Chicago police arrested WGN reporter Dan Ponce and WMAQ photographer Donte Williams Saturday, saying that they were “creating a scene” outside of Mount Sinai hospital.
The two were covering the fatal shooting of a six-year old girl and, though they were already across the street, the officer demanded they go another street over. When the journalists spoke to their rights, the officer replied, “Your first amendment rights can be terminated, if you’re creating a scene, or whatever. Your first amendment rights have limitations.”
When the journalists responded, “how have we created a scene? This is what we do for a living,” the officer replied, “Your presence is creating a scene.”
Ponce and Williams maintain that they never went into the hospital. Ponce elaborated on Sunday, saying, “What upset me about last night was this was not an active crime scene…This is in front of a hospital. The reporters and photographers were standing on the median sidewalk when the officer started yelling at us, telling us to get further away. We decided to take a stand.”
A police report says otherwise. “We removed two individuals from the hospital at the request of hospital security guards, who asserted that the individuals had tried to go past them into secure and private areas of the hospital. The security guards declined to press charges and the individuals were released.”
Though it is very possible that the journalists attempted to enter the hospital— their video appears to be selectively edited— does that warrant the police officer’s response, and his threat to “terminate” the first amendment rights of the journalists?
“The Road We’ve Traveled” is an Obama campaign short movie — or alternatively dubbed “docu-ganda” — that, to many, is a stunningly fawning 17-minute account of what the filmmaker posits are the president’s myriad “accomplishments” during his first term.
“Remember how far we’ve come,” opens director Davis Guggenheim’s film. Guggenheim, of course, made waves recently when he asserted that the only “negative” about President Obama is that he has too many positives.
But where does the title and theme for Obama’s mini propagandist piece hail from? Glenn Beck went digging and thinks he might have found the answers in a book from 1942.
First, a recap of the film. From the movie’s YouTube page:
This film gives an inside look at some of the tough calls President Obama made to get our country back on track. Featuring interviews from President Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and more. It’s a film everyone should see.
For reference, “The Road We’ve Traveled” is featured below in its entirety.
During his Monday morning radio broadcast, Beck reiterated an important observation he made last Friday, and discussed the uncanny resemblance Obama’s movie bears to a book titled, ”The Road We Are Traveling 1914-1942.”
Written by FDR-admirer Stuart Chase, the book focuses on America once it has dispensed with free enterprise entirely. Chase wrote that while he could call this new society “communist, state capitalist, or fascist,“ he preferred the more ambiguous ”Political System X.”
Read more here.
Peyton Manning will become the next quarterback of the Denver Broncos, barring a snag during intensified contract negotiations that have commenced under the instruction of the four-time MVP to his agent Tom Condon, according to multiple sources.
Once the Manning deal becomes official, Denver will try to trade Tim Tebow, according to sources.
Manning instructed Condon to negotiate the finite details of a contract that would conclude with him joining the Broncos after a frenzied but focused process that began when the Indianapolis Colts released him March 7.
Manning called Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway on Monday morning to tell him the news. Manning also called the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans to inform them of his intent to now play for Denver.
Titans owner Bud Adams released a statement Monday saying: “Obviously I am disappointed, because I thought we would be a perfect fit.
“Now that we move forward, I want our fans to know that our expectations haven’t changed — winning a championship is still the goal. I like our quarterback situation moving forward and we will continue to build the team through free agency and the draft with that goal in mind.
“I also want to commend Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. They were thrown into a very difficult situation. Matt was very good for us last year; and at some point, we expect Jake to be our future franchise quarterback,” Adams said in the statement.
A contract between Manning and the Broncos is expected to be a formality. Elway and Manning first discussed the parameters of a five-year, $95 million contract during their March 9 meeting in Denver, the first time the quarterback visited a team during his free agency.
Elway then told Manning during last Friday’s trip to Durham, N.C. — where the quarterback has done the majority of his training — that he wanted to finalize a contract “fair to both sides.” Neither side expects any hangups.
However, details such as guaranteed money, structure of the deal and contract language designed to protect the Broncos in the event of Manning’s inability to perform due to his prior neck surgeries all will be addressed in the contract, sources said.
Read more here.
I am declaring my candidacy for congress in the first congressional district in Maryland and I am going to run as an independent. Such an announcement naturally raises two questions. First, why would anyone want to try to get into a club whose approval rating is consistently in the single digits? Second, why run as an independent? I will answer each of these questions in turn.
