From NewsReal Blog: “Fair And Balanced” And Dominant

When I was a kid, my Saturday morning routine was to listen to “American Top 40.” If I was athome, I’d spend the entire four hours listening to Casey Kasem count down the most popular songs in the country. (I didn’t know about Kasem’s lame leftist politics until much later.) The countdown got more exciting as we got closer to finding out what the number one song was. With a kettle drum roll and tons of fanfare, Kasem in his inimitable voice would announce the most popular song in the land, and then it was on to the rest of the day’s activities.

I love lists and countdowns. I’m drawn to rankings of what’s best, worst, or most popular. This fascination obviously informs my propensity to write lists and countdowns on my own blog as well as here at NRB. So this Huffington Post article listing the Top 30 cable news programs is right up my alley.

Here’s how the list shakes down:

  1. The O’Reilly Factor
  2. Special Report With Bret Baier
  3. Hannity
  4. Glenn Beck
  5. Fox Report With Shepard Smith
  6. On The Record With Greta Van Susteren
  7. Your World With Neil Cavuto
  8. America’s Newsroom
  9. Studio B
  10. The O’Reilly Factor (11:00 p.m. repeat)
  11. America Live
  12. The Rachel Maddow Show
  13. Happening Now
  14. The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell
  15. Fox & Friends
  16. Anderson Cooper 360 (10:00 p.m.)
  17. The Ed Show
  18. Piers Morgan Tonight
  19. Hardball With Chris Matthews
  20. The Situation Room
  21. Parker Spitzer
  22. Nancy Grace
  23. Anderson Cooper 360 (11:00 p.m.)
  24. John King USA
  25. CNN Newsroom
  26. The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell (11:00 p.m. repeat)
  27. Morning Joe
  28. The Daily Rundown
  29. MSNBC Live
  30. Andrea Mitchell Reports

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From News Real Blog: No Comparison

There’s an curious trend happening these days — some might even call it disturbing — in which members of the Left are falling all over each other to compare Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan. If it weren’t so odd, and at times over the top, it would be easy to dismiss it as quaint and merely laughable, but this meme has become head-stratchingly bizarre.

The comparisons have been going on since Obama was barely inaugurated, but the last few months have seen an upswing in the Obama-as-Reagan narrative. We can point to two occasions which come together to serve as the main impetus for what has turned into a seemingly endlesscomparison. The first and most obvious one is the centennial of President Reagan’s birth. This momentous event has been accompanied by a wave of Reagan nostalgia, obviously from all of us here on the Right, but, interestingly enough, also from the Left. That’s right, even the Left has finally come around to see what a great man Reagan was, albeit grudgingly.

The second event is actually a pair of speeches President Obama made within a few days of each other. When Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting, he made a masterful speech, even if the service was marred by truly strange crowd behavior. The speech was possibly one of Obama’s finest moments. A couple of weeks later, he delivered his State of the Union address. The mainstream media attempted to paint the address as another deftly delivered speech, but it was just full of the same empty, vague platitudes as any number of speeches Obama gave during his campaign.

Seizing on this train of nostalgia for a truly remarkable president like Reagan and on a pair of alleged high notes for Obama, the Left has picked up the ball of Obama-Reagan comparisons and run with it. Time even ran with a now notorious cover featuring a photoshopped image of Reagan standing next to Obama, his arm around the younger president’s shoulder, a photo that is as tacky as those electronically edited duets between a living singer and a deceased one. It was an audacious move, to say the least.

Sadly, we know the truth. Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan. And even though most of us know this fact, it’s worth pointing out the reasons why there is no comparison between the two men. Here’s a list of reasons why Obama can’t even hold a candle to Reagan.

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From News Real Blog: 7 Conservative Football Stars

Since today is the actual day of The Game We Dare Not Mention By Name For Copyright Reasons (let’s just say that it’s a bowl game that’s super), I thought it would be fun to take a look at the NFL.

Bill Maher had something to say about the NFL last week. In a terribly unfunny Huffington Post column, Mr. Subtlety made his case that the NFL is so successful and popular because it is basically a socialist organization. Or something like that:

With the Super Bowl only a week away, Americans must realize what makes NFL football so great: socialism. That’s right, for all the F-15 flyovers and flag waving, football is our most successful sport because the NFL takes money from the rich teams and gives it to the poor teams… just like President Obama wants to do with his secret army of ACORN volunteers.

…football is more like the Democratic philosophy. Democrats don’t want to eliminate capitalism or competition, but they’d like it if some kids didn’t have to go to a crummy school in a rotten neighborhood while others get to go to a great school and their Dad gets them into Harvard. Because when that happens “achieving the American dream” is easy for some, and just a fantasy for others.

That’s why the NFL runs itself in a way that would fit nicely on Glenn Beck’s chalkboard – they literally share the wealth, through salary caps and revenue sharing – TV is their biggest source of revenue, and they put all of it in a big commie pot and split it 32 ways. Because they don’t want anyone to fall too far behind. That’s why the team that wins the Super Bowl picks last in the next draft. Or what the Republicans would call “punishing success.”

