Archive for April, 2010

Lollar has become something of a tea party movement celebrity, and he’s attracting national attention in his long-shot bid against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

Must See! Charles Lollar in DC! Anti Obamacare Rally 4:15 Video

Tea party touts ‘Maryland miracle’

By Marin Cogan

On a Wednesday evening after classes in College Park, Md., a group of about 20 college Republicans mill about in the Thurgood Marshall Room of the student union, waiting for congressional hopeful Charles Lollar to make an appearance.

“It’s more of a support group than a club,” a senior majoring in government says, describing the University of Maryland’s conservative scene.

Lollar, a Marine Corps Reserve major running in the 5th District’s Republican primary, is a mix of conservative candidate (“Everybody can’t go to college. If all of us go to college, who is paying the tuition? If all of us work for government, who is paying the paychecks?”) and motivational speaker (“The only difference between someone very successful and someone not successful is that that person who is successful got up one more time.”).

But Lollar has one more unique attribute: He’s an African-American tea partier.

Lollar regales the college kids with the travails of his youth, nuggets of inspiration about America’s Jeffersonian democracy and a line about voter frustration that sounds oddly reminiscent of Barack Obama.

“Our country is greater than race relations that aren’t going the way they should be. They’re greater than partisan politics that are used to bicker and separate. They’re greater than this tea party versus Republican Party versus Democrat Party — that’s not our nation. Our nation is one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

If Lollar has no problem eliciting applause from a small cadre of Republican youth, it’s because he’s had a lot of practice. Lollar has become something of a tea party movement celebrity, and he’s attracting national attention in his long-shot bid against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

His campaign said it will report more than $100,000 in first-quarter fundraising this week. His admirers said his race will be a good test of whether the energy and enthusiasm that motivate activists to march on Washington can be felt at the ballot box.

“Charles Lollar could be the Maryland miracle like Scott Brown was the Massachusetts miracle. That’s a possibility, and it’s very exciting,” said Audrey Scott, chairwoman of the Maryland GOP and the Republican candidate who faced Hoyer when he was first elected in 1981. 

Brendan Steinhauser, a campaign operative who first recruited Lollar to speak at the Sept. 12 tea party rally in Washington, said Lollar’s candidacy is a positive development for a movement that lacks centralized political leaders.

“Leaders are going to emerge and run for Congress, and I think the movement in general wants that to happen,” said Steinhauser, the federal and state campaign director for FreedomWorks, a group that helps organize the tea party rallies. “We want to run candidates from the movement. Charles Lollar is a candidate who came from the movement, and we want to help build his profile,” he said.

Raised in a small town in Washington state, Lollar credits his parents for instilling in him conservative values. As a student, Lollar wanted to study cardiology but was drawn to the Marine Corps in his mid-20s after his wife became pregnant with their fourth child. After Sept. 11, 2001, Lollar felt drawn to politics.

In Maryland, he met Bruce Wesbury, chairman of the GOP’s central committee for Charles County. Wesbury recognized a potentially transformative figure in Lollar.

“Charles can inspire people. People are listening to him and going, ‘Holy smokes, this guy is fantastic,’ then they’re calling their friends and they’ve never been involved. So we get all of these people involved. … I hate to compare him to [President Barack] Obama, but, look, that’s what inspired people to get out and vote, and he ran one hell of a campaign.”

Lollar, a general manager at Cintas, is unabashed when it comes to addressing accusations of racism by the tea party movement’s opponents. “Can you believe that I have been accused of being a racist?” he asked the college Republicans. “Somebody once called me a racist. I looked at them and said, ‘My wife’s black — I can’t be!’” he joked to the crowd at a tea party rally in March.

Wesbury sees in Lollar’s candidacy an opportunity to draw to the party African-Americans, who make up about a third of the suburban Washington district, and other minorities.

“You cannot hide the fact that the Republican Party has done a poor job of trying to attract minorities to the party. We’re trying to get better at it. … He’s being smart. When an African-American Republican can look at Democrats and say, ‘Who are you calling racist?’ I think that’s a tremendous argument that Charles can carry forward. It’s been dynamite that the Democrats have used forever, and it couldn’t be further from the truth,” Wesbury says.