First, why am I running? Several reasons. First, I am sick and tired of my government taking my money and using it to put me in a regulatory straightjacket. I am tired of being forced to pay for other people’s irresponsibility and immorality. I am tired of having my pocket picked to build my own cage. I am tired of listening to politicians and bureaucrats who think they know how to run my life, raise my children and worship my God better than I do. I am tired of hearing that everything that made America the greatest nation on earth is evil and that I, because I believe in the principles of our founding, of limited government, and individual freedom and responsibility, I am stupid, ignorant, bigoted and wrong.
But those are just my personal pet peeves. More importantly, I have three children who are nearing adulthood and I fear for their future. Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to drive to school or work because the government has made war on cheap energy? Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to buy the necessities of life because the government has destroyed the dollar? Are they going to be free to work when my and my parents generation has placed a crushing burden of debt upon them and made them slaves to the Chinese and Saudis? Are they going to be free when their dreams are put into the straightjacket of political correctness? Are they going to be free if they live the in fear that global jihad will come to their doorstep; or even worse, a government bureaucrat?
America; our ingenuity, our wealth, and our voluntary charity has been a benefit to billions of people. We have been the bedrock of freedom in the world for over two hundred years. We have been the best hope of mankind to escape tyranny, we have been the check against totalitarianism, we have demonstrated that when men are left to rule themselves, to reap both the positive and negative results of their free choices, a nation of unparalleled wealth and morality results.
If we lose our national soul, if we abandon our ideals, it is not just we and our children who will suffer, but we will condemn generations of people around the world to oppression and tyranny. We have been losing our spirit for decades and it is accelerating…rapidly. We defeated totalitarianism from abroad and are succumbing to it from within. We are suffocating inside the bubble wrap of a government that tries to meet every need and regulate every action and in the process we have bankrupted our nation and relinquished our freedom. If we allow this process to continue, very soon we we will lose all those unique traits that made us Americans and a blessing to the world.
Therefore, for the sake of my children and their future children, that they may have a chance to live in the freedom the great men who founded this nation believed in, I am compelled to do everything I can to give that to them. It would be the greatest honor if representing the first district is part of that effort.
However, I have no desire to be someone who just tries to stick his finger in the dike to stop the flow of tyranny, I am not interested in conserving the status quo. An individual and an campaign need a positive program for what they would do. In contrast to any other major party candidate you will hear, my platform is not based on how I plan to use government to “fix” our problems. Daniel Webster warned us against men with ‘good intentions.’ “Good intentions will always be pleaded for in any assumption of power. The constitution was made to guard people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men of all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” The “good intentions” of our politicians and bureaucrats have cost us trillions of dollars, given us a mountain of debt and destroyed our essential liberties. The fact is this. Anytime government expands beyond the negative-protecting only natural, God-given rights, and becomes proactive, when it tries to “do” something, it will always plunder one man to give to another and thus destroy the humanity of both men and the legitimacy of the government itself. “To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”.
To restore our great nation to its foundation, I have identified three areas that need to be addressed which I have written about at length in “Leave Me Alone; A Patriot’s Plan to Restore Pride and Prosperity in America.” Our great country is in mortal danger from three fronts. First, and foremost on the minds of many, is our economic peril-debt, deficits, spending, monetary policy, regulation, taxes, trade deficits, economic stagnation, unemployment, inflation. The second is our loss of American culture-multiculturalism, a lagging work ethic, gay marriage, abortion, crime, the celebration of immorality and the assault on religious liberty and expression. Finally, there are the threats from outside our borders-Islamic militancy and terrorism, illegal and unrestricted immigration, a powerful China and reassertive Russia.
The first two are problems we have created for ourselves by departing from the wisdom of our founders and the principles upon which our nation is based. To restore our moral condition we must once again embrace the only moral system for organizing society, capitalism. Capitalism is the idea that all of our interactions with our fellow citizens should be voluntary and that private property is sacrosanct. Government, in a capitalist system, exists only to protect the God-given rights of the people it serves. Therefore, it is immoral to use government as a mercenary to steal the property of our neighbors for any reason, no matter how noble it may sound. Not for our food, not for our housing needs, not for our education, not for our retirement, not for our health care. The necessities of our lives are our responsibility, not our neighbor’s, and a just government exists only to ensure we have the liberty to pursue what we determine is the most pleasant way to fulfill those responsibilities without infringing on the rights of our neighbors to do the same. In reality, capitalism produces the society we all idealize; a prosperous, charitable, moral and religious society where each man is responsible for his own life and enjoys the fruits of his own labor. It was our nation before big government.
