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  • Trump, Clinton Favorability Back to Pre-Convention Levels

    08/11/2016 1:29:51 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 38 replies
    Gallup Poll ^ | 8/11/16 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, N.J. -- Americans' views of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are almost exactly the same now as …
  • Hacked messages of #BlackLivesMatter leader reveal Obama admin’s plan for summer - - - (truncated)

    07/11/2016 6:25:56 PM PDT · by iontheball · 45 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | July 6, 2016 | Dr. Eowyn
    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is coordinating with Democratic activists to so disrupt the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions that martial law will be declared. That’s the stunning discovery revealed in a series of direct messages between three activists. On Friday, June 10, 2016, someone hacked into the Twitter account of #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) leader and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson. McKesson later confirmed the hack to The Baltimore Sun. On June 11, 2016, a Twitterer who calls himself The Saint (@TheSaintNegro) tweeted a direct-message conversation on June 10 between KcKesson and another BLM leader Johnetta Elzie (Netta), in...
  • Now You Know: Where Was the Original ‘Smoke-Filled Room’?

    05/17/2016 11:08:33 AM PDT · by statestreet · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | May 17, 2016 | Merrill Fabry
    Nowadays, the “smoke-filled room” is mostly just a metaphor—but there was a real room that started it all. Well, sort of. The compelling image of the smoke-filled room, a “place of political intrigue and chicanery, where candidates were selected by party bosses in cigar-chewing session,” per William Safire, arose during the 1920 Republican convention. That year, Sen. Warren G. Harding of Ohio was the come-from-behind nominee for president, selected after ten ballots. According to historian David Pietrusza, author of 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, the room in question is often credited with the phrase “because the people who...
  • Poll: More than half say nominating process is 'rigged'

    04/27/2016 8:40:06 AM PDT · by GilGil · 42 replies
    More than two-thirds of Americans want the presidential nomination processes to be changed and more than half say the systems are “rigged,” a new poll found. The Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday found that 51 percent of likely voters believe the primary system is “rigged” against some candidates. And 71 percent say parties should pick their presidential nominees with a direct vote, instead of using delegates. Twenty-seven percent said they did not understand how the primary process works, and 44 percent said they were unsure why delegates are involved at all. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders...
  • Trump’s new convention manager: Cruz is using “Gestapo tactics” to win delegates

    04/10/2016 1:53:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies
    Hot ^ | April 10, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I don’t know what this means. Probably it’s not supposed to mean anything. I think Team Trump’s just throwing words out there now, the more sinister the better, to delegitimize the fact that Cruz is humiliating them in wrangling delegates. (We’re a week away, I figure, from Manafort comparing Cruz’s delegate operation to slaveholding.) It may even be that the more vicious Trump and his allies get, the more hyperbolic the Trump’s campaign’s accusations against Cruz will become to try to create a false sense that the race has turned equally nasty on both sides. Note that the “Gestapo” answer...
  • How the growing generation gap is changing the face of fandom

    09/07/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | August 25, 2014 | Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
    Earlier this month, two fan conventions came to London: Nine Worlds and the World Science Fiction Convention, commonly know as Worldcon. Worldcon is in its 72nd year, a huge old dinosaur (or perhaps an aging dragon) of science-fiction fandom. This year more than 10,000 people paid for memberships, which included entrance to the annual Hugo Awards. The official guests of honor were revered science-fiction and fantasy authors, editors, and illustrators, all of whom were in their 60s and 70s. Nine Worlds was smaller, younger, and catered to a more varied crowd including comics, TV, and fanfic followers. But since both...
  • Freep a Poll! (Which convention fired up the country in a positive way?)

    09/11/2012 3:02:26 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies ^ | 9-11-12 | The Columbian
    Now that the national conventions are over which one fired up -- in a positive way -- the country? The Republican National Convention. The Democratic National Convention. That marginally strange Kumoricon Convention at Esther Short Park.
  • Ron Paul Knocks DNC & GOP Conventions as ‘Taxpayer Funded Spectacles,’

    09/11/2012 11:25:23 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 10, 2012 | Becket Adams
    Ron Paul Knocks DNC & GOP Conventions as ‘Taxpayer Funded Spectacles,’ Reminds Both Parties the U.S. Is a Republic Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on Monday criticized the GOP and the DNC for throwing lavish conventions at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and knocked both parties for constantly referring to the U.S. as a democracy. “Last week marked the conclusion of the grand taxpayer funded spectacles known as the national party conventions,” Rep. Paul’s statement reads. “It is perhaps very telling that while $18 million in tax dollars was granted to each party for these lavish ordeals, an additional $50 million...
  • Can Mitt Romney Avert Defeat in November?

