Wednesday, March 27, 2013

China and Russia Relations Reach New Heights

With new Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the Kremlin, China and Russia relations are dramatically improving. Should the West be concerned?

Meet Xi Jinping. On March 14, he became the official President of the People’s Republic of China. The son of a communist veteran, Jinping has ridden the elevator to the top of the political food chain in China within a handful of years.

Last week, Jinping chose the city of Moscow as the destination for his first foreign visit as China’s new leader. As he told a group of reporters gathered in Moscow, his selection of the Kremlin as his first official trip abroad is a “testimony to the great importance China places on its relations with Russia.”

Indeed, China and Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, share a deeply strategic political and economic partnership. Their immediate goal is further economic integration and cooperation. Together, they compose a formidable foe against Washington’s often imperialistic foreign policy. Both nations have publicly disagreed with the West’s attempts to increase sanctions against Iran, Syria, and North Korea. The two countries have often stood together in defiance at the United Nations Security Council against measures they perceive to be part of a larger ‘Western agenda.’ [more...]

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

3-26-13 Expert Guests for Your Show

1. Joseph Klein: An Undeserved Apology to Islamist Turkey
2. Dave Bego: Time for Republicans to Go On the Offensive
3. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.: 'The Gatekeepers' - Voices from Israel Giving Warnings for the Future?
4. Kyle Olson: Teachers Using Social Media to Sexually Seduce Students

An Undeserved Apology to Islamist Turkey

Thanks to President Obama, Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan extorted an undeserved apology from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in return for promising to restore normalized diplomatic relations with Israel and dropping trumped up charges against Israeli military personnel. After exacting his pound of flesh, Erdogan then began to backtrack on both of his own promises. [more...]

Time for Republicans to Go On the Offensive

During my recent trip to Washington, D.C. I was asked to speak to the Republican Whip Committee, a group of approximately 50 Republican U.S. House members charged with the responsibility of preparing and securing support for passage of "priority" legislation. I used this time to provide the Whip Committee with the background of my battle against the SEIU and the tactics the SEIU utilized against my company, employees, customers and family, and then drew the parallel to the tactics utilized by the current Administration and the Democratic Party to push forward their progressive agenda. I concluded by encouraging the Committee to adopt the tactics that led us to victory - to go on the offensive; to make the opponent defend its lies; and to expose the misinformation, propaganda, coercion, intimidation and diversion tactics utilized to achieve their goals. [more...]

'The Gatekeepers' - Voices from Israel Giving Warnings for the Future?

'The Gatekeepers,' a new documentary movie by Dror Moreh, provides haunting one-on-one interviews with each of the six surviving former heads of Shin Bet who nearly consecutively ran the secretive, counterterrorist Israeli security service from 1980 to 2011. While these former heads of the Shin Bet all agree that the fight against terrorism is a necessary and righteous one, their interviews in this film are disturbing yet honest musings. And they shed light on the morality and potential effectiveness regarding the way the war on terrorism was fought in their country; and they, by extension, share hard won wisdom that might be useful in thinking about how the U.S. war on terror is now being fought the world over. [more...]

Teachers Using Social Media to Sexually Seduce Students

Omaha middle school teacher Shad Knutson found a new way to connect with his students, and he used it to live out his sexual fantasies. In one year’s time, Knutson, 34, exchanged 26,986 text messages and phone calls - an average of 70 per day - with one of his 14-year-old female students. He exchanged almost as many messages with other 13- to 15-year-old girls at Nathan Hale Middle School where he worked. He promised good grades if the girls flashed him or discipline if they didn’t. He exposed himself to at least one of the girls on school property, and attempted to lure them into sexual encounters. The young girls complained to school officials, who reacted by transferring one student, but failed to take the accusations seriously. [more...]