The idea that the state is the be all and end all destroys our humanity, it puts our lives in the straightjacket of government acceptability where someone other than ourselves determines the scope and feasibility of our lives and dreams. That is wrong, it is immoral and we need to change it. In America, of all places on the earth, we are to be all we can be, realize our full potential, take risks and reap the rewards of a full life. We can’t do that when we need to apply for a government permit for every activity, perform an environmental impact study for every undertaking, pay for the privilege of pursuing every endeavor and ask the government if our dreams are politically correct. It is up to our fellow man to determine the worth of our endeavors through their free acceptance or rejection and it is up to us to measure the value of our lives and ideals. Free men and women acting in their own interest with respect for the rights of their neighbors is what made our nation great and will once again.
The most severe assault on our economic well being is the existence of the Federal Reserve Bank. The idea that a private corporation of unelected bureaucrats, with the blessing of our representative government, has the power to determine the direction of our economy by manipulating the value of its most fundamental element, our money, is anathema to the liberty of the individual and the health of the republic. It is the Fed’s ability to legally counterfeit money that has allowed our government to grow beyond all bounds reasonably constrained through taxation and borrowing. It is the Fed’s intervention in the market that causes the severe swings in the business cycle. It is the inflation caused by the Fed that impoverishes us through that hidden tax and prompts us to put our money in banks and the stock market for the benefit of the banking cartel that created the Fed. It is the Fed that exacerbates our trade deficits. It does all this in secrecy without oversight for the benefit of government and the banking cartels. This must end, the Fed must end. Only by returning to sound money and transparent free market banking will consistent, long term prosperity return to the people of America.
Finally, we face external threats in an increasingly dangerous world. This is not new, of course. From the conflicts with the British Empire in the first half century of our founding to an aggressive Soviet Union spreading the tyranny of communism throughout most of the twentieth century, there have always been enemies outside our borders regardless of our desire to live at peace with all. A resurgent, militant Islam is this century’s ideological totalitarianism bent on world domination and it needs to be recognized as such. Why did the communists hate us, why does every tin pot dictator rail against America, why do the Muslim militants despise us? Because the health and prosperity of a free people is a black eye to every totalitarian who wants to convince his miserable slaves that he knows what is best for them, that his way is the only way to happiness. For almost two hundred years we defeated every challenge to our sovereignty and identity. It was not only a question of military superiority, unquestioned today but non-existent in our early years. It was even more so a result of our strong cultural identity, the belief in the morality of, and the divine blessing on, our noble experiment.
In the 1960’s we began to lose that and have allowed the “elites” in our nation and government to convince us that our enemies are right, that our nation is responsible for all the evil in the world because we are racist, homophobic, sexist, slave owning, money grubbing, warmonger imperialists. Relativism and multiculturalism are trying to persuade us all that our culture of freedom founded on Judeo-Christian morality is no better than the brutal atheistic communism of Stalin, the murderous genocide of innumerable dictators or the barbarity of the “Religion of Peace”. America became great because America was good. Not perfect, but very good. However, we are losing the strength of our virtue, which is a culture of a free people based on Judeo-Christian principles. We have diluted our culture through unrestricted legal and illegal immigration from third world nations and those of our enemies, we have degraded our culture through the government’s enforcement of political correctness and multiculturalism in our schools, workplaces and political institutions and have destroyed the American spirit through the welfare state. We have put ourselves at the mercy of those who desire us harm through energy dependence and debt. We have abused our military and our national good will through military adventurism and misguided attempts at nation building. If the America we know is going to survive, we must treat the threat of Islam, which has been at war with the West for over a millenium, as the most serious since communism. We must get our fiscal house in order, control the border, maintain military superiority and stop attacking our own culture and lying about our own history. It is this that will ensure a free nation for our children.
You may agree with a lot of what I have said so far, maybe most of it. You may be asking, why can’t we have courageous people in Washington or at all levels of government with ideals, clarity, courage and common sense. Because the system is rigged against it. Because the two parties we currently have exist for the purpose of acquiring and expanding government power. Because the mindset of every major party politician and appointed bureaucrat assumes that government is good and can solve all our problems even if one of those problems is a lack of liberty. Government, by definition, is the greatest threat to freedom; it is foolishness to believe that by using government, adopting some new policy, trying some new program, government will restore what government, by definition, is designed to take. In the last twenty years we have seen rule solely by Democrats under Clinton and Obama, solely by Republicans under Bush, and split or shared rule under both. No matter what, government has gotten bigger and more intrusive, debt has increased, freedom has retreated and our standard of living diminished. The only way this is going to change is to stop supporting our current masters, to stop voting for the lesser of two evils, and to have the courage to support men and women who truly believe that liberty, not government, is the answer-economically and morally.
