Wednesday, September 15, 2010

From Sea to Oil-slick Sea

From my "Do I Have to Read This?" Department, it appears that Dinesh D'Souza published an article in Forbes magazine, which was picked up by Newt Gingrich, who told an interviewer from National Review Online, linked to by Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly, that Barack Obama "may follow a 'Kenyan, anti-colonial' worldview." Got all that? It's a few too many degrees of separation for my comfort, but I'm not going to dig up the roots because the interesting thing is not Gingrich's claim, but a liberal commenter's reaction to it.
Oh, for pity's sake - what kind of history professor doesn't know what anti-colonial means?
The original anti-colonialists are the Founders.
America is a colony that defeated its colonial masters.
To be American is to be anti-colonial.
Avedon Carol at the Sideshow liked this enough to link and quote it. But it's wrong. The "Founders" weren't anti-colonialist, and to be American is not to be anti-colonial. Just because the creole elites among the English colonists led a rebellion against the Home Office doesn't mean that they stopped being colonists, or that they were anti-colonial. Though at times they appropriated radical ideas to win over non-elites, they were mainly interested in being colonial for their own benefit and profit. Having severed their ties to England, they proceeded to colonize as much of the rest of North America as they could.

It surprises me how tenacious this bit of American mythology is. Of course it's not limited to the US. Latin American "anti-colonial" ideology has also been the province, until fairly recently, of descendants of Spanish conquerors and colonizers; real anti-colonialism, exemplified by the Zapatistas in Chiapas and indigenous resistance elsewhere in the hemisphere, has not been welcomed either by the US or by its allies in the capitals.

The real joke, of course, is the enduring right-wing fantasy that Obama is a leftist of any variety. Far from exhibiting any "anti-colonial" sentiments (other than the safe slogans of American mythology), Obama has proven himself most willing to protect, support, and sustain our empire. This has even been recognized by some prominent right-wing journalists who declared recently that Obama is a neoconservative, of the kind who drove foreign policy during the Bush II regime. Their only serious mistake, shared by some of their liberal critics, is believing that this is a new development, that Obama recently "embraced" their faith. (Some recognized the affinity from the beginning of his presidency.)

Daniel Larison commented on D'Souza's article at The American Conservative, "That must be why [Obama] aspired to become President of the world’s remaining superpower and military hegemon–because he secretly loathes the exercise of Western power and wants to rein it in! It must be his deeply-held anticolonialist beliefs that have led him to escalate the U.S. role in Afghanistan, launch numerous drone strikes on Pakistan, and authorize the assassination of U.S. citizens in the name of antiterrorism." That shows a better grasp of Obama's Presidency than most liberals do (not so difficult, after all), though, being a conservative, Larison must also declare Obama "a thoroughly conventional center-left Democrat," apparently because he "favors raising taxes on wealthier people." I don't know how Larison squares that with his recognition that Obama "seems pitifully captive to business interests in the worst way." Maybe because Eisenhower and Reagan, whose administrations saw taxes on the wealthy far higher than anything Obama has in mind, were both thoroughly traditional center-left Democrats?

Southern Republicans party like it's 1865.


The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) held its annual fall Board of Directors meeting in Charleston, S.C. last weekend – a decision the organization is likely regretting after several controversial pictures from one of the meeting’s sponsored events began surfacing on the internet.

One of the pictures shows S.C. Senate President Glenn McConnell - who FITS readers will recall enjoys dressing up as a Confederate General – posing in his Rebel garb with a pair of African-Americans dressed in, um, “antebellum” attire.

The event in question – dubbed “The Southern Experience” – was held last Friday evening at the Country Club of Charleston. Hosted by the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women, it was included on the national conference’s official itinerary.

In addition to McConnell, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford attended (and spoke at) the event – although it was not listed on his weekly public schedule. S.C. Republican Attorney General nominee Alan Wilson also attended.

Invited speakers to the NFRW conference included U.S. House Majority Leader John Boehner, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Rep. Joe Wilson, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, former U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins and GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley.

Well see now we have all been wrong about Republicans being essentially racist.

They openly welcome the African America community into their fold.  Just so long as they dress like plantation workers and don't get all "uppity."

