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  • Ben Carson, famed neurosurgeon, running for president

    05/03/2015 5:45:56 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 137 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/03/2015 | Steve Peoples
    Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOPís presidential primary as he tries to parlay his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign against established politicians. ďIím willing to be part of the equation and therefore, Iím announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,Ē he said in an interview aired Sunday night by Ohioís WKRC television station. He is set to make...
  • As Ben Carson Bashes Obama, Many Blacks See a Heroís Legacy Fade

    05/02/2015 2:24:26 PM PDT · by kristinn · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, May 2, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    The black man courting crowds of white conservatives doesnít seem like the same guy that H. Westley Phillips once idolized. Phillips still relishes the day he heard Ben Carson inspire minority students at Yale University with his story of persistence. He can still feel the nervous anticipation he had while waiting in line to shake Carsonís hand. After the speech, Phillips followed Carsonís path and... ďI had come from a public school in Tulsa and came from a single-parent household and thought I was the admissions mistake,Ē said Phillips, now 27. ďBut he gave me the comfort to know that...
  • Gays Admit They Were Not Born That Way, shocking undercover video

    04/27/2015 3:26:01 PM PDT · by passionfruit · 67 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | Ryan Sorba
    They just affirm what many of us have already believed. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Citizen Journalist, Ryan Sorba recently went undercover in Palm Springs, California, posing as a same-sex marriage activist. He asked the following question: ďDo you believe being gay is strictly genetic?Ē The video enclosed in this email is a montage of clips from interviews in which gays admit that they believe they are gay due external circumstances, such as being sexually abused at an early age or going through other traumatic experiences. When asked how many interviews Sorba obtained during this venture, he answered, ďThere are many more...
  • Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson Rise in Iowa Scott Walker Takes a Fall

    04/22/2015 2:03:16 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 17 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 22, 2015 | Paul M Winters
    In a Gravis Marketing poll released today Jeb Bush leads fellow GOP rivals among Republican Party Iowa voters while Senator Marco Rubio and former brain surgeon Ben Carson†have increased their popularity†while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken the largest fall. In a telephone survey conducted April 13, former Governor Bush (R-FL) led with 16 percent of voters surveyed with Walker coming in at 13 percent, followed closely by fellow Floridian Rubio at 12 percent. The poll was conducted the same day as Rubio's announcement of his 2016 Presidential bid. The biggest gainers were Marco Rubio, who improved five†points from his...
  • Dr. Ben Carson Attempts to Clarify His Second Amendment Stance at NRA Annual Meetings

    04/11/2015 8:17:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 71 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/10/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Nashville - Speaking from the 144th annual NRA Annual Meetings Friday afternoon, potential GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson attempted to clarify his stance on the Second Amendment. "For the record let me make it extremely clear that I am extremely pro-Second Amendment and that I would never allow anyone to tamper with that right," Carson said. "We will never let the right to keep and bear arms be removed from those [generations] who follow us in this great nation," he continued.
  • Governor Walker jumps ahead of the pack in latest Fox News poll.

    04/10/2015 3:43:26 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 212 replies
    Walker 15 Bush 12 Carson 11 Cruz 10 Huckabee 10 Paul 9 Rubio 8 Christie 4 Perry 3 Santorum 2 Jindal 2 Kasich 1
  • Bush reclaims lead over Walker in North Carolina poll (Cruz up 8, Walker down 8)

    04/10/2015 3:36:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Wisconsin Gazette ^ | April 10, 2015 | Staff
    The latest North Carolina survey from Public Policy Polling suggests that conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz entering the race is stunting Scott Walker's momentum in North Carolina. The PPP poll released on April 10 shows Jeb Bush now leads the GOP field in North Carolina with 19 percent to 16 percent for Walker, with Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio each at 11 percent, Ben Carson at 9 percent, Chris Christie at 7 percent, Rand Paul at 6 percent and Rick Perry at 2 percent. Cruz is up 8 points from his 3 percent standing a month ago, while Walker...
  • On being tolerant of others

