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  • Sneering at the Sniper Movie

    01/02/2015 4:24:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    At this point in George W. Bush's presidency, Hollywood uncorked a barrel of anti-Iraq-war movies, all of them in their varying styles trashing the American military or intelligence agencies as vicious murderers, rapists and all-around freedom-tramplers. Most were duds because the public wanted nothing to do with those messages. But oh, did the critics love 'em. In Obama's "fourth quarter," as he calls it, Clint Eastwood has released his movie "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a NAVY Seal who survived four tours of duty in Iraq and was credited with an astonishing 160 confirmed kills. The story...
  • 5 Worst U.S. Presidents of All Time

    11/06/2014 6:14:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 64 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org ^ | November 5, 2014 | Robert W. Merry
    In the spring of 2006, midway through George W. Bush’s second presidential term, Princeton historian Sean Wilentz published a piece in Rolling Stone that posed a provocative question: Was Bush the worst president ever? He said the best-case scenario for Bush was "colossal historical disgrace’’ and added: "Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history." The Wilentz assessment was probably a bit premature. It is difficult to judge any president’s historical standing while he still sits in the Oval Office, when political passions of the day...
  • On PBS, David Remnick Praises Obama Administration As Scandal-Free, Pro-Science

    01/21/2014 1:51:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 21, 2014 | Paul Bremmer
    David Remnick of The New Yorker showed up on PBS’s Charlie Rose Monday night to discuss his long, mostly sympathetic profile of Barack Obama from the January 27 issue of the magazine. Near the end of the interview, Rose focused in on the president’s reported desire to be “big.” The host wondered, “[W]hat's his definition of 'big,' and does he believe in his deep recesses of his own mind that the chance of that has slipped away?” Remnick replied that no, Obama does not think his chance of being “big” has slipped away. The editor then rattled off a laundry...
  • How George W. Bush failed the GOP

    12/12/2013 4:38:00 PM PST · by kobald · 82 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2013 | Rachel Maddow
    ..[B]y the time the Bush era was winding down, the whole administration, including the president, was stewed in terrible, Cheney-level disapproval ratings. And now, almost no one who played a significant role in that administration is anywhere to be found in electoral politics, beyond the tertiary orbits of Punch-and-Judy cable news and the remains of what used to be the conservative "think tank" circuit... Unlike the Reagan administration, the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration, the George W. Bush presidency elevated precisely no one to the ranks of national leadership who wasn't there before. The 2008 Republican presidential primaries...
  • Zogby Report Card: Obama needs support, not GOP mockery, on health care 'fix'

    11/16/2013 10:53:49 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 95 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 15, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Mr. Obama took ownership and said he would fix the cancellation problem – giving the Democrats some cover. As for me, I don’t doubt for a moment that the nation will survive if some Democrats lose in 2014 because they worked to fix the law. Anyone remember when some politicians were courageous? “And, to the Republicans, the Constitution mandates Congress to make policy, not gloat and mock. Obamacare is after all a program originated under Republican former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney that is being implemented by an African-American president that they love to hate. I will wait to see if...
  • Bush ended financial crisis before Obama took office -- three important truths about 2008

    09/18/2013 6:44:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 16, 2013 | Keith Hennessey, Edward P. Lazear
    Editor's note: This article was adapted from the authors’ Hoover Institution essay, "Observations on the Financial Crisis." It is now five years after the financial shocks of September 2008. The two of us were members of the problem-solving team at the time, serving in the White House as Director of President Bush’s National Economic Council (Hennessey) and Chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers (Lazear). In a booklet that we released last week through the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (“Observations on the Financial Crisis”), we review the crisis, its causes, remedies and implications for the future. A major theme...
  • Bono: George Bush, evangelicals saved 9 million AIDS victims

    06/24/2013 8:39:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Examiner' Washington Secrets ^ | June 24, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    U2 frontman Bono, who moonlights as an activist for the poor and sick in Africa, is crediting evangelical Christians and former President George W. Bush for saving 9 million from the ravages of AIDS, a campaign the musician said is blessed by God. "This should be shouted from the rooftops. This is a heroic American story," Bono said in a remarkable radio interview with Jim Daly, the president of Focus on the Family, to be broadcast by the group Tuesday. Talking freely about God, his marriage, and his relationship with Jesus in the interview provided in advance to Secrets, Bono...
  • George Bush has saved more lives than any other President

