Conservative Blogs 100: Ratings 2, February 21, 2010









The CONSERVATIVE BLOGS 100
Ratings #2
February 1-21, 2010
DBKP


2010's 2nd monthly ratings of the Most Popular 100 Conservative blogs on the web, the Conservative Blogs 100.

The ratings are based on Alexa traffic rankings 3-month average. All changes are calculated from last Conservative Blogs 100 listing.

If we missed anyone, drop us a line in the comments with your site URL; we'll include in the next ratings, March 21. The Alexa rankings were largely taken from Feb 20, 2010 and include several from February 21, 2010. The Conservative Blogs 100 will normally be released the third Sunday of each month.

The list includes conservative and libertrarian blogs of interest.
These differs from the Conservative 100, in that it doesn't contain the sites of large newspapers, news channels magazines or TV/radio personalities. The sites that appear on the Conservative Blogs 100 are primarily web-based entities.

The number one slot is held by The Drudge Report, followed Breitbart.com/Big Hollywood and World Net Daily (even though WND hosts radio talker, Michael Savage, on its site).

The top five is rounded out by Hot Air and Free Republic.

22 new blogs hit the list this period, led by Canada Free Press, NewsReal and Life News. Also several made it on for the first time on any of DBKP Top 100 lists, including Chris Muir's popular cartoon, Day By Day, Jill Stanek and Angry White Dude.

Additional notes after the ratings list.



DBKP POLITICALLY POPULAR
CONSERVATIVE BLOGS 100
February 20-21, 2010























































RankLastBLOG NAMEAlexa RankAlexa +/-
11Drudge Report489+18
22Big Hollywood/Breitbart2284-2
33World Net Daily/Michael Savage2626-23
44Hot Air3952-88
55Free Republic4312-152
67Town Hall5948-195
78NewsBusters6843-475
89Breitbart TV6962-132
911Big Government7649+23
1010Michelle Malkin7976-400
1112Instapundit/Pajamas Media7901+217
1213American Thinker8758+119
1314*Ace of Spades HQ/My Pet Jawa/CYankee*9018+319
1415Red State13515-104
1519Fox Nation15619+1274
1621First Things/Gateway Pundit/Anchoress**16698+665
1722What Really Happened?16741+747
1823Right Pundits17490+851
1924Lucianne.com18728+333
2026CNS News19244+980

2125PowerLine19858-42
22---Canada Free Press21827---
2327EarthFrisk22451+299
24282011: Failed Obama Coup22997+5274
2529Atlas Shrugged29199-321
2642Big Journalism30098+25379
2730Don Surber32430-981
2831Jihad Watch32503-331
2944Daily Caller33707+24250
30---NewsReal37352---
3133Say Anything38498+338
3232Volokh Conspiracy38519-347
3335Front Page Magazine38978+1404
3434Althouse42754-2436
3537Ann Coulter47738+527
3638Moonbattery48459-30
3741Riehl World View50372+4818
3840Right Wing News52720+2271
3943Daniel Pipes53389+2876
4045Dick Morris58878+2977

4147DBKP - Death by 1000 Papercuts60556+8152
42---Life News61708---
4351Weasel Zippers65207+9360
4448VDare65382+4219
4546The People's Cube66638+1003
4653WhizBang73208+3826
4752Debbie Schlussel75361+959
4854Freedom's Phoenix75699+2008
49---Day By Day78929---
5056Deceiver78880+2163


For the rest of the Top 100 Conservative Blogs 100: Conservative Blogs 100: February 21, 2010.

Additional notes, Top 15 Fast Movers and Near-misses are all at the link above.

compiled by Mondo Frazier

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Learned the following info the other day and found it was interesting. Do readers agree?


Dr. Milton Wolf was moved to start blogging to highlight his opposition to ObamaCare. Dr. Wolf wouldn't be the first physician to oppose Obama's attempted take-over of the U.S. health care system. But he would be the first physician in Obama's family to do so.

You see, Dr. Wolf is Barack Obama's cousin. But we'll let Dr. Wolf explain.

From a recent email:

I am indeed Barack Obama’s cousin (mother’s side, the McCurry family as he described in ‘Dreams From My Father’).

Recently I launched my own conservative/libertarian blog website called The Wolf Files. I am a practicing physician and it was my opposition to ObamaCare that got me off the sideline but wherever liberty needs defending, I’ll be there. A month later, it’s been a lot of fun.

I hope you’ll check it out and perhaps even share it with your readers.


The Wolf Files

What about the time? The Wolf Files are up-to-date, with an Instapundit-type rapid-fire-links-with-commentary format.

Dr. Wolfe observed, "It's been a lot of fun."



Members of President Obama's family appear to mirror voters in general in their skepticism and later opposition of their relative's policies.

First, it was Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, who's been living illegally in a housing project in Boston and proclaimed that she "loved President Bush."

Now, Obama's cousin wants to stop ObamaCare.

What's next? Michelle saying she wants her husband to stop smoking and that their kids are too fat?

Oh wait...

Will the Mainstream Media report this?

Odds are better that readers will hit the PowerBall jackpot than reading news that's truly unfavorable to this president when there's anything of value on the line.

