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  • Stephen Harper mentions ‘God’ twice in Canada Day tweet, and outrage erupts

    07/04/2014 3:04:09 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 24 replies
    Yahoo! Canada News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Andy Radia
    It may be nothing, but when Prime Minister Stephen Harper thanked God for keeping the country safe on Canada Day, he did so with the heaviest of thumbs and it did not go unnoticed. In one tweet, Canada's leader nearly doubled the amount of Godly references he has made this year, hammering the reference into a Canada Day message, twice. "God bless you all, and God keep our true north, strong and free!" reads a message posted to Harper's official Twitter account.
  • Hobby Lobby opponents: Supreme Court probably just legalized xenophobia, racism

    06/30/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The left has beenÂ… animated in their objections to the Supreme CourtÂ’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case which declared the mandate in the Affordable Care Act which forced employers to provide employees with abortifacients drugs over their religious objections to be unconstitutional. In spite of what many have characterized as the narrow and tailored ruling by the Court, some political and legal observers have determined that the ruling is a step toward the legalization of discrimination. One of the more creative arguments in this direction was submitted by NPRÂ’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. On Monday, she suggested...
  • Tired of Whining Homosexuals

    04/22/2014 6:15:18 PM PDT · by kathsua · 25 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | April 22, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    I feel sorry for homosexuals because they are afflicted with a birth defect they seem unable to understand. However, I'm tired of them and their supporters harassing those who don't accept their peculiar social views. A growing body of scientific research indicates that homosexuals are born with the brain of one sex and the body of the other. A homosexual male's brain is similar to a heterosexual female's brain. A homosexual female's brain is similar to a heterosexual male's brain. In other words the people who think they are homosexuals are really transsexuals. Thus, homosexuality might be treatable with a...
  • 'Phil Robertson made me feel unsafe in my own home':

    12/30/2013 9:00:19 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 133 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2013 | ALEX GREIG and ASHLEY COLLMAN
    A closeted gay student living in West Monroe, Louisiana has written a powerful essay, criticizing the town's most famous residents - Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. In an essay posted on Times-Picuyne columnist Robert Mann's blog, the communications student writes that Robertson probably didn't mean to hurt anyone with his statements, he nonetheless created a hostile environment. 'He encouraged - hopefully unintentionally - a two-week-long "fag bashing" in Monroe and around the world. He made me feel unsafe in my own home. I can't count how many times I heard "faggot" over the Christmas visit home.'
  • ‘I can’t be gay in northeast Louisiana.’ A ULM student’s powerful message to Phil Robertson

    12/29/2013 8:32:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Something Like The Truth ^ | December 28, 2013 | Robert Mann
    [I had hoped to find a young person, like this University of Louisiana-Monroe student, to interview before I wrote my Times-Picayune column for Sunday's paper. I didn't find him in time, but on Saturday morning, I did find him. And he agreed to write about his experiences for this blog, anonymously. It's very powerful stuff. I hope you'll read it and share it. His message needs to be heard. - Bob Mann] By Anonymous Bob Mann recently wrote a post from the perspective of a young lesbian girl that really painted an accurate picture of LGBTQ life in Ouachita Parish....
  • Where Are the Arrests Over the World War II Memorial Protest?

    10/14/2013 5:09:44 PM PDT · by kristinn · 99 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Colbert I. King
    A crowd of demonstrators converge upon U.S. government property closed to the public. The demonstrators know that they are prohibited from entering the property. Nonetheless, they push through the metal barricades, chanting, “Tear down these walls.” That incident occurred yesterday at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Not confining their protest to the World War II Memorial, some of the protesters then picked up the government’s metal barricades and carried them blocks away to the White House, where the barricades were deposited outside the gates. Television recorded police struggling to keep the protesters away from the White...
  • Mitt Romney: How to Lose the Most Important Election of our Time by not Really Trying

    09/22/2012 8:28:48 AM PDT · by Stepan12 · 191 replies ^ | September 21, 2012 | Don Feder
    Mitt Romney is losing the most important election of our lifetime. Don’t be deceived by the polls that show him “within the margin of error.” Don’t put your faith in last minute media-buys from the campaign’s gargantuan war chest. Don’t expect the debates to turn things around. The president may not be an electrifying speaker, but he knows how to demagogue. His message will be: I love the middle class; Mitt Romney wants tax cuts for millionaires and eats children. And, don’t count on the fact that public opinion is against Obama on almost every significant issue. (At no time...
  • To Bill Kristol, Et Al: Shut The Heck Up!

