Archive for October 2nd, 2008

Virginia Teachers Union Sparks Outrage With ‘Obama Blue Day’

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

The liberal teacher’s union can say what they want, but calling it ‘Obama Blue Day’ pretty much shows their intent. That intent was to influence its members, and through those members, influence the students into voting for Obama.

Virginia Republicans are in an uproar after the state teacher’s union sent an e-mail to its members encouraging them to wear blue-colored shirts to school to show their support for Barack Obama.

State Republicans are calling it an undisguised attempt to influence students’ political views.

The Virginia Education Association sponsored “Obama Blue Day” on Tuesday. In an e-mail sent last week, it urged teachers to participate by dressing in blue.

“There are people out there not yet registered. You teach some of them,” the Sept. 25 e-mail reads. “Others, including our members, remain on the fence! Its time for us to come together, voice our unity, because we make a difference!”

“Let’s make Obama Blue Day a day of Action!” the e-mail continues. “Barack the vote!”

In a statement released to Thursday, VEA President Kitty Boitnott defended the e-mail, saying that it called for teachers to wear blue shirts, but not ones that mentioned a candidate.

The invitation was not intended to “encourage teachers to use their classrooms for partisan political purposes,” Boitnott said.

“The e-mail did not encourage teachers to talk with students about voting for any specific candidate, although it did suggest that teachers can encourage eligible students to register to vote. There certainly is nothing wrong with encouraging students who are 18 years of age or older to register to vote.”

But many state Republicans are miffed by the plan, which they characterize as an obvious attempt by the teachers union to encourage young, impressionable voters to cast their ballots for Obama.

“It’s a breach of public trust on many levels,” Virginia Republican Party Communications Director Gerry Scimeca told

Scimeca, who described the VEA as a “very political organization,” said the school environment is “a completely inappropriate place for teachers or education staff to be politicking on behalf of any candidate. Parents send their kids to school to get a bipartisan education.”

The controversy surrounding the VEA’s “Obama Blue Day” is not the only clash between partisan politics and education this election season.

The teachers union in New York has also come under fire for distributing thousands of Obama campaign buttons to its members, prompting a backlash from education officials and parents.

“Schools are not a place for politics and not a place for staff to wear political buttons,” New York Department of Education spokeswoman Ann Forte told

“We don’t want a school or school staff advocating for any political position or candidate to students and we don’t want students feeling intimidated because they might hold a different belief or support a different candidate than their teachers,” she said.

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CDC: 1.1 Million Americans Infected With AIDS

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

About 1.1 million Americans are infected with the AIDS virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The new infection rate is based on 2006 data. Using 2003 data, the CDC previously estimated that 994,000 Americans were infected with the virus.

The CDC also reported that people with AIDS are living longer thanks to treatment advancements and that blacks, as well as gay and bisexual men are disproportionately affected by the disease.

The CDC estimated that there were 35,314 new HIV infections in 33 states that provided information in 2006. The rate of new infections has remained stable since 2003.

Other findings included:

— The rate of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses for 2006 in the 33 states was about 19 cases per 100,000 people.

— In 2006, the estimated rate of new AIDS diagnoses was about 12 cases per 100,000.

— From 2002-2006, the number of new AIDS diagnoses in children under the age of 13 decreased 64 percent.

— In 2006, the majority of new HIV (16 percent) and AIDS (20 percent) diagnoses occurred in people ages 40–44 years old.

— Almost half of all HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in 2006 occurred in black Americans, for a rate of about 68 cases per 100,000. Hispanics also had high rates of newly diagnosed disease at 26 cases per 100,000, compared with those diagnosed in whites at 8 cases per 100,000 people.

— Men accounted for about three-fourths of new HIV/AIDS cases in 2006.

— Between 2002 and 2006, the estimated number of diagnosed AIDS cases decreased 10 percent in the western region of the United States and 6 percent in the Northeast.

— The estimated number of AIDS-related deaths decreased 17 percent from 2002-2006.

