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  • Trump As President

    04/09/2011 10:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 160 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 10, 2011 | James Raider
    TRUMP - The analysis begins in earnest as it should. Obama has announced his reelection campaign from the vantage and advantage of the bully pulpit. Contenders are lining up as America as America struggles through a long recession, yearning for strong decisive leadership. Donald Trump has teased the electorate in the past, pretending to seriously consider a run for the White House. This Presidential election finds Republican support for some politically green but very appealing potential candidates. These may well bide their time and wait until 2016 before displaying the audacity to become pretenders to the seat in the Oval...
  • Conservative Foreign Policy & Reagan's Legacy

    03/23/2011 11:04:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 22, 2011 | Colin Dueck
    America's current armed conflict with Muammar Gaddafi raises a cluster of familiar questions about U.S. intervention, democracy promotion, and nation building, not only in relation to Libya but also in relation to ongoing cases such as Egypt and Afghanistan. Conservatives and Republicans are wrestling with these questions, like everyone else, but with their own distinct values and priorities in mind. Let us take a step back to consider what a conservative foreign policy might look like on issues of democracy promotion and intervention. When American conservatives reflect on concrete examples of undeniably successful, modern, conservative foreign policy presidents, they think...
  • 7 tips for a great St. Patrick's Day [EcoWeenies Ruin The Fun!]

    03/16/2011 5:05:46 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 22 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | March 14, 2011 | John Platt
    [St. Patrick's Day is a great excuse to have fun and to be green!] St. Patrick's Day is March 17. If you're going to celebrate, here are some great tips to help make it a fun, safe and eco-friendly day.1. Skip the corned beef and cabbage Despite it being a staple of St. Patty's day celebrations, it turns out that corned beef isn't a common Irish meal after all. It was originally reserved for kings, and most Irish people did not get to eat beef until they moved to the United States. Besides beef can have a pretty large carbon...
  • John McCain ranked most conservative senator in 2010 (BARF ALERT)

    02/25/2011 6:04:14 AM PST · by arderkrag · 35 replies
    National Journal via CBS ^ | February 24, 2011 | Stephanie Condon
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was labeled a moderate during his presidential campaign, had one of the most conservative 2010 voting records in the Senate, according to the National Journal. After reviewing all 96 votes taken in the Senate in 2010, the magazine found that McCain was tied with seven of his colleagues for the largest number of conservative votes taken. He tied with well-known staunch conservatives like Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and John Barrasso of Wyoming. McCain even took more conservative votes than other senators known for their conservatism, like Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma or...
  • Obama vs. Gingrich — Winning the Future

    02/06/2011 9:45:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 6, 2011 | Myra Adams
    Winning The Future is the title of a 2005 book by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. In the book, he outlined his solutions for the problems plaguing our nation – excessive government spending, declining math/science education, terrorism, fading patriotism, and godlessness. Now fast forward to 2011: “Winning the future” was used by President Obama in his State of the Union speech no less than 10 times. It is his new theme to showcase his platform of infrastructure, education, and innovation as he gears up for re-election.Could opposing versions of “winning the future” also be a preview of the...
  • Obama's Speech from the Future (BARF ALERT)

    01/26/2011 5:43:52 AM PST · by arderkrag · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News via The Daily Beast (Big surprise...) ^ | January 26, 2011 | Jeremy McCarter
    NEW YORK – With a unifying message and an audience integrated along party lines, Jeremy McCarter says Obama’s speech delivered on his campaign promise and showed, however briefly, that lawmakers are human. “It is political theater at bottom,” a presidential historian told Politico the other day. He was talking about the annual State of the Union address, and he wasn’t being kind. Political theater, in this context, means shallow spectacle, an event that doesn’t have much weight. But sometimes spectacle can mean a great deal, particularly when the speaker is as compelling as President Obama was Tuesday night—and the room...
  • Poll: Americans Blame Partisan Commentators, Tea Party for Their Rhetoric

    01/24/2011 10:14:31 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 17/1/11 | Bruce Drake
    While most Americans do not believe that the state of political discourse in the country contributed to the shootings in Arizona, a majority say that liberal and conservative commentators have crossed the line in attacking opponents and a plurality feel that the tea party movement and its supporters have also done so, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted Jan. 13-16. .....

