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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 ^ | 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...
  • 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 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, 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
    Former Wasilla museum director, now Hilo resident, criticizes Palin (blocked site, link only)
  • A Tangled Story of Addiction (Washington Compost hit piece on Cindy McCain)

    09/11/2008 11:18:40 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 32 replies · 494+ views
    A Tangled Story of Addiction Consequences of Cindy McCain's Drug Abuse Were More Complex Than She Has Portrayed By Kimberly Kindy Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 12, 2008; A01 When Cindy McCain is asked what issues she would champion as first lady, she often cites one of the most difficult periods of her life: her battle with -- and ultimate victory over -- prescription painkillers. Her struggle, she has said repeatedly, taught her valuable lessons about drug abuse that she would pass on to the nation. "I think it made me a better person as well as a better...

    09/11/2008 6:55:22 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 36 replies · 107+ views
    ME ^ | September 11, 2008 | Me
    Despicable even for AP!!!! Link:AP Hitpiece on Sarah Palin
  • Sarah Palin's Appeal To Working Class Women May Be Limited (MSM Pro Obama Hit Piece Alert)

    09/06/2008 11:46:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 46 replies · 522+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/07/2008 | Faye Fiore And Peter Wallsten
    But now, after a chaotic introductory week that sparked national debates on McCain's judgment, Palin's experience and even her teenage daughter's pregnancy, the initial signs are not entirely positive for the reinvigorated Republican ticket. Interviews with some two dozen women here after Palin's convention speech found that these voters were not swayed by the fiery dramatic speeches or compelling personal biographies that marked both the Republican and Democratic conventions. Instead, they were thinking about the price of milk -- nearly $5 a gallon -- or the healthcare coverage that many working families here cannot afford. Even if they admire Palin's...
  • Democrats in rural strongholds refuse to give backing to Obama (White Racism)

    06/08/2008 8:41:42 AM PDT · by Eurale · 78 replies · 80+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | June 8, 2008 | Paul Harris
    Johnny Telvor was not happy about Barack Obama becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Not happy at all. Standing outside the sturdy courthouse in the sweltering heat of a West Virginia afternoon in the small town of Williamson, Telvor smoked a cigarette and bluntly gave his opinion of Obama's historic mission to be America's first black president. 'We'll end up slaves. We'll be made slaves just like they was once slaves,' he said. Telvor, a white Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton in West Virginia's primary, said he planned to vote for Republican John McCain in November. 'At least he's an American,'...
  • 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...
  • Primary Choices: John McCain (Hit Piece on all Republican Candidates)

    01/25/2008 3:54:29 AM PST · by mware · 18 replies · 62+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: January 25, 2008 | editorial
    We have strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president. The leading candidates have no plan for getting American troops out of Iraq. They are too wedded to discredited economic theories and unwilling even now to break with the legacy of President Bush. We disagree with them strongly on what makes a good Supreme Court justice.
  • Mormons: A Plea for Candid Truth Telling

    12/20/2007 5:44:06 AM PST · by colorcountry · 2,503 replies · 1,396+ views
    Townhall ^ | 12/19/07 | By Bob Burney
    What has happened to the simple principle of telling the truth? That question should be posed to the Mormon community. I’m not an expert on anything—but I do know a little bit about Mormonism—or, as they prefer to be called, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). My father was a Mormon for several years and many of his family were Mormons. I have also spent a considerable amount of time reading LDS literature. Again, that doesn’t make me an expert, but at least educated. I have observed a notable change in the way the LDS Church...
  • The MSM Turns On Mike Huckabee (Hit Piece On Homosexual Agenda - AIDS Questionnaire Alert)

    12/08/2007 12:50:51 PM PST · by goldstategop · 82 replies · 144+ views
    Michelle ^ | 12/08/2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Just when he thought the media lovefest would never end–what with the deeply troubling open-borders and soft-on-crime charges of his critics failing to stick–GOP front-runner Mike Huckabee gets a Saturday surprise from the Associated Press, which dug up an old questionnaire probing his views on AIDS funding and homosexuality: Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could “pose a dangerous public health risk.” As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated...
  • Ron Paul: Trouble back home

    11/14/2007 3:06:10 AM PST · by Jean S · 140 replies · 677+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/14/07 | David Hill
    While Texan Ron Paul’s stock is soaring nationally, there is trouble on the home front. In September, Paul finished third in a straw poll of 1,300 Texas Republican activists who had been delegates to recent Republican conventions. The congressman corralled just 17 percent of the votes cast, trailing California’s Duncan Hunter with 41 percent. This outcome says Texas Republicans aren’t terribly concerned about viability. Otherwise, one of the national front-runners like Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney would have beaten these long-shots. But if they were willing to “waste” their votes on Hunter, why didn’t most back a fellow Texan? The...
  • Priest's resigning angers residents

