meetings, you'll hear wailing from the left about an impending theocracy.  When left-wing politicians speak in churches, it's called "community outreach," and there's nothing to worry about.

Socialist fear-mongers are so tiresome because they predict and expect the worst — about the economy, the war, the next election, the weather, and everything else.  Their solutions always involve bigger, stonger government and higher taxes.  Liberals don't mind saying anything in order to get elected or help someone else win an election, and the national news media are very slow to challenge and correct the lies coming from the political left.

There is a section near the bottom of this page about McCarthyism, which is the word that pops into the news media whenever Congress investigates someone from the political left.

At the bottom of this page is a subsection about Wendy Davis, who is running for Texas Governor.

Related topics:

      Lies about "stimulus" money and job creation

      Lies about Obamacare

      Lies about taxes

      Lies about energy production

      Lies about Benghazi

      Lies about Illegal Immigration and Border Security

      Lies about welfare programs

      Lies about gun control

      Lies about everything else

      "Spontaneous" events and "randomly selected" people

      Fake hate crimes

      Liberal code words translated to plain English

      Wendy Davis


Spin-off pages:

      Senator Elizabeth Warren.

      The Infamous 'Romney Killed My Wife!' Ad.

      The Separation of Church and State.




Overview:
The Media That Cried Wolf.  "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is one of many of Aesop's fables. [...] The moral is that nobody believes a liar, even when he is telling the truth.  How is a twenty-five-hundred-year-old story relevant today?  Let's rewrite the fable bringing it up to date.  The shepherd boy today is the collection of social justice warriors throughout the media, academia, and entertainment worlds, basically the core of the modern Democrat Party.

Virginia State Police Say They Didn't Find Weapons Caches in Charlottesville Despite McAuliffe Claim.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) was contradicted by the Virginia State Police again on Wednesday after he claimed weapons were hidden around Charlottesville during a white supremacist rally turned riot.  During an interview with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, McAuliffe explained why police were often hesitant to try and break up violent altercations between white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Antifa factions.  He said the white supremacists and neo-Nazis were heavily armed and prepared to commit violent acts from the start, and police were trying to avoid escalating the violence.  He then claimed police had discovered weapons caches throughout the city. [...] However, Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller told Reason magazine that no such weapons caches were discovered.

As If On Cue, Multiple Media People Compare Antifa To D-Day Soldiers.  Via Weasel Zippers, we see another (completely coincidental) instance of #FakeNews memes promoted almost as if they'd been coordinated.  First there was Clinton spokeshack Brian Fallon, followed immediately by a wave of other fakestream miscreants.  Only one teensy, eensy problem with the comparison:  the Allies were confronting an army that had already waged war across Europe and slaughtered millions, not a hundred or so low-IQ kooks who had secured a permit to hold a protest.

Hillary's Campaign Spokesman Compares D-Day Soldiers To Antifa.  The campaign spokesman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign compared allied forces during War World II to Antifa protesters Tuesday night.  Brian Fallon, who served as Clinton's spokesman during her failed 2016 campaign, tweeted out a picture of Allied Forces invading Normandy.

More Leftish Overreach:  Leftists, Media Compare Antifa To WWII Allies.  [Scroll down]  The fact is that anti-fascist violence by Communists helped drive Hitler into power.  It helped promote Mussolinia's regime.  Antifa's tactics help the alt-right by allowing them to proclaim themselves victims of violence, defenders against the red horde.  And no, World War II allies fighting Hitler's soldiers weren't fighting protesters — they were fighting armed men with guns who had invaded sovereign states and were busily exterminating Jews.  We didn't send tanks and howitzers to fight rallies.  We send them to fight armies.

Charlottesville: Fueling Race Riots One of the Left's Cleverest Tactics.  The playbook goes like this:  Spread the word nonstop that Democrats help minorities and Republicans are racist (never mind that it was mostly Democrats in Congress who opposed ending segregation — people don't pay close attention to history).  Once this false mantra has been established, label a broad range of normal behavior by conservatives as racist (it doesn't matter if some of those conservatives are minorities themselves, like black and Hispanic police officers, contradictions don't matter).  Lump all that behavior in with that of the small number of real racists and refer to it as conservative or right wing (never mind that many racists are on the left, just gloss over that).  Even better, create a new term that clearly refers to white supremacists, alt-right, and lump in mainstream conservatives.  This tactic has allowed the left to write off one of the most popular conservative publications in the country, Breitbart, as racist.

Delighted with Trump.  [Scroll down]  The sheer entitled misery of losing with Hillary has ruined [the Democrats'] year.  Well, they deserve it, because they are responsible for just about all the chronic troubles in the world.  Yes, including Kim Jong-un and his whole family, who have been suckering the world with Democratic collusion for maybe thirty years.  Madeleine Albright was sent to that hellhole to "negotiate" with Kim II, waltzed with him like two cartoon hippos on the balcony of his palace while thousands of starving cadres marched by on the street below.  Then she came back flaunting a "treaty" with the Norks, promising they wouldn't build a plutonium bomb, because they were really planning on old-fashioned uranium.  They knew it, Bill and Maddy knew it, and the New York Times knew it, but they lied, lied, lied to us.  The American people were infinitely stupid, and the media celebrated Bill's big victory.

'Freedom of the Press' Doesn't Mean What You Think.  Progressive propaganda, relying on misdirection, misinterpretation, and outright falsehoods, permeates American life and touches or taints every topic.  The corporations that produce mass entertainment and news, the government bureaucracies that shape and fund education, the schools from kindergarten to college, and the tech firms that control the flow of information and ideas, are all subject to a groupthink that, for all intents and purposes, brooks absolutely no dissent from Leftist dogma.

Ben Rhodes, caught in the act.  [Scroll down]  There's also a perception that spin-doctor Ben makes up phony "narratives" to fool the American people, as he did with the Iran Deal, claiming he set up a media echo chamber to mislead the American public, and with his Libya scandal, where he had then-United Nations ambassador Susan Rice repeat his phony Benghazi talking points to mislead the American public on the reason an American ambassador was murdered in Libya, claiming it was the work of a spontaneous mob when in fact it was a full-blown planned al-Qaida attack.  The idea was to perpetrate the Obama myth that al-Qaida was "on the run" as the 2012 election day approach rather than growing stronger than ever.

We're All Being Pretty Quiet About Obama's Failures, Aren't We?  President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign was built on the claim that he was not just tough on terrorists, but also he was successful in fighting them.  "President Obama has placed the killing of Osama bin Laden at the center of his reelection effort," began one Washington Post story about the effort.  Vice President Joe Biden was sent out on the campaign trail to repeat the mantra daily:  "Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive!"  And it wasn't just bin Laden.  The campaign wanted to emphasize how successful Obama's strategy was when it came to containing Islamist terrorism.  Throughout the 2012 campaign, Obama described al Qaeda as being "on the path to defeat" or "decimated."  One media outlet counted 32 instances of him saying this even after the al Qaeda-linked attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

World View:  Fed Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen Says [There Will Be] 'No Financial Crisis in Our Lifetimes'.  Janet Yellen, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, the successor to Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan, held a press conference on Tuesday of last week, during which she said that she believes that there will be no new financial crisis "in our lifetimes": [...] This is such a bizarre, naïve statement, that it is hard to know what to make of it.  Yellen is expressing precisely the attitude that is always been prevalent prior to every financial crisis in world history.  Politicians say "This time it's different," and "We've learned our lessons," and "It can't happen this time."  And it does not happen this time until it does.  Actually, the lessons from the last financial crisis have not been learned at all.

McCaskill Admits Donation to Foundation Connected to Russian Ambassador.  Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) admitted Tuesday [6/27/2017] that she, her husband, and their private family foundation donated a total of $1,000 to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, on whose board of directors Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak serves as honorary chairman.

Democratic senator who claims she never met the Russian Ambassador went to a black-tie dinner at his residence.  A Democrat Senator who claimed she never met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak actually attended a black tie event at his residence, it has been revealed.  Claire McCaskill, the Senator from Missouri, tweeted in March: 'I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.  No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador.  Ever.'  But CNN has now revealed that in November 2015 she attended an evening at his Washington residence to honor Democratic Rep. James Symington, who is from her state and worked to further US-Russian relations.

Who Does The FBI Work For?  [Scroll down]  That brings us to yesterday's [6/21/2017] FBI briefing on the shooting targeting Republicans in Alexandria, a briefing that could not be more bizarre in its content and its conclusions.  There's also this incredible tidbit, which somehow has received little to no attention:  "Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign he had worked on as a volunteer, and was in email contact with the two Democratic senators from his home state."  If this was a shooter who had worked for Ted Cruz and was in contact via email with both of the Senators from Texas, wouldn't we know about it?  There's no reason to beat around the bush here: what the FBI is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind.  Consider the number of accidents of circumstance you would have to believe were going on here to not have the shooter doing what seems obvious from every piece of evidence we have:  researching and planning for an attack on Republicans of some kind, particularly looking for an opportunity when security will be low and vulnerability will be high.  This was an attack, not an "anger management" problem.

Nonprofit Tracker Smears Dozens of Conservative Organizations as 'Hate Groups'.  The nation's leading source of information on U.S. charities faces mounting criticism for using a controversial "hate group" designation in listings for some well-known and broadly supported conservative nonprofits.  GuideStar, which calls itself a "neutral" aggregator of tax data on charities, recently incorporated "hate group" labels produced by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center.  The decision by the tracker of nonprofits prompted 41 conservative leaders to protest the move in a letter provided exclusively to The Daily Signal.

Good riddance to the Russia myth — and blame Team Obama for promoting it.  Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's testimony Wednesday [6/21/2017] should mark the definitive end of "Russia hacked the election" hysteria.  Too bad it took so long to get to this point.  Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee outright that the Russians failed to alter "ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results."  Yes, it's clear Russia (with Vladimir Putin's full approval) orchestrated cyberattacks designed to influence the 2016 contest, and also pushed fake news.  But the hack, and release via WikiLeaks, etc., of Democratic emails produced nothing game-changing.

The Big Collusion Narrative Keeps Melting Down.  After two days and almost six hours of high-stakes public testimony, I'm struck by the total lack of any compelling claims supporting the "big" collusion narrative, that Russia conspired with Trump or Trump officials to "hack" election.  While we certainly aren't privy to all the relevant information or all the relevant testimony, nothing that James Comey said last week or that Jeff Sessions said today (much less any of the questions directed his way) contained so much as a meaningful hint that the Committee was on the verge of uncovering the political scandal of the century.  Rather, the focus keeps shifting to much narrower questions regarding Trump's decision to fire James Comey — questions that are important but far less historically consequential than any claim that a president or his attorney general are traitors to their country.

A vast conspiracy of silence kept the 'Russia collusion' story alive.  American democracy has been corrupted, and if not cured, the disease will be fatal.  There is no other conclusion to be drawn when the public is deceived on the scale that was revealed (but ignored) by James Comey.  The stunning truth is that the American political and media establishment allowed a phony story — that they knew was phony — to dominate our political discourse for months.

Dem Sen Sherrod Brown Under Fire for Inaccurate Claim that Breitbart, Bannon, Gorka Anti-Semitic.  Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio finds himself in serious political trouble after he inaccurately accused Breitbart News Network and chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon of being anti-Semitic last week.  Bannon is the former executive chairman of Breitbart News.

Guess who got busted for 'fake news'.  PETA is among my least favorite organizations.  It is skillful at propaganda, but ethics is another matter entirely.  Here is how the founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk, denied the obvious intent to deceive.  "There was never ... any attempt to keep people in the dark that what they had seen was fake.  The only issue here is timing[,]" Newkirk argued in an email to The Washington Post.  Sorry, Ingrid, but you quite clearly did wish to deceive, in order to produce an emotional reaction that you could then exploit to attach to something else.  That is fraud.

PETA wanted a fake cat video to go viral.  It didn't exactly turn out as planned.  A small grey cat, Rufus, sits on a bar stool in a kitchen.  "Rufus, jump," a man says in a stern voice.  Rufus looks at the stool next to his, a few feet away, and cowers.  The owner sighs, walks over to the cat and instructs again.  "Rufus, jump," he says, and slaps the house cat hard, in the head.  The cat doesn't jump; he slaps the animal again.  Finally, the cat does the trick.  "Once more for the camera!" the owner demands, before the cat scurries away, terrified.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were intending to anonymously release this disturbing video on YouTube this week, to draw attention to animal cruelty.  But there's a problem:  The video was faked.  The cat is CGI.  And a PR company working on PETA's behalf asked a media organization to help them make the video go viral — without revealing that Rufus wasn't real.

Seven Jaw-Dropping Revelations from Hearings on the Motion to Dismiss the DNC Fraud Lawsuit.  [#1] The crux of the Motion to Dismiss asserts the Judge is not in a position to determine how the Democratic Party conducts its nominating process.  In the first of many galling and naive assertions, the Democrats' counsel advise U.S. Federal Judge William J. Zloch, recently promoted to a Senior bench, that the lawsuit should be dismissed outright because litigating the DNC's business would "drag the Court right into the political squabbles".  Zloch, appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1985, is told:  "There'd be no way constitutionally to offer redress", despite this being the Court's "one job".  City, state, county, and Federal courts review legal issues related to political squabbles big and small on a daily basis, and specifically exist as a separate branch of our government to perform this function independent of political disputes arising in the executive or legislative branches of the government.

The Scandal Hiding In Plain Sight.  There is a deep irony in the fact that Democrats are hysterically demanding investigations of President Trump and his campaign team, and in fact multiple investigations are now in progress, even though there is zero evidence that anyone associated with the president has done anything wrong.  On the other hand, we now know for certain that the Obama administration weaponized the intelligence agencies in order to use them against political opponents, in a manner that is unprecedented, highly dangerous to our democracy, and criminal.  This scandal, which dwarfs anything of which the Trump team is even suspected, has been exposed and lies largely in plain sight for all to see.  Yet it has generally been greeted with yawns, if acknowledged at all, by politicians and commentators.

Report: Left-Leaning Policy Group Appears To Have Flooded Net Neutrality Forum With 100,000+ Fake Comments.  More than 100,000 comments supporting government regulation of the internet appear to have been automatically submitted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a left-leaning nonprofit, according to a forensic analysis published Wednesday [5/31/2017].  The responses likely did not come organically from real people, which the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) forum for public comment on net neutrality is intended to be for, according to The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC).  Rather, the NLPC claims the comments seem to be artificially submitted by the EFF since language used is highly similar to EFF's submission platform and both the email addresses and the physical addresses of the listed people are fake, or don't exist.

The Democrats' Second Secession & America's New Civil War.  [Scroll down]  Trump did not [immediately] get confirmation hearings for the team he was hoping to put in place.  He got a witch-hunt instead — a series of attempted character assassinations directed at his nominees.  Most outrageously, his candidate for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, was smeared as a "racist" by one Democratic senator after another beginning with Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer.  Yet, Sessions' public career reflected values that were quite the opposite.  It included service as the attorney general of a deep south state, in which capacity he had prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan and desegregated the public schools.  These acts reflected his actual commitment to civil rights.  Schumer and his colleagues had served alongside Sessions for ten and twenty years, and knew very well that their accusations were defamatory and false.  But they persisted in them anyway.

Severed Heads.  Susan Rice managed to be at the center of almost every major Obama-administration scandal involving national security.  She lied repeatedly on national television about the cause and nature of the Benghazi killings.  She misled the U.N. about the nature of humanitarian and no-fly-zone resolutions in Libya, in order to facilitate bombing Qaddafi out of power.  She fantasized about the Bowe Bergdahl swap and in Orwellian fashion assured the nation that the AWOL soldier had "served with honor and distinction" before being captured on the field of battle as a POW; "Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield," she said.  She was a party to the dissimulations about the Iran Deal side agreements (whose sordid details are slowly trickling out), falsely assuring the nation that there was no connection between cash payments to the Iranians and the release of American hostages.

The Most Asinine Claim About the AHCA.  If one takes seriously the wild characterizations of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that have appeared in the media since last week, the Republicans have transformed the House of Representatives from a branch of the national legislature into a veritable abattoir.  The GOP is not merely guilty of "consigning thousands of people with serious illnesses to death," as one erstwhile news outlet put it, "the Republicans are taking health services away from disabled children, women who give birth, and survivors of rape and sexual assault."  And what has motivated the GOP to wreak such carnage?  Why, racism, of course.

'Shattered' Revelation:  Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary's Loss.  The new Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered:  Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, reveals how Hillary Clinton personally placed blame for her bruising defeat on Russian meddling "within twenty-four hours of her concession speech."  The blistering behind-the-scenes book, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, illustrates how Hillary Clinton furiously blamed her defeat on the FBI investigation into her private emails, Russian interference, and Trump's supposed support from "white nationalists."

How the Media Try to Lay Waste to the Trump Administration.  According to Barack Obama's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, there is "no evidence" that the Russians colluded with President Trump to swing the election.  And there is no evidence that the Russians interfered with election tallies.  Yet allegations of Russian connections have become an article of faith for the mainstream media and liberal comedy hosts.  But as we've pointed out on many occasions, Hillary Clinton's financial and business relations with the Russians far exceeded anything that could be attributed to Trump.

Donald Trump: 'Nobody Believes' Susan Rice.  President Donald Trump dismissed Susan Rice's assertion that she did not unmask General Michael Flynn for political reasons.  "Does anybody really believe that?" he asked during an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.  "Nobody believes that, even the people that try to protect her in the news media."

Self-Busting Myths.  The American Left's myth-making and invention of useful narratives starting in the middle of the 20th century and running to about 2010 will go down as one of the more successful efforts at shaping culture, both political and otherwise, in human history.  Controlling the discussion, amid abject failure in government, education, and business (Detroit, for example, or Solyndra, or what they've done to Yale or the motion picture industry), has been a feat defying proper explanation.  They're to be congratulated for their skill in masking, if not weaponizing, their failure through narrative.  Democrats can't run an inner city?  Accuse everyone else of racism — including the middle class, white and black, who run screaming to the suburbs to escape the failing public schools, rampant crime, cratering infrastructure, and naked corruption.  Can't compete in business?  Inflate a "green energy" bubble by concocting the global warming crisis and demonizing fossil fuels as bringing on the apocalypse — and then pump billions of taxpayer dollars into absurdly unsustainable business models manufactured by major political donors as little more than payoffs.

Susan Rice is a liar.  Now even the liberal media is starting to admit it.  Susan Rice is a liar and that's the truth.  What's amazing is that it has taken years for the major media to admit it, despite epic evidence.  Even journalists have a breaking point — in this case, false statements about deadly chemical weapons.  Rice's lies have angered conservatives for years.  Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer nicknamed the former national security adviser the "liar in chief," according to The Blaze.  Rice's willingness to misrepresent what happened during the Benghazi attack was so amazing, that she repeated it on five separate Sunday morning news talk shows.  It was a lie that might make Pinocchio proud.  But it took her lies about Syria to do just that.

Rice claim on Syria chemical weapons gets 'four Pinocchios'.  Former Obama official Susan Rice's claim just a few months ago that the Assad regime "voluntarily and verifiably" gave up its chemical weapons stockpile earned a full rebuke from a prominent fact-checker on Monday in the wake of last week's chemical attack.  The Washington Post fact-checker gave the former national security adviser a rating of "four Pinocchios" — the worst rating on their truth scale.

Perez: 'Trump Didn't Win The Election' — Republicans 'Don't [Care] About People'.  Newly elected Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez campaigned for Democrats in Newark, New Jersey Friday by telling a crowd the Republican Party doesn't [care] about them.  Perez, speaking at a rally hosted by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, first congratulated protesters on showing up in droves to Washington, DC on January 21, the day after President Trump's inauguration.

GOP calls Tom Perez's statement that Trump didn't win the election 'dangerous' and 'unhinged'.  The Republican National Committee whacked back at new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez for saying that President Trump 'didn't win this election.'  The RNC sent out a statement Sunday morning labeling his comments 'unhinged.'  'Chairman Perez's comments are dangerous and undermine our democratic process,' said chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.  'Perhaps Mr. Perez needs a lesson on how the Electoral College works but whether he likes it or not, Donald Trump is our president.'

Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud.  [Scroll down]  The media-Democrat indictment of Trump's election-rigging spiel was not rooted in patriotic commitment to the American democratic tradition of accepting election outcomes.  They said what they said because they fully expected to win — all the polls said so!  Hillary and her chums, Barack Obama included, would not abide a taint of illegitimacy affixing itself to her inevitable presidency.  Except she wasn't so inevitable.  So now, there is just one very inconvenient problem for the "Russia hacked the election" narrative, the tireless media-Democrat harangue since November 8:  Everything of substance that is known to the U.S. government about Russian meddling was already known in those pre-election weeks when Clinton and the Democrats were hailing the legitimacy of the process.  They've changed their tune not because the facts changed, but because they lost.  And what's their story now?  It's pretty much the same one they scalded Trump for telling.

In Today's Democratic Party, Insanity Is Mandatory.  Ever since election day, the Democrats have tried to undermine the Trump administration by questioning the legitimacy of his victory.  But until now, I don't recall any of them actually denying that Trump won the election.  That is the position taken last night by the newly-installed Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez.  Speaking to a Democratic rally in Newark, Perez said, among other things:  "Republicans don't [care] about people" and "Donald Trump, you didn't win the election."  According to Perez, the wrong candidate was inaugurated on January 20.

Mass Psychosis: 67% of Democrats Think Russia Interfered in 2016 Election.  There's not a shred of evidence to support any of this, but they need to comfort themselves with nutty conspiracy theories.

CrowdStrike Firm Which Peddled 'Russian Hacking' Conspiracy Theory Retracts Claims.  The Democrats' conspiracy theory claiming Russia "hacked our election" is falling apart.  The U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which Voice of America notes was the "first to link hacks of Democratic Party computers to Russian actors last year," was caught misrepresenting data in their December report purportedly showing Russian interference in our elections.

Four Major Holes In Rep. Adam Schiff's Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory.  On Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on a House intelligence committee, delivered his opening statements at a hearing where he laid out the case for alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Schiff repeatedly raised questions about alleged collusion between Moscow and members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Here are four serious problems with Schiff's charges, which include wild conspiracy theories and heavy reliance on a questionable source: [...]

The Left Distorts Originalism to Attack Judge Gorsuch.  This morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein fresh from lecturing Neil Gorsuch on the novel constitutional concept of "super precedent" purported to attack Judge Gorsuch's legal philosophy by reading a question from a law-school dean: [...] Note what happened here.  Feinstein's dean went straight from a quote to a straw man, fundamentally mischaracterizing Scalia and originalist jurisprudence in one consequential sentence.  First, Scalia's consistent position wasn't that the equal-protection clause offered "no protection" to women or gays, but rather that it did not offer special or extraordinary protection.  For example, here he was dissenting in Romer v. Evans, a decision that struck down a Colorado constitutional amendment prohibiting local governments from outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation:

Woman Who Blamed Benghazi Attack On YouTube Video Says Trump White House 'Twists The Truth'.  Remember Susan Rice?  She's the woman the Obama administration rushed out to no less than five Sunday news shows after the Benghazi terror attack to blame it all on a YouTube video.  It was a complete lie and this woman has no credibility at all.  Now she's attacking the Trump White House over truthfulness.

Susan Rice Lectures Trump About Making False Statements.  The Obama administration official who misled the American public on national television about the Benghazi attacks is out with a new op-ed lecturing President Trump about contorting "the facts."  Writing at The Washington Post, Susan Rice, the national security advisor under Obama, chastised Trump for his claims in recent weeks that the Obama administration wiretapped his offices during the presidential campaign.

Donna Brazile admits stealing debate questions for Hillary, but blames the Russians.  Face it:  Brazile is a liar and cheater who evades responsibility for her own admitted misdeeds.  Anyone who employs her knows this, and is responsible for her future misdeeds on their air or in their party.

Donna Brazile finally admits she shared debate questions with Clinton campaign.  Veteran Democratic operative Donna Brazile finally admitted that she used her former position as a CNN commentator to relay questions ahead of debates to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.  For months, Brazile has avoided confirming that hacked emails from the campaign showed her forwarding the questions, which were asked at separate debates.  But in a new essay for Time magazine looking back on the hackings, she said it was true.  "[I]n October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and [Democratic National Committee] Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign," she said.

This just in from the Projection Booth:
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber says Republicans setting up a 'scam'.  MIT economics professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that any healthcare replacement law the GOP has in store is a "scam."

Fact Check:  Cory Booker Is Neither a 'Truth-Teller' Nor a 'Determined Purveyor of The Truth'.  New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D.) described himself in a Friday [3/10/2017] interview at South By Southwest as a "determined purveyor of the truth," but a Washington Free Beacon analysis finds that Booker has a long history of getting caught straying from reality.

Pepper Spray Illegal in Sweden.  In a report on the state of crime problems plaguing Sweden, Katie Hopkins reported that pepper spray was illegal, because your rapist might be hurt. [...] Reality always wins, one way or another.  Either the Swedish Democrats will win at the ballot box, or the problems will continue to get worse.  All over the Western world, false political constructs about reality are being toppled.  Some of those constructs:
    People are the same all over the world.
    People are basically good.
    People's motivations are all, at base, economic.
    The use of force is always wrong.
    War is never legitimate.

Devastating Proof of Media Bias:  New York Times Airbrushes Away Democrat's Embarrassing False Claim Without a Trace.  Jay Caruso noted that Senator Claire McCaskill had claimed early today never to have met with a Russian ambassador:  [Tweet]  Then undeniable documentary and photographic evidence emerged that she had.  I bet she wishes she could just airbrush that initial tweet from history — like it never happened.  Kinda like the New York Times did today with her claim.  They reported it — and then, when they figured out it was wrong, they simply vanished it.

Democrats Said Melania's White Dress Was Racist, Then Wore White to Trump's Speech.  When Republicans wear white, it's because they're trying to subliminally convey how much they hate black people.  When Democrats wear white, it's because they love women, liberty, and progress.

Democrats Attack Trump For Enforcing Their Own Immigration Law.  The deportation rules announced this week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were greeted with the expected outrage from the usual suspects.  But since when is enforcing the law a crime?  In this case, the law that Kelly plans to enforce is the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which was approved by 52 Democrats in the Senate and 202 Democrats in the House in a Democrat-controlled Congress and was signed into law by President Johnson, a Democrat.  That hasn't stopped today's Democrats from decrying the DHS memo as obscene and horribly un-American.

Maxine Waters Says [Some Peculiar] Things.  Here are some of the unusual things Waters has said since the election:
  •   1.  She didn't know the name of Trump's chief of staff.  "Let me just say this, Mike Preibus..."
  •   2.  When she told reporters that Russia invaded Korea.  "The fact that he is wrapping his arms around Putin while Putin is continuing to advance into Korea."
  •   3.  When she called Trump and his aides a bunch of 'scumbags.'  "This is a bunch of scumbags.  That's what they are."
  •   4.  Waters revealed her greatest desire.  "And my greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment."
  •   5.  She referred to Trump as a dictator.  "People are not gonna take this new president who thinks he's a dictator."

Washington is boiling.  Here's why.  [Scroll down]  The fake-news phenomenon also made its way to Congress, highlighted by then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) outlandish statements on the Senate floor that then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes.  It was patently false, and Reid knew it, but he did it anyway, later saying it was "one of the best things" he had ever done.  The Democrats led the charge to bring fake news and alternative facts into the mainstream, and the only reason they're upset about it now is because in 2016, fake news worked against them.

Zionist Group Demands Pelosi Retract Slander Against Bannon.  The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), a prominent pro-Israel group, is calling on Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to retract her recent comments calling White House chief strategist and former Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon a "white supremacist."  "ZOA urges U.S. House Minority Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to retract her defamatory, ugly and erroneous name calling of Senior Presidential Strategist Stephen Bannon," the organization wrote in a press release.  "It is beneath the dignity of her office, and sets a very bad example for the nation, for her to engage in name-calling — especially when she hurls attacks that are baseless and untrue," the press release said.

Senate Democrats' misleading language on a 60-vote 'standard' for Supreme Court nominees.  In the looming battle over President Trump's nomination of Gorsuch to be a Supreme Court justice, Schumer avoided a few Pinocchios when he quickly returned to the floor and took back his earlier statement that Republicans "insisted" that President Barack Obama's nominees required 60 votes.  But you can see, in Durbin's remarks, the slippery language that Democrats use to give the impression that achieving 60 votes is some sort of Senate "standard."  Even in his amended remarks, Schumer went on to say "60 votes is the right standard for this nominee."

Famous Berkeley Prof Suggests That Violent Protesters At Milo Event Were Right-Wing Plants.  Robert Reich, the Labor Secretary under Bill Clinton and a Berkeley professor, suggested on Thursday, contrary to all evidence, that right-wing groups staged the violence that shut down a Milo Yiannopoulos event that was to be hosted on the liberal university campus on Wednesday [2/1/2017].

Brzezinski: Trump Won EV 'Fair and Square' — But He's Not 'Completely Elected By the People'.  On Friday's [1/28/2017] broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-anchor Mika Brzezinski argued that while President Donald Trump won the Electoral vote fairly, "this is a president who lost to Hillary Clinton... I think there's a lot of support he still needs to gain.  It's not a president completely elected by the people."

Pelosi: Democrats Do 'the Lord's Work,' Republicans 'Dishonor God'.  In yet another example of moral narcissism and the liberal inability to understand conservative positions on faith, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared that her party, the Democratic Party, does the will of God while Republicans dishonor their Creator.  Of Republicans, the Democrat congresswoman from California declared, "They pray in church on Sunday and they prey on people the rest of the week.  And while we're doing the Lord's work, ministering to the needs of God's creation, they are ignoring those needs which is to dishonor the God who made them."

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It's always refreshing to listen to a rabidly pro-abortion socialist preaching about matters of faith.

The World Turned Upside Down.  In the media's now radically amended progressive dictionary, Senate filibusters are no longer subversive, but quite vital.  Executive orders are no longer inspired, but dangerous.  Bypassing Congress on treaties and overseas interventions, or refusal to enforce existing laws, is no longer presidential leadership.  If Trump follows Obama's example of presidential fiats, he will be recalibrated as seditious.  Protests against a sitting president are no longer near treasonous, but patriotic.  Media collusion with the president is no longer natural, but unprofessional and dishonest.  Cruel invective against the president and his family is no longer racist, but inspired.

Sounds like projection.

Maxine Waters's ridiculous claim that Betsy DeVos 'has never seen the inside of a classroom'.  Some of the speakers at the Women's March on Washington repeated some dubious nostrums we have debunked in the past, such as statistics on equal pay.  But this comment jumped out at us.  Waters, reading from a prepared text, made these comments in the course of attacking a number of President Trump's Cabinet picks.  For instance, she charged that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the nominee for attorney general, has a "history of racism" — a claim that he disputes and that we have explored.  But this attack seemed new:  Betsy DeVos, the nominee for secretary of education, has never seen the inside of a classroom?

Our Addiction to Kompromat.  Russia has two exports:  energy and kompromat.  Since energy isn't nearly as valuable as it was a decade ago, Putin has increased Russia's production of kompromat to compensate.  So far, he's been fairly successful with this, but for an unexpected reason.  What is kompromat?  Kompromat is any material that can be used to discredit, mislead, blackmail, coerce, or confuse a targeted person or entity.  This material spans the gamut, from a leaked sex video to a financial document proving corruption.  In short, any material can be used as long as it is effective at damaging an opponent.

Pelosi blames Bush for $9 trillion in debt added under Obama.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed former President George W. Bush and the Republicans on Friday [1/13/2017] for the more than $9 trillion that has been added to the national debt under President Obama's watch.  Pelosi argued that under Obama, the annual budget deficit, which contributes to the national debt, has been reduced dramatically, and said that without Obama's work, the national debt would be even higher.  She also mostly blamed Bush for not paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Nancy Pelosi and the Big Lie.  Every word Nancy Pelosi utters is a lie, all conjunctions and articles included.  President Bush submitted a budget for fiscal year 2009, which included a projected deficit of a way-too-high $407.4 billion.  However, the Congress, then under control of the Democrats, with Mrs Pelosi serving as the Speaker of the House, declined to pass President Bush's budget.  Rather, after the end of FY 2008 on September 30, 2008, Congress funded the federal government through the mechanisms of continuing resolutions, rather than normal budgeting and appropriations.

Huffington Post Contributor:  Hillary Clinton's Failure to Win Even 20 States Means She Is 'Legitimate President-Elect'.  Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's inability to win even 20 of America's 50 states means she is the "legitimate president-elect," a contributor to the off-the-rails progressive blog Huffington Post wrote.  "Hillary Clinton is the Legitimate President-Elect," reads the headline on the Huffington Post for a piece from "political writer and commentator" Alex Mohajer.

Pelosi blames Bush for $9 trillion in debt added under Obama.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed former President George W. Bush and the Republicans on Friday [1/13/2017] for the more than $9 trillion that has been added to the national debt under President Obama's watch.  Pelosi argued that under Obama, the annual budget deficit, which contributes to the national debt, has been reduced dramatically, and said that without Obama's work, the national debt would be even higher.  She also mostly blamed Bush for not paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Histrionics of a Fraud.  [In Cory] Booker's time as mayor Newark went from 67 murders in 2008, a decline from 105 in 2006, to 112 killings in 2013, the year after he left office.  Booker never presided over an unemployment rate in the single digits.  And he laid off 163 policemen amid budget deficits his mismanagement produced. [...] That's Booker.  All show, no substance and a tenuous connection to reality.  What he knows is how to present the media with a fraudulent story that masks his incompetence.  Criticize his ability to fight crime and he'll tell you about T-Bone, a drug dealer of his acquaintance who wants him dead.  But T-Bone is a figment of his imagination.  There is no T-Bone.

Twenty Non-Questions on Campus.  Merriam-Webster defines dogma as "a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted."  On too many college campuses, certain beliefs are promoted just that dogmatically.  Students are not allowed to challenge them. [...] Those beliefs are:
  •   There is a campus rape culture that encourages the sexual assault of women.
  •   A woman accusing a man of rape has vastly more credibility than a man who claims his innocence.
  •   The earth is getting dramatically warmer due to human activity, and altering that activity can stop or slow this trend.
  •   Israeli settlers and the Israeli government are as bad as or worse than Palestinian terrorists.
  •   Fundamentalist Christians are morally the same as Muslim terrorists.
  •   Any military action in the Middle East creates more problems than it solves.
  •   Criticizing Islam as a religion of terrorism is an example of Islamophobia.
  •   Religious freedom is less important than acceptance of sexual minorities.
  •   Society would generally be better off if traditional religion disappeared.
  •   Marriage between those of the same sex should be seen as the same as marriage between those of different sexes.
  •   Trans women (men who identify as women) should be allowed to use the same facilities as biological women.
  •   The physical differences between men and women play no role in economic disparities between them.
  •   A woman has a right to an abortion for whatever reason she chooses.
  •   Black men are targeted by the police.
  •   Anti-Hispanic racism is an important part of what motivates those who oppose immigration reform.
  •   President Obama has been criticized more than previous presidents because of his race.
  •   Raising taxes on the wealthy will improve our economy.
  •   Political conservatives are either greedy manipulators exploiting the marginalized, or sincere dupes voting against their own economic interests.
  •   There is little if any correlation between hard work and economic success.
  •   The United States is more damaging to the world than other western industrialized nations.

Bob Baer:  If Russian Hacking Story is Political "there should be a criminal investigation".  For the past several days we have been discussing the Deep State shadow war within the various intelligence agencies.  The larger issues have been building for a long time.  CIA Director John Brennan and DNI head James Clapper, both took politicization of intelligence to new levels to accommodate the White House.  It is not accidental that both of these names are the primary voices behind the "Russian Hacking Conspiracy".

Judge Garland and the Left's Disdain for Truth.  The mainstream media — that is, the liberal media — share all the views and characteristics of the left.  Among these is the left's view of truth.  There are honest individuals with left-wing views, and dishonest individuals on the right.  But truth is not a leftist value.  Everything the left believes in is more important than truth:  social justice, economic equality, reducing carbon emissions, expanding the power of the state, battling sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and above all of these, destroying its conservative opposition.

Liberal Logic.  If a man says he's Napoleon Bonaparte, he needs help, but if he says he's a woman he's perfectly sane and if anyone refuses to go along with him he's being oppressed.  If 97% of scientists say that man made global warming is real anyone who disagrees should be put in prison.  When 100% of scientists say that human life begins at conception it has nothing to do with abortion.  If Russia publishes true facts about Hillary it's foreign interference in our election.  If illegals, i.e. foreigners, vote in our election it's a good thing.  Clubbing a baby seal to death is evil.  Dismembering an unborn human girl without anesthetic is a societal good.  Getting water to California's central valley farmers isn't as important as protecting the delta smelt.  It's okay if wind turbines kill 4200 bald eagles each year.  Saying all lives matter is racist.  Saying only black lives matter is not.

Gaslighting and the Left's War on Reality.  In politics, the word "gaslighting" is increasingly used to describe the left's efforts to push a false view of reality and to convince mainstream Americans that their common-sense views are somehow extreme.  For example, on a recent edition of Varney & Co., Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said the Obama administration's portrayal of Israel as our enemy and Iran as nothing to worry about could be described as "gaslighting."  Bill Whittle's popular video Gaslighting exposed the left's use of the gaslighting tactic to spread false information about issues such as Benghazi and Obamacare.  Note that gaslighting is a far more insidious tactic than political spin.  Spin merely attempts to shift the interpretation of a real situation by presenting it in a different light.  Gaslighting presents a completely false alternative to reality and is intended to erode the confidence of the target in his or her own perception.

Trump spokesman says there's still 'zero evidence' Russia influenced presidential election with alleged hacking spree.  A top Donald Trump spokesman insisted Monday [1/2/2017] that there is still 'zero evidence' America's presidential election was swayed by a series of computer hacks attributed to the Russian government.  The U.S. intelligence community appears to be closing in on a conclusion that Moscow directed hackers to penetrate and steal documents from the Democratic National Committee this year.  Democrats also claim Russians hacked into Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's email account.

'Not enough data to show Russian link to election' — Wordfence CEO.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s claims that Russia hacked the 2016 US election are based on flimsy evidence, says security expert Mark Maunder.  On December 29, the DHS and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) put together by the DHS and the FBI that blames Russia for hacking the US presidential election in an operation which they nicknamed GRIZZLY STEPPE.  Among other things, the report cites the presence of PHP malware as one of the clues pointing to Russian involvement.

What's Behind Mysterious 'Disclaimer' on Top of DHS/FBI Big Russia Hacking Report.  Many have noticed that on top of the Joint Report issued on Thursday [12/29/2016] by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Russian hacks, there is a very peculiar thing:  A disclaimer stating that "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within."  Some have speculated that the disclaimer is evidence that the federal government won't stand by their findings.  WikiLeaks drew even more attention to this detail by tweeting out a picture of the disclaimer, which was subsequently retweeted more than 7 thousand times.

Assange says he is '1,000% confident' that Russia was NOT the source for hacked Democratic emails which were published by WikiLeaks.  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said Barack Obama is 'trying to delegitimize the Trump administration' by claiming the Russian government hacked Democrats' emails during the bitter presidential election.  Assange, whose interview with Sean Hannity will air on Fox News tonight, also reiterated his claims that Russia was not the source of the hacks.  He told Hannity 'with a thousand percent' confidence that the Russian government were not responsible for emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.

Extremist Christmas Wishes — White Genocide vs Fascist Ethno-State.  The same philosophy behind those promoting White Genocide are actually promoting genocide for all non-Whites.  The same can be said of anything uttered by The Media.  Whatever they tell us in their newspapers, magazines, websites and TV programs, the exact opposite is true.  Obama said he was going to make healthcare cheaper, the price went up!  If Hillary said she had permission to use a private email server, she surely didn't.  If Democrats want to lower taxes on the Middle Class or create jobs, they actually intend to raise taxes and kill jobs.  You do not have to go very far to see what I am talking about.

Harry Reid Says He 'Did What Was Necessary' By Lying About Mitt Romney's Tax Returns.  Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he "did what was necessary" in 2012 when he falsely accused Mitt Romney of not having paid his taxes for 10 years.  Reid was asked about those comments, which he made during a speech on the Senate floor, in response to call during a live interview on Las Vegas' KNPR.  The caller asked Reid if he thought that "the brazen lie he told about Mitt Romney not pay his taxes has in anyway contributed to the fake news debate that we now find ourselves in."  Reid, who is leaving the Senate next month, denied the accusation.  But he offered up a flimsy and fact-devoid defense of those 2012 claims.

Warning to Democrats:  The rules have changed.  Weeks after the election, they still don't get it.  We still hear the litany of worn out excuses, such as "We didn't get our message out."  The Russians did it.  The FBI did it.  Bernie supporters betrayed us.  Blacks did not vote.  The election was stolen.  Hillary won the popular vote (albeit with massive voter fraud, of which Detroit is only the tip of the iceberg with its 120-percent voter turnout in many Democrat precincts). [...] After decades of indoctrination in the public schools and universities, a population of newly minted liberals has filled the big cities and the coasts, feeling entitled to win elections, even when they don't vote.  Merely disagreeing with them incites them to anger, sometimes to violence.  Thus, they rarely if ever hear what we conservatives have to say.

Snopes Deliberately Omits Key Details To Protect Kerry's State Dept..  A Snopes.com article attempting to discredit a Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group news story revealing that millions of Department of State tax dollars were sent to a charity created by Secretary of State John Kerry's daughter was loaded with factual errors and omissions.

This Insane Interview Between Newsweek Writer Eichenwald and Tucker Carlson Goes OFF THE RAILS.  Thursday [12/15/2016], Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about his unsubstantiated accusations that Donald Trump was on amphetamine derivatives, and had a nervous breakdown in 1990. Within seconds, the interview began to go off the rails.  Carlson asked Eichenwald if he had any evidence to substantiate a tweet he sent on September 13, 2016, which reads:  "I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won't release his medical records."  The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, but not before numerous screenshots were taken.  Eichenwald never substantiated his claim regarding Trump, and on Thursday, Carlson tried to get to the bottom of it: [...]

Michael Moore:  Trump 'Has No Right To Enter' White House.  On Friday's [12/16/2016] broadcast of MSNBC's "All In," filmmaker Michael Moore argued that President-Elect Donald Trump "has no right" to enter the White House.  Moore called for "protesting, obstructing, disrupting, civil disobedience."

Sorry, Democrats, But Putin Didn't Steal The U.S. Election For Trump.  The FBI says there's no evidence the Russians affected the outcome.  The office of the Director of National Intelligence — which governs all 17 U.S. spy agencies — says there's no evidence.  Department of Homeland Security says there's no evidence.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch says there's no evidence.  [Indeed], even President Obama admits there's no evidence that Russian hacking cost the Democrats the election.

Now the White House is Claiming China Hacked the Election.  In a not-too-subtle attempt to de-ligitimize Donald Trump's presidency, current president Barack Obama worked the liberals into a frenzy with allegations that the Russian government hacked the election, robbing Hillary Clinton of her rightful place.  This story is so bullshit that even the White House can't keep it straight.  Today press secretary Josh Earnest actually said it was the Chinese who hacked our election.

Democrats and the Power of Delusion.  Two things are remarkable about this story.  Three, if you include the part where Joe Trippi has it almost exactly right.  The first is how hard Democrats cling to the popular vote story, while also nodding their heads when Rep. Keith Ellison says, "Democrats win when we harness the power of everyday people and fight for the issues they care about."  Sorry, Dems — but you only get to choose one.  Either your party failed to address the issues people care about, or you did address them but got cheated out of the White House by that tricksy Electoral College.  But watch now as they try to have it both ways.

Wag the Dog 2016.  Can you believe these idiots are so desperate to cover up the incompetence of a miserably bad candidate?  How stupid do you have to be to risk conflict with Russia rather than concede the election?  There is absolutely no evidence that the Russians did anything.  Even their claims that Russia hacked the DNC and Podesta's emails are not substantiated by anyone.

The Incredible, Spineless Hillary Clinton.  I'm pretty sure I heard Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promise — not once, but several times over the course of many months — that she would accept the results of the 2016 presidential election.  I then seem to recall that after her loss to Donald Trump, she followed through on that promise.  "We must accept this result and then look to the future," she said (or did she?).  "Donald Trump is going to be our president.  We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."  But I find that hard to reconcile with what I've seen since then:  namely, Clinton and her campaign doing everything in their power to delegitimize Trump's victory and work towards getting the results of the election overturned.

10 Ways the CIA's 'Russian Hacking' Story is Left-Wing 'Fake News'.  On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledged to support a congressional investigation into whether Russian hacking affected the 2016 election.  Republicans have nothing to fear from such an investigation, because they won the election fair and square.  No, Russia is not the friend that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent several years pretending it was.  But the idea that Russian hackers coronated Trump is only the latest left-wing opiate — after white supremacists and "fake news" — designed to dull the pain of electoral defeat, and postpone the reckoning that must occur if Democrats are to pose a significant threat as an opposition party at any time in the near future.

The war on 'fake news' is all about censoring real news.  Scrambling for an explanation for Donald Trump's victory, many in the media and on the left have settled on the idea that his supporters were consumers of "fake news" — gullible rubes living in an alternate reality made Trump president.  To be sure, there is such a thing as actual fake news:  made-up stories built to get Facebook traction before they can be debunked.  But that's not what's really going on here.  What the left is trying to do is designate anything outside its ideological bubble as suspect on its face.

Mook: No, Obama didn't tell Hillary to concede.  No?  That's not what Amie Parnes writes in her upcoming book, a story that has been percolating for more than a week without a denial.  Yesterday [12/4/2016], Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook finally disputed it when Jake Tapper mentioned it, telling CNN's State of the Union host that he needed to do "a little fact-checking there." [...] Mook's "fact check" sounds more like self-serving revisionism.

Anti-Semite charge bounces off Trump and sticks to Democrats.  For months, Democrats have been taking shots at Donald Trump and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, formerly the CEO of Breitbart.com, as notorious anti-Semites, people who hate Jews.  This is so bizarre that it needs to be confronted publicly rather than ignored.

Sarah Silverman Admits She Made Up a Wage-Gap Story, Then Calls Critics 'Maniacs'.  Comedian Sarah Silverman admitted that a story she told about wage discrimination (in which she even went so far as to call out a specific employer by name) was a lie — and then said people who might consider her lie a reason to question the movement she was supporting were "maniacs."  In an April 6 wage-discrimination-activism video for Levo League, Silverman accused New York Comedy Club owner Al Martin of having paid her less than a male comic for doing the same work: [...] Just one problem:  That didn't actually happen.

12 Fake News Stories from the Mainstream Media.  [For example,] Dateline NBC rigs a truck to explode:  In 1993, NBC News delivered a historic public apology for staging the test crash of a General Motors pickup truck for the Dateline NBC program.  The reporters wanted to demonstrate that gas could leak from the truck's fuel tank and cause a dangerous fire after a crash, so they rigged it with explosives. [...] Dateline NBC was far from the only example of dubious product-safety reporting.  It wasn't even the first time a vehicle was rigged to explode for a major network consumer report.

Shameless Schumer Lies About Supreme Court Filibuster.  Three years ago, when Senate Democrats abolished the filibuster for lower-court and executive-branch nominees, they left it in place for Supreme Court nominees.  According to the raw MSNBC transcript of his press conference today, incoming Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is now claiming that Senate Democrats "did not change the rules for [the] supreme court because we thought on something as important as this there should be some degree of bipartisan agreement."

Five Things to Know About the Steve Bannon Smears.  [#2] Attacks on Bannon Are Alinskyite:  The attacks on Steve Bannon are straight out of the Left's bible of "community organizing," Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.  We're seeing radical leftists doing what leftists do, and just because some #NeverTrumpers are participating doesn't change the tactic's pedigree.  Alinsky advocated "personalizing" disputes and "destroying" the targets.  Truth didn't matter.  That's why you are hearing nasty — and false — branding of Bannon as a racist or anti-Semite.

Anti-Defamation League Backs Down: 'We Are Not Aware of Any Anti-Semitic Statements from Bannon'.  The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has backed away from its earlier accusations against Stephen K. Bannon, stating on its website:  "We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon."

Dennis Prager:  Claims of Antisemitism Against Bannon are 'Libel'.  Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager called accusations of antisemitism against Stephen K. Bannon "libel" on Wednesday.  Prager, who is Jewish and wrote a highly respected book about antisemitism, was sharply critical of the campaign against Bannon, who is on leave as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, and who was named Sunday by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor in the White House.  "Calling Steve Bannon an antisemite is a witch-hunt ... It's just a libel, it's fabricated, the whole thing is fabricated," Prager said.

There Is No Violent Hate-Crime Wave in 'Trump's America'.  [Scroll down]  And an alleged incident of a gay man named Chris Ball getting beaten up by Trump supporters in Santa Monica on election night seems to have not happened the way it was initially recounted, if the incident even happened at all.  The Santa Monica Police Department posted a message to Facebook Thursday saying that neither the department nor city officials had "received any information indicating this crime occurred in the City of Santa Monica" and "a check of local hospitals revealed there was no victim of any such incident admitted or treated."  Other instances of "Trump inspired" violence and vandalism have also turned out to be hoaxes or misinterpretations.

Stephanopoulos Frets to RNC Chair: 'Rise in Racist Acts' Since Trump Win.  With left-wing anti-Trump protesters rioting in cities across the country, on Friday's [11/11/2016] Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos laid responsibility for quelling the unrest at the feet of the Republican President-Elect and worried that his victory was inciting the violence.

Sidney Blumenthal: 'Right-Wing' FBI Agents Took Down Hillary In A 'Coup D'Etat'.  Longtime Clinton insider Sidney Blumenthal claims that a group of "right-wing agents" in the FBI staged a coup d'etat to prevent Hillary Clinton from behind elected president.  Blumenthal, a former journalist who has been nicknamed "Grassy Knoll" by some in Clintonworld because of his tendency to latch on to conspiracy theories, made the charge in an interview on Dutch television after Clinton's loss to Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton: Trayvon Martin Only 'Bought a Pack of Skittles and Walked Back Home in the Rain'.  Hillary Clinton is pushing gun control by describing Trayvon Martin as a young man who simply "went to a cornerstore, bought a pack of skittles..and his life was cut short" by gun violence.  In reality, a jury found that George Zimmerman shot Martin to death in self-defense on February 26, 2012, after Martin attacked Zimmerman during his walk back from the corner store.  Moreover, a subsequent federal inquiry into the shooting death of Martin also found no grounds upon which to bring charges against Zimmerman for his actions.  Yet Clinton described Martin as an innocent bystander, killed by random gun violence.

Democrats go low in campaign against Gianforte.  If you wondered why it is so hard to get quality candidates to run for public office, you don't just have to look at the food fight that is the 2016 presidential election campaign.  Sure, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get most of the attention, but there are examples in our own state that are just as bad.  Take the incessant ads claiming that Republican Greg Gianforte supports a sales tax.  Gianforte, a Bozeman businessman, is running for governor against incumbent Gov. Steve Bullock, and despite the attack ads claiming otherwise, Gianforte is running on a platform of opposing a Montana sales tax.

Wikileaks' Emails Validated in Routine Tests, As Democrats Try to Discredit Revelations.  A digital key buried in the emails sent by Hillary Clinton's staff shows that many of the most important emails released via Wikileaks have not been modified or falsified, according to a series of tests conducted by security experts and by Breitbart News.  The tests are important because they undermine efforts by Democrats to deter media coverage of the Wikileaks emails with vague claims that the messages cannot be verified, or could be faked, or modified.  So far, those claims have been made by Donna Brazile, the interim head of the Democratic National Committee, and by Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's choice for her vice-president.

Rotten to the Core.  Our readers already know about the debate question current DNC chair Donna Brazile got from CNN in advance — a revelation that Brazile, when later asked about it by Megyn Kelly of Fox News, certifiably beclowned herself.  Brazile then claimed the emails in question were doctored, which like virtually everything else she says is a provable lie.

Tim Kaine: 'Spanish Was the Language of Our Country Before English'.  In an interview on the Spanish-language show "Noticias Telemundo," Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the Democrat nominee for vice president, said that Spanish was the language of America before English.  Kaine has often given speeches in Spanish, and on Sunday [10/16/2016] he gave a sermon entirely in Spanish at Pneuma Church in Miami, Fla.  "Latino culture is one of the most important things in our country right now because we have had Hispanic roots since the beginning. ... Spanish was the language of our country before English," Kaine told Telemundo host José D'az-Balart on Monday, according to a translated transcript.

The Editor says...
In what language was the Constitution written?  In what language was the Constitution debated before it was finalized?  In what language was the Declaration of Independence written?  Name one member of Congress in the 18th or 19th centuries whose primary language was something other than English.  When has the government of the United States conducted its official business in any language other than English?

Texas Rigged?  Reports Of Voting Machines Switching Votes To Hillary In Texas.  [Scroll down]  Obviously, the desired effect of such actions isn't to create a warm and fuzzy feeling for the Hillary campaign over polling data that they know is false.  Rather, the intent is to use artificial polls, like the ABC / WaPo poll released over the weekend showing a ridiculous 12-point national lead for Hillary, to suppress the republican vote by convincing opposition voters that the race is already over.  Of course, another way that democrats have attempted to "maximize what they get out of their media" this election cycle is by combining rigged polling data with reports from liberal newspapers, like this one from the Washington Post, suggesting that the election is such a blowout that typical republican strongholds, like Texas, are actually in play.

Debunking the Vicious False Narratives against Donald Trump.  By now, every voter knows that the mainstream media is in the pocket of Hillary Clinton but many do not know the extent of the malpractice in journalism today.  The MSM has successfully embedded in the minds of the voters false narratives that need to be exposed out of just plain common decency.  The three I will address in this piece are the charges that Trump mocked a disabled reporter; that he questioned the Mexican American's legitimacy to handle his court case because of his race, and that he mocked a Gold Star family.  There are many more.

Michael Moore:  Trump Voters Are 'Legal Terrorists'.  Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore said in a recent interview that Donald Trump voters are "legal terrorist[s]" and that society should treat the Republican presidential candidate as it would a pedophile.  Moore made the provocative remarks in an interview with Rolling Stone while pitching a new documentary, "Michael Moore in Trumpland."  Moore said he went to union halls for the film and met with longtime Democrats who are considering voting for Trump in November.  His goal, he said, was to force them "to think about the damage they could do by being a legal terrorist on November 8th."

The Editor says...
It takes a special kind of paranoia to compare voting to an act of terrorism.  Legitimate voting (as opposed to voting more than once, voting under someone else's name, and voting while dead) is one of the most peaceful, honorable and orderly ways to participate in government.

The "Fact" That 17 Intelligence Agencies Confirmed Russia is Behind the Email Hacks Isn't Actually a "Fact".  [Scroll down]  As I also covered yesterday, Glenn Greenwald exhaustively back-traced where the 'Russia-hacked-the-election' meme came from and that it was pure spin.  The original author who set the entire farce in motion later admitted it was all a mistake, and in his own 'Mea Culpa' revealed that according to the subtext of extensive emails from a Newsweek reporter pressuring him to allow the lie to live, it was US intelligence agencies pushing to spread this narrative.  The "17 agencies that actually confirmed" it was the Russians?  Well it turns out that was one guy, namely DCI James Clapper:  the head of US intelligence.  The same man who committed perjury before congress after his NSA surveillance program was leaked.

Woman Backtracks on Assault Claim After O'Keefe Video.  A woman who accused a Donald Trump supporter of punching her outside a Trump rally in North Carolina is backtracking after James O'Keefe and Project Veritas released video showing Democrat operatives claiming she was a trained activist.  69-year-old Shirley Teter of Asheville now says it is possible that 73-year-old Richard L. Campbell merely touched her accidentally, as his attorney had claimed all along.

Podesta:  All You Need is a Driver's License to Vote.  A discussion between Hillary Clinton's campaign advisers about voter registration laws led to a remarkable quip made by John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman.  "On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a driver's license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in federal elections," said Podesta.  The email was made public on Wednesday by WikiLeaks.  Podesta's Gmail was hacked and 50,000 emails sent to WikiLeaks, which has steadily been releasing the emails every day since Oct. 7.

Limbaugh: 'Ironic That The Democrat Party Wants to Throw Down the Morality Card'.  The release of an 11-year-old videotape in which Donald Trump speaks in vulgar terms about trying to seduce women has prompted outrage among Democrats, some Republicans, and the liberal media, but it's hard to believe they're really offended, Rush Limbaugh said on Monday [10/10/2016].  "You know, I find it ironic that the Democrat Party wants to throw down the morality card.  The Democrat Party, which is responsible for the dissolution of morality in this country.  The Democrat Party, which is for all these progressive new attitudes in our culture, and now all of a sudden acting like a bunch of prudes, [...]"

Activist Shaun King resorts to bullying after students ask tough questions during campus talk.  Activist Shaun King visited Columbia University on Monday to speak to students about social justice and police brutality, yet refused to tolerate questions from students who asked difficult questions, one of which included stats showing cops kill more whites than blacks. [...] During the question-and-answer period, I challenged King by prefacing my statement with the fact that, in 2015, white people were six to seven times more likely to be shot than unarmed black people, citing statistics reported in The Washington Post.  Although I still had not even finished asking my question, King immediately told me to "stop talking" and that this was "a lie."  As I attempted to tell him where I got this statistic from, King refused to engage with me.  I was then told to sit down by the person moderating the question without finishing my query.

Democrat Says Voter Fraud Doesn't Exist After 19 Dead People Register to Vote.  Yesterday [9/29/2016] we learned that non-citizen Cascade Mall shooter terrorist Arcan Cetin voted in 3 elections and now we find out that 19 dead people registered to vote in Virginia.  Despite this irrefutable evidence democrats insist that voter fraud is completely imaginary.  In fact one Virginia State Senator confronted with the fraud in his own state says flatly that voter fraud doesn't exist.

Fake news websites designed to fool conservatives.  This is a compilation of fake, hoax, and satirical websites from several sources (listed at the bottom of this article.)  Some websites are malicious and some innocuous, but all of them can and do regularly fool many into believing their "news" is real.  All of these websites are aimed at conservatives, and designed to get them to believe and then promulgate false information.

Hillary's Pneumonia Hokum:  A Timeline.  [Scroll down]  Some of the dinosaur media have reported that Hillary "stumbled at the curb" and "fell into the van."  Others reported that she "fainted."  This shows the extremely low quality of "journalism" today, describing things that just didn't happen, as you can see for yourself in the video.  Hillary didn't "stumble";she buckled at the knees.  She didn't "faint" (lose consciousness and go limp).  Hillary herself says she didn't faint, and for once she might be telling the truth, because the video shows that she was apparently awake but immobile.  She was having a seizure of some kind.

Dear Media:  Please Stop Calling Violent Rioters 'Protesters'.  Watching coverage of the unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina last night, I was struck by a common trend in how the most violent acts were being covered. [...] Looting a Wal-Mart, destruction of property, attempted murder, all carried out by... "protesters." [...] I suppose you could make a convoluted argument about how the protests were against white supremacy, and capitalism and the media are agents of white supremacy, therefore attacking those institutions are acts of "protest" or whatever.  But if even violent attempted murder and destruction of property can be a "protest" so long as the motives are political, I don't see why the same can't be said of, say, a terrorist attack.