So now, after seeing these pictures, is it ANY wonder these Republicans are not exactly embracing the Obama presidency?  After all it is strikingly obvious, looking through the southern conservative prism, that HE does not know his place.  Now does he?

If you are interested in reading more about his gathering I suggest you click the link to FitsNews at the top of the page.

Video: Igor, Julia, Karl All Making Waves The Associated Press

These Boots are Made for Walking

By Rebekah Rast
The tea party movement is not all wild signs, balloons and rallies.
Many in the movement and other concerned voters are beginning to strap on their walking boots and get to work.

These folks are coming together and targeting districts where they want to see change. They are working towards a common goal—to educate voters about how specific Congressional action affects them personally.

In an interview with Heidi Verougstraete in the heart of Christiansburg, Virginia, she says, “We are doing the hard work of freedom. This is our fight for freedom. We don’t have signs or balloons; the way you change the world is at the kitchen table and knocking on doors.”
And that is just what various groups around the nation are doing.
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Article I of the U.S. Constitution

By Adam Bitely
After the Revolutionary War, the Founding Fathers were nervous about a strong executive. This can be seen in the way that they wrote the Constitution. Our nation’s founders decided to create a stronger legislative branch than that of the executive branch as established in Article II. The Founders intended the legislative branch to check the powers of the President as well as be a voice of all the people.

By design, the legislative branch is weak in the sense that there is no one person holding all of the power. The legislative branch is composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form Congress. Each state elects two senators and a number of members to the House of Representatives depending on the size of each particular states population.

Even further, the legislative branch was given direct authority over several tasks. The Founders did this so that Congress and the people would know the limits of its powers. They broke Article 1 into 10 sections that explicitly grant Congress all of its authority.
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What Americans Fear

By David Bozeman

According to Atlanta Journal & Constitution columnist Cynthia Tucker, Democrats will likely lose big in November because of “the elephant in the room” nobody’s talking about, that being “race, changing demographics, fear of a white minority.”

Liberals typically pull ‘racism’ out of their worn playbooks and expect to pass it off as intellectual engagement. Deluding themselves that they are the analytical ones among us, their tripe is impressing no one except maybe each other. And by the way, race is about all that liberals DO talk about!

Conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party activists and patriotic Americans in general have responded enthusiastically to the leadership and examples of Justice Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice, Alan Keyes, Michael Steele, J.C. Watts, Herman Cain (former head of Godfather’s Pizza) and others. Popular pundits/authors include Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, Star Parker, Ken Hamblin, etc. Americans of various ethnic and national backgrounds comprise the list of elected officials and candidates, so, nice try, Cynthia.
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The Japanese Have Done it! Kan’s Politically Savvy Move

The Japanese have finally done it! Yesterday, I wrote that “even if Kan was not actively considering physical intervention to weaken the Yen before the elections, he will have warmed to idea when he wakes up in the morning and finds USD/JPY trading below 83.
Warming to the idea was apparently an understatement as Kan woke up and decided that they have finally had enough and now is the time to intervene in the Yen. Prior to the DPJ elections I said Kan may intervene in the Yen to quiet local criticism and secure his job as Prime Minister. However I am clearly not a savvy politician as the smarter political move was for Kan to wait. With the DPJ elections now behind us, Kan’s government was able to intervene without it appearing to be a desperate move to hold onto his job.

Now that the central bank has intervened, the next question is whether their intervention will be effective and I believe it will - at least for the next few days. The reason is because this is a very monumental move. After crying wolf for the past few months by spewing out empty threats, the Japanese government has finally pulled the trigger. As you have seen today, USD/JPY had a violent reaction that certainly shook out a large number of shorts. This will make speculators more reluctant to load up on short USD/JPY positions going forward particularly since the government has threatened to intervene again if USD/JPY resumes its rise. Don’t forget that the Japanese government has MUCH deeper pockets than the SNB and the RBNZ who have also intervened in recent years.

In October we will find out exactly how much the Japanese government spent.

By Kathy Lien

French parliament bans full-face veil: Senate votes 246-1

France bans burqa ~ declares we have sensitivities too!!

PARIS: The French parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting wearing a full-face veil in public, meaning a ban will come into force early next year if it is not overturned by senior judges.

