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While we listen to John Batchelor’s show with Larry Johnson (see post below for how-to) … HOT! Charles Krauthammer Directly Takes on NPR’s Nina Totenberg, and NPR May, I Am Daring to Allege, Have Been Racist in its Firing of Juan Williams … Lefty California is One State Where the GOP May Not Be Able to Make Strides, except in an odd corner of Orange County … A Noted Hollywood Director Takes Aim at Barbara Boxer in New Fiorina Ad … Even the NYTimes’s liberal stalwart Frank Rich calls Obama the “Rodney Dangerfield of 2010″

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Below you will read my feelings about the racist treatment of Juan Williams by NPR. But first, let’s enjoy Charles Krauthammer’s exceptionally well-timed opportunity on Friday to point out NPR’s atrocious hypocrisy following Juan Williams’ abrupt firing Wednesday, and milked it for all it was worth, as only the brilliant Krauthammer can. Via Newsbusters, “Krauthammer Directly Challenges Totenberg on NPR’s ‘Hypocrisy’ in Firing Juan Williams While Letting Her Opine Freely“:

“Why is it okay for Nina to express opinions, as she has tartly, sharply, unashamedly and openly” while serving as “an honored correspondent” for NPR, while Juan Williams, “because he expresses his opinions, gets canned from NPR?” So Charles Krauthammer demanded while sitting Friday with Totenberg on the same Inside Washington set. “In fact, the standard ought to be lower in the case of Juan because he’s an analyst, whereas Nina is a correspondent.

Krauthammer had picked up on NPR CEO Vivian Schiller’s contention that the network had canned Williams because he violated the policy that “news analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that’s what’s happened in this situation.”

An uncomfortable Totenberg asserted “it’s a very, very difficult line to draw. And NPR tries to draw it, in my view, using rules that don’t exist anymore.” To which, Krauthammer wondered: “But what’s the difference between you and Juan expressing opinions? You on this show, and him on Fox?” He condemned NPR: “It’s completely illogical and hypocritical.”

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Then, Newsbusters expanded its story to include numerous additional examples of NPR’s hypocrisy:

In a Thursday post, “Is Nina Totenberg Next? NPR's legal affairs correspondent frequently expresses her pro-Democratic opinion,” the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes recited several examples in recent weeks of Totenberg sharing her liberal opinions on Inside Washington, including one lifted by Reason.com’s Michael C. Moynihan from the MRC’s site, which embedded our video from YouTube. That quote was a runner-up in the MRC’s 1999 “I'm a Compassionate Liberal But I Wish You Were All Dead Award (for media hatred of conservatives)” at the our very first DisHonors Awards dinner/gala. In 1995, she venomously spouted about Senator Jesse Helms:

I think he ought to be worried about what's going on in the Good Lord's mind, because if there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.

A few more illustrative examples, as collected from the archive of the MRC’s Notable Quotables, of how Totenberg regularly takes “personal public positions on controversial issues” during her participation most weeks on Inside Washington: … READ ALL.

You go, Charles and Stephen. You go.

OF NOTE: As many have pointed out, Williams’ firing leaves NPR without ANY African-American op-ed and correspondent employees. It apparently is only okay for black men or women to be on NPR as long as they are obedient to the left’s POVs.

The horrible cruelties, indignities and discriminations visited upon African-Americans in this nation, past and present, are quite enough without also, these days, demanding that they be obedient, on bended knee, before the left wing. That, in my book, is RACISM. And I am stating that NPR’s firing of Juan Williams was at the least biased and, at the most, racist. Dare I really allege that? Well, I just did. And I WILL dare that.

Haven’t blacks spent enough decades, make that centuries, on bended knee in this nation? Isn’t it time that they receive ALL the freedoms to which they are entitled? Among those freedoms is the most important of all: The right to speak about their real feelings and not be summarily fired for expressing themselves honestly. But Juan Williams was denied that right and NPR tried to silence him because he wasn’t a “good boy.”