NAACP Leader on Keith Scott Shooting: 'It Really Doesn't Matter If He Had a Gun'.  A local NAACP leader told CNN's Carol Costello Thursday [9/22/2016] that it didn't actually matter whether or not black Charlotte man Keith Scott had a gun on him when he was shot and killed by police.  Scott's death led to protests and violence for the past two days, after his family reported that he was holding a book when he died.  Charlotte police have called that false, saying that police body camera footage shows he was brandishing a gun and that they recovered a weapon from the scene.  But the president of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP Corine Mack said ultimately it didn't matter.

Harry Reid: 'Obamacare Has Been Terrific for This Country'.  The Senate's leading Democrat continues to support the Affordable Care Act, which is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many Americans.  "Obamacare has been terrific for this country," Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told a news conference on Wednesday [9/7/2016].

No, the Constitution Is Not Racist, Sexist, or Outdated.  In an interview with Breitbart News, noted Heritage Foundation constitutional expert David Azerrad tackles some prominent myths about the Constitution — falsehoods that are being propagated in America's classrooms and on its college campuses.  The director of the Heritage Foundation's B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Azerrad observes, "Many of the myths have just permeated the culture to a point where people just take it as a matter of fact."

Brown University Providing Tampons in Men's Bathrooms Because 'Both Sexes Menstruate'.  Tampons are now a genderless necessity, according to Brown University, who have announced that they will be providing tampons for both men's and women's bathrooms across the university this academic year.  The tampons will be delivered to bathrooms by the university's student president, Viet Nguyen, as well as 20 volunteers, with Nguyen claiming the initiative is a means of educating students that men menstruate as well as women.

Threats of a Russian Election Hack a Mere Smoke Screen by Democrats for Power Grab.  The Democrats are now playing the Russia card.  As Donald Trump rises in the polls against an increasingly unpopular Hillary Clinton, Democrats are raising the specter of the nefarious Vladimir Putin.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's famous Russian relations reset was a bust, but we are supposed to trust her to handle Putin in the future.  More important, the Democrats are sowing grounds to challenge the election, relying on their unnatural ability to squeeze, as if by magic, extra votes from the courtroom.

The Ugly Truth Of Leftist "Heroes".  [Scroll down to Nelson Mandela] The reality:  Most people assume this grandfatherly teddy bear was a political prisoner; jailed only for protesting apartheid.  Instead, he was a terrorist jailed for a bomb plot, yet he's been bestowed a ridiculous number of honors including the Nobel Peace Prize and the Lenin Peace Prize.  Despite pleading guilty to 156 charges, the government later offered to free him if he renounced violence, but this "man of peace" refused.  Other than that, he was a closet Communist.  After he assumed power, he fumbled the ball on the AIDS issue, leaving South Africa with one of the world's worst infection rates.  Also, beginning with his administration, the New, Improved South Africa went from being an industrialized country to a crime-ridden Third World hellhole.

Black lies matter.  The Black Lives Matter movement has been feted repeatedly at the White House and honored at the Democratic National Convention.  Hillary Clinton has incorporated its claims about racist, homicidal cops into her presidential campaign pitch. [...] Yet the Black Lives Matter movement is based on a lie, and not just the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.  The idea that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially driven police shootings is also false, and dangerously so.

Pelosi: Clinton emails [are just] a technicality.  Nancy Pelosi dismissed Hillary Clinton's growing email scandal as a series of "technicalities" Monday [9/5/2016], brushing aside FBI and congressional investigations.  The House minority leader said voters shouldn't get "bogged down in some technicalities" and added, "it's really much ado about nothing, but too much ado."  Pelosi, on CBS' "This Morning," had been asked about an FBI report released last week, in which Clinton repeatedly said she couldn't recall key details and events related to classified information procedures.

Josh Earnest Pens Letter to NYT: We're Still 'Most Transparent White House in History'.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest wrote a letter to the editors of The New York Times Wednesday [8/31/2016] to defend the Obama administration's record on transparency, still agreeing with President Barack Obama's famous pronouncement that his was "the most transparent administration" in history.  Earnest took exception to a piece from Times media critic Jim Rutenberg that took a shot at the administration.  "Right now, every signal from Mrs. Clinton is that should she win, her administration would continue the tradition of being still more secretive than the one before it," Rutenberg wrote.  "The Obama White House has achieved just that with its abysmal record on fulfilling Freedom of Information Act requests and its record of prosecuting whistle-blowers who have shared national security information with the press."  Naturally, Earnest disagreed with that assessment.

Obamacare Architect:  Clinton One of the 'Most Transparent' Candidates in History.  Obamacare architect Dr.  Ezekiel Emanuel called Hillary Clinton one of the "most transparent" presidential candidates in history on Monday [8/29/2016], despite the controversies surrounding her private email server and the Clinton Foundation.  Emanuel is also known as being the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Obama's first chief of staff in the White House[.]

PBS NewsHour Cuts Anti-Hillary Portions of Judy Woodruff's Jill Stein Interview.  On Tuesday, PBS's Judy Woodruff did a live interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein which was carried on Facebook.  The entire interview, plus questions asked by viewers is present at the network's Facebook page.  That interview without the Facebook questions was also broadcast on PBS's NewsHour — but not quite all of it.  For some reason, key portions of Stein's answer to Woodruff's final question about whether "literally ... Hillary Clinton is every bit as bad for the country as Donald Trump" are not present.  Based on what was edited out, it would appear that the cutouts, at least one of which was done in mid-sentence, were carried out to protect Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton's left flank.

Manufactured Grievance  You are right that the number of depressed and confused men driven to enter the ladies' room is practically zero as a percentage of American men (gay or straight), but that's not the point.  You are right that good studies show police are less likely to shoot and kill black men than other men, but those facts don't matter.  You are right that America is a good country, but again you don't get it.  The point is to elevate the perceived victimhood of all minorities through the girls' bathroom issue, of black Americans by making "all lives" a slur, of successful women by converting reasonable and humane abortion restrictions into a century-reversing threat to their livelihood.

Media Matters fabricates quote from Robert Spencer, claims he runs "white nationalist think tank".  Did you know I was a "white nationalist think tank leader"?  Neither did I.  I didn't know I was a white nationalist, and didn't know I ran a think tank.  Just think of all the meetings I've missed. [...] Media Matters claims to correct the lies of the Right.  In fact, it is they who are the liars.

Democratic Insiders' Climate Ads Not 'Bipartisan' as Claimed.  Three Democratic Party insiders, using a new environmental group they formed called Partnership for Responsible Growth (PRG), have created a media stir with a series of 12 advertisements espousing climate alarmism.  The ads, which ran on The Wall Street Journal's editorial pages, claim there is a scientific consensus humans are causing dangerous climate change, and they criticize the Journal for running stories they say promote climate skepticism.  The ad kicking off the series directly attacked the Journal for allowing any degree of skepticism on its pages, saying, "It is time for the editorial board of the WSJ to become part of the solution on climate change."

Lying Black Folks to Death.  Leftists — aided by our corrupt news media — are past masters of replacing truth with narrative.  Ninety-seven percent of scientists believe in catastrophic man-made climate change.  Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar.  These statements are indefensible lies, but when you have a leftist press trained in leftist universities to repeat the assertions of leftist politicians, it's easy to make these "facts" part of what ordinary people think they know.  Especially impressive is the way in which leftists manage to bake dishonesty into the language itself.

Obama Is Attempting To Completely Rewrite How He Treated Mitt Romney In 2012.  The political-media establishment has provided more than a few tempting targets to push back on in the past 48 hours, but nothing rankles me more than the sudden nostalgia liberal Democrats are heaping on Mitt Romney.  Trump has inspired some sort of Romney renaissance among the left, openly telling Republicans and the media how much they admired and respected the last Republican candidate; that he was at least fit to lead!  As an operative who worked on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, I can tell you that this hilariously bogus argument from the left lacks even a modicum of self-awareness.

Mook Juke:  Hillary's Deleted Emails Are 'Not A Relevant Discussion'.  Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, argued on Sunday that the emails she deleted are "not a relevant discussion" anymore.  Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd asked Mook if the Clinton campaign would "encourage" the release the 33,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her time that she was secretary of state.  "This is settled over now," Mook replied.  "Secretary Clinton went in and testified for 11 hours in front of a Congressional committee.  They asked her a lot of questions about this.  They came up with nothing.  The FBI has concluded their look at this issue and so we're moving on. [...]"

The Editor says...
The assertion that the FBI "came up with nothing" is obviously untrue.  The FBI didn't take any action, but it's not because they "came up with nothing."

Welcome To The Communist Party, U.S.A..  [The Democratic Party] convention was a desperate effort to humanize Hillary.  Everyone, including her philandering husband and dilettante daughter, down to assorted people she had met at one point, were brought up on stage to testify that she really is a very nice person.  This wasn't a convention.  It was a series of character witnesses for a woman with no character.  It was an extensive apology for the Left's radical agenda cloaked in fake patriotism and celebrity adulation. [...] The radical agenda of the Left was clumsily cloaked in references to the Founding Fathers.  The same group of people whose names the Left want to see ground into the dirt.  Hillary's call for collectivism, the insistence that none of us can do anything as individuals, was dressed up in E Pluribus Unum and the Founding Fathers.

Bill's desperate bid to humanize Hillary shows fear she might lose.  Here's a fact to chew on:  Much of Day Two at the convention was spent trying to humanize Hillary Clinton.  After 25 years in public life, she feels the need to tell us she cares.  A parade of speakers warmed up the crowd by telling stories about her compassion, some of it very long ago.  Getting money for New Yorkers after 9/11, helping children get health insurance, securing health care for veterans.  This being a coronation, the circumstances grew in grandeur with each telling, until they made her sound like Mother Teresa.  She's so profoundly kind and tireless and honest and so full of grace, "she defies gravity."

A True Story of 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' for Hillary's Convention.  Now let us praise the most damaging hoax of our generation:  The 'hands ups, don't shoot' fairy tale surrounding the shooting death of St.  Michael Brown of Ferguson — which is about to be glorified at the Democrat convention tonight [7/26/2016].  Your humble correspondent documented on these pages all the lies surrounding Brown's shooting within a few days of his death on August 9, 2014.  It took the Washington Post 16 months to reach the same conclusion:  "Hands up, don't shoot did not happen in Ferguson," intoned the headlines.  But not before police were shot, citizens hurt, and property damaged.  All while the Democrat governor gave the looters plenty of room to destroy.  All while obliging national reporters insisted the riots were, in turn, "largely peaceful", and then justified.  Curiously, Post reporters still refer to the events of Ferguson as if they really happened.  Which is exactly the treatment the Democrats are giving the sainted Michael Brown at their convention:  His mother has been invited to tell her story of denial, deceit, and delusion Tuesday night [7/26/2016].

Keith Ellison Embarrassed After Falsely Calling Racist Democrat George Wallace a Republican.  Rep. Tom Cole (R., Okla.) embarrassed Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) on ABC Sunday morning [7/24/2016] when the latter falsely claimed that former Democratic Alabama governor George Wallace was a Republican.  Wallace is perhaps best remembered as being one of the most strident supporters of segregation in the 20th century.  He sought the Democratic nomination for president multiple times, with racist stances as a key of his platform.  In 1968, he ran as the American Independent Party candidate and received 46 electoral votes, making him the most recent third-party candidate to capture votes in the Electoral College.  Ellison was attacking Donald Trump when he made his false charge.

Ex-Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga) Claims Israel [is] Behind European Terrorism.  It is a national disgrace that this vicious Jew-hating bigot had once been a member of the U.S. Congress.

BLM: Barack Loses his Mind.  Whenever leftists use brave-sounding terms like "frank conversations," you know that there are a lot of things you're not going to be allowed to talk about.  Like astronomical black crime rates as a percentage of the whole population; the disproportionate incarceration rates of young black males; the way black male lives don't seem to matter at all to other trigger-happy young black males.  It's like talking with them about the links between Islam and terrorism, the role of welfare in the destruction of the family, the big difference between "immigration" and "illegal immigration" — none of which anyone on the left can grasp.

Comey and the Will to Power.  [Scroll down]  That is how vile these people are.  So determined to protect their own power, influence and affluence, they will lie, cheat, steal and blame innocent people for their own crimes.  They appoint and confirm people like James Comey and Loretta Lynch who know they must do their bidding to keep their jobs.  There is no honor in our government anymore.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where we find ourselves at this moment in time.  We are a crippled America; crippled by the success of the Marxist left and their mission to inculcate our youth with their doctrine of moral relativism, entitlement and antiAmericanism.  Two generations of our youth know little or nothing about the Constitution or the men and women who brought it to fruition.

Democrat lawmaker claims Constitution was intended to INCREASE government power.  Representative Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said it "really bothers" him when Americans argue the founders wrote the Constitution to give citizens the power to limit the size of federal government.  Nadler's remarks on the Constitution came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding accusations that former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made false statements during an inquiry into his agency's political targeting scandal.  The Democrat claimed the actual purpose of the Constitution was to increase government power, with the Bill of Rights being the only portion of the document intended to hamstring the government in any way.

They Will Never Lie Away Our God-Given Rights.  It is very easy to unintentionally say something that is untrue, whether because of haste, ignorance, or a simple brain-mouth discombobulation.  But standard issue stupidity does not explain these statements.  They are simply too transcendently false to be mere error.  In fact, as Murphy admits, they are deliberate attempts to achieve a political result that liberals cannot achieve through honesty.  They are lies.  Conscious, deliberate lies offered not by some random idiot on the street but the senior political columnist at National Journal and by a sitting United States senator.  Their provenance as planned prevarications is beyond debate.  As a matter of objective reality, the "gun lobby" has never killed anyone.  It has never murdered even 1/49th the number of people the adherent of the radical branch of The Religion That Must Not Be Named did in one night in Orlando.  Nor have the Senate Republicans ever decided to sell a single weapon to ISIS.  We normal people have a word for such inaccurate statements made knowing they are inaccurate.  That word is "lie."

The American Left is Evil:  Orlando Shooting.  Leftists are the minority.  However, they own the federal government, social media, public education, Hollywood, and the Democratic party.  They incite misdirected anger, hate and guilt to bully the public into embracing their anti-American and anti-God agenda.  Because the Left controls the media, they get away with falsely portraying their opposition.  The Left takes disapproval of them forcing their agenda on us to absurd extremes.  For example:  If you say "no" to men using girl's restrooms, Leftists in the media brand you an insane hatemonger who seeks the murder of all homosexuals.  If you disagree with the Left's illogical obsession with disarming Americans, repealing the second amendment, Leftist media brands you a racist toothless idiot redneck that wants to shoot all people who do not look like you.

Fact-Checking Snopes:  Website's Political 'Fact-Checker' Is Just A Failed Liberal Blogger.  Snopes' main political fact-checker is a writer named Kim Lacapria.  Before writing for Snopes, Lacapria wrote for Inquisitr, a blog that — oddly enough — is known for publishing fake quotes and even downright hoaxes as much as anything else.  While at Inquisitr, the future "fact-checker" consistently displayed clear partisanship.

6 Things To Know About Tying Gun Sales To A Watch List.  [#2] The Democrats are still falsely conflating the no-fly list with the terrorist watch list.  We've been over this before.  The no-fly list is not the same thing as the terrorist watch list.  The no-fly has roughly 40,000 names on it and many of them are not the names of U.S. citizens.  By contrast, the terrorist watch list has more than a million names on it (we can't know the actual number).  The legislation Democrats are pushing relies on a definition similar, but not identical, to the one used to create the terrorist watch list on a rolling basis.  It has nothing to do with the no-fly list.  That won't stop Democrats from conflating the two intentionally (as an aide to Sen. Diane Feinstein admitted she does), nor will it stop ignorant journalists from confusing them accidentally (as several have conceded to me they have).

Nancy Pelosi:  Federal government, not Steve Jobs, 'invented' iPhone.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told an audience in Washington, D.C., on Thursday [6/9/2016] that Apple's iconic iPhone was "invented" by the federal government instead of entrepreneur Steve Jobs.  "Anybody here have a smartphone?" the California Democrat asked attendees at a hearing on the Democratic National Convention platform.  "In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments in research. [...] They say Steve Jobs did a good idea designing it and putting it together.  Federal research invented it."  Mrs. Pelosi implied that GPS technology, special alloys and other government-funded research projects were enough to deem the federal government the inventor of the iPhone.

All Your Technology Are Belong To Us.  Nancy Pelosi joins the ranks of Al Gore, who invented the Internet, Elizabeth "'there-is-nobody-in-this-country-who-got-rich-on-their-own" Warren and Barry "you-didn't-build-that-yourself" Obama.  She is now officially one of the illuminati who knows for sure that only the Government invents stuff (thanks to your individual involuntary contributions to the Federal Treasury).  See this iPhone?  "Federal research invented it."

The Editor says...
For those of you who attended public schools, allow me to point out that research is not the same as invention.

Dear LGBT Community, Resistance to Your Community Has Nothing To Do With Being "Phobic".  The dictionary defines a phobia is "an extreme, or irrational fear of something."  A good visual example would be someone's fear of snakes, dogs, or heights.  The person, upon being introduced to the very sight of these things, is reduced to something like a cornered animal with his or her primal fight-or-flight instinct hammering at the mind.  You can see how the "phobe" accusation is a ridiculous one.  "Phobe" hardly fits those who disagree with homosexuality or transgenderism, or it's activist community's agenda, but that's not the point.  The point is to paint the opposition as irrational, and/or hateful.  This way the opposing person, or persons, is viewed with an initial level of contempt, and their words and points are automatically worth less, or not even up for consideration.

Sen. Kaine: 'Constitutional Right' to Access to Birth Control.  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tells WVIR-TV that he's co-sponsoring a bill on access to contraception at pharmacies, because "if it's a constitutional right, you should be entitled" to seek birth control without having to overcome "arbitrary barriers."  "If it's a constitutional right, you should be entitled to seek this kind of medical care and not have arbitrary barriers put in your way," Kaine told WVIR while explaining the Access to Birth Control Act he is co-sponsoring.

The Editor says...
Are we supposed to believe this right was hiding in the Constitution for 225 years and nobody saw it until this week?

Whoopi's Absurd Theory:  Hillary Was Hiding Email Fights with Bill.  On Thursday's [5/26/2016] The View on ABC, during a discussion of the State Department finding that Hillary Clinton violated the agency's rules in spite of warnings by conducting business on a private home email server, co-host Whoopi Goldberg ridiculously rationalized the former Secretary's behavior by sympathetically claiming she was trying to keep personal email fights with her husband from making it into the newspaper.

Feinstein on Clinton's Private Server:  She Just Wanted To Talk To Bill and Chelsea.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Ca.) told ABC's Jonathan Karl Sunday that Hillary Clinton just wanted some privacy to be able to talk to her husband, daughter, and friends "and not have somebody looking over her shoulder into her e-mails."  "Oh wait a second, I don't believe she was trying to hide anything," Feinstein said.  "I've known Hillary for a quarter of a century.  Let me tell you what I do think.  I think this is a woman who wants a little bit of a private life.  She wants to be able to communicate with husband, with daughter, with friends, and not have somebody looking over her shoulder into her e-mails.  Having said that, it is what it is.  And you know, I don't think we should make a federal case over it."  The new explanation for Clinton's private email server was discussed after Feinstein said that Clinton was not misleading the public before the IG report was published.

McCaskill: Clinton used private email for 'privacy'.  Sen. Claire McCaskill on Thursday defended Hillary Clinton's use of a private email to conduct official business by saying the then-secretary of state wanted "privacy."  "She's admitted this was a mistake.  I think we need to realize she wasn't trying to undermine the United States of America, she was trying to protect her privacy," the Missouri Democrat said on MSNBC.  Sen. McCaskill, who has endorsed her former Senate colleague's campaign for the presidency, said Clinton was "probably misguided," but speculated that she wanted "some free space of privacy" after being "under attack her entire life."

The Editor says...
Bonnie and Clyde were under attack for most of their lives, too — and for good reason.

DNC Chairwoman Schultz claims Clinton 'not the target' of FBI probe.  Even in the face of the FBI boss scoffing at Hillary Clinton's description of the "investigation" into her email practices as a "security inquiry," the head of the Democratic Party is now insisting the front-running Democratic presidential candidate isn't even a focus of the probe. "Secretary Clinton isn't even a target of this inquiry, investigation, whatever 'I' word you want to use," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told Fox News on Friday [5/13/2016].  Asked to back up her statement, Schultz said she's "repeatedly been told that" — though she did not say who might have told her.

Networks Censor Latest Hillary E-Mail Bombshell, Instead Hype Anti-Wrinkle Gel.  All three networks on Tuesday morning [5/10/2016] censored the bombshell news that all the e-mails from Hillary Clinton's top IT staffer, the man who set up her private server, are missing.  This is despite a combined eight hours of air time on ABC's Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and NBC's Today.  Instead of covering this important development, these same programs devoted eight minutes and 38 seconds to a new anti-aging gel.  Not exactly the most pressing story.  On Fox News, Monday, Megyn Kelly broke the story:  "A new bombshell in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal.  The State Department now says they can't find any of the e-mails from the Clinton staffer responsible for setting up the infamous private server."

Meet the Democratic Liars Club.  The unholy trinity [of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio] comprises the leaders of the Democratic Liars Club.  Whether born or convicted, the president of the United States, his would-be successor and the mayor of New York are, to borrow a phrase, "people of the lie."  This is not to accuse them of being merely imperfect humans.  It is to say they are chronically dishonest and concoct such significant lies that they deserve zero public trust.

Obama's Justice Dept.  Now Calls Young Criminals 'Justice-Involved Youth'.  A press release issued earlier this week describes a new $1.75 million grant program as designed "to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing."  Wait, you ask, if these young people are "involved" in the justice system, doesn't that mean they already have jobs?  Like, say, as a trainee in the dispatcher's office, or a desk clerk in the attorney general's office, or maybe a janitor at the local courthouse?  Not exactly.  In this case, "justice-involved youth" is what we're now supposed to call juvenile delinquents, also known as young criminals.

Convicted Criminals Have a New PC Name.  The latest from the administration is a new term for convicted criminals.  They will now be known as 'justice involved individuals'.  The Equal Opportunity Employment Office has made it all but illegal to not hire former criminals and Obama is giving early release to some dangerous criminals.  He's also putting tens of thousands of illegal alien criminals on the streets.  Perhaps the reason is because he doesn't think criminals exist, especially youthful criminals.  The DOJ says the term 'convicted criminal' makes it too difficult for a convicted criminal to get a job.  It is currently being applied to youthful criminals convicted of a crime.

How Democrats Win Debates by Corrupting English.  Humans have been using euphemisms ever since Adam first "knew" Eve.  In politics especially, obfuscating and twisting the meaning of words has been going on forever.  But today's debates aren't only littered with rhetorical distortions; in some ways, many of Democrats' most potent arguments are built on corrupt language.

25 years after Anita Hill our courts are flooded with political vendettas.  Here's why.  HBO sank to a new low this weekend with the premier of "Confirmation," a movie that purports to accurately depict the events and circumstances surrounding Anita Hill's widely rejected claims that she was sexually harassed by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.  The movie is nothing short of a transparent attempt to rewrite history and lend credibility to the liberals' decades-long campaign attacking the character and integrity of Justice Thomas.  The HBO drama included conversations that never took place, introduced fictional characters with no basis in fact or reality and made up whole scenes in a clumsy effort to manufacture sympathy for its liberal heroine.

Want to Improve Your State?  Pass an Anti-LGBT Law!  This week Mississippi passed their own religious freedom bill, House Bill 1523, which has been repeatedly dubbed the 'horrific anti-LGBT law' in the media with promises to make the lives of LGBT citizens an oppressive living nightmare.  Naturally, like all other religious freedom bills in the country, LGBT citizens are not even involved, let alone discriminated against.  But the narrative cry is so loud no one is capable of grasping this simple and logical point. [...] Sobbing and terrified LGBTers will continue cranking out article after article detailing their imagined discrimination while absolutely none ever occurs.  Uninformed average people will imagine restaurants putting up 'no gays allowed' signs and ambulances turning away transgender people dying in the streets, regardless of the truth of the situation.

Senate Dem: National debt is not 'a threat to our country'.  Senate Democrats on Wednesday couldn't agree that federal debt is a national security problem, in a hearing aimed at assessing the long-term strategic implications of the government's $19 trillion debt.  "A realistic discussion about it, and accepting expert opinion that this debt that we have is not actually right now a threat to our country, is I think a more realistic and honorable way of talking to the American people about it," Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday [4/6/2016].

America Now Has an Official Language: Newspeak.  [Scroll down]  Now let's consider how far we have fallen in just a few short years.  The term "Alien" has been all but expunged from any discussions about immigration.  This lunacy began under the administration of Jimmy Carter who mandated that INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) employees stop using the term alien to describe illegal aliens.  The term alien is hardly a pejorative.  The term "alien" is a legal term that is defined in our immigration laws under Title 8 U.S. Code § 1101 - Definitions. [...] There is absolutely no insult in that term.  The reason that there has been a concerted effort to expunge the word alien from the vernacular is to obfuscate the clarity that the term brings to the debate about immigration.  This is not about being "politically correct," but about employing the Newspeak tactic of confounding understanding and making honest discussions impossible.

New Dem glossary.  It's very difficult, keeping up with the ever-changing PC permutations of the language.  We all understand that what was once global cooling and then global warming is now just plain climate change.  And that when Democrats pander to the "working class," they really mean the "non-working class."  With these people, every day is 1984 and they're the Ministry of Truth.  Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act — and it's unaffordable.  And when your income-tax return is docked because you couldn't afford affordable care, it's not a fine, it's a "shared responsibility tax."

Castro Fact-Checked On The Air After Claiming Hillary Clinton 'Cleared' By Justice Department.  Democratic congressman Joaquin Castro (D., Texas) falsely claimed Sunday [3/6/2016] that Hillary Clinton had been "cleared" by the Department of Justice over her private email server, leading to a quick on-air fact-checking.  "It's been settled by the Congress," Castro said.  "The Congress has looked into it.  The Justice Department has looked into it, and they've cleared her."  "The Department of Justice is looking into it," State of the Union host Dana Bash said, correcting Castro.  "But that's for another--"  Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt quipped, "She's been cleared?  I missed that headline."

An Open Letter to the Conservative Media Explaining Why I Have Left the Movement.  [Scroll down]  Over the last 15 years, I have watched the then-chairman of the DNC say the idea that President Bush knew about 9-11 and let it happen was a "serious position held by many people," watched the vice president tell a black audience that Republicans would return them to slavery if they could, watched Harry Reid say Mitt Romney was a tax cheat without any reason to believe it was true, and seen an endless amount of appalling behavior on the part of the Democrats which is too long to list here and which I am sure you are aware.

Media vs. Democracy: The Case of Poland.  For half a century or more, our morale has been under deliberate attack by partisans of the Left.  This attack is very clever and very dangerous.  Break the morale of the country and our nation's dynamism, our prosperity and our future will be broken, as well.  The Left lies.  They sneer at patriotism.  They distort our history.  We are villains.  Political Correctness tries to control our thought.  Fracturing the American Melting Pot into contending racial, ethnic and economic factions shatters our unity and purpose.  Much more dangerous than these tactics is denial that America is exceptional.  We hear this often, nowadays.  We hear it in the schools and the movies.  We hear it from "progressive" politicians.  We hear it in the News.  We even hear it from the White House.  People who propagate this fiction are not friends of America, they are America's adversaries.

Hillary's 50 shades of grey.  Hillary Clinton is false in everything, a gold-plated phony seemingly incapable of uttering a true word.  She lies with abandon.  She lies with the ease of a pathological liar.  Everyone knows it.  Everyone sees it.  Examples could be multiplied endlessly.  Think only of the various statements she has made about her email arrangement.  Has any of them stood the test of time?  I don't think so.  She has told so many whoppers it's hard to keep track of them all.

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And yet, Mrs. Clinton is currently the leading candidate for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for the office of President.  So everybody knows she's a chronic liar, but the Democrats are voting for her anyway.  One can only conclude that honesty doesn't matter to Democrats.

NYT Column: Cruz & Rubio [are] Not Really Latino Because [they are] Not Liberal.  Your last name could be Cruz or Rubio but unless you pass the stringent political tests of certain self-appointed gatekeepers, you are not authentically Latino.  One such gatekeeper is Roberto Suro who wrote in a New York Times column that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio can't be considered to really be Latino because they do not subscribe to liberal identity politics.

The Democrats' New Game:
State Goes Back and Retroactively Classifies Emails Sent to Powell's and Rice's Personal Accounts, So They Can Say "Everybody Does It".  The interesting thing here is that State can classify, or declassify, information originating with State.  But they cannot classify, nor declassify, information originating with another service, like the CIA or NSA.  Hillary is claiming that State "disputes" the CIA's and NSA's determination that the information she was passing around was top-top-secret.  Shockingly secret.  State is disputing this on her behalf — but they have no such power to classify or declassify CIA or NSA information.

Compromise and the Law of the Excluded Middle.  Logic isn't a high priority in liberal circles, though progressives like the word, they either don't know the rules of the reasoning game or they feel justified in breaking them.  Let's do a quick review:  Rule 1)  The Law of Identity:  a thing is what it is and is not something else.  It is not what it is not.  This seems obvious until you start looking at some leftist equations:  financing ISIS = fighting ISIS; snow storms = global warming; voter ID = voter suppression.

The Clintons' political legacy of dishonesty.  Spin and puffery have a long history in politics, but something has snapped in our culture that we no longer even expect our leaders to talk straight.  We have become immune to lies and the liars who tell them.  I blame it on the Clintons.  Their survival despite a quarter-century of shameful dishonesty has led the way in lowering the bar for integrity in public life.

No "Major Scandal" in Obama Administration?  [David] Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, recently asserted something so patently untrue that it demands a response.  "And I'm proud of the fact that, basically, you've had an administration that's been in place for six years in which there hasn't been a major scandal," he pronounced at a University of Chicago event.  The Washington Post leapt in to defend Axelrod's claim by pointing to how President Obama's approval ratings did not shift in the wake of the potential scandals he has faced since taking office.

VP Joe Biden says politics are impeding cancer cure.  Vice President Joe Biden launched a "moonshot" initiative Friday [1/15/2016] to hasten a cure for cancer, aiming to use his final year in office to break down barriers in the medical world he says are holding back progress on eradicating the dreaded disease.  Biden chose Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia as his venue to call attention to the institute's pioneering efforts on immunotherapy, in which a patient's own immune system is deployed against cancer cells.

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This last-minute push to cure cancer as an afterthought is an obvious smokescreen to draw media attention away from Obama's numerous scandals.  It is a pie-in-the-sky idea which has near-zero likelihood of success, but any Republican who dismisses the idea (of additional billions spent on "research") will be portrayed as a villain in the Democrat-controlled press.  If Barack H. Obama cared that much about fighting cancer, why hasn't this been part of his agenda for the last several years?

Philly mayor claims he was 'misinterpreted' on claims terror attack had 'nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith'.  Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney has earned himself a place in the Doofus Hall of Fame for telling a press conference about an attempted assassination a police officer by a man who told police he acted "in the name of Islam" because "the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran": [...] Now he is trying to backtrack in the face of near universal mockery.  But of course, he will not correct himself, retract his statement, or in any way man up.  No, he blames others:  the idiots who "misinterpreted" him — especially Republicans and Rush Limbaugh.

David Brooks' Disgraceful Attack on Ted Cruz.  [Edward Kennedy's attack on Robert Bork] was as dishonest as it was disgraceful.  The first strike in a new technique on the judicial confirmation scene that became known ever afterward as "borking" — spreading smears and lies about the target in question.  Yet liberalism having long since begun its descent into the fever swamps, Kennedy's attack was emblematic of the emotionalism and outright dishonesty — not to mention appeals to race — that were already typical of the progressive movement.

The Year of the Leftist Liars.  The biggest lie of 2014 — "Hands up, don't shoot" — had its repercussions in 2015, with the open advocacy of the killing of policemen, in marches across the country.  But the ambush killings of policemen that followed aroused no such outrage in the media as any police use of force against thugs.  Nor has there been the same outrage as the murder rate shot up when the police pulled back, as they have in the past, in the wake of being scapegoated by politicians and the media.  Most of the people murdered have been black.  But apparently these particular black lives don't matter much to activists and the media.

Debunking 5 Phony Statistics Liberals Love To Toss Around.  Liberals are all about emotions, not facts.  Since that's the case, liberals do a terrible job of coming up with any sort of evidence to support their agenda.  More often than not, when they do come up with a great statistic that's repeated over and over, it's fake.  If you want some examples, here are five phony statistics you'll regularly hear from liberals.

First Truth, Now Chappaquiddick.  I couldn't believe it when I learned that Rathergate was to be made into a film called Truth — Lies would have been a better title — and it seems equally far-fetched that anyone would want to make or invest in a film about Chappaquiddick.  But apparently it is going to happen.

'Chappaquiddick' Producer: Viewers Will See What Ted Kennedy 'Had To Go Through'.  Hollywood producer Mark Ciardi says the new Ted Kennedy biopic movie Chappaquiddick, about the drowning incident that left a young woman dead, gives viewers a chance to see what Kennedy "had to go through" at that time, The Hollywood Reporter reports.  "I've done a lot of true life stories, many sports stories, but this one had a deep impact on this country," Ciardi said.  "Everyone has an idea of what happened on Chappaquiddick and this strings together the events in a compelling and emotional way.  You'll see what he had to go through."

Chappa-Quit-It.  The little that Ted Kennedy "had to go through" in terms of consequences during his formative years foreshadowed what he put [Mary Jo] Kopechne through on July 18, 1969.  His chief accomplishments in his young life included gaining readmission to Harvard to score a touchdown against Yale after an expulsion for cheating, spending the Korean War as an Army private in Paris, and evading police in a nighttime, 90-mph chase on neighborhood Charlottesville streets ironically during law school.  Ted Kennedy's first paid job, save for his stint in the army, came with his election to the United States Senate.  Before he supported himself for that office, he failed to cast ballots in 13 of the 16 elections in which he could vote.  Tellingly, his older brother appeared on the ballot upon the three instances in which he entered a voting booth.

Calling Out Islam Terrorism Truthers.  Each and every act of Muslim terrorism is followed by a wave of denial.  The politicians who have done the most to cause the latest disaster are the eagerest to blame it on something, anything else.  The San Bernardino Muslim massacre was blamed on postpartum depression at CNN.  Bill Nye blamed the latest Paris attacks on Global Warming.  According to Hillary Clinton, Benghazi was a movie review with artillery.  Islamic terrorism was blamed by the State Department on a lack of jobs, but Syed Farook had a good government job and his wife was the daughter of a wealthy family.  After rummaging through their big brass chest of excuses, Obama and his media allies have settled on gun control as their latest weapon of mass distraction.

FBI Stats Debunk DC Media's 'Muslim Backlash' Myth.  The suspect in the recent mass-shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood is an obvious lunatic.  Nevertheless, our rotted DC Media has had a field day using those murders to attack all pro-lifers as culpable.  Naturally, this Narrative was flipped entirely after last week's Islamist atrocity in San Bernardino.  Although the most recent F.B.I. statistic prove the "Muslim backlash" is a pure myth, the DC Media, ever in pursuit of labeling everyday Americans as racist, relentlessly spread the myth.

Hillary Clinton's $275 Billion 'Shovel Ready' Sequel Is Based On Two Big Lies.  When Hillary Clinton announced her $275 billion infrastructure spending plan, she said what every politician says when they try to get more money spent on roads and bridges — that the nation's infrastructure is falling apart.  "I don't have to tell you what a sorry state we're in," she said in Boston over the weekend pushing the added spending.  "Our roads and bridges are potholed and crumbling."  But is that true?  On Monday [11/30/2015], the Government Accountability Office released a report showing that the nation's bridges, at least, are in better shape than they were a decade ago.

The Surging Anti-American Sentiment of the Left.  The Democratic party spews lies on a daily basis as they concern themselves with single, concrete-bound, range-of-the-moment projects and demands, without regard to cost, context, or consequence.  If it furthers the power and control of the party, they'll utter lies, force through legislation, slander opponents, and destroy whatever gets in their way.  They loathe the man that is independent and unafraid to take a stand for what he believes in, specially if that belief is rooted in Christianity, conservatism, and capitalism.  The left are cowards, hypocrites, and most of all self-hating parasites who despise the American way of life.

Top Party Official Accuses Democratic National Chairwoman of Lying and Questions Her Leadership.  R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and a vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, on Thursday accused the party's leader, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of making "flat-out not true" statements about another top party officer, questioned her political skills and said he had "serious questions" about her suitability for the job.

Hillary Clinton and Obama's Lies on Benghazi — Too Many to Count, but Let's Try.  They lied about the slaughter of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, at the hands of al-Qaeda-tied terrorists.  They lied, but not to protect vital national secrets or flummox America's enemies.  They lied to get reelected.  And they lied directly, knowingly, and repeatedly to the American people.

ISIS Is Islamic and Bruce Jenner is a Man.  When Bruce Jenner says he is a woman now, the American left not only applauds him and starts referring to him as a she, but demands that everyone else do so at the risk of their livelihoods.  Only a bigot would think a man with a penis is a man when he says he is a woman.  The left has an ongoing war with reality where, in their quest for utopia, they have decided to shut out truths contrary to their reality.

Bernie Sanders' Orwellian Lie: Socialism Is Capitalism.  Socialism is a lot of things, but "entrepreneurial" ain't one of them.  That Bernie Sanders can describe it as such shows the Orwellian low our political discourse has reached.

Environmental Activist Visits North Dakota, Makes Things Up.  Winona LaDuke is a political activist who, among other things, is the head of Honor the Earth.  That's the principle opposition group to the Sandpiper pipeline which would from Tioga, North Dakota, through Minnesota and down to Wisconsin.  LaDuke is also something of a fabulist, writing an op/ed about a recent visit to Williston which might leave some thinking that she's living in an alternate version of reality.

Boxer: Hillary Statement on Republicans Being Enemies Was 'a Joke'.  Monday [10/19/2015] on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," Sen. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was joking when she said she was proud Republicans were her enemies at the CNN primary debate last week.

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This is a very common Democrat tactic:  They will say something outrageous, and if there are any objections, follow up a few days later with, "Can't you take a joke?Examples: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

From Denmark With Love.  Bernie and Hillary are in love in with socialism.  Both of them want a romantic affair with Socialism from Denmark.  However, they do not tell the American people the parts of the romantic deal that will ruin many American families financially.  Jonas Christensen is a Conservative Dane, who has lived all his life in Denmark.  He does not recognize the paradise-like picture that is painted by Bernie and Hillary concerning Denmark.  Nothing in Denmark is free, regardless of what Bernie has stated several times.  Jonas goes on to say that they do not have free healthcare and they do not have free education.

Now I'm 'Anti-American'.  There's a great new book out by Jack Cashill called "Scarlet Letters." [...] Cashill's hypothesis is so simple, persuasive and elegantly expressed, I found myself scratching my head and wondering why I hadn't ever considered the matter before.  So-called "progressives" have, in effect, created a new neo-puritanical religion that empowers them, even commands them, to do unto others what they accuse others of doing to them.  They heap insults on them like "homophobe," "racist," "fascist, "climate-change denier" and "Islamophobe," to name but a few, in hopes of branding others with a new version of the old "Scarlet Letter" device.  It doesn't matter if the slur is accurate, truthful, fair or sincere.  Usually it isn't.  It's just their attempt to impose their new moral code, to strike fear and apprehension into the minds, souls and psyches of their political and spiritual adversaries.  And it works.

"Banned books" are a lie told by leftists to feel good about themselves.  A banned book is a serious matter.  There have been books banned in US history.  For example, a number of cities banned Elmer Gantry. [...] These days though, there aren't books being banned in America.  Those saying otherwise are repeating comforting lies.  Leftists, led by the weirdly extremist American Library Association, tell themselves these things so they can feel superior to others.

The Democrats are winning the war of planting questioners at town halls.  Jeb Bush had yet another uncomfortable moment at a town hall in South Carolina yesterday.  While he was trying to fend off questions about The Donald and get out his message on economic growth and jobs, a questioner (who was a white guy, by the way) stood up and tagged him with something completely out of left field. [...] I'm willing to stick my neck out right now and predict that if anyone does any serious checking this weekend you're going to find that this guy was a plant for the Democrats.

Obama's Bio is Not the Issue Anymore.  Republicans shouldn't acquiesce in the Progressives' charge that "birtherism" is some sort of heinous crime so "horrendous" that any expression of it must be repudiated immediately, and incoherently, as racist — certainly not after the despicable slanders the Democrats propagated about George W. Bush, from "Bushitler" to movies and books fantasizing about assassinating the president.  And have we already forgotten the Dem's Goebbels, Michael Moore, and his grotesque fictional "documentary" Fahrenheit 9/11?  The June 2004 premier of this recycling of left-wing lies about the origins of the Iraq War — basically "Bush Lied, Millions Died" and "No Blood For Oil' — was attended by Democratic honchos like Al Gore, Barbara Boxer, Tom Harkin, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Top 5 Lies From the Democrat Party About CNN's #GOPdebate.  The Democratic Party put out a number of tweets during CNN's Republican primary debate last night.  All of them were insulting and many of them were outright lies.

Hillary Clinton revealed to have over a million fake Twitter followers.  Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are not polling well when it comes to their social media fans.  An analysis of the pair's Twitter accounts has revealed that over one million of Clinton's followers are fake, while only 53% of Biden's social media fans are real.

Sharpton: From Watts To Ferguson — 'All Violence' Was 'Sparked By Police Violence'.  Wednesday [8/12/2015] on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," MSNBC's "Politics Nation" host Al Sharpton said all the riots and violence of the last 50 years, from Watts to Ferguson, have been "sparked by police violence," and then driven by unemployment and poverty.

O'Reilly Erupts When Juan Williams Tries to Blame The Economy on Bush (6 Years In).  Not sure why he even has Juan on when stuff like this is said.  Williams believes Bush is still to blame for the economy, not Obama.  O'Reilly levels him — "Hey Juan, If you're manager of the Washington Nationals and they come in 5th place for 5 years, you know where you are?"  You're outta there.  [Video clip]

Desperate Dems Recycle Planned Parenthood's Mammogram Lie.  As more graphic, money-grubbing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood's for-profit aborted baby parts racket emerge thanks to the investigative work of the Center for Medical Progress, desperate Democrats are in full deflection mode. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood this week by invoking the women's health shield.  "What I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on issues of preventative care for women, things like mammograms," Burwell told the House Education and Workforce Committee.  Just one teeny, tiny problem with this defense:  It's a completely calculated fabrication.

The Many Lies Paving the Way to Obama's Legacy.  I understand he is the president of the United States, a position that should warrant presumptive trust regardless of one's philosophical or partisan identification.  But I cannot start with a presumption of trust when it comes to this president, the former true-believing community organizer whose word has proven to be vapid or even patently false on so many important issues.  You see, this president is the classic progressive — far more classic than the Clintons, for whom truth is purely situational:  only good as long as it fits their purpose, and then on to Plan B.  What makes Barack Obama the real progressive is that he truly believes that his great willpower magically transforms his pronouncements.  Indeed, his mere will makes them accurate — especially if he repeats them enough — despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Time to Arrest Hillary.  Hillary Clinton led the charge in the Obama administration to go to war in Libya.  Her objective was to overthrow the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.  Not one to be deterred by opponents in the Pentagon and Congress to her reckless interventionist plans, Hillary decided to end-run them.  Her State Department helped facilitate what Andrew P. Napolitano in his scathing article has called "Hillary's secret war."  When the secret war began to backfire, as arms ended up in the hands of anti-American jihadists, Hillary Clinton and other senior members of the Obama administration engaged in lies, obstructions of congressional investigations and scapegoating to cover their tracks.

War on The Truth: It's a Progressive Disease.  The Supreme Court's outrageous decisions in the Obamacare and same-sex marriage cases, in which the Court simply ignored the plain meanings of words and the Constitution, and thumbed its nose at the most basic facts of life, are only the latest examples of our nation turning its back on truth and common sense.  Under the influence of "progressive" fanatics, we're suffering from a progressive pathology that's tearing our nation apart.  In their quest to redefine "normal," they are tearing up America's morality by the roots.  They're forcing America to abandon God's standards of right and wrong, and in consequence our society is becoming increasingly unmoored from reality.

Comments o' the day, spotted at — of all places — The New York Times.  ["]I don't care for Mrs. Clinton.  She is untruthful and extremely overrated.  Much of her support is based on sympathy because she married a serial philanderer.  But lying is now, for the Democrat Party, the state of the art with respect to campaigning and governing.  It's an indispensable part of modern liberalism.  The whole point is that the Democrat elite and their bureaucrats know better.  They know what's good for the masses.  The masses are dumb and do not know what's good for them.["]

Elena Kagan 2009: "There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage".  I know, 2009 was then, this is now.  Then she was a nominee for Solicitor General, now she is an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Then she was bound to follow the law, now she gets to make it.  Then supporting gay marriage may have sunk her nomination, now public opinion has shifted.

Three Pinocchios:
Bill Clinton's claim that Hillary did economic diplomacy because there was no Commerce Secretary.  Former President Clinton exaggerated when he claimed that for "much of the time she was secretary," there was no commerce secretary.  For three out of the four years, there was a Senate-confirmed commerce secretary sitting near Hillary Clinton at Cabinet meetings.  Moreover, the secretary of state is supposed to engage in economic diplomacy, whether or not there is a commerce secretary.  Yes, there was some turnover in the leadership of the commerce department.  But Clinton's assertion that if not for Hillary Clinton, "nobody would have been doing" economic diplomacy is quite a stretch, given the dominant role of the Treasury Secretary on international economic issues.

Martin O'Malley: The Great Deceiver.  Martin O'Malley wants to be president.  He wants the job so badly he's apparently perfectly willing to re-write history.  To just refuse to tell the truth.  In his announcement speech for president the other day, O'Malley, the man who governed both Baltimore and then Maryland for years, stood in front of the cameras and practiced the political game of — there's no other way to say it — lying by omission.

The continuing collapse of 'The Hunting Ground,' a campus sexual assault propaganda filmThe Hunting Ground bills itself as a documentary about the campus sexual assault crisis in America.  But as more of the film's premises are debunked, it looks less like a documentary and more like a film in search of a problem.  The latest evidence of the film's attempts to ignore the facts in order to fit their preconceived narrative comes from Emily Yoffe of Slate, who looked into one of the film's central cases.  Yoffe found that the filmmakers, who claimed the vast majority of campus sexual assaults are "a highly calculated, premeditated crime," either willfully ignored or failed to fact-check one of their central stories because it was anything but "calculated" or "premeditated."

Left's Gifts to Language.  [T]he secular/socialist/distributive movement has gradually distorted and replaced common English language that once unified the nation by introducing a lexicon that might just have been sent to us from other galaxies.  Phrases and words are hijacked to mean something totally different from their traditional, historic uses.  Numbers and statistics are distorted or ignored at random depending upon circumstances or whim.

You 'Must be Made' to Obey.  When they don't like the terms, liberals redefine the terms to mean something they do not, never have and never can mean.  Consider, for instance, the once meaningful words "marriage" and "equality."  Other "progressive" doublespeak includes words like "invest" (meaning socialist redistribution of wealth), "tolerance" (meaning embrace immorality or face total ruin), "diversity" (meaning Christians and conservatives need not apply), "hate" (meaning truth) or "The Affordable Care Act" (meaning unaffordable, unsustainable and utterly inferior socialized medicine).  Even so, it's during those rare moments of candor that our cultural Marxist friends' rhetoric actually aligns with their intended actions.  In other words, every so often, and usually by accident, they tell the truth.

Liberal Media's Latest Lie: Lack of Infrastructure Spending Caused Amtrak Crash.  In 2009, didn't Barack Obama market his unprecedented $787 billion "Stimulus" program under the banner of repairing America's failing infrastructure?  Why, yes, yes he did. [...] Fast forward to this week's tragic Amtrak accident.  Cue legacy media jumping to the "You low-life taxpayers aren't spending enough money on infrastructure!" argument.

The Left's Inconsistent Stance on Provocative Art.  Thomas Jefferson said it well:  "To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."  But whenever Congress attempted to curtail funding of offensive art, editorial pages, faculty lounges and museum boards launched a nationwide elite freak-out.  In 1989, when the Senate voted to restrict some funding for offensive art, Richard Koshalek, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, told the New York Times that he felt that the vote was "a form of psychological tyranny, trying to put the art world into a state of terror."  Painter Robert Motherwell exclaimed that "for Congress to act as censor is outrageous.  The ultimate end is fascism."

Free the Baltimore Six.  [Scroll down]  From the days of Sacco and Vanzetti on, leftists had invested a great deal of emotional capital in claiming the guilty innocent.  They particularly liked to declare groups of guilty people innocent — the "Jena Six," the "Chicago Seven (or Eight)," the "Catonsville Nine."  Beginning with the Zimmerman case, they switched tactics and began to insist the innocent were guilty, a darker turn altogether.  Now America has a genuine collective of the unjustly accused, the six officers that the New York Daily News casually describes as the "suspected killers" of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Six.  But now leftists are the ones doing the accusing.

Democrats Raise Money By Lying About the Climate.  I suppose it was Earth Day that prompted a mass email on climate from the Democratic Party.  What is striking about the Democrats' fundraising pitch is its mendacity.

Black Murderers Matter.  The "Black Lives Matter" campaign is based on as big a lie as the "campus rape culture" lie; the Rolling Stone magazine gang rape at the University of Virginia fraternity lie; the gang rape by the Duke University lacrosse team lie; the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson lie; and all the other lies that animate leftist hysterias.  Building hysterias based on falsehoods is a primary modus operandi on the left.

Obama [is] a master of trading future calamity for temporary gratification.  America is relieved that things at least appear calm, as war and death rage abroad.  At almost every critical juncture, the administration chose short-term happy talk in lieu of worries over long-term consequences.  No matter how frequent the disasters abroad, Obama can proclaim the world is at peace in an unprecedented age of stability and security.

How To Untangle Orwellian Doublethink.  In order to control millions of people, totalitarian or proto-totalitarian governments find it necessary to somehow prod their subjects into accepting that which is not true.  Intelligent people will naturally see the truth and thereby comprehend when government lies to them — and so that's the rub — how does totalitarian government deal with intelligent people when they must be lied to?  George Orwell provides the answer:  intelligent people must be conditioned to reject self-evident truth, to reject the sanity of common sense, to accept the insanity of Orwellian Doublethink, to accept the lie and the truth in their minds simultaneously:  "with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."

Hillary Clinton Lies... A Lot.  Hillary Clinton says that she is the most transparent woman in American politics.  There's just one problem — Hillary Clinton lies... a lot.  Ben Shapiro takes a trip in the way back machine to look at a few of the more egregious examples.

'Letter of 47' Not the First Time Senators Have Intervened in Foreign Policy.  "In 36 years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance" in which senators intervened in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy," Vice President Joe Biden declared, outraged by the "open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran," signed by 47 Republican senators.  But in fact, a number of U.S. senators, including then-Senator and now Secretary of State John Kerry, have contacted unfriendly governments, in opposition to the policies of the White House at the time.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys.  [Scroll down]  But it is impossible for any person with a functioning central nervous system to believe that Hillary Clinton is telling the truth about her emails, inasmuch as her statements on the matter are in conflict with established facts and in conflict with each other.  They simply are not compatible with reality.  Likewise, it is impossible for any sentient person to believe that Barack Obama is telling the truth about the matter, that he learned about the situation from press reports when he in fact corresponded with her via email.

Nothing but the Truth.  [Scroll down]  If the lie is repeated enough, if outside information or opposing viewpoints are not permitted or tolerated, if those receiving the disinformation are hungry, dehumanized, uneducated, or tortured enough, anyone can become a believer in the inconceivable (that two plus two could really equal five) or the implausible (that global warming is a greater existential threat than radical Islamic terrorists).  This is how we came to believe there are dozens of genders even though thousands of years of science and human history confirm the existence of only two.  This is how we came to believe that homosexuality is not a choice but an alternative physical attribute that cannot be controlled; that gay sex is equivalent to heterosexual sex, even though only the latter results in reproduction; that abortion is a social good and constitutional right that should be encouraged; that a family with two daddies is exactly the same as a family with a mommy and a daddy; that blended and broken families are just as good as traditional families; and, that fathers are superfluous.

Top 10 Astroturfers.  The whole point of astroturf is to try to convince you there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not.  The language of astroturfers and propagandists includes trademark inflammatory terms such as:  anti, nutty, quack, crank, pseudo-science, debunking, conspiracy theory, deniers and junk science.  Sometimes astroturfers claim to "debunk myths" that aren't myths at all.  They declare debates over that aren't over.  They claim that "everybody agrees" when everyone doesn't agree.  They aim to make you think you're an outlier when you're not.  Astroturfers and propagandists tend to attack and controversialize the news organizations, personalities and people surrounding an issue rather than sticking to the facts.  They try to censor and silence topics and speakers rather than engage them.

Julian Castro and the Making of the Obama Myth.  The people who created Barack Obama are already working on their next creation — and that is Julian Castro.  This warning comes in the wake of a 2014 blog piece that claimed Julian Castro would be added to the ticket only to boost Hillary Clinton's chances of winning Texas in 2016.  I disagree that this is the purpose of adding Castro; rather, he is set to become the "Hispanic Obama" as Tom Tancredo's excellent 2012 piece claimed.  The main point here is that it is dangerous to underestimate the left's ability to create political myths and Julian Castro is the perfect figure for this.

Why Are Brian Williams and Hillary Held to Different Standards?  The Brian Williams saga has grown so large it now has its first victim of collateral damage: Hillary Clinton.  You all know the story by now and why it relates to Williams:  The then-First Lady and then-teenage daughter Chelsea making a trip to hostile Bosnia.  The video and photos of Mrs. Clinton hugging children and smiling as if making her first foray into Euro Disney.  Not a care in the world, and certainly not someone ducking and running from sniper fire, as she claimed numerous times on the 2008 campaign trail before finally admitting it was all BS while blaming sleep deprivation.  Hillary said in 2008 that she "misspoke," which isn't much different from Williams saying he "misremembered".

Eric Holder: I fixed George W. Bush's partisan Justice Department.  Attorney General Eric Holder pushed back against Republicans who said the Justice Department, under his leadership, had become little more than a political machine to push liberal causes — and said that he's actually cleaned up all the politicking that had taken place under the former Bush administration.

Debunked: Media Hoax Claims 'American Sniper' Inspired Anti-Muslim Threats.  It looks as though the Left and the mainstream media gathered in their hollowed-out volcano over the weekend to cook up another anti-science Narrative to destroy Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."  The latest lie is that the film is inspiring a surge of death threats against Muslims.  A thorough search of the countless stories launched by this well-coordinated Narrative found exactly 3 Twitter examples in a country of nearly 350 million.

Counter-Factual World.  One of the most interesting forms of rebuttal is to invoke the counterfactual.  Apparent failure must always be contextualized against the background of the what-might-have-been.  For example president Obama once claimed he saved 1.1 million jobs that would have been lost had he not bailed out Detroit.  We are also told that Obamacare has saved everyone money, although premiums are rising under it, because premiums would have risen faster without the program. [...] While the outcomes of his policies do not seem to be a success in themelves [sic], they are deceptively brilliant when it is considered they headed off some alternative future which would have been far worse.  This type of reasoning is called counter-factual thinking "a concept in psychology that involves the human tendency to create possible alternatives to life events that have already occurred; something that is contrary to what actually happened."

Stalin, Muhammad and Obama.  President Obama and his commissars fit the longstanding pattern of behavior (insistence, denial, castigation) that the hard left has embraced for generations. [...] Truth is malleable.  Facts are nuisances to be exterminated, along with troublesome people.  Middle-class notions of freedom must be shouted down.  The rule of the intellectuals must be imposed.  Never, ever criticize the cause.  Deny everything.  Never forget that Islam's a religion of peace.

Kyle Derangement Syndrome.  With the release of Clint Eastwood's Chris Kyle biopic American Sniper, based on the life of America's deadliest marksman, the Left has been eager to take potshots at the late Navy officer and Iraq veteran.  By deceptively quoting Kyle's 2012 autobiography (also entitled "American Sniper"), they have gained traction for questionable interpretations and outright lies.  Here are the three most egregious falsehoods, and the truth his critics have willfully ignored.

Rep. Rangel: Free College Important to The Security' of U.S..  Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) says two years of free college "is really so important to the security of the United States of America."  In a TellDC video posted on YouTube last Friday, Rangel says, "The president's recommendation that we have two years of free college is really so important to the security of the United States of America."

New IRS Data Expose Dems' Phony Tax-the-Rich Mantra.  Democrats unveiled a plan Monday that — surprise — would boost taxes on the rich.  But new IRS data show these soak-the-rich campaigns are based on total falsehoods.

2014: The year the liberal lies died.  Every single thing liberals say is a lie.  No exceptions.  We conservatives always knew it, but 2014 was the year when the rest of America began to understand. [...] The truth is poison to liberalism, so no wonder liberals hate the idea of a free press — after all, they are the ones who argued to the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case that the government has the right to ban books.

Rep. Meeks (D-NY): NYPD Murders Not 'Connected' to Protests, Brown Family Wanted 'Nonviolence'.  On MSNBC with Jose Diaz-Balart last night, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) insisted that the murder of two NYPD policemen had nothing to do with the protest movements that arose following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. [...] Meeks' statements are categorically false.  Many of the coordinators of the demonstrations have unequivocally advocated for violence against police, as has been assiduously monitored and recorded by thousands of camera-wielding participants and media.

New Republic Blames NRA For Deaths of Assassinated Police Officers.  Yesterday [12/22/2014], I critiqued an article in The New Republic by Claire Groden which argued the anti-police protesters weren't to blame for the murders of two NYPD officers last weekend and that the responsibility was that of the gunman alone.  Today, The New Republic is singing a different tune.  According to an article written by Rebecca Leber, it's the NRA's fault that the two officers are dead.

Dante's real danger isn't the NYPD.  Mayor Bill de Blasio has spoken of conversations with his son, Dante, about the "dangers he may face" from the police.  Like so many other assertions connected with the cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, it is a fiction — and a dangerous one.  Truth is, a young man of Dante de Blasio's age faces far more danger from violent men his age than he does from cops.  Zach Emanuel found this out the hard way.

The Big Lie of the Anti-Cop Left Turns Lethal.  Since last summer, a lie has overtaken significant parts of the country, resulting in growing mass hysteria.  That lie holds that the police pose a mortal threat to black Americans — indeed that the police are the greatest threat facing black Americans today.  Several subsidiary untruths buttress that central myth: that the criminal-justice system is biased against blacks; that the black underclass doesn't exist; and that crime rates are comparable between blacks and whites — leaving disproportionate police action in minority neighborhoods unexplained without reference to racism.  The poisonous effect of those lies has now manifested itself in the cold-blooded assassination of two NYPD officers.

The Worst Liberal Lies Of 2014.  As 2014 comes to a close, what were the biggest liberal lies of the year?  Luckily, our friends at the Media Research Center compiled the top five lies made by liberals this year that range from the missing Lois Lerner emails to not knowing who Jonathan Gruber is, or what he did regarding health care policy.

It's time to stop the lying!  Thinking about the ease with which so many supposedly educated Americans were manipulated into blood-curdling fury by the grand-jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases made me realize that most of the problems in our country are caused by people who lie brazenly in order to pit one segment of society against another.

