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.”




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Margate special election draws crowd of contenders

November 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

UPDATED WITH COST ESTIMATE
By Lisa J. Huriash

The special election in Margate is gearing up to be a packed—not to mention expensive-race.

So far, 12 people have filed paperwork for the Jan. 11 citywide election to fill the seat of Commissioner Arthur Bross, who died in office.

Qualifying is noon Nov. 29 through noon Dec. 6 – with the exception of Dec. 3 because City Hall is closed on Fridays. But the initial paperwork already filed gives a glimpse of who is likely to formally seek the seat.

Some names are familiar to voters as previous Margate candidates: Lesa “Le” Peerman, Rich Popovic, and Frank Messana, who is also a former North Lauderdale commissioner.
The other candidates are: Jimmy Neal, Judy McKeone, John Hall, Robert Perkis, Mario Imperatore, Phil Hilander, Manny Torres, Brian Donahue and Tony Lliteras.

Voters must also tackle two referendum items on Jan. 11. One item will ask voters if they’ll allow the commission to appoint someone to complete the term of an elected official who dies in office, like Bross, to prevent a future special election. The second item would limit terms for city officials to three, four-year stints.

On Monday, city officials said the special election was expected to cost $ 172,364.




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Thunderous Ovation for GWB & GHWB at World Series Game 4 as “W” Throws a Strike … While Obama Speaks to Half Empty Crowd

October 31, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

MISS THEM YET AMERICA … WHAT A MOMENT TONIGHT IN TEXAS.

Father, son and baseball … it does not get any more American than that. Tonight at the MLB World Series in Texas, George W. Bush (43) and George H.W. Bush (41) entered the ballpark to thunderous applause to throw out the first pitch. The crowd kept on cheering. America, remember what it feels like to genuinely feel good about a moment that is not spin or about so-called promises of hope and change?

Check out the fast ball from “W”! I had to chuckle when I heard Nolan Ryan ask the President whether he wanted him behind the plate or not. GWB’s response was, oh yea, that’s fine like of course, what else is there, hahaha.

 

Video Hat Tip: The Gateway Pundit

Who would have thought in less than two years that we would miss GWB? However, Obama’s policies and liberal/socialist agenda have made many long for the days. One thing you never heard for GWB was blaming Clinton for anything, even though we were in the midst of an economic downturn, dot com bubble disaster and corporate scandals following the 8 year of Bill Clinton. Bush never played the blame game.

Remember Barack Hussein Obama’s pathetic first pitches? Who could forget the lameness.

 

On the campaign trail,Obama’s final pre-election rally ended in a thud. I guess we could say that Obama came “in like  Liar and out like a lamb”.  

Interestingly enough, today Barack Obama spoke to a half empty audience in Ohio. Obama and Biden failed to pack the arena at the event billed as the final one in a series of “Moving America Forward” rallies aimed at ginning up enthusiasm for Democrats. Oops! I guess we can see how enthused Democrats are with Obama in Ohio where unemployment and the economic down turn has devastated Ohioans. I guess we know why Republicans Bob Portman is running away with the Ohio US Senate race and John Kasich is the odds on favorite to become Ohio’s next Governor.

The arena where President Obama and Vice President Biden are making their final appeal to Democrats to get out and vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections was far from capacity Sunday afternoon.

The crowd estimate stands at 8,000 in the arena that seats just over 13,000and a couple thousand empty seats are visible above the stage where Obama and Biden rallied supporters.

The NY Times state run media noticed the lack of presence of individuals but decided to take the company line of lies and spin. By the way, Cleveland State has about an enrollment of 16,000 students, the Cleveland Browns had a bye week so there was no football and Democrats going to church, really?

About 8,000 people attended the Democratic National Committee’s Moving America Forward’ rally at Cleveland State University’sWolstein Center, a hall where the capacity is 13,000. The rafters were largely empty.

Organizers noted the president was competing on a Sunday afternoon with church, football and Halloween.

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Somalia: Islamic supremacists open fire on crowd that objected to their beating teenagers — 4 killed, 12 wounded

October 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Including pregnant women and children. “Somalia: 4 Die, 12 Injured In Militant Attack,” by Abdi Hajji Hussein for AHN, October 14 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Harardhere, Somalia (AHN) – Four people have killed and more than 12 others injured as Hizbul Islam militants opened fire in the Haradhere district in Somalia’s Mudug region on Thursday.

The death and injuries occurred when a group of people congregated and protested at a public square where the militants were beating the village’s teenagers.

Pregnant woman and children are among those killed, a witness told a local radio station.