    04/25/2013 1:48:20 PM PDT · by mom4melody · 16 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 04/25/2013 | Ellen Ratner
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/04/25/george-w-bush-has-saved-more-lives-than-any-american-president/ George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, is the real American hero in Africa. Take it from me, a liberal Democrat who voted for Obama twice. I know a little about Africa: I have been to the continent 17 times over the last 32 years. In particular, I have a great interest in South Sudan; I first traveled there in March 2008, and I have been back 13 since. South Sudan is the mostly Christian nation that won its independence from Sudan after a half-century of civil war; in 2011, South Sudan was admitted into the United Nations as a...
  • Bush 43: 'History will ultimately judge ... I'm a content man'

    04/24/2013 7:44:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed April 24, 2013 | John King
    Dallas (CNN) -- George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting. But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question -- and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina. "History will ultimately judge the decisions that were made for Iraq and I'm just not going to be around to see the final verdict," the two-term president told CNN in a wide-ranging interview. "In other...
  • Bush, like past presidents, faces scrutiny over his library’s version of history

    04/24/2013 11:35:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 24, 2013 | Holly Bailey
    DALLAS—As former President George W. Bush prepares to officially open his presidential library on Thursday, a question arises as it has for his predecessors: How objective will it be about his time in the White House? Bush left office five years ago as one of the most unpopular presidents in history, his poll numbers weighed down by public discontent over his handling of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and worries about the economy. But the former president wanted to take the controversies about his presidency head-on, say several former aides who worked closely with him on the library.
  • Cataloguing the Bush Years (Reviewing the legacy of our 43rd President)

    04/23/2013 6:35:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2013 | By Ed Gillespie
    Last week’s tragic terrorist attack on the Boston marathon was a grim reminder that, while our homeland is safer today than it was before the attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans cannot take that safety for granted. The fact that we have not suffered such an attack in nearly eleven and a half years reflects the skill of our counterintelligence agencies, the FBI, and the brave men and women who are on the front lines of keeping their fellow Americans safe. But it reflects, too, the policies put in place by the administration of President George W. Bush, whose presidential...
  • George W. Bush's Approval Rating Hits A Surprising 7-Year High As His Library Opens In Texas

    04/23/2013 7:07:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/23/2013 | Walter Hickey
    Former President George W. Bush's approval rating is up to 47%, a seven-year high for the former president, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. The mark stands as Bush's highest approval rating since December 2005, one year through his second term in office. By October 2008, Bush's approval rating had sunk to an abysmal 23% before inching up to 33% as he left the White House. One possible cause for the bump — besides the former Commander in Chief's time out of the spotlight — could be the upcoming dedication of his presidential library. On Thursday, the $250 million...
  • George W Bush in his own words

    04/18/2013 8:22:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 117 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Apr 2013 | Chris Irvine
    George W Bush: I'm comfortable with my legacy
  • Got a question for all Bush Family Fans out there, Just What did 12(4 years 41 8 year 42) get us?

    03/19/2013 12:25:35 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 116 replies
    19 March 2013 | US Navy Vet
    Just wondering...
  • Many voters still lay blame for bad economy on George W. Bush

    11/06/2012 7:48:41 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 34 replies
    AP/Lubbock Online ^ | Nov 6 2012 | AP
    Rising prices and chronic unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through. Four in 10 said the nation’s battered economy is getting better. Most everyone agreed there’s still far to go. They were less likely to blame President Barack Obama for the economic troubles, however, than to point the finger at his predecessor, George W. Bush, according to preliminary results of a national exit poll. Only a fourth thought they were better off financially than four years ago when Obama was elected. Voters were most likely to say their families were...
  • Never assume [A nobama email from John Kerry]

    08/17/2012 1:25:17 PM PDT · by upchuck · 21 replies
    email | August 17, 2012 | John F'ing Kerry (who served in Viet Nam)
    Friend -- It's easy to look at the attacks, smears, and lies being told about President Obama and his record and say, "Come on, that's ridiculous. No one could possibly believe that." Trust me: You and I learned the hard way eight years ago this August that in the new world we're living in -- one with 24-hour news cycles, the internet, blogs, the echo chamber, and now the new Citizens United-fueled Republican money machine -- even completely baseless attacks can stick if people don't call them out quickly enough. No matter how self-evidently false the attacks are, or how...
  • SOUTER IN ROBERTS' CLOTHING

