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Senator Cruz returns to Texas welcome after shutdown battle – 8 minute standing ovation!

Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, returned home to a rousing welcome in Texas on Saturday after his attempt to derail Obamacare with a shutdown of the federal government led to sharp criticism of his tactics as reckless and futile.

“After two months in Washington, it’s great to be back in America,” Cruz joked in speaking to a crowd of about 750 people in a packed downtown San Antonio hotel ballroom.

Cruz was greeted with an eight-minute standing ovation in an appearance organized by the Texas Federation of Republican Women. People in attendance, many of them wearing red to show their support for keeping Texas a conservative-leaning state, lined up to greet him.

The speech and another talk earlier in the day at a panel in Austin marked Cruz’s first public appearance in his home state of Texas since his part in the showdown in Washington over the rollout of Obamacare that resulted in a 16-day shutdown of the federal government that ended on Thursday.

A related stalemate over the debt limit threatened to lead to a default on U.S. government debt until the Senate on Wednesday voted 81-18 to end the crisis and the House of Representatives followed with a vote of 285-144 to approve the plan, allowing government to open without defunding Obamacare.

Cruz in his speech in San Antonio blasted Senate Republican leaders for “failing to stand with House Republicans against the train wreck that is Obamacare.”

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The age of climate alarmism is coming to an end (Commietards Lose Another Fantasy Apocolypse)

Packed with 1,000 pages of peer-reviewed literature -- and then peer-reviewed again by NIPCC's team of some 50 scientists from around the world -- Climate Change Reconsidered II comes to the conclusions the United Nations is only now and reluctantly admitting.

You can be forgiven for not noticing that the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of its Fifth Assessment Report late last month.

The report landed with a thud, criticized and even mocked by many leading climate scientists. The distinguished science journal Nature editorialized that this should be the last report issued by the UN body.

This is just the latest signal that the age of climate alarmism is over. Given five tries to convince the world that human activity is causing catastrophic warming of the planet, runaway sea-level rise and various weather disasters, the public still doesn’t buy it.

We’re all skeptics now because the science simply does not back up the hypothesis. For starters, there’s been no rise in global temperatures for 15 years.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report concedes for the first time that global temperatures have not risen since 1998, despite a 7 percent rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

To put that into perspective, global human CO2 emissions in the last 15 years represent about one-third of all human CO2 emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and yet temperatures didn’t budge.

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The Tea Party’s coming vindication (Kuhner Sheds Light)

The debt deal simply hastens the day of reckoning

The conventional wisdom is wrong. The mainstream media — and their parrots in the Republican establishment — are claiming that President Obama decisively won the government shutdown battle. In fact, the narrative being peddled is that the GOP brand has been badly damaged, paving the way for a possible Democratic Party takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. This is puerile nonsense. Tea Party Republicans, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, may have lost the battle, but they are poised for a major victory in the larger Obamacare war.

Liberal pundits and Republican moderates, such as Sen. John McCain of Arizona, are blaming one person for the partial government shutdown: Mr. Cruz. They argue that for all their attempts to defund or delay Obamacare, Mr. Cruz and his conservative allies accomplished nothing. The final deal reopens the federal government until Jan. 15 and lifts the debt ceiling into early February. In exchange, no significant reforms or revisions were made to Mr. Obama’s signature health law. As for the repeal of the medical devices tax, a one-year delay in the individual mandate and an end to the exemption given to Congress and its staff, none of these proposals were accepted by the Democrats. Hence, the political and media class are convinced Mr. Cruz’s obstructionist tactics backfired, fostering the public perception that “right-wing extremists” have hijacked the GOP. Mr. Obama now openly refers to the Tea Party as a “dangerous faction.”

This is myth and propaganda masquerading as analysis. The legislative deal simply does one thing: kick the can down the road. Yet the same, enduring problems remain — the very problems identified by Mr. Cruz and Tea Party Republicans. America is sitting on a ticking debt bomb, Obamacare — the most destructive law in modern memory — is a disaster, and our ruling elites are incapable of reining in out-of-control public spending.