    04/08/2015 5:14:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 37 replies
    Ben Carson on Facebook ^ | 4/7/2015 | Ben Carson
    The other day I submitted a thread titledBen Carson Easter Post On Facebook Here is his latest, on how as Christians, we are to tolerate others. In my opinion, being tolerant of someone else's beliefs is not a denial of faith in Christ as our Savior. Through our example of acceptance and love, we have the ability to attract rather than repel others. We must remember that we are all God's children and that our Savior died for everyone, whether they accept the sacrifice or not. The way in which we treat others is critical, and we should not make...
  • Ben Carson Says "Rights Of Christians" Get Short Shrift In America

    04/09/2015 12:14:23 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Dr. Ben Carson is calling for more attention to be given to Christians and their rights, suggesting that they are being passed over in favor of other concerns, such as gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Coulter: Cruz and Walker Only ĎPalatableí Candidates

    04/06/2015 9:10:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | April 6, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Columnist and author of ďNever Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican,Ē Ann Coulter said that Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are the only ďpalatableĒ presidential candidates and that the candidacies of Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are a ďwaste of timeĒ on Mondayís ďHannityĒ on the Fox News Channel. Coulter re-iterated her point that Republicans shouldnít let liberal moderators host their debates, she then stated ďmost importantly, please Republican primary voters, do not even consider someone who has not been a governor. Maybe a senator, but at least a governor. That is just wasting everybodyís time, energy and money...
  • Ben Carson Easter Post On Facebook

    04/04/2015 7:13:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies
    Facebook ^ | 4/4/2015 | Ben Carson
    As Easter approaches, let us remember the role that Jesus Christ and God play in our lives. Let us also remember that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in God, and while there are ideological differences in who Jesus was, we should find peace in the fact that we are all Godís children. Jesus is my role model, and he preached love, he preached acceptance. He also was a man of values and principles, and he ended up being crucified for it. But, he rose again to advocate godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighbors, developing...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. ďI want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,Ē Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. ďGovernor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • Poll: Ted Cruz Gets Big Bump After 2016 Presidency Announcement

    04/01/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 1, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is getting a big polling bump after his announcement that he will seek his party's nomination, Public Policy Polling reports. Support for the first-term Texas senator, who opened his national campaign office in Houston on Tuesday, rose from 5 percent to 16 percent, PPP noted, pushing Cruz into the top-tier of Republicans who will likely make a primary run. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading the pack, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then Cruz, whose popularity with conservatives in his party is growing, PPP said of its latest survey of likely GOP...
  • Ted Cruz Canít Do What Glenn Beck Says

    03/31/2015 7:46:03 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | W. James Antle III
    Less than a week after leaving the Republican Party, Glenn Beck had something to say about how Ted Cruz should approach the primaries. Leave Scott Walker and Rand Paul alone. Otherwise, Beck warned, ďweíre just going to end up with Jeb Bush.Ē (Bill OíReilly was skeptical about Beckís whole GOP-leaving business.) Cruz professed his admiration for Paul and Cruz, but didnít quite commit to refrain from criticizing them. Thatís because he canít. The Republican presidential race can be split into the conservative primary and the establishment primary. Beck isnít wrong that a divided conservative vote could benefit Bush, but there...
  • Here Are the Real Republican Primaries Hint: They ainít happening in Iowa or New Hampshire.

    03/30/2015 5:40:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | March 30, 2015 | Matt Latimer, former Bush speechwriter
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become the first Republican to eschew the phony ďexploratoryĒ phase and announce an actual presidential campaign. Rand Paul is apparently next. But as every political pooh-bah knows, the 2016 presidential contest has been underway for months, maybe even years. As this is written, in fact, several hotly contested GOP primaries already have commencedóprimaries that will go a long way toward determining the Republican nominee, despite the painfully quaint notion that the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire will get the ďfirstĒ say. Here, then, in no particular order, is a voterís guide to some of...
  • Talk show primary: Cruz may be trailing in polls, but winning big among conservative radio hosts

