Connie Mack to focus on “lockstep liberals” of D.C. in his Senate campaign | Naked Politics


Forget his Republican primary opponents. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, brushed them aside while talking to reporters Tuesday about his decision to run for U.S. Senate. His target, Mack said, is incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

“The idea that Washington will solve all of our problems is a failed model,” Mack said. “Senator Nelson has stood side by side with President Obama…and I don’t think I can say it any more clear than that.”Mack said he intends to focus on Nelson’s record of supporting the policies of President Barack Obama’s administration. He pointed specifically to health care legislation, the stimulus package, support for raising the debt ceiling and close relations to labor unions.

“The people of the state of Florida? What they’re telling me is they’ve had enough,” Mack said. “They’ve had enough of the lockstep liberals in Washington fighting for more government control of their lives.”

Nelson’s campaign had this statement: “There’s a dozen candidates on the Republican side and the primary isn’t until late next summer. In other words, it’s a little early to be talking about the election. Bill’s really just focused on doing his job in the Senate. He’s always felt that if you just do your job the politics will take care of itself.”

Mack also said one of the reasons he got into the race is because the polls he’s seen show the other GOP candidates running are unlikely to beat Nelson. Polls show he has a substantial lead over his primary opponents, Mack said — and pointed to one Rasmussen survey that has him ahead of Nelson. He also said that the year his GOP opponents have been in the race hasn’t eroded Nelson’s lead in the race.”They haven’t really been able to accomplish much in that year,” Mack said, an assertion that rankled with at least one of his GOP opponents, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, who was appointed to fill the seat when Mel Martinez stepped down.

LeMieux went on the attack, offering up a faux memo to Mack from Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino that outlined ways the Florida congressman could burnish his image for his Senate bid. The column singled out Mack’s pre-legislative career as a special events coordinator for the Hooters restaurant chain. He offered this suggestion to Mack: “You will be effective in a Democratic-controlled Senate, because you already know what it’s like being surrounded by a bunch of boobs.”

GOP candidate Adam Hasner also weighed in, with this statement from spokesman Doug Mayer. “Voters aren’t looking for another career politician who follows polls and is running for higher office just because he can win, or because it is easy,” he said. “They are looking for the candidates who can be trusted to do the hard things, take the tough votes, and stand up to the Washington insiders who are bankrupting our country.”

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Café con Libertad…22 de noviembre


22 de noviembre de 2011
Café con Libertad…22 de noviembre

Nuestra particular ronda exploratoria de la actualidad con noticias y artículos muy interesantes que Ud. no se debe perder.

  • AIG: El ex presidente de la aseguradora AIG, Maurice R. “Hank” Greenberg, “está iniciando una amplia iniciativa legal”, demandando al gobierno de Estados Unidos por decisiones que califica de inconstitucionales cuando intervino para salvar esta empresa.
  • Sanciones: “La secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton y el secretario del Tesoro, Timothy Geithner, anunciaron este lunes 21 de noviembre nuevas sanciones para Irán “contra individuos o comercios que brinden ayuda en bienes o servicios a la industria petrolera y petroquímica de Irán, y anunció una campaña en todo el mundo diplomático para alentar a los países a comprar productos petroquímicos de otros proveedores”. Ya veremos si sirven de algo estas sanciones.
  • Maestros hispanos: En este artículo se opina sobre la necesidad de más maestros hispanos. “Cada vez más estudiantes latinos, cada vez menos maestros: el crecimiento en el alumnado de origen hispano en Estados Unidos ha aumentado la brecha con los docentes que comparten su idioma y sus tradiciones y ha generado una crisis en la contratación de personal en las escuelas”. ¿Está Ud. de acuerdo con esa premisa?

Y para cerrar esta ronda, no se olvide de leer el artículo de la Campana de Heritage, “El debate sobre el gasto de defensa”, empieza la campaña de Navidad y “el próximo inquilino de la NASA en Marte”.

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New poll shows Newt ahead by 13 points in Iowa


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Dear James,Speaker Gingrich has surged to the top of the field of Republican presidential candidates, not only because he’s the most knowledgeable and experienced candidate for the office, Newt 2012but also because he has no qualms about standing up to the liberal media. That unflinching conservatism has resonated with voters, and we’re seeing support for Newt grow more with each poll. In fact, we got our most exciting news of the campaign when yesterday’s Rasmussen poll showed Speaker Gingrich with a 13-point lead in Iowa!