The witness indicated that Hizbul Islam fighters accused the teenagers of watching pornographic videos on their mobile phones.

The beating infuriated local people, who were invited to watch the incident, residents said….

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‘One Nation’ Rally Greatly Resembled MLK’s ‘Dream’ Speech Crowd

October 4, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

**Written by Doug Powers

“One Nation Working Together” would like to thank everybody who attended Saturday’s “trash-a-palooza” rally at the Lincoln Memorial.

What a scene it was:

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That looks like a crowd similar to those who attended MLK’s “I have a dream” speech:

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Look at the positioning of some of the people on the near-side of the reflecting pool in the “One Nation” picture vs. the MLK speech photo:

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My God, do you know what this means? It means a lot of the same people who attended Dr. King’s speech in 1963 were so moved by the goals and visions of the “One Nation” rally that they decided to show up and stand in the exact same positions they did in 1964! What a tribute! If that doesn’t choke you up a little, nothing will.

Really though, imagine the outrage if Glenn Beck used a shot of the MLK speech and even remotely implied it was taken at his 8/28 rally. He didn’t have to though — but I guess that’s the point.

Attendance fail.

**Written by Doug Powers

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AP’s Elliott Claims ‘One Nation’ Event ‘Tapping Into the Same Anger’ as Tea Party, But Eventually Notes Smaller Crowd

October 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

MSNBConeNationAPheadline100210At about 3 p.m. Saturday, one version of the reportage from the Associated Press’s Philip Elliott concerning the "One Nation" rally in Washington opened as follows (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes; bold is mine):

Tapping into the same anger that fuels the tea party movement, a coalition of progressive and civil rights groups marched Saturday on the Lincoln Memorial and pledged to support Democrats struggling to keep power on Capitol Hill.

Elliott must have realized he had gone way over the top with that one, as he watered it down a bit an hour later (also saved at host): "Tapping into anger as the tea party movement has done …"

Even then, Phil, you’ve got to be kidding me.

This first iteration, which appeared at roughly 3 p.m., was the one used by MSNBC (also saved at host; HT Confederate Yankee), with a bit of sloppiness in the sub-headline, as seen at the top right. MSNBC’s choice to carry this version is not surprising, considering that it didn’t have anything to say about the event’s crowd size, while almost all others did.

But even that version, in referring to the "Restoring Honor" rally held at the same site in late August, contained this little curveball:

Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gathered near the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech to urge a vast crowd to embrace traditional values. Though also billed as nonpolitical, the rally was widely viewed as a protest against the policies of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

I didn’t come across any AP references to Saturday’s crowd as "vast."

Elliott’s 4 p.m. rendition added this inconvenient verbiage:

Organizers claimed they had as many participants as Beck’s rally. But Saturday’s crowds were less dense and didn’t reach as far to the edges as they did during Beck’s rally. The National Park Service stopped providing official crowd estimates in the 1990s.

Too bad Phil Elliott isn’t as good at observing different types of anger as he is at noticing different crowd sizes. Geez, just for starters, one group is upset that statist health care was enacted; the other is furious that it isn’t going to be instant single-payer — not exactly "the same anger."

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

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Pawlenty: Obama Drew A “Huge” Crowd in Wisconsin

October 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Minnesota Governor and potential ’12 GOP contender Tim Pawlenty said this week that if there is one thing Pres. Obama can do, it’s draw a crowd.

“Did you see the photos of President Barack Obama’s rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday?” Pawlenty wrote in an email to supporters earlier this week. “The crowd was huge.”

Of course, the praise for Obama ended there. Pawlenty went onto to use the size of the rally to show that the left is fired up this year and Republicans have to continue working through Election Day.

“I hope it serves as a wake-up call to conservatives that the 2010 midterm elections aren’t over yet,” Pawlwenty wrote. “And the liberals aren’t about to rollover and give up without a fight!”

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NBC Reporter Impressed that Obama Can Draw a Crowd in Liberal Madison, Wis.

September 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, on Wednesday’s Today show, proclaimed: "The President proved last night, in Wisconsin, he can still pack tens of thousands of young people into an arena" but lost on Guthrie was the fact that if Barack Obama has to campaign in one of the most reliably liberal cities — in this case Madison, WI for incumbent Senator Russ Feingold — it’s not a good sign for the Democratic Party. While Guthrie did question if Obama could get those young voters to the polls, she went on to leave the impression that Obama’s "old campaign magic" may be closing the gap as she noted: "The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the race for Congress tightening. Republicans now hold a three point lead over Democrats among likely voters, down from a nine point lead last month."