He’ll face Collins Bailey, an area businessman who ran against Hoyer in 2008, in the primary. And trying to compete with Hoyer’s fundraising juggernaut, in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, is no easy task. At the end of last year, Hoyer had more than a million in cash on hand.

“There’s a lot of energy on both sides, and the Republicans have a vigorous primary ahead of them,” said Hoyer spokeswoman Lisa Bianco. “Congressman Hoyer will continue to reach out to constituents from all parties to discuss jobs, fiscal responsibility and the many other issues he has always championed.”

Lollar’s campaign manager, Mykel Harris, acknowledged that Lollar faces a “King James vs. the patriots” scenario.

“The patriot doesn’t want to get in a fight, but the patriot knows he’s got to give it all he’s got. He can’t come up short; he can’t lose because everything he’s got is hanging on that fight,” he said. “So the patriot is going to give 100 percent. It’s sort of like David and Goliath.” 

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Talk radio personality Jim Quinn of "The War Room with Quinn and Rose" addresses the faithful at the Indiana Armstrong Patriots tea party rally in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.


The following speech was delivered at an Indiana Armstrong Patriots Tea Party Rally at the John P. Murtha Amphitheater in Kittanning, Pennsylvania April 24, 2010. 

The Managers of America’s Decline  

By Jerry A. Kane  

I’m here today to elaborate on the Democrat Party’s management of America’s decline, and to tell you that the fate of this nation is in your hands because the founding Spirit of America has awakened you to resist the tyranny at her doorstep.  

This is why the Tea Party movement identifies with America’s first revolt against tyranny, the Boston Tea Party, and why many in the movement dress in colonial garb and brandish the country’s founding symbols such as the “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flag and Benjamin Franklin’s snake cut into eight parts depicting the danger of disunity.  

As Franklin’s drawing was a call for patriots to unite against the tyranny of the British monarchy, to those same ends I call upon the tea party patriots today to set aside political differences and unite against the tyranny of the progressive oligarchy.    

America’s Founders had the wisdom to recognize their common enemy, to put aside their political differences, and to hang together to keep from hanging separately. Today, however, too many tea party patriots don’t recognize the progressive enemy and far too many are blinded by their pet political issues to see the overarching socialism that is destroying this country.  

For the many who have not yet figured it out, the “change” that Brother O promised during his campaign involves the dissolution of the Republic and the imposition of a socialist state, and from the outset of his coronation in January 2009, his Bread and Circuses administration and the Democrat Party have been working feverishly to that end.   

I’ve heard radio talk show hosts and so-called conservative leaders who identify with the Tea Party movement blame corrupt politicians and America’s two-party system for her demise, but if truth be told, the blame lies squarely at the feet of the Democrat Party and the piper who calls the tune, George Soros—the party’s billionaire benefactor and creator of the Shadow Party, which is a nationwide network of more than 60 unions, 527 groups, and think tanks designed to ensure Democrat dominance in the electoral process and to achieve one-party rule in the United States.  

The background of the world’s thirty-eighth richest man is replete with effecting political “change.” He helped finance the 1989 “Velvet Revolution” that brought Vaclav Havel (Vass lass Have vule) to power in the Czech Republic. He also helped to engineer coups in Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia, and Yugoslavia.  

Before effecting political change in a country, Soros first establishes a shadow government, which is a fully formed government-in-exile, ready to assume power at the opportune moment. The Shadow Party control center that he created inside the Democrat Party is patterned after the shadow governments that he created in other countries before instigating a coup.  

To bring change to America’s political system, Soros had to limit the ability of the political parties to raise money.  So in 2002, he engineered campaign finance reform complete with a loophole for private 527 organizations such as MoveOn.org that could collect soft money.   

Once the McCain-Feingold campaign finance laws were established, Soros assembled a coalition of political strategists, activists, and major Democrat donors at his Southampton beach house in Long Island, New York, in 2003, and there he built the Shadow Party to circumvent those very laws that he engineered.  

