Update: Scroll to the bottom for the disgraceful picture of the Empire State Building tonight.
The Empire State Building is a symbol of American’s strength and resolve. Though it was a great depression make-work project, its innovative design and speed to completion were fueled by the basic principle of capitalism—competition.

Described by the official website as “the center of a competition between Walter Chrysler and John Jakob Raskob (GM) to see who could build the tallest building”, the result was a 102 story building, immediately becoming the world’s tallest building for over 40 years and it was completed in only 464 days!

Yet the Empire State Building mocks capitalism and all the innovation and wealth it has created not only for the United States, but for the entire world.

The website goes on to boast:

From 1931 – present, the building acted as an “Ambassador to New York” to many of the world’s renowned political and entertainment figures, such as, Fidel Castro, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, The Duchess of York, Nikita Khrushchev, King of Siam and others.

You read that right, the Empire State Building is proud to list first and foremost, Fidel Castro as a “renowned political figure”. Apparently their list also would not be complete without Nikita Khrushchev.

Considering the Empire State Building celebrates communists, it should come as no surprise that this building that stood so long as a symbol of America, will light itself in red and yellow to honor the 60th anniversary of communist China today through Friday.

What a repulsive and sad commentary on our country that we are so quick to accept the brutality, poverty, and evil that encapsulate communism. That the Empire State Building, named after the once great state of New York, which also displays the Statue of Liberty, is honoring the legacy of Mao Zedong is unbelievable.


Source: Matt Donders

One of those op/eds that makes you say, “Yeah, what he said.”

Howard Fineman
The Limits of Charisma
Mr. President, please stay off TV.
 
Published Sep 26, 2009 (From the magazine issue dated Oct 5, 2009)
 
If ubiquity were the measure of a presidency, Barack Obama would already be grinning at us from Mount Rushmore. But of course it is not. Despite his many words and television appearances, our elegant and eloquent president remains more an emblem of change than an agent of it. He’s a man with an endless, worthy to-do list—health care, climate change, bank reform, global capital regulation, AfPak, the Middle East, you name it—but, as yet, no boxes checked “done.” This is a problem that style will not fix. Unless Obama learns to rely less on charm, rhetoric, and good intentions and more on picking his spots and winning in political combat, he’s not going to be reelected, let alone enshrined in South Dakota.
 
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First, Obama came for our banks, and we called him a socialist. Then Obama came for our health care, and we called him a Nazi. Finally, Obama came for our kids’ summer vacation, and we were silent.

Three more hours of school per day and only a month off for summer vacation.
Kids will coming home in the dark in the Winter not to mention the cut into after school activities.

I bet the NEA will be pissed.

Read about it here.

Come on, you know you’ve always dreamed of seeing yourself in a movie. Unless you work at ACORN.

Click here for more information on how to win a walk-on role in Christmas Jars, The Movie.

My office is full of eclectic curiosities collected from previous careers and travels. There’s a shellacked piranha from my trips to Brazil and a replica of a sign Ronald Reagan had on his desk in the Oval Office which reads “It Can Be Done”.

On one wall hangs a picture of the Lincoln Memorial taken at night with the following quote written on it:

I was born an American; I live an American; and I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard for personal consequences.

These words are attributed to the venerable lawyer and Massachusetts senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852). I keep this on my wall to remind myself that there really is something special about being an American. Since its founding some 233 years ago, no nation has sacrificed more for the freedom and well being of this world than has America. No nation has freed more people from tyranny and despotism than has America. For this effort we have taken no treasure and asked only for land sufficient to bury those of our countrymen who gave the last full measure of devotion in order that others might breathe free.

Daniel Webster understood this. Abraham Lincoln understood this.

Barack Obama does not understand this basic fact about the nation he purports to lead. You need not take my word for this supposition. Read just some of the reaction to his speech before the assembled dictators, thugs, and terrorists gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly. His speech – during which he saw fit not to chastise Iran but rather unload on Israel – was warmly received by the audience.