    01/18/2011 9:26:42 AM PST · by DariusBane · 49 replies
    Seton Hall Constitutional ^ | 2001 | Roger Roots
    Police work is often lionized by jurists and scholars who claim to employ "textualist" and "originalist" methods of constitutional interpretation. Yet professional police were unknown to the United States in 1789, and first appeared in America almost a half-century after the Constitution's ratification. The Framers contemplated law enforcement as the duty of mostly private citizens, along with a few constables and sheriffs who could be called upon when necessary. This article marshals extensive historical and legal evidence to show that modern policing is in many ways inconsistent with the original intent of America's founding documents. The author argues that the...
  • Saul Anuzis for RNC Chair.

    01/14/2011 11:21:53 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 3 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/14/2011 | Timothy Knight
    As National Republicans head into this morning's bi-annual Chairmanship election, we can all agree on one thing: Michael Steele, our current Chairman, must be replaced today. His gaffes (abortion, Afghanistan, southern strategy) insulted core constituencies, and his horrible fiscal management skills (record low contributions; record high debt) has cost the RNC millions of dollars. But as to who we support? That has divided Republicans sharply. Maria Cino is a former Bush Administration official who worked in both the Commerce and Transportation departments. She is also a former Deputy RNC Chairman who has worked closely with pro-abortion Republican organizations in the...
  • He Entered Congress Swinging, and Exits That Way(NYTimes Alan Grayson Lovefest)

    01/03/2011 8:37:18 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/2/11 | Micheal Barbero
    ORLANDO, Fla. — He has zero faith in the incoming speaker of the House, John A. Boehner, whom he calls a “tool of special interest.” He derides the Tea Party’s successes as “bought and paid for by the enormously rich and the selfish.” And he can barely contain distaste for his Republican successor, whose views he sums up as “bizarre fundamentalist.” Representative Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida’s Eighth Congressional District, is leaving office on Wednesday much as he entered it two years ago — as the pugnaciously partisan, verbal-bomb-tossing, liberal folk hero of the 111th Congress.
  • Katie Couric: ‘Maybe We Need a Muslim Version of “The Cosby Show”‘

    12/31/2010 9:43:34 PM PST · by lbryce · 101 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 31, 2010 | Ray Rahman
    As 2010 comes to a close, the media industry is taking its annual breather to reflect upon all the things it had to cover in the past year. Katie Couric, in her review of 2010, highlighted the controversy surrounding the Park51 project. “The bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface,” she told her panel. In that media narrative, she saw “a seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims,” which she theorized could be remedied by another, more lighthearted narrative: “Maybe we need a Muslim version of The Cosby...
  • Sir Elton John Welcomes Baby Boy

    12/27/2010 9:05:12 PM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 77 replies · 6+ views
    TV Guide ^ | 12.28.2010 | Natalie Abrams
    Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish have welcomed a baby boy to their family, according to US Magazine. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas in California via a surrogate. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. "We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment," John, 62, and Furnish, 48, told the magazine. "Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents." This is the first child for the couple, who wed in 2005 after 12 years together.
  • Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Are 2010's Most Admired(HUGE BARF ALERT WARNING)

    12/27/2010 7:48:29 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 27 replies · 3+ views ^ | December 27, 2010 | Lydia Saad
    Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey are closely matched behind Clinton by Lydia Saad PRINCETON, NJ -- President Barack Obama is Americans' Most Admired Man of 2010, substantially ahead of the former presidents, iconic religious leaders, and others who fill out the top 10 list. Obama first became Americans' Most Admired Man in 2008, shortly after his election as the nation's 44th president, and has held the title since then.
  • Ending Military's Gay Ban Lets Obama Fulfill Another Clinton Promise(Cloture Vote 63 - 33)

    12/18/2010 9:32:56 AM PST · by Red Steel · 44 replies
    npr ^ | December 18, 2010 12:03 pm | Ron Elving
    Nearly two decades ago, President Bill Clinton ignited the first of the firestorms that would define his presidency by announcing an end to the ban on gays and lesbians in the military. Today, 18 years later, the U.S. Senate took the vote that means gays and lesbians will be able to serve openly in all branches of the U.S. armed forces. As the House has passed an identical bill, a final vote in the Senate will send the legislation to President Obama, whose signature will make it law and make it a signal achievement of his presidency to date. Thus...
  • Lame Now, 111th Congress Accomplished A Few Things