So, the answer to the above question is, "probably not."

In the meantime, readers will have to depend on people like Dr. Milton Wolf to carry on the good fight.


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The Conservative 100: Most Popular Conservative Websites









The CONSERVATIVE 100



Ratings #2, February 14, 2010
DBKP's bi-weekly rating of the Most Popular 100 Conservative sites on the web, the Conservative 100.
The ratings are based on Alexa traffic rankings 3-month average.


As always, if we missed anyone, drop us a line in the comments with your site URL; we'll include in the next ratings around the 1st of March. The Alexa rankings were largely taken from February 13, 2010 and include several from January 14, 2010.

The Top 100 Politically Popular Conservative list contains all sites of interest to conservatives or with a conservative point of view. Several Libertarian sites are also included, such as Reason and Freedom's Phoenix.

The Top Five remain unchanged from two weeks ago. The number one slot is held by Fox News, followed by the Wall Street Journal's Opinion page and the Drudge Report. Two "combination sites", Breitbart.com/Big Hollywood and World Net Daily/Michael Savage round out the Top Five.

DBKP will release our DBKP Politically Popular Top 100 Conservative Blogs next week.


DBKP POLITICALLY POPULAR
CONSERVATIVE 100
February 13-14, 2010



















































































































RankLastBLOG NAMEAlexa RankAlexa +/-
11Fox News200+7
22WSJ Opinion Journal286---
33Drudge Report495+12
44Big Hollywood/Breitbart2282+5
55World Net Daily/Michael Savage2603+24
66NewsMax2815+8
77Hot Air3880-44
88Free Republic4292-132
99Washington Times4420+11
1010Rush Limbaugh5414+235
1111National Review Online5605+125
1212Town Hall5898-145
1313NewsBusters6560-192
1414Breitbart TV7106-276
1516Big Government7861-189
1615Michelle Malkin7868-292
1717Instapundit/Pajamas Media7974+144
1818American Thinker8847+30
1919*Ace of Spades HQ/My Pet Jawa/CYankee*9111+226
2020Washington Examiner9185+520
2121Glenn Beck11165+116
2222Red State13358+53
2323Reason14769-319
2424Human Events15565+612
2525Weekly Standard16326+332
2628First Things**16719+544
2727American Spectator16863+479
2826Fox Nation16893+1060
2929What Really Happened?17170+318
3030Right Pundits17863+478
3132Heritage Foundation18721+717
3231Lucianne.com18754+307
3334CNS News19585+639
3433PowerLine19812+4
3535EarthFrisk22310+440
3636U.S. of Earth24601+3671
3737Atlas Shrugs28779+99
3838Neal Boortz29791+784
3939Don Surber32233-784
4040Jihad Watch32872-704
4154Big Journalism37340+18137
4242Volokh Conspiracy38249-77
4343Say Anything38801+35
4445Front Page Magazine39529+853
4556Daily Caller40028+17929
4646Cato Institute40460+486
4741Sean Hannity40461-2866
4844Althouse41420-1102
4947Commentary41710-440
5048Bill O'Reilly45455-61
5151The American47880+4251
5249Ann Coulter48490-225
5350Moonbattery48871-442
5453Riehl World View51592+3598
5552Right Wing News54991+1333
5655Daniel Pipes56265+1513
5757Mark Levin60708+110
5858Dick Morris60860+965
5960DBKP - Death by 1000 Papercuts64571+4137
6059The People's Cube65635-1346
6161VDare69601+3273
6264Weasel Zippers69703+6664
6362Army Times74356-4421
6465Hugh Hewitt74685+399
6569Freedom's Phoenix76563+1144
6668WhizBang76990+44
6767Debbie Schlussel77164-844
6866Media Research Center78714-2847
6971Deceiver78716+2687
7070Flopping Aces80865-2365
71--Red County81591---
7272Legal Insurrection83029+1683
7373Laura Ingraham84541+3171
7463The Next Right85657-11671
7576Linkiest86688+9130
7674Jammie Wearing Fool90854+706
77--Bloggers News Network93059---
78--Outside the Beltway96614---
7975Patterico97446-5116
8077Double Plus Undead102052+6770
81--Conservatives for Palin105737---
8282American Conservative113129+6333
8384Blogs Lucianne Loves113797+17354
84--Jonathan Turley116029---
8580Black Five118000-2645
8678Steyn Online119164+3336
87--Small Dead Animals119168---
8881Doug Ross@Journal119316+7803
8983I Own the World120948+4416
9085Sweetness and Light129371+2554
91--Washington's Blog138327---
9287Yid With Lid138687+18824
9386Michael Yon142269-1055
9479Other McCain148722-34913
95--Theodore's World152037---
9698All-American Blogger160383+28417
9791Radio Equalizer162154+3086
9890Protein Wisdom162819+1466
9988Jumping in Pools163065-1485
10089IMAO166843-4037



NOTES:

* #19 - 9,111 Confederate Yankee, Ace of Spades HQ, and Jawa Report, as well as other mu.nu blogs all combine for the same rating. Alexa treats these sites as one in its traffic rankings. Because these are all popular conservative sites, we'll leave it like this with the note until Alexa distinguishes between them.