To test the political waters, Soros dumped more than $300 million in Democrat coffers, and created Americans Coming Together or (ACT), a group made up of big government and teacher unions to coordinate media ads and carry out the ground war. ACT gathered 100,000 campaign workers and collected large amounts of money to knock on doors and get people to the polls.  

When his candidate John Kerry lost the presidency in 2004, Soros assessed what went wrong then assembled 70 plutocrats in Scottsdale, Arizona, to form the Phoenix Group in the spring of 2005, and there he laid out a five-year plan to create a network of think tanks, media outlets, and training centers to promote his progressive-socialist-Marxist politics.  

The Shadow Party is the center of power of the Democrat Party; certainly no Democrat can be elected without tapping into its constellation of organizations. Actually, the Shadow Party is the Democrat Party. It works behind the scenes pushing a radical socialist agenda and few Democratic voters know it even exists.  

In December 2004, the Executive Director for MoveOn.org declared the Democratic Party George Soros’s property: “Now it’s our Party. We bought it, we own it …” And in 2006, Joe Lieberman discovered the accuracy of that statement when the three-term incumbent U.S. senator and former vice presidential nominee of the Democrat Party was ousted from the Party by an unknown in the Democratic primaries.  

Soros views America’s free enterprise system as the greatest obstacle to world justice and stability, so he’s on an ideological mission. He’s assembled a coalition of billionaires, giant unions, street radicals, and seasoned political operatives, never before seen in American politics, to subordinate America’s interests to global interests; her sovereignty to global government; her law to global courts; her wealth to global taxation; and her productivity to global redistribution schemes.  

For Soros to realize his mission, the Democrat Party will need to remain in power through the November Midterm election. Last September Vice President Joe Biden said that if the Republicans take back control of the House, it’s “the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” in other words, doomsday for their socialist agenda.  

He went on to say that the November election is the “one shot” Republicans have at stopping the Democrat agenda, and if they don’t “the dam will break and a new era of bipartisanship will begin.” Biden’s “era of bipartisanship” will end America’s experiment in representative democracy and usher in the dawn of a new age of progressive socialist governance and dictatorial one-party rule.  

In 1932, the German people were afforded a rare opportunity to vote the Nazi Party from power. They had the chance to save their republic from a socialist dictatorship but chose instead to remain divided and cling to their petty political differences.  Because the majority of the German people wouldn’t unite to defeat their greater enemy, the Nazis stayed in power with 42 percent support and every German shared in the guilt of Hitlerism.  

Unlike the German majority in ’32, we have the luxury of hindsight. We know that a government that’s big enough to supply our every need is also big enough to take away everything that we have. Friedrich Hayek and Ronald Reagan warned us that big government destroys individual liberty, personal freedom, free enterprise, and the rule of law. And socialism is big government squared; it is a profoundly un-American system that provides a ruling oligarchy with the power to control all aspects of human life from cradle to grave.  

Winston Churchill said:  “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Simply put, socialism, also known as progressivism or leftism or statism, is America’s natural enemy.  

The socialist beast that fully controls two of the three branches of America’s government is analogous to the nine-headed Lernaean (ler knee ian) Hydra in Greek mythology. As the story goes, each time Heracles would destroy one of the monster’s heads, two more would spring up in its place. He discovered that the only way to kill the beast was to find and sever its one immortal head.   

Heracles’ discovery regarding the vulnerability of the Hydra also applies to the socialist monster governing America. As Andrew Brietbart’s investigative reporters proved by exposing the corruption at ACORN, it is possible to take down and neutralize the effects of a Soros-funded organization. However, like the heads of the Hydra, when one is destroyed more will emerge to take its place, and in the case of ACORN it will be more groups bearing different names and acronyms.  

Metaphorically speaking, the only way to destroy America’s governing monster is to sever its immortal head, and the Democrat Party is that immortal head. And whether we like it or not, the Republican Party is the only weapon in our arsenal that can remove the socialist monster from power. Supporting Libertarian, Green, or even lesser third parties will only diminish the power of the electorate and ensure Democrat rule and a socialist dictatorship.  

