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  • Kid destroys $15,000 LEGO sculpture an hour after new exhibit opens

    06/03/2016 3:44:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | Alicia Tan
    Children might be small in stature, but let's be honest, they can be rather destructive when left to their own devices. Such is the case with a young Chinese boy, who single-handedly pushed over a giant fox figurine of Nick from Zootopia on Sunday at the LEGO Expo in Ningbo, China. It so happened that it was the first day of the exhibition and the display had been open to the public for no more than an hour when the incident occurred. SEE ALSO: Search for 7-year-old boy left in forest by parents as punishment enters 4th day
  • [Video] 'Daddy went past a red light.' Boy calls 911 on dad

    06/01/2016 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    WCVB.COM ^ | 01 JUNE 2016 | WCVB.COM
    Video at link
  • (Cincinnati) Zoo: Gorilla killed after dragging boy who fell into exhibit; child hospitalized

    05/28/2016 4:42:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 147 replies
    WCPO ^ | 28 May 16 | WCPO Staff
    CINCINNATI – A gorilla was killed after it dragged a 3-year-old boy that fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Saturday, Zoo Director Thane Maynard said. The boy was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police and EMTs were called to the zoo at about 4 p.m. for reports that a gorilla was "slamming the child into the wall." Maynard said the boy crawled through a barrier and landed in the moat. He was walking and splashing. Harambe, a 17-year-old male gorilla weighing more than 400 pounds, picked up the boy, Maynard said....
  • “World’s Meanest Mom” Sells Daughter’s Dream Truck on Craigslist

    04/21/2016 12:04:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 20, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    she calls herself the “World’s Meanest Mom,” but a Minnesota mother said she has a reason for selling her daughter’s dream truck on Craigslist. Amy Adams said her daughter “decided that her grades don’t matter, that she can disrespect myself and her siblings on a daily basis and that she has the right to skip school and run away from home.” Adams added her daughter, who was just about to get her driver’s license, “was on her ‘one more chance and the truck was getting sold.’ And, she blew that ‘one more chance’ on Monday when she decided to skip...
  • Cantor faces tea party fury in his back yard [2014]

    03/28/2016 5:24:09 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2014 | Jenna Portnoy
    Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican. (SNIP) “When I sit here and I listen to Mr. Brat speak I hear the inaccuracies — my family’s here.” Cantor said. As he was interrupted by the raucous crowd, Cantor’s anger was evident: “That’s enough — we are a country of free speech, so decency’s also part of this.” (SNIP) “It is easy to sit in the rarified environs of academia, in the...
  • He threw a tantrum. She ignored him.

    02/05/2016 4:56:59 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | February 3, 2016 | Annabbel Monaghan
    I saw a woman leaving the YMCA recently with a baby strapped to her chest. She had a second, slightly larger baby in a stroller. And she had a tantrum-throwing three-year-old holding her hand. She was infested with small children. I couldn't help but stare... The three-year-old was trying to make a scene. I say "trying to make a scene" because he was waging war against his mother, and she was refusing to participate. With a steady gait and an even expression, she ignored him. It was the most spectacular moment in parenting I have ever seen. This woman, who...
  • Justin Bieber kicked out of Mexican archeological site

    01/08/2016 10:42:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 1/8/2016 | By Guy Hedgecoe
    Canadian singer Justin Bieber asked to leave ancient Mayan city of Tulum after trying to climb an off-limits ruin Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber was expelled from an archaeological site in Mexico after trying to clamber up some of its ruins. Bieber, 21, was on holiday in the Yucatan Peninsula, which overlooks the Caribbean, where he visited the ancient Mayan city of Tulum on Thursday afternoon.
  • Rep. Dave Brat: 'We Have a Fundamental Budget Problem Coming Our Way in 11 Years'

    12/17/2015 9:21:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2015 | 11:28 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, says he came to Washington to cut spending, not add to the deficits and debt that will crush future generations. He spoke on Thursday, one day after House leaders, working with the White House, produced a $1.1 trillion spending bill. And Brat warned of worse to come. ...
  • At gala in Richmond, GOP's Ted Cruz says Paris attacks show threat ISIS poses to U.S.

