Iowa Poll: Trump Takes Huge Lead Over Walker

Trump1Billionaire Donald Trump is blowing away his nearest competitor, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 2-to-1, in a poll of Iowa Republican voters released Friday by Gravis Marketing on behalf of One American News Network.

Trump has a 15-point lead over Walker in the poll taken of 227 registered Republican voters in the Hawkeye State, asked Wednesday who among the GOP candidates for president they would vote for if the caucus were held today. The results, according to the poll:

  • Trump, 30.9 percent
  • Walker, 15.4 percent
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10 percent
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 7.2 percent
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 6 percent
  • Texas Sen.Ted Cruz, 5.5 percent
  • Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 5.1 percent
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 5 percent
  • Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, 4.3 percent
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 2.9 percent
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 2.8 percent
  • Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 1.7 percent
  • South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, 1 percent

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former New York Gov. George Pataki each have less than 1 percent of support from Iowa voters.  The Republican voters’ poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percent.


Article written by: Tom White

Gearing Up for Debt Ceiling Debate

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At some point in October of 2015, the Obama Administration will ask for yet another Debt Ceiling increase under threats of some inevitable apocalyptic federal default on the national debt. Obviously, we’ve been here before; and I think we all know what John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and President Obama intend to do. President Obama will threaten to deliberately default on the national debt (as opposed to activating immediate reductions in spending, as any American Household would have to do after maxing out their credit cards). Boehner and McConnell will run around Washington parroting Obama’s threat of  a national default, as if it was both inevitable and necessary. They will force their representatives in the House and Senate (the ones elected by us, but who never seem to represent us) to increase the debt limit.

Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Jim Jordan, Dave Brat, Thomas Massie, Justin Amash, and Mark Meadows will try to force the issue, prevent an increase in debt, and be vilified by the Republican and Democrat parties. The media will run story after story about how any debate on raising the debt limit will hurt the Republicans chances in 2016 (and why Republicans listen to Democrats in the media with regard to what is good for the Republican Party in midterm and Presidential elections is still well beyond me!). The debt limit will be raised once again, with no end in sight and no hope of fiscal responsibility from this government in the future.

I will throw this fact out there for nothing: If the government increases our debt and our spending, ad infinitum, our money will eventually be worth a great deal less than it’s worth today. Maybe the dollars we do have, today, would be well spent on financing the campaigns of representatives like Dave Brat, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Mark Meadows (and all the rest of the good guys out there). Just saying.

We need to offer up alternative plans today, which can be repeated in October. We can’t afford to wait to October to offer alternatives because it will reek of showmanship and grandstanding. If we offer up alternatives today, however, it is not like the House of Representatives wouldn’t have had the time to think about it.

We could come up with a five point plan to stave off a debt increase. We could immediately defund Planned Parenthood and end all corporatist subsidies and loopholes which, while helpful to well-connected corporations who purchase a plethora of politicians to ensure low levels of free market competition, do very little for the average American citizen. We could immediately end 30, 40, or 50 nonessential federal programs and studies. We could lay off thousands of federal employees through the end of the fiscal year. We could reduce or end foreign aid to anti-American countries. We could use this opportunity to stick a final fork in the Export-Import Bank.

There are a thousand ways our government could save money if they wanted to save money. We could offer bonuses of up to $250,000 a year to bureaucratic department heads for coming up 5% under budget. The options are endless. If only we considered any options whatever.

Let’s reach out to our Congressmen and Women in the House of Representatives today and ask them what we might do to reduce spending in order to stave off increasing the debt limit. Let’s ask to see legislation and amendments brought to the floor when Congress comes back from recess.

I also would like to hear every Virginia Congressman state publicly, in Newspapers or on Television, that the debt ceiling is not inevitably tied to a default on our national debt, that a default on our national debt could only occur by direct executive action out of the White House. It’s true. People should know that.

At the very least, we should tie this vote on a debt ceiling increase to spending cuts and cuts to waste, fraud, and abuse, tied with a bow of a congressional promise to never request a debt limit higher than the one before us today. Let’s make this debt ceiling increase the last debt ceiling increase in our nations’ history. We need to begin to lower the debt ceiling, not raise it. The ideas must start coming out tomorrow. Or Sunday, if any of our faithful politicians by chance have spots on our meaningless Sunday Shows.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Rasmussen: Obama Says He Could Win Again – True or False?