Newt believes it is absolutely necessary for presidential candidates to be thoroughly vetted and he is committed to answering questions from the American people openly and honestly. But there’s obviously no love lost between Newt and the media. He’s corrected their handpicked moderators at the debates, called them out for “gotcha questions,” and even highlighted their blatant pro-Obama bias. We know that they’ll try to twist his words and record. As we get closer to the Iowa caucuses, we’re going to see these media attacks become more vicious, and we must be prepared to continue to stand up to those attacks!

This is where the rubber meets the road. We’ve seen a number of candidates rise to the top of the polls only to be torn down by the media, but this campaign is different. We’re building up our grassroots infrastructure in the early primary states where retail politics is incredibly important. We’ve rolled out an aggressive online ad campaign, geographically targeting those same early primary states. And, most importantly, Speaker Gingrich is going to continue to stand up to the liberal media. We will not allow President Obama’s allies to dictate the terms of this campaign – it’s the voters who will decide who gets to take on Obama for the office of President of the United States.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Callista signs books at Hooray For Kids Bookstore
Saturday, November 19, 2011 — 2:00 pm
Hooray for Kids
1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free and open to the public

Newt participates in The Family Leader’s Thanksgiving Family Forum

Saturday, November 19, 2011 — 4-6:00pm ET
First Federated Church
Des Moines, Iowa
Click here for tickets and more info

Newt speaks at Rivier College
Monday, November 21 2011 — 9am ET
Dion Center Reception Room
420 S. Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 8am.

Newt unveils his plan to reform federal entitlement programs at St. Anselm College
Monday, November 21 2011 — 12:30pm ET
Institute of Politics
100 St. Anselm College
Manchester, NH
Free and open to the public.

Newt participates in the AEI/Heritage Foreign Policy Debate

Tuesday, November 22 2011
DAR Constitution Hall
Host a debate watch party

Newt holds a townhall in Naples, FL
Friday, November 25, 2011 — 5:00pm ET
Naples Daily News
Community Room
1100 Immokalee Rd
Naples, FL 34110
Note: Newt and Callista will sign books following the townhall. Free and open to the public.

Newt and Callista sign books at Books-A-Million in Naples, FL

Saturday, November 26, 2011 –11:00 am ET
Books-A-Million
9100 Strada Place
Naples, FL 34108
Free and open to the public

Newt particpates in Congressman Tim Scott’s First in the South Presidential Townhall

Monday, November 28, 2011 –7:00 pm ET
College of Charleston
Sottile Theatre
44 George Street
Charleston, SC
Note: Newt and Callista will sign books following the townhall. Free and open to the public.

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If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When? – HUMAN EVENTS | Ann Coulter