In the first district we have a unique opportunity to make a national statement. We could vote Mr. Harris back into office or replace him with a Democrat and nothing is going to change. Two years from now we will be a couple trillion deeper in debt, government will be bigger, corruption more widespread, our freedom will have retreated further and the parties in power will remain secure and complacent in their position. Or we could stand up and say “NO MORE” and elect an independent not beholden to the parties or special interests, whose only passion is to protect the liberty of those he is elected to serve. I have no desire to make a career out of organizing, directing, ruling or plundering society. I don’t want to reform, conserve or “fix” anything; I want to dismantle. I, like you, want government to stay out of my life and my pocket; I want to be left alone. If the first district rejects the status quo of the two parties and the edifice of power they have created, we will have cracked the wall for the first time. We will have shown that it can be done, that even a rigged system can be overcome by determined voters. We will give courage to other candidates and other voters in districts all over the country and two years from now there will be others. And then we will begin to tear down the monstrosity on the Potomac that has for too long stolen our money and freedom. If we muster the courage to step outside convention, if we believe liberty is worth the pledge of our lives, fortunes and sacred honor, if we believe in ensuring a free America for our children, we can be the tip of the spear, we can make history.
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A married father of three has been charged with disorderly conduct after offering two girls a ride home during a snowstorm in suburban Chicago. Though he maintains that it is all a misunderstanding, he faces a $750 fine if convicted.
Rodney Peterson said that on March 2, after getting gas, “I just noticed these girls, that they had no umbrella, no coats or hood or something of that nature and I just felt like I should help.” He said he rolled down his window, asked if they needed a ride, and after one of the girls said “We’re OK,” he continued driving.
Peterson said he thought nothing of it until three days later, when the police came knocking. According to the CBS 2 report, Peterson listened in disbelief as he was told that the girls had reported their encounter, and he was being charged with disorderly conduct for alarming and disturbing the girls.
Police maintain that if Peterson was worried about the welfare of the girls, he should have called 911.
Peterson wrote of the event in the Arlington Cardinal:
After I received the ticket for Disorderly Conduct I asked what I should do since I am innocent in the matter, was there anything that I could do… The officer almost mockingly replied that so long as I had a clear [conscience] with my maker that I would be fine. I explained the entire situation to my pregnant wife, my 10yr old son, my 7yr old and 4yr old daughters. I am very frustrated that in attempting to do something good for someone I am now accused of something very dark, evil and sinister, I do however understand the concerns of the parents and school as I would do the same if I thought my children were at risk, also I applaud the two girls for their quick thinking, I unfortunately failed to see the trouble my good intention would cause, my sincere apologies to the two teenage girls, their parents and the local school involved, you however can rest assured that this was a huge misunderstanding and that the girls were at absolutely no risk whatsoever.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson told shock jock Howard Stern Tuesday that she’s pulling for Barack Obama to be reelected.
HOWARD STERN: Who should be the next President of the United States Elle MacPherson, go ahead.
ELLE MACPHERSON: I think Obama’s going to do it.
STERN: You like Obama?
MACPHERSON: Yeah, I’m living in London and I’m socialist. What do you expect?
STERN: And you’re living in London and you sense what other foreigners feel. Do they like him?
MACPHERSON: I think foreigners like him. He’s very popular.
STERN: Don’t we look good having a black president and everything? Makes us kind of cool.
MACPHERSON: I think it’s more about his policy. But you know there are I understand that there are a lot of people who don’t, you know, don’t want change. “We want change. We want change.” And he says, “I’ll implement change,” and you go, “Oh, actually, I don’t bleeping feel like I want change. It’s too difficult.”
And Obama’s media wonder why folks think he’s a socialist.
Dear President Obama,
You don’t know my telephone number, but I hope your staff is busy trying to find it. Ever since you called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, I figured I might be next. You explained to reporters you called her because you were thinking of your two daughters, Malia and Sasha. After all, you didn’t want them to think it was okay for men to treat them that way:
“One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” you said. “I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”
And I totally agree your kids should be able to speak their minds and engage the culture. I look forward to seeing what good things Malia and Sasha end up doing with their lives.
But here’s why I’m a little surprised my phone hasn’t rung. Your $1,000,000 donor Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family. He’s made fun of my brother because of his Down’s Syndrome. He’s said I was “f—-d so hard a baby fell out.” (In a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book, which tells about the forgiveness and redemption I’ve found in God after my past – very public — mistakes.)
If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you. After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager. That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom — you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.
Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you. Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.
What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women… even if they’re just single moms? Even if they’re Republicans?
I’m not expecting your SuperPAC to return the money. You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency. I’m not even really expecting a call. But would it be too much to expect a little consistency? After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals.
It’s supposed to be Old Glory — a symbol of American pride and patriotism. So why has the New York Post dubbed one American flag flying over a Harlem, NY public school the “star-mangled banner?” Take a look: