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  • Obama's Critics aren't Communists, Russia isn't the Soviet Union

    03/26/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- There's no faster or easier way to shut down legitimate debate than to slap an undesirable label on someone based on their views. Criticize same-sex marriage and you're a bigot. Take issue with immigration policy and you're dismissed as a racist. In the latest incarnation of this phenomenon, any conservative who dares to criticize U.S. President Barack Obama's stance against Russia on the issue of Ukraine runs the risk of being called a Putin-loving communist. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested this week that Republican lawmakers may have helped Russia annex Crimea by delaying a vote on aid...
  • Kerry 'Protests' to Prime Minister Over Criticism from Ya'alon

    03/19/2014 1:12:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 3/19/14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    In a rare move, Secretary of State John Kerry protested to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday over Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's strong criticism of US foreign policy, according to AFP. Ya'alon slammed the US and the West on Tuesday for its "soft" approach toward the possibility of a nuclear Iran. "Everyone knows Iran is lying," Ya'alon stated. "But the pampered West is satisfied with postponing conflict [with Iran over the nuclear program]." Ya'alon's comments made headlines in Israeli media Tuesday evening over his perceived change of heart regarding the Iran issue - and apparently have also drawn the...
  • Martin Gottfried, Theater Critic and Author, Dies at 80

    03/08/2014 7:57:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2014 | Daniel E. Slotnik
    Martin Gottfried, a drama critic and the author of several biographies of entertainers and playwrights as well as two influential studies of the Broadway musical, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 80.
  • Woodward: White House Blames Me For Starting Obama Criticism

    11/11/2013 9:44:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/10/13 | Staff
    Bob Woodward appeared on Media Buzz with Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz Sunday to talk about his book “The Price of Politics’”and the issues facing the Obama administration in its second term. Woodward claimed that people inside the White House are blaming him for the recent wave of criticism directed at the Obama administration. As for the mood inside the White House after the failed rollout of Obamacare, Woodward stated, “the temperature’s going up right now as there’s more and more criticism on the president’s comments on Obamacare.”
  • Obama Rejects Criticism of Shifting Syria Policy: 'I'm Less Concerned About Style Points'

    09/15/2013 9:36:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/15/13 | Devin Dwyer - abc news
    WASHINGTON - President Obama says a tumultuous month as commander in chief, when his policy toward Syria took a number of unexpected turns, may not have looked "smooth and disciplined and linear," but it's working. "I'm less concerned about style points. I'm much more concerned with getting the policy right," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on "This Week." Obama said his surprise announcement on Aug. 31 that he would seek congressional authorization for U.S. military strikes against Syria, then the abrupt cancellation of a vote this week and pursuit of a diplomatic plan led by the...
  • The White House Beatings to Continue Until Moral [sic] Improves

    06/24/2013 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2013 | John Ransom
    You can always count on the White House to react strongly to “internal” threats. Yes, the folks who could care less who is blowing up whom in Syria, Libya or Boston, takes people who snitch on them very seriously. Their newest weapon is a program called “Inside Threat,” which, according to McClatchy, is designed not to just to clamp down on classified leaks, but rather to make sure ANY unauthorized disclosure of ANY information that make them look bad will leave a mark on the miscreant leaker. Given the proclivities of the administration to impale themselves on the sharp edge...
  • IMF to Filmmaker: No Criticism of Russia Allowed

    03/19/2013 3:31:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/19/13 | CJ Ciaramella
    The director of a documentary on fracking has withdrawn from a conference hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Oxford University after organizers refused to screen a clip from his film that was critical of Russia. Phelim McAleer, the co-director of FrackNation, was scheduled to screen clips from his film at a conference on international commodity prices being held Wednesday and Thursday at IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. However, organizers informed McAleer that one of the clips concerning Russia’s manipulation of Eastern Europe’s gas supply would not be shown. McAleer withdrew from the conference as a result and told...
  • McCain tweet on Iran draws criticism

    02/04/2013 9:35:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2013 12:55 PM EST
    Republican Sen. John McCain’s tweet comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey is drawing criticism from a fellow GOP lawmaker (Justin Amash) as racist. On Monday, McCain wrote, “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space—wasn’t he just there last week?” …
  • Glenn Beck Dunks Obama Bobblehead in Pi$$… Calls It Art

