The Hollywood Left Wants Hank Jr. Censored

Last week country music legend Hank Williams Jr. appeared on Fox and Friends to give some politically incorrect commentary. While on the air, he committed the unpardonable sin of using the word “Hitler” within one contiguous paragraph of the word “Obama.” ESPN execs — whose viewers undoubtedly like Hank better than Obama — first pulled his opening, which had run on Monday Night Football since 1991, then fired him. The entertainment industry elite has decided Hank has not suffered enough for his sins. They made clear they want him shut up for good. This weekend the cast of Saturday Night Live with special guest Ben Stiller, suggested Hank never be invited to speak about politics again in life.

This plea for censorship came during an SNL skit that its writers apparently intended to be funny, although aside from a pretty good impression of Steve Doocy and the singer himself, the laughs were hard to find. The crew invited “Hank” back on to clarify his remarks when Stiller, who played Williams’ media representative, turned the tables. He demanded the Fox hosts apologize to Hank. “You have to admit,” he said, “you made a big mistake letting Mr. Williams come on your show and speak for himself.” He went on, “What did you think he would say? Look at him. He looks like a truck stop Santa Claus.”

Couched in “humor,” the message is clear: no self-respecting news program should ever provide a forum for Hank Williams Jr. or anyone who looks like him. They are all contemptible white trash. They have no rights, should enjoy no access to the masses, and need to be throttled into silence before they go back to working hard, paying taxes, and dying in our wars.

Stiller went on: “You introduced him as a man who knows a thing or two about politics. Telling him he’s a political analyst is akin to giving a baby a gun.” Between taking potshots at their favorite targets — laughing at veterans and the elderly, mocking Fox News’ truthfulness — SNL‘s writers repeatedly mocked Hank for daring to use the H-word without permission.

Hank Williams Jr. has publicly stated his remarks were misunderstood. He was pointing out the ridiculous nature of the Obama-Boehner golf summit, pairing up two leaders of opposing factions. This author is generally against analogies that compare people to Hitler, or the greater mass murderers Mao, Stalin, and the worldwide Communist empire. But Hank’s greatest error was not a poor choice of comparisons; it was the idea that Obama and the GOP leadership are in stark opposition to one another. On the contrary, they are two wings of the same one-party system of elitists who run the government under two labels. Grassroots Republicans and Democrats could not be more widely removed, nor could their activists: could any two figures disagree more than Hank Williams Jr. and Michael Moore? As the political conversation moves up the pecking order, the differences magically melt away in the burning sun of bipartisanship (which may explain why so many bipartisan ideas are half-baked).

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Read More at Floyd Reports By Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Poll: Cain closing gap on Romney in Iowa

A new poll shows businessman Herman Cain closing the gap with GOP rival Mitt Romney in Iowa thanks to his strong support among Tea Party voters.

The new NBC News/Marist poll shows Romney with just a three-point lead in Iowa. The former Massachusetts governor won the support of 23 percent of likely GOP caucus-goers, with Cain in second place with 20 percent.

Cain’s strong showing in the poll reveals his strength among Tea Party supporters, where he bests Romney 31 percent to 15. Among likely caucus attendees who say they “strongly” support the Tea Party movement, Cain tops Romney 41 percent to 7.

Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), the winner of Saturday’s Values Voter straw poll, comes in third with 11 percent, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), who are tied at 10 percent.

Two polls released Monday showed Cain, previously considered a long-shot, gaining momentum nationally in the GOP race. A Gallup survey found that 20 percent of Republican voters want Romney to win the nomination, with Cain a close second with 18 percent support.

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Read More at The Hill By Meghashyam Mali, The Hill

Outsiders playing lead role in GOP races for Senate, president

In the races at the top of Florida’s 2012 ballot, non-traditional “outsider” candidates are challenging or leading in the Republican primaries: Herman Cain for president and Mike McCalister for the Senate.

After Cain’s dramatic upset win in the Florida Republican Party’s Presidency 5 straw poll two weeks ago, some national polls now show him leading or tied for first; McCalister, a military retiree and Plant City tree farmer, leads in some U.S. Senate primary polls.