    03/29/2015 12:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 28, 2015 | Hadas Gold and Jonathan Topaz
    Glenn Beck wants listeners to pray for him. Mark Levin says Fox News is out to get him. Hugh Hewitt calls him an ďintellectual leader.Ē Rush Limbaugh thinks his campaign launch was ďmasterful.Ē Laura Ingraham hails him as ďReaganesque.Ē Erick Erickson considers him a ďgood friend.Ē Ted Cruz may be trailing in the polls and strapped for cash, but the first declared candidate of the 2016 race is winning in at least one key contest ó the conservative talk-show primary. Tens of millions of listeners ó and potential GOP primary voters ó tune in each week to the biggest right-wing...
  • BEN CARSON: OBAMA IS A PSYCHOPATH

    03/25/2015 6:28:49 AM PDT · by bkopto · 48 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | March 25, 2015 | staff
    A new profile in GQ magazine quotes presidential hopeful Ben Carson likening President Barack Obama to a psychopath. In the piece for the magazineís April 2015 issue, Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and conservative darling, reacted to Obamaís State of the Union address. Carsonís business manager said the president looks good, and Carson responded by likening the president to a ďpsychopath.Ē ďLike most psychopaths,Ē Carson grumbled. ďThatís why theyíre successful. Thatís the way they look. They all look great.Ē
  • Ben Carson: Obama is a 'psychopath'

    03/24/2015 5:07:59 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    WND ^ | March 24, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Ben Carson, an emerging presidential candidate for the Republican Party, was captured in an unguarded moment by a GQ reporter calling President Obama a ďpsychopathĒ for the seeming ease with which he lies to the American public. GQ reports that Carson ďhad come to the Capitol Hill home of Armstrong Williams, a conservative media impresario who officially serves as Carsonís business manager,Ē for the presidentís State of the Union speech. Shortly after, the two began discussing the speech and Obama.
  • Ben Carson: Is He the Real 'Progressive' on Homosexuality?

    03/23/2015 12:21:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Ben Carson got himself into some trouble a couple of weeks back for remarks concerning homosexuality that he made during an exchange with CNNís Chris Cuomo. However, Iím not sure what exactly it is that Carson said that ignited such controversyóor any controversy. Carson expressed his position that homosexualityópresumably, homosexual desire, not just conductóis the product of choice. To substantiate his thesis, Carson alluded to the phenomenon of (ostensibly) heterosexual prisoners who, upon engaging in homosexual relations while incarcerated, ďbecomeĒ gay. Cuomo agreed that such a phenomenon occurs. Butófor reasons that he failed to specifyóCuomo disagreed that this example vindicates...
  • Ben Carson: Create Palestinian State in Egypt, Get Israel out of Hamasís Rocket Fire Range

    03/22/2015 5:25:32 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 52 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 3/23/15 | Dan Riehl
    While taking a good deal of criticism for his seeming lack of knowledge on foreign policy this week, Republican Ben Carson told Bloomberg Politics that he is in process of taking in a great deal of information in that regard. In a statement to Bloomberg Politics, Carson acknowledged that he was constantly boning up on foreign policy. ďAlthough I have visited the Baltic Rim and over 57 other countries around the world,Ē he said, ďI am still in the stage of rapidly learning about the political dynamics of global politics.Ē -snip- He also took the time to offer up something...
  • Ben Carson is not ready for prime time

    03/19/2015 5:17:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Thank God for Hugh Hewitt. Despite an abiding respect for Dr. Ben Carsonís vision, intellect, and accomplishments, many conservatives began to wonder whether he was prepared to mount a presidential bid when his artless comments about the nature of homosexuality inspired a news cycle dedicated to the complexities of sexual relationships in prison. Needless to say, this was intellectual energy that could have been better spent. If conservatives had doubts about Carsonís readiness to run for the presidency, they were confirmed on Wednesday when the ďHewitt PrimaryĒ claimed its first scalp. In an extended interview in which Hewitt grilled Carson...
  • Does Homosexuality Turn a Neurosurgeon Naive?