So now, apparently, we have to go through the cycle of the media pushing Newt Gingrich​. This is going to be fantastic.
In addition to having an affair in the middle of Clinton’s impeachment; apologizing to Jesse Jackson​ on behalf of J.C. Watts — one of two black Republicans then in Congress –- for having criticized “poverty pimps,” and then inviting Jackson to a State of the Union address; cutting a global warming commercial with Nancy Pelosi​; supporting George Soros​’ candidate Dede Scozzafava in a congressional special election; appearing in public with the Rev. Al Sharpton​ to promote nonspecific education reform; and calling Paul Ryan​’s plan to save Social Security “right-wing social engineering,” we found out this week that Gingrich was a recipient of Freddie Mac political money.
(Even I will admit, however, that Newt was great when he was chairman of GOPAC back in the ’90s with Gay Gaines at the helm.)
Although Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — the institutions most responsible for the nation’s current financial crisis — were almost entirely Democratic cash cows, they managed to dirty up enough Republicans to make it seem like bipartisan corruption.
Democrats sucked hundreds of millions of dollars out of these institutions: Franklin Raines​, $90 million; Jamie Gorelick​, $26.4 million; Jim Johnson, $20 million.
By contrast, Republicans came cheap. For the amazingly good price of only $300,000 apiece, Fannie and Freddie bought the good will of former Reps. Vin Weber​, R-Minn., Susan Molinari, R-N.Y., and Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.* Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., was even cheaper at $240,000.
[*Correction: After Gingrich admitted last week to receiving $300,000 from Freddie, we found out this week that it was actually closer to $1.6 million.]
So now conservatives shy away from denouncing these crooked organizations for fear of running into Vin Weber at a cocktail party.
Sorry, guys — on the plus side, you’re millionaires, but on the downside, you’ve earned the contempt of your fellow man.
The mainstream media keep pushing alternatives to Mitt Romney​ not only because they are terrified of running against him, but also because they want to keep Republicans fighting, allowing Democrats to get a four-month jump on us.
Meanwhile, everyone knows the nominee is going to be Romney.
That’s not so bad if you think the most important issues in this election are defeating Obama and repealing Obamacare.
There may be better ways to stop Obamacare than Romney, but, unfortunately, they’re not available right now. (And, by the way, where were you conservative purists when Republicans were nominating Waterboarding-Is-Torture-Jerry-Falwell-Is-an-Agent-of-Intolerance-My-Good-Friend-Teddy-Kennedy-Amnesty-for-Illegals John McCain​-Feingold for president?)
Among Romney’s positives is the fact that he has a demonstrated ability to trick liberals into voting for him. He was elected governor of Massachusetts — one of the most liberal states in the union — by appealing to Democrats, independents and suburban women.
He came close to stopping the greatest calamity to befall this nation since Pearl Harbor by nearly beating Teddy Kennedy in a Senate race. (That is when he said a lot of the things about which he’s since “changed his mind.”) If he had won, we’d be carving his image on Mount Rushmore​.
He is not part of the Washington establishment, so he won’t be caught taking money from Freddie Mac or cutting commercials with Nancy Pelosi.
Also, Romney will be the first Republican presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan​ who can talk. Liberals are going to have to dust off their playbook from 30 years ago to figure out how to run against a Republican who isn’t a tongue-tied marble-mouth.
As we’ve known for years, his negatives are: Romneycare and Mormonism.
We look forward with cheery anticipation to an explosion of news stories on some of the stranger aspects of Mormonism. The articles have already been written, but they’re not scheduled for release until the day Romney wraps up the nomination.
Inasmuch as the Democrats’ only argument for the big-eared beanpole who’s nearly wrecked the country is that you must be a racist if you oppose Obama, one assumes a lot of attention will be lavished on the Mormon Church’s historical position on blacks. Church founder Joseph Smith​ said blacks had the curse of Cain on them and banned blacks from the priesthood, a directive that was not revoked until 1978.
There’s no evidence that this was a policy fiercely pushed by Mitt Romney. To the contrary, when his father, George Romney, was governor of Michigan, he was the most pro-civil rights elected official in the entire country, far ahead of any Democrat.
No one is worried Romney will double-cross us on repealing Obamacare. We worry that Romneycare will make it harder for him to get elected.
But, again, Romney is the articulate Republican. He’s already explained how mandating health insurance in one particular wealthy, liberal Northeastern state is different from inflicting it on the entire country. Our Constitution establishes a federalist system that allows experimentation with different ideas in the individual states.
As governor, Romney didn’t have the ability to change federal laws requiring hospital emergency rooms to treat every illegal alien, drug dealer and vagrant who walked in the door, then sending the bill to taxpayers. (Although David Axelrod, Michelle Obama​, Eric Whitaker and Valerie Jarrett​ did figure out a way to throw poor blacks out of the University of Chicago Medical Center.)
The Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank, supported Romneycare at the time. The biggest warning sign should have been that Gingrich supported it, too.
Most important, Romney has said — forcefully and repeatedly — that his first day in office he will issue a 50-state waiver from Obamacare and will then seek a formal repeal.
Romney is not going to get to the White House and announce, “The first thing I’m going to do is implement that fantastic national health care plan signed by my pal, Barack!”
Unlike all other major legislation in the nation’s history, Obamacare was narrowly passed along partisan lines by an aberrationally large one-party majority in Congress. (Thanks, McCain supporters!) Not one single Republican in Congress voted for it, not even John McCain.
Obamacare is going to be repealed — provided only that a Republican wins the next presidential election.
If a Republican does not win, however, it will never be repealed. Recall that, in order to boast about the amazing revenue savings under Obamacare, Democrats had to configure the bill so that the taxes to pay for it start right away, but the goodies don’t kick in until 2014.
Once people are thrown off their insurance plans and are forced to depend on the government for “free” health care, Obamacare is here to stay. (And Newt Gingrich will be calling plans to tinker with it “right-wing social engineering.”)
Instead of sitting on our thumbs, wishing Ronald Reagan were around, or chasing the latest mechanical rabbit flashed by the media, conservatives ought to start rallying around Romney as the only Republican who has a shot at beating Obama. We’ll attack him when he’s president.
It’s fun to be a purist, but let’s put that on hold until Obama and his abominable health care plan are gone, please.

If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When? – HUMAN EVENTS.

The American Podiatric Medical Association reaches out to Hispanics | The Americano


"Your feet are a mirror of your health--especially when you have or are at risk for diabetes," said Dr. Michael King, APMA president. (Picture/www.dailymail.co.uk)

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Encourages Hispanic Health Awareness with “Knock Your Socks Off” Foot Care Campaign, Promotes Regular Foot Exams by Podiatrist to End Diabetes Complications.

