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Friday, October 9, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This just in …… More awards announced for President Obama.

by Lee Habeeb
VP of Content Salem Radio Network

Oct. 9, 2009 7:43 AM. This just in from the Pulitzer Committee.

Barack Obama will be awarded the prestigious prize for his writing in “The Audacity of Hope.” The Committee explained that though it was rare to grant the award to writing not done in the past year, the book “deserved consideration given Obama’s extraordinary work thus far as President.”

Oct. 9, 2009 8:03 AM. This just in fromThe Baseball Writers Association (responsible for The CY Young Award).

Barack Obama was awarded a special Cy Young Award this year for best pitch by a President in the year 2009. Noted the committee; “The style and grace President Obama brought to the baseball mound this year was extraordinary, and is the reason Major League baseball has enjoyed record setting attendance this year.” That his pitch didn’t cross the plate had little bearing on the decision, the committee added, anticipating critics reactions.

Oct. 9, 2009 8:22 AM. This just in from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

President Obama has been awarded an Emmy for best Dance Performance on a Daytime TV Show. “The President’s smooth performance dazzled the world when he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and since then, millions of young Americans have taken to signing up at Arthur Murray Schools of Dance all over America. His influence on the world of daytime televison-and the world of danceas well – can not be underestimated,” noted a spokesman from the NATAS.

Oct. 9, 2009 8:45 AM. This just in from The National Education Association.

President Obama has been awarded the National Teacher of The Year Award for his speech in early September to America’s school kids. “The President’s talk with America’s school kids was so profound, and so important, that teachers around America thought it appropriate that this year’s award go to our Teacher in Chief, President Obama. He has inspired generations from that talk – we’re STILL talking about it,” noted an NEA Spokesperson.

Oct. 9, 2009 8:45 AM.

This just in from The Presidential Freedom Award Committee.

President Obama has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for his body of work over a lifetime. “Though it is unusual for a sitting President to be awarded The Presidential Freedom Award, we felt it important to get out ahead of history given the ground breaking nature of his time in office thus far, and all of the great work he has done to advance human freedom around the world,” noted the spokesman of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Committee.

Oct. 9, 2009 9:15 AM. This just in from office of The Fields Committee, which announces its prestigious MATH Award every 4 years (it is often called The Nobel Prize of Math, and was popularzied in the movie “Good Will Hunting”).

President Obama has been awarded the Fields Prize for his contribution to econometric and budgetary analysis in the public square. “The Committee has never before presented this award to a politician, but his brilliant work adding people to Medicare while simultaneously cutting the Medicare budget is a mathematical feat we have rarely seen in public life,” explained a spokesman for The Fields Committee.

**** “This Just In” will keep you posted on upcoming Award Announcements. If you hear of any awards being granted to President Obama in the coming minutes and hours, kindly submit to our editors.

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“Congatulations Mr. President. Now Please Use The Moment To Save The Afghan People From The Taliban and The World From Iran’s Fanatics”

Friday, October 9, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

That’s the title of the column I just sent off to Townhall which I will link to when it appears.

Before any conservative rushes off to denounce the Committee’s decision, pause and consider that this is a salute to the office of the American Presidency and the power and hope it embodies. Of course there is no small amount of dazed admiration for the new president mixed in, but the award underscores that the world looks to him to lead, not retreat, and to make peace, not condemn regions to deep darkness, and that has huge implications for the decisions on his desk in the Oval Office right now.

The deliberations on the award were ongoing when the president’s only foreign policy action of consequence was his recommitment to victory in Afghanistan. He campaigned on winning there, and he dispatched thousands of more troops to the region. Now as he nears a critical decision on whether or not to provide the troops his commander in the theater is pressing for even as appeasers in his inner circle council appeasement of the Taliban, he is awarded the world’s most prestigious prize.