Those who claim there’s not a dimes worth of difference between the two parties either aren’t paying attention, or they have some other agenda for parroting such misinformation. Take for instance the charge that the president and the Congress won’t listen to the will of the people and apply it to the previous administration:  

What happened when George W. Bush and the Republicans tried to push through the Dubai Ports deal? The people rose up in anger, flooded the White House and the Congress with letters, phone calls, faxes, and e-mails, and Bush withdrew deal.  

What happened when Bush and the Republicans tried to push through the controversial Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Myers? Again, the people rose up in anger, flooded the White House and the Congress with letters etc, Bush withdrew the nomination.  

And what happened when Bush and the Republicans tried to push through the McCain-Kennedy Immigration Reform Bill? Once again, the people rose up in anger flooded the White House and the Congress with letters etc, and the amnesty bill was abandoned.  

Now apply the same charge to the current Bread and Circuses administration:  

What happened when Brother O and the Democrats tried to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, that massive Keynesian waste product commonly referred to as the Stimulus Bill? The people rose up in anger, flooded the White House and the Congress with letters, phone calls, faxes, and e-mails, only this time Congress passed the bill and Brother O signed it into law.  

What happened when Brother O and the Democrats tried to push through controversial Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor? Again, the people rose up in anger, flooded the White House and the Congress with letters etc, but this time the nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate and she’s an Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court.  

And what happened when Brother O and the Democrats tried to push through the health care reform bill, known as ObamaCare? Once again, the people rose up in anger, flooded the White House and the Congress with letters etc, only this time Congress passed the bill and Brother O signed it into law.  

Still think the parties are the same? Answer these questions:   

Which political party has tried to discredit the tea parties?  

Which political party has been slandering tea party activists?  

Which political party has called tea party protesters Astroturf and has falsely accused them in the national media of shouting racial invectives and of spitting on congressmen?  

And which political party stereotypes tea party activists as racists, homophobes, and bigots?  

Now if memory serves me well, didn’t the Congressman, for whom this amphitheater is named, stereotype his very own constituents as racist rednecks over the national media in 2008?  

What’s more, I can name several libertarian and conservative Republicans who champion those very principles the tea party movement supports:  free markets, fiscal responsibility, limited government, the original intent of the Constitution, and the sanctity of the rule of law, but I can’t name even one congressional Democrat who values those principles. Can you?  

Denial is not just a river in Africa, it’s also counter-productive. If Republicans don’t take back control of the House and Senate in the Midterm Election, Soros’ Democrat Party has plans to fix subsequent elections to permanently control America’s democratic process:  

First, they will grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and speed up their citizenship status to add millions of new Democrat voters.  

Next, they will use survey sampling instead of an actual head count for the census to increase the population figures for northeastern cities so their states will get more congressmen and more electoral votes to offset the population shift of the sunbelt states.  

Then they will eliminate the secret ballot in union elections to add more unions, which means more union members to vote Democrat.  

Finally, they will silence dissent over the Internet through Net neutrality regulations and over talk radio by establishing community advisory boards consisting of local political activists who will monitor radio programming for the FCC and rate whether the content meets community needs. The FCC will levy hefty fines and revoke licenses for low ratings.  

Under the guise of progress and compassion, socialism concentrates all the wealth in the hands of an oligarchy in the name of social justice; it reduces people to misery in the name of sharing resources and to ignorance in the name of science; it creates inequality in the name of equality and constructs a network of concentration camps in the defense of liberty.  

With disaster looming, are you going to wait until freedom is gone before you understand what freedom means? Are you going to wait until you have no future before you discover the purpose of life? It’s time to decide whether you will be free men or slaves.

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The brief excerpt and  7:39 clip below are from George Carlin’s 1992 HBO TV special “Jammin’ in New York.”

“We’re so self-important. So self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails. And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these f***ing people kidding me? Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another, we’re gonna save the f***ing planet?

Warning:  Carlin drops the f-bomb and other choice expletives that were a trademark of his famous “Dirty Words” routine and the seven words you can never say on television.


George Carlin – Saving the Planet 7:39 Video

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The Democrat brain trust has just now figured out that Obama Care’s going to escalate health insurance costs. So now the bloody economic geniuses have reopened their fix-it kits and bag of tricks and have taken out the price control tool to fix thing real good this time.