    11/10/2007 9:00:42 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies · 39+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | November 10, 2007 | Sumathi Reddy
    Much has changed in the once-blue-collar neighborhood of Locust Point in South Baltimore. Factories have made way for pricey developments, watering holes have been displaced by upscale eateries. But the edifice on Fort Avenue, Our Lady of Good Counsel, has stood unaltered, long a pillar for the area's Catholics. Down the street is the Episcopal Church of the Redemption. A few blocks away is the Christ United Church of Christ, better known as the German Lutheran church. For more than 100 years, congregants from these three churches have gone to one another's dinners and carnivals, attended funerals and weddings together,...
  • Romney defends passing over GOP lawyers for judgeships

    11/05/2007 8:34:30 PM PST · by americanflyer1234 · 54 replies · 84+ views
    t a speech in Davie Monday hosted by the conservative Federalist Society, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney defended passing over GOP lawyers for judicial appointments. Of the 36 lawyers Romney nominated when he was governor of Massachusetts, 23 were registered Democrats or independents who donated to Democratic candidates or voted in Democratic primaries, according to an analysis by the Boston Globe that was circulated by rival Fred Thompson. Two appointees supported expanding gay rights. 'Romney's clear affinity for liberal activist Democrats on the bench in Massachusetts doesn't match well with the Federalist Society's belief in judges who `say what the...
  • Mitt's Big Bopper

    10/29/2007 12:53:00 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 24 replies · 45+ views
    the American Spectator ^ | 10/29/2007 | staff
    "I think being pro-life is more than saying you'll appoint strict constructionist judges," is what former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told reporters last week. He was talking about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but he could just as well be talking about himself. Romney, who for more than 35 years claimed to be avowedly pro-choice, and ran as such for the U.S. Senate and for the Bay State governorship, has been using his and his family's money to create a "pro-life" record. Earlier this year, his wife, Ann, was given an award by a Massachusetts pro-life organization after...
  • KDFW Suspends Rebecca Aguilar After Controversial "Ambush"

    10/17/2007 8:23:36 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 79 replies · 472+ views
    Monday night, KDFW-Channel 4 ran a piece about 70-year-old James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in West Dallas, who, early Sunday morning, shot and killed and man trying to break into his business. What made Walton's story so extraordinary was that it was the second time he'd killed an intruder in three weeks. As it happens, Walton also lives at his place of business. But today you will not find the Fox4 story on the station's Web site; there's a page for it, but no accompanying video. (Update: It's available here.) That's because Rebecca Aguilar's piece elicited...
  • US Colonel: Blackwater drew weapons on U.S. soldiers.

    10/12/2007 1:25:07 PM PDT · by RightCenter · 118 replies · 2,689+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Oct. 15, 2007 | Rod Nordland and Mark Hosenball
    The colonel was furious. "Can you believe it? They actually drew their weapons on U.S. soldiers." He was describing a 2006 car accident, in which an SUV full of Blackwater operatives had crashed into a U.S. Army Humvee on a street in Baghdad's Green Zone. The colonel, who was involved in a follow-up investigation and spoke on the condition he not be named, said the Blackwater guards disarmed the U.S. Army soldiers and made them lie on the ground at gunpoint until they could disentangle the SUV. His account was confirmed by the head of another private security company. Asked...
  • Fred Thompson Speaks on Same-Sex Marriage 10/2/07 (video)

    10/04/2007 11:23:21 AM PDT · by pissant · 25 replies · 519+ views
    Youtube ^ | 10/2/07 | Fred Thompson
    Here is Fred Thompson outlining his approach to defending traditional marriage by stopping judicial activism to promote same-sex marriage. Fred was speaking to the editorial board of the Des Moines Register. This is the complete video segment as opposed to a disingenuous cropped version of 1 minute also posted on YouTube.
  • Clarence Thomas and Rupert Murdoch

    10/04/2007 9:00:06 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Nation ^ | October 4, 2007
    The long-awaited publication of Clarence Thomas's memoir, "My Grandfather's Son," out Monday, makes you wonder: how come none of the presidential candidates have said a word about the Supreme Court in any of their debates? Three sitting justices are expected to resign in the next four years--and they're all on the liberal side: John Paul Stevens, David Souter, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The publication facts behind Thomas's book ought to be discussed by all the candidates: he received an advance of $1.5 million in 2003 from HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. If you thought the Court dealt with...
  • Early crisis led to dramatic turnaround [Thompson's teen marriage]