Awash in a Sea of Progressive Lies.  Let me start with Michael Brown.  The evidence presented the grand jury has been released.  How can any rational human being read that stuff and not conclude that the policeman, Darren Wilson, was plainly within his rights to use lethal force against the rampaging giant thug Brown?  The whole story of "hands up" was as false as false can be.  Made up.  It, however, fit the endless movie loop running in the heads of the progressive mountebanks who dominate our media and entertainment industries, and fit in nicely with the narrative of the race hustlers and corruptocrats who comprise this misadministration in Washington.  The truth doesn't matter.

American Deceptionalism.  Americans are drawn to the latest spectacle surrounding Jonathan Gruber — an MIT professor — paid almost six million dollars to assist in deceiving the public with regard to the Affordable Care Act.  Gruber recently treated the public to another dose of contrived contrition before a televised Congressional committee.  Gruber is one of many foot soldiers in a larger war against truth waged in the American public sphere.

Lying for the Cause.  Well aside from "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor," or blanket amnesty that is and is not lawful for a president to grant, there is a special category of progressive mythology.  Or rather a particular cast of "truth tellers," victims, supposed whistle blowers, and popular liberal icons who spin tales for a supposedly higher good, on the premise that untruth for a cause makes it sort of true.

Liberalism is an Ideology Built on Lies.  Those of us on the Right — conservatives, liberty lovers, traditionalists — operate under a paradigm that expects decision-making about what will be accepted as real and genuine to be driven by truth-content.  In other words, when we are asked to believe something, we expect that there will be a factual, logical, reasonable, and truthful reason for doing so.  We may often disagree about details, but we unite in expecting that beliefs and positions will revolve around what is right, both factually and morally, i.e. "truth."  This emphatically cannot be said for the Left.

Liberalism Is a Hoax.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, the foundations of the Brown story have been eroding from the moment a St. Louis television station broadcast security video from the convenience store where Michael Brown, prior to his fatal encounter, stole merchandise and assaulted a clerk.  It was for example claimed that Brown was shot in the back.  The evidence before the grand jury showed that he was not.  Is the movement to "de-militarize" the police that was sparked by Brown's death therefore based on lies?

Two Americas.  The problem with Liberalism is that, as Margaret Thatcher observed, reality is conservative.  Therefore Liberalism has to live on lies — lies of intent, lies of policy, lies of outcomes, lies of interpretation, lies of statistics.  We saw that in ObamaCare.  We see that in Ferguson today.

Obama is not doing enough to wreck the country.  While Republicans have the luxury of only needing to lie to conservatives, the Obama Administration and its mainstream media propaganda team have raised lying to an art form not seen since the demise of the Soviet Union.  There is no longer any attempt to disguise the tactics employed by the radical left Democratic Party, which fully endorses and shamelessly embraces lying and lawlessness as an "ends justify the means" approach to achieving their goals.  The media, formerly known as the people's watchdog, are now nothing more than clapping seals, who never miss an opportunity to mislead or under-report in order to nurture and protect the Democrats at the expense of journalistic integrity and the national interest.

Delusion: The Minimum Wage Ended Slavery.  Late last week, a prominent Wisconsin liberal community organizer offered this gem of historical insight on Wisconsin Public Radio:  "In fact, we had a system where we didn't require employers to pay anything at all, it was called slavery."  The liberal was Jennifer Epps-Addison, who leads Wisconsin Jobs Now, an SEIU-founded and funded group that functions as a get-out-the-vote operation for Democrats during elections and lately has championed a minimum wage hike in Wisconsin.

More than 60% of comments on Obamacare Facebook page over two years came from fewer than 100 people.  More than 60 percent of comments on Obamacare's Facebook page have come from fewer than 100 people, a report has revealed.  The site has amassed 226,838 posts since September 2012 — a significant number that has boosted the page in search engines.  But an investigation by the Washington Times has found 136,103 of those were left by a small collection of Facebook users — many of whom have at least three profiles.

Nancy Pelosi says she doesn't know who Jonathan Gruber is. She touted his work in 2009.  [Scroll down]  Pelosi clearly wants to distance herself and Obamacare from Gruber, given Gruber's controversial comments about "the stupidity of the American voter," and Democrats are going to argue that Gruber wasn't instrumental in the bill.  But, as an architect of the Massachusetts health-care law and a consultant to the White House on Obamacare, he's been regularly cited by Democrats as an authority on this issue — including, apparently, by Pelosi.

Despite Dem claims, trash-talking Gruber was well-paid adviser for ObamaCare and more.  After a string of videos have emerged showing [Jonathan] Gruber gloating about how the law's authors exploited Americans' "stupidity," the White House has distanced itself.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi even claimed:  "I don't know who he is.  He didn't help write our bill."  But while Jonathan Gruber might not have been a familiar name until this week for many, Pelosi and the rest of the lawmakers who pushed the law certainly knew who he was in 2009 and 2010.  A look at the record shows he was in fact paid to advise the Department of Health and Human Services.

After Election Day Debacle, J Street Deceives Supporters.  Before the final votes were counted on election night, the Progressive political action committee J Street was scrambling to save face. [...] As the J Street spin machine was declaring victory Wednesday morning, I was reminded of my father's timeless observation:  "Only in America can you get blown out in an election and still tell people you won."  That is exactly what J Street is doing.

Heads up to Obama, the GOP, and the media: You've got it all wrong!  "Everybody agrees" is one of those false statements the left loves the use.  It bolsters their point by creating a feeling there is massive (it doesn't get much bigger than "everybody") support for their position.  There's just one problem.  The statement is a lie.  Yet few question it.  Coupled with that lie is a statement that goes hand-in-hand with "everyone agrees," which is:  "we've been talking about it for years."  Who's "we?"  The left?  Is that the "everyone" they're referring to?  This manner of speech is like a cheap marketing ploy for a product targeting a demographic of adolescents.

Voters' verdict explodes Democratic myths.  As Democratic losses mounted in Senate races across the country on election night, some liberal commentators clung to the idea that dissatisfied voters were sending a generally anti-incumbent message, and not specifically repudiating Democratic officeholders.  But the facts of the election just don't support that story.

Biden: Dems Will Keep Senate, Americans Agree with Obama on 'Every Single Major Issue'.  At least one man is likely to be surprised if the polls prove accurate and Republicans take control of the Senate.  That's Vice President Joe Biden, who insists that Democrats will retain control of the Senate because Americans agree with President Barack Obama on "every single major issue."  Though nearly every election forecast and poll have found otherwise, Biden insisted in a Monday CNN interview that the polls and prognostications were wrong.

Wasserman Schultz: Obama Is Democrats' 'Best Asset' in Election.  Monday afternoon [11/3/2014] on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) backed up Vice President Biden's prediction that Democrats would retain control of the Senate following Tuesday's election.  "Should the Democratic party as a whole be preparing for this takeover?" Tapper asked the Wasserman Schultz.  "I agree with the vice president, we're going to hold the Senate tomorrow night," Wasserman Schultz replied.

Our Make-It-Up World.  Progressives believed that because traditional protocols, language, and standards were usually created by stuffy old establishment types, the rules no longer necessarily should apply.  Instead, particular narratives and euphemisms that promoted perceived social justice became truthful.  Bothersome facts were discarded.

Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim.  In The [Washington Post] Fact Checker's experience, the most fact-challenged ads are those that fly under the radar, as campaigns hope that reporters don't notice the content — but voters do.  This particular ad is especially noteworthy because the candidate herself repeats a claim that The Fact Checker has already deemed worthy of Four Pinocchios.  Not only does she double down on this falsehood, but she makes another highly questionable assertion as well.

Empty chair stands in for US senator after she doesn't show up for televised contest.  A North Carolina U.S. senator had a PR nightmare Tuesday night after she failed to show up for a televised debate, leaving an empty chair to stand in for her.  Kay Hagan, a Democrat struggling to keep her Senate seat in a year when Republicans have captured most of the political momentum, let North Carolina Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis have the entire hour to himself, taking questions from two moderators.

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Is the article above off-topic?  No.  If one agrees to a televised debate, one must make an appearance.

Sen. Reid Won't Say Whether Americans Should Be Forcibly Barred From Asking Him a Question.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not respond to repeated questions from CNSNews.com about whether American citizens who try to ask him a question in the Capitol hallway should be physically barred from doing so by Capitol Police — as happened recently when reporter Jason Mattera introduced himself, shook Reid's hand, and asked him a question about how he became a millionaire on a government salary.

Debunking Liberal Propaganda, One Lie At A Time.  Here are some helpful links for those who find themselves debating idiots who bring this nonsense up as proof that Socialism can work, if we only had the right group of people to place in charge of it all, or if we would just be willing to do it big enough.

Liberals Wage War on the Truth.  In the history of our nation, only the pro-slavery Democrats of the 19th century rival the political deception employed by today's liberals that lead the modern Democrat Party.  Support of everything from abortion, to gender perversions, homosexuality, pornography, a redefinition of marriage, wicked climate policies, and an enslaving welfare state have made today's Democrat Party little more than a modern-day Mephistopheles.  Instead of magic to lure their Faustian targets, today's Democrats employ, among other things, bribery, class warfare, fear, greed, lust, propaganda, scientism, vengeance, and violence.  This is really unsurprising.  When your politics regularly conflict with absolute truth, constant deception is required.

'Unemployed' man in Dem attack ad is actually employed.  The ad comes from Maine Forward PAC, a group funded largely by the DGA, which threw nearly $1 million into the group in September alone.  The DGA was one of the founding organizations for the PAC, along with some of Maine's largest labor unions.  The ad attempts to paint a somber picture of Maine's economic situation, and blames LePage for the state's 40,000 unemployed individuals.  But the main image used to represent the unemployed is a man named Roger Gay who is not unemployed at all.

Grimes Staff Caught on Hidden Camera: She's Lying About Support for Coal Industry.  U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is lying about her support for the state's coal industry according to Kentucky Democrats, including members of her campaign team, who were captured on a hidden camera video.  The video, produced by conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe, shows five employees of the Grimes campaign and local Democratic Party affiliates speculating that the Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is only professing her support for the industry out of political expediency.

Friendly Reminder: The 'Independent' Senate Candidate in Kansas is an Obama Donor.  The man who now stands as [Senator Pat] Roberts' only serious opposition is Greg Orman, a born-again "independent."  According to polling, which is still unsettled in the wake of the ballot upheaval, Orman holds a single-digit lead over Roberts.  Who is this guy?  Put simply, he's a Democrat, despite his denials.  He's donated thousands to Obama, Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, but now he's playing games by declining to state which party he'd caucus with, if elected.  That's not the only topic on which he's ducking and dissembling.

Beware False Flag Site "The American Conservative".  I recently stumbled across a website that purports to represent a center-right point-of-view called The American Conservative.  Initially intrigued — considering that Americans can always use compelling conservative opinion sites — I perused the site and quickly noticed something a bit, well, off.

Honesty, Common Sense, and A Sound Mind.  Liberals are constantly spinning lies to explain away every failed liberal policy from the New Deal, ObamaCare to the so-called Stimulus Package (the not-so-shovel-ready jobs bill).  Liberals are just like children.  They live in a fantasy world and when faced with reality, they blame others.  Unhinged Chris Matthews blames former Vice President Dick Cheney for creating al Qaeda and ISIS.  Feminist and liberal women refer to a baby as a fetus in order to deny the reality that abortion is the killing of an unborn child.  One hundred and fifty years after slavery was abolished and fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, Liberal intellectuals are hard at work inventing new theories and words such as white privilege, systemic racism, and micro aggression to explain the state of the black community.  On the other hand, conservatives have simply acknowledged the reality that the problems afflicting the black community stems from the breakdown of the family.

The Progressives: Modern and Postmodern.  Consider former president Bill Clinton's much-maligned statement:  "That depends on what your definition of 'is' is."  The Democratic Party claims that Thomas Jefferson was the first president of their party, yet it is clear that there is a big difference between the thinking of Thomas Jefferson and the recent President with "Jefferson" in his name — and even a big difference between the thinking of Woodrow Wilson and the thinking of that recent president.  Thomas Jefferson believed that there are truths that are self-evident.  Wilson rejected Jefferson's self-evident truths.  Clinton's statement goes even beyond Wilson to invoke a challenge to the very possibility of truth.

Eight Times that Democrats Used Court Shenanigans Against Republicans They Couldn't Beat at the Ballot Box.  The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on August 15, 2014 has drawn criticism from pundits, politicians and papers all over the country.  Some Democrats have disavowed the indictment, going as far as to claim that launching courtroom attacks against their opponents in the GOP is just not how Democrats operate.  But is that the case?  Or have Democrats shown a disturbing pattern of using courtrooms to go after Republicans who pose a threat to them?

The Ferguson Lie Comes Undone.  The Big Fat Ferguson Lie has come undone.  First they told us Michael Brown was a gentle giant.  That wasn't true.  He was a thug, high on pot, fresh from a robbery a few minutes before a police officer killed him on the troubled streets of Ferguson, Missouri.  Then they told us this 18-year old, 6'4, 280-pounder was shot in the back, trying to get away.  That's not true either.  Then they told us the militarized police caused the days and nights of rioting.  Not true.  Or the curfew did.  Not true.  Or the lack of diversity on the police department was to blame.  Not true either.

MSNBC Contributor Michelle Bernard Sees 'War on Black Boys' in America, Fears 'Genocide'.  Move over, War on Women, there's a new war in town.  On the August 18 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, contributor Michelle Bernard warned there is a "war on black men" in the United States, as evidence both by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and persistent criticism of President Barack Obama from Republicans.  What's more, Bernard insisted, there would be a "genocide" of young black men unless the problem were seriously addressed to her satisfaction.

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It is remarkable to hear left-wing "contributors" moan about the impending danger of genocide, when such a thing is already underway, and it is promoted by the Democratic Party.

MSNBC Host: Obama, Holder Would Be 'Great Choices' For The Supreme Court.  MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson claimed President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder would be "great choices" as justices for The Supreme Court of the United States.  Taking over for Ed Schultz on "The Ed Show" Wednesday [8/13/2014], the Georgetown University professor broke down the two top officials' chances of earning a lifetime chance on the bench after they leave office in 2016.  Dyson said he doesn't think Obama would be interested in a Supreme Court appointment.  "I think that, look — the man is so busy now, and he'll be even busier when he's out of office," he explained.

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Yeah, Obama's really busy — on the golf course.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's Staff Threatens Taxpayer For Asking About Her Impeachment Claims.  Congressional approval ratings are at a historic low, and after what has happened over the course of the last twenty four hours — I can see why.  On the House floor Wednesday [7/30/2014], longtime Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made the startling claim that "We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had the authority."  These are the moments when you say "Really?"  The problem here is that Rep. Lee lied to the American People inside the People's House.  Good thing for her that when you make speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives you are not under oath or under the threat of perjury.

Elections Are Coming And Republicans Are Wasting Their Time (Again).  Mitt Romney was a high-road candidate like every Republican presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan's second run.  Republicans love to tell uplifting stories that highlight the virtues of the opportunity society they intend to restore when elected.  Well and good.  But who is going to listen to your story when your opponents are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to portray you as a woman-hater, a racist, and a champion of the selfish rich?  Unless Republicans are thinking about an answer to this attack, they are wasting their time.

Salon Attempts to Paint Avowed Communist Lee Harvey Oswald as a "Right-Winger".  Via Salon today [7/24/2014] comes one of the most truly bizarre pieces of revisionist history I have ever seen, even within the context of articles appearing at Salon.

Administration Official on Illegal Aliens: 'Jesus Was a Refugee'.  The man who heads the federal agency responsible for many of the 50,000 unaccompanied alien children from Central America who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months told a conference on Tuesday [7/8/2014] that those working with refugees should look to Jesus Christ as a role model.  "Jesus was a refugee, and that's a very good reminder to all of us," Eskinder Negash, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), said at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) 2014 Migration Conference in Washington, D.C.

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A refugee is one who flees to a foreign country to escape danger or persecution.  Jesus never did that, and the Bishops should be fully aware of the facts, unless they are more interested in politics and the expansion of their churches.

Can Shameless, Baseless Propaganda Save the Dems?  The comments of Massachusetts congresswoman Niki Tsongas provide a predictable example:  "The ruling by an all-male majority of the Court diminishes the rights of women in the workplace and sets a dangerous precedent that could lead to corporations denying coverage of other health-care services."  This is hysterical nonsense, of course.  No one's rights have been diminished, nor will the Hobby Lobby ruling lead to any woman being denied access to birth control.  But the facts don't matter in this battle.  The Democrats are desperate to hold on to the Senate, at any price, and they are perfectly willing to tell any lie necessary to accomplish that goal.

Three Biggest Lies Liberals Spread about the Hobby Lobby Ruling.  It's pretty easy to ignore anguished and angry tweets.  But many liberals on Twitter perpetuated falsehoods about the rulings. They shouldn't be ignored.  They should be countered.  Here are three of them.

More about Obama vs Hobby Lobby.

Why Democrats insist on lying about how 'poor' they are.  Hillary Clinton claimed that, at the moment she and her husband were signing up for $18 million in book deals, that they were "dead broke."  Harry Reid (who lives in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) said liberals are getting bullied by Republican billionaires but the Democratic Party "doesn't have many billionaires" behind it.  Joe Biden (family earnings: $407,000 last year plus a free house, driver, meals, etc.) claims he "I don't own a single stock or bond... I have no savings accounts... I'm the poorest man in Congress."  (Triple fail:  Joe isn't poor, isn't in Congress and wouldn't be the poorest member of it if he were.)

Revisionists Have A Field Day On Why We Invaded Iraq.  The Bush administration, like members of Congress, underestimated the costs of the war and erred in focusing almost exclusively on Saddam's supposed stockpiles of weapons.  But otherwise, the war was legally authorized on 23 writs.  Most of them had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction and were unaffected by the later mysterious absence of such weapons — which is all the more mysterious given that troves of WMD have turned up in nearby Syria and more recently in Iraqi bunkers overrun by Islamic militants.

Dem Congresswoman: Taliban "Part of Fabric of Afghanistan", Not Terrorists.  [A]t least she said in plain language what used to be confined to policy papers and vague terminology.  Obama's endgame is to bring the Taliban into the government.

The War on Social Science.  In editorials, sound bites, social media, and floor debate, the Left continues to insist that state and local tax burdens have no effect on economic growth, that higher state spending on Medicaid and unemployment insurance creates jobs, that teacher assistants boost student achievement, and that offering teachers bonuses to obtain graduate degrees makes them more effective in the classroom.  None of these claims has empirical support.  For decades now, social scientists have examined each and found them wanting.

A nuanced version of 'What difference, at this point, does it make?'
Hillary: 'It Doesn't Matter' If Bergdahl Deserted.  In an interview on ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer," set to air Monday, June 9, the former Secretary of State said she would not second-guess the increasingly unpopular decision by President Obama to trade five high-level Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for Bergdahl.  Clinton held fast to the "we bring our people home" talking point and said the reports from Bergdahl's platoon members detailing how the he left his post, deserted the Army and sought out the Taliban "doesn't matter."

Hillary Clinton was 'dead broke' leaving White House despite more than $780,000 in assets.  At the end of Bill Clinton's presidency, the couple had big legal bills from investigations of Whitewater and the Monica Lewinsky affair.  Hillary Clinton's first Senate financial disclosure forms, filed for 2000, listed assets of $781,000 to $1.8 million, and legal debts of $2.3 million to $10.6 million.  Still, as the Clinton presidency ended, the couple bought a $2.85 million home in Washington and a $1.7 million spread in Chappaqua.  And Hillary landed an $8 million advance for her book, "Living History."

Hillary Clinton: We were dead broke.  Hillary Clinton, who recently raked in $5 million dollars in speaking fees in 15 months, recounted to Diane Sawyer the sad tale of her former destitution, telling her, "We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt."  According to Clinton, she and her husband, who has made over $100 million since leaving the White House, "struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education, you know, it was not easy."

2001 was Hillary's Year of Great Fortune, not of being "dead broke".  The problem is not that the Clintons made a fortune.  This is America, after all.  People are entitled to make a fortune so long as they do so lawfully, and we've not yet reached the point where the law dictates when people have made enough.  The problem is that Hillary is not being straight with the public. [...] In mid-December 2000, a month before Bill left office, Hillary signed a book deal with a near record $8 million advance.

Political reporters unload on Hillary's gaffetastic day.  Clinton's first gaffe of the day was revealed in a clip of an interview she gave ABC's Diane Sawyer.  In that interview, Clinton attempted to relate to the working man by saying that, in spite of her family's current multimillion dollar annual income, they were "dead broke" and "struggled" after leaving the White House.  They were so broke that they couldn't afford the mortgage on multiple houses, including the house Hillary had to purchase in New York in order to run for U.S. Senate.

Hillary Received $8 Million in Book Advance Before Leaving White House 'Broke' in 2000.  Hillary Clinton may not have been as "dead broke" as she's claimed her family was upon leaving the White House in 2000.  In the final month of her husband's presidency, Clinton reportedly inked a near-record book advance deal worth millions.  In an interview with Diane Sawyer to air on Monday evening [6/9/2014], Clinton explained that she and her husband had to earn millions from speaking engagements because they were so deep in debt.  "We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education — it was not easy," she told Sawyer.

Hillary: We 'Struggled' to Buy 'Houses' After White House.  Hillary further explains, "Bill has worked really hard — and it's been amazing to me — he's worked very hard.  First of all, we had to pay off all our debts, which was, you know, he had to make double the money because of obviously taxes and then pay off the debts and get us houses and take care of family members."

The Editor says...
It is amusing to hear Hillary Clinton complain about taxes, which are painfully high because of left-wing tax-and-spend liberals like her.

Hillary Clinton backpedals on 'dead broke' comments.  Hillary Clinton attempted to walk back remarks that she and her husband came out of the White House "dead broke" — saying she knows their life is "obviously blessed."  "Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today," Clinton said on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday [6/10/2014].

Corrine Brown: No VA problems in Florida.  A stampede of Florida politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have joined the national outcry about problems at the VA. But Rep. Corrine Brown remains convinced about one thing:  "We're doing fine in Florida," she said this evening at a VA hearing, listing projects in the state.

The Hidden Cost Chickens in Obamacare Coming Home to Roost.  Labor unions have been reliable supporters of President Obama and his policies.  Their support for Obamacare was critical to its passage in 2010.  Yet they are continuing to learn that their members will be paying more for their healthcare, not less.  One of the selling points of Obamacare was the lowering of health insurance costs.  Nancy Pelosi promised, "Everybody will have lower rates."  President Obama was more specific, telling us that his signature program would "Bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family."  A year later, however, Mrs. Pelosi, in the face of rising premiums for many, forgot her promise of the previous year, "I don't remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium."

'Check Your Privilege' Say the Most Subsidized and Entitled Among Us.  "Check your privilege" has emerged as a term of derision and dismissal used by radical leftists to both attack opponents and avoid confronting the substance of arguments. [...] Some of the more extreme uses of the phrase include MSNBC host Touré Neblett telling Holocaust survivors to "check their privilege" before opining on public policy.  Then there's this Twitter thread where two black professing feminists tell a white woman that it's impossible for her to be raped, because she's white.

Democrat Pays Homeless Workers Below Minimum Wage.  Atlanta city councilwoman and self proclaimed community activist Cleto Winslow, was found to have used homeless men and women to work on her campaign.  She gave them tee shirts and told them they were part of her campaign.  She also paid them five dollars an hour, well below minimum wage.  To make matters worse, she paid them with taxpayer money.

Nancy Pelosi blames George W. Bush for Veterans Affairs scandal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years.  Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama.[...] The Democratic leader never mentioned Bush by name, but she alluded to him early and often in the press briefing.

Dem Congressman: 'We've Proved That Communism Works'.  Democratic Florida Rep. Joe Garcia — fresh off being caught eating his own earwax on camera — was caught red-handed in another gaffe this week, claiming that low crime rates in border cities with lots of federal immigration workers is proof that "Communism works."  Garcia made the comment during a Google hangout he convened last week to talk about comprehensive immigration reform with supporters.  The Democrat attempted to point out how, for all their talk about limited government, many Republicans are fine spending loads of government money on border security.

Dem Rep: Communism Works!.  "The safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the America's, which is Juarez.  Right?" Garcia asked a Google Hangout participant.  "Two of the safest cities in America are on the border with Mexico.  Of course, the reason is we've proved that communism works.  If you give everybody a good government job, there is no crime," Garcia said.

The Editor asks...
Does El Paso, or any city in the world, have zero unemployment and zero crime?

Chelsea Clinton's In-Law Marjorie Margolies Skips Own Fundraiser With Hillary.  Tonight's campaign fundraiser for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District hopeful Marjorie Margolies is just like any campaign fundraiser featuring an appearance by Hillary Clinton.  Except the candidate, who happens to be Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law, won't be there.  Margolies' absence from her own fundraiser might surprise those who had hoped to catch a glimpse of the once and hopes-to-be-future congresswoman.  The thousand-dollar-a-head event's invitation requested "the pleasure of your company at an event for Marjorie Margolies with Special Guest Hillary Rodham Clinton," but never mentioned that Margolies would not be in attendance.

The Editor says...
Imagine yourself paying $1000 per capita to see some congressional candidate and he or she didn't bother to attend.  Those of you who don't mind being lied to in such a manner can continue to vote for Democrats.  Personally, I wouldn't shrug off a thousand-dollar snub.

Reid: Kochs 'main cause' of climate change.  Charles and David Koch are one of the "main causes" of climate change, charged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor.  "While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change.  That's what they do very well.  They are one of the main causes of this.  Not a cause, one of the main causes," Reid said.

The Editor says...
Apparently the people on the liberal Left think everything causes global warming.

Sanders Compares Efforts To Raise Minimum Wage to Pre-MLK Civil Rights Movement.  At a rally of fast food workers in North Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) compared the efforts of those who want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour to the civil rights activists who paved the way for Martin Luther King Jr.  "There are brave people who are out in front.  Martin Luther King Jr. didn't start by himself, and there were people out there 50 years before him breaking down the barriers.  Great labor leaders were doing this a hundred years ago," Sanders said at the April 26 rally for Raise Up For 15 in Charlotte.

 

Michigan Dems Waging War on a Woman.  Michigan Democrats are doubling down on the war on women narrative, despite rebuttals from female GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land and warnings from leading liberal thinkers that the strategy could backfire.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Super PAC is bombarding Michigan airwaves with ads calling Land's pro-life views "radical" and "backwards."

Kay Hagan Repeats Dishonest Attack on GOP Opponent.  As previously noted, Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) has attacked her presumptive GOP opponent, Thom Tillis, as a hypocrite for wanting to repeal Obamacare despite having once described it as a "great idea."  It's completely dishonest.  Tillis did say that, but here's the full context:  "The majority of the stuff that is in Obamacare is bad, because it's not fiscally sustainable.  It's a great idea that can't be paid for."

Teachers Union Boss Randi Weingarten: My Salary's Only $360K.  American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who was paid $543,150 last year, defended her compensation by claiming her pay is $360,000 and other reported expenses simply prove the union's "transparency." [...] "Justice means that hardworking people must have access to a living wage," Weingarten wrote.  AFT paid Weingarten $556,981 in 2012 and $543,150 in 2013.

Hillary: Jesus' loaves and fishes thing was his way of teaching us liberal policies.  A good rule of thumb with Hillary Clinton is this: If it comes out of her mouth, it's insincere.  You will never lose money taking that bet 100 times out of 100.  And a good corollary to that rule is this:  When she tells you what something is supposed to mean, that's not what it means at all.  Especially when she's talking about the Bible.

The Editor says...
Politically-motivated blasphemy of this sort is especially reprehensible because it takes advantage of the profound ignorance of the Bible that has resulted from the removal of Christianity from the public schools.

The Left's Favorite Talking Point Disproved by Science.  "The picture drawn of the 1 percent has been that of a static population, just as the 99 percent is often portrayed as unchanging," [Mark R.] Rank writes.  "There is a line drawn between these two groups, and never the two shall cross."  But are these assertions corroborated by science?  Or is the reality more complex?  Is American society more fluid economically than liberals would have us believe?  That's what Rank and his scientific research partner Thomas A. Hirschl sought to find out by examining 44 years of data regarding incomes.

DCCC chair Steve Israel: 'Significant extent' of Republicans are racist.  Some Republican lawmakers are racist because a "significant extent" of conservative voters are racist, according to the congressman leading the Democratic bid to regain control of the House of Representatives.  "Not all of them, no, of course not," New York Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CNN's Candy Crowley when she asked if he believed that Republican congressmen are racist.  "But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."

DCCC chair: 'Significant extent' of Republicans are racist.  Some Republican lawmakers are racist because a "significant extent" of conservative voters are racist, according to the congressman leading the Democratic bid to regain control of the House of Representatives.  "Not all of them, no, of course not," New York Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CNN's Candy Crowley when she asked if he believed that Republican congressmen are racist.  "But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."

Admitting Global Warming "Info Manipulation"Climate Depot ran a story about a peer-reviewed journal article that defends exaggerating about global warming.  I decided to check it out.  Sure enough.  The need for international global warming agreements is so urgent, the authors claim, that "exaggeration" is justified in communicating with the great unwashed so as to increase their pessimism. [...] "Information manipulation" undermines people's trust in science (at least, by association), destroys what is left of the media's credibility on this issue, and is toxic to democratic deliberation.  We have known we are being manipulated in this debate for a long time.  The good news is that it doesn't work well anymore except among those who are ideologically committed Chicken Littlists.

Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim that Koch Brothers Don't Pay Corporate Taxes.  The claim that the Koch brothers don't pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official Austan Goolsbee, but Koch Industries lawyer Mark Holden disputed the accusation and raised the question of whether someone in the Obama administration illegally accessed the Kochs' tax returns.  Goolsbee's comments led to a federal investigation — the results of which have never been released.

Do 60 percent of women use 'birth control' for something other than family planning?  We were curious about these figures, as in 2012 The [Washington Post] Fact Checker had previously examined the claim that 98 percent of Catholic women used birth control.  It turned out that the figure — from a study by the Guttmacher Institute, which is a nonprofit organization that promotes reproductive health and had started as an arm of Planned Parenthood — was often mischaracterized by politicians and the media.

Is George Orwell Working in the White House?  Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's denial that he ever said that citizen complaints about Obamacare were merely lies and Obama's assertion that he never drew a "red line."  Or Kathleen Sebelius's claim that she never said that the sign-up goal for Obamacare was seven million people are perfect examples of how the Democrats are brazenly following the apparent policy of Orwell's "Party" in 1984 to reverse reality from what it actually was to what they want it to be.  Apparently not content with trying to have life imitate art in the form of 1984, Obama's minions are now pushing further change under the guise of what they are calling "income inequality."

Harry Reid: People Aren't Educated on How to Use the Internet.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn't lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren't "educated on how to use the Internet."  Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn't know to use their computer properly and needed more time.  Apparently, it had nothing to do with the well-documented failings of the website that have embarrassed the White House for months.

Harry Reid: I don't recall accusing Republicans of lying about ObamaCare horror stories.  Maybe, from moment to moment, this guy just ... doesn't realize what's coming out of his mouth.  Hard to believe he could forget saying on the Senate floor that all ObamaCare horror stories — all of them — are a GOP/Koch brothers fairy tale designed to besmirch the stellar reputation of the Affordable Care Act.

Michelle Obama: My Husband and I Welcome 'Criticism' from 'Media' and 'Our Fellow Americans'.  First Lady Michelle Obama addressed students and faculty at Peking University in Bejing, China on Saturday[,] addressing free speech issues.

A Rebuttal To First Lady's Claim That They Welcome Criticism.  They sure have a strange way of showing their "welcome."  What was the IRS scandal but a project to "shut up conservative voices" that criticize the president?  The IRS is now in the process of codifying the rules they used to illegally target conservative 501(C)(4) groups.  This president has been at war with Fox News since the early days of his administration, and has called out Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by name.  This is the president of "Fight the Smears," "Attack Watch," "Truth Team," and Linda Douglass's ghastly "snitch network" which was set up to squelch "misinformation" (aka "the truth") about ObamaCare.  And just last month the FCC had to shelve their plans to have "news police" monitoring newsrooms, only because of the huge public outcry.

Nancy Pelosi is certain: Obama is most 'non-partisan' president.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Obama is the least partisan president she has worked with during her extensive time in Washington, and said the problem lies with the GOP.  "This is as non-partisan a president as I've ever served with," the California Democrat said at her weekly press briefing.

Michelle Obama: It's very rare that I have the chance to travel outside of the United States.  During her visit to China, first lady Michelle Obama pointed out that the ability to travel outside of the United States was "rare" but that she chose China for a reason.  "It's very rare that I have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, and it's even more rare to have the opportunity to travel with three generations — with my daughters, and with my mother," she said.  "And it is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China."

The Editor says...
Does Mrs. Obama expect anyone to believe that this is one of her first trips, or that a junket that excludes her husband is undertaken "as a family?"

No, House Republicans haven't voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare.  For more than a year, Democrats and their advocates in the press have been ridiculing the GOP's anti-Obamacare efforts.  "The House Republicans have voted more than 30 times to repeal Obamacare," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in March 2013.  "The House has wasted weeks voting more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in October of last year.  "If at first you don't succeed, try 50 times — Republicans [are] holding a 50th vote to repeal Obamacare," MSNBC's Al Sharpton said last week.  Many others have said similar things.  The only problem is, the truism isn't true.  The House has actually voted to repeal Obamacare in its entirety six times.  Certainly Democrats think that is six too many.  But it is not 50, or even close to 50.

Jay Carney: I Never Told A Lie.  Outgoing White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday [6/19/2014] that he never lied to the media.  "The answer is no," he answered when The Daily Caller asked him "did you ever lie to us?"  "Honestly, it is not because I'm a paragon of virtue, it is because that would be terrible way to do the job," he said at a June 18 breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

2014 Strategy: Obama's Top 5 Distractions.  With Democratic 2014 Senate and House hopes receding faster than the rise of the tides under President Obama, the Obama administration and Democratic Party have decided to resort to their favorite page in the political playbook:  distraction and misdirection. [...] On Monday night, Democrats took to the floor of the Senate, talking for 15 straight hours about climate change. [...] The purpose of the all-nighter was to create the perception of conservatives as Bible-thumping cretins.

Liberals are afraid to say what they mean, so they resort to doubletalk.
U.S. now calls Guantánamo hunger strike 'long term non-religious fasting'.  The Guantánamo Bay prison has adopted a new forced-feeding policy that rhetorically recasts the year-long hunger strike in the remote prison camps as "long term non-religious fasting."  The Pentagon disclosed the rebranding effort Tuesday [3/11/2014] with the release of a 24-page how-to document developed by the prison camps in December.  It blacks out specifics that apparently define how much weight loss and how many missed meals qualify a hunger-striking captive for the prison's twice-daily tube feedings.

CIA Chief: Jihad a Product of Injustices, Economics, and Ignorance.  CIA director John Brennan is at it again — equivocating over the nature of jihad by evoking paradigms familiar to the West.  Last Tuesday [3/11/2014], "during an event at the Council of Foreign Relations, Brennan was asked about the 'war of ideas' surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence."  The CIA chief responded by saying that al-Qaeda's ideology is "a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur'an"; that "al-Qaeda has hijacked" Islam; that "they have really distorted the teachings of Muhammad."

Progress Texas Photoshops Paraplegic Attorney General to be Standing Up in Ad.  Progress Texas, a liberal group in Texas that supports Democratic candidates, released what appears to be a standard attack ad against Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott — with one major exception.  Abbott is portrayed in the ad standing up holding a piggy bank.  Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal and hardly would merit an article, but Abbott was paralyzed from the waist down in 1984 and uses a wheelchair.  He can't stand up.  This is just another odd example of how liberal Texas groups are uncomfortable with Greg Abbott's disability.

Boxer warns Keystone will cause cancer.  Sen. Barbara Boxer wants to add a new element to the Keystone XL oil pipeline debate: its effects on health.  The California Democrat claims negative health effects from the proposed pipeline's development were ignored by the State Department's environmental impact review.  "The Environmental Impact Statement was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring human impacts of the pipeline," Boxer said Wednesday [2/26/2014] at a press conference held with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and anti-Keystone XL activists and environmentalists.

California Democrat Says Keystone Pipeline Would Cause Cancer And Heart Disease.  California Senator Barbara Boxer has come up with yet another reason to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.  According to the senator, the pipeline would lead to increased serious illness in America.  In a Wednesday [2/26/2014] press conference held with with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), anti-Keystone XL activists and environmentalists, Boxer said the pipeline would add pollutants to the air that would increase the likelihood of people getting cancer or heart disease.

Democrat Party Claims Reagan Served in Congress on Official Twitter Account.  On February 28th, the Democrat Party used their official Twitter account to tell followers the minimum wage is worth less than "when Ronald Reagan was in Congress."  The problem — Reagan was never in Congress.  He was an actor who became Governor of California (1967-1975) and President of the United States (1981-1989).

Sebelius Denies Well-Documented ObamaCare Joblessness.  Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius claims "there is absolutely no evidence" that health reform is killing jobs.  Liars are legion in politics, but they usually stop short of claiming the sun didn't rise this morning.

It's not good to have a president who can't be trusted.  [President Bill] Clinton's lies led to his impeachment.  The public didn't seem to care that much because as Democrats and the media repeatedly said, it was "just about sex" and everyone lies about sex.  Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather had a curious spin on lying when he told Fox's Bill O'Reilly that even though Clinton lied about not having sex with Monica Lewinsky, he still believed Clinton to be an honest man:  "I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things," said Rather.

Dems Trying to Blame IRS IG for Targeting Scandal.  This is really quite the novel approach to the IRS targeting scandal by congressional Democrats.  Seeking to change the narrative in order to get on top of scandal, Democrats have hit upon the idea to blame the IRS Inspector General, Russell George, for the scandal getting out of hand.  How do they figure that?  It appears that many Democrats were unhappy with Mr. George's initial report on the scandal, believing it to be "misleading."

Pelosi: I Don't Know If Any of My Staffers Have Gone On to Work for Federal Contractors.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) seemed unaware that several of her former staffers have gone on to lobby for big corporations Thursday on The Daily Show. [...] A brief search of Pelosi's revolving door records on Open Secrets reveals 28 records of current and former staffers who have gone through the "revolving door" between Congress, lobbying firms and the private sector.

Wheelchair Truthers.  Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott became a paraplegic in 1984, when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging.  Ever since, he's been confined to a wheelchair.  Or, at least, that's what he'd like you to think.  Some Texas liberals are questioning whether Abbott is really a paraplegic, and they are asking for proof.

Fact-Free Liberals.  Recently Kirsten Powers repeated on Fox News Channel the discredited claim that women are paid only about three-quarters of what a man is paid for doing the same work.  But there have been empirical studies, going back for decades, showing that there is no such gap when the women and men are in the same occupation, with the same skills, experience, education, hours of work and continuous years of full-time work.  Income differences between the sexes reflect the fact that women and men differ in all these things — and more.  Young male doctors earn much more than young female doctors.  But young male doctors work over 500 hours a year more than young female doctors.

WaPo Fact Checker Gives Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Three Pinocchios.  Lately, President Obama's political action group, Organizing for Action (OFA), has claimed that six million Americans have successfully signed up for Obamacare.  However, even The Washington Post Fact Checker finds this assertion to be suspect.

Kerry: 'Root Cause of Terrorism' Is Poverty.  Secretary of State John Kerry covered a broad range of topics with his counterpart Pietro Parolin at the Vatican in Rome on Monday [1/13/2014].  Besides Syria, the Middle East peace process, Sudan, and Cuba, the subject of poverty came up during their discussions.  In remarks following the meeting, Kerry linked poverty not only to terrorism, but to the "disenfranchisement of millions."

Income Inequality: The Left's Next Big Con.  With the possible exception of global warming fraud, it would be difficult to identify another major political issue more dependent upon innumerable, uncontrollable variables than the difference in what two persons might earn or deserve.  In the case of both ideological causes, anyone claiming to have measured the variables, predicted them or solved for them in concocting a solution is nothing but a con artist.  And what do con men do?  They steal.

"Republican Main Street Partnership" is Democrat Funded.  Steve LaTourette, a former congressman and friend of John Boehner, runs the "Republican Main Street Partnership."  Note the word "Republican."  As the left-wing Talking Points Memo reported a month ago, LaTourette and his Main Street Partnership have created an affiliated SuperPAC called "Defending Main Street PAC."  Along with the Chamber of Commerce and Republican Leaders, the Main Street Partnership wants to take out troublesome conservatives.

Change the Name to Change the Game.  While most see 1984 as a condemnation of massive state control, Progressive Democrats apparently look at it as sort of a user's manual.  Well, at least as far as the nomenclature used to describe government actions is concerned.  Think of Orwell's newspeak.  For instance, we don't have wars any more.  No, no.  We have "overseas contingency operations."  There is no longer any terrorism in the world.  That has been replaced by "man-caused disasters." [...] Sheila Jackson Lee must have brushed up on her Orwell just before the speech because she recommended a change in the term "welfare" to the phrase "a transitional living fund."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Change the Word 'Welfare' to 'Transitional Living Fund'.  In a brief speech on the House floor Wednesday [1/8/2014], Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) hailed the war on poverty, endorsed government welfare programs, and said the "safety net has to be something for all of us."  "Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, 'a transitional living fund.'  For that is what it is — for people to be able to live," she said.

No, Public Schools Are Not 'Jammed' with Students.  It's remarkable how often the conventional wisdom conflicts with data and evidence.  A recent article in the New York Times illustrates the case of public-school class sizes.  It describes schools as "jammed" because of an up-tick in student-teacher ratios coming out of the recession.  It's the type of story that fits comfortably within the (erroneous) conventional wisdom about underfunded schools.

No Extremists Here.  The trick isn't finding a pronouncement by a liberal politician which — in a way nearly unique to politics — simultaneously brings a grimace, a giggle, and a groan, but figuring out whether the speaker is an outright liar or just living in a liberal echo chamber [...] Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is a reliable representative of the outright liar camp:  No echo is loud enough to make her actually believe that Democratic candidates will run (and win) on the issue of Obamacare, but she says it repeatedly, hoping that the Big Lie strategy will work just one more time.

Are Republicans Sabotaging Obamacare with Fraudulent Websites?  Progressives, usually content to wait a few years to start their revisionist history, are now revising on the fly.  In their alternative reality, they've found a way to blame Republicans for (arguably) the most epic website failure in the history of the internet.

Melissa Harris-Perry: 'Obamacare' a 'Derogatory Term' Conceived by 'Wealthy White Men'.  MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act's colloquial moniker:  "Obamacare."  She said that the word was originally created as a "derogatory term," designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement.  However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama's accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride.

Newspeak's Comeback and the Invincible Sincerity of America's Liberal Elite.  The president was not lying when he promised that people could keep their existing health insurance.  He was using Newspeak, a language which allows reigning liberals to convince themselves that they aren't restricting others' liberties.

The Party of Big Lies.  The "big picture" Nancy speaks of was ramming a draconian and expensive government-run health care system down the throats of the American people by any means necessary.  The instrument of this particular coup d'état was not a military faction seizing power on behalf of its fearless leader, merely a big lie.  The lie was the ammunition.  Soft-headed Americans were the weapons.  They elected the liar in the White House twice.  And here is the point:  Obama and Pelosi lie so easily because for them there is but one objective truth — power.

Obamacare and Liberal Cruelty.  [Scroll down]  Democrats are even willing to have government lie to us for our own good.  Without the lies, they wouldn't have gotten Obamacare passed, and once passed, they would have been voted out of office in 2012.  They didn't want the voters to have the option to say no, because they know better what people should want.  They are the good people who care.  Those who oppose them are the bad people, who should be vilified and driven from the public arena.

Reid, Democrats trigger 'nuclear' option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees.  Senate Democrats took the dramatic step Thursday of eliminating filibusters for most nominations by presidents, a power play they said was necessary to fix a broken system but one that Republicans said will only rupture it further.  Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been the standard for nearly four decades.

Reid in 2008: 'As Long As I Am The Leader' We Will Not Have a Nuclear Option.  Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said in a 2008 interview that as long as he was the Senate Majority Leader, the nuclear option would never happen under his watch.  "As long as I am the Leader, the answer's no," he said.  "I think we should just forget that.  That is a black chapter in the history of the Senate.  I hope we never, ever get to that again because I really do believe it will ruin our country.

"We All Knew" Obama Was Lying.  On Sunday [11/17/2013], appearing on ABC's This Week with fill-in host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would be booted from their health insurance plans as an effect of Obamacare implementation.

Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Admits: 'We All Knew' Obama was Lying About Obamacare.  In what should be considered a shameful admission, Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand admitted on ABC's This Week [11/17/2013] that all democrats knew that Obama was lying when he fraudulently repeated over 30 times that, "If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it, period." When asked by host guest host, Martha Raddatz, if Gillibrand felt misled by Obama's promise to Americans of being able to keep their current health insurance plan, Gillibrand responded, "He should have just been more specific.  No, we all knew."

Incoherence: Democrats offer contradictory excuses over 'keep your plan' lie.  As the White House flails and fumbles, Congressional Democrats have been left to their own devices to engage in freelance damage control.  The yarn they're spinning is a tangled web, indeed.  To hear people like House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tell it, of course they knew that 'keep your plan' wasn't exactly accurate.  The president employed "imprecise" language, Hoyer allowed last month.  Hey, "we all knew" Obama's categorical pledge wasn't quite right, Gillibrand added over the weekend, lamenting that Democrats hadn't adequately explained all the details.

The True Face of Collectivism.  When you take up the mantle of individual freedom you become not selfish but responsible.  You live not by following orders but by voluntary exchange:  of work, of favors, of property, of trust.  And everything is done by agreement, by "sober, yet cheerful earnestness," and not by force.  All this has been codified into political philosophy, limited government, property rights, and settled science.  But liberals insisted that they knew better.  Oh dear.  Now it looks like liberals didn't know anything after all.  Except how to brazenly lie to the American people.

27 Democratic senators who promised you could keep your health coverage.  President Obama has taken a lot of heat for promising that if Americans liked the health coverage that they had before Obamacare, they would be able to keep it under the new law.  But the president wasn't the only Democrat in Washington who made that false promise.  Many, many other Democratic officeholders said the same thing.

ObamaCare, Other Scandals, Virtually Ignored By Big Media.  The same people who freaked out over President Bush's saying in a State of the Union speech that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa now excuse Obama for saying everywhere, endlessly, "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it.  No one will be able to take that away from you."  To them, that's not lying — blatantly, repeatedly, shamelessly.  He simply "misspoke," claimed the New York Times editorial page.

What do lying Democrat President Clinton and lying Democrat President Obama have in common?
Why Obama's non-apology won't work.  When President Clinton apologized for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, he was able to argue that it was ultimately a personal matter and successfully urged the public to move on.  But President Obama's current problems are not of the personal nature.  Instead, over a period of five years, he repeatedly told Americans that under his health care legislation, those who liked their current health care policies could keep them.  And now that millions of Americans have been receiving cancellation notices from their health insurers, the media has finally awakened to the fact that he was lying all along.

Lies of Obamacare, Documented.  [Scroll down]  The baleful consequences of Obamacare that we are now seeing — there are many more to come — were known and foreseen in 2010.  The Democrats voted down the Republicans' effort to preserve the health care plans that Americans already like on a party-line vote.  The Democrats knew that Obama had been lying through his teeth, and they voted unanimously to sustain his lies.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 'Nothing' Obama or I Said About Obamacare 'Was Not True'.  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) joined MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing on Tuesday [11/5/2013] where she insisted that "nothing" she or President Barack Obama said about the Affordable Care Act prior to its passage or implementation "was not true."

Race is Obama's "Get Out of Jail Free" card.  [The great Obamacare lie] is just one of a growing list of disturbing questions surrounding the Obama Administration, if not the Oval Office itself:  Operation Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, NSA surveillance, Benghazi, NLRB recess appointments, weak economic recovery, expanding welfare nanny-state, exorbitant debt growth, and the sacking of almost 200 senior military officers.  In every case the response from Obama is either that:  He didn't know about it; it is an unimportant or a phony scandal; it's someone else's fault — generally the Republicans or the Tea Party.

Mika Suggests Obama 'Too Smart' For The Job.  Too smart to be President.  Is that really Barack Obama's problem? Mika Brzezinski thinks so.  On today's [11/4/2013] Morning Joe, as Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann kicked around the notion, as others have before, that President Obama doesn't much like politics and the people in it, Brzezinski piped up with a different explanation for his aloofness:  he's "too smart for the job," she suggested.

The Editor says...
I can provide copious evidence that Barack H. Obama is not all that bright.

Obamacare laid bare.  [Scroll down]  Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history.  But you can't say that openly lest you lose elections.  So you do it by subterfuge:  hidden taxes, penalties, mandates and coverage requirements that yield a surplus of overpayments.  So that your president can promise to cover 30 million uninsured without costing the government a dime.  Which from the beginning was the biggest falsehood of them all.  And yet the free lunch is the essence of modern liberalism.  Free mammograms, free preventative care, free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke.  Come and get it.

Obamacare is a River of Lies.  How many Republican votes were for it?  Zip, zero, nada, zilch.  In either chamber of Congress.  The Democrats, and their little sycophants, own this.  They were all prepared to bask in the glory, set up a permanent Democrat majority, and pulverize the Republican party.  But ObamaCare is a river of lies, with headwaters in hell.  It was falsely conceived, falsely legislated, falsely adjudicated, falsely reported, falsely coded, and, unexpectedly, enjoyed a false rollout.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending?  [Scroll down]  Can we finally stop pretending that they are not also lying to us about everything else?  Can we stop pretending they are not lying to us about guns, and abortion, and voter fraud, and voter ID laws, and taxes, and the economy, and the environment, and education, and energy, and job creation, and national security, and international relations, and Islam, and their assault on Christianity, and amnesty, and entitlements, and stimulus, and recovery, and Fast and Furious, and Benghazi, and the IRS scandal, and a war on women, and our borders, and domestic surveillance, and weakening us militarily, and their supposed loyalty as Americans, [...]

More about guns, abortion, voter fraud, voter ID laws, taxes, the economy, the environment, education, energy, job creation, islam, the assault on Christianity, the IRS scandal, domestic surveillance, weakening the military.

Rangel falsely claims no Republicans voted for Social Security, sidetracks ObamaCare hearing.  Lawmakers had to pause for a fact check about a 78-year-old law during a hearing that was supposed to be about ObamaCare, after Rep. Charles Rangel made the — inaccurate — claim that no Republicans supported the Social Security Act.  The New York Democrat made the assertion Tuesday [10/29/2013] while railing against Republicans for opposing the health care law.  It was during a House hearing where Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was testifying.

Rep. Joe Wilson Vindicated.  On September 9, 2009, Joe Wilson, Congressman from South Carolina, shouted "You lie!" when President Obama was touting the benefits of his Affordable Care Act, now dubbed "Obamacare."  Many in America were shocked that anyone would call the President of the United States a liar in such a forum as a presidential address to a joint session of Congress.  But, now, as we look back on 5 years of Barack Obama, we see that Obama and his Administration do lie.  And they lie a lot.

White House admits it was behind rumor.  The White House admitted Thursday that it was the source of a phony quote attributed to a top House Republican, who had allegedly told President Obama during a tense Oct. 10 meeting that 'I cannot even stand to look at you.'  Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip, claimed in a Facebook post on Sunday [10/20/2013] that an unnamed GOP lawmaker had delivered the verbal slap in Obama's face, but everyone involved with the story now says it never happened.

Conyers: Obamacare Just A 'Very Small and Modest Bill'.  Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) calls Obamacare a "very small and modest bill," even though he previously said he failed to see the point in reading it "if it's a thousand pages" and required lawyers to decipher it.

How Crazy Are The Democrats?  The Democrats have achieved a public relations coup that any ministry of propaganda would be proud of.  Worried that the United States is $17 trillion in debt?  Radical!  Unconcerned about deficits that pile up as far as the eye can see?  Responsible!  Unhappy about an anemic economy in which a generation of young people struggles to find full-time employment?  Traitor!  Content with record levels of poverty and non-employment?  Moderate!  Want to get rid of a law that is opposed by most Americans, decimates the economy and is patently unworkable?  Crazy!  Delighted at the sight of millions of Americans losing their health insurance and being demoted to part-time employment?  Public-spirited!

Democrats' Hypocrisy Exposed, But Does It Matter?  Tonight [10/1/2013] House Republicans offered a series of measures to restore funding to the national parks, District of Columbia operations and veterans' services.  But House Democrats voted against all three measures, sending them down to defeat.  So the Democrats' hypocrisy is revealed:  they wring their hands over those poor Americans who want to visit the parks, but when they have the opportunity to fund the parks, they turn it down.

Democratic Leaders' Explosive Words.  "What we're not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest — we're not going to do that," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer recently told CNN's Jake Tapper.  "I believe the House Republicans are entirely responsible."  "One hundred percent?" Tapper asked incredulously.  "Yes," Pfeiffer responded.  "Absolutely."  It's hard to say which is worse:  that so many prominent Democrats believe they aren't responsible for any of Washington's gridlock — or that they'd say these things anyway.

Bill Clinton Accuses Ted Cruz of Making (Unspecified) False Statements.  Former President Bill Clinton — who was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice and held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright for giving "intentionally false" testimony — claimed to his former staffer George Stephanopoulos on ABC News's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday that Sen. Ted Cruz made multiple false statements during his filibuster on the Senate floor last week.

Who Are the Real Suicide Bombers?  This is really too easy:  President Obama is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not with the House of Representatives.  Commentators have been all over it, and I don't really have much to add.  Except to note that not only has Obama refused to negotiate with the House, he has also had his spokesman describe Republicans as suicide bombers.  The irony is rich: those who are concerned about $17 trillion in debt "have bombs strapped to their chests," while the world's biggest sponsor of actual suicide bombers — you know, the ones who blow people up, as opposed to disagreeing with Democrats — are newly-discovered moderates.

Sen. Barbara Boxer Claims Obama Cut Federal Budget Deficit in Half.  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) claimed on Friday that the federal budget deficit has "been cut in half" under Obama.  Budget figures provided by the White House show that the deficit nearly tripled from 2008 to 2009, when Obama took office, and has remained above $1 trillion since then, though 2013 projections are slightly lower.

More than 19.5 million online fans don't really exist.
Barack Obama is political king of the fake Twitter followers.  Among influential U.S. political tweeters, President Barack Obama is the undisputed king of the fake followers.  A MailOnline analysis ranks his sizable Twitter following as the most deceptive total among the 21 most influential accounts run by American politicians:  More than 19.5 million of his 36.9 million Twitter followers are accounts that don't correspond to real people.  The four phoniest accounts in the sample, which included Democratic and Republican Party leaders in Washington, D.C., were those belonging to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and the White House communications shop.

Obama's 'Fake' Twitter Followers Explained.  Barack Obama has 36.9 million Twitter followers, 19.5 million of whom, it turns out, are fake.  This is a very disturbing sign for Obama's opponents, as it demonstrates just how much appeal the president still has with his key support base, namely those who identify most closely with him on a personal level — fake people.

Ed Henry Slams Jay Carney Over 'Four Pinocchio' Lie.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was confronted by FOX News' Ed Henry about Obama's claim that Republican attempt to attach non-budget items to an increase in the nation's debt limit has "never seen in the history of the United States."

Taking the Fight to the Democrats.  Virginia so far has been a carbon copy of what Democrats did so successfully in last year's Senate and House races.  The approach runs thus:  A Democratic candidate, assisted by unions and outside partisan groups, floods the zone with attack ads, painting the GOP opponent as a tea-party nut who is too "extreme" for the state.  The left focuses on divisive wedge issues — like abortion — that resonate with women or other important voting constituencies.  As the Republican's unfavorable ratings rise, the Democrat presents himself as a reasonable moderate, in tune with the state's values.  A friendly media overlook the Democrat's reliably liberal record, and the lies within the smears against his opponent, and ultimately declares the Democrat unbeatable.

The Democrats' Silly, Dishonest Excuse of 'Voter Suppression' in Colorado.  The term "voter suppression" implies someone making an effort to prevent people from voting, which is not what happened here, where the elections were amply covered in local, state, and national media and all of the usual polling places were open for all of the usual hours, with no intimidation or other obstacles.  The core of the Democrats' argument is that because voting by mail was limited, some sort of nefarious authorities have prevented Coloradans from casting votes.

Lyndon McCain Meets Woodrow Obama.  LBJ won in a landslide, in no small part because of that pledge not to send American boys to Vietnam.  Yet somehow, apparently mysteriously, John McCain wound up as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam in 1967, John Kerry wound up going to Vietnam in 1967 and so too did young Sergeant Hagel arrive on the shores of Vietnam in 1967.  Say again:  1967.  Which was three years after the President of the United States had solemnly pledged in 1964 — make that repeatedly pledged — that American boys like McCain and Kerry and Hagel would never... repeat never... have to be there in the first place.

Can Hillary Clinton Survive Benghazi?  [B]y any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle.  Four men, including one of her own ambassadors, were murdered on Hillary's watch, after they had pleaded with her State Department for better security.  The cable denying the ambassador's request for better protection went out over Hillary's signature.  That's just a formality! The Democrats say.  She knew nothing about it!

Hillary Spokesman Caught Lying About Hillary's Benghazi Terrorism Denial.  Hillary's spokesman appears to be denying that such a briefing even took place, which is stupid, as it would be easy enough to check, but then again we're dealing with Sir Edmund Hilary here.

The 25 Stupidest Liberal Quotes of the Last Decade.

Bad Lies.  We increasingly debate whether our leaders are incompetent or lying.  Unfortunately, we need not choose. [...] Is it possible to have a political discussion if truth is not a ground rule and a precondition?  And, when our leaders view truth only as a malleable tactic, should we engage with them?  The answer to the first question is obviously no.  Discussions, agreements and relationships cannot be based on lies.  The second question is more troubling.  If our leaders are arrogant, lazy and bad liars, what do we do?

Are media buying into 'phony scandal' claim?  Conservative leaders allege the media are trying to ignore the once high-profile scandals overshadowing the Obama administration, as President Obama and his aides aggressively push the claim that these controversies are "phony."  The "phony scandal" line was the unofficial talking point of the week in Washington.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney made it his fallback retort from the podium — when asked about the president's new wave of speeches on the economy, Carney explained Obama was trying to refocus Washington away from "fake" controversies.

As a rule of thumb, the opinions of "celebrities" are usually less valuable than yours.
Bette Midler: Republicans 'Did Everything They Could to Ensure' We'd Lose World War II.  It's oftentimes amazing the absurd things Hollywood stars say.  On Wednesday [7/324/2013], Bette Midler actually tweeted, "GOP treats Mr. Obama the way they treated FDR in WWII.  They did everything they could to ensure an Allied loss".  Did she offer any evidence to support her absurd remark?  Of course not.

Lying in the Age of Obama.  The attorney general of the United States lied recently to Congress.  He said he knew of no citizen's communications that his department had monitored.  Lie!  In fact, Holder knew that his subordinates were targeting reporters.  He also did not tell the truth about the New Black Panthers case.  He had sworn that there was no political decision to drop the case.  Not true; the decision came from the top.  He again lied about the time frame in which he first learned of the Fast and Furious case.