The One spent his time on the world stage apologizing for the past “unilateral” actions of his nation. I wonder if he’s given much thought about what kind of world he would live in had America been a little less “unilateral” over the past 65 years or so.

Leadership, Mr. President, is often very lonely. Had you ever been in a position where you had to make the tough calls and take the unpopular course of action, you’d have figured that out by now. Sadly, we’ve got to sit here and watch you continue to bumble and fumble your way through on-the-job training we can ill afford.

Where do I get my change back?

80% of what? SAG members?

Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell

The evidence has been mostly circumstantial until now, but in an exclusive photo sent to PD editors moments ago, the debate is finally put to rest.

Click here for the shocking truth.

Best Obama parody

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Obama and George Stephanopoulos couldn’t agree on the definition of a tax increase on ABC News Sunday morning so Stephanopoulos pulled out the dictionary to give Obama a vocabulary lesson.

Amid all that is happening with healthcare, a bill passed the Senate a week ago Friday that shows the true colors of our non-representation on Capitol Hill. S.1023, the “Travel Promotion Act of 2009” passed 79-19, showing very strong support by members of both parties. The bill creates “The Corporation for Travel Promotion,” to be operated as a non-profit enterprise. The CBO estimates that from 2010-2019 this corporation will make approximately $440 million.

This legislation, and our shameful lawmakers’ willingness to support such a travesty, demonstrates everything that is wrong with Congress and everything that is wrong with us for continually electing them.

Maybe at this point, you are thinking, “But if this corporation will turn a profit of $440 million over a nine-year period, what is wrong with that? That is a good thing. I would vote for it too.”
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AP: Huckabee is tops in conservatives’ straw vote

WASHINGTON — A straw vote suggests former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a favorite among religious conservatives to be president in 2012.

That’s according to a vote held Saturday at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington.

About one-third of the 1,800 registered attendees cast ballots indicating their preference among potential GOP candidates. Huckabee was tops with 28 percent of the vote, which the group calls a straw poll.

Four people tied for second, each with about 12 percent of the vote. They were Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

Those casting ballots also listed their top issues. They were abortion, protection of religious liberties, same-sex marriage and tax cuts.

It’s a completely predictable result given the religious crowd and Huck’s background. It’s also completely meaningless given that we’re still a year from mid-terms. Nevertheless, one can imagine Huckabee is smiling tonight knowing he beat his nemesis Mitt Romney among religious conservatives — again.

In the winter of 1921-22, the world’s sea-going powers met in Washington DC in an attempt to prevent another world war by limiting the size and scope of naval warships. With a few strokes of the pen, more naval hardware was scrapped or otherwise rendered useless than had been destroyed in any war. The United States did not lay another battleship keel for nearly 20 years – which meant the US entered World War II with roughly the same fleet she had fought World War I with.

When I was a younger man, I lived in the shadow of Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs. Not far from that mountain is found another mountain the bowels of which contain the North American Aerospace Defense Command, then known as NORAD. Everyone in town knew that our little corner of God’s Country was targeted by numerous Soviet missiles and that , in the event of a first strike we were figuratively and literally toast. There was, we were told, simply no way to defend against an inbound Soviet ICBM with MIRVs.

Even though the Cold War ended and was replaced by a few hot ones, the guys with the nine-inch foreheads and bulging pocket protectors still worked hard on finding a way to “hit a bullet with a bullet” in order to find a way to do that which was previously deemed impossible. Historically, Americans have been known to do that on a regular and recurring basis. These days we’re more likely to put our faith in diplomacy and promises of our opponents than in the capabilities of our own people.
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You might have heard there was a race for Governor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The candidates for that seat met in a debate yesterday where the Democrat candidate, Creigh Deeds set off a small media frenzy by pledging not to raise taxes, but vowing to raise revenue for a transportation plan. I predict great things for Mr. Deeds. If he can raise revenue without raising taxes we can fund everything under the sun. Free healthcare! Free cars! Free houses! Free money! The sky is the limit. I can’t wait to hear the details. Check it out below:

In the United States Senate we have a former professional athlete, a comedian, the guy who wrote the single bullet theory, and a whole heck of a lot of hot air.