APMA will host a “Tweet Your Socks Off” event on World Diabetes Day, November 14.

Because ADA data shows Hispanics are 66 percent more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with the disease, the American Podiatric Medical Association is reaching out to the Hispanic population during November’s Diabetes Awareness Month. During November, APMA is promoting positive foot care by encouraging people with diabetes to “Knock Your Socks Off” to counteract this attack on Hispanic health and to help save your limbs and life.

Lack of physical activity, poor diet, and genetics are all leading causes of type 2 diabetes, a disease that kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, according to the ADA. Each of these risk factors is especially high among the Hispanic population, the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S., which has created a perfect storm of diabetes diagnoses.

APMA’s “Knock Your Socks Off” campaign urges people with diabetes to take one
simple action to help avoid some of the most serious diabetes complications: Get
an annual foot exam from a podiatrist, as it can reduce amputation rates by 45
to 85 percent according to the CDC.

“Your feet are a mirror of your health–especially when you have or are at
risk for diabetes,” said Dr. Michael King, APMA president. “The ‘Knock Your
Socks Off’ campaign encourages people with diabetes to get an annual foot
examination by today’s podiatrist, particularly if you are part of the Hispanic
community. Getting a foot exam, along with maintaining a good diet and proper
exercise, is vital to staying in control of diabetes and living a healthy
life.”

According to the CDC, 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes have mild
to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which often includes impaired
sensation or pain in the feet. Severe forms of nerve damage can lead to diabetic
foot ulcers and lower-extremity amputations.

However, a Thomson Reuters Healthcare study showed the U.S. health-care
system could save $3.5 billion annually and dramatically reduce hospitalizations
and amputation if every American at risk for developing a diabetic foot ulcer
visited a podiatrist once, before complications set in.

To help spread the word about important connections between foot health and
diabetes, APMA will take to Twitter for a “Tweet Your Socks Off” event on World
Diabetes Day, November 14. Users can follow @APMAtweets and ask questions about
foot care and diabetes in English and Spanish, and have questions answered by a
podiatrist.

The Americano / APMA

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David Axelrod’s Pattern of Sexual Misbehavior – HUMAN EVENTS | Ann Coulter


Herman Cain​ has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago.

So it’s curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod​.

Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O’Grady, who is close with David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain’s personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA. And strangely enough, Cain’s short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently the only period in his decades-long career during which he’s alleged to have been a sexual predator.

After O’Grady’s name surfaced in connection with the miraculous appearance of Cain’s personnel files from the NRA, she issued a Clintonesque denial of any involvement in producing them — by vigorously denying that she knew Cain when he was at the NRA. (Duh.)

And now, after a week of conservative eye-rolling over unspecified, anonymous accusations against Cain, we’ve suddenly got very specific sexual assault allegations from an all-new accuser out of … Chicago.

Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod’s very building? Right again: Cain’s latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.

Bialek’s accusations were certainly specific. But they also demonstrated why anonymous accusations are worthless.

Within 24 hours of Bialek’s press conference, friends and acquaintances of hers stepped forward to say that she’s a “gold-digger,” that she was constantly in financial trouble — having filed for personal bankruptcy twice — and, of course, that she had lived in Axelrod’s apartment building at 505 North Lake Shore Drive, where, she admits, she knew the man The New York Times calls Obama’s “hired muscle.”

Throw in some federal tax evasion, and she’s Obama’s next Cabinet pick.

The reason all this is relevant is that both Axelrod and Daley have a history of smearing political opponents by digging up claims of sexual misconduct against them.

John Brooks, Chicago’s former fire commissioner, filed a lawsuit against Daley six months ago claiming Daley threatened to smear him with sexual harassment accusations if Brooks didn’t resign. He resigned — and the sexual harassment allegations were later found to be completely false.

Meanwhile, as extensively detailed in my book Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America, the only reason Obama became a U.S. senator — allowing him to run for president — is that David Axelrod pulled sealed divorce records out of a hat, first, against Obama’s Democratic primary opponent, and then against Obama’s Republican opponent.

One month before the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, Obama was way down in the polls, about to lose to Blair Hull, a multimillionaire securities trader.

But then The Chicago Tribune — where Axelrod used to work — began publishing claims that Hull’s second ex-wife, Brenda Sexton, had sought an order of protection against him during their 1998 divorce proceedings.