Pelosi: Congress Must Uphold Oath to 'Protect and Defend' Constitution... by Passing Gun Control.  In a press release marking the one-year anniversary of the Aurora, Colorado shootings, the former Speaker of the House said:  "In Congress, there can be no more fitting memorial to the lives lost in Aurora, in Newtown, and across the country than a concerted effort to enact commonsense gun safety legislation.  "We must uphold our oath to 'protect and defend' the constitution and all Americans by expanding background checks and keeping dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands."

Hate Crimes Indeed.  We are forever being told by the left about how awful this country is for anyone who is not white.  Blacks are being gunned down in the streets by non-blacks.  Except they're not.  Muslims are being discriminated against wholesale, and are afraid to leave their homes.  Except they're not.  Gun owners are violent crazies bent on mass murder, except they're not.  Christians are trying to force their religion on us.  Except they're not.  Tea Party members are racists and violent.  I believe the Breitbart reward for evidence of the accusations of tea party racism remains unclaimed, even in this day of cell phone cameras and video.

Eliot Spitzer Wrote Column Entitled 'Why I Am Voting for Barack Obama,' Didn't Vote.  The [New York] Post points out that Spitzer could have simply mailed in an absentee ballot, and it does seem as if he'd deemed it important enough, Spitzer could have found a way to vote.

Elizabeth Warren's claim that the U.S. earns $51 billion in profits on student loans.  Who knew?  The federal government knows how to make a profit!  Or, as Warren twice said in arguing for a cut in interest rates on student loans:  "obscene profits."

The Criminal Profiling of Conservative White Males.  What does it say that Leftists seem to react to virtually every highly visible criminal act with the hope that the "perp" is a white guy or, even better, a conservative white guy?

In some cases, when a Leftist Democrat makes a statement, exactly the opposite is true.
Harry Reid: Insufficient Government Spending Hurts U.S. Economy.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a press release Friday that insufficient government spending, caused by Republican "austerity policies" is hurting the U.S. economy and preventing a quicker recovery.  "We need to continue advancing policies that spur growth and create jobs," Reid said.  "It's time for Republicans to let go of their failed austerity policies that weigh down our economy and prevent a speedier recovery.  We simply can't cut our way to prosperity."

Obama's Arab Spring Logic.  Obama is a community organizer by profession.  He knows all about organizing "spontaneous" demonstrations for the people's revolution.  The tricky thing is deciding who represents the real people. [...] How do you tell who's a real organic revolutionary to Obama?  Well, the more radical they are, the farther they want to go back to the Muslim Dark Ages, and the more leftover leftists like George Soros they have on board, the more "authentic" they are.  This is the same logic our vaunted media use to prove that Governor Sarah Palin is not a real woman and Justice Clarence Thomas is not a real black man.

Kerry Datelines Press Releases 'Washington, D.C.'.  John Kerry might be yachting in New England, but he's datelining press releases "Washington, D.C."

Bill Clinton Praises SCOTUS for Striking Down a Law that He Signed.  To me and in my humble opinion, Bill Clinton is the finest representative of the Democratic Party available.  His word is literally worthless in both the personal and professional spheres.  What he proudly signs into law today he will just as proudly denounce as bigoted and backward tomorrow if the politics have changed.  He has no principles outside of acquiring power for himself and his friends, and what he believes he can get away with today.

Neither Democratic or Republican cherry-picked findings will restore the public's trust.
Why the IRS Scandal Needs a Special Prosecutor.  Nearly six weeks ago, President Obama responded to an inspector general's report detailing the targeting, which had been long denied by the IRS. [...] The IG report was based on a cursory audit.  It was not a full-fledged investigation.  And yet Democrats disingenuously claimed that it exonerated the Obama administration and the president's re-election campaign from any involvement in IRS targeting.

The IRS's Best Friend in Congress.  Over the objections of Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) last week released online the full, 205-page transcript of an interview that committee investigators conducted with an IRS employee in Cincinnati named John Shafer.  Mr. Cummings explained that he was compelled to release the Shafer transcript because it explodes Mr. Issa's "conspiracy theories" — chiefly, that the White House played a role in the targeting of conservative groups, and that it was orchestrated out of IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C.  In fact, Mr. Issa has never said the former, and much that is known so far about the IRS scandal suggests that the Washington connection is substantial.

Rewriting history and 'Looking Backward'.  One thing that's incredibly tiresome about being a conservative is how people rewrite history so that they can pigeonhole you as a racist, a fascist or a dangerous radical.  The most common tactic is to claim that Republicans were the party of slavery and that they had opposed equal rights for blacks.  This is, of course, untrue, but in a culture that devalues history and inflates the value of punditry, truth is whatever is repeated often enough in a chain e-mail.

The left's outrage over the IRS turns to a plea to 'move on'
Moving a Washington scandal out of town.  The left is doing all that it can to keep the focus off Washington in this scandal.  The latest attempt came just days ago when Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, one of the top House Democrats leading the congressional probe of the IRS, made the proclamation that the "case is solved" — and that it's time for the nation to "move on."  This disturbing about-face by Mr. Cummings is a reflection of the Obama administration's desire to sweep this unconscionable abuse under the rug as quickly as possible.  His comments directly contradict what he had said just days earlier when he called for a "thorough investigation" to restore "truth and trust."

NSA can 'listen to U.S. phone calls' without a warrant, according to congressman.  The National Security Agency can listen to domestic phone calls without a warrant, according to a disclosure by Representative Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, made during a briefing to members of Congress last Thursday [6/13/2013].  Listening to phone calls without a warrant is illegal — but according to Mr Nadler, the NSA does not obtain a warrant to listen to calls.

Nadler Backtracks: NSA Does Need Court Order.  It turns out that the surveillance of Americans may be even more dangerous and unsupervised than had been heretofore acknowledged — but the powers that be aren't willing to admit it.  The National Security Agency (NSA) admitted in a secret briefing that its analysts can decide to listen to Americans' phone calls without legal authorization.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, revealed that during the briefing to members of Congress, the NSA allowed that phone calls could be monitored "simply based on an analyst deciding that."  This means low-ranking analysts may be listening to Americans willy-nilly.

More about domestic surveillance.

Democratic Convention Organizers Claim $500K of Lost Electronics.  The Democratic National Convention may be long over, but its organizers have not forgotten the almost half a million dollars worth of electronics they seem to have lost.  Organizers of the Charlotte, N.C., convention have filed a police report for lost and stolen electronics, some of which they appear to have valued at as much as 62 times the listed market prices.  A reportedly stolen 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop?  $75,537.  The price listed on the Apple website is $1,199.  A lost iPhone?  $30,503.  A lost Blackberry?  $54,250.

Our Enemy Inside the Gates.  If you think the Benghazi cover-up is a classic case of desperate political back-pedaling, official lies and semi-lies, face-saving, and walking away from reality, that episode is merely a miniature of the colossal con pulled on the whole country by Roosevelt and his minions from 1933 onward.

Obama's Bodyguard of Lies.  President Obama and his people deserve at least one accolade:  they have perfected lying into an art form.  Is anyone in Obama's closest orbit a truth-teller?

Eric Holder's Long History Of Lying To Congress.  Before he lied to Congress while under oath about what he knew about targeting reporters, he lied about Fast and Furious.  As early as the New Black Panthers case, Eric Holder had a problem with the truth.

Some Democrats will say anything to keep the IRS from being scrutinized.
How Many Things Can Jim McDermott Get Wrong in Five Minutes?  Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) attacked victims of IRS targeting at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today [6/5/2013], saying that it was their fault they were targeted because they applied for tax-exempt status.

A Gender-Neutral Army.  Political language exists to destroy meaning and to make unpopular policies seem popular by associating them with the very opposite of what they are.  Taxes are opportunities.  Spending is stimulus.  Amnesty is reform.  The left is as good at language as it is bad at governing.  It can't change reality, but it excels at changing the description of reality.  Common sense is the enemy of the left and the left defeats common sense by corrupting language so that nothing makes sense and common sense can never come into play.

Dem VA Gov Candidate McAuliffe: My Dad Died Because of Bush.  George W. Bush has been blamed by the left for everything from hurricanes to the IRS targeting conservative non-profits.  But now, it turns out that former Democratic National Committee head and current Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe blames Bush for his dad dying.  Really.  In an interview in May 2001, McAuliffe said that his father, Jack, died because "he could not go into a new year knowing that a Republican was actually moving into the White House."

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It is hard to believe anyone takes politics seriously enough to give up his life rather than enter a new year with political opponents in charge.  In other words, the anecdote sounds like a fabrication.  Show me the autopsy report that lists "politics" as the cause of death.  But even if the story is true, people whose lives are shortened primarily by political arguments are those who probably wouldn't enjoy a long life anyway.

Pelosi: GOP focusing on Bengazi, AP and IRS because Obama 'is a great president'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., charged Republicans with "exploiting" the questions surrounding the Benghazi talking points, the AP phone records seizure and the IRS scandal to attack President Obama because "they fear" his agenda and eloquence.

House Democrats Dismiss Existence Of Obama Scandals.  Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly refuses to use the word "scandal."  After two weeks of brutal news cycles — with frenzied Republicans and a hyped up press corps aggressively covering every inch of three controversies surrounding the Obama administration — Connolly insists this too, shall pass.

Dems accuse GOP of 'making up scandals out of thin air'.  The Democratic National Committee is accusing the GOP of "making up so-called 'scandals' out of thin air."  In an email to supporters, DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse writes that Republicans' accusations of scandal aren't legitimate — a claim that's sure to draw howls from the right.

The Editor says...
Obama's scandals are very real and they are numerous:  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

A Brief History of Slimy Dem Snoops and Dumpster Divers.  It's always the "low-level" peon's fault, isn't it?  When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin'. [...] While they pretend to champion privacy rights, top left-wing operatives have routinely ransacked and plundered through the private documents and personal records of conservative groups, business owners and public figures.  Through it all, those on the right standing against government tyranny have refused to stand down.

The Only Question That Matters.  Once you understand that the radical Left's stated reasons for any given program or legislative initiative are entirely bogus, and that the corrective mechanism they propose has absolutely nothing to do with the putative social ill they purport to address, we are left with one simple question:  Why?  Why was the legislatively unconstitutional seizure of one-sixth of the U.S. economy in the name of "reform" really necessary?  Not a single honest argument in favor of it came from the likes of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, or Harry Reid at the time and a not a single honest argument in favor of it has been made since.

Fact-checkers rip Obama group's claim on climate change 'hoax' vote.  A recent video from a President Obama-aligned group is under fire from fact-checkers for claiming hundreds of House members voted to call climate change a "hoax" — namely, because they didn't.  The video from Organizing for Action cleverly splices together quotes from Republican climate change skeptics while building up to the factoid about the vote, which was on an amendment to a broader bill in 2011.  The video then includes the following text:  "Number of House members who voted in 2011 that climate change was a 'hoax': 240."  The amendment, though, did not include the word hoax, and the circumstances of the vote were far more complicated than the video portrayed.

Dick Durbin At May Day Immigration Rally: Communists? What Communists.  On Wednesday [5/1/2013], Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined nearly two thousand trade unionists, open communists, socialists, anarchists and illegal aliens at Chicago's May Day march and rally.

Insane 'Asylum'.  In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon killing spree by foreign-born jihadists, see-no-evil bureaucrats in Washington are stubbornly defending America's lax asylum policies.  DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Tuesday [4/23/2013] that the screening process is rigorous, effective, and extensive.  These people can't handle the truth.  Or tell it.

Snortworthy Myth: 'Conservative' Media Almost as Culpable as Broadcast Networks in Ignoring Gosnell Trial.  Through Monday evening, April 8, the Media Research Center's Matt Philbin noted that Gosnell's trial "has received exactly zero seconds of airtime on the broadcast networks."  In a pathetic attempt at a response on Friday, Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald and several others are trying to claim that "conservative" outlets have also virtually ignored the trial.

We need an IQ test for politicians.  The debacle over New York's rushed-through gun bill is one example of what happens when enthusiasm meets stupid.  But another is to be found in Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), who supports a ban on full-capacity magazines without understanding what a magazine actually is.

Liberals accomplish massive changes through innocuous incremental steps.  Note the steps:
  •   Ask for more than you know you can achieve.  In fact, ask for something you don't even want.  Then everyone will be focused more on that than on your real goal.
  •   Use all media and educational tools to inculcate your view in the public and low-information voters.
  •   Develop your own lexicon, redefine words, and then keep pounding those words into the psyche each time you speak.
  •   Attack your opponents not on logic or facts, but by name-calling and emotion, and accuse them of being "obstructionist."
  •   When you concede, always be sure you've moved the marker a little farther toward your goal.
  •   Reset the measures so that the new position is now considered "normal," which makes it impossible for anyone to argue against or reverse.

Harry Reid Won 'Whopper Of The Week' For $2.5 Trillion Deficit Reduction Claim.  During a speech on the Senate floor last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid falsely claimed that the Democrats have reduced the budget deficit by $2.5 trillion.  It's such a gross lie it's almost laughable, and earned Reid the "Whopper of the Week" award from The Washington Guardian.

Harry Reid falsely claims the government has cut the deficit by $2.5 trillion.  It's politically fashionable now to say you've helped reduce the nation's debt.  And at nearly $1 trillion annually, there's a lot of debt to be reduced.  But during a speech this week on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed that over the past two years the government has reduced the deficit by $2.5 trillion — almost double the amount the deficit is right now.  "In the last two years we have reduced the deficit by $2.5 trillion," he said.

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This shows how comfortable the Democrats have become with the word trillion.

Universal Background Checks: the Liberal Holy Grail.  The goals of the left have always been shrouded in deception and misrepresentation.  Hide your true agenda behind a deceitful argument and then, after grabbing power, do what you really meant to do all along.  That is what Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Castro and Obama have all done.  By controlling the terms of the discussion, the left controls the argument.  Actual Assault Rifles are not sold to the general public.  The left invented the term "assault-style rifles" and the next thing you know assault-style rifles become assault rifles.

Rangel Fibs: Democrat claims 'millions' of kids being 'shot down by assault weapons'.  During an appearance on MSNBC this morning [3/21/2013], Congressman Charlie Rangel was asked what he thought about the assault weapons ban being dropped from Senate bill.  Rangel blamed the defeat on politics and money and then made the extraordinary claim that "millions of kids" are dying because they are "being shot down by assault weapons."

Waxman on Keystone: 'We Don't Need this Dirty Oil'.  Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) — the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee — said that America does not need the "dirty oil" that would be imported through the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, which received long-awaited favorable environmental review from the U.S. government.  "We don't need this dirty oil.  To stop climate change and the destructive storms, droughts, floods, and wildfires that we are already experiencing, we should be investing in clean energy, not building a pipeline that will speed the exploitation of Canada's highly polluting tar sands," Waxman said in a statement on Friday responding to the government's analysis.

Nancy Pelosi: 'I Don't Think Obama Has Ever Done Anything for Political Reasons'.  House Minority Leader Nancy raised some eyebrows and got a few laughs when she said this of President Obama:  "I don't think he's ever done anything for political reasons [...] This has been a president as bipartisan as any that I've seen."

Nancy Pelosi: Obama Has Never Done Anything For Political Reasons.  [Video clip]

Rep. Conyers: 'The Debt Is Not Endangering Us a Bit ... We Don't Think There's a Problem'.  Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Thursday [3/14/2013] that the nation's current debt of $16.7 trillion is "not endangering" the country, adding that "some debt is not a bad idea" and that he and other congressional Democrats "don't think there's a problem."  Conyers and other liberal Democrats spoke at a Capitol Hill press conference about their initiative to compel Congress to cancel the across-the-board budget cuts (sequester) of $1.2 trillion over 10 years, which actually are reductions in the rate of increase in federal spending and amount to $44 billion for this year.

Pelosi: 'Tax Cuts Are Spending'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said today that the government must cut spending, and then explained that:  "Tax cuts are spending."  "Our whole budget is what $3.5 trillion," Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference.  "So, when we talk about reducing spending, we certainly must, and we certainly have — $1.6 trillion in the previous Congress, $1.2 [sic] of it in the Budget Control Act.

Maxine Waters: Sequester Could Cause '170 Million Jobs' to Be Lost.  Maxine Waters (D., Calif.), in an attempt to outdo President Obama's claims that even minor cuts will bring the republic's long run to an ignominious end, warned today that the sequester could cause "over 170 million jobs" to be lost.

White House's false sequester claims prompt media pushback.  The White House's media management team will be in the public spotlight this week following a series of days in which it leveraged the media to distribute what turned out to be misleading or false information.  President Barack Obama told reporters that Capitol Hill workers were facing pay cuts as a result of the looming budget sequester.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan cited the same cause when he incorrectly claimed that a school district was already laying off teachers.  And White House spokesman Jay Carney understated by a factor of 10 the number of illegal immigrants administration officials released in a bid to lower the cost of housing inmates in immigration detention facilities.

Reich: Tea Party 'Conspiracy to Undermine the Government of the United States'.  Democrats and the media have accused Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of "McCarthyism" merely for posing tough questions to and about Chuck Hagel during the latter's confirmation as Secretary of Defense.  Yet a recent column by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich reveals who the real McCarthyites are in U.S. politics today, as Reich likens the Tea Party to a conspiracy "to undermine the government of the United States."

What Rush Limbaugh Didn't Say.  [Scroll down]  How pray tell could Congress have even allowed tax cheats like Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel to be respectively Secretary of the Treasurer and Chair of the Ways and Means Committee?  How on earth could a bill drafted by a man in prison (Robert Creamer) have passed without anyone reading its over 2,000 pager?  Nancy Pelosi insisted that we had to pass it to learn what was in it and now that we know Obamacare is a disaster; everyone who voted for it (like Rep. Engel, D-NY) is surprised.

Democratic congressman says 'no additional enforcement' needed on Southwest border.  Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke told The Daily Caller that "no additional enforcement" is needed on the Southwest border, despite the U.S.-Mexico border remaining the "primary gateway" for moving illegal drugs into the U.S.

Teacher pink slips claim by Duncan not backed by evidence.  The descriptions of the post-sequester landscape that have been coming out of the Obama Administration have been alarming, specific — and, in at least some cases, hyped.

Defense: Mayor didn't know salary was illegal.  The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell [California] had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer told a jury in closing arguments.

Mayor of small city was 'too stupid and uneducated' to know his $100k salary was illegal, his lawyer argues.  The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today.  Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn't even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors.

The Editor says...
If all this were true, it seems like his political opponents would have discovered this already, and would have used it against him.

Heads in the Sand (or somewhere else).  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today [2/14/2013] became the latest in a growing list of Democrats who claim that the federal government does not have a spending problem.  It is not clear where their heads are located, but surely these members of Congress are either being deliberately obtuse or operating on a set of assumptions from some parallel universe.

Pro-Obama election flyer marked with NAACP seal featured Klan, lynching imagery.  A presidential election flier disseminated in North Carolina and marked with a seal for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) featured Ku Klux Klan and lynching imagery as part of its presentation urging voters to head to the polls.  Another pro-Obama flier in North Carolina informed African-American voters that Mitt Romney would relegate them to "picking cotton" if elected president.

9 Phony Martyrs of the Left.  Every religion has its martyrs, and so it is with the American Left.  Myths have been built around myriad "wronged" radicals/communists and endless ink spilled about the injustice of their fate.

Rep. Corrine Brown: 'Don't Confuse Me With Any Facts'.  As part of a discussion with voters about Obamacare funding, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) told one man, "Don't confuse me with any facts."  "This is part of the problem," Brown told an audience member who had asked about the billions of dollars cut from Medicare under the Affordable Health Care Act.

Bless her heart...
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Claims to be a 'Freed Slave,' Opposes All Government Spending Cuts.  Our Houston dynamo's understanding of economics, and history, needs a little work.  "I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together.  Are we going to be able to do it today to free America?"  Congress didn't "come together" to free the slaves.  Southern members of Jackson Lee's Democratic Party seceded from the union to preserve slavery, triggering a civil war.  Republican President Abe Lincoln freed the slaves, in whose number Lee never numbered as she was born nearly a century too late, via the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Nancy Pelosi To Fox News Sunday: It's A 'False Argument To Say We Have A Spending Problem'.  On Fox News Sunday [2/10/2013], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace that the ongoing debate about a balanced approach to deficit reduction should not place undue emphasis on spending cuts.  She said that it is "almost a false argument" to say that Washington has a "spending problem."  Pelosi noted that there have been "plenty of spending cuts," and budgetary priorities like education and food safety must be protected.

The president is lying about Benghazi.  President Obama's disregard for the truth has made Bill Clinton seem like a novice.  His statements are always riddled with inconsistency.  Many could easily have been dissected with a curious media, but that hasn't happen.  Very few people can lie as well.

Fake but accurate:
Newtown children's choir is revealed to have no connection to Sandy Hook.  Organisers of a Newtown children's choir that has appeared on Good Morning America are facing accusations they have misled the public — as the group has no formal connection to Sandy Hook.  While the Newtown Music Project features a handful of children from the school, it is organised independently and led by a teacher who quit her job at a Newtown high school after she was accused of theft.

The Myth About Democrat Voter Suppression In the 2012 Elections.  Democratic media and talking points do not disclose that 2012 wait times were slightly shorter than in 2008, there were no significant differences in wait times by party identification, voters were satisfied with the voting process, and expressed considerable support for voter IDs.  The 2012 election was much the same as 2008 but without the same Democrat gnashing of teeth over voter suppression.

Dem leader Reid: 'We are in a recovery'.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said the American economy is "in a recovery" despite the decline in the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).  Reid made the remark after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blamed the White House for the unexpected contraction in the economy.

Dem. Senator: Washington's Spending Problem Exists Only on Fox News.  "I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way is not out of control, despite what you hear on Fox News," said [Democrat senator Mary] Landrieu.

The Editor says...
Man, I wish he had blamed akdart.com instead of Fox News!

NJ Democrats plan an end run around the First Amendment and Citizens United decision.  New Jersey Democrats are selling "transparency."  Sometimes.  Mostly when it comes to corporate political donations to candidates and causes they don't like.  So they've concocted a scheme which would force all businesses in the state to report their political donations to the government.

Obama's Not a "Liberal" — He's a Communist.  Let's get the terminology right.  The fact of the matter is, the entire Democrat party today is Communist/Marxist/Socialist/Collectivist/Statist.  There are no more conservative or moderate Democrats.  They all support the big government collectivist agenda — and they're all willing to lie, cheat and steal in order to maintain it. [...] Communists are liars.  Obama will lie right to our faces and not feel a second of shame because the ends justify the means.

Democrats Vilify Guns, Own Stock in Gun Companies.  Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), for example, is a proponent of an "assault weapons" ban, who in the meantime is enjoying the money her husband makes off a $50,000 investment in the Vanguard Small Cap Growth Index fund.  As of Jan. 18, that fund included 219,918 shares of stock in Ruger Firearms.  Meanwhile, Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO) has approximately $100,000 in the iShare Russell 2000 Growth Index.  That fund held 254,290 shares of stock in Ruger Firearms as of Jan. 18, along with shares of Smith & Wesson as well.

Why Does the Anti-Gun Camp Need to Lie?  The Brady Campaign has a long track record of using distorted statistics to deceive the American people, including well-meaning donors of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt money.  Consider, for example, the Brady Campaign's statement that a firearm in the home is 43 times as likely to kill a family member as a violent criminal.  The Brady Campaign, therefore, wants us to believe that gun owners shoot family members in fits of rage, when the truth is very different.

Reid: Sandy Was Much Worse Than Katrina, You Know.  Whether he's publicly recapitulating the hallucinations of an imaginary friend, or wrongly assuring the public that various government programs are "fully funded," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tends to struggle with the truth.

Reid: Hurricane Katrina Was 'Nothing in Comparison' to Sandy.  Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, said today on the Senate floor that Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy. [...] Nearly 1,500 died because of Katrina.  About 110 died because of Sandy.

Louisiana Sen. Vitter rips Reid for Katrina comments.  Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter ripped Majority Leader Harry Reid for suggesting the damage from Hurricane Katrina was "nothing" compared with the damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Update:
Reid says he misspoke in suggesting Hurricane Sandy was worse than Katrina.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that he "simply misspoke," when he said Friday [1/4/2013] that Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey" from Hurricane Sandy.

Pelosi defends decision to alter congressional class photo.  The Democratic women of the 113th Congress had gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday [1/3/2013] for a picture, snapped by The Associated Press, marking the start of the session.  Four lawmakers, though, were late to the shoot.  So Pelosi's office added their faces after the fact — then emailed that image around to reporters and posted it on her Flickr page.

Best Dog Whistles of 2012.  "Affirmative action" usually means racial or gender quotas.  "Revenue" usually means taxes.  Calling "addiction" sickness is a dog whistle that allows drunks and addicts to think they are ill, not irresponsible.  Glaucoma treatment has become a dog whistle for legalizing pot.  "Title IX" is a dog whistle that signals football and basketball to carry all those sports that don't pay their own way — or subsidize sports that nobody wants to watch anyway.

Sheila Jackson Lee: Entitlements Off The Table, They Are "Earned".  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX):  "There is no way, Mr. Speaker, that we should raise the eligibility age for Medicare, that we should not think carefully about how we approach the reform of Medicaid.  And that we don't the American people that Social Security is solvent. [..."]

The Editor asks...
If you are entitled to receive something, it isn't necessary to earn it.

Federal Entitlements Prevent U.S. From Being Third World Country, Lawmaker Says.  Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) chided Republican efforts to reform entitlements during a floor speech Tuesday [12/4/2012], saying certain federal programs prevent the United States from being a third world country.

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Exactly the opposite is true, of course.  Massive spending on unconstitutional payments to individuals is building the national debt at an (apparently) uncontrollable rate.

Fact check: Federal government had $237 billion surplus in 2000.

Jackson Lee Claims $5.6 Trillion Surplus Following Clinton Admin.  Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) claimed that the United States had a $5.6 trillion surplus at the end of the Clinton administration Tuesday.

Jackson Lee: 'Who Wants to Make a Fuss About Social Security When It's Solvent?'  Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Texas) said last week that Republicans are being "frivolous" when they talk about reforming Social Security as a means of fixing the federal government's fiscal problems because Social Security is "solvent."  According to Social Security's trustees, the program has operated in the red in each of the last two years.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee: It's Not 'Tradition' to Call It a Christmas Tree.  Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that his administration calls the decorated evergreen tree erected in the Rhode Island State House in December a "holiday tree" — rather than a "Christmas tree" — because that is what the tree is traditionally called.

Dems Say Social Security Doesn't Add to Deficit.  Congressional Democrats say they aren't willing to consider changes in Social Security in order to avoid the "fiscal cliff."  On Sunday, November 25, 2012, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), on ABC's This Week, said, "Social Security does not add one penny to the deficit.  Not a penny.  It's a separate funded operation, and we can do things that I believe we should now, smaller things, played out over the long term that gives it solvency."  Durbin also said that Social Security needs only a few minor tweaks, but no major reforms to ensure its long-term solvency.

Was the 2012 Election Stolen?  [Scroll down]  Remember, the Democrats have been honing this act for many, many years.  And vote fraud is Democrat domain.  Liberals are the situational-values set, people who for years insisted that right and wrong is relative and that if it feels good, do it.  And what feels good to them at election time is stealing votes to win — and they do it.  They relish it, in fact.

Clinton: Who wants a dishonest president?  Former President Bill Clinton branded GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney a serial liar at a Philadelphia campaign event yesterday [11/5/2012], criticizing Romney's ad that misleadingly implied Chrysler was shifting Jeep production to China. [...] When the crowd laughed in response, Clinton noted, "You're laughing, but who wants a president who will knowingly, repeatedly tell you something he knows is not true?"

Massachusetts Mayor Bans the Word 'Illegal' for Illegal Immigrants.  The mayor of Somerville, Mass., has banned the use of the term "illegals" when referring to illegal aliens.  Mayor and Alderman Joe Curtatone announced the new policy at a local board meeting last week, according to the Somerville Journal.

Spinning Polls, Obama Campaign Gets Testy with Reporters.  [Scroll down]  Breathlessly, and angrily, Messina raced through a jumble of talking points, claiming that Romney is doing poorly even in places where the RealClearPolitics averages of polls show Romney building a comfortable lead, such as North Carolina, where Obama has not scheduled further visits for the duration of the campaign.

Lying From Behind on Libya.  Back in March 2011, when Obama started lobbing missiles at Libya, liberals assured us that we were NOT at war.  Instead the administration described it as time-limited, scope-limited, kinetic military activity — which is just another made up phrase that liberals use to remind us that they are the people Orwell warned us about.

Media Estimate 18,000 in Not-Quite-Full 5,000-Seat Arena for Obama in Wisconsin.  President Barack Obama is having trouble drawing large crowds on the campaign trail.  At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, his campaign was forced to move his acceptance speech from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium to the 20,000 Time Warner Cable Arena, citing weather as the excuse.  But the media are always eager to help — for example, putting 18,000 people inside a 5,000-seat arena at an Obama event in Milwaukee on Saturday [9/22/2012].

Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett was source for inflated Obama crowd numbers in Wisconsin.  As Breitbart's Joel Pollack investigates, both The Wall Street Journal and Politico reported that President Obama's Saturday [9/22/2012] rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin drew a crowd of 18,000 supporters.  That's at least a bit odd, since the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported that the President was speaking at a 5,000-seat arena.  The report added that "thousands more who sat in bleachers and stood on the pavement," but made no mention of the abnormally large 18,000 estimate.

Trifecta: Politico, WSJ and AP Report Obama Crowd in Wis. of About 5,000 as 18,000.  Saturday [9/22/2012], Joel Pollak at Breitbart's Big Journalism observed that President Obama is having some trouble drawing big crowds these days, and that the national press is exaggerating the turnout at his events.  He specifically cited the situation this weekend where Politico and the Wall Street Journal claimed there were "18,000 people inside a 5,000-seat arena at an Obama event in Milwaukee on Saturday."  I looked at the Associated Press's national site, and the AP did the same thing, while adding that the crowd with the made-up size was "the largest yet of Obama's reelection campaign."  Really.

More about sparse crowds at Obama appearances.

Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder 'lied to my face' during House testimony.  Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing.  Quayle said the Department of Justice's inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing.

Pelosi says GOP has 'nerve' to ask if Americans are better off under Obama.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted Republicans on Friday afternoon [9/21/2012] for continuing to assert that Americans are not better off under President Obama's administration, and said every economic indicator shows that the country is in a much better spot today than it was four years ago.  "The Republicans have the nerve to pose that question, when if you look back to four years ago this very week ... you would know that we are indeed fundamentally and unquestionably better off as a country today," Pelosi said on the House floor.

Streisand: 'Obama More Fiscally Conservative Than Any Other President in Recent History Except Clinton'.  "Compared to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Obama has been more fiscally conservative than any other president in recent history, with the exception of President Bill Clinton."  Despite over $5 trillion in new debt created by the 44th president, so hysterically wrote Barbra Streisand at the Huffington Post Tuesday [9/18/2012].

Inarticulate Republicans Let Democrats Get Away With Lies.  The net result is that articulate Democrats can get away with the biggest lies, without any serious rebuttal from most Republicans.  I have not heard any Republican official or candidate even try to answer a standard claim of the Democrats, that "deregulation" is the reason the housing market went haywire and brought down the economy.  Therefore, according to the Democrats, Republicans who want to restore a free market are just trying to "go back to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place."

Sebelius violated Hatch Act, agency finds.  Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the federal law prohibiting federal employees from partisan activities, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) reported Wednesday [9/12/2012].  "OSC concluded that Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity on February 25, 2012," the office said in its report.  The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from trying to influence the outcome of an election while using their official authority or using their official title or when speaking about agency business.

Office of Special Counsel Says HHS Secretary Violated Hatch Act.  President Obama was notified today by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that one of his key Cabinet officials violated the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activity of anyone employed or holding office in the Executive Branch except for the President and Vice President.  Carolyn Lerner, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel concluded that Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she served as the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker at the February 25, 2012 gala for the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina.

OSC report: Sebelius violated Hatch Act.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain political activity, when she made "extemporaneous partisan remarks" during a speech in her official capacity earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Wednesday.  The office sent an official report outlining the rare Hatch Act violation and Sebelius's response to President Barack Obama.

Sebelius' unhealthy campaigning.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — the person most responsible for implementing the Frankenstein monster called ObamaCare — seems to have serious difficulty following federal law herself.  The Office of Special Counsel — an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency overseeing federal employees — has determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, which bars on-duty government employees from engaging in politics.

CNN Confronts DWS Over Oren Lie.  CNN's Don Lemon took on the unenviable — and apparently impossible — task of trying to wrench a truthful comment out of Debbie Wasserman Schultz last night.  Lemon played DWS audio of her comments about Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, which contradicted her claim that the Washington Examiner's Phil Klein misquoted her.  Even faced with her own recorded words, DWS continued to insist that Klein misquoted her.

Sitzkrieg and Dezinformatsiya.  Like the ineffable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Baghdad Bob of the DNC, who has mastered the dark art of looking you straight in the eye and lying right to your face, the media has simply declared the verdict they wanted to reach all along.

The Democratic National Convention: A Fairy Tale.  If stretching and distorting truth paves the way to political victory, then the 2012 Democratic National Convention was a stirring success.

'Occupy' terrorists now called 'radical right' by Southern Poverty Law Center.  Did you know that the Occupy Movement is actually a part of the "radical right"?  The movement, which received favorable comments from the commanding heights of the American left — President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, the New York Times, and MSNBC — has now shown itself to include very violent elements, including actual terrorists, who began a bomb plot in Cleveland, only to be apprehended before carrying out their program of terror.

Obama's Big Lie Campaign.  How else do you run on a record that includes the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, falling incomes, low-paying jobs and little hope of a brighter future?  You trot out dozens of speakers at the week's Democratic Convention, culminating with Bill Clinton, to repeat untruths that would make George Orwell proud.

Biden, Obamas tell health care tall tales at Charlotte convention.  Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama all told a story during the Democratic National Convention about battles the president's mother waged with health care companies as she fought a terminal illness in 1995.  But the version of events presented Thursday night differs dramatically from others, including those of at least two biographers and Obama's own previous account.

Obama takes us backward in the worst speech of his career.  The Democratic National Convention was such a tedious flop that the third night was all reruns.  It was like watching a "clip show" episode of an old sitcom.  Yet another failed governor, Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, rolled onstage to yell class-warfare bromides at the audience.  Like every other befuddled Democrat speaker, Granholm appears to be under the mistaken impression that General Motors did not go bankrupt, and that our $30 billion taxpayer loss was actually some sort of profitable investment.  The combined ignorance and dishonesty of these people explains a lot about our current economic malaise.

Source: Obama Saw Platform Language Prior to Convention.  The Democratic National Convention, reeling from today's chaotic fiasco surrounding the reinsertion of pro-Israel, pro-God language into the party platform, has announced that President Obama personally intervened to ensure that that language was revived.  But Politico is now reporting that President Obama approved the original, Jerusalem-less, Hamas-less language less than a fortnight ago.  He didn't try to change the platform "until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday."

Congresswoman Blames Dutch for Brooklyn-Based Slavery in 1898.  After some confusion about the specifics of time travel, U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke told Stephen Colbert last night [9/4/2012] that if she could go back to her Brooklyn district in 1898, she would tell those Brooklynites, "Set me free!"  When Colbert asked innocently, "From?" Clarke said, "Slavery," perhaps confusing her major U.S. history dates.  "Slavery.  Really?  I didn't realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898," Colbert replied, giving her a chance.  But nope:  "I'm pretty sure there was."  (There wasn't.)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz had a bad week.  The acerbic Democratic National Committee chairwoman with the grating voice has been on a dizzying downward slide.  Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, DWS has been parlaying her petty partisanship to anyone who sticks a microphone in her face.  And she'll say anything — doesn't matter if it's true or not.  It all started with a flat-out, bald-faced lie.

Will Debbie Be Dumped?  Are there no consequences for lying?  Even on national television?

Media Fail to Fact-Check Michelle's Speech.  The basic premise of Mrs. Obama's speech — that she and her husband had struggled economically like so many other Americans — is false.  Not only did they enjoy many advantages that others do not, but CNS News reports that Barack Obama inherited half a million dollars in stock from his grandmother, a bank vice president who Michelle misleadingly cited as a victim of gender discrimination.  These fibs are not new for the Obama camp.

NBC's Chuck Todd Follows Obama's 'Bank of America' Talking Points.  One of the funniest and most revealing things coming out of the upcoming Democratic convention is how Democrats will NewSpeak the name of the very place the convention is being held. [...] Democrats changing the language, facts, and calling something it's not is a time-honored tradition.

Where are Milwaukee's "missing" black voters?  Are 60% of Milwaukee's black voters from 2008 missing?  That's what a study from the New Organizing Institute claims, which estimates that as many as 160,000 black voters in the city from the last presidential election can no longer be found. [...] Simply put, this is an absurd conclusion to reach.  It starts with an assumption that the "voter file" used in this search was accurate, both in identifying African-American voters and in identifying legitimate registrations.  It ends with the assumption that a voter who no longer lives in the same place in 2012 that he or she did in 2008 is somehow "missing."

MSNBC's Chris Matthews claims to live in 'black majority' DC, but actually lives in Md. suburbs.  MSNBC host Chris Matthews might have exaggerated his abilities to hear dog-whistle racism at this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Newsbusters' Jack Coleman noted.  During Tuesday night's [8/28/2012] coverage, Matthews made the case that he is well-positioned to judge racial issues because of where he lives, after having repeatedly insinuated that Republican figures are racist.

WaPo's Glenn Kessler Has Fact-Checking Tantrum Over 'You Didn't Build That'.  Glenn Kessler is The Washington Post's laughably biased fact checker, and when you think of Kessler, remember this — remember the "fact" checker who called Romney a liar for saying a president who didn't go to Israel didn't go to Israel.  This guy is utterly shameless, and this morning he's having a full-blown tantrum.

Teachers Union Claims Black School Choice Group Supports KKK.  A major state-level teachers union accused a group promoting school choice for African-American families of supporting the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in a series of statements on Thursday [8/30/2012].  The Louisiana Federation of Teachers accused the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) of advancing a "pro-KKK agenda," in the words of one tweet sent from the union's official Twitter account.  Another claimed that the group "endorses teaching that the KKK is good."

MN Supreme Court smacks down Secretary of State over marriage amendment, voter-ID ballot titles.  In November, Minnesota voters will choose whether to add a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman — exactly as it is currently defined by statute now.  The legislature passed the bill adding the referendum in order to keep judges in the state from overriding the statute, as has been done in other states, and allowing only the democratic avenues of constitutional amendments as a means to change the definition.  The legislature provided a specific title for the ballot measure, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman," and oddly expected Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to use that title.  Instead, Ritchie changed the title to the deceptive "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples."  He did the same to the voter-ID constitutional referendum that will also appear on the ballot.

Mark Brown Declares Obama is not a Chicago Politician.  In a curious column the Sun-Time [sic] Mark Brown denies that President Obama has much to do with Chicago Politics.  Curious because the preponderance of evidence that Brown offers is that President Obama is a typical Chicago politician, working in league with donors and other politicians to fleece their consituents and taxpayers. [...] If being Emil Jones point man in Springfield, married to the daughter of a Precinct Committeman/water department employee, and having David Axelrod as a constant flack for many years doesn't qualify you as a Chicago politician, just what does?

Evan Thomas: 'It Would Be Better If Energy Prices Went Up'.  "It would be better if energy prices went up."  So amazingly said Politico's Evan Thomas on PBS's Inside Washington Friday [8/24/2012]. [...] "No matter how much we drill, it's not going to have a big impact on energy prices."

Obama's 'Republican' Woman a Registered Democrat.  One of Barack Obama's recent ads for his re-election campaign purports to feature Republican women who have turned away from the GOP to support Obama/Biden.  But, as it turns out, one of the women in the ad is not so "Republican."

Republican Women For Obama?  It happens all the time in talk radio:  a caller will say that he is a lifelong Republican, and will recall fondly how he voted for Ronald Reagan.  Then he says that today's Republicans have gone too far, and for the first time ever he is voting for a Democrat!  These callers are nearly always lying.  If you look them up, you likely will find that they are Democratic Party precinct chairmen.  The Obama campaign is trying to perpetrate the same deception.

Democrat Women for Romney.  The Democrats have just released an ad called "Republican Women for Obama", in which a handful of women explain that they've voted Republican their entire lives until this Mitt Romney fellow came along and they decided he was just way too extreme.  Also, they're shocked to discover, after voting Republican non-stop for the last 40 years, that apparently the GOP is opposed to abortion.  Who knew?

More about the many ways the Obama team manipulates the media.

The Biggest Myth of 2012.  I don't know whether President Obama or Mitt Romney will win on November 6, but I do know what the MSNBC talking heads will say in the event that Obama loses.  They will say that Republican billionaires bought the election; that Republican legislators suppressed the minority vote through onerous photo identification requirements; and that Romney frightened white working class voters into thinking Obama favored minorities over other groups.  They will say the 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Republican billionaires to inject undisclosed "dark money" into American politics, and Democrats could not compete because they had no financial interest at stake, no Charles Koch or Sheldon Adelson of their own.

Liberal Radio Hosts Shameless.  As easy as it might be to forget them in the cobwebs of the AM radio dial, the liberal pretenders to the Rush Limbaugh throne are still broadcasting, and they're often utterly, shamelessly ridiculous.  Case in point:  Even Al Sharpton lamely used his radio show to defend Joe Biden's anti-Republican "they want to put y'all in chains" race baiting in front of a black audience.  Another case in point:  Liberal radio hosts adore Harry Reid for making utterly unsubstantiated ugly charges that Mitt Romney evaded taxes for a decade.

Bloomberg: 'Nobody Has Come Across the [U.S.-Mexico] Border in a Long Time'.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week that "nobody" had illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a "long time."  He also advised that it would be easier for those wishing to illegally immigrate to the United States to simply buy a ticket to fly here and then overstay their visa.

FLOTUS: Obamacare keeps women from dying of cancer, but GOP would repeal it.  Who knew that cancer would emerge as a leitmotif of the Obama campaign?  First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest to invoke cancer on the campaign trail, but she did so to tout Obamacare rather than attack Mitt Romney directly.

Actually, It Was Obama Who 'Redefined Rape' In January 2012.  The Obama campaign, its surrogates, and its media allies are accusing Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan of having tried to "redefine rape" — but it was President Barack Obama himself who redefined rape in January 2012, expanding the official federal definition to include male victims and different forms of non-consensual sex.  The definition of "forcible" rape to which Ryan — and other legislators, including 11 Democrats — referred in a 2011 bill was in line with the federal definition of rape before Obama changed it.  The claim that Ryan tried to "redefine rape" is therefore anachronistic, and provably false.

Democrats Campaign On Fear, Not Ideas.  Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Ryan wants to "shred the safety net for seniors."  Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry said Ryan has a "no-holds-barred record of attacking seniors, children and working men and women."  And Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says with Ryan, Romney "has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it."  Never mind that last year, the left-leaning Politifact chose the Democrats' "end Medicare as we know it" line as "lie of the year."

When prophets are false.  Liberal pundits, liberals, the Obama machine and Obama himself all call Paul Ryan a disastrous pick for vice president.  That looks like a good sign for the Mitt Romney ticket, given the multiple records Team Obama has set since 2009 for making bad forecasts, losing elections and in general getting things wrong. [...] They said the stimulus would keep unemployment under 8 percent and voters would love it. [...] They said people would come to love health care (they didn't), and that people wouldn't resent or remember the way that they'd passed it (they did).  They said the Tea Party was "Astroturf," "racist" and would destroy the Republican Party.

Pelosi: Civil Contempt Lawsuit Against Holder About Vote Suppression.  Fast & Furious was a gun walking scheme set in place by the government.  It caused numerous guns to walk into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and 300+ Mexicans.  There are still 1,000+ guns missing.  They're also linked to numerous other crimes in Mexico.  It has nothing to do with anyone's right to vote.

The Five Worst Ryan Myths.  [#1]  The Ryan budget "ends Medicare." [...] The oft-repeated claim is so blatantly false that the fact-checking website PolitiFact awarded it the dubious honor of "Lie of the Year 2011," having thoroughly debunked the charge in nine separate fact-checks rated either "False" or "Pants on Fire."  Ryan has proposed to restore solvency to Medicare by gradually transforming it from a fee-for-service government program into a "premium support" system.  Americans aged 55 and above would not be affected.

The Return of Mediscare.  On CNN yesterday [8/12/2012], Obama strategist David Axelrod claimed that "most of the experts who have looked at this" have said that Paul Ryan's plan to reform Medicare would put the program "in a death spiral" and "would raise costs on seniors by thousands of dollars."  A day earlier — as Representative Ryan was preparing to accept Mitt Romney's offer to join his ticket — Obama campaign manager Jim Messina had said the plan involved "shifting thousands of dollars in health-care costs to seniors."  None of this is true.  Any expert who looks at Ryan's plan — any intelligent and fair-minded person, really — can tell you the actual worst-case scenario for how much more it could make beneficiaries pay:  $0.

"The challenge is finding anything his campaign says that is true."
The Postmodern President.  The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.

Obama's Campaign One Of The Dirtiest In Modern Times.  It's one thing if a drunk in a bar makes some crazy, unsubstantiated accusation.  But this was the leader of the U.S. Senate telling the American people "The word's out he (Mitt Romney) hasn't paid any taxes in 10 years.  Let him prove he has paid taxes.  Because he hasn't."  When asked how he knows this, Reid said he got the tip from a confidential source who had worked at Bain Capital. [...] Decent people protested Reid's low blow.  But the president of the United States wasn't among the decent people.

Update:
Harry's Source Lied, Media Complied.  A letter from auditors at Price Waterhouse Cooper states unequivocally that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid taxes every year between 1990 and 2009.  This puts an end, once and for all, to irresponsible left-wing media speculation started by Sen. Harry Reid and the Huffington Post back in July.

Details:
Romney the giver.  We learned yesterday that last year Mitt Romney paid $1.9 million in taxes on an income of $14 million — and gave $4 million to charity.  The year before, he made $21.6 million, paid $3 million in taxes and gave $3 million to charity.  So, to recap:  Mitt Romney has, in the past two years, paid almost $5 million in taxes while giving away $7 million.

Where's the Apology, Harry?  Harry Reid owes Mitt Romney an apology.  The Romney campaign on Friday [9/21/2012] released details of the Republican nominee's 2011 federal tax return, along with a signed letter from his tax advisers attesting to the fact that Romney paid taxes from 1990 to 2009.  Their statement flatly contradicts Senate Majority Leader Reid's unfounded and baseless assertions, made repeatedly over the last several months, that Romney paid no taxes at all for 10 years.

Harry Reid Needs To Apologize To Mitt Romney And America.  Now that Mitt Romney has released his taxes with proof that he's paid taxes over the past ten years, it's time for United States Senator Harry Reid of Nevada to "man up!"

Unfit to Govern.  Nancy Pelosi, the leader who warned that we were losing "500 million jobs a month" without the stimulus bill and who said "God bless them" regarding Occupy Wall Street but condemned the tea party as "AstroTurf," has declared that the Republican Party supports E. coli.  True, it's not news when Pelosi mangles the facts.  But until her colleagues demote her, she remains the leader of House Democrats.

New liberal spin: Obama's a conservative.  Academics and liberal pundits have started talking about Obama as right-of-center politically just as he has begun to reach out to independents and moderates in his reelection campaign.  Some are true critics who wish he would do more for labor and welfare recipients and implement tougher carbon limits on coal plants.  Others are trying to portray Obama as a middle-of-of-the-roader attractive to moderate voters, not the liberal Mitt Romney attacks daily.

Democrat Organization Masquerades as Agent of Compromise.  The organization called No Labels, which purports to espouse a "working across the aisle" mentality that will fix the "broken" federal government, is approaching Republican congressmen in order to enlist them in its efforts.

Reverend Al's Laugh Line: My Work Against Voter ID Laws Is 'Non-Partisan'.  Al Sharpton, uttering one of the more absurd laugh lines of this political season, actually claimed on his MSNBC show this evening that his campaign in Florida against voter ID laws is "non-partisan."  Debbie Wasserman-Schultz apparently hadn't gotten the memo about pretending Sharpton was non-partisan.  The Chair of the DNC, also a Dem Florida congresswoman, after delivering a super-partisan diatribe on the issue, giddily thanked Sharpton for his work — before the Reverend hastened to remind viewers that his campaign was "non-partisan."

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn asks NYU to evict Chick-fil-A.  A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain.

More about the left-wing attack on Chick-Fil-A.

Big Lies in Politics.  Perhaps the biggest lie of this election year, and the one likely to be repeated the most often, is that the income of "the rich" is going up, while other people's incomes are going down.  If you listen to Barack Obama, you are bound to hear this lie repeatedly.  But the government's own Congressional Budget Office has just published a report whose statistics flatly contradict this claim.

Sheila Jackson Lee blames Bush for Fast and Furious.  "This Fast and Furious debacle started under the Bush administration," Jackson Lee declared.  "And it is been evidenced by various reports that it started under the ATL office in Arizona unbeknownst to leadership in Washington DC, at least leadership that came in under the Obama administration in this instance, Eric Holder."  Attempts by Democrats to pin the Fast and Furious operation on Bush, however, don't stand.

'Mr. Axelrod is not under oath on news shows.'
Either Holder or Axelrod lying about political meetings, Forbes says.  Virginia Republican Rep. Randy Forbes told The Daily Caller that he thinks either Attorney General Eric Holder or President Barack Obama's chief re-election campaign strategist, David Axelrod, is lying about private political meetings they allegedly had together.

Van Jones: GOP will kill EPA, poison kids.  Van Jones, former green czar to President Obama, suggested that the Keystone XL pipeline could harm America the way crack cocaine destroys the human body as he called for a grassroots environmentalist movement to push for cap and trade.  Jones praised the activists who fought Keystone by developing a drug metaphor.  "They said, 'we're not going to let them jab this dirty needle of a pipeline into America.  We're not going to let them take the dirtiest energy ever created and cook it up and stick it into this country," he said at the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington D.C. this morning [6/18/2012].

More about Van Jones.

Naomi Oreskes, Conspiracy Queen.  Naomi Oreskes is the environmentalist Noam Chomsky.  She thinks that anyone who questions environmentalist doctrine is evil.  Her crusade is to expose the presumed ulterior motives of the critics.  According to Oreskes, if you question the dubious studies concerning secondhand tobacco smoke, you must be in the pay of tobacco companies.  If you question global warming, you must be working for a fossil fuel company.  If you question the DDT ban, you must part of a right wing conspiracy to weaken faith in government regulators.  Oreskes is the author of one of the silliest articles ever to appear in the journal Science.

The Year in Obama Scandals.  With 2011 drawing to a close, it is time to account.  As an early-and-often chronicler of Chicago-on-the-Potomac, I am amazed at the stubborn and clingy persistence of President Barack Obama's snowblowers in the media.  See no scandal, hear no scandal, speak no scandal.  Dartmouth College professor Brendan Nyhan asserted in May — while Operation Fast and Furious subpoenas were flying on Capitol Hill — that "one of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals."  Conveniently, he defines scandal as a "widespread elite perception of wrongdoing."

There are actual facts, and then there are PolitiFacts.  One problem with the popular genre of journalism amusingly referred to as "fact-checking" is that sometimes facts don't reflect badly on the Republicans.  What is a "fact-checker" to do when faced with an actual fact that doesn't help the Democrats?  Easy.  Just pretend it's not really a fact!

Citizens United Becomes the Left's All-Purpose Excuse.  Blaming Citizens United for the decisive Walker victory is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover up the fact that most Wisconsin voters were tired of 15 separate, very divisive, and angry recall campaigns, all mounted because of unhappiness among some voters with some of Walker's policies since he took office.  Most people think you get your next shot at an elected official when the candidate runs for re-election.  Recalls of governors are more like impeachments — something that is done to address corruption, or other criminal behavior (applicable to most recent governors of neighboring Illinois, for instance).

Democrats, Media In Denial Over Obama's Socialist Beliefs.  It should come as no surprise that President Obama stands farther left on the political spectrum than any president in history.  After all, his $831 billion stimulus, TARP, auto industry takeover, crackdown on Wall Street and the banks, housing market manipulation, ObamaCare, wealth redistribution, and demonization of American business and profits are only a few examples of Obama's abiding belief in leftist principles.  What's strange is the mainstream media's continued efforts to debunk the idea that Obama is a socialist — recently going so far as to liken him to President Reagan, an absurd idea if ever there was one.

The Morphing Obama Biography and the Skeptics.  An odd taboo has been created on noticing that the president of the United States has a biography that can adapt itself to the needs of the moment.  Go too far in raising an alarm, and be labeled "birther" and shunned in polite society. [...] Want to see Obama's college transcripts?  That's a hint at affirmative action — racist.  Wonder whether he attended as a foreign student?  That's birther.  Want to know more about Obama's religious beliefs and his relationship with Jeremiah Wright?  Racist.  Note that experts assert that the posted birth certificate is a probable digital forgery, or wonder if the White House was playing games in presenting such a strange document?  Birther.  Ask whether Obama wrote his autobiography?  That's racist and birther.  Vote for the blank box instead of Obama in the Democratic primary?  Racist.

NPR Spreads False Claim About Black Voters 'Targeted' by Voter ID Laws.  National Public Radio, a reliable mirror of left-wing prejudice, has outdone itself with its latest report on voter ID laws, repeating the outright lie that such laws are aimed at discouraging or preventing black people from voting.

Independent voters call Elizabeth Warren's Native American controversy a "non-issue".  Reporters from The Republican and MassLive.com interviewed 24 voters from around the state about the controversy over Warren's Native American ancestry.  Responses broke down largely along party lines:  Republicans said Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, was wrong to list her alleged Native American ancestry in law directories and elsewhere during her time at Harvard.  Democrats said the issue is an irrelevant diversion from Warren's views.

More about Elizabeth Warren.

10 Reasons Obama Must Disclose His College Records.  Desperate, Obama supporters portray all who look into his past as "birthers."  Now they ridicule efforts to find how a pot-smoking slacker got into Columbia and Harvard.

Figures don't lie: Democrats do.  [Scroll down]  It turns out Rex Nutting, author of the phony Marketwatch chart, attributes all spending during Obama's entire first year, up to Oct. 1, to President Bush.  That's not a joke.  That means, for example, the $825 billion stimulus bill, proposed, lobbied for, signed and spent by Obama, goes in ... Bush's column.  (And if we attribute all of Bush's spending for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and No Child Left Behind to William Howard Taft, Bush didn't spend much either.)  Nutting's "analysis" is so dishonest, even The New York Times has ignored it.  He includes only the $140 billion of stimulus money spent after Oct. 1, 2009, as Obama's spending.

Obama Is a Spendthrift — And Here's the Proof.  You wouldn't think that, after adding $5 trillion to the U.S.' debt, President Obama would seriously claim he's a fiscal hawk.  But thanks to a misleading article on CBS' MarketWatch site, that's just what he's doing.

The stunning chart that shows the Obama spending binge really happened.  Nutting's methodology assumes spending in the first year of a presidential term should be credited to the previous president.  OK, fine.  But he attributed a $410 billion spending bill in March of 2009 to George W. Bush even though it was signed by Barack Obama.  Nutting also didn't use inflation adjusted numbers.

Obama's big deficit lie.  On Wednesday [5/23/2012] at a Denver fundraiser, Mr. Obama said he was "running to pay down our debt in a way that's balanced and responsible."  He claimed that "after inheriting a $1 trillion deficit, I signed $2 trillion of spending cuts into law" and that since he has been president, "federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years.  Think about that."  It doesn't take much thought to see that this is the most absurd claim in political memory. [...] The "savings" Mr. Obama signed into law were all based on rosy economic projections, none of which has come true.

Marketwatch's Rex Nuttting On Obama Spending.  It's been going around Facebook and the Twitters.  It's been rated "mostly true" by Politifact.  It is the MarketWatch piece on how Obama hasn't really increased spending all that much.  And I'm [very] tired of picking it apart 140 characters at a time, so I put together this sarcastic infographic showing exactly how sloppy this piece really is.

Obamish.  It has taken some time and work, but our president has invented a new language.  "Obamese" and "Barackish" aren't quite right, so let's call it "Obamish."  Obamish uses English, but it does so to confuse most listeners while really communicating with only a few.  Obamish is a language based on lies — but, when it's effective, it's a language that establishes plausible deniability around the implementation of politically risky, far-left policies.  Obamish is an arrogant language, premised on a need-to-know custodial view of the governed.

Why Jeremiah Wright Matters — Still.  Obama supporters warn, "After four years, how dare you 're-litigate' the matter!"  In fact, it was never "litigated" in the first place.  2008 Republican candidate John McCain feared being accused of playing the race card.  But Wright is not about "race."  It is much, much bigger than that.  Wright is about Obama's character, beliefs and policies.

It's carpetbagging in reverse:
In the House, Is 80 Over the Hill?  When Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost the GOP primary to challenger Richard Mourdock this month, Beltway types saw the voters' verdict as a victory for the tea party and a defeat for the kind of Republican who could work across the aisle.  I think Lugar, 80, lost because he is out of touch with Indiana.  He started the primary registered to vote at an Indiana home he had sold in 1977.  The Lugars have resided in Virginia ever since.  Lugar had been working in Washington for so long that he didn't realize he needed to keep up at least the appearance of being a Hoosier.

The Left and Con Men.  One hazard of living in a world in which things have to be true simply because you want them to be true is that such a world is also highly attractive to con men and women.

When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler

Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy.
Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban.  The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public.  "It removes the protection for Americans," says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law.  "It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information.  There are no checks and balances.  No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false."  According to this official, "senior public affairs" officers within the Department of Defense want to "get rid" of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies — like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

How Convenient: Potentially 180,000 Non-Citizens Capable of Voting in Swing States.  Welcome to the year 2012 where the Obama Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, refuses to admit voter fraud is a real threat to our democratic process while they sue state after state for voter i.d. laws.  "There is no proof that our elections are marred by in person voter fraud," Attorney General Eric Holder.  "Solutions that have been proposed go to things that do not exist, go to a problem that does not exist."

The Editor says...
Yes, voter fraud is a very real problem.

Still Clueless: What Is the Tea Party?  For the Obama camp and mainstream media to have the unmitigated gall to say the Occupy movement is equal to the Tea Party makes for off-the-chain arrogance and shameless lying. [...] No one has been raped at a Tea Party.  Rapes are occurring at OWS.  No property, government or private, has been vandalized or destroyed by Tea Party patriots.  OWS has been trashing businesses.  No feces has been thrown or used to make a point at a Tea Party, but OWS dumped a bucket of feces in a public building.  No arrests have been made at a Tea Party, but we have over 7,000 at OWS.  And yet, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said God bless OWS while calling the Tea Party Nazi.

The Decline of The Washington Post.  [Scroll down]  The [WashingtonPost is running paid ads from the Russian and Chinese governments that are made to look like news sections of the paper.  The ads, some of them six pages long, even carry a facsimile of The Washington Post masthead.  In relatively small print it says they are paid supplements and have nothing to do with the paper's news or editorial departments.  But The Washington Post masthead or logo is more prominently featured. [...] Readers are thus given the impression that the propaganda has the approval of the Post.

