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  • Fox News' Glenn Beck's right-wing rants go way too far, critics charge

    09/13/2009 3:53:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 222 replies · 5,987+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | September 13, 2009 | David Saltonstall
    Glenn Beck, the hottest right-wing voice on the air, worried aloud to his listeners the other day that powerful, sinister forces trying to destroy America might soon "shoot me in the head." But there's fear among his critics, including calmer conservatives, that the victim more likely will be one of Beck's many broadcast targets. After a summer of mob anger at town hall meetings on health care - some of which featured gun-toting protesters - and a burst of Beck-fanned hysteria over President Obama's back-to-school speech last week, the former top 40 deejay has emerged as a goofy dark...
  • Whole Foods drawn into health care debate ( Hitpiece alert )

    08/22/2009 2:23:21 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 29 replies · 1,214+ views
    The Statesman ^ | August 15th | Brian Gaar
    An online backlash is building against Whole Foods Market Inc. chief executive John Mackey, thanks to his op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal knocking President Barack Obama's proposed health care bill.
  • NBC Reporter Annoyed at Being Bypassed by Palin [MSM Snivels That Target Isn't Cooperating]

    07/21/2009 5:57:27 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 107 replies · 3,853+ views
    Conservatives4Palin.com ^ | 07/21/2009 | Tim Lindell
    Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU is trying to get one last ratings boost out of Governor Palin, running a "retrospective" series this week. The first entry was yesterday...of course it consists of pretty much nothing but criticism, but there are some interesting tidbits in there about the NBC policy toward Palin: "She knew when she came back that she came back to a different environment," Stapleton said. "I think it was -- and I hate to say it -- but I think the Thanksgiving pictures coming out of Channel 2 with a turkey getting slaughtered over her shoulder was her first...
  • And To Think She Could've Been President (Barf Alert!!!)

    07/06/2009 6:28:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies · 1,244+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 6, 2009 | RICHARD COHEN
    In his novel "The Plot Against America," Philip Roth imagined that Charles Lindbergh, an isolationist and an anti-Semite (but a hell of a flier), ran for president in 1940 and beat Franklin Roosevelt. In his novel "Fatherland," Robert Harris imagined a Britain that had succumbed to the Nazis. These works are categorized as "alternate history." Here is my contribution to the genre: Sarah Palin becomes president of the United States. Far-fetched? Not really. After all, Palin really was on the Republican ticket, and the Democratic candidate was both untested nationally and the first African-American to claim the nomination. A significant...
  • Half-Baked Alaska [Palin's people are ruining her]

    06/10/2009 5:17:11 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 87 replies · 2,185+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    Everyone seems to have a Sarah Palin story of ignored calls, mishandled invitations or unanswered e-mail. Disorganized is how one might charitably describe the Palin operation. "Basically, it's just rude," says one political operative who is a Palin fan. "They've been running the great snub machine. That's the reason the boys in the Republican Party are unhappy with her." That unhappiness has been building gradually in the past seven months, and it was on full display this week as the party faithful gathered for a fundraising dinner at which Palin originally was invited to speak. She was later uninvited, and...
  • Vatican insiders declare the Pope a 'disaster'

    03/19/2009 5:06:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 202 replies · 4,231+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/19/2009 | Nick Squires in Rome
    Pope Benedict's repeated gaffes and the Vatican's inability to manage his message in the internet era are threatening to undermine his papacy, Vatican insiders have said. The Holy See is struggling to contain international anger over the Pope's claim on his first official visit to Africa that Aids "cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems". The Pope's remarks about condoms, and a recent furore over his lifting of the 20-year excommunication of a British bishop who has questioned the Holocaust, has left him looking isolated and out of touch, prompting calls for a radical...
  • To journalists, Jindal is also "one of us." ( BARF )

    02/25/2009 11:21:09 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 962+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | February 24th | Michael Gerson
    And Jindal's résumé, intellectual confidence and command of policy make him the anti-Palin. Fairly or unfairly, media and intellectual elites (including some conservative elites) regard Gov. Sarah Palin as an inhabitant of another cultural planet. Jindal, while also religious and conservative, speaks the language of the knowledge class and will not be easily caricatured or dismissed. To journalists, policy experts and Rhodes scholars, Jindal is also "one of us."
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal not conservative enough for some in La.