The Senate passed the bill by 246 votes to one and, having already cleared the lower house in July, the bill will now be reviewed by the Constitutional Council, which has a month to confirm its legality.

The text makes no mention of Islam, but President Nicolas Sarkozy's government promoted the law as a means to protect women from being forced to wear Muslim full-face veils such as the burqa or the niqab.

Once in force, the law provides for a six-month period of “education” to explain to women already wearing a face veil that they face arrest and a fine if they continue to do so in any public space.

A woman who chooses to defy the ban will receive a fine of 150 euros (195 dollars) or a course of citizenship lessons. A man who forces a woman to go veiled will be fined 30,000 euros and serve a jail term. -AFP

Kelly Rowland – ‘Rose Colored Glasses’

Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland goes 3-D in the video for “Rose Colored Glasses,” the Dr. Luke-produced single off her third solo album. Directed by Rankin (Kelis’ “Acapella”), the clip shows Kelly dealing with the pain of being in a relationship, set to vivid colors, unique visuals, and stunning shots of the Destiny’s Child alum against a background of flowing streamers.

“This video has been one of the best video experiences I’ve ever had,” she shares. “I’ve shot a lot of videos, but this one is probably the most intriguing because of how it’s shot, the lighting—everything is so detailed.”
“The inspiration behind the song is just my real life,” Kelly says of the Ester Dean-penned track. “It’s just so nice to express that emotion and get it all out there because everyone out there, I’m sure you guys can relate to the pain of feeling like a complete idiot when everybody’s laughing at you when you’re getting played by the person in your life at the time. And you just need to take off your rose colored glasses.”

Iverson’s Manager, Possibly Unfamiliar WIth Anything His Client Has Done Recently

The AP carried a report earlier today in which Gary Moore, manager to free agent PF Allen Iverson, insisted there was “legitimate interest” on the part of an unidentified Chinese team. Perhaps sensing a need to keep A.I.’s name in the papers, Moore continued with, “we’re very astonished, to say the least, that not one (NBA) team has contacted us with any interest. I just don’t understand it.”

At the risk of boring anyone who paid even casual attention to the NBA over the past few years, let’s review Iverson’s recent performance/conduct. In November of 2008, the Nuggets sent him to Detroit in exchange for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb. To say it was a one-sided trade is to give Joe Dumars far too much credit ; Billups thrived in his return to Denver, while Iverson bristled at being Rodney Stuckey’s backup and essentially quit on the team. A subsequent tenure in Memphis lasted all of 3 games played, as once again, Iverson couldn’t or wouldn’t adjust to coming off the bench. A return to Philadelphia saw Iverson leaving the team — citing his daughter’s ill health — after little more than two months.

Whether or not Iverson can still play at an elite level in the NBA is a matter for debate (one you’d probably lose if you answered “yes”). What isn’t a matter of opinion is that a player who at one time personified fearlessness has established a contemporary reputation for going AWOL when circumstances are less than perfect. After everything Iverson’s brought to the game since entering the league in 1996, it’s impossible to relish the farcical nature of his job hunt ; there will be obvious comparisons to Stephon Marbury, but the Coney Island product was never Iverson’s equal as a scorer or a competitor. But unless Iverson is willing to not simply accept but embrace a diminished role, an NBA roster spot seems unlikely.

Is Kevin Durant the New Face of USA Basketball?

seth-edward-oneal.jpgWithout LeBron or D-Wade, Durant doesn’t have much of a choice but to fill up the void those two left.

Dubbed as the next face of team USA Basketball, Kevin Durant downplays all the accolades as he concentrated for a gold medal this September in Turkey at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Durant, the 21-year old Oklahoma City Thunder star, is being hailed as Team USA’s headliner. “I doubt I’m the next face; I’m just another guy helping to bring a gold back to the U.S. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Durant said.

All of the 12 players who helped the USA basketball team win gold at the 2008 Olympics turned down an invitation to play for their country this summer. That includes most of the NBA’s biggest names like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.
“Those guys are superstars,” Durant said. “They are on another level. You can’t blame them.”

”USA across my chest was an automatic ‘yes.’ The chance to play with some of the greatest NBA players is going to make me better.”
That’s the humbled Durant speaking, almost as if he doesn’t realize he’s already a member of the NBA’s elite class. Durant led the NBA in scoring this year by averaging 30 points per game. He also finished second to James in MVP voting and made his first All-NBA team.

