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ABC’s upcoming new sci-fi series V looks like it’s going to ruffle a few feathers at 1600 PennAve.  A safe bet is that Brother O will be updating his enemy’s list to include producer, writer Scott Peters.

The series suggests that many of the world’s problems are caused by the Visitors, who have been living among us as clandestine humans for some time, and the theme of the series is “blind faith and devotion.”

See Garvin’s piece below, “‘V’ aims at Obamamania,” for a more comprehensive account of the series’ not so subtle barbed commentary on the One and his worshipful followers.

The Visitors promise to do no harm, offering universal health care, medical miracles, and breakthrough technologies, but Homeland Security agent Erica Evans discovers their true plans are to infiltrate the worlds’ governments and businesses to control mankind.

The sci-fi series V premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.

In the 1:22 video clip, newscaster Decker gets an exclusive interview with Anna, the leader of the visitors:

Transcript of the interview scene:

Decker: “Do you have any questions before we go to air?”

Anna: “Just be sure not to ask anything that would paint us in a negative light.”

Decker: “Excuse me?”

Anna: “Don’t ask any questions that would portray us negatively. Ask ones like you did when we first met.”

Decker: “I think there’s a mistake. I’m a journalist. It’s my job to ask questions, even if they make the other person uncomfortable.”

Anna: “That was not my understanding.”

Decker: “I’m afraid I don’t have a choice.”

Anna: “This interview is now cancelled.”

Decker: Woe! Hang on! This is just how it’s done. I swear I’ll be fair.”

Anna: “You’ll need to be more than fair if you want to proceed. We can’t be seen in a negative light. This interview would elevate your career, wouldn’t it Mr. Decker? Don’t you want to elevate your career?


‘V’ aims at Obamamania

By Glenn Garvin

Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.

The news media swoons in admiration — one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: “Why don’t you show some respect?!” The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader’s origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: “Embracing change is never easy.”

So, does that sound like anyone you know? Oh, wait — did I mention the leader is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who’s come here to eat us?

Welcome to ABC’s “V,” the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season. Nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity, it’s also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president’s supporters and delight his detractors.

“We’re all so quick to jump on the bandwagon,” observes one character. “A ride on the bandwagon, it sounds like fun. But before we get on, let us at least make sure it is sturdy.”

The bandwagon in this case is conspicuously saucer-shaped. “V” starts with the arrival of a couple of dozen ships from outer space, piloted by creatures who look like humans except a lot prettier. “Don’t be frightened,” says their luminously beautiful leader Anna (Morena Baccarin, “Serenity”). “We mean no harm.”

The aliens — who become known as V’s, for visitors — quickly enthrall their wide-eyed human hosts.

A handful of dissidents hold out against the rapturous reception given the V’s. Some are simply uneasy, such as the youthful priest Father Jack (Joel Gretsch, “The 4400”), who sharply criticizes the Vatican’s embrace of the V’s as divine creations: “Rattlesnakes are God’s creatures too.”

With or without the political sheen, “V” is sweeping television storytelling at its best. Whether you choose to view it as a blood-and-guts war story, a spy thriller (unlike the original show, these V’s are perfect replicas of humans, so you never really know who might be sitting beside you at the bar), a high-stakes family drama (as households divide over the intentions of the V’s), a religious allegory (the V’s make a crippled man walk, filling up churches again) or just a sci-fi throwback to the days of “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” and “The Thing,” “V” is irresistible. This bandwagon is definitely worth jumping on. 

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Democrats love the GOP’s big tent because nobody’s in it and when the moderate card is played, it wins elections for them. Americans need a GOP that has a conservative-libertarian backbone, opposes statist progressivism, and can persuade a majority of Americans to vote for something better than egalitarianism and redistribution of wealth.

I.M. Kane

 


Rush Limbaugh: Top 10 Republican Moderate Moments 4:47 video

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According to the White House visitor log records, the top visitor on the White House Guest List is SEIU President, Andy Stern with 22 visits.

marx-brothers 

Check out the Brietbart video with clips from the PBS interview “Bill Moyers meets with Andy Stern, the president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU).”