From then until Election Day, Hull was embroiled in fighting the allegation that he was a “wife beater.” He and his ex-wife eventually agreed to release their sealed divorce records. His first ex-wife, daughters and nanny defended him at a press conference, swearing he was never violent. During a Democratic debate, Hull was forced to explain that his wife kicked him and he had merely kicked her back.

Hull’s substantial lead just a month before the primary collapsed with the nonstop media attention to his divorce records. Obama sailed to the front of the pack and won the primary. Hull finished third with 10 percent of the vote.

Luckily for Axelrod, Obama’s opponent in the general election had also been divorced.

The Republican nominee was Jack Ryan, a graduate of Dartmouth and Harvard law and business schools, who had left his lucrative partnership at Goldman Sachs​ to teach at an inner-city school on the South Side of Chicago.

But in a child custody dispute some years earlier, Ryan’s ex-wife, Hollywood sex kitten Jeri Lynn Ryan​, had alleged that, while the couple was married, Jack had taken her to swingers clubs in Paris and New York.

Jack Ryan adamantly denied the allegations. In the interest of protecting their son, he also requested that the records be put permanently under seal.

Axelrod’s courthouse moles obtained the “sealed” records and, in no time, they were in the hands of every political operative in Chicago. Knowing perfectly well what was in the records, Chicago Tribune attorneys flew to California and requested that the court officially “unseal” them — over the objections of both Jack and Jeri Ryan​.

Your honor, who knows what could be in these records!

A California judge ordered them unsealed, which allowed newspapers to publish the salacious allegations, and four days later, Ryan dropped out of the race under pressure from idiot Republicans (who should be tracked down and shot).

With a last-minute replacement of Alan Keyes as Obama’s Republican opponent, Obama was able to set an all-time record in an Illinois Senate election, winning with a 43 percent margin.

And that’s how Obama became a senator four years after losing a congressional race to Bobby Rush​. (In a disastrous turn of events, Rush was not divorced.)

Axelrod destroyed the only two men who stood between Obama and the Senate with illicitly obtained, lurid allegations from their pasts.

In 2007, long after Obama was safely ensconced in the U.S. Senate, The New York Times reported: “The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece (on Hull’s sealed divorce records) later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had ‘worked aggressively behind the scenes’ to push the story.”

Some had suggested, the Times article continued, that Axelrod had “an even more significant role — that he leaked the initial story.”

This time, Obama’s little helpers have not only thrown a bomb into the Republican primary, but are hoping to destroy the man who deprives the Democrats of their only argument in 2012: If you oppose Obama, you must be a racist.

Seton Shrine – In Her Own Words | Elizabeth Ann Seton


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I will tell you what is my own great help. I once read or heard that an interior life means but the continuation of our Savior’s life within us; that the great object of all His mysteries is to merit for us the grace of His interior life and communicate it to us, it being the end of His mansion to lead us into the sweet land of his promise, a life of constant union with Himself.

And what was the first rule of our dear Savior’s life? You know it was to do His Father’s will. Well, then, the first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner He wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is His will. I know what his will is by those who direct me; whatever they bid me to do, if it is ever so small in itself, is the will of God for me.

Then do it in the manner He wills it, not sewing an old thing as if it were new, or a new thing as if it were old; not fretting because the oven is too hot, or in a fuss because it is too cold. You understand not flying and driving because you are hurried, not creeping like a snail because no one pushes you. Our dear Savior was never in extremes. The third object is to do His will because God wills it, that is, to be ready to quit at any moment and to do anything else to which you may be called . . . You think it very hard to lead a life of such restraint unless you keep your eye of faith always open. Perseverance is a great grace. To go on gaining and advancing every day, we must be resolute, and bear and suffer as our blessed forerunners did. Which of them gained heaven without a struggle? What are our real trials? By what name shall we call them? One cuts herself out a cross of pride; another, one of causeless dissent; another, one of restless impatience or peevish fretfulness. But is the whole any better than children’s play if looked at with the common eye of faith?

Yet we know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life, that He gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty. But we lack courage to keep a continual watch over nature, and therefore, year after year, with our thousand graces, multiplied resolutions, and fair promises, we turn around in a circle of misery and imperfections. After a long time in the service of God, we come nearly to the point from when we set out, and perhaps with even less ardor for penance and mortification that when we began our consecration to him. You are now in your first set out. Be above the vain fears of nature and efforts of your enemy. You are children of eternity. Your immortal crown awaits you, and the best of Fathers waits there to reward your duty and love. You may indeed sow in tears here, but you may be sure there to reap in joy.

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