“According to the non-partisan CBO, under Obamacare, health insurance premiums were projected to rise by an average $13,100 per family if no bill had passed at all and by $15,200 under the Democrats’ new Obamacare law.  That’s an increase of $2,100.”—Connie Hair

It wouldn’t be fair to horses to brand Democrats as a bunch of horses’ asses. Suffice it to say, the jackass epitomizes such a party of fools.

I.M. Kane



Democrats Admit Obamacare Raises Health Insurance Premiums

By Connie Hair

The New York Times is reporting that Senate Democrats are gearing up to pass even more health care legislation intended “fix” their new Obamacare law, one bill in particular that will be aimed at government price “fixing” for health insurance.   

Democrats are just now figuring out what Republicans, Independents, Tea Partiers, GOP members of Congress, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and what the chief actuary at the Obama administration’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have been telling them all along: Obamacare will cause costs to rise.

Perhaps they should have read the bill before passing it?

Rep. Dave Camp, top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, told HUMAN EVENTS today that Democrats are way behind the learning curve.

“Americans knew this bill would increase their costs,” Camp said.  “The Congressional Budget Office said it.  The Medicare actuaries said it.  And, now, Democrats are finally admitting their government takeover of health care will cause premiums to go up even more than had Congress done nothing.”

According to the non-partisan CBO, under Obamacare, health insurance premiums were projected to rise by an average $13,100 per family if no bill had passed at all and by $15,200 under the Democrats’ new Obamacare law.  That’s an increase of $2,100.

Obamacare spends over a trillion dollars, increasing taxes by a half-trillion dollars, cutting Medicare by a half-trillion and does not make coverage more affordable. 

The CBO repeatedly warned Democrats that Obamacare would increase premiums:

CBO Letter to Senator Bayh November 30, 2009 (.pdf)

CBO Letter to Chairman Rangel November 2, 2009 (.pfd)

CBO Letter to Republican Leader Boehner  November 4, 2009 (.pdf)

According to the Times report, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is prepping new regulations that would give the secretary of Health and Human Services the power to block health insurance rate increases. 

If there was ever any doubt about the Democrats’ intention to run the private health insurance industry out of business resulting in the single-payer, government-run health care system Democrats desire, this should dissuade any thinking person of that notion.

On a happy note, Camp is firmly on board to repeal Obamacare.

“We need to repeal this bill and replace it with common sense reforms that actually lower health care premiums,” Camp said.

You can follow the House Ways & Means Republicans here Twitter.

Connie Hair is a freelance writer, a former speechwriter for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and a former media and coalitions advisor to the Senate Republican Conference.

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“[Liberals] fear that even listening to Rush for a moment or two causes a person to lose the will to be a liberal. … [They] shy away from him, not because they disagree with what he has to say, but because they fear he will convince them that he’s right.”—Bookworm


Ordinary people view Rush as a dangerous Svengali

From Bookworm

If you’d been around in 1894, you would instantly have recognized the name “Svengali.”  He was the chief villain in George du Maurier’s blockbuster novel Trilby.  The Svengali plot-line was a simple one:  Trilby was an innocent (and tone deaf) laundress and model living in fin de siecle Paris.  Svengali hypnotized her into becoming a great singer and the toast of the music world.  When he suffered a heart attack during one of her performances, his spell over her broke, and she was left standing on stage, bewildered and humiliated.  Since then, we use the word “svengali” to describe a person who steals the will of another with evil intent.

It’s become increasingly clear to me that liberals view Rush Limbaugh in precisely that light.  And no, I’m not making the obvious point that the Obami and the Democratic party fear Rush’s bully pulpit and consistently demonize him.  I’m talking about the rank-and-file’s fear that even listening to Rush for a moment or two causes a person to lose the will to be a liberal.  Those liberals to whom I speak shy away from him, not because they disagree with what he has to say, but because they fear he will convince them that he’s right.

The following is a talk I had just the other day while driving in the car with a liberal friend who, having voted for Obama, is now deeply regretting that decision:

Me:  How would you like to do something completely different?  Let me put Rush on the radio.