    09/30/2007 10:46:53 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 57 replies · 175+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 30 September 2007 | Michael Kranish
    LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - "Freddie! Freddie!" came the chant from nearly 3,000 people as towering Fred Thompson entered the final minutes of a pivotal game for his Lawrence County High School basketball team. Grabbing crucial rebounds, Thompson helped win the regional final. It hardly mattered that the team didn't survive the 1959 state tournament. Next year, Freddie would be a full-time star. But there would be no next year. Just as Thompson turned 17, his girlfriend became pregnant, and he married her in a small, quickly arranged ceremony. The high school rules were clear: Married students did not play sports. It...
  • Fred Fizzles; McCain a Hit; Dems Targeting two "Safe" Repubs

    09/23/2007 8:20:45 AM PDT · by Spiff · 415 replies · 144+ views
    Human Events ^ | 23 September 2007 | John Gizzi
    Fred Fizzlesby John Gizzi Human Events Posted: 9/23/2007 Mackinac Island, Mich.Going back to when Fred Thompson first began exploring a bid for the presidency earlier this year and his first speech before the Lincoln Club of Orange County, California, through his address to the American Legislative Exchange Council in Philadelphia where he was on the same billing as presidential rival right up to his dinner speech this evening to the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference here, there is a strong case to be made that the former television actor just doesn't live up to the advance reviews. Sure, Thompson can deliver...
  • DNC: Fred Brings His Follies to the Lone Star State

    09/19/2007 7:30:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 564+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | September 19, 2007 | Democratic National Committee Staff
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Washington lobbyist turned GOP Presidential candidate Fred Thompson is bringing his campaign follies to Texas today in an effort to woo southern voters. Thompson was supposed to add enthusiasm to the GOP race, filling the void of a true conservative, but his performance has been disappointing as he continues to make major gaffes across the country. The latest example took place Monday when Thompson announced that he would attend a debate in New Hampshire that had been canceled months ago. [Boston Globe, 9/18/07] And this past weekend in Florida, Thompson was caught completely off...
  • Jenna Bush, Engaged in a Tricky Role

    08/31/2007 7:11:30 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 53 replies · 2,815+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, August 26, 2007 | Robin Givhan
    Do not be fooled by Jenna Bush. She has wrapped herself in the golden glow of celebrity. But she is something else entirely. For almost seven years, the blond Bush twin has reveled in the trappings associated with Hollywood starlets -- from wearing made-to-order designer clothes to smiling brightly from the glossy pages of a Vogue photo spread. She has walked red carpets and swanned past velvet ropes. Like so many celebrities, she has taken on a cause -- education -- and is using her fame to stir interest and attract media attention to an upcoming book tour. She has...
  • Rudy Giuliani: [A] Nasty Man, Even to His Kids

    08/15/2007 2:19:08 PM PDT · by hardback · 71 replies · 2,437+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/15/7 2:07PM EST | In Other News section
    Wayne Barrett, the professional anti-Giuliani, has a piece in this week's Village Voice considering what might have made America's Mayor's daughter, Caroline, grow up to be a Barack Obama supporter. Some fun details of life at home with the Giulianis: 1. Rudy brought Caroline to City Hall on Take Your Daughters to Work Day in 1994 and 1995, his first two years as mayor, but never again — because by 1996 "the relationship between Giuliani and his twentysomething press secretary had so poisoned the marriage that all such family events were impossible." 2. The Giulianis went on a family vacation...
  • Will Rudy Giuliani's marriage hurt his chances? (puppy-stapler wife seen as Vick-type liability)

    07/31/2007 3:46:39 PM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies · 2,703+ views
    SALON ^ | Monday July 30, 2007 | Joan Walsh
    ......there have long been whispers that Giuliani's third marriage, not his two divorces, could be his biggest personal problem. Vanity Fair put its long-awaited profile of Judith (don't call her Judi!) Giuliani on the Web, and the whispers are about to get a lot louder. --SNIP-- Giuliani's wife is a political liability, and that isn't good........Giuliani has a pattern of terrible judgment, from promoting the integrity-challenged Bernie Kerik from his driver to police commissioner to (almost) Homeland Security chief to continuing to employ his friend, Monsignor Alan Placa, despite credible accusations he not only helped cover up child abuse in...
  • Giuliani's Princess Bride: Politics and Power

    07/31/2007 11:22:31 AM PDT · by OldGuard1 · 25 replies · 931+ views
    VanityFair ^ | September 2007 | Judy Bachrach
    Judith Giuliani always dreamed big, which got her out of small-town Pennsylvania, through two marriages, and into the arms of Rudy Giuliani. But, as her husband runs for president, people are asking, "Who does she think she is?" It was the first anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero, an occasion when the names of the dead were read aloud. The first reader was to be Rudy Giuliani, New York's mayor at the time of the disaster, whose actions during those terrible days would prove a political boon. An army of policemen flanked him?an excessive number, spectators thought, since, due to...
  • Giuliani Has Connection With Accused Priest