    Although homosexuality in America is today synonymous with the word gay, only anger and hostility result from questions about what actually defines it. Dr. Ben Carson stoked these flames last week while defending his position on traditional marriage. By now, most of us have heard Dr. Carson suggested homosexuality in prison proves that being a homosexual comes down to choice, not genetics. Throughout history, the tolerance of any sexual practice has hinged on individual cultures. Dr. Carsonís uncomfortably honest assertion about prison certainly relates to this fact. Sex in prison is often coerced or worse, but that reality doesnít explain...
  • Is Being Gay a Choice?

    03/11/2015 8:23:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, Dr. Ben Carson stepped onto a political mine -- really, jumped onto it with both feet -- when he answered a question from CNN's Chris Cuomo about the nature of homosexuality. "You think being gay is a choice?" Cuomo asked Carson, after Carson rightly stated that being black and being gay are two very different phenomena. "Absolutely," replied Carson. He then went on to explain, "A lot of people who go into prison straight go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay." Carson's unstated line of reasoning is perfectly logical. When Cuomo asked Carson...
  • LIberal heads EXPLODE over Ben Carson saying being gay is a CHOICE

    03/04/2015 10:19:54 AM PST · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | Right Scoop
    This morning on CNN Ben Carson was asked if homosexuality is a choice and he didnít shy away from answering it, saying he absolutely believes it is a choice. When asked why, he suggested that one example of this being a choice is that some people who go into prison straight and come out gay. If itís not a choice then how could that happen? Watch: Video Link As I said, heads are exploding over his comments. If you just search Google News youíll find dozens of articles already written on it. And most of them are negative, as you...
  • Ben Carson, Sonia Sotomayor, and homosexuality

    03/11/2015 7:04:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/11/2015 | Lee Culpepper
    Although homosexuality in America is today synonymous with the word gay, only anger and hostility result from questions about what actually defines it. Dr. Ben Carson stoked these flames last week while defending his position on traditional marriage. By now, most of us have heard Dr. Carson suggest that homosexuality in prison proves that being a homosexual comes down to choice, not genetics. Throughout history, the tolerance of any sexual practice has hinged on individual cultures. Dr. Carsonís uncomfortably honest assertion about prison certainly relates to this fact. Sex in prison is often coerced or worse, but that reality doesnít...
  • Glenn Beck Calls Ben Carson a 'Lunatic,' Says Presidential Career Is 'Over'

    03/10/2015 7:32:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/10/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Conservative media personality Glenn Beck declared renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's presidential career over and branded him a "lunatic" last week for calling homosexuality "absolutely" a choice because of prison sex. Carson told CNN last Wednesday that he believed homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice citing as an example that "a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight ó and when they come out, they're gayÖSo, did something happen while they were in there?" Reacting to Carson's comments, on his radio show Friday, Beck called them "ridiculous". "Goodbye to his presidential career,"...
  • Conservative Activists: Scott Walker Has Best Shot at Beating Hillary Clinton

    03/09/2015 5:37:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 9, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    A new survey of conservative activists shows many in the movement see Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the strongest Republican to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016. The survey wasn't scientific. But conservative activist group ForAmerica surveyed almost 10,000 of its Facebook members and more than 32 percent said Walker has the "best shot at beating Hillary Clinton" in the field, according to results shared first with National Journal. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who has never held elected office, finished in second, with nearly 25 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz (14 percent), Sen. Rand Paul (6.6 percent) and...
  • Glenn Beck: Ben Carsonís Prison Sex Comment ĎThe Dumbest Thing Iíve Ever Heardí

    03/09/2015 10:37:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 92 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 6, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    According to Glenn Beck, possible GOP candidate Dr. Ben CarsonĎs comments about homosexuality being a choice is one of the dumbest things the radio host has ever heard ... ďGoodbye to his presidential career,Ē Beck said Friday on his radio show. ďItís over. Itís over. There is no way to recover from that. That just sounds like a lunaticÖ That is just a ridiculous statement on a million fronts. A ridiculous statement.Ē ...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nationís top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential raceówith, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Gay advocate unwittingly encourages idea that children can be taught to be gay