What Guthrie failed to report was that same poll showed some very bad numbers for the Dems. As the MRC’s Brent Baker noted, even Guthrie’s NBC colleague Brian Williams couldn’t ignore the poll results that showed: "’The change that voters want’ includes 54 percent who ‘hope that this Tea Party enthusiasm in the Republican Party makes them a fiscally conservative party’ and ’54 percent want to see the repeal of health care.’"

The following is the full report filed by Guthrie as aired on the September 29 Today show:

ANN CURRY: Today the President speaks out on the economy in Iowa and Virginia, while at the same time trying to re-energize his base. NBC’s White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie is in Washington with more on this. Savannah, good morning.

[On screen headline: "President On The Campaign Trail, Obama: ‘We Cannot Sit This One Out’"]

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Good morning, Ann. Well the President proved last night, in Wisconsin, he can still pack tens of thousands of young people into an arena, the question is can he get them to the polls? Trying to fire up the old campaign magic, the President at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Tuesday night.

BARACK OBAMA: We cannot sit this one out! We can’t let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn’t care enough to fight! The stakes are too high for our country and for your future! And I’m gonna get out there and fight as hard as I can! And I know you are too!

GUTHRIE: With voter turnout potentially making the difference in tight races the Democratic National Committee is spending $ 50 million to get Obama ’08 voters to show up in 2010. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the race for Congress tightening. Republicans now hold a three point lead over Democrats among likely voters, down from a nine point lead last month. The President’s approval rating still stuck at 46 percent. In Albuquerque on Tuesday, at a backyard conversation with voters, the President fielded questions on everything from the economy to his faith.

OBAMA: You know I’m a Christian by choice. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn’t raise me in the church. I think, also understanding that, you know, that Jesus Christ dying for my sins, spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings.

GUTHRIE: Meanwhile a shake-up looms here at the White House. The chief of staff Rahm Emanuel could be gone within days to run for mayor of Chicago. The President hasn’t yet decided on a successor, but it’s likely to be an insider. Ann?

CURRY: Alright Savannah Guthrie this morning. Thanks so much for your reporting.

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Thailand: Misunderstanders of Islam disguised as cops fire on crowd, murdering five

September 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The Islamic jihadists “began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists.” They are trying to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60), and if some Muslims get killed in the process, that is collateral damage and does not mitigate the fact that the killers were waging Islamic jihad.

So imagine if nine or ten years from now Muslims want to build a giant mega-mosque at the site of this massacre, and insist that they want to do so in the interests of peace, reconciliation, and bridge-building with unbelievers. And they invoke the fact that the jihadists in this instance “began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists” as if it somehow established that the killers were not legitimate Islamic jihadists. That fact doesn’t render this not a jihad shooting, as it took place within the context of the Muslims’ jihad to establish a separate Sharia state in their area of Thailand. But it would parallel the Islamic supremacists’ oft-repeated line these days, that Muslims were killed in the World Trade Center jihad attacks, and therefore Muslims can legitimately erect a huge mosque at Ground Zero.

“Thailand, Islamic rebels disguised as policemen fire on crowd: 5 dead and 3 injured,” from AsiaNews, September 29 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

Bangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A group of Islamic rebels triggered a shootout last night in a village in Pattani province, killing five people including two children.

According to initial police reports, the militants presented themselves in the village market dressed as police officers and began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists….

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Thailand: Misunderstanders of Islam disguised as cops fire on crowd, murdering five

September 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The Islamic jihadists “began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists.” They are trying to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60), and if some Muslims get killed in the process, that is collateral damage and does not mitigate the fact that the killers were waging Islamic jihad.

So imagine if nine or ten years from now Muslims want to build a giant mega-mosque at the site of this massacre, and insist that they want to do so in the interests of peace, reconciliation, and bridge-building with unbelievers. And they invoke the fact that the jihadists in this instance “began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists” as if it somehow established that the killers were not legitimate Islamic jihadists. That fact doesn’t render this not a jihad shooting, as it took place within the context of the Muslims’ jihad to establish a separate Sharia state in their area of Thailand. But it would parallel the Islamic supremacists’ oft-repeated line these days, that Muslims were killed in the World Trade Center jihad attacks, and therefore Muslims can legitimately erect a huge mosque at Ground Zero.

“Thailand, Islamic rebels disguised as policemen fire on crowd: 5 dead and 3 injured,” from AsiaNews, September 29 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

Bangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A group of Islamic rebels triggered a shootout last night in a village in Pattani province, killing five people including two children.

According to initial police reports, the militants presented themselves in the village market dressed as police officers and began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists….

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