    11/15/2015 4:28:21 PM PST · by Isara · 4 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Saturday, November 14, 2015 | Jim Nolan
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with the media before addressing the Family Foundation of Virginia's 30th annual gala at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Saturday, November 14, 2015. (Alexa Welch Edlund) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Richmond to boost his presidential bid in the commonwealth, said Saturday that the terrorist attacks in Paris underscore the threat the Islamic State poses to the United States."I want to express solidarity with the people of France, with the people of Paris - all across America, Americans are lifting them up in our prayers, we are standing with our friends and...
  • Not so fast, Paul Ryan

    10/26/2015 10:15:28 PM PDT · by Rabin · 20 replies
    The Bull Elephant ^ | October 23, 2015 | Dave Brat
    So far, I’ve received confirmations from several candidates, but have yet to receive a written response from Ryan. Congressman Ryan has noted he does not want to adbmit to preconditions. House Speaker’s race is not about the person. It is about the principles, and structural reforms so that the process serves the best interest of the American people. This is too important a decision to leave to a few people good old boys. For our party to re-unite, and get things done, our Speaker need be of the people. Communicating honestly with us would be a good start.
  • Eric Cantor: Anger Fueling "Salesman" Donald Trump

    10/22/2015 2:12:50 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 22, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Ex-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor – swept out by the Tea Party-backed Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) – is now on the attack against it and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, saying voters have an unrealistic expectation from a Republican majority in Congress and Trump is “absolutely not” a credible presidential nominee for the GOP.
  • Watch:Reps.Charlie Dent,Dave Brat Have Heated Exchange Over The Next Speaker

    10/11/2015 10:29:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 11, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Reps. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) battled over the divide between the moderates and Freedom Caucus conservatives in Congress deciding who will be the next Speaker of the House.
  • Eric Cantor: The G.O.P., After John Boehner

    09/25/2015 9:06:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 25, 2015 | Eric Cantor
    LIKE so many others, I was stunned by Speaker John A. Boehner’s announcement on Friday that he would step down at the end of October. For nearly six years — first as Republican whip and then as majority leader — I met with John on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis as we worked to lead the House Republican Conference. (SNIP) We are in the midst of a campaign to elect the next president. After two terms of President Obama, an economy that is growing too slowly and a retrenchment of American power abroad, the conservative to-do list for the next...
  • Rep. Brat on GOP Leadership: ‘We’re Not Winning…I’d Give Them All F’s’

    09/22/2015 7:09:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 21, 2015 | 2:29 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) gave his own Republican congressional leadership a failing grade for not going “all in” to solve the nation’s fiscal problems and for not fighting President Obama’s executive overreach. “I’d give them all F’s. Fail. We did not fight. We didn’t win. My district sent me up here to score some points,” Brat said Friday after C-SPAN Washington Journal host Peter Slen asked the Tea Party-backed freshman congressman what he thought about House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership over the past year. Brat noted the Republican-controlled Congress’ failure to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of graphic undercover...
  • Will Boehner’s Leadership Be Challenged? Conservative Lawmaker Says It Depends on Budget, Planned...

    09/08/2015 1:46:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/7/15 | Melissa Quinn
    For one conservative lawmaker, Congress’s upcoming debate on funding the government and stripping Planned Parenthood of federal dollars could play a significant role in whether a challenge to House Speaker John Boehner is mounted.In an interview with The Daily Signal, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., warned that Boehner’s, R-Ohio, future as the party leader could be jeopardized depending on how he handles both a continuing resolution funding the government and whether Planned Parenthood is permanently stripped of its federal funding.“I voted against the speaker last time, and so I think on this motion, it’ll come down to leadership’s actions with respect...
  • 22-year-old college student blows her $90,000 college fund and blames her parents

