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TONIGHT AT 9PM: GayPatriot’s America
With Guests Adam Baldwin & Lorie Byrd

Yes…. THAT Adam Baldwin, folks!

Tonight’s special guest for the first segment is TV/film actor and conservative author Adam Baldwin. Most of you know Adam for his work on NBC’s spy/comedy show “Chuck”. He’s had a successful Hollywood career for over 30 years including the role of “Animal Mother” in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War classic “Full Metal Jacket.” I first remember Adam when I was a kid and I saw the movie “My Bodyguard”. A classic!

Our second half-hour features fellow North Carolinian blogger Lorie Byrd. She was one of the original center-right bloggers back in the day.  Lorie was featured on PoliPundit, started Wizbang, and writes at her own blog Byrd Droppings. We’ll talk about the state of play in the crucial NC Congressional races.
 

RELATED LINKS FROM TONIGHT’S SHOW

Adam Baldwin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Baldwin
Adam Baldwin on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/adamsbaldwin

Lorie Byrd on Twitter: www.twitter.com/loriebyrd
Renee Ellmers for Congress: www.ReneeforCongress.com

Election Projection (The Blogging Caesar): http://electionprojection.com/index.php

WSJ: Congressional Staffers Gain from Insider Trading

FOX News: Military/Overseas Americans May Be Disenfranchised on Election Day

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

ILARIO PANTANO FOR CONGRESS – NC 07

Ilario Pantano is a combat veteran of two wars, a small business owner, an author and a constitional conservative. He is running for Congress to retire an entrenched politician who votes with Nancy Pelosi over 90% of the time in a district that has not elected a Republican since the 1800s. This race was recently upgraded from “Safely Democrat” to “Toss Up” because polls show that Ilario can win, and momentum is building on his side.

Pantano has another distinction in this race.  He was viciously attacked by the anti-war, anti-American Left as the result of his service to our nation in Iraq.

Ilario Pantano is a respected combat veteran, and bestselling author who has worked in both global markets and small business. The “born again Southerner” is a 38 year-old conservative committed to promoting job creation and revitalizing the economy, protecting the homeland and preserving our conservative values.

On his way to a meeting in Manhattan, he witnessed the Twin Towers burning in the attacks of September 11, 2001.   Friends and colleagues were killed in the attacks.

Pantano rushed to a recruiter’s office and began the lengthy process of returning to service in the Marines, this time as an officer.  

Pantano graduated Marine officer training in the top 2 percentile and was selected by his peers to lead their Infantry Officer Class. Upon graduation, 2nd Lt Pantano and his family were assigned to Camp Lejeune North Carolina, where he took command of an Infantry Platoon with the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Marine Regiment, the WARLORDS.  The WARLORDS deployed to the “Triangle of Death” Region in Iraq where they conducted combat operations in Latafiyah, Yusufiyah and Falluja.

After months of insurgent violence triggered by the infamous ambush and grisly hanging of Americans in Fallujah (2004), Pantano was investigated for actions in killing two terrorists after a disgruntled Marine that Pantano had publicly demoted filed a complaint. The case took on national attention. Media outlets from dozens of national networks and newspapers overflowed the courtroom.  After a lengthy and very public hearing of the facts, Pantano was cleared of all charges and given a new command, but death threats from jihadists and fear for his family ultimately led Pantano to resign his commission

Pantano was the subject of faux outrage from the MoveOn.org wing of the Democrat Party (the only wing at this point).  He was falsely accused of murder and the anti-war loons went all Jack Murtha on him.  LINK: http://abcnews.go.com/US/LegalCenter/story?id=760785&page=1

Now, it is true that Pantano doesn’t think “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” should be repealed at this time.  Having never served in the military, I have to completely respect his perspective.  However, I also believe that someone like Pantano (a Gen-X’er who grew up under Reagan and responded to his nation’s call after 9/11/01) will have a completely different perspective on gay issues than many who currently sit in Congress (GOP & Dem alike).  What is that perspective?  An open mind. 

Pantano is a true American hero.  He’s a hard-working, hard-charging candidate and I believe he will be the new Congressman from NC-07.  If Pantano wins this seat, Nancy Pelosi has a very hard path to retaining her Speaker’s gavel. Please join me in supporting the candidacy of Ilario Pantano.  DONATE NOW!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Is the Internet Undermining our sense of Fellow-Feeling?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:33 am - October 11, 2010.
Filed under: Gay America,New Media

Wondering whether “the Internet has become our means of tapping into our inner sociopath“, Diane Dimond wonders whether “we are quickly becoming a people who have forgotten how to empathize with others.”  And so she gets at the larger social issue behind what she calls, “cyber-bulling” and the recent rash of suicides of sensitive young people, most of them gay:

Five young people have committed suicide in the last few weeks after constant cyber-bulling made them feel life wasn’t worth living. Each of them was trying to sort out sexual feelings and did not yet have the adult ability to shrug off the ugly Internet attacks.

Maybe we do need new laws — or at least to adapt old ones to new technology.

Our laws and legal system must catch up to our technological ability to harass, defame and torture others through our computers. I propose prosecutors pursue the maximum penalty in the Rutgers suicide case (where two young people stand charged) as a signal to other hate-filled people that their behavior is just not acceptable. If we can teach people the proper etiquette for a bowling alley, we can certainly try for the same on the Internet, right?

Sounds like a step in the right direction.

Read the whole thing.  And I mean that, read the whole thing.

How big a wave? (A lot depends on enthusiasm*)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:07 am - October 11, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

If it rains in Las Vegas on election day, Sharron Angle will win the U.S. Senate seat from the Silver State by a comfortable margin.

Seems everyone is trying to speculate how big the Republican wave will be this fall. While no one really knows who’s going to vote, one thing we do know is that the Republicans are far more enthusiastic about voting than are Democrats.  In Nevada, Angle’s supporters would go through hell and high water to vote for their gal.  Most of Reid’s supporters are only voting for the four-term Democrat because he’s been portrayed her as a bat out of hell.  Or a witch.  Or something really, really, really bad.  But, they’re not really dead set on voting.

CBS News, whose polls tends to skew left, rates GOP enthusiasm level about 20 points above that of the Democrats (just about where most polls put it):

Sixty percent of Republicans said they were more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year, while only 40 percent of Democrats said the same. Last month, 47 Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans said they were more excited than usual to vote.

And Stacy McCain reminds us that some seats not even on the prognosticators’ radar may be more competitive than their partisan breakdown might suggest:

Progressive pollster Nate Silver notes that an “uprecendented number” of House seats (87 in all) are now rated as competitive by the Cook Political Report — and AZ-7 isn’t even on Charlie Cook’s radar! So if a poll shows a “safe” Democrat in serious trouble against an underfunded challenger the “experts” haven’t even noticed, what percentage of those “competitive” Democratic seats will go Republican?

How many more allegedly “safe” Democrats are actually in danger?

So, with Republicans fired up and rarin’ to vote, a district that Obama by a comfortable margin could tip Republican come Election Day 2010.  And if it rains in Democratic jurisdictions like Las Vegas, well, the Republicans will make their way to the polling places while Democrats will ask, “Why bother?”

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Carl Paladino Throws in The Towel

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:24 am - October 11, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Well, let’s look at the bright side, at least the GOP nominee for Governor of the Empire State thought better of calling gays dysfunctional:

Katzblog tweets that this line was in the prepared text, although Epstein tweets it was left out when he spoke: “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. that is not how G-d created us.”

Guess he thought it remind his audience of his campaign.  According to the New York Post, “When Paladino saw those lines, he disagreed with them and left them out of the speech, [Paladino campaign manager Michael] Caputo said.

Apparently, some errant staffer wrote them.  What kind of candidate in New York State brings on a staffer who would write such a thing?   Certainly, not someone familiar with winning elections?  There were some other loopy lines that the candidate did deliver.

In various “red” states, most (but alas not all) Republican candidates are pretty much ignoring gay issues (save to say they support traditional marriage), so what purpose does it serve for a candidate in a “blue” state to talk about it on the campaign trail?  Well, it does antagonize those fiscally conservative voters in the suburbs who, last fall, voted Republican in local elections.

As the rest of the nation trends Republican, looks like Carl Paladino is doing everything in his power to create a bright spot for the president’s party.

UPDATE:  Palladino tries to explain himself.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  rusty reports that it wasn’t a staffer who wrote the remarks:

Rabbi Levin has admitted to creating Crazy Carl’s speech.
The remarks read in Borough Park by Paladino, who often speaks without prepared text, were written by Rabbi Yehuda Levin, an ardent opponent of gay rights and abortion and occasional New York political candidate, Rabbi Levin told The Jewish Week.

UP-UPDATE: Ace thinks the above exonerates Palladino:

So, does this explanation get Paladino off the hook? Answer: Yes. I don’t get this whole business of delegating campaign communications to outside parties he hopes to court — and I hope he abandons this bizarre experiment with outsourcing forthwith — but assuming he’s telling the truth, and it does appear confirmed he is, then he had nothing to do with this statement, except hold a piece of paper containing it in his hand.