Ann Coulter Unleashes on GOP Consultants in New Book: They Make Money ‘By Losing Elections’

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Published on: October 18, 2013

I preferred a world where conservative writers and talkers could make arguments and toss out theories, while the Republican Party was responsible for getting our candidates elected. Chatterers could take dazzlingly outre positions without ever having to deal with the muss and bother of facing the voters. Our job was to change public opinion; Politicians’ job was to reflect it.

It’s easy to act on pure principle if you don’t have to win elections. Look at Barry Goldwater. He decided he had to be consistent, because if there’s one thing people vote on, it’s absolute consistency! In pursuit of purist libertarianism, Goldwater voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act because of its restrictions on private businesses. He then went on to lose in a 44-state landslide. (The above remark about voters demanding consistency was ironic.)

Republicans woke up, got their act together, and won five of the next six presidential elections.

Recently, however, some of us noticed that national Republican committees have turned themselves into a Get-Rich-Quick scheme for political consultants. Instead of winning elections, a lot of consultants were more interested in lining their own bank accounts. Consequently, instead of making carefree arguments about privatizing lighthouses, the conservative chattering class had to add “electing Republicans” to their resumes because the party organizations had stopped doing that and somebody had to.

So far, the results have been catastrophic.

Polemicists are terrific at changing public discourse. They’re great at introducing new ideas into the intellectual bloodstream. They’re very, very bad at winning elections.

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ILLEGAL ALIEN Heads Obamacare ‘Navigator’ Program in New York City

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Published on: October 16, 2013

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Above: Maria Marroquin: Illegal alien…and ObamaCare “Navigator”

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Americans were outraged after the Obama Administration denied access to the WWII memorial for veterans  - but allowed illegal aliens to hold a rally for amnesty on the “closed” National Mall.

Americans were also angered last week after the Healthcare.gov ObamaCare website, which cost $634 million to build (half a billion dollars over budget), utterly failed to work.

Now it has emerged that an illegal alien in New York is serving as an Obamacare navigatoraccording to the Center for Immigration Studies.

According to the CIS report, Maria Marroquin — identified as an illegal alien as recently as March 2013 — from Peru is also the “Health Education Organizer” for the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY).

ROC-NY is listed as a subcontractor for the “New York Health Benefit Exchange: In-Person Assistors and Navigators.”

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Author Ed Klein Claims Obama Aide Jarrett Is The ‘Architect’ Of Shutdown Showdown

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Published on: October 16, 2013
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President Obama’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett was behind a plan to force a showdown with Republicans over ObamaCare as part of a strategy to regain Democratic control of the House next year, claims author Ed Klein.

Klein — who wrote a provocative biography about Obama last year entitled “The Amateur” — said White House insiders refer to Jarrett as “The Night Stalker” because she is the only presidential aide who frequently spends time in the family quarters and dines with the Obamas.

Klein, who is conducting a research for a new Obama tome scheduled for next spring, called Jarrett the “architect” of Obama’s take-no- prisoners approach when it comes to his signature domestic policy initiative.

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thumbAfter Two Weeks CNN Reporter Still Hasn’t Been Able To Sign Up For ObamaCare (Video)

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Published on: October 16, 2013

Victoria Jackson: ‘Gay Rights’ is Trojan Horse for Totalitarianism

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Published on: October 16, 2013

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Brilliant observation by WND’s David Kupelian – The ‘gay rights’ movement is a trojan horse for totalitarianism. He explores this in the October issue of Whistleblower available here. A “Trojan Horse” is “any trick or stratagem that causes a target to invite a foe into a securely protected bastion or space.” (Wiki)

WND Story here.