    07/17/2015 3:40:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 63 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com ^ | 07/16/2015 | By Mandi Woodruff
    The woman, a 22-year-old college junior named Kim, who did not give her last name on air and was allowed to use a voice disguiser to even further shield her identity, came to the three hosts with a confession: in just short three years she had managed to blow through a $90,000 college fund left to her by her grandparents. Kim has one year left of school and no way to cover her remaining $20,000 tuition balance. The show’s hosts try to give Kim the benefit of the doubt. She’s come to them (for some untold reason — perhaps a...
  • Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity (& so does Boehner)

    03/04/2015 4:34:39 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Alexis Levinson
    In one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle, Democrats have zeroed in on second-time candidate Monica Vernon to win Iowa’s 1st District. Freshman Rep. Rod Blum, a Republican, holds the seat. But the district’s composition is competitive, if not left-leaning: In 2012, President Barack Obama won it with 56 percent. (SNIP) On the other side, there’s concern in the state Blum might not get much help from Washington, D.C. after voting against John A. Boehner for speaker on his first day in office. Iowa Republicans noted Blum didn’t make the National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list for the...
  • So. Cal. Edison’s IT layoffs are ‘heartless,’ says Sen. Grassley

    02/26/2015 2:48:44 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Patrick Thibodeau
    Southern California Edison (SCE) IT workers replaced by H-1B contractors have become the latest Exhibit A in Congress for reformers of the visa program. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has long advocated for changes to the H-1B program to protect U.S. workers, said the Edison layoffs illustrate how some employers "are potentially using legal avenues to import foreign workers, lay-off qualified Americans, and then export jobs overseas. "I was shocked by the heartless manner in which U.S. workers were injured," said Grassley in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. (SNIP) "The sponsors of the bill claim it will 'boost our competitiveness...
  • Rep. Dave Brat: Obama 'Morally Vacuous' on Amnesty

    12/12/2014 2:31:13 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Newsmax ^ | David A. Patten
    Incoming Virginia congressman Dave Brat, whose historic GOP primary victory over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor shook up Washington’s power structure this summer, is blasting President Obama’s executive fiat on immigration reform as "morally vacuous" – while stopping short of calling for impeachment.
  • Cantor slayer will back Boehner

    11/14/2014 3:37:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 14, 2014 | By Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who shockingly toppled former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a primary this summer, says he'll support John Boehner (R-Ohio) for Speaker. Brat told The Hill he plans to vote for Boehner on the floor in January when the Speaker is elected by the full House for the new Congress. "As of right now, yeah," Brat said. "I'm optimistic our leadership's going to move forward on the principles I ran on."
  • N.J. parents ordered to pay college for estranged daughter, 21

    11/14/2014 7:46:37 AM PST · by redreno · 32 replies
    Two New Jersey parents were just ordered by a court to pay for their adult daughter’s college tuition — despite the fact that she’s 21 years old and she’s refused to speak to them since moving in with her grandmother. Caitlyn Ricci, 21, moved out of her parents’ home in February 2013 — though the court documents filed by Ms. Ricci’s grandmother said the parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, who are divorced, actually gave the boot to their daughter, the New York Daily News reported.
  • The Election that Changed the Country (Vanity)

    11/05/2014 3:28:34 AM PST · by BobL · 27 replies
    (none) | Nov 5, 2014 | (self)
    While it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of yesterday's victories, the only reason that we won so decisively yesterday was because a small group of DETERMINED REPUBLICANS in Virginia decided that the country couldn't take anymore of Eric Cantor, and somehow, beyond all expectations and all precedent, sent him packing to K-Street, on June 10, 2014. That set the stage for yesterday. Earlier, the US Senate had passed a horrendous Amnesty Bill (the prior summer, 2013), worse than anything than even Bush had pushed for. The House Leadership was ready to act on the advice of their...
  • 3-Year-Old Loses It Because He Can't Vote (Video)