The Left's National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed.  The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government.  In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a "permanent progressive majority."  As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, "voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections..."

Situation room
Strange Anomalies in the Famous Situation Room Photo.  The concept of a composite presidency certainly comes as no shock as someone who participated as a contributor and authored evidence presented at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's press conference on Obama's long-form birth certificate report.  On the heels of these events — and taking advantage of an anniversary of the bin Laden raid — are recent campaign tactics to politicize the killing of Osama bin Laden.  With the re-emergence of another round of gutsy call faux heroism regarding Obama's decision, it may also be a good time to revisit the famous "Situation Room" photo released by the White House.  Is it Photoshopped?  Like everything else Obama does to make a political point, is the photo a composite as well?

CBP Director: 'Some of The Safest Communities in America' Are on U.S.-Mexico Border.  The U.S. side of the southwest border is home to "some of the safest communities in America," Gene Garza, the director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)in the Laredo, Texas field office, told lawmakers on Tuesday [5/1/2012].  Garza testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security on May 1 at a hearing entitled, "Using Technology to Facilitate Trade and Enhance Security at Our Ports of Entry."




Elizabeth Warren plays the Affirmative Action system

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Pro-Illegal Immigrant Group Uses Video Tricks to Lie About Hate Crimes.  A slickly produced video from leftist "racial justice" groups Applied Research Center and their publication Colorlines that was promoted by both Media Matters for America and Moveon as part of the Drop The I-Word campaign uses deceptive editing techniques to order to give viewers a false impression that hate crimes against Hispanics are on the rise.

Behind "Fakegate".  What could be more American than encouraging a robust debate on one of the most controversial issues of the day?  The answer — for some on the left, anyway — is:  lie about your opponents and make a pathetic effort to discredit them.  That, at least, is what an activist named Peter Gleick decided to do in a backwards attempt to promote his view that global warming is unquestionably and primarily a man-made phenomenon — one that will cause calamitous changes in the environment.

Trayvon and Zimmerman: The Structure and Elements of a Disinformation Campaign.  "Trayvon," of course, is Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old who was killed two months ago in Florida.  "Zimmerman" is George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot him.  Referring to Martin by his first name and Zimmerman by his last is just one small tactic in the national media campaign to make Martin's death an enduring symbol of white racism.  The Trayvon campaign is accurately described as "disinformation" because deception is a fundamental part of its planning, strategy, and implementation.  Leftist disinformation campaigns are common but not widely understood.  This article is intended to make them easier to recognize, and to provide a framework for additional research and investigation.

MMfA's Response to 'Fast and Furious' Plays Fast and Loose with Facts.  The Department of Justice reportedly referred a journalist to this story by Media Matters for America, "Fast And Fallacious: Pavlich's Book On ATF Operation Filled With Falsehoods."  The "research," presumably written by Matthew Gertz, claims Katie Pavlich's book, Fast & Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-Up, is filled with false claims.

Carney: 'I Never Lie'.  Jay Carney said he never lies in his capacity as White House press secretary at a Friday scholarship lunch hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association.

The Editor says...
Naturally, the rest of the article comprises a list of Carney's lies.

Wasserman Schultz On Senate Budget:  DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and FNC's Bret Baier spar on the Democratic-controlled Senate's inability to present and pass a budget of their own.  Wasserman Schultz, as she has said before, says to ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) because he is the one who is in charge of what goes to a vote and what does not.  Wasserman Schultz, however, said people aren't interested in the "process."

Obama Once Needed 'to Take a Subway or a Bus Just to Find a Fresh Piece of Fruit'.  Barack Obama's vision as president is shaped by the fact that he knows what "it's like to take a subway or a bus just to find a fresh piece of fruit in a grocery store," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said last week.  Donovan seemed to be suggesting that the president had once lived in what First Lady Michelle Obama now refers to as a "food desert" — a place without a nearby supermarket.  The First Lady has launched an initiative to eliminate these places.

The Editor says...
If you believe this Obama anecdote has any basis in actual events, you are wasting your time on this web site.  One would have to be extremely gullible in order to believe that Barack H. Obama once boarded "a subway or a bus" (apparently he can't remember which), in search of "a fresh piece of fruit" of no specific kind.  When was the last time you hopped on a bus to go to a grocery store?  When was the last time you made the trip to your neighborhood grocery store for one piece of fruit?  What variety of fruit induces such urgency in its consumers?  I am completely confident that Barack H. Obama has never made such a journey, and the story is a shameless fabrication.

Why Democrats won't vote on a budget.  Households make budgets.  So do businesses and nonprofits.  There was also a time when Congress made them, but those days are long gone — 1,086 days gone, to be precise.  That's the last time Democrats, who have controlled one or both houses of Congress this whole time, passed a budget resolution through either the House or the Senate. [...] Asked to explain this bicameral failure in the face of trillion-dollar deficits, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, "It's difficult to pass budgets in election years."

Axelrod: Scandals not 'emblematic' of Obama.  David Axelrod, President Obama's top campaign aide, argued that the rash of recent executive branch scandals are not "emblematic" of the president's leadership.  Still, he acknowledged that he might attack a Republican president who faced the same scandals.

Jay Carney & the 3 Hillary Rosens.  When the records of White House visitors since Obama took office were released in October of 2009, some familiar names appeared on the list:  William Ayers, Michael Moore, Jeremiah Wright and Malik Shabbaz.  But no, claimed officials, those people did visit the WH, but they're not the guys you're thinking of.  These are totally different individuals who just happen to have the same name as the famous folks.  Well, OK, if you say so.  This is barely believable in the case of Moore and Ayers; not so much for Shabazz.

The Democrats' Biggest Lie.  There are white lies.  There are ordinary lies.  There are big lies.  And then there are lies that are so huge that it is difficult for a rational person to believe that such a lie has been attempted.  The left's talking points about the GOP, contraception, and women in America in the year 2012 are based on the biggest lie of our century:  the GOP is attempting to ban contraception in America.  This lie cannot stand examination.

Geithner: Obama's Economic Policies Have Been "Remarkably Successful," You Know.  It was not a fun go 'round on the Sunday morning talk circuit for Team Obama yesterday [4/15/2012], underscored by David Axelrod's accidental de facto endorsement of Mitt Romney on Fox News. [...] Treasury Secretary Tim Geither — last seen explaining how Obama has no solution to the gathering debt crisis — informed NBC viewers that the president's economic policies have been "remarkably successful."

Democrats Now Say They Never Said 'War Against Women'?  Turns out the Democrats started it all the way back in February of 2011 and even Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Chair of the DNC and a congresswoman has gone all in with the rhetoric.

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. But Celebrated.  It's a tribute to the collapse of modern education that so many people, from pundits and professors to movie stars and policy makers, continue to repeat stereotypes and slogans that are demonstrably false and, in all likelihood, dangerous to our national health.

Pelosi: 'Congress Has Always Been A Mockery'.  "Congress has always been a mockery," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared in an interview on "The Charlie Rose Show" Monday night [4/2/2012].  Commenting on the public's current low opinion of Congress, Pelosi said "Congress has always been a mockery since the beginning of our country":  "Congress has always — let's put this in perspective — Congress has always been a mockery since the beginning of our country and if you looked at the history of it, they've always been fighting over one thing or another."

Big Oil Profits Aren't Excessive — Left's Rhetoric Is.  One of the most effective arguments used against the oil industry is that it earns "excessive" profits that must be taxed away.  But as with the rest of the left's failed energy agenda, it's based on pure falsehoods.

Lies and Doublespeak of American Planning Association And How to Fight Back.  The words "sustainable development" are used in nearly every federal, state, and local development plan; on nearly every federal, state, and local government web site; and in nearly every public statement on new development policies.  We even had a President's Council on Sustainable Development, created by an Executive Order of Bill Clinton, with the stated purpose to impose the policies of Agenda 21 into United States law.  Many serving on the Council helped write Agenda 21, including John Sawhill of the Nature Conservancy, Jay Hair of the National Wildlife Federation and Michele Perrault, international Vice President of the Sierra Club.  So, the exact words "Sustainable Development" come from UN documents and its exact policies are imposed at the local level — yet, we are told by its proponents, none of these development plans have anything to do with UN policy.  It's an amazing tap dance.  As local residents question their county commissioners, city councilmen, mayors, state legislators, and governors about the origins of their policies, it has become routine for these "representatives of the people" to get a puzzled look on their faces and a wrinkle in their brows, as they say, "I've never heard of Agenda 21."  "That's just a conspiracy theory."

DNC Debbie's Islamist Lie:  The day after an investigative piece we had written exposing the fact that Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was going to give the Keynote Address at an upcoming radical Muslim fundraiser, Wasserman Schultz cancelled her speech.  Her office claimed that she had never agreed to do the event in the first place, but a newly released statement from the Islamist group's leader proves that that was not true.

DNC Chair Denies On Camera 'Jim Crow' Claim She Made — On Camera.  DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) denies — on camera — a claim she made — also on camera — that Republicans want to 'literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws' by enforcing voter ID laws.  "I didn't.  That's not what I said," the DNC chair tells MRCTV when her on-air quote is repeated to her.

McMorris Rodgers: 'Democrats are waging a war on reality'.  Democrats and their supporters have been fundraising, campaigning and lobbying on the idea that Republicans are engaged in a "war on women."  The vice chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, however, alleges that it is the Democrats who are "waging a war on reality."

Poking around the propaganda factory.  [Edward] Bernays worked for Woodrow Wilson, the president who was re-elected because he "kept us out of war" and then promptly took us into World War I, where 117,000 American soldiers were killed in action.  It was Bernays who helped come up with the justification of "bringing democracy to all of Europe," and was delighted to find out that the American public could be easily manipulated with slogans and blatant falsehoods.  Although rarely acknowledged today, he laid the groundwork for modern political propaganda and in particular is the godfather of progressive techniques for pushing public opinions such as those used by moveon.org and Media Matters.

Bob Kerrey eligible for Senate run despite 'troubling' residency hijinks.  Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale on Friday [3/16/2012] allowed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey to remain on the state's May 15 primary ballot, overruling objections by the state Republican Party that Kerrey had repeatedly failed to meet state residency requirements.  Republicans are now vowing to fight that ruling, charging that Kerrey, a last-minute candidate in the race to fill Ben Nelson's Senate seat, may have broken state law by lying on his voter registration forms in his rush to make the ballot.

The Amazing Spinning Democrats.  Dems who attacked Bush economy in 2004 defend Obama's worse record today.

'Frack nation'.  Thanks to the Oscar-nominated documentary "Gasland," many people believe fracking — a process of getting natural gas out of rock — pollutes water and creates wastelands wherever it is used.  But like so many documentaries nowadays, Gasland is high on anecdote and emotion but low on science and fact.  One of the most dramatic images in "Gasland" is footage of a resident lighting his tap water with flames shooting out of the faucet.  As a journalist, I wanted to learn more, so I went to a Q&A with Gasland director Josh Fox.  As I questioned him, Fox eventually admitted that he knew people could light their tap water in these areas decades before fracking came on the scene.

Also posted under Environmental Propaganda Movie Reviews.

Ogletree: I was joking about Obama video clip.  Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree told the Herald he was just kidding when he suggested that a decades-old clip of a young Barack Obama praising and embracing controversial Professor Derrick Bell was kept hidden from voters during the 2008 campaign.  "It was a big joke," Ogletree said.  "If you watch the tape, the audience is laughing when I'm laughing."

The Editor says...
This is a very common Democrat tactic:  They will say something outrageous, and if there are any objections, follow up a few days later with, "Can't you take a joke?"

Democrat Environmental Official Forced To Resign Over Menacing Phone Call.  [Deputy state Energy and Environment Commissioner Jonathan] Schrag Tuesday [2/28/2012] denied making the call, and said he didn't know who made it or how.  He did acknowledge that it was his voice; he said he had made the comment in a social setting, and someone must have recorded it and then found a way to play it in the late-night phone call to [Cynthia] David.  Also, Schrag added, whoever did it somehow managed to make Schrag's cellphone number come up on David's caller ID.

Some 'Splainin' to do in Chicago.  Why did it take an obscure website to break this story when the Sun-Times has those three-musketeer journalists they call the WATCHDOGS?  And when the Trib has equally dogged sleuths like John Kass and John Chase?  Did either paper have knowledge concerning what Illinois Pay To Play reported and decide to sit on the information?  Thanks to the legendary Bob Cooley, yet again, some current and former Chicagoans got some 'splainin' to do.  But, what we'll most likely hear instead is the sound of crickets.

Jarrett: Unemployment checks stimulate the economy.  This evening [2/21/2012], speaking at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said that folks getting and spending unemployment checks is a healthy thing ... because it stimulates the economy.

Gassy Rhetoric: DNC chair blamed Republicans for high gas prices in 2005.  Obama told students in Miami on Thursday that there is "no silver bullet" when it comes to lowering gas prices.  The White House press secretary told reporters this week there are no "magic solutions."  But Democrats haven't always been so consistent in their message.  In fact, one prominent Democrat argued in 2005 that President Bush and Republicans were directly to blame for high gas prices.

Jay Carney reveals Republicans are to blame for Obama killing Keystone XL Pipeline.  It was the initial accidental admission by an administration spokesman that there was something other than credit to be assessed for Obama's torpedoing the job-creating pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas to carry 700,000 barrels of reliable crude oil per day to American refineries from the United States' largest, most reliable and friendliest trading partner, enhancing energy security and keeping billions of dollars a year from flowing to unfriendly regimes in sandy, hot places across the dangerous, environmentally-sensitive seas.

Dem leader Pelosi blames Wall Street for spike in gas prices.  Oil speculators, not a lack of domestic drilling, are to blame for the nation's rising gas prices, the top House Democrat argued Wednesday [2/22/2012].

Obama's Law of Contraception.  I have frequently discussed in this column the concept of Calculated Deception.  That is President Obama's practice of taking advantage of what he calculates average people don't know, and what the Democratic Party-controlled media won't tell them, to mislead them into thinking and believing what will most benefit him politically.  That practice is now spreading across the entire Democrat party.  We are seeing this play out now in particularly ugly fashion in regard to the fabricated issue of contraception.

Al Sharpton and Elijah Cummings Lie About Fast and Furious.  Sharpton recently addressed Fast and Furious on his show, Politics Nation.  Needless to say it was a mess.  Mr. Sharpton starts the show with a flat out lie:  Fast and Furious was just like the programs under President Bush. ... The whole time Rep Cummings sits back and allows Mr. Sharpton to hurl out these obvious lies and accusations.  Shame on you Rep Cummings.  You know all of this is false and you allow it to be said all the same.

Why Pay to Read Lies? Newspapers in Decline.  In 1984, I founded The National Anxiety Center as a clearinghouse for information about scare campaigns that were designed to influence public opinion and policy.  My primary concern was all the lies being told by self-identified environmentalists.  Simply stated, if some Green group tells you something, get a second and third opinion.  They are lying. ... The media has taken their lies at face value and continue to pass them along to a public that is easily fooled and easily scared.  This is especially true of "official" sources such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and others.  All governments lie to their citizens and ours is no exception.

Obama Photoshopped Into Jesse Jackson Jr. Billboard.  Locked in a tough primary challenge, Jesse Jackson Jr. appears to be relying on Photoshop to save his political career.  His campaign recently erected a billboard that depicts Jackson and the president posing together.  The only caveat:  the picture is Photoshopped, according to a report on Chicago's NBC 5 News.

Hoyer: 'The Fact Is You Don't Need a Budget'.  [Scroll down]  The last time the Senate passed a budget was on Apr. 29, 2009.  The federal government has since been operating on funds approved through a series of continuing resolutions (CR), raises in the debt ceiling, and several appropriations bills.  The last CR was passed in mid-December 2011, by both the House and Senate, and signed by President Barack Obama.  That $915-billion deal, along with several appropriations measures, will keep the federal government operating though the end of fiscal year 2012, on Sept. 30.

Wasserman Schultz: Romney is "Extreme Right" and Obama is "Moderate".  Local Congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz is President Obama's biggest cheerleader, and that was apparent in her interview with Jack, Tedd and Corey on AM Tampa Bay.

Holder's fantastical claim about 'Fast and Furious'.  [Eric] Holder wants Americans to believe an obvious fantasy, namely that he didn't know about Fast and Furious until witch-hunting House Republicans made it a highly charged partisan issue a few months ago.  But after reviewing new emails made public by the Justice Department last Friday, it seems clear that accepting Holder's claim at face value would be credulous in the extreme.

WH: 'No Constitutional Rights Issue' in Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says there are no "constitutional rights issues" involved in a regulation issued by the administration that requires all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.

Full-of-Pelosi.  While she was discussing Obamacare she said:  "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."  Unemployment checks create jobs?  Really?  They do according to Nancy:  "It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name."  Fossil fuels make a great alternative to — fossil fuels.  Yes she said this:  "I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels," she said at one point.  Natural gas "is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels," she said at another.

Race for the Smear.  'Politics have no place in health care," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement Thursday [2/2/2012].  That pronouncement may strike New Yorkers, who've spent a decade complying with Mr. Bloomberg's nanny-state mandates on smoking and trans-fats, as ironic.  Most recently, his administration has come under fire for using fake photos of diabetic amputees in subway ads about the dangers of sweetened beverages.

NYC 'food police' caught in an ad lie.  A fear-inducing advertisement, posted around New York City, warning that too much sugary soda will give you diabetes and cause you to lose limbs has come under scrutiny because the amputee in the poster lost his leg due to Photoshop, not diabetes.

Dem lawmaker says 20,000 Keystone XL jobs 'not that many'.  Chicago Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) drew fire from Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Wednesday [1/25/2012] when she dismissed the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, suggesting the 20,000 jobs it could create were relatively insignificant in the scheme of the greater economy.

Is Obama 'Untethered to the Facts'? Are his lips moving?  Well, every commercial needs to grab the viewer's attention and this one does just that.  They come out fighting with "Secretive oil billionaires are attacking Obama."  That's an attention grabber, eh?  Right from the get-go, 'secretive oil billionaires.'  No names, no pictures, just a statement.

Hoyer: No President in 30 Years Has Shown Obama's 'Willingness to Compromise'.  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said today [1/24/2012] that no president in the last 30 years has "reached out as seriously and sincerely" to "work together in a bipartisan fashion" than President Barack Obama.

Greens Target Pro-Life Evangelicals with EPA Propaganda Blitz.  [The Evangelical Environmental Network] announced it had just completed a quarter-million-dollar radio, television, and billboard advertising campaign in nine states and the District of Columbia aimed at convincing evangelical and Catholic voters that supporting the new EPA regulations is the "pro-life" position they should be urging their Senators and Congressmen to take.  Incredibly, the EEN ads bestow a "pro-life" label on politicians with a voting record 100 percent in favor of abortion — because they support the new mercury regulations.

Documents Show Justice's Breuer Misled On 'Furious'.  Attorney General Eric Holder insists "nobody at the Justice Department has lied" about the gun-running scandal Fast and Furious.  That in itself is a lie, as his deputy's emails prove.

Did someone mention the Fast and Furious scandal?

DNC Chair Denies Unemployment Has Gone Up Under Obama.  Gretchen Carlson on FOX News interviews Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair. [Video]

Obama's imperiled America.  The administration will get a free pass in making political hay out of the bin Laden takedown.  The same critics who grumbled that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks should be off limits for President George W. Bush in the 2004 election will be more than willing to put bin Laden's death at the center of Mr. Obama's case for reelection.

White House gets their Bible wrong.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, in his briefing [on 11/1/2011], quoted a widely-known motto but made a mistake by mis-attributing it to the Bible.  "Well, I believe the phrase from the Bible is, 'The Lord helps those who help themselves,'" he said.  But the White House transcript noted the error with an asterisk and the text:  "This common phrase does not appear in the Bible."

Massive Fraud Uncovered in Work by Social Psychologist.  When colleagues called the work of Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel too good to be true, they meant it as a compliment.  But a preliminary investigative report released on October 31 gives literal meaning to the phrase, detailing years of data manipulation and blatant fabrication by the prominent Tilburg University researcher.

On FOIA, Obama wants a license to lie.  Obama's Justice Department has proposed a regulatory change that would weaken the Freedom of Information Act.  Under the new rules, the government could falsely respond to those who file FOIA requests that a document does not exist if it pertains to an ongoing criminal investigation, concerns a terrorist organization, or a counterintelligence operation involving a foreign nation.  There are two problems with the Obama proposal to allow federal officials to affirmatively assert that a requested document doesn't exist when it does.

Justice Dept. proposes lying, hiding existence of records under new FOIA rule.  A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don't exist.  The Justice Department has proposed the change as part of a large revision of FOIA rules for federal agencies.  Specifically, the rule would direct government agencies who are denying a request under an established FOIA exemption to "respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist," rather than citing the relevant exemption.

White House backs Biden's rape, murder remarks.  The White House on Thursday [10/20/2011] defended Vice President Joseph R. Biden's rhetoric that more Americans will be raped and killed if Republican lawmakers reject part of President Obama's jobs bill that would pay for more police officers on the street.

Biden's Criminal Lies.  Vice President Joe Biden's challenge to the GOP that blocking the jobs bill would mean more rapes and murders is beneath even the remarkably low standard he's set for that office.  His claim is also utterly bogus.

Infallible Obama.  Democrats argue that as bad as things are in the country, they could be worse.  Earlier this month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Democrat, claimed that without the 2009 economic-stimulus plan, unemployment would be 14.5 percent, a ludicrous claim not even asserted by the cheerleaders of the original nearly-trillion-dollar stimulus plan.

Obama Lies For "A Higher Truth".  It's quite telling that President Obama couldn't find a highly qualified teacher in the Boston Public Schools to talk about who is actually unemployed.  It would seem that liberals who accused President Bush of lying about WMD don't care if President Obama lies if it promotes a cause with which they agree.  It's OK for President Obama to lie if it is in service of "a higher truth."

Ben & Jerry's Pushes Occupy Defacement of Currency.  Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream Ben Cohen is launching a new campaign to help his friends in the Occupy movement.  No, he isn't donating his millions of dollars to charity.  He's going to help distribute rubber stamps which can be used to deface dollar bills.  Cohen's goal is to get "thousands of people to buy rubber stamps and stamp any currency that comes into their possession."

'Anyone' Can See Economy's Improving, DNC Chair Insists.  DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted to CNSNews.com yesterday that "anyone' can see that the economy is improving ... Even the 115,730 people who lost their jobs last month (the most in more than two years), or the American Airlines workers faced with the danger that their employer is going to have to file for bankruptcy?

The Bugaboo of the Left.  Contrary to the Marxist "working class" myth, the left has always been a movement largely of and by intellectuals.  Their strong suit is propaganda, and they owe their undeniable successes in propaganda warfare to acting in a highly disciplined fashion and strictly hewing to their own rules of the game.

Liberals and Magical Math.  Nancy Pelosi has made what could quite possibly be the most imbecilic utterances ... regarding job creation and stimulating the economy:
 •  Unemployment benefits "injects demand into the economy."
 •  Unemployment benefits "is a job creator."
 •  "Unemployment insurance, the economists tell us, return $2 for every $1 that is put out there for unemployment insurance."
 •  It creates jobs to help reduce the deficit.
 •  "This is one of the biggest stimuluses to our economy.  Economists will tell you this money is spent quickly.  It injects demand into the economy, and is job creating."
 •  Unemployment insurance "creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name because, again, it is money that is needed for families to survive, and it is spent.  So it has a double benefit.  It helps those who have lost their jobs, but it also is a job creator."
 •  "It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance.  The biggest bang for the buck."

Why Liberals Love Compromise.  Set up a new half-way point between a new status quo and liberal utopia and you move even closer.  Get the idea?  The game is a "heads I win, tails you lose" schoolyard setup.  By playing it at all, America never becomes more conservative, government never becomes smaller, schools never become more accountable to parents' wishes, spending is never cut, and on and on.

No, Bush Was Not Responsible For Solyndra.  It's true that the Solyndra loan application was filed during the Bush years, and kicked around with varying levels of enthusiasm.  Evidently proceeding on the assumption that their remaining supporters are idiots, the Obama people just decided to leave out the part of the story where the Bush team voted against the Solyndra loan, for precisely the reasons Obama tried to cover up when he was pushing it through.

Lib Activist Physically Assaults GOP Lawmaker in Wisconsin, Media Silent.  A known liberal activist that has for months been stalking several Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin, verbally abusing them, has finally crossed the line into a physical attack.  So ... where is the Old Media to chronicle this assault?

Being a Christian Ain't What It Used to Be.  [Anders] Breivik isn't the first mass murderer converted to Christianity by the Church of the Holy Left.  "I am a complete pagan," Adolf Hitler proclaimed.  He killed thousands of priests in concentration camps and established Nazism as a quasi state religion.  Yet, leftists routinely invoke the irreligious German as a forerunner of American religious conservatives.

The Left Owns the Election Law Industry.  Activists posing as nonpartisan academics, like Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center or Tova Wang of DEMOS, disingenuously claim voter fraud doesn't exist.  Wang is particularly dishonest.  She released a report after the 2010 elections that there was no voter fraud.  Wang's conclusion came only two days after the election, hardly enough time for the careful study necessary for such a sweeping conclusion.  Nevertheless, sycophants in the media lapped it up.

Dem. Lawmaker: 'We Don't Have a Deficit Problem Right Now'.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) argued at a news conference with the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus that the United States does not currently have a budget crisis.  "That's the real crisis — the unemployment, not the deficit.  We don't have a deficit problem right now.  In the long term, we have a deficit problem — we've got to get it under control but not right now," said Nadler at the Capitol on Wednesday [7/27/2011].

Kerry spokesman stripped of Silver Star.  John Kerry has to be hoping this doesn't become a trend.  As one might imagine, the media has ignored this story.  Even the Navy Times declined to post its own article online.

Obama Lies About Mom, Networks Yawn.  In 1996, Gore moved the Democrats to tears by claiming that when his sister Nancy died of cancer in 1984, he vowed then and there to oppose the tobacco industry.  How courageous — and completely untrue.  The Times found Gore campaigned in 1988 boasting of his tobacco-farming prowess.  He lied through his teeth.  Network coverage from ABC, CBS or NBC on this whopper, even as Gore prepared a presidential run?  Zero.

Pre-Existing Prevarication.  During his 1996 reelection campaign, President Bill Clinton famously recounted "vivid and painful memories of black churches being burned in my own state when I was a child."  It was a moving story, and it helped shore up his sagging support among minority voters.  It was also a lie.

Negotiating with Lunatics.  Until recently, I was willing to believe that President Obama and his party were merely way-out-leftists, even Marxists.  But after listening to their response to last week's horrific economic news, I can only conclude that today's Democratic Party has lost its collective mind.  In this nurse's expert opinion, Obama and the Democrats are crazy. ... Only a crazy person would insist that we raise taxes in a recession.  Only a crazy person would tell us that Social Security is just fine.  Only a crazy person believes that people won't vote based on the unemployment rate.

Feds End Criminal Probe Of O'Donnell.  O'Donnell's lawyer alleged in a letter to the U.S. Attorney's office that Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, knowingly made false statements in the complaint against O'Donnell.

You are what your record says you are.  Last month, David Gregory tripped up new DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz up with a chart detailing President Obama's economic record.  It showed unemployment up 25 percent since Obama was inaugurated, debt up 35 percent, and gas up more than 100 percent.  Wasserman Schultz lamely tried to argue that the economy was getting better, to which Gregory replied:  "Americans don't believe that's the case."  This Sunday [7/10/2011] was Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's turn and he fared no better.  At one point he even blamed the weather for Obama's terrible economic record.

Budget Lies and Distortions.  It's amazing how often an absurd idea becomes an article of faith among Democrats, who then — with the help of their puppets in the media — repeat it over and over again.

President Obama's war on facts.  President Obama's "corporate jet" line from his press conference Wednesday [6/29/2011] is crashing along with a host of other claims that fact-checkers dismissed in the hours after his speech.  Obama referred to private jets six times in his remarks, essentially describing the Republican position on how to decrease rampant deficits as being "willing to compromise their kids' safety so that some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break."

How the Democrats Nearly Destroyed the Economy.  In 1963, a popular Democratic president was assassinated by a Marxist named Oswald, who had actually defected to the Soviet Union and returned to the U.S. with a Soviet wife, was an active member of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and had attempted to assassinate a right-wing general named Edwin Walker earlier in the year.  Yet those who write history found these facts inconvenient.  They created a different history in which the "atmosphere of hate" in the southern city of Dallas, Texas, led to the terrible political violence.  In other words, it was political conservatism that led to John F. Kennedy's assassination.

The Honor of Leftists and Conservatives.  The political news is filled with three personal scandal stories:  Anthony Weiner is resigning because of his lying; John Edwards has been indicted, basically for lying; and the jury is still out (literally) in the trial of Rod Blagojevich for lying.  Can anyone connect the dots of the broader political story?

Did Elizabeth Warren lie to Congress?  Newly obtained documents raise the question of whether Elizabeth Warren, a top aide to President Obama and liberal darling, lied to Congress in downplaying her role in ongoing settlement negotiations over a major legal dispute.  Warren, who has said she is "advising" the President on establishing the nascent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [CFPB] — a new federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that does not obtain any legal authority until July 21 — is actually leading the organization as if it already existed, documents show.

The Alternate Universe of Democrats.  When confronted with the news that the economy has gotten worse under President Obama, both the President and Congresswoman [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] have offered up answers that display a stunning disregard for what is happening with the economy.

A Look Back At The Great Church Fire Propaganda Campaign.  Fifteen summers ago, America's news media informed us that black churches throughout the South were being torched by white racists.  The purported wave of arsons dominated the airwaves and generated thousands of newspaper articles.  Pundits, politicians and preachers decried the terrorism and the hate it represented.  In fact, it never happened.

The President's Low-Tax Lie.  In the left's endless attempt to push tax hikes on our beleaguered economy, it's now peddling the bogus claim that tax rates are the lowest they've been in 60 years.

Goodwin Liu Must Be Stopped.  President Obama recently nominated Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, looking to shift an already-radical panel even further to the left. ... He actually states that the Constitution mandates "a minimal safety net" (where?), "basic employment supports" (where?), "health insurance" (where?), "child care" (where?), "transportation subsidies" (where?), "job training" (where?), and a "robust earned income tax credit" (where?).  Apparently Liu isn't just ideologically driven, he's constitutionally illiterate.

'Weinergate'.  Rep. Weiner stands accused of sending a lewd picture to a young girl via Twitter.  He says he didn't do it.  At first his office said his Twitter account was "hacked."  Now he says it was all a "prank."  This is an important change in language because to claim his account was hacked is to claim he was a victim of a crime.  Meanwhile a prank is something he can wave away.

Did Rep. Weiner Violate House Rules?  According to the House regulations, any Member "must immediately report any unauthorized access or unusual system activities to the House Information Resources Security Office (202-226-6448).  HIR will investigate any breaches of the Internet security system."  This rule would apply to Rep. Anthony Weiner's claim of a hacker gaining access to his official facebook and twitter accounts.

Salon Writer Admits Embellishing Abortion Story.  [Mikki] Kendall's entire Salon story was built upon her accusation that a heartless, negligent, anti-abortion doctor was willing to let her hemorrhage to death rather than provide a life-saving abortion.  And she has now admitted her story was a big, fat, fabricated lie.

DNC Chair: Republicans Believe Illegal Immigration 'Should be a Crime'.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, denounced Republicans last week for believing illegal immigration "should in fact be a crime."  "I think the president was clearly articulating that his position — the Democratic position — is that we need comprehensive immigration reform," said Wasserman Schultz at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast on May 26.

Don't Believe What Teachers Tell You.  Teachers unions say California must not roll back annual increases in public school spending.  And they're not too careful about facts when they make that case.  Teachers frequently claim, for example, that California is in either 49th or 50th place among the 50 states in per-pupil spending.  In fact, the Golden State is 31st in per-pupil spending.

Who's Really Making Things Up?  A House panel grilled Elizabeth Warren, the interim director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), this week.  Republicans on the committee want to strip the agency of its power before it even begins on July 21.  The agency's purpose is to oversee rules regulating loans, credit cards and mortgages for consumers.  Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the chairman of the subcommittee, accused Warren, a Harvard professor currently on leave from the university, of lying to Congress about her role in helping state officials negotiate a settlement with mortgage servicers that improperly foreclosed on homeowners.

Ravening Wolf at America's Door.  In open societies where the masses go about the daily grind of getting by, the Marxists are out there turning society upside-down.  Wrong is presented as right; evil as good.  Once enough tables have been sufficiently turned upside-down, the Marxists turn around and blame it on the other side.  Above all else the Marxists excel at the fine art of projection.  Because they lack empathy of others, and like textbook psychopaths have no conscience, they don't even mind getting caught.

DNC chairwoman doesn't drive American.  The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) appears to drive a foreign car, despite criticizing Republican presidential candidates for supposedly favoring foreign auto manufacturers.

Compare and Contrast.  Nancy Pelosi, press conference, September 7, 2006:  ["][E]ven if [Osama bin Laden] is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late.  He has done more damage the longer he has been out there.  But, in fact, the damage that he has done ... is done.  And even to capture him now I don't think makes us any safer.["]  Nancy Pelosi, earlier today [5/2/2011]:  ["]The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. ...["]

Left's Ideology Is Untethered From The Facts.  Last month, Barack Obama was asked by an interviewer from Texas why he is so unpopular there.  Obama replied:  "Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for, you know, historic reasons."  Well, yes, "always" — if you believe, as many baby boomers seem to, that the world began when they became more or less sentient.  But, for the record: ... Other than during Reconstruction, Texas did not elect a Republican senator until 1961 (John Tower) and did not elect a second one (Phil Gramm) until 1984, and there were not as many as three Texas Republicans in the U.S. House until 1968.  Republicans were not a majority of the state's congressional delegation until 2005.

Krauthammer: It's Funny to Hear Liberals ... After What They Did to Bush.  As the discussion on PBS's "Inside Washington" turned to the President finally revealing his birth certificate, and liberals on the panel including the Washington Post's Colby King expressed disgust about how the White House resident was being treated, Krauthammer marvelously replied, "I think it's somewhat amusing to hear people on the left talking about how awful it is to delegitimize a president when they spent half a decade saying that George Bush stole the election"

Political Shock And Awe, Please.  Of course nobody believes the Democrat politicians who say that Republicans just love to kill old people, children, and women.  But the objective is not to make the accusation believable, it is to smear the Republicans just enough so that an unpleasant odor should stick to them.  Will it work?  There is no reason to think it won't.  So far it has worked every time.

The "Smart" Meters Cometh.  If you want something to appear beneficial usually you just have to add certain adjectives to accomplish that feat.  Tired of your old laundry detergent?  Try the "new and improved", "eco-friendly," version that will give you "whiter whites"!  You want someone to not know what you are really up to but do not want to technically lie to them either?  Just adapt words and even invent new phrases.  Hey, you see those troops over there?  They are not at war.  They are part of a "kinetic military action"!  Liberals are not socialist, they are "progressive"!  Abortion is not murder; it is a "choice"!

California Democrats rally around unions.  Framing the union battles taking place across the nation as a fundamental attack on working Americans, Democratic leaders on Saturday accused Republicans of scapegoating public employees for political gain.  "They are intent on dismantling the very economic ladder that lifted our middle class and made California the richest and greatest state in the greatest nation in the world," Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told thousands of delegates and supporters gathered at the Democrats' annual convention in Sacramento.

The Editor says...
When you look at the state's net worth, California is not the richest state in the country, by any means.  California is broke, and nearly all the blame should be assigned to left-wing tax-and-spend Democrats.

Weiner's Social Security scam.  Democrats never miss an opportunity to pander to older voters by demagoguing on Social Security — and Brooklyn Rep. Anthony Weiner seems only too glad to lead the way.  Weiner, who dreams of becoming mayor, has introduced a bill to require a two-thirds majority in Congress to enact any changes in Social Security — a near-impossible hurdle.  His goal:  to "defend" an entitlement system he insists is "fiscally responsible" and fundamentally sound.

Durbin Hearing to Fuel the Muslim Victimhood Myth.  The FBI reports that anti-Jewish hate crimes are nearly eight times more common than anti-Muslim attacks — yet Sen. Richard Durbin (D.-Ill.) announced last week that he was going to hold a Senate hearing not on the resurgence of anti-Semitism, but on "anti-Muslim bigotry."  For the truth-adverse Left, it was just another day at the office.

NPR hates you.  When the tape was aired, Mr. Schiller issued a statement that his offensive language was "counter to NPR's values" and, incredibly, "not reflective of [his] own beliefs."  NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller, who is an ideological sister but not a blood relative of Mr. Schiller, rushed out a statement saying his remarks were "contrary to what NPR stands for and are deeply distressing to reporters, editors and others who bring fairness, civility and respect for a wide variety of viewpoints to their work everyday."  Does any thoughtful person believe either of these announcements?  It is extremely doubtful that anyone — including the flacks who wrote the statements, the lawyers who signed off on them and the people in whose name they were released — believes a word of them.

Secret Foreign Money At NPR.  NPR made a big deal of trumpeting their refusal to accept this fat donation.  "The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept," their official response declared.  As it turns out, they were lying through their teeth.  NPR was not only happy to accept millions from the men posing as Muslim Brotherhood operatives, it volunteered to help them avoid government scrutiny by remaining anonymous.

The congressman told a teachable story this morning.  One problem:  It's untrue.
Rep. Keith Ellison's Bigotry.  This morning [3/10/2011], Rep. Keith Ellison (Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, Minn.) appropriated a hearing on Islamic radicalism by weeping his way through a speech about whata-buncha-nasty-bigots Americans are.  He chose as his case in point Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani-born Muslim American who rushed to lower Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to assist in rescue efforts, and died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

The tears of a clown.  Yesterday, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison started crying during Republican Congressman Peter King's hearing on Muslim radicalism.  Ellison was describing the death of Mohammad Salam Hamdani, a Muslim killed on 9/11, when his voice began to crack.  I was watching the hearing at home, and I instantly felt sorry for the guy.  Here he was defending his faith and those who hold it, and it was overwhelming.  Then, I thought:  this dude is faking it.  For one thing, the sequence seemed off.  When people cry, the process is pretty much the same.

The Politics of Social Security Reform.  Democrat politicians are waging yet another media campaign to block Social Security reform.  Late last month Senator Durbin claimed, "Social Security does not add one penny to the deficit."  Two days later, a White House aide assured voters that Social Security reform is "not one you care about" and President Obama's budget director opposed reform in a USA Today op-ed.  The Hill then quoted half a dozen more Democrats singing from the same anti-reform songbook.

7 Non-Political Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives:  As Charles Krauthammer once said, To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law:  Conservatives think liberals are stupid.  Liberals think conservatives are evil.  If you think your opponents are evil, you tend to be okay with using tactics that you would describe as "evil" under other circumstances to fight them.  If you're up people you compare to Nazis, it's easy to tell yourself that lying to beat them isn't so bad.

Rangel says U.S. 'not broke,' should reject GOP cuts.  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) on Wednesday [3/9/2011] said the federal government is not broke, and that Congress should not begin cutting programs in the way that Republicans have proposed.  "Make no mistake about it, we're not broke," Rangel said in a floor discussion with Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) "It wasn't that we overcompensated public employees.  They didn't cause this deficit."  Rangel's remarks go against those made by Republicans, who argued that continued deficit spending is unsustainable.

The Truth About Wisconsin.  The fundamental issue in Wisconsin — and states considering similar budget cuts — is not whether government employees should contribute more (in Wisconsin's case, more being merely something) to their health or pension plans — though that is important.  Rather, it is whether workers should have the right to say no.  If passed, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's emergency budget will allow workers to opt out of joining a union and still keep their jobs.  It would allow workers to vote every year on whether they want to keep their union. ... Unions allege that, if Walker's budget bill is passed, state employees will be subject to arbitrary disciplinary actions and firings.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

ICE Director: U.S.-Mexico Border Is Secure As It Has Been in 20 Years.  When asked if it was necessary to seal the southwest border to combat transnational drug gangs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton did not directly answer but said the border is more secure now than in the last 20 years and that crime is part of life in the United States.

Eleanor Clift Asks "Since When Does Scott Walker Represent 'The People'?"  Maybe someone should have told Eleanor that Walker won in 2010 by roughly the same margin Barack Obama did in 2008, as she certainly thinks the current White House resident represents "the people".  More importantly, as is clearly evident in Clift's protestations, Democrats elected with union money represent the people.  Republicans supported by individuals don't.  As I've said for years, it takes a lot of rationalizations to be a liberal these days.

Are Public Unions Speeding American's Destruction?  The ongoing public employees' union protests in Wisconsin against the (minor) cut in benefits witnesses these protestors comparing their struggle to those of the popular, spontaneous public uprising raging all over the Middle East.  Such a claim however is ludicrous and laughable.  The public in the Middle Eastern countries is revolting against government tyranny.  On the contrary, if the demands of the Wisconsin protestors are heeded, it would result in high taxes and therefore, more government tyranny on the public.  Any claims by the unions portraying themselves as pro-children or pro-public to justify their demands are blatantly false.  Make no mistake, a victory for the unions' means greater tyranny and suffering for the public.

Sick Democrats and Mob Rule.  On Thursday, more than 1,000 teachers called in sick.  What kind of message does it send for a teachers to call in sick when she is not sick?  Most people call that lying.  Furthermore, is it not fraud when they call in sick while spending the day shouting and carrying protest signs at the state capitol and being paid sick leave by the taxpayers?  The numbers are revealing.  Wisconsin teachers average $89,000 a year in salary and benefits.  The average U.S. private sector worker gets $61,000.

The Wisconsin Protests and the New Medical Ethics.  One blogger posted the fake "sick" note he received from the doctors.  He observed, "I am not a teacher, but I managed to get a note.  They did not ask for any identification or where I might teach.  They were literally handing these out to anyone and everyone."  University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse spoke with one of these doctors who was completely unapologetic for his actions, saying that it was "not dishonest" but rather "an ok thing to do" because it was in the interest of "social activism."  These sorts of moral rationalizations are an entirely predictable outcome of the new form of "progressive" medical ethics being taught to American medical students.

Wisconsin Myths and Facts:
MYTH:  [Governor] Walker, if he succeeds, will make Wisconsin peculiarly hard on its employees.
FACT:  The governor proposes that public employees contribute 12.6 percent of the cost of their health care.  That is still less than half of the national average.  He proposes that they pay less than 6 percent of their earnings toward their pensions that is in line with the national average.
MYTH:  Walker is an extremist taking away collective-bargaining rights.
FACT:  He's taking away the right to collectively bargain on pensions and benefits, but not on wages — though wage increases will be capped at the rate of inflation.  This is a very modest and sensible reform.

More about the teachers' unions and the Wisconsin protests.

Bogus statistic from Wisconsin union backers spreads in media despite being debunked.  On Wednesday [2/23/2011], PolitiFact debunked the claim by Wisconsin union supporters that Virginia, which bans collective bargaining in state agencies, ranks 44th in the nation in ACT/SAT scores, compared to Wisconsin ranking 2nd.  For example, it noted that in 2009, Virginia ranked 22nd in ACT scores, while Wisconsin ranked 13th.  As PolitiFact notes, this claim was originally disseminated by the Wisconsin Democratic Party, which has now retracted it.  (Although PolitiFact didn't note this, in 2010, Virginia actually beat Wisconsin in ACT scores, with Virginia ranked 12th and Wisconsin ranked 17th.  Unlike Wisconsin, Virginia is a right-to-work state that bars forcing employees to pay union dues.  Collective bargaining with government employee unions is currently mandated in Wisconsin, but banned in Virginia).

The "Judicial Activism" Ploy.  The new definition of "judicial activism" defines it as declaring laws unconstitutional.  It is a simpler, easily quantifiable definition.  You don't need to ask whether Congress exceeded its authority under the Constitution.  That key question can be sidestepped by simply calling the judge a "judicial activist."  A judge who lets politicians do whatever they want to, whether or not it violates the Constitution, never has to worry about being called a judicial activist by the left or by most of the media.  But the rest of us have to worry about what is going to happen to this country if politicians can get away with ignoring the Constitution.

We hold these lies to be self-evident...  This won't surprise you, but Sen. Harry Reid told a big whopper the other night right before the vote on Obamacare.  Repealing the unconstitutional law, the Nevada hack harrumphed, "would kick kids off their parents' health insurance."  Kids?  At exactly what age do you stop being a "kid"?  Obamacare says you're a "kid" at age 26.  But if you're an illegal alien, you get to be a kid a lot longer — the late, unlamented Dream Act for illegal aliens defined children as any "undocumented workers" under the age of 35.

Had enough 'stimulus'? Not Obama.  There is an inherently profound disconnect when Democrats actually believe you can both cut spending and increase spending while meaningfully cutting the deficit.  It's a trick of accounting because spending increases and cuts are usually factored in over a period of many years so the Democrats will maximize their PR by pointing to the several years of spending cuts while hiding the budgetary "out year" spending.  It's not a new trick, but it's still dishonest no matter which party does it.

Frances Fox Piven's Violent Agenda.  A leading light of the Democratic Socialists of America claims she is not a socialist and, after urging the unemployed to emulate the Greek rioters, claims she is not inciting violence.

When Incivility Is OK:  Does the civil political discourse that the left is demanding include Democrats likening Republicans to Nazis?  There's a good chance the country will get a close look this week at hypocrisy in action.

The 'Business' of Government.  Government is not and never will be a business — although we would certainly benefit from having it run like one.  Most politicians are not and never will be businesspeople.  Yet neither of those things has ever stopped American politicians from conflating government with business or presenting themselves as management.

No Apology Here: Congressman Cohen Defends Nazi Comment.  ABC News Jonathan Karl reports:  Congressman Steve Cohen, D-TN, says he has no intention of apologizing for comparing Republican rhetoric with Nazi propaganda.  "I didn't say anything that deserves an apology or requires an apology," Cohen told ABC News.  "I would never refer to Republican colleagues in an untoward way, I was talking about political propaganda."

So much for civility.  Come back and see me in five years when, unless they are stopped, there won't be any private insurance companies.  Driving companies out of the market by making it impossible to make money offering insurance to consumers is a feature, not a bug of this monstrosity.

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Health.  In the December 15 issue of America's most prestigious medical pubication, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Eric Friedman and Eli Adashi write, "In passing The Affordable Care Act, the United States took a giant, if partial, step toward joining nations wherein the right to health constitutes an inalienable moral and legal right."  Notice how the authors replace the term health care with just the term health.  As a medical doctor, I strongly disagree that health is or should be a human right.

Harry Reid:  'The American people love government'.  Congress has generated its lowest approval rating in decades.  President Barack Obama is treading the 50 percent line with his approval ratings.  Yet whether the American people know it or not, they love their government — or so says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Speaker Pelosi Leaves With a Whopper.  At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, "Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us.  It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go."  The numbers tell a different story.  When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04.  The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi's Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 — a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years.

Playing the Violence Card.  Our lefty friends have just come off a pretty a good century playing the blame game on conservatives for "violence."  Whether it was corporate goons whacking union organizers at the Battle of the Overpass or racist Southern cops turning the fire hoses on civil-rights marchers or Chicago cops attacking the "kids" in 1968, you knew who the good guys were.  Somehow the story of union thugs attacking Tea Party folks, or Reverend Al Sharpton inciting anti-Korean riots, or anti-WTO anarchists vandalizing downtown Seattle didn't have quite the same resonance with the American people.  So our lefty friends play the right-wing violence card every chance they get.

The Century-Old Gravestone With Current Appeal (To Some).  I don't know if the Democrats are genuinely sincere about their position or just plain dumb, but the idea that this country needs to extend unemployment benefits for those who've been getting checks for nearly two years has no merit at all. ... [T]he Democrats insist that extending the unemployment benefits somehow will stimulate the economy.  They are either brain dead or malicious.

Save Us From the Intellectuals.  Extending Bush tax cuts for those making $250,000 or more would not be a giveaway.  We're not talking about the government's money, but money earned by individuals.  Only leftists believe that all income is the property of the state and that the amount remaining after income taxes is a gift from the government to the individual.  Moreover, the tax rates we're discussing have been in place since 2003.  To extend those rates would not be a cut.  To fail to extend them would constitute a tax increase.  I suppose "intelligence" doesn't require the honest use of terminology.

Tax Cuts Clearly Explained.  [Scroll down]  As usual, this is not about anything the Democrats say it is about.  If they are worried about the deficit, why did they add to the deficit to get this deal?  Republicans would have compromised by simply extending the current rates for two years instead of permanently.  Obama saw that bet and raised unemployment insurance, earned income tax credit, American opportunity tax credit, child tax credit, payroll tax, and investment incentives.  Congressional Democrats saw that bet and raised it ethanol and alternative fuels subsidies.  This is all about the Democrats rewarding their interest groups and blaming the certain deficit on Republicans.

The radical art of deliberate offense.  In "Rules for Radicals," Saul Alinsky advises leftist organizers to antagonize opponents.  "The real action is in the enemy's reaction," he writes in his 1971 classic strategy manual.  "The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength."  The latest Alinsky-like assault involves a perennial tactic:  putting sacrilegious or indecent imagery on display at taxpayer expense and then screaming "censorship" when people predictably object.

Dems pull another dirty election fraud scheme out of the hamper.  Just when you think the Dems have thought of it all, another corrupt attempt at scamming the election process enters their heads.  This time it involved PA US House #8, Bucks County, just north of Philadelphia.  The race between Dem incumbent Patrick Murphy and his GOP contender Mike Fitzpatrick.  When the Dems were fearing a loss of this seat they cooked up an elaborate scheme in an attempt to grab more Dem votes, their prey this time:  absentee voters.  The scheme entailed a letter from the fictitious "Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office" they conjured up, warning people "your vote may be in jeopardy if you don't return the enclosed application by Oct. 20."  Only one little problem.  The enclosed return envelope was directed to a Dem P.O. Box in Bristol, PA, not the county Board of Elections office.

School Employee Sends Out Anti-Tea Party E-Mail.  An Florida school official is taking heat for sending an e-mail calling Tea Partiers "dangerous, radical hate mongers" who want to take the nation back to the days of the Ku Klux Klan.  "These people hate Blacks," the e-mail says.  "They hate Latinos.  They hate Gays.  They hate Muslims and have made many anti-Semitic statements."

The Great Democrat Pre-Election Charade.  Nothing is more laughable than Democrats campaigning on platforms of "fiscal responsibility" and "reining in spending."

Debt Has Increased $5 Trillion Since Speaker Pelosi Vowed, 'No New Deficit Spending'.  When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave her inaugural address as speaker of the House in 2007, she vowed there would be "no new deficit spending."  Since that day, the national debt has increased by $5 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

Typical Democrat wants to re-write history.
Dem wants House to 'disavow' Clinton impeachment.  On the day after Republicans reclaimed control of Congress, a Democratic lawmaker said he will introduce a measure that would "disavow" the impeachment of former President Clinton.  Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.) said that the resolution is necessary so that Democrats and Republicans can work together in a bipartisan fashion.

Dems target conservative speech.  Attacks by the White House against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce aren't about "disclosure."  They're about disarmament.  While posing as campaign finance champions, the ultimate goal of the Democratic offensive is to intimidate conservative donors, chill political free speech and drain Republican coffers.

Constructing the Buzzword 'Extreme': Alinsky Rules 11 & 13.  If you are paying attention to the politics surrounding the midterm elections — and, for the good of the country, you should be — then you have, no doubt, heard almost everyone from the Left side of the aisle using the word "extreme" where the Tea Party is concerned.  To a lesser extent they use it to describe the Conservative movement as a whole but without doubt, it is the descriptor of choice when anyone of the Liberal or Progressive persuasion talks about the Tea Party.  This tactic comes straight from the Progressive playbook.

'Rally to Restore Sanity' was hilarious and heartbreaking.  Both Stewart and Colbert maintained that the event was apolitical, as did Huffington Post founder Ariana Huffington, who leased 200 buses from Manhattan to bring in supporters.  "It doesn't make any sense to be agnostic about sanity," Huffington told USA Today.  "The rally is not political.  It's not partisan."  It would require some mental acrobatics to ignore the anti-Bush, anti-Beck, anti-conservative mood that was on display via political buttons, stickers, and of course, the comedic signage.  The whole thing reeked of the 60's, updated to reflect today's modern hipsters.

Behind the Meltdown of the Climate-Change Bill.  [Scroll down]  "It wasn't a surprise to us that various industries were willing to sell out," explained Matt Dempsey, spokesman for climate change contrarian Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.  Industry biggies got in on the negotiations and "they were poised to make money."  No worries.  If the bill means higher fees, he added, "They can pass it on to consumers."  Shell, BP and ConocoPhillips agreed not to refer to the measure as a "carbon tax."  The senators decided to call a proposed fee on gasoline "a fee on polluters."  Anything but a "gas tax."

The Democrats Will Steal the Election if We Let Them.  The longstanding Democrat tactic of stealing elections threatens a reappearance on November 2.  It would be foolish to pretend otherwise and rely on the voters' voice to be heard merely because the public has turned on the Democrats. ... It will serve us well to take a close look at the Democrat record in this matter, consider what they may be up to regarding this election, and, the most serious question of all, ask why the GOP lets them get away with it.  Democrats and election-stealing by any means necessary go back a long way.

The Green Agenda.  In keeping with President Obama's promise to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet, the Energy Department has set new efficiency standards for 26 appliances and household products.  The list ranges from microwaves, to washing machines and dryers, to residential water heaters and dishwashers.  The department reportedly claims the new standards will save consumers from $250 billion to $300 billion on their energy costs through 2030.  But that's what Democrats always say about their green schemes:  "We're doing this to clean up the Earth, and we're going to save you money while we do it."  Don't believe it.

Dems cash-poor tale of woe ignores $250 million coming from unions.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week told the Huffington Post that Democrats were being outspent eight to one, in an article that said liberal groups were set to spend a mere $7 million, in comparison to $200 million from conservative groups.  But unions and liberal groups have said for months that they are spending what amounts to more than $200 million in this election cycle, and an updated count — including a verification with major labor groups that their commitments still stand — shows that amount to be more than $250 million now.

The Left's Terror Folly.  The left-wing solution to the problem of Islamic extremism — as championed by the foreign policy of various European countries and, more recently, the Obama administration — is to make nice with the Islamic world as a whole, apologize and distance ourselves from our shameful, imperialistic policies of the past, and give into as many radical demands as the electorate can bear.  As with all left-wing narratives, facts do not support the assertions made.

Lousy Records Of Incumbents Go Unexplored.  Some of the longest-serving members of Congress, whose party has overwhelming majorities in both houses, are having far closer election races than they are used to. ... Despite their long records, they seem to want to talk about everything except their records.  They could tell us why they voted for ObamaCare and huge stimulus bills, without time enough to read them.  Instead, they've come up with enough red herrings to stock an aquarium.

As the Election Approaches, Do Not Trust the MSM.  I am ashamed to admit that there is one thing the contemporary mainstream media does well.  Having spent years studying politics, history, and language, I find it amazing that media is able to convince people to believe conflicting narratives.  The creation and perpetuation of these contradictory beliefs cannot be possible without a media structure, as well as an educational structure, that discourages, and too often scorns, analytical thinking.

Take the Fight to the Democratic Party.  What is the first, and really only, line of attack for the Democratic Party in political races?  Attack and destroy the Republican, the conservative, or even the "deviationist" Democrat.  Christine O'Donnell is a nut.  Sarah Palin is a hypocrite.  Sharron Angle is a dope.  George W. Bush is to blame for everything Obama does.  Rush Limbaugh, rather than the Republican Party, is the enemy to Democrats — even though Rush is not a politician and has often crossed swords with official Republican policy.  The level of pure venom spewed by Democrats and their disciples is simply dumbfounding.

'Calculated greed' at heart of Bell criminal case, D.A. says.  Eight current and former Bell city leaders were arrested Tuesday [9/21/2010] on charges of misappropriating more than $5.5 million from the small, working-class community as prosecutors accused them of treating the city's money as their personal piggy bank.

This Bell Is the Chime of Freedom.  The saying goes, you get what you pay for.  To the working class citizens of Bell city, California, their hard-earned cash got them a sleazy, overpaid and corrupt government run by Democrats.  The government officials got rich.  Today [9/21/2010], thankfully, eight of them — every single one a Democrat — also got arrested.

Evil Democrat Paradigms.  Here are two paradigms which evil, divisive Democrats have shamefully promoted and exploited for years:  one, white men are burning the midnight oil thinking of ways to keep blacks down; and two, all rich white people are selfish, evil, and deserving of punishment.  No Democrat president has sold the "you have too little because the rich have too much" message better than Barack Obama, which led to angry protesters picketing the homes of corporate executives.  Democrats are masters at creating a hated "bad guy" to further their agenda.

Lies and the lying Democrats who tell them.  Everything that's been said about the Tea Parties by the Establishment media and partisan machine has been fabrications from the very beginning, often contradictory and transparently false ones.  All of the shrill denouncements, fabricated smears, and contradictory narratives say a lot more about those making the accusations than about the Tea Party — that the accusers are scared witless.

Huffington Post's Dirty Disinformation.  As a rule of thumb, one should always approach a mainstream or left-wing media story involving the environment with a healthy sense of skepticism.  A seemingly innocuous slide show entitled "9 of the Most Polluted Places in the World" that appeared at the Huffington Post on Tuesday [8/31/2010] provides a lesson in how environmental disinformation is disseminated and thus becomes part of the liberal narrative.

Livable communities is a socialist trap!  Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) has authored a bill S.1619 titled the "Livable Communities Act."  It is one of the most dangerous bills to ever threaten our liberty.  Worse even than the Obamacare scheme.  S.1619 creates a new permanent federal office:  The Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities" for the enforcement of this bill the "Development Czar" if you will.  Sen. Dodd is lying when he says S.1619 is purely voluntary.

The New Moral Equivalence.  There was a time when liberalism was identified with anti-Communism.  But the Vietnam War led liberals into the arms of the Left, which had been morally confused about Communism since its inception and had become essentially pacifist following the carnage of World War I.  After the Vietnam War, even liberals who continued to describe Communism as evil were labeled "right-wingers" and "Cold Warriors."  And the United States, with its moral flaws, was often likened to the Soviet Union.

Crying Bigotry:  Last Refuge Of The Liberal.  Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed.  Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people.  But the people have proved so disappointing.  Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the 40-year liberal ascendancy that James Carville predicted into a full retreat.

For Liberals, Deception Is an Important Tactic.  Jonathan Strong of The Daily Caller notes an interesting and instructive conversation that was held publicly between lefty blogger Matthew Yglesias and National Review's Mark Hemingway.  During their exchange on Twitter, lefty Yglesias claimed that lying is a legitimate tactic for "advocates" to use to win the policy argument, thereby admitting that liberals think it is OK to lie in order to get their policies in place.

Because of a scheme to put fake Tea Party candidates on the ballot...
Dem official in Michigan forced to resign.  In Michigan, a group claiming to be the "Tea Party" has put 23 candidates on the ballot around the state, despite not having any known connections to established conservative or tea party groups.  It was suspected that this was part of a plot by Democratic operatives to split the Republican vote in November.  Now a Democratic party official is being forced to resign for his role in the scheme, and may even have engaged in illegal activity.

