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Beck Destroys ACORN Spokesman On National TV… Then Boots Him From Studio

Gateway Pundit

Beck told listeners after the break that Levenson was expelled from the studio after he accused the host of being racist. Levenson appeared on the “Glenn Beck” show to respond to criminal charges filed against ACORN employees in Nevada on Monday. The non-profit organization, formally known as the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now, is under investigation nationwide for voter fraud in at least 12 different states.

In his exchange with Beck, the ACORN spokesman insisted that individual employees were responsible for the violations but not the national organization. Beck was not persuaded by this defense and persisted in his questioning.

Government Steals Land For 911 Islamic Crescent Memorial

Atlas Shrugs

United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was diverted by hijackers with the goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol. The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit.

To memorize to those brave Americans, the dhimmis in charge plan to erect a giant Islamic crescent. We have fought this for the past year (Atlas coverage here). Khalim Massoud, president of Muslims against Sharia–Islamic Reform Movement, issued a press release in support of Tom Burnett Sr.’s efforts to stop the Park Service from planting a giant Mecca-oriented crescent atop his son’s grave….

….The government will begin taking land from seven property owners so that the Flight 93 memorial can be built in time for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Park Service said.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, the park service said it had teamed up with a group representing the victims’ families to work with landowners since before 2005 to acquire the land.

“But with few exceptions, these negotiations have been unsuccessful,” said the statement.

Landowners dispute that negotiations have taken place and say they are disappointed at the turn of events.


Jake Tapper Critical of Obama’s ‘Tiny’ Budget Cut Efforts: ABC’s White House correspondent reminds viewers Obama mocked opponent McCain for earmark vigilance of same dollar amount.

Business & Media Institute

“President Obama today spotlighted 121 programs he seeks to cut from his budget, saving $17 billion,” Tapper said.

But, Tapper wasn’t buying the premise that the $17 billion in cuts were a major accomplishment. In fact, he pointed out that President Barack Obama wasn’t impressed with a similar dollar amount eight months ago at the height of the presidential campaign.

“Of the president’s $3.6-trillion budget, the proposed $17 billion in cuts amount to a reduction of less than one-half of 1 percent,” Tapper said. “On the campaign trail last year, then-Sen. Obama seemed to belittle the impact of his opponent’s call to cut earmarks – $18 billion worth.”


CIA Says Pelosi Was Briefed on Use of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

The Washington Post

Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners, seemingly contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that these techniques were actually being used….

….The memo, issued by the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency to Capitol Hill, notes the Pelosi-Goss briefing covered “EITs including the use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah.” EIT is an acronym for enhanced interrogation technique. Zubaydah was one of the earliest valuable al-Qaeda members captured and the first to have the controversial tactic known as water boarding used against him….

….In a carefully worded statement, Pelosi’s office said today that she had never been briefed about the use of waterboarding, only that it had been approved by Bush administration lawyers as a legal technique to use in interrogations.

The Victory for Gun Rights That Nobody Heard About

America’s Right

If last year’s seminal Heller v. District of Columbia hit the news cycles and the American political landscape like a .375 H&H, last month’s Nordyke v. King was a .22 rimfire. Yet, hardly reported at all by the mainstream press and given scant attention even on the Internet, the April 20, 2009 ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was nonetheless incredibly important to the struggle for gun rights, and was one of the first downhill consequences of Heller.

In deciding Nordyke, the notoriously liberal appellate court affirmed the incorporation of Second Amendment against state and local governments under the Fourteenth Amendment. In other words, while Heller affirmed that the Second Amendment is an individual right to keep and bear arms rather than a right reserved to government-regulated militias, Nordyke took the baton and affirmed that such a right applies not only to the federal government, but to state and local governments as well.

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