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Palin: I Know What Americans Are Going Through

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Here is an excerpt of an interview of Governor Palin by Hugh Hewitt. Be sure to follow the link at the bottom and read the whole interview.

In her first radio interview since becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin joined Hugh Hewitt on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Hugh Hewitt: Governor, your candidacy has ignited extreme hostility, even some hatred on the left and in some parts of the media. Are you surprised? And what do you attribute this reaction to?

Sarah Palin: I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying, “You know what? It’s time that normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency.” I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard, and they’re out of sorts, and they’re ticked off about it, but it’s motivation for John McCain and I to work that much harder to make sure that our ticket is victorious, and we put government back on the side of the people of Joe six-pack like me, and we start doing those things that are expected of our government, and we get rid of corruption, and we commit to the reform that is not only desired, but is deserved by Americans.

Hewitt: Now governor, the Gibson and the Couric interview struck many as sort of pop quizzes designed to embarrass you as opposed to interviews. Do you share that opinion?

Palin: Well, I have a degree in journalism also, so it surprises me that so much has changed since I received my education in journalistic ethics all those years ago. But I’m not going to pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful. I’m going to take those shots and those pop quizzes and just say, “That’s okay.” Those are good testing grounds. And they can continue on in that mode. That’s good. That makes somebody work even harder. It makes somebody be even clearer and more articulate in their positions. So really I don’t fight it. I invite it.

Hewitt: Have you followed the attacks on you, say, via Drudge or the blogs? Some of them are just made up and out of left field, others are just mocking. Do you follow those?

Palin: No, I sure don’t, and thank God I don’t have time to follow those. I think that those shots, too, though, no matter what we’re taking and receiving, it’s nothing compared to what real shots are against Americans in this world. Americans today who are worried about losing their home and figuring out how in the world they’re going to pay their fuel bill next month, and send their kid to college, and may be worried about losing a loved one that they’re sending off to a war zone to protect our rights. Those are the shots that Americans are taking, so all this political nonsense and the lies, the rhetoric that is spun out there about someone just trying to offer themselves up in the name of service to this great country, I’ll take it.

Hewitt: Governor, you mentioned the people who are struggling right now. Have you and your husband, Todd, ever faced tough economic times where you had to sit around a kitchen table and make tough choices?

Palin: Oh my goodness, yes, Hugh. I know what Americans are going through. Todd and I—heck, we’re going through that right now even as we speak, which may put me again kind of on the outs of those Washington elite who don’t like the idea of just an everyday working class American running for such an office. But yes, there’s been a lot of times that Todd and I have had to figure out how we were going to pay for health insurance. We’ve gone through periods of our life here with paying out of pocket for health coverage until Todd and I both landed a couple of good union jobs.

Early on in our marriage, we didn’t have health insurance, and we had to either make the choice of paying out of pocket for catastrophic coverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would get hurt, nobody would get sick. So I know what Americans are going through there. And you know, even today, Todd and I are looking at what’s going on in the stock market, the relatively low number of investments that we have, looking at the hit that we’re taking, probably $20,000 dollars last week in his 401(k) plan that was hit. I’m thinking, “Geez, the rest of America, they’re facing the exact same thing that we are.”

We understand what the problems are. It’s why I have all the faith in the world that John McCain is the right top of any ticket at this point to get us through these challenges. It’s a good balanced ticket where he’s got the experience, and he’s got the bipartisan approach that it’s going to take to get us through these challenges. And I have the acknowledgement and the experience of going through what America is going through.

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The V.P. Debate Stacked – Put an End to This Now!!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Earlier this week, we blogged about the fact that the moderator of the Vice-Presidential debate, Gwen Ifill, is anything but non-biased. She is due to release a book entitled “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”


Ifill Bias

If you are as tired of this type of thing as I am, there is something we can do.
Here is the contact information for the Commission on Presidential Debates, the people responsible for the oversight of these events. Demand that the commission either compel Ifill to acknowledge her conflict of interest, on the air before the debate, or remove her from the event completely.

