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  • Paul Ryan Booed at Inauguration

    01/21/2013 1:46:31 PM PST · by MissesBush · 89 replies
    Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in the last election, was booed at President Barack Obama's Second Inauguration today in Washington, D.C. "If things had gone differently in November, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might have departed the Capitol on Monday as the vice president of the United States. Instead, he faced a chorus of boos as he left the building to attend President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony," reports the Huffington Post. The left-leaning website reports that Ryan attended the Inauguration out of duty. "Ryan announced last week that he would be present for Obama's public swearing in at...
  • 24 years ago today, Borking was born

    10/24/2011 5:55:01 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 6 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/23/2011 | William Jacobson
    24 years ago a new term was coined, “borking” or “to bork.” It is a tactic in which Democrats still revel, except when they feel they are on the receiving end at which point they cry foul. Borking is the complete politicization of the judicial nomination process, in which bad motives are imputed to purely legal positions. So if a judicial nominee believes that a particular issue is beyond the reach of the federal judiciary and properly for the political process, that nominee will have the worst motives imputed to him or her, including an imputed desire for bad results....
  • 'Civility': The Denouement

    08/03/2011 6:54:39 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 16 replies
    Did Vice President Biden liken Tea Party Republicans to terrorists in a meeting with House Democrats? Eyewitnesses say yes, but he denies it, Politico reports: *snip* Whether Biden said it or not, all parties seem to agree that Doyle and perhaps other House Democrats did. And plenty of prominent elite liberals have sounded the theme. It's become commonplace on the opinion pages of the New York Times, where Joe Nocera rants:*snip*Last Wednesday Thomas Friedman described the Tea Party as the GOP's "Hezbollah faction." The same day Maureen Dowd approvingly quoted "some Democrats" as describing the Tea Party as "the Republican...
  • Barbarism the New National Norm?

    02/10/2011 7:00:44 AM PST · by chickadee · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/10/2011 | Marybeth Hicks
    Civility is making the headlines lately, but if you dig a bit deeper, barbarism is the real story. To wit: Last month, MSNBC.com carried this story from Reno, NV: “Six girls arrested for Facebook ‘Attack a Teacher Day’ invite.” One middle school girl was arrested for inviting 100 fellow middle schoolers on the social networking site to participate in something she called “attack a teacher day,” while five other girls were arrested for responding to the invitation with threats against specific teachers. <---snip---> I hate to be the one to burst our national bubble about the potential for greater civility,...
  • Uncivil Political Discourse is a Part of History

    10/12/2009 11:09:50 AM PDT · by Publius · 29 replies · 1,480+ views
    Washington Post via Seattle Times ^ | 12 October 2009 | Ann Gerhart
    Late last month, Charisse Carney-Nunes fired up the computer at her home in Washington to check her e-mail. Her brain already was on morning drive time: breakfast for the kids, her day's work at a government agency. She glanced down at her screen, then froze. "Ms. Carney-Nunes," began the e-mail from Michelle Malkin, a best-selling and often inflammatory conservative writer with a heavily trafficked Web site. "I understand that you uploaded the video of schoolchildren reciting a Barack Obama song/rap at Bernice Young elementary school in June. I have a few quick questions. Did you help write the song/rap and...
  • The Gentlemen From South Carolina -- State Has a History of Rowdy Politics

    09/11/2009 6:32:49 AM PDT · by steve-b · 12 replies · 671+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/11/09 | Philip Rucker & Ann Gerhart
    Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) mastered politics in a state where no-holds-barred political combat dates to the days before the Civil War, when one of its congressmen entered the Senate chamber and beat a Massachusetts senator with a cane for attacking pro-slavery Southerners. So when Wilson went so far Wednesday night as to heckle President Obama, interrupting his address to a joint session of Congress with shouts of "You lie!" he wasn't straying far from South Carolina's tradition of wild and woolly politics.... Wilson's charge -- which fact-checkers have repeatedly established as false -- was that the universal-coverage provision Obama backs...
  • Oh, Mr. Wilson . . .

    09/11/2009 3:57:06 AM PDT · by steve-b · 73 replies · 2,485+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/11/09 | Kathleen Parker
    South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson seems to have set a precedent Wednesday night when he called the president a liar during a joint session of Congress. That's the official word from House Deputy Historian Fred Beuttler, who says that though cheering and jeering between parties are commonplace, a single individual seldom steals the floor. Yet, there was Wilson, red-faced and alone, jabbing the air with his index finger and shouting to Barack Obama, "You lie!" As we say down South, "What in tarnation?"... This is not to excuse Wilson's behavior, which caused him to become an overnight Twitter sensation. His...
  • McCain's own hot temper may be his worst enemy

    02/18/2008 11:35:01 PM PST · by Kurt Evans · 66 replies · 747+ views
    KIMA-TV ^ | February 16, 2008 | Libby Quaid
    Temper, temper. Republican John McCain is known for his. He's been dubbed "Senator Hothead" by more than one publication, but he's also had some success extracting his hatchet from several foreheads. Even his Republican Senate colleagues are not spared his sharp tongue. "F--- you," he shouted at Texas Sen. John Cornyn last year. "Only an a------ would put together a budget like this," he told the former Budget Committee chairman, Sen. Pete Domenici, in 1999. "I'm calling you a f------ jerk!" he once retorted to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. With Cornyn, he smoothed things over quickly. The two argued during...
  • BRITAIN DESTROYING ITSELF FROM WITHIN

    08/03/2005 5:54:31 PM PDT · by jdm · 27 replies · 1,148+ views
    UK Daily Mail via The Drudge Report ^ | August 4, 2005 | Joan Collins
    A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within, said the American historian Will Durrant about ancient Rome. This self-destruction of values is exactly what is happening in England today. Yes, I still call the country of my birth England, in spite of the peculiar political correctness that insists that it be called 'the UK' and that we, its denizens, must be 'Britons'. Even though the Welsh are proud to call themselves Welsh, as are the Irish and certainly the Scots, woe betide the Briton who calls himself 'English' -- a much-frowned-upon no-no....
  • When Vietnam vets came home (Soldiers being spit on is just an urban myth)

    11/10/2004 3:35:05 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 584 replies · 36,819+ views
    News and Observer ^ | Nov 10, 2004 | JOHN LLEWELLYN
    WINSTON-SALEM -- Last week voters went to the polls to select a vision for the future. Now Americans must find a way forward together. This week, as we honor service and sacrifice on Veterans Day, an image from this political season must be put to rest. The presidential campaign featured the resurgence of a myth from the early 1990s. That myth is that soldiers returning from Vietnam were spit upon by citizens or war protesters. That claim has been used to turn honest differences of opinion about the war into toxic indictments. As a scholar of urban legends I am...
  • An American scapegoat in London

    10/15/2004 10:33:51 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 61 replies · 1,243+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | Oct. 16, 2004 | Carol Gould
    Something remarkable has been happening to me in the past 19 days. Wherever I go, no one launches abuse at me. When I open my mouth to speak, I am received with civility and the occasional "Have a good one". I am not attacked or intimidated. Where have I been visiting for the past two and a half weeks? Philadelphia. And where do I live? London. Here is a scenario from my adopted hometown: a month ago, I was travelling on a double-decker bus. A well-dressed woman boarded with her son, respectable in his school uniform. Ahead of her was...