Durant has worked toward this summer’s opportunities since he didn’t make the Olympic team two years ago. He spent time in Las Vegas training with Team USA in 2008 but didn’t make Krzyzewski’s final cut.

“I wasn’t disappointed,” Durant said. “I knew I had to wait my turn for everything. Everything is not going to be just given to me. I’m going to have to fight for it. I made sure I did it and I’ve been working hard ever since.”

Durant’s dedication has paid off in more than one way. He recently signed a five-year extension with the Thunder that will pay him $86 million.

He silently announced the agreement through his Twitter account, which drew praise from many basketball fans disillusioned with the spectacle James made out of his free agency. In a recent ESPN SportsNation poll, 20 percent more fans voted Durant would be the face of the NBA in five years over James.

In the meantime, Durant is content leading Team USA. “It’s a lot,” Durant said. “Words can’t explain how excited I am to be here and represent my country.”

PA Homeland Security gave names of anti-drill activists to drilling company

Pennsylvania Homeland Security has been spying on anti-drilling activists, taking down names of attendees at meetings and even a screening of a documentary on drilling; these dossiers on peaceful protesters are then supplied to Marcellus Shale, a drilling company. The State Homeland Security Director James Powers justifies the snooping on meetings and information sessions because activists' "presence may spark something else. [I don't want to see public meetings] escalate to physical criminal acts."
Comparing himself to Tommy Lee Jones' character in the film "The Fugitive," Powers said, "I don't care" which side of the issue someone is on -- or if he or she is innocent. "My concern is public safety." However, the "intelligence" in the briefings includes lists of public meetings the state has determined anti-drilling activists plan to attend. 
"I find it kind of creepy that the state is compiling information on the innocuous activity of citizens," said Jan Jarrett, president of PennFuture, a group that has expressed concern about drilling issues.
When one of these intelligence bulletins was spotted on a pro-drilling Internet site and disseminated among anti-drilling activists, Powers sent an e-mail of reprimand to the woman who e-mailed it.
He mistakenly thought she was pro-drilling.
In the e-mail, Powers told the woman the "sensitive information" she disseminated is not meant for the public, but only for those "having a valid need to know."
He added, "We want to continue providing this support to the Marcellus Shale formation natural gas stakeholders, while not feeding those groups fomenting dissent against those same companies."

D.C. voters make a statement

 As predicted, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty took a pounding from voters in yesterday's primary election, losing to Vincent Gray who received 53% of the vote to Fenty's 46%.

The vote was as much a rejection of Michelle Rhee's top-down, divisive, anti-teacher school-reform as it was of Fenty himself. It came despite frantic, last-minute campaigning from none other than the Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan who has spent an inordinate amount of time recently, visiting schools with Rhee and Fenty, handing out obviously politically-motivated awards and grants, looking for photo ops and badly overstating the results of the Rhee reforms.

On the eve of the election Duncan told the press that "by any measure, by every measure, D.C. has made real and substantive progress" even though District schools saw math and reading scores drop in the last year--the very measures that Duncan and Rhee have put at the center of their reform.

But voters weren't buying Duncan's pitch and as a result, the vote represents an embarrassing defeat for Obama and Duncan and a rejection of their own Race To The Top. It should be noted that the president himself never endorsed Fenty and passed up several opportunities to speak out on the mayor's behalf despite Fenty's desperate plea for help.

Rhee's reform was also propped up with millions of dollars from power philanthropists like Gates and Broad who threatened to pull $75 million in foundation funding should Fenty lose the election. Pro-charter, pro-voucher, and anti-union groups like Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) also rallied behind Fenty and an anti-union film bashing the teacher unions and touting Rhee, Waiting for Superman, was released just before the election.

Fenty's only pockets of support were found n predominantly white, wealthier parts of the district where fewer voters send their children to public school. It was in the black precincts where Fenty really took a pounding. Gray even beat Fenty in his home precinct in Crestwood with 56 percent of the vote. According the Post,
...despite the mayor's frenetic, expensive efforts to promote his accomplishments in all eight wards, he was unable to reverse the widespread belief among black Washingtonians that he favored residents of predominantly white, wealthier neighborhoods. 
Gray did not directly address Rhee's future, saying only: 
"Make no mistake -- school reform will move forward in a Gray administration. And it will be done in a holistic way, with a strong, empowered chancellor who works with parents and teachers."