Commission on Presidential Debates phone number: 202-872-1020.
E-mail address of Janet H. Brown, Executive Director of the Debates Commission:

Michael Mickey had this to say:

If you’re not outraged at this point, you ought to be. This over-the-top liberal media bias in favor of Barack Obama has got to be stopped!

What we’re witnessing, Christians? This type of deliberate truth-bending, sleight of hand journalism is nothing short of a preview of how the most evil man in the world, the prophesied Antichrist to come, is going to be lifted up as the greatest man the world has ever seen when he confirms a seven-year covenant of peace in the troubled Middle East. (Daniel 9:27) Who knows? The deception in favor of him may begin well before that momentous event even takes place.

I feel like has become NewsBusters lately but if there is anything Christ made plain to us about the last days it’s this: We need to be cautious in monitoring the world around us as it is going to be rife with deception! I know I’m not telling my regular readers anything they don’t already know but we’re there.

Take heed that ye be not deceived!

UPDATE: The liberal media is now rallying around Ifill in an attempt to downplay any hint that she might not be a fair moderator. Now who, pray tell, would have envisioned THAT?

Greta Van Susteren of Fox News has said of this – and correctly, “I am stunned….the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair — in law, this would create a mistrial.”

The author of the Politico article linked above, Michael Calderone, writes the following, in part, in an attempt to downplay the Ifill issue, “…one didn’t have to go the lengths of oppo research to find out about a book that was hiding in plain sight on Amazon and the Random house website.”

Van Susteren is correct in her assessment and, with all due respect to Calderone, if professionalism and a lack of bias is the standard by which a journalist is to be judged, Ifill should have recused herself from the role as she clearly has a conflict of interest regardless of how the issue is spun by anyone! Besides, to say Ifill isn’t in the tank is just plain stupid. That’s right. It is stupid!

Take a look at the description of her upcoming pro-Obama book as it appears on (emphasis added mine):

In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

Any questions left? I didn’t think so.

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“The Liberal Media and the 2008 Election” by Todd Strandberg

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

It’s been a long time since I wrote a “Nearing Midnight” article about the liberal media. So many troubling issues have constantly been in the news, it’s difficult to maintain a running commentary on any single one.

With the presidential election coming up in less than 35 days, now is the best time to highlight the destructive influence the press has on the political process.

Years ago, I realized the liberal media is one of Satan’s most effective tools for corrupting human society. The devil uses them to form and shape public opinion. On Judgment Day, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Lucifer and company spent more time New York and Hollywood than in the centers of political power in Washington D.C.

Here is a list of polling data that shows the liberal nature of the people who cover world events:

90% agrees strongly with a pro-abortion position
75% believes the West harmed the Third World
57% thinks America’s use of resources is immoral
15% regards adultery as morally wrong
90% of reporters voted for Clinton
67% opposes prayer in public schools
83% agrees that homosexuals should be accepted by society

I firmly believe that the 2008 election is going to be one of the most important elections in our nation’s history. If Obama should win in November, I plan to issue the most dire warning I’ve ever issued during the history of this ministry.

It is infuriating to think that the liberal media has its thumb on the political scale to manipulate the balance of power. Here are some examples that show the pervasive bias one finds in the news today:

In prior elections, members of the liberal media would commonly say they are registered independents. This time around, the press is more open about its favoritism for a Democratic candidate. In January, NBC reporter Lee Cowan admitted that “it’s almost hard to remain objective” in covering Obama because of the “infectious” energy of his campaign. In March, Cowan confessed that “when NBC News first assigned me to the Barack Obama campaign, I must confess my knees quaked a bit.”

Katie Couric recently did a profile of Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. Newsday dubbed him “gaffe-a-minute Joe” because he has a habit of saying things that are not true. Couric and the rest of the media let the following flub by Biden slide: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

For the record, FDR was not the president in 1929, and the first major television broadcast by a sitting president didn’t occur until the 1950s.

