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Paranoia-Rama: Right-Wing's Net Neutrality Meltdown

Conservative pundits are downright furious about the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to preserve net neutrality, ensuring that internet service providers treat all data equally. But their anger seems driven more by reflexive hostility to any proposal that President Obama supports rather than an understanding of the principle behind net neutrality.

Rick Santorum Birther Joke At CPAC Falls Flat

Rick Santorum worked a few jokes into his CPAC speech today, deriding President Obama as the “weatherman-in-chief” for believing in climate science and even making a birther joke, which was met with tepid applause.

“The Obama-Clinton foreign policy team” has been “disastrous,” Santorum said. “In fact the president’s popularity is so bad around the world today that I heard this report from a source that the Kenyan government is actually developing proof that Barack Obama was actually born in America.”

Scott Walker Punts On Net Neutrality: I Support Freedom

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seems intent on running a presidential campaign completely devoid of substance, refusing to answer straight-forward questions and consistently feigning ignorance. Last night at CPAC, after telling the audience that he is prepared to take on ISIS terrorists because he fought labor-rights protesters, Walker also fielded a question about yesterday’s FCC vote to preserve net neutrality.

Although net neutrality has been a hot-button topic for several years, Walker did not reveal whether he favors or opposes it, only explaining that he supports freedom.

“Well, those are the sorts of things we’re going to talk about going forward should I choose to be a candidate,” Walker said, “but I think on that or any other principle, to me the guiding principle should be freedom.”

“We want a free and open society, we want to have the government out of the way,” he added.

Franklin Graham: White House 'Infiltrated By Muslims,' Doesn't Know Who

Last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” right-wing pastor Franklin Graham warned that “our governments, especially in Washington, has been infiltrated by Muslims who are advising the White House.”

When O’Reilly asked Graham, who has repeatedly suggested that Obama is not a Christian as he “only knows Islam,” if he “had any names” of “Muslim advisers of President Obama,” Graham conceded that he did not know any names, “but I do know that they are there.”

Unlike other right-wing activists who insist that they are only worried about the influence of radical Islamists, Graham seems upset that any Muslim is involved in public service.

Scott Walker Compares Union Protesters To ISIS

During a question and answer session at CPAC, Ned Ryun of American Majority asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker how he would take on ISIS if he were president.

Walker responded in a characteristically vague way, simply stating that he believes in protecting America’s freedom and “wants a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil.”

However, Walker boasted that he is fully capable of taking on the terrorist group since he pushed through anti-union legislation in his state in the face of massive protests: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

CPAC's 'Tough' Questions For Republicans: 'Why Do You Love America?'

CPAC changed its format for speakers this year, and now they can elect to use part or all of their allotted time to answer questions. But if today’s questions are any indication, they shouldn’t have to worry about facing any hardballs.

Ben Carson, the first speaker to have a Q&A session, fielded questions about how he will “make us feel more united and less divided” from a questioner who applauded his answers. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, faced a CPAC speaker’s dream question: “What is your biggest criticism of President Obama?”

The questions didn’t get any tougher.

Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham kicked off her time with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by asking him how he “survived” the media’s “onslaught” against him. Sen. Ted Cruz fielded what was quite possibly toughest question of the night from Fox News anchor Sean Hannity of Fox News: “Why does Ted Cruz love America?”

Watch our compilation of some of the “toughest” questions asked today here:

Ted Cruz Jokes Bill Clinton Will Lead 'Youth Outreach'

After Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech at CPAC today, Sean Hannity came out to interview him, asking him such hardball questions as “Why does Ted Cruz love America?” 

Hannity also asked Cruz a series of rapid-fire questions, asking for the first word that came to the senator’s mind when he said a name.

For Hillary Clinton, Cruz responded “Washington.” For Bill Clinton, he responded “youth outreach”…after Hannity did his best impression of Clinton hitting on a member of the audience.Hannity then asked for Cruz’s first impression of “Barack Hussein Obama,” to which Cruz responded “lawless imperator.” 