At the very least, in good part because of their sufferings from slavery and relentless discrimination, we owe every black man and woman in this nation the right to be able to speak their minds and express themselves. It is a core freedom behind all that we value about being American citizens. Apparently though, in practice, that only applies when NPR’s tight-ass leftist elitist executives approve, and demand that the black man or woman say what NPR expects them to say. “Toe the line,” says NPR. “Don’t speak about your real feelings. Don’t mingle amongst those of whom we disapprove. Be obedient servants to the left.”

In essence, NPR is demanding MORE groveling by black men and women. And that is not only wrong, and anti-American, it smacks of racism.

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Here’s the latest on California’s two major races, via the L.A. Times story, “Jerry Brown’s lead doubles in a month; little change in Senate race“:

Meg Whitman’s handling of housekeeper scandal and record-breaking spending have cost her support among women, Latinos and independents. Barbara Boxer maintains an 8-point lead over Carly Fiorina. …

So, in the high-profile races, the GOP is not prevailing, except for the Loretta Sanchez versus Van Tran contest in the 47th Congressional District, the one corner of Orange County that has voted in Democrat Sanchez for many terms. There, the Vietnamese immigrant Van Tran has campaigned so well that he and Sanchez are deadlocked, according to polls. Here’s a good backgrounder story on the competitive race, from the OCWeekly: “Can Van Tran Get Loretta Sanchez Fired?.”

The New York Times buttresses the L.A. Times story in its “Governor Forecast Update“:

In California, Meg Whitman’s chances of defeating Jerry Brown are increasingly slim, as new surveys give Mr. Brown leads of 7 and 8 percentage points. Ms. Whitman’s internal polls also have her trailing, although by a smaller margin, according to KCBS’s Doug Sovern. The polling has been fairly consistent in this race for several weeks now, and I don’t know that it’s really all that hard a contest to read: Ms. Whitman’s campaign has encountered a few speed bumps, and she may have saturated the market with advertisements to the point that voters are tuning her out; moreover, she has lost ground even as the Senate candidate in California, Carly Fiorina, has held or somewhat improved her position. And a comeback is less likely in a state with significant early voting. Ms. Whitman’s winning chances are now down to 14 percent in the model, from 18 percent earlier this week.

Just think of all that money that Meg Whitman has thrown into that race, and the old pro pol Jerry Brown is going to win. Far out.

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From the Daily Caller, “‘Airplane!’ director cuts ad poking fun at Boxer for ‘ma’am’ exchange with general:

A well-known Hollywood producer and director has cut an ad against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) riffing on when the senator chided an Army brigadier general last year for calling her “ma’am.”

David Zucker, the director of the 1980 comedy classic “Airplane!” who has worked on myriad films including the “Naked Gun” and “Scary Movie” franchises, directed the “Call Me Senator” spot for Right Change, a 527 and 501(c)4 organization “committed to supporting policies and candidates dedicated to fiscal responsibility and a strong national security for the United States, while upholding the principles of freedom, competitiveness and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people.” …

ENJOY:

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Frank Rich holds fast to his belief that Obama has achieved much, lamenting that the American people don’t get it because Obama has failed to communicate his achievements adequately. The silly man still thinks that Obama is “The One” if only, as he told Howard Kurtz this morning on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” our citizenry were more educated as they should be required to do if they live in a democracy.

Well, Frank, we may be a bunch of ignoramuses in your opinion, but we don’t agree with you that Obama has achieved much and of what legislation he got passed, we hate it, nearly all of it.

PRESIDENT Obama, the Rodney Dangerfield of 2010, gets no respect for averting another Great Depression, for saving 3.3 million jobs with stimulus spending, or for salvaging GM and Chrysler from the junkyard. And none of these good deeds, no matter how substantial, will go unpunished if the projected Democratic bloodbath materializes on Election Day. Some are even going unremembered. For Obama, the ultimate indignity is the Times/CBS News poll in September showing that only 8 percent of Americans know that he gave 95 percent of American taxpayers a tax cut.

[Then Frank writes lots of blather about crooked corporations and their unending greed.]