** #26 -The same holds true for First Things, The Anchoress, Gateway Pundit, Spengler, Secondhand Smoke, Evangel and Postmodern Conservative are all at First Things. All the above sites register an aggregate total like the mu.nu sites. Until Alexa distinguishes between the blogs, they'll be ranked in the aggregate with this note.

# Michael Savage is part of World Net Daily and their traffic combine to form one total.

# Instapundit is part of the Pajamas Media site and both combine for the one total.

# Don Surber is part of the Charleston Daily Mail site and both combine for the one total.

# Big Hollywood is part of the Breitbart.com site and both combine for the one total.

## Big Journalism, the Daily Caller and Blogs Lucianne Loves are all less than 3 months old, so their ratings are not nearly as high as they will be after they have all gotten a full three months under their belts. These three sites continue to experience quick jumps up the ladder.

## NEXT 10: The Near-misses on this list:










95Just One Minute169049+12676
92Dr. Helen170805+2118
--Overlawyered176110---
96IowaHawk177242+4708
93NO QUARTER180200-5344
94Grouchy Old Cripple182270-545
--Cafe Hayek184384-545
99Bob McCarty Writes184631+5410
97Dennis Miller203310-19673
100Stop the ACLU205822-7093


FAST MOVERS
UP--
28417 - All-American Blogger
18824 - Yid with Lid
18137 - Big Journalism
17929 - Daily Caller
17354 - Blogs Lucianne Loves
9,130 - Linkiest
7,803 - Doug Ross@Journal
6,770 - Double Plus Undead
6,664 - Weasel Zippers
6,333 - American Conservative
4,416 - I Own the World
4,251 - The American
4,137 - DBKP - Death By 1000 Papercuts
3,671 - U.S. of Earth
3,698 - Riehl World View

Eight new sites break into the Top 100 this rating, lead by Red County at #71.



We got the idea of a regular ratings from several sources while looking for this information several weeks ago: John Hawkins' Right Wing News The Top 40 Conservative Blogs For 2009 (Version 1.0) from March 2009 and a later 2.0 version in June 2009; Conservatism Today's 24 Best Conservative Blogs, August 2008; and, Top 133 Conservative Blogs, November 2009. Also, here's a list of the UK's Top 100 Conservative Blogs. And one more: (UK) Top 100 Conservative Blogs.

The Conservative 100 will be updated approximately every two weeks.



ALSO at DBKP: Top 100 Popular Conservative Blogs-Jan 31, 2010

Remember: If we missed your site, let us know. Either with a note in the comments or an email to mondoreb@gmail.com. Put TOP 100 in the subject line.

ALSO at DBKP: Progressive Liberal 100: Top 100 Progressive Liberal Websites

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Jay Rockefeller: Cap and Trade More Important than WV Jobs



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Jay Rockefeller Revealed:
No Friend to Coal
No Friend to West Virginia
Cap and Trade More Important than WV Coal Jobs



WHO DID ROCKEFELLER REPRESENT: JOBS OR ENVIRO-DONORS?

NOTE: Original article at DBKP: Jay Rockefeller: More Concerned with Cap and Trade than WV Coal Jobs.


Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) suddenly notices a few things: 1-this president is a slave to enviro-weenies who hate coal; 2-Rockefeller represents West Virginia where coal employs a significant number of people (over 30,000); and, 3-his constituents won't be very happy when they lose their jobs or their "electric bills will skyrocket."

Cap and trade, courtesy of Jay Rockefeller, who is a BIG booster of the legislation that his party is pushing. Oops! He seems to have noticed that voters in his state have noticed.

From Being Frank:

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va... signaled strongly that promises from the White House are not enough. During a Senate hearing on Obama's proposal for the 2001 budget, Rockefeller lashed out.

According to one published report, Rockefeller made it clear "he isn't sure he trusts the president's commitments to coal. ..." Referring to Obama's pledges to support coal, the senator complained that, "He says it in his speeches, but he doesn't say it in (his budget proposal). He doesn't say it in the actions of (EPA Administrator) Lisa Jackson. And he doesn't say it in the minds of my own people. And he's beginning to not be believable to me."

Precisely. In an interview published in the New York Times, Rockefeller said it is not just energy spending policy that worries him. "It's not a question of money, it's a question of the overall approach. I just wonder whether they really do understand the importance of coal, the fact the nation can't exist without it," he explained.


Oh, now Rockefeller speaks up.

Ace has the right take: "This is a fairly significant statement, I think. Rockefeller could have asked for reassurance on coal any number of ways. He chose to do so by suggesting Obama's words do not match his deeds."

MORE:

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air-- Obama’s starting to be “not believable” on coal …:
Is Rockefeller sincere? I find it difficult in the extreme to believe that anyone with enough cranial power to breathe without written instructions could have misinterpreted what Obama promised in this Chronicle interview. It didn’t get made public until a few days before the election, and people in the Coal Belt may not have heard about it in time, but it’s been part of the record ever since. And as Rockefeller himself points out, the administration’s actions on coal for the past thirteen months have made clear their animus towards that “great natural resource.”