    03/05/2015 3:57:38 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | March 5, 2015 | Barbara Kay
    The headline of a recent Washington Post article was provocative, as it was meant to be: ďIím gay. And I want my kid to be gay too.Ē Writer, CNN political commentator and ardent feminist Sally Kohn set off a national firestorm of criticism with her admission that she would prefer that her daughter be gay like her than heterosexual, because she thinks being lesbian is a ďan asset and a gift.Ē So far Kohnís six-year-old daughter shows no signs of following in her motherís footsteps, in spite of a household filled with gay-themed books and admonitions, when she plays ďfamilyĒ...
  • After Uproar, Ben Carson Backtracks, Apologizes for Homosexuality Comments [+video]

    03/05/2015 5:58:18 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    JoeMiller.us ^ | 03/05/2015 | Joe Miller
    By Fox News. Potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson apologized Wednesday for saying homosexuality was a lifestyle choice.ďI do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,Ē Carson said on his Facebook page late Wednesday afternoon. ďI regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.Ē Carson, a neurosurgeon, was attempting to clarify comments he made earlier in the day to Chris Cuomo on CNNís ďNew DayĒ show. ďA lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight ó and...
  • Ben Carson says being gay is a choice, citing prison example

    03/04/2015 5:18:07 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | Nick Gass
    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said Wednesday that ďa lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out theyíre gay.Ē The remarks were made on CNNís ďNew DayĒ in response to a question from host Chris Cuomo, who asked if Carson thought being gay was a ďchoice.Ē ďAbsolutely,Ē Carson replied. Asked why, he went on to explain his prison theory. ďSo did something happen while they were in there?Ē he said. ďAsk yourself that question.Ē
  • Republicans McCain, Angelo, Karger Call on 2016 Presidential Candidates to Avoid Gay Attacks

    03/06/2015 1:26:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Seattle Lesbian ^ | February 5, 2015
    Gregory T. Angelo, Meghan McCain and Fred Karger signing the St. Louis Resolution Tuesday night. In a move designed to head off anti-gay rhetoric during the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, three prominent GOP leaders signed a resolution Tuesday and will send it off to the 18 prospective Republican candidates for president. After speaking on a panel entitled ďMarriage Equality and the Republican PartyĒ in Graham Chapel at Washington University, political columnist and television host Meghan McCain, Log Cabin Republican Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo and the first openly gay candidate to run for President, Fred Karger, all signed the Resolution,...
  • Being Gay Not a Choice: Science Contradicts Ben Carson

    03/07/2015 11:17:39 AM PST · by detective · 125 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 7, 2015 | Tia Ghose
    Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful, recently apologized for a statement in which he said being gay is "absolutely" a choice. In an interview on CNN, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate commented that "a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they're gay, so did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."
  • Ben Carson Is Fighting a Culture War: His remarks on homosexuality more likely to help than hurt

    03/07/2015 6:17:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/07/2015 | Peter Beinert
    You might think Ben Carsonís recent comments suggesting that prison turns people gay have hurt his presidential campaign. I donít buy it. In fact, I suspect theyíll improve his chances. First, Carsonís supporters agree with what he said. According to a March 2014 Washington Post poll, 48 percent of conservative Republicans think being gay is something you choose while only 39 percent disagree. If you polled the activists on the Christian-right most likely to back Carsonís campaign, that figure would probably be even more lopsided. Second, it wonít exactly shock Carsonís backers to hear that heís anti-gay. Last March, Carson...
  • Q for Ben Carson: Is "Caving to Gays" a Choice, Too? And What About the GOP Field?

    03/06/2015 12:11:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 6, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief
    As Matt Welch noted Wednesday, pediatric neurosurgeon and next Republican president of the United States Ben Carson both "lived down to stereotype" and articulated some truths about the GOP field for 2016 when he argued that gay sex among heterosexuals in prisons proves that being gay is a "choice." (Carson's very existence, by the way, proves my general about Republicans' "long love affair" manifestly unqualified candidates.) Here's something else to think about while mulling over whether any of this matters more than a tinker's ding-dong: Ben Carson has apologized for his comments and is already being taken to the woodshed...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: ĎI Support Civil Unions for Gay Couplesí