Her:  No, no.  I don’t want to do that.

Me:  Come on, you’ll like him.  He’s not at all the way you’ve heard him described in the other media.  He’s very well-informed, quite funny, and amazingly prescient.

Her:  No, no.  He’s too arrogant.

Me:  Nah.  That’s just an act.  Give it a try, for just a few minutes.

Her:  No.  I can’t listen to him.  [Then, as a sop:]  I watch Fox sometimes.

So here we have a woman who realizes that she made a mistake voting Democrat this election, who is open to conservative news (I believe her when she says she watches Fox), yet who assiduously avoids any contact with Rush.  Incidentally, this was not a one time-0nly conversation.  I had virtually the same conversation with two other regret-filled liberals.

The belligerently liberal ones are equally averse to exposing themselves to Rush.

Me:  I challenge you to listen to Rush for a half hour.

Him:  No.  He’s an idiot.

Me:  Have you ever listened to him?

Him:  No.

Me:  Then how do you know he’s an idiot?

Him:  He is.  He’s a wacko.  He doesn’t know anything.

Me:  How do you know that?

Him:  Are you trying to make me mad?

Me:  No.  But I do think that you should listen to him.  At least then you’d have first hand knowledge of what he says and whether you agree or disagree with it.

Him:  I’m not going to waste my time.

And so on, ad infinitum and definitely ad nauseum.

During the 1990s, when I was an unthinking liberal, I knew Rush was out there, but he existed on the periphery of my existence.  I read Al Franken’s Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, and laughed at how “stupid” Rush was, but I actually didn’t care about any of the core issues at stake.  I had no interest whatsoever in finding out what Rush was like, because nothing he said really mattered.  I was working hard at my career, getting married, starting a family, and was therefore disinterested in things political.  The world seemed to be rolling along just right, with a Democratic president and a booming economy.

To give myself some retroactive credit, though, if a conservative had challenged me back then to listen to Rush, I would have done so — because I would have been certain that Rush was a big joke, and that I could have laughed at him just as Franken did.  I might have expected to be bored or offended, but I wouldn’t have been worried about being mesmerized and brainwashed.

And then came September 11, 2001 and I started paying attention.  I began to be concerned about what was going on around me.  This concern led me to start reading anything I could get my hands on about all sorts of subjects.  I read blogs, both liberal and conservative.  I opened my mind to the possibility that my attachment to the Democratic party was wrong — a possibility helped by the fact that I found myself agreeing with the major political decisions George Bush was making, both regarding national security and the economy.  In other words, once I realized that my old political staples were failing, I started looking for new information.  I wasn’t scared of the new information but, rather, was curious.

Both my old attitude (”Sure, bring silly Rush on, ’cause he’ll be good for a laugh”) and my new attitude (”There’s something out there I need to learn about”) make it impossible for me to understand the resistance, shading into fear, that my friends and family show when confronted with the possibility that they might hear a minute or two of Rush’s mellifluous tones over the airways.  They don’t seem to recognize either the possibility that they might laugh at a fool or learn from a wise man.  Instead, they seem genuinely afraid that any exposure to Rush will corrupt them irreparably.  Like poor Trilby, they’ll be seduced into an unsustainable way of being, only to find themselves suddenly abandoned and exposed.  To them, Rush is no mere conservative; he is Satan incarnate, a tempter who will destroy their liberal souls and leave them in an endless conservative Hell.

It’s quite a high compliment to Rush that ordinary liberals believe he has extraordinary powers.  It isn’t every conservative radio or talk show host who is perceived as so compelling and seductive that he can destroy people’s world view in an instant.

It’s also very frustrating to me because, in a funny way, I agree with my liberal friends that Rush can rejigger their world view very quickly.  The only thing is that I don’t believe Rush works his magic through hypnotism and trickery.  Instead, I think Rush’s real magic lies in his ability to view the political world as a vast chess board, one on which he can see multiple future moves; his prodigious memory; his well-informed mind; his logical analyses; and his funny persona.  He convinces by appealing to our rational mind, our sense of humor, and our knowledge of the world as it is, and not as some Ivory Tower liberal tells us it should be.

