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  • Air Force One, Military Do Not Belong to Obama

    05/11/2012 10:17:01 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 11, 2012 | Roy A. Barnes
    CBS News reported Friday that President Barack Obama held a fundraiser in Los Angeles at the home of movie actor George Clooney Thursday, and raised about $15 million. Yet the most troubling part of the report was the following words, "The star of the evening, the president, arrived at LAX in his private jet, Air Force One." The mainstream media had better get this straight -- Air Force One is not the "private jet" of the president, period. We are supposed to live in a country where presidents don't conduct themselves like kings, and the establishment media enables this "king"...
  • Gay marriage shift gives Obama fundraising boost

    05/11/2012 10:11:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/11/12 | BETH FOUHY and KEN THOMAS
    President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue. "The phone calls went on until one in the morning after the president spoke — people calling saying `Where do I go, what can I do to help, what events are coming up,'" said Robert Zimmerman, a Long Island, N.Y., Obama bundler. "People I've been seeking out for campaign support for months have been calling me...
  • Bristol Palin Has A Bone To Pick With Obama Over Gay Marriage

    05/11/2012 9:26:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 50 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 11, 2012
    May 11, 2012 Bristol Palin Has A Bone To Pick With Obama Over Gay Marriage Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has another bone to pick with President Obama. The former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant chastised the president for allowing his young daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, to influence his stance on gay marriage. In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Obama said that his daughters “have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.” “There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking...
  • Mitt Romney bullying story holds up to scrutiny (WaPo: Unverified quotes, 2nd-hand "sources" are ok)

    05/11/2012 8:38:01 PM PDT · by Qbert · 63 replies
    Washington Post (Omblog) ^ | 5/11/2012 | Patrick B. Pexton
    The ombudsman is being bombarded by input from readers, via e-mail and phone calls, about the story that Post reporter Jason Horowitz wrote on Mitt Romney’s teenage years at the prestigious Cranbrook School in Michigan. The story leads with an anecdote about Romney and some of his friends in his dormitory tackling and pinning to the ground an unpopular classmate and forcibly cutting off his bleached-blond, longish hair. The boy, John Lauber, was frightened and in tears, Horowitz explained, and the boy turned out to be gay. The rest of the deeply reported story provides extensive context to Romney’s years...
  • Democrats' Fund Taps Corporate Donors for Convention [Shameless Corporations!]

    05/11/2012 8:25:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 11, 2012 | BRODY MULLINS AND PETER NICHOLAS
    May 11, 2012 Democrats' Fund Taps Corporate Donors for Convention BY BRODY MULLINS AND PETER NICHOLAS Democrats have trumpeted their ban on corporate donations to their national convention this summer, saying that it shows they are free from the influence of special interests. But through a special fund, convention planners are accepting millions of dollars in corporate contributions to help pay for many of the activities outside the convention hall—as well as some expenses directly related to the event. Donors include Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Duke Energy Corp., all significant employers in Charlotte, N.C., where...
  • U.S. Immigrant Population At Its Highest Since 1920 As 13% Are Foreign-Born [Blame Both Parties!]

    05/11/2012 8:11:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 11, 2012 | EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN
    U.S. Immigrant Population At Its Highest Since 1920 As 13% Are Foreign-Born EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN 11 May 2012 According to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 40 million foreign-born people living in the country in 2010 - the highest percentage of the total population since 1920. Just a decade earlier, only 31 million people, or 11 per cent of the population, residing in the country were born elsewhere. While foreign-born residents resided in every state, more than half lived in just the 'gateway' states: California, New York, Texas and Florida. United: According to a new report...
  • Did you hear what Sarah Palin did in Texas? (We have some big news coming out of Texas!)

    05/11/2012 8:08:44 PM PDT · by Syncro · 77 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 05/11/2012 | Sal Russo
    We have some big news coming out of Texas!We got word from Tea Party Express endorsed Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz that he just received the powerful endorsement of former Alaskan Governor and U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin. This is a major boost for the surging conservative from Texas in his quest to champion Tea Party values of fiscal responsibility in the U.S. Senate.  Gov. Palins endorsement carries a lot of weight with conservatives and Tea Party groups.  It was just this last week that she put her stamp of approval on...
  • Nearly 200,000 Fla. voters may not be citizens

    05/11/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2012 | GARY FINEOUT
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida officials are now saying that nearly 200,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens. Earlier in the week, state election officials announced they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote.
  • What Has Made Congress More Polarized?

    05/11/2012 7:28:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein ignited a bit of a firestorm with their column describing Republicans as main drivers behind Washington's problems. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has made some excellent points with regard to Mann and Ornstein's qualitative arguments, and other thorough responses abound. Rather than revisiting these points, I would like to focus my attention on the quantitative arguments made at the end of the article. Mann and Ornstein note that: “[P]olitical scientists Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal, who have long tracked historical trends in political polarization, said their studies of congressional votes found that Republicans are now...
  • Keith Olbermann not happy with Jimmy Kimmel’s dinner jokes

    05/11/2012 6:52:29 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, April 30, 2012
    KEITH OLBERMANN wasn’t pleased with Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Kimmel repeatedly ragged on the former “Current TV” star, saying “Keith Olbermann burned more bridges than the Arsonist of Madison County,” and “I’d like everyone to look under your seats. Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume,” the Hollywood Reporter writes. Keith, who was recently booted from “Current,” claims the jokes are revenge for turning down an appearance on Kimmel the week before. “I’m not complaining about the Kimmel jokes — I’m fair game. I’m complaining about the revenge element. It...
  • Ex-Gov. Pataki to Newsmax: Obama's Record Will Doom His Re-election Bid

    05/11/2012 6:29:25 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 5 replies
    Newsmax ^ | MAY 11, 2012 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama cannot run on his record and will instead try to “dump” on his presumptive White House opponent Mitt Romney — but will fail in his re-election bid. The veteran Republican politician, who was governor on Sept. 11, 2001, also says the administration’s initial decision to try 9/11 terrorists in civilian courts in Manhattan “was one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard.” Pataki was elected governor in 1994, defeating three-term Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo, and was re-elected in 1998 and 2002. He previously served in the New...
  • Perdue: 'We look like Mississippi' after amendment vote (NC Guvnah steps in it yet again!)