Monday, March 25, 2013

Critics Bristle at Patriotism in "Olympus Has Fallen"

The newly released “Olympus Has Fallen” is an action movie, which, like so many others that have come out of Hollywood in the past few years, is a mixed bag artistically. However, the film seems to have abnormally irritated a number of critics, not so much because of some of its inherent flaws, but rather because it includes a display of patriotism and additionally dares to contain a story line about a Western nation that is dealing with the real world challenges of terrorism.

Metropolitan movie critics have been known to sing the praises of less than stellar film fare and have routinely given a pass to explicitly violent R-rated cinema. Somehow, though, "Olympus Has Fallen" has managed to raise the ire of many of them, and the grousing on the street is about the love of country that is exhibited by several of the onscreen characters and what is frequently characterized as questionable interrogation techniques. [more...]

Thursday, March 21, 2013

3-21-13 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Dave Bego: A Free Pass for the SEIU
2. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.: The Steubenville Rape Case Happening Every Friday Night across America?
3. Kyle Olson: Department of Ed Creates New Six-figure Job While Wielding Sequester Ax
4. Doug Johnson: The Next Step - Tracking What's in Your Packages

A Free Pass for the SEIU

Once again the mainstream media and our elected officials have given the SEIU and its puppet in the White House a free pass with regards to their socialistic/communist leanings. The recent passing of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez made international news, but very little was heard in the mainstream media from the President or the SEIU. Despite the fact it was reported that the SEIU celebrated Chavez’s passing as a comrade, very few in the mainstream media stepped forward to expose the SEIU’s Insidious Tentacles that infiltrate the White House. [more...]

The Steubenville Rape Case Happening Every Friday Night across America?

The recent Steubenville rape case brings up some very disturbing issues regarding the attitude of males in this culture seeing females as objects of sexual gratification and consumption that they can abuse and prey upon all because she drank too much and lost her ability to protect herself, fight back or even say no. In the Steubenville case, the girl who was raped is said to have become drunk at a party held by one of the assistant football coaches - a party which she left totally inebriated and vomiting. This alone begs questions of criminal culpability for an adult member of the community - a coach - who was reportedly serving alcohol to minors and failing to protect those who became drunk as a result. [more...]

Department of Ed Creates New Six-figure Job While Wielding Sequester Ax

The Department of Education’s sequester cuts are taking a brutal toll on federally-funded schools on Native American reservations, but the federal agency still found money to create a new six-figure job promoting "Educational Excellence for African-Americans." "The selective austerity shown by the Department of Education and other federal agencies shows the Obama administration is trying to emphasize the budget cuts' effect on the public," said Kyle Olson, founder of the Michigan-based education watchdog Education Action Group. "It seems like there's no rhyme or reason for the cuts that they're making," Olson said. "They are trying to maximize the public effect - the pain - in order to make their point. But the fact of the matter is, the sequester is not a cut; it is a reduction in the rate of growth. The choices they're making are absurd." [more...]

The Next Step - Tracking What's in Your Packages

The next step in the invasion of American citizens' lives is happening. FedEx and UPS are now being told that they must police the contents of sealed packages that they ship. Specifically, at this point, the government wants these companies to make sure no illegal prescriptions are being shipped. WND reported that FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald said: “What is unusual and really disturbing is it became clear to us along the way that FedEx was being targeted for some level of criminal activity as it relates to these medicines that are being shipped from pharmacies and we find it to be completely absurd because it’s really not our role. We have no way of knowing what is legal and not within the packages that we’re picking up and delivering in this situation." [more... ]

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

3-19-13 Expert Commentators for Your Show

1. Joseph Klein: The Man Shaping Obama’s Strategy on Israel
2. James Hirsen: Privacy Concerns over Google Glass Hit the Web
3. Dave Bego: One Man's Fight against Union Power
4. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.: The Jodi Arias Trial & PTSD
5. John LeBoutillier: CPAC, Priebus' "Autopsy" of 2012 and the Dueling Budget Plans

The Man Shaping Obama’s Strategy on Israel

The New York Times published a front page story on Saturday, March 16th lauding Benjamin J. Rhodes, President Obama's "35-year old deputy national security adviser with a soft voice, strong opinions and a reputation around the White House as the man who channels Mr. Obama on foreign policy." Rhodes successfully led the charge to persuade Obama to throw Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak under the bus and to intervene militarily in Libya to help topple Muammar el-Qadaffi. Now Rhodes is shaping President Obama's public charm offensive that will be on display during his visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan this week. [more...]