If Rockefeller is sincere, then he deserves a Captain Louis Renault Award for his shock, shock! at Obama’s hostility towards the industry that powers his home state. If not, then West Virginians need to replace Rockefeller at the first opportunity — unfortunately, four years out — to send someone a little more honest and less clueless to the US Senate. Either way, all of the rest of us who have been warning about Obama’s environmental extremism can certainly add Rockefeller’s belated complaint to the mountain(top) of evidence for our argument.


Don Surber also has thoughts:

Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller — West Virginia’s other senator — got a little excited about Barack Obama in October 2008, when he told Jake Stump of the Charleston Daily Mail: “He’s the president I’ve been waiting for all my life.”

Well, after today, it looks like Rockefeller has begun waiting again.

The Won is no longer The One to our septuagenarian senator.



It was from Surber that we first learned that the EPA had killed jobs in West Virginia back in December. From Obama hosts a job summit while his EPA kills jobs:

The Associated Press outlined four ideas that President Obama should consider for his job summit tomorrow. How about we start with keeping the jobs we already have in the coalfields? Not only does mountaintop mining provide coal mining jobs, but it provides cheap electricity to attract other jobs, and it provides flat land in a state whose main deterrence to economic development is its lack of flat land.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson has not only stopped future permits but she went back and retroactively pulled 79 existing mine permits, including 23 in West Virginia.


Surber again, when the EPA caused the lay-offs of 5% of the people of Clay County, EPA lays off 500 coal miners in Clay County:

Consol Energy announced plans to shut down two mines in Clay County, West Virginia, throwing about 500 people out of work. The entire population of the county is 10,000 people.

The actions of the Environmental Protection Agency and federal judge Chuck Chambers were cited.


And what was Jay Rockefeller doing during that time of job losses?

Just last month he lamented the election of Massachusetts' new Senator Scott Brown as an impediment to passing the coal- and job-killer known as cap and trade.


Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), asked about the effect of Brown’s election on efforts to pass a climate change bill, replied “probably not very helpful.”


Jay Rockefeller has seen the light and it's an ill wind that is blowing him away from President Obama because if there's one thing Jay likes more than money, it's the prestige of a U.S. Senate seat.


[ABOVE: Election 2014--The voters respond to Rockefeller the same way he responded to West Virginians in 2009.]

He didn’t have anything bad to say about Obama and cap-n-trade during those heady months when his party had it’s super-majority and the media wind was totally at his back.

Rockefeller can judge by the numbers of outraged phone calls he’s been getting that it may take a full four years for him to run away from Obama and his job-killing, coal-snuffing party.

It’s too late. Jay Rockefeller had a chance to stand up for the people of WV in 2009 and he didn’t. He actually almost never does. But now they are aware of it.

His latest verbal retreat won't be his last. West Virginians will hopefully remember that he is a fair-weather friend. When the chips are down, Jay's votes for his cocktail party buddies--and there are many more enviro-weenies at Washington cocktail parties than coal miners.

Bye bye Jay.

UPDATE: We referred to Rockefeller's enviro donors, but forgot the accompanying research. We'll include it in a future update. In the meantime, we'll direct readers to WV Watchdog and this interesting tidbit that the Senator received a hefty cash donation from SEIU.

In his 2008 re-election campaign Rockefeller accepted $10,000 from SEIU. [...] Rockefeller is connected to SEIU not just through campaign donations, but also by blood. Rockefeller’s cousin, Anne Bartley, is married to Larry B. McNeil. McNeil is described on Bartley’s bio as “a former Saul Alinski organizer for 25 years.” He currently serves as director of the SEIU’s Institute for Change.


Readers interested in beating us to an update can check out the WV Watchdog's site for more info on where Senator Rockefeller gets his cash--besides his sizable inheritance, that is.



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John Edwards Proposes Marriage to Rielle Hunter



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The John Edwards-Rielle Hunter engagement: Will it make it on WE Network?

Bridezillas? Rich Bride, Poor Bride? Platinum Weddings?

The National Enquirer has another bombshell: John Edwards has proposed to mistress, Rielle Hunter. Is this an attempt by Edwards to make Hunter, an honest woman? Or is it an attempt to legally shut her up? Can anyone say "spousal immunity?"

From JOHN EDWARDS ASKS MISTRESS RIELLE HUNTER TO MARRY HIM!:

John Edwards has proposed to his mistress Rielle Hunter, and is buying a luxury $3.5 million beachfront home where they can live happily ever after with their love child, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

The disgraced presidential candidate popped the question at the same time he told Rielle that he'd be issuing a press statement finally confirming he fathered her daughter Frances Quinn, close sources told The ENQUIRER.



Over 170 DBKP articles on the John Edwards affair, scandal and cover-up from December 2007: The John Edwards Love Child Scandal Library.




Our reaction? We think one long-time DBKP reader summed it up best:

Edward proposes to Hunter? She must really have a lot of dirt on him.

OH MY GOD, THEY'RE GETTING MARRIED SO SHE CAN'T TESTIFY AGAINST HIM AT HIS CORRUPTION TRIAL!

SPOUSAL IMMUNITY!