    11/27/2012 7:29:30 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 137 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 9:09 PM | Jim Hoft
    Surely, progressives will celebrate the artistic genius in this exhibit. Or, will they cry out that their savior has been defiled?
  • Romney and McCain slam Obama

    11/15/2012 3:11:11 PM PST · by Arthurio · 16 replies
    November 15, 2012 Romney and McCain slam Obama As President Obama spent his first post-election press conference saying that he wanted to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans, he found himself debating two former GOP presidential contenders: Mitt Romney, who blamed his defeat in part on Obama’s “gifts” to supporters, and Sen. John McCain, who pledged to block a possible nomination of Susan Rice as secretary of state. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.
  • Judith Crist, a Blunt and Influential Film Critic, Dies at 90

    08/08/2012 9:13:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 7, 2012 | Douglas Martin
    Judith Crist, one of America’s most widely read film critics for more than three decades and a provocative presence in millions of homes as a regular reviewer on the “Today” show, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.
  • Criticism of Photographer Behind U.S. Olympic Team Portraits

    07/03/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 56 replies
    Digital Photographer ^ | 7/2/2012 | Allison Gibson
    Photographer Joe Klamar has become the target of much scrutiny—and in some cases, ire—ever since the series of portraits he shot of U.S. Olympic team athletes was published by CBS News. The criticism is that the photographs fall short: they’re underwhelming both visually and from a technical point of view, especially when you consider that the occasion they represent (the Olympic Games!) has likely been a lifelong dream for these athletes. Not that you can tell from these awkwardly lit and posed shots. Also, note the torn seamless paper.
  • Andrew Sarris, Village Voice Film Critic, Dies at 83

    06/21/2012 4:44:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 20, 2012 | Michael Powell
    Andrew Sarris, one of the nation’s most influential film critics and a champion of auteur theory, which holds that a director’s voice is central to great filmmaking, died on Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. He was 83.
  • NC TEACHER SCREAMS AT STUDENT: IT’S CRIMINAL TO CRITICIZE OBAMA

    05/20/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 185 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 20, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense. The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?” The teacher says: “Not to my knowledge.” The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. “Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” screams the teacher....
  • Op-Ed: Grass: Let's Be Brave Poets, Not Fearful Puritans

    04/09/2012 4:38:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/4/12 | Scott Krane
    It took me until now to respond to the poem, What Must Be Said, by Günter Wilhelm Grass. I, a literary critic, am not as quick on the draw as Shas' Eli Yishai who declared the Nobel Prize winning octogenarian a persona non grata. Instead, I like to think about the lyric, let it soak in. See where it takes me. Given, the language in this particular piece does not induce much philosophizing. First I had to consider the genre under which the writer is commonly filed: Vergangenheitsbewältigung, an artistic movement seeking to make sense of Deutschland's confusing past. It...
  • Judge Napolitano Slams Obama’s SCOTUS Criticism: ‘No Pres. Has Questioned This Since Andrew Jackson!

    04/03/2012 10:16:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 4/3/12 | Mediaite
    Video at link
  • What do you think of people in your own life that are unwilling to listen to criticism?

    12/16/2011 2:20:09 PM PST · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Dec. 5, 2011 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    One of the oddest things about modern culture is the tendency to criticize others for the act of criticism. Imagine a man sitting on the end of a tree branch. He looks around at others, telling them that they shouldn’t cut off their branches. Meanwhile, this man is sawing his own branch off. That is the image I have in mind when people criticize others for criticizing others, or judge others for judging others, or tell people not to believe in telling others what not to believe. It is very odd and confusing. It’s like watching people drive a car...
  • Republicans step up criticism of Obama's jobs plan

    09/13/2011 7:15:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/11 | Laura MacInnis and Thomas Ferraro - Reuters
    COLUMBUS, Ohio/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned Republican lawmakers on Wednesday against delaying action on his jobs plan until the 2012 elections even as they intensified criticism of his $447 billion proposal. "The next election is 14 months away, and we don't have the luxury of waiting that long," Obama told 3,000 people in Ohio, home state of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican. Obama and the Republicans are now fighting their third major budget battle of the year, after a near-government shutdown in April, heart-stopping talks that produced a last-minute deal to avert a government...
  • Angela Merkel Comments on Bin Laden Killing Draw Criticism (For being glad about killing)