    11/04/2014 1:09:48 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    nbc 5 chicago ^ | 11-4-2014
    Viewer Erica Hallman Nagy sent us this video taken near Grande Reserve Elementary in Yorkville, Illinois of her three-year-old son Xavier who seems really passionate about the democratic process. Check out his reaction when mom tells him that there are people out there who can vote but don't!
  • Chelsea Clinton gives birth

    09/26/2014 10:48:23 PM PDT · by twister881 · 117 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/27/2014 | CNN
    CNN breaking news states Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a girl.
  • Rally for Dave Brat to feature Sen. Jeff Sessions

    09/24/2014 3:23:03 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2014
    Virginia 7th Congressional District Republican candidate Dave Brat’s campaign is hosting an outdoor fundraising rally that will feature Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. The Brat campaign announced the event Tuesday. The September 27 rally will take place in Beaverdam.
  • One-day Brat Fest Fundraiser to Help Little Girl in "Slender Man" Case

    08/29/2014 8:04:12 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 9 replies
    The Isthmus, Madison, WI ^ | Published On: Aug 28 2014 06:11:32 PM CDT Updated On: Aug 29 2014 09:05:29 AM CDT | Unattributed
    Hearts for Healing Special Events Brat sale fundraiser (for medical bills of the victim of May stabbing in Waukesha), 7 am-6 pm, 8/29, Metcalfe's-West Towne, with music, well-wishes heart craft project; drive through pickup available 7-9 am. 608-234-6029 When: 08/29/14 @ 7:00am Call: 608-234-6029 Web: heartsforhealingfundraiser.com More Information: One-day Brat Fest Fundraiser to Help Little Girl in "Slender Man" Case A "Mini-brat fest" produced by Metcalfe's Market, presented by Johnsonville, and in cooperation with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29 in the parking lot of Metcalfe's Market on Madison's west...
  • Man Buys 23 Burger King Apple Pies to Spite a Small (Spoiled Rotten, Bratty) Child

    08/07/2014 7:24:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 128 replies
    Eater.com ^ | Eater.com
    <p>Apparently, after waiting in line in front of a careless mother and her screaming small child, a man who was having a bad day (and had a headache) decided to ruin that family's day: The child was screaming "I want fucking pie!" so the man bought up every last pie — all 23 of them — and walked out of the Burger King location, turning only to see the enraged mother and child, helpless as the cashier told them that the restaurant had just sold out of pie.</p>
  • Dave Brat shakes up campaign a month after topping Eric Cantor

    07/09/2014 6:13:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2014 | By David Sherfinski
    Economics professor Dave Brat, who bested House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary a month ago in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, has hired his third campaign manager of the race. Mr. Brat announced that Phil Rapp, an aide to state Sen. Bill Stanley, Franklin Republican, will be the campaign’s manager heading to the fall after Amanda Chase, a former Cantor staffer, ran things during the transition from the primary to the general election. The Brat campaign also announced it is bringing on Tim Edson as a general consultant. Mr. Edson was the campaign manager for former Florida congressman...
  • UPDATE: Goodlatte holds meeting with Shenandoah Valley tea party leadership after Cantor’s loss

    07/05/2014 10:11:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    LynnRMitchell.com ^ | Lynn R. Mitchell
    UPDATE: Congressman Goodlatte’s office responded to this post: “Congressman Goodlatte requested this meeting with SVTPP in May, well before the June 10th primary, as part of his continued outreach to groups throughout the Sixth District. The headline of your post is quite misleading, making it look like the meeting was requested in response to Eric Cantor’s loss, which is not the case.” The Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots (SVTPP) reported in their June 29 newsletter that they were asked by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-6th) to meet to air their concerns, an hour-long event that took place on June 17, just...
  • 4 Questions for Politico