    06/28/2012 1:58:50 PM PDT · by Lacey · 25 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | July 20, 2005 | Ann Coulter
    After pretending to consider various women and minorities for the Supreme Court these past few weeks, President Bush decided to disappoint all the groups he had just ginned up and nominate a white male. So all we know about him for sure is that he can't dance and he probably doesn't know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah ... We also know he's argued cases before the Supreme Court. Big deal; so has Larry Flynt's attorney. But unfortunately, other than that that, we don't know much about John...
  • Conservatives turn on Roberts

    06/28/2012 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 118 replies
    Salon ^ | 6-28-12 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Conservative Chief John Roberts single-handedly saved Obamacare today, siding with the liberal bloc of the Supreme Court to uphold the law, even though more moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy led the dissent. The steps of the Supreme Court this morning were packed with conservatives deeply disappointed by the ruling and hurt by the apparent betrayal of one of their own. ”I think a lot of Chief Justice Roberts. I think his whole history of jurisprudence is deserving of respect from this country — up to, and not necessarily including, this opinion today,” Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, told Salon....
  • Will history be kind to Bush?

    05/31/2012 6:58:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | June 1, 2012 | Timothy Stanley
    Bushes humorous return to White House (CNN) -- Thursday afternoon, Barack Obama presided over the unveiling of George W. Bush's official portrait in the White House, a warm event that reminds us: It feels like years since President Dubya regaled the world with his famous spoonerisms. His retirement has been defined by an awkward silence. While John McCain's endorsement was trumpeted by Mitt Romney, Bush delivered his in just four words. "I'm for Mitt Romney," he shouted to a journalist as an elevator door closed between them. If, just for old time's sake, Bush had said, "I'm for Ritt Momney,"...
  • TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore [read this]

    12/26/2011 3:52:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 77 replies
    LAT ^ | December 20, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    The Transportation Security Administration isn't just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country... The TSA's 25 "viper" teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year. According to budget documents, the department spent $110 million in fiscal 2011 for "surface transportation security," including the TSA's viper program, and is asking...
  • Cupcake Deemed 'Security Threat,' Confiscated By TSA

    12/23/2011 11:08:10 AM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    The Boston Channel ^ | December 23, 2011
    BOSTON -- A Peabody woman says a cupcake she tried to take on a flight with her sparked a potential security threat this week. Rebecca Hains says she was going through security at the airport in Las Vegas when a TSA agent pulled her aside and said the cupcake frosting was “gel-like” enough to constitute a security risk. She said she was able to pass through Logan International Airport security with two cupcakes, but she was stopped on the way back when she tried to return with one of them.
  • Blame Bush if you don't like the GOP 2012 field

    12/22/2011 3:18:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 93 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/11 | Philip Klein
    In 2010, the Tea Party helped elect legions of solid conservatives to Congress, statehouses and governors' mansions nationwide. With President Obama vulnerable, this raised hopes that in 2012, they could put a conviction conservative in the White House. Though many on the Right were looking for a dream candidate in the mold of new stars such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., with less than two weeks before Iowa, they're stuck with a group of presidential candidates who are retreads from a different era, insufficiently conservative or implausible. Though there are a number of reasons for...
  • 85-year-old woman may sue TSA after being strip searched at JFK Airport

    12/03/2011 6:45:38 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 71 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | December 2 2011, 9:36 PM | Nicholas Hirshon
    An 85-year-old Long Island grandmother says she plans to sue the TSA after a humiliating strip search on Tuesday by agents at JFK Airport. Lenore Zimmerman, who lives in Long Beach, says she was on her way to a 1 p.m. flight to Fort Lauderdale when security whisked her to a private room and took off her clothes. “I walk with a walker — I really look like a terrorist,” she said sarcastically. “I’m tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched.” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said a review of closed circuit TV footage from the...
  • George Bush's Africa AIDS Achievement Big But Ignored

    12/02/2011 5:48:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 2, 2011 | Editor
    World Health: At a star-studded gala Thursday, President Obama drew big praise from AIDS activists and NGOs for expanding AIDS-fighting programs. But the real accomplishment rests with his predecessor, President Bush. After quietly helping to save 30 million lives from the scourge of AIDS across the African continent, it would seem that higher honors would be in store for Bush, whose AIDS initiatives there have been an astonishing success. Obama, to his credit, acknowledged Bush in his World AIDS Day speech Thursday, as have serious-minded Africa advocates including rock singer Bono. But among the garden-variety NGOs, media elites or activist...
  • Bank of America stock nearing $5 danger zone