    09/10/2012 7:51:48 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 50 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9/10/2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    Earlier this year it seemed to many that Mitt Romney was a shoo-in to become our next president. Not anymore. ... If I could put my finger on it, I would say the Romney campaign has been poorly managed. They haven't staged their candidate well and their messaging has been incoherent, to put it nicely. ... Earlier this summer Rupert Murdoch tweeted a message that may turn out to be prophetic: "Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he [Romney] drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful." ...
  • Pass/Fail grades for conventions

    09/10/2012 7:58:57 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 3 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Aug. 9, 2012 | John David Powell
    The absence of a filing deadline is a luxury here at the ranch when current events require more than the instant analysis demanded by editors needing constant content updates to feed the cyber beast. Yet, there they were, some of the best in our business, posting post-convention analyses as balloons and confetti fell from the rafters. TV talking heads do it all the time, and look what you get. It has been more than a week since the elephants packed their trunks, and a couple of days after the donkey show hit the road, plenty of time to grade both...
  • Feds warn anarchists could blockade roads, use acid-filled eggs to protest conventions

    08/22/2012 5:16:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2012 | Mike Levine
    Federal authorities are urging law enforcement agencies across the country to watch out for signs that extremists might be planning to wreak havoc at the upcoming political conventions -- by blocking roads, shutting down transit systems and even employing what were described as acid-filled eggs. The warning came in a joint FBI-Department of Homeland Security bulletin issued Wednesday. The bulletin specifically warned about a group of anarchists from New York City who could be planning to travel to the convention sites to disrupt the events by blockading bridges. Anarchists "see both parties as the problem," so both conventions are prime...
  • DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential elections

    07/29/2012 12:57:21 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 46 replies ^ | 7-29-31 | Frank Polich
    The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equipment to prepare for potential significant domestic riots at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration. The DHS submitted a rushed solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities site on Wednesday, which is a portal for Federal government procurement requisitions over $25,000. The request gave the potential suppliers only one day to submit their proposals and a 15-day delivery requirement to Alexandria, Virginia. As the brief explains, “the objective of this effort is to procure riot gear to prepare for the 2012 Democratic and Republican...
  • Protester at party conventions could be armed

    04/27/2012 9:40:51 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 12 replies
    Sacremento Bee (AP) ^ | 4/27/2012 | TAMARA LUSH and MITCH WEISS
    TAMPA, Fla. -- The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns. In Tampa, where the RNC will hold its festivities this fall, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns in such a politically-charged environment. The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help them temporarily ban concealed weapons. Charlotte officials have yet to publically voice concern, but with both cities trying to balance public safety with First...
  • Protesters at US party conventions could be armed (Freeloaders with guns?)

    04/27/2012 2:56:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/27/12 | MITCH WEISS, TAMARA LUSH
    Protesters at US party conventions could be armedBy MITCH WEISS and TAMARA LUSH | Associated Press – 44 mins ago TAMPA, Florida (AP) — The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns. In Tampa, where the Republicans will hold their festivities this fall, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns in such a politically charged environment. The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help them temporarily...
  • APNewsBreak: Some unions to skip 2012 convention

    08/12/2011 11:00:49 AM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8-12-11 | SAM HANANEL
    More than a dozen trade unions are planning to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they are angry it will be held in a right-to-work state. The unions say they are disappointed that labor wasn't consulted before Democrats settled on North Carolina, a state that is considered one of the least union-friendly in the nation. They are also frustrated that job creation hasn't been a higher priority for Democratic lawmakers. The unions include the Laborers, Painters and Electrical Workers. The move would deprive the party of millions of dollars spent on sky boxes and other sponsorships that usually help...
  • Update: Netroots Nation coming to RI, bars opposing group