Another reader sends in this thought:

"More proof that this slimy weasel is only interested in himself. NOW it's convenient for him to propose to keep Hunter from testifying against him.

John Edwards, YOU'RE GOING TO HELL!"


More from the Enquirer:

Sources say they expect to be officiallydivorced within a year, paving the way for the ex-senator to make Rielle, 45, his wife.

"John dropped the proposal bomb on Rielle shortly before he issued his statement" that he was indeed Frances' father, a close source divulged.

"John knew Rielle had been waiting for a proposal for two long years. Since they've gotten involved, she's followed every order he gave her, going on a cross-country cover-up, hiding away during her pregnancy and after giving birth for the sake of his presidential aspirations.


Read the rest with UPDATES: John Edwards Scandal: Edwards Proposes to Rielle Hunter


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The Locust Years of Increased Government Employment



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"From time to time my right hon. Friend lets fall phrases or facts which show that he realises, more than anyone else on that bench it seems to me, the danger in which we stand. One such phrase came from his lips the other night. He spoke of "the years that the locust hath eaten". Let us see which are these "years that the locust hath eaten" even if we do not pry too closely in search of the locusts who have eaten these precious years."
Winston Churchill, Speaking in the House of Commons, 12 November 1936.


He called them the "locust years," and Winston Churchill was speaking about the damage done to Britain's defense by neglect and mismanagement while Adolph Hitler steadily built Germany's war machine.

Locust years: A period of adversity, especially economic hardship, is known as locust years.
[...]
"the years that the locust hath eaten," ...describe the period during which ineffective British authorities allowed the armament gap to develop (those authorities were the "locusts" who "ate," or wasted, those precious years).
--Locust Years: Origin and Meaning of the Expression


America is undergoing a similar time when leaders are allowing the locusts to eat. Though the phrase cold be used to illustrate several misguided policies, one that fits is the increased unionization of the government workforce.



Originally at DBKP as Need a Job? The Government is Hiring–and How!


From For feds, more get 6-figure salaries:

The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.

Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months — and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.


It's suspected that most of Barack Obama's "saved or created jobs" were of the "saved" variety in one particular zip code located on the Potomac. The USA Today article goes on to state, "The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker's pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector."


Mark Steyn, in Unsustainable had a few thoughts:

Speaking of roads, I see that, according to USA Today, when the economic downturn began, the U.S. Department of Transportation had just one employee making over $170,000. A year and a half later, it has 1,690.

Happy days are here again!

Did you get your pay raise this year? What’s that, you don’t work for the government? Yes, you do, one way or another. Good luck relying on Obama, Pelosi, Frank, and the other Emirs of Kleptocristan “taking action” to “resolve” that. In the last month, the cost of insuring Greece’s sovereign debt against default has doubled. Spain and Portugal are headed the same way. When you binge-spend at the Greek level in a democratic state, there aren’t many easy roads back. The government has introduced an austerity package to rein in spending. In response, Greek tax collectors have walked off the job.


In other words, after a little over a year of Barack Obama, 1690 Transportation Department employees' lives got much better, while the millions of taxpayers'--who made that great leap forward in bureaucratic living standard possible--lives got worse.

"What's that, dear? There's no money in the family budget for Suzy's braces? Well, you know, that's just the price we pay for another 1689 bumps in $170,000 salaries. Government people have to eat too, you know."

In case anyone thinks that those lavish increases in salary were achieved by some sort of slashing of the number of government workers on the payroll, think again. The number of government workers is going up, while the number of regular private sector jobs--you know, the kind that most people are familiar with--is going down.

This graph illustrates one problem.



While the number of government drones goes up, the jobs that allows the rest of us folks to pay for their lifestyles goes down. It's on the order of the Social Security problem without the tiresome years spent waiting for the consequences.

For most companies, if hard times hit, they sensibly make do with less people. In ObamaWorld, hard times mean "Get me more people and be quick about it!"

And not just anybody: Obama wants partners in his vision of a private sector laboring for public employees--and bigger government--goals.

Last month the Labor Department reported that private-sector unions lost 834,000 members last year and now represent only 7.2 percent of private-sector employees. That's down from the all-time peak of 36 percent in 1953 and '54.

But union membership is still growing in the public sector. Last year 37.4 percent of public-sector employees were union members. That percentage was down near zero in the 1950s. For the first time in history, a majority of union members are government employees.


And the difference between public union members and their counterparts in private unions?

Public-sector unionism is a very different animal from private-sector unionism. It is not adversarial but collusive. Public-sector unions strive to elect their management, which in turn can extract money from taxpayers to increase wages and benefits -- and can promise pensions that future taxpayers will have to fund.


And those increased costs which future taxpayers will have to fund come on top of all of the other obligations to future taxpayers; i.e., the children and grandchildren of today's wastrels in charge.

Not content to spend all of this generation's money, it's turned with a vengence on spending the money of generations yet unborn.

When the grandchildren of today's political leaders find that they can't go to college or buy a home and that their pockets are filled with nothing but I.O.U.s from the Obama administration, they will not be happy campers.

In fact, they may just wonder, "Who allowed all of these locusts to eat for all of those many, many years?"

