Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

What an amazing package is the Congressman from Wisconsin’s 1st District. Paul Ryan not only is a master of detail, he gets the Big Picture, too. Although he’s one of the sharpest minds on the Hill, he explains things so clearly that even those of us who don’t know the difference between a 401k and a 401(c)3 can understand. He’s as serious as death about the economic trainwreck we’re heading toward — yet radiates the optimism of the little engine that could.

Paul Ryan, unlike so many in Washington, is a grown-up. What’s more, he has enough respect for his fellow citizens to treat us as grown-ups, too: of course we’ll be wanting all the facts, however unpleasant they may be; of course we want to face our problems and deal with them intelligently.

Here he is in action. It would be a brilliant performance from anybody else — but for Paul Ryan, it’s just a brief interlude in another day’s work.

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Before the great closing keynote speech that Allen West gave at CPAC last weekend, he was interviewed by PJTV, the video section of Pajamas Media:

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He also had a lively Q&A session with conservative bloggers:

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Dr. Walid Phares is a Lebanese-American legal scholar, professor at National Defense University, and Fox News expert on the Middle East. If you watch Fox News very much, you’ve probably seen him, and you already know he is one very sharp guy.  Prepare to be blown away by this interview he gave on the Lou Dobbs radio show on Monday regarding the situation in Egypt, and the inner workings of the Obama Administration. It’s dynamite. We’ve got to hope Republicans in Congress are listening:

If the embed doesn’t work for you, you can go to Lou Dobbs’ site, HERE, scroll down to the Walid Phares interview on February 7, and press the download icon.

Linked by:   Larwyn’s Links at Doug Ross@JournalInfidel Bloggers Alliance

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If you didn’t hear Mark Levin’s interview with Frank Gaffney on Monday, you need to.

It is probably the most truthful and accurate assessment of what’s really going on that you will hear.

Hat tip: The Right Scoop

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Some say you can tell a lot about a person by who his enemies are. Well, the PLO, Hamas and Hezbollah hate Allen West with a fury — and they won’t like him any better after the hell he’s been raising lately.

Allen joined another South Florida Congressperson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, in publicly condemning the PLO’s flying of its flag in Washington, DC.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has blasted the display of a ‘Palestinian’ flag on the newly upgraded ‘Palestinian mission’ in Washington beginning Tuesday. “Raising this flag in DC is part of the Palestinian leadership’s scheme to manipulate international acceptance and diplomatic recognition of a yet-to-be-created Palestinian state while refusing to directly negotiate with Israel or accept the existence of Israel as a democratic, Jewish state,” she charged in a statement.

In a written news release, West said,

“The raising of this flag is an attempt to legitimize an organization with a known history of terrorist actions…. By allowing this flag to be flown, the United States is extending a diplomatic right that we refrain from offering to even our own allies, like Taiwan. This action is a diplomatic slap in the face of our greatest of allies, Israel.”

West and Ros-Lehtinen are asking President Obama and the Department of State to withdraw the permission that was earlier given to the PLO to fly the flag.

I honestly believe Israel has no greater friend in Congress than Allen West.  But that’s not just my opinion.  West’s vigorous support of Israel — especially at a time when our own President undermines Israel at every opportunity — has earned him the deep appreciation of those who live under the constant threat of bombings by Palestinian terrorists. Indeed, the average Israeli may be more aware of Allen West than is the average American at this point in time. West was even featured on the cover of one of Israel’s highest-circulation newsmagazines.

Last week, Congressman West was a featured guest in a special Ft. Lauderdale filming of the popular Israeli TV variety show, Tuesday Night Live.  Sorry, readers, no video of that available yet — but I’m keeping my eye out for it! In the meantime, here’s an interview with Congressman West that aired recently on South Florida’s popular “The Shalom Show.”

Of particular note here is the way West responds when asked about fellow Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who is a Muslim as well as a leftist. West responds politely and reasonably while nevertheless stating quite clearly and firmly how totally at odds Islamic law is with the principles set out in the Declaration of Independence and in our Constitution. Now that’s what I call statesmanship. And it is a rare quality indeed — one that we sure could use in the White House….

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Q & A with Allen West

OK, I admit it.  I’m a sucker for those hokey little bullet-point celebrity questionnaires where they ask people things like “If you were an animal, what kind would you be?” or “Who was your favorite Beatle?”

I’m a little embarrassed to admit I read those things — I consider them kind of a guilty pleasure.

But when I came across this little interview with Allen West, I didn’t feel guilty at all.  I felt uplifted!

1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

WEST:  Spartacus, the original with Kirk Douglas.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

WEST:  The entire opening monologue given by George C Scott portraying Gen. George S Patton.

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was “cured.” If you could give President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make them watch?

WEST:  The Patriot.

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

WEST:  I actually don’t have any pop culture souvenirs, sorry.

5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?

WEST:  ESPN, especially since it is now the greatest time of the year, College Football time!

6. What books were on your summer reading list?

WEST:  Unsustainable, Control Freaks, and Churchill as War Leader.

7. What was the first concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?

WEST:   In high school went to see Brothers Johnson and Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Omni in Atlanta. Sat in the upper deck directly in front of stage. However, my date dumped me afterwards … her loss, huh?

8. Tell me about a public or private moment when you thought to yourself, “This is what Elvis felt like every day.”

WEST:  Standing before and addressing a packed house at CPAC in February 2010, incredible.

9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2010 what would they be?

WEST:  GOP would be Dion’s song “The Wanderer” and Democrats, Rick James, “Superfreak.”

10. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the political arena?

WEST:  Connect with the people in South Florida and all across America getting them to recommit to our foundational principles and values.

11. What question do you wish reporters would ask you? What’s your answer to that question?

WEST:  What drives you?  The answer: my love of this country and my desire to secure the legacy and future of our constitutional republic.

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

WEST:  It was a big decision for me because this is not what I expected for my life after retiring after 22 years active duty service in the U.S. Army. However, when you have a heart of serving this nation, when asked, you respond and give it your all. Therefore, when in January 2007 it was brought to me as I finished my 10-day break from Afghanistan, I prayed, talked to my family, and decided to continue to serve America in a different capacity.

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