Morning Briefing for August 17, 2010

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For August 17, 2010

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1. The Democrats’ Disaster: More Americans Question Barack Obama’s Birth Story Than Support the Ground Zero Mosque

There is no great split in the United States of America on the issue of the Ground Zero Mosque. Sixty-eight percent of Americans oppose it.In fact, using the same metric — CNN Opinion Research polling of 1,000 Americans — more American have doubts about Barack Obama’s birth story than support the mosque.Consider that for a minute.Delving into the data, 27% of Americans believe Barack Obama was probably not born in the United States and 29% support building the Ground Zero mosque. If we can call the former group “fringe,” surely we can call the latter group fringe as well.Add to the 27% who think Obama was not born in the United States the 29% who think he was born in the United States, but are not definitely sure and more American have doubts about Barack Obama’s birth story than support the mosque.Therein lies the great problem for the Democrats and why Barack Obama has locked in a Democratic disaster come November. In essence, the Democrats have lost the ability to connect with normal people at a moral level. The Democrats’ inability to address the question of “should the mosque be built” after answering the question of “could the mosque be built” is a cultural turning point for independents. Just as normal people ran screaming from the “San Francisco Democrats” 26 years ago, they will now reject the second coming of the San Francisco Democrats.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Reserve Your Room for the RedState Gathering

Ladies and Gentlemen, You have only 3 days left to book your room for the RedState Gathering at the special discounted rate. After that the rooms are priced per the hotel’s normal fees. That means you have only 3 days left to get breakfast included with your room. Only 3 days to get your internet access for free throughout your stay. As you know, reserving your room now locks in your rate, but you will not, of course, be charged until the end of your stay. And naturally, you can cancel at any time up to 24 hours before your reservation.Events will begin the evening of Friday the 17th, with the bulk of the program taking place during the day Saturday. If you haven’t registered for the RedState Gathering you can do so here. The Gathering brings together activists and politicians in a small, intimate setting. It is a chance for you, the RedState readers and bloggers, to mix with politicians and pundits and get YOUR questions answered.RedState has contracted with the Sheraton Austin for a low cost special room rate of only $125/night, single. That INCLUDES free breakfast and free wireless internet. Combined with our schedule of events, the free breakfast means your meals are covered from opening events on Friday to close of the Gathering at breakfast on Sunday. We have also arranged to have free wireless internet available in all meeting spaces and meal events for all attendees.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Reid’s new Angle on 9/11 mosque.

Sharron Angle went off on Harry Reid on the subject of the Ground Zero Mosque this morning – she takes the position that while people have the right to build a mosque there, they should show some delicacy of their own and build it somewhere else – and the Washington Post’s official paid left-wing shill, Greg Sargent, was practically licking his chops in response. He was of the opinion that making opposition to the President’s position – once we figure it out – a midterm issue would be a bad idea for Republicans, and he leaped on Angle’s opposition.Then Harry Reid decided to agree with Angle.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Obamacare worth 17.5K dead women a year?

If you’ve missed the Avastin controversy, here’s a quick summary of it: Avastin is a general anti-cancer drug that got fast-tracked by the FDA a few years ago and is now prescribed to under 18 thousand women a year in the United States who suffer from the last stages of breast cancer. It doesn’t cure the cancer; it has side effects; and its beneficial effects are disputed… but the drug has its defenders as well as its detractors. However, now the FDA is contemplating reversing its approval of Avastin, which would probably mean the end of both its coverage by Medicare, and a subsidy program for low-income women.Why?Because then it won’t be covered by Medicare and the government can end the subsidy program for low-income women, of course.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Democrats Obfuscate

Politicians in general, and Democrats (most especially) in particular, don’t give a rip about the human condition of those to whom they pander to sate their lust for personal power and self-aggrandizement. Countless times over the past several generations we’ve been made to suffer their whims and fancies and cultural experimentation but, while targeted demographics have enjoyed short-term benefit…by and large the whole of the Country has ultimately been all the worse off for these things.Not only do the left and right hands have no idea what the other is doing, it would appear they are not even part of the same body. What else explains the misguided notion that investing in Unions and propping up under-performing teachers might enjoy a greater return than feeding the poor? Further, why would Democrats think the best way to cure obesity would be by starving those very same poor people?Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Senate Republicans Getting Played on the Russian-friendly Strategic Arms Treaty

The conservative movement has had to battle a lot over the last few years, for the number of terrible policies, pushed aggressively and relentlessly by Barak Obama, is truly staggering. It has caused us to triage out of necessity. Unfortunately, one national security issue that has received short shrift is the treaty the President negotiated with the Russians—his new START (“Strategic Arms Treaty”)—and if we’re not careful, it could very well slip through the Senate in the fall. The treaty needs more far more attention devoted to it, because it is so one-sided in favor of Russia (details below) that it strains one’s comprehension as to how the U.S. Senate could ratify it.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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