Since Obama has neither aggressively pursued the crash’s con men nor compellingly explained how they gamed the system, he sometimes looks as if he’s fronting for the industry even if he’s not. Voters are not only failing to give the White House credit for its economic successes but finding it guilty of transgressions it didn’t commit. The opposition is more than happy to pump up that confusion. When Mitch McConnell appeared on ABC’s “This Week” last month, he typically railed against the “extreme” government of “the last year and a half,” citing its takeover of banks as his first example. That this was utter fiction — the takeover took place two years ago, before Obama was president, with McConnell voting for it — went unchallenged by his questioner, Christiane Amanpour, and probably by many viewers inured to this big lie.

Even as the G.O.P. benefits from unlimited corporate campaign money, it’s pulling off the remarkable feat of persuading a large swath of anxious voters that it will lead a populist charge against the rulers of our economic pyramid — the banks, energy companies, insurance giants and other special interests underwriting its own candidates. Should those forces prevail, an America that still hasn’t remotely recovered from the worst hard times in 70 years will end up handing over even more power to those who greased the skids.

We can blame much of this turn of events on the deep pockets of oil billionaires like the Koch brothers and on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which freed corporations to try to buy any election they choose. But the Obama White House is hardly innocent. Its failure to hold the bust’s malefactors accountable has helped turn what should have been a clear-cut choice on Nov. 2 into a blurry contest between the party of big corporations and the party of business as usual.

Frank is correct that the GOP is hardly the party to protect average Americans from the greed of major corporations and billionaires. But the Democrats have not stood up against them either. This leaves voters looking towards the party, the Republicans, that seems less likely to use government heavies, higher taxes, and onerous new programs like Obamacare to correct our nation’s economic course.

I’d devote more time to dissecting Frank’s arguments but my computer will, at any moment, freeze so I’m just writing whatever I can as fast as I can before that inevitably happens again.

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Tonight’s is a short open thread because my computer is acting up something terrible. Please add below whatever you all are SO TALENTED at finding and discussing. Your comments are always so enjoyable and interesting to read.

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  • nomobama

    I thought the same thing!  A stupid faced Biden looks like a normal Dean.  Oh, well.

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  • guest

    The focus on financial reform needs to be multi-fold, but a key component is to end government guarantees for the big players. Wall Street will crash again without them but the focus would shift from Congress and return to regulation of the markets. Tea Party committment to “fiscal responsibility” is very much an open question in terms of taxes and entitlement spending as well. At the very least, if another meltdown does occur on their watch, the country is unable to borrow borrow the money for any more bailouts, and will therefore be effectively bankrupt. 

  • Geoff C.. The Saltine

    You know which ones.      On other sites people have been shamed off because of lies or plagiarism. Some people have no shame.

  • Breeze

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    MUST READ:

    Perfect Muslim Soldiers

    Investor’s Business Daily,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010

    Islamofascism: O’Reilly, Whoopi and Joy are all wrong. The 9/11 terrorists weren’t “Muslim extremists” or just plain “Muslims.” A liberal newspaper reporter says they were model Muslims. More precisely, they were “perfect soldiers” for Allah, says Los Angeles Times national correspondent Terry McDermott. He would know. After traveling to the hometowns of the Muslim hijackers and investigating their family backgrounds, McDermott discovered they were not heretics or even “extremists,” but in fact good, pious Muslims. And their families and communities encouraged them to join the never-ending Islamic holy war, or jihad, against us.

  • Breeze

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    Donors Send Millions to
    Defend Arizona Law .

     
    Wall Street Journal,
    by Miriam Jordan   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010

    Arizona has attracted more than $3.6 million of donations to help defend its law to crack down on illegal immigration, with one whopping contribution—and thousands of smaller ones—from out of state. Timothy Mellon, an heir to a Pittsburgh steel and banking dynasty, has donated $1.5 million to a legal-defense fund established by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the governor’s office. Mr. Mellon, who is identified on a donor list as a Wyoming resident, is among more than 42,000 people who have contributed to the border state’s legal battle for the right to enforce the law, which Arizona’s legislature….