    05/04/2011 2:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/04/2011
    On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "glad" about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Now, though, criticism of the comment is mounting -- even within her own party. German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, meanwhile, is calling on the West to be careful in its reaction to the news. As the news broke late Sunday night that the world's leading terrorist, Osama bin Laden, had been killed during a US raid on a compound in Pakistan, Americans took to the streets to celebrate the demise of the figurehead behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which left more than...
  • (Freepers Respond) Critcism Of Palin Based On Non Issues As The Nation Is On The Brink

    03/17/2011 3:37:24 PM PDT · by USSR Didnt Fall · 60 replies
    Rant | March 17,2011 | PRV
    I just posted a challenge for Freepers, to come up with one substantive policy that they disagree with Governor Palin. Just as I thought, very few if any came up with a criticism of her stance on any one policy. And the ones that did, were not fully informed. For example Palin is against illegal immigration and for securing the border. She stood with the state of Arizona and Governor Brewer against the DOJ, the Obama administration and the nation of Mexico's law suit. In most cases it was based on polling, her support of Mccain, leaving office early and...
  • Why I Changed My Mind About Unions

    02/21/2011 4:11:51 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2011 | Michael Filozof
    The organized tactics of intimidation by the public employee unions in Wisconsin last week came as no surprise to me. I'm from New York, one of the most union-friendly states in the country, and I've seen the negative effects of unions my entire life. I dislike unions. But I didn't always feel that way. My first job as a 16-year old grocery store shelf-stocker was a union job. I grew up in a union household; my father was an employee of one of the Big Three automakers. Although he wasn't active in union politics, he worked in a "union shop"...
  • Decoding Donnie Darko – Esoteric Analysis

    11/10/2010 7:36:31 PM PST · by JayDanza · 9 replies
    By: Jay Donnie Darko is, on its most basic level, a film that is homage to 80s culture. It’s a cult classic (like many 80s films!) that references other 80s films, uses popular 80s film themes, and is set in 1988. But that is not all Donnie Darko is about. The film also makes statements about the socio-political and cultural developments of the late 80s, the reversal of family roles, etc., as well as being a superhero film, or more properly, an anti-super-hero narrative. It’s also a film that presents the age-old debate about predestination and free will; it posits...
  • Bush rejects accusations of racism over Katrina

    11/03/2010 12:53:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | Wed Nov 3, 2010 | Steve Holland
    Former President George W. Bush says criticism from some, including prominent rapper Kanye West, that his handling of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina showed he did not care about black people represented "an all-time low." In his memoir, "Decision Points," to be released next Tuesday, Bush writes that charges flung at him that he was a racist during the Katrina crisis "was the worst moment of my presidency." In excerpts of an interview of Bush by NBC's "Today" show, the former president was asked about West's comment that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." The accusation arose because many blacks...
  • Archbishop Dolan Slams New York Times for Bias

    10/25/2010 8:59:12 AM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/23/2010 | Don Weil
    New York City Archbishop Anthony Dolan offers scathing criticism of The New York Times for its positive reviews of a play and art exhibit that he says are offensive to Catholics. The art exhibit, showing in Cambridge, Mass., includes a poster showing the late Cardinal John O'Connor next to a condom. The exhibit was created by AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. The play, "The Divine Sister," is a comedy about nuns that is playing in New York City.
  • Businesses step up criticism of Obama's agenda

    07/11/2010 12:01:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/11/10 | Caren Bohan and Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some business groups, upset about budget and regulatory policies they say are costing jobs, are accusing President Barack Obama of pursuing an agenda that is hurting the U.S. economic recovery. The criticism comes amid a tepid pace of private-sector job creation and the White House is responding by saying a lack of regulations triggered the economic crisis and that a balance is needed to protect Americans. The issue could give Republicans a potent weapon in the November elections in which they hope to overturn the dominance in the Congress of Obama's Democrats. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce,...
  • Public Servants

    07/04/2010 3:39:30 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel
    Criticism by Ari Bussel No one likes to be criticized. When the critique is constructive and aimed at improving, a person must separate one’s emotions from the practicality and wisdom of the criticism and view it with a sense of detachment. Critique can be used as a tool for improvement, yet most government employees will do everything possible to quash it when aimed in their direction. In a recent meeting with a government representative, I pointed out there are complaints that telephone calls and e-mails sent to his office remain unanswered. “Impossible,” was the adamant reply, “It is against regulations.”...
  • Big Government Lawmakers Deserve Criticism-Even If They Are Republican

