Lou Dobbs talks, Coral Springs crowd applauds

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Feel-good entertainment is a staple at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, where the Kosher Comedy Tour, Doo-Wop Oldies Christmas Show and Neil Sedaka are coming attractions.

On Tuesday, the venue sizzled with political rhetoric from an act that didn’t provide anything soothing in the 55-minute show.

More than 1,400 people were treated to a dose of conservative commentary from syndicated radio talker Lou Dobbs, the former CNN. He spoke and answered audience questions posed by South Florida’s most prominent conservative radio talker, Joyce Kaufman.

Both appear weekdays on WFTL 850 AM, which sponsored the event free for station listeners.

Kaufman’s been in the headlines in the last week. Congressman-elect Allen West, R-Plantation, picked her to be his chief of staff.

Days later she relinquished the job after liberal cable personalities and the blogosphere hammered her with video of a July 4 speech in which Kaufman said she was convinced that “the most important thing the founding fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment” right to bear arms. “And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”

The controversy didn’t get much attention Tuesday. The audience applauded when Kaufman said she’d remain on the air locally. And when Dobbs said he’s keynoted tea party events, Kaufman deadpanned, “you’ve got to be careful with that.”

Otherwise, the evening was devoted to Dobbs, who received enthusiastic responses from the audience, especially when he described himself as “first and foremost an American citizen,” lamented “those who would apologize for this country,” and hailed the results of the midterm elections. “What a wonderful, wonderfully day Nov. 2nd was.”

Broward Politics

Conservative radio talkers take to the stage in Coral Springs

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

South Florida’s most prominent conservative radio voice will be on stage Tuesday night with one of the nation’s most conservative radio talkers.

Joyce Kaufman, the host of the eponymous midday talk show on WFTL 850 AM, will interview Lou Dobbs, the former CNN anchor who hosts a nationally syndicated show that airs following Kaufman’s every afternoon.

The event is at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. program. Tickets were quickly snapped up, WFTL said, but people can still register until about 2 p.m. and may be able to get in if there are no shows.

Dobbs will be discussing the elections, health care, the economy and politics. Audience members will also be able to submit questions, which Kaufman will pose to him. WFTL’s website describes Dobbs as “Mr. Independent,” and describes some of his key concerns: “securing our borders, the leftist takeover of our government or the dangers of free trade.

Kaufman has been in the headlines for the last week.

A week ago, Congressman-elect Allen West picked her to be his chief of staff. Days after, she gave the job back.

She said bitter election losers used her opinions and public speeches to attempt to “lynch” West. She said that after being savaged online and on TV, becoming the target of death threats and receiving an e-mail that prompted a complete lockdown of Broward County schools last week, she changed her mind about taking the job in Washington.

On her broadcast Tuesday, Kaufman said “it feels like I’ve been in the twilight zone.”

“I have to spend some time explaining to people why I believe all this happened. Because nothing happens by accident. I’m not one of those people who believes in coincidences I call them God-incidences,” she said.

Kaufman also indicated she wasn’t going to devote all her time to discussing the events of the past week. “I’m going to let the dervishes whirl. I’m not going to whirl along with them.”

Kaufman said a friend told her she’s lost weight in the last week. That’s because she hasn’t been eating much beyond an occasional bowl of soup in recent days. “Eating seemed insignificant lately.”

Broward Politics

Another reason for the Left to hate Colorado Springs

October 26, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

I’ve blogged before about Colorado Springs Derangement Syndrome (see here and here). Liberal elites across the country have targeted my adopted hometown and its city government for daring to cut public services instead of imposing knee-jerk tax hikes to cope with economic strain. As city councilman Sean Paige points out, private philanthropy thrives in this pro-freedom, pro-opportunity town known for its self-reliance, thrift, and fiscal accountability. The deep and diverse faith community has drawn the scorn of Rolling Stone and its ilk.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Glenn Beck will be in town tonight to launch his new book, “Broke,” on America’s moral and financial bankruptcy. Our Mountain West haven is a fitting locale to deliver a message about restoring faith in the American individual. Yep, another reason for the Left to hate Colorado Springs!

The event also comes as Coloradans face a heated gubernatorial race between George Soros mini-me John Hickenlooper and insurgent third-party candidate Tom Tancredo, who has united a broad coalition of conservatives, limited government activists, libertarians, and independents. We know all about the cancer of progressivism — and we’re doing everything we can to remove it from the governor’s mansion.

Proceeds will benefit The Constitution Challenge, an elementary educational curriculum designed by authors Shad Olson and Zach Lautenschlager to “reacquaint American students with the beauty and complexity of our most important founding document.”