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Global Warming Buries Eastern USA



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Yes, we know what the warmists will say: it's "weather" and not "climate".

That's exactly what we were saying--without asking for any money--over the last 15 years when they were trying to stifle freedom and impose huge, crippling taxes to suit their cult.



Green enough, for ya?




Chairs fit for a snow couple.




Al Gore: you're extended an invitation--to shovel.



One sent to us from several miles away by the soon-to-be hard-shoveling duo of Scott and Vicki.






by Mondo Frazier
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Nashville Convention Not THE Tea Party Convention



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NASHVILLE IS HOSTING "A" TEA PARTY CONVENTION,
NOT "THE" TEA PARTY CONVENTION



WHY DBKP ISN'T IN NASHVILLE

The group, Tea Party Nation held a convention this weekend in Nashville and I'm not there.

How can this be? I'm conservative, in the "new media" and a supporter of the Tea Party movement. How did it come to pass that I'm at home while a mediafest seems to have broken out in the Volunteer State?

I guess I can mark it down to "poor communications." When I first learned, in December, that "The Tea Party" was having a national convention, I was initially excited: a get-together of people who believed in limited government gathered in one place within an eight-hour drive. What luck!

I emailed Sherry Phillips, at the Tea Party Nation website and waited.

And waited. Not hearing anything, I emailed a second time. Nothing.

After a third email request about media arrangements, I received a reply on December 29 from Ms. Phillips.

Hi - Could you please tell me which organization you are with again?

For general information regarding the press:

We thank you for your interest in being present for the First National Tea Party Convention to be held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN February 4 -6, 2010. Press will be allowed in a designated section of the lobby of the convention only and will not be allowed inside the convention. There will be no media allowed for the banquet with Sarah Palin. (Bold type in the original.)


I was disappointed: it was hard to see how a convention could be effectively covered from outside the convention. In the meantime, there were rumbles from people who had helped start Tea Party Nation complaining that Sherry Phillips and husband, Judson, had usurped the group.

There were stories of sponsors unhappy and bailing, as well as speakers withdrawing. Most of the tea party groups in Tennessee declined to support the Nashville effort, at one point threatening to protest outside the Opryland Hotel.

There were also complaints about the price of admission, $549, and about the Judson's pocketing of any proceeds from the event.

Some leading Tea Party activists also declined to attend. Philip Glass, the director of the National Precinct Alliance, said in a statement his group was "concerned" by the potential "exploitation of the grass-roots movement."

The walk-up to the convention did feel somewhat corporate. This tea party revolution brought to you by Lipton (joke). But one convention sponsor is a Madison Avenue based website called Tea Party Emporium. At the emporium one can purchase an $89.99 sterling silver and quartz crystal tea bag lapel-pin to "flaunt your patriotism in fashion!"

It was not Glass' sort of Tea Party. "The majority of the people in this movement cannot even afford those tickets," Glass told me, adding that he still wished the organizers well. Glass' group aims to fill local political posts with "constitutional conservatives."


The press picture remained muddled right through this week. First, only conservative press was invited, then others. Apparently, within the last week, the media doors were thrown open--though not everyone got the memo.

The Christian Science Monitor noted that there were 200 media people present--opposed to the figure of "600" convention attendees.


Original story at DBKP: Nashville Convention is Not THE Tea Party Convention



"Convention spokesman" Mark Skoda said that his group "worked with media that are friendly."

“We desire transparency at this convention and have worked with media that are friendly to the Tea Party movement as well as those that have not been seen to be supportive of our efforts.”

Skoda said of the 120 media organizations that asked to cover the convention, the group credentialed 111 members of the press.


Obviously, I was in that select group of nine who did not get credentialed, though I had to be among the first to inquire. The Tennessean also wasn't credentialed, apparently because it wrote about the controversies between the Judson's and other locals who were forced out of the Tea Party Nation--among other reporting.

So, here I sit, waiting out the snow, eight hours from Nashville.

Nashville Tea Party Tickets

Which gives me time to point out a few things:

1- This is not "the" Tea Party convention. It is "a" tea party convention. One would hope that a non-profit organization holds a convention in the next year and has someone who doesn't make last-minute changes in their media policies. Some of us are on a strict budget.

2- The talk about this convention's controversies meaning that there is dissension in the Tea Party movement is just that: talk; and mostly, it's just talk from those who cover the Tea Party movement the least and with the most animus. You know, a lot of the press organizations that ended up in Nashville this weekend.

3- Though others disagree, I don't think speaking at the Nashville event will hurt Sarah Palin. She is a symbol of popular unrest with the political elites. One appearance at a controversial event likely won't hurt her.

This convention may have been well-meaning, but it obviously was an attempt by a few people to ride the Tea Party 'brand' to the bank.

That a number of powerhouse speakers attended, as well as a who's-who of the New Media is promising. It means that whenever the next Tea Party convention is undertaken, it could really be something to behold.

And hopefully, more than "600" people--who had to shell out $549 to get into an event that they helped start--will be able to attend and show their support.


by Mondo Frazier
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AP Reports More Unexpected Bad Economic News



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Startled

Unexpectedly: adv, Coming without warning; unforeseen.