David Kupelian says, “this particular issue – this revolutionary sexual anarchy movement, which more than any other ideology, including Marxism, Islam or atheism, has the potential of permanently corrupting our nation’s core ‘operating system’ called the family – is the one issue that almost everybody is afraid to confront.”

Breitbart told me, “There is no ‘gay agenda’. There is a Marxist agenda and they are using the “victimization of gays” movement to achieve their ends. Gays aren’t victims.”

I think everyone has an agenda. Homosexuals want their lifestyle validated. Marxists want to replace America’s free enterprise system with a totalitarian utopia. Globalists want a one world government ruled by an elite few. Islam wants the world controlled by Sharia Law. Christians are commanded to spread the gospel throughout the world, “to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Secular Humanists are looking out for number one.

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Mainstream Media “baffled” as French turn to “far right” (The New Nationalism Dawns in France)

French far-right Front National party President Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen acknowledge the audience at the party's summer congress on September 15, 2013 in Marseille, southern France

France’s mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party.

The ruling Socialist party and the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, face humiliating reverses in municipal and European elections next year if the FN can sustain its current standing in the eyes of an electorate thoroughly fed-up with record unemployment, rising taxes and a perceived increase in crime and insecurity.

A poll published last week suggested the FN could emerge as the best-supported party in the European elections with 24 percent of those asked declaring themselves ready to back the party led by Marine Le Pen, the daughter of FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

That shock survey was followed on Sunday by a spectacular victory for the FN in a local by-election in Brignoles, where FN candidate Laurent Lopez claimed 53.9 percent of the vote in a run-off against the UMP candidate.

“The left and the mainstream right are blaming each other for what is happening, but the reality is they’ve both been knocked sideways,” said Nonna Mayer, the Research Director at the National Research Centre CNRS. “Neither of them know what to do.”

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Cruz Outplays Pro-Amnesty Illegal Alien Hecklers at Conservative Conference

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Published on: October 11, 2013

I counted at least six times that hecklers shouted questions at Cruz regarding his stance on immigration. Each time, the senator had a response. Here were some of his best reactions:

1. “I appreciate you being here. If only the Obama administration appreciated the First Amendment as much.”

2. “It seems that President Obama’s paid political operatives are in full force today.”

3. “Is anyone left at the Organizing for America headquarters?”

4. “I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country.”

5. “You know what’s striking, actually? In the course of this brief speech, we’ve heard more questions than President Obama’s allowed in the last year.”

 

The crowd, chanting “USA!” and telling the protestors to “shut up!,” were clearly on Cruz’s side. But, it turns out this bold Texan didn’t need much backup.

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Mark Levin: NBC/WSJ Poll Showing Shutdown Has Hurt Republicans Is A “Fraud”

MARK LEVIN: And you see folks, they all look at this poll, this NBC poll, and this has been all over FOX News today. And unfortunately nobody there reads PJ Media or listens to talk radio or reads the internet, because the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is a fraud, an absolute fraud. Bryan Preston, he points it out.

A sharp reader caught a statistical problem with that much-cited NBC/WSJ poll that shows Republicans are getting whooped in the shutdown.

One-in-five respondents work for the federal government, twenty-percent of those polled. And yet in real life, eight-percent work for the federal government. And he points to it and you can go to the complete poll with the sample and the questions. From the very last page they of the breakdown of where these eight hundred respondents were.

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How To Secede From a State Without Really Trying!

Secession fever is spreading. In red and blue pockets of America, disgruntled residents are organizing efforts to split up with their home states, from liberals in southern Arizona to conservatives in rural Colorado and Western Maryland.

The biggest obstacle for these movements would seem to be the Constitution, which requires secessionists to get the blessing of their state Legislature and then Congress.

There might be an easier way, says Eugene Kontorovich, a law professor at Northwestern University, in a provocative post at Volokh Conspiracy. Rather than forming a new “51st” state, how about seceding to join an existing state?