    02/23/2009 10:27:32 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies · 1,373+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-23 | Cain Burdeau
    MONROE -- When Gov. Bobby Jindal talks to the nation Tuesday, he will be feted by the national Republican Party as the GOP's own man of hope -- an antidote to President Barack Obama. Louisiana's 37-year-old governor will deliver the GOP's response to Obama's national address, and it'll be a breakthrough moment. He'll be the talk of political junkies, and the conservative punditry will likely gush over him and his inspirational story, the Rhodes Scholar son of Indian immigrants. But there's a twist: Back home in Louisiana, a state that turns more Republican with every election cycle, Jindal is not...
  • A Genial Enforcer of Rome’s Conservative Line

    02/23/2009 7:11:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies · 590+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2009 | MICHAEL POWELL
    MILWAUKEE — For a few deeply unpleasant days, the Rev. David Cooper found himself in the crosshairs of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. It was 2003, and the priest had opined to a reporter that women should be ordained. Faraway bishops rumbled about censure. Then he picked up the telephone and heard the baritone of Milwaukee’s archbishop, Timothy Michael Dolan. Father Cooper immediately offered to resign. No, no, the archbishop replied, we just need to repair the damage. “He was very pastoral and caring,” Father Cooper recalled. And how was it resolved? “Oh, I agreed to recant,” he said. “He effectively...
  • Fallen oil prices a chink in Sarah Palin's armor ( attack alert )

    02/18/2009 7:32:25 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 38 replies · 1,293+ views
    AP Obama ^ | February 17th | Rachel D'Oro
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's first two years in office have been called a time of milk and honey, when the resource-rich state was flush with wealth from record oil prices. The second half of her term isn't looking so rosy as Palin faces her first major financial challenge as governor. The rapid decline of oil prices has left the state in a looming budget crisis and a late-entrant in the national recession. And that could have political repercussions for the former Republican vice presidential hopeful, who has signaled an interest in a 2012 presidential run but...
  • Six Vying To Become RNC Chair

    01/03/2009 3:43:32 AM PST · by careyb · 57 replies · 2,460+ views
    Washington ComPost ^ | 1/3/09 | Parry Bacon Jr
    Following an election that has left Republicans with no clear vision about how to regain power, the normally low-profile race to head the GOP's national committee has turned into a six-man showdown that has opened rifts along racial, regional and ideological lines. As Republicans debate their future, the contest for chairman of the Republican National Committee has become a proxy for the major questions at the center of the party's challenges: how to attract young and minority voters, win outside the South and counter an increasingly powerful Democratic majority. After Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman, sent party members a...
  • U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s trips to Africa called a ‘Jesus thing’ (HIT PIECE)

    12/21/2008 2:02:49 AM PST · by OKIEDOC · 31 replies · 2,484+ views
    NEWS OKLAHOMA ^ | December 21, 2008 | CHRIS CASTEEL
    WashingtonJourneys have cost taxpayers more than $187,000 since 1999 BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: December 21, 2008 WASHINGTON — In the past decade, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Tulsa has made at least 20 trips to Africa as part of a mission that he frequently describes in religious terms. Sen. Jim Inhofe Inhofe’s African trips have cost taxpayers more than $187,000 since 1999, according to a review of expenses Inhofe and staff members have submitted through the Armed Services Committee. Some of the trips have been taken on military planes that cost thousands of dollars an hour to operate. The military does...
  • ANOTHER FRONT PAGE AP HIT PIECE:Palin pipeline terms curbed bids

    10/25/2008 10:01:49 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 52 replies · 1,567+ views
    AP-Front Page ^ | 10-25-2008 | JUSTIN PRITCHARD and GARANCE BURKE
    Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows. Beginning at the Republican National Convention in August, the McCain-Palin ticket has touted the pipeline as an example of how it would help America achieve energy independence. "We're building a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline, which is North America's largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever, to flow those sources of energy...
  • Would Republicans accuse Joe the Plumber of voter fraud? (barf on the left side of the road alert)