Hope and pray that the award puts some steel in his spine and impresses on him the prospect of looking at his medal through the years if as a consequence of his decisions in the next few weeks, another many generations of Afghan women are condemned to remain in their burqas without benefit of education or medical care even as their husbands plot unmolested to strike America again. Perhaps the award will encourage him to end the dithering and confirm again America’s strong resolve to defeat the Taliban and it s al Qaeda allies.

Hope and pray as well that the award triggers in the president consideration of the awful irony if Iran would go nuclear within a year of his being so honored.

The award is a good thing for President Obama, a great honor and recognition of the role of America, and an opportunity for the president to recommit, against the pressure from his domestic left, to leading the world towards genuine peace and security.

A “Yes” Vote On Cloture Crushes Medicare and American Medicine

Thursday, October 8, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Eight Democratic senators stand between the Medicare and the destruction of the senior health care program as well as the ruin of American medicine generally. These eight know the stakes and have written Harry Reid to demand that the Democratic leader slow down the jam down so that they and the public know what they are voting on and what it will cost. They have asked for at least 72 hours and a CBO estimate for any Obamacare bill before a final floor vote occurs, as well as 72 hours and a full CBO score before any vote on a future House-Senate conference report occurs.

These demands are a dodge because any of these eight have the ability to enforce any amount of delay they want via a refusal to vote for cloture whenever that debate-limiting motion is put forward by Reid.

To review: The Senate’s rules provide that it requires 60 affirmative votes to pass a motion ending debate on any legislative proposal. Thus if even one Democrat refuses to go along with this Obamacare jam down that will devastate Medicare, the entire bill halts until and unless that Democrat is satisfied it is a good idea. Thus every Democrat has the individual ability to demand a serious, careful debate and serious, careful budget impact analysis.

Some Democrats hope to protect themselves against the people’s fury at the polls in November 2010 by voting for cloture and then voting against passage, but that won’t work in this hyperattentive new media age.

A vote for cloture is a vote for everything in the Obamacare package that would end up on the president’s desk. Everyone knows this, but some Democrats hold out hope that their genuine responsibility for Obamacare will be obscured by various posed votes. In this sleight-of-hand they hope to be helped by Manhattan-Beltway media elites that will do what they can to obscure accountability on the cloture votes ahead.

But the clear truth is that a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare, and not just its ruinous impact on Medicare for seniors and medicine generally but also for the trickery that is obscuring the real and vast costs of the bills and the refusal to allow the American people the opportunity to see and read what it is they are being obliged to sacrifice their health care and benefits for.

So contact all the Democrats below. Contact them early and often and contact anyone you know who lives in their state and ask them to do the same thing. If you are a doctor in their state, your voice is especially important. Tell each one of them to vote no on cloture motions –all of them– and to start over with a genuinely bipartisan reform bill that protects Medicare and which includes tort reform.

And tell them that if they vote yes on any cloture, you will help fund their next opponent and do whatever it takes to defeat them at the polls when next they stand for re-election.

A couple of these senators, like Joe Lieberman and James Webb will not be moved by the prospect of losing their Senate seat but they will be very careful before sacrificing their honorable records to help President Obama achieve a political win that destroys Medicare. Webb especially has built a record of fiery populism that would be laughable if he joins in a jam down that protects trial lawyers with seven figure annual incomes while dramatically cutting back on health care for seniors. Joe Lieberman knows what the bill will really do to seniors. Together these two can stop the whole charade right now. Encourage them to do so.

The rest will care about their jobs, and especially Blanche Lincoln and Evan Bayh who face the public in Arkansas and Indiana in a year. If either votes for cloture, she or he or both of them will be the face of Obamacare at the polls.

Each of these senators needs to hear fromthousands and tens of thousands and indeed hundreds of thousands of Americans that we know a yes on cloture means yes on Obamacare and will assess their records accordingly.