    09/21/2012 10:07:34 AM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 21 replies
    The Average American Blog ^ | 09/21/12 | The AverageAmericanBlogger
    We are in serious trouble people! We are facing an existential threat. And you’re shooting off round after round of friendly fire? What the heck is wrong with you? Did your Ivy League educations leave you incapable of common sense? Do you just have a desperate need to fit in at Washington Christmas parties? It’s enough to make you wonder whose side you’re on. Maybe you could point that gun in the other direction? (Rhetorically speaking, of course…eyeroll)
  • Krauthammer To Muslim Protestors In Egypt: “Go To Hell”

    09/12/2012 6:17:07 AM PDT · by el_texicano · 104 replies
    Tammy Bruce Live Wire ^ | September 11, 2012 | Tammy Bruce
    Via Daily Caller: “That statement is an embarrassment. That is a hostage statement. That’s a mob of al-Qaeda sympathizers in Egypt, forcing the United States make a statement essentially of apology, on 9/11 of all days, for something we’re not responsible. I would issue a statement saying to the mob, ‘go to hell.’ The way America works, the way democracy works is that everybody has a right to express themselves. We don’t police our speech. And you ought to apologize to the United States for storming the embassy and the violation of the ultimate sacred principle of democracy, which is...
  • GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan (GOP operatives strike again like 2008)

    08/14/2012 11:22:58 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | Tuesday August 14, 2012
    “I think it’s a very bold choice. And an exciting and interesting pick. It’s going to elevate the campaign into a debate over big ideas. It means Romney-Ryan can run on principles and provide some real direction and vision for the Republican Party. And probably lose. Maybe big,” said former President George W. Bush senior adviser Mark McKinnon. Joked another: “The most popular phrase in Washington right now is: ‘I love Paul Ryan, but …’” And the more pessimistic strategists don’t even feign good cheer: They think the Ryan pick is a disaster for the GOP. Many of these people...
  • See, I Told You So: Football in Trouble

    05/07/2012 2:33:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Rush ^ | May 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    >BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 24. Snerdley, listen to this. This is ABC's This Week. It's the roundtable on Sunday. Jacob Tapper was sitting in for George Stephanopoulos, who's sitting in for -- or no. Stephanopoulos, I guess, is permanent now. And Jake Tapper says to George Will, "George, is football in trouble, or is this just the media making a muck?" WILL: It's in trouble for two reasons. First of all: The human body is not built for the violence that is inherent in football at the highest level. Second: People are gonna watch football differently...
  • Goldman's Jim O'Neill: 'What Is The Matter With Everyone?'

    10/03/2011 6:25:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 10/02/11 | Sam Ro
    Goldman's Jim O'Neill: 'What Is The Matter With Everyone?' Sam Ro That's the question Jim O'Neill poses in his weekly letter, which is sarcastically titled Let's Worry About Everything. O'Neill, who is the reason why we say BRICs, argues that last week's economic and corporate news was "benign" and that the market selloff seemed uncalled for: Judging by the price action, market participants seem to be increasingly convinced of imminent recessions in Europe and the US as well as a prolonged period of “Japanisation,” in which positive GDP growth struggles to keep ahead of a weaker underlying growth trend. If...
  • UN rights chief seeks details on Bin Laden killing

    05/03/2011 5:31:13 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 127 replies
    GENEVA – The U.N.'s top human rights official says the global body wants details on the death of Osama bin Laden. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the raid on the al-Qaida leader's hideaway in Pakistan "was a complex operation, and it would be helpful if we knew the precise facts surrounding his killing." Pillay has frequently stressed the importance of respecting international law during counter-terror operations
  • Washington Post Writer 'Cringes' at Sight of 'Vulgar' Americans Celebrating Bin Laden's Death

    For the Washington Post's Petula Dvorak the sight of American college kids celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden outside of the White House gates, on Sunday night, was "almost vulgar." In a May 2 story Dvorak described the scenes of joy as "one part Mardi Gras and two parts Bon Jovi concert" but then went on to say "It felt a little crazy, a bit much. Almost vulgar" and went on to admit "my first reaction was a cringe."
  • "Put the brakes" on nuclear power plants: Lieberman