Privacy Concerns over Google Glass Hit the Web

A major buzz has been building in the mainstream and social media over a technological device that is being developed by search giant Google called Google Glass, which is a wearable computer, with a head-mounted display in the form of eyeglasses. The Google Glass eyeglasses will reportedly display information to a wearer in a smartphone-like format and will allow a user to interact with the Internet via voice commands. However, as has been seen with other types of data collection, tracking technology, and proposed devices that interface with the human body, the capabilities of such computing instruments raise some serious issues involving personal privacy, Google Glass being no exception. [more...]

One Man's Fight against Union Power

Entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley should pay close attention to the experiences of Dave Bego, the Indiana businessman who started a company from scratch. By 2006, after years of unrelenting toil and sacrifice by Bego and his family, Executive Management Services, Inc. (EMS) had expanded into 38 states and had 5,000 employees. Bego now had something so valuable it became an attractive target for unionization. Bego’s story, which he has written about in two books and has turned into a one-man information crusade, is not unique. But his decision to fight back is very unusual, and his account of how his company was targeted has gone largely unreported. The details of his fight reveal a frightening lack of legal protection for company owners and their workers from union intimidation, as well as a dated, shamelessly abused set of exemptions shielding over-zealous union organizers from legal sanctions. [more...] Help Stop "Card Check" - Go Here to Sign the Petition

The Jodi Arias Trial & PTSD

The Jodi Arias murder case in which she claims prior abuse and failure to remember crucial aspects of her crime have brought the issues of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociation - concepts that are confusing to many - into national attention leaving many bewildered about how traumas, dissociation and crime may all be linked together. Oftentimes PTSD is thought of as a disorder in which one cannot forget a trauma. And in many cases of PTSD, the trauma - having been burned deeply into memory - is constantly relived in intensely detailed and disturbing traumatic flashbacks. This is the most common manifestation of PTSD and what we have become accustomed to seeing portrayed in movies of trauma victims such as veterans suffering flashbacks of combat. There is, however, also another side to PTSD and that is when a dissociative amnesia occurs in response to a trauma that is too horrible to make its way into the normal conscious narrative. [more...]

CPAC, Priebus' "Autopsy" of 2012 and the Dueling Budget Plans

John LeBoutillier discusses the fall-out from CPAC, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' "autopsy" of the 2012 race, and the ongoing Capitol Hill Budget Battle: Part 1 - Part 2 - Monday ... [more...]

Now the CIA Wants Unlimited Access to Your Financial Records

Apparently, the Federal government is intent on continuing its never-ending war on your right to privacy. According to a new plan unveiled by the U.S. Treasury Department, the Obama administration is now seeking authorization to provide all U.S. spy agencies with unlimited access to a massive database containing financial data on virtually every American citizen who uses the banking system.

Access to this sensitive financial data has been available to the FBI since the tragic events of 9/11 (thanks to the “freedom-loving” President George W. Bush.) Now, the Obama administration wants to provide access to this vast database with even more U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the National Security Agency. What reason has been given for the new invasive powers by the CIA and the NSA? Terrorism, of course. [more...]

Thursday, March 14, 2013

3-14-13 Updates

"Re-Creating America"

Remember the USDA cultural sensitivity trainer? Concerned about the direction of schools? And who is seeking to recreate America? Please watch this. [more...]

Chris Christie gets in shouting match over trying to fix failing schools

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made an appearance before citizens in Paterson and got into a shouting match with a resident who repeatedly interrupted him and doesn’t want competition in education. [more...]