    06/22/2011 5:03:00 AM PDT · by CT Hillbilly · 5 replies
    Paul Grimaldi Email Journal staff and wire reports PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- More than 2,500 progressive political activists will come to Providence in June 2012 to take part in the annual Netroots Nation conference. But the group of progressive bloggers wants no competition for attention when it comes to town. The conference's organizers have taken steps that would keep a conservative group's traditional counter-event at a distance. Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation's executive director, said Tuesday the progressive group has a non-compete clause in its contracts with the Rhode Island Convention Center and two Providence hotels. The conservative group RightOnline has staged...
  • Chicago Loses Cachet as Convention Center

    01/24/2010 7:00:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies · 1,103+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 19, 2010 | Joe Barrett
    CHICAGO—The sprawling McCormick Place became America's convention headquarters when it opened here 50 years ago, hosting buyers and sellers of products from candy bars to windmill turbines. But in recent months, a gradual drop-off in business here has turned into a rout as a string of high-profile shows have pulled out. With the recession cramping convention business across the U.S., exhibitors say Chicago's high costs and complex work rules make other venues more attractive. Chicago's Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs McCormick, had an operating loss of $3.6 million in the fiscal year ended last June and expects to...
  • Repairs for Broken Systems - Citizens in California and New York are pushing for constitutional...

    08/12/2009 10:56:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,220+ views
    City Journal ^ | 12 August 2009 | John P. Avlon
    Citizens in California and New York are pushing for constitutional conventions.Frustrated with steep budget deficits, unprecedented spending, and chronic government dysfunction, citizens in a growing number of states are calling for constitutional conventions. In recent weeks, both former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former New York governor Mario Cuomo have authored op-eds in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, respectively, arguing that the political circus in Albany compels a constitutional convention. Such efforts are already well underway in California, alongside burgeoning drives in Alabama, Arizona, and Michigan. Altogether, 25 percent of the U.S. population lives in...
  • Call to action: Possible Action Items for Regional FReeper Conventions

    02/18/2009 12:01:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 200 replies · 9,814+ views
    Feb 18, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Just throwing out a handful of ideas for discussion: How to develop local chapters/conservative grassroots groups. Develop a conservative platform and a plan for recruiting, training, supporting and electing conservative candidates. Develop ideas for building an effective nationwide conservative grassroots network. How to combat the Fairness Doctrine? Install offshore servers? Private BBS? Email/Phone/Fax lists? Shortwave radio? Local/personal networking? Working with other conservative groups, political parties? Would a FReeper PAC be feasible? Practical? Effective? Would a FReeper 527 organization be feasible? Practical? Effective? How to infiltrate/influence local political organizations? Select and fund delegates for a national convention should our membership decide...
  • Fewer conventions having ripple effect on other businesses (Las Vegas)

    02/15/2009 5:51:59 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 98 replies · 1,787+ views ^ | Feb 15, 2009 | Unknown
    Gaming revenue fell for the 12th month in a row in December and last year's overall drop is historic. Some locals who depend on conventions to survive say they can't afford the war of words going on between President Obama and Mayor Oscar Goodman. Last week, both Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs canceled corporate junkets scheduled to take place here in Las Vegas. They were trying to get away from the perception that they are taking the money given to them in these bailout packages and using it to treat their CEO's to lavish vacations. The comment President Obama made...
  • Acceptance Speeches given by Senators Obama and McCain at their respective party's conventions

    09/09/2008 12:59:32 PM PDT · by J. E. Quidam · 3 replies · 130+ views
    The transcripts of the candidates' acceptance speeches are provided along with topic headings to facilitate navigation thereof.
  • Battles for Control of Congress Little Changed by Conventions

    09/06/2008 9:50:35 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 17 replies · 444+ views
    CQ Today ^ | September 4, 2008 | Bob Bebenson and Greg Giroux
    The back-to-back Democratic and Republican extragavanzas gave both parties a chance to put their best foot forward as the general election campaign gets underway. If their competing efforts are a wash, the advantage will remains with the Democrats as far as the push to expand their congressional majorities. The Democrats used their convention in Denver to define their presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr, with Obama responding to calls for him to make more specific what he envisions when he talks about the change he says the nation needs. The Republicans — struggling in public opinion...
  • Misleading platform platitudes [Middle east]