Friday, July 31, 2015

In a recent speech criticizing African political leaders who stay too long in office, President Obama said he could win a third term if he ran for president again but acknowledged that U.S. law does not allow it. Could Obama win again?

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% of Likely U.S. Voters say they would vote for the president if he ran for a third term. Sixty-three percent (63%) would not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Most Democrats (57%) would vote to give Obama a third term. Ninety-three percent (93%) of Republicans, 68% of voters not affiliated with either major party – and 32% of Democrats – would not.

Obama defeated Republican nominee John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin in 2008 and was reelected with 51% of the vote against GOP candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.

An amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits presidential candidates from being elected to more than two four-year terms. Nineteen percent (19%) of all voters believe that amendment should be changed so presidents can serve longer. Seventy-eight percent (78%) oppose such a change.

Interestingly, only 32% of Democrats support changing this amendment. Ninety percent (90%) of GOP voters and 82% of unaffiliateds are opposed.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 28-29, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Obama’s daily job approval rating continue to hover in the negative mid-teens as they have for most of his presidency.

Read the rest here


Article written by: Tom White

The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.” -H.L. Mencken

“Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” – Ambrose Bierce

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This week’s winning essay,The Noisy Room’s Ted Cruz- A Matter Of Honor [Video] is all about Senator Ted Cruz’s calling out of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor. Here’s a slice:

Ted Cruz threw down the conservative gauntlet in the Senate this week. This was inspiring… it is something I have never seen happen before in my lifetime. He boldly and honestly called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. It was long overdue and immensely satisfying. The straw that broke the elephant’s back was the vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. McConnell went one lie too far this time.

Cruz voted for Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) the first go-around in the Senate based on McConnell’s word and he famously turned against the fast-track trade authority later. Because it was based on lies.

From the AP:

In a stunning attack on a leader of his own party, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to him and said he couldn’t be trusted.

Cruz, a Texan who is running for president but ranks low in early polling, delivered the broadside in a speech on the Senate floor, an extraordinary departure from the norms of Senate behavior that demand courtesy and respect.

At issue are assurances Cruz claimed McConnell, R-Ky., had given that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew the federal Export-Import Bank – a little-known federal agency that has become a rallying cry for conservatives. Cruz rose to deliver his remarks moments after McConnell had lined up a vote on the Export-Import Bank for coming days.

“It saddens me to say this. I sat in my office, I told my staff the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us,” Cruz said.

“What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie.”

A spokesman said McConnell would have no response. The majority leader was not on the Senate floor when Cruz issued his attack.

“Today is a sad day for this institution,” said Cruz with a heavy heart. “What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing.” Betrayal always is, especially from someone you really, really want to believe in. Cruz made his statements after McConnell set up a procedural vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which expired last month. Democrats claim McConnell agreed to allow a vote on attaching the Export-Import Bank to “must-pass” legislation to win support from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) for a trade package earlier this year.

When Cruz approached McConnell on the floor in a private conversation, McConnell, with biblical overtones, denied to him three times that there was such a deal. “The majority leader was visibly angry with me that I would ask him such a question,” Cruz said. “The majority looked at me and said ‘there is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.’” The good senator’s staff tried to warn him about McConnell, but Cruz just couldn’t believe that McConnell would lie to his face and to every other conservative out there like this. He was wrong and learned of McConnell’s treachery the hard way. But then Ted Cruz did something that no one in my memory has done… he called McConnell out for his lying ways on the Senate floor. McConnell’s errand boy say’s he has no response. Maybe not verbally, but Ted Cruz has made a very powerful and evil enemy. You know what? I don’t think he cares. Good.

Cruz pointed out that McConnell’s move to allow the Export-Import Bank vote shows that he does not always mean what he says – that he’s dishonest. “Well, we now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment that he is willing to say things that he knows are false,” Cruz added. He also pointed out that it could have ramifications down the road. That’s an understatement. We now have open warfare in the Senate and that is a good thing. “That has consequences for how this body operates,” Cruz said. “If you or I cannot trust what the majority leader tells us, that will have consequences on other legislation, as well as on how this institution operates.” Plainer and truer words have never been spoken.