THE AP is CONTINUALLY STARTLED BY JOBLESS CLAIMS



IS IT THE ONION OR THE AP?

Getting hit by a car while crossing the street? That's unexpected.

You discover your mom is having an affair with the milkman? That's unexpected.

Space aliens steal your chain saw? That's unexpected.

The Associated Press reports rising jobless figures month after month after month?

Totally, fully, absolutely, positively EXPECTED.



The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week, evidence that layoffs are continuing and jobs remain scarce.

The rise is the fourth in the past five weeks. Most economists hoped that claims would resume a downward trend that was evident in the fall and early winter.
--First-time jobless claims rise unexpectedly




For the last six months or so, every dismal story about rising unemployment or jobless figures from the government has been chronicled in an Associated Press release that begins something like, "The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week..."

The continuing bad jobless figures might be "unexpected" to the AP, but to millions of their remaining readers, after months and months of the same-old same-old, they are totally to be expected.

It's gotten so bad that the word "unexpectedly"--when used by the Associated Press to describe something bad concerning the Obama administration--is something of an Internet punchline (Guess what rose “unexpectedly”?).




AP JOKE TIME!


JOKES YOU CAN USE NEXT TIME YOU SEE AN AP STORY ABOUT "UNEXPECTED" JOBLESS FIGURES

"Knock knock."

"Who's there?"

"Dude, I totally expected you to say that."
---

A cowboy, an astronaut and a fisherman go into a bar. Bartender asks them, "What'll you have?"

They unexpectedly order different drinks.
---
What's the difference between Pravda and the AP?

One's a government mouthpiece that transparently manipulates stories and news in an attempt to deceive the unwitting and the other's a Russian newspaper.


Increasingly, the AP is becoming like a poor man's Onion.

What would be truly unexpected would be for the AP to do a story without using the word "unexpected" to describe more bad unemployment news.

They're becoming like that guy in your office who keeps humming the same song over and over and over and over....

You know who you are.


by Mondo Frazier
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Why is S663 Thank You WWII Merchant Mariners Bill Bottle Up by Sen Akaka?



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Merchant Marine WWII poster


Over 243,000 men served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. The Merchant Mariners suffered the highest casualty rate of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services during the war. Of those 243,000 men who served, 21,521 are officially listed as died, missing in action or wounded: a casualty rate of almost 4%.

The Merchant Mariners ferried men, supplies and war materials across an Atlantic filled with German U-boats and across a Pacific that was controlled and patrolled by the Japanese Navy. At times, the Mariners were caught in the fighting and took up arms in battle against the Japanese.

After the war was over, these men, like other veterans that had served their country, returned home. However, unlike other veterans, they received no GI Bill benefits--or any other recognition. Mariners were denied the following benefits which other services received:

* 52 weeks unemployment benefit at $20 per week
* Free college education, which led to higher earning capacity during their lifetime
* Low-interest, low-down-payment home loans
* Disability benefits for life (mariners who were totally disabled received a maximum of $7,500)
* Veteran Affairs medical benefits for life
* Job preferences for veterans
* Priority for small business loans
* Shopping savings at PX (post exchange)
* Mustering out pay
* Priority for purchase of surplus government equipment
* World War II mariners, many of whom were high school dropouts, never recovered economically from the sacrifices they made for their country.

In July 2007, the House of Representatives considered a bill to help correct this oversight. It would pay surviving members of the U.S. Merchant Mariners a $1000/month benefit. The bill passed by a voice vote without a single dissent.

What a nice recognition from a nation that they had served. Finally, these men would be recognized.






SENATOR Daniel Akaka(D-HI) BOTTLES UP BILL

But the recognition and the belated $1000/month benefit to the few surviving Mariners, most now in their 80s and 90s (average age: 84) was not to be. How could such a common-sense bill not pass?

H.R. 23 Passed House by voice vote on May 12, 2009. The Senate Bill S.663 has 60 co-sponsors.

The reason this bill has not passed is because Senator Daniel Akaka, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has refused to allow this bill to come to a vote. If he allows it to be brought to a vote, it will pass easily.

The question remains: why is Senator Akaka blocking this bill?

Other senators who are on this committee: Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jim Webb (D-VA), John Tester (MT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Roland Burris (D-IL), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Mike Johanns (R-NE).

Both Senators Akaka and Rockefeller's offices have declined to comment, despite repeated attempts to elicit a statement. We were told that "someone would call us back."

We're still waiting.

As are the dwindling number of surviving Merchant Mariners. Our wait hasn't been as long as those veterans have been: WWII has been over for 55 years.

What is Senator Akaka waiting for? Are there any other members of the committee who are concerned that every day they stall, more of these men are passing away?r

Sadly, we do not know.

Do readers think Akaka is doing his best to ensure that the Merchant Mariners remain the Forgotten Branch of the Service?

Senator Akaka's official website contains no mention on the front page of S.663. Lots of other stories, but no S.663, even though this bill has been stalled in his committee since last March.

Why won't Senator Akaka act?

Questions, questions, questions.

Questions only the Senator can answer.