    11/29/2010 6:24:17 AM PST · by Skeez · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/28/2010 | NPR Staff
    November 28, 2010 As Congress heads into its lame-duck session to face remaining business, now may be as good a time as any to note some of the legislation that it passed this year. Host Liane Hansen rattles off a few of the legislative items that have passed muster during the tenure of the 111th Congress. Transcript LIANE HANSEN, host: As the 111th Congress heads into its lame duck session to face remaining business, now may be as good a time as any to note some of the legislation that it passed: HR-1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, created...
  • I hate green been casserole

    11/24/2010 6:50:37 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 127 replies
    culinary hell ^ | 11/24/10 | rebelbase
    I'd sooner be roofied by Barney Frank than be subject to the holiday abomination known as green bean casserole.
  • Al Franken: Health reform has made a difference for Minnesotans (extreme barf alert)

    09/23/2010 12:02:51 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 29 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-10 | AL FRANKEN
    Just six months after President Obama signed health reform into law, Minnesotans are already beginning to reap its benefits. During the health care debate, I met with Minnesotans of all stripes -- doctors, nurses, seniors, small-business owners, middle-class families. One thing I heard over and over is that people felt like they were paying more and more for insurance without getting real health security in return. It seemed as if the insurance companies always found a way to get out of delivering the benefits they promised -- and that you paid for -- when you needed them.
  • Bloomberg Pushes Moderates in National Races (BARRRRRRFFF!!! Alert)

    09/19/2010 7:54:51 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/19/10 | michael barbaro
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In an election year when anger and mistrust have upended races across the country, toppling moderates and elevating white-hot partisans, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is trying to pull politics back to the middle, injecting himself into marquee contests and helping candidates fend off the Tea Party. ..
  • The Transformation of the American Conservative Movement into Fascism (MEGABARF!!)

    08/27/2010 12:46:16 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    VeteransToday ^ | 8-10-2010 | Max Blumenthal
    I am not sure when I first detected the noxious fumes that would envelop the conservative movement in the Obama era. It might have been early on, in April 2009, when I visited a series of gun shows in rural California and Nevada. Perusing tables piled high with high-caliber semi-automatic weapons and chatting with anyone in my vicinity, I heard urgent warnings of mass roundups, concentration camps, and a socialist government in Washington. “These people that are purchasing these guns are people that are worried about what’s going on in this country,” a gun dealer told me outside a show...
  • Poll Finds Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi to be Most Stylish Politicians

    08/21/2010 5:16:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | August 19, 2010 | Eliot Peyser
    NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi were voted the most stylish politicians, according to Weatherproof's Substance vs. Style poll. Close to 18,000 people voted on the Style vs. Substance poll which was published on Huffington Post's Style section from August 2nd through August 8th. "I am not totally surprised by the results of this survey," said Eliot Peyser, CEO of Weatherproof. "We knew that President Barack Obama would top the most stylish list, because he is fan of Weatherproof jackets, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has undoubtedly become a style icon...
  • The Drumbeats For War Grow Louder

    08/09/2010 7:21:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 43 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 8/9/2010 | Bob Livingston
    Boom. Boom. Boom. Can you hear it? It’s the drumbeat for war. And it’s beating louder by the day. Boom. Boom. Boom. Eleven United States and one Israeli warships pass through the Suez Canal. Boom. Boom. Boom. Former CIA Chief Michael Hayden says a United States military strike against Iran “seems inexorable” because diplomacy is failing. Boom. Boom. Boom. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen says the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran. Boom. Boom. Boom. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives last week introduced Resolution 1553 which would give Israel the go-ahead to attack Iran....
  • The auto industry lives. Can we admit that government intervention worked?