It doesn’t end there. Cruz also berated McConnell for using a procedural maneuver to prevent other amendments from being offered to the Highway Bill. That’s the vehicle that will be used for the Export-Import Bank vote. In a breathtakingly hypocritical move, McConnell “filled the tree” just as Harry Reid frequently did. This was to stop amendments when Democrats had a Senate majority. Of course, when McConnell did it, Reid screamed to the heavens. McConnell also set up a vote on repealing ObamaCare. That particular maneuver was a faux move to appease conservatives – it would not have succeeded and McConnell knew it, so it was safe to set up the vote. Cruz is a smart guy and saw right through McConnell’s machinations. “I agree with Senator Reid when he said the ObamaCare amendment is a cynical amendment. Of course it is. It is empty showmanship,” Cruz added.

This is a bitter fight between the GOP leadership and conservatives and it’s about to get real.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter, one of my favorite columnists with The Coming (And Hilarious) Democrat Implosion submitted by The Watcher

One of the things I love about Kurt Schlichter aside from his sense of humor is his almost obscene joy in driving his adversaries before him and routing them, even if it’s with the written word rather than the M-4 he used previously for that task. Enjoy!

Here are this week’s full results. The Razor and Rhymes With Right were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

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The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results


Article written by: Tom White

The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.” -H.L. Mencken

“Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” – Ambrose Bierce

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This week’s winning essay,The Noisy Room’s Ted Cruz- A Matter Of Honor [Video] is all about Senator Ted Cruz’s calling out of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor. Here’s a slice:

Ted Cruz threw down the conservative gauntlet in the Senate this week. This was inspiring… it is something I have never seen happen before in my lifetime. He boldly and honestly called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. It was long overdue and immensely satisfying. The straw that broke the elephant’s back was the vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. McConnell went one lie too far this time.

Cruz voted for Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) the first go-around in the Senate based on McConnell’s word and he famously turned against the fast-track trade authority later. Because it was based on lies.

From the AP:

In a stunning attack on a leader of his own party, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to him and said he couldn’t be trusted.

Cruz, a Texan who is running for president but ranks low in early polling, delivered the broadside in a speech on the Senate floor, an extraordinary departure from the norms of Senate behavior that demand courtesy and respect.

At issue are assurances Cruz claimed McConnell, R-Ky., had given that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew the federal Export-Import Bank – a little-known federal agency that has become a rallying cry for conservatives. Cruz rose to deliver his remarks moments after McConnell had lined up a vote on the Export-Import Bank for coming days.

“It saddens me to say this. I sat in my office, I told my staff the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us,” Cruz said.

“What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie.”

A spokesman said McConnell would have no response. The majority leader was not on the Senate floor when Cruz issued his attack.

“Today is a sad day for this institution,” said Cruz with a heavy heart. “What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing.” Betrayal always is, especially from someone you really, really want to believe in. Cruz made his statements after McConnell set up a procedural vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which expired last month. Democrats claim McConnell agreed to allow a vote on attaching the Export-Import Bank to “must-pass” legislation to win support from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) for a trade package earlier this year.

When Cruz approached McConnell on the floor in a private conversation, McConnell, with biblical overtones, denied to him three times that there was such a deal. “The majority leader was visibly angry with me that I would ask him such a question,” Cruz said. “The majority looked at me and said ‘there is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.’” The good senator’s staff tried to warn him about McConnell, but Cruz just couldn’t believe that McConnell would lie to his face and to every other conservative out there like this. He was wrong and learned of McConnell’s treachery the hard way. But then Ted Cruz did something that no one in my memory has done… he called McConnell out for his lying ways on the Senate floor. McConnell’s errand boy say’s he has no response. Maybe not verbally, but Ted Cruz has made a very powerful and evil enemy. You know what? I don’t think he cares. Good.

Cruz pointed out that McConnell’s move to allow the Export-Import Bank vote shows that he does not always mean what he says – that he’s dishonest. “Well, we now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment that he is willing to say things that he knows are false,” Cruz added. He also pointed out that it could have ramifications down the road. That’s an understatement. We now have open warfare in the Senate and that is a good thing. “That has consequences for how this body operates,” Cruz said. “If you or I cannot trust what the majority leader tells us, that will have consequences on other legislation, as well as on how this institution operates.” Plainer and truer words have never been spoken.