  • Onofre’s arm

    “… your comments would be missed.”

    Which comments Geoff? The ones I actually write, or the ones jbjd writes and then says are mine?

  • Onofre’s arm

    “… your comments would be missed.”

    Which comments Geoff? The ones I actually write, or the ones jbjd writes and then says are mine?

  • Breeze

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    MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Saves
    Democrat Party Boss From
    Embarrassing ‘Buying Votes’ Gaffe

    Big Journalism,
    by Larry O’Connor   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010 

    The Democratic Party in Pennsylvania should be sending MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell a basket of mini-muffins for her deft handling of a potentially devastating gaffe one week before the mid-term elections. Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Chariman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, was on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell this morning. He was explaining how the Philadelphia machine was working to ensure Joe Sestak’s victory in the closely watched Senate race in Pennsylvania. Ms Mitchell asked, “What is the secret here to turn out? In the old days, the old machine days, what we called ‘walking around money….’

  • jbjd

    Paraphrasing a supposed Sharron Angle mailing (no citations), nomobama writes, “What Harry Reid is doing is clearly illegal. Nevada law (NRS 293.700) provides that, “A person who bribes, offers to bribe, or use and other corrupt means, directly or indirectly, to influence any elector in giving his or her vote or to deter the elector from giving it is guilty of a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.””

    The Friends of Sharron Angle are asking for $80,000 to staff polling sites so as to ensure no such unlawful conduct.  But assuming every other allegation in this narrative is true, then, I fail to understand why, for merely the $40 cost of filing a 1-page Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order or Permanent Injunction, these Friends decided not to petition the court to compel Mr. Reid to obey the law.

  • Breeze

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    Alec Baldwin: Sarah Palin
    ‘Listless and Tired’; Harry Reid
    ‘Driven and Methodical’

     
    NewsBusters,
    by Noel Sheppard   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010

    Alec Baldwin thinks former Alaska governor Sarah Palin “looks oddly listless and tired on the circuit these days.” In the same Huffington Post piece, the actor actually praised Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as “driven, methodical and philosophically galvanized”: The fact that a man of Reid’s background (and being from Nevada) is not a staunch Republican should serve as a great inspiration to Congressional Democrats who want to maintain their majority and remind voters of the ultimately good and transformative power of a courageous and creative federal government. Got that?

  • Breeze

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    The untalented Mrs. Obama
     
    The Express Tribune [Pakistan],
    by Fifi Haroon   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010

    America’s First Lady was recently caught picking pumpkins in the White House garden for a Halloween photo-op as her husband charged off on a campaign to save a Democrat downslide in the US Senate. But that, apparently, is what powerful women do.

    (Snip) There is nothing intrinsic in Michelle Obama’s claim to fame. Much as I detest Sarah Palin’s roguish opportunism, her incessant tea-partying and successful power-brokering in the Republican primaries establish her as a woman of real power in a way Michelle Obama simply cannot rival. That her knowledge of foreign policy is pea-sized is incidental.

  • Breeze

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    GOP eyes the Slaughterhouse Five
     
    Politico,
    by Maggie Haberman &
    Alex Isenstadt   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010 

    In the battle for control of the House, there are some places where the outlook is especially grim for Democrats. And then there are the Slaughterhouse Five. They’re the five states in which Republicans aren’t in the hunt for just a seat or two but, rather, for many — enough to go a long way toward capturing the majority. If the Republicans ran the table in just these five states, it would take them most of the way toward control of the House. Two states — New York and Pennsylvania — present scenarios that would have been unthinkable as recently….

  • Breeze

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    Another Unaffordable Entitlement

    Investor’s Business Daily,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010 

    ObamaCare: Finding things we don’t like in the Democrats’ overhaul legislation is becoming an almost daily event. Add to the list the possibility that a provision in the bill could be almost six times more costly than the initial estimate. Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will subsidize the purchase of private health care insurance for millions of low-income Americans. Those who earn up to four times more than what Washington considers the poverty level will be eligible for refundable tax credits to pay the premiums.