    03/13/2011 10:32:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 97 replies
    REUTERS ^ | March 13, 2011 | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - The United States should "put the brakes on" new nuclear power plants until fully understanding what happened to the earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's homeland security panel said on Sunday.
  • Barbour's attitude toward slavery is willful ignorance

    04/15/2010 7:20:57 AM PDT · by laotzu · 43 replies · 928+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 4/15/10 | Eugen Robinson
    <p>It was bad enough when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proclaimed “Confederate History Month” without mentioning slavery, but at least he came to his senses and apologized. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's contention that the whole controversy “doesn't amount to diddly” is much worse. “I don't know what you would say about slavery,” Barbour told CNN, “but anybody that thinks that you have to explain to people that slavery is a bad thing, I think that goes without saying.”</p>
  • The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work

    03/29/2010 11:06:42 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 204 replies · 4,107+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Mar 2010 | Howard Kurtz
    A handful of advertisers, such as Apple, have abandoned Fox altogether. Network executives say they believe they could charge higher rates if the host were more widely acceptable to advertisers.
  • Palin Says “Reload” and the Liberals Have a Cow

    03/28/2010 7:15:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies · 1,271+ views ^ | March 28, 2010 | Doug Giles
    For all the Ann Curry literalists out there, I do not “literally” mean that liberals had an actual cow after Palin told her conservative compadres to “reload” following their health care loss last week. It was a figure of speech. “Having a cow,” folks, simply means the Left overreacted to Sarah’s slang. It’s called hyperbole, Slingblade … y’know, an extravagant statement or an exaggeration not intended to be taken literally. Did you morons not get that memo in junior high? Maybe you were out that day smoking the devil’s lettuce and watching the Young and the Restless. My cow comment...
  • The Tea Party frightens me (ZOGBY, Arab American Institute) BARF!

    02/14/2010 3:50:08 PM PST · by maggief · 59 replies · 1,281+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | February 14, 2010 | JAMES J ZOGBY
    EXCERPT Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave the keynote address. While some media pundits dismiss her, poking fun at her lack of knowledge and verbal gaffes, I believe she must be taken seriously. She is a dangerous populist, who delights her following with crude appeals to patriotism, anger at Washington, resentment at all things "foreign" and her penchant for ridiculing, as "out of touch elites," a wide array of opponents. She may not know history or geography, but to her enthralled base she speaks the truth. Palin has touched the exposed nerve of anger and alienation of some elements...
  • Kobe-LeBron Nike ad features gun language

    01/31/2010 7:44:50 PM PST · by optiguy · 8 replies · 504+ views
    AP ^ | January 30, 2010 | BRIAN MAHONEY
    NEW YORK – An advertisement featuring the NBA's two biggest superstars includes a gun reference, the same week two players were suspended for carrying firearms to the locker room.
  • Plouffe to Dems: No 'bed-wetting'

    01/24/2010 6:58:02 PM PST · by myknowledge · 61 replies · 1,982+ views
    UPI ^ | January 24, 2010
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Democratic Party campaign strategy manager David Plouffe says now is not the time for "bed-wetting" after the party lost a Massachusetts Senate election. Plouffe, appointed by President Barack Obama to staunch further Democratic losses after Republican Scott Brown last week won the seat once held by the late Edward Kennedy, listed "no bed-wetting" in a Sunday Washington Post opinions piece as among the actions the party must take to recover in time for the 2010 midterm elections.
  • Kerry Warns of "Dangerous Atmosphere" Around Brown Rallies

    01/18/2010 1:34:25 PM PST · by milwguy · 98 replies · 2,939+ views
    NRO ^ | 1/18/2010 | daniel foster
    Kerry Warns of "Dangerous Atmosphere" Around Brown Rallies [Daniel Foster] Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) thinks Scott Brown’s rallies in the Bay State are “reminiscent of the dangerous atmosphere of Sarah Palin’s 2008 campaign rallies,” the Boston Globe is reporting. Kerry says Brown supporters have engaged in “bullying and intimidation tactics” in the past few days and suggests that some of them may even be from out of state (would the senator rather keep the race local?) “I'm no stranger to hard fought campaigns, but what we've seen in the past few days is way over the line and reminiscent...
  • Bill Press: Beck a 'Ticking Time Bomb'; Warns Ailes Will 'Be Sorry' They Gave Him a Show