On the flip side, everything Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says has been put under a microscope. When she became the VP nominee, 30 reporters were assigned to find dirt on her. At the same time, only two newshounds were looking into Obama’s business.

In an interview with Charles Gibson of ABC News, Palin was asked the meaning of the Bush doctrine. When she couldn’t produce an answer, Gibson looked down at her like a displeased schoolmaster. The truth is, there is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration — and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. ABC never corrected this error.

The same bias can by found with the presidential candidates. In an interview with ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, Obama tried to suggest that FOX News and Republicans are spreading lies about him. Asked about McCain’s possible involvement, Obama said, “Let’s not play games. What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come…”

Stephanopoulos immediately interrupted Obama, saying he meant “Christian faith.” I don’t recall a Republican ever getting such assistance from the press. When John Edwards was running as Democratic presidential candidate, the liberal media banned reports from going anywhere near the subject of his extramarital affair. It took the “tabloid” National Enquirer, not a “respectable” major media outlet, to expose the truth that Edwards had been cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. Instead, the press chose to go after McCain with thinly sourced allegations of improper sex–statements that quickly had to be retracted.

Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs have attracted the interest of the press. She comes from a rock-solid Pentecostal/evangelical background, which for the godless media is as irresistible as red meat is to a starving dog. If Palin becomes the VP, I’m certain the press will continually dog her about her faith.

Liberals discovered a video of Palin receiving a prayer blessing, and because of their unfamiliarity with intercession to a higher power, they thought it was some bizarre ritual. Here is the transcript of the prayer of Pastor Thomas Moothey of the Wasilla Assemblies of God: “We are asking you as the body of Christ in this valley, make a way for Sarah even in the political arena. Make a way, my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus, and above all give her the personnel, give her men and women that will buck her up in the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus, every form of witchcraft is what we rebuke in the name of Jesus. Father make a way now, in the name of Jesus.”

Keith Olbermann of the very liberal MSNBC had this reaction, “This is stuff that makes you say, ‘You know, that Jeremiah Wright, he seems mainstream in comparison to people who are going out on anti-witch crusades.”

What?! The Jeremiah Wright who believes that the government injected AIDS into the African-American community? The Jeremiah Wright who believes the U.S. knew about the attack of Pearl Harbor before it happened? Or that America deserved 9/11?

I would offer that Mr. Olbermann and his fellow liberals are the witches from whom Palin needs protection. Witches were condemned by the Bible because they had power over people through demonic forces. Because people fail to see them as a threat, their power grows all the stronger.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:11-12).

— Todd

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“Muslim Americans for Obama” Running Illegal “Get Out the Vote” Drives at Mosques

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

I haven’t heard of anything happening here in Texas, but with our Muslim population it wouldn’t surprise me if the same thing was not also happening here.

The group, Muslim Americans for Obama, has announced a series of “get out the vote” events at mosques in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Ohio this week during Ramadan celebrations. As can be seen in the announcement reprinted below, the organization admits these are “get out the vote” events masquerading as “voter registration”:

Muslim Americans for Obama will be working to get out the vote for Sen. Obama, and they need help registering voters! Volunteers need not be Muslim, though appropriate attire is advised (no sleeveless tops; long pants and ankle-length skirts recommended).

These get out the vote events, of course, flagrantly violate the tax exempt status of these participating mosques, including our own local Noor Islamic Cultural Center, which are strictly prohibited from supporting or endorsing any kind of partisan political activity — even when they claim it is only “voter registration”. In fact, it was these kinds of activities that eventually sunk the Christian Coalition’s tax exempt status with the IRS.

UPDATE: For those who has asked about lawful voter registration drives at religious institutions, that is only legal IF the organization is non-partisan. “Muslim Americans for Obama”, the sponsor of these events, is unquestionably a partisan organization, and thus, any participation by these mosques is illegal and violates their tax exempt status. Additionally, since the Muslim Americans for Obama announcement says that these voter registration drives are intended to “get out the vote for Sen. Obama”, they are considered partisan (i.e. intended to benefit a specific candidate) under the law and illegal on that basis as well – in addition to the fact that these events are sponsored by a partisan organization.