It doesn’t end there. Cruz also berated McConnell for using a procedural maneuver to prevent other amendments from being offered to the Highway Bill. That’s the vehicle that will be used for the Export-Import Bank vote. In a breathtakingly hypocritical move, McConnell “filled the tree” just as Harry Reid frequently did. This was to stop amendments when Democrats had a Senate majority. Of course, when McConnell did it, Reid screamed to the heavens. McConnell also set up a vote on repealing ObamaCare. That particular maneuver was a faux move to appease conservatives – it would not have succeeded and McConnell knew it, so it was safe to set up the vote. Cruz is a smart guy and saw right through McConnell’s machinations. “I agree with Senator Reid when he said the ObamaCare amendment is a cynical amendment. Of course it is. It is empty showmanship,” Cruz added.

This is a bitter fight between the GOP leadership and conservatives and it’s about to get real.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter, one of my favorite columnists with The Coming (And Hilarious) Democrat Implosion submitted by The Watcher

One of the things I love about Kurt Schlichter aside from his sense of humor is his almost obscene joy in driving his adversaries before him and routing them, even if it’s with the written word rather than the M-4 he used previously for that task. Enjoy!

Here are this week’s full results. The Razor and Rhymes With Right were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…

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Baby Killer And Spare Parts Wheeler N’ Dealer, Planned Parenthood’s Dr Mary Gatter!!

Don Surber : Dr. Mary Gatter — the Josef Mengele of abortion — a soulless plague upon the land, making light of aborting babies and selling their parts. Mustela abortionist. Pray for her.t

Ah, the good Dr. Gatter. Watching the video of her in action, dickering on prices and than demurring from making a final deal, you know, ‘until we see what others are getting’ and realizing that your tax dollars are funding this is a unique sensation. We truly are becoming the abettors of Moloch, and moving towards damnation. And why not? After all, we elected (and re-elected, apparently) a president who fought tooth and nail against legislation that would have mandated physicians like Dr. Gatter to provide medical care to babies that survived an abortion rather than simply allowing the unwanted arrivals to die from neglect.

When indecency leads, the weak follow, because it’s convenient.

I personally would pray more for America than for the likes of Dr. Gatter, but perhaps that’s just me. To legally allow a 20-week-old healthy child with a fully developed nervous system to feel the pain of being ripped from the womb as its limbs are crushed when there is no health issue involved but simply convenience – and profit – is bad enough, but to force everyone to subsidize it..that’s in a whole different category.

At present, The Center for Medical Progress, the group that released the video of Dr. Gatter has been subjected to lawfare.

They’ve been hit with a lawsuit by a company called StemExpress who profits from the traffic with Planned Parenthood in body parts, and a temporary restraining order was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court preventing them from releasing any more videos until a hearing is held on August 19th.

The Center for Medical Progress’s leader David Daleiden,told FOX News’s Sean Hannity that there are twelve investigative videos in all:

“Planned Parenthood is getting increasingly desperate to distract from the issue of how they sell the body parts of the babies that they abort,” Daleiden explained. “So, they’re going to be making increasingly outlandish claims about myself, personal attacks against me and really outrageous, fictitious statements about The Center for Medical Progress, in order to avoid addressing that real issue.”

Dr. Gatter is not here with us tonight of course. Her Weasel will be shipped to her offices…as soon as the blood red paint I spattered it with dries.

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it…or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

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Our Weasel Of The Week!!


Article written by: Tom White

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…

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Baby Killer And Spare Parts Wheeler N’ Dealer, Planned Parenthood’s Dr Mary Gatter!!

 Don Surber : Dr. Mary Gatter — the Josef Mengele of abortion — a soulless plague upon the land, making light of aborting babies and selling their parts. Mustela abortionist. Pray for her.t

Ah, the good Dr. Gatter. Watching the video of her in action, dickering on prices and than demurring from making a final deal, you know, ‘until we see what others are getting’ and realizing that your tax dollars are funding this is a unique sensation. We truly are becoming the abettors of Moloch, and moving towards damnation. And why not? After all, we elected (and re-elected, apparently) a president who fought tooth and nail against legislation that would have mandated physicians like Dr. Gatter to provide medical care to babies that survived an abortion rather than simply allowing the unwanted arrivals to die from neglect.