    06/28/2010 10:44:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    big government ^ | 6/28/10 | Veronique de Rugy
    The debate agitating many in New Jersey right is whether or not the state’s Governor, Chris Christie, is actually doing much to reform the state as it needs to be. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with him during his campaign for the Republican nomination against Steve Lonagan. Having no interest in the politics of politic, he sounded like a big government Republican to me. With that in mind, I was nicely surprised by the turn that Christie’s campaign against Corzine took and by some of his policies. He talked about small government, the need for reforming New...
  • Ragging rights: Guy's first to get Obama mad

    06/24/2010 2:52:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2010 | Charles Hurt
    WASHINGTON -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal may be dumber than BP's Tony Hayward when it comes to media strategy, and his powers of judgment might rank down there with Lindsay Lohan's. But you got to hand it to the guy for managing to accomplish one thing nobody has ever been able to do: He genuinely pissed off President Obama. We are talking snapped anger, the kind where you demand that a four-star general fly halfway around the globe on a dime to face a furious and vengeful war council that he has just insulted in the most public, creative and unkind...
  • {Anti-Death Penalty, SF DA Kamala} Harris feeling heat as A.G. primary nears

    05/31/2010 9:58:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 223+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Sacramento -- Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris is battling increasing criticism of her performance as San Francisco district attorney both at home and on the campaign trail with only eight days left before the primary. On May 20, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ripped into Harris, saying she violated defendants' rights by failing to disclose to defense attorneys damaging information about a police drug lab technician who's under investigation for allegedly skimming cocaine from evidence files. Problems intensified for Harris last week when The Chronicle disclosed that a toxicologist at the San Francisco coroner's office had been labeled...
  • Obama ramps up criticism of Ariz. immigration law

    05/19/2010 11:17:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 923+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/10 | Julie Pace - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama stepped up his criticism of Arizona's controversial immigration law Wednesday, calling it "misdirected" and warning that it has the potential to be applied in a discriminatory fashion. Speaking at a joint news conference with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, Obama called for overhauling the nation's immigration laws and said that can't be done unless Republicans support it. The controversy over the Arizona law, which would make it a state crime to be in the country illegally, hung over Calderon's visit. Both leaders oppose the law, with Obama directing the Justice Department to review it for possible...
  • Which Government Is Us?

    05/01/2010 10:38:21 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 10 replies · 376+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 05/01/10 | CaroleL
    President Barack Obama is not famous for a stoic ability to take any amount of criticism, let alone the level heaped upon anyone who is fortunate enough to win the job he has and wanted. So it really comes as no surprise that he used his commencement speech at the University of Michigan today to address his critics instead of the graduates. The surprise, albeit a mild one, was that he tried to use the founding principles of the country to do it.
  • Obama's plans for NASA changes met with harsh criticism

    03/09/2010 7:27:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 553+ views
    WaPo ^ | 3/9/10 | Joel Achenbach
    Harrison Schmitt's credentials as a space policy analyst include several days of walking on the moon. The Apollo 17 astronaut, who is also a former U.S. senator, is aghast at what President Obama is doing to the space program. "It's bad for the country," Schmitt said. "This administration really does not believe in American exceptionalism." Schmitt's harsh words are part of a furious blowback to the administration's new strategy for NASA. The administration has decided to kill NASA's Constellation program, crafted during the Bush administration with an ambitious goal of putting astronauts back on the moon by 2020. Obama's 2011...
  • China slams US criticism of Internet controls (GoogleGate)

    01/22/2010 9:19:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/10 | Christopher Bodeen - ap
    BEIJING – Beijing issued a stinging response Friday to U.S. criticism that it is jamming the free flow of words and ideas on the Internet, accusing the United States of damaging relations between the two countries by hoisting its "information imperialism" on China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu defended China's policies regarding the Web, saying the nation's Internet regulations were in line with Chinese law and did not hamper the cyber activities of the world's largest online population. His remarks follow those made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who in a speech Thursday criticized countries engaging in...
  • Criticism Of Obama vs Criticism Of Bush

    01/08/2010 9:53:01 PM PST · by CaroleL · 6 replies · 663+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 01/09/10 | CaroleL
    In his address to the nation on Thursday in which he outlined his administration's latest approach to terrorism, President Obama said, "Instead of giving into cynicism and division, let's move forward with the confidence and optimism and unity that defines us as a people. For now is not a time for partisanship, it's a time for citizenship. A time to come together and work together." Setting aside the hypocrisy of those words being spoken by one of the harshest and most partisan critics of the Bush administration's prosecution of the War on Terror, let's look at the difference between the...
  • President Obama takes the heat President Bush did not

