TOWNHALLHard Truths Coming
by Carol Platt Liebau
February 18, 2013
Things are going to get interesting for the Democrats. Below, speaking with Scott Rasmussen, Howard Dean committed candor, stating that:
“[S]omebody has to tell the middle class that either your taxes are going to go up or your programs are going to get cut or else we're going to go into financial oblivion, and nobody really wants to tell them that.”
In truth, Republicans have told them that, and Democrats (aside from Dean) are refusing to do the same. Indeed, Senator Chuck Schumer has actually insisted that the sequester puts Democrats -- who are still pretending that the country's fiscal problems can be solved by higher taxes on "the rich" -- on the "high ground" in the fiscal debate. Perhaps this gamble is why -- though Republicans have offered a plan to replace the sequester with targeted cuts -- Democrats have offered . . . nothing.
Despite Schumer's brave face, apparently the sequester will hit Democratic districts harder than Republican ones, thus providing Democrats with a greater incentive to end the standoff. And at some point, the American people will catch on that to subsidize the new Obama welfare state, Dean's right; their taxes will have to go up, significantly.
For years now, the press has let the Obama Democrats paint a false portrait of the country's fiscal crisis and the measures that will be needed to address it. When that day comes, the record will reflect that Republicans had a plan, and Democrats had . . . nothing.
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NBC Declares War on Christians
by Todd Starnes
February 18, 2013
Does NBC hate Christians?
I pondered that question over the weekend as I sat on my couch and watched Saturday Night Live blaspheme Jesus Christ in a violent and bloody Quentin Tarantino parody – just three days after Ash Wednesday.
The fake movie trailer for “Djesus Uncrossed” featured the Savior brandishing guns and blowing away Romans in classic Tarantino-style. Blood and gore and profanity spewed from flat screens from coast to coast – at one point Jesus sliced a man’s head in half.
“Critics are calling it a less violent ‘Passion of the Christ,’” the announcer declared. “I never knew how much Jesus used the n-word.”
Offending Christians is apparently what passes for entertainment these days.
A few days before the SNL episode — NBC Sports blogger Rick Chandler wrote a scathing smear against a prominent Christian church in Dallas.
The First Baptist Church in Dallas had invited Tim Tebow to speak at an upcoming service. Chandler urged the outspoken Christian football player to reconsider.
“Tim Tebow to speak at virulently anti-gay, anti-Semitic Dallas mega-church,” read the headline on Chandler’s hit piece.
Sing Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, told me he’s not surprised by NBC’s blistering assault on American Christians.
“It’s open season on those who profess personal faith in Jesus Christ and pattern their lives by biblical morality,” he said. “Evangelical Christians are treated with contempt and targeted for ridicule.”
And at the Peacock Network, the contempt and ridicule are on steroids.
NBC removed the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a produced video that aired during the U.S. Open.
NBC medical editor Nancy Snyderman infamously denounced the religious part of Christmas during an episode of Today.
“I don’t like the religion part,” said Snyderman.“I think religion is what mucks the whole thing up.”
The “religion” she was referring to is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
The network has also produced religion-bashing shows like “The New Normal” and “The Book of Daniel.” That particular show as so offensive it led American Family Radio chairman Donald Wildmon to declare, “We are tired of NBC’s anti-Christian bigotry.”
I wish I could tell you that this sort of anti-Christian bigotry is an anomaly. Sadly, it is not.
We’ve seen the networks and national news publications denigrate the Christian faith with great flair – from the “Good Christian B****es” of ABC to Newsweek’s Christmas essay about the “The Myths of Jesus.”
I find it interesting that the networks always mock and ridicule Christianity – but they give other religions a pass.
Why aren’t the writers at SNL churning out weekly skits about Islam – or the Prophet Mohammed? Where’s the mock movie trailer for “Jihad Undetonated?” Where’s the television show called “Good Muslim B****es?” Or the magazine essay about “The Myths of Mohammed?”
I suspect we all know the answer to why.
Maybe 30 Rock chooses to attack followers of Jesus because Christians are easy targets.
Southern Baptist spokesman Oldham said it should come as no surprise that networks like NBC target Christians for ridicule.
“Jesus said, ‘the world will hate you because of my name,’” he said, referring to a passage in the New Testament.
As best as I can tell the folks over at NBC are either ideological bullies or religious bigots. Either one is enough for me to change the channel.
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Sarah Palin to Address CPAC in March
by Tony Lee
February 18, 2013
The American Conservative Union (ACU), which runs the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), announced on Monday that Sarah Palin will speak at the 40th annual gathering of conservatives in March.
“We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. “Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2012 and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year.”
CPAC 2013 will be held Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16, 2013 at its new location in National Harbor, MD at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
The non-Washington, D.C. location of this year's conference is fitting for Palin, who blistered the permanent political class and crony capitalism during her 2012 address last year in the nation's capital in her first appearance at the conference.
Last year, she was mobbed in the hallways before her speech. Palin stayed for nearly an hour after speaking, engaging conservatives and supporters who were there to listen to her. Reporters and observers at CPAC noted in 2012 they had not seen anyone who resonated with the conservative base more than Palin.
At CPAC 2012, Palin said Washington, D.C. had become "something that our forefathers never envisioned, and they would have sworn their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor to change."
Palin said the "old Washington of our Founders" was a place where people "came to serve your government, not prosper over it and on it and from it and off of it." She mentioned the country's wealthiest counties were all around the D.C. region, a theme director Stephen K. Bannon and Peter Schweizer's Government Accountability Institute would later document a year later in "Boomtown."
She referenced her speech in Indianola, Iowa in 2011 when she spoke of "crony capitalism" that "isn't the capitalism of free men and free markets, of risk and sacrifice, of innovation and hard work." She said the new crony capitalism is one of "connections" and of "government bailout and handouts" and waste, "corporate welfare and corruption."
After her Indianola speech, "crony capitalism" and "permanent political class" were injected into the political vocabulary.
"This is the capitalism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class," Palin said at CPAC in 2012.
She lambasted the Occupy protesters who were at the conference in 2012, saying they should be instead protesting at Obama's White House, which has "spurred the expansion of government which diminishes freedom and opportunity for all to rise and to succeed."
Palin derided politicians who come to Washington, D.C. "denouncing the place as the cesspool of corruption" only to, after a year or two, see it as a hot tub.
"And they are hopping in and enjoying the jacuzzi," Palin said, noting it was "time we drain the jacuzzi and throw the bums out with the bath water."
After Palin turned down Fox News' offer to renew her contract, she spoke exclusively to Breitbart News about her future. When asked what her response was to the mainstream media's declarations that she and the Tea Party were "buried," Palin said she was raised "to never retreat and to pick battles wisely, and all in due season."
"When it comes to defending our republic, we haven’t begun to fight! But we delight in those who underestimate us," Palin told Breitbart News last month.
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