When indecency leads, the weak follow, because it’s convenient.

I personally would pray more for America than for the likes of Dr. Gatter, but perhaps that’s just me. To legally allow a 20-week-old healthy child with a fully developed nervous system to feel the pain of being ripped from the womb as its limbs are crushed when there is no health issue involved but simply convenience – and profit – is bad enough, but to force everyone to subsidize it..that’s in a whole different category.

At present, The Center for Medical Progress, the group that released the video of Dr. Gatter has been subjected to lawfare.

They’ve been hit with a lawsuit by a company called StemExpress who profits from the traffic with Planned Parenthood in body parts, and a temporary restraining order was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court preventing them from releasing any more videos until a hearing is held on August 19th.

The Center for Medical Progress’s leader David Daleiden,told FOX News’s Sean Hannity that there are twelve investigative videos in all:

“Planned Parenthood is getting increasingly desperate to distract from the issue of how they sell the body parts of the babies that they abort,” Daleiden explained. “So, they’re going to be making increasingly outlandish claims about myself, personal attacks against me and really outrageous, fictitious statements about The Center for Medical Progress, in order to avoid addressing that real issue.”

Dr. Gatter is not here with us tonight of course. Her Weasel will be shipped to her offices…as soon as the blood red paint I spattered it with dries.

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it…or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

What is the Republican Party? And What is Our Place in that Party?

Donald Trump and Third Parties are not viable embryoes for growing or effecting serious political change. Constitutional conservatives and libertarians are trapped within the Republican Party and, perhaps, the error in our thinking is that the Republican Party is our party and that it has some obligation to represent us in Congress.

Dave_Brat_official_congressional_photoIf we take a serious and objective look at the Republican Party, we can see quite clearly that the party is comprised of several specific groups. There are the Corporatists, who have utilized a close relationship between Corporate America and Washington D.C. to amass political power within both State and Federal governments. Their primary concern appears to be securing corporate welfare, writing advantageous tax codes specifically designed to benefit particular corporations and industries, ensuring low levels of start-ups and potential competition, providing a cheap foreign labor base, and ensuring that their specific partners within the private sector recieve enormous special access to all public contracts. This wing of the Republican Party, unsurprisingly, has the most money and power, and does not shy away from throwing its weight around Washington D.C. and all fifty of our State capitals. The Corporatists are probably the second smallest minority within the Republican Party, but due to the nature of their programs, they are certainly the most powerful.

Then there are the “moderates”. The moderates are Republicans who abhor social or religious issues entering into politics. They hold rather conservative views, but feel that religious or social views, generally, do not have a place in national or state politics. Their primary interests are cheap gas prices, low cost of livings, affordable housing, continued access to social security and medicaid, affordable prescription drugs, well paved roads, housing and highway development, low interest rates, and, despite their openness toward immigrants, they would prefer a national immigration policy which prioritizes natural born citizens over cheap immigrant labor. Moderates tend to support Corporatist politicians because of their political pull within the business community and their committment to opposing austerity measures with regard to entitlement reform. Moderates are probably the second largest group within the Republican Party.

The largest group, commonly referred to as “the base”, are Christian Conservatives. They adamently oppose abortion, illegal immigration, any and all federal laws and regulations which seem to remove their Christian heritage from the public square, bureaucratic meddling with their businesses, property, and personal lives. They support low taxes, spending, and regulation, strict immigration laws, prohibitions on prostitution and drug use, and a small, limited federal government. They are Federalists, meaning that they support primary political power in the hands of the States and are staunch advocates for “States’ Rights”. They are suspicious and distrustful of foreign economics and religions being institutionalized in their communities and governments, and prefer assimiliation into American Culture, as opposed to federally mandated integration of foreign cultures into our own public space. They believe in a strong, powerful military, and the concept of “peace through strength”.