    03/06/2015 9:59:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 5, 2015 - 2:25 PM | Melanie Hunter
    In a Facebook post following his interview with CNNís ďNew Day,Ē Dr. Ben Carson issued a statement, apologizing for saying people who change their sexual orientation after going to jail shows that ďbeing gay is a choice.Ē [Ö] ďI support human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people, and I have done so for many years. I support civil unions for gay couples, and I have done so for many years. I support the right of individual states to sanction gay marriage, and I support the right of individual states to deny gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions,Ē Carson said....
  • Iím Gay and I (Sort Of) Agree With Ben Carson

    03/05/2015 6:51:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/05/2015 | Sally Kohn
    On Wednesday, perpetually controversial conservative Ben Carson told CNNís Chris Cuomo that being gay is ďabsolutelyĒ a choice. I agree, kind of. Last week I wrote an essay for the Washington Post in which I talked about wanting my daughter to be gayóimplicitly and explicitly challenging the idea long advanced by gay rights advocates that being gay is not a choice. Iím not saying being gay necessarily is a conscious choice for many queer folks today, but I am saying it should be able to be a choiceóand one that is ďequally desirable to being straight.Ē In other words, for...
  • Poll: Walker and Bush lead crowded GOP field

    03/05/2015 3:59:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Politico | March 5, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush head a crowded field of prospective Republican presidential candidates in the latest national poll released Thursday. Walker, the Wisconsin governor, polls at 18 percent, and Bush, the former Florida governor, is at 16 percent. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 8 percent each; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 7 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 6 percent each; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 5 percent; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 2 percent; and South Carolina Sen....
  • Ben Carsonís Gay-Making Prisons, & the Insurgent/Petulant/Crusader Split...

    03/04/2015 8:26:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Matt Welch, editor-in-chief
    Why not all 'outsiders' are built the same, and how that might benefit Ted Cruz.Today the neurosurgeon Ben Carson is coming under political fire, including from conservatives, for giving this answer to a CNN question about whether being gay is a choice: Absolutely. Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question[.] Uh, let's not and say we did? First of all, I think the correct answer to that question, from any presidential candidate, is...
  • Ben Carson: You know what, Iím done talking about gay rights from now on

    03/04/2015 5:07:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    After 500 comments about his prison-sex theory of orientation, I figured you‚Äôd be interested in an update. Having taken a ferocious beating in the media for the better part of a day, Carson finally says no mas: ¬ďI also believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their beliefs, and that includes people who are gay,¬Ē Mr. Carson continued. ¬ďI have no problem with them doing whatever they want to do. I¬ím just not willing to change the definition of marriage for anybody, because once you do that, you have to change it for everyone else who comes along....
  • Ben Carson: Prisons prove being gay is a choice (YouTube Video)

    03/04/2015 5:23:51 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/04/2015 | avid McCabe
    Dr. Ben Carson, the conservative activist who is considering a run for president in 2016, said Wednesday that he could prove that being gay is a choice since people "go into prison straight and when they come out, they're gay."Appearing on CNNís ďNew Day,Ē he said that people ďabsolutelyĒ had a choice over their sexuality. Anchor Chris Cuomo then asked him why he thought that.ďBecause a lot of people go into prison straight and when they come out, theyíre gay,Ē Carson said. ďSo, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.ĒHe also said that giving...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: Prison sex shows being gay is a choice

    03/04/2015 6:34:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Does prison sex prove that sexual orientation is a choice? Given that much of what constitutes ‚Äúsex‚ÄĚ in prison occurs under some sort of duress, using it as an example of ‚Äúchoice‚ÄĚ seems like ‚Ķ a stretch, to say the least. Dr. Ben Carson, who just announced the formation of a presidential exploration committee, defended the traditional definition of marriage in an interview this morning with CNN‚Äôs Chris Cuomo by relying on that argument to differentiate same-sex marriage advocacy from the civil rights movement (via Twitchy):CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican...
  • Ben Carson Hires National Finance Director