    10/17/2008 7:48:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies · 790+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 10/17/2008
    In a case that has now gone to the Supreme Court for review, Republicans in Ohio are challenging the registrations of all new voters whose names and other information do not exactly match those in government databases. It turns out that one of the present Ohio voters who could have fallen into this category is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher - or is it Worzelbacher? - otherwise known as Joe the Plumber.The man John McCain lionised in Wednesday night's debate has since had every aspect of his life scrutinized by the media. They've uncovered some contradictory facts, to say the least: He's...
  • Examiner.com Attacks Gov. Palin’s Unborn Grandchild

    10/05/2008 10:06:43 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 41 replies · 1,132+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 2008-10-05 | Warner Todd Huston
    Warner Todd Huston Examiner.com Attacks Gov. Palin’s Unborn Grandchild 2008-10-05 -By Warner Todd Huston Ben Kamin: In Year 2024 Palin’s Grandchild a ‘Bastard,’ Loser Palin Operates a ‘Lenscrafters,’ Hates Grandson Apparently, Rabbi Ben Kamin thinks he’s a funny guy. Yes, he must be auditioning for SNL with his latest column on the Examiner.com, a Denver based, Internet news service. You see, to devise the newest way to smear Governor Sarah Palin, the “Rabbi” thought it would be hilarious to wonder what the life of Palin’s grandchild, son-to-be of Palin’s daughter Bristol, will be like in the year 2024. This odious...
  • McCain Leaps Into a Thicket

    09/25/2008 9:32:01 PM PDT · by steve-b · 39 replies · 1,467+ views
    NYT ^ | 9/25/08 | Adam Nagourney & Elisabeth Bumiller
    Senator John McCain had intended to ride back into Washington on Thursday as a leader who had put aside presidential politics to help broker a solution to the financial crisis. Instead he found himself in the midst of a remarkable partisan showdown, lacking a clear public message for how to bring it to an end. At the bipartisan White House meeting that Mr. McCain had called for a day earlier, he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting....
  • McCain Aide’s Firm Was Paid by Freddie Mac

    09/23/2008 6:06:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 55 replies · 161+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | September 23, 2008 | JACKIE CALMES and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON — One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement. The disclosure undercuts a statement by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years. ~ snip ~
  • Palin's policies in Alaska weighted toward development

    09/22/2008 11:37:49 AM PDT · by gridlock · 15 replies · 262+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/22/08 | Kim Murphy - LA Times Staff Writer
    BARROW, ALASKA -- Federal scientists flying over the Arctic Ocean last month spotted something nearly unprecedented during their annual count of bowhead whales: nine polar bears in the open sea, miles from anywhere. One was swimming 60 miles off Barrow. A flight a week or so later found five bears plying their way through the swells. The findings wouldn't have been so alarming -- they are powerful swimmers -- except that their likely destination, the sea ice on which the predators depend for survival, had retreated 400 miles offshore.
  • Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

    09/21/2008 7:36:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 74 replies · 444+ views
    Los Angees Times ^ | September 21, 2008 | Kim Murphy
    Queries are directed through the McCain campaign machine. Her political capital at home is eroding.Jerry McCutcheon went to Sarah Palin's office here last week to request information about the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, the scandal that for weeks has threatened to overshadow the governor's role as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate. McCutcheon was given a phone number in Virginia to call: the national headquarters of the McCain-Palin campaign. Why, he wanted to know, did he have to call a campaign office 4,300 miles away to find out what was going on in Alaska government?...
  • Former Wasilla museum director, now Hilo resident, criticizes Palin

    09/13/2008 10:06:29 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 43 replies · 466+ views
    AP
    Former Wasilla museum director, now Hilo resident, criticizes Palin http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080913/BREAKING01/80913063/-1/LOCALNEWSFRONT (blocked site, link only)