    05/11/2012 6:03:42 PM PDT · by NCDragon · 42 replies ^ | 5/11/2012 | Laura Leslie
    GREENVILLE, N.C. — Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina "look like Mississippi," Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday. Perdue was in Greenville as part of her tour to tout her proposed state budget for 2012-2013. The governor was responding to a question on the amendment from a reporter from WITN-TV in Washington ( ). "I think it's wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply," she said. "People around the country are watching us and they're really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested...
  • Beach Boys Singer Bruce Johnston, 'Obama's a Socialist A-Hole'

    05/11/2012 4:45:34 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 20 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5-11-12 | Bruce Johnston
    <p>Americans will be "f**ked" if Barack Obama gets re-elected ... this according to Beach Boys singer Bruce Johnston.</p>
  • The Washington Post’s Romney hit piece comes apart (An astonishing journalistic train wreck.)

    05/11/2012 4:37:44 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5/11/2012 | John Hayward
    The Washington Post was already skating on thin ice with its fantastically convenient hit piece on Mitt Romney, published in perfect synchronization with President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage. Designed to paint Romney as a mean-spirited homophobic bully during his prep school days – which, let us remember, occurred over seventeen thousand days ago – the ridiculously bloated and overly-dramatic 5000-word Post “expose” related the story of how Romney allegedly led a gang of high-school hooligans and forcibly cut the hair of a “presumably gay” fellow student named John Lauber. The piece does a great deal of mind-reading to insinuate...
  • Austerity Debate Will Give Voters A Clear Choice

    05/11/2012 4:35:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 11, 2012 | Editorial
    Economy: We can see the wheels turning in Democratic strategists' heads: Brand the GOP as the "austerity" party and watch the public recoil. Just like what happened in France. Well, maybe not. People get mad when you cut government spending. So don't cut government spending. Is that what Europe is telling us? To the Obama administration and its defenders, it's the lesson they'd prefer to draw. For if the Continent's recent leftward lurch is a revolt against deficit cutting, the Democratic Party's failure to rein in spending becomes a political virtue. It's the Republicans who become the party of "austerity."...
  • Urban Dictionary Definitions of: FReeper

    05/11/2012 4:33:14 PM PDT · by plaidness · 35 replies
    1. FReeper 86 up, 7 down Issues important to FReepers include: [...] 3) The FReeper is pro life except for illegal aliens (any brown non English speaking person), traffic violators and teenagers who walk across your lawn, all of whom can and should be shot in self defense. [...]
  • Jerry Brown submits tax petitions, says 'difficult' budget cuts next

    05/11/2012 4:22:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/11/12 | David Siders and Torey Van Oot
    In one choreographed appearance at the office of the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign to raise taxes appeared on Friday to take shape. A week after announcing he had collected enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot, Brown – accompanied by a new political consultant, the first lady and his dog – turned several boxes of them in. The event came just days before Brown is expected to propose deeper spending reductions in a budget revision Monday to deal with a deficit that likely has grown beyond $10 billion. The Democratic governor cast...
  • Flabby support for Menendez: Kyrillos remains a blank slate (NJ poll)

    05/11/2012 4:22:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) comfortably leads his Republican opponent, Joe Kyrillos, in a head-to-head matchup up by nine percentage points, according to the latest poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™. Although a quarter of New Jerseyans (24%) say they’re undecided, four-in-ten (42%) say they’d support Menendez if the election were held today, while a third (33%) would vote for Kyrillos. However, support for Menendez does not run deep. The poll also asked New Jerseyans if they’d support Menendez or “someone else,” and among these voters support for the senator drops off considerably to 30% from 42%, and the hypothetical...
  • Obama's Views on Distraction Have Evolved, Too

    05/11/2012 4:20:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 11, 2012 | Editor
    Election: Remember how candidate Barack Obama complained in 2008 that any discussion not involving the economy was a "distraction"? This time, his entire campaign is built on distracting voters from the economy. During his 2008 campaign, one of Obama's favorite words was "distraction." He constantly plugged it into his speeches and interviews to dismiss any controversy that might have erupted, or an issue he didn't particularly want to talk about. Questions about how Obama could have sat in the pews and listened to Rev. Wright's anti-American, race-baiting screeds for years? Distraction. Questions about his relationship with radical Bill Ayers? Distraction....
  • We reached our first goal of raising $15,000 for the first phase of our "Tell the Truth" ad campaign

    05/11/2012 4:10:21 PM PDT · by Syncro · 7 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 05/11/2012 | Tea Party Express HQ
    We reached our first goal of raising $15,000 for the first phase of our "Tell the Truth" ad campaign - thank you! Dear Friends, . We accomplished an important goal in the defense of Gov. Scott Walker and his conservative state reforms.  With the election just 25 days away, it was just in time.  Thanks to countless numbers of individual donors like yourself, we are now working hard to put the finishing touches on our first "Tell the Truth" ad that highlights the fiscal successes that Gov. Walker has achieved in his short time in office. . . We...