    11/29/2009 1:35:55 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 185 replies · 7,836+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 29, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Glenn Beck - he has one of the highest-rated shows on the top cable news network. He's had a number of bestselling books and he's called attention to some unsavory characters working in the Obama administration. Yet - he's somehow considered to be a risky business decision for the powers in charge at Fox News. On CNN's Nov. 29 "Reliable Sources," host Howard Kurtz pointed out Glenn Beck accusing Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., of "hooking" for the so-called $300 million "Louisiana Purchase" provision of the health care bill. "He's talking there about Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who did get a...
  • DNC: Sarah Palin is "Dangerous"

    11/20/2009 2:42:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies · 1,883+ views
    Communist Broadcasting System ^ | 11/20/09 | Stephanie Condon
    With Sarah Palin in the spotlight as she continues her nationwide media and book tour, the Democratic National Committee is suggesting to its supporters that the former GOP vice presidential candidate could pose a real threat to the Democratic agenda. In a fundraising e-mail sent out Friday, Organizing for America -- the community organizing component of the DNC founded in the wake of Barack Obama’s inauguration -- said it is aiming to raise $500,000 in the next week "to help push back against Sarah Palin and her allies."
  • CNN Investigates: Who Are the Oathkeepers? (video)

    11/18/2009 4:23:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 1,306+ views
    CNN ^ | Nov, 18, 2009
    "Our role is to defend the Constitution."
  • NBC’s David Gregory Worries Protestors Are One Step Away From OK City Bombing

    09/20/2009 12:01:53 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 126 replies · 3,644+ views ^ | September 20, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    Civility … Nuance. Just much too much in one short sound bite. NBC’s David Gregory wonders if protesters are budding Tim McVays … Obama calls for civil discourse (I’m sorry?) and then says protesters just want TV time ( I know, I know) …But we start with … “We have examples of anti government violence in the mid 90’s .. do you worry about that?”. Yup … those grandmas and grandpas and housewives I saw … no question … I can see the link between them and Tim McVay. Scary.
  • Not America's Proudest Moment

    09/13/2009 2:22:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies · 2,210+ views
    CBS ^ | 9/13/09 | Bob Schieffer
    Forget Bipartisanship, Comity or Civility - Schieffer Says Mindless Meanness Has Invaded the Public Commons (CBS) That was not a State of the Union speech we heard the other night, but it had all the trappings - and when that Congressman hollered "You lie!" at the President, we did get a snapshot of the nation's state. It was not a pretty picture. The country is in an angry mood - people are frustrated, tempers are short, congressmen are being shouted down at town hall meetings (where constituents sometimes show up with guns), and at rallies like the one yesterday in...
  • 'You Lie:' Joe Wilson outburst sets bad example for kids

    09/11/2009 8:23:59 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 80 replies · 1,647+ views
    by Amber Watson-Tardiff Friday September 11, 2009, 3:58 PM Just a week ago, Republicans all over the country were outraged that President Barack Obama would dare to indoctrinate their children by asking them to "work hard" and "stay in school" via national telecast. But the behavior of Joe Wilson (R- SC) during the President's health care speech on Wednesday night was far more detrimental to middle school and high school kids. It set an example of disrespect and selfishness to those who look up to Wilson as a role model and leader in this country. If you missed the outburst,...
  • Glenn Beck Has Gone from Crazy Talk to Dangerous Incitement (Cue spooky music)

    08/29/2009 10:14:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies · 4,430+ views
    Associated Content ^ | August 29, 2009 | Jeff Musall
    The American conservative movement has devolved into an all fear movement, hopping from one hot-button "fear this" specter to another with a propaganda machine that would make many a fear-monger of the past blush. Fear "death panels." Fear the Marxist in the closet. Fear "government." Fear the imagined civilian "security force" being built. Fear ACORN and SEIU, Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders. He sees ACORNs everywhere, and imagines Marxists in every closet. His favorite term for government advisers and department heads is "CZAR." and it's not an accident. He uses it to further fears that somehow, once again, the Commies...
  • The Guns of August (NY Slimes Frank Rich scared for Obama's safety)