So why not someone with a background in professional wrestling?

No, Jesse Ventura isn’t making a comeback, but his old boss’ wife, Linda McMahon, is running for the Republican nomination for Senate in the state of Connecticut. Linda is the wife of WWE (formally the WWF until some animal group from England sued and won name right for WWF) owner Vince McMahon. She is running for the chance to take on incumbent Chris Dodd, who the GOP feel is vulnerable.

My heart skips a beat at the possibilities of a campaign involving the world of “sports entertainment”.

The only question I have is what is more real – Pro wrestling or politics?

Tough one.

Big business taking advantage of loopholes or tax breaks in a way that hurts workers. The latest “Lost in the Sauce” comes courtesy of Treen aka “nonangrypoliticalwoman”, and ironically enough involves… well, sauce. In this case, it’s a giant British liquor company that makes Captain Morgan Rum:

With little fanfare, a deal is moving forward to direct billions in U.S. tax dollars to an unlikely beneficiary — the giant British liquor producer that makes Captain Morgan rum.

Under the agreement, London-based Diageo PLC will receive tax credits and other benefits worth $2.7 billion over 30 years, including the entire $165-million cost of building a state-of-the-art distillery on the island of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory.

Virgin Islands officials say the arrangement complies with the letter and spirit of tax law and will help the islands’ sagging economy.

Except that Diageo is moving to the lovely island of St. Croix and its “sagging economy” and leaving behind Puerto Rico, while leaving about 300 people jobless there.

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Check out the new DNC ad. Someone please clarify the point for me. The DNC is saying, “we’re no worse than Bush.” I must be missing something.

Per the Washington Times:

ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees “indefensible,” has suspended advising new clients as part of its service programs and is setting up an independent review to see what happened.

ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement that she was “ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review.”

I would expect this criminal organization to fold and open again under a new name in the future.

You no longer have any privacy rights if you enter Medina, WA

Under the “automatic license plate recognition” project, once a car enters Medina, a camera captures its license-plate number. Within seconds, the number is run through a database.

Next thing you know, we will be living in Oceania with two-way view screen state-run television, where the automobile manufacturing industry, the tourism industry, and the healthcare industry are wholly-owned and operated by the government.

There was a time in the not too distant past when the New York Times suffered from the delusion that people would fork over their hard earned or stolen cash for the privilege of reading the high minded opinion pieces written by the likes of Maureen Dowd. Those on the upper floors of the Old Grey Lady were shocked when the accountants told them only fifteen people had subscribed to the service.

If I exaggerate, I do so only slightly.

I’m not sure when the New York Times decided to let their op-ed columnists out of the basement and inflict them on the rest of us, but Lady Dowd has put up a real winner this week.

Here’s the long and the short of it:

If you are white, male, live in a southern state, and have the audacity to infer – directly or indirectly – that The One is a liar, you are a sheet wearing, cross burning, lynch mob inciting racist.
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A new poll from Investor’s Business Daily found that 65% if physicians oppose the “proposed healthcare plan”, 45% would “consider leaving [their] practice or taking an early retirement, and 71% believe the government is not able to cover 47 million more people with lower costs and better care.

One caveat to this poll, it was taken by mail, which is typically a less reliable source and IBD did not disclose the total number or distribution of respondents.

However, consider the ramifications of this data. If you think socializing healthcare with the current shortage in some areas of doctors and nurses would work, imagine if even 20% of doctors left their practice early. This would cripple healthcare in the United States. Our data would begin to look like Europe and Canada in this comparison:
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