I think that we, on the Right, would more likely call it “a bizarre business model.” But whatever. It works. The fact that I’m writing about the NFL today instead of, say, Barclay’s Premier League Soccer speaks volumes. (Yeah, I’d never heard of Barclay’s either. I just saw it on ESPN’s Bottom Line.) But I digress.

The truth of the matter is that you’ll find plenty of NFL players and coaches who espouse conservative views or support candidates who are on the Right. This is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list, but it’s a good sampling of conservatives who have been part of the NFL.

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From News Real Blog: 6 Historical Reasons Why The Muslim Brotherhood Must Not Be Allowed Into Power In Egypt

With the recent events in Egypt, there has been a lot of talk about the Muslim Brotherhood. I have to admit, I never knew much about the Muslim Brotherhood until last week. I had read a little about their actions in the past and assumed that they were an old, defunct organizationwhose members had funneled off into other organizations. My assumptions were wrong.

The Muslim Brotherhood is alive and well, and not just in the Middle East. They are a worldwidenetwork of Islamic extremists with one overriding goal: the adoption of Islam and Sharia law throughout the world, and they have a history of violently attempting to achieve that aim.

Formed in 1928 in Egypt by a young, idealistic school teacher and activist named Hasan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood began as a fundamentalist Islamic group, basically a militant religious revival. Their statement of faith couldn’t be more clearly laid out:

God is our objective, the Koran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.

The Muslim Brotherhood has, from its outset, advocated an armed, violent struggle in order to win the world for Allah and Islam.

The organization has made political trouble in Egypt in the past. In 1948, one of its members assassinated Prime Minister Mahmoud Fahmi Nuqrashi, and in the fifties, the group came out against Gamal Abdel Nasser’s government. The Muslim Brotherhood has been officially banned in Egypt since 1954, but that fact hasn’t stopped its members from running for political office as independents and attempting to affect Islamist reforms in the country.

Recently, the Left, along with some Islamist groups, have tried to paint the Muslim Brotherhood as some sort of non-threatening, moderate group, as though the last 80 years of history can be ignored. We know that, in the current climate in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is angling for some seat at the table in a new government. That simply cannot happen.

Here are six reasons, culled from the Muslim Brotherhood’s history from its earliest years to today, why the Muslim Brotherhood should not be allowed into power in Egypt. These incidents and actions prove that the Muslim Brotherhood is an insidious organization that is threatening to Israel, to democracy, and to Western culture.

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From News Real Blog: Atrocious! Progressives In 2010

2010. I remember when I was growing up how 2010 sounded so futuristic. And now it’s come and gone. As a kid, I used to think that by the year 2010 we’d have flying cars and that everything would be so space-age. What do we have to show for 2010? The iPad. The Chevy Volt. Those little gel toilet dots that supposedly keep you from having to clean the toilet as often. So much for a wide-open future of technological innovation.

At the same time, during my politically precocious childhood, I was captivated by the seemingly limitless optimism of the Reagan era. I thought there was nothing we couldn’t do as a nation, and I truly believed that we wouldn’t again see anything like the Carter years. I didn’t know how to define it at the time, but I was convinced that what I now know as the Left was defeated.

Little did I know that, all these years later, progressives would be more galvanized and stubborn than at any other era of history. And just when you think they couldn’t get more outrageous, the Left continues to surprise, amuse, and anger much of the American populace, often achieving all three at the same time.

Whether they’re turning a scandal into a circus, passing unpopular legislation, whitewashing their own or someone else’s history, living it up on the taxpayers’ dime, or revealing their own ignorance and insanity, Leftists engage in more ridiculous behavior than ever before. It’s hard to believe their constituents continue to let them get away with it, but they do.

This past year was a banner year for Leftist atrociousness, and before we consign 2010 to the dustbin of history, here’s a special year-end look at ten of the Left’s most ridiculous moments of the year. These moments are guaranteed to make you laugh uproariously or grumble in anger — or both. Regardless of your reaction, I’m certain you won’t soon forget these episodes.

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From News Real Blog: Hating Christmas

Without a doubt, Christmas is one of the most special times of the year, if not the most special. Time with family and friends, parties, great food, movies and TV specials, and giving and receiving gifts all, in one way or another, add to the joyous celebration and festive spirit of the season. And, of course, it’s the time when billions of Christians around the world celebrate the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

recent survey showed that 91% of Americans celebrate Christmas, regardless of their religious beliefs. Here’s how that survey breaks down:

A new study by LifeWay Research reveals that nine in 10 Americans (91 percent) personally celebrate Christmas, and those aren’t all self-identified Christians. A majority of agnostics or those claiming no preference (89 percent), individuals claiming other religions (62 percent), and even atheists (55 percent) celebrate Christmas along with 97 percent of Christians.


Yet, strangely enough, Christmas, which has been celebrated in one way or another since the 4th century, has been under increased attack in recent years. We see it most obviously in the statements of “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” that have replaced “Merry Christmas” just about everywhere we go. Ad agencies and marketing professionals use the word “holiday” in place of “Christmas”, creating awkwardly written commercials that deny the obvious celebration that is right under all our noses.