    08/02/2010 9:07:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies · 7+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/2/10 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Who could have imagined that the bailout of the auto industry, one of the single most unpopular moves by the Obama administration, would become one of its best talking points? But don't for an instant imagine that the comeback of the nation's rescued car companies, particularly General Motors, will change the way we debate government's role in the economy. When it comes to almost anything the government does, ideology trumps facts, slogans trump reality, and loaded words ("socialism") trump data. Let there be no mistake: Rescuing GM and Chrysler took political courage, and I want to put in a good...
  • VP Biden arrives in Iraq amid political impasse

    07/03/2010 8:15:23 AM PDT · by Allegra · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 3, 2010 | LARA JAKES
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden landed Saturday on what appeared to be a dual mission in Baghdad: to visit U.S. troops during the July Fourth weekend and coax Iraqi leaders into ending their government impasse. Top Obama administration officials have been reluctant to visit Iraq since its deadlocked March election failed to produce a clear winner. Biden's trip may signal the U.S. is stepping up its efforts to hammer out an agreement among Iraqi political rivals and get a new government in place as soon as possible.
  • Al Gore Pleaded With Masseuse to “Release His Second Chakra” (...EWWWWWWwwwwwww...!)

    06/29/2010 11:05:32 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 239 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/29/10 | Jim Hoft
    After a long day’s work, the junk scientist needed some hot second chakra action.Byron York at The Washington Examiner reported, via Ace: The police report of the masseuse’s complaint is 73 pages long and extremely detailed. According to the document, she got a call from the front desk of the trendy Hotel Lucia on the night of Oct. 24, 2006. The hotel had a special guest. Could she come at 10:30 p.m.? She went to Gore’s room carrying a folding massage table and other equipment. Gore, whom she had never met, greeted her with a warm embrace. “The hug went...
  • Obama Is Victim of Bush's Failed Promises

    06/25/2010 2:47:18 PM PDT · by Windflier · 45 replies · 2+ views
    SodaHead ^ | 26 April 2010 | Chuck Green
    Barack Obama is setting a record-setting number of records during his first year in office. Largest budget ever. Largest deficit ever. Largest number of broken promises ever. Most self-serving speeches ever. Largest number of agenda-setting failures ever. Fastest dive in popularity ever. Wow! Talk about change. Just one year ago. fresh from his inauguration celebrations. President Obama was flying high. After one of the nation's most inspiring political campaigns, the election of America's first black president had captured the hopes and dreams of millions. To his devout followers, it was inconceivable that a year later his administration would be gripped...
  • Electrify the Roads

    06/22/2010 5:18:29 PM PDT · by upchuck · 48 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 22, 2010 | Froma Harrop
    My magic wand is on the fritz, otherwise we'd have a big, new federal program to free America from its dependence on oil. Like other environmentalists, I'm sad that the calamity in the Gulf of Mexico hasn't spurred Washington to more vigorously promote America's exit from thiscurse. The fault may lie with President Obama's timidity, a public scared by major new government programs or fossil-fuel interests flashing their campaign dough. Probably it's all three, but the bottom line is this: An all-out effort to unchain America from hydrocarbons is essential to national security, a healthy environment and economic prosperity in...
  • Rogucki twins cry for slain mom as gun industry continues to recklessly pursue profits

    06/22/2010 11:52:35 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 70 replies · 1+ views
    New York Daily ^ | Tuesday, June 22nd 2010 | Michael Daly
    Since the shooting, the 2-year-old Rogucki twins have awakened each morning crying out for their murdered mother. "They wake up ... saying, 'Mommy!'" their 19-year-old brother, Lorenzo Rogucki, reported. "I hear them screaming my mother's name." The twins were still sleeping at 10:30 a.m. Monday and not a sound came from the family's first-floor apartment in Coney Island as I spoke outside with the oldest of Victoria Rogucki's seven children. "They know, but they don't know know," Lorenzo said of the twins. "They know their mother is not there in the morning." To the right of the door stood a...
  • On Father's Day, hypocrites are all in the family (Palin has no FamValues cuz Levi's ma does drugs)

    06/19/2010 1:56:45 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 35 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 6-19-10 | Colbert I. King
    Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father's Day. So I'd like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society, is constantly and savagely attacked by conservative leaders whose personal circumstances undermine the family values they espouse?.......
  • VIDEO: Logan Lacy 1008 lb Squat, and Puked (Real Barf Alert!)