“The Constitution’s requirement of home-state and congressional consent only clearly applies to the creation of a ‘new state,’ ” Mr. Kontorovich writes.

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The GOP is Winning (In Spite of Themselves)

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Published on: October 10, 2013

The Republicans are winning the fight over the government shut down. This, at any rate, is the conclusion that must be drawn from both the latest Associated Press poll as well as the terms in which it is described.

The headline of the AP article is: “Poll: GOP gets the blame in shutdown.”Yet in the very first paragraph, the very first line, it is said that while Republicans are being held as “primarily responsible” for the (partial) shutdown, “public esteem” has soured on every player in this “struggle with no heroes.”

In the following paragraph, we are told that, just as in 1996, Republicans “may end up taking the biggest hit” from this standoff.Immediately afterwards, however, the piece states that nine days into the shutdown matters are “fluid,” with “plenty of disdain to go around.”

One would think that if the GOP was really faring all that badly, then the AP shouldn’t have had any problem mustering up quotations from any number of people who would’ve been eager to have spoken to that effect. Yet the only two people that it quotes are Martha Blair, an “independent,” and Barbara Olpinski, a self-identified Republican. Both explicitly blame Democrats as well as Republicans for the current situation.

“Asked if she blamed Obama, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, or the tea party for the shut down,” the article reads, “Blair…said yes, you bet. All of them.”Olpinski is quoted as saying: “People don’t know how they are going to pay for things, and what will be covered.” She adds: “Everybody is kind of like holding their wallets.”

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Cruz and Lee Have Already Succeeded

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Published on: October 10, 2013

RUSH: So there’s Jay Carney out there saying that Obama’s happy that Boehner has offered a short-term extension of the debt limit.  And then he said that shut down over Obamacare is a fool’s errand.  Yeah, well, maybe from Obama’s standpoint, but if it hadn’t been for the effort to do this, we wouldn’t even be here now, and we wouldn’t have had a chance to expose Obama and the Democrats for who and what they really are, which is what this is really all about to me.

By the way, welcome back, folks.  El Rushbo here.  800-282-2882 the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.

Let me see if I can explain something else that’s been happening here in the past few weeks.  We have talked frequently here about the internecine battle among conservatives, Republicans and conservatives.  And even if you subdivide it further, Tea Party conservatives versus the people that think they are mainstream Kirkian, as in Russell Kirk or Burkean as in Edmund Burke, conservatives.  And as such that manifested itself in the Obamacare fight with two groups.  You had the Cruz and Mike Lee group, which was the defund. And then you had other groups that thought that was a mistake, and they wanted to delay. In the process of delay, if you could, for example, delay the individual mandate, you take the guts out of the whole law.

The delay group thought the defund group was a bit disingenuous because they didn’t think the defund group ever had a prayer of winning ’cause there was never gonna be the votes to override an Obama veto on it.  I didn’t get caught up in all that because the competitive nature of this and who is a real conservative is not of interest to me.  It isn’t.  But it is to other people.  A prominent media analyst, a conservative, sent me a note and he was livid.  He was fit to be tied.  He thinks Cruz and Lee are fruitcake nuts, and when he says so he gets vicious, mean e-mail from conservatives insulting him and calling him names and so forth.

And I said, “Gee whiz, is that the first time?”  I mean, the thin-skin nature or tendency of some people I guess surprises me, but I try to understand it all nevertheless because it all matters at the end of the day.  Now, I happened to glom onto the Cruz-Lee defund effort, and whether it had a chance of succeeding or not ultimately was not a reason to avoid it, to me.  I’m equally supportive of the defunders.  It’s not either/or, and the other side, the ors are my enemy.  I just don’t look at it that way.  Either one would have been perfect.  Anybody who is opposed to Obama is fine and dandy, anybody opposed to Obamacare, fine and dandy, whatever their reason.