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BREAKING: New Jersey Dems Paying for Independent Candidate’s RoboCalls

by Capitol Confidential

New Jersey political blogs MoreMonmouthMusings and Save Jersey have been all over this story, which we mentioned last night. The first clue was that the number used to make the robocalls had also been used for robocalls for Maryland Democrat Governor candidate Martin O’Malley in 2006. Of course, the Daggett campaign could have just hired a Democrat firm to make the calls.

Today, however, we have definitive proof that the New Jersey Democratic State Committee is paying for ads attacking GOP candidate Chris Christie and promoting Independent candidate Chris Daggett.

N.J. Democrats Paying for Daggett Robocalls

 


 

N.J. Republicans, Democrats dispute source of automated calls for independent candidate Daggett

By Claire Heininger

Republicans today accused the state Democratic Party of trying to trick GOP voters into casting their ballots for the independent candidate in an effort to aid Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, who is seeking re-election Tuesday.

Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), the chairman of Republican Chris Christie’s campaign, told a Monmouth County crowd that “Jon Corzine’s Democratic State Committee” has been making automated calls to people urging them to vote against Christie and go for the independent, “that guy Daggett or whatever his name is.”

Chris Daggett, a Republican turned independent, has won a lot of attention during the campaign and is perceived by experts to be more dangerous to Christie’s chances than Corzine’s.

“This Corzine campaign is scared to death,” Kyrillos said.

A recording of the automated phone call was played for The Star-Ledger tonight by Marsha Harlan of Bridgewater, a Republican who said she received it on her answering machine today.

The woman’s voice on the recording criticized Christie for being “extremely wrong when it matters most” and admitting to the New York Times that he’s already backing off his promises — key talking points for the Democrats. The unidentified woman then said voters should “remember Chris Daggett’s words: ‘It’s never wrong to vote for the right person,'” quoting a familiar Daggett line.

The call closed with a disclaimer that it was paid for by the “NJDSC, 196 West State Street, Trenton,” which is the address of state Democratic headquarters. Corzine’s name was never mentioned.

Reached by phone this afternoon, Democratic state chairman Joe Cryan flatly denied the state committee was behind the calls.

“No. Zero. Nada. No,” he said.

Cryan could not immediately be reached for comment tonight.

Harlan said she thought the call was designed to trick Republicans who didn’t pay attention to the disclaimer into believing “this was paid for by the Daggett people.”

“They are calling the Republican base,” she said.

Larry Powers, a Bridgewater resident and member of that town’s Republican committee, said he got the same call today. Powers said he suspected Democrats are aiming the Daggett calls at Somerset County Republicans who may have been inclined to back Daggett or write in Steve Lonegan’s name before Lonegan appeared with Christie at a rally in Flemington Saturday. Daggett lives in Somerset County.

Powers said in an interview that he believes it’s being done “to present the impression that the party’s divided.”

“I consider it a dirty trick,” Powers said.

 

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Annual Medicare Fraud: $60 Billion; Annual Profits of Top Ten Insurance Companies: $8 billion

As 60 Minutes reported last week, Medicare fraud is rampant and has now replaced the cocaine (ahem) business as the major criminal activity in South Florida.

Both 60 Minutes and the Washington Post report that Medicare fraud now costs American taxpayers roughly $60 billion a year. That may sound like a lot of money, but surely it pales next to the extraordinary profits of private insurance companies, right?

Well, let’s see…. Last year, the profits of the ten largest insurance companies in America were just over $8 billion—combined. No single insurance company made even five percent of what Medicare reportedly loses in fraud.

While we’re making comparisons, in its real first ten years (2014-23), the Senate Finance Committee bill would cost $1.7 trillion. At the rate of last year’s profits, the combined ten-year profits of America’s ten largest insurance companies would be $83 billion—five percent of the costs of the Senate Finance Committee bill.

Eighty-three billion dollars may not buy you much in comparison with BaucusCare, but—on the bright side—that ten-year tally is somewhat more than what Medicare loses each year in fraud.

