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  • DREAMers deserve freedom from fear

    08/10/2014 9:14:53 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 49 replies
    Star Democrat ^ | August 10, 2014 | STEVEN AND COKIE ROBERTS
    Karina Velasco paid her way through college by cleaning office buildings in downtown Washington for five hours every evening. She did her schoolwork after getting home at midnight, and is on track to receive her degree in social work next spring. Karina is a model citizen except for one thing. She’s an illegal immigrant. She crossed the border without papers from her home in Mexico 10 years ago, whresponsibleaying for damages to car,medical bills.etc,etc.en she was 14. Under a program initiated by President Obama in 2012, Karina is one of about 550,000 young people, sometimes called “DREAMers,” who qualify for...
  • U.S. conservative 'Joe the Plumber' a union man? 'You betcha,' he says

    02/20/2014 2:31:30 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/19/14 | Brendan O'Brian
    (Reuters) - An Ohio man who rose to fame as "Joe the Plumber" by challenging then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on tax policy in 2008 has taken a unionized job with one of the U.S. Big Three automakers, he said on his website. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, a conservative, announced on Sunday that he recently had the "fortune of being hired by a great company", Chrysler Corporation, where all workers must be United Automobile Workers union members.
  • CNN Host Grills Wasserman Schultz About Thinking Christie’s Hiding Something While Obama Always

    01/09/2014 12:42:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-9-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    CNN Host Grills Wasserman Schultz About Thinking Christie’s Hiding Something While Obama Always Claims to Be in the Dark Bridget Johnson CNN host Don Lemon grilled Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on how it’s OK to assume Chris Christie is hiding something while assuming that President Obama is always forthcoming. Wasserman Schultz was eager to spread the message that the New Jersey governor had committed wrongdoing, a news drop that conveniently steered attention away from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ revelations a day earlier about Hillary Clinton. “I think the investigation that is ongoing is going to —...
  • The Phil Robertson mess. Why isn't gq catching hell?

    12/20/2013 2:50:28 PM PST · by A Cyrenian · 49 replies
    gq published the story. No one put a gun to their head. Why isn't the interviewer having to answer questions? Weren't they the ones holding the weapon?
  • A&E declares war on 'Duck Dynasty's' Christian values

    12/19/2013 8:48:56 AM PST · by rhema · 122 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 19, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Duck Dynasty has been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. By now you probably know that A&E indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, for following the teachings of the Holy Bible. Nothing says tolerance and diversity by silencing the Christians and shoving them in a closet. Between you and me, I think Duck Dynasty ought to indefinitely suspend A&E. Phil ran afoul of intolerant leftwing bullies after making comments about homosexuality to GQ magazine. When the writer asked Phil what he considered to be sinful behavior, he replied: “Start with homosexual behavior and just...
  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Fired Following Anti-Gay Remarks

    12/18/2013 4:47:00 PM PST · by Blue Turtle · 649 replies
    Variety ^ | Dec. 18, 2013 | AJ Marechal
    <p>A+E Networks, parent company of A&E, has released the following statement to Variety: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”</p>
  • SurveyUSA: Only 35% of Missourians Say Akin Should Stay in Race (someone took the poll)

    08/20/2012 9:00:50 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/20/2012 | John McCormack
    A SurveyUSA poll conducted Monday finds that only 35 percent of Missouri adults think Akin should stay in the Senate race, while 54 percent of Missourians think he should drop out. Akin has until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to drop out of the race. SurveyUSA also asked respondents: "The candidate who made the comments, Todd Akin, now says that he mis-spoke. Do you think he mis-spoke?" Only 32 percent say that Akin misspoke, while 52 percent say he did not.
  • Major GOP Candidates Boycott Univision Debate Over Rubio Flap [follow Perry, Huntsman lead]

    10/04/2011 1:24:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2011
    The Univision-Marco Rubio flap over whether the network tried to strong-arm the Florida Senator is widening. On Tuesday, presidential candidates Rick Perry and John Huntsman said they were boycotting an upcoming televised debate on Univision, scheduled for January 29th, because they say the network treated Rubio unethically, according to The Miami Herald. A short while later, Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney joined the boycott, Fox News Latino confirmed.
  • Elon John Sings At Limbaugh’s Fourth Wedding [MSM Takes Swipe At Limbaugh Singer Choice!]

