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  • This is why we're cynical about Congress

    10/01/2015 6:50:43 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 9 replies ^ | 10/1/115 | Steve Berman
    Americans are cynical about Congress.  Approval ratings are in the basement at 15.2 percent according to RealClearPolitics. We see congress like a bad TV show being acted before our eyes, with the real purpose to only sell us one more show to watch.  It’s like the fake freak shows at county fairs, or the ring toss at the carnival midway where the barker just wants you to spend another few bucks to win a tiny cheap stuffed animal, but behind the scenes he scorns you over a beer and a Marlboro. The only difference between that carny and the congressman...
  • Americans Hate Politics But Love Their Communities

    10/25/2014 11:46:06 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 1 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 25, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    To understand the lack of enthusiasm most Americans feel about the midterm elections, it’s important to recognize a vital distinction between government and community.... Despite all the promises made by politicians, few voters really expect a meaningful change in their own life based upon whether one politician beats another in a particular election. People are generally happier when their team wins and sadder when it loses, but most then go on with life as they did before the votes were counted. More than anything else, the lack of connection between election results and reality explains the low turnout in American...
  • Obama says ‘disquiet’ breeds political cynicism

    05/07/2014 8:14:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2014 10:29 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama says disquiet and a sense of frustration in the country are fueling cynicism about government that could hurt Democratic turnout in the November elections. In a sober political assessment, Obama tells Democratic donors he feels a sense of urgency about the election and needs the Senate to remain Democratic. Republicans have a chance to win control of the Senate this year. The president says that when Democrats get discouraged, they don’t vote. …
  • The harpist or the heiress? Image is all in the race to be first woman mayor of Paris

    03/02/2014 6:09:48 AM PST · by A'elian' nation · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/1/2014 | Kim Wilsher
    The heiress and the harpist are running for mayor of Paris. The race is intriguing only because both candidates are women. The race is all about image, and the voters know it. "Don't worry," says a passer-by overhearing the conversation. "It'll never happen."" What will never happen is the promise of the harpist, a former Sarkozy minister, to convert ghost metro stations into swimming pools for the homeless. Kosciusko-Morizet earned her nickname of the harpist ever since being photographed for Paris Match lounging in an evening gown in a forest next to a harp "like some posh wood nymph." Vying...
  • Cynic-in-Chief

    07/26/2013 6:41:07 AM PDT · by National Review · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | July 26, 2013 | National Review
    President Obama ran against cynicism — and defined his presidency by it. By Jonah Goldberg ‘My rival in this race,” President Obama announced early in 2007, “is not other candidates. It’s cynicism.” Sadly, it’s now evident cynicism won. In a much-hyped speech at Knox College on Wednesday, Obama sought to pivot back to the economy — as the journalistic cliché goes — and shape the issue environment for the 2014 congressional elections.
  • Americans don’t believe in much of anything — and why that’s a terrible thing for politics

    06/21/2013 6:05:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/21/2013 | By Chris Cillizza,
    People no longer trust their government, their media or much of anything else to do the right thing. That lack of confidence, which has accelerated in the last decade or so, is a major (and often overlooked) factor in the current political morass in which the country finds itself — deeply divided along partisan lines without anything even close to objective force able to referee us through the mess. The numbers are stark. In a Gallup poll released earlier this month, only three out of 16 institutions — the military, small business and the police — attracted majority support when...
  • Post-cynicism prez

    05/16/2012 6:27:25 AM PDT · by suspects · 1 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 16, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Welcome to the post-cynicism presidency. In the good old days — pre-2008 — we voters knew politicians were motivated by self-interest. But we felt entitled to at least the pretense that their political positions were bold advocacy on behalf of the public good. So you elect Deval “I won’t raise gas taxes or tolls” Patrick the politician, and you get a “The budget was worse than I thought” governor. But President Barack Obama, who promised to be a transformative political figure, has pushed past that old paradigm completely. How can a candidate be “cynical” when he admits his shameless self-interest...
  • How to Immunize Oneself

    10/03/2011 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 37 replies
    self | 10/03/2011 | Revolting cat!
    Ultimately, it is all my fault, my failure, my fall. I failed to persuade, failed to seduce, failed to sell. (I hate the concept of 'selling oneself', so prevalent in our culture, but it is what it is.) And it's my core that is responsible. My unchangeable core. It was my core that was rejected, despised, spat upon, accused, laid off from my job, told "I cannot love you". No Prozac, no therapy can change my core, they can only dull my senses, hypnotize me into accepting despair. I know what I'm talking about, the world has sent me a...
  • Cynicism and the state