Chris Christie Courageously Refuses To Read The New York Times

Today at CPAC, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke with conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, who asked him hard-hitting questions such as one on how media commentators, a favorite target at CPAC, have “savaged” him.

“How do you survive this onslaught day in and day out?” Ingraham asked.

Christie responded that the “elite folks from the media” don’t like the fact that he decided to “take on a lot of these special interests frontally, that they support.” “They just want to kill you,” Christie said. “That’s what they try to do to me every day.”

Later in the Q&A special, Christie revealed to applause that he is giving up the New York Times for Lent.

GOPer Says House Looked Into Arresting Eric Holder; Fears Muslim Brotherhood's White House Access

At the town hall meeting where Rep. Barry Loudermilk shared his views on vaccines and IEDs along the southern border last week, he also fielded a question from a constituent who claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood has “penetrated our government” and is “in the Department of Homeland Security.”

The Georgia Republican responded that the while the House would like to investigate such Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the government, it has been stonewalled by the Obama administration.

Loudermilk said that part of the problem was people like Attorney General Eric Holder, who the House voted in 2012 to hold in contempt. He told his constituents that members of the House had considered arresting Attorney General Eric Holder at last month’s State of the Union address, but were counseled by attorneys that “some other things were going on” in the case of Holder.

“There was a discussion before the State of the Union of, because of holding Eric Holder in contempt, what role will the House play if he shows up on the House Floor for the State of the Union because he’s been held in legal contempt of U.S. Congress,” Loudermilk said. “And there was a discussion, ‘Will the Sergeant-at-Arms arrest him?’ But they checked with some of the attorneys and they said some other things were going on.”

Loudermilk went on to insist that he was particularly worried about the “White House access” of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which he suggested was a Muslim Brotherhood group (and mistakenly called the Center for Islamic American Studies).

Ann Coulter: Undocumented Immigrants More Dangerous Than ISIS

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter writes today that while politicians are debating ways to defeat ISIS terrorists, they really should be focusing on the “illegal aliens [who] have killed, raped and maimed thousands of Americans — in America.”

While Coulter mentions tragic cases of violent crimes committed by immigrants, the Immigration Policy Center notes that immigrants are “less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of crime.”

Nonetheless, Coulter claims that “we’re getting our clock cleaned at home” by immigrants who are “murdering far more Americans than ISIS ever will.”

“Can’t a Republican Congress do anything to stop the surge of foreign criminals, viruses and parasites crossing our border?” Coulter asks.

By now, the public knows more about ISIS than they know about the Kardashians. But it has no idea that the very same Senate Democrats who claimed to oppose Obama’s amnesty when they were campaigning are currently filibustering a bill to defund it, and Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready to cave.

ISIS has killed four Americans – in Syria. We’re not exactly talking about another 9/11. Here’s a tip: If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria.

Meanwhile, illegal aliens have killed, raped and maimed thousands of Americans – in America. If you don’t want to be killed, raped or maimed by illegal immigrants in your own country, I have no tips for you. There’s nothing you can do. You’re on your own. Good luck.

Our politicians don’t care. They are obsessed with cleaning up the rest of the world, while we’re getting our clock cleaned at home.



With the media’s Soviet-style censorship about immigrant crime, unless a member of your immediate family has been killed by an illegal alien, you might not have noticed the growing death toll, but here are some small, below-the-fold local news items just from the last two weeks.



ISIS is not at our doorstep. Illegal immigrants are not only at our doorstep, but millions of them are already through the door, murdering far more Americans than ISIS ever will.



That’s what a lot of Americans thought they were voting for last November. Couldn’t we please focus on Americans for a bit? Can’t a Republican Congress do anything to stop the surge of foreign criminals, viruses and parasites crossing our border? Will politicians ever stop gassing on about what’s happening 7,000 miles away and worry about us?

But politicians and the media only want to give us war, while aiding the enemy in the war we’re already in, here at home.
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