Judge overturned Prop. 8 while claiming he wasn't changing anything.  Judge Vaughn R. Walker's opinion purporting to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative banning gay marriage is a screaming advertisement against the appointment and confirmation of renegade judicial activists like Elena Kagan.  The labyrinth of twisted reasoning Walker constructs in his opinion is a testament to the depth of deceit that inhabits the modern left's thought processes.

Requiem for a Heavyweight.  The Democratic march to the majority in both houses was aided through the slander of two congressmen and one senator:  Congressmen Mark Foley (falsely accused but cleared of having engaged in pedophilia with House pages), Congressman Tom Delay (indicted by Texas Prosecutor Ronnie Earle but not yet tried for what appears to be a phony baloney charge), and Ted Stevens, Senator of Alaska (who contrary to longstanding Department of Justice practice was prosecuted just before an election and whose subsequent conviction was overturned for egregious prosecutorial misconduct).

Department of Injustice.  Something is very rotten at the U.S. Department of Justice.  No other reasonable conclusion can be drawn from an independent report on the 2008 prosecution of then-Senator Ted Stevens. ... Most damaging to Justice's credibility is that, three years after Judge Sullivan set aside the guilty verdicts against Stevens, the department still hasn't disciplined the men and women involved.  Nor has it instituted harsher penalties for future abuses.

Update regarding Ted Stevens:
Department of Injustice.  Something is very rotten at the U.S. Department of Justice.  No other reasonable conclusion can be drawn from an independent report on the 2008 prosecution of then-Senator Ted Stevens. ... Most damaging to Justice's credibility is that, three years after Judge Sullivan set aside the guilty verdicts against Stevens, the department still hasn't disciplined the men and women involved.  Nor has it instituted harsher penalties for future abuses.

About the Left's New Palin-Confronting 'Teacher,' Turns Out She Lied.  Earlier today the left sent up cheers for an Alaska "teacher" that is seen on video attacking Governor Palin as "the worst Governor ever" as the sign she was putting up read.  When Gov. Palin interacted with her, the woman told Palin she was a "teacher."  Looks like the woman, Kathleen Gustafson, is a liar.  As we find on GatewayPundit, she isn't a teacher but a theater tech.  Even more absurdly, the woman belongs to a band that features drag queens as its attraction!

The desperation of Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.  Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is South Dakota's lone member of the House of Representatives.  She is a Democrat and a reliable member of Nancy Pelosi's team in Congress.  Now that it's time for her to face the voters back home, however, Herseth Sandlin is selling herself as an independent.  She must think the citizens of South Dakota are first-class rubes.

Dems in denial.  The great Democratic revolution of 2008 is entering its pitiful stage.  If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a guillotine, Robert Gibbs' head would be rolling around in a basket.  His offense?  Uttering perhaps the most unassailably accurate statement of his tenure as White House press secretary:  that there is "no doubt" Republicans might take back the House.  Theories abound for why Gibbs would say such a flatly true thing.  The simplest is that Gibbs was asked whether the House is in play on "Meet the Press" and in the flush of the moment slipped up with an honest answer.

Far-left Think Progress Fabricates Examples of Tea Party Racism for Bogus Video.  Liberal activists are so desperate to paint the Tea Party as racist that some, apparently, are willing to fabricate evidence and fallaciously draw unsupported conclusions to support their point.  Lee Fang, a writer for the far-left blog Think Progress, recently posted a video purporting to show racism at Tea Parties.  But the video was a total fraud.

Kerry and his energy companies.  For all you curious as to why Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is so inspired to cut a deal on energy reform, wonder no longer.  Apparently, the senior senator from Massachusetts is positioned to hit the jackpot if a subsidy-laden energy "reform" bill passes.  In some years, Kerry makes more money in dividends and capital gains from these holdings than he does as a senator.

Efforts to 'Deem' a Budget are a 'Fraud'.  [Scroll down]  House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said America didn't accept "deeming" the passage of Obamacare and they won't accept it for a budget.  "You all remember when the Democrats back in March were going deem the health care bill passed and Americans were outraged at the idea," Boehner said.  "Well, here we are today, where the Democrats are scheming to deem a budget in place.  It's not a budget:  all it is is a set of numbers so Democrats can continue their out-of-control spending spree here in Washington."

House Democrats 'Deem' Faux $1.1 Trillion Budget 'as Passed' .  Last night [7/1/2010], as part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that "deemed as passed" a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget.  The execution of the "deeming" document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget.  The procedural vote passed 215-210 with no Republicans voting in favor and 38 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against deeming the faux budget resolution passed.

A Cynical Budget Maneuver.  In January, they were co-sponsors of the legislation to create a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, whose recommendations for closing the budget gap would be guaranteed an up or down vote in Congress.  The commission legislation was defeated when seven Republican senators who had initially co-sponsored it defected on the roll call.  At that point, President Obama stepped in and rescued the idea, creating the commission by executive order.  Now, in a stunning reversal, the Democrats are using the existence of the commission to justify their abandonment of their long-term budget responsibilities.

Democrats deeming themselves defeated come November.  On the first day of July, the House of Representatives passed a "budget enforcement resolution" that "deemed as passed" a $1.12 trillion budget.  Thirty-eight House Democrats voted no, perhaps because they sense in this year of the Tea Party Movement it isn't good politics to engage in such a sham.  But pass it did.

Dems' decision to forgo budget means no more 51-vote Senate majorities.  Congressional Democrats have correctly concluded that not passing an official budget for next fiscal year won't be much of a trouble for them ... but they may not have anticipated another consequence of this strategy:  without an official budget, Senate Democrats cannot use the parliamentary trick of "reconciliation" to evade Republican attempts to filibuster bills.  Long story short, this means that reconciliation, more famously known as the method used to shove President Obama's healthcare bill through the Senate, cannot be used in 2011 no matter which party controls the chamber.

The Last Refuge Of The Incompetent.  With their own economic policies in complete disarray, Democrats have turned to a tried-and-true tactic:  Blame the opposition for your failure.

When Lame Ducks Bite.  This year, for the first time since modern budgeting began, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has simply refused to pass a budget resolution.  Presumably, the failure even to take up a budget would free plenty of time for the Congress to complete the rest of its work.  But remarkably — and disturbingly — plans are already in the offing to postpone important legislative business until after the November elections.

Obama and Dems heading for electoral disaster.  All around, there are Democrats telling us their prospects for November are looking up.  Things aren't as bad as Republicans say!  Health care is becoming more popular!  The country wants financial reform!  People still like Barack Obama!  Isn't Joe Barton awful!  They're fooling themselves.  The basic indicators of voters' intentions — their general mood and attitude toward the policies of Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid — are clear and solid.

A Bad Lie, At Best.  [Scroll down]  By waiting until December, Hoyer has conveniently scheduled the budget to be passed after the November elections, which are looking worse and worse for his fellow Democrats.  That allows Democrats to tout their fiscal responsibility while avoiding any hard votes on the matter.  Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, called it "bizzarely dishonest."  "It makes it appear that the whole point of the deficit commission from day one was to hide from what Congress is really doing, and let Congressmen run in the November election claiming to be for some imaginary budget restraint that they're not actually ready to vote for," said Norquist.

Harry Reid's son leaves last name out of first campaign ad.  Nevada gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid (D) is on the air with his first campaign ad and it's missing one thing: his last name.  Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), doesn't say his name at any point during the ad, but it prominently features his campaign logo, "Rory 2010."

Harry Reid's son avoids surname in governor bid.  The Democratic nominee in the Nevada governor's race is the son of one of the most powerful politicians in America, but you wouldn't know it by his campaign.

If You Can't Budget, You Can't Govern.  "If you can't budget, you can't govern," Rep. John Spratt Jr., D-S.C., proclaimed in 2006 when the House GOP leadership chose to dispense with passing a budget resolution.  Now that the Dems run the House, Spratt is chairman of its Budget Committee and the April 15 deadline for passing a budget resolution is a niggling detail, easily ignored.  House Democrats have decided to not even try to pass a budget resolution before this fiscal year expires on Sept. 30 — and may well delay passage until after the November elections.

Fixing What Ain't Broke, Hiding What Is.  The financial-regulatory reform bill currently under consideration in Congress highlights a recurrent theme among the left.  Whenever liberals want to pass legislation intended to solve a particular problem that increases the size and scope of the federal government, they revise history and create imaginary villains which their bill is intended to combat.  They never admit that it is they and their previous polices who are at fault.

Homo Politicus.  Al Gore has a huge carbon footprint... and people are shocked?  His fairy tale of global warming is meant just to help him get money, honor, and attention — and nothing else.  Barack Obama is a closet socialist who does not help his impoverished family.  Why?  He no more believes in redistributing wealth than a snake oil salesman in Dodge City believed that his tonic cured gout.  Feminists flack for Clinton's savage treatment of women and ignore Moslem crimes toward women.  Leftist instructors leave their students profoundly ignorant, instead of truly educated.  Leftist pseudo-ideology is a convenient fraud used by those who would be our masters.

Fictitious anecdotes rarely fool anybody.
What's the Good Word, Nancy d'Alesandro Pelosi?  The Big Question For Nancy Pelosi has nothing to do with unemployment or taxes or even the nearing financial collapse of her home state and the municipalities she represents.  No sir (and madam), the question often asked of our Speaker is, "What's your favorite word?"

The Enemies Within.  It was not long ago that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano unveiled a national safety report singling out peaceful pro-life protesters as potential terrorists.  Yet hereto, the only person officially charged and subsequently arrested for threatening to kill a public official in connection with the Obama health care debate happens to be a loyal DNC donor.  You may also recall that on the heels of ramming ObamaCare through Congress, several Democrats projected that right-wing extremists would likely retaliate with violence.  Yet virtually every credible reported incident of politically motivated vandalism since then has been perpetrated mostly against conservative politicians who vigorously opposed the measure.

Obama Revises History.  [Scroll down]  But the relationship between regulators and the industry they regulate is always "cozy."  This is true for at least two reasons.  First, businessmen know far more about their businesses than regulators do.  Regulators routinely defer to the superior knowledge and expertise of the regulated.  Second, most regulators are young people who are planning a career in the regulated industry.  A typical career path will begin with law school graduation, followed by a stint in a federal agency, followed by a highly-paid job with one of the formerly-regulated companies ... This is not exactly a secret.

Blumenthal and the Liars' Party.  [Scroll down slowly]  There is a pattern to this misbehavior. Blumenthal, Edwards, Clinton, and Kerry lied about their personal lives, hiding sins or inventing heroism.  Each man was very specific in his false statements.  All four of these men were lawyers, and three out of four were married to lawyers.  Two of the four — Clinton and Blumenthal — were chosen as Attorney General for their home states, a position that should be held by scrupulously honest men.

Blumenthal's poll numbers tumble after Vietnam lies surface.  Following bombshell revelations that he claimed he served in Vietnam when he hadn't, Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal's once-robust lead in the polls has hit record lows. ... He claimed he didn't mean to lie and that he'd merely misspoken when he said he served "in Vietnam."

For Democrats, Hits Keep on Coming.  Senate Democrats just can't seem to catch a break.  The revelation Monday [5/17/2010] that Democratic Sen. Christopher J. Dodd's would-be successor — Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal — made misleading statements about his military service added one more headache to Democrats still reeling from unexpected retirements, unplanned and contentious primaries, and other disappointments on the 2010 campaign trail.

Media Also 'Misspoke' On Blumenthal's War Record.  Tuesday [5/18/2010] was clearly a day of deep embarrassment for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who was fighting for his political career after The New York Times raised questions about statements he made distorting the extent of his military service.

Another Phony Democrat War Veteran.  No one is more abhorrent to us veterans than the jerk who never served but dons a uniform, adorns it with badges and patches, usually of some special operations organization like Army Special Forces, Rangers or Navy SEALS, and awards himself multiple medals for valor.  Of course, some of these phonies did serve but in some much less glorious capacity than that in which they depict themselves.  The latter situation seems to be the case for Connecticut Democrat Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal who has been exposed as a phony Vietnam vet by no less than the NY Times.

Lies And Blumen' Lies.  Can someone who misrepresents his military record be elected to the U.S. Senate?  Connecticut's Democratic attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, has little enough shame to try and find out.  Falsely claiming to have served in Vietnam should be a death sentence for any politician of any party or philosophy, from town clerk on up.

Liar pol's polls get Viet-conked.  Embattled Connecticut US Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal's double-digit lead in the polls plummeted yesterday — as another instance of him falsely claiming he had served in Vietnam surfaced.  Democrat Blumenthal — who had easily been the front-runner to replace retiring Sen. Chris Dodd — has dropped to a 3-percentage-point lead over Republican challenger Linda McMahon, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll taken on Tuesday [5/18/2010].

The Taranto Principle Vindicated Again.  The exposure of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as a hoaxster boasting of a nonexistent record of service in the Vietnam War is a splendid example of what is known as the Taranto Principle.  Someday the Taranto Principle will be taught in all the journalism schools, assuming one or two survive the present detumescence of journalism.

Richard Blumenthal's rolling blunder.  Connecticut's Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is taking heavy fire for a series of statements he made over several years in which he either explicitly or implicitly claimed to be a Vietnam veteran, when in fact he is not.

New York Times Hits Blumenthal Again.  To their credit, the Times isn't backing off on the Blumenthal/Vietnam story.  They've found yet another instance of the Connecticut Attorney General misstating his service record.

Americans are Drowning in Our Government's Lies.  It's not just the lies about climate change.  It's not just the lies about renewable, wind and solar, energy.  It's not just the lies about so-called endangered species.  It's not just that the Obama administration refuses to name Islam as the source of the terrorist attacks on America. ... It is a combination of these and other factors that are based on a contagion of lies told to Americans by their own government.

How ignorant would you have to be to believe this?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:  Democrats reduced taxes to historic low.  Congressional Democats are responsible for the lowest U.S. tax bills in a half-century, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday.  Pelosi was responding to a USA Today report that said Americans' tax bills in 2009 were at their lowest point since the Truman presidency.

Seven reasons not to vote for Democrats.  In a speech earlier this week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine gave a preview of the Democrats' 2010 national election message.  "We have more accomplishments to run on than any party in a long time," Kaine said.  Kaine then proceeded to lay out seven Democratic talking points so transparently unconvincing, I began to wonder if he's not a Republican double agent.

The Times Square surprise.  [Scroll down]  Finally, when President Reagan faced down the Soviets with a vast arms buildup and a resolute, albeit flexible, foreign policy, his liberal critics warned that we faced nuclear world war.  Of a sudden, the Soviet Union collapsed.  And what was the liberals' response?  Well, it was one of history's surprises.  The liberals announced that the Soviet Union had been a paper tiger all along.  It had been destined to collapse from day one.

Son of Amnesty.  Everyone with a brain wave knows the progressive drill:  illegal immigrants aren't illegal, they're "undocumented."  They do the work "Americans won't do."  Because they've lived here illegally for x number of years, they are now entitled to live here.  We may as well legalize them, because we can't possibly deport twelve million people.  Enforcing border security is akin to "re-building the Berlin Wall" on our southern borders.  And last, but not least, my personal favorite regarding an integrally related issue:  requiring picture ID for voting is "unfair."  Let's whack these odious notions one by one.

Bertha Lewis' Lunacy.  [Scroll down]  Every time you read or hear of some liberal mentioning Tea Party hatred or Tea Party violence, think "liar".  None of it is or ever has been true.  The hatred and the violence is and always has been on the left.  Mao was a liberal.  Stalin was a liberal.  Hitler was a liberal.  Castro was a liberal.  Pol Pot was a liberal, and the list goes on.  It wasn't a Republican President who dropped the atomic bomb, it was a Democrat. In Arizona it wasn't Tea Party supporters who were throwing bricks, rocks and bottles at the police or attempting to murder a couple of people who had the misfortune to wear pale skin, it was Obama supporters.

An Incurious Media or a Four-Leaf-Clover President.  [Scroll down]  Remember when we were supposedly in Iraq to steal oil?  We've certainly been there long enough to drain that nation dry.  Only one problem — we didn't do it.  Or maybe it was the oil company conspiracy to lower gas prices and fix the election.  CNN's Jack Cafferty was just one of many media voices to say "if you were a real cynic, you could also wonder if the oil companies might not be pulling the price of gas down to help the Republicans get re-elected in the midterm elections a couple of months away."  That conspiracy was also proven bogus when gas prices didn't plummet until after the 2008 elections.

Can't We All Just Get Along?  Make no mistake about it, this is a dishonest age.  That our daily lies are purportedly advanced in the cause of the common good, nevertheless do not make them any less lies.  Beware of sudden and apparently reasonable "calls for civility."  That pathetic mantra is usually voiced by a liberal administration and its supporters when criticism mounts that they are taking the country too far to the Left — like the Clinton implosion in 1993 or Obama today.

An Age of Untruth.  Almost everything said in association with "illegal immigration" is false.  No, the now stalled fence is not a futile symbol of apartheid; in places where it is finished, it has discouraged illegal entry and reminded us that all counties have rights of autonomy.  Do not believe that "illegal alien" is necessarily a hurtful or inexact term.  Everyone who crosses the border without proper authorization is both doing something "illegal" (not a mere "infraction"), and is an alien (not a U.S. citizen; "alien" = "not of this place".)

Bill Clinton, Still Smearing Conservatives.  Throughout all those years of ultra-left civil disruption, there was complete silence from Clinton.  So hypocritical.  So ... Clinton.  The most maddening thing about this repeated phenomenon is that the Clinton-adoring media helpfully paint these speeches as the plea of a unifier, a humanitarian voice for sanity and civility.

The Equal Pay Day Reality Check.  Today is Equal Pay Day.  Feminist groups and political leaders have set aside this day to protest the fact that women's wages are, on average, 78 percent of men's wages.  "This date symbolizes how far into 2010 women must work to earn what men earned in 2009," says the National Committee on Pay Equity.  The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has enlisted supporters to wear red "to represent the way the pay gap puts women 'in the red.'" ... Excuse me for interrupting, but this holiday has no basis in reality.

Applying Clinton's logic, there's no such thing as liberty.  For a stumbling, disingenuous, self-contradicting commentary, you couldn't do much better than a Bill Clinton op-ed piece in The New York Times that on the one hand states the obvious while coming very close to saying people fearful of big government ought to shut up, only they shouldn't.

Obama and the New Civility.  During the Bush years a dangerously heated rhetoric became commonplace.  Now, lo! a new age has dawned.

Fixing the Financial Crisis:  Fire, Aim, Ready.  Late-night economist David Letterman summarized the situation:  "Republicans in power previously for eight years deregulated banks, and that was a contributory factor."  Key words:  Republican, deregulated.  That might be a plausible explanation... if Republicans had deregulated anything.  Perhaps Mr. Letterman mixed up Republicans with Democrats.  Glass-Steagall's partial repeal was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1999 and passed by the Senate with a vote of 90-8, including the votes of Senators Biden, Kerry, Edwards, Schumer, and Dodd.

Racism and Obamacare.  Democrats have passed government health care with no Republican votes.  Their leadership threatened and bribed their own members to eek out a majority.  They resorted to an arcane procedure that maybe 100 people in the whole country can explain in order to pass a massive bill that polls show a majority of Americans don't want.  The federal government, for the first time ever, will force every American to buy, with a big chunk of their income, a product designed by government bureaucrats, with an army of IRS agents snooping on each of us to make sure we did it.  And how are many liberals explaining why so many Americans are ticked off?  It's because our president is black.  It's about racism.

Obama's Poll Numbers Down, Imaginary Racism Up.  [Scroll down]  Most sickeningly, the mainstream media continue to spread the despicable lie that someone called civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis the "N-word" 15 times during the anti-ObamaCare rally in Washington.  Fifteen times!  That turned out to be another lie.  About a week after the protest, Andrew Breitbart offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who could produce a video of Lewis being called the N-word even once — forget 15 times.  (That's the most we can afford.  Hey, who do we look like over here, George Soros?)

The Real Anti-Americans.  Kristallnacht, "Crystal Night," the "Night of Broken Glass," was the worst pogrom in Germany since the Middle Ages.  Synagogues were torched and hundreds of businesses smashed.  Shattered glass covered the streets.  Women were assaulted and men beaten and murdered.  After that terrible night, half the Jews remaining in Germany fled.  To compare a brick tossed through the window of a congressional office and two shouted slurs to Kristallnacht suggests a growing paranoia on the left about the populist right.

The Grand Illusions of America's Liberals.  America's liberals are consumed with guilt.  If not soon purged from our society, their guilt will kill us all.  Bent on rewriting history, or else entirely ignorant of it, they deny that the United States has brought more freedom and well-being to more people most of the time than any other nation in history.  They also accuse our country of racism and imperialism.

Tea Parties targeted by the Dems' Alinsky Attack Machine.  [Scroll down]  It is clear that in terms of racial politics the Alinsky Attack Machine tactic is to accuse the conservative / Republican leaning Tea Parties of the Democrats' segregationist actions in the South during Jim Crow and the civil rights' marches.

Absolutely Fabulists:  Liberal Mythmaking.  What has historically distinguished conservative (or what used to be called "classical liberal") political thought from that of leftists is that conservatives remember their mistakes and consequently can learn from them.  Conservatism adapts its ideology to contrary evidence; liberalism reinterprets contrary evidence to fit its ideology.

Don't rush to judgeship for Liu.  The hypocrisy of Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy knows no bounds.  The Vermont Democrat insists on expediting a hearing for the wildly leftist, fundamentally dishonest appellate court nominee Goodwin Liu before committee members have received adequate access to Mr. Liu's records.  Throughout his career, Sen. Leahy has insisted on seeing — and sometimes leaking — records that properly should remain private.  Yet in this case, concerning records everybody agrees should be public, the senator acts as if they are irrelevant.

(Tea) Party On.  [This article illustrates] what happens when the liberal worldview — so much of which is based on lies, distortion and character assassination — isn't met with equal amounts of force and determination to provide Americans with the truth.  The failure to do so was the tragic flaw of the Bush administration.

The Democrats' Fake Hate Crime.  On March 20th, something truly extraordinary happened.  On the eve of the health care vote, a group of black Democrat Congressmen (eschewing the private tunnels they usually use to cross from their offices to the Capitol) chose to walk en masse through a crowd of protesters, confident that the knuckledragging Tea Party goons they and their media pals have reviled for a year now would respond with racial epithets.  And then, when the crowd didn't, the black Congressmen made it up anyway.

More examples of hate crimes that aren't.

Cleaver changes his 'I was spit on' story.  It's too late to affect the narrative about the tea party protest a couple of weeks ago, but indicative of the rank dishonesty involved in the smear.

Rep. Carson:  Tea Party Protesters Are 'One of the Largest Threats to our Internal Security'.  As our readers have already learned, Rep. Andre Carson gathered Capitol Hill reporters around him and told the tale of racial slurs and menacing crowds on the verge of hurling rocks at the congressmen.  Our first few videos showed the congressmen coming out of the Cannon Office Building, walking down the steps and into Independence Avenue from various angles.  None of those videos revealed the racial hatred Rep. Carson conveyed to reporters that day and none of the videos showed a mob rushing or in any way impeding the congressmen.

Against ObamaCare?  You're a Fascist Racist Hater.  Differences of opinion and ideology, passionately held, drive the opposition against ObamaCare.  Yet to shut down the effort to overturn ObamaCare's unpopular assault on freedom and prosperity, the left resorts to a frequently employed tactic.

More Thoughts On Liberal Political Violence.  The Democrats have tried to change the subject away from their health care debacle by claiming that conservatives are threatening violence against them.  Their complaints are pathetic where they are not out-and-out lies (e.g., Clyburn and Lewis), and they have taken a lot of well-deserved criticism.  It is liberals, not conservatives, who rely on ad hominem attacks, outrageous allegations and violent imagery.

Welcome to the Real Revolution, Alinsky Fans:  It Ain't For Wimps Or Sissies.  How far will Democrats go to ensure that their revolution against American liberty succeeds?  As for me, I put nothing past them now.  Will Collier has just explained in exacting detail the most probable explanation for how Nancy Pelosi (along with Axelrod and Emanuel) could have staged their "confrontation" with Tea Partiers outside the capitol on March 20.  Claims that the N-word and spit were employed as weapons by Tea Partiers have yet to be corroborated by a single witness or video recording.

Not exactly terrorists.  Despite numerous requests from Senate Republicans for more information, the Justice Department waited until Friday [3/26/2010], just as Congress was leaving town for a recess, finally to provide support for Mr. Holder's assertions.  At one point, the department ridiculously claimed that federal regulations precluded it from providing such a list. ... Rather than bolstering Mr. Holder's position, the data dump showed that Republicans were right to look askance at him.

Caution:  This article is replete with vulgarity.
Violent Liberal Hate Rhetoric:  Fifteen Quotes.  In an effort to distract people from the destructive, illegitimate power-grab-of-a-bill masquerading as health care reform that the Democrats just passed over the objections of the American people, liberal members of Congress have spent days over-hyping threats against them.  Of course, the sad reality is that EVERYONE who achieves any notoriety at all in this business gets death threats, but it's only treated as noteworthy by the press when it happens to liberals.

Do Democrats commit hate crimes against black Republicans?  Given the Democratic Party's 150-year record of racist rhetoric and racial violence — from the days of slavery until today — it is astonishing to see Democrats sanctimoniously playing the race card.  A display of unmitigated gall describes how Democrats are falsely comparing anti-ObamaCare protesters to the anti-civil rights racists of the 1960's who were Democrats.

We Are Expected to Believe.  [Scroll down slowly]  We are expected to believe that Obama's signing rendered the bill benign.  We are expected to believe three thousand pages of shalls and shants, musts and mandates, have drifted away on the breeze and can no longer come between our doctors and us.  We are expected to believe that a half-trillion in new taxes and a half-trillion in Medicare cuts will suddenly go unnoticed.  We are expected to believe that Enron-style CBO accounting will be transfigured into wondrous sums for our grandchildren to behold.  We are expected to believe that our newly disciplined government will never let this entitlement break the bank.

More lies about Obamacare.

Coercive Charity Destroys the Human Spirit.  After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate's health care bill (without changes because they could not craft and pass a bill of their own), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed that the effort reflected American's founding declaration of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  Nothing could be farther [sic] from the truth.

Dissembling, Death, and Deficits.  Democrats enacted the first step towards nationalized health care, where $500 billion of Medicare cost savings are fiction but $400 billion of tax increases to finance new entitlements will be very real — depriving both from reducing the national debt.  Deliberately misstating and sidestepping the devastating financial consequences of this fraudulent takeaway-giveaway, the Democrats were happy to construct their own alternative reality rivaling the best, from Lewis Carroll to George Orwell.

Sunday's socialist triumph.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday launched the Democrats' argument for the health care bill, claiming, "This is an American proposal that honors the traditions of our country."  Does that suggest that opposition is un-American?  And what are the traditions that are American that this law fulfills?  The Democrats argue that the bill fulfills the "right" of all Americans to government-assured health care services.  The congressional Democrats claim many other things that a majority of the country believes to be inconsistent with truth and reality.

Digging the Hole Deeper:  The greatest of all the many painful ironies in the health-care debate of the past year may be that the Democrats' closing "argument" is to claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility.  Their leaders are doing their best to twist yesterday's [3/18/2010] CBO score of their reconciliation bill to suggest that their plan will not only solve America's health-care financing problem but reduce the deficit too.  It will do neither, and will make both problems worse.

Pulling the Plug on the "Living" Constitution.  [Scroll down slowly]  This "living" Constitution means the real one is dead in practice, but it is not so dead in the minds of ordinary Americans that liberals would ever attempt to hold a constitutional convention to package their enlightened new understandings into a fresh one.  They still have to proceed by deception, casting every new affront to the Constitution as a suddenly accurate "constitutional" reading of it.

The Progressives' Perfect Trojan Horse.  Democrats say that their mission is to give all Americans health care.  The Democrats are lying.  Signing ObamaCare into law against our will and the Constitution is tyranny and step one of their hideous goal of having as many Americans as possible dependent on government, thus controlling our lives and fulfilling Obama's promise to fundamentally transform America.

Was Coffingate A Fundraising Stunt?  I know a little something about coffins.  And I know when I'm being lied to. ... After a brutal 48 hours of press retractions about an incident regarding a coffin placed near his house, [Missouri Secretary of State Robin] Carnahan is attempting to hustle money for intimidation that did not occur.

Man linked to arson at congressman's office was ex-campaign worker.  A man questioned by police in connection to an arson at one of Rep. Russ Carnahan's campaign offices used to work for his campaign, the Missouri Democrat said Wednesday.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that Carnahan said a man linked to the arson was fired just before the Aug. 17 incident in St. Louis.

A Little Social Engineering is Death.  Obama has lied continuously to America and he is doing so now.  Nancy Pelosi laughed when she was asked if politicians should be held to their word.  Harry Reid has yet to tell the truth, and other than Robert Byrd, it seems that the primary talking point for every Democrat in Washington today is lie, lie some more and keep on lying until they believe it.  The strategy isn't working.

Talking Points vs. Reality:  [Scroll down]  I can say that I can afford to buy a Rolls Royce, without going into debt, by using my inheritance from a rich uncle.  But, in the real world, the question would arise immediately whether I in fact have a rich uncle, not to mention whether this hypothetical rich uncle would be likely to leave me enough money to buy a Rolls Royce.  In politics, however, you can say all sorts of things that have no relationship with reality.  If you have a mainstream media that sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil — when it comes to Barack Obama — you can say that you will pay for a vast expansion of government-provided insurance by taking money from the Medicare budget and using other gimmicks.

Heads Liberals Win, Tails We Lose.  Liberals are the ones who knowingly lied in saying that "Bush lied; people died," that supply-side tax cuts are "just for the rich" and that Bush left people on the rooftops in New Orleans after Katrina because they were black.  These weren't just harmless rhetorical barbs; they had and continue to have serious, substantively damaging consequences.

An Orwellian redefinition of the Constitution:  The proponents of the most regressive idea of government on the planet (Centralized control by a small group of elites who rule "for the people's own good") are now relabeling themselves as "Today's Defender's of the Constitution."

Obama's Proposal is the Illusion of 'Reform'.  One job of presidents is to educate Americans about crucial national problems.  On health care, Barack Obama has failed.  Almost everything you think you know about health care is probably wrong or, at least, half wrong.  Great simplicities and distortions have been peddled in the name of achieving "universal health coverage."

The War on Truth:  The greatest danger to our wealth, our liberties, our values, and our safety today comes from the deconstruction of truth.  We live in a world driven by information.  Almost all real wealth today is based upon information and knowledge.  Almost all real power today is based upon mass communication, education, and entertainment.  Even military power relies upon data and intelligence, not brute force.

5 Ways Liberals Misjudge the American People:  [Scroll down slowly]  Because the Left controls the mainstream media, they can often get away with lies no conservative ever could.  Put another way, conservatives tend to be more honest because they have to be while liberals are used to having the mainstream media cover up, ignore, and explain away their lies.  The problem with that is that over time, the MSM has become less powerful and the new media has filled the gap.

Not Buying the Democrats' Excuses.  Democrats have two excuses for what has gone so terribly wrong in the last year.  The first is the "America is ungovernable" meme.  Well, it has been impossible to govern from the Left, certainly. ... The second excuse is that this is all a communications problem — from the most eloquent politician (we were told) of our time who had a sycophantic media at his feet for the better part of a year.  Really, no one is buying this one.

The Farce Otherwise Known as PAYGO.  [Scroll down]  But already, the Senate has issued itself a waiver from the provisions on three of the four spending bills its has considered by declaring several bills to be emergency spending, including a $15-billion jobs bill, a $10-billion measure for unemployment benefits and a $100-billion package of tax extenders.

Pocket money for politicians:  [Scroll down]  It's hardly surprising that irresponsible government stewardship of public resources trickles down from Washington to the local level.  Lawand Johnson, director of Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Housing Authority — which is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — racked up more than $2,000 in personal expenses on a government credit card.  "I thought it was my card," Ms. Johnson explained, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Gov's media guru quits as more officials say Paterson should resign.  Another staffer quit yesterday amid Gov. Paterson's meltdown — Communications Director Peter Kauffmann, who said he couldn't take the lying anymore.  "As a former officer in the United States Navy, integrity and commitment to public service are values I take seriously," said Kauffmann, who joined Paterson's administration almost a year ago.

What do we do about Barbara Boxer?  Politicians' reliance on scientists has perforce also increased with the selection of those scientists all the more open to bias and distortion.  As this occurs, it is particularly incumbent on politicians to seek the judgment of scientists on all sides of an issue, not just the side they want to believe or find expedient to believe.  Few seem to do this.  And Boxer is the poster girl of those who do not.  She goes on and on as she was, talking to the same people and spouting the same conventional opinions as if they were fact.

When Liberal 'Journalists' Attack, Real Americans Suffer.  Andrew Breitbart's recent smackdown of Max Blumenthal at CPAC (for his vicious smears against James O'Keefe) serves as a reminder to us all that when Liberal "journalists" attack, they have one goal — and it isn't reporting the truth.  It is to win at any cost no matter what the damage is to the victim.  It is called the politics of personal destruction and it reflects the utter nihilism of Liberalism.

The Sham Summit:  Thursday's much-hyped health "summit" seemed mainly designed to show the president telling Republicans, "Those are all legitimate points."  Democrats admit it was a setup to pass their $2 trillion plan.  Not long before the president assembled Democrats and Republicans at the Garden Room of Blair House for a health care powwow, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., let it all hang out on the House floor, roaring that "every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."

Pay-go gets passed, then it gets bypassed.  The ink is barely dry on the pay-as-you-go law, and Democrats are seeking to bypass it to enact parts of their job-creation agenda.

Rewriting History on Abortion.  "There's absolutely nothing in anything that [Susan B. Anthony] ever said or did that would indicate she was anti-abortion," Planned Parenthood founder Gloria Feldt.  Absolutely nothing?  A quick Google search disproves that in a hurry.

Deception as a Principle of Governance.  Every economic indicator during Clinton's last year in office turned decisively downward — the surplus, government revenues, and the markets included.  Economic projections made at the very top of an economic bubble are foolish, but the dot-com bubble had long since popped, and everything was going south by the time Clinton left office.  Consequently, the Democrats' projections of surpluses years into the future at a time when all indices were falling are not just foolish, but dishonest.

The Fallacy of "Fairness":  If there is ever a contest to pick which word has done the most damage to people's thinking, and to actions to carry out that thinking, my nomination would be the word "fair."  It is a word thrown around by far more people than have ever bothered to even try to define it.  This mushy vagueness may be a big handicap in logic but it is a big advantage in politics.

Ignorance is strength and...
Food Stamps Are Not Welfare.  With the help of the statist media, Big Government is making progress in its drive to corrode our culture to the point that dependence on coercively funded handouts is both socially acceptable and ubiquitous.

How to Blame Bush:  Lie.  Has this happened to you? You start reading an article written by a Democrat, wondering if it is just possible that he has a legitimate point.  But one or two paragraphs in, you find yourself so deep in outrageously false premises that you wonder if you share the same planet.  How do they manage to pack so many falsehoods into so few words?

Paranoia Strikes Deep in Obama's America.  One of the greatest threats we're facing is this:  There are a lot of paranoid/delusional people running the show.  Pelosi tars health care opponents as Nazis.  Charles Schumer calls average Americans "teabaggers."  Obama insinuates that a white police sergeant is a stupid racist.  With each vicious utterance, Democrats foster a paranoid atmosphere.  Branding opponents as Nazis and racists is disgraceful, beyond the pale.  It's also a dangerous practice, since mass hysteria can prove deadly.

The Electorate vs. Obama's Agenda.  This being a democracy, don't the Democrats see that clinging to this agenda will march them over a cliff?  Don't they understand Massachusetts?  Well, they understand it through a prism of two cherished axioms:  (1) The people are stupid and (2) Republicans are bad.  Result?  The dim, led by the malicious, vote incorrectly.

Pelosi tells C-SPAN:  'There has never been a more open process'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday [01/05/2010] saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations. ... "We will do what is necessary to pass the bill," Pelosi said.

In Other Words....  Irritated at the bumps on the road to the Democrats' Thousand-Year Reich, liberals are now claiming that Republican Sen. Tom Coburn requested a prayer for the death of Sen. Bob Byrd during the health care debate last Saturday night.

Barney Frank and the "Democratic" Senate:  Since the early twentieth century, the Progressives have been very good at using the term "democracy" to undermine federalism and State power.  Don't continue to be duped.  This rhetorical assault on the founding principles of the United States is not grounded in reality.

Rigging the Numbers:  [Scroll down]  "We need to develop a greater resiliency in this country on security issues," Sarah E. Mendelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the New York Times.  "The administration needs to remind the American public that we have convicted 195 international terrorists in federal courts since 2001."  That 195 number is making the rounds.  It is both false and an exercise in hypocrisy.

The Great Hate of the Left:  The left has long accused the right of being compassionless hatemongers.  We stand for law and order, but they call it fascist oppression.  We attend Tea Party rallies to express passionate opposition to the radical agenda and policies of the Obama administration, and we are called hateful racists.

Liberal Hate Speech.  Normally, according to the media elites' rulebook, when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives rant, it is hate speech.

The Lies of Obama:  When politicians are caught out in lies, their supporters often resort to the old cliché:  all politicians lie.  But that is itself a lie:  most don't.  Even among those who do, there are enormous differences in the importance and frequency of the lies.  And it is surely now clear that this nation has a far from routine problem in the scale and regularity of President Obama's lying.

When Is a Person Not a Person?  Socialists have the most incredible lack of intellectual ability, and they lack the most basic tenets of morality.  Why is this?  It is because their lives are predicated on political philosophy rather than on facts and truth.  That is how the Kenyan, Obama, came to be the Great Pretender in the White House.  In essence, he spoke well, but didn't have an ounce of truth about him.  Yet, people voted for him, to the astonishment of more rigorous minds.

Liberals play by their own rules.
When Conservative Felonies Become Liberal Misdemeanors.  Why in matters of stupid behavior do liberals and Democrats often get second and third chances from the media and general public not accorded to their conservative and Republican counterparts?  We're seeing it now in the national reaction to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's reported racial gaffe.  Compare how he's being treated to what happened to Trent Lott in 2002.

Climategate:  This time Al Gore lied.  Al Gore's claim last week that the Climategate emails were insignificant relied on two main defences.  Both are so flagrantly wrong that it's not enough to say Gore is simply mistaken.  No, Al Gore is a liar.  Last week we showed that the first of his Climategate defences was so preposterously wrong that it was doubtful he had even read the leaked emails he tried to dismiss.

As you know, she lost the election.
Race is in a spinout.  Martha Coakley made a jaw-dropping declaration earlier this week at the only live televised debate in Boston that she has deigned to do.  She said, and I quote, "I've traveled the state and met tremendous people."  If she did, it was under the cover of darkness, with an assumed name.

When the Charm Rubs Off.  His Dec. 8 televised economics speech at the Brookings Institution was followed on Dec. 10 by his televised Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, which was remarkable for 38 uses of the pronoun "I."  And for disavowing a competence no one suspected him of. ("I do not bring with me today a definitive solution to the problems of war."  Note the superfluous adjective.)  And for an unnecessary notification.  ("Evil does exist in the world.")  And for delayed utopianism.  ("We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes."  But in someone's.)  And for solemnly announcing something undisputed.  (There can be a just war.)  And for intellectual applesauce that should get speechwriters fired and editors hired.

Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Obamacare.  [Scroll down slowly]  The Democrats are not only making disingenuous claims about the costs of their proposal, they are making similarly disingenuous claims about its effects on the deficit.  Democrats claim that this massive expansion of government would somehow reduce the deficit.  But the CBO says otherwise.

Defenseless Enviro-Thugs Go on Offense.  It's the same old leftist playbook:  Approach every desired major policy change as a crisis, and demand immediate action. ... We saw it in our domestic politics in the United States when President Barack Obama's leftist Democrats manufactured a simulated crisis over health insurance, deliberately overstating by multiples the number of uninsured as a predicate to Obama's demand that a comprehensive bill had to be passed before Congress' August recess.  Shortly thereafter, it came to light that Democrats had also grossly manipulated the projected costs of their proposals and flagrantly lied about such issues as rationing and government-funded abortions.

The New Big Lie:  Climategate Emails Are Not Significant.  The criminals at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in England brazenly defend the indefensible.  It is stunning to watch Michael Mann and Gavin Schmidt, who even look alike, staring directly at the camera and denying the significance of their emails.

The Supporting Cast — Thought Police Anyone?  The most insidious activity included controlling climate information through Wikipedia.  When I ask students how many use Wikipedia for their research all hands go up.  I know most media rely on it.  Most have no idea how the material is entered or edited.  William Connolley knew and exploited the opportunity. ... His activities are shocking.  He established himself as an editor at Wikipedia and with a cadre (I use the term deliberately) of supporters he controlled all entries relating to climate, climate change and the people involved.  This included putting up false material about skeptics.

Harry Reid's main focus:  Harry Reid.  Harry Reid began the week in familiar fashion, by detonating an improvised literary device on the Senate floor.  It bombed.  Instead of merely scolding Republicans for their filibuster of the health-care legislation, he compared them to slaveholders and racists.

Reid's Teachable Moment.  Harry Reid is an obvious product of a government education that he and other Liberals are inflicting on the rest of America, and he should be the poster child for school choice.  In his recent comment regarding Republicans' efforts to block "healthcare" legislation, Reid invoked the ghosts of Democrats past, claiming that Republicans tried to block emancipation and civil rights for blacks.  I believe Reid gave America yet another teachable moment.

Al Gore Photoshops Hurricanes Into New Book's Cover.  The cover of Nobel Laureate Al Gore's new book "Our Choice:  A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis" was intentionally doctored to exaggerate the appearance of hurricanes in the northern hemisphere as well as reduce the amount of ice present in the Arctic.  Maybe even more ominously, Florida was so diminished it's almost totally gone.

Pelosi Breaks Pledge to Put Final Health Care Bill Online for 72 Hours Before Vote.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office tells The Weekly Standard that the speaker will not allow the final language of the health care to be posted online for 72 hours before bringing the bill to a vote on the House floor, despite her September 24 statement that she was "absolutely" committed to doing so.

Democratic deficit duplicity.  I nearly fell out of my chair as I read this New York Times headline:  "Democrats Push for Plan to Cut Deficit."  From the headline alone, I couldn't tell whether this was before, during or after they supported President Barack Obama's intentional, exponential escalation of the deficit to $1.4 trillion.  That's simply immeasurable chutzpah.

They Call It Fiscal Responsibility; We Call It Socialism.  As others have noted, Obama and company have employed multiple gimmicks to conceal and misrepresent the true costs of Obamacare.  Like other groups wanting to destroy America from the outside, liberals are patient.  By backloading their spending, they hope to deceive Americans into thinking their plan is budget-neutral.

ClimateGate Is Not The First Time Progressive Scientists Have Lied To The World.  Back in the early 1900's, up through World War Two, the progressive movements of America and Europe committed large scale genocide with their progressive Eugenic "science".  In fact the term genocide was coined to describe what the Progressive Eugenic movement did in this country and in Germany.  Not many people understand the crime these American Progressives committed, because public educators and other liberal professors just can't wrap their rigid minds around the concept that the origins of their current religion are soaked in the blood of their own dark history.

Did someone mention ClimateGate?

Four Tactical Steps That Will Defeat Obamacare.  [#1.]  Denounce this bill for the lying fraud scheme it is:  Just as an example:  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "scored" the Pelosi bill to cost $1.055 trillion — far above Barack Obama's $900 billion ceiling.  Pelosi immediately held a press conference and announced her bill would cost $894 billion — a figure that did not appear in the CBO report and which could be reached only by subtracting projected IRS-administered penalties from the actual cost.

Hoffman alleges vote fraud in NY 23.  Even as he faces near-impossible odds of pulling ahead in the count, Doug Hoffman announced Wednesday night [11/18/2009] that he is officially revoking his concession from Election Night, and is accusing labor unions and ACORN of stealing the election for Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.).  Hoffman posted a message on his campaign site Wednesday alleging dirty tricks by Democrats, and is asking for additional campaign contributions to fund a legal challenge to the election results.

Can America Survive its Sharp Left Turn?  In the Left's Utopian world, one can lie while accusing an individual of lying.  One can ride in limousines and live in a big house while telling others to ride bikes and live in un-air conditioned huts to save the planet.  One can make millions of dollars while bashing capitalism.  And one can cheat on their taxes while telling others it is their patriotic duty to pay more taxes.  You can demand women's rights and claim that forced sex is not "rape-rape".  You see, the left are special.  They are better educated than you or I.  They are smarter, healthier, better looking, more talented, and just plain nicer than we will ever be.  So, they are above criticism, and above the law.

The Left's World of Fairy Tales.  Dogma explains why it is useless to point out to the left how the left has economically crippled California, once the most prosperous, most adventurous, most successful "country" in the world (it has an economy that would make it about the seventh largest country in the world).  Likewise, it does not matter to blacks what Democrats have done to their cities.  As they watch their cities crumble, they will once again vote overwhelmingly for the party that oversaw this destruction.  None of these facts matters because religious-like dogmas are not derived from facts.

Great Myths of the Great Depression:  Students today are often given a skewed account of the Great Depression of 1929-1941 that condemns free-market capitalism as the cause of, and promotes government intervention as the solution to, the economic hardships of the era.  In this essay based on a popular lecture, Mackinac Center for Public Policy President Lawrence W. Reed debunks the conventional view and traces the central role that poor government policy played in fostering this legendary catastrophe.

No public funding for a private act.  [In 1973] So-called "pro-choice" advocates hadn't thought up the term "a woman's right to choose" just yet.  Then they found themselves in a quandary:  Poor women couldn't afford abortions.  How then, could they exercise the "right to privacy" and have an abortion without government interference they had championed in the Roe decision?  They came up with the notion that poor women had the right to use government funds — taxpayer dollars, public money — for the result of what was essentially the most private of acts.  So, of course, the phrase "a right to privacy" had to go.  In came "a woman's right to choose," even if the choice was funded with somebody's money other than her own.

Camelot and Obamalot.  Even when the Left tries to hide the sins of their heroes by canonizing them, we see through the charade.  We know that effusive tributes and mile long processions do not exonerate immoral behavior.  For us, personal behavior matters.  If a man abandons a woman to die, or sleeps with little boys, or calls his grandma a "typical white woman," this speaks volumes about his character.  So the Left detests us because, to them, we're the spoil sports.

Sen. Kerry Recycles Greenpeace's Lie About Arctic Ice.  Radical environmentalists love recycling so much that they recycle lies — and the lies are even bolder when reincarnated.  Sen. John Kerry proved it this week when he recycled Greenpeace's lie about an ice-free Arctic and said it will become a reality even sooner, by 2013.

More about polar ice.

Michelle is Right:  America is Mean!  Michelle, you are right, America is mean.  The Obamanation is the meanest America I have ever known.

Liberal Lies About National Health Care.  [Scroll down]  Apparently, promising to cut costs by having a panel of Washington bureaucrats (for short, "The Death Panel") deny medical treatment wasn't a popular idea with most Americans.  So liberals started claiming that they are going to cover an additional 47 million uninsured Americans and cut costs ... without ever denying a single medical treatment!  Also on the agenda is a delicious all-you-can-eat chocolate cake that will actually help you lose weight!

Health care event attendee lied about being doctor.  U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on Thursday [8/13/2009] distanced herself from a University of Houston graduate student and Texas Obama delegate who falsely identified herself as a pediatric physician at the congresswoman's health care reform town hall meeting this week. ... Jared Woodfill, chairman of Harris County Republican Party, on Thursday said Mayer's misrepresentation "shows you what we've known all along."  "The Democrats," he said, "will do anything it takes to pass Obamacare, whether it's misrepresentation, deception, trickery or outright fraud.  It appears there are no boundaries to what they are willing to do."

'Oooh. Van Jones, alright!'  The problems with Van "change the system" Jones are not just his serial slurs against much of American society ("an apartheid regime") as we know it (e.g., capitalism, the coal industry, American farming, the white population, the Bush administration (for causing 9/11), the [Republicans], etc. — but that he simply cannot tell the truth about his own history, in disavowing almost everything he has said, written, or signed in the recent past.

The Liars Club.  Leftist Democrats simply lie about everything that they think will help them politically and that they think they can get away with.  The Liars Party (also, to an amazing degree, the Lawyers Party) does not care about any of the policies which it professes to advocate. ... Members of the Liars Club do not even merit the dubious honor of being called Leftist ideologues.  They are simply utterly selfish and profoundly amoral liars who view the moral conscience and fidelity to truth of conservatives as more dangerous to them as any notions of market theory, natural rights, or rule of law.

Liberalism is really about money and power.  So many things that liberals argue about economics are simply and demonstrably wrong.  But even when you prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are wrong, the liberals keep mouthing the same basic untruths.

Suspect in vandalism leftist, not Republican.  A suspect in a case of vandalism at the Colorado Democratic headquarters was once a paid campaign worker for a Democratic candidate for the legislature, despite the state party chief having blamed hate-fomented opposition to Democratic health care plans.

Nancy's Nazis:  Both Hitler and Stalin hated real science.  They had real scientists sent to concentration camps.  The reason is of course that real science is about telling the truth.  That is why "global warming" is also a totalitarian scheme; it's fraudulent science.  It is also why the Left cannot openly debate the pros and cons of Central Planning in American medicine.  They are not happy with searching out the truth.

Pelosi's Swastika Claim Is A Crock.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) proclaimed that those attending health care town hall meetings are "carrying swastikas."

Obamacare's Fake Doctor.  I guess since Obama's spent the last month insulting surgeons and otolaryngologists, it's no surprise that Obamacare supporters would have to get a fake doctor to come as Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee questions about it.  The Houston Chronicle is just catching onto a story about Obamacare's non-doctor that California conservative blogger Patterico broke last week after the Chronicle credulously publicized her question as "from a physician."

Preparing for War:  Boning Up on the Left's Health Care Myths.  [President Obama] enjoys saying — incorrectly — Americans pay $6,000 more per year on health care than people of other advanced nations for no better care.  The statement is abominably false.  Just as Obama is manipulating the cost and benefit numbers to enlist popular and Blue Dog support for his socialized medicine conspiracy, he distorts statistics to make the specious claim that our health care system isn't far superior to all others.

Some of the Democrat's Healthcare Lies Discussed.  For example, the new government run plan will supposedly "compete" with private companies; however, the bill exposes employers operating group health plans to state law remedies and private causes of action, but the government run plan can only be sued in federal court.

Obamacare is losing support for good reason.  During a town hall meeting by telephone this week, U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes discussed his support for a trillion-plus dollar health care reform package with his constituents.  "We've got to lower costs for everybody," he said.  Who does he think he's kidding?  If we "lower costs for everybody," where exactly is the trillion dollars going to come from?

Beware the Counterrevolution.  When their evil intent is revealed, the leftists retreat and then re-package it in different wrapping paper.  Socialized medicine becomes Hillarycare becomes ObamaCare.  Healthcare is a right for everyone, they say.  Who would dare oppose that?  Environmentalism becomes global warming becomes climate change.  Who could be against saving the planet? ... The problem for these strategies is that once people have had a chance to examine the packages, they are discovering that they are Trojan horses.  They do not save the planet nor provide quality healthcare for all Americans.  Their sole purpose is to dramatically expand the power of the government over its citizens, providing the potential for complete enslavement.

The Evasions and Misstatements of Sonia Sotomayor.  There is plenty of reason to conclude, as [The Washington Post's Eva] Rodriquez did, that Sotomayor was being less than honest in her testimony.  Many of Sotomayor's misstatements were blatant and easily revealed.

Democrats are relying on deception again.  Support for any Democratic policy initiative requires dishonesty, and the health plan being pushed by President Barack Obama is no exception.  Let's examine what the proponents of government health care are saying.  First, there are 46 million uninsured people in the United States.  Even though this may be literally true, it is deliberately misleading.  And, it is often stated as "46 million without health care," which is not just misleading, it's an outright lie.

Joe Biden:  'We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt'.  Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.

Taxing The Truth.  President Obama, a smart man, says that tax cuts for the wealthy are the main reason we're now in such economic trouble.  Someone needs to tell him how utterly — and dangerously — wrong that is.

Pelosi vs. CIA: Why It Matters.  "Bush lied, people died" became a refrain uttered endlessly by Bush haters.  But Bush didn't lie — and the Democrats know it.  Indeed, to extricate herself from Torture-gate, Pelosi now compliments the CIA, the very agency Bush relied on in making the case for war.  But public opinion turned against the war.  Then waterboarding became "torture."

This is Torture?  [Scropll down]  The administration's other mistake was to endorse the view, promulgated by the Left, that the techniques described in the memos deserve to be called "torture."  Even a cursory examination indicates otherwise.  Indeed, so far from being "brutal," as the New York Times has reported, most of the interrogation techniques are remarkable in their mildness.

Obama and the Alternative Energy Fiasco:  [Scroll down]  All of these things are happening at a time when natural gas is abundant and cheap. ... Many cars could run on natural gas, much like many buses do already. ... New technologies continually revive old oil and gas fields and make new ones economically viable.  So it's little more than socialist Malthusianism to argue that the world is running out of cheap energy.

Spend Or Starve.  Congressional Democrats are taking disinformation to a new low.  Before now, we were on a "starvation diet," claims one, adding that failure to spend nearly a trillion dollars will trigger "Armageddon."

President TelePrompTer® compares Model T to SUV.  At a visit to at the Edison electric car factory in California, President TelePrompTer told the employees that "A Model T got better gas mileage than today's SUV".  Not wanting to take a man of his stout reputation at his word alone, let's look at the specs for each.

Editor's note:
As far as I can determine, the word TelePrompTer is not a registered trademark, and the designation as such in the preceding title may be in error.

The Great Left Smear Machine.  Liberals have created a powerhouse propaganda machine that helped Moveon.org smear a four-star general, promotes endless environmental scares and brags it can place its left wing themes in the nation's leading newspapers.  Fenton Communications pitches for trial lawyers, collectively the largest contributors to the Democrat Party, as well as for the hard line environmental group Greenpeace; Venezuela's socialist leader Hugo Chavez; anti-war demonstrator Cindy Sheehan; and gay and abortion advocates.  Its account executives arrive from such left wing outposts as the office of ultra liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich, abortion provider Planned Parenthood, the anti-Bush ACLU, Greenpeace and the news media.

The warmist PR con job.  It's almost a left wing harmonic convergence on global warming fraud.  Chris Horner writing for Big Government reveals that the principle warmist blogsite, Real Climate, is a Fenton operation.  Fenton Communications is the left wing PR operation that promoted the Alar scare and other bogus health scares, and are the poeple who created the infamous "General Betray Us" ad attacking Gneeral Petraeus.

The "Depression" for Us Idiots.  I feel like Winston Smith in Oceania, confused about all the doublethink coming out of Washington.  Great Depression — no Great Depression.  Recession for years; its end at the end of this year.  Signing statements bad; signing statements good.  Fundamentals hardly strong; fundamentals really sound.  Earmarks terrible; 8,000 wonderful.  Bush's $500 billion deficit reckless; Obama's $1.7 [trillion] sober and judicious; Iraq horrific and the worst whatever; Iraq suddenly quiet, democratic, and hopeful; highest ethical bar in an administration ever — Richardson, Daschle, Killefer, Solis, etc. cannot meet the lowest; ... Obama not to be blamed for massive collapse of stock prices since November; Obama to be praised for modest gains last week.  At some point, someone in the media must be getting embarrassed that they are all working at the Ministry of Truth.

Maher:  Glenn Beck Increasing Chance of 'Horrible Action' on Obama.  Fox New's Glenn Beck is increasing "the chance for people to take horrible action" on President Obama.  So said HBO's Bill Maher Friday evening [3/20/2009] in a lengthy discussion about FNC's new primetime star.  I guess Maher missed the hypocrisy concerning his disturbingly caustic views of the Bush administration while they were in power, in particular his expression of regret that the March 2007 assassination of Vice President Dick Cheney failed.

Liberals, time to face the truth.  The flourishing liberal dictum that the public should keep its paws off the funding and practice of science is a serious and dangerous fabrication.  Among liberal rhetoricians, this erroneous diktat blossomed when then-President George W. Bush limited federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research.  They said Bush and others with moral qualms about destroying human life to advance scientific knowledge were "anti-science."  So, when the political left found they could advance their own scientific agenda by painting conservatives as anti-science, the slander became an embedded component of liberal group think.

The Pride of the Liberals:  [Obama's] ambition may wreck his presidency, or it may make him the world-historical figure he aspires to be.  But what is more troubling is the unwarranted intellectual self-confidence that liberalism in the age of Obama increasingly exhibits.  The debate over the economic-stimulus plan illustrated the point.  When that plan was criticized, President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate majority whip Dick Durbin all resorted nearly immediately to the "argument" that they had won the election.

Why I Love Big Government:  I was against government taking all of my money until Paul Krugman opened my eyes to the multiplier effect of public spending.  Krugman claims that a dollar spent by government raises the GDP a buck and a half.  I don't think even Bernie Madoff promised that kind of return.  I suggest Krugman do everything he can to get the federal government to take over the New York Times.  I mean, it is pretty obvious the paper can't get a fifty percent return these days, and without the Times I would not have been exposed to Krugman's magic money theories.

Obama and the Liberal Freeloader Culture.  Liberals have made freeloading into a way of life — even for the well to do.  There's the well-to-do woman who cadges free meds from a physician relative.  There's the well-to-do woman who's signed up for her state's basic health plan.  There's 2007's S-CHIP poster child whose parents can afford late-model cars and private school tuition but not health insurance.

Slurring Thomas Jefferson.  When, in the course of the Clinton presidency, it became necessary to normalize sexual misbehavior among presidents, the memory of Thomas Jefferson was soiled, with the compliance of academic and journalistic liberal elites.

Was Thomas Jefferson Really a Liar and a Rapist?  [This story] appeared to be a handy red herring to drag across the Clinton scandal trail [in 1998], since there was a story circulating that President Bill Clinton, while governor, had fathered a child by a black woman prostitute named Bobbi Ann Williams.

Why We Don't Celebrate 'Historians Day'.  Being gracious winners, this week, liberals howled with delight at George Bush for coming in seventh-to-last in a historians' ranking of the presidents from best to worst.  This was pretty shocking.  Most liberals can't even name seven U.S. presidents.  Being ranked one of the worst presidents by "historians" is like being called "anti-American" by the Nation magazine.  And by "historian," I mean a former member of the Weather Underground, who is subsidized by the taxpayer to engage in left-wing political activism in a cushy university job.  So congratulations, George Bush!  Whenever history professors rank you as one of the "worst" presidents, it's a good bet you were one of America's greatest.

A President Who Needs Misery.  Democrats are, more than anything else, power junkies.  The morals of society, the welfare of others, the hopes of posterity — all these mean nothing next to the pure political power of right now.  The normal assumption is that political parties that create prosperity win political power, but that is not an entirely accurate assumption.  FDR gained more political power when the nation careened into deeper dependence, deeper poverty, and deeper debt.

Can you say, "audience plant?"
Housing For The Needy Not The Greedy.  In view of latest developments in the Homeless Henrietta Hughes matter, Canada Free Press (CFP) is suggesting "Housing For The Needy Not The Greedy" as a more realistic slogan than "Hope & Change" for President Barack Obama.  Obama's Homeless Woman of Ft. Myers, Florida Stimulus Package Promotion fame is in reality a Real Estate Investor.