    06/06/2010 11:18:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 74 replies · 177+ views
    NBCTodayShow ^ | June 06, 2010
    Elon John Sings At Limbaugh’s Fourth Wedding Openly gay singer was reportedly paid $1 million to perform at event Singer Elton John received a $1 million fee to perform in front of 400 guests celebrating radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding Saturday night, People Magazine reports. Limbaugh, 59, wed Kathryn Rogers, 33, at the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Limbaugh is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage while John is openly gay and in a civil partnership with male partner David Furnish. Celebrity guests at the wedding reportedly included former Bush adviser Karl Rove, baseball slugger George Brett,...
  • McCollum hires lobbyist pal to sue over ObamaCare

    03/26/2010 10:35:45 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 396+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | March 23rd | Drive Bys
    Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum said yesterday that his lawsuit to block Congressional health reform has been handled in house. But now it looks like he has hired an old friend to help out, David Rivkin. A former Reagan-era Department of Justice lawyer, Rivkin's not just a co-author of an early anti-health reform article (more here). He's a lawyer at the firm of Baker & Hostetler, which hired McCollum for the few years in between his politician jobs as Congressman and state Attorney General. McCollum and Rivkin appeared to have lobbied together before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the...
  • NYT Jumps on Arrest of ACORN 'Pimp' - Yet Waited 6 Days to Report ACORN Revelations

    01/28/2010 4:00:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 399+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/28/10 | Clay Waters
    When the ACORN scandal broke, the New York Times dragged its feet for six days before issuing a story on the devastating footage from conservative activist and guerilla film-maker James O'Keefe, who caught on video the left-wing housing group giving advice to a "prostitute" and "pimp" on how to shelter illegal income from taxes. But following Tuesday afternoon reports of the Monday arrest of O'Keefe for attempting to tamper with the phones of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Times wasted no time issuing a story for Wednesday's print edition.
  • Disgraced Evangelical Leader Ted Haggard Says He Struggles With Sexuality

    12/19/2008 8:28:18 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 48 replies · 1,635+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2008
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard says in a new documentary that he still struggles with his sexuality yet is committed to his marriage for the sake of his children. Haggard, 52, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and was fired as senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs in November 2006 after a former male prostitute went public with allegations that Haggard paid him for sex and used methamphetamine. A father of five, Haggard had said he bought the drugs but never used them. He confessed to undisclosed "sexual immorality" and...
  • McCain and the Blackberry -- Yesterday's gotcha attempt by the MSM

    09/18/2008 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GVnana · 5 replies · 171+ views
    UPI ^ | 9/17/2008 | UPI
    McCain 'laughed' at BlackBerry comment MIAMI, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- John McCain's presidential campaign has quickly backed away from an adviser's statement that seemed to indicate the Republican helped "create" the BlackBerry. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, one of the Arizona lawmaker's top economic advisers, cited McCain's tenure as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee during a briefing with reporters on the GOP candidate's plans for the Wall Street crisis, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) reported Tuesday. "He didn't have jurisdiction over financial markets, first and foremost,'' Holtz-Eakin said of McCain's experience on the committee. Excerpt. ______________________________________________________ See related stories: "some in the...
  • DHP Review: Religulous (Bill Maher's anti-religion film)

    08/21/2008 12:31:23 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 222+ views
    www.dirtyharrysplace.com ^ | August 21st, 2008 | Dirty Harry
    DHP Review: Religulous Posted by Dirty Harry on Thursday, August 21st, 2008 While more entertaining and better paced, director Larry Charles‘ Religulous can’t help but remind of Morgan Spurlock’s dreadful Where In The World Is Osama bin Laden?, especially at the end where both films are undone by their attempts to close on serious points the preceding 90 minutes of antics simply can’t sustain. It’s surprising Charles let this one get away from him. After all, he also directed Borat, and one of the few saving graces of that humiliation-fest was that it never lost sight of the fact that...
  • GOTCHA! (You won't believe it!)

    05/28/2008 9:32:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 244+ views
    The Scoop ^ | May 27, 2008 | Ernest Partridge
    A Democrat campaigning for the White House must feel like a soldier advancing through a mine field. At any moment, he or she is one step away from being blown out of the contest. And the poor wretch is surrounded by a ravenous mob of media hounds, each of whom is eager to set off the fatal charge. Gotcha! Still worse, almost all the media volleys are fired toward the port side. If a Republican or (so-called) “conservative” makes a gaffe, as they do almost daily, their “misspeak” is usually politely ignored. Or if it is simply too awful to...
  • Islamaphobia, 'She Wasn't Dressed Right' (Barf Alert)