    07/22/2007 3:08:25 PM PDT · by hardback · 335 replies · 7,913+ views
    Worcester Telegram ^ | 7/22/7 | Shaun Sutner
    Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani has close ties to a Catholic priest accused of sexually molesting boys and who also was the lawyer for a now-closed Whitinsville counseling house for troubled priests that has been described as the center of a pedophile sex ring. Monsignor Alan J. Placa, who works for Mr. Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, was legal adviser in the 1980s to the House of Affirmation, where priests accused of sexual abuse were sent for psychotherapy and other counseling services. The center closed in 1987 amid a financial scandal. Monsignor Placa, who while an active priest arranged...
  • Conservatives, Beware of Fred Thompson

    07/10/2007 9:06:01 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 1,148 replies · 18,180+ views
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 7-2007 | Richard A. Viguerie
    He disappointed conservatives during his eight years in the Senate. Is there any reason to think this Washington insider and veteran trial lawyer would be any better as President? The frustration of conservatives is understandable. Faced with the prospects of Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, or Mitt Romney as the next Republican presidential candidate, many are pinning their hopes on former Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee. Could this actor-politician be the new Ronald Reagan? Mainstream media types assure us that he is. His record suggests otherwise. This is the second time conservatives have pinned their hopes on Thompson. When he was...
  • Could this be the next Dan Rather type incident?

    07/08/2007 10:18:22 AM PDT · by · 108 replies · 3,562+ views
    Blogs For Fred ^ | 7/8/07 | Blogs For Fred
    Over at Captains Quarters, Captain Ed ponders an interesting question brought forth by one of his readers. Apparently, the only evidence of Fred's work at National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association is a copy of the NFPRHA's board minutes from September 14, 1991 that claims that the group had hired Fred. The big question is, at what point did Fred begin working there? Here's what Captain Ed found. Now a new bit of indirect evidence has been found. Arent Fox brought Thompson into the firm to be "of counsel" in 1991 for his expertise in their lobbying business, including...
  • Fred Thompson, 'mole' for Nixon White House (PER BOSTON GLOBE)

    07/05/2007 6:15:31 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 66 replies · 2,477+ views
    SOUTHERN STUDIES ^ | 05 JULY 2007 | AP
    On the official Web site for his anticipated presidential run, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) says that during the Watergate hearings he "gained national attention for leading the line of inquiry that revealed the audio-taping system in the White House Oval Office." A former assistant U.S. attorney in Tennessee, Thompson served as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. But a story published in yesterday's Boston Globe reveals details about his role in the Watergate probe that suggests Thompson was something other than the good-government crusader he now makes himself out to be. It begins: The day before Senate...
  • Romney Strapped Dog to Car Roof (ABC reports)

    06/28/2007 10:54:55 AM PDT · by jmyrlefuller · 251 replies · 5,558+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 28, 2007 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., has angered animal rights activists for strapping his dog to the roof of his car on a family trip from Boston to Ontario, Canada. According to the Boston Globe, in one of the family's 12-hour drives to their family's cottage in Canada over 25 years ago, Romney strapped a dog carrier to the roof of the car for the whole trip -- with the family Irish setter, Seamus, inside. Seamus protested in a scatological way, going to the bathroom on the roof of the car. Animal rights...
  • Ex-Marine in N.H. lived by his own code (Boston Globe vomit until you are dead! alert)

    05/21/2007 9:45:15 AM PDT · by pabianice · 55 replies · 1,836+ views
    Boston Fishwrap ^ | 5/20/07 | Cramer
    FRANCONIA, N.H. -- Judging from his history of gunplay and boasting about violence, detailed in court records, Gregory W. Floyd was a tinderbox waiting for a spark. The moment came last Friday, when the 49-year-old former Marine jumped into the middle of a deadly shooting, grabbed the gun from a dying policeman, and killed the man , Liko Kenney, 24, who had shot the officer. Now Floyd is being hailed as a hero. But police reports, neighbors, and acquaintances paint a more complex portrait of a man who lived by his own code, and whose past, as much as his...
  • The Curious Appeal of Phony Populism [Rudy retread troll - barf alert]

    04/27/2007 12:31:16 PM PDT · by vaulter · 66 replies · 1,508+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 4/27/07 | Noam Schieber
    By the time Fred Thompson decides whether or not to join the presidential fray, you will have heard the story of his red pickup truck at least a dozen times. The truck in question is a 1990 Chevy, which the famed statesman-thespian rented during his maiden Senate campaign in 1994. The idea was that Thompson would dress up in blue jeans and shabby boots and drive himself to campaign events around the state. Upon arriving, he'd mount the bed of the truck and launch into a homespun riff on the virtues of citizen-legislators and the perils of Washington insider-ism. For...