  • Peggy Sue

    Yes, I did, jbjd.  Even Bill Clinton admits that it was a mistake.  It’s time to drop the platitudes and start cleaning house.  With a strong dose of bleach.

  • Breeze

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    Democrats’ Michigan Meltdown

    Big Government,
    by Kyle Olson   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010

    After the dust settles from the next Tuesday’s elections, pay close attention to Michigan. The “Great Lakes State” is about to undergo an extreme makeover from a burned-out “Blue State” to a reborn “Red State.” Democrats have been the dominant political party since 2002, when then-Attorney General Jennifer Granholm was elected governor, succeeding three-term Republican governor John Engler. Pundits and party activists began whispering about the possibility of amending the Constitution so she, a Canadian, could run for president. There was even an “Amend for Jen” movement!

  • Breeze

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    Obama assails GOP on
    clouded final campaign push

     
    AP,
    by DAVID ESPO   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010 

    President Barack Obama attacked Republicans with gusto Monday as he plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning, but his party’s prognosis remained darkened by the feeble economy and his itinerary was designed largely to minimize losses.

    (SNIP) We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

  • jbjd

    PS writes, “Where is the Tea Party for reinstituting Glass Steagall?  If McCain supports it and is calling for its renewal, I’m in his corner.”

    Did you see my comment upthread, extolling the virtues of GS and citing, JMc calls for its renewal, joined by D’s who previously voted for the death of the existing legislation but who now admit, they made a mistake? 

  • Peggy Sue

    I have been up front, AA, that I do not support the candidates that the Tea Party has seen fit to run.  I’ve also said I identify with the anger and frustration and the original call for fiscal responsibility.  But where is the call from any of these pols across the board on fighting the fraud, the too-big-to-fail banks and the Wall Street casino games that have and continue to bring the country to its knees?

    Crickets. 

    Not from the Tea Party, not from the Republican or Democratic leadership in DC. Not from the people in office or those now running.  Nothing.  The only place I hear the call for financial reform and forensic investigations are from private sector quarters, people like William Black who cleaned up the S&L mess for Poppy Bush; people like Janet Tavakoli, a derivatives and securities expert who’s been yelling about this mess since Bush was in office; our own Larry Doyle, who wrote quite recently: fraud is fraud; people like Karl Denninger, who was one of the original Tea Party founders, who has been screaming like a banshee for over two years and has totally given up on the TP movement with their co-opted message and lame candidates; people like Neil Barofsky, CBO chief, who today came out with a scathing indictment against Geithner, Bernanke and Holder, calling for their immediate dismissal.

    Where is the Tea Party for reinstituting Glass Steagall?  If McCain supports it and is calling for its renewal, I’m in his corner.

    What did FDR do?  He took all these suckers on–the banks, the financial institutions, the lenders, the agents and called them out for the criminals that they were, the same usual suspects that brought us the first Great Depression.  Glass-Steagall resulted from the public commission, exposing the big bankers, monied interests and their financial hijinks. He also understood the tragedy of massive unemployment and within his first 100 days launched programs to provide relief and work programs.

    But as long as there is rot and corruption at every level of our financial and political house, nothing will change, the economy will remain dead in the water and people will continue to lose hope.

    I watched a 60 Minutes clip last night about the plight of the Silicon valley area, San Jose that has shaken off 75,000 jobs, most of those positions moved overseas.  These are some of the 99ers, that have run through just about everything they own, yet have with no prospects in sight.  A lot of these people have advanced degrees.  If they can’t find anything, you can imagine the struggle of the average working Joe and Jane. Link here

    We have to start addressing this and stop pretending this is just the ordinary ups and downs of capitalism.  This is crony capitalism and it isn’t working. We don’t demand a cleanup, it will kill us all.

  • AbigailAdams

    Guest, great comment.  Not because I agree with it, though I do, but because it makes a fine example of a typical progressive’s view.  I’m almost certain that Peggy Sue did not even know about the information you share, above.  Our education system, both public and private, have spoon-fed a biased view of things for a very long time.  And on the internet, especially, you really have to dig to find all the information and sometimes you still don’t.  That’s how fully indoctrinated our culture is in progressive thought.