    06/09/2010 6:14:49 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies · 62+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 8, 2010 | mllacy88
    Logan Lacy attempting squat at Sr. Nationals in Chicago. During the squat he projectile vomits on the head judge and then passed out. Let it be noted that he also went for a third attempt after this happened. VIDEO
  • Kill a Turk and Rest

    06/07/2010 12:56:14 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 30 replies · 136+ views
    Malasia Today ^ | 6/7/2010 | Uri Avnery
    As our governments have always done, when faced with the choice between several bad alternatives, the Netanyahu government chose the worst. Anyone who followed the preparations as reported in the media could have foreseen that they would lead to people being killed and injured. One does not storm a Turkish ship and expect cute little girls to present one with flowers. The Turks are not known as people who give in easily. By Uri Avnery On the high seas, outside territorial waters, the ship was stopped by the navy. The commandos stormed it. Hundreds of people on the deck resisted,...
  • Rick Lazio upstaged by Jeb Bush, Carl Paladino

    06/05/2010 3:48:04 AM PDT · by Scanian · 41 replies · 1,114+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 4, 2010
    Jeb Bush -- who was always derisively referred to as the smartest of the Bush brothers -- seemed presidential at the state Republican convention at the Sheraton New York on Wednesday night. After Fox News pundit Monica Crowley fired up the crowd and Mayor Bloomberg drew surprisingly enthusiastic applause considering he left the GOP, Jeb spoke and brought down the house, leading to speculation that the former Florida governor will run for president. Overhead from a top GOPer: "After this Obama nightmare, the Bush brand is looking pretty good."
  • U.S. is World's Top User of Targeted Killings, U.N. Says (BARF)

    06/02/2010 5:38:11 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies · 304+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/2/2010 | CNN
    Washington (CNN) -- The United States was identified Wednesday as the world's No. 1 user of targeted killings -- largely as a result of its dependence on unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A report released by the United Nations called the drone attacks part of a "strongly asserted but ill-defined license to kill without accountability" and warned that they are contributing to an erosion of longstanding international rules governing warfare. It urged states to identify publicly the rules of international law believed to provide a basis for any attempted targeted killings as well as the rationale for deciding...
  • Obama family, Bo, touch down in Chicago. Pool report

    05/27/2010 9:50:16 PM PDT · by Dinah Lord · 22 replies · 808+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/27/2010 | Lynn Sweet
    Chicago pool report #1 By Anne E. Kornblut White House Correspondent The Washington Post Shortly after takeoff, a surprise gaggle on Air Force One: with Bo, the presidential dog. His owner was just a few steps behind. President Obama watched and smiled as Bo ran down the aisle past a throng of cooing reporters. Obama cracked the old joke about needing a dog in Washington - since there's no such thing as a real friend. Someone told him that Bo had been spotted at the airport interacting with his bomb-sniffing relatives. "I didn't want him getting into it with the...
  • 16 sci-fi soldiers we should all salute on Memorial Day

    05/27/2010 7:17:04 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 55 replies · 1,970+ views
    SciFi Wire ^ | 05/27/10
    With Memorial Day bearing down on us, we thought it the right time to salute those brave sci-fi soldiers who've fought so hard for the betterment of the sci-fi universe. The tribute begins below!
  • Arizona, a rogue state at war (Big Ol' Barf Alert)

    05/27/2010 8:14:16 AM PDT · by raynearhood · 24 replies · 497+ views ^ | May 27, 2010 | Ruben Navarrette Jr
    San Diego, California (CNN) -- Don't be surprised if, any day now, you read that the People's Republic of Arizona is in the market for nuclear warheads to put an end, once and for all, to illegal immigration on its southern border. After all, it's the next logical step for the rogue state.
  • Sarah Palin's fact-free commentary on Paul and BP (WaPo)

    05/26/2010 6:42:34 AM PDT · by reaganairport · 74 replies · 2,084+ views
    Ruth Marcus ^ | May 26, 2010 | Ruth Marcus
    It was not Palin's fault that she was woefully unprepared to be the Republican vice presidential nominee. For that one, blame the petulant, impetuous John McCain. But Palin has had ample time now, outside the crash course of a presidential campaign, to develop and exhibit some understanding of the issues. Her learning curve, from all the available evidence, is a flat line. Three unattractive Palin traits have, if anything, been amplified since the election: her unwillingness to buckle down and do the necessary preparation; her tendency to adopt what McCain adviser Steve Schmidt described as a "down is up and...
  • A Plan to Save Europe and World Economic Recovery (barf alert)