    08/24/2008 6:35:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies · 133+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-24-08 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    There was a time, not all that long ago, when the conventions of the two major political parties were more than carefully orchestrated photo opportunities and pep rallies. The television networks have long since acceded to their audiences' wishes and ended the tradition of "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of these political jamborees. They are right to do so. Once the conventions stopped being news events and became endless partisan infomercials, there was no reason to treat them as being any different from any other garden-variety political rally. But that hasn't stopped the parties from continuing some of the time-honored traditions of the...
  • Conventions Need a Believable Script ( KARL ROVE )

    08/21/2008 4:34:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 95+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 21, 2008 | KARL ROVE
    What must Barack Obama and John McCain achieve at their conventions? Conventions are the best, most controlled opportunities left for the candidates. Only the debates come close in impact, but they are unpredictable and not susceptible to the choreography available at the conventions. Mr. McCain's handlers must achieve three things. First is a greater public awareness of the character that makes him worthy of the Oval Office. Mr. McCain's warrior ethic makes it difficult for him to share his interior life, though his conversation with Rick Warren did provide moving glimpses into it. To win, Mr. McCain will need to...
  • D.C. bartenders reveal their political secrets

    08/19/2008 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Sopater · 23 replies · 134+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | August 18, 2008
    Twin Cities bartenders working when the GOP holds its national convention in St. Paul next month should listen up: Republicans like their drinks straight up, and they arrive early for happy hour. A survey of Washington, D.C., bartenders commissioned by a leading liquor company broke down Democrats and Republicans when it comes to their drink selection and bar behavior. Here's what it found: Who's a better tipper? Democrats 60 percent, Republicans 38 percent. Who is more likely to order a drink straight up? Republicans 82 percent; Democrats 14 percent. Who is more likely to order a fruity (pink) drink? Democrats...
  • Top 11 Conventions in US History (1832-present)

    08/11/2008 9:40:21 AM PDT · by Sopater · 3 replies · 59+ views
    Most Memorable Conventions ... Here you'll find the 11 most important convention highlights in modern U.S. political history, a list that will be revealed one by one through Aug. 25. The list is based on our interviews with a dozen political experts. But now it's your job to sample each moment and rate them based on their dramatic value.
  • Loophole lets corporations fund political conventions

    06/04/2008 12:13:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 85+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/08 | Jim Drinkard - ap
    WASHINGTON - Five years ago this week, a federal election regulator predicted that corporate sponsorship of political conventions would eventually be as common as it is for football bowl games. "I look forward to the day, by 2008, when Americans can turn on their TVs and watch the Nokia Democratic Convention, or the AT&T Republican National Convention," joked Bradley Smith, then a Republican member of the Federal Election Commission. That day has pretty much arrived. The Democratic and Republican conclaves this summer in Denver and St. Paul, Minn., will be financed overwhelmingly by private money from some of the nation's...
  • The price of a good time at political conventions: $500,000?

    05/28/2008 2:49:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 184+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/08 | Michael C. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Want a skybox perch to see John McCain speak at the Republican National Convention, passes to hot GOP parties that week, pampering from the concierge and private wheels to tool around town? Want a chance to mingle with celebrities like Warren Beatty and Al Franken at the Democratic National Convention, and maybe even get face time with Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton? It's yours, for a price. Committees raising money for California delegations to the national conventions are asking wealthy donors to make six-figure donations in exchange for VIP-level treatment and seats to witness history. The...
  • Minnesota District Conventions: "Ron Paul backers 'hijack' delegates"

    04/06/2008 9:20:12 PM PDT · by Minnesocold · 92 replies · 329+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/6/08 | Andy Barnett
    BLAINE, Minn. – Ron Paul supporters shook things up in at least three of Minnesota's congressional district conventions yesterday when they captured nearly all of the national delegates and alternates for the Republican National Convention this fall. There was controversy at Minnesota's 6th Congressional District Convention. The district covers part of the Twin Cities metro area and extends to the west and into nearby St. Cloud, Minn. Paul supporters were accused of dirty tricks. "They hijacked the convention," said Jeff Johnson who serves as Minnesota's Senate District 15 co-chairman. Two out of three national delegates elected were Ron Paul supporters...
  • Your voting for Delegates could play a crucial role in conventions

    02/12/2008 9:01:06 AM PST · by conservativesister · 3 replies · 103+ views
    2/12/08 | conservativesister
    Never before have I had to stop and think during voting! But today some of the delegates I would have voted for belonged to McCain, so I had to stand there and think if this could become a brokered convention, what difference could all of this play out to for the chance of getting someone else elected. PLEASE THINK TODAY during your voting for delegates and alternate delegates how this could make a difference in your CONSERVATIVE future.
  • The Question Is, Do You Want To Keep It?