Reid Breaks The Republican Filibuster Of Obama's Small Business Jobs Bill

Prez pushing the small biz bill at a Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, NJ

Despite our disparaging remarks-- and fabulous picture-- about the Senate yesterday, they are all back in town (except Gregg who was presumably doing something in New Hampshire for Ayotte and Murkowski, who is still trying to figure our her future) and back at work. Priority #1: Obama's (and Barney Frank's) Small Business Jobs and Credit Act which passed the House on June 17, 241-182 (only 3 Republicans breaking with Boehner's obstructionist posture), and has been languishing in the Senate under a Republican filibuster, clearly motivated by a desire to worsen the economy to hurt Democrats' chances in the November elections. The filibuster was broken yesterday just before noon as George Voinovich (R-OH) and George LeMieux (R-FL) abandoned McConnell and his "Party of No!" obstructionism and voted with all the Democrats (including even Ben Nelson, as well as Lieberman). Reid pulled off the cloture victory 61-37. Interestingly, both of Maine's senators and Scott Brown (R-MA), who have prided themselves on sticking with more or less mainstream conservative principles as the Republican Party slid further and further into the abyss of extremism, voted to continue the filibuster of a bill meant to reinvigorate the economy and make sure small businesses could get credit and would be encouraged to hire American workers.

Earlier in the day Mike Johanns (R-NE) offered a cockamamie amendment to gut healthcare form. It failed 46-52, all Republicans voted for it, along with 5 ConservaDems, Evan Bayh (IN), Michael Bennet (CO), Blanche Lincoln (AR; a co-sponsor), Ben Nelson (NE) and Mark Pryor. It ostensibly addressed a redtape matter and Democrats tried addressing that too-- although, of course, the Republicans filibustered that to death.
Many Democrats who support repealing the “1099 provision,” which is named for the associated IRS form, panned the offset that Johanns would use to pay for the change.

The Democratic alternative would exempt businesses with fewer than 25 employees and would raise the reporting threshold for the remaining companies to $5,000, from the $600 under current law. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., proposed paying for the $10.1 billion cost of the amendment by preventing the largest oil companies from obtaining a 6 percent tax deduction designed to aid domestic manufacturing.

That failed to get through the GOP filibuster, 56-42 ConservaDems Mark Begich (AK), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Blanche Lincoln (AR).

Passage of the Small Business Jobs Bill has been Obama's top priority-- and, of course, derailing it has been the GOP's. The Big O yesterday after Reid buried the filibuster:
“Today’s vote brings us one step closer to ending the months-long partisan blockade of a small business jobs bill that was written by both Democrats and Republicans. This is a bill that would cut taxes and help provide loans to millions of small business owners who create most of the new jobs in this country. It is fully paid for, it won’t add to the deficit, and small businesses across the country have been waiting for Washington to act on this bill for far too long. I am grateful to Senators Reid, Baucus and Landrieu for their leadership on this issue as well as the two Republican Senators who put partisanship aside and joined Democrats in overcoming this filibuster. I urge all members of the Senate to support final passage as soon as possible."

Tea Party Multi-Millionaire Paladino Stuns N.Y. G.O.P. With Victory In Governor’s Primary

New York Times:
Carl P. Paladino, a Buffalo multimillionaire who jolted the Republican Party with his bluster and belligerence, rode a wave of disgust with Albany to the nomination for governor of New York on Tuesday, toppling Rick A. Lazio, a former congressman who earned establishment support but inspired little popular enthusiasm.
Mr. Paladino became one of the first Tea Party candidates to win a Republican primary for governor, in a state where the Republican Party has historically succeeded by choosing moderates.

The result was a potentially destabilizing blow for New York Republicans. It put at the top of the party’s ticket a volatile newcomer who has forwarded e-mails to friends containing racist jokes and pornographic images, espoused turning prisons into dormitories where welfare recipients could be given classes on hygiene, and defended an ally’s comparison of the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, who is Jewish, to “an Antichrist or a Hitler.”