  • Talk2ThePaw

    Pretty convenient to say you voted for someone when ballots are secret.

  • Geoff C.. The Saltine

    Onofre’s Arm. Never once did jbjd answer my questions. I truly belive that jbjd is working for the dems past or present, one way or another it will come out. Hers and PS is a total commitment to the progressive movement and it must be stopped in its tracks now. I do not have a great command of written english, and I can’t type worth a damn, but I can smell BS from a mile away. She or he has no bio on the home page, so who knows. You need to stay on task here at NQ. The people that realy care about the US will win out in the end, and besides you are one of the few from the Seattle area that want to keep this country out of the hands of the progressives. Stick it out, your comments would be missed.  Nov 2nd is comming.   Geoff   

  • nomobama

    The following is a letter from the Sharron Angle Senate campaign in Nevada making the rounds through email.   Is she going to lose because Harry Reid is a no good lowlife cheater?

    Dear Xxxxxx,
    I have some very grave news for you. We are leading Harry Reid in the polls and meeting our early vote goals–and yet, Sharron Angle could still lose. As Sharron Angle’s campaign attorney, I am sorry to report that the Democrats and their cronies are up to their same old tricks, of trying to manipulate the election in hopes of skewing the results in their favor. Two days ago, the Democratic Secretary of State announced that voters can be provided “free food” at “voter turnout events.” Harry Reid has been offering free food and, according to other reports, some Democratic allies such as teachers’ unions are offering gift cards in return for a vote for Reid.
    Before we were even able to document the reported infractions to report to the authorities, the Democrat Secretary of State slammed the door shut on preventing this behavior and issued a public statement permitting these ACORN-style tactics. THESE are the kinds of shenanigans that can turn this race.[Xxxxxx], Harry Reid intends to steal this election if he can’t win it outright. As a result, we need to deploy literally dozens of election law attorneys and poll watchers to combat these tactics at a cost of nearly $80,000. That’s over and above our current budget. We need to raise $80,000 and we need to do it RIGHT NOW, because even as I am writing this, Harry Reid and his Machine are trying to steal this election. I’m sorry that we have to come to you yet again and ask for you to reach deep and contribute, but we must. Understand, EVERYTHING we have worked for in the last year could be destroyed by dirty tricks and criminal acts in the next 8 days. As Sharron’s first line of defense on these matters I am absolutely committed to making sure this won’t happen. What Harry Reid is doing is clearly illegal. Nevada law (NRS 293.700) provides that, “A person who bribes, offers to bribe, or use and other corrupt means, directly or indirectly, to influence any elector in giving his or her vote or to deter the elector from giving it is guilty of a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.” We’ve seen evidence of this sort of voter ‘enticement’ by groups such as ACORN – where, in 2008, two ACORN workers in Milwaukee were accused of offering pre-paid gasoline cards or restaurant gift cards to people in exchange for registration.
    John Fund wrote in his book Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, cited reports from the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader (South Dakota) and the election in 2004, where certain residents were quoted saying that “people on the streets were saying you go vote, they would give you gas money, $10, maybe a pack of cigarettes…” Now, this week in Las Vegas, at our election hotline, we received reports that some teachers’ union representatives were offering Starbucks cards to people to get them to vote for Harry Reid. It is even more disturbing and may be possible that they are using their influence and authority as educators to entice students on behalf of Reid. Here’s the bottom line: when the powerful are threatened, they will do anything to retain their position. It’s clear now that Harry Reid’s campaign is even willing to skirt the laws of Nevada to do it.
    Is there any question that they will do the same on Election Day?
    Will you help us raise this $80,000 today? With it we can fight the election-stealing tactics of Harry Reid and his corrupt cronies.
    The right to vote is a precious one – and it carries with it somber responsibilities. The Democrats’ willingness to allow voters to be enticed with a promise of any thing of value is a debasement of the process- and it may just destroy everything we’ve worked for.
    Please send an urgent contribution so our work will not be in vain. We’re going to win this race as long as we don’t let Harry Reid steal it. Can you help us today?
    Sincerely,
    Cleta Mitchell
    Counsel to Friends of Sharron Angle
    Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate, Nevada

    P.S. I’ve been in this business a long time. I have never before been so convinced that a candidate would reach so low in order to be victorious. Let’s do this for Sharron and all her hard work. Please support us financially today.