Then there are the Constitutional Conservatives and Libertarians who have risen up out of a myriad number of constituency groups. These are your political junkies, who oppose all forms of corporate and political corruption. They believe in a strict adherance to the original intent of the United States Constitution, immediate reduction in taxes and regulations, serious entitlement reform and balanced budgets, tax reform, the elimination of most federal departments and agencies, and they seek to undermine the root causes of political corruption (primarily the United States Tax Code, Corporate Welfare, and Bureaucratic waste, fraud, and abuse). These are the folks who show up at TEA Party meetings, attend School Board and Board of Supervisor meetings, and who wage an unrelenting war against the Corporatists and Moderates. They make up less than a tenth of the Republican Population, but have energinzed “the base” with their commitment to fighting on principle and their abhorance of all forms of political corruption. It is the existence of this group of Republicans which has robbed the Corporatists and Moderates of the universal support of “the base”.

The Constitutional Conservatives and Libertarians, however, despite energizing the base and returning the Republican Party to power, have almost nothing, legislatively speaking, to show for all their hard work. This begs the question, “Why are we pouring so much time, energy, and money into the Republican Party if we are having absolutely no effect on promoting our legislative agenda?”

The media smears against the “crazies” and “teabaggers” and Republican “right” have pretty much lost us any hope of winning over the moderates. Our real target must remain the Republican Base, that is, Christian Conservatives. Reaching out to them and educating them and engaging them will be necessary for our eventual success. In the meantime, we need to make sure that we are treating those elected representatives, who actually do support our legislative agenda, as unmigated priorities. Only those Republicans should we donate to, campaign for, or vote for in general elections and primaries. I have compiled a list of Republicans who I believe deserve the support of Constitutional Conservatives and Libertarians. I will publish their names below.

The reason for the breakdown of the party is simply to communicate this: The Republican Party is represented by Corporatists, supported by Moderates, and elected by “the base”. All our attention should be focused on helping “the base” to become Constitutional Conservatives and Libertarians.

Here is a list of candidates that I believe we Constitutional Conservatives and Libertarians can support:

In the Senate: Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Tim Scott.

In the House: Ron DeSantis (Florida), Matt Salmon (Arizona), Trent Franks (Arizona), Scott Garrett (New Jersey), Tom McClintock (California), Dave Brat (Virginia), Gary Palmer (Alabama), Jim Bridenstine (Oklahoma), Mark Meadows (North Carolina), Tim Huelskamp (Kansas), Curt Clawson (Florida), David Schweikert (Arizona), Jeff Duncon (South Carolina), Justin Amash (Michigan), Raul Labrabor (Idaho), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Thomas Massie (Kentucky), Jim Jordan (Ohio), David Schweikert (Arizona), and Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina).

These Represenatives deserve our financial contributions (if we can afford to do so), our time and energy, our door knocking, and our vocal support. These are the men (oddly, no women) in Congress who are actually fighting for a Conservative and Libertarian Constitutionalist agenda. They are a tiny minority in our United States Congress and we should do everything in our power to protect them. These are the candidates that will be targeted by the Republican Leadership in future primaries. Let us recognize our place in the Republican Party and let us understand who we must support and who we must defeat in order to achieve our legislative agenda in Washington DC. If their name is not on this list, then that politician is not a reliable ally in support of a Constitutional conservative and libertarian agenda. They should not be contributed to or voted for by anyone in our national caucus.

I believe if we begin thinking of the battle this way, that we will have a steadier and clearer view of our position and power, now and in the future. We’ve got to stop looking at the Republican Party as an alternative to the Democrat Party, and begin looking to ourselves as the only long term solution. We have 24 politicians in the United States Congress that support our agenda. Let’s make damn sure we’re supporting them. It doesn’t matter if they are in our state or not. They are our only represenation in the United States Congress.

 

 

 

 


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Pieces In Our Time Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton of The Noisy Room hit the airwaves last week, as a guest of the Denise Simon Show on Radio One and The Mike Hewitt Show on Newstalk 1090…awesome! Terresa’s segment starts at about 32:10.

This week, The People’s Cube, Maggie’s Notebook, Simply Jews and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Originally posted here:

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Pieces In Our Time Edition


Article written by: Tom White

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Pieces In Our Time Edition

nuclear-iranian-mullahs-a

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton of The Noisy Room hit the airwaves last week, as a guest of the Denise Simon Show on Radio One and The Mike Hewitt Show on Newstalk 1090…awesome! Terresa’s segment starts at about 32:10.

This week, The People’s Cube, Maggie’s Notebook, Simply Jews and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!