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The Southern Poverty Law Center Smears Again

Robert Stacy McCain, writing for the American Spectator, discloses a report (pdf) by the Center of Immigration Studies that documents the bias of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC has set its sights on the immigration reform group FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) by — you guessed — classifying it as a hate group.

Oddly enough, this condemnation came at the behest of the National Council of La Raza, a far-left Hispanic group which often employs racist rhetoric and supports hate speech legislation and amnesty for illegal aliens. The president of NCLR was personally involved in the SPLC’s campaign.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been involved in other efforts to portray any conservative group as hateful and racist, and ties such groups with extremist militia and racist groups despite all evidence to the contrary. The SPLC has a history of trumping up claims of racism and “hate speech” among right-wing groups while ignoring racially motivated rhetoric, terrorism, and violence on the left. That this group is often cited as an authority of “hate groups” is an affront to serious journalism.

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Reconciliation, Deem-and-Pass, the CBO, and Obamacare Smackdown

There’s just so much juicy stuff on Obamacare out there, I don’t know where to begin.

Let’s start by looking at that CBO report on Obamacare, and what Obamacare will actually cost. Kevin Glass at Townhall brings up some of the budgetary manipulations that were used in the CBO report to make Obamacare look better than it is: Read the rest of this entry »

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War on the Establishment Media and the Deification of Obama

Quinn Hillyer at the American Spectator calls for an all-out war on the mainstream media. The main point of contention here is an LA Times article attacking Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for her political activism, apparently on the grounds that her activities constitute some kind of conflict of interest for Justice Thomas. Andy McCarthy at the National Review Online takes a pretty aggressive tone against the LA Times, and Hillyer supports his position. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tea Parties and Social Coservatism

The Politico has a column discussing the libertarian streak in the Tea Party movement and how it relates to socially conservative groups, especially religious groups, that may feel that their concerns are being ignored.

A reeling economy and the massive bank bailout and stimulus plan were the triggers for a resurgence in support for the Republican Party and the rise of the tea party movement. But they’ve also banished the social issues that are the focus of many evangelical Christians to the background. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Grasshopper and the Ants

From Joeseph Shattan at the American Thinker: Atlas Shrugged, but with bugs.

The ants convened a meeting of their Council to decide what to do. On the one hand, they felt a certain responsibility for the grasshopper and his huge brood; on the other hand, feeding 10,000 growing grasshoppers could make a serious dent in their winter provisions.

Finally, one Council member had a brilliant idea. “Let’s just take some food from the hardest-working ants. They’ve got more than enough, and won’t mind sharing their good fortune with the needy grasshoppers.”

The Council-of-Ants thought this was a splendid plan, and quickly acted on it. As a result, the grasshoppers survived the winter, the ants congratulated themselves on their compassion, and hardly anyone noticed that the hardest-working ants, whose food had been seized, left the nest in disgust.

Read the whole thing here.

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Eric Massa Framed?

Politico is reporting that the Democratic Representative from New York, Eric Massa, who recently announced his intention to resign amidst a sexual harrassment charge from a male staffer, is now claiming that the investigation was set up by the Obama administration because Massa didn’t vote for Obamacare. Read the rest of this entry »

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Libertarian Groups Tied to Militias

Robert Stacy McCain at the American Spectator carries a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on an increase in “Patriot groups” which include “militias.”

But last year, as noted in the SPLC’s August report, “The Second Wave: Return of the Militias,” a dramatic resurgence in the Patriot movement and its paramilitary wing, the militias, began. Now, the latest SPLC count finds that an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) — a 244% jump.

Ooh, doesn’t that sound scary? The SPLC report ties these Patriot groups and militias together with neo-nazi and other “extreme right-wing” hate groups, spouting hate, racism, and “anti-immigrant” rhetoric. Left-wing sources such as the Huffington Post have latched on to this story, going on to blame figures like Glenn Beck for fanning the flames of conspiracy theories which draw people to these groups. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rebranding ACORN

I haven’t really commented on the fact that ACORN is dissolving itself as a national structure, mostly because it’s been covered much more thoroughly elsewhere. Naturally, the national media have been fairly silent on the matter, but given their history of covering for ACORN related scandals I don’t think anyone should be surprised that they wouldn’t cover ACORN breaking apart so that its local chapters can distance themselves from the corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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Half the Service at Twice the Price

Ralph Reiland at the American Spectator takes a look at the promises made by Obamacare as far as cost versus service, and compares them to the cost estimates of other government programs. The outlook is not too good, as every government programs in history has drastically exceeded its cost estimates and generally performed far poorer than expected. And the more grand scale the social engineering plan, the more dramatic the failure, and the harder it is to reform or kill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Originalism

Robert VerBruggen at The American Spectator features an article on judicial conservatism and originalism. Excerpts:

A “conservative” judge is not one who always votes to uphold conservative laws and to strike down liberal ones. Rather, when observers call a judge “conservative,” they typically mean that he is to some degree an originalist. That is, he believes that laws have reasonably definite meanings, set by the words within them, and that these meanings do not change over time. Originalists do not believe that the Constitution is “living,” and most originalists agree that judges should avoid looking beyond the text of enacted laws, except to learn the context and meaning of the laws themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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