So, the next time someone alleges that government-run health care is cheaper because of “lower administrative costs”—a truly preposterous claim on its surface—these numbers would be good ones to have at the ready: $60 billion in annual Medicare fraud, $8 billion in combined annual profits for America’s ten largest insurance companies. [emphasis mine]

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More than 3 Million Registered Voters are Dead, 12 Million More Ineligible, Analysis Finds

By Fred Lucas

Regardless of how lively an election season might be, a new study shows that more 3.3 million voters on current registration rolls across the country are dead.

Another 12.9 million remain on voter registration lists in an area where they no longer live.

The analysis was conducted by the Aristotle International Inc., a technology company specializing in political campaigns, developing software and databases for politicians.

In total that means about 8.9 percent of all registered voters fall under the category of “deadwood” voters on the rolls, the term for voters who should no longer be eligible to vote in a precinct.

Not only does this raise concerns about potential voter fraud, but from the interest of campaign consultants, ineligible or expired voters could lead to a waste of resources, said John Aristotle Phillips, CEO of Aristotle.

“Some states have bigger problems than others,” Phillips said. “With deadwood exceeding one in seven votes in some counties, candidates might as well spend a day a week campaigning in the cemetery.”

Among the findings, the study showed that states with the most “deadwood” voters were Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

In Massachusetts, 116,483 registered voters are dead, 3.38 percent of the state’s total of registered voters. Another 538,567, or 15.6 percent, had moved to an area outside of where they are registered to vote.

In New Hampshire, there are 18,816 dead people on the voter registration rolls, or 2.5 percent of the total registered voters. There are 105,472 voters that have moved outside of the area where they are registered to vote.

The analysis showed that Washington State had 27,267 dead voters who were still registered, just 0.7 percent of the total number of registered voters. Another 332,510 had moved out of the area they are registered to vote in, or 8.73 percent of the total registered voters.

West Virginia had 72,717 dead voters on the registration rolls, or 6.74 percent of the total registered voters in the state. Another 141,352 voters had moved, or 13 percent.

In Wyoming, 7,723 registered voters (3.68 percent) are dead, while 45,547 (21.69 percent) had moved.

The state with the fewest problems percentage wise is North Carolina. There, 3.5 percent of registered voters are dead – 216,036. Meanwhile, 30,888 had moved out of the designated voting area, or about 0.5 percent.

Nationally, 1.87 percent of registered voters are dead, while 7.2 percent of voters do not live where they are registered.

Deadwood on voters rolls complicates the electoral process and can cause problems like fraud and vote miscounts,” Phillips said. “It always creates a perception of low voter turnout. It gets down to this: by depressing turnout, dead voters make the rest of us look bad.” [emphasis mine]

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ACORN Aims to Tip New Jersey Election in Corzine’s Favor

By: David A. Patten

Fearing a potentially devastating Democratic loss, the highly controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) group and its affiliated organizations are gearing up to tip the scales and re-elect embattled incumbent in the hard-fought New Jersey gubernatorial race, sources tell Newsmax.

“Acorn is heavily involved in Gov. Jon Corzine’s get-out-the-vote operation, but is maintaining a low profile at the insistence of the Corzine campaign,” Matthew Vadum, senior editor of the conservative Capitol Research Center think tank, tells Newsmax. “If Corzine manages to win reelection, he doesn’t want the victory tainted by his close association with Acorn.”

Wall Street Journal columnist and author John Fund wrote Tuesday that “Plenty of reasons exist for suspecting absentee fraud may play a significant role in tomorrow’s Garden State contests.”

According to Fund, Acorn-linked groups from neighboring Pennsylvania and New York “appear to have moved into the state.”

Fund also reports that the state’s Democratic Party is pressuring county clerks around the Garden State to downplay signature checks on absentee ballots. Without such checking, it is very difficult to detect absentee vote fraud.

Left bruised and battered by the recent undercover videos depicting workers at various Acorn offices giving advice on tax evasion to a reputed child-prostitution ring, Acorn remains a potent political force in many regions. It has been the focus of vote-registration fraud investigations in more than a dozen states.