    08/23/2009 12:00:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies · 1,915+ views ^ | August 23, 2009 | Frank Rich
    “IT is time to water the tree of liberty” said the sign carried by a gun-toting protester milling outside President Obama’s town-hall meeting in New Hampshire two weeks ago. The Thomas Jefferson quote that inspired this message, of course, said nothing about water: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” That’s the beauty of a gun — you don’t have to spell out the “blood.” The protester was a nut. America has never had a shortage of them. But what’s Tom Coburn’s excuse? Coburn is a Republican senator from...
  • Left protests too much over the town halls

    08/23/2009 9:52:08 AM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies · 772+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 22, 2009 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    Protesters and citizens asking angry questions have flooded the "town halls" where congressional representatives have tried to sell President Obama's health care reform agenda to the American people. The protesters have stolen the show, with 69 percent of Americans telling pollsters they are following the story closely. Town-hall-goers -- some raucous -- are probing costs, are raising questions about government encroachment on private life, and are deploring the fact that few legislators seem to have read the 1,000-page health care reform bill. Democrats have often had trouble answering credibly. The protesters are having an impact. Last week, the administration appeared...
  • Packing Iron Before the Cameras (NYT Editorial)

    08/21/2009 5:05:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies · 1,983+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2009
    It is hard to know what is more shocking: the sight of a dozen Americans showing up to flaunt guns outside the venue for President Obama’s speech in Phoenix on Monday, or the fact that the swaggering display was completely legal. We are all familiar with the right to bear arms and the noisome extremes indulged by its zealots. But is there no sense of simple respect due the nation’s elected leader when he ventures forth among the citizenry? One man strutted through the crowd with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle slung over his shoulder. (That weapon was banned in...
  • Detainees Shown CIA Officers' Photos

    08/20/2009 7:08:37 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 66 replies · 2,198+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 20 | Peter Finn
    Justice Dept. Looking Into Whether Attorneys Broke Law at Guantanamo - The Justice Department recently questioned military defense attorneys at Guantanamo Bay about whether photographs of CIA personnel, including covert officers, were unlawfully provided to detainees charged with organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to sources familiar with the investigation... The photos were taken by researchers hired by the John Adams Project, a joint effort of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, to support military counsel at Guantanamo Bay, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of...
  • Popeyes Story Sparks Newsroom Race Debate

    04/24/2009 6:37:35 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 44 replies · 2,370+ views
    Rachel's Take I was a little concerned tonight about the Popeye’s story. Not because I don’t think it was a legitimate story. Customers called our newsroom wanting us to do the story about the chain running out of chicken after promoting a big special. They said the Lake Ave. location had long lines of cars. When we went to the Lake Ave. Popeye’s, there were indeed long lines of cars. Some people took it in stride. Other people were downright angry. A few people made jokes. The idea of people up in arms over chicken was pretty funny. I think...
  • Bush's Torture Prisons ( Need I say "Barf Alert!" )

    04/10/2009 9:47:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 781+ views ^ | April 10, 2009 | Eugene Robinson
    WASHINGTON -- It's no longer possible to mince words, or pretend we didn't know. The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced" interrogation methods, used on "high-value" terrorism suspects, plainly constituted torture. The time for euphemisms is over and the time for accountability has arrived. The Red Cross report -- published this week in its entirety for the first time by The New York Review of Books -- is a stunning account of how the Bush administration spat on our laws, traditions and ideals. I realize that many Americans, given...
  • 'War on terror' was a mistake, says Miliband

    01/14/2009 7:26:16 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 1,239+ views ^ | January 15, 2009 | Julian Borger
    The foreign secretary, David Miliband, today argues that the use of the "war on terror" as a western rallying cry since the September 11 attacks has been a mistake that may have caused "more harm than good". In an article in today's Guardian, five days before the Bush administration leaves the White House, Miliband delivers a comprehensive critique of its defining mission, saying the war on terror was misconceived and that the west cannot "kill its way" out of the threats it faces. British officials quietly stopped using the phrase "war on terror" in 2006, but this is the first...
  • Global Warming May Become the Instigator of World War IV (Green-Moonbat barf)