Event Information
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Colorado Springs World Arena
Doors open at 7:00pm - Speaker at 8:00pm
VIP packages available by calling 1-888-912-BECK
Package includes, VIP reception, Photo with Glenn Beck, Gold Circle seating

Ticket info here.

Michelle Malkin

A Light Springs from the Shadows

October 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(Ilya Somin)

There is plenty of bad news in the world today. But one recent piece of really great news is that Peter Jackson’s film version of The Hobbit, has finally been greenlighted and is scheduled to begin filming in February 2011 [HT: fellow legal academic Tolkien fan Steve Bainbridge]. Apparently, Jackson has managed to settle the labor union problems that threatened to further delay production.

As Tolkien might have said, this is truly a sign that “A light from the shadows shall spring.” Not all those who wander are lost, including Peter Jackson.

Perhaps it’s not too late to include a part for co-blogger Randy Barnett, who has previous experience in sci fi/fantasy roles. I myself would be happy to sign on as a consultant on Middle Earth property law.

On a (slightly) more serious note, I can’t wait to see the movie. Jackson did an excellent job with the Lord of the Rings films, and I have high expectations for this project as well.

The Volokh Conspiracy

CNN 100: Democrats are looking for an upset in Palm Springs

September 5, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor’s Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation’s top 100 House races, which we’ve dubbed “The CNN 100.” Read the full list here. Today’s featured district is:

California 45th: Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) is seeking a seventh term
Primary: June 8, 2010
Location: Southern California, Palm Springs
Days until Election Day: 58

California’s 45th congressional district has never been represented by a Democrat, but the majority party is looking to give six-term Rep. Mary Bono Mack a run for her money.

The district, which includes Palm Springs and the slice of rural southern California just to the city’s east, has seen a population growth of 28 percent since 2000. Hispanics now make up 41 percent of the population. As such, an electorate that overwhelmingly voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 handed President Obama a 5-point victory two years ago.

As her constituency shifted toward the middle of the political spectrum, Bono Mack shifted across party lines to vote with the Democrats on some key pieces of legislation. In 2007, she was one of 82 Republicans to vote in favor of raising the minimum wage. In 2008, she voted in favor of the financial industry bailout known as TARP. And in June, she was one of eight Republicans to support the Democrat’s “cap and trade” energy bill.

Bono Mack’s Democratic opponent, Steve Pougnet, is the mayor of Palm Springs, the same post Bono Mack’s late husband and predecessor, Sonny Bono, held before being elected to Congress in 1994. Pougnet has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and is listed on their “Red to Blue” program, which offers him a considerable financial boost. The DCCC said candidates admitted to the program are those who “skillfully demonstrated to voters that they will work to create jobs and stand up for the middle class.”

Palm Spring’s large gay community has made equal rights a key issue in the race. Bono Mack has not taken a stance on Proposition 8 but has twice voted against constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Pougnet, who is openly gay, supports repealing Prop. 8, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

The district shares a border with Arizona and is within 50 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, which has thrust immigration reform into the spotlight as well. Pougnet opposes Arizona’s controversial immigration law, the strictest parts of which have been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. Bono Mack has stopped short of endorsing Arizona’s legislation, but said the state’s citizens voted for the law because the Obama administration has “failed to act” on immigration.

While not a lock for re-election, she enters the final two months of the campaign with some clear advantages. As of mid-year, Bono Mack had a $ 1.2 million to $ 878,000 edge over Pougnet in cash on hand. Two well-respected non-partisan political handicappers, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, list the race as “Republican Favored” and “Likely Republican,” respectively. Also, the incumbent has rarely dipped below the 60 percent mark in her previous races. Her worst showing at the polls was in 2008, but even in that Democratic wave year, she received 58 percent of the vote and won with a 17-point margin of victory.

Nonetheless, Democrats feel they have a legitimate shot at an upset against Bono Mack, and they have fielded their strongest possible candidate in Pougnet. While Bono Mack is potentially vulnerable, Pougnet and Democrats face a tough challenge in trying to oust a Republican in a marginal district, all while fighting a national political environment that should be difficult for the president’s party.

CNN Political Ticker

Breaking News: The Discovery Channel – Silver Springs Maryland in a Hostage Situation

September 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

James J. Lee has had a long time dispute with the Discovery Channel and today has taken hostages and allegidly has bombs strapped to his body. The building is being evacuated:

James J. Lee

He was arrested for picketing the Discovery Channel back in 2008 and now on his website has a manifesto of sorts directed at the Discovery Channel.

Read his Manifesto here

Differing reports regarding if shots fired and if there are any injuries. There was a daycare center in the building that has been evacuated.

Will update as more information becomes available

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