As a Christian (and as an American), of course those word games are offensive to me and plenty of other folks, but it’s easy to dismiss the ads and the greetings as politically correct attempts to avoid offending people (even the mere 9% who don’t celebrate Christmas). But there’s something more pernicious here, and that is the series of attacks on the Christmas holiday by the Left. These salvos from the Left are no mere attempts at political correctness. Rather, they show an outright hostility toward a beloved holiday and the millions who celebrate it. And it’s not just the Christian symbols of Christmas that are being maligned. The non-sectarian Yuletide traditions are under attack as well.

There were so many unbelievable but true stories of assaults on Christmas this year that I found enough material from 2010 to make an entire list. Here are the ten most stupid attacks on Christmas this year. I hope that you’ll laugh along with me, even as you may shake your head in outrage.

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From News Real Blog: Nanny Statists Vs. Truckers: LaHood And The DOT Try Once Again To Get Into Our Business

On Friday, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said that his department is exploring the idea of banning cell phone use for bus and truck drivers. This, of course, comes on the heels of First Lady Michelle Obama’s attempts to combat child obesity with government regulation and LaHood’s suggestion that the government install devices that would jam cell phones in vehicles, rendering them useless.

Late last month LaHood appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and said:

There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that. That’s one way. But you have to have good laws, you have to have good enforcement, and you have to have people take personal responsibility. That’s the bottom line.

“You have to have people take personal responsibility.” And the best way to do this is through government regulation? First LaHood actually says out loud that he is considering jamming cell phones in vehicles. And now, just over two weeks later, his department is considering a ban on cell phone use for truck drivers. Not speculating, but acting.

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From News Real Blog: The Future Of The Right: 8 Under-40 Conservatives To Watch

Every generation gets its chance to lead, its opportunity to shine, and leaders from both sides of the aisle emerge to help define their era. The “Greatest Generation” who fought World War II produced leaders and powerful voices from the Right like Ronald Reagan. Then again, this same generation gave us the Kennedy family and Jimmy Carter. The Baby Boomers who followed seem like a disastrously Leftist generation, with the fiasco that was the 1960s and a generation that has given us the likes of BillHillary Clinton and BarackMichelle Obama. Even some of the most prominent Rightward names from that generation like Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush don’t even come close to the impact of a leader like Reagan.

There’s a new generation beginning to take the reigns of leadership in all areas of society. These post-Baby Boomers (I hate the term “Generation X,” but I’m we’re stuck with it), represent all kinds of points of view, from salient ideas to some really off-the-wall notions. Many of the Left’s leading…umm…lights from this generation speak from the perspectives of Hollywood and the intellectual sphere, while others have begun to make a name for themselves in politics. More encouragingly, there seems to be a groundswell of conservatives under the age of 40 making a splash in Congress, as well as in statewide offices and as writers and pundits.

Here are eight people (well nine really, as one of the entries on this list is a duo) who are under 40 and are making a name for themselves on the Right. Some of these people are already household names, while others are just starting to emerge on the scene. I bristled at using the term “young conservatives,” because many of these people are around my age, and while I don’t consider myself old I wouldn’t use the word “young” to describe myself. I used 40 as a somewhat arbitrary cutoff point. There were several names, like Michelle Malkin, Paul Ryan, and Megyn Kelly, that I would’ve loved to have written about had they not already crossed that threshold.

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From News Real Blog: Environmentalists Gone Wild? 8 Observations From The Cancun Climate Conference

Another United Nations Climate Change Conference has come and gone. This year’s Cancun Climate Conference didn’t look to be a repeat of the disaster that was Copenhagen. For one thing, the UN chose the sunny, party beach capital of Mexico over the stately, old-world (and, oh yeah, cold) city of Copenhagen.

The attitude at the conference was different too. Where the delegates arrived at Copenhagen with dreams of sweeping change – dreams which, for the most part, turned into shattered illusions – they descended on Cancun with smaller expectations in mind. And yet, even with what seemed like less at stake, the UN delegations reached the end of the conference with no deal, which of course was a dire prospect going into the conference.

At stake was not just the success or failure of this conference, the 16th annual meeting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Many delegates and analysts warned that failure to reach some sort of accord, even a modest, face-saving deal that pushes the tough questions off into the future, could doom the entire process.

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From News Real Blog: Global Warming Fearmongers Offer Further Proof Of Widespread Alarmism

 The radical environmentalists are at it again, bringing their joy-killing alarmism to the Yucatan’s party capital. This year’s Climate Change Conference is being held in sunny Cancun, Mexico. Last year’s highly touted conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was, in a huge irony, blanketed with four inches of snow during the final day of the conference.

Having brought their show to Cancun (presumably when no college students are there to party the night away), the global warming killjoys have naturally started parroting their message of worldwide environmental apocalypse and the socialist (or at the very least statist) policies that naturally must follow to stem the tide and prevent the proverbial sky from falling.

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