    12/09/2007 6:39:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 203+ views
    Chuck Shiflett ^ | October 21, 2007 | Chuck Shiflett
    In last week's column I highlighted comments made to the Financial Times of London by U.S. Comptroller General David Walker in which he compared the current political, social, and economic situation in the United States to that of the Roman Empire shortly before its collapse. I heard from a number of readers in response to the column… Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians. While a couple of folks used the opportunity to plug a particular presidential candidate or legislative issue, almost all were in agreement that things in our nation must change drastically and quickly. Despite a booming economy, low unemployment, and...
  • Geneva Conventions, Habeas Corpus For Terrorists And Bumper Sticker Designs

    09/29/2006 1:29:12 AM PDT · by · 1 replies · 606+ views ^ | 9/29/6 | RedFox
    Is Ted Kennedy going to hold the entire city of Fallujah accountable for violating the Geneva Conventions when they killed four non-military American contractors, burnt and beat their bodies and hung them from a bridge? How are democrats going prosecute the masked terrorists when they beheaded Nick Berg, Paul Johnson and others? Will the democrats voting Geneva Convention and Habeas Corpus rights to terrorists stipulate that when video taping a beheading, terrorists not wear masks, clearly identify themselves and where they can be reached? How would we process Osama Bin Laden if we caught him alive? Would we treat...
  • A Pledge For Political Candidates

    09/27/2006 9:21:21 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 14 replies · 702+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/27/06 | Edward L. Daley
    The Pledge I’d Like to See Every Political Candidate Take I, ________________________________________, upon signing this document, do hereby swear and affirm under penalty of forfeiture of office and wages, that I shall: 1.) Make no public statement which demeans, denigrates, or defames any active member, unit, or branch of the U.S. armed services, or the military as a whole, except in cases where an individual soldier or group of soldiers has been tried and convicted of committing a criminal offense or offenses.
  • Rendering the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld Decision

    09/26/2006 2:33:40 PM PDT · by MaximusRules · 15 replies · 769+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2006 | LTC Joseph C. Myers
    The recent Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in a feat of tortuous logic and ignoring the Political Question Doctrine, has created Geneva Convention protections for international terrorists, something few students of international humanitarian law anticipated, certainly few in uniform ever contemplated. This has detrimental and broad implication for the specific applicability of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the two “Protocols Additional of 1977” as they relate not only to the protection of combatants and terrorists, as appears to be the focus of current national debate, but more importantly to the protection and safeguarding of civilians, indeed to the...
  • How to get to the Texas Republican Party Convention(It Starts March 7th)

    02/28/2006 7:15:11 PM PST · by DrewsDad · 52 replies · 733+ views
    Texas FReepers, the purpose of this thread is to inform you how to get involved and influence the Texas Republican Party Rules and Platform(and to meet other FReepers in San Antonio in June) On the night of March 7th, you will have the opportunity to attend your precinct meeting which takes place sometime after the polls close and usually at your polling place. In my area, the meeting is set by the county party for 8PM. You're mileage may differ, so call the county party or look for a sign at your polling place, March 7th. Make sure you vote...
  • Chinese Cryptologists Get Invitations to a U.S. Conference, but No Visas

    08/17/2005 7:56:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 431+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 17, 2005 | JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16 - Last year a Chinese mathematician, Xiaoyun Wang, shook up the insular world of code breakers by exposing a new vulnerability in a crucial American standard for data encryption. On Monday, she was scheduled to explain her discovery in a keynote address to an international group of researchers meeting in California. But a stand-in had to take her place, because she was not able to enter the country. Indeed, only one of nine Chinese researchers who sought to enter the country for the conference received a visa in time to attend. Although none of the scientists...
  • "Buy one...get one free!"