When 'Freedom' And 'Choice' Are Neither:  The doublespeak coming from Washington these days has Orwell twirling in his grave. ... Today's political climate is the closest we've come to Orwell's vision of 1984.  We've had the old doublespeak standby of "choice" in abortion around for decades.  Of course the only one making the choice is the women involved, the father and baby don't get a choice, they get an outcome.

Worst Liberal Lies of 2008  Liberal ideology, and the average liberal's self-image, is founded on — let's be polite about it — myth and misinformation.  Throughout the 20th century, liberals have excused and explained their latest utopian "solutions" to manufactured "problems" using twisted history.  As it turns out:  DDT isn't dangerous, Alger Hiss was a spy, the Rosenbergs were guilty, the Samoans weren't promiscuous, one-our-of-four women aren't rape victims, AIDS isn't a threat to "everyone"... This list is long ... .

Is it 2008 — or 1984?  For years now we have been preached to that Guantanamo is a gulag where Korans are stomped and flushed (not laptops provided to the chief architect of 9/11), that we waged a foolhardy, amoral, and hopelessly 'lost' war against the Iraqi people, that the rich plundered the economy on the backs of the poor, and that the Constitution was burned so that covert agencies could play James Bond.  I could go on, but you get the picture.

Democrats try to brand earmarks as good.  Capitol Hill's top Democrats are making a full-throated effort to rebrand earmarks as good government, not a dirty word synonymous with pork-barrel hijinks.  With President Obama's vow to clamp down on earmarks putting pressure on lawmakers to change their ways, congressional leaders have set out to educate voters about why they think Congress should direct dollars to districts or states for specific pet projects.

It's a Recession, Not a 'Catastrophe'.  President Obama, writing in The Washington Post, said, "By now, it's clear to everyone that we have inherited an economic crisis as deep and dire as any since the days of the Great Depression."  But how would we know if and when this crisis is really more "deep and dire" than others?  Many may believe we're in the worst recession since the Great Depression, if only because politicians and the press keep repeating that claim.

From hope to doomsday.  The way things are going, we can expect to wake up one morning to find the president of the United States wandering the streets of Washington in sack cloth with a placard predicting, well, the end.  He's already given us everything but the exact date on which the world will end as he leads a chorus of his supporters demanding that Congress adopt his every nostrum lest our economic crisis transform itself into a "catastrophe," as Mr. Obama put it, or "absolute collapse," as Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) warned, or even "Armageddon," in the words of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.).

$300 Million for Golf carts/Hybrids in Stimulus.  $300 million has been allocated in the stimulus bill for modern golf carts and other forms of environmentally friendly modes of transportation.  The Democrats thought they could fool you by renaming the money earmarked for golf carts in the stimulus bill as paying for "neighborhood electric vehicles" and "low speed motor vehicles."

The Editor says...
I'm already driving a "low speed motor vehicle" — my 14-year-old Saturn.  And I'm surely not going to drive a golf cart to work, especially through the kind of neighborhoods I'd have to cross.

Lies And Liars.  Random House dictionary defines lie as "a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive."  Technically, this makes Obama a liar.  Ditto the majority of politicians who lace their coveted face time with political spin that has no connection to existing facts.  Changing the name of an apple to an orange, doesn't make the apple an orange.  And lying convincingly to millions of people doesn't make the lie truthful.  All it means is that, once again, the liar has gotten away with fooling most of the people, most of the time.

Benjamin Franklin Was Not An Animal Rights Activist.  Benjamin Franklin was a writer, humorist, businessman, scientist, inventor, musician, diplomat, politician, political theorist, and civic leader.  What he wasn't:  an animal rights activist.  But don't try telling that to vegan extremists who have been claiming the great inventor as one of their own.  It's not the first time wishful activist thinking has been substituted for facts.

Sarah Palin:  Conservative of the Year.  The same media that couldn't be bothered to investigate Obama's ties to former Weathermen or Syrian Nationalist Tony Rezko was soon hot on the trail of a rumor that Palin's church had a speaker 30 years ago who spoke in tongues!  Let me think now:  Were there ever any unusual or otherwise noteworthy speeches or sermons given in churches where Obama worshipped?  Hmmm...  it's on the tip of my tongue.  Liberals also suddenly decided that a woman with children could not handle the stress of higher office.  Until Palin reared her beautiful head, this is precisely the sort of thinking liberals would have denounced as the Neanderthal, backwards, good old boy network attitude that had created a "glass ceiling."

Say Goodbye to America.  Democrats believe that if they lose an election it's because their opponent cheated.  It's never their fault.  It's never because they ran a poor campaign.  It's never because their opponent ran a better one. ... It's always about voter fraud, disenfranchisement, not enough ballots, faulty machinery, hanging chads, negative advertising, intimidation tactics, campaign finance abuses, you name it.

Accountability.  It is a funny — though not ha-ha funny — double standard:  When the GOP ran the show, it was always held responsible for every "bad" outcome.  Now that the GOP is in the minority, it's still held responsible for every "bad" outcome.  I suppose it's a similar standard that somehow allows the Democrats in charge of overseeing the financial sector to whine that there hasn't been enough oversight without even the slightest sting of embarrassment.

Pre-industrial CO2 levels were about the same as today.  Why we are told otherwise?  Proponents of human induced warming and climate change told us that an increase in CO2 precedes and causes temperature increases.  They were wrong.  They told us the late 20th century was the warmest on record.  They were wrong.  They told us, using the infamous "hockey stick" graph, the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) did not exist.  They were wrong.  They told us global temperatures would increase through 2008 as CO2 increased.  They were wrong.  They told us Arctic ice would continue to decrease in area through 2008.  They were wrong.  They told us October 2008 was the second warmest on record.  They were wrong.

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost.  Perhaps you think the problems causing the market meltdown are economic and financial in nature.  If so, think again.  Such problems are mere symptoms of the malady.  The root causes are moral and ethical in nature.  For decades, secularists in America scoffed at religion and her offspring, morality and ethics.  They removed religion from the realm of "truth" and reduced it to mere "opinion."  Truth was limited to that which could be objectified, quantified, and verified.  Since that could not be accomplished with religion (at least on this side of eternity), "religious truth" was deemed an oxymoron.  Absolutes were out, relativism was in.  Morals became "relative" and ethics became "situational."  Virtue was rejected as an antiquated notion.  Results were all that mattered.  These ideas began to permeate society, including Wall Street.  And since ideas have consequences, they began to influence the way business was conducted on the Street.

Show me where Stalin is buried and I'll show you a Communist Plot.  It's true the left relies on symbolism over substance.  They have to.  It's all they have.  Symbols, speeches, posters, politically correct language and harangues.  In other words, the Nanny State.  A corrupt self-enriching Nanny State.  If you've ever wondered why the left constantly mocks the good and the decent, it's because they're angry contrarians.  They say goodbye when they mean hello.  They say love when they mean lust.  They're cynical, angry, with issues galore.  They think they're important, they think they're funny.

Vote-fraud-seeding ACORN deserves a good cracking.  It used to be that Americans — even American political candidates — would simply accept the little Election Day miracles and move on.  When the dead rose in Chicago to put John F. Kennedy in the White House, Richard Nixon said one of his many goodbyes and faded into the wallpaper for eight years.  When residents of a certain precinct in Texas voted in alphabetical order to send Lyndon Johnson to the U.S. Senate — hey, it could happen.  Right?  Then Al Gore lost in 2000 and John Kerry lost in 2004 and the conspiracy theorists decided it was time to build a conspiracy that could win for them.

Sarah Palin and the Experience Factor.  Why is it that liberal misrepresentations are never fully addressed before they become established as received wisdom?  Whatever the topic may be, the left is consistently allowed to set the terms on which the argument takes place. ... In the past few years we've seen "WMDs were the sole reason for invading Iraq", "CO2 is the major driver of climatic trends", and "Karl Rove is the Devil Incarnate", to consider only three.  Each case is demonstrably false, yet each case has been allowed to dominate the public debate.

Factors that Could Lead to Obama's Downfall:  [In his campaign ads, Bill Clinton] told voters that he was for a middle class tax cut and for "ending welfare as we know it." ... When Clinton promised those things, the economy had already begun, and was maintaining, a steady recovery.  That didn't stop him from referring to it as the worst economy in 50 years, though, and the nation bought it.

Why Dogs, Not Liberals, Are Man's Best Friend.  To blame a liberal for lying and blatant hypocrisy would be as heartless as blaming an alcoholic for drinking.  In fact, I suspect that, like alcoholics, liberals suffer from a chemical imbalance.  Otherwise, how would you explain the enormous gulf between what they say and what they do?

Truthless Joe.  Neither [Jimmy] Carter nor Bill Clinton, whose twists and turns before a grand jury led to his impeachment, ever stared into the camera and spouted such a string of outright fabrications as if they were gospel truths the way Barack Obama's running mate did last week.  Thankfully, the blogosphere has been having a field day cataloguing Joe's whoppers.

Religiosity Without Religion.  Secularism, of course, never has to explain itself or prove its claims, a curiously privileged position for an ideology that rests on skepticism and relativism.  Apparently everything is unknowable to secularists except the obvious wisdom of their holding a dominant spot in public debates.  How we know with certainty that secularism is synonymous with "reason" and religion synonymous with "mere opinion" is never explained.

Diminishing Palin:  Starting with Gerald Ford, the inside-the-beltway class and its amplifiers in the media have routinely decided that Republicans who seek national office are dullards.  Literally every Republican candidate for president since 1980 has had his intellect belittled.  Even Bob Dole, a candidate who had spent decades proving his remarkable mental acuity in Congress, had to face such salvos because his age had allegedly dulled his mental edge.  Sound vaguely familiar?

Who is a hypocrite?  Liberals are fed up with conservatives for trying to regulate their "private" behavior.  Yet it is they who want to regulate every minute aspect of our lives, from smoking to eating to weapons to energy consumption to confiscatory taxation to health care to retirement security.  Liberals insist that what a public official does in his private life is irrelevant to his public fitness or conduct.  Yet they're now telling us the private conduct even of a relative of a conservative candidate is fair game.

Axelrod Astroturfs an Attack Against Palin.  The media love covering grassroots attacks on major political candidates.  The attacks signal a large base of Americans disturbed by a particular candidate or issue.  When those grassroots attacks are manufactured by public relations firms, they aren't real:  they're astroturfed — fake attacks designed to look like a grassroots movement.

Orchestrated "Grassroots" Smear Campaigns and the People that Run Them.  Within an hour of this post going up, YouTube videos implicating Ethan Winner were yanked, sockpuppet accounts deleted, and more importantly, the Wikipedia entry on David Axelrod began to edit out mentions of his well know astroturfing campaigns.  Hmmm, it sounds to me like we're on to something.  We have backups of all the deleted websites, and have now included them in the post.

Whoopi Goldberg and the Slavery Question.  On the September 12 edition of "View," host Whoopi Goldberg asked Senator John McCain, "Do I have to be worried about becoming a slave again?"  Goldberg's question was obviously a loaded attempt to either stump McCain or force him into saying something politically incorrect.

The Editor asks...
When was Whoopi Goldberg released from slavery?

Energy Myths:  Many in Congress seem either disconnected from reality or intentionally disingenuous about our energy crunch.  They have well-honed negative responses to common-sense ideas about solving our energy crisis, particularly drilling for more oil.  These responses are based on a number of widely held myths.  Sadly, they've become the backbone of the Democrats' energy policy.  They include:  "We can't drill our way out of our energy crisis."  Actually, we can.

Now it's 'swift-boating'?  It's only dirty pool if you lose.  That's the apparent Democratic approach to presidential politics.  In 2004, Democrats tried to use film, in the form of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, to discredit and bring down President Bush in his re-election effort.  CBS even got into the fray, using obviously forged documents to try to tarnish Bush's National Guard service.  It led to news anchor Dan Rather's retirement.

Dems' Doublethink on Drilling:  High gasoline prices are good.  A high price, imposed through federal carbon taxes or carbon caps, is precisely the mechanism by which Democrats hope to curb carbon emissions. … [But] High gasoline prices are bad.  With constituents irate over gasoline prices that are pushing $5 a gallon, Democrats complain that high prices are a bad thing.

Why Liberals Lie About What They Believe:  The liberal agenda is, in many respects, the same as it was in the thirties.  Whether you call it communism, fascism, socialism, liberalism, or progressivism, the only real difference is how much they believe they can get away with, the way they sell it to people, and the latest trendy name for what they believe.

It Can't Get Any Worse?  I hate to burst the dystopian bubble the Leftists have persistently inflated during the nightmare known as The Bush Administration, but people have never had better food, medicine and housing than they do at this very moment.  A typical home in America today has central heat and air, the cheapest car is a paragon of safety and efficiency compared with its ancestors, and people are routinely treated for, and survive, conditions which were fatal less than half a century ago.

Dems Skip Town:  Empty Promises Revealed.  Right now middle-class Americans are suffering from expensive-energy induced inflation.  We all know the adverse consequences pain at the pumps has wrought.  So what does "the most open" House majority of all time do when a fair and honest debate over drilling doesn't exactly help them?  They dodge the debate for weeks.  They disingenuously lead the American people to believe that oil and gas won't necessarily be a part of our energy needs in the future.

The Democrats' Big Problem:  The War In Iraq Wasn't About Oil.  Since the liberation of Iraq in March 2003, liberals have been screaming that the war to remove Saddam Hussein and his henchmen was a facade.  They have been shouting for years on end that the real reason for U.S. presence in Iraq was to secure resources for the Exxon/Mobils of the world.  They have been shrieking that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, oilmen both, hijacked American foreign policy to pad their pocketbooks.  There was only one problem with that logic, of course:  The price of oil has been skyrocketing since the invasion of Iraq.

Democrats: The Missing Years.  The DNC website section labeled "Party History," … is in fact scrubbed clean of the not-so-little dirty secret that fueled Democrats' political successes for over a century and a half and made American life a hell on earth for black Americans. … So what's missing?  There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms supporting slavery.  There were six from 1840-1860.  There is no reference to the number of Democratic presidents who owned slaves.  There were seven from 1800-1861.  There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms that either supported segregation outright or were silent on the subject.  There were 20, from 1868-1948.  There is no reference to "Jim Crow" as in "Jim Crow laws," nor is there reference to the role Democrats played in creating them.

Obama the Postmodern Candidate.  Mr. Obama is on a nodding acquaintance with the concept of "truth."  It appears that everything he says and does must be viewed "in context" and that the framing of that context is the sole province of Barack Obama.  Take the whole Reverend Wright issue for example.  Over the course of six weeks we were told that he had no idea these things were said; he had a vague idea they were said; he knew they were said but could no more disown them than his occasionally racist grandmother; he had been personally disrespected and was through with Jeremiah Wright.  Quite a bit of "context" to get from his initial statements to the end point a mere month and a half later…

Democrats more dysfunctional than ever.  Barack Obama's people have said that Hillary Clinton will probably not be the Democratic vice presidential candidate because of her husband, Bill's past. … Aren't these the same Democrats that less than a decade ago defended the then sitting president during impeachment proceedings brought about as a result of Bill's perjury and suborning perjury?

Harkin Suggests Military Background Makes McCain Unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.  Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is catching grief for suggesting John McCain's family history of military service makes the presumptive Republican presidential nominee unfit to be commander-in-chief.  Harkin, who has a history of embellishing his own military record, told Iowa reporters last week that McCain's background as the son and grandson of Navy admirals creates a "dangerous" situation because he can only view the world through the prism of the military.

The Editor says...
Eisenhower worked out okay, didn't he?

It's Obama's Character, Stupid.  I picked up a copy of Time magazine yesterday, in which a columnist declared that issues of "character" were a "distraction" in the Presidential race.  Obama actually said the same thing in his North Carolina press conference, that the Reverend Wright affair has been a "distraction."  Isn't this what liberals usually say when their own characters come under public scrutiny?  What a heap of pure poppycock!  Character is the primary issue in every Presidential election.

Oil Lessons.  "We can't drill our way out of the problem."  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has said it.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said it.  It's one of those bromides sincerely repeated by Democrats with such conviction that for years left-leaning audiences duly nodded their heads, never questioning whether the truism was indeed true.  Until gasoline leaped above the $4-a-gallon mark.

Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosi's 'Scripture' Quote.  In her April 22 Earth Day news release, Pelosi said, "The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, 'To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship.  To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.' … Claude Mariottini, a professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Cybercast News Service the passage not only doesn't exist — it's "fictional."  "It is not in the Bible," Mariottini said.  "There is nothing that even approximates that."

More Prisoners, Less Crime.  Last July, Obama said that "more young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities."  Actually, there are more than twice as many black men ages 18 to 24 in college as there are in jail.  Last September he said, "We have a system that locks away too many young, first-time, nonviolent offenders for the better part of their lives."  But Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, writing in the institute's City Journal, notes that from 1999 to 2004, violent offenders accounted for all of the increase in the prison population.

Shattering Three Myths About Liberals:  (#3) Liberalism is the ideology of science.  It has been said that if we ever have fascism here in America, it will be called anti-fascism.  Similarly, it's liberals who politicize science to fit their ideological goals and then declare that their opponents are the ones who have rejected reason.

Dem and Dumber in Ohio:  Democratic congressional candidate Mary Jo Kilroy sent a look-alike to rural parade.  Much like Saddam Hussein, Ohio 15th congressional district Democratic candidate Mary Jo Kilroy uses body doubles when she tires of having to deal with all of the little people she intends to represent.  Such was the case last week when Kilroy sent her campaign body double to represent her at the Plain City Steam Thresher parade.

How the Left Intimidates the Media.  Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was recently paid $20,000 by Virginia Tech to tell the students that there aren't two sides to the global warming debate and that the problem with the media today is that we don't have a fairness doctrine.  Those positions, which sound contradictory, betray the modern liberal agenda.  They want to bring back the fairness doctrine not to ensure true fairness and balance in journalism but to intimidate and censor those expressing a view contrary to their own.

That's a lie.  Ten often-repeated Democrat canards, half-truths and misconceptions.

The Wages of Sensitivity.  The Democrats are the party of self-conscious inclusion, of identity politics, of sensitivity training, of hate crimes, hate speech, and of rules to control them.  A presidential campaign, on the other hand, is nothing but "hate speech," as opponents dive deep into opposition research, fling charges true, half-true, and simply made up against one another in an attempt to present their rivals as slimy, dishonest, disreputable, dangerous, and possibly the worst human beings who ever drew breath.

Phony Pflegerism:  Normally the Democrats encourage priests and religious to misuse their office, to treat the binding teachings of their church as debatable while treating the platform and causes of the Democratic Party as doctrine; to put on their religious garb at political meetings, then take it off for catechesis.

Swift-Boating for Truth:  Democrats never think they lose a fair fight.  The fix is always in and it is against them.  When the 2006 midterms came around and Democrats won, of course, that was accurate.  If Democrats win, it is a fair outcome, when they lose — the response is the personal destruction of anyone in their way.

Global Warming Led to 'Black Hawk Down,' Congressman Says.  A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the "black hawk down" battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels.  Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, also equated the drive for global warming legislation with the drive for women's suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Liberal Smears Unchallenged.  The general election season is under way, and the leftists are already displaying their hypocrisy.  They've launched pre-emptive warnings against a Republican "swiftboating" of Barack Obama at the same time they're making up wild allegations about the villainous ultraconservative plots against goodness planned by John McCain.

The Tanker Dogfight:  The Air Force has fumbled the bidding for new aerial refueling tankers for seven years now, and suddenly it's John McCain's fault.  That's election-year politics for you. The Democratic National Committee claims it was Senator McCain who steered the $35 billion tanker contract away from Boeing and toward Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., or EADS.

Right-Wing Perverts.  [Former presidential candidate, Gary Hart] claims that the right's strategy is:  "Continue to demonize liberals, blame them for all social and economic problems, and soon enough no one will be willing to admit to being a liberal.  Claim that liberals and Democrats are too soft to combat terrorists and soon enough a majority, even in the oldest democracy on earth, will believe it."  Would that this truth were so easy to convey!  If Hart's charges weren't so pompously humorless, you'd have to laugh at his calling conservatives "radical perverters of language," coming as it does from the former darling of a party whose most recent president had us scrambling to define the meaning of the word "is."

Hillary:  Stand By Some Other Man.  Liberals believe, often accurately, that if they say the same thing over and over again 1 billion times, people will believe it:  "Bush lied, kids died," "We've lost in Iraq," "Reagan is stupid," "Bush is stupid," "Republicans are stupid," "Global warming is destroying the planet," "Gloria Steinem is good-looking" and — their most provably false assertion — "Bill Clinton is the most talented politician of his generation."

Obama's Deceptive Anti-Oil Ad:  'I Don't Take $ From Oil Companies'.  It has been illegal for the last 100 years for an oil company to directly donate to a political campaign.  So, while it is technically correct that Obama isn't taking money from oil companies, it is ALSO true that neither is anyone else!

FDR's dream comes true as nightmare.  When the US Mint was closed to gold in March, 1933, by Roosevelt and the country embarked on the sea of managed currency, a very large number of individuals and organizations urged a prompt return to the gold standard. The question arises as to what has become of those opposing voices in the intervening years. Why, some were silenced through bribe and blackmail. … All knowledge about gold money was systematically purged from university curricula and from institutes of advanced studies, replaced by a claptrap of pseudo-mathematical bunk.

The Surreal World of the Progressive Left:  Misrepresentation of facts, distortion of motives and general acts of character assassination are the preferred modes of progressive discourse, as any conservative who has acquired a public persona can attest. … Efforts by the targets of this malevolence to correct fabrications and mis-statements of fact are guaranteed to fail nearly every time, in part because progressives don't regard their judgments as opinions but as a received moral (and therefore incontrovertible) truth.  Eventually an alternative reality is created by this process which no one would even think to check.

How Do You Spell F-R-A-U-D?  Many politicians "stretch the facts" at some point in their careers, but this was more than that.  While Republicans do the same thing on another level — like campaigning for spending cuts and then outspending Democrats when they become a majority — what [Congressman Paul] Kanjorski has admitted to is outright fraud.

Camelot or Cesspool?  The Kennedys recently endorsed Barack Obama, and Teddy Kennedy drew a parallel with President Kennedy — a vision of a new Camelot rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the Bush administration.  Either he was addressing the largest group of amnesiacs ever gathered in one place in history or the media and much of America have been eating funny mushrooms and are in the throes of a mass delusion.

Obama's Bible Defense of Same-Sex Unions Wrong, Experts Say.  Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said it is a mistake for Obama to look to the Bible as a playbook for his political aspirations.  "It seems pretty bogus using (the Bible) to justify civil unions," McCaffrey told Cybercast News Service.  "He should be using secular reasons to back it up.  "He can search the whole Bible and not find anything that justifies gay marriage or same-sex unions," she said.

Hillary's Record:  Lamenting the healthy U.S. economy, a certain senator from New York says "it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush."  But the Clintons' brand of soap always seems to be a mix of sleaze and socialism.

Bending The Truth:  Eyebrows were raised early this year when the Senate's chief Democratic fundraiser, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, was made chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) — a panel on which he wasn't even a member.  The suspicion was that Schumer would scrap the JEC's serious economic analysis and make it his own political tool that plays fast and loose with numbers.

The audacity of phoniness.  Now it turns out that [Senator Obama's] top adviser, David Axelrod, often credited with masterminding Barack Obama's campaign strategy has a double life, too.  Thanks to the excellent reporting of Howard Wolinsky of Business Week, we know that the left wing campaign consultant by day also by night works for big corporations, creating phony front groups to pose as community groups who just happen to agree with his clients on controversial public issues.

Attack on President Bush Continues Past SCHIP Veto Override Vote.  Democratic Rep. Pete Stark launched a shocking one-man assault on the Bush administration Thursday [10/18/2007], interrupting floor debate before a failed attempt to override President Bush's veto of the so-called SCHIP bill to suggest that U.S. troops in Iraq are getting their heads "blown off for the president's amusement."

Did someone mention SCHIP?

Web of deceit:  "Bush lied, people died," has been the loopy left's mantra since 2003:  The president fabricated evidence about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaida's ties to Iraq to inflame support for invading Iraq.  These claims have been refuted countless times, but refuse to die.  The evidence of Hussein's WMDs was so convincing that Congress overwhelmingly approved the use of military force against Iraq and more than three dozen countries joined the United States in liberating Iraq. … Yet the news media still take it on faith that "Bush lied, people died."

Obama bin lottery.  Obama's South Carolina victory speech was the economic equivalent of a carnival snake-oil pitch.  He promised to "stop giving tax breaks to rich companies and instead put the money in the pockets of struggling homeowners who can't pay their mortgages", and at the same time stop the export of American jobs overseas, while raising everyone's wages.  The crowd chanted, "Yes we can! Yes we can!"  Excuse me:  No, you can't.  You can't keep inefficient American factories open without massive tax breaks to corporations, in the form of tariffs or otherwise.

A Modest Proposal to Eco-Celebs:  I'm trying to figure out why Norman Lear with a 26 car garage insists we cut our driving and Barbra Streisand from her well-staffed mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean advises her fans to air dry their laundry outside.  And Teresa Heinz and John Kerry, who use a private plane to travel to their 5 mansions and SUVs, warn us all to cut back on our energy use.

Why eco-hypocrisy matters:  This was no isolated incident, but part of what's becoming a tediously familiar pattern.  It starts when Celebrity X clambers up on a soapbox to tell the rest of us what we ought to be doing to Help Stop Global Warming.  In short order, News Outlet Y reveals that Celebrity X is, in fact, a hypocrite, owing to her frequent private jet travel, energy-sucking McMansion, and generally outsize carbon footprint.

Streisand Says 'Elections Should be Won — Not Bought'.  Really Barbra Streisand, you didn't think anyone would check?

Hollywood Hates the Troops.  "We've killed over 400,000 of their citizens."  That's what actor Tim Robbins thinks U.S. troops have been doing in Iraq.  He made the claim last week in an appearance on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.  He's wrong, of course.  American soldiers have not been slaughtering 300 Iraqis a day for the last four years.  Even for one of Hollywood's most feculent personalities, this is an appalling slander of U.S. troops.

Harry Reid, Gen. Petraeus, and cooking data.  In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed a million Iraqis have been killed since the beginning of the invasion.  How did Reid arrive at that figure?  He probably got it from this poll.  I know of no non-poll study suggesting anything like such a high number.

10 Things a Political Junkie Hates About Politics:  [Scroll down] On the Left, comparisons of Bush to Hitler and wild claims that the United States is a fascist dictatorship have become so commonplace as to be blasé.  Allegations nearly as vile and most certainly as false — like the United States invaded Iraq for oil and the 2000 and 2004 elections were rigged — have become so ordinary that they could fairly be said to constitute mainstream thought on the Left.

Who Has Betrayed Whom?  The ad itself accused General Petraeus of betraying America and "cooking the books for the White House," of lying, in other words.  The Soros-backed, MoveOn folks made a number of scurrilous charges, most of which were easily debunked by the Washington Post Fact Checker, who gave the ad a three-Pinocchio label for dishonesty, stating that Move On's charges contained "significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions."

Soros Unmasked.  We have learned that J Street is not the grassroots group it has made itself out to be; rather, it is but one anti-Israel organization that George Soros had founded and funded.  It isn't simply $750,000 for J Street to advance its (or rather, Soros's) Israel-bashing agenda.  There is also Human Rights Watch.  As many others have documented, Human Rights Watch is another exercise in false advertising. ... The pattern is clear here:  where there is a well-funded group seeking to undermine the U.S.-Israel relationship, delegitimize Israel, or push for America's retreat from the world, it's a good bet Soros is behind it.

Reid's inconvenient theory will get House airing.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has been derided for saying that global warming contributed to last week's wildfires in Southern California.  Conservative political blogs mocked him.  Skeptics complained he was using a natural disaster to push his party's energy agenda.  The Nevada Republican Party said Reid had "lost touch with reality."

Whom to Blame for the Bridge's Collapse?  Why, Bush, Of Course!  Today, the federal government passes highway bills every six years or so, replete with pork projects.  The last one, passed in 2005, included snowmobile trails and horse trails, as well as a documentary about infrastructure in Alaska.  Some of the money never gets to critical highway maintenance.

Hillary's Texas Money Bundler.  [George Berham] Parr's most ominous pistolero was his six-gun totting enforcer, Luis Salas.  Days after the polls closed, Salas added 200 votes for [Lyndon] Johnson to Ballot Box 13 in Jim Webb County.  The fact that all the votes were recorded in the same handwriting was a clue.  But the box was never examined by those who adjudicated the election results; it had disappeared by then.  Revised returns gave Johnson a 3,000 vote margin of victory in Hidalgo County. … It all makes the chads and dimples show of South Florida look like child's play.

Progress, Actually.  The word "benchmarks" was scarcely heard last week when [General David] Petraeus and [Ambassador Ryan] Crocker reappeared before Congress.  Crocker testified that the Iraqis have actually met about two-thirds of the benchmarks, including four or five of the six key legislative benchmarks and all of the benchmarks measuring their contribution to their own security.  In reply, the congressmen who insisted on legislating these benchmarks now say benchmarks are a poor way to measure progress in Iraq.

Dems Distort Terror Report.  Democrats on Capitol Hill have complained for years that the White House "cherry-picks" intelligence.  Yesterday, that's exactly what the Dems did themselves with the just-declassified summary of a National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism.

Oscar for a panic merchant.  Take Al Gore.  While this jet-setting gas-belcher was getting his Oscar, the lights were still burning so brightly at his 20-room Nashville home that the Tennessee Centre for Policy Research yesterday announced he used more power every month than the average household used in a year.  So let's drop the terror-mongering, and calmly check something else.  As in:  is global warming really that bad, and is it really worth the pain of trying to stop it?

Al Gore Goes Elmer Gantry.  Despite the media-crafted image of the GOP as home to hypocritical religious demagogues, it is the Democratic Party in which more snake oil peddling faith healers find a home, albeit disguised as non-religious in nature.  Sadly, the Left's starry-eyed faith in demagogues like Gore, the Clintons, Edwards, John Fraud Kerry, and yes, even Obama (the White Man's Hope for Absolution of Guilt At Last), is destined to be disappointed, time and time again.

The Inconvenient Truth About Al Gore:  This whole thing with global warming and its leading apostle Al Gore is just more of the political left's habit of talking the talk but never walking the walk.  Gore has proven time and again to be a complete hypocrite. ... He wants you to curb your lifestyle drastically, but on the record he's doing everything he doesn't want you to do, and doing it extravagantly.

The Editor says...
Quite simply, the "global warming" panic is a hoax.

Mary and Joseph were not 'homeless'.  This is the time of year, as Hillary Rodham Clinton once put it, when Christians celebrate "the birth of a homeless child" — or, in Al Gore's words, "a homeless woman gave birth to a homeless child."  Just for the record, Jesus wasn't "homeless."  He had a perfectly nice home back in Nazareth.  But he happened to be born in Bethlehem.

The old Democrat bait-and-switch:
Clock ticking on Dems' 100-hour agenda.  The clock is ticking for House Democrats, but it's hard to tell what time it is.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was touting a plan to push six bills through a Democratic House in 100 hours or less as early as June of last year.  She's reached the halfway point — in fewer than 20 hours, according to her count. … While the House has been in session for almost 48 hours since the 110th Congress was sworn in Jan. 4, the clock on Pelosi's Web site says only 17 hours 48 minutes have elapsed.  "We're just counting the legislative hours," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill explained.

[Yeah, right.  As if nothing gets done in Washington when the House is not in session.]

Higher Taxes, Bigger Government:  Democrats revert to form in first weeks.  "The Democrats have reverted to form," said David Strom, President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.  "We heard a lot of noises during the campaign and after about pursuing moderate policies, but once the Democrats started wielding real power they immediate set to raising taxes and expanding government."

The Democrats' Big Lie.  Democratic tolerance means tolerance for secularism, but absolute intolerance for religion.  Democratic tolerance means tolerance for their supporters, but absolute intolerance for their political opponents.  The proof is in the pudding:  The House Democrats are currently pursuing policies that would criminalize religious thought and crack down on political speech. … This bill is aimed at quashing traditional religious thought.

Democrats and disdain.  First it was John Kerry calling American troops child killers and rapists, as in the days of "Jenjis Khan."  Then there was his wife Teresa saying that Mrs. Laura Bush staying at home raising two daughters "didn't have a real job." … Now we have Barbara Boxer, Senator from Disneyland on The Bay, implying that a very accomplished, distinguished African American woman, Dr. Condoleeza Rice, isn't fit for her office because she hasn't given birth to children, a condemnation she wouldn't dare raise about the white Gloria Steinem, Donnna Shalala or Janet Reno.

What the US Presidental hopeful HASN'T said about his father...  It is a classic story of the American dream made real:  an impoverished Kenyan goatherd rising to become a brilliant Harvard-educated economist.  On the way he fights racial prejudice at home and corruption at work, survives the heartbreak of a broken relationship and, despite it all, leads the fight to rid Africa of its colonial legacy. … Yet an investigation by The Mail on Sunday [1/28/2007] has revealed that, for all Mr. Obama's reputation for straight talking and the compelling narrative of his recollections, they are largely myth. … And, devastatingly, the testimony has come from Mr Obama's own relatives and family friends.

'Borking' Kerry Healey.  Ted Kennedy announced over the weekend that Kerry Healey, the Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts, is guilty of "swiftboating." … Apparently he was accusing Healey of trafficking in contemptible slurs that no one with a shred of decency should be associated with.  If so, he used the wrong word.  The term for engaging in groundless character-assassination isn't "swiftboating."  It's "borking."

The Top 1% ... of What?  As many others have done, Virginia's Democratic Senator-elect Jim Webb recently complained in The Wall Street Journal of an "ever-widening divide" in America, claiming "the top 1% now takes in an astounding 16% of national income, up from 8% in 1980."  Those same figures have been repeatedly echoed in all major newspapers, including The Journal.  Yet the statement is clearly false.

Barack "blank" Obama and disingenuous politics of "understanding".  Who is Barack Obama?  He is a cipher running as a shaman.  He has been in the Senate for two years.  He has virtually no voting record; he has virtually no articulated positions.  Ask his advocates, and they will describe him as "a breath of fresh air" — but ask them about a single position he holds, and they will stare at you as though you are speaking in tongues.  They will tell you, however, that Obama "understands" every position you hold.

Pathetic liberal sissies.  Liberals, who in large part are people devoid of true substance and belief, who also have great contempt for God, morality and truth, are often unable to deal with facts that reflect poorly upon them.

A new low in Bush-hatred.  George W. Bush has been smeared by the left with every insult imaginable.  He has been called a segregationist who yearns to revive Jim Crow and compared ad nauseam to Adolf Hitler.  His detractors have accused him of being financially entwined with Osama bin Laden.  Of presiding over an American gulag.  Of being a latter-day Mussolini.  Howard Dean has proffered the "interesting theory" that the Saudis tipped off Bush in advance about 9/11. … What else can they say about Bush?  That they want him killed?  They already say it.

The standard against which all other monsters are measured.  It is therefore not only inappropriate but utterly preposterous to compare Bush to Hitler.  But this is how things are in America today.  Bush is likened to the German leader while the true monsters we are fighting that actually warrant measurement against Hitler — Osama bin Laden and his followers — are instead called insurgents, freedom fighters or jihadists.  Many of us don't even call them terrorists any more!

Anti-poverty vapors:  Everybody knows President Bush and the Republican Congress have chopped poverty spending to finance massive tax cuts for their wealthy friends. … Once again, what "everybody knows" turns out to be false.  Heritage Foundation budget analyst Brian Riedl actually looked at social spending under Republican control.  What he finds is as astonishing as it is counterintuitive:  Under the mean, nasty, coldhearted Republicans, expenditures on the poor have zoomed to record levels.  In 2004, 16.3 percent of the federal budget went to anti-poverty efforts.  This figure never has been higher.

Postmodernism:  Rejecting objective truth is the cornerstone of postmodernism.  In essence, postmodern ideology declares an end to all ideology and all claims to truth.

The liberal case study — one big dysfunctional family.  [Al] Gore practices vicious demagoguery when it comes to private enterprise, yet he campaigns on the "strong economy."  He hates "big oil" but owns $500,000 worth of Occidental Petroleum stock.  He argues for better housing for the poor — except for his impoverished tenants.  He is strong on the environment — except when it is an income-producing mining operation on his property.

Reviews of Al Gore's new movie can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Truth is Alien to the Left.  In George Orwell's 1984, Big Brother constantly reminded the citizens that "ignorance is strength" to diminish the public's desire to know the truth.  Adherence to this principle kept the government in control and the citizens in the dark.  Liberals now employ the ignorance strategy to distort the truth and deceive the public on all manner of issues, including the global war on terrorism, the economy and tax policy, border security and illegal aliens.

What About Clinton and Kosovo?  Get Over 'Bush Lied' Nonsense.  The White House — finally — began pushing back against irresponsible charges that Bush "lied" to the American people in making the case for war.

The Great Prevaricator.  Clinton's now-famous Lewinsky lie makes for an instructive comparison because it reminds us that this man, this former U.S. president, is a peerless prevaricator.  "Clinton's an unusually good liar," said former Democrat Senator and Medal of Honor recipient Bob Kerrey.  "Unusually good."  Indeed.  Even The New York Times once lamented Clinton's "mysterious passion for lying" and for "lying about his lies."  And the liberal New Republic's Andrew Sullivan noted, "From the beginning, Clinton has lied with indiscriminate abandon."

The Clinton-Gore deceitful fundraising sideshow.  Congressional Democrats and their supporting political organizations … could have aided in successfully executing the war against radical Islamist terrorism in an effort to bring it to a more immediate conclusion, but they didn't.  They could have helped to heal this country after the hard-fought and contentious elections of 2000 and 2004, but they didn't.  They could have put the good of the country ahead of their political ambitions, but they didn't.  And now they want your money so they can, "move the country in the right direction."  Yeah, right.  And Al Gore invented the Internet.

Hillary, Not as in the Mount Everest Guy.  For more than a decade, one piece of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's informal biography has been that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest.  The story was even recounted in Bill Clinton's autobiography.  But yesterday, Mrs. Clinton's campaign said she was not named for Sir Edmund after all. … Sir Edmund became famous only after climbing Everest in 1953.  Mrs. Clinton, as it happens, was born in 1947.

Middling mummery:  When Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Democrat, began to readjust her campaign rhetoric to reinvent herself as a born again centrist, few bothered to check out whether she had shifted rightward in her voting record, too.  With rare exceptions, she hadn't.  Her rhetoric had changed around the edges, as when she talked about finding common ground with right to life advocates.  But "her voting record on abortion issues didn't change one iota," said an official at the National Right to Life Committee.

A Christian Can Be a Christian or a Liberal, But He Can't Be Both.  For the "Christian" to lean politically to the left means that he must blow off huge chunks of the Bible and replace the scripture with the make-believe notions of postmodernism's malleable "Christ."  Only after torturing the scripture can the Christian then fit liberalism into his supposed relationship with God.

The sleaziest ballot measure in America.  Are voters stupid?  The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the city's League of Women Voters apparently think so.  Both groups are pushing Proposition R on L.A.'s ballot next Tuesday.  Prop R is the ultimate test of whether the slick power elite in the City of Angels can fool the people into voting to weaken the city's eight-year term limits law by not telling voters what the measure actually does … by pretending that it "establishes" term limits already established.

Ford called himself a lawyer but did not pass the bar exam.  Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Harold Ford Jr. referred to himself as a lawyer earlier this week, but the congressman has not passed the bar exam.  Michael Powell, senior adviser to the Ford campaign, said U.S. Rep. Ford took the Tennessee bar exam in February 1997 and failed.  He said that was the only time Rep. Ford has taken the test.

Minnesota Democrat Caught Stretching the Truth.  One of Minnesota's top Democrats is catching grief after getting caught on tape telling a lie or, as he put it, "sanding off the truth."  Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson was recorded assuring a group of pastors that several state Supreme Court justices had told him they would not legalize gay marriage.

Why Democrats win.  America is not, as the current version of conventional wisdom claims, a centrist nation.  It is an essentially conservative nation, or at least conservative in the way such terms are defined these days and in comparison to other affluent democracies.  Roughly twice as many Americans identify themselves as "conservative" compared to "liberal"….  Few candidates run for political office in America as unrepentant liberals; almost all claim to be in some way conservatives.

The myth of the big bad drug companies.  The pharmaceutical industry is getting bad press.  Recent books … have harshly condemned the industry for recklessness, insensitivity and all-consuming greed.  They gain sales by spicing up their titles with inflammatory phrases about "deception," "complicity" and how drug companies "endanger your health."



Which Party Has a "Culture of Corruption"?

This subsection is now on a page of its own, located here.



Bamboozled Obama's big black lie:  I have been predicting for three years now that Obama will most likely be part of the presidential ticket in 2008.  He's got everything that democrats look for in a candidate, looks, charm, and the uncanny ability to distort truth like few have seen since William Jefferson Clinton.  In fact Obama may be better at it than Clinton.

Righting Clinton administration's wrongs won't be easy.  He convinced his cabinet, party leaders and wife to lie for him on television.  He committed perjury under oath, was impeached by the House, and was several votes away from being convicted by the Senate. … He disregarded the advice of his staff, disrespected the Office of the President and became a punch line worldwide embarrassing America and Americans.  Though a terrific orator and someone many Americans believed, he was really only a snake oil salesman.

Hillary asks gay activists for marriage amendment help.  [When New York residents] call her office her spokespeople say that she supports marriage — she just doesn't wish to see the federal government over reach.  Right … Ms. Universal Healthcare wants government not to intrude!

A confused party.  Democrats deserve an A for effort, but their strategy isn't likely to succeed.  In addition to the flagrant untruthfulness of their allegations, they still aren't presenting an alternative policy agenda.

Dispelling myths about American soldiers.  Myths abound when it comes to military personnel in the modern American armed forces.  Most are in some way related to recruiting new soldiers, who's fighting, and who's dying.

President Bush:  From "dunce" to "dictator".  [The Democrats] eventually figured out that depicting Bush as hopelessly dim would make it tougher to demonize him personally (it's hard to hate a hapless moron). … In no time, Bush went from stupid to stubborn — "a man unwilling to admit his mistakes," "mistake" being defined as any implementation of conservative policy.

Why the low jobless rate challenges Left and Right:  The latest jobless rate — 4.7 percent — is at a five-year low.  Yet, despite this and other good economic news, the Left is frantic to repeal the Bush administration's tax cuts.  In fact, even if every single economic indicator were better than at any time in American history, the Left would still want to repeal the tax cuts.

The myth of the level playing field.  The term is cliché, but it is an extremely misleading one.  The sports analogy implies that everyone should be required to play by the same rules; that all competitors should have approximately the same equipment for the contest.  Who could object to that?  Well, anyone who understands that this is simply not how the world works.

Enough with the distortions.  [Democrats] habitually misrepresent what they stand for and what Republicans stand for, and constantly mischaracterize President Bush's actions.  If they had confidence in the salability of their ideas, would they need to play word games, resort to euphemisms, revise history, distort facts and repeat patently false charges?

Are facts obsolete?  People who urge us to rely on the United Nations, instead of acting "unilaterally," or who urge us to follow other countries in creating a government-run medical care system, often show not the slightest interest in getting facts about the actual track record of either the UN or government-run medical systems.

A higher calling:  Sadly, there is recurring evidence that to liberals, one's political predilections trump everything else so that if you stand for the right things, you are virtually exempt from scrutiny. … The religious fervor of the left, in its high evangelical mode of spreading the gospel of liberalism, can be seen in its willingness to ignore the facts in furtherance of advancing its dogma.

On the use and abuse of labels:  When it comes to the issue of race, liberals have a field day.  Many of them believe that conservatives, by definition, are racists.  Some believe that Republican candidates speak in code to appeal to the presumed racism of red state rednecks.  For their part, liberals sometimes don't even bother with code.  They just come out and say that a vote for a Republican is a vote for another black church to burn.

The clay feet of liberal saints.  To be sure, Martin Luther King Jr. deserves his place among American heroes.  But it's worth noting that what makes him an American icon, as opposed to purely a liberal one, is his vision for a colorblind nation.  And colorblindness is no longer a core tenet of the American left.  President Kennedy was hardly the liberal of Oliver Stone's imagination.  And his brother, Bobby, was more hostile to civil liberties than John Ashcroft, eagerly wiretapping Americans, including King.

So Hillary Speaks For Jesus on Immigration Now?  This one simply tickled me.  Hillary made claims that by enforcing tougher immigration laws, we are in effect transgressing against Jesus Christ.  Here is a woman, who has spoken to the entire nation about adhering to biblical principles with a history that would shame the devil himself.  So I would like to find where Hillary gleaned her knowledge of scripture and question what she has said when what I have read and learned is contrary to her statement.

Hillary plays the name game.  A donation to Sen. Hillary Clinton can be the gift that keeps on giving.  That's because New York's celebrity senator uses one of the least-known but most common political fund-raising ploys that helps squeeze every last cent from her prolific hat-passing:  She sells the names of donors.

Bill Clinton Finally Comes Clean — Sort of.  In perhaps his most revealing interview since leaving office, former president Bill Clinton said Wednesday [7/7/2004] that during the early days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, he felt he had no choice but to lie about his relationship with the former White House intern, because if he had told the truth, "the overwhelming likelihood is that I would have been forced from office."

The myth of the bigoted Christian redneck.  Ten years and another stunning Democratic defeat later, and liberals are at it again.  The Angry White Male has been transmuted into the Bigoted Christian Redneck.

A Lack of Vision or Democratic Chicanery?  The winner the last time Republicans split to a third party candidate gave us environmental restrictions that are one of the root causes of the pain you are feeling at the gas pump today.  It gave sensitive missile technology to China.  It entered into a joke of a nuclear arms agreement with North Korea, saw our soldiers slaughtered in Mogadishu and allowed Osama bin Laden time and sanctuary — in Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan — to bring to fruition a plan that slaughtered 3000-plus Americans on 9/11.

Clinton vet:  Pets were just props.  The Clintons were not the animal lovers they appeared to be in those family photo ops walking with first dog Buddy on the South Lawn, a former White House veterinarian says.  Turns out the former first couple didn't allow Buddy or first cat Socks in the White House residence, according to the Army vet.

Avoiding the Liberal Label:  Does it matter that [Melody] Townsel is a liberal Democrat and founder of the Dallas chapter of Mothers Opposing Bush?  Maybe not. … But it matters a lot that most news outlets withheld her partisan connections in reporting the story. … Many liberal groups often go unlabeled in the media, as if they were somehow unbiased and uncommitted.

The "extremism" of Judge Sam Alito:  In short, an "extremist" — to a liberal — simply means someone with whom they disagree.

Sticks and stones:  Have you noticed the irony in the Left's hollow screams about the alleged dishonesty of conservatives — when they have demonstrated again and again that they have little respect for truth?

Republicans Should Go On The Offensive.  Among Democrats however, too much opportunity for political grandstanding is presently available to be discouraged by such comparatively trivial concerns as the lives of the American people, both on the streets of its cities and in the battlefields where the terror war is presently being fought and won.  Of sole importance is the potential prize of political dominance.  So a bit of "collateral damage" among their fellow citizens is apparently a small price to pay.

CNN's 'Gay' Slash.  Comedian Bill Maher's malicious snipe on the "Larry King Show" that Republican Party boss Ken Mehlman is gay was pulled from CNN when it aired in later time zones and expunged from transcripts.  After telling King Wednesday night [11/8/2006] that the GOP was secretly run by hypocritical gays, Maher turned his tongue on Mehlman — after a little prodding from King, who asked for the names of the homosexuals to whom Maher was referring.

The difficulty of intellectually engaging the Left.  One of the more appealing aspects about being on the Left is that you do not necessarily have to engage your opponents in debates over the truth or falsehood of their positions.  You can simply dismiss your opponent as "anti."

Delusionary, insulting liberals.  It's amazing what liberals will do, say and put up with to remain politically correct. … There are myriad examples in the San Francisco area.  There are constant reminders of how incredibly insulting liberals are to anyone with common sense, two eyes to see and a brain to comprehend.

Why I am not a liberal:  This may prove to be the toughest challenge of all.  For me, it is like explaining why I am not a communist, or why I am not a Nazi.  Where does one begin?

Truth "Is".  I believe that Bill Clinton is such a good liar, he will lie when the plain spoken truth would serve him better.  Come on, Bill, you did not sleep on the couch — you only claimed that you slept there to make things seem more dramatic — more exciting to the reading audience.  You wanted more sympathy.  You wanted to paint yourself as having been appropriately punished, or as a victim.

"Flip-flopping" defines Democrats.  When you compare Republican and Democratic candidates over the last 25 years, it's hard not to notice a major difference.  The pressure within the Republican Party has been to promote politicians willing to take strong conservative positions, even if they turn some people off.  The pressure in the Democratic Party has been to promote candidates who can be all things to all people.

Proud to be a conservative.  Liberals have become so accustomed to having only their own points of view disseminated by the mass media that they now believe that any opinion in conflict with their own is an infringement on their right to free speech.  So not only do they feel entitled to spout off ad nauseam, but honest disagreement is regarded as censorship!

Liberals' Use of Words is an Effective Tool in Promoting Radical Ideologies.  Let's face it, liberals over the years have been effective in requiring the public and the media to use terminology they have reinvented to engage in philosophical debate.  While the spectrum might be broad, it is clear that liberals' use of philosophically friendly words has gone a long way in winning over people who may never have entertained liberal ideology in the first place.

The Left doesn't support the troops and should admit it.  Liberals, Democrats and others on the Left frequently state that they "support the troops."  For most of them, whether they realize it or not, this is not true.  They feel they must say this because the majority of Americans would find any other position unacceptable.

Distractions and hypocrisy.  Do you remember how many times during the Clinton years Democrats told us everyone lies about sex and that Republicans were shamefully distracting the Clinton administration by harping on White House cover-ups about sex with an intern?  Well, we have far worse distractions now being promoted by Democrats about far less important matters and during far more dangerous times.

Pathology of the Left:  Generally, liberals tend to be mentally rigid and closed-minded because they are insecure, the result of low self-esteem associated, predominantly, with fatherless households or critically dysfunctional families in which they were not adequately affirmed.  They exhibit fear, anger, and aggression — the behavioral consequences of arrested emotional development associated with childhood trauma.  Liberals display pessimism, disgust, and contempt for much the same reason.

Schumer Confesses to Not Understanding the Constitution.  United States Senator "Chuck" Schumer broke his own stupidity record the other day following President Bush's announcement of John Roberts nomination to the Supreme Court.  In a tag-team appearance with Senator Pat Leahy (D. Vt.), ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee, Schumer confessed to the Nation that neither he, Leahy, nor the Democrat party for whom he spoke, understands a fundamental principle of American constitutionalism:  separation of powers.

The Left's Tactics on Judicial Warfare:  The Left has a history of distortion — of both words and a nominee's record — so you can't assume that they mean what you mean or what they say is the truth.

Fighting the Good Fight.  We've always known winning the war on terror would be difficult.  But hearing critics such as Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., claim that "we're making no progress at all" in Iraq, you'd think it was impossible.  Fortunately, the pessimists are wrong.



Liberals are lying about the economy
Not only politicians, but union leaders and the embedded media.

Note:  This subsection was created when George W. Bush was president, and the liberals were lying about how bad the economy was.  (If only we could go back to those days!)  Now that Barack H. Obama is president, the liberals are lying about how good the economy is, and how remarkably low the monthly unemployment numbers are.  That resulted in another page:  Lies about "stimulus" money and job creation.

Democrats say we're losing the war and our economy stinks.  Most economists define a recession as three consecutive quarters of falling real gross national product.  Yet for the last 10 quarters, the economy grew at an average of more than 3 percent, with the latest quarter coming in at 4.3 percent.  Inflation and interest rates remain low, with homeownership at an all-time high.

Kerry Makes Bogus Comparison to Great Depression.  He claims US suffers greatest job loss since the 30's, which is not true.  John Kerry didn't make it through the third paragraph of his formal announcement speech before stumbling over a key fact about the U.S. economy. … Comparing the current job slump to the Great Depression is ludicrous.

The Big Lie About The Great Depression.  The Depression lasted nearly a decade longer than it should have, due almost entirely to governmental meddling under both Herbert Hoover and FDR.  High tariffs and government-sponsored deflation followed by enormous taxation and unthinkable government expenditures turned a stock market stumble into a decade-long nightmare.

Kerry:  Worst Economic Record Since Hoover.  For more than a year, as far back as his speech Sept. 2, 2003 formally announcing himself as a candidate for the nomination, Kerry has been making bogus comparisons to the Great Depression, overstating the number of payroll jobs lost during Bush's tenure, and (once jobs started growing again last August) falsely claiming that the new jobs pay $9,000 less than those that were lost, a claim unsupported even by the evidence he cites from a pro-labor think tank.

Herbert Hoover never had it so good.  According to Dick Gephardt, "Bush has lost more jobs than Herbert Hoover — almost."  On that "almost" (Gephardt is only off by about ten million jobs) hangs a prodigious amount of partisan spin and most of the Democratic economic case against George Bush.

Worst Job Records Since The Great Depression?  "The President has the worst jobs record since the Great Depression, and the economy is slowing due to the housing slump."  The budget and trade deficits as well as public debt levels have all climbed to record levels," Pelosi said.  [Oh, really?]  Unemployment is down to 4.4%.  92,000 new jobs were created in October; 470,000 new jobs over the last three months.  Our economy has now added jobs for 38 straight months.

Black Friday poised to be best in years.  This year's 'Black Friday' could be the strongest opening to the holiday shopping season in years, if the droves of American eager to exploit early-bird specials are any guide.  Terry Lundgren, chief executive of Federated Department Stores, told Reuters he arrived at the company's flagship Macy's Herald Square store at 5:30 a.m. to find lines wrapped completely around the building, which takes up a whole city block.

That wouldn't happen if the economy was in bad shape.  One-day sales on the day after Thanksgiving were about $8 billion in 2005.

Left-wing politicians are abetted by the news media's biased reporting about the economy.



New phenomenon is just the same old double talk.  Democrats have couched their ideas in favorable language for decades.  President Bill Clinton, for example, was a master at getting folks to see the world as he wanted them to see it.  Of course, Clinton's communications skills set a high bar.  But that doesn't mean other Democrats haven't tried to frame the public debate.  Does anyone believe Al Gore's "risky scheme" and John Kerry's "Stronger at home, respected abroad" were anything other than market-tested slogans?

Lured to Disaster.  Behind the housing boom and bust was one of those alluring but undefined phrases that are so popular in politics — "affordable housing."  It is hard for me to know specifically what politicians are talking about when they use this phrase.  But then politics is about evoking emotions, not examining specifics.  In looking back over my own life, I find it hard to think of a time when I didn't live in affordable housing.

What, me apologize?  The United States Senate has passed a resolution … apologizing as an institution for preventing the passage of anti-lynching legislation.  We are still waiting for the Democratic Party to apologize for its role, which is far greater than that of the whole Senate, inasmuch as all the senators who prevented action to abolish lynching for all those decades, were Democrats.

Soros Assails Critics for "Endangering Our Country".  Billionaire political activist George Soros, at the center of a controversy involving the alleged use of American taxpayer dollars to support needle exchange programs, Thursday [5/12/2005] accused his critics of "bigotry" and said they were "endangering the country."

Ending a losing streak:  The left is on another losing streak today, and so their intellectual leaders in the liberal media have gone back to the old playbook for an easy win that will get their team out of its slump.  This time, it is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, which has been working for them since the days of Karl Marx.

The storm over poverty:  Forty years after a myriad of Great Society programs, the fact is that many people are still poor — about the same percentage as back in 1968.  Unfortunately, those who see government as the solution for every problem, especially those caused by their last attempted solution, have never let results, inconvenient facts, or common sense get in their way.

Liberal attitudes.  Liberals may think of themselves as people who believe in certain principles but, if you observe their actual behavior, you are likely to discover that most liberals have a certain set of attitudes, rather than principles.  Liberals may denounce "greed," for example, but in practice it all depends on whose greed.  Nothing the government does is ever likely to be called "greed" by liberals.

Cynicism exposed:  Mona Charen's incisive new book, "Do-Gooders," is about the enormous damage done by liberal social policies from the 1960s on, but it is also about the shameless demagoguery unleashed against those who have dared to oppose the liberal agenda or reveal its failures.  Examples range from cynical lies about judicial nominees to the biggest big lie of our time, the claim that black voters were "disenfranchised" by Republicans in Florida during the 2000 elections.

Rock the Victim mentality:  On the heels of the AARP, NOW, NAACP and other left-leaning groups' hysteria over Social Security reform and personal retirement accounts, the Rock the Vote campaign is latching on to the issue and misinforming a whole new generation.

Are Liberals Destroying the Democratic Party?  I don't remember anyone arguing that Bill Clinton should cancel his 1996 inauguration because of the violent conflict in the Balkans or the terrible genocide in Rwanda, in which 800,000 were murdered while the UN and the US did nothing. … President Bush is not under attack because he's having an inauguration during a war.  He's being attacked solely because Liberals hate the man personally, along with everything he stands for.

The left is worth nothing.  Since I was an adolescent, I have been preoccupied with evil:  specifically, why people engage in it and why other people refuse to acknowledge its existence.  As I have gotten older, I often find the latter group more infuriating.

Naysayers are tight-lipped since success of Iraq vote.  Skeptics of President Bush's attempt to bring democracy to Iraq have been largely silent since Iraqis enthusiastically turned out for Sunday's elections.  Billionaire Bush-basher George Soros and left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore were among critics of the administration's Iraq policy who had no comment after millions of Iraqis went to the polls in their nation's first free elections in decades.

The Truth About Wages:  Under Republican administrations, liberal critics would have laid the blame for any decline in wages directly on the doorstep of the president.  However, [Bill Clinton's] Labor Secretary Robert Reich attempted to deflect blame by pointing the finger at Big Business.  "The owners of capital are registering huge gains while ordinary working Americans are seeing their incomes fall," he said.

Bush vs. Clark's kooks.  Turning reality upside down is easy when you live in the world of people like actress Janeane Garofalo, who proclaimed on MSNBC just hours after the inauguration festivities:  "George W. Bush is unelectable, in my opinion."  This isn't dissent.  It's beyond denial.  Welcome to liberal dementia.

Translation of the Democratic Response to President's State of the Union Speech.  One integral theme emerged from the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address:  the party's underestimation of the American people to solve their own problems and to see through liberal rhetoric.  Let's just look at what they were really saying on the various issues once you strip away the generalities and euphemisms.

Moyers and the party of gloom.  Speaking at Harvard recently, Bill Moyers, a preacher in the Church of Unreconstructed Liberalism, painstakingly constructed a straw man and then bashed it to pieces.

COPS Makes for Crooked Cops.  COPS, borne of President Clinton's 1992 campaign promise to put 100,000 new police officers on the street, has been troubled from the outset.  It hasn't come close to fielding that many new officers.  And its objectives — to curb neighborhood crime by encouraging innovative and effective policing styles — haven't been met.

The Destruction of Jeff Gannon:  The campaign against Jeff Gannon demonstrates the paranoid mentality and mean-spirited nature of the political left.