    06/01/2011 6:54:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    The Globe and Mail (Canada) ^ | May 30, 2011 | NEIL REYNOLDS
    [SNIP] Born in 1533, Montaigne lived through the massacres and mayhem of France’s Wars of Religion. The child of a wealthy Catholic father (his grandfather made a fortune in the herring trade) and a wealthy Jewish mother, he grew up as a skeptical Catholic with Protestants as companions and associates. Surveying the barbaric excesses of his time, he came to believe that the state was mostly an institution in which pride and ambition contested for power – yet, nevertheless, enforced an elemental discipline. It was this discipline alone that separated mankind from savage butchery. [SNIP] When evil and barbaric acts...
  • Extradition treaty could allow Van der Sloot to return to Holland

    05/16/2011 6:52:48 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2011 | Mayra Cuevas
    An extradition treaty signed this week between the Netherlands and Peru could open the door for Joran Van der Sloot to return to his native country if convicted in the death of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman. A spokesman with Peru's foreign ministry, Gonzalo Portals Zubiate, said Friday that the treaty -- which allows some Dutch nationals sentenced to time in Peru to serve their sentences in Europe, with the inverse for Peruvians convicted in Holland -- has nothing to do with Van der Sloot, specifically. Still, the suspect's attorney acknowledged it could affect him... Van der Sloot is being held...
  • Obama Keeps Low Profile on High Profile Issues (sees no upside in outspokenness)

    03/12/2011 3:37:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 12, 2011 | Jim Kuhnhenn, AP
    Call it an above-the-fray strategy. On hot issues that Democrats and Republicans have found cause to fret about — from spending reductions to state labor disputes — President Barack Obama is keeping a low profile. Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia want him more publicly engaged in budget negotiations in Congress while others want him to denounce Republican proposed program cuts. Democrats like Rep. Keith Ellison want him to go to Wisconsin to stand in solidarity with public unions fighting to retain their bargaining rights. Some lawmakers in both parties want him to take a greater lead against...
  • The Essential Barack Obama

    02/10/2011 2:58:53 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 10, 2011 | Steve McCann
    Today the United States finds itself adrift on a sea of uncertainty; its economy floundering under the weight of oppressive debt and mismanagement, its status in world affairs at its lowest ebb since the beginning of the 20th Century and its citizens openly questioning the future. At such a critical time the country has as its President a man unable or qualified to lead. Barack Obama is a man without a core, leaving the ship of state without a rudder in the management of foreign affairs and domestic policy which have spun dangerously out of control over the past two...
  • O's road to Damascus

    12/16/2010 3:17:45 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Guess who's been channeling Adam Smith: President Obama -- about as an unlikely a convert to free-market economics as has ever sat in the Oval Office. And yet, there he was yesterday morning, sitting down with 20 of the most powerful captains of commerce in America: "I want to dispel any notion we want to inhibit your success," Obama said. "We want to be boosters, because when you do well, America does well." Hey, good for him. If he means it. For if he's truly sincere about bolstering -- instead of slowly strangling -- business, it's great news for the...
  • Unreal: NBC Names Ground Zero Mosque Developer “Person of the Year”… (Projectile vomiting alert)

    11/23/2010 11:27:36 AM PST · by La Lydia · 35 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | November 23, 2010
    The MSM continues to fawn over this outrage at Ground Zero to show us common folk how “progressive” they are…Via Pundit Press:NBC and its affiliates have been trounced in ratings over the last several years. With stations like MSNBC under their belt and liberals such as Matt Lauer and Keith Olbermann hosting programs, NBC is clearly disconnected with the average American. Another clear sign of their mismanagement: naming Sharif El-Gamal, developer of the Ground Zero Mosque, one of their “People of the Year.” In an interview set to air on Thanksgiving Day, Matt Lauer sat down with El-Gamal and discussed...
  • The new message: 'Improve' health care, don't talk cost

    08/19/2010 1:59:53 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | August 19, 2010 | Ben Smith
    Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit, and instead stressing a promise to "improve it." The messaging shift was circulated this afternoon on a conference call and PowerPoint presentation organized by FamiliesUSA -- one of the central groups in the push for the initial legislation. The call was led by a staffer for the Herndon Alliance, which includes leading labor groups and other health care allies. It was based on polling from three top Democratic pollsters, John Anzalone, Celinda Lake, and Stan Greenberg. The...
  • Another Sham Stimulus Bill