    05/20/2010 3:36:30 PM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 17 replies · 470+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 20 May 2010 | Larry Kudlow
    World and U.S. stock markets are slumping badly as intensified systemic risks from the Greek and European debt-default contagion continue to spread. Disciplinarian markets of stocks, bonds, gold, and currencies are signaling the inadequacy of European Union rescue plans and the global fear that economic recovery will be blunted. Europe is the main source of the current upheaval. Specifically, the biggest issue right now is short-term funding. Key funding risk indicators, such as LIBOR and various short-term swap spreads, are showing credit and liquidity stress in Europe. Interbank funding looks increasingly sloppy and worrisome. These are dangerous market signals. The...
  • Phoenix's Mayor Gordon on JD Hayworth

    05/15/2010 3:26:42 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 1,129+ views
    YouTube ^ | 2010-05-15
    "The last thing we want in this country is an individual like J.D. Hayworth in the Congress who is full of racism, will talk forever, and use every means to push his hate. So, in that sense, Senator McCain should beat him and beat him handily. Then, I think, turning back that type of person with the issue is being run against McCain — even with McCain on that side of the spectrum, will be a good sign for the future."
  • Pelosi makes history, and enemies, as an effective House speaker

    05/03/2010 5:01:46 AM PDT · by NoExpectations · 29 replies · 637+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2010 | Paul Kane
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is so unpopular in some places that she often avoids public appearances. During a recent House recess, she hopscotched across the country, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars at closed-door fundraisers, turning up in public only at the White House and in her hometown of San Francisco. But under the Capitol dome, Pelosi is a towering figure, perhaps even a historic one. Capped by her central role in passing the landmark health-care bill in March, the California Democrat, 70, has transformed herself from the caricature of a millionaire liberal with impeccable fashion taste into a speaker...
  • Open Carry Advocates: Shooting Themselves in the Foot

    04/29/2010 10:38:21 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 162 replies · 1,689+ views
    Pajamas MEdia ^ | April 29 | Bob Owens
    Open carry advocates, as a gun rights subgroup, are the continuing negligent political discharge of the shooting community. Their disastrous nationwide campaign to normalize the open carrying of firearms alienates Americans from coast to coast, even among those who champion the concealed carry of weapons. You only need to look at examples of the media incompetence of these groups in the past year to understand how this theoretically pro-gun movement has managed to cause the public to recoil in horror and actually set the movement back on its heels. It is enough to make you wonder if the group isn’t...
  • NYT MONDAY: Obama in 'sustained and widening' outreach effort to Muslim and Arab-Americans...

    04/18/2010 6:42:08 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies · 2,235+ views ^ | Apr 18, 2010 | Drudge
    NYT MONDAY: Obama in 'sustained and widening' outreach effort to Muslim and Arab-Americans... Developing...
  • Repeal everything ? (Email I got from Tim Kaine, DNC Chair)

    04/14/2010 8:24:42 PM PDT · by libh8er · 7 replies · 449+ views | 4.13.09 | Tim Kaine
    It started the moment we passed health care reform. Mitt Romney said, "the act should be repealed" and Michael Steele announced that Republicans would make "every effort" to do so. Yesterday, Rep. John Boehner said that it's still their "number one priority." But now we're learning that their ambitions don't stop there. Last week, Newt Gingrich promised a conference of conservatives and tea partiers that Republicans "will repeal virtually everything" passed by Congressional Democrats and President Obama. That's the new goal for the GOP -- win this fall, then roll back all that we've accomplished. This is the next phase...
  • Disappointment as US high school students snub 'lesbian-friendly prom'

    04/07/2010 7:56:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 448 replies · 7,713+ views
    Disappointment as US high school students snub 'lesbian-friendly prom' Senior prom fell far short of the rite of passage Constance McMillen was hoping for when she began a legal battle to challenge a ban on same-sex dates. Published: 7:00AM BST 07 Apr 2010 Constance McMillen Photo: AP The 18-year-old lesbian student said that she was one of only seven students to show up at a private party chaperoned by school officials. She said the rest of her peers went to another private event where she wasn't invited. "It was not the prom I imagined," she said. "It really hurts my...
  • Romney signs his books in Des Moines