Market Myth:  Worst Economy Since The Great Depression?  To hear John Kerry tell it, America is mired today in the worst economy since the Great Depression.  How dumb does he think voters are?  We just set a record for yearly production:  a GDP of nearly $12 trillion, or $120,000 per family.  As for what really counts, personal well-being:  A record 69 percent of Americans own their own homes, and the account balance in the average 401(k) plan is $77,000, up 22 percent in three years.

 Editor's Note:   No doubt you have seen news footage of large crowds of people surging through the doors of department stores when they opened on the morning after Thanksgiving.  Some stores opened on Thanksgiving Day and were crowded all day.  My family and I visited the Galleria in north Dallas on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and the place was packed!  Four parking garages were full, and there must have been at least 50,000 people inside.  But during the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry and the Democratic Party told us that we were in the worst economy since the great depression.  Obviously, the Democratic Party was lying to the American people in an attempt to win the election by any means necessary.

(Flashback to 1992.  Then-candidate Bill Clinton repeatedly referred to the economy as the worst since the Great Depression.  It worked.)

Making a Dent in Liberal Disinformation:  Worst Economy and Jobs.  While some Democrats still rail about the economy and the more loose-lipped critics still refer to it as a disaster, the steady economic growth has muted most of the harsh criticisms of the president's impact on the economy.  First it was "Bush's recession," then when that bottomed quickly and the recovery began, spurred by tax cuts, the critique morphed into, "Yeah, but it's a jobless recovery."  When the jobs started coming back, the complaint evolved again into, "Well, manufacturing still is losing jobs."  Then, when manufacturing gained jobs, it was "Sure, but these new jobs are all flipping burgers."

Making a Dent in Liberal Disinformation: RatherGate.  By now you should know the story — the blockbuster memos CBS "unearthed" for 60 Minutes II last Wednesday were immediately spotted as being suspiciously like something created on Word.  CBS denied, saying they had been authenticated by one of the purported author's fellow officers, who subsequently said he never saw them, and after seeing them felt they were fraudulent.

Don't Confuse Me With the Facts.  Liberals constantly call for more money for education when every statistic shows that money is not the answer (just look to Washington, D.C.'s schools and the $13,000 per child spent to achieve some of the nation's lowest test scores).  Libs talk down the economy when indices like home ownership, real income, and unemployment are better than the average in any of the past three decades.  They claim that we are no safer today, ignoring the fact that we have not had the expected major terrorist attacks since 9/11/01 and the government has thwarted dozens of plots.

Making a Dent in Liberal Disinformation:  Voter Disenfranchisement.  Democrats have never been known to cast fraudulent ballots, eh, Mayor Daley?  We won't go into the NAACP allegedly paying Chad Staton in crack cocaine to register such stalwart Dems as Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins, and Janet Jackson in Ohio.  Or the 8,000 fraudulent Democratic voter registrations discovered in Lansing, Michigan.  That's "Get out the Vote."

Lying About the Draft.  The first question about the draft is ... why?  We have an active military of about 1.4 million men and women today.  This is down from the peak of 2.1 million in the mid-1980s.  Did we have a draft then?  No.  Did Reagan need a draft to ramp up from the lower levels from the Carter years?  No.  Would we need a draft to get back up to that force level, assuming that we had to?  No.

The Left's Fairy Tale:  Former Senator Max Cleland scared up Colorado college students in 2004 with tales that "America will reinstate the military draft" during a second Bush term.  However, the only proponent of the draft in Washington was Charlie Rangel, an antiwar Harlem Congressman who ultimately voted against his own bill when Congressional Republicans called his bluff.

Rangel turns 80 ... he just doesn't know when.  According to his birth certificate, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) turned 80 this past Friday.  But according to Rangel, his birthday is sometime in August.  He's just not sure when.  "As far as I'm concerned, my birthday is the day of my big summer fundraiser," he told ITK.  "I just can't remember the exact date of it this year."

The Editor says...
If he says he doesn't know his own birthday, he is obviously either lying or he's senile, and in either case, he is unfit for office.

Conservatives don't always wear black hats.  Most commentators don't understand what it means to be a conservative.  When you listen to newscasters or read newspaper accounts of such matters, it seems that "conservatives" are simply the people who want bad things and the liberals are the ones who want good things.

On the use and abuse of labels.  Liberals don't usually call conservatives merely "conservatives."  That's because the term, standing alone, is not a pejorative.  Instead, we are "extremists," "bigots," "homophobes," "racists" and "intolerant."  And these labels, unlike the conservatives' general invocation of "liberal," are usually gross distortions.

Cultural issues confuse the liberals.  Democrats seem to be leaning toward the idea that Bush's victory is based primarily on turning out religious nuts to vote for him.  These people are viewed in certain Democratic quarters as the American Taliban.  It is thought that if they gain political power, not only will abortion and gay marriage be banned, but so will dancing, rock and roll, and any movie with an "R" rating.  This is nothing but nonsense, but is commonly believed in places like Hollywood and New York's upper west side.

Amoral media, lowlife fans, spoiled athletes and beer.  Let's finally stop repeating the false notion that big business has conservative values.  Big business has no values. ... Liberals perpetuate the falsehood of big business as conservative for three reasons:  They have a materialist view of the world (just about everything is explainable by economic status and motives; it aids in getting people to vote Democrat); many people resent the amorality of big companies; and it seems to counter the argument that the major news media are liberal — "How could the news media possibly be liberal when they are all owned by large corporations!"

Former Brooklyn Democratic boss sentenced to prison.  A former assemblyman and head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party was sentenced on Wednesday [1/10/2006] to two to six years in prison for separate convictions on campaign corruption charges.  At two trials in state Supreme Court last year, juries found Clarence Norman Jr., 54, guilty of stealing $5,000 that was donated to his re-election committee in 2001, and of trying to conceal $10,000 in contributions.

The Left's Lies That Never Die:  I'm sick of hearing the myths spun endlessly by the left repeated over and over again, often by people who ought to know better.  So here, once again, is another attempt to set the record straight.

Coulter Stirs Up a Storm:  For about two decades, name-calling has been the principal policy position of liberals.  If [Republicans] oppose the National Endowment for the Arts, we're said to hate art.  If we oppose the Department of Education, we hate teachers.  If we oppose the Environmental Protection Agency, we hate the environment.

Socialist Myths, Capitalist Truths:  Capitalism is profoundly egalitarian.  Its existence relies on institutions that protect the equal rights of consumers and producers, eschews privilege and authority, and distributes wealth based on each participants' contribution to satisfying the needs of others.  So we should immediately be suspicious of claims that capitalism causes inequality.

The Double 'Thank-You' Moment.  I suspect ignorance about economics leads many to believe that when two people exchange goods and money, one wins and the other loses.  If rich capitalists profit, the poor and the weak suffer.  That's a myth.

New Lies of the Old Left:  In the 1960s, the "New Left" came to prominence on America's university campuses.  Today, those New Left radicals are America's tenured university professors.  They populate the newsrooms of the television networks and our once-great newspapers.  More disturbing still, the New Left now comprises the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

Political demagoguery:  Our unemployment rate, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics put at 5.4 percent in September, is one of the lowest in the world and in our history.  France's unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, Germany's 9.9 percent and Italy's 8.6 percent.  Our Canadian neighbor's is 6.6 percent.  The only reason for today's hysteria over jobs is because it is an election year, and one of the ways politicians gain power is to create fear among the electorate.  The next time you hear a politician whining about our "awful" job climate, ask him which European country we should look to for guidance in job creation.

The myth of the stolen election:  The Democrats seem determined to keep the 2000 election issue alive, even though it failed miserably as a rallying cry against Jeb Bush, who won a resounding 56% to 43% re-election victory in the 2002 Florida Governor's race.  It is worth examining the mythology and the real, not-so-ancient history of the "stolen election".

Jobs and snow jobs:  Senator John Kerry says that he would create 10 million jobs if he were President.  But Presidents don't create jobs.

Political Litmus Test:  Bluest States Spilling The Most Red Ink.  Want to know which states are in the worst financial condition?  One telling indicator that might not immediately come to mind is whether most of its citizens identify themselves as Democrats.  The five states in the worst financial condition — Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California and New Jersey — are all among the bluest of blue states.



Emotion vs Reason

This section has been moved to a page of its own, where I'm sure it will be much happier.



The "Theocracy" Subsection:

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How much do you know about Senator Joseph McCarthy?

It's Time to See Joe McCarthy For the Hero He Was.  No matter how much evidence vindicating the late Sen. Joe McCarthy comes out, what we call McCarthyism remains anathema in American life.  Simply to utter the word is to deep-freeze debate, even thought itself.  Even as we learn about the history-changing extent to which American traitors working for the Kremlin penetrated and subverted the U.S. government (including many individuals investigated by McCarthy), the unsupportable fact remains that nothing in American public life is worse than to be compared to the man best known for his uncompromising fight against the secret, massive assault on our nation.

The Venona Secrets:  The fact is Joe McCarthy was right, but by now his name has been turned into a dirty word by the same liberal, leftist propaganda machine that today is trying to convince Americans the President "lied" to them about Iraq.

Joe McCarthy was Right.  The release of transcripts of closed-door hearings conducted by Senator Joseph McCarthy gave the media another opportunity to charge that the Wisconsin Senator made reckless charges about communists that destroyed the lives of innocent people.  But many of the stories about the hearings and McCarthy were far more reckless, inaccurate and misleading than anything he ever said or did.

Of "Treason" & Tailgunner Joe:  What the Left calls McCarthyism — smearing an enemy on false or non-existent information — has been its stock-in-trade since the Left invented the term to destroy its great antagonist, the ex-Marine and Wisconsin senator known as Tailgunner Joe.

Joe McCarthy, Freedom Fighter.  A couple of years ago, I debated a professor from American University named John Doolittle who, prompted by me, admitted that Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wisconsin (1909-1957), may have exposed some real communists working in the federal government.  "But I saw the Edward R. Murrow broadcasts," Dr. Doolittle added.  "He was a bad man."  Veteran journalist M. Stanton Evans, who has studied more of the government files from that era than Dr. Doolittle or his peers, or for that matter, Edward R. Murrow himself, have ever seen, reaches a different verdict.

History Shows Joe McCarthy's Reputation is Undeserved.  McCarthy understood, long before Reagan, that the Soviet Union was an evil empire, one of whose strategies was to infiltrate agents into our government in order to guide our policy to favor Communist goals.  In fact, our government was much more infested with Soviet agents than McCarthy imagined.

The Real McCarthy Revealed.  Near the start of "Blacklisted by History:  The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies," Evans asks, "Can we in fact name one certifiable communist McCarthy ever came up with in all his speeches and contentious hearings?"  According to Evans, "it's indeed hard to cite one such person — just as it's hard to eat one potato chip or salted peanut."  He then provides a list of 10 McCarthy targets that turned out, indeed, to have been spying on this country.

We need more hearings on Islam.  Holding hearings into Islamic "radicalization" is not an exercise in "McCarthyism," as widely and deeply misunderstood.  That's because the investigative efforts of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the most unjustly maligned man in American history, to reveal extensive networks of Kremlin-directed agents seeking the destruction of the republic isn't "McCarthyism," either.  The term, hyper-loaded to invoke Salem,Mass.-esque "witch hunts" of free-thinking innocents, is a hoax.  Documents released from U.S. and Soviet archives prove that the communist conspiracy of "witches" was, in fact, real.

Caught Red-Handed.  A collaborator of the Rosenbergs admits his previously unknown Soviet espionage more than 60 years after the fact.  It's just the latest revelation that the anti-communists of that era were right.

The unraveling of Barry Soetoro, a/k/a Barack Hussein Obama II:  [Scroll down]  The truth is that communist infiltration of and through the U.S. government, particularly the State Department, was and remains a legitimate threat to America.  A 106-page confidential memo dated 3 August 1946, written by State Department official Samuel Klaus, detailed the alarming levels of communist infiltration into American government. ... As noted by M. Stanton Evans, author of Blacklisted by History, that memo would mysteriously vanish from our nation's records.  Mr. Evans notes that this historic memo is not in the legislative panel file of the Tydings panel, located in the National Archives of the U.S., and was also removed from the files of Samuel Klaus, the author of the memo, from the National Archives in March of 1993, nearly a half century after it was issued.

It's the toxic culture that's killing our kids.  Although Sen. Joe McCarthy is always linked in the minds of Americans with the Hollywood blacklist he had nothing to do with it.  His communist allegations involved the party members in Congress.  It was a House of Representatives committee that rightly sought the communist connections in the movie industry.  If you're wondering why our culture is so toxic today, the entertainment industry has long been the means and end for the Marxist agenda taught in academia and aimed at our youth.



Wendy Davis

She's a Democrat State Senator from Fort Worth who wants to be the Governor of Texas.  Not likely, in my opinion.  Mayor of Austin, perhaps, but at the rate she's going, she will never be the Governor.

Wendy Davis:  Notion That Human Life Begins at Conception is "Absurd".  Texas abortion activist Wendy Davis was back on the road this week advocating for abortion and the nation's largest provider of it, Planned Parenthood.  Davis stopped in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday [4/27/2017] to speak at a fundraiser/celebration for the abortion chain's 100th anniversary, the Post and Courier reports.  Davis is a former Texas state Senator who rose to the national spotlight several years ago when she filibustered a Texas pro-life law that banned late-term abortions and required abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards.  After a failed attempt to run for Texas governor, Davis has been active in the pro-abortion movement.

Wendy Davis:  Trump Benefited From An 'Undereducated Electorate,' Which Is A Right Wing Conspiracy Or Something.  Former Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is the last person to be offering election commentary, especially since she wasn't able to clinch 40 percent of the vote in her doomed bid against Republican attorney general (and now governor) Greg Abbott.  The former Democratic Texas state senator, who rose to national prominence for her filibuster against a late-term abortion bill, said that President-elect Donald J. Trump benefited from an "undereducated electorate," which once again shows that some Democrats simply don't get it.

MSNBC lets Wendy Davis take abortion victory lap.  MSNBC's coverage of the Supreme Court striking down Texas' recent abortion law Monday included a triumphant victory lap by failed gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster against the regulations in 2013 earned her high praise from the cable news network.  The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 this week that Texas' recently enacted abortion law, HB2, unconstitutionally limited a woman's access to abortion under Roe v. Wade.

Wendy Davis Invokes God To Push Abortion.  On Monday [4/18/2016], abortion-enthusiast heartthrob and former Texas state senator Wendy Davis invoked God to help push her abortion crusade during an interview with Jezebel.  Davis lamented the lack of progress of the pro-abortion movement, but assured the Leftist outlet that women like her "can get knocked down, but by God, we can get back up and we fight to see a new day.  Apparently, God is giving Davis and others like her the strength to "get back up" and fight for abortion.

Wendy Davis Hypes Abortion At Notre Dame.  In a personal moment, Davis told students she aborted her more than 20-week-old daughter "out of love."  "[I was] post-20 weeks of pregnancy of a much-wanted pregnancy that I had waited years to have, and ... our very much-wanted child was suffering from a fatal fetal brain abnormality," she said.  "What we were told was that if our child survived delivery, which she would likely not, that she would live a life of tremendous suffering — if she lived long at all — and we made a decision out of love." [...] The Catholic Church teaches that all human life, including unborn children with disabilities, "must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception," and that abortion is never permissible.  The Catholic pro-life group Human Life International (HLI) describes the abortion of children specifically because of their disabilities as "nothing more than eugenics, discrimination of the basest kind."

The Return of Wendy Davis.  Davis, you'll recall, became a national celebrity for wearing pink sneakers onto the Texas senate floor to fight for the "right" of mothers to kill their unborn children at will.  She managed to leverage that stardom into one of the more humiliating political campaigns in recent years, losing her governor's race to Texas attorney general Greg Abbott by 20 points and 1 million votes.  Now, after a much-appreciated disappearance from the public eye, Davis is back, and in the midst of a busy media week.

Wendy Davis Fined $5,000 for Ethics Violation.  The Texas Ethics Commission has fined former state senator and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis $5,000 after finding "credible evidence" that she failed to include her relationship with two lobbyists on financial disclosure forms filed during her 2012 senate re-election campaign.  The commission issued an order detailing its findings and the fine on Thursday [5/7/2015], nearly three years after a complaint was filed by Davis' Republican opponent, Mark Shelton, who narrowly lost the election to Davis by 2 percentage points.

Wendy Davis Hits Roadblocks as She Tries to Launch Speaking Career.  Democrat Wendy Davis, who was at the receiving end of a double-digit pummeling in the 2014 Texas Governor's race with Republican Greg Abbott, is attempting to launch a new career as a professional speaker.  However, the speakers agency she is seeking to represent her has made comments that seem to indicate they are not entirely sold on her viability.

Wendy Davis only supported open-carry to get elected.  "There is one thing that I would do differently in that campaign, and it relates to the position that I took on open-carry," Davis told the San Antonio Express-News on Monday [12/29/2014].  "I made a quick decision on that with a very short conversation with my team and it wasn't really in keeping with what I think is the correct position on that issue."  Davis added that she does support "people's right to own and to bear arms in appropriate situations," but fears that open carry would be used "to intimidate and cause fear."  Is that what she thinks of Texans?

If anyone cares...
Wendy Davis expects to stay in politics.  Texas hasn't seen the last of Sen. Wendy Davis, who said Monday [12/29/2014] that she can't imagine leaving the public arena even after her loss in the governor's race.

Hey GQ, can't find any crazy Democrats? Here are 16.  [For example,] Gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis:  Approved a disparaging ad that featured images of a wheelchair like the one her opponent Greg Abbott has had to use for years since a freak accident.  The ad was credited with adding five points to Abbott's huge margin of victory.

From Hero To Zero: Wendy Davis Wins Texas Monthly's 'Bum Steer of the Year'.  How quickly things change.  A year ago Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was the darling of the liberal media, the Democratic Party, and the future governor of Texas.  She all because during the summer of 2013, armed with a catheter, she stood up on the floor of the legislature for eleven straight hours just to protect a woman's right to kill babies before they're born.  But now its the end of 2014 and Davis ran a campaign that was worse than amateurish against an opponent she wouldn't have been able to beat even if she ran a perfect campaign.

Wendy Davis did win something in 2014: 'Bum Steer' of the year.  Wendy Davis began the year with a big New York Times Magazine cover story, and she ends it with another big cover story and an only-in-Texas "award."  The "Bum Steer" award (Rick Perry won in 2012) from Texas Monthly is a fitting end to a terrible, terrible, terrible campaign that left Davis, Texas and national Democrats wondering why they bet so big on Davis to begin with.

How the Democrats Lost Texas.  Two weeks ago, Democrats took a walloping in Texas.  Wendy Davis, the Lone Star State's Democratic star a year ago, got just 38.9 percent of the vote — some 283,000 votes fewer than the party's gubernatorial candidate four years ago and 200,000 less than Democratic Texas Gov. Ann Richards obtained in her losing re-election effort nearly two decades before that.  Even more disappointing:  Davis got more votes and a higher percentage of the vote than any of the other 11 Democratic candidates on the statewide ballot.

Wendy Davis's campaign was even worse than you thought.  Consultants for Democrat Wendy Davis warned her campaign months ago that the Fort Worth senator was headed for a humiliating defeat in the Texas governor's race unless she adopted a more centrist message and put a stop to staggering internal dysfunction. [...] Addressed to then-Campaign Manager Karin Johanson, the memo warned that the Davis campaign had "lurched to the left," was failing to communicate a positive message and offered virtually nothing to the swing voters the [state] senator would need to win statewide.

With her epic fail, Wendy Davis painted Texas redder.  From the top of the ballot on down, the wreckage from the Democratic effort was strewn across the state from Texarkana westward to El Paso.  Mrs. Davis carried only 18 of 254 counties, 10 fewer than the party's gubernatorial candidate four years ago.

Leaked Memos from Wendy Davis Consultants Warned of Major Problems.  A pair of leaked memos — written at the beginning of the year by two consultants to Democrat Wendy Davis' failed campaign for Texas Governor — paint an extremely unflattering picture of a "dysfunctional" campaign team.  The memos describe an effort "not ready for prime time," saddled with messaging that is radically out of touch with Texas, and headed to an embarrassing defeat against Republican Greg Abbott.

The Lessons Of Wendy Davis.  Davis' campaign could not have had more mainstream media support.  After her filibuster of the late-term abortion ban, she was profiled and praised on nearly every major network and cable news outlet, in nearly every major political magazine, and throughout the websites and print editions of the country's top newspapers.  The profiles asked roughly zero tough questions of the candidate.  The Washington Post, the newspaper that famously dismissed the arrest and subsequent murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell as a "local crime" story, couldn't seem to stop finding new and varied reasons to cover Davis.  One of my favorites was their story on the best Amazon reviews for the pink shoes Davis wore while trying to make sure women could procure late-term abortions for any reason.

Wendy Davis Campaign Blames Loss on Ebola.  Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was steamrolled in her bid to become the state's next governor, and it appears that her staff believes Ebola has something to do with the failure of her campaign.

The 'War on Women' Failure Is a Very Bad Omen for Democrats' Future.  As things started to look really bad for Democrats in the waning days of the midterm election, we started to hear complaints that Democratic candidates had focused too much of their effort on flogging the idea of a Republican "war on women." [...] No one built their campaign around the "women's issue" of abortion rights more fully than Wendy Davis in Texas.  She went down in flames, which included losing the votes of Texas women by nine points.  She lost among married women by 25 points, which indicates the shallowness of making birth control and abortion into a campaign issue.

Everything Is Bigger in Texas — Like, for Instance, Wendy Davis's Loss.  It is difficult to think of a more overexposed candidate in the 2014 election cycle.  We knew (from the get-go) that she was a publicity-stunt actress with show-stopping athletic shoes made famous when she spoke for eleven hours in favor of a woman's "right" to kill her unborn child.  We knew that she was the type of woman who leaves her husband and children in Texas to attend Harvard Law School, then divorces said husband the day after he pays her final law-school bill.

What Went Wrong With Battleground Texas?  No statewide Democrat came close to toppling a Republican opponent.  That list of Democrats included Wendy Davis, who entered the governor's race with more national attention than any Texas Democrat in recent memory.  With Battleground Texas as her field operation, Davis earned a smaller percentage of the vote — and fewer votes total — than former Houston Mayor Bill White, the party's gubernatorial nominee in 2010.

Wendy Davis Was The Face Of 'War On Women' Politics. How'd That Go?  No one better encapsulates the Democratic playbook than Wendy Davis, who ran for governor of Texas.  Her campaign was launched in vintage War on Women style.  By filibustering a popular late-term abortion ban in Texas, she immediately gained the support of many in the mainstream media.  They feted her with free in-kind advertising in the form of puffy profile pieces, cover stories, and other effusive coverage.

A Rejection of Liberal Democratic Governance.  Remember Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator in Texas who filibustered against an anti-abortion law that catapulted her to media stardom?  She ran for governor and lost to former Texas state attorney general Greg Abbott by 20 points.  And her state senate seat went Republican.

Wendy Davis didn't even win Texas women.  Wendy Davis lost her bid for Texas governor as soon as the polls closed Tuesday night (actually before that, but this made it official), and one of the most interesting pieces of information from the early exit polls was that she didn't even win the women vote.  Davis, who rose to fame after an 11-hour filibuster of a bill that would ban abortions beyond 20 weeks (five months), was supposed to be the perfect "war on women" candidate for Democrats.  But Texas women chose otherwise.

CNN Calls out Davis, Grimes for Most Shocking and Dishonest Ads of 2014.  Alison Lundergan Grimes (D., Ky.) and Wendy Davis (D., Texas) received top, or maybe it was low, honors from CNN's The Lead Monday [11/3/2014] in a discussion of the most dishonest and shocking political ads of the 2014 cycle.

What happened to Wendy Davis? Texas' once-rising star set to fall.  Davis's task was always going to be a tough one.  On Tuesday, Republicans will likely sweep all statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, agriculture commissioner, land commissioner, and attorney general.  But her failure to make the race closer might damage her political prospects both in Texas and beyond.

Wendy Davis: Dreams from my Uterus.  In Forgetting to be Afraid, Ms. Davis casts herself as an intrepid innocent carrying the burden of a struggling family on her slender shoulders.  But the title doesn't match the storyline.  She doesn't give much evidence of fearlessness, except fearlessness of being hot to trot from a young age, as she became sexually active in adolescence.  Because gynecism is a dimension of socialism, Wendy Davis' story has a subtext of a failed family being replaced by a protective socialist state. [...] If Texans want such a pitiable woman for their governor, than Texas has become equally pitiable.

Could Wendy Davis sink Battleground Texas?  Democrats thought Wendy Davis could speed up their efforts to turn Texas blue.  Instead, she may prove a drag on the most prominent group chasing that goal.  Davis could lose her bid for the governor's mansion by double digits on Nov. 4, leaving Battleground Texas, the grassroots-focused organization that essentially serves as her campaign's field arm, with a high-profile loss in its first major electoral effort in the Lone Star State.

America is officially over Wendy Davis.  If you're looking for proof that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' fifteen minutes of fame have passed, look no further than her dismal book sales.  Davis' new book, titled "Forgetting to be Afraid," has sold only 4,371 copies since its release on Sept. 9, according to Nielsen BookScan figures obtained by Slate.

Latest Attack Ad from Davis Claims Abbott Doesn't Want Blacks to Vote.  With the election only days away, Democrat candidate for Texas Governor Wendy Davis is holding nothing back in her efforts to attack her Republican opponent Greg Abbott.  The challenge for Davis is that her past attacks have either been largely ignored by the voters, failed to stick after being debunked, or, backfired on her, as was the case with her "empty wheelchair" ad and an odd attempt to paint Abbott — whose wife is Hispanic — as opposing interracial marriage.  Now, in a new radio ad, Davis alleges that Abbott does not want black Texans to vote.

Wendy Davis Launches What Has to Be Her Most Dishonest and Desperate Attack Yet.  Wendy Davis, Democrat long-shot for Texas governor, unleashed this bizarre tweet this afternoon [10/31/2014]. [...]

Twilight of the Froot Loops.  On Tuesday, it is all but inevitable that Greg Abbot's campaign and Texas voters are going to beat Wendy Davis like a circus monkey, and it will be her second significant defeat in the campaign:  She ran triumphantly unopposed in the New York Times primary, with Robert Draper all but kissing the hem of her garment, but she took a beating in the Rio Grande primary, with her penniless nobody opponent outperforming her in critical border counties that had gone heavily for Barack Obama in the presidential elections.  Bipartisan lesson:  If you are going to run a horsepucky media creation as a single-issue candidate, pick a single issue that doesn't stack voters up against you four to one.

Up In Flames.  Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don't mean that in a good way. [...] The Democratic darling of the Hollywood Left and glamour gal of abortion thought her path to the Texas governor's mansion would be a pink-sneakered walk in the park.  Instead, her single-issue campaign has combusted.

How Wendy Davis became the Todd Akin of the 2014 midterms.  Davis was an obscurity in the Democratic Party before her 2013 filibuster of abortion regulations that threatened Texas clinics with closure.  Fascination with her shoes exceeded that normally given to the Roman Pontiff's footwear.  The money poured in.  Here was a national figure for the moment, a Joan of Arc ready to win the War on Women.  Alas, social issues are not enough.  Polls show that Attorney General Greg Abbott, an anti-abortion Catholic, is attracting as much or more support from Texas women as Wendy Davis.  She has tried pushing other hot-button issues, going so far as to suggest that Abbott opposed legal interracial marriage.

Wendy Davis Confused about What a Governor of a State Does.  The criteria for admission to Harvard Law School must be minimal, because Davis seems confused about what governors do.

Having nothing to lose...
Texas' Davis says she would welcome Obama visit.  Democrat Wendy Davis said Wednesday [10/22/2014] she would welcome President Barack Obama campaigning for her in Texas after largely keeping distance from him throughout her underdog run for governor.

A Voting Guide from the Hidalgo County Democrats Doesn't Include Wendy Davis.  Greg Abbott has made clear that he hopes to win the Rio Grande Valley in next month's Gubernatorial election.  While the current Attorney General is still leading at the polls statewide, his determination to take the Valley — the bluest region in Texas — is a tall task.

Whither Wendy Davis?  If you happen to be in Texas on November 5, the day after voters head to the ballot box, fear not.  That Lonestar State-sized whooshing noise you hear will be the sound of Wendy Davis's gubernatorial campaign disappearing down the memory hole.

Davis ad is wrong on Abbott's settlement.  A recent television ad by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been widely condemned for basing its attack on the fact that her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, suffered a serious accident 30 years ago and must use a wheelchair.  The ad relies on many distortions, especially the claim that Abbott supports legal reforms that block others from recovering damages in cases similar to his own.  Contrary to Davis' attack, the laws that governed Greg Abbott's lawsuit remain unchanged on similar facts since the day in 1984 when he was struck by a falling tree.  Abbott recovered a settlement for ordinary negligence, a claim governed today by rules no different than those applicable to similar facts today.

Abbott Endorsed by Davis' Hometown Newspaper.  The good news keeps coming for Greg Abbott, Texas' Attorney General and the heavy favorite to be the state's next governor.  After a week of negative backlash against an attack ad run by his Democratic opponent, State Senator Wendy Davis, Abbott enjoyed a bump in fundraising, website traffic, and volunteer sign-ups, and now has the endorsement of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Davis' hometown paper.

Wendy Davis is falling apart.  Mistakes happen on the campaign trail.  Any politician in the national spotlight is bound to make one or two.  The mark of a truly skilled politician, however, is one who can take their lumps, adapt, move on, and rebound from that error.  Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is not a skilled politician.

Wendy's wheelchair woes.  Davis chose to run an ad showing an empty wheelchair while noting that Abbott won a $10 million insurance judgment after an accident that left him a paraplegic.  It then accuses him of "working against other victims" as attorney general — as if his accident means he has to side with every other plaintiff, regardless of the merits.  Abbott's real sin?  He's overcome difficult circumstances — and refused to sign on to the Left's victim-based identity politics.

Andrea Mitchell Is Skeptical That Greg Abbott Is Actually Disabled.  Earlier today [10/14/2014], Alex Griswold told you about Wendy Davis doubling down on her campaign-imploding "Look at the cripple" ad.  Or tripling down, or quadrupling down, or however many times it's been at this point.  She told Andrea Mitchell that the ad was "fair."  Oh, and Abbott is "working to kick that ladder down."  Well said, Wendy.  But believe it or not, Mitchell said something even dumber.

Is Andrea Mitchell A Wheelchair Truther?  Wendy Davis' campaign released a scathing ad earlier this week criticizing Greg Abbott's paralysis.  But according to MSNBC, her opponent's disability may not be legitimate.  MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell spoke with Davis about the ad on Tuesday [10/14/2014], asking the candidate's use of the "stark image of the wheelchair" was meant to point voters to Abbott's "own supposed disability."

Michelle Obama backs Wendy Davis in new radio ad.  First Lady Michelle Obama lends Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis some star power in a new radio ad going up in the Lone Star State, spotlighting the Davis campaign's focus on education issues.

Wendy Davis: Way Over the LineMy opponent wishes to rape women, but he cannot, because he is crippled.  That's the gist of Wendy Davis's argument for why she should be elected governor of Texas over her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott.  Needless to say, the people of Texas have not been too receptive.

Wendy Davis is running one of the nastiest campaign ads you will ever see.  Wendy Davis is almost certainly not going to be the next governor of Texas.  Apparently, though, she's willing to try just about anything to alter that reality.

Wendy Davis Ad Uses Empty Wheelchair to Attack Greg Abbott.  Democrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has just launched a new attack ad against her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott, that features an empty wheelchair.  Abbott, the current Attorney General of Texas, has been a wheelchair-bound paraplegic since 1984 after a tree fell on him.

After Horrendous Wheelchair Attack Ad, Wendy Davis Uses Disabled People as Props.  As Guy [Benson] extensively detailed last week, Wendy Davis released an ad attacking her disabled opponent Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott by featuring an empty wheelchair.  As a reminder, Abbott is paralyzed from the waist down due to a tree falling on him during a run in 1984.  After extensive backlash and outrage by the left and the right over the weekend, including the far-left media outlet Mother Jones, Team Wendy is digging deeper and doubling down with human props.

Abbott Strikes Back With Devastating Ad: Wendy Davis is Unfit to Be Governor.  Democrat and liberal hero Wendy Davis is facing enormous backlash after an ad featuring an empty wheelchair was released last week by her campaign in an effort to attack her disabled opponent Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. This week, she's doubling down on the ad and even gathered people in wheelchairs to use as human props during a campaign event Monday [10/13/2014]. Now, Abbott is hitting back with a devastating television ad of his own which features a slew of liberal media clips condemning the ad and Davis' campaign as a whole. At the end of the ad, the statement is made that Davis is a "unfit" to be governor.

Mika Brzezinski Savages Wendy Davis Wheelchair Ad: "I Cringed Watching That".  Monday's Morning Joe panel roundly criticized Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' new ad that prominently displays a wheelchair, a reference to opponent Greg Abbott's debilitating injury. The ad criticized Abbott, who received a large settlement after a falling tree branch paralyzed him, for championing legislation that limits awards on legal settlements, though the ad's hypocrisy argument is getting drowned out by its visuals.

Wendy Davis Struggles to Gain Traction in Texas Governor's Race.  Despite raising millions of dollars and attracting international media attention, Democrat Wendy Davis is struggling to make her campaign for Texas governor competitive.

In Case You Missed It, Wendy Davis' Run for Governor Ended in a Meltdown Friday.  Not only did Wendy Davis meltdown at the mere mention of her own record, showing an intemperate side that would wear thin quickly with daily exposure, she signaled that if she were ever entrusted with executive authority of any kind in state government, she would not hesitate to shred state law and the Constitution if she found them to be in the way of pursuing her leftwing agenda.  Davis would form a government unto herself and just ignore precedent, current law, and the people's representatives in the legislature.

Wendy Davis Melts Down, Talks Over Moderator During Debate.  On Friday Texas' Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis — both gubernatorial candidates — debated in the state's Rio Grande Valley.  During the course of the debate, the issue of education came up.  After hearing what Abbott had to say, a defensive Davis spoke when she was not supposed to and even interrupted a moderator multiple times — despite being told that it was not her turn to speak.

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At least liberals behave consistently:  When they perceive they are losing an argument, they start shouting (usually about something irrelevant, immaterial, or off-topic) and decorum goes out the window.

Abbott: Davis book tour violates state law.  A dispute over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' book tour intensified Thursday as her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, accused her in a formal complaint of violating state election laws.  In a filing with the Texas Ethics Commission, Abbott campaign manager Wayne Hamilton alleges that Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, "converted political contributions to her personal use" in violation of state law.

Even NOW has doubts about Wendy Davis' chances.  We previously noted that Wendy Davis struggled with female support in her bid to defeat Greg Abbott.  The most recent polling shows the two more or less even among women — not good enough for Davis to have any chance of winning.

Wendy Davis's Convenient Abortion Stories.  [Scroll down]  "Women who have abortions are tragically 154 percent more likely to commit suicide than women who do not have abortions.  They are also 144 percent more likely to abuse subsequent children and 500 times more likely to suffer from substance abuse after their abortions, according to a 2000 report in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse," [Emily] Horne explains.  Other studies have shown that mental illness is common after women have abortions.  For example, 2006 and 2008 studies showed links between abortion and increased levels of counseling, marijuana use, and symptoms of mental illness.  Likewise, a large Chinese study that looked at thousands of women found that having experienced an abortion within the twelve months prior to a new pregnancy led to a 97 percent greater chance of depression in the new pregnancy.

Wendy Davis Lies About Her Favorite Football Team.  Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis lied about her Dallas Cowboys fandom, according to information flagged by her Republican opponent Greg Abbott's campaign.  "I heard the coach the other day talking about the fact that he couldn't make any promises about what he and the team would be able to accomplish this year," Davis said in a KCTK radio interview Wednesday.  "I certainly wish our Cowboys the best.  I grew up cheering for the Cowboys and I haven't stopped since, and I'll be cheering for them again this year."  But wait a minute.  Davis' daughter Amber told Vogue in August 2013 that the family is a bunch of New England Patriots fans, which would make sense since Davis was born in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

Is Wendy Davis' political star fading in Texas gubernatorial race?  As a feisty state senator with pink sneakers and a fist in the air, Wendy Davis captured both the love and the ire of America last year when she pulled an 11-hour filibuster of anti-abortion measures in the Texas Capitol.  But after using that star power to win her party's nomination for governor, Davis is still struggling to take a lead over Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, and some say party confidence in her race is waning.

Something's Missing from Wendy Davis Ads — Wendy Davis.  There's something weird about the Wendy Davis campaign's recent ads.  Have you seen them?  If not, you probably will soon.  We're at the stage of the campaign where candidates start to open their coffers.  This is the most expensive race in Texas history, and at the top of the ticket, Davis has amassed a small fortune, which is absolutely dwarfed by the Abbott's much larger fortune.  These campaigns are set to run a formidable air war against each other come the fall, and it's starting.  But Abbott's cash advantage — he had $35.6 million to Davis' $11.1 million mid-summer — means he can run pretty much whatever he wants, when he wants.

Wendy Davis Says She May Withdraw Texas National Guard From Border If Elected Governor.  Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Thursday [8/7/2014] questioned the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops on the border with Mexico to curtail illegal immigration and she promised, if elected, that she will study withdrawing them.  The troop contingent was promised a month ago by current Republican Gov. Rick Perry, and it is expected that in the coming days they will begin to be deployed along the Texas-Mexico border, which stretches some 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles).

Wendy Davis plays rape card on Greg Abbott.  The Davis campaign knows they need to capitalize on shock value, but strategists on both sides of the aisle have serious doubts about whether or not this ad is sending the right message to undecided voters: [...] The Davis campaign is banking on being able to play off the emotions of voters, but, as mentioned above, this ad may be striking the wrong chord with both victims and victims' advocates.  It's harsh, and takes over half the ad to get to the tenuous connection between General Abbott and the featured rape.

Ms. Davis, it's over.  Remember when Wendy Davis was going to be the point of the lance in turning Texas purple?  Well, that's over.  It's finished.  Her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, is beating her by double-digits.

Davis Money Haul Less Than Advertised.  A day before fundraising reports were made public in the Texas governor's race, the campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis boasted that the Fort Worth senator had outraised Republican Greg Abbott over the last few months and hauled in $13.1 million for their fall battle.  The actual reports, published online Wednesday morning [7/16/2014], told a different story.

Wendy Davis staffer previously pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining an opponent's credit report.  A Wendy Davis staffer once pleaded guilty to posing as former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele online in order to illegally obtain his credit report.  Lauren Weiner, who was a researcher for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2005, pleaded guilty in 2006 to obtaining Steele's credit report by fraud.  At the time, Steele was lieutenant governor of Maryland, and was making an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate from that state. [...] But it appears that incident didn't dampen her political future with Democrats.  Weiner has had several jobs since then, including as a spokeswoman for Americans United for Change.

Hollywood Liberals Forking Over Big Bucks For Wendy Davis.  Some of Hollywood's wealthiest liberals are forking over big bucks for Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Texas, according to campaign finance reports recently filed by the campaign.  Among those who have donated directly to Davis: singer Barbara Streisand ($1,000) and musician James Taylor ($15,000).  A number of other celebs have given money to the Texas Victory Committee, a joint effort of the Davis campaign and the group Battleground Texas.

No Wendy Davis at Obama's appearances in Texas.  President Obama came to Texas but Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis did not show up. [...] We can conclude that all of those plans to turn Texas blue may have to wait a bit longer.

Also posted under Association with Obama is political poison.

Hillary Syndrome Strikes 'Abortion Barbie' Wendy Davis: Supporters Can't Name Single Accomplishment.  The Wendy Davis campaign is having a tough time convincing Texas voters that she would make a good governor, and the video [in this article] might be a good reason why — they couldn't name a single legislative accomplishment of hers.

Democrats writing off Wendy Davis as viable candidate to win Texas governor's race.  Wendy Davis, the Texas Democrat who made national headlines with her staunch opposition to pro-life legislation brought by Republicans, has seen her star power fade a bit in recent months, as party colleagues say not so quietly:  She doesn't have a chance at all to win the governor seat.

Wendy Davis Campaign Mgr abandons ship as poll shows 12-pt Abbott lead.  The Wendy Davis ship has been sinking ever since her personal narrative was revealed to be, at best, inventive.  The water level appears to have reached the deck, because her Campaign Manager has abandoned ship, as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday:  ["]State Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign for governor abruptly switched gears Wednesday as it struggles to meet the high expectations that supporters have for the Fort Worth Democrat.["]

Wendy Davis hosted by Hollywood stars.  Director Steven Spielberg is among the hosts of the "celebration and fundraiser honoring Davis" on the rooftop of the Bad Robot in Santa Monica, California.  Besides Davis, it benefits Battleground Texas, dedicated to making Texas competitive for Democrats.  The tab for hosts is $25,000, while contributions range down to $1,000 at the "friend" level.

Wendy Davis Once Blocked Resolution Supporting 'Under God' In Pledge Of Allegiance.  Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis once blocked a resolution in her hometown that expressed support for using the phrase "one nation, under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.  But her campaign tells The Daily Caller that Davis did not object to the resolution over philosophical grounds — she "believes the entire Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional," a spokesman said — but because she didn't think it was a relevant issue for the Fort Worth City Council to take up.

Pro-Wendy Davis Group Links GOP Candidate to Cancer.  Progress Texas last week released an attack ad implying that Attorney General Greg Abbot [sic] was potentially responsible for the deaths of cancer patients, an attack reminiscent of smears leveled at Mitt Romney in 2012.  The advertisement attempts to link the misallocation of funds at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to Abbot [sic].

Wendy Davis has Some Explaining to do on Ethics.  Texas has a part-time legislature, and inherent in any state with a part-time legislature is the potential for conflicts of interest.  Unless a legislator is personally wealthy, they must hold a job, which inevitably leads to their consideration of a bill that impacts their industry or company directly.  Texas ethics laws are lax and have loopholes.  Legislators rarely recuse themselves on votes.  It is one thing for that to happen with one of 150 Texas House members or one of 31 Texas senators.  For governor, candidates should be held to a higher standard.  The contrast on ethics could not be more striking in the race for Texas governor.

Uh Oh: Wendy Davis' Spokesman Just Quit.  Can you blame him? After a quick and unexpected rise to prominence (filibustering a late-term abortion bill, naturally) Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' polling numbers have been consistently underwater.  But now, however, she trails her Republican opponent by double digits overall and by eight points among women — that is, according to a recent left-leaning poll — which is never a good sign.

Blue on blue: Wendy Davis' camp slams DGA.  [Scroll down]  What's "happening on the ground" is Wendy Davis is losing, and it doesn't appear to be especially close.  Also interesting about [Vermont Gov. Peter] Shumlin's assessment is the notable absence of two other Western states from the DGA's radar:  New Mexico and Nevada.  Both blue states are governed by popular Hispanic Republican incumbents, and Democrats have all but given up on unseating either of them.

Davis spokesman resigns from campaign.  Bo Delp, spokesman and former communications director for Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign for governor, has resigned.  Delp said it was "an honor" to work for the Democratic senator, who faces Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.  He said that he is confident in her candidacy and that he will support her "wherever and whenever possible."

Is Wendy Davis' campaign about to fall off a cliff?  Normally, that whiff of scandal would not be enough to derail a campaign.  But coming on top of Davis' other problems, it's a distraction she doesn't need.

Report: Wendy Davis caught up in FBI investigation.  The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponent's campaign calls a "bombshell."  The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents "related to Sen. Wendy Davis' work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency."  The news outlet said it's unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.

FBI probe of NTTA includes Wendy Davis file, Travis DA's office says.  Documents related to Sen. Wendy Davis' work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency, Travis County officials say.  It's not clear whether Davis' work for the tollway authority is a focus of the FBI or only part of the material collected in connection with its look into tollway agency operations.

As state senator, Davis voted on bills that aided clients.  When Wendy Davis chose to work for local government agencies as a lawyer, she promised she would "not represent anyone on any issues" that came before the state.  But Davis, the state senator who is the Democratic nominee for governor, has voted on bills affecting clients and her law firm's bottom line.  Records show Davis supported legislation governing a toll-road project for which the North Texas Tollway Authority hired her firm.

Dallas Morning News Editorial Board Eviscerates Wendy Davis.  Turns out that Davis was actually fairly critical of the North Texas Tollway Authority, and in 2011 had introduced a bill to cap NTTA fees on delinquent tolls, which she subsequently withdrew six days after the NTTA hired her firm. Davis then threw her support behind an alternative bill that the NTTA preferred.  Davis also said in August 2013 that she would "put my law practice on hold" if she decided to run for governor, and that she "wouldn't be gaining any financial benefit from that relationship."  But records show that Davis made more than $150,000 from her firm, Newby Davis, in 2013.

Wendy Davis Ethical Questions Surface.  Despite promises to the contrary, it appears that State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) voted on bills that affect her clients and favorably impact the bottom line of her law firm.  "I have never done anything in a way that represents a conflict in my voting and something that would benefit me personally," she said in an interview, but state records seem to tell a different story.

Abbott Seeks Photo of Davis With Obama.  "Despite stating unequivocally just last month that she would not avoid having her photo taken with President Obama, this week Sen. Davis did just that," the Abbott campaign said.  "Instead, she met with the President behind closed doors and did not allow any press coverage.  We are hoping that a White House that claims an 'unprecedented' commitment to transparency will hold itself to a higher standard than Sen. Davis apparently does."

Those who have no chance of being elected are immune from Obama's political poison.
Obama meets with Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis.  President Obama met privately Thursday with Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, amid accusations by her GOP opponent that she's afraid to be seen in public with the president.  A White House aide said Mr. Obama "visited briefly" with Ms. Davis following his remarks at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  The meeting took place after reporters traveling with Mr. Obama had been moved into vans, so they didn't witness the meeting.

Wendy Davis not shy to be seen with Obama.  Democratic activists said she may have lost some areas to her primary opponent, Reynaldo Madrigal, who was nowhere to be seen on the campaign trail, because he has a Latino name that may have attracted many of the voters along the border.  Another factor may have been her support for abortion rights, which is a complicated issue for the heavily Catholic population of Hispanics in the region and which Republicans have highlighted.

Wendy Davis Accuses Ted Nugent of Being a 'Sexual Predator'.  Texas State Senator and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy 'Abortion Barbie' Davis has shown that she strongly possesses two traits:  pathological liar and hypocrite.  These traits are often revealed simultaneously by the Davis campaign in a moment of desperation in an attempt to bolster her campaign.  With Davis, truth and principle take a backseat to political expediency.  We have seen Davis's difficulties with truth-in-advertising when, after the filibuster to prevent a bill banning late-term abortions from passing, she then tried to sell herself to the voters in Texas as 'pro-life'.

Abortion Barbie's Latest Woe: Hispanics in Texas Don't Like Her.  Wendy Davis's radical stance in favor of late-term abortion may play well with feminists, but Hispanic voters in the State of Texas do not approve.

Wendy Davis gets big donations from abortion rights backers.  Democrat Wendy Davis collected $100,000 in the last month from Austin Planned Parenthood board member Aimee Boone and $100,000 from EMILY's List, a political committee that supports Democratic women who back abortion rights.  Other big donors during the most recent reporting period included investor Rani Clasquin of Austin, $50,000; League City trial lawyer Ronald Krist, $50,000; and eight contributions of $25,000, including from Cecilia Boone and Suzanne Bartolucci.  In addition, her most recent report shows that Planned Parenthood's political committee spent $20,000 to conduct a poll on Davis' behalf and $9,000 for Web design and staff time.

The Feminist Mystique.  [Scroll down]  Being a feminist icon is a pretty good racket.  Financial disclosures recently showed that Miss Davis, ex-tornado-bait trailer-park-refugee single-mom crusader for the common folk, has used some $131,000 in campaign funds to house herself in luxury apartments in Austin boasting "five-star resort amenities."  Among her most enthusiastic boosters is Cecile Richards, daughter of the late Texas governor, who is paid nearly a half-million dollars a year for her work defending the surgical dismemberment of unborn children in the furtherance of sexual convenience.

Wendy Davis Says Texas Not a Red State.  Texas gubernatorial hopeful and Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis asserted on Thursday in an interview with statesman.com, "Texas is not really a red state, it's just a non-voting state." [...] Since 1994, Republicans have won all of Texas's 29 statewide offices, giving the state the longest streak of single-party dominance in the country.

TX Reporter: Wendy Davis Campaign 'Worst at Media Relations I've Ever Seen'.  For a candidate who owes her name recognition to a friendly media, Wendy Davis is having trouble not riling up the local press.  Dave Mann of the Texas Observer writes that the extent to which her team is botching media relations is "the worst ... I've ever seen," an embarrassment weakening her candidacy.

Desperate Measures in the State of Texas.  Texas Democrats are no doubt beginning to regret placing their hopes for turning the state blue on a previously unknown state senator whose gubernatorial campaign is unraveling right before their eyes. [...] Not only is she not the feminist icon she was thought to be, a woman who made it on her own in a man's world, she's done some things that will cause reasonable people to seriously question her judgment.

Wendy Davis' Campaign Just Started a War with the Texas Political Press Corps.  The Travis County Democratic Party held a fundraiser with Wendy Davis on Tuesday [1/28/2014], and Davis delivered her stump speech.  That's normal stuff.  But in a highly unusual move, the TCDP and the Davis campaign barred the event to all but one media outlet, the Texas Tribune, which livestreamed it.  According to Rauf, not only did the Tribune get exclusive access, a Davis campaign press release told other media to stay away.  They would not be welcome or admitted.

The Cowardice of Wendy Davis.  Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas, owes her political stardom to two things:  a pair of pink sneakers and her unstinting support for a woman's right to terminate a late-term pregnancy in a substandard clinic.

The Poison of Postmodern Lying.  Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was recently caught fabricating her own autobiography.  She exaggerated her earlier ordeals, lied about the age at which she divorced, and was untruthful about how she paid for her Harvard Law School education.  When caught, Davis did not apologize for lying.  Instead, she lamely offered that "my language should be tighter."  Apparently, only old fogies still believe in truth and falsehood — period.  In contrast, Davis knows that promoting a progressive feminist agenda is "truth," and she only needs to be "tighter" about her fabrications to neutralize her reactionary critics.

Wendy Davis's Pay Grade.  So Wendy Davis fudged some key details of her bio.  It doesn't speak well of her honesty or trustworthiness, but as far as politics goes it's a misdemeanor, not a felony.  Politicians get caught embellishing their resumes all the time, and in far more egregious ways. [...] Instead of making a contrite acknowledgement — she wouldn't have necessarily needed to apologize — and then moving on, she and her surrogates chose to lash out repeatedly at her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, claiming he was behind the unflattering revelations.

Democrat Touts as Her New Idea, a Policy That Is Already State Law.  In an attempt to move off her bio, the bio which up to now has been a centerpiece of her campaign, she has begun lashing out at the Abbott campaign while her online allies are attacking the political reporter, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, who wrote the article questioning her background.  Neither is likely to have any positive effect for her campaign.

Wendy Davis's Journey From Amateur to Obscene.  All it took was five days for Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis's campaign to go from baffling to downright obscene, again showing that neither she nor those aiding the effort knew what they were getting into in the first place.  It wasn't enough that revelations of a distorted biography emerged, the details of which included her leaving an older man just a day after he completed payments for her Harvard Law education.  Nor that the candidate herself signed onto a missive doubling down.

Complaint: Wendy Davis failed to disclose income, lobbyist ties.  An ethics complaint filed against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis this week argues that Davis has failed to disclose all of her sources of income and ties to lobbyists, as required by state law.  According to the complaint, Davis failed to disclose more than $25,000 in interest and dividends she earned from 2010 to 2012 on the personal financial statements she filed those years.  Davis also failed to disclose that she was paid by the employer of a lobbyist — namely, the law firm of Cantey Hanger, LLP.

Is Politico telling the full story about Wendy Davis?  Before Davis's filibuster, there seemed to be zero chance that Democrats would win the governorship in 2014, but her sudden fame and fundraising prowess gave Democrats their best chance since George W. Bush defeated one-term Democratic incumbent Ann Richards in 1994.  Now the Dallas Morning News's revelations of Davis's less-than-accurate depiction of her life story make her election look much less likely.  And that in turn reduces the chances of success for the "turn Texas blue" movement.

Why Is The Press Fighting To Protect Wendy Davis?  Have you heard the one about the Texas gubernatorial candidate who created a fictional life story to sell herself to voters?  Probably not, since the person in question is a darling of the liberal media.

Wendy Davis' snobby campaign pities single moms and trailer park folks.  An odd thing happened on the way to Wendy Davis' personal and campaign narratives — while claiming to fight for single moms and folks in trailer parks, she actually perpetuated stereotypes and myths in an incredibly snobby way.

Wendy Davis, Fibber.  The New York Times appears to have little interest in the story of Davis's deceptions, despite the paper's fawning coverage of her late-night filibuster to block a proposed ban on late-term abortions in the Texas legislature and her role as "the Democrats' big hope" to win the state's governorship for the first time in nearly two decades.  Of course, the Times was not the only major media outlet to run glowing profiles of Davis in the wake of her dramatic filibuster last June.

Has Wendy Davis' Charmed Run for Governor Started to Implode?  All of this speaks to Davis' honesty and integrity.  If she cannot be counted on to accurately report her own history, she's likely to run a slipshod governorship that remains at arm's length with the truth.  Asking legitimate questions about her veracity is not a personal attack, but the vetting that political candidates should expect to undergo when they seek high office and the power that comes with it.

Wendy Davis Slams Paraplegic Opponent: 'Hasn't Walked a Day in My Shoes'.  Wendy Davis is under fire following a Dallas Morning News report that found a number of factual discrepancies in the personal narrative she has made a centerpiece of her long-shot campaign for Texas governor.  Davis, who is quoted multiple times in the article, issued a statement after its publication suggesting that her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, was behind the "attacks."

Reeling Wendy Davis Grasps for Guns, Tells AP that Her Origins Story Is Now Off-Limits.  When she was on the Fort Worth City Council, Wendy Davis tried to kick gun shows off of municipal property.  She tried this in Fort Worth, Texas, "where the West begins," and failed.  Fort Worth is not Austin, and Texas is not like the liberal enclaves where Davis tends to raise her campaign funds, as she is learning this week.  Revelations that her origins story has some holes in it has sent Davis' campaign for governor into a full-blown crisis.  What's a candidate to do?  Change the subject, of course.

Mostyn Law Firm donates $1 million to help Wendy Davis in Texas governor's race.  The Mostyn Law Firm and its attorneys are spending a small fortune to ensure Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' political ambitions come to fruition. [...] Davis, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is no stranger to law firms specializing in civil litigation, as she first joined the Fort Worth law office of Haynes & Boone in 1994.  And now, 20 years later, Davis is relying on contributions from her fellow plaintiffs attorneys and their firms, such as the Mostyn Law Firm, to fuel her political climb.

Media Circle Wagons to Protect Wendy Davis From Bio Falsehoods.  It is not as though the media would have to quit their ongoing political assassination of Chris Christie to give the brewing scandal surrounding Texas Democrat Wendy Davis's bio falsehoods the attention it deserves.  The media can do two things at once.  But other than clearing the way for President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton, the media is desperately circling the wagons to downplay a legitimate scandal that could take down a rising Democrat star.

Wendy Davis' Ex Demanded She Not Use Drugs Before Seeing Kids.  News has broken that Wendy Davis lied about her background.  She is now playing victim blaming Greg Abbott.  It is her ex-husband who talked to a left-of-center Dallas reporter.  It is also her ex-husband who asked a Texas District Court to issue a temporary restraining order against Wendy Davis in 2003.

Wendy Davis autobiography underwent some ... revisions.  [Scroll down]  Legally, Davis has nothing to worry about.  Politically, it might be another matter.  She's trying to market herself as a crusading truth-teller for women's rights in a benighted state.  It doesn't help when your autobiography turns out to be as fact-challenged as Davis' for that sales pitch.

Why a Feminist Heroine Revised Her Bio.  Indeed, Democrats could scarcely believe their luck when they learned [Wendy] Davis was not only a photogenic blonde whose pink sneakers became an icon for abortion-rights supporters but also had a biography that sounded like political gold. [...] But it turns out the true account of her life doesn't exactly match up to the story she's been selling while raising money for her campaign.

Wendy Davis' ex-husband: "They've asked me not to talk to reporters".  Wendy Davis, the progressive movement's Texas darling because of her pro-late term abortion filibuster, is withering under revelations that much of her narrative of struggle and financial hardship is misleading at best, fabricated at worst.  The wagons are being circled around her with claims of a War on Women and sexism ... all because the truth has come out via an interview with her husband by the Dallas Morning News, and other investigation. [...] So far, however, the facts revealed by the Dallas Morning News have not been contested.

Dallas Morning News Calls Out Wendy Davis for 'Blurring' Facts About Personal Life.  As pro-choice icon State Sen. Wendy Davis continues her run for Governor of Texas, it's only natural that the image she's constructed for herself comes under public scrutiny.  On Sunday afternoon [1/19/2014], The Dallas Morning News's senior political writer called out the Democratic lawmaker for "blurring" key details of her personal biography as she attempts to lure voters into her camp.

Democrat Wendy Davis Caught in Major Lies.  Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was catapulted onto the national scene following her filibuster in the Texas Senate in support of abortion. [...] A few weeks ago, Davis declared candidacy in the governor's race for the state of Texas.  However, the tales of her life's story are starting to unravel as we learn that much of it is untrue.

Wendy, We Hardly Knew Ye.  Last June, Texas state senator Wendy Davis led an unsuccessful filibuster trying to block a bill abandoning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  She became a mainstream media darling was hailed as "incredible" by the national Girl Scouts office, and her flush $12 million-campaign war chest almost certainly makes her the Democratic candidate for Texas governor.  But unlike her fellow Texan, U.S. senator Ted Cruz, who stayed on his feet for hours in September of last year speaking against Obamacare, Davis didn't see her background and life story put under a microscope and picked apart.

Wendy Davis Testimony in Federal Trial: 'I Got Divorced by the Time I Was 19'.  Texas State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis testified in a Washington, D.C. Federal courtroom on January 20, 2012 that she "got divorced by the time [she] was 19 years old."  The Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday [1/19/2014] that, in fact, Senator Davis did not file for divorce from her first husband, Frank Underwood, until December, 1983, when she was 20 years and six months old.  The divorce was finalized on May 22, 1984, just a week after her 21st birthday.

Wendy Davis, unmasked.  [Scroll down]  She has already raised $12 million for her campaign for governor, tapping into the victimology cult among wealthy feminist women.  Davis has presented a life story to voters that portrays her as inspiring up-from-the-bottom success story, the first member of her family ever to go to college, a young mother, and a brilliant academic success who made her way to Harvard Law School.  But this narrative omits some rather unappealing facets of her life course.  Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News presents some of the facts that he diplomatically says have been "blurred," and they are rather unsavory.

Single Teen Mom? Texas's Wendy Davis Lied About [her] Life Story.  Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator whose filibuster for abortion rights made her a Democratic superstar and launched her campaign for governor, has admitted to the Dallas Morning News that she lied about key events in her life, including her first divorce.  Davis may even have lied under oath, testifying in a federal lawsuit over redistricting that "I got divorced by the time I was 19 years old," when in fact she was divorced at age 21.




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