    07/03/2014 3:53:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Water, Carried: Politico‘s Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown sum up “How immigration reform died.” Some questions for them: 1) Is it true “reformers largely won the August recess [of 2013]? That sure wasn’t my recollection. My recollection is that initial opposition to amnesty at town halls was muted, in large part because frightened GOP congressmen simply stopped holding town halls. Reporters sympathetic to the “reformers” immediately rushed write stories claiming that “Immigration Reformers are Winning August.” (SNIP) You never seem to carry water for opponents of “comprehensive” legislation. Do we need to leak to you more? Take out...
  • Scorched Earth: Eric Cantor’s Staff, Supporters Drain Cash From Virginia GOP, Dave Brat

    06/27/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-27-14 | David Steinberg
    After the skin-crawling exploitation of black voters in Mississippi, the GOP’s current leadership wing gives a second demonstration, this time in Virginia, of just how committed they are to “a big tent,” or to the GOP’s vitality in general. The Senate majority matters, the House majority matters. But this party’s leadership is infested with the same disregard for Washington’s intended purpose as any Clintonian. Third parties fail. But what cost does remaining aligned with this generation of GOP leadership take from the cause of liberty and transparency? Recall, last week Eric Cantor said: “Of course I’ll vote for David Brat...
  • Dave Brat: I'm not 'Tea Partier Dave'

    06/25/2014 1:12:16 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 25 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Almost exactly two weeks ago, Dave Brat gained national attention by pulling off a primary win over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that he called "an unbelievable miracle." Then he went underground. In the past fortnight, Brat has mostly ducked national media, changed up his campaign staff, and started to adjust to life as -- willing or not -- a grassroots conservative icon of incumbent vulnerability. He spoke with the Washington Examiner this morning about his efforts to reintroduce himself to the public and his campaign plans moving forward. Here are highlights from that conversation: Sign Up for the Politics...
  • Elites Beware: Eric Cantor's Defeat May Signal a Populist Revolution

    06/11/2014 10:16:11 AM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 48 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 11, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    WEST CHESTER, Pa—Expecting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to win his GOP primary in Virginia, I spent Election Day in Pennsylvania—interviewing angry Republicans, Democrats, and independents about the rise of political populism. I was in the wrong state, but I had the right topic. Cantor's defeat has less to do with immigration reform than it does with an uneven movement that should frighten conservative and liberal political elites to their shallow cores. Americans see a grim future for themselves, their children and their country. They believe their political leaders are selfish, greedy, and short-sighted—unable and/or unwilling to shield most people...
  • MCCARTHY BLAMES DEMS FOR CANTOR LOSS

    06/23/2014 5:52:37 PM PDT · by kingattax · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jun 2014
    House Majority Leader-elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed crossover votes by Democrats for Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) surprise primary defeat at the hands of David Brat in an interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Monday. He stated that was surprised by Cantor’s defeat, and did say that “all politics are local” when asked why he thought Cantor lost. McCarthy added that he had “read five different analyses” and one theory he came across was “Democrats voted 30 percent in [that race].”
  • Ex-Im Bank renewal in jeopardy

    06/22/2014 4:05:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 22, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    As part of his bid to become majority leader, McCarthy told his Republican colleagues in a closed-door meeting that he wouldn't overstep Hensarling on Ex-Im -- a major blow to the bank's future. The bank expires if the House doesn't produce a bill to reauthorize it, and Hensarling's committee has jurisdiction on the issue.Business groups fear the shake-up in House leadership will set back their efforts to renew authorization for the Export-Import bank. With Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) -- an Ex-Im critic during the 2012 battle -- jumping into the majority whip post, supporters of the bank say a divided...
  • Brat Focuses on Unifying 'Mainstream American Principles We All Believe In'

    06/19/2014 6:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 19, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In the first major press conference since his stunning primary victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on June 10, Virginia's 7th Congressional District Republican nominee Dave Brat focused on the unifying "mainstream American principles we all believe in." Speaking outside his Glenn Allen headquarters in suburban Richmond Thursday morning, Brat noted that his supporters, volunteers, and campaign staffers "are coming from all corners of the Republican party and beyond. We've got long-time Republicans of all stripes. We have Tea Partiers, independents, and libertarians on board." "This is precisely what this campaign is all about from the beginning. We're...
  • WHAT DOES DAVE BRAT MEAN BY ‘AMNESTY’?