Yet Mr. Paladino, 64, energized Tea Party advocates and social conservatives with white-hot rhetoric and a damn-the-establishment attitude, promising to “take a baseball bat to Albany” to dislodge the state’s entrenched political class. He also outspent Mr. Lazio, pouring more than $3 million of his fortune into the race, while Mr. Lazio spent just over $2 million.

“We are mad as hell,” Mr. Paladino said in a halting but exuberant victory speech in Buffalo shortly after 11 p.m. “New Yorkers are fed up. Tonight the ruling class knows. They have seen it now. There is a people’s revolution. The people have had enough.”

Referring to criticism from what he said were liberal elites, he added: “They say I am too blunt. Well, I am, and I don’t apologize for it. They say I am an angry man, and that’s true. We are all angry.”

Mr. Paladino, a first-time candidate who roamed the state with a pit bull named Duke and stayed late after campaign events to hug supporters, swamped Mr. Lazio by a ratio of nearly two to one, lifted by strong showings in Erie and Niagara Counties, where his message of economic populism was especially resonant.
His defeat of Mr. Lazio, 52, raises the possibility of a lopsided general election contest with Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, who has amassed a $24 million war chest and whose commanding lead in the polls has lent him an air of invincibility.

Still, Mr. Paladino’s unpredictability and devil-may-care approach to campaigning, coupled with his willingness to say almost anything and to spend millions from his fortune, could pose unwelcome challenges for the exceptionally risk-averse Mr. Cuomo.

Mr. Paladino’s platform calls for cutting taxes by 10 percent in six months, eliminating cherished public pensions for legislators, and using eminent domain to prevent the construction of a mosque and community center near ground zero. Those proposals could make Mr. Cuomo’s farthest-reaching reform ideas seem meek by comparison.

The sweeping agenda caught fire with Republicans, especially those far from New York City and distrustful of the party’s moderate wing.

“Grass-roots conservatives were energized in tidal wave proportions,” said former Representative Thomas M. Reynolds of New York, an influential leader in the state party. But more moderate Republicans said they feared that Mr. Paladino’s rhetoric could alienate swing voters and independents, and doom other Republican candidates in November.

At Mr. Lazio’s election-night gathering, just after Mr. Paladino’s victory was declared on television, gloom filled the room.

“We just handed him the governorship,” said Bryan Cooper, 43, a teacher and a Republican district leader from Manhattan. “We handed Cuomo the governorship.”

The victory capped a topsy-turvy race in which the Republican state chairman, Edward F. Cox, doubting Mr. Lazio’s chances, tried to recruit a Democrat to carry the party’s banner, but then found himself outflanked by an insurgent whom he and much of the party’s leadership had denounced.

A businessman who made millions in real estate in the Buffalo area, Mr. Paladino entered the race in April and mustered only 8 percent of the party’s support at its convention in May, after reports of his e-mails drew condemnation from Republican and Democratic leaders alike.

But with Roger J. Stone Jr., the flamboyant former Nixon operative, advising him, he circumvented the party leadership, petitioned his way onto the primary ballot by collecting 30,000 signatures and quietly cobbled together a coalition of disaffected groups.

Mr. Lazio, resting on double-digit leads in polls, refused to debate Mr. Paladino, seeing no gain in giving him the exposure.

“It was a clear mistake not to engage Paladino,” said John J. Faso, the Republican nominee for governor in 2006. “He allowed Carl Paladino to speak to the voters in 30-second ads.”

Mr. Paladino unleashed a barrage of direct-mail advertisements and cable television commercials, pouring $650,000 into his campaign the first week of September, and by the weekend, one poll showed the race in a dead heat. Mr. Lazio and his allies responded with last-minute attacks on Mr. Paladino’s fitness to be governor, but by Tuesday many party insiders were wringing their hands over whether Mr. Lazio had erred by not doing more to counter Mr. Paladino earlier on.

Both candidates mounted all-out efforts to get their supporters to the polls, with Mr. Paladino relying on a huge turnout upstate.

In Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb, Darryl Radt, who described himself as a regular primary voter, said he had come to the American Legion post to vote for Mr. Paladino “because he’s mad as hell and so am I.”
Ron Wojcik, 67, a retiree, said he was frustrated with Albany and Washington and wanted someone different. “I want somebody who’s honest and hasn’t been sucked into the system already,” Mr. Wojcik said. “The system always seems to change people.”