Now, I understand that the delay conservatives didn’t like the defund conservatives ’cause they thought the defund conservatives knew that they didn’t have a prayer and that they were just using people to fund-raise. The delay people said that those people would insult them if they wouldn’t agree with Cruz, and then there would be threats to primary people out of the party if they didn’t express law — I don’t get caught up in all that.  That is too infantile to me and it’s a distraction to what really is important.  And maybe I’m the one all wet here; maybe I’m the one with the impossible task; maybe I’m the guy that’s got the impossible dream.

But for 25 years the purpose of this program has been to create as large an informed, participating, voting group of conservative Americans as possible, without any regard to how much money I make in the process from politics.  I don’t fund-raise, I don’t help people fund-raise.  That’s of no interest to me.  It’s all ideas to me.  It’s pure ideas.  I think ideas triumph, ideas trump, and if properly explained and properly persuasive, that’s ultimately where victory is.

I’m not a professional politician.  I don’t want to be.  I’m not intimately or intricately involved in the minutia of that.  I understand it.  I understand the people who are.  I respect it.  It’s their business.  But I don’t take a position here based on is it gonna help somebody fund-raise or is it gonna help somebody get primaried out or any of that.

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Obama’s 37% Approval Means Something!

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Published on: October 10, 2013

RUSH: So last night I’m watching Fox and the subject of Obama’s approval rating came up, the fact that it had plunged to 37%.  I said, “Okay, I’m gonna listen to this,” ’cause I had made mention of it yesterday.  It’s not being mentioned anywhere and it means something!  He’s at 37%!  It means something.  There’s a reason for it. And it’s an AP poll.  The same poll that Wolf Blitzer couldn’t get enough of when Bush was at 36% in 2006.

So I’m watching them discuss it.  Not gonna mention any names.  It’s not the point.  Not picking fights with anybody.  I’m just telling you.  So whoever was talking about this, the guest, member of the commentariat, “Well, it’s probably not that low, really. It’s probably an outlier poll, but it is low.  I mean, it is down a little.”  But then, this person said, “But this is not to say that the Republicans are not botching what they’re doing.”  I sat up and I said, “What?”  Kathryn was sitting next to me.  I actually shouted the F-word at the TV.  I said, “Shut… up.”  And I don’t do that anymore, folks.  I did that 25 years ago.

I said, “You’re doing a story or you’re doing a mention on Obama’s approval plunging to 37.”  “Well, it’s probably not that low, it’s a little bit,” and then you gotta rip the Republicans, you gotta rip Cruz, you gotta rip Lee. You gotta throw in, “It’s not that the Republicans are doing anything right here.”  You just had to get the establishment version of the Tea Party is dangerously off the rails here.  I don’t know.  It just made me mad.  I don’t know what else I’m trying to say.  In simple terms, it just made me mad.  They don’t understand.  Even the people inside the Beltway, ostensibly on our side, don’t understand what’s going on in the country.

There are clear majorities of people that don’t want anything to do with Obamacare.  They don’t like what’s happening at HealthCare.gov. They don’t like what they’re learning. They don’t like what they’re seeing about it. They don’t like the experience.  It doesn’t work.  It’s an invasion of privacy.  Hardly anybody in great numbers are signing up for it.  It’s an absolute debacle and the people in the country are hungering for somebody to represent them and do something about it, rather than say, “Well, it’s the law of the land.”  This is real life that we’re talking about here with real hard results on people.  If this thing gets fully implemented out there and people then start to be destroyed by this, they’re not going to just blame Obama.

At some point all of Washington is going to be lumped into the people responsible for this, because it has been obvious for the last month that there is a clear effort being undertaken to do something about this, and it’s also obvious that there is not a whole lot of help coming for the people who are trying to do something about this.  And yet massive majorities of people want something done about Obamacare.  It’s going to destroy things.  It’s gonna destroy people’s futures.  Not everybody, of course, nothing ever destroys everybody.  There will be people who benefit from it, and that’s gonna make people dissatisfied as well.

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