    06/18/2014 8:01:31 PM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 18, 2014 | Jon Cassidy
    The lesson of Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor last week is being missed: In all pundits’ talk about immigration, no one has stopped to point out that Brat boldly grabbed the third rail of American politics, ripped it off the tracks, and beat Cantor with it.George W. Bush, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry all rhetorically touched entitlement programs and lived, but I’ve never seen a politician tell the plain, actuarial truth the way Brat did and get rewarded for it. Republicans should be overjoyed that they can finally shout about underfunded social programs. Instead, the only lesson they’re learning...
  • Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP

    06/16/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Roman Catholic? Or that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist, not a Latino Catholic? Or that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worships at both a Catholic parish and an evangelical church? More importantly, does it matter? Actually, it does in today’s Republican Party, where a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. These prominent Republicans are emblematic of the new religious amalgam that, in many instances, has helped refashion denominational differences that were once almost insurmountable. Look no further than...
  • Eric Cantor’s Defeat Exposed a Beltway Journalism Blind Spot

    06/16/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 15, 2014 | David Carr
    It’s now clear why the primary defeat of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, came so completely out of the blue last week: Beltway blindness that put a focus on fund-raising, power-brokering and partisan back-and-forth created a reality distortion field that obscured the will of the people. But that affliction was not Mr. Cantor’s alone; it is shared by the political press. Reporters and commentators might want to pause and wipe the egg off their faces before they go on camera to cluck-cluck about how Mr. Cantor, Republican of Virginia, missed signs of the insurgency that took him out. There...
  • Dave Brat rising: A better Ron Paul?

    06/16/2014 1:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2014 | Bernie Quigley
    Like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Dave Brat sends a shock through the New York/Washington axis. His victory shows a classic denial of political reality by the political establishment. It comes because the establishment holds fast to "the way we were" and won't let go. 'Twas ever thus, but all the money, all the influence, all the mainstream propaganda from Hollywood and the Eastern press cannot hold it back. The new century rises to new themes; the old falls away to ruins. I have been saying here that what we have been seeing...
  • Liberal Media Are Very Concerned Over Cantor’s Primary Loss

    06/15/2014 10:00:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Pirate's Cove ^ | June 12, 2014 | William Teach
    They are Very Concerned about the extremists taking over or something. Here’s the NY Times Editorial Board The forces of political nihilism not only remain alive and well within the Republican Party, but they are on the rise. Witness the way they shook Washington on Tuesday by removing from power Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who had been one of the most implacable opponents to the reform of immigration, health care and taxation. His crime (in addition to complacent campaigning)? He was occasionally obliged, as a leader, to take a few minimalist steps toward governing, like raising the debt...
  • Tea Party-backed candidates try to ride Brat victory wave in remaining primaries

    06/15/2014 3:12:25 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 6 replies
    FOXNews.com ^ | June 14, 2014
    <p>Tea Party-backed candidates are trying to ride the momentum after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss earlier this week by portraying their incumbent opponents as out of touch with voters.</p> <p>In Mississippi, six-term GOP incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran has been locked in a neck-and-neck race with Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.</p>
  • Cantor will vote for Brat (Harrumph!)

    06/15/2014 9:09:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Sunday he will vote for Dave Brat, the man who ended his career in Congress, but stopped short of congratulating him or mentioning his name. Cantor, who lost to Brat despite outspending by a margin of 26 to 1, stressed the importance of keeping the Republican Party unified, a message he stressed to Tea Party conservatives in the House after the 2013 government shutdown. Cantor said keeping his seat, Virginia’s 7th congressional district, in Republican hands is a priority and that’s why he’ll vote for Brat, who pummeled him mercilessly on the campaign...
  • The Power of 3,607 (Cantor's loss and what she thinks it means)