    05/27/2010 3:40:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 253+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2010 | Jeffrey Folks
    Given the choice between retaining power in the short term or doing what's right for America, which would you choose? Most Americans, I believe, would be willing to sacrifice a great deal for their country, and this willingness to sacrifice has always been the great pillar of American democracy. Unfortunately, there is no fondness for sacrifice in Washington these days, especially among the Democratic leadership and its supporters. The irresponsibility of the left is on display daily as one piece of self-serving legislation follows another. The latest example comes in the form of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes...
  • Obama's Image: What a Difference a Year Makes

    12/28/2009 3:54:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 1,196+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    Almost a year has passed since January 20, 2009 -- when the waters of the ocean no longer rose and America began to heal from the depredations of Republicans. Barack Obama has been our president for that long, and the people have started to wise up. The light that shines on Barack Obama as president has reflected back an image that bears very little similarity to the iconic visage that floated above us all in 2008. Why has Barack Obama betrayed so many allies, broken so many promises, thrown so many pledges and people under the bus? One simple aphorism...
  • Senator Specter, meet your new friends

    05/01/2009 2:41:30 PM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 828+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 30, 2009 | Byron York
    What does the future hold for Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter? A lot of uncertainty, soured relationships, and possible disaster. And that's just with his new-found friends in the Democratic Party. There's no doubt Senate Democrats wanted Specter's help with the president's agenda this year. His vote in the Democratic column could mean significantly better chances for the Obama administration's proposals on health care, energy, and education. So Specter's support will be valuable to his new party in the short run. The long run is another matter. Go behind the news conferences and photo-ops, and Specter's fellow Democrats aren't exactly welcoming him...
  • The Democrats' Magic Bullet

    04/28/2009 10:32:04 PM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 496+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | April 29, 2009 | Richard Baehr
    Not than many people are aware that Arlen Specter was the staffer who developed the Warren Commission's "magic bullet" theory. The Democrats, with Specter's announced shift from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, now have their magic bullet to ensure that Barack Obama gets what he wants in his first two years in office: Not than many people are aware that Arlen Specter was the staffer who developed the Warren Commission's "magic bullet" theory. The Democrats, with Specter's announced shift from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, now have their magic bullet to ensure that Barack Obama gets...
  • We cannot live by scepticism alone (Just defy common sense.)

    03/11/2009 12:18:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 383+ views
    Nature ^ | 4 March 2009 | Harry Collins
    Published online 4 March 2009 We cannot live by scepticism alone Harry Collins1 Harry Collins is director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise Science at Cardiff University, UK. He is currently working on a book about tacit and explicit knowledge. Email: Top of pageAbstract Scientists have been too dogmatic about scientific truth and sociologists have fostered too much scepticism — social scientists must now elect to put science back at the core of society, says Harry Collins. J. TAYLOR The term 'science studies' was invented in the 1970s by 'outsiders', such as those from the social sciences...
  • Why do they hate Sarah Palin?

    10/05/2008 3:26:03 PM PDT · by sukemast · 13 replies · 447+ views
    self | 10/5/2008 | sukemast
    Why do people hate Sarah Palin? America has become a nation of cynics. We have come to disbelieve in the sincerity or goodness of human nature. Anyone who adheres to virtues, their religion or a sense of decency have their motives screwed on backwards. We have all become victims of sexism, ageism and racism. We have been victimized by our government in a senseless call to war. We have been victimized by the financial institutions that robbed us of our future. We feel betrayed. We have become frustrated and disillusioned. We are told that happiness can not be achieved through...
  • The Case Against Cynicism (by Burt Prelutsky)

    04/25/2008 4:21:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies · 93+ views ^ | April 25, 2008 | Burt Prelutsky
    When I was very young, I felt that anyone who wasn’t a cynic was a naïve bumpkin. The young, after all, tend to be impatient with their elders, and I was certainly no exception. To the young, it’s a terrible failing to be gullible, and what they inevitably strive to be, or at least appear to be, is sophisticated...
  • HUMINT: Satire as Philosophy

    11/28/2007 2:19:07 PM PST · by humint · 2 replies · 93+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 28 November 2007 | anonymous neural network
    Satire: a manner of writing that mixes a critical attitude with wit and humor in an effort to improve mankind and human institutions. Philosophy: the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics. Cynicism: originally the philosophy of a group of ancient Greeks called the Cynics; believing the worst of human nature and motives. Political theater in the form of satire makes introducing taboo subjects relatively easy. Good satire has real power. Introducing a subject in the form of a joke is like adding a giggly escape hatch for all of a conversation’s participants. But comedic reprieves...
  • Cheats can now prosper in the new lovey dovey world of US politics