Note to union teachers: If you want to be treated like professionals, you’re required to act the part

I was deeply troubled when video surfaced last week of striking Strongsville, Ohio teachers heckling substitute teachers who were applying to be their temporary replacements. [more...]

Union activist jumps the shark by suggesting ‘Jaywalk for Education Justice’ campaign

American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten’s arrest last week for blocking an entrance to a public meeting was seen as a bold move by those seeking to protect the status quo in education. Her stunt failed, the Philadelphia district closed 23 schools and Weingarten’s union will lose untold numbers of dues payers. [more...]

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

3-13-13 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Bill Glynn: Ryan to the Rescue?
2. Kyle Olson: Teacher Sent Nude Photos of Her Students to Man
3. Dave Bego: Leveling the Playing Field
4. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.: Al Qaeda’s Lone Mujahid Pocketbook, Lone Wolves, Home-grown Terrorists and the Threat among Us
5. John LeBoutillier: The Sudden Obama Charm Offensive and the Truth behind the Rand Paul Filibuster

Ryan to the Rescue?

Paul Ryan has a plan - a good one, I think, as a start. This plan reduces the budget deficit by 2023. This does nothing to the national debt; it is simply designed to stop adding to the debt by then. And $17 trillion is upon US! We spend so much that if we make dramatic changes today – which are a requirement to survive, ourselves – then we balance the corporate books. In other words, we borrow more and more up to that time. Will tax reform help? NO! Will Medicare and Medicaid reform help? NO! Will Social Security reform help? NO! Why? It will never get done and even if some changes occur, it will be piecemeal at best. And so I make this clear: it matters little because those programs are Ponzi schemes; and, yes, Gov. Perry, banished for saying it, was right. They own trillions of U.S. debt. So even if incremental changes are made, they are still holding the bag. [more...]

Teacher Sent Nude Photos of Her Students to Man

How many more sexual predators must be caught in the schools before we say we have a problem? Third graders in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma’s McLoud Elementary School, had their innocence stolen from them when their teacher, Kimberly Crain, took nude photos and video of them in her classroom and home. She sent them to an accomplice, ex-professor Gary Doby. Both have admitted to their actions. Crain blamed “everything from weight gain to hypnosis to hormonal imbalance due to menopause,” according to [more...]

Leveling the Playing Field

Following my recent speech at The Heritage Foundation, I had the distinct honor and pleasure to meet with members from organizations dedicated to the true spirit of preservation and protection of American freedoms. We had an in-depth discussion about forced unionization, the effect it has on American employees and employers, and the role it plays in American economics and the taking of American freedoms. The group engaged in a roundtable discussion where participants were provided an opportunity to ask questions about my book, The Devil at Our Doorstep and my personal experiences with the SEIU. They wanted to better understand how my company was able to rein in the intimidation tactics utilized by big labor during a corporate campaign, methods supported by recent NLRB decisions to force unionize employees though Card Check.  [more...]

Al Qaeda’s Lone Mujahid Pocketbook, Lone Wolves, Home-grown Terrorists and the Threat among Us

The March issue of Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine is now out and is featuring The Lone Mujahid Pocketbook - drawing heavily on past issues and emphasizing homegrown, lone wolf and softer target attacks with instructions to make them accessible to many. While on some levels it’s laughable, it also brings up some troubling issues to consider regarding possible attacks from potential homegrown terrorists. First question: if the current administration’s drone strikes are so effective in decapitating Al Qaeda’s leadership, why is there still an active al Qaeda core that is able to put out such a publication? [more...]

The Sudden Obama Charm Offensive and the Truth behind the Rand Paul Filibuster

On this week's two version of the POLITICAL INSIDERS, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen and I look into the reason for the sudden tactical shift by the White House and the new outreach campaign to the GOP. Is it sincere or just PR? And what is behind the Rand Paul drone filibuster? Here are the two shows: Part 1 - Part 2 - Monday ... [more...]