UPDATE #2: In just the past few hours, Muslim Americans for Obama has added a “clarification” to their announcement with this howler:

Muslim Americans for Obama has made clear to all its volunteers that all voter registration activity is strictly non-partisan (no advocacy on behalf of any candidate or party, whether written or verbal).

The simple fact that this is “Muslim Americans for Obama” makes this partisan political activity, their “clarification” notwithstanding. No amount of instructions to their Muslim Americans for Obama volunteers can change that fact.

Update #3: A quick aside, I would point out that one of the mosques targeted by Muslim Americans for Obama, Dar al-Hijrah in Falls Church, VA, is the mosque that hosted two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Al Hazmi and Khalid Al Mihdhar. Their former imam, Anwar al-Aulaqi, is wanted by the FBI for questioning about his role in helping these two terrorists while he was serving mosques in both San Diego and Northern VA. Read this Washington Post article, “Imam from VA mosque now thought to have aided Al-Qaeda” for more background on al-Aulaqi (who now lives in Yemen), and this previous COAT post discussing al-Aulaqi’s Central Ohio ties.

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Congressman Culberson on Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Stand firm, Congressman. The importance of what you are doing here cannot be overlooked.

Update from Congressman Culberson

Since Treasury Secretary Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke testified before Congress on the depth of the financial crisis facing our economy, in the midst of our recovery from Hurricane Ike, I have heard from thousands of District Seven constituents expressing their shock and outrage over the government’s failure to prevent this crisis and their failure to respond with a sensible solution that instills confidence in the markets and protects taxpayers from long-term liabilities. Since I have represented you in Congress, I have consistently voted against loosening lending standards and supported reforms to prevent the systemic failures of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (link to votes below).

To be clear, I understand that Congress must do something to restore liquidity and ease credit, but yesterday’s bill was focused more on protecting Wall Street institutions than protecting taxpayers. Handing over unlimited power to the Treasury Secretary to purchase toxic assets with our tax dollars under a new system that will take weeks or months to set up and raising the debt limit to more than $11 trillion (or 78% of GDP) is not the solution; instead we should focus on preventing a run on banks by raising the FDIC limit to $250,000 for deposit insurance in checking and money market accounts.

As former Federal Reserve Governor and National Economic Council Director Larry Lindsey said, “Nearly 40% of the assets in the banking system are not protected by FDIC insurance because they are in accounts that exceed the $100,000 insurance limit. Most of these are not ‘investments’ in the usual sense of the word. They are often the transaction accounts of businesses that have to meet payrolls and pay vendors. If you have to make a biweekly payroll for 50 people, it is sheer folly to expect the paychecks to be drawn on accounts in three or four separate banks. Sometimes individuals who would normally keep a balance well under $100,000 might be over the limit to make a down payment on a house, purchase a car, or pay quarterly taxes.”

Suspending the “mark to market” accounting rules approved under Sarbanes-Oxley would improve corporate balance sheets overnight and inject much-needed capital back into the markets, and it can be done with a stroke of the pen by SEC Chairman Cox. Eliminating or suspending capital gains taxes, slashing corporate income taxes, and cutting taxes on offshore profits repatriated back into the U.S. would also provide short-term cash infusion and encourage investment.

I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to resolve this crisis as quickly as possible, but I cannot ignore my obligation to taxpayers just to say that Congress did something. We have an opportunity to come back in session on Thursday and consider a new bill, hopefully much-improved over Monday’s version, and send a strong message that we care enough to solve this crisis the right way.

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‘Sweetened’ Bailout to Get Second Chance in House

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Bailout Surprise

I agree with President Washington…what are they doing???
Contact your congressman and let him know what you think. Don’t let the fear mongers drive you into dropping your support for clear headed thinking in congress.

WASHINGTON — Now for the big do-over.

House members get another chance to vote on a bill that many would like to avoid: a massive financial rescue plan that has infuriated millions of voters but is described by President Bush and congressional leaders as vital to keeping the economy from sliding into a deep recession.