    09/10/2007 5:35:13 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 9 replies · 505+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 09/07/07 | Pamela Druckerman
    Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton were a picture-perfect couple as they campaigned together recently. Between political remarks they held hands, hugged and exchanged intimate whispers. And yet even some supporters were surely wondering: how on earth can they still be married? Hillary Clinton's legendary endurance of her husband's extramarital trysts haunts her candidacy for president. But then, there's no shortage of adultery hovering over this election: Rudy Giuliani's awkward transition into his third marriage; John McCain's overlapping relationships with his first and second wives; and Newt Gingrich's "periods of weakness". Mitt Romney seems one of the few major candidates...
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 4/28 - 4/29/07 (not the live thread)

    04/28/2007 2:16:41 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 25 replies · 858+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 4/28/07 | Network and Cable News
    Preview and Analysis for Weekend of April 28th and 29th, 2007 Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: NBC's "Meet the Press" Sen. Joe Biden, D-DE CBS's "Face the Nation" Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceRep. John Murtha, D-PAPolitico's Roger Simon Fox News Sunday" Senator John McCain, R-AZCindy McCainBrit HumeBill KristolJuan WilliamsMara Liasson CNN "Late Edition" Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceIraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar ZebariRep Adam Putnam, R- FLRep Jane Harman, D- CAJose Manuel Barroso, President, European  CommissionDana BashJoe JohnsEd Henry ABC's "This Week" Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceSen Russ Feingold, D-WISen Sam Brownback, R-KSActress Natalie PortmanMartha RaddatzFareed ZakariaGeorge Will...
  • An Alex Jones "Truther" Shows his "Compassion" Following Fatal Plane Crash in NYC

    10/11/2006 6:35:41 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 21 replies · 734+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 10/11/06 | vanity
    Within hours of the Cory Lidle plane crash today in NYC, an Alex Jones "Truther" was on line making snotty comments. The AJTs are more than simple loudmouth boors:they are MLM entrepreneurs, who take the gullible for every possible dollar-while proclaiming their "high purpose".
  • West too cynical about Iraq, says Howard

    05/21/2006 5:12:23 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 21 May 2006
    PRIME Minister John Howard has urged the West not to be so cynical about Iraq following the first meeting of new Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's cabinet. The ratification of the new government was a true milestone on Iraq's hard march towards a more hopeful future, Mr Howard said, noting that the Iraqi people have voted in democratic elections three times despite violent intimidation. He wrote to Mr al-Maliki today promising continued Australian support for the nation as it attempts to rebuild. "We tend to forget how long it has taken other societies to fully embrace democracy," Mr Howard told reporters...
  • I Support the Troops. Do You? Walk the walk, don't talk the talk

    07/03/2005 7:37:24 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 573+ views
    When Illinois Senator Richard Durbin apologized for his characterization of the interrogation methods used at Guantanamo Bay as being akin to those of the Nazis, Pol Pot, and Soviets, he said something that has always struck me as being odd coming from the likes of faux liberals. He said that he thought our troops were the best in the world, which is a variation on what anti-war faux liberals say when cornered with their attitudes about the war: "I support the troops." "I support the troops" is a nice, touchy-feely statement that few people can disagree with, but there is...
  • To the Left, America's Never Right - (excellent - controlled, justified diatribe!)

    06/18/2005 9:05:39 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 29 replies · 1,072+ views
    I spent the last week with my Modern Liberal relatives in New York. It was excruciating. What I found was cynicism beyond belief -- and beyond all rational (in fact any rational) thought. The correct answer to all things was whatever the worst interpretation of America and Americans could be. This was typified in discussions about the Michael Jackson jury who my relative was convinced would come back with a quick verdict because "they just want to go home" and, when that proved untrue were only delaying the announcement of their verdict to increase the "excitement" making the book they...
  • End the UN’s Human Rights Hypocrisy - (it's not the solution; it is the problem)

    06/17/2005 2:22:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 197+ views
    "No institution offers more dreary evidence of a United Nations in crisis than its Commission on Human Rights. Each year delegates from 53 member states meet to name the worst offending countries and pass resolutions condemning their abuses. Instead, the Commission has become a sanctuary for rogue regimes eager to divert attention from their repressive policies. The emperor has no clothes, but UN leaders simply avert their eyes. The United Nations prides itself on its ethos of universalism: It is a body with no standards for membership—and no penalties for betraying its highest ideals. It gives equal voice to dictatorships...
  • On the “To Do” List for Democrats: Impeach Bush - (Dems dream of reliving "golden age"-Watergate!)