    03/29/2010 4:54:43 PM PDT · by curth · 29 replies · 443+ views
    Globe Gazette ^ | Monday, March 29, 2010 | James Q. Lynch
    DES MOINES — There was no doubt about the sentiments of many of those at author Mitt Romney’s book-signing at the Des Moines Public Library Monday. “I’d be interested if he ran” for president again, Scott Newland of Des Moines said as he thumbed through Romney’s “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.” Among those waving Romney campaign-like signs and wearing Romney t-shirts, Shirley Woodruff was more direct about wanting to see the former Massachusetts governor make another run for the Republican nomination. “He’s at least honest,” she said, displaying a photo of herself and Romney’s wife, Ann. “He has...
  • It's the law of the land: Health overhaul signed

    03/23/2010 4:21:28 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 31 replies · 767+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 23 March 2010 | By JENNIFER LOVEN, AP White House Correspondent
    WASHINGTON – Claiming a historic triumph that could define his presidency, a jubilant Barack Obama signed a massive, nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul on Tuesday that will for the first time cement insurance coverage as the right of every U.S. citizen and begin to reshape the way virtually all Americans receive and pay for treatment. After more than a year of hyperpartisan struggle — and numerous near-death moments for the measure — Obama declared "a new season in America" as he sealed a victory denied to a line of presidents stretching back more than half a century. Democratic lawmakers...
  • Beaming Obama signs historic $938 billion overhaul

    03/23/2010 12:20:00 PM PDT · by Dominic01 · 34 replies · 855+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Tuesday, March 23, 2010 12:00PM | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON – A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen's life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the November elections. Celebrating "a new season in America" — the signature accomplishment of his White House so far and one denied to a line of presidents before him — Obama made the massive bill law with an East Room signing ceremony. He was joined by jubilant...
  • President Obama's Final Four: Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova

    03/16/2010 8:38:32 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 34 replies · 5,655+ views ^ | 03/16/10 | Ryan Hudson
    Just like last season, President Barack Obama is filling out a bracket for the men's tournament. This year though, he'll be submitting his predictions for the women's field, too. In an ESPN exclusive, President Barack Obama filled out his bracket predictions for the 2010 NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments with senior writer Andy Katz and ESPN basketball analyst Doris Burke for air on ESPN's SportsCenter on Wednesday, March 17, at noon ET, and Friday, March 19, at 9 a.m., respectively [...] Said Katz, “After spending a few minutes with President Obama at the White House it was evident...
  • GARVER: Have gun, will latte(Barf Alert)

    03/16/2010 6:32:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies · 335+ views ^ | 15 March, 2010 | Lloyd Garver
    I’ve always been confused by Starbucks, the great American institution and symbol of yuppies and carefree consumerism. This is the place where the smallest cup of coffee is called a “Tall.” Depending on what you order, you can easily spend two or three bucks for a cup. In other words, it’s the sort of place with the kinds of products mocked by right-wing opponents of vegetarians, elitism and free-range chicken potpies. That's why I was surprised to learn that some gun-toting, Second Amendment-loving customers were sitting in Starbucks, sipping tea. At least 38 states allow people to walk around with...
  • With every silly story, Sarah Palin sinks closer to vaudeville: (Thogh Shalt Blow Chunks)

    03/10/2010 3:26:22 PM PST · by Jim from C-Town · 51 replies · 1,292+ views
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer Via ^ | March 10, 2010 | Connie Schultz
    When Sarah Palin was a little girl, her family crossed the border from Alaska into Canada for the quality health care they couldn't get back home. This was in the 1960s, when her parents boarded a train from rural, small-town Skagway, Alaska, and headed for capable doctors in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. How do we know this? Here's an excerpt from her speech, delivered last weekend in Calgary and reported by the Associated Press: "I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little-kid accident thing," Palin told the audience of 1,200, who paid $150 to...
  • Health Reform Passes the Cost Test

    03/09/2010 9:02:11 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 21 replies · 202+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | David Cutler
    Many people are worried that the health-care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats will fail to bend the "cost curve." A number of commentators are urging no votes because of this, and Republicans have asked the president to start health reform over, focusing squarely on the issue of cost reduction. These calls overlook the actual legislation. Over the past year of debate, 10 broad ideas have been offered for bending the health-care cost curve. The Democrats' proposed legislation incorporates virtually every one of them.