    02/26/2008 9:16:48 PM PST · by penelopesire · 94 replies · 257+ views
    ABC NEWS Primetime ^ | Feb. 26, 2008 | ANN SORKOWITZ and JULIE N. HAYS
    "The Sept. 11 attacks, the Iraq war and suicide bombings worldwide have changed not only the way we live but the way we look at those around us, especially Muslims. "Islamophobia" has entered the American vernacular, and the anti-Muslim attitudes and prejudice it describes remain common. Content Special Section: What Would You Do?But what if you witnessed "Islamophobia" in action and saw someone being victimized because of someone else's prejudices? What would you do? ABC's production crew outfitted The Czech Stop, a bustling roadside bakery north of Waco, Texas, with hidden cameras and two actors. One played a female customer...
  • Will Smith Blasts Gossip Sites for Misinterpreting Quote About Hitler

    12/25/2007 9:33:24 PM PST · by winstonwolf33 · 84 replies · 405+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/25/07 | Associated Press
    <p>LOS ANGELES — Will Smith is angry over celebrity gossip Web site articles that he said misinterpreted a recent remark he made in a Scottish newspaper about Adolf Hitler. In a story published Saturday in the Daily Record, Smith was quoted saying: "Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good."' The quote was preceded by the writer's observation: "Remarkably, Will believes everyone is basically good." Over the weekend, dozens of celebrity gossip Web sites posted articles about the comment, many saying that Smith believed that Hitler was a "good" person. "It is an awful and disgusting lie," Smith said in a statement Monday provided by his publicist. "It speaks to the dangerous power of an ignorant person with a pen. I am incensed and infuriated to have to respond to such ludicrous misinterpretation." "Adolf Hitler was a vile, heinous vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet," read the statement.</p>
  • Inquistive New Hampshire Voter Reacts to Giuliani Remark

    08/21/2007 8:19:39 AM PDT · by hardback · 48 replies · 1,318+ views
    WBZ-TV ^ | Aug 20, 2007 9:16 pm US/Eastern | Jon Keller
    WBZ) BOSTON Giving the little people a chance to face off with "big people" is what makes the New Hampshire primary famous. Rudy Giuliani is the latest candidate to get caught off guard by a cut-to-the-chase question from a voter. I spoke with the Derry, New Hampshire woman who brought him up short, and she's feeling the heat for her question. Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien says she was just curious about the apparent lack of support for their father's candidacy by Giuliani's son and daughter from a previous marriage, but that query and Giuliani's dismissive reply have been the buzz of the...
  • Clay Aiken Undergo New Round of Attacks (Man alleges gay tryst with American Idol star)

    01/31/2006 8:18:28 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 43 replies · 2,236+ views
    Beavers on Idol ^ | 01/28/2006 | James Shepherd
    Clay Aiken and ClayNation Undergo New Round of Attacks by James Shepherd (2006/01/28) -------------------------------------------------------- There is nothing like a National Enquirer article to start a new tempest within the ClayNation. This is not the first time that the Enquirer has "picked on" Clay Aiken, but then, the Enquirer and other tabloids like to center on true celebrities because this is what gains them higher readership. Since Clay Aiken is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting and successful recording artists to have come out of American Idol, you really can not blame the Enquirer for doing its job well....
  • Big Media's High-Water Mark [Deep Throat Revives Memories of the Liberals' Heyday]

    06/02/2005 2:59:07 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 27 replies · 837+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 2, 2005 | James P. Pinkerton
    For the major media, Watergate was the "good war," in which purely heroic reporters brought down the thoroughly villainous Richard Nixon. So the belated revelation that W. Mark Felt was Deep Throat is being cheered by the press establishment - even if those cheers sound a bit like last gasps. Not surprisingly, The Washington Post ran seven self-back-patting articles yesterday, including two on the front page. But others in the Old Media joined in, too: Felt-is-"Throat" led all three nightly broadcast news shows and filled up countless other news holes. For the mostly liberal MSM - mainstream media - the...
  • 'I knew what I had right away' [Kevin Sites... still promoting himself.. and lying]

    05/31/2005 8:04:43 PM PDT · by saquin · 33 replies · 935+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 6/1/05 | Dan Glaister
    'This was a f---ing mess, man." Kevin Sites peers at the monitor in the bright Californian sunlight, trying to make out the images on the screen. But Sites doesn't really have to look. This is his film, his moment; the images on the screen ones that have come to define his life. [Barf Alert] Kevin Sites is the journalist who captured the moment when a young US army marine shot an equally young insurgent inside a mosque in Falluja in November last year. Sites' video, broadcast around the world, caused a storm. [snip] "I knew what I had right away,"...
  • Newsweek meets 21st century war