It is not clear how quickly, if at all, Republicans will unite around Mr. Paladino. In his concession speech, Mr. Lazio, who won the nomination of the smaller but influential Conservative Party on Tuesday, fell short of embracing Mr. Paladino’s candidacy.

“I am going to be part of the public dialogue,” Mr. Lazio said as some in the crowd fought back tears. “I am going to contribute to this effort.”

Democrats on Tuesday night were already discussing ways to exploit Mr. Paladino’s vulnerabilities, and they questioned whether he could truly call himself an outsider. They noted that he was a landlord for state agencies and had poured tens of thousands of dollars into the campaigns of Democrats and Republicans in Albany.

In his victory speech, Mr. Paladino alluded to the uphill climb he faces in taking on Mr. Cuomo and repairing the state’s battered finances.

“Tomorrow morning begins the toughest part of this campaign, the longest haul, the heaviest lift, and I am going to need every single one of you,” he said to a room that was a sea of orange, his campaign’s color. “We are going to have to work harder and fight harder than we have ever fought before. We are going to rebuild New York together.”

He demanded that Mr. Cuomo meet him as an equal. “I have a message for Andrew Cuomo tonight,” Mr. Paladino said. “I challenge you to a series of debates. We have so many questions to ask you, Andrew.
“Let’s stand toe to toe in an exchange of ideas and let the people decide.”

With that, Mr. Paladino’s daughter Danielle took the microphone and led the crowd in singing “God Bless America.”

September 15th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

Christine's Two-Fer: A Visibly-Unhappy Karl Rove And A Visibly-Happy Pam Scott-Paul Clarky...

politico - Soul-searching time: a GOP torn.

In the wake of Tuesday’s results, a state that would have almost certainly been a pick-up for the GOP is now likely to stay with the Democrats, making it more difficult for Republicans to win the 10 seats necessary to take back control of the Senate.
“We were looking at 8 to 9 seats in the Senate, we are now looking at 7 to 8 in my opinion,” said a visibly-unhappy Karl Rove on Fox News after the race was called for O’Donnell Tuesday night. “This is not a race we’re going to be able to win.”

Trenton City Council blasted over illegal immigrants, The Trentonian News Paper

TRENTON — A self-proclaimed community activist promised a fight Tuesday night when he accused city officials of taking it easy on illegal immigrants.

Daryl Brooks unleashed a torrent of complaints and alleged that Trenton police officers were soft on an illegal immigrant driver following an automobile accident yesterday.

“This is crazy,” Brooks said while addressing Trenton’s City Council. “Illegal immigrants can come here and do just about whatever they want. And we have political leaders allowing this to happen.”

Brooks alleged that police allowed an unlicensed and illegal immigrant to drive away.

“If I had been that driver then I would have been in jail,” Brooks said.

“We’ve got a real problem with illegal immigrants in Trenton but nobody wants to say or do anything about it.”

Carlos Avila, a former South Ward city councilman candidate, sympathized with Brooks’ position.

“I think Daryl’s frustrations are legitimate. Our immigration laws are broken and the situation as is affects a lot of people in this country. Darryl is incorrect to think that this is a local problem. But the problem must be solved at the national level,” Avila reasoned.

Avila agreed that illegal immigration puts many people at risk.

“Especially the illegal immigrant who basically lives in fear. People who are here without documents live in the shadows. If they see someone shot then they don’t come forward. If something happens to them, they don’t come forward,” he said.

Brooks promised to start a local version of the Minuteman Project, an activist organization of private U.S. citizens who monitor illegal immigration.

Co-founded by Jim Gilchrist, the group keeps a watch on the United States-Mexico border.

Avila said Brooks has every right to his anger but should support reform instead of retaliation.

“If he wants to start a Minuteman group that’s his prerogative but that sounds controversial. That sounds like let’s go to war or let’s bear arms. Or let’s take matters into our own hands. Violence will only create more violence and divide our community,” Avila said.

“It’s not resistance groups or organizations that will help or solve the problem of illegal immigration. We all need to work together to organize for change because it affects all of us regardless of race or political persuasion.”

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