    01/04/2009 12:57:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 529+ views ^ | January 4, 2009 | Eric Leech
    Global warming is the cause of a number of damaging effects to the earth and its inhabitants, such as climate change, glacier retreat, rising sea levels, and now we may have a new threat on the horizon... world war! According to the 2007 CNA Corporation report, there is clear indication that as the tensions of global warming continue to heat up, so may the possibilities of war. There are two obvious factors which will be the cause of the increasing threat of war: 1.Crowding and Territorial Tensions- The number one cause of such tensions will be the migration of different...
  • Scientists warn Christmas lights harm the planet

    12/24/2008 7:51:33 PM PST · by television is just wrong · 60 replies · 1,134+ views,23739,24839835-23272,00.html ^ | December 24, 2008 08:06am | By Graham Readfearn
    <p>SCIENTISTS have warned that Christmas lights are bad for the planet due to huge electricity waste and urged people to get energy efficient festive bulbs. CSIRO researchers said householders should know that each bulb turned on in the name of Christmas will increase emissions of greenhouse gases.</p>
  • Hand-Wringing Over Terrorism (Why the NYT can't call a terrorist a terrorist)

    12/14/2008 8:54:59 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies · 1,614+ views
    Powerline ^ | 12/14/2008 | John Hinderaker
    In today's column, the New York Times' Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, examines the paper's use (or non-use) of the words "terrorist" and "terrorism." It's a revealing exercise: "WHEN 10 young men in an inflatable lifeboat came ashore in Mumbai last month and went on a rampage with machine guns and grenades, taking hostages, setting fires and murdering men, women and children, they were initially described in The Times by many labels." "They were "militants," "gunmen," "attackers" and "assailants." Their actions, which left bodies strewn in the city's largest train station, five-star hotels, a Jewish center, a cafe and a hospital...
  • America's dark hour

    12/14/2008 6:16:25 PM PST · by crazyhorse691 · 34 replies · 2,130+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | December 12, 2008, 5:14 PM | The Oregonian Editorial Board
    A Senate committee report makes clear that top officials were responsible for abuse and torture A naked Iraqi detainee is attacked by dogs held by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib. It wasn't just a few bad apples. It never was. Of course, the Pentagon and the Justice Department wanted us to believe that the abuses that Americans carried out at Abu Ghraib were strictly the excesses of a small group of poorly trained and inadequately supervised reservists. But consider cases such as that of Imad Khudair, swept up in a raid and held for nine months in 2003, before being...
  • Kiefer Sutherland character Jack Bauer in 24 accused of 'glamorising torture'

    11/28/2008 8:49:23 AM PST · by melt · 43 replies · 1,001+ views ^ | 11/28/08 | Murray Wardrop
    Primary care specialist Dr Homer Drae Venters says the popular drama series should tone down the violence because viewers have "become accustomed to the idea of torture". Suffocating, electrocuting or drugging a suspect are all in a day's work for Bauer, played by Emmy Award winning actor Kiefer Sutherland. But in an article for medical Journal The Lancet, Dr Venters claims the show's hero Jack Bauer "makes torture popular" and warns that people are increasingly viewing such methods of interrogation as "acceptable". Dr Venters, of New York City University, said: "Jack Bauer makes torture popular. "We are tempted by the...
  • Black Dog Republicans

    10/23/2008 1:38:37 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 19 replies · 609+ views
    human events ^ | 10/23/2008 | Jed Babbin
    Black Dog Republicans by Jed Babbin 10/23/2008 Print This We’ve always had Yellow Dog Democrats from the South and some of Pelosi's puppies say they're Blue Dog Democrats. But now we have Black Dog Republicans. Their constant companions are depression and melancholy, the moods that often descended on Winston Churchill. He labeled them his “black dog.” There are two reasons the Black Dog Republicans fell prey to a depression equal to Churchill's. First is the constant chatter of the media, the Republican elite, and the Cassandra Republicans who are just as sure that John McCain will lose the election as...
  • Response to 9/11 was 'huge overreaction' - ex-MI5 chief

    10/17/2008 6:55:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 873+ views ^ | October 18, 2008 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    A former head of MI5 today describes the response to the September 11 2001 attacks on the US as a "huge overreaction" and says the invasion of Iraq influenced young men in Britain who turned to terrorism. In an interview with the Guardian, Stella Rimington calls al-Qaida's attack on the US "another terrorist incident" but not qualitatively different from any others. "That's not how it struck me. I suppose I'd lived with terrorist events for a good part of my working life and this was as far as I was concerned another one," she says. In common with Dame Eliza...
  • Palin's Failin' (Noonan Barf Alert)