    11/29/2011 4:49:30 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 2011-11-29 | Maureen Farrell
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Another trading day and another low for Bank of America's stock. Shares of Bank of America dropped more than 3% Tuesday, hitting a new 52-week low of $5.03 -- its lowest level since March 12, 2009. After the close of trading Tuesday, Bank of America was one of 37 financial institutions downgraded by S&P. Beyond the S&P downgrade, trading could become even more complicated in Bank of America's stock, if it falls below $5. Under that threshold, many broker-dealers will not allow investors to buy or short a stock on margin, according to a spokesperson for...
  • Ron Paul Says His Republican Rivals Want Bigger Government

    11/24/2011 12:51:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 85 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2011-11-24 | Hiram Reisner
    Presidential hopeful Ron Paul says his rivals’ militant stances on “the defense of liberty” would make it difficult for him to support any of them for president should he not get the Republican nomination, because their positions would lead to bigger government. But the Texas congressman also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Wednesday that despite these concerns, he probably would not run as a third-party candidate. “I would have trouble with what I heard last night because it is almost opposite of the defense of liberty that I’m talking about,” Paul told Cavuto, referring to Tuesday night’s presidential debate. “I...
  • George W. Bush to raise cancer awareness in Africa (Bush defends his Big Government™ programs)

    11/23/2011 11:58:19 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-11-23 | Jamie Stengle
    DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush will travel to Africa next month to raise awareness about cervical and breast cancer, an effort he calls a "natural extension" of a program launched during his presidency that helps fight AIDS on the continent. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and officials with the George W. Bush Institute are heading to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia from Dec. 1 through Dec. 5, where they'll visit clinics and meet with governmental and health care leaders. "We believe it's in our nation's interest to deal with disease and set priorities and save lives," Bush...
  • It's Official National Debt tops $15,000,000,000,000 for the first time ever 11/15/11

    11/16/2011 6:33:10 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 19 replies
    Treasury Direct ^ | November 16, 2011 | steelers6
    12/31/2010 9,390,476,088,043.35 4,634,739,130,665.17 14,025,215,218,708.52
  • Today is National Remembrance Day for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens

    11/06/2011 11:36:24 AM PST · by montag813 · 47 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 11-06-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaMore than 50,000 Americans have been killed by illegal aliens since 9/11.Think about that. More than 6,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since that same date. But nearly ten times that number have been killed right here at home as a consequence of the Federal government's failure to secure our borders and protect its citizens, in direct violation of the Constitution's Article IV Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application...
  • A Republican Agenda for Real Change

    10/09/2011 10:07:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    CATO / Forbes ^ | 2011-10-03 | Doug Bandow
    The desperate search for an acceptable Republican Party presidential candidate continues. Republican leaders apparently are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who previously said no, to jump into the race. The GOP's frustration is palpable. Mitt Romney has been running for four years but generates little enthusiasm. Rick Perry was an instant front-runner before losing much of his support after unimpressive debate performances. Michelle Bachmann briefly streaked across the political firmament but now barely registers in the polls. Newt Gingrich committed political seppuku shortly after announcing his candidacy. Ron Paul's support is fervent but limited. However, the real Republican problem...
  • Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection (Big Government™ is watching you)

    10/07/2011 8:18:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | 2011-10-07 | Declan McCullagh
    An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues...
  • U.S. Military Hands Millions of Dollars of Equipment Over to Iraqis (Big Government™ Alert)

    09/29/2011 4:41:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 2011-09-29
    The next three months in Iraq will look like a veritable fire sale, as 45,000 U.S. forces prepare to leave by the Dec. 31 deadline. Rather than ship home valuable military hardware, incurring excessive shipping costs, the Pentagon is simply going to leave millions of pieces of equipment behind, including everything from vehicles and body armor to trailers and air conditioners. When all is said and done, Pentagon planners estimate 3.47 million pieces of equipment worth $313 million will be handed over to the Iraqi government, which still has not asked U.S. forces to stay beyond the December deadline.
  • The big business/big government axis of evil

    04/17/2009 5:46:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies · 752+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 4/15/2009 | Chuck Baldwin
    Self-proclaimed "conservatives" love to tout themselves as ardent supporters of the "free enterprise" system. In the name of "capitalism," they support any and every piece of legislation or governmental decision that caters to business — especially Big Business. Favorite policies of these folks include anything and everything that calls itself "free trade." Furthermore, these same "conservatives" will support just about anything and everything that is said to advance the so-called "global economy." Needless to say, in the name of "free trade" millions of American jobs and thousands of American manufacturing plants have been outsourced to foreign countries and interests. And...
  • Rick Perry has Distanced Himself from George W. Bush's Brand of Conservatism