    02/25/2015 5:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | February 24, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has hired former Newt Gingrich fundraiser Amy Pass to be his national finance director. Pass, according to longtime Carson pal Terry Giles, who is running the show for his friend behind the scenes, helped raise over $52 million for Gingrichís group American Solutions and went on to serve as the national finance director of his 2012 presidential campaign. ďWhile I believe Dr. Carson will be second to none in grassroots fund raising, we are by no means willing to surrender to anyone regarding traditional approaches,Ē Giles told National Review Online in an email on Tuesday. He said...
  • Frontrunner: Scott Walker 25, Ben Carson 18, Jeb Bush 17 in new PPP poll of Republicans

    02/24/2015 12:58:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2015 | AllahPundit
    Impressive, but how long realistically can Walker resist the Ben Carson juggernaut?Actually ‚ÄĒ no fooling ‚ÄĒ I think Carson‚Äôs numbers are bigger news here than Walker‚Äôs, even though he‚Äôs the first guy in the developing field to establish something of a frontrunner status. Walker is climbing fast in the polling because of his appeal to the most conservative elements of the Republican electorate. Among ‚Äėvery conservative‚Äô voters he leads with 37% to 19% for Carson, 12% for Bush, and 11% for Huckabee. Bush has a similarly large lead over Walker with moderates at 34/12‚Ķthe problem for Bush though is...
  • Some Ben Carson Fans Bristle At His Decision To Appear At Sharpton Convention

    02/18/2015 12:03:53 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 30 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 02/18/2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Likely 2016 presidential hopeful Ben Carson is receiving a mixed reaction to news that he will be among the featured guests at Al Sharptonís upcoming National Action Network convention. A conservative star, the retired neurosurgeon was listed among several high-profile speakers set to join Sharpton for the April event. In response to a Twitter post by the NAN promoting the convention, many Carson supporters openly questioned his decision to participate. ďLosing respect for Ben Carson if hes [sic] speaking at one of your racist rallies,Ē one Twitter user wrote. Sites like Twitchy were quick to jump on the news, sparking...
  • If he runs for president, don't expect political correctness from Ben Carson

    02/18/2015 10:22:11 AM PST · by presidio9 · 12 replies
    Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | February 18, 2015 | Anthony Man
    e stopped short of declaring that he's running for president, but Ben Carson promised Monday he'd bring a no-holds-barred conservatism to the campaign trail. And he vowed to never Ė ever Ė soft-pedal his views to avoid giving offense.. "I hate political correctness, and I will never yield to the PC police," Carson told about 250 people at the Palm Beach Republican Club. And he delivered in a 39-minute speech, delivered without notes, and about 10 minutes of answering audience questions. Carson wants: ēMuch tougher U.S. action to combat Islamic State, known as ISIS. He said the desire by many...
  • We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Not Us

    02/18/2015 6:43:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Dr Ben Carson
    The graphic pictures of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we, along with the rest of the world, are facing. These terrorists have stated their intention to annihilate Israel and to destroy the American way of life, which they consider corrupt and evil. Undoubtedly, we in America have our faults like every other country inhabited by human beings, but it requires the...
  • Ben Carson: Obama Must Not Be Allowed to Block Homeland Security Funding [Talk of Treason!]

    02/16/2015 7:55:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Newsmax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Wanda Carruthers and Bill Hoffmann
    Ben Carson: Obama Must Not Be Allowed to Block Homeland Security Funding 16 Feb 2015 By Wanda Carruthers and Bill Hoffmann If President Barack Obama vetoes funding the Department of Homeland Security because it doesnít include support for his immigration initiatives, it might be time to talk about "treason," retired neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum." The House and Senate have been wrestling with funding for Homeland Security over Obama's controversial immigration executive order that gave temporary legal status to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.g) The debate has put Democrats...
  • GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Carry Same Odds in 2016

    02/16/2015 9:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    A leading Republican consultant has ranked the top 10 presidential candidates for 2016 while claiming that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has about the same odds of winning the partyís nomination as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, The Washington Post reported. The unnamed strategist divided the GOP race for 2016 into "four lanes" ó establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian, according to the newspaper. Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the leading candidates in establishment, the largest lane, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is battling it out with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...