This time, it comes back to the House loaded with billions of dollars worth of tax cuts and other sweeteners. They are meant to attract at least a dozen House members who voted against the measure Monday, when it failed, 228-205, triggering a record drop in the stock market.

Senators added the new items in a 74-25 vote late Wednesday, sending the beefed-up package back to the House for a showdown vote expected Friday. House leaders planned to spend Thursday pressing rank-and-file members for the dozen converts they need.

The bailout package was never in danger in the Senate. Senators instead played catalysts for the House, adding tax provisions popular with the left and right in a bid that House leaders hope — but cannot guarantee — will persuade enough of the House rank-and-file to switch from “nay” to “aye” on a highly contentious bill a month before Election Day.

They were especially targeting the 133 House Republicans who voted against the package.

“We’ve sent a clear message to Americans all over that we will not let this economy fail,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “This is not a piece of legislation for lower Manhattan. This is legislation for all America.”

The rescue package would let the government spend billions of dollars to buy bad mortgage-related securities and other devalued assets held by troubled financial institutions. If successful, advocates say, that would allow frozen credit to begin flowing again and prevent a serious recession.

To some degree, at least, House GOP opposition appeared to be easing as the Senate added $100 billion in tax breaks for businesses and the middle class, plus a provision to raise, from $100,000 to $250,000, the cap on federal deposit insurance.

House Republicans also welcomed a decision Tuesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission to ease rules that force companies to devalue assets on their balance sheets to reflect the price they can get on the market.

There were worries, though, that the tax breaks might cause some conservative-leaning Democrats who voted for the rescue Monday to abandon it because the revised version would swell the federal deficit.

“I’m concerned about that,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic leader.

The Senate-backed package extends several tax breaks popular with businesses. It would keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting 20 million middle-income Americans. And it would provide $8 billion in tax relief for those hit by natural disasters in the Midwest, Texas and Louisiana.

Leaders in both parties, as well as private economic chiefs almost everywhere, said Congress must quickly approve some version of the bailout measure to start loans flowing and stave off a potential national economic disaster.

But critics on the right and left assailed the rescue plan, which has been panned by their constituents as a giveaway for Wall Street with little obvious benefit for ordinary Americans.

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“Kill the bailout: Operation Hold The Line” by Michelle Malkin

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

The massive, unprecedented trillion-dollar-plus (remember, they just pulled the figure from thin air) Bailout Crap Sandwich With Sugar On Top returns to the House. A vote is expected on Friday. I keep hearing and reading that public opposition to this rushed-through monstrosity has “softened” in the wake of the Senate’s approval last night. I’m not sure why the bailout pimps keep touting that talking point when countless Americans trying to express their vehement disapproval can’t even get through the FUBAR House e-mail system!

Now is the time for the fiscal conservative House Republicans who voted against the bailout on Monday (before it ballooned to four times its size) to buckle down. Refuse to be bought off. Refuse to be co-opted by the Orwellian “It’s a ‘rescue,’ not a bailout” propaganda ministers. Refuse to be pressured and panicked and bullied by the Apocalyptics. Refuse to submit to Pelosi/Frank/Paulson’s collective will. Refuse to flip-flop. Refuse to swallow.

The bailout peddlers need 12 Republicans to turn. The payoffs are in the works:

“We need 100 Republican votes to pass this,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at a Wednesday afternoon briefing.

House leaders “are bringing in the small business lobby and the banking lobby to buy the 12 Republican votes they need,” said Bob Borosage, the co-director of the progressive group Campaign for America’s Future.

To quote the great Lady Thatcher: “This is no time to go wobbly.”

The People’s House needs to hear from the people. Get your fingers dialing for Operation Hold The Line. Because so many of you asked, I’ve compiled the phone numbers for each and every one of the House GOP members who voted no on Monday. They need to hear from you again. Area code is 202 for all numbers:

Follow this link for a list of the phone numbers from Ms. Malkin’s website.