Arkansas

Sen. Blanche Lincoln

DC Phone: (202) 224-4843

Local Phone: Dumas (870) 382-1023, Fayetteville (479) 251-1224, Little Rock (501) 375-2993, Jonesboro (870) 910-6896, Texarkana (870) 774-3106

Link to E-mail

Sen. Mark Pryor

DC Phone: (202) 224-2353

Local Phone: Little Rock (501) 324-6336

Link to E-mail

Connecticut

Sen. Joe Lieberman

DC Phone: (202) 224-4041

Local Phone: (860) 549-8463

Link to E-mail

Florida

Sen. Bill Nelson

DC Phone: (202) 224-5274

Local Phone: Orlando (407) 872-7161, Miami-Dade (305) 536-5999, Tampa (813) 225-7040, West Palm Beach (561) 514-0189, Tallahassee (850) 942-8415, Jacksonville (904) 346-4500, Broward (954) 693-4851, Fort Meyers (239) 334-7760

Link to E-mail

Indiana

Sen. Evan Bayh

DC Phone: (202) 224-5623

Local Phone: Evansville (812) 465-6500, Fort Wayne (260) 426-3151, Hammond (219) 852-2763, Indianapolis (317) 554-0750, Jeffersonville (812) 218-2317, Southbend (574) 236-8302

Link to E-mail

Louisiana

Sen. Mary Landrieu

DC Phone: (202) 224-5824

Local Phone: Baton Rouge (225) 389-0395, Lake Charles (337) 436-6650, New Orleans (504) 589-2427, Shreveport (318) 676-3085

Link to E-mail

Montana

Sen. Jon Tester

DC Phone: (202) 224-2644

Local Phone: Billings (406) 252-0550, Bozeman (406) 586-4450, Butte (406) 723-3277, Glendive (406) 365-2391, Great Falls (406) 452-9585, Helena (406) 449-5401, Kalispell (406) 257-3360, Missoula (406) 728-3003

Link to E-mail

Nebraska

Sen. Ben Nelson

DC Phone: (202) 224-6551

Local Phone: Omaha (402) 391-3411, Lincoln (402) 441-4600, Scottsbluff (308) 631-7614, Kearney (308) 293-5818, South Sioux City (402) 209-3595

Link to E-mail

North Dakota

Sen. Kent Conrad

DC Phone: (202) 224-2043

Local Phone: Bismarck (701) 258-4648, Fargo (701) 232-8030, Grand Forks (701) 775-9601, Minot (701) 852-0703

Link to E-mail

Sen. Byron Dorgan

DC Phone: (202) 224-2551

Local Phone: Bismarck (701) 250-4618, Fargo (701) 239-5389, Minot (701) 852-0703, Grand Forks (701) 746-8972

Link to E-mail

South Dakota

Sen. Tim Johnson

DC Phone: (202) 224-5842

Local Phone: Aberdeen (605) 226-3440, Sioux Falls (605) 332-8896, Rapid City (605) 341-3990

Link to E-mail

Virginia

Sen. James Webb

(202) 224-4024
1-866-507-1570

Link to E-mail.

West Virginia

Sen. Robert C. Byrd

DC Phone: (202) 224-3954

Local Phone: Charlestown (304) 342-5855, Eastern Panhandle (304) 264-4626

Link to E-mail

Because The Sacramento Bee Isn’t Really Journalism

Wednesday, October 7, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

In a deeply flawed “chronology” of events concerning its deeply flawed story about Meg Whitman’s voting record, the Sacramento Bee leaves out my post detailing the errors in its story, but doesn’t mention must less invite its own readers to listen to its own editor Amy Chance discuss the story with me.

Another example of great “reporting” by the very courageous Bee. No wonder newspapers come in two categories –dead and dying. The Bee ran a hit piece pretending to be a story, got caught, and won’t tell its readers the truth about what happened or own its errors.

As though every single person who cares about the story to begin with doesn’t already know what happened. BTW: Still waiting on the promised call back from Amy with the names of who Andrew McIntosh allegedly talked to in the three “offices” he quotes in his original story.

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