    10/16/2008 10:11:33 PM PDT · by acsuc99 · 198 replies · 4,004+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/17/08 | Peggy Noonan
    But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for? For seven weeks I've listened to her, trying to understand if she is Bushian or Reaganite—a spender, to speak briefly, whose political decisions seem untethered to a political philosophy, and whose foreign...
  • Jumping Ship on McCain

    10/13/2008 12:23:38 PM PDT · by Obadiah · 35 replies · 1,133+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 10/13/08 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On CNN last evening both David Gergen and Ed Rollins echoed the current mantra that the "old" noble McCain is gone-and a "new" nastier one has emerged, largely because of his attacks on Ayers, perhaps his planned future ads on Wright, and a few unhinged people shouting at his campaign stops. Recently Christopher Buckley endorsed Obama, likewise lamenting the loss of the old noble McCain. New York Times columnist David Brooks dubbed Palin a "cancer," and he suggested that Obama's instant recall of Niehbuhr sent a tingle up his leg as Obama once did to Chris Matthews as well. A...
  • Concern in G.O.P. After Rough Week for McCain (GOP wimps approve of McCain's new nicer tone)

    10/11/2008 6:32:23 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 84 replies · 2,122+ views
    new york times ^ | 10/11/2008 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and ELISABETH BUMILLER
    After a turbulent week that included new disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin and signs that Senator John McCain was struggling to strike the right tone for his campaign, Republican leaders said Saturday they were worried that Mr. McCain was heading for defeat unless he brought stability to his presidential candidacy and settled on a clear message to counter Senator Barack Obama. Again and again, party leaders said in interviews that while they still believed that Mr. McCain could win over voters in the next 30 days, they were concerned that he and his advisers seemed to be adrift in dealing...
  • Fox's Beltway Boys say Obama's got it in the bag

    10/11/2008 3:20:19 PM PDT · by dascallie · 112 replies · 3,400+ views
    They just said it is a foregone conclusion that Obama's win ( my paraphrase). Good lord. Thanks guys. They say it would take a 3000 point rise in the stock market to save McCain now. The dems special interest agenda caused this debacle and the GOP takes the fall. Is there no justice? But WHY never any mention of the stinkin' muck and company Obama keeps?
  • (Vanity) McCain just surrendered tonight. Time to pick our favorites for 2012.

    10/10/2008 4:08:06 PM PDT · by pissant · 495 replies · 11,587+ views
    PA Times Vanity | 10/10/08 | Pissant
    McCain just killed all the momentum and enthusiasm of the last week with this simple sentence in response to an angry attendee at a rally tonight: “I have to tell you, he is a decent person, a person that you do not have to be scared [of] as president of the United States." “No, ma’am. He is a decent family man, citizen"
  • Gergen: McCain And Palin Should Calm Down The Unhinged McCainiacs

    10/10/2008 4:56:38 PM PDT · by pissant · 116 replies · 2,010+ views
    TPM ^ | 10/10/08 | staff
    As noted below, the story of the moment is not just the unhinged quality we're seeing from more and more McCainiacs at McCain-Palin rallies, but also the leading role McCain and Palin have played in whipping up all the anger. Here is establishmentarian David Gergen making the key point ( nice catch by HuffPo)... "There is a free-floating sort of whipping-around anger that could really lead to some violence," Gergen says. "And I think we're not far from that." More from Gergen: "I think it's really imperative the candidates try to calm people down." That's the story here: That not...
  • To All You Republicans Who Are Wringing Your Hands...

    10/04/2008 12:01:01 PM PDT · by StatenIsland · 268 replies · 4,485+ views ^ | 10/04/08 | sadstateofaffairs
    To All You Republicans Who Are Wringing Your Hands. You Listen Up, And Listen Good.... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John McCain may not be conservative enough for you. He certainly isn't liberal enough for many of us dems and ex-dems. BUT BY GOD HE'S AMERICAN ENOUGH AND THAT HAD BETTER BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US! Because if it isn't, we will lose our country to a communist/socialist agenda and we ain't NEVER gonna to recover. GOT IT? So light a fire under your collective butts and get moving! NOW! ____________________________________________ No, no, no....Not God Bless the DNC. God Damn the DNC....