So, whether by cajolery or challenge, I’m still trying to get my liberals to listen to Rush.  For all the wrong reasons, they’re right about one thing:  he will change their minds.

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“Save the Children says “family planning” has been a “critical component” of its work for nearly 20 years and it alliance with Planned Parenthood means promoting abortion is included in that.”—Steven Ertelt

“[V]iewers don’t know that American Idol founder Simon Cowell is the chief executive officer of International Save the Children.”—Doug Scott, president of Life Decisions International

And why should American Idol not continue to fund abortion mills, there’ll be no backlash? Fox moguls know that Americans will compromise principles for entertainment every time. Why worry when everything’s coming up roses.

I.M. Kane


American Idol Gives Back to Pro-Abortion Groups Again in Charity Program

By Steven Ertelt

The popular talent television show American Idol has again decided to align itself with pro-abortion groups for its annual “Idol Gives Back” fund- raising campaign. The program, which airs tonight, will send donations from viewers to Save the Children and the United Nations Foundation, both of which back abortion.

Save the Children has a working relationship with what it describes as “prominent international organizations,” but the groups read like a who’s who of the pro-abortion movement.

They include the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights legal group, the mammoth Planned Parenthood Federation of America abortion business, Population Action International, and the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.

Doug Scott, the president of Life Decisions International tells LifeNews.com that Save the Children worked with Planned Parenthood, the Population Action Council, and the pro- abortion Audubon Society on its five-year “Planet Campaign.”

Funded by the pro-abortion David and Lucile Packard and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations, the campaign tried to “raise awareness of the connections between international family planning and the health of children, women and the environment.” It relied on advertising and Internet promotional methods to promote “an international forum for discussion of, and action on, women’s reproductive health” — meaning abortion.

Save the Children says “family planning” has been a “critical component” of its work for nearly 20 years and it alliance with Planned Parenthood means promoting abortion is included in that.

Meanwhile, several divisions of the United Nations have donated funds to Planned Parenthood and it has aggressively lobbied pro-life nations to ditch protections for unborn children in favor of promoting abortion.

“It is laudable that the people involved with ‘American Idol’ want to help the poor,” Scott said. “But it is tragic that they would choose to do so through groups like the Save the Children and the United Nations Foundation. These groups have far too much deadly baggage.”

Scott said most American Idol viewers don’t know that American Idol founder Simon Cowell is the chief executive officer of International Save the Children.

“‘American Idol’ should stop using the contestants to raise money for groups when they are keeping the activities of these charities a secret,” Scott said. “‘American Idol’ should practice full disclosure and give those contestants who may wish to decline participation in ‘Idol Gives Back’ the opportunity to do so without repercussions.”

“If you believe the plight of pre-born children is as important as the plight of the poor, do not participate in ‘Idol Gives Back,'” Scott urged. “We are caring people who want to do our part to help those less fortunate, but we will do so through organizations that do not view the killing of human beings as a ‘solution’ to poverty and other adult-created problems.”

Scott also informed LifeNews.com that “American Idol” recently supported a fund-raising campaign by Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles.

The 2008 American Idol Gives Back program funded UNICEF, which also supports abortion, and Save the Children.

Ironically, American Idol has produced pro-life finalists and a winner, Jordin Sparks, who is a long-time pro-life advocate.

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Two New Polls Show Murtha Special A Tossup

By Shira Toeplitz

Two separate polls released Tuesday show a tight race in the May 18 special election for the late Rep. John P. Murtha’s (D-Pa.) seat.

A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday showed businessman Tim Burns with a 3-point lead over Murtha aide Mark Critz, 44 percent to 41 percent.

And in a polling memo paid for by the conservative American Action Network and conducted by GOP pollster McLaughlin and Associates, Critz and Burns are in a statistical tie, 40 percent to 39 percent.

The PPP survey took the opinion of 1,197 likely voters in the district April 17-18 and had a margin of error of 2.8 points. The April 15 McLaughlin and Associates poll included 300 likely voters and had a margin of error of 5.6 points.

CQ Politics currently rates this special election contest as a Tossup.

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