    06/15/2014 2:13:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2014 | Susan Estrich
    That's how many people it took to bring down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, doom immigration reform and leave all but the most tea-sodden Republicans quaking. No, it wasn't the Democrats who did it. Various complicated analyses of voting patterns confirm what anyone who has ever tried to convince even their own mother to vote "strategically" knows: Voters don't work that way. They may cast their vote to send a message — that happens all the time — but not to execute a strategy that depends on their voting for someone they don't like at all so that someone else...
  • Bill Bolling on Cantor losing & division

    06/15/2014 1:22:30 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Facebook ^ | June 11, 2014 | Bill Bolling
    Last night I posted what I thought was a very balanced comment on the 7th district congressional election. I expressed my personal disappointment that Eric Cantor lost, congratulated David Brat on his victory, and expressed concern over the deep divisions that currently exist in our party. I encourage you to read the comments that were made in response. The negativity and vitriol of these comments (dare I say the hate in some of them) reflects what is wrong in our party right now. We have to learn to disagree without being disagreeable, and we have to learn to respect the...
  • Top Jeb Bush Adviser: Cantor Didn't Lose Because of Amnesty

    06/14/2014 10:30:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Top Jeb Bush adviser Mike Murphy, who did not even pay attention to Dave Brat's campaign like Breitbart News did, has falsely been claiming that Cantor's embrace of amnesty for illegal immigrants was not the reason he lost last Tuesday. Liberal writer Mickey Kaus had enough of Murphy's nonsense and slammed him on Twitter on Friday evening. Kaus became Brat's de facto press secretary and top advocate on Twitter in the last months of the campaign because Kaus, like Brat, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants because it would hurt American workers. He mentioned to Murphy that talk radio host Laura...
  • David Brat Is Right: Let’s not shy away from the truth about what government is

    06/13/2014 11:43:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 12, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    With just seven little words, the freakout began: “The government holds a monopoly on violence.” These were written by David Brat, a professor of economics at Virginia’s Randolph-Macon College and, now, the Republican party’s nominee for the state’s seventh congressional district. “Unusual” and “eye-opening” was the New York Daily News’s petty verdict. In the Wall Street Journal, Reid Epstein insinuated darkly that the claim cast Brat as a modern-day fascist. And, for his part, Politico’s Ben White suggested that the candidate’s remarks “on Neitzsche and the government monopoly on violence don’t make a whole lot of sense.” As is its...
  • Top Democrat: Tea party swallowed GOP

    06/13/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    DES MOINES — It’s not often that a Democratic Party top national strategist travels to Iowa to lament an election loss of a prominent conservative Republican leader. But that happened Friday when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned that the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican who is the second most-powerful U.S. House leader, could be a harbinger of deeper political extremism, gridlock and obstructionism....
  • The Spin: Eric Cantor's Loss (Vanity)

    06/13/2014 3:45:41 PM PDT · by BobL · 13 replies
    (none) | June 13, 2014 | BobL (self)
    The Spin: Eric Cantor's Loss (Vanity) The Democrats and the Media (really, are they different?) have been climbing all over themselves to convince us that Amnesty was NOT the reason that Eric Cantor lost to Dave Brat on Tuesday (there are even a few trolls on this site saying the same). They even have a poll showing 72% of the people in the district actually support of Amnesty. They are desperate to get Amnesty through this term, and for good reason - it will be a long time before they ever get another chance for such a country-killing (or transforming,...
  • Why Polling Fails - Republicans Couldn’t Predict Eric Cantor’s Loss

    06/12/2014 8:44:16 AM PDT · by Kenny · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JUNE 11, 2014 | FRANK LUNTZ
    ERIC CANTOR wasn’t the only person at a loss for words on Tuesday night. His pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, found itself trying to explain the impossible — how a projected 34 percent lead for the House majority leader 12 days before the election could end up an 11-point loss on Election Day to David Brat of the Tea Party in the Virginia Republican primary. We’ve all been there. There isn’t a pollster alive — me included — who hasn’t had to take the walk of shame, hat in hand, to explain to an angry client why a predicted outcome simply...