Judge Will Not Halt Alaska Count

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A federal judge has denied a request by Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) to immediately stop the state from counting write-in ballots that did not spell a candidate’s name correctly, the AP reports.
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EXCLUSIVE: Miller Files Suit to Halt Alaska Vote Count

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 


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CBS’s Smith to Ann Coulter: What If Tea Partiers Bring Government ‘To A Screeching Halt’?

November 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

On Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith continued to fret over government gridlock in the wake Republican electoral gains, asking Ann Coulter: "…big Republican wave just rolls in there. There'll be a routine vote, for instance, to increase the debt ceiling and the tea party guys are going to say, 'over my dead body.' And the government comes to a screeching halt. Then what happens?"

Coulter responded by predicting how the liberal media would spin such a scenario: "Well, the media will blame the Republicans. But, it's no longer 1995. That was the last time there was a government shutdown. And America, when there's a government shutdown, they're all responsible. The President is as responsible as Congress. But now we have the internet, so I think the Americans are going to know it this time."

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Good Lame Duck Internet Legislation: A Stand-Alone Permanent Halt to FCC Reclassification

October 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

At this point, it is understandable that the reaction of the Tea Party Movement – and most Americans  - to ANY legislation coming out of THIS Congress would be not just “No,” but “Heck No” (pardon my French.)

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But despite the reams of alleged “reporting” you’ve seen, the Tea Party Movement has for the most part NOT weighed in on Internet legislation – neither the ever-so-brief offer of Congressman Henry Waxman’s bill specifically nor any possible law generally.

Not that the media know anything about this.  In order to find out what the less government, pro-freedom Tea Partiers are thinking on Internet legislation, the Jurassic Press are asking and quoting - Media Marxists:

Tea party support for such an effort would be a reversal from the role the movement played in lawmakers’ attempt to advance a measure last month.

Indeed, “the tea party made it possible for Republicans to opt out of supporting Waxman’s bill with no political ramifications and appear as champions to their base,” said Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation.

“I can see why the Republicans would have been resistant to signing on this in a tea-party-infused environment,” said Matt Wood, associate director for the Media Access Project.

Because these people are in constant contact with the Tea Party movers and shakers, and are thusly well equipped to speak for them on matters of Web legislative policy.

So when I want to know what Free Press – the Media Marxist outfit leading the charge on the horrific ideas that are Net Neutrality and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Internet reclassification – I’ll ask Jenny Beth Martin, Founder of the Tea Party Patriots.

Unlike any of the Media Marxists, Ms. Martin is one of this year’s Time magazine 100 Most Influential People – could not the media have tracked her down?  Could they not have asked her what she thought, rather than trying to glean it from the psychic individual utterances of the likes of the Media Access Project and the New America Foundation?

What many, MANY Tea Party groups HAVE said “Heck No” to is FCC internet reclassification – which may very well be looming over us as early as November 30th.

The World Wide Web has become a free speech, free market Xanadu.  And the FCC is rushing to unilaterally, DRAMATICALLY overregulate it – burning the village in a misguided and unnecessary effort to “save” it.  The Tea Party Movement has grown and blossomed on the Internet – under the current regulatory model - so they know that the government seizing control of it is a bad idea.

And right now, perhaps the only thing that stands between us and this FCC Internet power grab is – Congressional legislation, passed by THIS Congress in a post-election lame duck session.

Congressman Waxman’s bill – while not perfect - contains a two year moratorium on the FCC reclassifying the Internet.  This is good, given the imminent possibility of reclassification.

But the halt on the FCC’s power to grab should be permanent.  They should not reclassify - period.  No elapsed period of time changes that.

And it’s not just me saying it.  299 members of Congress have said it – a large bipartisan majority.  More than 150 organizations – including the aforementioned 35 Tea Party groups - state legislators and bloggers have said it.  So have seventeen minority groups – that are usually almost always in Democrat lockstep.

So have many additional normally Democrat paragons, including several large unions: AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America (CWA),International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); several racial grievance groups: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Minority Media and Telecom Council (MMTC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Urban League; and an anti-free market environmentalist group: the Sierra Club.

So how about a lame duck session stand-alone bill that forever forbids this Chairman and the FCC from reclassifying the Internet?

You already have the aforementioned bipartisan Congressional majority on the record in favor of it.  It would most likely sail through to President Barack Obama’s desk, and put a permanent end to the tremendous uncertainty that this untenable situation has already created.

Uncertainty that has already cost us billions of dollars in job-creating investment.  And would cost us hundreds of billions more were the FCC to actually execute the Web seizure they are now threatening.

Once we have removed the peril of FCC Internet reclassification, we can then engage in the sober and reasoned, unhurried and unharried discussion of possible Internet legislation not afforded us by Congressman Waxman’s last-minute bill introduction.

This is something the Tea Party Movement – and most Americans – would relish and appreciate.


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Side Effects: Obamacare Fails to Halt Rising Premiums

October 4, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
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President Obama and his supporters have said that one of the major benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be a drop in health insurance premiums. But a href="http://www.hewittassociates.com/Intl/NA/en-US/AboutHewitt/Newsroom/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?cid=9106">new Hewitt Associates study shows that insurance costs will continue to rise for 2011.