    08/29/2011 6:46:20 AM PDT · by DRey · 193 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2011 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, like most of the other the GOP presidential hopefuls, says his campaign is about undoing the decisions of President Obama. But Perry also presents a stark alternative to the last Republican to occupy the White House, his fellow Texan George W. Bush. In his writings and speeches before he entered the race, Perry shared the view, widely held among conservatives, that Bush’s government spending habits in office were a betrayal of the GOP’s core fiscal principles. But Perry went further, dismissing “compassionate conservatism,” the central tenet of Bush’s domestic policy, as just more overreach by the...
  • Buchanan: Bush Broke United States As A Superpower

    08/29/2011 4:57:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 154 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Pat Buchanan regularly serves as Morning Joe's lone conservative in the show's self-described 10:1 ratio of lib to conservative guests. But Buchanan this morning demonstrated that he is anything but a Republican partisan. Sounding more like Barney Frank after a bad night's sleep, Buchanan blasted President George W. Bush, claiming 43 "broke the Republican party and frankly he broke the United States as a superpower." View the video here.
  • Serve and protect – or command and conquer? (Bush Legacy Alert)

    08/26/2011 10:05:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    The Times Dispatch, Richmond, Va. ^ | 2011-08-23 | A. Barton Hinkle
    The front page of last Tuesday's Times-Dispatch carried a startling photo: Richmond police officers taking a suspect into custody. What was startling was the display of force. The officers, accompanied by a robot and decked out in full riot gear with shield and combat helmets, could have been mistaken for American soldiers on patrol in Iraq. Yet they were going up against a single man — and they were not even sure was armed. Regrettably, this is not a new development. In recent years police forces across the country have become increasingly militarized. To a small degree, that trend represents...
  • Jeb Bush warns 2012ers on hitting Obama.(Mega Barf)

    08/23/2011 8:48:13 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 116 replies
    Politico ^ | 08-23-11 | DAN HIRSCHHORN
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warned the Republican presidential hopefuls against ideological intransigence and knee-jerk opposition to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, saying they risk turning off middle-of-the-road voters. Asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto if some Republicans go too far in their criticism of Obama, Bush said flatly, “I do. I think when you start ascribing bad motives to the guy, that’s wrong. It turns off people who want solutions.
  • Airport Security vs. The Constitution (Big Govt. Alert)

    08/19/2011 4:49:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies
    Reason ^ | 2011-08-17 | A. Barton Hinkle
    Government critics deserve their day in court. You wouldn't think Aaron Tobey and Donald Rumsfeld have much in common. Tobey is the guy who stripped down to his shorts at the Richmond, Virginia airport last December. Rumsfeld is the former Defense Secretary under George W. Bush. Tobey, who was protesting the invasive airport screening practices that have outraged a good portion of the traveling public, is a stickler for constitutional rights. Rumsfeld? Not so much. The two of them, however, are united by a common case: Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents. The other day a federal appeals court said...
  • Roubini: Bush Responsible for Economic Woes

    08/12/2011 4:04:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    WSJ / MarketWatch ^ | 2011-08-12
    In a clip from his interview with WSJ's Simon Constable, Dr. Nouriel Roubini insists that it was the policies of George W. Bush that caused the current U.S. economic crisis.
  • Stop the Fiscal War Against Our Children Now

    08/07/2011 6:15:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    Bloomberg | 2011-06-29 | Laurence Kotlikoff
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  • China Tells U.S. It Must ‘Cure Its Addiction to Debt’ (China calls for "int'l supervision" of US)

    08/06/2011 3:44:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 65 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2011-08-06 | David Barboza
    SHANGHAI — China, the largest foreign holder of United States debt, said Saturday that Washington needed to “cure its addiction to debts” and “live within its means,” just hours after the rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded America’s long-term debt. The harshly worded commentary, which was released by China’s official Xinhua news agency, was Beijing’s latest effort to express its displeasure with Washington. (snip) “The U.S. government has to come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone,” read the...
  • As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared

    07/23/2011 9:13:16 AM PDT · by DManA · 62 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2011 | GARY FIELDS and JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
    As federal criminal statutes have ballooned, it has become increasingly easy for Americans to end up on the wrong side of the law. Many of the new federal laws also set a lower bar for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors don't necessarily need to show that the defendant had criminal intent.
  • Poll: 4 in 10 see 'permanent decline'