Monday, March 11, 2013

'Oz the Great and Powerful:' Not So Great, but Powerful at the Box Office

In the making of the new movie “Oz the Great and Powerful,” director Sam Raimi has kept with the current filmmaking trend and succumbed to the temptation of sacrificing fundamentals only to rely on eye-popping computer generated effects. The movie suffers considerably as a result of its weakness of dialogue, uneven story pacing, indelicate editing, and general miscasting of actors.

Notwithstanding some of its flaws, though, the film did succeed in securing one of the biggest March debuts ever, taking in about $80 million in North America and $70 million abroad. Still, it is likely that the executives at Disney are going to be feeling jittery in the next few weeks, since film production and the cost of marketing ratcheted up the tally to roughly $325 million. [more...]

Friday, March 8, 2013

3-8-13 Updates

New Hampshire law prevents school administrators from viewing full criminal records of potential employees

It’s bad enough school and union officials routinely cut deals with teachers suspected of sexually abusing students, giving them letters of recommendation and allowing them to avoid prosecution in exchange for their resignations. Oftentimes those teachers gain employment at other schools and continue to assault students. Now it appears that a New Hampshire state law is also helping educators with checkered pasts avoid detection when they apply for school jobs. [more...]

Third grader’s birthday cupcakes with plastic army men deemed ‘insensitive’

Last week, a third grade boy at Michigan’s Schall Elementary School brought 30 cupcakes to school in celebration of his ninth birthday. The cupcakes were topped with plastic army guys like the ones countless boys and girls have played with for decades. But Principal Susan Wright stopped the boy from passing the treats out to classmates until the plastic army soldiers had been removed. Wright said the figures were “insensitive” in light of the recent Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut. At least he wasn’t suspended or charged with a hate crime. [more...]

CNN: Oberlin College wrong to cancel classes after ‘hate’ incidents

After a string of “racist and anti-gay incidents” on the campus of Oberlin College in Ohio, administrators canceled all classes Monday to hold a “Day of Solidarity.” Writing for CNN, John S. Wilson says the college missed an opportunity to do something more meaningful and important. [more...]

Teachers union seeks dirt on school board members’ gym memberships, spouses’ employers

Dissatisfied with its lack of success in the fight for a new teachers’ contract, the Framingham Teachers’ Association is escalating its intimidation tactics against the school committee. The union has created a database to collect personal information on board members, including information on people – spouses – who have nothing to do with school affairs. [more...]

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rand Paul’s Shot Heard around the World

Hugo Chavez just died and many of us said "Good riddance" to the tyrant who took advantage of his people, intimidated his political opposition, and left his country in disarray. Rand Paul seemed to be reminding us, "Why would we want a tyrant in America too?" That was the point of Senator Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour filibuster on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday.

Yes Obama is cool, and hip and a man of the people. But with each hour Rand Paul kept up his filibuster, you could feel Obama’s popularity melting away. Rand seemed to be saying, "Does it really matter if he’s hip, if he wants to kill you- an American citizen, on American soil? Does it matter if he’s cool, and the kind of guy you’d like to have a beer with, if he wants you dead without a trial?" [more...]

Wayne Allyn Root - the 2008 Libertarian vice presidential nominee, Wayne is an entrepreneur, CEO, best-selling business author and speaker, small business defender, and crusader for smaller government, lower taxes and fewer regulations. Wayne is a nationally known TV and radio commentator on the topics of business, economics, entrepreneurship, and politics. He is also President Obama’s college classmate from Columbia University (class of ’83). His latest book is out April 15th: The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

3-6-13 Expert Guests for Your Show

1. Wayne Allyn Root: Let's Draft Romney to Rescue Detroit
2. Dave Bego on C-SPAN
3. Bill Glynn: America's Wakeup Call
4. John LeBoutillier: Long-Term Political Ramifications of Sequester, the Vanishing GOP and the Bob Woodward Matter

Let's Draft Romney to Rescue Detroit

What if I told you Mitt Romney can be the solution to a big problem vexing an important city (and America). Yes, the man whose mediocre presidential campaign almost sunk the entire GOP, now an unelected private citizen, can save Detroit and become and American hero. Let me tell you how. First, let's recap the news about the U.S. economy which simply gets more depressing every day. Have you seen the latest? [more...]