The study projects an 8.8 percent average premium increase for employers, compared with a 6.9 percent rate jump in 2010. Additionally, employee contributions toward health coverage are expected to soar by $ 2,209, or 22.5 percent. This is up 12.4 percent from 2010, when employees contributed $ 1,966, the study said. id="more-44263">

“Employers can expect 2011 health care cost increases to be at their highest levels in five years,” the study said. This report and other recent health economic projections [which] have essentially obliterated the claim that health insurance costs would drop with passage of Obamacare.

In fact, proponents of the health care law have been quick to reverse course on other promises. href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41271.html">Ben Smith pointed out in Politico that groups like href="http://www.politico.com/static/PPM153_pp.html">The Herndon Alliance—whose partners include AARP, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Health Care for America Now, MoveOn and La Raza—have been coaching Obamacare supporters to avoid saying  “the law will reduce costs and deficit.”

The President himself has admitted that health care costs would rise “as a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health care—at the margins that’s going to increase our costs, we knew that. We didn’t think that we were going to cover 30 million people for free.”

This is a far cry from the $ 2,500 savings the President was predicting during the 2008 presidential campaign before Obamacare became a reality. Since its passage, evidence continues to mount that href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/obamacare-increases-health-insurance-premiums">the new law fails to live up to its many promises.

This post was co-authored by Charles Adair.

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Side Effects: Obamacare Fails to Halt Rising Premiums

October 4, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
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President Obama and his supporters have said that one of the major benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be a drop in health insurance premiums. But a href="http://www.hewittassociates.com/Intl/NA/en-US/AboutHewitt/Newsroom/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?cid=9106">new Hewitt Associates study shows that insurance costs will continue to rise for 2011.

The study projects an 8.8 percent average premium increase for employers, compared with a 6.9 percent rate jump in 2010. Additionally, employee contributions toward health coverage are expected to soar by $ 2,209, or 22.5 percent. This is up 12.4 percent from 2010, when employees contributed $ 1,966, the study said. id="more-44263">

“Employers can expect 2011 health care cost increases to be at their highest levels in five years,” the study said. This report and other recent health economic projections [which] have essentially obliterated the claim that health insurance costs would drop with passage of Obamacare.

In fact, proponents of the health care law have been quick to reverse course on other promises. href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41271.html">Ben Smith pointed out in Politico that groups like href="http://www.politico.com/static/PPM153_pp.html">The Herndon Alliance—whose partners include AARP, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Health Care for America Now, MoveOn and La Raza—have been coaching Obamacare supporters to avoid saying  “the law will reduce costs and deficit.”

The President himself has admitted that health care costs would rise “as a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health care—at the margins that’s going to increase our costs, we knew that. We didn’t think that we were going to cover 30 million people for free.”

This is a far cry from the $ 2,500 savings the President was predicting during the 2008 presidential campaign before Obamacare became a reality. Since its passage, evidence continues to mount that href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/obamacare-increases-health-insurance-premiums">the new law fails to live up to its many promises.

This post was co-authored by Charles Adair.

The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

West Must Halt Downward Slide Since 9-11: Financial Times Deutschland, Germany

September 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

In the battle that ensued the day after September 11, 2001, did the people of the Western World lose something essential about themselves? Claus Hecking of Germany’s Financial Times Deutschland writes that due to a largely conjured-up fear of terror, ‘we are dismantling the foundations of our liberal society.’

For the Financial Times Deutschland, Claus Hecking writes in part:

In the United States and throughout the Western world, freedom has gone to ruin in the nine years since 9/11. This will delight the string-pullers behind the brutal attacks on the World Trade Center. They have managed to destabilize their enemies in the West. Yes, we are playing along in this clash of cultures they instigated. And even worse: For sheer fear of terror, we are dismantling the foundations of our liberal society.

Terrorists are terrorists because they’re too weak to seize power directly. Instead, they carry out attacks: a calculated move to frighten and provoke people to panic, setting in motion events that will bring them closer to their goal. Prime examples are the assassination in 1914 of Austria’s heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. After it triggered World War I, this led to a sovereign, Serbian-dominated Yugoslavia. Or the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist in 1995: it was the beginning of the end of the Middle East peace process.

Osama bin Laden is an idol for tens of thousands of angry young Muslim men, especially in countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia - all old allies of the United States. Many people in the developing world no longer see the Western way of life as a model. And why should they, when we doubt our own basic principles?

READ ON AT WORLDMEETS.US, your most trusted translator and aggregator of foreign news and views about our nation.


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Feds halt prosecution of USS Cole bomber at Gitmo

August 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

This is one of the three guys waterboarded (among other things) by the CIA, which made me think when I saw the headline that the feds had decided the evidence is simply too tainted and they’ll have to hold him indefinitely without trial going forward. [...] Read the rest »

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Economy grinds to near halt

August 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

New York (CNNMoney.com) - The U.S. economy sputtered to a near stop in the second quarter, according to new estimates from the government released Friday, although the slowdown wasn’t as bad as many had feared.

The nation’s gross domestic product, the broadest measure on the amount of spending by consumers, businesses and government, was revised sharply lower to an annual growth rate of 1.6% in the three months ending in June. The initial reading had been for a 2.4% growth rate in the period.

The report fed into growing fears that the nation could be at risk of a new economic downturn known as a double-dip recession. While the economy is still growing, growth of less than 2% is considered too weak to prompt businesses to start hiring again.

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