    07/23/2005 9:53:23 AM PDT · by pickrell · 6 replies · 862+ views
    23-July-2005 | Ron Pickrell
    Whenever a crowd gathers, the entrepreneurs shift gears and set up to sell their wares to the rubes. The early birds in Columbus, Ohio are even now rehearsing their pitch, "Clues! Getcher clues here. Fresh clues, buy one, get one free...Get -em while yer clueless..." We expect business to be brisk. You see, the Democrats are coming to Columbus. We will hide from the national press cameras so that no one knows that we live in this...mecca of the gentler party. But first, get to know Columbus. We have a Democratic city council, and a Democratic Mayor, Michael Coleman, who...
  • In Trial, Drug Aids Vision of Elderly

    05/24/2005 5:56:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies · 1,091+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2005 | ANDREW POLLACK
    A drug developed by Genentech significantly improved the eyesight of people with a condition that is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, the company said yesterday. The results represent the first time that a drug for the disease - age-related macular degeneration - has been able to improve vision, not just preserve it, in a large clinical trial. It thus represents a potentially big advance. "If this pans out, it would be a significant advantage," said Dr. Julia A. Haller, a professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University who was involved in the trial and has occasionally consulted...
  • Who Really Violated the Geneva Conventions? (if you guessed "MSM," you get an "A"!!)

    05/22/2005 9:33:12 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 627+ views
    A British tabloid – The Sun – has published pictures of genocidal maniac Saddam Hussein in his underwear and the progressives around the world are aghast! Mind you, the reaction on the Arab street isn’t outrage. In fact, many in Kuwait, Iran and Iraq think that humiliation and embarrassment are quite appropriate for the “Butcher of Baghdad.” Those who are affected by the “outrage” are all about the perception. Political correctness – this time hiding behind the Geneva Conventions – exposes its absurdity once again. Granted, the use – in this case The Sun’s publication – of photographs defaming prisoners...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!

    11/19/2004 6:21:18 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 606+ views
    I don’t like the word “insurgents” as these people are actually being led by terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the same terrorist team that beheaded their kidnapped hostages and hung the dead bodies of U.S. Marines from the bridge entering Fallujah. Today, there is no honor with terrorists. They think nothing of holding innocent Iraqi citizens in front of them as shields, or pretending to be killed or wounded and then shooting the Marines who come to their aid. Terrorists have even planted booby traps on dead bodies. Lee Ellis is a retired journalist and narrator, formerly with both CBS...
  • No Apology for the Apologists

    11/19/2004 3:16:27 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 341+ views
    Such a stance ignores a central fact about the War on Terror that simply cannot be repeated too many times: the terrorists are not fighting to preserve a way of life--they are fighting to impose a way of life on everyone else. Ask the women in Afghanistan who voted for the first time in the history of that country--who risked life and limb to do so and would not be intimidated by the remnants of the Taliban who warned them with bombs not to go near the polling places--if they agree that the terrorists are simply preserving a sacred way...
  • Does Human Rights Law Apply to Terrorists?

    11/11/2004 10:34:32 AM PST · by forty_years · 20 replies · 1,085+ views ^ | November 11, 2004 | Ted Lapkin
    On November 8, 2004, a U.S. federal judge ruled that the Bush administration had improperly ignored the Geneva Conventions in establishing military commissions to try detainees at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. naval base as war criminals. Ted Lapkin's timely article delves into the complexities of the Geneva Conventions, and how much they should apply to the war on terrorism. —The Editors. From Manhattan to Mindanao, Islamist zealots draw no distinction between combatants and non-combatants. Jihadists target women, children, and the elderly without even the pretence of discrimination. In June 2004, an Al-Qaeda affiliated group distributed a video proudly documenting...
  • "Republicans are all SUV-driving, suit-wearing, racist oil company executives!"