That runs counter to Republicans’ hallmark tendency to go with the establishment candidate – the best-known, best-funded contender, the one who’s next in line.

For political experts and party activists, it’s an open question whether the two are serious prospects, or are succeeding because of dissatisfaction with other candidates.

Florida GOP insiders widely mutter about needing more choices in the Senate field, and say unless there’s a new candidate, George LeMieux or Adam Hasner eventually will become the consensus choice.

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Mark Steyn: Why don’t CNN, NPR, NY Times care about ‘dead Mexicans’?

Though reporters asked about it during President Obama’s Thursday press conference, media coverage of the gun-running “Fast and Furious” scandal has generally been lacking.

On Hugh Hewitt’s syndicated radio program Thursday, columnist Mark Steyn explained why he hasn’t ignored the story, and attacked the Obama administration’s involvement in the program.

“In this case the government of the United States is the gunrunner,” Steyn said. “That is basically what is happening here. There would be no guns running to these Mexican cartels if the United States government hadn’t instituted a program to facilitate it.”

Steyn noted the lack of media outrage compared with other scandals in the past.

“Now real Mexicans are dead,” he continued. “Does the president of the United States, does his attorney general, does CNN, does The New York Times, does NPR — do they not care about dead Mexicans?

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Do “We the People” have the right of Revolution?

Do the citizens of the United States have an absolute right to, by force of arms if necessary, overthrow a government which has, with malicious deliberation, become destructive of those ideals of liberty granted by God and guaranteed by instruments such as the Constitution of the Unites States?

Clearly the Founders believed in the existence of such a right. There could be no more axiomatic example than the American Revolution itself!

And though these men warned against pursuing such a course for “light and transient causes”, rightly observing that “…mankind are more disposed to suffer…than right themselves by abolishing forms to which they are accustomed,” the Declaration of Independence states without reservation that if any government should become “destructive” of its proper role, it is the right of the citizens to “…alter or abolish it and institute new government…”

The left is quick to maintain that anyone suggesting the American people have a right to reclaim country or liberty, even from those who have deliberately and with malevolent purpose represented a mortal threat to both, is little more than a wanton terrorist, his words being responsible for every act of violence from Oklahoma City to Tucson.

But if this is the case, we modern day “domestic terrorists” are in the best of company. For in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson set down a number of abuses which King George had heaped upon the American colonies, among them:

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Obama Wants to Determine Who Can Be a “Minister”

The Obama administration is arguing for the Supreme Court to violate a Christian church’s doctrine and subject a vast array of churches and ministries to the law of Mammon.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The case revolves around a teacher in the K-8 parochial school in Redford, Michigan, a hard-hit suburb of Detroit. (The school has since merged with another parochial school in Farmington Hills to become Concordia Lutheran School.) Cheryl Perich had been diagnosed with narcolepsy and given temporary leave. The school attempted to hold her job by combining three grades in one classroom for a semester, but when it became obvious she would be unable to return for an indeterminate period of time, the school moved to replace her. Adding to her problems, Perich did not file the required forms for her lengthy leave. In time, the school moved to end their relationship. The church laws of its sponsoring denomination — the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) — require the case to be handled by church tribunal, but Perich balked, suing the church in secular court under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Obama administration’s EEOC joined the case against the church. It is joined by such legal and cultural left-wing stalwarts as the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, People for the American Way, the Anti-Defamation League, and, unsurprisingly, the National Employment Lawyers Association, which sees this as a possible source of new clients (from ambulance chasers to processional chasers).

At the heart of the matter is whether the school is subject to the ADA. The church school contends Perich was a “commissioned minister,” and lower courts have allowed for a “ministerial exception” to federal anti-discrimination laws. The courts agree churches, in accordance with the First Amendment, should appoint their own clergy without the federal intervention, and many have extended this same right to employees the church considers part of its ministerial team. The Obama administration would like to change that.