    06/12/2005 8:43:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 810+ views
    Having lost badly in this new century’s elections, Democrats are now sounding the alarm for impeachment proceedings against President Bush. If the word “impeachment” were not so serious in its intent, one is tempted to laugh out loud, and I will assume that many did. But this is today’s Democratic Party, where its DNC chairman Howard Dean says that Republicans “never made an honest living in their lives,” the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), calls a sitting president a “loser,” and the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), equated America as a modern-day war machine when she said, “America...
  • A Bankruptcy Of Values And Ideas - (David Limbaugh hands Hillary her head in a paper bag! Yea!)

    05/02/2005 8:07:10 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 1,382+ views
    Two recent news items, both involving Democrat senators, underscore the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the modern Democratic Party. CNS News focuses on Senator Hillary Clinton's lurch to the right in anticipation of her imminent presidential run. Of course, this is nothing new; Hillary has been plotting and implementing her move for some time. Despite being a feminist icon and a favorite of the antiwar, anti-Christian Left, Hillary has been laying the groundwork for what would appear to be a complete break with those constituencies. She has pretended to be of the Michelle Malkin school on illegal immigration, has begun...
  • Your Constitutional Right To Be Angry

    03/31/2005 1:42:03 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 413+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | MARCH 31, 2005 | GREG LEWIS
    It's not enough that the leftist judiciary is contravening many of our constitutional rights, nor that they continue to hand down rulings that further erode the quality of citizenship for the individual in the United States. Not only have so-called "landmark" court decisions infringed on virtually every one of our fundamental rights, the upshot of many of them is that even our right to be angry is being challenged, or at least redefined. OK, I know that the Constitution doesn't guarantee us the right to be angry. But I would point out that anger has been the signature emotion of...
  • Tsunami Tsurfers

    12/29/2004 9:38:40 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 15 replies · 776+ views
    The Informed Citizen ^ | 12/29/04 | vanity
    Here they come: "surfing" their way through the suffering victims of the worst disaster in modern times. I call 'em "Tsunami Tsurfers". Click on link to discover why.
  • Cracked Icons: Why the Left Has Lost Credibility

    12/17/2004 9:17:21 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 641+ views
    There is much talk of post-election reorganization and rethinking among demoralized liberals, especially in matters of foreign policy. They could start by accepting that the demise of many of their cherished beliefs and institutions was not the fault of others. More often, the problems are fundamental flaws in their own thinking — such as the ends of good intentions justifying the means of expediency and untruth, and forced equality being a higher moral good than individual liberty and freedom. Whether we call such notions “political correctness” or “progressivism,” the practice of privileging race, class, and gender over basic ethical considerations...
  • 'Armies of Darkness' Won't Stop Vote, Iraq's Yawar Says

    12/06/2004 6:25:14 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 15 replies · 489+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 6, 2004
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interim president told George W. Bush at the White House Monday that the ``armies of darkness'' would not stop Iraqis voting next month, even though there is no let up in insurgents' efforts to wreck the election. The U.S. president renewed his vow, backed by an increase in American troop numbers in Iraq, to see the Jan. 30 vote succeed in the face of violence and discontent coming mainly from the Sunni Arab minority which dominated Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Bush urged Iraqis to brave the violence and cast a ballot. ``The capacity of these killers...

    10/20/2004 10:43:20 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 873+ views
    Beware the Elegant Evil of John Kerry Written by Maureen Scott Wednesday, October 20, 2004 When President Bush refers to the "Evil Empire," he needs to add one more entity: The "State of Kerry." Mental state, that is. Just as we fear the irrational people who embrace terrorism, we have to fear the irrational state of Kerry's mind. The main difference between the candidates is that Bush speaks out against evil and fights our enemies in order to defend our country. In contrast, Kerry speaks out against Bush in order to advance his own image. He should take heed in...
  • Orson Scott Card: Hypocrisy and Cynicism in America

    10/19/2004 6:10:26 AM PDT · by Tolik · 17 replies · 969+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | October 10, 2004 | Orson Scott Card
    John Kerry criticizes Bush for being "unilateral" even though as a presidential candidate he gets intelligence briefings and he knows that we are getting active support in the war on terror even from nations that oppose us on the campaign in Iraq. Kerry knows that anti-terror activities are proceeding without any hindrance from the Iraq War -- indeed, he knows that the Iraq War prompted many wishy-washy governments to cooperate with us. But he is free to mislead the American people because he knows that the President will not endanger ongoing operations in order to expose Kerry's lies. Kerry attacks...
  • Bush's Baghdad visit linked to reelection bid: British media