    09/07/2004 12:07:12 PM PDT · by PastaBagel · 9 replies · 1,119+ views ^ | September 7, 2004 | PastaBagel
    They’re back. The Ballad of Becky and Sean continues as our erstwhile twentysomethings take on Fahrenheit 911, the political conventions, and people who are just plain MEAN. "Becky’s STEPDAD was going to vote Republican because he drove an SUV and wore SUITS to THE OFFICE. And her STEPDAD was WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING and HE NEVER LISTENS. She wasn’t going to vote Republican, no way. “You can’t make me if I don’t want to,” she thought. Becky and Sean thought the Democratic convention was cool, because it talked about HEALTHCARE and how OIL was being shed for BLOOD. Or maybe it...
  • The Air Up There - Get Excited About Bush's 10-point lead, but not too excited

    09/07/2004 9:57:34 AM PDT · by PastaBagel · 2 replies · 534+ views ^ | September 6, 2004 | PastaBagel
    Polls released Sunday showed the president with a double digit lead over Kerry among likely voters. In technical political terms this is the hunting season, i.e. the season where Kerry’s political staffers start hunting for new jobs. Because unless John Kerry is Demosthenes, he’s not going to make up a 10% deficit in the debates. How did this happen? It’s simple enough to understand. The republicans put a heck of a show, lining up Schwarzenegger and Giuliani on consecutive nights, and then driving the point home with excellent speeches by Cheney and Bush. The message was that its good to...
  • SurveyUSA: Momentum Shifts to Bush; Big GOP Bounce After RNC Convention

    09/04/2004 4:53:13 AM PDT · by Thickman · 19 replies · 1,279+ views
    Business Wire ^ | September 3, 2004 | SurveyUSA
    VERONA, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2004--The number of Americans who think George W. Bush will be re-elected in November has suddenly jumped 10 to 20 points in dozens of cities around the country, according to SurveyUSA tracking polls conducted before, during and after the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. SurveyUSA has been asking respondents not who they will vote for, but rather: who they think will win the presidential election in November. This question is more sensitive to changes in sentiment, and is designed to capture "momentum" swings more precisely than preference questions asked of likely voters. Tracking polls released today,...
  • Roll Call for the Re-Nomination of President George W. Bush to begin Today

    08/30/2004 11:34:16 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 375+ views
    Contact: Convention Media Affairs (212) 356-2300 NEW YORK - The 2004 Republican National Convention has announced that the roll call nomination process will begin this morning, with 21 delegations casting their votes over the course of the morning session and 11 delegations voting during the evening program. The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Permanent Chairman of the Republican National Convention, will kick off the roll call, which will continue through Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. The roll call is the party's official nomination process. According to Republican Party rules, the roll call must go in alphabetical order. The order of the roll...
  • Its What Pols Do Not What They Say

    08/30/2004 11:24:47 AM PDT · by nyconse · 34 replies · 773+ views
    The Daily News ^ | 8-29-2004 | Bill O'Reilly
    Covering a political convention is kind of like watching a porn film; you know what's going to happen by its very definition. My coverage of the Democratic convention in Boston brought tears to the eyes of some television critics who loudly wailed that I was an irresponsible cad for not broadcasting the prime-time speeches on my program. This, of course, is nonsense. Why would I waste time on partisan presentations? My job is to analyze what is going on - not let politicians bloviate unchecked. The speeches, of course, are broadcast on other TV outlets, as they should be. If...
  • GOP is looking for a bigger Bush bounce

    08/09/2004 7:56:32 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 27 replies · 1,549+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/9/04
    Sen. John Kerry orchestrated the smooth and unified convention he needed, but still failed to get the bounce out of Boston he wanted. With the nation’s attention suddenly diverted by new terror warnings, President Bush will get his own opportunity this month to use his party’s convention to beat back Kerry’s advance. With the luxury of holding its New York convention after Democrats, the GOP is looking to incorporate a few tactics from Boston while trying to reestablish Kerry’s negatives and present a clear and convincing case for Bush’s reelection. Democrats, generally pleased with Kerry’s hard-hitting acceptance speech, are crowing...
  • Gallup: Kerry Versus Bush on Issues and Characteristics: Pre- and Post-Convention

    08/03/2004 10:07:18 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 1,069+ views
    Gallup News Service ^ | August 4, 2004 | Frank Newport, Lydia Saad and Joseph Carroll
    PRINCETON, NJ -- National polls conducted after last week's Democratic National Convention clearly indicate that Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry gained little in the way of voter support for his presidential bid as a result of the convention. But did Kerry at least make some headway with Americans in the image department -- perhaps improving his public persona, or building public confidence in his ability to fulfill the duties of president?Among all national adults, the answer to that question is yes. Kerry's image and issue ratings did show some improvement in the period spanning the convention.Kerry saw at least modest gains...