The Obama administration’s brief states that the school was a “commercial” entity, because it charged tuition (although the school was subsidized by the church). Since the school “required all teachers — called or contract, Lutheran or not — to perform the same job duties,” it did not matter whether she was a lay teacher or a ministerial teacher. Perich “taught secular subjects,” the administration argues. She read “secular textbooks commonly used in public schools,” and can only remember injecting Christian teaching into her subject matter in “two instances.”

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Read More at Floyd Reports  By Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Good Mourning, America

In 1911, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum. Despite its seemingly eternal iconic status, prior to being stolen, historians assert the Mona Lisa was relatively unknown to the public. After knowledge about the heist was made known, the story is told that thousands of Parisians flocked to stare — at the empty spot on the wall where she once hung.

A few years back, I found myself also staring — down the gaping hole that would soon become “home” to my deceased husband. The events of that day are blurry, with the exception of the drive from the cemetery. The sun was quickly fading in the western sky as the funeral home limousine whisked me due east into the darkness of night and concurrently into the darkest season of my life. Peering through the window, grief-stricken, I explicitly remember thinking my life would never be the same. It wasn’t. And, over time, I realized how much I had taken for granted.

Though not as dramatic as grieving the loss of a loved one, or as superficial as grieving the loss of an inanimate object like the Mona Lisa, it seems a growing number of Americans are now in mourning for the America they didn’t fully appreciate until it was gone.

They are longing for the time when civility and unity had a place in Washington politics and America led the world economically, ethically, and militarily. A time when planning for the future was a positive thing. Gas and food prices didn’t force you to choose between basic necessities and your mortgage payment, jobs were in surplus, and unemployment was low.

If anything positive could be said about the upheaval that has marked the past few years, it’s that it sparked a reawakening to our national identity as a “shining city on a hill,” as Reagan so eloquently put it. At the same time, the Progressive Left has seized the opportunity to peddle their own propaganda and promote the “fundamental change” Obama so eloquently promised.

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Read More at Floyd Reports By Susan Stamper Brown, Floyd Reports

Editorial: Inhofe Calls For New Hearings On EPA’s Flawed Endangerment Findings

Two days ago, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the minority leader on the Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works issued a call for a new investigation into the EPA’s flawed endangerment findings on carbon dioxide.

Inhofe’s call was related to the EPA Inspector General’s report showing that the EPA failed to follow the correct procedures before it issued its finding that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant that must be regulated by Lisa Jackson’s jack-booted zealots.

As Inhofe stated:

“The Inspector General’s investigation uncovered that EPA failed to engage in the required record-keeping process leading up to the endangerment finding decision, and it also did not follow its own peer review procedures to ensure that the science behind the decision was sound. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson readily admitted in 2009 that EPA had outsourced its scientific review to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is an institution whose credibility has already been called into question. Even so, EPA still refused to conduct its own independent review of the science. As the EPA Inspector General found, whatever one thinks of the UN science, the EPA is still required – by its own procedures – to conduct an independent review.”

Of course, as Inhofe points out, the IPCC is notoriously unreliable when it comes to accurate information on climate change or “global warming.” The IPCC is biased towards climate warming hysteria and the so-called “experts” who feed the IPCC information are climate change zealots with a clear political agenda.

Anyone who has read through the Climategate emails will easily understand that these zealots cooked the numbers, suppressed data that they didn’t agree with, and tried to suppress the writings of climate change skeptics.

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Sarah Palin: I’m Not Running for President

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

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Why Palin could run as an independent

There’s been some chatter this week about the possibility that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) might run for president next year — as an independent.

The consequences for both her and the presidential race couldn’t be more profound, and there are a number of reasons why this could be a very real possibility.

The deadline for entering primaries in many states is rapidly approaching, and yet a rapid decision from Palin doesn’t seem to be on the horizon, despite past words to the contrary.

In July, she told Fox News that legal concerns would coax a decision from her. “Well, legally, of course, there are timeframes, and that time is coming rapidly in front of us all,” she conceded.

“August and September, you do have to start laying out a plan if you are to be one to throw your hat in the ring, so that’s basically the timeframe.”

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Read More at The Hill By Christian Heinze, The Hill