Bego on C-SPAN

Dave Bego, President and CEO of EMS, a workplace maintenance company that employs 5,000 people, talks about the power of unions in the United States. He also talks about his contentious relationship with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) going back to 2006. During this event, hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Mr. Bego is joined by Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute and Russ Brown of the Labor Relations Institute.  [more...]

America's Wakeup Call

Tax “revenue” is expected to be at a record high this year - over $2.5 trillion. But 70 percent of our economy, unfortunately, is predicated on consumption. This is a tax strategy to win back America and make America the most attractive economy on earth to invest in. Zero income, corporate and capital gains. Even my neighbor Herman Cain, who lives a few houses away from me in Atlanta, rallied around 999. Here is why we agree – just a few numbers off: taxes go up, consumer spending goes down and fill in the blank. We know that the payroll tax holiday elimination, more tax, helped retailers' bad results along substantially as the “American Middle Class,” as panderers call them, took a big hit. This is evidenced when retail giant Wal-Mart reported the start to its worst sales month in seven years in February. [more...]

Long-Term Political Ramifications of Sequester, the Vanishing GOP and the Bob Woodward Matter

The POLITICAL INSIDERS - Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen and I - examined how President Obama continues to dominate the political agenda, how the GOP remains virtually non-existent, and how the so-called mainstream media sided with President Obama against Bob Woodward. Here are our two shows: Sunday: Part 1 - Part 2 - Monday ... [more...]

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

3-5-13 Excellent Guests for Your Show

1. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.: Zero Dark Thirty and the Real World of Torture, Enhanced Interrogation, Rendition and Prolonged Detention
2. James Hirsen: Caution Needed for 'Jack the Giant Slayer'
3. John LeBoutillier: Will the Sequester Hurt the President? Is the Media Just Jealous of Bob Woodward?
4. Kyle Olson: Local NAACP President Defends Marco Rubio’s School Choice Proposal

Zero Dark Thirty and the Real World of Torture, Enhanced Interrogation, Rendition and Prolonged Detention

The disturbing torture scenes depicted in the recent film Zero Dark Thirty, along with President Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act allowing for Americans on U.S. soil to be subject to indefinite detention and torture, have once again brought the questions relating to the usefulness of rendition, indefinite imprisonments and torture (both light and hard) back into the public consciousness. With media depictions increasingly glorifying the roles of military and civilian intelligence officers - even those who rely on torture - surveys of U.S. citizens have shown an alarming increase of Americans who embrace the idea of torture. Of course one must understand that people - on both sides of the “War on Terror” - are increasingly likely to embrace violent and extremist measures in direct proportion to the more they feel threatened. [more...]

Caution Needed for 'Jack the Giant Slayer'

The super dark fairytale is a relatively new genre that is making its presence felt on the small and big screens. Recent movies such as “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and television programs including “Once Upon a Time,” are Hollywood cases in point. It appears that some traditional fairytales have mutated into entertainment fare with distinctly adult themes, the latest of which is this past weekend’s top box-office film, “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a sci-fi fantasy action movie loosely adapted from the children’s story “Jack and the Beanstalk.” [more...]

Will the Sequester Hurt the President? Is the Media Just Jealous of Bob Woodward?

How long can President Obama remain above the fray in the midst of this ongoing budget disaster? Will the Sequester cuts ever be pinned on him? Is the media just jealous of Bob Woodward? Can the GOP ever fix its deteriorating image? [more...]

Local NAACP President Defends Marco Rubio’s School Choice Proposal

Last month, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) proposed a national school voucher plan. It would allow corporations and individuals to contribute money to Scholarship Granting Organizations in exchange for tax credits. The Rev. Manuel Sykes, pastor of Bethel Community Baptist Church and president of the St. Petersburg NAACP, weighed in. [Read his comments here...]