Archive for July 14th, 2010

KMBC – 2,000 NAACP Delegates Unanimously Condemn Tea Party “Racist Elements”

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The NAACP national convention passed a resolution Tuesday condemning racist elements in the tea party, a spokesperson said. More than 2,000 delegates unanimously approved the resolution Tuesday afternoon.

KMBC – Suspicious Briefcase Found At Kobach Event – Ritz Charles Evacuated As Precaution

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said the briefcase was locked and no one at the event claimed it. As a result, the Police Department’s bomb unit and the FBI were called to the Ritz Charles.

Patricia Lightner – View Our Three New Campaign Videos

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

It’s official – the establishment has found their “golden boy” and are filling his campaign coffers with hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to purchase the 3rd District.  The establishment has never liked me – and that’s okay, because I really don’t really care much for them either.

The good news is that while those who spend your money have found my opponent, the people who earn it have found me.  See, in 2010, the American people have consistently said no to establishment-backed candidates and yes to liberty-loving conservative candidates who stand up on principle and are unafraid to speak the truth about what is going on in our country.

Here in the 3rd District, the people are turning to my candidacy.  With early voting beginning tomorrow, the time is now to rise up and ensure the 3rd District is represented by someone who will fight for conservative values and remain firmly committed to the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.

Today, my campaign released three videos showcasing my campaign and highlighting some of my opponent’s inconsistencies:

Patricia Lightner for the People!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWqZMk9XvmY A direct message straight for me, I talk about my opponent’s cash and where it came from, and how I am running to defend the people who earn the money, not those who want to tax and spend it.

Lightner for Liberty!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6NoQ_bt_dA Created by daughter Isabella, this video showcases my campaign’s journey since last June and highlights everything we have been fighting for in the conservative movement.

Which Kevin Yoder are You Voting For?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuOi99WZors In this video, we had some fun with some of my opponent’s claims versus his record!

Tiahrt Campaign – Major Illegal Immigration Opponent Switches Endorsement to Tiahrt

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

MAJOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPPONENT WITHDRAWS
SUPPORT FOR MORAN; ENDORSES TIAHRT

Congressman Moran has levied false charges against Tiahrt which
Tancredo notes are “distorted,” to hide his own record.
Dear Supporter,

I have dedicated my life to securing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws, and maintaining an America that would make our forefathers proud.

For this reason, I care about the views on immigration of every elected official in America. In February of this year I endorsed Congressman Jerry Moran for the United States Senate.

I came to this difficult conclusion after receiving untrue and incomplete information from the Moran for Senate campaign and Congressman Moran himself.

After independent research, I have learned disturbing information about Congressman Moran’s support of amnesty and benefits for illegal immigrants.

He voted against my amendment to defund sanctuary cities, essentially granting amnesty to all illegal immigrants in each of those cities.

Congressman Moran also voted with Nancy Pelosi to remove citizenship verification for illegal immigrants to receive welfare benefits.

Then he raised your taxes to pay for those health care benefits.

Congressman Moran even opposed money to secure our borders and build the fence.

In addition to hiding his own record, Congressman Moran distorted and maligned Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s record on illegal immigration. Congressman Tiahrt has been innovative in his approach to sealing the borders, written legislation to close loopholes so you and I don’t pay for benefits to illegal immigrants, and led the charge to keep tough immigration laws at the forefront of the debate in Congress when so many others are letting President Obama take the lead.

Because I care about the burden illegal immigration places on this country, I am withdrawing my endorsement of Congressman Moran and proudly endorsing Congressman Todd Tiahrt.

If you care about the damage illegal immigration does to our society, I hope you can join me in supporting and voting for Congressman Todd Tiahrt.

Congressman Tom Tancredo

Michael Barone – The Return of the Jeffersonian Vision and the Rejection of Progressivism

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

“No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” So reads a portion of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights passed by the First Congress and ratified by state legislatures, sponsored originally by Thomas Jefferson’s friend and political ally James Madison. It echoed, of course, Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Obama digs a deeper hole – Dick Morris

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Any president facing a recession has a basic conundrum to resolve: If he doesn’t try to make people believe that a recovery is in progress, nobody will. But if he tries to make them believe that all is getting better, he risks being seen as out of touch at best or insensitive at worst.