A search of the Acorn.org Web site shows that the organization has a heavy presence in New Jersey. It maintains offices in Jersey City, Trenton, Paterson, and Newark.

The group could play an important role in voter turnout, which many pundits predict will determine whether Corzine or his Republican challenger, Chris Christie, emerges victorious.

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Christie clinging to a narrow 42 percent to 40 percent lead over Corzine, with independent Christopher Daggett garnering 12 percent. Among those Daggett voters who say they may change their minds, Christie is preferred 39 percent to 29 percent.

While those trends would appear to favor Christie, Republicans haven’t forgotten the prolonged Minnesota recount battle that ended with Democrat Al Franken being awarded the victory over GOP incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman. The bitter lesson drawn by many Republicans: Once officials in a heavily Democratic state declare a race close enough for a recount, all bets are off.

“If there is a recount,” Fund writes, “you can bet disputes about absentee ballots will loom large. Moreover, if serious allegations of fraud emerge, you can also expect less-than-vigorous investigation by the Obama Justice Department — which showed just how seriously it takes such allegations when it walked away from an open-and-shut voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia earlier this year.”

Absentee ballots become critical in every recount, and New Jersey officials are reporting an marked increase in requests for absentee ballots.

“There has been a reported surge in absentee balloting, which might be suspicious but isn’t necessarily proof of anything,” Vadum tells Newsmax.

Fund reports that state officials received “a flood” of over 180,000 requests for absentee ballots.

“On some 3,000 forms the signature doesn’t match the one on file with county clerks,” Fund adds. “Yet citing concerns that voters would be disenfranchised, Democratic Party lawyer Paul Josephson wrote New Jersey’s secretary of state asking her ‘to instruct County Clerks not to deny applications on the basis of signature comparison alone.'”

Fund reports voter-fraud allegations have marred several New Jersey elections in recent years.

In September, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the indictments of Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small and 13 campaign workers, charging they solicited absentee ballots on behalf of individuals not qualified to receive them, then opened the sealed ballots, and destroyed any that were not cast for Small.

In the current election, Fund reports that supporters of Roberto Feliz, an Independent candidate for Mayor of Camden, are sounding alarms over suspicious ballot activity. One Feliz backer says that absentee ballots — which are thought to be more vulnerable to voter fraud – have increased by a factor of 15 compared to prior elections.

“In the 2005, when the city’s voters voted for both governor and mayor on the same day, only 200 absentee ballots were cast,” Fund writes. “This year, some 3,700 have already been received.”

Fund adds that the Feliz campaign has received complaints from voters regarding absentee irregularities.

Fund writes: “I spoke with Uremia Rojas who reports that ‘a man with a clipboard knocked on my door and had me sign something so I could vote by mail. I was skeptical but signed and got a ballot. I never really wanted one.'”

According to Fund, SEIU Local 32BJ, which is headquartered in Philadelphia but maintains an office in Newark, is “heavily involvedin the New Jersey gubernatorial election. The local’s political director, Peter Colavito, is a former political chief for Acorn, Fund says.

He also reports New York‘s Working Families Party has also “moved into” New Jersey.

The Working Families Party has very close ties to Acorn, an organization notorious for its labyrinthine network of affiliates.

In October, The New York Times reported that prior to becoming White House political director, Patrick Gaspard “worked with Acorn in New York to set up the Working Families political party and sat on the party’s board,” along with Acorn CEO Bertha Lewis.

Republican fears are fanned by the fact that, despite New Jersey’s recent run-ins with vote-fraud allegations, Gov. Corzine in June signed a new “Vote by Mail” law that some believe may make it harder to detect fraudulent ballots.

That law allows voters to opt to automatically receive mail-in ballots for all state elections, which eliminates the need to ever show up at a polling place and submit identification.

“There are also new opportunities for voting shenanigans in New Jersey,” Vadum says. “Voting by mail is even easier now, thanks to the law Corzine signed.”

There was no immediate response from the Corzine campaign or Acorn Monday afternoon to a Newsmax request for comment regarding Acorn’s reported involvement in the election. [emphasis mine]

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