    12/29/2009 8:54:06 PM PST · by Saije · 60 replies · 2,494+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/29/2009 | Josh Gerstein
    Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber’s attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of September 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called “shoe bomber,” Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate. That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received from Republicans...
  • Walking Away From Islam

    11/03/2009 7:27:12 AM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 749+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | November 1, 2009
    Opposition to the clerical dictatorship continues to grow, both from inside the leadership, and at the grassroots. An increasing number of senior clerics are openly criticizing the "Islamic Police State" that has become increasingly harsh in the way it suppresses real, or imagined, opposition. Many senior clerics are aghast at the growing corruption among the clerics who run the government, and the pretense of democracy, with elections rigged so that only pro-dictatorship candidates can even run. At the grassroots, most young Iranians are fed up with the dictatorship. It offers no jobs for the poor, and few opportunities for the...
  • Hillary Clinton faces angry criticism of US in Pakistan

    10/31/2009 12:39:32 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 1,101+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | October 30, 2009 | Saeed Shah
    Hillary Clinton faced anger during her visit to Pakistan after she attacked the failure of the government to tackle al-Qaeda. The US Secretary of State also faced angry questions about America's use of drone attacks inside Pakistan as she ended her three-day visit on Friday. Mrs Clinton was earlier forced to soften her criticism of Islamabad for its failure to capture of kill al-Qaeda's leaders.
  • Obama unhappy with criticism of his NYC date night

    10/29/2009 3:19:47 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 74 replies · 2,884+ views
    AP ^ | 28 Oct 09 | None
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says only once since Jan. 20 has White House life annoyed him. It was the Saturday in May when, trying to be a good husband, he kept a campaign promise to take his wife, Michelle, to New York after the election for one of their "date nights" - dinner and a Broadway play. Conservative commentators and Republican officials criticized him for doing so. "People made it into a political issue," Obama told The New York Times Magazine for an article about the Obamas' marriage, appearing in the Nov. 1 issue. The article was posted on...
  • Beyonce delays Malaysia show amid Muslim criticism

    10/19/2009 11:45:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,005+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/19/09 | Sean Yoong - ap
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – R&B star Beyonce Knowles has postponed a planned concert in Malaysia, the event's organizer said Monday, following accusations by Islamic conservatives that the show would be immoral. Knowles, known for her provocative clothes and choreography, had been scheduled to perform at a Kuala Lumpur stadium Oct. 25. The show "has been postponed to a future date to be announced shortly," .. "The postponement is solely (the) decision of the artist and has nothing to do with other external reasons," the statement said. A Marctensia representative declined to say whether the decision was prompted by criticism from...
  • Dalai Lama urges U.S. to address rich-poor issue

    10/06/2009 9:18:18 PM PDT · by americanophile · 63 replies · 2,286+ views
    CNN ^ | October 6, 2009 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Dalai Lama, accepting a human rights prize from a U.S. foundation Tuesday, chastised the United States for not fully addressing the economic divide between its poorest and richest citizens. "Huge gap, rich to poor. This is unhealthy," he said. "You have to think seriously about those less-privileged people. They're also human beings." The "real greatness of America," he said, "is your ancestors' principles," and he urged the nation to preserve those principles. "When I think of America, I think of the idea -- concept of freedom, liberty, equality. I think these are real human values," he...
  • White House: Criticism of Obama not based on race

    09/16/2009 1:00:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,083+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The White House says President Barack Obama doesn't believe he's being criticized because of his race. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that Obama — the nation's first black president — doesn't think that criticism of his policies is "based on the color of his skin." Gibbs was asked about the topic following comments on Tuesday by former President Jimmy Carter.
  • Obama: GOP Is Killing Reform

    09/13/2009 7:35:11 PM PDT · by LUV W · 81 replies · 2,696+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 09-13-2009 | Fox News
    In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama says Republican who are opposing the overhaul of the nation's heath care system are doing it for political gain.WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will pass "a good health care bill," as months of rancor over reforming the nation's health care system seemed to be easing Sunday, with the White House playing down an immediate role for a government insurance option. At the same time, Obama was critical of Republican opponents who he said were trying to block an overhaul of the nation's heath care system for political...
  • Apostle Urges Mormons to Speak Up, Avoid Defensiveness