Obama Must Rethink His Immigration Position – Ed Koch

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

President Obama does not believe that our borders can be protected against illegal entry. He also does not believe that efforts by Arizona to clamp down on illegal immigration are proper. As reported in Politico on July 2nd, President Obama said in a speech he gave at The American University in Washington, “…it’s not just that the law Arizona passed is divisive — although it has fanned the flames of an already contentious debate. Laws like Arizona’s put huge pressures on local law enforcement to enforce rules that ultimately are unenforceable

Obama Cleanses the Terrorism Glossary – Rowan Scarborough

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

President Obama and his cast of aides will lash out at Republicans, the Tea Party, banks, oil companies and Arizona. But when it comes to radical Islam, Obama-ites treat it with kid gloves or ignore it altogether.

Recent speeches show that-rather than identifying the enemy for what it is, bands of Islamic extremists who use their religion to justify murder-the administration searches for the root cause of terrorism, a “why do they hate us?” obsession which serves only to paralyze a global war to defeat terrorist killers.

Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

WSJ – U.S. Rebuilds Power Plant, Taliban Reap a Windfall

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan-The U.S. has poured more than $100 million into upgrading the Kajaki hydropower plant, the biggest source of electricity in south Afghanistan. And it plans on spending much more, in an effort to woo local sympathies away from the Taliban insurgency.

Yet, one of the biggest beneficiaries of this American-taxpayer-financed project are the Taliban themselves.

WSJ – Runaway government spending, not declining tax revenues, is the reason the U.S. faces dramatic budget shortfalls for years to come

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

President Obama and congressional Democrats are blaming their trillion-dollar budget deficits on the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Letting these tax cuts expire is their answer. Yet the data flatly contradict this “tax cuts caused the deficits” narrative. Consider the three most persistent myths:

What Will Gates’ Legacy Be at Defense? – Jed Babbin

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The worst-kept secret in the Pentagon today – discussed furtively among the most senior military and civilian staff and around the correspondents’ corridor – is Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s intention to resign from the post he has held since 2006. Why Gates hasn’t yet resigned is a matter between him and the president. But one event may be instructive, and it points to his determination to craft his legacy.

Nevada Senate: Angle (R) 46%, Reid (D) 43%

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Reid has also been trying to raise doubts about Angle and a solid plurality of voters now have negative perceptions of both candidates. Reid is viewed Very Favorably by just 26% of Nevada voters and Very Unfavorably by 48%. For Angle, Very Favorables are 18% and Very Unfavorables are 39%.

At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers. Nevada is viewed as one of nine Toss-Up states in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.
Only three percent (3%) of Nevada voters now rate the economy as good or excellent, while 62% describe it as poor. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say the economy is getting better, but 49% believe it’s getting worse.
Seventy-four percent (74%) of voters in the state say the United States is in a recession.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of the state’s voters think the economy was helped by the $787-billion economic stimulus plan that Reid helped steer through the Congress. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the plan hurt the economy. This is a slightly more positive view of the stimulus plan than is found nationwide.
However, just 27% say the government spending in the stimulus plan created new jobs. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say it did not.

Rasmussen – 32% Favor Affirmative Action, 46% Oppose It

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Just 13% of voters view affirmative action as a success. Twenty-three percent (23%) say it’s been a failure, but most voters (59%) say it’s been somewhere in between a success and failure. These findings, too, have changed little over the past two years.

White voters are three times as likely as blacks to say affirmative action has been a failure, although the majority of both groups rate it somewhere in between the two.
Also essentially unchanged is the belief by 47% of voters that affirmative action programs discriminate against white men. Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree, but another 19% are not sure.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of male voters believe affirmative action discriminates against white men, compared to 42% of women.

Fox – Police: Illegal Immigrants Raped 14-Year-Old Texas Girl at July 4th Party

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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Federal annual budget gap tops $1 trillion through June

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal deficit has topped $1 trillion with three months still to go in the budget year, showing the lasting impact of the recession on the government’s finances.

WSJ – Court Tosses Out FCC Rules to Curb Indecent Speech

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

A three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policies violate the First Amendment and are “unconstitutionally vague, creating a chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here.”

Video, Mort Zuckerman Admits He Helped Write One Of Obama’s Speeches

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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Harry Reid: No Illegal Immigrants Do Construction Work In Nevada

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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