The following are a few comments from relatives of Mariners who served in WWII.

From House OKs bill to pay WWII Merchant Marines $1,000 a month:

My wife's step father is 78 years old. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII from the time he was age 15 to the end of WWII. He went into the Marines and served in the Korean War.

I work as an Actuary for an insuarnce Company. Because of the high average age of current surviving Merchant Marines from the WWII era the benefits should be significantly higher for the shorter future life expectation and the delayed payment of the benefits.

President Roosevelt had intended to do something to thank the Merchant Marines for the part they played in WWII and he died before it happened.

Why has it taken our government more than 50 years top say thank you? Why is this Bill to give benefits to the WWII Mercahnt Marines stuck in the Senate? Lets hope this effort does not die before the final WWII Merchant Marine survivor dies!!!

Had these WWII Merchant Marines received the benefits that other armed servicemen received: THE GI BILL for WWII Veterans included mortgage benefits, education benefits, and medical benefits to name a few. Senate, please get this resolved before Christmas Recess.


My father served as a Merchant Marine during WWII and since has found out that causually rate was extremely high. When he got out jobs were for "Veterans Only", Houses were built for Veterans Only, thus he was discriminated clearly. They had NO GI benefits yet put their lives on the line making sure supplies were received in Europe and around the world. A thousand dollars a month is a token... but a well desired one.


Ed Grant wrote:
My Dad,now 87 years old, served in the Merchant Marines in the European and Pacific theatres of World War II. He contributed as much any other combatant in his service to our nation during that horrible period of history. It is absolutely imparative that this bill be passed into law for the few surviving MM Vets remaining. My Dad, to this day, has nightmares about the horrors of war he witnessed. It is time for the nation to show these valiant sailers that their sacrifices were and are appreciated.


Sad.

We talked to one caller who did manage to get through to the senator's office; he said that "the senator says there's no money to fund the bill."

But there's money for the senator's other pet projects, such as the Native Hawaiian Federal Recognition Act.

If readers think this borders on outrage--when the government budgets over 3.5 TRILLION dollars for turtle tunnels and wine trains--and want to do something, they might contact Senator Akaka's office (202) 224-6361.

Or they might contact other members of the Senate Armed Forces committee, such as Senator Rockefeller (202) 224-6472.

Click to sign the
Petition for 'Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II
.

Since first learning of this sorry situation, this writer has attempted to contact Senator Akaka's office to get a statement. But, this will not be the first article on this subject. Though time is running out for the Mariners who served in WWII, we will keep trying to get through and find out what has held up S.663.

Readers might call on Senator Akaka to bring S.663 to a vote in committee. Allow the full Senate to vote on this bill.

Or, at the very least, Senator Akaka should explain to Americans why he's holding this bill up. Maybe he has a good reason.

The mariners who braved bombs, torpedoes and bullets in World War II deserve, at the very least, the senator's explanation.



by Mondo Frazier

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John Edwards Affair: DBKP Looking for Scandal Tipsters Again



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THE JOHN EDWARDS LOVE CHILD SCANDAL


COME IN CONTACT WITH THESE PEOPLE ANYTIME 2005-2010?
JOHN EDWARDS, ELIZABETH EDWARDS, ANDREW YOUNG, RIELLE HUNTER, FRED BARON
Tell us about it!

John Edwards, he of the "Two Americas" campaign, has already offered up two confessions: one on August 8, 2008, when he confessed to an affair with Rielle Hunter; and, another on January 10, 2008, in which he confessed paternity of Frances Quinn Hunter--in direct contradiction to his earlier confession.

Are there still further confessions for Edwards to make?

Such as, how was Hunter's living expenses--and they weren't cheap, what with being flown by private jets across (and out of) the country--paid and what money was used to pay them?

DBKP is adding to its extensive timeline of the Edwards' scandal and is inviting readers who came in contact with John Edwards, or any of the others involved in the Scandal, to share their personal accounts of all contacts they may have had; e.g., at book signings, town halls, campaign events, in hotels, at the grocery store, etc.

Readers' accounts may be left in the comments section of this article or, if its preferred, sent by email to mondoreb@gmail.com.

While the information unveiled in two recent books--John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's Game Change and Andrew Young's The Politician--have shed some light on a few of the details, we have reason to believe that some of those details still are fuzzy.




That's why we're asking for a little help from our readers. There's still a grand jury out there and there's still a bit of history to be written in the Scandal. We're looking for help.

On many occasions throughout the Scandal, our readers have steered us in the right direction with a mix of tips, background information and investigative work.

It was a tip by one of our readers which informed us that Rielle Hunter was staying in a house owned by ex-NBA player, Eric Montross. The tip was checked out and proved valuable.

Another reader tipped us in May 2008 to the fact that Hunter was no longer in North Carolina and had been moved to California. Several readers made valuable contributions as members of our "crack research department."

We are deeply thankful for our readers' tips--and now appeal to readers to share any other contacts during the last five years with any of the principles in the Scandal.

Of course, we'll keep all information as confidential as is desired by the tipster. Just indicate to us whether you want credit or not. Our default position is that we never reveal anything about our tipsters.

Thanks in advance and let's see what we turn up!


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