  • Onofre’s arm

    Usually, when people paraphrase something, it is an attempt to recite something as accurately as their memory serves them. You are a disingenuous jackass when you not only needlessly “paraphrase” something when the actual statement is in front of you, but then you grossly distort the original statement with your own manipulative construct. You twisted the original intent of my post with a deceitful paraphrase, and then you had the unbridled contempt to re-post YOUR disgusting distortion several more times on different threads, and then LIE each time when you state that someone (me) posted something that was in reality YOUR pathetically crafted calumny. This is contemptible behavior jbjd, and I’ve decided that if NQ doesn’t address this, then I can no longer visit or contribute to NQ, especially if my comments can be maliciously distorted and then re-posted with the clear implication that I wrote something that I did not.

  • Guest

    I wonder also what it means what it means to be an “FDR progressive” in the current environment. Remember what FDR did in an attempt to bolster the economy. He signed the Davis-Bacon Act, which specified Federal wage rates, he empowered the unions to be more aggressive in their recruitment and stronger in the strikes they called. Major labor violence in the ’30′s. And, he made it even more expensive to hire someone by setting a minimum wage, which priced out of the market a lot of the jobs that weren’t worth that amount. Sounds a lot like mandates on medical insurance and meddling with the market forces, doesn’t it? Nothing like insecurity to keep the business community sitting on their cash instead of investing for the future. The liberal ideology is totally ignoring of human factors and tendencies. What’s given to you has no intrinsic value to you, not worth working for anymore, but, once given, it is very hard to give it up. We can’t afford to penalize the successful to subsidize the indolent any longer.

     

  • jbjd

    margaret asks, “Does anyone have a link to a list showing how delegates voted in 2008 DNC primary?  I want to check out my local congressional candidate to see if he was an HRC supporter.  Thanks!”

    margaret, there is no such list.  If your candidate is an unpledged PLEO (Party Leader / Elected Official), in other words, a superdelegate, he did not have to cast a vote to nominate Obama.  And the other votes were curtailed, and even the DNC Services Corporation has no final total.  See my COUP series (here) 1, 2, 3, and Epilogue.

  • jbjd

    OA writes, “It is disturbing that NQ is allowing the repetition of lies, especially after the lies have been clearly exposed, by one of their contributors. NQ will quickly lose credibility if misquotes, fabrications, and outright lies by their contributors aren’t corrected, or are simply ignored. jbjd has fabricated a gross distortion of one of my posts, and has now posted this lie three times, in quotation marks…”

    Ah, a world of difference separates “quotation marks” from “single quotations.”  I used single quotations, signifying I was paraphrasing but not quoting directly.  Whenever I quote directly, I used these “.

    For example, here is your actual quote.  “We need Congressmen who will vote “NO” on Obamacare, Cap and Trade, Stimulus, Bailouts, and any other Progressive bullshit our current “Leadership” dreams up. While you may have issues with West, Christine O’Donnell, Rand Paul, Fiorina, Sharron Angle, etc, we KNOW how they will vote on various issues, and more importantly, we KNOW how their opponents will vote.”  Briefly, I summarized this to say, ‘We have to vote R because they will vote “NO” on TARP.  (Note the double quotes here, and the bold.)

  • Onofre’s arm

    “ Peggy Sue another one of your progressive toadies.”

    Please Geoff, there’s no need to insult toads.

  • Onofre’s arm

    “She has written a memoir, which she is now shopping to publishers.” 

    “I have nothing to be afraid of,” she said, adding that she hopes the attention stokes interest in her manuscript.”