    05/20/2005 12:29:23 PM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 1,004+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-20-05 | Austin Bay
    It was classic "media gotcha," using the "Vietnam and Watergate" storyline of "United States bad, Third World good" -- but the phony story led to riots, deaths and an embarrassing retraction. I refer, of course, to Newsweek's "Koran flushing" story in the May 1 issue. The sin of greed creeps into every scandal, and it lurks behind this tragic incident. Newsweek wants "market share," and hot stories grab readers. But profit generated by a frantic "me first" quest isn't the only motive. The "Vietnam-Watergate" press template is also involved. "Vietnam-Watergate" is a tired and phony game. For three decades it's...
  • Backlash fear over Saddam pictures

    05/20/2005 9:37:12 AM PDT · by BullDog108 · 121 replies · 2,766+ views
    Thisislondon.co.uk ^ | 5/20/5 | Daily Mail
    Backlash fear over Saddam picturesDaily Mail Sensational pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underwear were printed last night - reigniting the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal. The toppled dictator is seen in his jail cell wearing nothing but white underpants as he folds a pair of trousers. Saddam is being held by U.S. guards and it is believed the photographs, printed in later editions of today's Sun, were taken by American sources. The newspaper would not say how it came by the pictures or give any details about how they were taken. But the humiliating image of such a high-profile prisoner...
  • Editor's Note Marshals Support for Embattled Embed in Rumsfeld Flap

    12/10/2004 5:01:20 PM PST · by rocksblues · 14 replies · 623+ views
    editor and publisher ^ | 12/10/04 | By E&P Staff
    NEW YORK In a front-page note to readers this morning, Tom Griscom, editor and publisher of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, quoted a local military spokesman and a top ethicist in defending his reporter Edward Lee Pitts, who prompted a U.S. soldier to put a challenging question to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld on Wednesday. He also quoted from an email from Pitts: “It is amazing these guys are defending freedom but don't want free speech in their own country." Griscom admitted that, in hindsight, “information on how the question was framed should have been included” in the reporter's story...
  • RUMSFELD SET UP; REPORTER PLANTED QUESTIONS WITH SOLDIER (DRUDGE SIREN)

    12/09/2004 9:22:17 AM PST · by Nascardude · 1,216 replies · 32,929+ views
  • You Can Blog, but You Can't Hide

    12/01/2004 10:35:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 2,971+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 2, 2004 | EUGENE VOLOKH
    GUEST OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Los Angeles Say that an I.R.S. agent leaks a politician's income tax return to a newspaper reporter, an act that is a federal felony. The newspaper may have a First Amendment right to publish the information, especially since it bears on a matter of public interest. The government, meanwhile, is entitled to punish the agent, to protect citizens' privacy and ensure a fair and efficient tax system. To punish the agent, prosecutors may need to get the leaker's name from the reporter; but if the reporter refuses to testify because of a "journalist's privilege" to protect confidential...
  • Media Bias - WHy expectations are higher for "The New York Times" (Joe Scarborough)

    11/18/2004 3:59:39 PM PST · by gab1279 · 12 replies · 920+ views
    Congressman Joe ^ | 11/18/04 | Joe Scarborough
    By now, you know the broadcast media stories involving Dan Rather and broadcast peers at CBS, but nowhere is media bias more pronounced at the newspaper of record, "The New York Times." Notice how, unlike most of those claiming the existence of media bias, I do not put the Times' description in quotation marks. That's because the Times is America's paper of record, and what they write impacts the world. Maybe that's why news observers like myself are concerned when liberal bias escapes the Times' editorial page and makes it to the front page in the form of a headline...
  • Chasing Its Tale- The Chron gets scooped on Bush - by one of its own (gotcha journalism)

    11/18/2004 4:45:05 PM PST · by weegee · 20 replies · 1,559+ views
    Houston Press ^ | Nov 11, 2004 | BY MICHAEL SERAZIO
    Between the end of the Republican National Convention and Election Day, the Houston Chronicle spent roughly 50,000 words on President George W. Bush and his campaign for re-election. Perhaps most impressive, one of its own columnists had major news to break on the race. He just didn't, umm, break it to the Chronicle. Russ Baker, a New York-based freelance journalist and contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review, had been circling the reporting waters around President Bush for several months, dialing up hundreds of possible sources for material on the commander in chief. "I just didn't think we really knew enough...