    11/28/2003 9:44:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies · 149+ views
    Kyodo ^ | 11-28-03
    LONDON, Nov 28, 2003 (Kyodo via COMTEX) -- U.S. President George W. Bush's surprise visit to Iraq on Thursday was driven to a significant extent by the need to win votes in next year's presidential election, many British commentators said Friday. The news of Bush's visit to Baghdad was covered quite extensively in Britain, with pictures of the president serving up food and addressing troops appearing in most newspapers. There was, however, scant comment on the visit itself. The Times' diplomatic editor, Richard Beeston, described the trip as "one of the most daring stunts in modern American history," given the...
  • (Philadelphia) Mayor's brother to keep ($1.2 Million)contract

    06/17/2003 4:54:40 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 5 replies · 1,030+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 17, 2003 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    Mayor's brother to keep contractAfter cries of patronage, Milton Street said he'd end his airport job. Now he says he'll sue to save it.By Thomas FitzgeraldInquirer Staff Writer “There’s no impropriety here,” T. Milton Street Sr. said of the $1.2 million contract. Renewing a family conflict, Mayor Street's older brother yesterday reversed course and vowed to hang on to a $1.2 million no-bid contract for maintenance work at Philadelphia International Airport.T. Milton Street Sr. said that to keep the money, he would drag the city and his brother into court if necessary."I'm not going to give up my business," Milton...
  • Karl Rove - counting votes while bombs drop

    05/12/2003 7:07:42 AM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 32 replies · 341+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 5/12/03 | JAMES C. MOORE
    Karl Rove led the nation to war to improve the political prospects of George W. Bush. I know how surreal that sounds. But I also know it is true. As the president's chief political adviser, Rove is involved in every decision coming out of the Oval Office. In fact, he flat out makes some of them. He is co-president of the United States, just as he was co-candidate for that office and co-governor of Texas. His relationship with the president is the most profound and complex of all of the White House advisers. And his role creates questions not addressed...
  • The Betrayal of Captain America

    04/30/2003 6:11:40 PM PDT · by Radix · 26 replies · 317+ views
    The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies ^ | April 29, 2003 | Michael Lackner, Michael Medved
    The Defense Department must face international terrorism without the aid of a celebrated hero of past victories – comics figure Captain America. Even after September 11th, Marvel Comics and other publishers are disseminating comic books that actively promote a destructive cynicism and mistrust of the United States Government. They express anti-war sentiments, condemn America as a racist state, liken the actions of our Armed Forces to the murderous crimes of Islamic terrorists, portray terrorists as advocates for sympathetic causes, show others to be victims of U.S. aggression, and reveal our Government officials to be scheming, evil villains. A Wildstorm comic...
  • Different Worlds: Crossing the military-media gap

    03/28/2003 7:47:13 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 6 replies · 204+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 28, 2003 | Karl Zinsmeister
    With the 82nd Airborne, Kuwait After spending two weeks amongst the 82nd Airborne in the Persian Gulf, I can tell you that a lot of soldiers start out suspicious of reporters. And given the major media’s checkered record of interaction with the military, who can blame them? Alas, many of the journalists observable in this war theater are bursting with knee-jerk suspicions and antagonisms for the warriors all around them. A significant number are whiny and appallingly soft. Most club together, passing far too much of their desert sojourn gossiping with fellow reporters, mocking military mores in snide jokes and...
  • Tom Brokaw Slips and Refers to Uday Hussein and Brothers as "Kids"..(Geriatric Anchor Alert)

    03/18/2003 7:22:24 AM PST · by Helms · 16 replies · 345+ views
    NBC Network News, MSNBC/National Geo. Channel | 3/18/2003 | Self
    Following the Presidents message to the world last evening, one of the Major Media's Geriatric Three(in his mid to late 60's, along with The old media guard of Rather and Jennings),Tom refered to the President as delivering an ulimatum to Hussein and his "kids". Still rocked by the 2002 Presidential Election outcome when the Network Three lost to GWB and not so fresh from private limosine service to Black Rock, Tom quickly realised his very poor choice of words (obviously a hold over from the Clinton "for the children"/"for the kids" era now in tatters). He quickly reminded the primetime...