    You accused Glenn Beck of cynically whipping up interest in the 8/28 event so that he could sell books. How many books do you think this woman would sell if her account of Justice Thomas wasn’t luridly scandalous? If she was aware of, and bothered by Thomas’ alleged issues, why did she date him as long as she did? Couldn’t this be an instance of a self serving  anecdote that’s meant to increase sales of her book? WTF, she matter of factly ADMITS TO THIS! How many books do you think she would sell if she had a rather pedestrian account of her relationship with Thomas? And why am I even responding to jbjd, who is a recidivist liar? Everything she writes should be viewed with extreme suspicion.

  • Breeze

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    Democratic Rep. Taylor
    says he voted for
    McCain, not Obama

    The Hill (Washington, D.C.),
    by Jordan Fabian   

    Original Article

    10/25/2010

    Conservative Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) said he voted for GOP Sen. John McCain for president in 2008, not Barack Obama. The revelation by Taylor, an 11-term incumbent facing a tough reelection battle, is one of the most extreme examples yet of a Democrat distancing himself from his party’s unpopular leaders. Taylor, who has been taking step after to step to highlight his independence from Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), told a reporter for The Sun Herald of South Mississippi about his secret ballot two years ago.

  • jbjd

    OA write (to senneth), “Recognizing that a woman is obviously lying is misogyny and sexism Senneth? It’s this type of reflexive reaction, automatically siding with the woman in any “He said, she said” situation, that has caused an explosion in this country of FALSE accusations of abuse, sexual misconduct, and rape.”

    Actually, now, it’s he said / she said / she said.  Because Thomas’ former girlfriend has come forward to validate the substantive claims, Thomas was preoccupied with pornography, and brought his preoccupation into the workplace.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/21/AR2010102106645.html?wprss=rss_nation/special/1

  • jbjd

    AA writes to PS, “You say that you are an FDR Democrat.  Would you please explain what you think about the HCR bill, TARP, cap and trade, and this administration’s stance on border security and its lawsuit against AZ?  Tea partiers and tea party-supported “Republicans” are very clear about their views on these issues.”

    Permit me to point out one thing FDR did which we are now calling for:  the Glass Steagall Act, which sets up a Chinese wall of sorts keeping savings banks / savings banks, and investment services companies / investment services companies.  Glass Steagall was repealed by the 106th Congress (Senate make-up was R-55, D-45; House make-up was R-223; D-211.)

    The $700b TARP bailout, signed into law by President Bush, could not have been paid to outfits like Goldman Sachs if Glass Steagall had been in place.  John McCain is trying to renew that law.  “The measure was first co-sponsored by five House Democrats last week, all of whom also voted to repeal the bill in 1999.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/15/mccain-cantwell-team-up-t_n_393159.html 

  • Sowsear
  • Onofre’s arm

    “..ended in this self-important announcement, ‘I will vote only for Republicans, because I know they will vote against bailouts/stimuli,’ ”

    This is the third time you have completely distorted something I wrote, and then reprinted it as though you were quoting me. This makes you a liar jbjd, a rather disgusting liar. Calling you a liar isn’t name calling in this instance because it is by definition what a person who repeatedly lies is called. You have now lied three times about something I wrote, and what makes your mendacity even more outrageous, is the fact that I strongly pointed out this particular lie the second time you used it, and you’ve now demonstrated your complete absence of integrity by posting it yet again. 

    It is disturbing that NQ is allowing the repetition of lies, especially after the lies have been clearly exposed, by one of their contributors. NQ will quickly lose credibility if misquotes, fabrications, and outright lies by their contributors aren’t corrected, or are simply ignored. jbjd has fabricated a gross distortion of one of my posts, and has now posted this lie three times, in quotation marks, as though it was an accurate duplication of something I wrote. This should not be permitted to stand, and I shouldn’t have to constantly scour this site for instances where I’ve been misquoted or lied about. This site will implode if it becomes common practice for bloggers to lie about each other, and if bloggers can misquote, or manufacture quotes, and then attribute these fabrications to other bloggers, the way jbjd has done in this instance.