    07/01/2011 1:26:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-06-30 | Jennifer Epstein
    Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say they think the economy is in permanent decline, a new polls shows as deep pessimism about the economy becomes more widespread. Thirty-nine percent of those surveyed for a New York Times/CBS News poll released late Wednesday say they see the economy headed on a downward path - significantly worse than when the question was last asked in October and 28 percent of Americans said the economy was in permanent decline.
  • Mexicans Blast Execution of Criminal Alien Murderer In Texas

    07/01/2011 1:11:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Jun 10, 2011 | Jim Kouri
    June 10, 2011 Mexicans Blast Execution of Criminal Alien Murderer In Texas Jim Kouri, CPP Mexicans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are protesting the upcoming execution of a criminal alien rapist and murderer scheduled for July 7, 2011, in Texas. Because the convicted killer is a Mexican citizen, the Calderon government is questioning the procedures that were utilized in sentencing the death row prisoner, Humberto Leal Garcia. The Mexican ambassador to the United States requested this week that Texas Governor Rick Perry delay the execution until a review is completed of the sentencing procedures. The 38-year old Garcia...
  • Mexican ex-presidents open to legalizing drugs (Vicente Fox blames U.S. for drug war violence)

    06/25/2011 6:39:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies
    Reuters / MSNBC ^ | 2011-06-24 | Dave Graham
    MEXICO CITY — Once praised lavishly by the United States for waging a war on drugs, Mexico's last two presidents now say legalizing them may be the best way to end the rising violence the U.S.-backed campaign has unleashed. Ernesto Zedillo and Vicente Fox led efforts to crush drug trafficking gangs in Mexico between 1994 and 2006 but the rapid escalation of violence over the past four years under President Felipe Calderon has convinced them a change of tack is needed. "As a country, we are going through problems due to the fact that the United States consumes too many...
  • Jeb Bush: No run in 2012, but I don't rule out 2016 (RINOs want a third Bush) (BARF ALERT)

    06/21/2011 8:26:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 2011-06-21 | Katty Kay
    It is a truism of political dynasties that there is a chosen heir - the one who should or would or could have been next. It is certainly apt of the Bush family. Jeb Bush is the son who was groomed for the presidency. He was the one most Republicans expected to succeed his father into the Oval Office. And today, looking at their, let's be frank, lacklustre field, many Republicans still wish he would do just that. "It's very flattering to be asked that regularly," Jeb tells me in his office at the Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel. "I don't...
  • GOP magic trick:Making George W. Bush vanish

    06/20/2011 6:02:23 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 261 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | June 20th, 2011 | Johnathan Martin
    NEW ORLEANS — Republicans head into 2012 united in their disdain for an unpopular, Big Government-loving, internationalist president. The name of that president: George W. Bush. From Capitol Hill to the statehouses to the presidential primary, Republicans are turning their back on almost every important accomplishment of the Bush administration.
  • Bush Did It! Bush Didn't Do It!

    06/15/2011 5:35:22 AM PDT · by JudyM · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers ^ | 6/13/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    During the 2008 campaign Barack Obama ran more against lame-duck President Bush than against his Republican opponent, John McCain. The campaign is now long over, and yet President Obama still seems haunted by the ghost of his predecessor. Last week, for example, he was railing at the Bush phantom, whom he blamed for his received economic mess. In the world of Barack Obama everything he inherited was someone else’s fault — unless he believes past policies offer him some advantage and thus are to be claimed as entirely his own. The stock market is sliding. Gas and food prices are...
  • Top lawmakers agree to Patriot Act extension

    05/20/2011 5:55:18 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 70 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | May 20, 1:06 AM EDT | LAURIE KELLMAN
    Top congressional leaders agreed Thursday to a four-year extension of the anti-terrorist Patriot Act, the controversial law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks that governs the search for terrorists on American soil. The deal between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner calls for a vote before May 27, when parts of the current act expire. The idea is to pass the extension with as little debate as possible to avoid a protracted and familiar argument over the expanded power the law gives to the government. SNIP "I still have some concerns, and at this point I'm...
  • Former Bush AG Gonzales chides Republicans on immigration

    05/08/2011 5:14:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies
    Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales chided fellow Republicans on immigration, urging them to work toward comprehensive immigration reform. Gonzales, the first Hispanic attorney general of the U.S., said it was a "failure" by both parties to have not achieved immigration reform yet, and warned against a proposal favored by some Republicans to amend the U.S. Constitution to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. "My recommendation not just to the Republican Party but also the Democratic Party is that this country, our federal leaders need to pass comprehensive immigration reform," Gonzales said Sunday on Univision's "Al Punto" program....