    09/08/2009 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies · 820+ views
    Newsroom.Lds.org ^ | Aug. 14, 2009 | Lds Press Release
    In his commencement speech at Brigham Young University Thursday, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged Latter-day Saints to...avoid being defensive. “In our interactions with others are we expecting always to have to defend ourselves? If so, I think we need to make a course correction.” Elder Ballard said. “It is inconsistent with where we are today..." Elder Ballard referred to recent research that suggested Mormons can sometimes appear defensive to those who are not members of the Church. The study said that when Mormons are...
  • When criticizing Israel becomes ritual

    08/16/2009 11:35:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 589+ views
    National Post ^ | August 15 2009 | Robert Fulford
    It begins, reasonably, as a response to apparently unnecessary violence by Israel. Then it moves on to accuse Israel of expanding on land the Arabs insist is theirs. Nothing wrong with criticizing that, surely. Israel, a state, deserves to be judged like any other. Even those friendly toward Israel have often felt duty bound to point out its mistakes. In more innocent times, I imagined that intellectuals in the West paid careful attention to Israel's faults because they expected it to set a high standard. Who would worry about the moral status of, say, Bolivia? No one except Bolivians. Jews,...
  • Republicans Should Just Take the Hit

    05/14/2009 2:23:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 555+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 14, 2009 | Carol Peracchio
    There may be political lessons for the GOP to be drawn from the world of superfluous bureaucracies. Every three years American hospitals turn themselves inside out preparing for the visit of inspectors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO (pronounced jay-koh). A passing grade from JCAHO is indispensable. The JCAHO website explains: Congress passes the Social Security Amendments of 1965 with a provision that hospitals accredited by JCAH are "deemed" to be in compliance with most of the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Hospitals and, thus, able to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In...
  • Banned for life from Gopachy.com . . . second time.

    04/29/2009 4:08:59 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Gopachy.com ^ | 29 April 2009 | Racehorse
    Sorry Racehorse, you are banned from using this forum! abused second chance.
  • Hunting of the Denby

    03/01/2009 9:44:55 PM PST · by JLS · 9 replies · 845+ views
    Commentary ^ | March 2009 | Mark Steyn
    As I was finishing up David Denby’s new book, I received, as one does in the Internet age, the news that T-Shirt Hell, the company whose contribution to the last election was the “Retarded Babies for Palin” T-shirt, has decided to throw in the towel. The owner says he “can’t take the stupidity anymore.” No, not the stupidity of his T-shirt slogans, but of the hate mail he receives. You’d think he might have anticipated that a nanosecond after the Muse descended to deliver the “Retarded Babies” thigh-slapper. But no, it wasn’t the hate mail over the Palin shirt but...
  • No Criticism Allowed

    02/25/2009 10:01:21 AM PST · by Jbny · 13 replies · 726+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 25, 2009 | Peter Wehner
    In his blog over at the New Yorker, George Packer writes this: Unfortunately, [David] Brooks’s fair-minded critique is rare on the right. Most conservative critics of Obama’s first month are not hoping to be proved wrong, as Brooks says he is. Far from it: their dice were loaded from the start. Charles Krauthammer, Karl Rove, Peter Wehner, and others have already concluded that Obama is a failure, even as they pretend to reserve final judgment. Given the amount of wrongheadedness and damage pundits like these have inflicted on the country in its recent history, the decent thing for them to...
  • Jon Stewart: only one hitting Obama [vanity]

    02/20/2009 5:13:17 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 22 replies · 1,051+ views
    self | 2/20/09 | self
    Just happened to have on "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on the comedy channel. Not something I watch -- the TV was still on the channel after I watched another program. This guy was hitting Obama relatively hard! Very unexpected. And one thing he was hitting hard on -- something I wish I could hear the MSM types doing -- is how Obama, with all his pauses and tics and "nuance," always sounds like he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about!
  • Obama: This isn't your 'run-of-the-mill recession'

    02/09/2009 10:58:05 PM PST · by WheresMyBailout · 15 replies · 961+ views
    CNN ^ | February 9, 2009 | Ed Henry and Mark Preston
    President Obama appeared before a national audience Monday night to make the case for his economic stimulus plan, saying this is not your "run-of-the-mill recession." ... Obama urged Congress "to act without delay," saying that only the federal government can break the "vicious cycle" gripping the U.S. economy.